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Pho Saigon: Real Pho. Really off the beaten path. 

If you like Italian cuisine (I mean real Italian) and you haven't been to Fortina in Armonk yet, something is ALL wrong. 

 

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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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Sunday
Oct302011

Caroline's Crêperie Opens in New Canaan

Walk under the blue awning and into the open doors of Caroline’s Crêperie and you’ll feel as if you’re walking into Caroline’s very own French home. With the warm, helpful service and Caroline herself standing at the helm making crêpes and welcoming clients into her buzzing restaurant, you can’t help but be charmed by this new restaurant on New Canaan's Elm Street. 

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Friday
Oct282011

The 8 Best Pizzas in Connecticut via Slice.com

The final word on all things pizza can generally be found on Slice.com. They recently reviewed the CT pizza scene. Here's what they had to say. 

Connecticut is the buckle of the Northeastern pizza belt, which stretches from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts. More specifically, the New Haven style of pizzanot only is one of the first uniquely American pizza styles, but it has been preserved by a cluster of family-run establishments which still in many cases use the original equipment, now almost a century old.

Naturally New Haven might be considered Connecticut's pizza capital, but the state has dozens of great pizzerias. Few other places in the country have as much great pizza per capita (PPC). These are the best eight pizzas in Connecticut that we have had to date.

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Friday
Oct282011

You're Invited: Exotic Taco & Tequila Tasting @ bartaco

Exotic Taco Night November 2nd @ bartaco. BUY NOW for $50!!!

CTbites is pleased to announce the launch of CTbites Invites, an innovative series of culinary events, offers and products created  for and by Connecticut launching today. This food-obsessed series will pair local restaurants, products and special events with the CTbites’ community of readers, offering exclusive access to interesting culinary experiences throughout our region. 

CTbites Invites is a carefully curated series of food events and offers where we will seek-out to share unique happenings in the region, hard-to-find products for sale from local vendors, and offer special offers at your favorite dining destinations.

We will be working with restaurants, chefs, farmers and foodies to test and introduce new menu items, exclusive wine and food pairings, tasting menus, cooking demonstrations and classes, unique product offers, mixology classes, and private kitchen tours, to name just a few opportunities.

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Friday
Oct282011

Bumper Crop: Tuscan Kale Salad

A recent Westport transplant from NYC, Melissa Roberts was a food editor for Gourmet for almost 9 years, where she toiled happily in the test kitchen developing and writing recipes for the magazine. She was also a cook and stylist in the Food Network's kitchen

Last Thursday’s Imperial Avenue Greenmarket in Westport fell on one of those perfect crisp and clear Fall days. The Greenmarket’s atmosphere was buzzing, complete with live music commemorating its 6th birthday. I joined in the celebration by treating myself to a Breakfast Pizza (pecorino, local bacon, fried egg) from Skinny Pines Pizza with Raus’ cold Roman Coffee to wash it all down. But my mission was not only to treat my belly, but to find inspiration amidst the produce, and it was there in spades beginning with a pile of deep green lacinato kale from Riverbank Farms in Roxbury, CT. Often with the freshest veggies the best way to treat them is the simplest. In this recipe, kale is shredded then tossed with a straightforward dressing of lemon and olive oil which brightens its earthy, mineral-like flavor, and a generous shower of nutty Parmigiano Reggiano.

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Thursday
Oct272011

11 Questions w/ Chef Matt Storch of Match Restaurant

If you had unexpected guests arriving at your home for dinner in 1 hour, what would you whip up? Grilled Ribeye or Chicken Thighs with sautéed veg and caramelized onions or possibly a garden salsa of some sort, avocado, plums, jalapeño, toasted corn…always some nice crusty bread

What is the last dish you cooked for yourself? Lunch is a pasta with sour cream and cottage cheese..(old family favorite)  My wife and I had (see above) for dinner the other night

What are your guilty pleasures (in terms of food)? Hamburgers, hot dogs, and French fries

What ingredient could you not live without? Salt, Bacon, Olive oil, Eggs...sorry couldn’t decide

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Thursday
Oct272011

Go Waiter Restaurant Delivery Service Opens in FC

How many nights have you sat at home wishing that dinner would magically appear on your doorstep? Well, maybe that's just me, but in Fairfield County the delivery options are generally limited to pizza and a few Chinese joints. Enter GoWaiter, a national franchised restaurant delivery service, who will for $3.99 pick up and deliver lunch and dinner from over 40 local restaurants. Check out the list of participating restaurants below (including Da Pietro's, Layla's Falafel, & Tabouli Grill): 

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Wednesday
Oct262011

Breakfast with Rene Redzepi @ Yale

 

When you receive a breakfast invitation with the world's 'best restaurant' chef René Redzepi you say yes first and ask questions later.

This first dialogue, in what hopes to be an ongoing series of intimate food-centric talks, was an insiders discussion of the restaurant industry and CTbites was lucky to simply be a fly on the wall. In town for a talk at Yale, Redzepi was the guest of honor at an intimate breakfast hosted by Carey Savona of Heirloom Restaurant located at The Study at Yale in New Haven. He invited Yale professor Paul Freedman and a gathering of Connecticut chefs with some familiar names, including: Tim Labant, Schoolhouse at Cannondale; Fritz Knipschildt, Cafe Chocopologie; Jean Pierre Vuillermet, Union League Cafe; Bill Taibe, Le Farm; Bun Lai, Miya's Sushi; Denise Appel, Zinc; Pedro Garzon, Cafe Manolo; Roland Olan, Martel; Tyler, Union League Cafe;Brandon Ahearn, Heirloom; and Marcell Simon Davidsen, Heirloom.

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