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A Satisfactory Weekend

I didn’t have any plans for the weekend.

There were a few things I wanted to do around our backyard, but I was not expecting to be working there the whole weekend.

We have some bare spots in our lawn and I knew I wanted to do something about it. So on Saturday, I took my trusty shovel and started transplanting grass from the sidelines to the bare spots.

Bending the back while transplanting grass.

Bending the back while transplanting grass.

My wife and I worked for a couple of hours and then we went to the hardware store to get some supplies to finish the job.

The love of my life and the dynamo that make everything move around our house

The love of my life and the dynamo that make everything move around our house

We got some plants, some pavers and some edging supplies to work on the front of the house and the back. She is an awesome bargain hunter so we got some great deals on everything we bought.

On the way back we stopped for a quick bite at the “American Empanada” food truck in Milford, CT.

American Empanada

American Empanada

The empanadas are kind of small but full of meat and cheese. We also ordered the large fries and they give you a ton of those. The Holy Aioli Sauce was very good with the Empanadas and the Fries. Next time, I will order extra.

We came back home and decide to rest until Sunday.

On Sunday, I woke up bright and early and with the help of my son Carlos, started installing the pavers on the backyard.

My wife made us breakfast and coffee and we continue on to the front of the house. My other two son came out and helped us with the edging and the mulch. Everything came out great!!

They did most of the work and I couldn’t be more proud.

At the end of the day, we made some Dominican Chimicurris. My son’s girlfriend came to join us and we had some beers and sat down on the deck to contemplate the fruits of our labor.

Dominican Chimicurris, USA Style

Dominican Chimicurris, USA Style

Today, I was telling my wife how tired and sore I am (probably because I am so out of shape) but I would not change it for the world. The fact that I was able to share the time with my entire family working on our humble abode, made it all worthwhile.

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.