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Get Lunching! Romanacci Cafe in Norwalk: 2 Italian brothers create artisan pizzas, salads, focaccia paninis, crepes & Italian pastries.


Ummmmm.....Tacos..... Run, don't walk to Casa Villa in Stamford if you haven't been. 

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Wednesday
Aug242011

Making Gazpacho w/ leFarm's Bill Taibe

The wait is over. The tomato harvest is in full effect as witnessed at farmers' markets all over Connecticut. Wondering what to do with all those gorgeous heirloom tomatoes?  Chef Bill Taibe of leFarm in Westport has a few ideas on that front. Join Taibe as he shops the Westport Farmers' Market to select ingredients for a uniquely wonderful Gazpacho recipe. You loved it at the restaurant...now you can make it at home. 

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Tuesday
Aug232011

elm Sneak Peek @ New Canaan's Restaurant Week

New Canaan’s first Restaurant Week begins August 26th. In addition to the participation of some of my favorite restaurants including Cava, Cherry Street East, Kouzina, and the town’s newest arrival Tuscan, the Ralph Lauren Store will host a special evening on Thursday from 5-9 PM featuring delicacies prepared by Chef Brian Lewis, who will open his new restaurant, elmthis fall. Chef Lewis is currently assembling his list of purveyors as well as overseeing the restaurant’s extensive renovation (more to follow). As he expands his relationship in New Canaan as both a sponsor and a participant in the event, Chef Lewis is thrilled to play a part in this first ever New Canaan Restaurant Week.

Tuesday
Aug232011

Past & Present Pizza Memories at Sonny’s

We have all had fond memories as a child. One of mine starts with my dad not being around much. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “That doesn’t sound so fond.” Still, once a week, my father would come pick me up and take me out for pizza at Sonny’s in Norwalk.

Every Friday I would know that dinner meant pizza with my dad. He would pull up in his car and I would run out and hop in the passenger seat. The ride was a quick one over to West Avenue. I remember always being excited to pull up anticipating thin-crust goodness.

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Monday
Aug222011

Kids Review: Stir It Up by Ramin Ganeshram

Rebecca is a 7th grader at The Unquowa School in Fairfield, CT. She loves to read, write, draw and cook. This is her review of Ramin Ganeshram's new book, Stir It Up. [Note: Don't miss the great recipe for Coconut Dark Chocolate Cookies below.]

In Stir It Up by Ramin Ganeshram, the thirteen year old main character, Anjali, causes quite a stir when she chances losing some of the most important things in her life.

Anjali loves to cook; she loves working in her family’s roti shop. Her dream is to have her own Food Network cooking show by the age of fifteen. On the other hand, her father wants her to take an entrance exam to get into the prestigious Stuyvesant High School in New York City.

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Monday
Aug222011

Pacific Foods Reopens in Fairfield as Saigon Deli

Lovers of Bánh mì, the Vietnamese sandwich, were crestfallen when Pacific Foods (1561 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield (203) 220-9450) closed just a few months after opening.  I’m thrilled to report it’s back, under the same management.  Good news is that this hole-in-the-wall storefront now has three tables for eating in.

As CT Bites previously reported, the menu offers summer rolls, pho and bubble tea, and there’s a small grocery section.  But here’s what you have to order: the bánh mì.  It could be described as a Vietnamese sub.  Like a sub, the classic version combines cold cuts and crisp vegetables. But this light, well-proportioned sandwich is not an over-stuffed meat- feast, and each component reveals the way that the French colonization of Vietnam melded the flavors and cooking techniques of the two cultures.

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Sunday
Aug212011

Paci in Southport: An Italian Treasure

I know, what’s with a preface to a review?  Is it some admission of not being able to objectively evaluate a place?  Or a built-in excuse for the inevitable “don’t just be a cheerleader for a pricey restaurant” response?  Who knows?  It could be anything - but I do feel like sharing my biases about Paci in Southport.

First, they’ve been open in Southport for fifteen years, about as long as I’ve lived in Westport – so there is a hominess and familiarity to the place that I appreciate.  There aren’t many constants in life, but for nearly a third of my years, Paci has been there.

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Saturday
Aug202011

Stamford Restaurant Week Starts August 22nd

Mark your calendar. Stamford Summer Restaurant Weeks start Monday August 22nd and continues through Monday September 5, 2011. This year, 28 of Downtown Stamford’s restaurants are offering special prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner. View the complete list of participating restaurants below:

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Friday
Aug192011

Friday Froth: No End To This Summer

Imagine yourself in a favorite summer spot. You might be slowly swinging in a hammock in the cool, green shade of sunlight filtered through leaves. Maybe you're rolling through the waves in a kayak, putting a final coat of wax on your car, or clustered with friends in a horseshoe of beach chairs, pushing sand beneath your feet and turning your face up: squinting your eyes closed in the welcome glare. Keep that feeling. Hold onto the details of it, because fall's on the way, and we want to make this summer last as long as we can. Let's take a look at a few more seasonals to keep within our reach as we hold onto the summer.

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Thursday
Aug182011

Cherry Grove Farm Dinner with La Zingara

Chef Tommy Giudice of Bethel's La Zingara Restaurant and Executive Chef & Owner Carey Favreau of Glen Arbor Golf Club will host a Farm to Table dinner at Cherry Grove Farm in Newtown on Saturday, August 27 at 6 p.m. Hors d'Oeuvres will be served from 6 to 7 p.m. and dinner will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Seats to this dinner are $120 per person and reservations are required by August 20. Cherry Grove Farm is located at 60 Platts Hill Rd, Newtown, Connecticut, 06470. View complete menu below:

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Thursday
Aug182011

Napa & Company Recap: Ode to a Blogger's Feast

Sometimes, a culinary experience is so sublime, Calliope is evoked. On Monday evening, 16 bloggers were invited to experience NAPA & CO, featuring their talented Executive Chef Arik Bensimon. We came, we ate, we were inspired. Tiny tidbits were passed, 6 courses were served, and wines were perfectly paired . But prose wouldn't do it justice. Only through poetry and some visual food porn can you, too, feel a part of our pilgrimage to edible rapture:

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