The Half Door (Hartford, CT)

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The Half Door is an Irish pub located in Hartford, CT on 270 Sisson Ave. This restaurant is not far from both the Mark Twain house museum, and the Harriet Beecher Stowe house. It is a 10 minute walk from both the museum to the Half Door. The atmosphere of the restaurant is comfortable and the staff is very nice taking great care of their customers. They have a good selection of food and beverages to choose from both beers and non-alcoholic drinks. When customers arrive, they will find seating in the dining room, bar, and outside patio. The food is reasonably priced and very delicious. Their open for Brunch starting at 10 am on weekends. Happy hour is from 3-6 pm Monday-Friday, and 9:30-11 pm Wednesday-Saturday. The pub is open until 1 am every day except Friday and Saturday, since they are open until 2 am.

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We had the Crispy Whiskey burger, the Stuffed French Toast, the Cobblestones, and the Frittata. The Crispy Whiskey burger is an 8 oz burger which includes cheddar cheese, fried onions, and whiskey burger sauce.

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The Stuffed French Toast, is stuffed with cream cheese with strawberries and whip cream on top with a side of bacon.

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The Cobblestones are rolls with steak, American cheese, caramelized onions, and mushrooms inside.

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Finally, the Frittata is an egg dish that is fried with asparagus, mushrooms, arugula, goat cheese, and balsamic glaze.

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Everyone enjoyed their meal, but my most favorite had to be the Crispy Whiskey burger. I definitely recommend trying it when visiting The Half Door. I would also recommend this restaurant to anyone who’s in the area looking for a great place to eat. If you are interested in checking out The Half Door online, click here: http://thehalfdoor.com

Sláinte!☘️

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Cheesecake Factory (Chestnut Hill, MA)

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The Cheesecake Factory is an American restaurant that is known for their Cheesecakes. They also have a wonderful eat in or take out menu. Their Thai peanut lettuce wraps are my favorite. There are a variety of Cheesecake Factories across the states which include Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. The Cheesecake Factory I visited recently was located on 199 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill, MA at the The Shops at Chestnut Hill. The Cheesecake Factory has always been a family favorite. We go at least two or three times a year to get a cheesecake. The atmosphere of the restaurant is comfortable and the staff is very nice and takes great care of their customers. They have a wide variety of Cheesecakes to choose from. This can seem overwhelming at times especially if you’re not sure which Cheesecake to get, because I know I feel overwhelmed sometimes when trying to pick out a Cheesecake.

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There are three different sizes of cheesecakes customers can choose from. They can choose between a six inch, seven inch, and ten inch. My family and I normally order the seven inch, which feeds 6-8 people. My favorite is the White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle. They have an option to add fresh strawberries on top. If you are interested in checking out the Cheesecake Factory online, click here: https://www.thecheesecakefactory.com/menu/ .

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The Great Lost Bear (Portland, Maine)

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The Great Lost Bear is an American pub restaurant located in Portland, Maine on 540 Forest Ave. I’ll admit when I first looked this place up online, I became skeptical because of the way it looked on the outside, but I was truly surprised with how good everything was. The atmosphere of the restaurant is comfortable and the staff is very nice and takes great care of their customers. They have a wide variety of food and over seventy beers to choose from. This can seem overwhelming if it’s your first time at this restaurant, because I know I felt overwhelmed.

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When customers arrive, they will find seating in the dining room, bar, and outside patio. Inside the dining room, customers will find beautifully etched glass that separate the bar from the dining room.

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The food is a reasonably priced and very delicious. We had the Peanut Thai Chicken sandwich with Coleslaw, a Cheeseburger, and a Spinach salad with feta cheese and added the marinated portabella mushrooms on top. Everyone enjoyed their meal, and for dessert we shared the Toll House Cookie Pie. Best cookie pie I’ve had. I definitely recommend trying it.

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I would also recommend this restaurant to anyone who’s in the area looking for a great place to eat. If you are interested in checking out The Great Lost Bear online, click here: http://www.greatlostbear.com/glbmobile.html

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Osteria del Proconsolo (Florence, Italy)🇮🇹

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Buongiorno Florence, Italia! Today’s blog is on Osteria del Proconsolo. Osteria del Proconsolo is an Italian restaurant located in Florence, Italy on Via del Proconsolo, 59. In fact, we call it Florence, but locals say Firenze. There are many other restaurants to choose from in the city of Florence, but my favorite restaurant was Osteria del Proconsolo. This restaurant is a great place to stop at for lunch or dinner. We sat in a wonderful open atmosphere next to the large full size window that opened to the street, so you’re sitting inside, while enjoying the activity outside.

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Finally, customers have the option to pick between a variety of delicious desserts. My favorites included the Tiramisu and the Crème Brulee.

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I look forward to visiting Florence again someday! Grazie mille for reading!!

Ciao

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Miscele e Fuoco (Rome, Italy) 🇮🇹

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Rome is filled with a variety of restaurants, but my favorite was Miscele e Fuoco. It is located a few blocks from the Colosseum on Via Cavourright down the street from Hotel Romano. Miscele e Fuoco serves everything from breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, and cocktails. They have a variety of seating both inside and out. The food that I ordered was very delicious. My favorite dish was the chocolate waffle. It was super moist with tons of whip cream, and cut up strawberries drizzled with chocolate sauce. It was by far the best waffle I’ve ever had!!!! This is a meal I would recommend to anyone who eats at Miscele e Fuoco for breakfast. If you’re looking for something more on the healthier side, I recommend their bowl of fruit. The fruit was amazing and super fresh. It consisted of pineapple as your base with strawberries, oranges, raspberries, blackberries, and honeydew melon inside.

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Customers who sit inside will find the atmosphere very comfortable, and those who sit outside will find it a little busy on the street.The staff is very nice and takes great care of their customers. I definitely look forward to coming back to Miscele e Fuocothe next time I visit Rome.

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Backyard Brewery (Manchester, NH)

The Backyard Brewery is a family ownedbrewery and pub located in Manchester, NH right down the road from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. There are many pubs and restaurants located in Manchester, NH, but this is one of my favorite restaurants to eat at everytime I’m in Manchester. They have a wide variety of homemade craft beers with a huge glass window in the brewery for viewing the beer vats while you enjoy your meal. Although they offer a variety of food, their most popular dish is prime rib, which is served everyday starting at 4 pm. When customers arrive, they will find a variety of seating in the dining room, the brewery, the pub, and outside on the patio, which is a great place to bring your dog.The food is a little pricy, but very high quality. Some of my favorite meals at the Backyard Brewery include their Prime rib with extraAu jus, and the Dragon steak with a side of chicky sauce. The prime rib is the best prime rib there is. It melts in your mouth. That’s how delicious it is.

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Next, the Dragon steak is a soy ginger flat iron steak with broccolini, pineapple salsa, and sriracha fries. The steak is very moist and the pineapple salsa complements the flavor of the steak very well. I will admit I did think the siracha fries were going to be a little too spicy for my liking, but they were actually very good. Not too much spice, but just enough to give you a taste of sriracha.

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Customers can also substitute their starch such as mashed potatoes with a side salad. My favorite salad is their Smokin Caesar which includes fresh parmesan, applewood bacon, and delicious caesar dressing.

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 Customers will also find the atmosphere a little busy both inside and outside, but the staff is very nice and takes great care of their customers. Finally, one of their best desserts is their Smore’s mud pie. This includes graham cracker crust topped with chocolate ice cream, toasted marshmallows and chocolate ganache. YUM!!!! Definitely one of my favorite desserts, and I highly recommend it. If you are interested in checking out Backyard Brewery online, click here: https://backyardbrewerynh.com

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Pizzeria Tortuga (Venice, Italy) 🇮🇹

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Buongiorno! Venice is an island city in Italy that is surrounded by water. The only transportation visitors can take to get around the city is to travel by boat or walk through the cobblestone streets. Vehicles are not an option. Venice, is filled with a variety of delicious pizzeria and pasta restaurants. However, I recommend visiting the smaller local mom and pop restaurants, to experience the atmosphere with traditional Italian dishes.

My favorite mom and pop restaurant in Venice, is Pizzeria Tortuga, where many of the locals eat. Pizzeria Tortuga is a small Italian restaurant that is located on Salizada dei Spechieri, around the corner from the ferry to Murano Island. They serve a variety of pizza, pasta, and wine. When customers walk in, they will find a variety of seating throughout the dining room, bar, and outside. The food was very delicious from start to finish. A few of my favorites included the Lasagna with Bolognese Sauce, Cannelloni, and Gnocchi with red sauce. 

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Customers will find the food very fresh and reasonably priced, which makes it definitely worth it. Best pasta dishes I’ve had! The owner was very friendly and attentive to our needs. This restaurant was open extended hours between lunch and dinner, when all the other restaurants were closed, . Finally, customers who dine at Pizzeria Tortuga will find the atmosphere very relaxing in both the dining room and the bar, and full of activity outside. I look forward to coming back to this restaurant the next time I visit Venice.

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Ciao!

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