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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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Tuesday
Mar292011

Caramel Sea Salt Shake @ Filling Station in New Canaan

CTBites is pleased to present this month’s sneak peak preview of Filling Station’s April 2011 Special Bacon Blue Cheese Burger and its Special Caramel Sea Salt Shake. Although April 1 is normally associated with jokes and pranks on friends and family, the April monthly special burger and shake is neither as it combines some favorite all time flavors.

This month’s Special Burger includes the Filling Station's farm raised 75/25 beef with toppings of thick cut bacon, crumbled blue cheese, crunchy deep fried onions, lettuce, tomato and Worcester sauce infused mayonnaise.

When I visited Filling Station Co. today, the staff was busy experimenting with the timing of their new non-pressed burger technique for the recently announced Stamford location and I asked if I could try the April burger cooked with this new method.  I performed my ritual of cutting the burger in half and saw that the new method produced a perfectly prepared medium rare. My first bite was delicious.

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Tuesday
Mar292011

Dressing Room's New England Lobster & Mussels 

This classic New England dish is featured on the Dressing Room's dinner menu and is one I've always wanted to make in my own kitchen.  Aromatic and satisfying, Chef Vaast's New England Lobster & Mussels is a great recipe for spring entertaining. The Dressing Room uses Wave Hill Bread for dipping, but The Flaxette would do the job nicely as well.  

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Monday
Mar282011

A "Kitchen Nightmare" @ Cafe Tavolini in Bridgeport

Gordon Ramsay was spotted (how could you miss him?) this past December filming another soul crushing "Kitchen Nightmare" at Cafe Tavolini, in the Blackrock section of Bridgeport. On Friday March 25th the conclusive drama unfolded at this local Italian eatery. It aint pretty, but what did you all expect? Here's how it went down when Gordon Ramsay came to town.  Watch the full video episode here. 

Did you watch the episode? Tell us what you thought!


Sunday
Mar272011

Liana's Trattoria: A Taste of Napoli in Fairfield CT 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY TINA RUPP

“I can hear myself speak” was my sentiment shortly after arriving at Liana’s.  It’s kind of nice in this age of lofty wine bars and chic locales to find respite at a place on the cozy side that makes an effort to slow the pace down just a little.  

Despite its small street level space on Tunxis Hill Road in Fairfield, Liana’s Trattoria accommodates a full bar and two high top tables to the left through the entry, with a half wall separating it from the dining room to the right.  The ceilings are low and with lights dimmed the ambience is, dare I say, intimate.  

Liana DeMeglio, who worked for a long time at Pasta Nostra in Sono, greeted and sat us, returning frequently to check on us throughout the meal, while hours before she was in the kitchen making desserts and the ricotta gnocchi renowned by repeat diners.  It’s readily apparent that she’s the lady of the house;

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Sunday
Mar272011

Shout Out: Best Japanese in Fairfield County?

One of our most commonly asked questions in terms of restaurant guidance is where to go for great Japanese food in Fairfield County (or just beyond)?  There is nothing more sublime than a piece of top grade sushi, but when it is less than divine, it can be a dining disaster.  And we're not just talking about sushi here. Where do you go for great Udon, a well balanced seaweed salad, or inventive maki? Help out your fellow readers, and tell us...

What are the best Japanese Restaurants in Fairfield County? 

Friday
Mar252011

Reheated: Weekly Food News for March 25

 Food Expo | A Vernal Epicurean Experience | 

Support locally grown food and meet over thirty exhibitors at the Food for Thought Expo on March 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fairfield Warde High School in Fairfield.

Nicholas Roberts Fine Wines hosts "A Vernal Epicurean Experience" — annual fund-raiser and wine tasting — on April 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Equinox Fitness.

SAILS American Grill has expanded their live music line-up to include "Music in the Afternoon" on Sundays from 5 to 7 p.m. beginning on March 27 as well as complimentary snacks throughout the performances.

Barcelona Stamford will host a "Cooking with Offal" class on Saturday, March 26 at 2 p.m.  

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Friday
Mar252011

Savor Cookies: This Aint Your Average Cookie  

Let’s play the association game.  What comes to mind when you think of pomegranates, black olives, roasted leeks, cardamon, lavender?  First thing to pop into your head?  COOKIES?!  

Once you taste Andre Kreft’s savory shortbread cookie bites you may soon be thinking about some unusual ingredient and food pairings yourself.  Kreft, a self taught artisan baker, launched SAVOR FINE FOODS only six months ago.  He has created 12 flavors for his shortbread  cookie bites that surprise and thrill with prominent flavors.

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Thursday
Mar242011

Last Chance for Bishops Orchards CSA

Bishops Orchards is 30 spaces away from hitting their maximum number of CSA sharholders this year.  If you have been contemplating being a part of the Bishop's Orchards CSA this year, don't miss your opportunity.  They will be taking registrations online through this Sunday, March 27.  There are 3 CSA options for you to choose;  a Full Share, a Half Share and a Flower Share.  The flower share is one you can either add onto a Full or Half Share, or participate buy into alone. Click here for more information.

What is a CSA? CSA stands for "Community Supported Agriculture" and refers to a program where yourlocal farmer (Bishop's Orchards) offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Each share entitles members to a weekly box of fresh-picked produce, discounts & specials

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Wednesday
Mar232011

Napa & Co's Sea Bass w/ Artichokes & Blood Oranges

For my money, there is nothing better than being a fly on the wall in a top notch kitchen. Watching a talented chef doing what they love is akin to a trip to the opera (or maybe that's just me). I had such a experience when I asked Arik Bensimon, Executive Chef at Napa and Co. to share a recipe from his current repertoire. And what's a recipe without a proper beauty shot? For this, we had to make the dish.  Join us in the kitchen for Chef Arik's Black Sea Bass with Chickpeas, Artichokes and Blood Oranges.

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Wednesday
Mar232011

"The King of Cheeses" Tasting @ Fairfield Cheese Co.

Join Fairfield Cheese Company for a special cheese tasting on Friday March 25, 5:30-8pm 

It's been called, "The King of Cheeses," and even if you have a different opinion it is hard to deny the appeal of Parmigiano Reggiano.  No longer relegated to a pasta topping this authentic Parmigiano Reggiano is a great choice for any cheese plate.  Fairfield Cheese Co. decided to take the plunge and just received their first full wheel (about 80lbs.). In their quest to always find the best of the best, this gorgeous wheel comes from the great affineur Giorgio Cravero. 

This Friday at 5:30pm everybody is invited to watch Chris crack it open. Of course while you're tasting, FCC will also be pouring a little something Italian to celebrate the occasion

Fairfield Cheese Company 2090 Post Road, Fairfield 203.292.8194