Friday, May 28, 2010

Hit that sand and play some rock n' roll

Sun’s out, the grill calls! You know what I'm talking dogs, burgers, 3,000 tons of potato salad and slaw.  The Cheeseburgers will be enjoying every moment of it, going to a few parties, maybe the beach. In the meantime, if you're going through a little withdrawal, check out the NEW Cooking Channel lineup! Catch ya next week!

Cooking Channel Marathon Lineup

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Spicy Green Bean - Glastonbury, CT

So far, 2010 is shaping up to be one mother of a year. When I say mother, I am referring to Joan Crawford “are those metal hangers?”; not Heidi Klum “the hot mom at school”. Yeah, it pretty much sums up the way the year is going. One of the bright spots is a monthly brunch outing with friends. We try to change it up and last weekend found ourselves at the Spicy Green Bean in Glastonbury. Their daily Facebook menu posts are so tantalizing; a visit was most definitely in order.

Located in a small storefront next to a dry cleaner, it’s easy to miss, but worth searching for. The place is intimate, with eclectic art that decorates the cozy dining area. We started out with a cup of delicious coffee, offered by a very hospitable waitress. The perfect playlist of acoustic music filled the room on our visit. The breakfast menu is a well chosen selection of pretty much anything you might want to eat in the morning and then some. Although the sweet potato pancakes were calling out for me, I opted for the Ropa Vieja burrito, after hearing it was made with pork instead of chicken. My friends ordered the Chicken in a Biscuit and The Krabby Omelet. To complement our dishes, we were offered a choice of a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary. The Bloody Mary was served in a fun retro glass with a spicy green bean garnish. Crunchy with kick, we could have eaten an entire bowl of them.

Our entrees arrived to a collective “WHOA!” from our table. The portions were very generous and each was served with a side of home fries, which contained several varieties of potatoes, making for an appealing presentation. I loved the burrito, chock full of tender pork, eggs, beans AND rice. You needed a game plan to attack the chicken dish; fried chicken breast on a biscuit topped with a rich sausage gravy and two eggs. Biscuits and gravy are one of the most delicious combinations on earth. My friend raved about her crab omelet, only wishing it contained a bit more of the chive cream cheese, but that’s only because it was so damn good.

The Spicy Green Bean has a nice laid-back vibe; I would love to try it out for dinner, which is BYOB. As far as breakfast goes, we will definitely return!

Spicy Green Bean Deli & Catering