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Pho Saigon: Real Pho. Really off the beaten path. 

If you like Italian cuisine (I mean real Italian) and you haven't been to Fortina in Armonk yet, something is ALL wrong. 

 

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Monday
Mar142011

Where to Find Corned Beef & Cabbage on St. Patricks Day

It's almost St. Patricks Day and chances are good that if you plan on venturing out, your beer will be green and you'll be ordering a plate full corned beef and cabbage, that quintessential dish that March 17th can't seem to shake. So let's embrace it.

Maggie over at the Lunch Break Chronicles has compiled this short and beefy list of places she is planning to get her corned beef fix which includes Tigin in Stamford as well as O'Neills in SoNo.

In addition to this list, I'd recommend checking out Colony Grill in both the Fairfield and Stamford locations. Word is they'll be offering a special Corned Beef pizza for the holiday. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Yup. A hot oil with corned beef may be my a new annual tradition. 

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Monday
Mar142011

Lucky Corned Beef Hash via Sugar & Olives

If you can't make it out for St. Patty's Day, why not try enjoy a taste of the Irish in the comfort of your own home. Jennifer Balin of Sugar & Olives knows her way around a simple but tasty Corned Beef Hash, and what better to serve up on March 17th? Bonus: This recipe also features her "secret" for extra delicious overnight shredded hash browns. Check it out:

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Sunday
Mar132011

Versailles Restaurant: French Fare in Greenwich

Ah, Versailles.  So distant. So unreachable.  So . . . French.  

Well, that’s how our group felt after canceling /rescheduling our planned trip to this well-established Greenwich eatery THREE separate times.  As it turns out, each date was snowier, icier and slushier than the one before.  It took three snow storms, three snow days and nearly a month, but we finally made it.

The new location (a few doors down from the original on Greenwich Ave.) is lovely and trimly elegant.  We arrived early for lunch … and it’s a good thing we did. The dining room was full to capacity -- with a line out the door -- by 12:20.

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Sunday
Mar132011

Cocktail Naming Contest

WIN a FREE 3 course Dinner for 2 @ MATCH Restaurant in Sono. Here's How...

As promised, we are back with another boozy naming challenge. This time, you are charged with branding Match's new new signature cocktail, a citrusy blend of Tito’s Vodka, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, pressed raspberries and oranges, a splash of Mirabelle Sparkling Wine, and a splash of Absolut Ruby Red...all in a crackling sugared rimmed Flute.

If your Cocktail name is selected, it will be featured on their new menu & you will receive a FREE 3 COURSE DINNER FOR TWO @ MATCH Restaurant in South Norwalk.  

Post your submission below (include email) , or if you're shy, feel free to send it to us directly. We welcome input from readers. If you see a name you like...post your vote! 

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Friday
Mar112011

Fat Cat Pie Co. Wine Room Supper Club Event

Join Fat Cat Pie Co & Fountainhead Wines on March 16th for an evening supper club in their wine room with special guest; winemaker Fred Peterson of Peterson Winery, Healdsburg, CA (Dry Creek AVA) and musical guest; jazz keyboardist Robert Aries. 

If you are only familiar with Fat Cat's pizza, wait till you see what Chef Herlihy and his team can do next door. These events allow diners to do a deep dive into the world of wine, whether it be a region, or a vineyard. Personally, I'd go just for the Salad Course. Their Chopped Kale Salad with Quinoa and Currants is an excellent addition to their current "Specials" menu, and really worth a try. Check out the full menu below:

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Friday
Mar112011

Kids Make Pizza Every Sunday @ Coalhouse in Stamford

Sundays are pizza making days for kids at Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford.  First rule co-owner, Gerard Robertson, puts out there?  DON’T BE AFRAID TO MAKE A MESS!  Better his place than yours, and a lot more fun, for sure.  If one too many rainy days has given your clan cabin fever, this is a great way to get out, make your own pizza and learn something too.

Robertson invites kids of all ages to pull up a stool and gently work a ball of dough on the long stretch of white marble that wraps around the pizza prep area and the enormous coal oven.

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Thursday
Mar102011

Filling Station Company is Coming To Stamford!

Filling Station Company just gave us the word that they have officially signed a lease at 3 Landmark Square in Stamford. FSC's second restaurant is located on the Atlantic Street side of the Landmark Square, just opposite the Palace Theatre (and attention movie-goers-a direct stones throw from the Majestic Cinema complex). The location features an outside terrace for about forty guests that will serve as a bier garden featuring local beers. Here's the best news...the 1800 sq. Ft interior space will accommodate about 40 diners. For those of you who frequent the New Canaan location, you can now comfortably seat your family...no matter how big the posse. 

We will keep you posted on the build out and opening date. 

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Thursday
Mar102011

Reheated: Weekly Food News for March 10

 Cooking Classes | Fro Yo | Local Wine Dinners

Swizzles Frozen Yogurt will be opening in two Connecticut locations this spring including Darien and Wilton.

The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County has just announced a "A Tasting Event" fundraiser featuring over 50 vendors, held at The Italian Center on Newfield Avenue from 6 to 9 pm.

biodynamic wine dinner at the Dressing Room with Darien's Nicholas Roberts Fine Wines on March 16 at 7 p.m. 

Nature's Temptation will host a discussion with Dr. Shawn M. Carney, ND on Celiac disease and natural treatment options on March 16 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

Whole Foods Darien will host a St. Patrick's Day store-wide tasting on March 12 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Spring has inspired a slew of cooking classes in and around Fairfield County:

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Thursday
Mar102011

Scoring Mexican Coke in Fairfield County

There is something nostalgic about Mexican Coke, and it's not just those hourglass shaped glass bottles. It is made the way Coke used to be formulated years ago, with refined cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup, resulting in a sweeter, more natural tasting product. Manufactured and bottled in Mexico, it has has become coveted in the US, and yet for those seeking out this less "chemical tasting" Coke, it can be elusive. 

We have run across Mexican Coke at espressoNEAT in Darien, Fresh Market in Westport, Tequila Mockingbird in New Canaan and Casa Villa in Stamford…purely by happy accident. Yeah, we know soda is bad for you and all, but if you're going to drink it, drink the good stuff.

If you have scored Mexican Coke in your culinary or consumer travels, help out your fellow readers and give us the coordinates.   

[Photography courtesy of acontinuouslean.com]

Wednesday
Mar092011

Fairfield County Eats! Tasting Benefit for The Food Bank

SAVE THE DATE!! Join us at Fairfield County Eats on April 27th for an evening of outstanding food, beer and wine...for a very good cause. This unique tasting event will take place at The Italian Center in Stamford with all proceeds directly supporting The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County's efforts to help end hunger in our community. The list of restaurants, caterers, and beverage purveyors participating in this event will surely make you salivate. @ $45 a person this is an event not to be missed. 

Restaurants include: 1020 Post, Fat Cat Pie Co, L'escale, Rory's, Coromandel, Restaurant Jean-Louis, Tavern on Main., Da Pietro's, Colony Grill, Butterfield 81, Bobby Q's, Shelley's On The River, Tawa Indian Cuisine, The Capital Grill, The Melting Pot, Tuscan Oven, Vinny's Backyard Restaurant, Cafe D'Azur, My Favorite Place, The Gingerman...and more are signing on every day. 

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