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Sunday
May152011

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

Where did we eat this oh-so-much-more than just a pizza? 

(Winner will receive CTbites swag)

One guess per person please. 

Sunday
May152011

Crossing the River: Jordan's Restaurant in Westport

There is a powerfully moving gospel song about crossing the River Jordan, but the fact that Jordan's of Norwalk recently crossed the River Saugatuck into Westport is what makes my wayward soul call out "Hallelujah!" Jordan's Restaurant and Pizza is a tried and true Greek/Italian establishment with FAMILY RUN written all over it. Pappa Nikos (Nick) and Mama Haroula (Carol) Ouzounidis came from their tiny town of Agios Loukas in Greece to Connecticut in the 70's and bought the original Jordan's at 369 Westport Ave in Norwalk. Now, with three locations to oversee, the three Ouzounidis children are taking over at the helm to keep things running smoothly, And with that honor, there is a dish named for each child - there's John's (Ionnis) Bread (with ricotta, melted mozzerella and marinara sauce), Lazaros (Larry) Chicken (sauteed with tomato, feta and garlic), and my drug of choice, the Kitsa Pella Salad (which you can read about in detail in my Colossal Salad review from last year.)

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Friday
May132011

Farm Dinners w/ The Schoolhouse's Tim LaBant

According to the The Schoolhouse at Cannondale's Facebook site, Tim LaBant will be cooking a series of Farm Dinners at the beautiful Millstone Farm June 15th, July 20th, August 17th, and September 21st. These evenings will start with a farm tour at 6pm followed by a farm to fork dinner. The Schoolhouse Newsletter will be available soon with more information. If you are not on the mailing list go sign up on their website http://www.facebook.com/l/907c8/www.schoolhouseatcannondale.com or check back on CTbites.com for more information. 

Thursday
May122011

Babycat Milkbar Opens in Wilton

With a cup of iced Ruby Slippers tea in hand, I made my way through Babycat Milkbar, Fairfield County's latest pop up shop and cafe in Wilton.   

The brainchild of Jeena Choi, Babycat Milkbar is a temporary shop designed as a gathering space and small retail hub for coffee, tea and often hard-to-find locally sourced treats. The shop's items include the owners own brand of tea, Mamacat’s Q. Tea and others we know and love such as Cake Box in Ridgefield, SoNo Baking Company in Norwalk, Red Bee Apiary in Weston, Zumbach's Gourmet Coffee in New Canaan as well as other local artisans, photographers and crafters. 

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Thursday
May122011

CTbites Wins Best Local Blog in Fairfield Co. Readers' Poll

CTbites wins 1st place for "Best Local Blog" in the 2011 Fairfield County Readers' Poll. Thanks to all of our readers and fans who cast their vote for CTbites.com. We appreciate your support and will continue to dish out all the food news worth digesting in Fairfield County. 

Here's what their editors had to say about us...

"Recent years have seen an explosion in foodie culture, as more and more people have been turned on to cuisine from around the world and, at the same time, have been looking towards local growers at farmer's markets and elsewhere. CT Bites has captured the zeitgeist and held onto it tightly. For two years, the blog’s editors and contributors have scoured Fairfield County’s restaurant scene (reporting back only with their positive experiences — there are too many good restaurants to bother slamming anyone, editors opine), shared exciting recipes and posted info on local foodie events. Informative, easy to navigate and full of enthusiasm, CT Bites is a food-lover’s digest."

Thursday
May122011

Barcelona's BBQ Blowout & Cookbook Demo

Memorial Day "A La Parilla" -- Join Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar at their Fairfield location for the first BBQ blowout of the season. It's a fun-filled family event featuring a delicious buffet of the best from their grill and kitchen; The Jason Spooner Trio providing live music entertainment; cocktail demonstrations; Thomas Hooker beer tastings; chef demonstrations from their cookbook "The Barcelona Cookbook" and kid activities such as face painting, a magic show and puppet show.

When: Mon, 5/30:  2:00pm - 9:00pm
How Much: Buffet is $20/adult, $10/child
Where: Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar, 4180 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield. 203-255-0800
For more info: pr@barcelonawinebar.com

Thursday
May122011

Zaatar Meatballs via Jeanette's Healthy Living 

Today, I tried a new spice called zaatar (or za'atar) in a meatball recipe. Meatballs are popular with my kids, and an easy way to introduce new spices to them.  Zaatar, a Middle Eastern spice, is a mixture of sumac (which has a lemony taste), thyme and sesame seeds.  Zaatar is not a strong spice, but it has a nice tang from the sumac.

Traditionally, zaatar is mixed with olive oil and baked on a flat bread called manakeesh bi zaatar.  It is also eaten with labneh (a strained yogurt), bread and olive oil for breakfast. In the Middle East, zaatar is believed to have health advancing properties, including making the mind alert and the body strong.

I found a recipe for meatballs using zaatar

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Wednesday
May112011

Stamford's Fairway Market FREE BBQ May 14th

Fairway Market's "Thank you for your patronage" event will be held May 14th in the parking lot of their Stamford store. FREE FOOD, MUSIC, GIVEAWAYS AND FAMILY FUN!!!!

How better to say thank you than with free food, drinks and entertainment from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, May 14, 2011?  Dozens of vendors will be offering drinks, desserts, salads and coupons to go along with the grilled hot dogs and sausages to be enjoyed throughout the day. Enjoy fresh pulled mozzarella and bread dipped in olive oil samplings at the Fairway table!  Raffles, T-shirts, hats, prizes of all kinds and music will be part of the festivities. 

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Wednesday
May112011

Vegan Desserts, Sumptuous Sweets for Every Season

Perhaps one of the keys to the bold flavors and exciting range of vegan desserts presented in Hannah Kaminsky’s latest cookbook, VEGAN DESSERTS, SUMPTUOUS SWEETS FOR EVERY SEASON, is that she insists that there aren’t any disclaimers about her recipes.  “Each dessert must be delicious, bold and beautiful,  not just for a vegan dessert but for ANY dessert.”  It is for that reason, that Kaminsky’s latest book will appeal to a wide range of home bakers including those concerned with reducing fat and sugar, vegans and vegetarians, and Kosher bakers  (always on the prowl for non-dairy desserts)  alike.

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Wednesday
May112011

Sunset Picnic on the Hill @ Ambler Farm in Wilton

Enjoy a bit of the Berkshires in our own backyard at the "Sunset Picnic on the Hill" @ Ambler Farm. Spread out your picnic blanket on the hill a la Tanglewood or join your friends under the tent for farm-fresh fare and live music as the sun sets over Ambler Farm. 

The evening will kick off with a champagne greeting complemented by local artisanal food prepared by A Delicious Affair and homemade desserts. Celebrate our local harvest with the tasty menu below. 

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