This past long weekend (Friday – Sunday) my Heart and I were in New Haven Connecticut for HeathCampCT @ Yale School of Nursing (Go to HealthCa.mp
to find out more – my “night job” with my Heart). Of course… I took pictures of the food but I was remiss and only took pictures of Some of the food… I think I missed the last dinner & lunch because, frankly, I was Exhausted. But here is some of the wonderful food we found:
We arrived in New Haven about 11:15am so lunch was a necessity because we knew we had a busy afternoon ahead of us. So… as we are driving in I did a Google search “Where are the best lunches in New Haven CT?” and several possibilities popped up – Prime 16
definitely won out. Lots of info on the website – delicious looking menu – good reviews from YELP
– AND voted Best Beer Selection for 2010.. sounded like a Winner! We ended up meeting one of our friends and HealthCamp organizers there… which was fortunate because it took me Forever to figure out what I was ordering!
I ended up with the Cherry Bomb Burger (sans bun): Sweet Italian sausage patty with mozzarella, hot cherry peppers, sauteed broccoli rabe (which is what pushed it to the Top) and a sundried tomato aioli (which was florescent orange but totally delish) with a side of 1/2 & 1/2 fries (white potato & sweet potato)… I sorta wished it was Hot Italian sausage but otherwise.. Wonderful. My Heart had the Cubanito Sliders: 3 mini brioche sliders topped with pulled pork, canadian bacon, melted swiss cheese, jalapeno relish, mustard and roasted garlic aioli… he enjoyed his meal as well – definitely a place we would visit again. Oh… and the beers on tap were lovely as well.
Next – Dinner Friday night was at the Wood ‘n’ Tap
. It was fairly late (8:30 or so) – we had been at a Kinko’s for more than an hour working on the sponsor boards and, having been up since 5 am, were definitely starting to drag. The bar was noisy but comfortable. I stuck with appetizers for my meal… starting with the clam chowder. Perfect after a long day and more than enough to share!
So… figuring on a slightly lighter meal I did a HALF order of Nachos – they were HUGE. I totally couldn’t finish them. My Heart, who is always so much more disciplined than I am about what he orders, had a lovely spinach salad with chopped egg, sliced mushrooms, smoked bacon, diced tomatoes & candied walnuts with a tomato vinaigrette. He did snag a few cheesy chips from my nachos but his salad was very satisfying.
Lunch at HealthCamp on Saturday was delicious, catered by Jenelle’s
. Everything, I understand, was wonderful including a lemon chicken and penne with a tomato pesto sauce (this one was killing me… it looked absolutely delicious and was very popular)
There was a salad with cranberries & sliced almonds and an interesting looking barley salad that everyone raved over.
I had some of the 2nd green salad that had walnuts and feta but I think everyone’s favorites were the tiny cupcakes. Yes… we were at a HealthCamp and healthy eating was a topic but healthy eating shouldn’t be about NOT eating stuff you want but rather, micro-choices – these were really really Tiny cupcakes so having One for dessert seems like a good micro-choice (I think a lot of people could have eaten two or three easily OR would have eaten a whole standard sized cupcake… so see – Micro-choice – *smile*)
The after party was at Kelly’s Restaurant & Bar – we didn’t get food but everything we saw look great. We were both happy with a beer and hard cider, for me since I do avoid gluten and I really love cider – Magner’s is one of my favorites… it is very dry.
Now… I have to admit to being bad – we wandered around New Haven after the After Party and stumbled across this little Japanese restaurant, Samurai
, that said All You Can Eat Sushi… it seems they did not offer that all the time and/or were not very forthcoming about how to do it and we were tired so we ordered a huge sampler plate for two – it was lovely and delicious and I totally forgot to take a picture because… we were hungry and tired! Sorry! &8 D
After driving around New Haven and environs we headed back in to town for lunch before our trip to Hartford and the airport. It took a bit of time to find parking so we just wandered up to another local pub – the Black Bear Saloon
– Again… I totally forgot to take pictures of our lunch… we were sort of focused on making sure our Southwest flight wasn’t cancelled. I ordered teriyaki wings & their garlic parmesan fries and my Heart ordered the pulled pork quesadilla (which seems to be very popular here – it was on every pub menu we saw). The wings weren’t all that exciting and I was really disappointed in the fries which weren’t very hot and were a tiny bit soggy. My Heart liked his quesadilla but I think the one’s at Kelly’s looked better.
We flew back home and were treated to an amazing Korean feast for Sunday Roast – my son’s girlfriend’s mom & dad were in town and she put together a wonderful dinner (pictures to follow).