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Ki Asian Bistro & Sushi in Danbury's TNT Lover Sushi Roll via CT Magazine

CT Magazine waxed poetic about this dish from Ki Asian Bistro & Sushi in Danbury. We hear this isn't the only item on this menu that is worth the trip. Here's what writer Erik Ofgang had to say...

 Get ready for an explosion of flavor. The TNT Lover roll is made with chopped bluefin toro (the fatty belly meat of tuna), caviar, tempura flakes, scallion and asparagus topped with raw tuna and served with truffle soy sauce. The result is a sushi roll that can redefine your perception of what a sushi roll can be. At least that’s what it did for me. The raw tuna provides a burst of fresh-as-the-sea notes, cut and enhanced by the crunch of the tempura flakes and the rich truffle soy sauce, creating a taste simultaneously sushi and non-sushi.

The bistro was opened in 2012 by Chef Benny Chow, a veteran of Nobu restaurant in New York, who trained under Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. I discovered the restaurant earlier this year and have been hooked ever since. 

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Nibble: CT Food Events For Week Of January 22- 29th

Chef Tim LaBant’s Vegetarian Dinners return to The Schoolhouse at Cannondale.  On Wednesdays through February 22, they will offer a $48 prix fixe menu featuring vegetarian dishes made from local ingredients.  Reserve early- seats fill up quickly.    

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!  On Sunday January 29, The Chocolate Expo takes over the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk with over 35 vendors offering sales and samples of their specialty products.  From chocolate covered bacon to chocolate infused Brussels Sprouts, sweet treats are endless. 

Chef Brian Lewis, of The Cottage in Westport, returns to the James Beard House in New York City for an elegant evening on January 24.  Friends of The Cottage can receive the member price of $135 versus the public price of $175. To book, call 212.627.2308.  

Namaste meets beer at Broad Brook Brewing in East Windsor.  On January 24, $25 includes an hour of yoga and 2 pints (or flights).  Tickets are available at the brewery. 

Enjoy a 5-course dinner alongside wines from Greece!  On January 25, The Fez in Stamford welcomes special guest Andreas Zinelis for an evening of great foods and complementary wines. It is $75 per person (tax and tip included).

Geronimo Tequila Bar & Southwest Grill in Fairfield is hosting a Tequila Dinner on Wednesday, January 25 at 7pm.

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10 Questions with Peter Crawford of Darien Butcher Shop

Darien native and chef Peter Crawford is the culinary braun behind lower Fairfield County's newest destination butchery, The Darien Butcher Shop. The shop focuses on high quality meat and gourmet specialty products, as well as events and catering, not to mention hot pressed sandwiches if you're looking for a new lunch option. 

We had a chance to chat with Peter, and wanted to know what this carnivore cooks for himself, his preferred cut of meat, and his most memorable meal.

Why did you become a butcher?

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Where To Find Great Ramen in CT Via CTNow

Photo: Suzie Hunter/Hartford Courant

This in from CTNow's reporter, Leeanne Griffin...

Where's the ramen? It's a common question among food lovers in Connecticut, where the authentic Japanese noodle soup can be scarce, compared to booming scenes in big cities New York and Los Angeles.

But ramen's availability has been growing here, as established restaurants have responded to demand, and new noodle bars have popped up around the state in cities and suburbs alike.

Here's a guide to some of Connecticut's top ramen (not to be confused with the packaged brand).

Tiger Belly Noodle Bar

Granby's Tiger Belly opened in August, and a few early visitors balked at the price tag for its pork and vegetable ramens, confusing the dishes with the inexpensive packaged instant noodles, said owner Ki'yen Yeung. 

Read the complete listing of CT Ramen joints here. 

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Peaches Juke Joint in Nowalk: Two Guys Enjoy Some Southern Hospitality

CTbites has been following Greer Fredericks since she opened Mama’s Boy in Norwalk in 2013. She believed that low country southern cuisine could tantalize Fairfield County diners, from shrimp & grits, chicken and waffles to mile high desserts. Mama’s Boy’s food started the trend where down home, stick to your ribs cooking with bold flavors, deep fried, with cheese and calories were an accepted cuisine. Greer’s newest venture is Peaches’ Juke Joint, a fun-loving, take off your shoes, leave your inhibitions at the door and have some fun with a side of food. She hired Paul Failla to oversee the kitchen; many will remember Failla from his days at neighboring Bar Sugo. Ctbites was recently invited to sample Chef Paul’s newest creations and feel the vibes at Peaches.

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The Closing of Stamford's Napa & Co...In Mary Schaffer's Own Words

Sad, relieved, elated, surreal, proud and excited.

That is how Mary Schaffer described her feelings the day after Napa & Co. closed its doors after ten years serving some of the finest cuisines and the most exciting wines to hundreds of thousands of satisfied guests. During that time, Mary, with her keen instinct for great chefs, hired notables to oversee the kitchen at Napa, including Bill Taibe, Arik Bensimon, Adam Truelove and Dan Kardos. In the last seven years, CTbites, Mary and Napa have shared a unique relationship, Mary was kind enough to open her kitchen to our first Behind the Scenes Mushroom Iron Chef article, offered inside glimpses of the hamburger that changed the scene for hamburgers in Fairfield County and allowed us a visit with Celebrity Chef and world pizza champion Elizabeth Faulkner while she grilled pizza.

We could write a very long tribute to Mary, her team and the cuisine at Napa, but decided to ask a few questions and allow Mary to tell our readers what it was like creating the groundbreaking restaurant that changed it all in Fairfield County…

The big question on everyone’s mind is why now?

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Chef Brian Lewis of The Cottage Cooks @ The James Beard House

Chef Brian Lewis returns to the James Beard House in New York City for an elegant evening on January 24.

Friends of The Cottage to receive the member price of $135 vs. the public price of $175. To receive, book by calling 212.627.2308 and reference the code THYME


The evening of the event, there will be a livestream from the kitchen from 6:15pm-10:00pm at

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Nibble: CT Food Events for January 15-22

The Hops Company (THC) in Derby hosts their first game dinner on January 17.  Partake in dishes like Wild Game Sausages, Native Duck, Wild Boar Osso Buco, and Chocolate “Moose” alongside beer or wine.  It costs $65 per person.  

On January 18, Nouveau Monde Wine Bar in Newtown presents a Ramey wine pairing dinner at 6:30pm.  The evening features 4 courses alongside complimentary wines.  

The Spotted Horse in Westport offers a "Wine and Dine Wednesday" promotion all day.  Bottles under $100 are 50% and bottles over $100 are 25% off.  

Walrus + Carpenter invites you to one of their popular Brewgrass & Pig Roast events starting at 7:30pm on January 19.  Listen to melodies as Walrus + Carpenter dishes up a whole hog. 

New Canaan Wine Merchants will have a wine class about Tuscan Wines on Thursday January 19.  It lasts from 7:00-8:30pm and includes cheese from the Darien Cheese Shop.

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Manhattan's Dig Inn Opens in Rye

Just over the border in Rye...

Dig Inn, a highly successful natural restaurant with 13 locations in Manhattan and one in Boston is opening its first suburban venture on January 12th at 112 S. Ridge Street at the Rye Ridge Plaza. Dig Inn mindfully sources ingredients to deliver wholesome meals at a reasonable price, democratizing good, food. Along with the company's signature menu with farm fresh options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this location will include new and unique features specifically created for Westchester County.

The Rye location will feature family packages, long tables for communal noshing, private nooks for working and reading, and cooking classes with our head chefs. In addition, it will offer an intimate 10-seat chef’s counter, serving vegetable-forward entrees, including mushroom tartare on flax crackers, and black lentils, grilled chicories, and butternut squash conserva…perfect for date night.

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Where Do Local CT Chefs Eat Out? Cody of Hoodoo Brown BBQ

Welcome to our 2nd installment of "Where Do CT Chefs Eat Out?" Do they prefer to go home and relax? Or do they like to go out? If the latter, what are some of their favorite places, locally and beyond? Do they might have any secret hole in the wall places and would they be willing to share these with us? We began our series with Chris Gonzales of Hapa Food Truck. Next up, we speak with Cody of Hoodoo Brown BBQ. 

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