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to celebrate my mom’s birthday, we took her out to dinner at j restaurant in hartford and with my third trip there, i can honestly say it just keeps getting better and better!
i went to my friend’s bridal shower there 2+ years ago and a monthly dinner with the girls back in april. this time, a family visit, everyone loved their dinner just as much as all my previous visits.
last time, i ordered crab cakes and a greek salad, which was great and not too heavy. this time, i opted for the seared sea scallops with shoestring potatoes and asparagus, along with the signature salad (subbed goat cheese in place of blue cheese, with cranberries, pears and pecans).
my one staple every time i’ve gone: the sweet chili calamari. it’s unreal - unlike any calamari i’ve ever had before - lightly battered, not greasy and served with the best sweet chili glaze.
the birthday girl got a bacon-wrapped tenderloin with mashed potatoes, spinach and asparagus, while my dad got a spicy sausage and pasta dish with tomato, arugula and parmesan.
to finish it off, we shared one creme brulee with three spoons and it was a perfect end to the meal. i really can’t recommend j enough - i’ve enjoyed every meal i’ve had there, as has everyone i’ve been with.
it has its own parking lot and is located right next to hartford hospital/across the street from the connecticut children’s medical center. pretty easy to get to and well worth venturing downtown for.
j restaurant & bar | 297 washington street | hartford, ct 06106

to celebrate my mom’s birthday, we took her out to dinner at j restaurant in hartford and with my third trip there, i can honestly say it just keeps getting better and better!

i went to my friend’s bridal shower there 2+ years ago and a monthly dinner with the girls back in april. this time, a family visit, everyone loved their dinner just as much as all my previous visits.

last time, i ordered crab cakes and a greek salad, which was great and not too heavy. this time, i opted for the seared sea scallops with shoestring potatoes and asparagus, along with the signature salad (subbed goat cheese in place of blue cheese, with cranberries, pears and pecans).

my one staple every time i’ve gone: the sweet chili calamari. it’s unreal - unlike any calamari i’ve ever had before - lightly battered, not greasy and served with the best sweet chili glaze.

the birthday girl got a bacon-wrapped tenderloin with mashed potatoes, spinach and asparagus, while my dad got a spicy sausage and pasta dish with tomato, arugula and parmesan.

to finish it off, we shared one creme brulee with three spoons and it was a perfect end to the meal. i really can’t recommend j enough - i’ve enjoyed every meal i’ve had there, as has everyone i’ve been with.

it has its own parking lot and is located right next to hartford hospital/across the street from the connecticut children’s medical center. pretty easy to get to and well worth venturing downtown for.

j restaurant & bar | 297 washington street | hartford, ct 06106

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i had the very rare opportunity to head to happy hour earlier this week with a few girls from work. normally, my schedule doesn’t work with happy hour, but thankfully, this monday was an exception!  we opted for grants in west hartford center. while i’m a huge fan of billy grant’s bricco (west hartford) & bricco trattoria (glastonbury), i had never been to grants! when erin suggested it, i drooled over the happy hour menu and kept my fingers crossed for nice weather so we could sit outside.
well, i got my wish, since monday was gorgeous (albeit hot!). we grabbed a shaded table outside (so i’ve still never sat inside grants…) and shared an order of truffle fries. i also ordered a caprese salad and drank glasses upon glasses of… water. i’m so exciting, i know.
a couple of the girls tried some of their drinks, which sounded so interesting and fruity! i think there were grapefruit gimlets, fizzy strawberry drinks and prickly pear margaritas ordered over the course of the afternoon.
i had to jet quickly after we polished off the truffle fries, since it was a cookout waiting for me at home for me that evening. looking at some of the other items on the menu, i can’t wait to go back and try a full meal there. as we know from my last visit to bricco trattoria, billy grant’s restaurants never disappoint!
grants | west hartford center | 977 farmington avenue | west hartford, ct | 06107

i had the very rare opportunity to head to happy hour earlier this week with a few girls from work. normally, my schedule doesn’t work with happy hour, but thankfully, this monday was an exception!  we opted for grants in west hartford center. while i’m a huge fan of billy grant’s bricco (west hartford) & bricco trattoria (glastonbury), i had never been to grants! when erin suggested it, i drooled over the happy hour menu and kept my fingers crossed for nice weather so we could sit outside.

well, i got my wish, since monday was gorgeous (albeit hot!). we grabbed a shaded table outside (so i’ve still never sat inside grants…) and shared an order of truffle fries. i also ordered a caprese salad and drank glasses upon glasses of… water. i’m so exciting, i know.

a couple of the girls tried some of their drinks, which sounded so interesting and fruity! i think there were grapefruit gimlets, fizzy strawberry drinks and prickly pear margaritas ordered over the course of the afternoon.

i had to jet quickly after we polished off the truffle fries, since it was a cookout waiting for me at home for me that evening. looking at some of the other items on the menu, i can’t wait to go back and try a full meal there. as we know from my last visit to bricco trattoria, billy grant’s restaurants never disappoint!

grants | west hartford center | 977 farmington avenue | west hartford, ct | 06107

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today i took a quick trip to beantown with my friend jane and it was such a nice, spur of the moment, midweek treat! jane, you see, is incredibly smart and driven (not to mention thoughtful and fun!) and we’ve been friends since seventh grade. after dominating the midwest, she’s now back east for grad school at MIT (nerd pride, as she says) and had to run to the city to pick up keys for her summer sublet. we enjoyed lunch at the friendly toast (more on that later!), perused the bookstore and per my recommendation, stopped at kick*ss cupcakes, my favorite cupcake shop in the boston area!
these are no chocolate and vanilla, plain old cupcakes (although the chocolate and vanilla are so good, too!). see, i’m not usually a huge fan of frosting (too sweet sometimes), but this frosting is just the right amount and SO DELICIOUS. the flavors i picked out yesterday included ginger peach bellini (with a raspberry on top), the somerville special (espresso cupcake, marshmallow filling, nutella frosting), lemon meringue (lemon cupcake, lemon curd and real torched meringue on top), chocolate cupcake/vanilla frosting and vanilla cupcake/chocolate frosting, as well as the super chocolate (brownie cupcake with bittersweet chocolate and chocolate shavings).
they have so many other inventive flavors, too (i love me some s’mores cupcake!), but i didn’t want to have a lifetime supply of cupcakes on my counter, because that would require me to eat. them. all. and remember what they say - treat treats as treats! this was a special treat, for sure :)
if you ever find yourself in davis square, i couldn’t recommend it any more! check it out - you’ll thank me later :)
kick*ss cupcakes |  davis square | 378 highland street | somerville, ma | 02124

today i took a quick trip to beantown with my friend jane and it was such a nice, spur of the moment, midweek treat! jane, you see, is incredibly smart and driven (not to mention thoughtful and fun!) and we’ve been friends since seventh grade. after dominating the midwest, she’s now back east for grad school at MIT (nerd pride, as she says) and had to run to the city to pick up keys for her summer sublet. we enjoyed lunch at the friendly toast (more on that later!), perused the bookstore and per my recommendation, stopped at kick*ss cupcakes, my favorite cupcake shop in the boston area!

these are no chocolate and vanilla, plain old cupcakes (although the chocolate and vanilla are so good, too!). see, i’m not usually a huge fan of frosting (too sweet sometimes), but this frosting is just the right amount and SO DELICIOUS. the flavors i picked out yesterday included ginger peach bellini (with a raspberry on top), the somerville special (espresso cupcake, marshmallow filling, nutella frosting), lemon meringue (lemon cupcake, lemon curd and real torched meringue on top), chocolate cupcake/vanilla frosting and vanilla cupcake/chocolate frosting, as well as the super chocolate (brownie cupcake with bittersweet chocolate and chocolate shavings).

they have so many other inventive flavors, too (i love me some s’mores cupcake!), but i didn’t want to have a lifetime supply of cupcakes on my counter, because that would require me to eat. them. all. and remember what they say - treat treats as treats! this was a special treat, for sure :)

if you ever find yourself in davis square, i couldn’t recommend it any more! check it out - you’ll thank me later :)

kick*ss cupcakes |  davis square | 378 highland street | somerville, ma | 02124

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scrumptious dinner last night at bricco trattoria (never disappoints)! the heirloom tomato caprese was almost too pretty to eat (almost, but not quite) plus my light and lemony fried calamari and rachel’s arugula pizza. we opted for a far less fancy dessert by way of TCBY, enjoyed fountainside, though :)
bricco trattoria | eric town square | 124 hebron avenue | glastonbury, ct | 06033

scrumptious dinner last night at bricco trattoria (never disappoints)! the heirloom tomato caprese was almost too pretty to eat (almost, but not quite) plus my light and lemony fried calamari and rachel’s arugula pizza. we opted for a far less fancy dessert by way of TCBY, enjoyed fountainside, though :)

bricco trattoria | eric town square | 124 hebron avenue | glastonbury, ct | 06033

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