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Pho Saigon: Real Pho. Really off the beaten path. 

If you like Italian cuisine (I mean real Italian) and you haven't been to Fortina in Armonk yet, something is ALL wrong. 

 

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Friday
Jan282011

Friday Froth: Notable Wheats

Isn't it odd how our tastes change? I remember when I used to ride my bike five miles to buy Charleston Chew and Cry Babies at the old Vic's Variety in Stratford, and now I won't even lean forward in my seat to grab a piece of Halloween candy. Every dinner accompanied by broccoli used to be a contest of wills. Now I'll do actual work to pair my steak with asparagus, and I order collard greens with my BBQ at Smokey Joe's. So it is with wheat beer: I couldn't be bothered after an unimpressive first pint, but that may be changing. Broccoli remains a better projectile than comestible, though, in most cases. The dog seems to appreciate it. 

I decided years ago that wheats just weren't up my alley, and have largely ignored them since. Having a first-person column gives one Nursultan Nazarbayev-like power, but I'd like to be a more benign dictator, and really, this column is about you and I both learning - so on it was to round two.

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Thursday
Jan272011

Win Tickets to See Anthony Bourdain Live in Stamford

Anthony Bourdain, the internationally acclaimed chef, author and host of Travel Channel's “No Reservations,” will be speaking at Stamford Center for the Arts in Stamford on February 12 at 8 pm

If you haven't purchased tickets yet, you may be in luck! We snagged two for a couple of lucky CTbites readers. In order to win a pair of tickets to see Bourdain live in Stamford, just comment on this post and share a restaurant recommendation that Bourdain may enjoy while he's in town during his appearance. We'll randomly select (using random integers) a winner who will receive two tickets to the event.

Please enter to win by commenting on this post by February 4 at noon.

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Thursday
Jan272011

Kids Review: Toro Asian Fusion in Newtown

Carly Monson is our roving 10 yrs old food critic. She hopes to get Fairfield County kids excited about eating in new venues like this one...

Do you enjoy going out to an Asian fusion restaurant with your friends and ordering loads of things to share? Then you will love Toro, a fun family restaurant for all ages. 

My family and some of our close friends, including my BFF celebrated New Year's Day by going out to dinner. I thought Toro had a calming and welcoming feeling when I walked in. We started out by ordering soup, edamame and seaweed salad. Almost everybody at the table ordered miso soup. I thought that the miso soup tasted a lot like seaweed, it was probably because there was more than enough seaweed in the bowl. The seaweed salad had a little kick right when you swallowed. The edamame was served with a lot of salt. 

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Tuesday
Jan252011

Reheated: Southwest's Tequila Tuesday & A New Greenwich Resto

Reheated is a twice-weekly round-up of bite-sized food news in Connecticut and beyond. 

In Connecticut...

Tonight: A Tequila & Tapas Tasting at Southwest Cafe at 7 pm. Tickets are $65 pp. Reservations, call Southwest Cafe.

Tonight: Tuesday night trivia @Burger Bar Sono beginning this Tuesday at 7 pm.

Free baguette @ Billy's Bakery in Fairfield. Coupon via Billy's Facebook page.

A new restaurant for Greenwich: Gabriele’s Italian Steakhouse is set to open February 3.

Stew Leonard Jr. will be speaking at the Woodway Country Club in Darien on Wed. Jan. 26. Via Patch New Canaan.

Taste of Hartford has been extended 1 week, for those of you who commute north. Via CTNow's Dining A La Carte.


...and beyond.

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Tuesday
Jan252011

Norwalk's Valencia Luncheria in the NYTimes

 

A CTbites reader favorite, Valencia luncheria has been featured on Guy Fieri's show, Diners, Drives & Dives just over a year ago in this segment. The New York Times recently discussed what Valencia's owner calls the "challenge" of such intense publicity.

 If you're like me, and have waited in a line twenty deep for their arepas, you know Guy Fieri's golden touch can be a double-edged sword. The New York Times expores this DDD phenomenon.

Read the full story, here.

Monday
Jan242011

Chocolate, Dessert & Wine Lover's 'Tasting' Fundraiser

Every now and then, an event comes along that simply needs no sales pitch. The Chocolate, Dessert & Wine Lover's 'Tasting' Evening to benefit The Shelter for the Homeless is just such a happening. Why you may ask? The answer is simple. On Thursday, February 10th, over 70 vendors will be serving up an evening of glorious culinary indulgence in the form of decadent chocolates, confections, and mouthwatering baked good, all washed down with fine wines, beer and specialty beverages. Here's the real bonus…You can enjoy your nibbles from favorite shops like CakeSuite, The Little Chocolate Company, Catch a Healthy Habit, and Di Mare Bakery, knowing that 100% of every ticket sold supports the Shelter for the Homeless programs. 

Check out the complete list of vendors below and we'll see you there!

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Sunday
Jan232011

The Lime in Norwalk...Healthy Eats for 30 Years

So why review an old standard - a restaurant that has been on the Fairfield County radar for over 30 years? Because we are so caught up in the latest, new new thing, we sometimes forget that an extra spritz of LIME can go a long, long way. Not just any old lime, of course, but THE LIME, serving organic vegetarian and non-vegetarian delights for over three decades. We walked into THE LIME with some rather "energetic" children for lunch during the winter break and came out well juiced! Though the staff seemed a bit harassed and not THAT excited to see the 5 year olds, they did their best to serve with a smile. The salads were fresh and tasty, the wraps were over-stuffed with fresh ingredients, and the burritos came covered with tangy melted cheese and bursting with exceptional sauteed onions. THE LIME was rocking - and this was lunch:

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Sunday
Jan232011

Shout Out: What Are Your Favorite Food Sites? 

No, we're not fishing for compliments here. We want to know what food sites you read when you're not pouring over CTbites. 

Which sites are filling up your google reader and tempt you away from your day job? Are there sites you've bookmarked and always seem to return to when you need a recipe or inspiration?

We want to know which sites make you salivate, contemplate or just laugh? Or maybe you have a site that you think oughta be seen & heard. 

What food sites are you reading? What are your favorites?


Friday
Jan212011

Reheated: Ice Bar @ Lolita & a CT Winter Wine Trail

Reheated is a twice-weekly round-up of bite-sized food news in Connecticut and beyond. 

In Connecticut...

Hankering for a weekend road trip? The Litchfield Hills is hosting a winter wine trail now through March with six participating wineries. Via CTnow.com.

Ice Bar! Lolita Cocina in Byram has opened an ice bar until the temps render it a puddle. Great photo over at Greenwich Time.

Back by popular demand, Tuesday night trivia @ Burger Bar Sono beginning this Tuesday at 7PM.

#64: Stew Leonard's position on the Fortune Magazine Best Companies to Work For List. Fortune's Full List.

Anthony Bourdain will appear in Stamford on February 12 at Stamford's Center for the Arts.

A Tequila & Tapas Tasting will be held at Southwest Cafe on January 25 at 7 pm featuring PaQuí tequila. Tickets are $65 per person. Call Southwest Cafe for reservations.

Stew Leonard Jr. will be speaking at the Woodway Country Club in Darien on January 26. More info: Patch New Canaan.

Learn the "Secrets of Burgundy" with French Chef Emilie's cooking class on January 28. 


...and beyond.

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Friday
Jan212011

The Milkman Co. Brings Dairy to Your Doorstep

Ed Hartz is a milkman with a mission.  He wants to “revolutionize the food distribution system” by taking us back to the days when milkmen delivered local dairy products to our doors. Even if you don’t remember pulling glass milk bottles from a galvanized container stationed by the back porch door, it’s likely you can picture the image.  Ed’s goal is to turn that image into reality and revive the tradition of the milkman in Fairfield County. With a truck painted like a Holstein, he has aptly named his new business The Milkman Company, and he is working to spread the word that the Milkman is back and better than ever with deliveries of milk (including raw milk), eggs, cheese, yogurt, meats and other farm fresh products. 

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