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Tuesday
Jun282011

Fairfield County Reports: The El Bulli Experience

Poised to close at the end of the season, El Bulli has been fielding millions of reservation requests for the relative few coveted tables that remain to experience Chef Ferran Adria's operatic meals in Roses, Spain. This mecca for molecular gastronomy has been in the sights of two regular CTbites readers, a professional chef, Matt Storch of Match Restaurant in Sono, and a professional eater, Chris Grimm, who recently visited El Bulli and have graciously shared their experiences with us. 

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Sunday
Jun262011

Brunch @ Bartaco in Port Chester

Thanks to Bartaco, your brunch options just got a whole lot more interesting. Lazy weekends, newsprint-stained hands, Bloody Marys and now tacos are firmly in the domain of this weekend morning ritual. 

The popular Port Chester taco joint owned by the Barcelona Group, has recently unleashed a brunch menu for Saturdays and Sundays that is a fitting extension of the brand’s signature breezy Mexican beach food. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this scene, think Mexican street food influenced by the tides (and an enviable location on the Byram River) with a backdrop fit for a Hampton's weekend of beach-going and people watching minus the traffic on the LIE.

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Thursday
Jun232011

Douro: Portugese-Mediterranean in Greenwich

Greenwich: just say that word and you can see fancy convertibles cars slowly driving through the Avenue, white gloved policeman directing traffic, and people carrying shopping bags awaiting for a whistle command to cross the streets. On and surrounding this fashionable Avenue, you will also see lots of eateries, among them Douro, a Portuguese inspired restaurant that opened doors in September of 2009.

With its typical blue tile sign outside the entrance, terracotta floors, and dark wooden tables, Douro might appear to be just another trendy Greenwich restaurant. Good looking people and a good looking staff fill this charming place. Douro sets its standards and fits its West Putman Avenue location like a glove, but this Portuguese/Mediterranean venue  is more than it seems.

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Thursday
Jun232011

Learn To Can w/ Put 'em Up Author @ Sport Hill Farm

Always wanted to learn how to can? Now is your chance to master the boiling water method which allows eaters to preserve their own jams, jellies, salsas, relishes, tomatoes, fruit and more. Join Sherri Brooks Vinton, author of Put 'em Up! at the gorgeous Sport Hill Farm for one of the four classes she will be offering there on July 30 (rain date July 31) at 9am, 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. Come solo or bring some friends. A light lunch will be served by Cecily Gans of The Main Course Catering, who will also be on hand to serve up and answer your questions about cooking with local foods. $50/person includes one class, lunch, a small sample to take home and a gorgeous farm view! Class size will be small so sign up today to get a spot! BUY TICKETS here. 

Saturday, July 30 · 9:00am - 3:00pm

Sport Hill Farm is located at 96 Sport Hill Road in Easton, CT. 

 

Wednesday
Jun222011

"Line Entertainment" @ Pinkberry of Fairfield

Pinkberry's Fairfield CT location has turned those tiresome weekend lines into an evening's entertainment..."line entertainment" to be exact. While customers contemplate "salted caramel" or "watermelon," and ponder the wide array of topping possibilities, they can also enjoy the musical stylings of the bands listed below. This lineup is slated for the weekend of June 24th, but it has been such a hit that I would expect this tradition to continue throughout the summer.  

 

 

Gage Elliot Frank performs Friday night 7PM - 9PM with  friend and their beautiful acoustic guitars

Carter Vail performs Saturday night 7PM -9PM 

Ajohnny returns Sunday night 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM with the Caribbean steel drums

Tuesday
Jun212011

Grilled Tandoori Shrimp w/ Cilantro Lime Yogurt 

Chef Nicole is back with some great grilling tips to maximize your summer cooking. This dish was inspired by a trip to Patel Bros, Norwalk's new Indian grocery superstore, and is a delicious and simple dinner or appetizer just perfect for your next BBQ, picnic or beach party.  These Grilled Tandoori Shrimp are super quick and can be eaten hot or cold. The Hot Pickled Lime Chutney is seriously addictive. 

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Tuesday
Jun212011

Rose Wine Tasting @ The Boathouse in Westport

Rose seems to be the buzz word on every wine menu this season. Trendy? Who cares...there are some really great labels out there doing Rose right.

You can sample a few of these at The Boathouse on Tuesday the 5th of July at their weekly "Wine on the Water" wine tasting series. 

Those of you who already drink rose will find exciting new examples of this category and those who don't will be introduced to some truly amazing summer wine. 

The Wine: The tasting will include a Bandol  under the label "Mas de la Roviere", a Cerasoulo under the label "Torre dei Beati", a Provencål called "Le Ferme St Pierre" and a Venetian sparkler by "Le Colture."They will also be throwing in an oddball or two in the mix.

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Monday
Jun202011

Free BBQ @ Fairway Market as Firefighters Face Off

Come on down to Fairway Market in Stamford to enjoy free BBQ ribs, beef and turkey burgers, music and giveaways on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at noon.

In lieu of helmets, hoses, and axes, Fairfield County’s bravest will instead don aprons, barbecue tongs, and basting brushes when they compete in Fairway’s Firefighters Food Face-Off.  This grilling “throwdown” will pit firefighters from Stamford, Darien and Ridgefield against one another to prove whose barbecue is best @ the Stamford store location – 699 Canal Street (Rain or Shine).  The public is welcome to enjoy free samples of the firefighter’s cuisine, as well as music and giveaways. 

The firefighters will compete to cook their tastiest ribs, beef burgers and turkey burgers.  A panel of judges, Jodi Heilman, of the Stamford Patch  Chris Preovolos of the Stamford Advocate, Lou Gorfain of CTbites,

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Monday
Jun202011

Dine With Design @ The Glass House Recap

The Dine with Design event at the Philip Johnson House in New Canaan was an amazing food tasting extravaganza for people who enjoy spectacular food and architecture. Nestled amongst the architectural brilliance of the late Philip Johnson Glass House estate, five renowned farm-to table chefs shared their culinary talents with several hundred guests. 

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Sunday
Jun192011

Pizzeria Rosso in Norwalk

At Pizzeria Rosso, it’s a family affair. As chef and partner of Norwalk’s newest take-out pizzeria, Pasquale Pascarella is the driving force behind this old world meets new world approach to pizza. His cousin handles the dough, his mother arrives each morning at 7 a.m. to make the sauce, and Dad shuttles the pies from oven to destinations in Norwalk and just beyond.
  
A veteran chef of Stamford’s Old Saltwater Grille where he remains a partner, Pasquale decided that a take-out pizza business would help him shift his focus and gain control back to what he loves about cooking, both Italian-inspired dishes and traditional Neapolitan pies (he cites San Francisco’s A16 as inspiration) would be a great muse for this transition.

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