Sunday, August 5, 2007

atomic pop, city cafe, bluhouse





Our friends came to visit us on Saturday, and we hopped around the city all afternoon. Atomic Pop in Hamden serves up a new breed of baked goods, the totally inedible kind, but soft and plushy to engulf in a hug. I would totally take a bite out of one, were it not for the fact that they have faces, and such angelic ones at that!

For a late lunch, and a very unremarkable one, we dined at City Cafe in Mt. Vernon. There are no pictures, since there were well, basically none worth taking. I had caesar salad with shrimp, which was served as only chopped romaine and plain grilled shrimp and 3 grape tomatoes. Mr.S ordered an entree chicken salad, which turned out to be a measly paltry pitiful portion. The only satisfied customer at the table was our friend who ordered the turkey club, a very generous plateful with a heaping mound of fries. We all gazed longingly at his gluttinous portion while nibbling on our greens.


Then it was off to Bluhouse by Harbor East, an eco-friendly home furnishings store that's more zen than granola, and more apothecary than furniture store. The adjacent cafe is one of the most silent cafes I have ever been to. They serve organic and fair-trade coffees and teas, and an assortment of sandwiches and wraps from the superhealty Zia's in Towson. The pastries were again, unremarkable, as they looked like they were from Costco (and there's nothing wrong with that), just surprising when taking into account the higher end quality of their other products. The iced coffee was good, not acidic nor anything to that effect. They had no iced decaf on hand, so our friend resorted to ordering a decaf americano over ice, which as any coffee purist know, ruins a good shot of espresso. I would most definitely go back, but for the ambience only. And maybe also to test out a few hand cremes.