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Tuesday
Jul282015

The WattyMelon Flip Flop Cocktail c/o Watsons Catering


Summer means cocktails – preferably accompanied by fresh fruit, flip flops and a not a care in the world. Watson’s Catering has a refreshing take utilizing RIPE, one of our favorite craft juices, called the Watty Melon Flip Flop that is sure to become one of your summer evening staples.

The WattyMelon Flip Flop Cocktail

Yield: 1 cocktail

Ingredients:

½ shot glass of Tito’s vodka

1 shot RIPE margarita mix (lime sour)

1 pint of cubed seedless watermelon

1 cup of ice

Preparation:

In a blender puree the watermelon and strain the puree through a very fine sieve set over a pitcher, discarding the solids. (There should be at least 2 shots of juice). In a martini shaker add ice, vodka, margarita mix and watermelon juice. Shake. Pour cocktail into an 8oz glass and garnish with a watermelon wedge.

Watson's Catering and Events is located at One Glenville Street, Greenwich, Connecticut, 06830. Telephone: 203 532 0132, watsonscatering.com.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

Rothbard Ale + Larder, European Beer Bar, To Open In Westport (By Walrus + Carpenter Team)

Walrus + Carpenter owners, Adam Roytman and Joseph Farrell, are teaming up again with a new restaurant concept in downtown Westport. This new venture, housed in the cozy subterranean dining space that was once Tierrra, will maintain the casual neighborhood vibe diners have grown accustomed to at Walrus, but this duo will leave the BBQ in Black Rock and head to Europe for a completely different approach to comfort food. Westport has its first European Beer Bar (right by Old Town Hall). 

Rothbard Ale + Larder will open this fall with a menu focused on Central European fare. Rothbard will draw inspiration from the cuisines of Alsace, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland, with a little Northern Italy thrown in for good measure. A preview of the menu in progress reveals specialties including Spatzle, Mussels, Rabbit Goulash, Steak Frites (Fleisher’s), housemade Jagershnitzel and Raclette, (a Swiss cheese, melted table side and draped over potatoes, bacon and onions). Hearty fare will be complimented by more delicate salads and fish entrees. “There will be something for everyone” says Roytman. Farrell and Roytman are particularly enthusiastic about the “For The Table,” section of the menu where diners can order entrees for 4, in the communal spirit of a true beer hall. 

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Sunday
Jul262015

Best Warm Lobster Rolls On The Connecticut Coast: 2015 Update

Welcome to the end of July, summer’s center point.  The perfect time for our annual quest to find the best of Connecticut's official pleasure of summer: warm, buttery lobster rolls. 

At the suggestion of readers, chefs, CTBites staff and a food critic or two, we've added an array of food trucks, pounds, shacks, and even a high end restaurant to our previous portfolio (see 2014 edition here)

So take a ride up the balmy Connecticut coastline.  We start in the southwest and head northeast, as CTBites forages the best warm lobster rolls in America. 

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Friday
Jul242015

Weekly Nibble: Jazz Jam, Craft Brew Races, Gin Tasting, Farm Potlucks & More!

Walrus + Carpenter in Bridgeport hosts a “Compin and Stompin Jam Session” on Tuesday July 28.  Try some of their delicious BBQ while listening to a mix of swing, modern, and fusion.  

New England Brewing Company is taking over the taps at Prime 16 in New Haven on Wednesday July 29.  Enjoy their classics while also witnessing the release of some new beers.  It starts at 4pm. 

Wednesday July 28 6-8pm, learn about (and sample!) Brooklyn's Ginsmiths’ Gins at the Center Street Public House in Darien.  Center Street Public House also invites softball teams to the pub after their weekend games for $2 off draughts, house wines, and appetizers.  

Ancona’s Wines & Liquors wants to teach you the art of wine and food pairing Thursday July 30 at 6:45pm. Try 5 wines alongside 5 summer dishes, $30 per person. Reserve your place (203)544-8958 or monique@anconaswines.com.  

The New CT Farmer Alliance has a summer potluck series. 

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Friday
Jul242015

Friday Froth: 3 Cold Beers For A Hot Day

No. Just no, NYC commissioner of the Department of Health, Mary Bassett - I will not avoid drinking beer on scorching hot summer days. Yes, I will drink some water, because I am not an idiot, but you can take a cold beer from my (still mostly warm), dead hand. Thankfully, this is 'murica, where many a dilapidated package store is hung with signs advertising the coldest beer in town (following Strong Bad's motto: "A One That Isn't Cold Is Scarcely A One At All"), thus saving us all from aloe vera vitamin drinks and the resultant loss of will to live. 

A crisp beer on a hot day is a joy forever, as the poet probably said, so this week we're going to check out three hot weather beers, canned for your lawn mower riding, golf bag stuffing, back yard sitting pleasure. 

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Friday
Jul242015

Downtown Milford Farmers' Market Kids Day on August 1

The Downtown Milford Farmer's Market will be hosting a Kid's Day featuring the characters Anna and Elsa from the animated movie Frozen, sponsored by Sensitive Care Pediatrics Dentistry in Milford, CT.

When: Saturday, August 1st

Where: Downtown Milford Farmer's Market 58 River Street, Milford, CT

What: Carnival-like experience for kids of all ages - Live appearance from Disney's Anna and Elsa - Face Painting - Balloon Animals - Games and Raffles - Kid's Clothing and Accessories Market begins at 9am - 1pm Kids activities begin at 9:30 -1

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Thursday
Jul232015

Crazy Taco-Mex Food Truck: Great Carnitas Taco

The food truck craze continues and I visited Crazy Taco-Mex. The simply decorated truck includes a Sombrero with the rim in the shape of a handlebar moustache. The menu includes Tacos ($3.50) Quesadillas ($6), and Burritos ($7). I was interested in Tacos and ordered three, a steak, a carnitas and a chicken. The menu states that each is topped with onions, cilantro and salsa verde.

 

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Wednesday
Jul222015

Not Your Nona’s Panzanella Salad Recipes via Marcia Selden Catering

Panzanella is a great way to use up day-old bread and turn it into something tasty. You might remember your Grandmother making the traditional tomato/bread version--but if the thought of making the same ol’ seems uninspiring, check out these fun twists from our friends at Marcia Selden Catering. Enjoy these great recipes for Greek Panzanella and Tex Mex Panzanella.

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Wednesday
Jul222015

Annabelle's Natural Ice Cream Now Being Sold @ Gingerbitz in New Canaan

In a town that offers the best gelato in Fairfield County, New Canaan has been void of the same quality ice cream. That has now changed as Gingerbitz on Elm Street is now selling scoops of Annabelle’s Ice Cream from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. When I heard the news I headed straight to Gingerbitz to sample.

Nestled alongside the cakes, pastries, woopie pies and the Stumptown coffee, Gingerbitz offers four rotating varieties. With the scorching temperature this past weekend, there were several people lined up to order a cone or a cup of the current selections; Triple Chocolate, New Hampshire Pure Maple Walnut, Raspberry Chocolate Chip and Salty Caramel. A quick look on Annabelle’s website describes the ice cream a “super premium, 16% butter fat, kosher®, natural ice cream with NO additives or artificial colors.”

Each of them were extra-creamy, dense and full of great flavors. The chocolate was my favorite. The richness of the chocolate was elevated by chocolate chunks and a dark fudge.

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Tuesday
Jul212015

Parallel Post Hosts 3rd Annual Farm-To-Trumbull dinner

Farm to Table is a word we in CT try not to take too lightly.  The current food movement encourages both chefs and diners to choose fresh produce, seasonal vegetables and fruits and locally sourced meat and fish.  Parallel Post, in the Trumbull Marriott, and helmed by James Beard nominated chef James Dean Max, believes in strengthening the farming community and engages local purveyors for a majority of it’s ingredients- seafood from Norm Bloom & Sons in Norwalk, CT, Foley Fish in Boston, meats from Ox Hollow Farm in Roxbury, CT, dairy from Farmer’s Cow in Lebanon, CT and greens from Gilberties Herb Gardens in Easton and Westport, CT. 

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