One Weekend in Connecticut

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Hello! Hope everyone had a good weekend. Pierre and I went to visit his cousins and their two little boys in Connecticut. Two and half hours north on the Amtrak, we left the computer at home and turned our phones off. First priority: relaxation.

It’s important to get out of the city every now and then. Otherwise the speed and rush of things here will drive you crazy and insane. Perhaps a combination of both. We were gone for just two days but it seriously feels like we came back from a spa retreat. His cousins are amazing cooks and within the first few hours of our arrival we feasted on fingerling potatoes fried in duck fat, a light salad, and stunning côte de boeuf for four. There was a whole chocolate cake combining génoise, gavottes crumbled in nutella (will replicate this at home!), and chocolate mousse. And that was only lunch.

We drove to Fromage in Old Saybrook to pick out cheeses for dinner including a buttery Coupole and Stinking Bishop among many others. And then we stopped at Atlantic Seafood Market for a variety of oysters, monkfish, scallops, salmon, and shrimp while sampling cups of creamy haddock chowder. The scallops and shrimp was for dinner, simply seared – the main course to appetizers of raw oysters and warm buckwheat blinis (made from scratch!), fresh cream and smoked salmon. Cocktails too! I think we were all in heaven. Out of habit, we dine out/takeout/do delivery too often in the city – home cooked meals are rare and much appreciated treats.

The next morning, well rested (no sounds of drunken people yelling on the streets or cabs honking down Broadway) we had warm pancakes and baguettes with soft butter and jam. Hot tea? Yes please! A walk to the beach, rest and then lunch of monkfish and fried pancetta. Cheese plate and more of that divine chocolate cake to follow.

Then it was off to B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill in Mystic, a short 30-minute drive. Half a dozen fluffy sugar-dusted Apple Cider Doughnuts and hot Mulled Cider to match.

A look at the menu. They also sold jars of apple butter, applesauce, apple-everything!

Fresh batch. Beats the cider doughnuts from Union Square Greenmarket which are often stale by the time farmers bring them down to the Greenmarket. We drove around the Mystic river and back to the house. One last late afternoon hour by the fireplace with that October issue of Food & Wine, and one more pot of genmaicha. A train ride back to NYC, and somehow…it’s Monday once again, surely much too fast.

16 Comments
  • anonymous
    November 30, -0001

    There's this great place in Saratoga Springs (my alma mater town) that offers awesome cider doughnuts, too. So I KNOW what you mean by the 'stale' ones from the Union Square market. Glad you had some downtime.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    November 30, -0001

    Hi Amy! They live in New London, so we drove to all the nearby towns…I love the area, so peaceful! :)

  • anonymous
    November 21, 2011

    glad you had a good weekend. was hoping you would address the comments about the changes to your website. otherwise there just feels like a big elephant in the room.

  • Ethan Nicholas
    November 21, 2011

    I know exactly how you feel, getting out of this madhouse! I'm leaving for the holiday Wednesday evening to return to the family home in Princeton, and even less than an hour away, it's such a respite from the craziness that is New York!The Chowder from Atlantic is to die for, isn't it? So good this time of year!Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you have a variety of Assams and Keemuns for your after dinner cuppas!-Ethan

  • K and S
    November 21, 2011

    sounds like a great getaway! never tried apple cider donuts but they sound heavenly!

  • anonymous
    November 22, 2011

    Sounds like a FANTABULOUS weekend :) Who cares if you do or don't address the comments… the food looks DIVINE!!! Obviously… I am easily distracted :)

  • miss brooklyn snapshots
    November 22, 2011

    i would like to see a pics of the chocolate cake, it sounds so good! And Nutella is all my childhood!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    November 22, 2011

    Hi Ethan! Happy Thanksgiving to you too! :) That chowder was INSANE! I regret not buying more to take home. It was our first time in that part of Connecticut, though I hope to return in the summer for more seafood. Assams and Keemuns ready to go! (I've actually been wanting to cook with those teas, more on that later!)Hi Kat! I didn't even know what apple cider donuts were until after moving to NYC. Nothing quite like it in back home. A must-try next time you visit NYC! :)Hi Kim! Yes!! And they're pretty expensive at the Union Square Market. About $1.50 compared to the $.60 for fresh ones we got here! Can't go back those after having these… :)Hi Stephanie! Thanks!! :) I really appreciated the constructive criticism comments, but thought others were rather mean, will address those down the road. But for now…too busy eating doughnuts! ;)Hi Valerie! I didn't have a chance to take a photo of the cake…but I plan to recreate the whole thing at home, and then definitely post it for sure! :)

  • anonymous
    November 22, 2011

    Hi Kathy! Personally… I don't mind mean comments and I would never take them personally. What does bother me, however, are when mean spirited comments are left anonymously. I am not referring to any comment in particular as i thought they were all rather tame. But we are all entitled to our feelings… so we should at the very least own them and allow the receiver of those comments the opportunity to respond privately or otherwise. Anyways, who cares about mean comments when you had the most wonderful weekend :)

  • anonymous
    November 22, 2011

    You know what Kathy, don't post the last comment I sent you, cause it would be wrong to feed the haters hate.Be strong and don't let it get to you!!!!A lot of that comes from jealousy.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    November 22, 2011

    Hi Minke! Didn't post it, but I read it and totally loved it, you put a big smile on my face :) Sticks + Chanel bags hehe ^_^ And yup, those bags were accumulated over 15 years, and over half were gifts/passed down from family. Hope to get a Birkin in there one day, one day. A girl can dream :)

  • anonymous
    November 22, 2011

    :-)

  • anonymous
    November 22, 2011

    Hello Kathy YL Chan,Long time reader, first time commentor. The positive side of all this drama is it confirms blog audience and traffic hehe. Can I give you some feedback? I ask because it may not be welcomed (ahem cough cough). I think you are a class act for the way you are handling this, not getting hooked into the drama. Blog envy often comes from people not acting on their own behalf in some way (myself included), but rather than lash out I turn that energy inwards and work on myself, it is more productive and less hurtful. You have gone through (and generously shared) your journey and big changes in your life, that takes dedication and courage. You are trying to find what fits, what works and to embracing the future, how can any of us not relate to that. (PS the reason I started reading your blog was when I read Archie Comics as a child and sometimes adult, I thought to myself that girl had taste! hehe) You keep blogging girlfriend : ) Joanne

  • Kathy YL Chan
    November 23, 2011

    Hi Joanne! Thank you so much for commenting and the motivational words – I always appreciate honest feedback :) Things aren't always perfect, but I just blog the good/happy stuff (as opposed to the bad things)…so sometimes I worry that I display a skewed version of my life! And aren't Archie Comics just the best? The collection just keeps growing! :)

  • anonymous
    November 23, 2011

    Kathy! You were in my old stomping grounds! Where do Pierre's cousins live? I might have to visit them for dinner or breakfast next time I go home! (I grew up in the East Lyme/Essex area… and chocolate cake and stinky cheese?? Come on!) I have to say, you went to some places I've never been and you've inspired me. Who knew, CT?!

  • Miss Vodka
    December 7, 2011

    These donuts look so good!! If only I knew about them when I visited last year!

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