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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! 


Chickens For All @ Audubon Greenwich

Raising your own chickens is getting more popular each year and getting easier, too. For anyone who has had the pleasure of eating a fresh poached egg, still warm, straight from the coop, it's akin to the richest of savory desserts. Bright yellow yolks, firm whites...makes you think it's worth investing in some chickens. 

If you're nodding your head, read on for a great event we caught on The Fairfield Green Food Guide: On March 27th, get inspired to start your own coop and learn the basics of how to get started when Melina Brown, founder of the Southern CT/Westchester Backyard Poultry Meetup, and Derek Sasaki and Traci Torres, local experts and owners of Norwalk-based My Pet Chicken LLC, visit Audubon Greenwich to discuss the how-to of raising your own chickens.  This event will include a short presentation, a screening of the acclaimed film, 'Mad City Chickens', and ample time for Q&A.

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It's All Good At Lakeside Diner in Stamford

How many CTbites contributors does it take to order chicken salad, a breakfast burrito, a Grecian omelet, a reuben sandwich, grilled blueberry muffins, pancakes, apple pie, coffee milkshakes and the worlds' BEST homemade donuts to top it all off? Apparently only 3. But the full bellies and groans were all worth it due to the great food and fantastic retro atmosphere at the LAKESIDE DINER in Stamford. Located at the bottom of the ramp of exit 34 off the Merritt, this joint offers the quintessential diner experience. So much so, it has been used as a location in several films including "College Road Trip." It isn't large and it isn't fancy. This is authentic diner fare done right. Mel, I would kiss these grits anytime. 

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Pinot Party @ BONDA March 22nd

BONDA Chef Jamie Cooper will be hosting a Pinot Wine Dinner Tuesday March 22nd @ 7PM with Fat Cat/Fountainhead pouring their favorite Oregon gems. The boys of Fountainhead will be at Bonda along with Jim Anderson of Patty Green Cellars. It's a Pinot Party and one of the most passionate Pinot experts, Mike Pelletier will be on hand alongside special guest, Jim Anderson of Patricia Green Cellars, featuring ’09 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir. Check out BONDA's tasty menu below:

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Coffee Cupping (Tasting) @ espressoNEAT in Darien

Have you ever wondered why coffee houses bother with options at the brew bar? Do you think you could tell the difference between a $3 cup and a $6 cup if you tasted them side by side? Yes, much like wine, coffee has different varietals, single origin beans, as well as organic options. EspressoNEAT would like to invite you into their coffee obsessed world for an afternoon of sniffing, sipping, slurping, and spitting. (Nobody can handle all that caffeine at once.) They will be using a few handy tools to help keep track of what you're drinking and your discerning palate will never approach a cup of coffee in quite the same way. 

What:  1 hour cupping tutorial and coffee tasting

Where: espressoNEAT 20 Grove Street, Darien

When: DATE CHANGE!!! Saturday April 2nd @ 1PM 

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Wine On The Water @ The Boathouse At Saugatuck

Spring is a time for rebirth; a time to emerge from hibernation and celebrate new experiences. One of the most exciting new experiences I have recently come across is happening every Tuesday 7-9PM at The Boathouse At Saugatuck. Chef John Holzwarth is coming out of the kitchen and cooking in the main dining room for an immersive weekly wine tasting event, "Wine On The Water." Weather permitting, they will move this party to the beautiful outdoor riverside patio featuring a raw bar and seasonal nibbles. These evenings are geared towards wine appreciation and exploration and if you've had the opportunity to sample the wine list at The Boathouse, you know they have some very unique finds. 

@ $35 a person, this should become a weekly recurring event in your calendar.

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Cherry Pecan Granola via The Parsley Thief

I've been going through a granola obsession lately. I eat it for breakfast, sprinkled on low-fat Greek yogurt, with some agave syrup over the top. I was intrigued by this recipe from the new cookbook, Power Foods, (published by the people of Whole Living magazine)because it's packed with healthy ingredients...I love the addition of ground flaxseeds. I did adjust it quite a bit, because as written, it was a bit flat. I think they were going for a more healthy, low calorie take on granola & of course, I made it a bit less healthy. This is my take on it.

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Road Trip: Barcelona at the James Beard House

Join the talented team behind Barcelona Restaurants at the James Beard House on Saturday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in New York City. Barcelona's chefs, Culinary Director Adam Halberg, have crafted a tapas-inspired, 5-course meal for an evening they are calling "Flavors of Barcelona."  

Each course will be paired with hand-picked wines by Barcelona's Wine and Spirits Director, Gretchen Thomas. Friends of Barcelona Restaurants can purchase tickets at the member rate. Just use the code word: SAFFRON.

Cost: JBF Members $130; General Public $170;  

Location: The Beard House, 167 West 12th Street, NYC

Reservations: 212.627.2308  

Information: The menu | Barcelona |  James Beard Foundation


Food 411: Name the Restaurant that Served This...

OK CTbites. Take a good long look at those deep fried rings of deliciousness. Do you know what restaurant cooked these tori up?

The first person to ID this dish wins a CTbites mug. 

(For dunkin'...although these aren't from Dunkin")


Turning Wine into Water w/ Nicholas Roberts

On April 2, 2011, Nicholas Roberts Fine Wines & Nicholas Roberts Gourmet Bistro are uniting in a 3 hour gustatory explosion. It’s your opportunity to savor over 50 red-hot wines from Europe and South America while noshing on creations from Chef Rob’s (of Nicholas Roberts in Norwalk) spring menu. 

Why: Because thousands of children perish daily simply because they lack access to clean water. 100% of all door proceeds and 10% of all sales from the evening will be donated to Turning Wine Into Water, whose mission is making clean water available to some of the world’s poorest populations. 

The wine lineup will include:

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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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