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MECHA Noodle Bar  brings Asian noodles and street food to Fairfield. This is a must try. 

Best of Mexican? Tacos Mexico in Norwalk. Super Tacos all around! 

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Saturday
Nov052011

Saugatuck Craft Butchery Opens in Westport

“Americans eat way too much meat," Ryan Fibiger says, and then grins, "I guess that sounds funny coming from a butcher."  

No kidding. But then Fibiger is a butcher truly on the “cutting edge” -- one of the very few whole animal cutters in America, sourcing his organic meat from local sustainable farms and utilizing every part of the animal, from nose to tail.  

Once a Wall Street investment banker, he’s turned from issuing stock to butchering them. For the past two years Fibiger trained with the “moo-rus”” at Fleisher's Meats, a whole animal butcher shop in Kingston, NY. With his knives honed as keen as his business skills, Ryan decided to open Saugatuck Craft Butchery and join in Westport’s red hot culinary renaissance.  

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Friday
Nov042011

Visions of Gingerbread Opens Saturday, Nov 12 

A holiday tradition returns to the Stamford Museum & Nature Center on November 12th with Visions of Gingerbread III: The Sweetest Architects exhibition.  Visions of Gingerbread is a tribute to architectural confections that truly make your jaw drop.  Created by some of the area’s finest bakers, these edible wonders will display the chefs’ extraordinary creativity and gingerbread skills.  It is the Museum’s desire to elevate these creative structures to the art form they so truly are, and put them on proper display.  Last year, CTbites jumped on board and created an entry (much sleep was lost). This year, CTbites will help judge the winner. 

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Friday
Nov042011

bartaco Launches "CTBites Invites" w/ Tequila & Tacos

Last night, 35 or so lucky CTbites readers participated in the Inaugural "CTBites Invites" event at bartaco in Port Chester, NY. The "Invites," offer CTBites customers unique culinary experiences in the form of special restaurant "happenings" and special product purchasing opportunities. You sign up while the offer lasts, you pay on line and you're in. Simple as that.  At last night's event, those who signed up were treated to a TACOS and TEQUILA and a whole lot more. 

 

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Thursday
Nov032011

Rubbing Elbows At Rory's in Darien

Rory's is a neighborhood bar in search of a neighborhood. Surrounded by the Orvis/Trader Joe's plaza, a nail salon, and an unfinished furniture/firearms emporium on the more commercial end of the Post Road in Darien close to the Norwalk border, Rory's somehow manages to have a "walk up and join the locals" feel. The tiny pub sits on a bit of raised land above Rt. 1 traffic like a little beach cottage above the tide line. Not too many people live within walking distance though, which is why you may find yourself parked next to a Rolls Royce or Ferrari. Maybe it's not your average local pub, after all. 

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Thursday
Nov032011

The Invite: Nicholas Roberts $15 Lunch for 2!

Nicholas Roberts $15 Bring a Friend to Breakfast or Lunch

Here's the latest from CTbites Invites. We all love Nicholas Roberts Gourmet Bistro in Norwalk. Now you can treat yourself and a friend to breakfast or lunch at Nicholas Roberts for only $15! Yup..you heard me right...lunch for 2!

Known for seasonal American bistro fare, Nicholas Roberts truly shines during breakfast and lunch. This $15 offer is a voucher good for your choice of two of any of the following: breakfast dishes, lunch salads, lunch sandwiches or any item on the specials menu. Breakfast is paired with locally brewed Zumbach's coffee and lunch is paired with freshly brewed mint and pomegranate iced tea.

Wednesday
Nov022011

Farmageddon Screening: You Are What You Eat

Westport Farmers Market rolls out the green carpet for its exclusive screening event - Farmageddon - on November 18 at 7.30pm in downtown Westport, at the new Christ & Holy Trinity church building.

The Westport Farmers Market had the idea to bring the film Farmageddon to Fairfield County. Little did they know they would be able to assemble this all-star group to work together to share this documentary with the community. The goal is to create a fun and educational evening filled with local food, wine and friends. This is not a fundraiser for any organization just one way The Westport Farmers' Market is hoping to give back to the community. So please join them on November 18 at 7:30 for the Fairfield County premier of Farmageddon.

 

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Wednesday
Nov022011

And The Winner Is....

Old Post Tavern has made their final decision on the winning name for the Cocktail Naming Contest. Thanks to everyone who submitted creative and sometimes downright hilarious names, but only one will make it to the Old Post Tavern menu.

Congratulations to KK for the winning name...drum roll please...Fall Stoliage. This lucky winner will receive a FREE lunch for 2 @ Old Post Tavern in Fairfield as well as a round of Fall Stoliage drinks. 

Stay tuned for our next cocktail contest. Happy Cocktailing from CTbites. 

Tuesday
Nov012011

Pinkberry Opens in Greenwich on November 17

Celebrate the opening of Pinkberry Greenwich with a "Friends & Family Event" featuring free Pinkberry on Novemeber 17 at 5 p.m.

WHAT: To commemorate the opening of the Greenwich Pinkberry location in Connecticut, there will be a town-wide celebration and all guests will receive a FREE sample of one of five Pinkberry flavors. The The first 100 guests in line will receive a complimentary Pinkberry Tee-shirt.                

WHERE: Pinkberry, 369 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, CT

WHEN: Thursday, November 17from 5 to 9 pm (Grand Opening Event)

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Tuesday
Nov012011

Maple & Chile Roasted Acorn Squash

Quite honestly, I never met a roasted vegetable I didn’t like. I roast it all: carrots (the only way to eat them besides raw), onions, okra, even broccoli. So now we’ve come to squash. I don’t know why I’m initially reluctant to prepare it, especially this time of year when it’s everywhere and the varieties are endless. Squash is like a misunderstood pitbull, tough on the outside, but sweet and tender on the inside. It can be daunting to approach at first, but really it’s no big deal. I’ve been drawn to acorn squash this season. The flesh has a pleasant vegetal quality that’s a breeze to prepare and it’s equally delicious with fish, meat, and poultry. Sliced into crescent moons, tossed with butter, olive oil and chile flakes, it gets a drizzle of maple syrup towards the end which caramelizes the squash ever so slightly. A combo of sweet and sassy. The skin is tough and inedible (remember, it’s still part pitbull), but eaten with knife and fork, it’s Autumn on a Plate.

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Tuesday
Nov012011

Road Trip: Ballo Italian Restaurant & Club @ Mohegan Sun

A month ago I contributed an article about John Tunney’s latest creation, Ballo Italian Restaurant & Social Club. Now, I am pleased to bring you a sneak peek at not just the décor, not just a menu preview, but of the reason we are all here, for the food. 

But first, let me take you on a brief tour of this restaurant/bar/dance club/lounge. Remember that preview article? All that construction and the pictures of what it will look like? Seeing those photos is one thing, seeing this place in person is another. The wraparound marble bar, the sphere-like hanging lamps, the giant lanterns, and the fireplaces, give Ballo a glow unlike any other restaurant in Mohegan Sun Casino.

 

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