CloverSnacks: The Mochi Store in Jake’s Diggity Dogs

Li Hing Mango and Sakura

Li Hing Mango and Sakura

It’s a little confusing to see two rather different signs pointing to the same location. The Mochi Store is inside Jake’s Diggity Dogs, which is unexpected, but when we caught a glance of the sign while walking down Crown St, we had to check it out. (more…)

CloverEats: Barcelona in New Haven

Grilled Hangar with Truffle Vinaigrette

Grilled Hangar with Truffle Vinaigrette

Barcelona is so hip that it has an unmarked door. Fred had tried them when he stayed at the Omni hotel, which it is right next door to, and raved so much about it that I had to try it out.  Pictured above is the hangar steak, probably the most frequently mentioned tapas dish on Yelp.  Unfortunately, it was a little on the chewy side, despite appearing a perfectly pink medium-rare.   (more…)

CloverEats: Olea in New Haven

cochinillo roasted boneless suckling pig, lemon, thyme, honey port wine, parmesan cheese dauphinois potato, petit mesclun salad

cochinillo: roasted boneless suckling pig, lemon, thyme, honey port wine, parmesan cheese dauphinois potato, petit mesclun salad

Probably one of the best meals we’ve had so far in New Haven, Olea offered some really fantastic and delectable dishes. Pictured above, the cochinillo was excellent, rivaling the flavors of cochinillo I had in Spain. Everything about the restaurant was great, from the atmosphere to the service to of course the food. (more…)

CloverPizzas: Sally’s Apizza in Wooster Square, New Haven

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To be honest, we had originally planned to check out Pepe’s, the rival pizzeria to Sally’s, but the line was so long we skipped it.  Both are in the cute neighborhood of Wooster Square, just a few steps from each other.  They go way back, and Sally’s was actually opened by Frank Pepe’s very own nephew.  How’s that for drama? (more…)

CloverDrinks: Maison Mathis in New Haven

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It was a hot summer afternoon when we walked past Maison Mathis on Broadway.  Patrons sipped from green drinks on the sidewalk outside. The sun was shining, and the idea of a healthy, cool juice was just too good to resist.  We looked inside – the huge windows made it easy – and saw a variety of snacks too. We were on foot this particular day, but there’s a wedge-shaped lot in the middle of Broadway that visitors can park in. (more…)

CloverEats: Chao Chao in New Haven

Taiwanese Beef Noodle – braised beef shank, pickled cabbage

Taiwanese Beef Noodle – braised beef shank, pickled cabbage

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Chao Chao (or is it House of Chao? Chao Restaurant and Wine Bar?) is a surprising authentic restaurant in an unexpectedly moody setting. It’s dark and sophisticated, and feels almost like an archive or basement, suited more to a speakeasy than a Chinese restaurant. Also, I’m not sure what makes this a wine bar, as we were offered neither a cocktail menu nor a wine list, although granted it was still early in the day. Service was again surprisingly top-notch, with speedy and attentive waiters and a manager who spoke Chinese. There’s even a menu in Mandarin, that’s how you know it’s legit. I got the Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup, recommended by our waiter as one of the most popular dishes on the menu.  The beef and pickled cabbage were fantastic, but I wish the noodles were a little thicker and more flavorful.  Fred got the Three Cup Chicken, which while I thought was delicious and smoky and savory, he found too fatty.  We got a great side of house kimchi too.  I’d definitely come back for the great food in an unexpected but lovely atmosphere.  Check them out on Yelp or at their website!
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Three Cup Chicken Casserole – Taiwanese Coq au Vin

CloverChows: Prime 16 in New Haven

Maui Burger - ground beef patty topped with pepper jack cheese, smoked applewood bacon, pickled red onion, grilled pineapple, romaine lettuce with chipotle mayo

Maui Burger – ground beef patty topped with pepper jack cheese, smoked applewood bacon, pickled red onion, grilled pineapple, romaine lettuce with chipotle mayo

There are days when I’ve had a really good workout (yay Fitocracy!), under my MyFitnessPal calorie goal, and all I want is a delicious burger to fill my belly. We stopped by Prime 16 because where there’s a name like that, there’s got to be good burgers. We weren’t disappointed. The Maui Burger, pictured above, was fantastic, so much so that although we’re usually pretty good about sharing, we were fighting for bites on this juicy baby. The interesting array of toppings were fun, and didn’t detract at all from the fantastic patty at the heart of the sandwich. (more…)

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