Tuesday, September 28, 2010

K. LaMay's Steamed Cheeseburgers in Meriden

Kevin LaMay, formerly of the famous Ted's Steamed Cheeseburgers in Meriden, opened up his own joint (K. Lamay's) recently, and we (Jenna/Rob/Priya/I) hit it on our way back from Boston. It was outstanding! A few ways I think it surpasses the (ever-classic) Ted's:

1) Bigger burgers
2) Better cheddar cheese--I hear Ted's switched to a lower quality cheese recently, and it shows
3) Actual cheese fries, not cheese homefries
4) Foxon Park sodas (I got birch beer)
5) Next door to Les' for some classic Meriden soft-serve afterward




The steam cabinet itself:










(thanks to the lovely Priya for the photos)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Bartley's Burger Cottage

in Boston for Bill & Maureen's wedding, and Priya had never been before, so we went all over, stopping for lunch in Harvard Square at Bartley's Burger Cottage. very crowded, quite delicious; the burgers had a dark taste on the outside but a rare taste on the inside. Not sure if they outpace some of my favorite burger places, but they were good. (and the onion rings were super crispy).




Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Helsinki

We were only in Helsinki for one night, so we made it count: dinner at Juuri, a well-reviewed place downtown that had been mentioned in the NYT. We stuck entirely to the sapas menu (small plates; Finnish tapas, I guess).



Buttery mushroom soup with rye breadstick:


Smoked reindeer heart with rowanberry-wine gelee:


Finnish snow ham with marinated plums (the menu says "blums"; we asked what blums were in English and the server looked at us blankly and said, "Blums. That's all they are.")


Eggcheese spiked with oregano, baked with straws:


Whitefish tartare, spinach mousse, and crisp bread:


Roasted rutabaga with cauliflower puree:


Crayfish-cottage cheese-filled cabbage leaves in dill butter:


Fresh sausages a la Juuri with vodka mustard:


Salted trout with root vegetable salad:


Beetroot and nut stew with small mushrooms:



Outstanding!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Mumbai

I don't think this is an accurate phonetic pronunciation of "poutine".


We got chaat at Elco in Bandra, a quality shop where we could (finally) eat the pani puri!

Rabdi (not very good--it's only good in Jaipur, I guess), pani puri, pao bhaji, chaat papri, and bhelpuri.







Jaipur

Lagged on posting the rest of the food pix. Will rectify that now.


Ice cream at Jal Mahal. I had chikoo (sapodilla) and tried flavors like fig (anjeer).


Rajasthani food (lal maas--lamb in red spicy sauce--and tandoori fish) at Niro.


Mysore dosa at Dasaprakash, a South Indian chain:


Dhoklas and other treats from Chawlas, a sweet shop.






Me in kurta pyjamas and Tanu Mausi at a dinner at Nanaji's and Nanima's cooked by Sweetie Mausi.


Kesar pista kulfi (saffron and pistachio ice cream) from a roadside stand.