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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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Wednesday
Mar022011

Guinness Milkshakes @ Filling Station Co. 

Beer + ice cream = Filling Station's March milkshake. Yup...they've done it again. Last month we enjoyed the sweet crunchy nostalgia of the Cap'N. March brings a taste of the Irish with their (non-alcoholic) Guinness Chocolate Milkshake. And what better to accompany your extra stout frozen dessert than a Buffalo Wing Burger? 

Ok mates...drink up and report back. Here is the full report from our own jfood:

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Monday
Feb282011

Fat Cat Pie Co.'s Butterscotch Pudding

Chef Robert Herlihy, Chef at Fat Cat Pie Co., puts out a darn fine thin crust pizza, but if you've never tasted his Butterscotch Pudding, you are missing out. This dessert has garnered a cult-like following amongst those in the know. Personally, the obsession stems from a subtle saltiness hiding under the smooth sweet pudding. I thank Chef Herlihy for sharing this recipe with us. If you sample this dish at Fat Cat Pie Co. or in the comfort of your home, let us know what you think. 

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Sunday
Feb272011

Behind the Net Pizza @ The Darien Ice Rink

An affinity for hockey or a hot tip was the only way you’d discover Behind the Net, a concession stand in Darien’s ice rink that is serving up slices of New Haven style apizza heaven—until now.

Behind the Net opened on September 1, 2010 in the concession space adjacent to the busy suburban ice rink just beyond Darien’s Post Road.  Home to dozens of youth hockey games and practices, the rink also welcomes open skate nights and is teeming with families, practically guaranteeing a hungry audience. Thankfully for us, word soon spread that mere steps from the ice was purportedly some real-deal New Haven pizzaa pizza style characterized by an adherence to a thin crispy crust, decent charring from a super hot oven, fresh San Marzano tomato-based sauce, and mozzarella.

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Thursday
Feb242011

Friday Froth: Harpoon's Biblical Fish & Praise For A Saint

So: who joined me at the Harpoon tasting event at Monster B's last Friday? Anyone? Bueller?

I don’t know if it was the Harpoon or the fact that it was a Friday, but the place was packed like the gym in January. There or not, hit us up in the comments and tell us what beers you’ve been digging on lately. We encourage conversation around here, and we promise not to mock your affinity for Land Shark… much.

Speaking of animals that have no business being on land, Harpoon launched its Leviathan series of craft beers in 2008 as “an exploration in brewing big beers for adventurous palates.” The series was originally intended as a 100-barrel, limited edition release, but the market responded with enthusiasm, and they’re back. The Imperial IPA, Baltic Porter, Saison Royale, and several more will be offered in 120-barrel batches this time, and in bottles as well.

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Thursday
Feb242011

Chili Con Carne via The Parsley Thief

I was given my first French oven {a.k.a. a Dutch oven, or an enameled cast iron pot} about 10 years ago, by my mother-in-law. For years now, a smaller version has been on my wish list...something more practically suited for a family of four & everyday cooking. So, when I recently won a gift certificate to a cooking store, I finally took the plunge & bought myself one!

It's been sitting on my stove for a week now...bringing a smile to my face every time I look at it. I christened the pot with a lovely, Sunday roast chicken. Next up, I wanted to make some kind of stew, pot roast, or chili suitable for the cold, winter days we've been having. This Chili Con Carne recipe is what I decided on.

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Wednesday
Feb232011

Chef Bick's Keeler Tavern Farm-to-Table Dinner

In the heart of Ridgefield, a Farm to Table-inspired dinner will be served at the historic Keeler Tavern in Ridgefield on Saturday, March 5 with Chef Michael Bick orchestrating the “sophisticated rustic menu.” The six course menu (see full menu below) will be paired with wine and studded with local and organic ingredients. This dinner is $95 per person, RSVP by February 28 at  914.572.5648 or email Tara@somethingsfishycatering.com.

This dinner originated from an Earth Day dinner benefitting the Chefs Collaborative, an organization that works with chefs and the food community to celebrate local and sustainable foods.

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Tuesday
Feb222011

The Flaxette Debuts @ The Dressing Room

Last spring we reported on a new local artisan bread baker, Fairfield Bread Company. Their wonderful Flaxette is made with organic flax and whole wheat, using slow, old-world methods. The result...a hearty loaf with a delightful caramelized crust and a tender chewy crumb.

This small-batch artisan bread is making its restaurant debut at The Dressing Room on their new lunch menu with four new sandwich offerings including: DR Steak and cheese with grass-fed beef and Nobel cheddar sauce, Pulled pork with root vegetable BBQ sauce,  and a Roasted organic vegetable sandwich- all on the Flaxette. Executive Chef, Jon Vaast, describes his excitement about this menu addition: 

"The Flaxette for sandwiches is really something else, it grills great, and holds up to the different sandwiches we are doing right now. It's just a really great hearty loaf of bread which is what makes a great sandwich."

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Tuesday
Feb222011

Filling Station Co. Celebrates 1 Year w/ Great Giveaways

And in case, you couldn't read that, here are the details:

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Monday
Feb212011

Bethenny Frankel at Stamford's Center for the Arts

[UPDATE] Congratulations to Beth, the recipient of two free tickets to the Bethenny Frankel show on March 4! And thank you to everyone who participated by commenting and sharing your favorite girls night out. 

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The sassier-than-thou Bethenny Frankel, star of the self-titled Bravo show, best-selling author and Skinny Girl mixologist will be appearing at Stamford Center's for the Arts on March 4

If you're a fan and have yet to snag your own tickets, we have two very special offers for you. Receive $5 off when you order tickets online, by entering the password "BETHENNY."

If you're feeling lucky, we are giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky CTbites reader.

To enter to win a pair of Bethenny Frankel tickets for the appearance on March 4, comment on this post with your best recommendation for the perfect spot for a girls night out in or around Stamford by March 2 at 12 noon. Make sure you include your email when you comment so we can send you an email if you win!

Sunday
Feb202011

Ten China Bistro in Wilton: 10 For 10

Why TEN? The new TEN China Bistro in Wilton had a lot to live up to, giving itself a number like that. We would be the ones to decide if TEN was indeed an appropriate rating. We were diners on a mission. Chef/Owner Eric Xie would have a lot of "splainin" to do if the food at TEN ended up as anything less. There was only one way to find out...EAT! So eat we did. There are many reasons to try this new Asian fusion restaurant, (in the same plaza as SOUP ALLEY). Would we give it a 10? Well, here's the verdict:

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