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Sunday
Sep082013

Stanziato's Craft Beer Dinner on September 29

Stanziato's Pizza in Danbury is hosting a craft beer and food pairing dinner on September 29 from 6 to 9 pm. Tickets are first come, first served and seats are $65 per person. Give them a call for more information or stop in to be among the first lucky 50 to get in on this dinner: http://stanziatos.com.

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Sunday
Sep082013

NOLA Oyster Bar - Revisiting An Excellent Seafood Spot in SONO 

CTbites re-visited NOLA Oyster Bar a few months after its opening to enjoy some of the newest additions to the menu. Chef Dan Kardos is clearly in charge of the kitchen and his culinary talent is evident as he creates some of the most delicious cuisine in Fairfield County.

The Seafood Tower, a dedication to cold shellfish (plus tuna), was the first course served to our table. The generous portions included Cherrystone clams, snow crab legs, Copps Island oysters, shrimp, and charred Hamachi crudo. A house made mignonette sauce accompanied the oysters. All of the items on the Tower were delightful. The crudo was marinated in white and dark balsamic vinegar plus a combination of lime and tangerine juices; it was tantalizing. The crab legs and shrimp were sweet with just a touch of seasoning to emphasize the natural flavors. The Copps Island oysters were a little bitter with very little salinity, but the addition of the mignonette sauce drastically changed the flavor profile from bitter to delicious.

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Sunday
Sep082013

CTbites is on Instagram! And We Want To See What You're Eating

More CTbites food shots to love: CTbites is now on Instagram and we want to see what you're eating!

Follow us on Instagram and tag #CTbites on your favorite food shots in & around Connecticut. We may just repost them, or include them in a weekly Instagram roundup on CTbites.com. 

Go forth and be artsy. Click here to follow CTbites on Intagram.

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Saturday
Sep072013

Little Asia First Annual Lunar Festival

Friday
Sep062013

Friday Froth: Beer...Served Fresh

Welcome back to another edition of CTBites’ own beer column, this time with a subtle aroma of pigskin. Tastes start to turn a little bit more to brown liquor as we transition from summer to fall but, back yard table or car bumper at a tailgate, it’s a sad hand that can’t reach for a beer.  We have stone, metal and a miracle down below as we match the days and keep it crisp. 

So fresh and so green, green: Stone Brewing in California brewed up a double IPA just for us this August and shipped it over for those who were paying attention. The brew is called Enjoy By 9-13-13 – (I gave a heads up in the last Froth here, and originally mentioned the series the first time we got a batch back in April) – and I finally got a chance to have some. Let me tell you: it was worth the wait. 

Enjoy By pours a clear gold with a thick head and tons of sweet citrus on the nose. Tip up the glass and there is so much floral, citrusy hop taste you could almost chew it. It is immediately and strikingly apparent why the brewers at Stone made such a point of the degree of freshness. There is no small amount of bitterness, but it’s held in check by a sturdy malt base. At 9.4%, the alcohol may be cutting through the other ingredients to some degree, but it’s not noticeable in the flavor. The flavor, though, is delicious. It somehow gets better as the level of beer goes down and the number of sticky rings it has left on your glass goes up. Rare is the beer that can pull off that feat. If you love hops, you need to go out and find this beer.

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Friday
Sep062013

Culinary Gifts @ Clarke Culinary Center in South Norwalk (sponsored post)

Culinary Gifts? No Problem.

Tucked inside Clarke, New England's Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test kitchen in South Norwalk, is a culinary boutique that every foodie will want to visit - Savoir Fare. This is the perfect place to purchase unique holiday gifts or a new set of champagne flutes for entertaining in your own home. 

With a name that is creatively based on the French for "knowledge of food," Savoir Fare offers an evolving collection of cookware, bakeware, stemware, cooking tools and fine French linens. 

With an impeccably curated assortment from these fine brands, you are assured that only the highest quality items are in this collection:

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Thursday
Sep052013

Cocktail Naming Contest

WIN 2 free ticket to CTbites Invites Happy Hour @ Parallel Post on 9/12! Here's how...

It's time for another cocktail throw down! The beautiful farm-to-table restaurant, Parallel Post in Trumbulldecided to trust the fate of its new fall specialty cocktail to the naming skills of our CTbites readers.  If your cocktail name is selected, you will win 2 free tickets to CTbites Invites Happy Hour @ Parallel Post on Thursday September 12th 5:30-7:30

Here are ingredients for the new drink featuring East Hartford's own Onyx Moonshine, the first legal Moonshine in the US! 

1 oz fresh cucumber juice

1 oz fresh grapefruit juice

1 oz Luxardo Liqueur

2 oz 111 Onyx Moonshine

Shake all ingredients together and strain in martini glass and garnish with an olive and cucumber strip.

Post your submission below (be sure to include your email). We welcome input from readers. If you see a name you like...post your vote!

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Thursday
Sep052013

Guess The Chef!! Win Westport Farmers' Market Swag

If you follow CTbites, you've likely heard about the upcoming "Fork It Over" underground dinners to benefit The Westport Farmers' Market.  If not, WFM is hosting 4 pop up dinners over the next 2 months with both mysterious locations and guest chefs. We've had so many questions regarding what mystery chef will be cooking on which dates that we thought we'd have ourselves a little fun.

The Guest Chef Cooking on September 22nd gave these clues to CTbites. The FIRST PERSON TO GUESS THE CHEF BELOW WINS a basket of fabulous swag from local CT vendors courtesy of The Westport Farmers' Market. Good luck!!

The first dinner is scheduled for September 22nd and tickets go on sale @ 8AM Monday, Sept. 9th.  You need to be subscribed to Westport Farmers' Mkt's newsletter to get ticket info.

What is your favorite ingredient?   PASTA OR ANY MEAT PROTIEN  

Hobby when not cooking?  FAMILY TIME AND GOLF

What is the last dish you cooked for yourself?  RIBEYE WITH PAN ROASTED TINY POTATOES AND PEARL ONIONS, GRILLED CORN, SUN GOLD TOMATOES WITH OLIVE OIL AND MOZZARELLA

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Wednesday
Sep042013

The Beer Garden at Harbor Point Hosts 2 Weeks of Oktoberfest 

As the hazy summer days drift away and the cool, crisp fall air sets in on the South End, so begins one of the biggest seasons for beer lovers. The Beer Garden at Harbor Point is set to launch an Oktoberfest created to mirror that in Munich. Oktoberfest, widely known as The World’s Greatest Beer Festival, is a sixteen-day annual celebration.

The Beer Garden’s inaugural Oktoberfest will run from September 21st through October 6th and will bring authentic German festivities to Stamford. The celebration promises fun for all including live music, colorful costumes and plenty of German grub. Many of the fan favorite food trucks have joined in on the party as well. Vanchetta, a new addition to the world of food trucks, will feature an authentic German menu including schnitzel and bratwurst. Pretzel fans? Do not fear: Maddy’s Food Truck promises to deliver hot, fresh and delicious soft pretzels to the masses.

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Wednesday
Sep042013

Live Green Connecticut w/ Food Trucks & Family Fun 

Live Green Connecticut!, www.livegreenct.com, taking place at Taylor Farm Park in Norwalk on Saturday, September 14th from 10am - 4pm and Sunday, September 15th from 11am - 4pm.

Live Green Connecticut! is a wonderful family-friendly community festival for all ages. Live Green Connecticut! will feature Pony Rides, a Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Live Music, SoundWaters and Creatures from the Sea exhibit, Nature Center exhibits, Food, Beverages, the Ford Go Further Tour, Electric Cars and over 100 Exhibitors, Environmental Speakers and Demonstrations.

See and experience businesses that are showcasing their new technology to positively impact our lives and environment. Come away with tips and ideas that will save you money!

FREE ADMISSION!

Food Exhibitors:

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