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Wednesday
Sep142011

Vote YES for 3 New Restaurants on Westport's Waterfront

This just in via the The Westport News. Westporters-please support this proposal at the public hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday Sept 15th in the Town Hall auditorium.

"The west side of downtown Westport could soon be serving up a new menu of restaurants, if a zoning text amendment proposed by the owner of the downtown landmark, National Hall, is approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Greenfield Partners, a South Norwalk-based commercial estate firm that owns National Hall and several surrounding buildings, has secured three letters of intent to open new dining establishments on the west bank of the Saugatuck River, according to its land-use counselWilliam Fitzpatrick.

Safita, a Middle Eastern restaurant in Fairfield, would open a new establishment at 6 Wilton Road, which once served as a fire house. Bartaco, a chain of Mexican restaurants, would open a new outlet at 20 Wilton Road, which formerly housed the Peter Coppola hair salon. The third restaurant in the National Hall complex would be sushi-themed and operate on the first floor of 12 Wilton Road, which overlooks the Saugatuck River." --Paul Schott

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Wednesday
Sep142011

Ginger Beer Taste Test: The Dark & Stormy Winner Is...

I’m a seasonal drinker with few loyalties. Changing temperatures inspire me to rotate my spirits and by the time summer is in full-swing, I’ve traded my martinis and single malts for rum and bourbon-based cocktails. But none have as tight a hold on a season as the Dark ‘n’ Stormy has for summer, with its equal parts spice and nostalgia.

A combination of dark rum, ginger beer and (an optional) wedge of lime served in a high ball, the Dark ‘n’ Stormy packs a gingery bite, conjuring salty ocean breezes, sailing trips and the island nation of Bermuda, all in a single sip. Much of the dark rum we drink hails from small island nations in the Atlantic and Caribbean Oceans, distilled from molasses (a sugar cane by product) and aged in charred American oak bourbon barrels with its dark rum finale reeking of spice and molasses. Paired with ginger beer, this seductive summer drink is the definition of the season and I cling to them until the autumnal equinox pries them out of my increasingly cold, sticky, rum-soaked hands.

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Tuesday
Sep132011

Farm-to-Chef Week Starts September 18th

Participating Restaurant in Fairfield County

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Tuesday
Sep132011

Fire Roasted Heirloom Salsa Via Parsley Thief

I've made many variations of salsa before...like this green kind, some with fruit, and more with fruit. Usually, if I'm making traditional red tomato salsa, I make it in a similar fashion to the ones I just mentioned, using raw ingredients. But, this time I wanted to try something new. So, I ended up roasting half the tomatoes, along with some of the other ingredients on the grill, until they were charred and full of smoky flavor. The other half of the tomatoes, I left raw. I did this to keep some of the fresh, juicy texture of heirloom tomatoes present...yet with the roasted flavor mixed in.

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Monday
Sep122011

4th Annual Blues Views & BBQ Festival Sept 23-25th

The date is rapidly approaching for  the 4th Annual Blues, Views and BBQ Festival, taking place at Westport's Levitt Pavilion on September 23, 24 & 25th.  This event is chock full of meaty attractions featuring an official "pro" Kansas City BBQ Society Competition as well amateur and kids BBQ contests, mechanical bull rides, pig races (yup..you heard me right), craft beer, and a whole lot of tasty BBQ. And while you're enjoying the tunes and your short ribs, keep the kids busy with face painting, School of Rock demos, magicians and more.   

Plus CTbites will be joining the party bringing you live cooking demonstrations from great local chefs from 12-5 on Sat the 24th. 

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Sunday
Sep112011

Pancho's Tacos Mexican Restaurant in Danbury

Four bloggers, several more friends and platefuls of Mexican food gathered on a recent evening at Pancho's Tacos in Danbury, CT to share tacos and swig margaritas at the area's best-known Mexican joint. From their homespun dishes, including solid tacos and a particularly memorable and devilishly spicy dish called the a la Diabla which has claimed many victimes, you may need to add this to your Danbury, CT agenda.

 

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Sunday
Sep112011

Honey Bee Jamboree at Ambler Farm in Wilton

Prepare to get sticky at Ambler Farm's Honey Bee Jamboree, September 17, 2011 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. This event is being presented by the Backyard Beekkeepers Association with a bevy of family friendly activities include hive observation, honey tasting, honey extracting, candle roll ing, honey ice cream making, face painting, children's activities, bee products and more. All of these bee encounters will be led by the master beekeepers of the Backyard Beekeeper Association. 

 

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Friday
Sep092011

Join the 9/11 Day Campaign & Give to the CT Food Bank

Sunday September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Join  911Day.org and honor the heroes, victims and first responders by pledging to donate to the CT Food Bank in support of their 30 Ways in 30 days: National Hunger Month initiative.   Join the I WILL campaign and donate to the CT Food Bank.   

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Friday
Sep092011

Friday Froth: Drinkin' Turtles

One does not generally drink a turtle, but there I was. The time was last Friday night, and the place was the beloved and reborn Georgia Theater in Athens, Georgia. The night's entertainment was the newly formed Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and the beer was a local Terrapin. The confluence of warmth, fellowship, location and good brews was that delicious kind of overload which tends to put one in a trance like state. Trances are not conducive to note-taking. Er, sorry about that. But do try a Terrapin or a Dale's on the rooftop bar at the Theater next time you happen to come-to in Clark County. You won't regret it.

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Thursday
Sep082011

CT's Suckerborne Suckers on NBC's Today Show

 

Dear Kathie Lee & Hoda- I don't mean to brag, but I found these Suckerborne alcohol laced lolli's at New Canaan's Silvermine Market back in 2009. That being said I was very happy to hear that this CT based small batch artisan candy company has been exposed to the masses of prime time national television. Good find ladies. -Sincerely Stephanie Webster

Suckerborne is the brainchild of Darien resident Megan Ferrell who has created a "sophisticated and spectacular lollipop designed for adult palettes."  See our review from September 2009.  Made with all natural ingredients and featuring flavors such as Champagne, Maple Bacon, Espresso, and Dark & Stormy, they are perfect for parties or a late afternoon treat.  Congrats Suckerborne!

For more information on ordering or purchasing these decadent lolli's in a store near you, go to the Suckerborne web site.