Saturday, January 28, 2023


Life & Style • Published June 16, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Chamard Vineyard

Why has it taken me so long to visit Chamard Vineyard, especially since so many friends have told me the food is divine? I recently had lunch there on a Wednesday, a birthday lunch for one friend...

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Life & Style • Published May 26, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: A Burger at Rustic Café

On a recent Sunday afternoon, I decided I was hungry. It isn’t easy to find lunch on a Sunday afternoon. Not to worry, for the Rustic Café, a favorite of mine, with about six tables...

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Life & Style • Published May 12, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Breakfast at Dunkin’

On a recent morning, I woke up by 6:30 a.m. and realized I had a very busy ahead. My car was due for service in Old Saybrook, then lunch in Middletown, then home to finish work, and then two...

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Life & Style • Published April 14, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Camacho Garage, New Haven

To get to Camacho Garage in New Haven is a bit of a drive for me, which would give anyone pause with gas prices as high as they are. But when the name of the brilliant Mexican-American chef/owner...

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Life & Style • Published March 31, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Black Jax Saloon

Black Jax Saloon really isn’t a saloon, although the gorgeous bar, and the people who sit there, remind me of the camaraderie of the Black Seal in Essex, with customers drinking dark and...

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Life & Style • Published Feb. 24, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Dining in the Dark

When I picked up Dining in the Dark, a memoir by The New York Times food writer and restaurant reviewer Bryan Miller, I read it in one day. That’s how terrific it is....

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Life & Style • Published Feb. 17, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Cocotte

I was in Old Saybrook, hungry, on a Friday afternoon. I remembered a little French bakery and restaurant located where the James Pharmacy used to be. I hoped it was open. Upon entering Cocotte, I...

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Life & Style • Published Jan. 06, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Campari Tomatoes

I think you know how much I love tomatoes. I just ordered another case (12, 28-ounce cans of peeled Muir Glen tomatoes). And I am sure those of us who love local tomatoes dislike the cardboard-...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 14, 2021 03:30 p.m.

Nibbles: Unique Eats and Eateries

One of the best parts about living in Connecticut and writing about food is simple: Mike Urban. Over the years, Mike has written about New England clam, lobster, and seafood shacks and his...

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Life & Style • Published Dec. 09, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: The Worst Table in the Restaurant

As a restaurant reviewer and food writer for several decades, I’ve always felt that a great hamburger in a dive bar could be as good as beef Wellington in a five-star restaurant. But a...

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Life & Style • Published Nov. 18, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Asparagus at ShopRite

I like to shop, but clothes shopping (especially during the pandemic) bores me. On the other hand, I love to shop for food. On the shoreline, I will often go to the Big Four (Stop & Shop, Big...

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Life & Style • Published Nov. 04, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Book Barn

Does everyone on they Connecticut shoreline know about the Book Barn? They should. The original is in Niantic and consisted of one big room and lots and lots of little ones full of books, books,...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 28, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Haywire Burger Bar

Earlier this month, we tried to decide where to have a casual dinner. We were in Madison in three separate cars; two of us would be driving north on 95. We wanted burgers, so we followed each...

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Life & Style • Published Oct. 21, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Southwest Chicken Salad at Chili’s

Having been away for a little over a week, regular errands pile up. After a late morning meeting in Old Saybrook (and forgotten to eat breakfast, again!), I stopped at Chili’s on my way...

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Life & Style • Published Sep. 16, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Edd’s Place

I often have mid-morning appointments. If I don’t have breakfast, by the time my appointments are finished, I need lunch. One day, I was in the mood for a fish sandwich, but it was a little ...

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Life & Style • Published Aug. 26, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Griffin Garden Market

Many, many years ago, I found a gas station in Clinton with a sign that said “pies.” And the owner of the gas station made the pies. Maybe the best pies ever. And then, one day, it...

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Life & Style • Published June 17, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Breakfast at the Parthenon Diner

After the washout that was Memorial Day weekend, I did my errands early on a recent Saturday morning so I could spend a beautiful afternoon at the beach. My errands included some that took me to...

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Life & Style • Published June 10, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Ninja Foodi Digital Air Fry Oven

I used to like to make fun of counter-top appliances. We really have everything we need in most kitchens: stoves with an oven and pots and pans, I said. But then came the latest and greatest in...

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Life & Style • Published May 27, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Uncle Maynard’s Pepper Relish

On a recent Friday night I went to the First Friday celebration at the Shennecossett Yacht Club. Even though I no longer have a boat, I love their Friday Nights and, as we all know, these, too,...

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Life & Style • Published May 13, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Kokomo’s Restaurant and Beach Bar

Late last summer (or maybe early September) friends suggest we go to Kokomo’s for a Sunday brunch. I lived in Old Lyme for more than a decade and I never went to that restaurant. It was...

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Life & Style • Published May 06, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Spring Radishes

Looking back to when I was a kid, my parents ate things I couldn’t stand: grapefruit, cabbage, lox, raw onions, and radishes. I particularly did not like radishes. Today I like raw or...

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Life & Style • Published April 22, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: If You Liked Bennie’s...

If you loved the grinders at Bennie’s Farm Market in Centerbrook, which is now closed, and if you don’t mind taking a drive, I have a tip for you: check out Hartford Giant Grinders...

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Life & Style • Published April 15, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Dunkin’ Avocado Toast with Everything BTB

On my way to friend’s home last week, I forgot to take my house-made iced coffee. Because I left it in the kitchen, I stopped at Dunkin’. While waiting behind the three cars in front ...

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Life & Style • Published March 18, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: ShopRite’s Creamer Potatoes

I have been buying these tiny potatoes, usually from a company called The Little Potato Company’s Terrific Trios. They are called creamer potatoes. Yes, they are more expensive than big...

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Life & Style • Published Feb. 04, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nibbles: Alforno

I so miss going to a restaurant for dinner. By the time you read this, I will have gotten my first vaccine dose and, by the middle of February, I will have had my last. My first stop? Alforno in...

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