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Monday
Jan302012

Darien Restaurant Week Starts February 6th

Darien Restaurant Week is on from Monday, February 6 thru Friday, February 10, 2012

What does this mean for you, the diner? For one week only consumers will find great dining deals, have the opportunity to experience new restaurants, and re-visit some Darien favorites.

Participating restaurant will offer a special prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner menu during the entire week. 

Some of the participating restaurants include: Cesco’s Trattoria, Chuck's Steakhouse, Matsuri, Ole Mole, Phil's Grill, Robeks Juice, Rory's Restaurant, Scena Wine Bar & Restaurant, The Goose, Backstreet Restaurant, Café D’AzurThe Melting Pot, and the newly opened Darien Social

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Sunday
Jan292012

Fine Dining in Disguise at Oceanview Café in Norwalk

Oceanview Café is your typical diner. They serve breakfast and lunch with the common bacon, eggs, home fries and toast, and burgers, you get the idea. It is not a big place, with 8-10 tables, tops. Decorations of marine life and fish nets echo the area of its location but postcards from France that peer at you through the glass on the tables offer a subtle hint to what Chef Jean Paul Pauillac is all about. French cuisine.

Every Friday and Saturday night, from 5:30-9:00 p.m.,Pauillac, who once worked at Maxim’s in France (as did Wolfgang Puck) and La Grenouille, turns his modest diner into a French culinary experience. After his friends pleaded with him to cook up some French classics, the idea caught on and the semi-secret menu began. And what’s even better than this "underground restaurant", are the prices, the ability to BYOB, and more importantly, the food.

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Sunday
Jan292012

Shout Out: Best Food Town in Fairfield County? 

Tired of talking politics? Let's talk food. It's time to cast your vote in THE CT FOOD PRIMARY.

Throw down the top candidates for BEST FOOD TOWN in FAIRFIELD CT.

Is it Westport with its recent culinary renaissance?  Or New Canaan, a small town that boasts a big and exciting restaurant scene?  Maybe Stamford, offering culinary diversity like no other city in Fairfield County.  Ridgefield?  Norwalk-Sono?  Fairfield?

Which town would you nominate for best foodie town? Why?  

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Friday
Jan272012

Friday Froth: Blacklight

Have you noticed the black IPA trend lately? They're sometimes called Cascadian ales, but many brewers are experimenting with this hybrid style of beer which combines dark, roasted malts with punchy American hops, but leaves out the weighty feel of malty beers or getting too incisive with the hops. They're light dark beers. Check out Stone Sublimely Self Riteous or Pitch Black IPA from Widmer and you'll know what I'm talking about. Brewers, both those who actually make the beer and the executives who oversee them, seem to be trying to fill a market niche, which is how we ended up with Guinness Black Lager.

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Friday
Jan272012

Super Bowl Eats: Match Restaurant's Wing Recipe

Nothing says Super Bowl more than wings and beer, so why not do it right and cook up some of our own with the help of Chef Matt Storch of Match Restaurant in Norwalk? Check out Matt's ultimate "man-cave" recipe below. However, if you're hosting a crowd and you'd rather leave the cooking to the pros, Match is offering a Super Bowl to-go menu with all the classics. Call Match for more information on this first ever Super Bowl spread: (203) 852-1088

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Thursday
Jan262012

The Schoolhouse at Cannondale Does Veggie Wednesdays

This just in from The Schoolhouse at Cannondale:

As you may know, the Schoolhouse at Cannondale has always had a great relationship  with our veggie growers  and have only supported responsible animal husbandry. But, it's time to go a step further for a few Wednesdays in February. In addition to our normal full menu, we'll offer a four course vegetarian/ vegan tasting menu on Wednesdays in February. The flavors will be exciting, surprising, and you'll leave feeling extremely satisfied.

Reservations can be made at OpenTable.com, or via 1-203-834-9816.

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Thursday
Jan262012

Nothin' But Bars: Best Granola Bar in CT?

In a world all about “grab and go,” I was happy to stumble upon “Nothin' But” snack bars after a spinning class at Joy Ride in Westport recently. That same week, we spotted them at the Westport Farmers’ market and the Village Market in Wilton. Seems that the chewy little bars, packed with ‘nothin’ but’ organic oats, nuts, seeds and dried fruits and hand-mixed with organic cane sugar, olive oil and honey have found a cult following in Fairfield County. Not only are these the tastiest and most nutritionally dense snack bars we’ve tried (not too dry, not too sweet, loaded with fruits, nuts and all-natural ingredients), they’re also packaged in re-sealable Ziploc bags so that you can eat half in the morning and save the other half for a midday pick-me-up (if you have the willpower).

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Wednesday
Jan252012

Tim’s Philly Steaks Opens in Norwalk

Tim’s Philly Steaks opened on Westport Avenue in Norwalk several weeks ago and I am not one to resist the calling of bread, meat, cheese and grilled onions. So I braved the weather to try one of my favorite sandwiches, and I was not disappointed. 

Many years ago I was taught that eating a cheesesteak is always performed while in “the position.” This entails standing with your legs positioned directly beneath your shoulders, a slight bend forward at the waist, a second bend at the neck with your jaw protruding and always use two hands on the sandwich. The goal is to avoid any of the delicious ingredients landing on your chest or stomach. So when I sampled Tim’s cheesesteak while seated at a table (there are three booths and four tables inside) it was an unusual feeling, but I still assumed “the position” of leaning forward and I successfully consumed the sandwich sans accident 

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Wednesday
Jan252012

Chowdafest 2012: Top Local Chefs Do Battle

Local food bloggers Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro of OmNomCT.com ran this post on their site to announce the upcoming Chowdafest 2012. Why mess with a good thing? Here's their story... 

About a year ago Kristien and I got our chowda on and OD’d on soupy goodness.  Yup, the Third Annual Chowdafest was awesome with tons of restaurants competing for the Classic New England Chowder, Creative Chowder, and Soup titles.  Last year Mansion Clam House won Classic N.E. Clam Chowder, SBC won Creative Chowder with Corn & Poblano Chowder, and Nicholas Roberts won with their Lobster Bisque.  So, who’s winning this year on 2/4/12 from 11-4 at Bedford Middle School in Westport?  You get a spoon, then you om nom nom, vote, and help decide the winners.  Yeah, you can even pretend you’re one of those judges from Chopped or Iron Chef.  We won’t tell.

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Tuesday
Jan242012

Meet the Food Experts at Fairway Market in Stamford

Fairway Market's Master Butcher Ray Venezia, Seafood Director Captain Tony Maltese, Cheesemonger Steve Jenkins, Produce Specialist Peter Romano, and Master Roaster Benny Lanfranco will be offering up their expertise and FREE samples on Saturday January 28, 2012 from 11 AM to 3 PM at their Stamford store (699 Canal Street). 

Learn the fundamentals of buying cheese, cook the perfect porterhouse, or get coffee roasting tips from this talented group of Fairway experts. See the full demo schedule below:

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