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Shout Out: Your Favorite Dish Eaten in 2011 (in CT)


2011 was a great year for restaurant old and new, underground dinners and farmers' markets. We know you all ate some great food over the past 12 months. 

What were your favorite dishes eaten in CT in 2011? 

One lucky commenter will win a CTbites mug. 


Two Roads Brewing Company to Open in Stratford

Photo: Jeroen van Wijngaarden

Stratford will be home to Two Roads Brewing Co., a large-scale craft brewery scheduled to open in 2012, according to a report. Greenwich resident Brad Hittle, a former executive at Rolling Rock and Pabst Brewing Co. and several partners and investors are backing the project. Referencing the Robert Frost poem, "The Road Not Taken," the brewery will be located at 1700 Stratford Avenue, the site of the former U.S. Baird Corporation. 

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OLA Granola Giveaway


Ok CTbites. We have some delicious Ola Granola to give away to the first person who can post the names of 15 Breakfast joints in Fairfield County. Grab some coffee and start writing....

Small print: These jars break easily, so the winner will need to pick up their booty in Westport. 


Carpe Diem Opens in New Canaan CT w/ Upscale Italian

Carpe Diem, the newest addition to the New Canaan culinary landscape opened ahead of schedule this week on Locust Avenue in the space formerly occupied by 50 Coins. After enjoying several dishes during the last two days, I am incredibly excited to have exceptional Italian food in town. The highlights of my two visits included a creamy Mozzarella di Buffalo paired with roasted red peppers and Prosciutto di San Daniele, a wonderful housemade Spaghetti with shrimp, scallops, mussels, little neck clams, arugula, and radicchio in an organic tomato sauce, housemade Pappardelle Bolognese, a tender and moist Veal Piccatina with a light lemon sauce, and a perfectly prepared prime Ribeye steak. On the sweeter side, I sampled a very complex apple pie as well as a selection of chocolate, vanilla and blackberry Cabernet gelato. All of these dishes were very well executed and I look forward to my next meal at Carpe Diem.  

While a detailed “Behind the Scenes” review is in the works, I would recommend that food lovers of Fairfield County plan a visit to a very special restaurant in New Canaan. 

Carpe Diem 26 Locust Avenue New Canaan, CT 06840 203-594-9599


Recap: Da Pietro's Cooking Demo & Lunch via FC Foodie

Fairfield County Foodie is a local blogger who is passionate about her food. She had me at "It’s no fun going out with folks who only ever order salads." Here is her recap of our recent CTbites Invite: Da Pietro's cooking demo & lunch event. 

I laughed, I learned and I ate scrumptious food all in one afternoon.  

Today I attended a fabulous, intimate event organized by CT Bites and Da Pietro restaurant in Westport:  A cooking demo and lunch with Chef Scotti.   I found out about it through “CT Bites Invites” that I had signed up for.  Man! Am I glad I did!  

The moment I entered the restaurant, I noticed all the happy smiling faces.  Everyone was simply delighted to be there … after all, who wouldn’t be delighted to spend an afternoon with Chef Scotti? 

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Invites: Kaia Yoga Class & Organic Lunch for $25

We've got the perfect solution for holiday gifting or a relaxing post holiday detox. Enjoy a yoga class and a delicious organic lunch at Kaia Yoga and Cafe for just $25. Located in a beautiful space in Westport, Kaia Yoga, offers a serene setting where people of all skill levels can enjoy the benefits of yoga. VIEW THIS OFFER.

Choose from an array of yoga classes: hot yoga, vinyasa, gentle or restorative. Kaia offers something for everyone and classes run all day long, so it's easy to find something to fit your schedule. 

After class, replenish your body with a healthy lunch. The Café features 100% organic fare including salads, soups, wraps, fresh juices, smoothies herbal teas and organic coffee.  

Share the experience with a friend or give as a gift this holiday season. The Kaia experience will leave one feeling renewed, balanced and ready to either face the holidays or quell the post holiday blues.


Tusk & Cup Coffee Shops Opens in Branchville

Bleary-eyed Branchville commuters now have a few more options for their morning caffeine fix. Tusk & Cup Fine Coffee has opened across the street from the Branchville train station at 51 Ethan Allen Highway (Route 7) in Ridgefield. Owners Joe and Laura Ancona, the same family that owns and runs nearby Ancona’s Market and Ancona’s Wines & Liquors, opened Tusk & Cup in November, a fine complement to the family-owned businesses and this burgeoning neighborhood of small businesses. 

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Chozen Ice Cream: Happy Chanukah From CTbites

Every now and then I do a double take while walking the aisle of my local grocery stores. This often occurs at Trader Joe's as their product offerings often border on "experimental," but I had just such a moment at Whole Foods Market in Westport when I saw these in the freezer section.

This premium ice cream from Chozen is made with all natural ingredients and is certified kosher. Chozen All Natural Ice Cream is the brainchild of Ronne Fisher and her daughters, Meredith Fisher and Isabelle Krishana, who decided to create a line of ice cream that was inspired by all the best desserts from the jewish holidays, each based on recipes from local bakers. Flavors include: Ronne's Rugelah, Matzoh Crunch, Coconut Macaroon, Chocolate Gelt, Chocolate Babka, and Apples & Honey. 

Enjoy a dessert with a sense of humor this holiday season. Happy Chanukah from CTbites. 

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Latkes Recipe c/o Tabouli Grill's Chef Judy Roll 

Making latkes is a potentially messy undertaking but there is nothing better than a home made latke.  I like to make and freeze so I don't greet my guests feeling like I just stepped out of a vat of oil.  Of course, you can just fantasize about making them and let us (Tabouli Grill) make them for you instead.  $22/dozen through Chanukah.

Judy Roll's Latkes Recipe

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Hope Pizza in Stamford: Best Greek Pizza in Western CT?

"Gooey," that's what my late great mother craved in her pizza, and this woman loved food more than any person I've ever known. ("Don't talk to me," she would admonish. "I'm eating."}

Well, Mom would have devoured the pizza at Stamford's Hope Pizza, maybe the best of the thirty some Greek pizzerias hidden throughout Fairfield County. What makes Greek pizza gooey is what distinguishes it from the more heralded Connecticut Italian pizzas. Bearing no New Haven char, Colony heat, Batali chic, much less any passionate defenders or detractors in the food press or blogosphere, Greek Pizza flourishes under the radar, boasting few fancy frills, though, admittedly, more oil.

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