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Thursday
Jan262012

Nothin' But Bars: Best Granola Bar in CT?

In a world all about “grab and go,” I was happy to stumble upon “Nothin' But” snack bars after a spinning class at Joy Ride in Westport recently. That same week, we spotted them at the Westport Farmers’ market and the Village Market in Wilton. Seems that the chewy little bars, packed with ‘nothin’ but’ organic oats, nuts, seeds and dried fruits and hand-mixed with organic cane sugar, olive oil and honey have found a cult following in Fairfield County. Not only are these the tastiest and most nutritionally dense snack bars we’ve tried (not too dry, not too sweet, loaded with fruits, nuts and all-natural ingredients), they’re also packaged in re-sealable Ziploc bags so that you can eat half in the morning and save the other half for a midday pick-me-up (if you have the willpower).

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Wednesday
Jan252012

Tim’s Philly Steaks Opens in Norwalk

Tim’s Philly Steaks opened on Westport Avenue in Norwalk several weeks ago and I am not one to resist the calling of bread, meat, cheese and grilled onions. So I braved the weather to try one of my favorite sandwiches, and I was not disappointed. 

Many years ago I was taught that eating a cheesesteak is always performed while in “the position.” This entails standing with your legs positioned directly beneath your shoulders, a slight bend forward at the waist, a second bend at the neck with your jaw protruding and always use two hands on the sandwich. The goal is to avoid any of the delicious ingredients landing on your chest or stomach. So when I sampled Tim’s cheesesteak while seated at a table (there are three booths and four tables inside) it was an unusual feeling, but I still assumed “the position” of leaning forward and I successfully consumed the sandwich sans accident 

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Wednesday
Jan252012

Chowdafest 2012: Top Local Chefs Do Battle

Local food bloggers Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro of OmNomCT.com ran this post on their site to announce the upcoming Chowdafest 2012. Why mess with a good thing? Here's their story... 

About a year ago Kristien and I got our chowda on and OD’d on soupy goodness.  Yup, the Third Annual Chowdafest was awesome with tons of restaurants competing for the Classic New England Chowder, Creative Chowder, and Soup titles.  Last year Mansion Clam House won Classic N.E. Clam Chowder, SBC won Creative Chowder with Corn & Poblano Chowder, and Nicholas Roberts won with their Lobster Bisque.  So, who’s winning this year on 2/4/12 from 11-4 at Bedford Middle School in Westport?  You get a spoon, then you om nom nom, vote, and help decide the winners.  Yeah, you can even pretend you’re one of those judges from Chopped or Iron Chef.  We won’t tell.

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Tuesday
Jan242012

Meet the Food Experts at Fairway Market in Stamford

Fairway Market's Master Butcher Ray Venezia, Seafood Director Captain Tony Maltese, Cheesemonger Steve Jenkins, Produce Specialist Peter Romano, and Master Roaster Benny Lanfranco will be offering up their expertise and FREE samples on Saturday January 28, 2012 from 11 AM to 3 PM at their Stamford store (699 Canal Street). 

Learn the fundamentals of buying cheese, cook the perfect porterhouse, or get coffee roasting tips from this talented group of Fairway experts. See the full demo schedule below:

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Tuesday
Jan242012

Norwalk's Valencia Luncheria is Moving!

Valencia Luncheria customers will never have to wait in line again” says Michael Young, owner of the Norwalk eatery that has achieved cult-like status in the minds and stomachs of Fairfield County diners. After 6 years of arepa driven success, Valencia is growing up and getting bigger...much bigger in fact. Michael Young tells CTbites that Norwalk's Valencia Luncheria will be moving to a new location, possibly as soon on April 1st (no joke) just 600 feet down the street. While the menu and look and feel will not change, the address will.  Put it in your nav systems; 164 Main Street will be the new home to Chef Young’s authentic Venezuelan beach food. 

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Sunday
Jan222012

Cactus Rose Cantina -- Santa Fe Meets Wilton 

“What’s a nice Greek girl like you doing running a place like this?” I ask Maria Pertesis, who with her mother Katrina, has just opened Cactus Rose, a vibrant new Southwestern themed cantina in Wilton.    “My family has owned a Greek diner in Fairfield for almost 40 years,” she offers. “So my mother and I wanted to try something new and exciting.”  

And that’s exactly what these amazing women have wrought.  Under their husbandry, the former Mediterranean Grill in the Wilton Center has blossomed into a fun-filled, warm, and welcoming hacienda. Indeed, the restaurant came up almost overnight, as if itself a desert flower.

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Sunday
Jan222012

Chocolate, Dessert & Wine Lover's 'Tasting' Fundraiser

"Every now and then, an event comes along that simply needs no sales pitch." We used these words to describe 2011's Chocolate, Dessert & Wine Lover's 'Tasting' Evening to benefit The Shelter for the Homeless. After actually experiencing this sinfully sweet event, I must say forcefully...just go.  Why you may ask? The answer is simple. On Thursday, February 9th, 2012 over 70 vendors will be serving up an evening of glorious culinary indulgence in the form of decadent chocolates, confections, and mouthwatering baked good, all washed down with fine wines, beer and specialty beverages. Here's the real bonus…You can enjoy your nibbles from favorite shops like Sono Baking Company, Aux Delices, Suckerborne, and D'Mare Pastry Shop, knowing that 100% of every ticket sold supports the Shelter for the Homeless programs. 

Check out the complete list of vendors below and we'll see you there!

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Saturday
Jan212012

Bobby Q's BBQ & Craft Beer Dinner Recap

BBQ has achieved cult status in America. Like any fervent belief, splinter factions have arisen. Most people think of the tomato-based variety found in Kansas City and the deep south as "BBQ sauce," but adherents to the Memphis dry-rub sect or acolytes of the vinegar or mustard based churches of North and South Carolina will defend their take on slow smoked spirituality with manic passion. These churches and their branch faiths march under myriad banners, but they can all sit together at the same table and play nice under any tent serving beer. "Harmonious variety" would be an apt descriptor for the latest CTBites Invites event on Jan 12 at Bobby Q's in Westport. 

Bobby Q's Barbeque & Grill is the creation of owner Bob LeRose, who partnered with Greg Zanella of Northeast Beverage Corp., one of the area's largest microbrew distributors to enhance four courses of beautifully prepared BBQ dishes and a final chocolate course with expertly paired craft brews.

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Saturday
Jan212012

Luxe Modern Wine & Cocktails Opens via WestportNow

Looking for a place to grab a drink and a nosh in Westport? Luxe Modern may be what you're craving. WestportNow.com reports on this weekend's opening:

"A wine bar, Luxe Modern Wine & Cocktails, opens at 190 Main St., across from TD BankNorth, on Saturday, according to owner Robert Reilly of Redding. He said that the café will carry 40 wines that can be purchased by the glass, seven or eight seasonal cocktails, and a selection of 15 cheeses and cured meats. In addition to a bar, tended by the owner’s nephew Will Secchi (photo) of Fairfield, there are indoor tables with plans for outdoor tables next spring, he said. Reilly, a former IT director at Fresh Direct in New York, said the hours this opening weekend are Saturday 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

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Friday
Jan202012

Local Chefs Host Fine Food Event to Fight Kids' Obesity

Calling all foodies. Don't miss "Fine Food for A Cause," a unique event featuring more than a dozen Fairfield County chefs who have stepped up to raise awareness and funds to fight local childhood obesity. Proceeds from the event will help fund a multi-purpose teaching kitchen at the Stamford YMCA, which will be used to deliver cooking skills and nutritional education to underserved local kids and families. 

This fundraising event will be held on Monday, January 30th, and will be emceed by Scott Wapner of CNBC’s “Fast Money Halftime Report.”  The star studded line up continues as "Fine Food for A Cause," honors well-known restaurateur Joseph Bastianich and 2011 Miss America Teresa Scanlan

Before you decide..check out the feast of signature small plates from the following homegrown chefs:

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