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Tuesday
Jul052011

Connecticut Wine Festival 2011

Explore then the best of Connecticut’s wineries under one "roof" at this year's Connecticut Wine Festival on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday July 31 at the Goshen Fairgrounds. Included in the $25 price of admission ($20 in advance) are wine tastings, a commemorative festival wine glass and tote bag, specialty food samples, a craft fair and live music.

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Sunday
Jul032011

Top Ten Burgers from Greenwich to Westport: Part 1

Nicholas Roberts Gourmet Bistro

The Fourth of July is finally here and grilling season is in full swing. CTBites has been taking advantage of this wonderful time of year by undergoing a broad sampling of burgers from the coastal towns of Fairfield County CT. We are pleased to present our dining guide to the “Ten Recommended Burgers from Greenwich to Westport.”  We know we have some more eating to do. Part 2 coming soon. 

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Sunday
Jul032011

A River Runs Through The Schoolhouse @ Cannondale

Why travel to Montana for fly fishing lessons when you can get an Introduction to Fly Fishing 101 plus a great lunch at The Schoolhouse at Cannondale in Wilton. On July 30th at 10:00 am, The Schoolhouse is bringing in a few experts to lead a 2 hour class out back behind the restaurant. What better way to spend a Saturday morning than learning the basics of rigging and casting a fly rod? The class will be fun, informative and hopefully get you "hooked."

The 2 hour class includes lunch is $100.00pp. Call 203-834-9816 for reservations. 

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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