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Hot Dogs and Mac

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As a lover of hot dogs and macaroni and cheese, Jordan’s Hot Dogs and Mac caught my attention. It looked good on paper, but how does that combination actually taste? Amazing.

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I met my friend Ray who works down the street for lunch. If I worked down the street, I could see myself having lunch here at least twice a month. What can I say: I love hotdogs and mac!

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Wooster Street

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We drove down from Guilford to Wooster Street to pick up treats for Aunty. We started with pizzas from the legendary Frank Pepe. The next stop was for Italian pastries from Lucibello. It was my first time there but it won’t be my last.

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I don’t think I will be able to come back to Wooster Street without remembering what Lucibello’s calls Cannoli Napoleon. These are “cream horn” puff pastry filled chocolate and vanilla custard, dusted with powdered sugar.

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The Cannoli themselves were classic beauties, filled with sweet ricotta and chocolate bits. And I am still looking forward to my last minute impulse buy of an eclair.

Next time I want to try what other reviewers have loved those flaky, custard filled Lobster Tails! And I’m also bookmarking a box of cookies and their homemade Italian ice.

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Union League Cafe

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Where to begin… Union League CafĂ© served some of the most amazing classic French dishes I have had. I would go back ASAP for more!

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We made a reservation for dinner right at 5PM. It was a cold, snowy early evening and we had time to kill after the play, so we went for a short appetite-building walk thru the New Haven green.

At 5:03PM we realized that we had been patiently waiting outside the wrong door, and returned to the front entrance for dinner. 🙂

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Service gets top marks. Our server was super professional, and at the same time warm and humorous. The Maitre D graciously stopped by to wish us a marvelous dinner, in a very French accent. I overheard him demand to taste the new dessert straight away- I liked his style.

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Etta praised her sidecar, my aunt loved her tea, and I was happy to see a selection of mocktails in the Fresh Fruit category of the drinks menu. Winter is citrus season and both the blood orange and meyer lemon drinks were delicious.

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The food started with beautiful fresh-baked bread and butter, as well as a small French pastry filled with cheese and potatoes. I have to find out the name of these- I was instantly hooked.

Oysters and clams were expertly shucked so that the shells were full to the brim with salt water liqueur. Raw bar shrimp were truly jumbo, flavorful, and the cocktail sauce hit just enough of a floral note to make it classic and unique at the same time.

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I also had a fantastic salad of baby spinach and sharp Roquefort blue cheese, with toasted pecans and warm poached peaches. It was now that I began to see a pattern- every dish being brought to the table was being cleaned completely.

There’s no way that will continue through the entree course, I thought, not with these birds (Aunty Judy and Etta.). And yet cod brandade, steak bearnaise and lamb chops arrived and disappeared. This is French cuisine par excellence, and I couldn’t fault any of those mains or their garnishes.

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We had preordered a chocolate soufflé for dessert. The big surprise was that Aunty and Etta ordered two more desserts as well! They cleaned their plates of profiteroles, petit fours and mignardises, sharing barely a bite, and the entire time remarking how they could not believe that I was eating an entire chocolate soufflé by myself.

I’m the big dog! I eat appetizer, entree and dessert every time I step foot in a restaurant. ULC cast a spell of powerfully delicious French cuisine executed at the highest level, bewitching Aunt Judy and Etta into believing they could run and bark with the big dog!

Union League CafĂ© is the most magical restaurant in the city of New Haven and I can’t wait to go back!

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New Haven Green

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Under appreciated is what comes to mind when I see an average of just over three stars! New Haven residents may not realize how good they have it!

Not every city has an enchanting green space in the heart of downtown. In the warmer months, a bench on the New Haven green is best shared with fries and a milkshake from Shake Shack. There are Yale freshmen to watch in their awkward orientations.

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In the colder months there is a big glowing tree to brighten the days and nights of green-goers. Kids frolic in the snow. In all seasons the green affords a small dose of exercise- just the right amount- after a matineé or afternoon at the museum, before its time for dinner.

Count your blessings, New Haven! Your historic grand green is a beautiful thing.

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Shubert Theater

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What a gem for New Haven! This historic theater (100 years and counting) retains much of its charming interior, from the private boxes and gigantic columns flanking the stage, to the beautiful lobby.

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Aunty, Etta and I saw a Saturday matineĂ© of White Christmas: our holiday gift from AJ. There was no traffic to speak of, other than the I-95 bridge that’s been under construction for the past 50 years or so… (exaggeration, maybe!)

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There was event parking in the garage next door for a super reasonable $8. We found the ushers warm and inviting, and seats to be comfy with a good view of the stage and great sound. The show, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, started on time, the production (and casting!) exceeded my expectations.

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It was in all ways comparable to a Broadway show. A look back at the amazing performers (Julie Andrews, Sidney Poitier, etc) who have graced the Shubert stage confirms that it is truly a legendary theater!

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East Rock, Part 2

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Etta and I car-climbed to the top of East Rock, for views of downtown New Haven and the harbor.

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I read how Long Island Sound was a freshwater lake, with waters rising up to East Rock, during the ice age.

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The monument is dedicated to sailors and soldiers who lost their lives at seas and in battles.

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New Haven

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After lunch, Aunty went home to take a nap, while Etta and I drove on to New Haven for a milkshake. Shake Shack is right on the New Haven town green. I got a blueberry pie milkshake. The homeless and mentally insane is one factor that distinguishes New Haven’s town green from Guilford’s.

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After the snack, I got my hair cut at an old school barbershop on the Yale campus. The barber, Carl, barely spoke. The music was so low, it was hard to recognize it was there at all. I loved it.

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