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Friday
Jul012011

Dr. Mike's Ice Cream in Bethel via NBC Connecticut

Where can you find some of the creamiest ice cream in Connecticut? According to NBC Connecticut, that would be Dr. Mike's Ice Cream located at 158 Greenwood Ave in BethelCT. 

With only eight flavors, don't miss their chocolate dubbed as the "best chocolate in the world" by Gourmet Magazine. Our pick would be the chocolate lace, a sweet cream and candy combination featuring chocolate candy from Hauser chocolate just across the street.

 

Friday
Jul012011

CTbites Shout Out: What's Your Favorite Grillable?

With the a long summer holiday weekend almost upon us, many of you are already prepping those marinades, brining your meat and getting ready to fire up the grill. With visions of Bobby Flay dancing in your head, we want to know:

What is your favorite food to throw down on the grill?


Friday
Jul012011

Friday Froth: Loud and Proud

"I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. ... It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more." - John Adams to Abigail Adams, July 2, 1776.

That's right, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence two days before they voted in favor of the profoundly important Declaration. Our national celebration should actually be held two days before it is. Friday Froth: come for the beer nerdery, stay for the history dorkism. Feel free to bust both out at your cookouts on this king of three day weekends.

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Thursday
Jun302011

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

Where did we eat this zebra-esque dessert item? 

(Winner will receive CTbites swag)

Thursday
Jun302011

A Taste of Litchfield Hills 2011

Advance tickets are now on sale for the 26th annual Taste of Litchfield Hills 2011 at Ski Sundown in New Hartford, CT during Labor Day weekend. The event will be held Saturday to Sunday from 12 noon to 8 p.m. and Monday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 purchased in advance or $10 at the door and kids under 12 are free, which does not include the cost of food or drink.

The Festival touts itself as Connecticut's oldest food and wine festival live entertainment and shopping in addition to food and wine from local restaurants and purveyors. Last year the festival, held at Lime Rock Park during the Rolex Vintage Festival, featured many Litchfield and Harftord County restaurants and local vineyards such as Hopkins Vineyard, Miranda Vineyard and White Silo Winery. Vendors are still signing on, so check with the Festival's site for the most up to date informaiton.

Although I'm sad to see it moved from Lime Rock Park, Ski Sundown looks to be a dedicated location and is a great opportunity for one-stop-shopping for those interesting in trekking north to experience food and wine from beyond Fairfield County.

 

 

Wednesday
Jun292011

Mango Avocado & Quinoa Salad c/o Healthy Living Blog

Today I decided to whip up a Mango Avocado Black Bean Quinoa Salad, a vegetarian/vegan salad with fruits, grains and beans. I got the idea as I was staring at the bowlfuls of mangos and avocados that have been sitting on my kitchen counter the last several days. 

For those of you who are not familiar with quinoa, quinoa is actually a seed, not a grain, and is a relative of leafy green vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard. It is sometimes referred to as an ancient grain as it was once considered to be the “gold of the Incas.” Quinoa is a “complete protein,” meaning it contains all 9 essential amino acids. In addition, quinoa is a good source of manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, iron, folate, and fiber.

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Wednesday
Jun292011

Hidden Gem: The Blue Cactus Grill in Norwalk

The Blue Cactus Grill is a hamburger and sandwich shop off the beaten path in Norwalk, up the street from the Norwalk Hospital. Vic Amereno, the owner, brings 20+ years of experience overseeing kitchens in Connecticut and Arizona to this location where he prepares southwestern influenced fare. Hamburgers, cheesesteaks (beef or chicken), wraps, salads, and other assorted sandwiches complement his house made potato chips, lemonade, iced tea and a delightful “cactus slaw.”

Vic’s hamburger is the star of the menu. Blue Cactus begins with a daily delivery of a 70/30 blend of beef sourced from Omaha Beef Company in Danbury, based on a 50-year old recipe that has changed little in the interim.

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Tuesday
Jun282011

July 4th Strawberry S'mores Kits c/o Peace Tree Desserts  

July 4th just got sweeter. Peace Tree Desserts is serving up Sustainable Seasonal Strawberry S'mores this 4th of July. For those of you who have sampled their Classic Chocolate S'mores c/o Skinny Pines Pizza at your local farmers' market, you know Peace Tree does a s'more justice. These S'mores Kits are ideal hostess gifts or one stop shopping for a high end night by the campfire. The S'mores Kit is handcrafted in small batches with local and organic ingredients, and includes homemade graham crackers made with local honey and Wild Hive Farm's organic whole wheat flour, strawberry marshmallows made with local strawberries, and Taza's organic stone-ground chocolate. Each kit makes 6 s'mores. If this doesn't make you hungry, check out their S'mores Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOg5SxBKolo

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Tuesday
Jun282011

Tasting & Preview: "El Bulli: Cooking in Progress" @ Avon 

On Wednesday, July 13 at - 7:30 p.m. The Avon Theatre presents DOCUMENTARY NIGHT: A special SNEAK PREVIEW of "El Bulli: Cooking In Progress," co-promoted by Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar.

There will be a post-film Q&A with Adam Halberg,, Culinary Director of the Barcelona Restaurant Group. Plus....Enjoy a FREE Spanish tapas tasting after the screening courtesy of Barcelona!

ABOUT THE FILM: El Bulli has been called the best restaurant in the world and Ferran Adrià, its creator, deemed a brilliant innovator, the father of molecular gastronomy, or sometimes just a crazy chef. The restaurant, located outside of Barcelona, closes each year for 6 months, as Adrià and staff sequester themselves to concentrate on creating the new culinary wonders that will become their next 30-course menu.

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Tuesday
Jun282011

Fairfield County Reports: The El Bulli Experience

Poised to close at the end of the season, El Bulli has been fielding millions of reservation requests for the relative few coveted tables that remain to experience Chef Ferran Adria's operatic meals in Roses, Spain. This mecca for molecular gastronomy has been in the sights of two regular CTbites readers, a professional chef, Matt Storch of Match Restaurant in Sono, and a professional eater, Chris Grimm, who recently visited El Bulli and have graciously shared their experiences with us. 

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