Harborview Market for a Birthday

We went out to celebrate our son’s 22nd birthday.

My wife had suggested we go to this place called Harborview Market in Fairfield a mere 12 minutes from our house.

She had to take our youngest to visit the dentist so she called me to make sure I got there early to see if I could get us a table.

You see, Harborview Market is just that, a Market that has a bunch of tables with a large collection of what looks to be chairs that have been gathered through tag sales.

Every chair is different…

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When I got there, the place was jam packed and I had to park my car about a block away, on a rainy day.

I asked in front if I could reserve a table for 10 people and they informed me that they didn’t take reservations. All I could do, was wait and hover over the tables until one was available.

That took about 45 minutes…

My brother-in-law arrived with his wife and daughter, as well as my son and his girlfriend. I asked them to hover over some tables to see if one of us got lucky.

In the end, it paid off as we started to sit with some strangers in the hopes that when they left we will have the table to ourselves.

When we were about to settle in two tables, my wife arrived with my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law, and of course, she saved the day!!

She managed to wrangle a family that was leaving and we all sat at this antique round table ready to eat.

OUR table at Harborview Market

OUR table at Harborview Market

We started with some delicious Croissants that my wife had ordered ahead of time, and then everybody ordered their own thing. My choice was a wonderful Cuban Sandwich that turned out to be huge and AWESOME!.

We had coffee, Juice and talked just about everything and everybody had a great time.

Everybody absorbed in conversation…

Everybody absorbed in conversation…

We got to meet the owner of the place as he came over to our table and introduced himself. He was extremely nice!. We later found out that he his originally from Cuba, but was raised here and he spoke Spanish fluently.

Our Birthday Boy and his girlfriend

Our Birthday Boy and his girlfriend

Everybody left with a full stomach and a smile on their faces. We definitely have to come back to Harborview Market!.

Nom-Eez

We wanted to go out with our children and their respective girlfriends and we were looking for something different... We had been to Mecha Noodle Bar in Fairfield, CT, but my wife and I thought that it would be too expensive for the seven of us.

We went looking for similar places online and found Nom-eez in Bridgeport. Closer than any other place we could find.

One of my sons made the comment that from the looks of it, it seemed like a "Hipster-type" of place.

Boy, was he right!!

Nom-Eez

We got there and the first thing to notice is that there are no tables. You sit bar style on heavy metal and wood stools.  This means that if the place is full, you are probably going to sit next to a stranger. No problem for us, as there were seven of us and the place was not full on a Sunday evening.

The staff was very nice. We told them we were waiting for some other people and they offer us ice water.

My wife noticed that the register was manned by a couple of white people and because this is a noodle bar, the kitchen staff was mostly Latin American people!!

Her comment was: "I thought you said it was a Vietnamese Place..."

There was some indecision about what to order, but in the end, we were all there for the Pho.

The menu has some nice selections of Noodles and Soups and the appetizers are quite varied and interesting.

We ordered the Pork Belly Baos, The Pho-Ramen, the Wonton Soup and the Shrimp and Coconut Soup. My son's girlfriend is Vegan and she ordered the Stir-Fry.

Pork Belly Bao

My wife said that she was not hungry and ordered an iced coffee.

The food took time to get to us, and like most noodle bars, the portions are huge!!

Pho-Ramnen

These could easily be shared and feed probably more than two people.

The Pho-Ramen is a richer version of their pho made with Ramen noodles, pork belly, and a perfect egg.

Shrimp and Coconut Soup

My Shrimp and coconut soup had the flavor of Kaffir lime, turmeric, lemon grass, and ginger. The shrimp dumplings, thick rice noodles, bean sprouts, mint, papaya, and lime complemented the flavors to make an excellent dinner.

Like I mentioned, is a "Hipster place". Which kind of makes it a little on the expensive side. With entrees between $10 and $15.

They had Peking Duck on the menu ($32) so I probably have to go back sometime...

The pork belly baos were really nice and fresh and the experience was absolutely delicious.

It's a place to go with your significant other and not with a large family! ;-)

Nom eez is located at 2992 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport CT.

Little Thai Kitchen and Finding Inspiration

Behind the arch of glory sets the day;The river lies in curves of silver light, The fields Elysian glitter in a spray Of golden dust; the gilded dome is bright,….

—Willa Cather

Well, here it comes!! I promised myself that I was going to start posting more to the blog, so let us call this one my first salvo.

The truth is, that with everything that is happening in the world is hard to feel inspired. One tends to worry about where we are going and if the ending is actually coming faster than we think.

I have not taken too many pictures. I am in what we photographers and artist call "Been stuck in a rut”.

I was watching this video by the photographer Ed Verosky on Finding Inspiration and he is absolutely right...

The minute I went to look at other people’s photos/work I felt motivated to go out and produce some images.

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This one, right outside my house on a cold winter afternoon on our way to having some lunch with the family and my son’s girlfriend.

The poem on the beginning (which I thought was appropriate) is called Paris by Willa Cather.

 

Little Thai Kitchen

We had planned to go to this Thai restaurant in the city of Darien called **Little Thai Kitchen**.

We had visited the place before, but we wanted to take my son’s girlfriend out to a nice place.

We took advantage of the holiday (it was Martin Luther King Day yesterday) and decided to go down to Darien around 1:00 PM.

It was a cold day (temperature was around 28ºF/ -2º C) and cloudy, but the drive was very pleasant. A little bit of traffic with people coming back from the long weekend, but nothing too bad.

We got to the restaurant and there were a couple of occupied tables but we got to sit right away. The place is indeed a “Little Thai Kitchen” and by the time we sat down the tables were all full. I guess other people had the same idea as us. :-)

I ordered one of the best Thai Ice Teas I have ever had and Carlos, my son, decided to copy me.

Little Thai Kitchen

The restaurant has a Lunch Special where for $10 you get an appetizer and an entrée. I decided to get the Minced Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Drunken Noodles with Shrimp as my entrée.

Little Thai Kitchen

The food was absolutely fabulous as always. The lettuce wraps were very delectable and the drunken noodles were very fulfilling. My wife ordered the Chicken Pad Thai and she could not finish it.

These are not your ordinary lunch specials where you get a smaller plate. These are very delicious stomach filling plates!!

All five of us (my oldest could not come as he was working) ate for around $60. A real bargain!

I fully recommend the **Little Thai Kitchen** in Darien CT.