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Nuggets by Judy Henderson

Time to clear the air about clearing air
At its purest, air is made up primarily of oxygen and nitrogen, along with smaller amounts of other gases, including argon, carbon dioxide, methane, neon, helium, krypton, hydrogen, xenon, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, iodine, as well as trace amounts of carbon monoxide and ammonia. But as we have all become keenly aware these past many months, the air is also filled with pathogens in the form of bacteria, viruses, mold, and other microorganisms that can cause disease.
Thankfully, we become immune to most over time, but we are not immune to them all nor can we avoid them all. In fact, the reason we are still battling this most recent pandemic is because the germ that caused it is both airborne and ubiquitous — a fancy word for everywhere. And while we will develop immunity to it in varying degrees through various means sooner than later, just as we always do, it still concerns many. The good news? There’s a way to actually clean the air we breathe even in — and especially in — crowded settings, such as restaurants, businesses, stores, and sports and performance venues. It’s called the ActivePure Technology.
Originally developed for NASA, and available locally through Aerus, ActivePure is safe and effective, and because the system does not use chemicals or ozone to purify the air, it is ideal for enclosed spaces. Indeed, all you’ll feel with ActivePure is the profound relief of knowing that every breath you take is 99% free of all pathogens and contaminants. Indeed, recent independent laboratory tests prove that the ActivePure Technology can eliminate 99.98% of the airborne COVID-19 virus within three minutes — and that’s a number that can make everyone breathe a little easier.
You’ll also be glad to know that the ActivePure Technology continuously disinfects all surfaces, as well, which makes it perfect for anywhere food preparation and serving takes place. Keeping staff members safe from routine illnesses keeps the customers safe, too. After all, when people go out for dinner, the only thing they really want to “get” is what they ordered for dinner.
For more information on how you can proudly display the ActivePure Badge in your place of business, setting minds at ease and enhancing business, contact Vince Aspromonti at Aerus today. . — J.H.
Aerus of West Hartford
37 South Main St., West Hartford
860-236-4251
aerusofwesthartford.com

 

The Thai Breaker
We’ve all had the conversation. Her: Let’s go out for dinner. Him: OK, where? Her: I dunno. Him: What kind of food are you hungry for? Her: I want something simple with lots of different flavors. Sweet — but salty, too, and maybe just a little sour. You know, piquant. Him: Piquant? Her: Yeah. spicy — but not too spicy. Him: Piquant, huh. Her: Yup. And I want textures. Meats and veggies and noodles and... Him. OK, let’s go Japanese. Her: Or Vietnamese? Him: Chinese? Her: Asian Fusion? And that’s right about where that conversation would end — and he’d go pick up a pizza. But not anymore.
Here’s how that conversation goes now. Her: Let’s go out for dinner. Him: OK, where? Her: Let’s go to Somewhere in Bangkok. Him: Bangkok? For dinner? Her: Sure! Him (after a loooong pause): We won’t have any money left for the tip — or the mortgage! Her (laughing): No. Not the Bangkok in Thailand. The restaurant in Avon. Him: Huh? Her: Somewhere in Bangkok. The Thai restaurant in Avon. Their menu is…well, exotic. And everything is freshly prepared and authentic. Oh, and they offer five levels of seasoning, from mild to spicy. They have drinks and appetizers and salads. Stir-fried noodle dishes and fried rice dishes. Soups. Curries and stir-fries and a whole selection of entrees called “Something Special” and they are amazing. Him: How do you know? Her: I had lunch there today. Him: You had…OK, do they have desserts? Her: Absolutely. Him: I’ll get
the car.
— J.H.
Somewhere in Bangkok
136 Simsbury Road, Avon
(Riverdale Farms Shopping)
860-470-7822
somewhereinbkk.com

 

Feline? Canine?
WAGS offers the whole “nine” yards
— and then some.

Tucked into a cozy little cluster of shops conveniently off Avon’s main drag is a little neighborhood store called The Wholesome Animal Grocery Store. Big enough to carry all of the prime-quality foods and supplements and treats specifically developed to optimize your pet’s health — as well as the toys, bedding, supplies, and grooming products that make life better, it’s also small enough to ensure that if you come in with a special need, a question, a concern, or a problem that needs solving, you won’t be talking to the part-timer stocking the shelves. You’ll be talking to the owner or one of his seasoned assistants, all of whom are knowledgeable about dogs and cats and what keeps them their healthiest at every stage life — and all of whom enjoy providing genuinely personalized service on a first-name basis. And since a healthy dog or cat is usually a happy dog or cat, and happy dogs and cats enrich their owners’ health, too, WAGS might just be a whole new leash on life for everyone! — J.H.
WAGS - The Wholesome Animal Grocery Store
70 E. Main St., Avon
860-675-4564
www.wholesomeanimal.com

 

Game. Set. Matchless.
Want to know why tennis buffs love this place? It’s because Racquet Koop beats everyone when it comes to having it all and doing it all for their tennis buffs.
Let’s start with the racquets — a whole wall of them, in fact, featuring a large inventory of all the major brands, like Babolat, Dunlop, Head, Prince, Wilson, Yonex and Volkl — all of which you can try out. And for a small fee (which is applied to your final purchase), you can even test-drive your favorite racquet. And they have a nice selection of smaller, pre-strung racquets for the junior crowd, too.
Need Shoes? Take your pick. Their stock of shoes includes light-weight breathables, such as Nike, Babalot, Wilson, and New Balance, as well as the heavier, more durable, more laterally supportive shoes designed by Adidas, K-Swiss, Prince, and Head.
An ever-changing selection of apparel for both adults and juniors is aimed at making sure you look and feel your best as one season yields to the next and popular styles come and go.
And there’s another wall you’ll want to peruse, featuring just about anything your tennis game might need, from replacement grips and overgrips to sweatbands, sport socks, vibration dampeners, and ball clips. There are tennis elbow aids and supportive insoles and Oakley and Bolle sunglass in different frame variations and lens colors. And balls? The selection includes all different kinds of ProPenn, Wilson, Prince, and Dunlop — including low and high altitude balls and pressureless balls — along with ball hoppers for a quick and easy pick-up.
Of course, they string and restring racquets, in addition to replacing broken strings for those with a great forehand, a wicked backhand, or who just got frustrated with their serve and whacked something on the way to the car. And since string matters, Racquet Koop carries everything from very soft, playable, multifilament string to the very durable single filament polyester kind. Take your pick.
Finally, they not only install grips but recommend you treat yourself to one that’s wrapped professionally, so you won’t have to deal with the lumps and bumps of DIY grips — and the blisters they cause. Racquet Koop’s grips come in different colors, with a feel for every preference, including rubber slip-on grips for racquetball racquets.
Think you can beat that line of tennis products and services? We doubt it. This place is a winner.
— J.H.
Racquet Koop
908 Whalley Ave., New Haven
203-389-1900
Racquetkoop.com

 

Putting the “Din”
in Dinner

There’s only one place we know of where you are guaranteed actual sizzle with your meal, and that’s Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Fact is, Ruth’s Chris Steak House learned a long time ago that broiling the finest cuts of beef to perfection, topping them with a buttery mix of freshly chopped parsley, then serving them on a 500-degree plate so customers can actually hear the savory flavor isn’t simply the way to a man’s (or woman’s) heart. It’s the shortest route. And when they discovered that they could make chicken and chops and seafood deafeningly delectable, it sort of lit a fire under them — and before you knew it, Ruth’s became an international favorite. The good news is there’s one close by in Newington. Where? Just follow your ears. — J.H.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
2513 Berlin Tpke., Newington
860-666-2202
www.ruthschris.com

 

Hungry?
Experience the world of
difference just around
the corner.

Open since 1995, Tangiers International is certainly not the new kid on the proverbial block — though they did relocate a few streets from the original location a few years back, giving their considerable following (including The West Hartford Book’s Inside Diner, who is a longtime devotee) momentary heart failure. But the angst abated the instant Tangiers International reopened and it was clear that this exotic little getaway remains everything it has always been — and more! Indeed to this day, everything from their superb little menu of sandwiches, salads, small plates, and complete meals is superb, from their legendary Gyros and Kebabs to their Baba Ghanoush and Baked Kibbee. The heavenly pastries are more aptly named than you can possibly imagine. (Do not leave without trying at least one.) And when you’re full, take a taste of the world home with you by visiting their international market, which features specialty foods for all people — Lebanese, Greek, Turkish, Jewish, Macedonian, Italian, Indian, Moroccan, Egyptian, Bulgarian, French, and Armenian. And after a truly fine meal and some equally fine shopping, you’ll agree that this West End favorite is a West End favorite for very good reason. — J.H.
Tangiers International
550 Farmington Ave., Hartford
860-233-8168
www.tangiersmarket.com

 

Small Company.
Big idea.
Even bigger results.

Located in a repurposed tobacco factory, Lasa Extract, LLC, is a Suffield-based CBD oil business established by former jai alai player, arborist, and woodworking-aficionado Rick Sotil and his wife Valentina. And while Lasa Extract may be one of Connecticut’s newest CBD manufacturers, its management team brings decades of experience to the products they create.
For nearly 20 years Rick, a native of Cuba who grew up in the Basque region of Spain, was a standout jai alai player, winning world championships and serving as the players’ union leader. After retiring from the sport, his love of woodworking drove him to launch Sotil Tree Service, which not only prospered but gave Rick access to all sorts of salvaged wood from which he creates exceptional one-of-a-kind tables and furniture. But when Connecticut launched its hemp program in 2019, Rick and Valentina saw an opportunity to utilize that old tobacco factory for a new business— the business of extracting CBD oil.
Today, the couple works with a small team to produce some of the purest hemp oil on the market. Indeed, by employing state-of-the-art, environmentally sound methods that use only carbon dioxide in their extraction process — a naturally occurring gas that leaves no residue and protects the environment, Lasa Extract requires no flavoring. The result? Pure full-spectrum CBD Oil and organic C8 MCT oil.
Capitalizing on long-standing relationships, Rick partnered with the local farmers who provide the hemp that’s dried in the kiln formerly used to dry salvaged wood. And these days, the buildings that house Sotil Tree Service’s and Rick’s furniture showroom are also home to a lab and the clean rooms where Lasa’s high quality hemp oil is extracted — and where Lasa manufactures its own line of CBD Oils, ensuring excellence start to finish.
Ironically — or perhaps serendipitously, the word lasa, which means calm in Basque, is the nickname under which Rick played jai alai. As such, it quite fitting that the couple’s new venture producing a product known its power to calm should be named Lasa Extract.
— J.H.
Lasa Extract LLC
426 South Grand St., Suffield
203-906-6001
www.LasaExtract.com

 

 

 

 


all nuggets copyright Judy Henderson