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Friday
Sep022011

Taking Sides in the Stamford Pizza War 

The first hint of a Stamford pizza scandal came from a casual tip from a friend who knows how we obsess over pizza here at CTbites. “Have you heard about this new place called Rico’s?” he asked. “It’s just like Colony and some say it’s better.”

Rumors, speculation, and then the recent ad taken out by Colony Pizza in the Stamford Advocate on July 22 had piqued all of our interest. The ad read, “There is no other restaurant in Fairfield County that is authorized to use our name or our recipes.”

This not-so-thinly veiled threat was direct taking aim at the new Selleck Street pizzeria Rico’s, opened by former employees of Colony Pizza, the epicenter of the traditional bar-style pizza with it’s cracker-like crust and rivers of grease

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Thursday
Sep012011

Bartaco Stamford Location Coming Soon

Stamford is getting their very own bartaco, opening very soon. Inspired during a jog along the beaches of Brazil, restaurateur Sasa Mahr-Batuz of the popular Barcelona Restaurants, came up with the concept of “bartaco.” We've been several times to their Port Chester location for brunch and their beachy tacos and drinks.

Defined simply by good food, great drinks, and an aura of fun, Sasa envisioned a light and airy informal space with style and sensibility – one that could easily be located on a white sandy beach alongside the blue water and sea air.

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Thursday
Sep012011

Creamy Tomato Basil Bisque via Graze Delivered

This fresh-tasting tomato basil bisque is a great way to use all of those juicy (but bruised or imperfect) late-season tomatoes from the garden and the farmers' market. Not only is it quick to make, but it freezes well. Graze customers keep asking, “Are you SURE there’s no cream in this soup?” The secret is out: We thicken the soup with pureed butternut squash! Serve with a simple salad of arugula and shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano and a loaf of crusty Italian bread for a simple, al fresco lunch. 

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Wednesday
Aug312011

Blue Lemon Restaurant @ Westport Farmers' Market

The Westport Farmers Market is the place to be on Thursday September 1st as clean up from the not so friendly Hurricane Irene continues all over town.  Come out to replenish your pantry and  fresh produce supply while helping out area farmers and producers.

Bryan Malcarney, chef/owner of Blue Lemon in Westport, will be the guest chef this week.  He has been in the same spot in Sconset Square for over eight years and has quite the following.  His presentation at the market  will include two seasonal favorites as he offers CUCUMBER DILL GAZPACHO (recipe below) and GOLDEN BEET GAZPACHO for tasting.

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Wednesday
Aug312011

10 Questions w/ Prasad Chirnomula of Thali Restaurant

1. If you had unexpected guests arriving at your home for dinner in one hour, what would you whip up? If it is in season will check my garden for some veggies and greens, next check the refrigerator and pantry and then make a decision if I have to go out to the restaurant or grocery store. Tacos are always a priority and a very quick fix. Typically I would whip a salad and/or seafood appetizer and a mix-grill of marinated meats and veggies on the deck.
2. What is the last dish you cooked for yourself?
Today was particularly a very hot day. I made some green apple Gazpacho in the morning and stored it away in the refrigerator and Crab filled Japanese Eggplant with Roselle leaves and green chili paste. Apples, Chilies, Peppers, Tomatoes, Cucumber, Roselle Leaves were picked fresh of my garden. I am from the rice and spice country, so made some fragrant Basmati Rice.

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Tuesday
Aug302011

Thali in Westport Goes Vegetarian (via The Feast)

Well here's an interesting turn of events. Peyton Dougherty @ TheFeast.com resports that Thali's chef/owner Prasad Chirnomula is removing all non-vegetarian items from the menu of Thali's Westport location

"Farewell, pepper-crusted breast of lamb smoked in a Tandoori-Cabernet sauce.

Chef Prasad Chirnomula will remove all non-vegetarian items from his Westport Indian restaurant, Thali, and will make the menu identical to Chirnomula's meatless New Haven outpost,Thali Too.

The new fare debuted last night and it's a complete overhaul, with a rice bar, rolled house breads cooked on a griddle, lassi, Bombay and Dehli street vendor-style snacks, a tiffin menu and veggie entrees like potato and paneer cheese balls, spicy veggie stir fry, cabbage cauliflower and carrot fritters, and spicy chick peas. The sweeping change is surprising, but it makes sense given the market." -Peyton Dougherty

Click here to read the full article on TheFeast.com

Monday
Aug292011

CT Food Bank Launches "Hunger Action" Month

On September 1st, the Connecticut Food Bank (CFB) begins its "Hunger Action" month and the CTbites team is asking your help.  Food is our passion and we thank our lucky stars that we are privileged to dine at the fabulous restaurants of  Fairfield County and blog about truffle chips, sous vide lamb belly and Marscapone cheese cake. Last week I volunteered at the CFB's mobile pantry where we gave out bags of onions and carrots to too many CT residents whose stars are not so lucky. But the CFB is making a difference and so can we. 

According to Nancy Carrington, the Food Bank's president and CEO since 1984, over 400,000 CT residents are "Food Insecure."  That means that they are not sure where they are getting their next meal. Over 50% of these people are above what the government considers the income threshold which would allow them SNAP funding (formerly known as food stamps.) In the state with the highest per capita income (2010), that is surely 400,000 hungry residents too many. Right???

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Monday
Aug292011

La Tomatina Wine Dinner @ Barcelona Restaurant 

Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar's much anticipated Tomatina Dinner is back this Wednesday August 31st! Every year, the villages of Valencia celebrate with their famous tomato throwing battle, painting the streets, buildings and revelers red. In homage to this fun holiday, Executive Chef, Michael Bydenstein will be serving a special menu at their Greenwich location, each course featuring heirloom tomatoes, the summer season’s greatest fruit. The dinner will be paired with a well curated selection of wines from Valencia and other regions of Spain. There could be an impromptu tomato fight so please come dressed accordingly! Check out the menu below. 

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Sunday
Aug282011

Longtime Westport Restaurateur Opens Pane e Bene

After more than three decades as the maestro at other people’s restaurants, Angelo Capponi, the proud owner of Pane e Bene, 1620 Post Road in Westport, struts around his new Italian restaurant and bar like a proud papa. 

Pane e Bene means “bread and goodness.” To Angelo, it signifies, “Freshly prepared, simple food, nice décor and an ‘experience’.” He explains, “We want to give people what they don’t find elsewhere; a place where you feel special. The opposite of places where you feel like they’re doing you a favor.”

Just two months into opening, with talented chef and partner Henry Lopez in the kitchen (“a partner who radiates goodness inside and out,” Angelo says), the word on Pane e Bene is out.

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Friday
Aug262011

Shout Out: What Food Are You Hoarding for Hurricane Irene?

Hurricane Irene is bearing down on Connecticut. Crusty bread, bottles of water, charcuterie and wine are flying off the grocery store shelves. From the practical to the not-so-practical...

What are you buying (read: hoarding) to ready yourself for the storm?