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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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Wednesday
Apr132011

A History of Connecticut Wine: Vineyard in Your Backyard

It wasn’t until 1978 that the state of Connecticut passed the Winery Act that allowed owners and winemakers to be able to have their own places to make the wine. Nowadays, there are over 30 wineries throughout the state alone, which made University of Bridgeport English professors Amy Nawrocki and Eric D. Lehman interested in pursuing the idea of writing a book on this subject matter.

Their new book; “A History of Connecticut Wine: Vineyard in Your Backyard” was released on March 18 and published by The History Press out of Charleston, SC. The volume, which is the first in depth publication on this topic, talks about history of CT wine before and after the Winery Act was announced, while also answering the question why people should go to these local wineries and taste wine.

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Wednesday
Apr132011

Patel Bros. Indian Grocery Superstore Opens in Norwalk

I walked into the supermarket, mouth agape - I felt like Alice in Foodland! It was a 10,000 sq feet epicurean trove of gastronomy, nostalgia, delectable aromas and MORE all rolled into one. Finally an ethnic supermarket in Fairfield County. Patel Bros is a family owned grocery store chain that has established itself as a destination for Indian Groceries in North America. With over 35 stores across the country – it is called the Walmart of Indian Groceries, where you get a phenomenal range from the subcontinent at the best price possible.  Their motto is “Celebrating Our Food… Our Culture.’ And it sure does. It is like having my own kirana store, times ten, right here in Norwalk!

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Tuesday
Apr122011

Easter & Passover Eats in Fairfield County, CT

Easter & Passover are just around the corner, and we've been vigilantly scoping out interesting holiday sweets & savories, restaurant reservations, and catering tips to share with you. Here are a few nibbles to get you started on your holiday planning, but this is just a sampling. If you have come across an holiday event or product find, please let us know by posting a comment below. 

What's Easter Without Chocolate?

Belgique Chocolatier in New Canaan is Easter central with 3-feet high chocolate rabbits weighing in at approx. 23 pounds. They also make smaller sizes, as well as chocolate nests with chocolate/hazelnut speckled eggs, chocolate hens and chicks, chocolate eggs to fill with chocolates, bunnies pulling carts with chocolate eggs, etc.

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Tuesday
Apr122011

Homemade Matzo c/o Tabouli Grill's Judy Roll

Chef Judy Roll of Tabouli Grill has been making matzo for her family for years because nobody should be made to suffer through the "cardboard-y" boxed brands. This recipe differs from the classic version as she brushes the matzo with olive oil and then sprinkles with sea salt and za'tar. Hey..why not? It's amazingly simple. Try it in your home this Passover. 

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Monday
Apr112011

Dine w/ Design @ The Glass House: Chef Walk Through

CLICK ON ABOVE PHOTO TO LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY

How about this for a quick-fire challenge: Create and serve dishes inspired by a 47-acre National Trust Historic site, served outdoors for over 200 guests that celebrates the seasonal bounty.

Dine with Design is a outdoor celebration of farm-to-table cuisine on Saturday, June 11 that will challenge five chefs to do just that. The event features chefs and artisans connected to the recently published book Harvest to Heat.

With the planning for this event well underway, the Glass House invited a small group that included Chefs Bill Taibe (leFarm), Brian Lewis (Bedford Post) and Derek Wagner (Nicks on Broadway, R.I) to visit the site to literally get the lay of the land, both in terms of the property's historical and architectural significance as well as the challenges and opportunities that a 47-acre campus of buildings and landscape can present. Check out the photo gallery from today's tour to wet your appetite. 

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Monday
Apr112011

Join CTbites & Walk Against Hunger

Please join your fellow CTBites readers and contributors to fight hunger in Connecticut by walking with the CTbites team at the Connecticut Food Bank’s Walk Against Hunger. The walk will take place on Sunday, May 15th at Seaside Park in Bridgeport.  For most of us, the biggest decision we face when we’re hungry or need groceries is where to shop. But for many of the 390,000 people in Connecticut who do not have enough food to eat, their decisions involve whether to buy groceries or pay the rent.  For others, soup kitchens and shelters provide the only meals they will eat. 

Each spring, the Connecticut Food Bank sponsors a Walk Against Hunger to raise money and consciousness about hunger in our state.

Sign up here and join the CTbites Team. 

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Sunday
Apr102011

Casa Villa in Stamford: Let Them Eat Tacos

Taco: noun [ta-ko] 
A flour tortilla wrapped around a variety of proteins and often garnished with cilantro, as prepared traditionally with endless regional Mexican iterations. Add condiments such as cheese and you’re veering into Tex Mex territory. Compare them to the ubiquitious chain with the cute canine spokesperson, and consider yourself kicked out of the will. Best when served from a Mexican grandmother’s kitchen, a truck in Los Angeles or Stamford, CT.  
 
There are many who take their tacos seriously. And for the unfortunate few of them who live in Connecticut, at times it can feel like a futile culinary pursuit. The new Casa Villa in Stamford erases many of those painful memories with a new and practically posh incarnation at 622 East Main Street, in the space formerly occupied by Myrna’s.

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Saturday
Apr092011

And The Winner of the Match Cocktail Contest Is...

We just got the word that we've got ourselves a winner for the MATCH Cocktail Contest. The lucky recipient of the FREE 3 Course Dinner for 2 @ MATCH Restaurant is Hillary & Steve for their name "FRECKLED REDHEAD." Chef Matt Storch and his team really wrestled with this decision. Some of the other names considered were: Red Nectar, Mix and Match, & Bellini de fleur. Thank you to all the namers who came up with truly inspired submissions.  

Congrats to Hillary and Steve who should Contact Us to receive the details of their prize.  

Friday
Apr082011

Vote for CTbites for Saveur's Best Food Blog Awards

If you like what you see and read every day on CTbites.com, Vote for CTbites for Saveur Magazine's Best Food Blog Awards! Why? Because it only take s 5 seconds...literally. Just type in our URL and pick a category. 

Here's the link to vote. 

Voting ends on April 22nd, but why wait? Vote NOW! 

Friday
Apr082011

Reheated: Weekly Food News for April 7

Wave Hill Moves | Thomas Hooker Tap Takeover | Spring at the Farm

Thomas Hooker Tap Takeover on Friday, April 5 at Monster B's in Stamford beginning at 5 p.m.

Swizzles Frozen Yogurt will open in about a week in Darien and Wilton. Free yogurt on their grand opening day. Details to come.

A benefit wine & cheese tasting at Sarah’s Wine Bar with Monica from 109 Cheese & Wine on Wednesday, April 13 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at $10 per person.

"Fairfield County Eats!  a fundraiser to benefit the lower Fairfield County Food Bank on April 27, with an impressive list of participating restaurants and purveyors

A special wine dinner at the Schoolhouse at Cannondale on Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. $45 per person, call 203.438.5757 for reservations.

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