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Tuesday
Oct042011

The Winner of the Free Dinner for 2 @ leFarm is...

Thank you to everybody who visited the CTbites Chef Demo tent at the Westport Blues Views & BBQ Festival on Sept. 23rd. Over 200 people entered to win the Free Dinner for 2 @ leFarm but there can only be one winner. Yes, it took us a while to digest all that BBQ and select a name, but here it is: Peter Eichling, you have won yourself an excellent meal. Enjoy! 

Tuesday
Oct042011

3 New Picks For Top Burgers: Greenwich to Westport

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Earlier this summer CTBites published my list of Ten Recommended Hamburgers from Greenwich to Westport. Subsequent to the article I received numerous suggestions, both here and through my e-mail.  I want to thank all of the passionate hamburger lovers for some great options for me to try and I made every attempt to visit as many as I could. 

With summer now officially behind us, I wanted to report back and add three destinations to my list of Recommended Hamburgers from Greenwich to Westport. 

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Monday
Oct032011

Eating Greenwich & Port Chester Starts October 16th

EATING GREENWICH & PORT CHESTER runs Sunday, October 16- thru Friday, October 21, 2011, a week-long celebration of dining in Greenwich, Connecticut and Port Chester, New York. Eating Greenwich & Port Chester is a lead-in to Serendipity Magazine’s Greenwich Food & Wine Festival (October 22-23) and will offer consumers specially discounted prices on prix fixe menus and special offers throughout the entire week.

Participating restaurants include: Centro at the Mill Restaurant, China WhiteDouro, Greenwich Tavern, Il Sogno, Jt Straw's Bar & Grill, Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar, Morello Bistro, Pasquale's, Pomodoro, ReNapoli Pizza and Chicago Beef, Restaurant Jean-Louis, Sonora, The Ginger Man, The Willett House

 

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Monday
Oct032011

Support Fresh Food Campaign @ Westport Farmers’ Mkt

Wanna help? Members of the community are requested to donate fresh, healthy produce and non-perishables to their neighbors in need as part of CT Food Bank’s fresh food campaign.  This Thursday, October 6th, come on down to the Westport Farmers’ Market and participate in a food drive to benefit Connecticut Food Bank, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Westport Farmers Market was thrilled to learn of the CT Food Bank’s fresh food campaign.

“We’re encouraging shoppers to grab some items from their pantries before heading over to the market,” said Lori Cochran-Dougall, Director at Westport Farmers’ Market.  They then can fill their bag or grab a free one from MXenergy and then top it off with fresh produce and other market products. Just think how far $20.00 can go…”

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Sunday
Oct022011

Chip’s Family Restaurant on Black Rock Tpke Fairfield

The following is our first mother & daughter review.  Jessica Ryan is in the 7th grade. 

Rebecca: The other day my mother, brothers and I went to try Chip’s, a new restaurant on Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield (where Blockbuster’s was) for lunch. The restaurant was busy, sunny and clean. As soon as we walked in a waiter brought us to a booth by the window. The restaurant is spacious with lots of tables in the middle and booths all along the sides. There were a couple of large TVs hanging from the ceiling and we could see the kitchen from where we were sitting.

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Friday
Sep302011

Tokeneke's Pumpkin Carnival in Darien October 15th

Tokeneke’s annual Pumpkin Carnival will take place Saturday, October 15th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.  The rain date is October 16th.  For over forty years, Tokeneke’s Pumpkin Carnival, held at the Tokeneke Elementary School on Old Farm Road, has been an annual tradition for families in and around Darien. The Carnival features attractions for all ages, including a haunted house, rides, games and crafts, rock climbing, bouncy castles, a bake sale and raffle prizes.  In addition, food will be provided by Burgers, Shakes & Fries, Upper Crust Bakery & Café, and Heights Pizza.

 

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Thursday
Sep292011

Match Restaurant in SoNo Celebrates 12 yrs

Match Restaurant in South Norwalk celebrates its 12 Year Anniversary next week and partners Scott Beck and Matt Storch have decided to celebrate with all of their customers by extending the Restaurant Week Offer for an additional week. The $29.99 three course prix fixe dinner will restart on Sunday night October 3rd and run through Friday night October 7th. Sunday and Monday nights are also Match’s half price bottle of wine night so it is even a sweeter deal. Enjoy!

Thursday
Sep292011

Breakfast Quinoa via The Parsley Thief

When I saw this recipe Breakfast Quinoa with Berries & Bananas in the current issue of Whole Living magazine, I was very intrigued. Quinoa is technically not a grain because it's not part of the grass family {it's a relative of chard, and spinach}...but, because of it's grain-like texture it's marketed as one. It seems I'm always hearing about how good it is for you, and I've had the good intention to use it more in my cooking...but, really don't all that often. It's very high in protein, making it an ideal breakfast choice for me, or my kids. 

This recipe is very adaptable. You can substitute any fruit for the raspberries, blackberries and bananas I used here. I used 2% milk, but you can use whole, skim, soy, or almond milk too. Quinoa is low on the glycemic index...if that's important to you, you can use agave nectar, or stevia as the sweetener. I used maple syrup, but brown sugar would also be delish. If you like a bit of crunch in your hot cereal, chopped nuts would be great. 

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Wednesday
Sep282011

Pancake Breakfast & Pop Up Farmers' Mkt @ Wakeman Farm

Got kids? Like pancakes? And bacon? And all things farm-y and fun?

Come on down to an old-fashioned “Pancake Breakfast & Pop Up Farmers' Market," a family event at Wakeman Town Farm (134 Cross Hwy, Westport) on Sunday, October 2 from 9 a.m.-noon. It's a fun, fall $5 Pancake Breakfast and Pop-Up Farmers' Market on the farm, featuring an array of local vendors and craftspeople selling everything from artisanal foods to handmade crafts from an eclectic assortment of local vendors. (Rain or shine.)

In addition to a country farm breakfast with pancakes, nitrate-free bacon and fresh maple syrup and coffee and juice, sponsored by Christie’s Country Store and Graze Delivered, there will be a host of local vendors and craftspeople selling their wares in a festive, farmers' market atmosphere. 

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Wednesday
Sep282011

Chef Gabrielle Hamilton & Colman Andrews in Stamford

Food Writers Gabrielle Hamilton and Colman Andrews will speak at the Main Library in Stamford, Wednesday, October 12 at 6 p.m. as part of the Friends Author Series. 

Gabrielle Hamilton is the owner and chef of the popular and highly influential restaurant Prune in Manhattan's East Village. Her bestselling memoir, Blood, Bones & Butter was published in 2011. She has also contributed articles and essays to The New York Times, The New Yorker, Food & Wine and other publications.

Colman Andrews was the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Saveur magazine, and a former restaurant columnist for Gourmet. He is the co-author and co-editor of three Saveur cookbooks and the author of six books of his own. His latest book, The Country Cooking of Italy, will be released in November.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for a wine and cheese reception. Tickets are $15. Proceeds benefit the Library. Register online at www.fergusonlibrary.org or call 203 351-8275.