Searching for Sangria

jupiterimages.comIf someone can review gas station chicken, then it’s not too self-indulgent to blog about trying to find the best sangria in Hartford.

I’m not a wine aficionado, and I really am not much of a drinker either. But when I find something that I like, I get fixated on wanting to know where the best one (that I can afford of whatever it is) can be found. I’m like this with mocha, falafel, pizza, burritos, etc. I’m not so fixated on this one thing, though, that I necessarily can overlook everything else about an establishment. Here’s my work-in-progress list:


Economic Crisis Be Damned!

In the spot where Bistro 942 stayed open for less than a year, and where Euro Cafe flailed before that, another establishment is going to try its luck. Bocca Rossa, a wine bar and lounge, will be wedged in the space between Dunkin Donuts and City Steam Brewery. Although Rosco’s on nearby Temple Street did not fare well, new restaurants continue to pop up in this section of Downtown.
The sign promises that the restaurant will be coming soon, but does not specify a date. I’m waiting for Kyto, a sushi restaurant on the corner of Pratt and Main, to open. That was supposed to happen over a year ago, and it appears to be under construction, still.

Cinema, Cocktails, and Creative Cuisine

In November, the Capitol Cinema Collective will be bringing independent short and feature-length films to the city in its Hartford International Film Festival. This Wednesday (10/22) there will be a fundraiser for the Hartford International Film Festival at Barça Restaurant and Tapas Bar in Parkville at 7pm.

I have had the chance to preview some of the films to be shown in November and will be going on Wednesday to support this. Barça is in the Design Center at 1429 Park Street.

Last Chance!

food.jpgThe West End Farmers’ Market will be shutting down for the season this Friday. This means that Tuesday and Friday between 4 and 7pm are your last chances to stop by the market at the corner of South Whitney and Farmington until Spring 2009.
These other Hartford farmers’ markets are scheduled to remain open until the following dates:

Capitol Avenue (next to Bushnell) – October 27
Park Street (Park & Washington) – October 27

Billings Forge (Broad) – October 30

Northend Farmers’ Market (Coventry St.) – November 5

Downtown Farmers’ Market – Thanksgiving