Monthly Archives: February 2012

Saluto: Hartford, CT

What is your best guess as to why they have placed hooks next to the paper towel holder? At first I thought it was a nifty hold you handbag idea, but then realized that the they were placed too close together for that. In fact, you would only need one set for that purpose. Leaves a lot to the imagination!

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Global Strategy Group: Hartford, CT

A strange array of soaps, hairspray and anti-germ spray. Having looked at the list of tony clients this firm has serviced, I was imagining that some super politico might have used the same restroom. Later realized that most of them probably frequented the D.C. or N.Y. C. office.

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New Haven Lawn Club: New Haven, CT

Posted in Decor, My Life, Out & About |

If you have to have a monthly board meeting, this is as good a spot as any. One of the best old fashioned restrooms around. Don't let looks decieve you. This antique looking faucet went on as I dispensed soap into my hand and went off the minute I was finished rinsing. I was actually shooting the dainty spray of LIVE orchids. Read To Grow, the literacy non-profit whose board I sit on, is about to launch itself on a campaign to cover all the birthing hospitals in the state of CT. It currently covers 11. Watch for them in your area.

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Dr. Pressman: New Haven, CT

Posted in Decor, My Life, Out & About |

Mediocre restroom decoration, however, this is one of the friendliest doctor's offices I have ever been in and if his injections cure my neuroma, I will be a happy walker once again.

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Elizabeth’s Cafe: Madison, CT

Posted in Out & About, Signage |

Surprised that this is the first shot of self-promotion I have come across in my travels thus far. Why hide it in the restroom I ask?

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Bee and Thistle Inn: Old Lyme, CT

My first experience of stained glass as an art object in a rest room. I remember the old days when we went here for the outstanding scones- served only at dinner for some odd reason- and to sit at a table in front of the one fireplace on a cold winter's evening. It was never more charming as it is nowadays with multiple fireplaces and dining options. The cosiest of places and with consistently good food as well.

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Gabrielle Carlson: Manhattan

Posted in My Life, Out & About |

I have been buying deliciously feminine and discretely sexy clothing from this solo designer for decades. She works out of a tiny atelier on E. 10th street and it is always an adventure in color and texture and an ego boost to spend an hour with her. Her bathroom usually has some "experiment in dying" hanging from the shower. Also not bad that one can always get a seat for lunch at the infamous Momofuko Noodle Bar right across the street.

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Olio Restaurant: Groton, CT

Posted in Out & About, Strange |

Do you suppose this table and chair are to invite the clientelle to do a little pre or post meal writing?  It has been years since I ate at the nouveau Italian restaurant which was packed when we arived at 12:30 and completely vacant when we departed at 2pm.  The reverse of what one finds in NYC. I did find their take on the ubiquitous beet salad to be delicious and inventive.

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Memorial Hall: Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

Posted in My Life, Signage, Strange |

How did I know this was the Women's since the sign was ripped from the wall? Obviously because the other door had a Men's sign! This was the only imperfection I found in this ingenious modern building which encased the original stone campus chapel. This University has so many wonderful offerings at little or no charge, it is a wonderful community resource. Tonight I was there to here the brilliant Haitian writer Edwidge Danticat- whose novel Breath, Eyes, Memory I adored- read from her new book Create Dangerously. It is incredibly moving to hear a Haitian speak about her experiences in and of that beleaguered country.

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Pho Mai: Middletown, CT

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More instructions to restroom users.  How lazy are people getting that they would leave the water running? FYI, this looks like a hole in the wall, as do many ethnic restaurants in Middletown, but it has the best, most authentic Vietnamese food- and I have been to that country- I have had in the States. It is run by a well educated and ever smiling Vietnamese family and the Pho and hot and sour soups are so delicious I buy take out containers whenever I am in town to bring home for later consumption.

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