Tuesday, May 31, 2011
It is a long standing tradition for Sad City to call into WCCC 106.9 on Wednesday nights and discuss Hartford happenings with on-air personality Craig The Porn Star. These calls have been going on for almost a solid year as Craig was one of the first supporters of Sad City. Since both Sad City creators are huge radio fans and huge fans of a certain radio host that long ago worked for WCCC, we love the chance to be on Connecticut's Greatest rock station, which also happens to be located right in town on Asylum Street.
After the jump catch up with these calls that usually air around 9:30 Wednesday nights. Topics include; Hartford's most awkward bathroom, urban camping, Tastease, and springtime mattress invasions. Tune into the WCCC to hear Craig weekdays from 7 to midnight and any time of day to hear Connecticut's best rock station.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
If you don't walk down Main Street you might not be aware of the statute of Pulaski which is right next to the Federal Courthouse. There isn't much in the area, a few feet of concrete, a couple benches, a line of trees, and of course the statute of Pulaski. The rotary between Main St and Elm St next to Bushnell Park is named Pulaski Circle. (is it politically correct to ponder on how Hartford's main rotary is named after a Polish hero?) That got us to wondering, who is Pulaski? Like many other staute man, he has a moustache and rides a horse. We first checked out the statute itself too see what information we could gather.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Last week was Mrs. HFG's birthday, so on Saturday we decided to celebrate by going to Peppercorn's Grill on Main Street, right at the edge of Downtown (just north of the intersection of Main and Buckingham Street). For those that don’t know, Peppercorn's has been around since 1989 and has won many local awards and has a very loyal following. Although Peppercorn’s is a good restaurant, the HFG just doesn't see how it can be ranked among the best in Hartford, let alone the area, or how it consistently wins so many local awards.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
We continue looking at Hartford Houses Of Worship today. We start with what might be our personal favorite, the Russian Orthodox Church located in the South End. This one is hard to find as it is tucked away in a residential side street and the church itself isn't all that much taller than the houses around it. Obviously the highlight is the golden domes on top evoking, the Kremlin, and the Colt Factory. Those about the same age as us will remember when when the USSR was once our greatest rival scaring us with nuclear weapons and giving us other mysterious high-powered weapons like Pavel Bure.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
The Hartford Food Guy reviews Fire N Spice
I had Friday off, but because Mrs. HFG had to work I was again on my own. Just because my wife is working, however, doesn’t mean she doesn’t provide me with a delicious meal. While that usually means her leaving something good in the refrigerator, yesterday it meant taking her advice and checking out Fire -n- Spice on Sisson Avenue in Hartford (a couple of doors south of the relatively well known Half Door pub).
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Benjamin Franklin famously said that nothing in life was certain except for death and taxes. We all learned early in school that the necessities for survival are food, shelter, and water. Well at Caribe Restaurant on Park Street, you can get four of those five in one stop. In a depressed economy businesses are getting more and more creative in finding different ways to generate revenue, but a tax preparation restaurant is a new one.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Last month we were able to get a shot of Batman standing outside of a Hispanic Laundry on Park Street. While we wondered and many hypothesized what the Dark Knight might be doing on the streets of Hartford, Batman himself vanished back into the shadowy underworld from which he came. Until now. Just a couple days go we again spotted the caped superhero, again roaming Park Street. This time we were able to get a close up shot of the local hero in action.
Has Batman relocated from Gotham to Hartford? Is he only protecting Park Street? Where is Robin? Where will the Dark Knight be spotted next?
Monday, May 16, 2011
The Hartford Food Guy returns to reviews Francesco's, located on 318 Franklin Ave, right across from a former Sad City living spot. We once tried to eat at Francesco's on a Monday but the place had just closed just before we arrived. We ended up instead at the closed bar with Francesco's staff and followed that up with a trip to Bowl-O-Rama. Who needs 24 hour bowling on a Monday night? Apparently Francesco's staff.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
We have long meant to take a trip inside Sol De Borinquen Bakery on Park Street. On our many journeys to El Mercado Grocer we noticed long lines in the bakery and figured it had to be worth checking out. So when Pete Sopressata sent us a message saying he had found "the best sandwich in Hartford" at Sol De Borinquen, we decided it was time to finally make our way over there.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The Keney Memorial Tower is one of Hartford's great forgotten landmarks. Tucked away across from the
With Spring now in bloom, the season for one of Hartford's natural phenomenons, mattress season, has arrived. Sad City reader Dave P. sent in this picture that captures not only Hartford's forgotten landmark, but a rare off sidewalk mattress sighting.
Monday, May 9, 2011
When the Hartford Food Guy reviewed Trinity Restaurant last week, we noticed and were enamored with the retro Enjoy Sprite sign outside the restaurant. We weren't the only one who thought the sign was an awesome piece of nostalgia, the Hartford Courant's Steve Goode sent along the following info;
Friday, May 6, 2011
It's been a long time since we visited our Hartford Pay Phone Contest, charting the remaining pay phones, but this one was too good to leave out. We found this phone at the Wal-Mart on Flatbush Ave. Since this Wal-Mart was built only about a decade ago, we are guessing this might be the most recent, and possibly last, pay phone that will be installed in Hartford.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
The Hartford Food Guy reviews Trinity Restaurant, which by all accounts seems like a real Sad City type of place. Super bonus points for the retro Enjoy Sprite sign.
When I blogged about Pho Boston, a reader suggested that I try the Trinity Restaurant on Zion Street. I put it on my HFG to do list, but I never got around to it, probably because Mrs. HFG and I left for London 3 weeks later and things got crazy when we got back.
A couple of weeks ago, however, a friend told me that he and his girlfriend had been there for dinner and loved it. No doubt seeking to latch on to the rising fame and fortune of the HFG (:p) he offered to go back with me so I could check it out.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Hartford is home to some very large churches. The stretch of Farmington and Asylum Ave running between downtown and the West End is home to some of the city's largest churches. This particular church dominates the area skyline, it's steeple is visible from quite a distance. Along with The Hartford building. easily the most recognizable structure in the area.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
WCCC has been a Hartford staple for a long time. When it comes to rock radio in Hartford, WCCC has dominated the scene for years. Recently we stumbled on this most requested hits list on WCCC from May of 1973. It's an interesting little relic, at the time WCCC was billing itself as "Triple C" with the tag line that they "put the fun back into radio."
Monday, May 2, 2011
WNPR's Chion Wolfe currently holds fifth place. The Hartford Courant's Steve Goode, co-manager with his daughter Isabelle have their team in 7th. Ryan from a CT Law Blogger is right behind them in 8th place. Councilor Cotto is in 11th, while the Hartford Party Starter's Union team finds itself in last place.
Jumper, with his motley collection of flotsam and jetsam, holds the 10th spot.
Jumper, with his motley collection of flotsam and jetsam, holds the 10th spot.
Sunday we came upon a large crowd gathered at Bushnell Park. Upon investigation we had stumbled upon a rally of union workers. It was a pretty large crowd with energetic speakers. While most of the messages seemed pretty reasonable, asking for fair wages, health care, and paid sick time, there was one bizarre part where one speaker started ranting about how we needed to get yet another Kennedy elected to something, somewhere. Call it a generational thing but the fascination over one family is pretty bizarre; hero worship is not the answer to your problems. Plus the Kennedys really seem.....so 1960's.
Video from the rally after the jump.