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Get Lunching! Romanacci Cafe in Norwalk: 2 Italian brothers create artisan pizzas, salads, focaccia paninis, crepes & Italian pastries.


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Friday
May112012

Amuse Bouche: Food News for May 11, 2012

Here's week 2 of a new CTbites feature wherein we'll offer up small servings of news, happenings, and other ephemera for your delectation. Some of these may be followed up with longer reviews, others will fade into memory. 

Mimosas for all! Elm Restaurant in New Canaan is now serving brunch every Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., with local ingredients & seasonal twists on brunch classics.

Rising Pint Brewfest this Saturday, May 12, from noon-5p.m., at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. There will be over 250 different beers from 40 brewers, plus food from some of the Hartford region's best restaurants. 

Eat your greens. The new Terrain garden center in Westport will include a garden café.

We hear: Westport's Liquor Locker is moving to Compo Shopping Plaza after 45 years at its old location. 

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Friday
May112012

Best Burgers in Fairfield County: 2012 Edition

“It is the Americans who have managed to crown minced beef as hamburger, and to send it round the world so that even the fussy French have taken to le boeuf hache, le hambourgaire.” – Julia Child

Forget the fish, hold the pasta, toss the vegetables to the side…May is National Burger Month, thirty-one days dedicated to one of my favorite culinary creations …the hamburger. And in honor of this great event, CTbites is please to highlight both the places that were included in the two Recommended Hamburger Lists from 2011 plus additional establishments from my continuous search for scrumptious hamburgers. 

Here (in alphabetical order) is a list of recommended hamburgers from Greenwich to Westport to enjoy during National Hamburger Month.

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Thursday
May102012

Westport Farmers' Market Opening May 24

The Westport Farmers' Market will be opening for the season in just two weeks, beginning on Thursday, May 24 from 10 am to 2 pm. This weekly summer market runs every Thursday, from 10 am to 2 pm at Imperial Avenue Commuter Lot in Westport.

If you haven't yet made it to this Market, you'll want to mark your calendar. This all-organic market will be announcing the final vendors next week and will be selecting a rotating group of featured artists, vendors, guest chefs and non-profits to join the Market each week. In addition, the Market is adding a new "Education Booth" to share information on healthy cooking, planting and living.

The Market is also excited to share their opening day with Wholesome Wave and Michel Nischan's evening fundraiser, The Whole Hog, an all-star cast on the evening on May 24 that many from the Westport Farmers' Market community will be supporting. For more info, visit Wholesome Wave.

List of Vendors (as of May 16): 

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Thursday
May102012

Shout Out: Best Brunch Spot in Connecticut

Breakfast with a dash of lunch, paired with a cocktail and not a single dirty dish to clean. That's brunch in a nutshell. What more could a mother want for Mother's Day?

CTbites wants you to throw down your top candidates for BEST BRUNCH in CONNECTICUT.

Is it a spot with white table cloths, or the neighborhood joint with individually wrapped maple syrup packets. Either way, we won't judge (much).

Which spot is your favorite for brunch? Why?

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Thursday
May102012

Nicholas Roberts Invites Event Recap via Fairfield Foodie

These days the word “gourmet” gets thrown around in our everyday conversations quite often, but many of us may not know exactly what it means. I have to admit that all this time, I have associated the word with a style of food. It surprised me to learn that, a gourmet is a person with a sensitive and discriminating palate, one who is knowledgeable in the appreciation of haute cuisine.

Well! one such person has set up a highly successful eatery in Norwalk. I am talking about Chef Rob Troilo of Nicholas Roberts. Nicholas Roberts opened its doors almost seven years ago, and since then it has created an almost cult-like following. Case in point: according to Chef Troilo, he has customers who would show up for dinner one night and be back for breakfast/brunch the very next day....no, seriously. 

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Wednesday
May092012

The Naptime Chef: Local Chef Fits Great Food into Family Life 

When Kelsey Banfield became a mother she quickly learned that organization was necessary to successfully run a household. Babies are unpredictable in their needs and they can easily wreak havoc on the day’s plans. A fussy baby needs tending to.  Clutter piles up, as does laundry as well as those lists of things we need to accomplish. Many of us have been there and our babies are much older. While we can better organize our days, we’re still incredibly busy and there never does seem to be enough time in our day. So while Kelsey utilizes her daughter’s naptime to get things done, those of us without napping children can carve out some time during the day where we can do the same, whether it be morning, afternoon or evening.  Whether we have newborns, active toddlers or busy teenagers with heavy schedules, Kelsey’s approach to fitting great food into our lives is one that can be adapted by us all, and you can share her secrets in her new cookbook, "The Naptime Chef, Fitting Great Food into Family Life." 

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Tuesday
May082012

Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen is Casting YOU!

This just in from the folks @ Hell's Kitchen.

"HELL'S KITCHEN" starring Gordon Ramsay is CASTING IMMEDIATELY. FOX TV's  HELL’S KITCHEN is looking to cast Chefs, Cooks & Foodies ready to compete!
This is a culinary opportunity of a lifetime.
DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO WORK SIDE-BY-SIDE WITH WORLD-RENOWNED CHEF GORDON RAMSAY? IF SO, WE WANT YOU!
If you or anyone you know is interested please email:
caragcasting@gmail.com

Please put "HELL'S KITCHEN" in the subject title & You MUST include:
...your full name, age, telephone numbers, PHOTO, where you live-state, about your culinary experience, why you would be the perfect contestant for the show & what sets you apart from the rest! Do not just send us your resume! YOU MUST WRITE US AN EMAIL and include the info requested!

Good luck CTbites!

Tuesday
May082012

Celebrate China White's B-Day by Saving 50% in May

 

Chine White serves up rsome eally tasty organic Chinese food in Greenwich. If you haven't tried it, now is the time.

Tuesday
May082012

White Oak Farm & Table Jams: Worth a Taste

I’ve never turned down a free sample. I’m shameless. I go back for seconds. I eat those stubs of hot dogs dipped in mustard at Stop & Shop, the weensy little mini-meals served in tiny paper cups at Trader Joe’s, curls of glamorous artisanal cheeses from a display of food and flowers at Balducci’s, chocolate at Garelick & Herbs, a taste of wine at my neighborhood liquor store. Especially wine, but they don’t usually let you go back for seconds and thirds.

This time I was snarking a free hunk of freshly-baked bread at Billy’s Bakery in Fairfield and a lovely young lady offered me a free spoonful of jam: strawberry-lemonade, blueberry-basil, or pineapple-kiwi.  I chose the blueberry, primarily because I was intrigued by the basil, although they seem to be putting basil in a lot of things lately. I had a basil shortbread cookie last summer. Here is where the blueberry-basil jam became more than a free sample; it was the beginning of a beautiful culinary relationship.

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Sunday
May062012

Stamford's @Bar Rosso v2.0 Redux

It has been a roller coaster first year for @Bar Rosso in Stamford. Given the renewed level of excitement for this stylish Italian food and wine bar, I decided to return and investigate the buzz. And I am glad that I did. 

The totally revamped menu, designed by the new operating managers Giovanni Gentile and Rosario Procino, presents more casual and traditional Italian selections. More importantly, the new management team has brought in a supremely talented pizza maestro, Giuseppe Quattromini, a trained Italian baker from the Puglia region of Italy, and he is serving one of the best pizza crusts I have ever tasted. It was thin, yet crispy and strong enough to hold the toppings without folding; soft, light, and airy in texture, baked in a traditional 750-degree wood burning oven. The end result was outstanding.

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