Monday, January 30, 2012

Connecticut Wander: A Little Bit of Peru in Hartford

Last night Lori suggested La Kerencya for dinner.  I was a bit leery about what to expect.  I browsed the online menu, and I noticed many of the dishes were served with rice and french fries.  She assured me the food was excellent.  I decided what the heck, it was a good night for a culinary adventure.

The restaurant was warm and inviting - the owners attentive, gracious and delightful. Willie the chef and his wife Mona, our the hostess and server. She guided us through the many menu choices. Mona translated La Kerncya for us, which means "passionate knowing" in Peruvian. I like that.  

I was delightfully surprised by the quality and quantity of food.  There were five in our party.  We all ordered something different and we all shared.  My first course, the Saltado de Vegetables, a classic Peruvian dish, stir fry sautéed with tomatoes, red onions, peppers, peas, corn, carrots, and seasoned with “Kerencya’s” style sauce served and white rice.  It was large enough for an entire meal.  My second course was the Pescado Al Ajo, a pan fried sole fillet over a butter-garlic La Kerencya sauce.  Both were very tasty.  Although the fish was pan fried, it didn't seem heavy.  The breading was light and the fish tender and flakey.

My friends ordered an assortment of the Ceviche, diced fresh fish/seafood dishes marinated in lime juice seasoned in a variety of ways.  Someone ordered the Arroz con Mariscos, a Peruvian Paella, another ordered Anticuchos Skewered, grilled chicken kabobs served over grilled sliced potatoes and Peruvian corn, the last dish was Lomo Saltado a classic Peruvian dish, Stir fried beef tenderloin strips sautéed with tomatoes, red onions, and seasoned with “ Kerencya’s” style sauce served with white rice and French fries .  Oh lets not forget dessert, flan. 

There is something for everyone on the menu. Every dish was fresh and well prepared.  Needless to say our eyes were bigger than our stomach, and we  were happy to take the extras home to enjoy later.  La Kerencya is on Franklin Avenue in Hartford. They have Peruvian or Latin based music some Sunday afternoons, Thursday and Friday evenings starting at 8pm.  I will definitely be back. 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Killington: Winter Has Finally Arrived

What an interesting ski day.  The snow started to accumulate around 6 AM this morning, by 8:30 AM there was 4 inches on my car.  It kept coming down at a steady pace all day long.  We ended up with around 8 inches.  The southeast winds blew the snow around in some unusual spots.  A few areas were scoured.  The snow had to blow somewhere. and I found lots of it. 

My favorite run was after lunch on Outer Limits when it opened for the first time this season.  Big whales from the snow guns that had been blowing snow on it for the past few days, and all that fresh powder made a perfect end to a fun day.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Killington Wonder: Learn to Ski Program

Last week I was lucky enough to have both my niece and nephew visit me in Killington.  They live in NC and don't see snow very often.  My nephew Jimmy snow boards, not often but after a day on the slopes he is riding like a pro again.  He even followed me onto a few black runs and under the snow guns to catch a little man-made powder.

My niece Hayley was new to snow sports, and she wanted to learn how to ski.  Killington has an awesome Learn to Ski Program.  She was a confident skier able to enjoy a few blue trails by the end of day 3.  I can't imagine why more people don't take advantage of the program.

The 3 day Learn to Ski Program is an incredible bargain for $199, considering a single lift ticket is $86.  The package included: 3 days of rental equipment, 3 half day beginner lessons, 2 beginner area lift tickets and 2 all mountain lift tickets, and a Learner's Permit Card offering discounts on lessons, lift tickets, and rental equipment for the rest of the season.  On top of all that, there was a bonus promotion.  I recieved a free lift ticket for bringing a friend to learn to ski.  

The weather was wicked cold, hovering in the single digits, the first 2 days.  The weather slowly warmed by Friday reaching a high of 36*F.  They were both troopers and we stayed out all day, every day, with just a couple breaks.  My mission was accomplished by the end of the week.  They didn't want to leave, and they were already planning their next ski/board vacation.