Yale vs. ?

Street Chic

You've already seen the fashion face off between Columbia and NYU. Now it's time for Yale versus... versus... What's that place called? You know, the school that's just chock full of wildly creative, stylish, and interesting people? Oh, darn. The name escapes me now.

Fortunately for Gastro Chic, Yale students managed to keep their clothes on this past weekend - in public, at least.


The windows at J. Press.

Wishlist sells labels like Michael Stars, Rock & Republic, 7 for All Mankind, Lacoste, Le Tigre, Vix, and the insidiously named new brand "Rich & Skinny." On display were several varieties of...stonewashed jeans. That's right, stonewashed jeans just might be the leggings nightmare of this season. If you don't remember what they look like/weren't alive/cognizant in 1990, please see the jeans Demi Moore is wearing in this cast photo from Ghost:

That doesn't mean it's OK to track down Demi's jeans on eBay. The newly acceptable stonewashed jeans are 7-esque, not mom jeans. Hey, it could be worse. It could have been Whoopi's pants that came back in style.

264 York Street at Elm Street
New Haven, CT

I didn't get to sample the pasta at Villarina's, but it sure looked amazing. A refrigerated case full of takeout treats like gorgonzola walnut ravioli, bolognese sauce, fresh gnocchi, and huge trays of lasagna kept company with all sorts of Italian knick knacks for adults and kids, like this pretty enamelware and these alphabet flashcards in Italian, below.

48 Elm Street at High Street
New Haven, CT

Though the space that housed Chapel Wines now houses Villarina's, you can still find something to drink in this blue-law town. The Wine Thief just opened new digs on Crown Street behind the Omni hotel. They may not sell kegs, but the place does have a young, laid-back atmosphere: China Cat Sunflower was playing on the stereo when I walked in. The sleekly-designed space is filled with modern-day wino favorites like Cakebread and Ridge.

The Wine Thief
181 Crown Street at Temple Street
New Haven, CT


And of course, no trip to New Haven is complete without breakfast (and lunch) at the Yankee Doodle. Below, an ode in pictures.

The Yankee Doodle
258 Elm Street between York and Park Streets
(203) 865-1074


Not a Competitive Eater said...

Full disclosure #1: I believe that ring belongs to a particularly stylish young alum.

Full disclosure #2: I wish that I had eaten a cheeseburger along with my 2 bacon/egg/englishes