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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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Tuesday
May102011

Arogya Tea in Westport

Photography by Pam Zaremba

Woodsy, flowery and herbal scents wafted towards the entrance of AROGYA as I sought shelter from the cold drizzle of the damp, spring day.  Part tea boutique, part apothecary, AROGYA is committed to providing the ultimate tea drinking experience to novice and devoted tea connoisseurs alike.  There were two contemporary glass teapots  filled with  steaming liquid on the reception desk.   I made a bee line for the golden hued warmth, placed both hands around the handsome ceramic cup that was offered to me and inhaled the deep, earthy flavor of Pu-erh.  The knowledgeable and friendly woman behind the counter explained that I was drinking organic Yunnan Pu-erh tea leaves combined with organic ginger. She proclaimed it to be the perfect warming  anecdote to the chilly damp day. She was correct.

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Tuesday
May102011

"What's Cooking in Bridgeport" Dining Deals

Bridgeport is proud to announce the second annual "What's Cooking in Bridgeport" week from Monday, May 16 to Sunday, May 22, 2011. What's Cooking in Bridgeport is a week long event showcasing the unique range of dining and entertainment options across the Park City.   Throughout the week, over 40 restaurants are offering special promotions, providing a great opportunity for people across the region to enjoy food and fun in Connecticut’s largest city.  From 2-for-1 prices to free appetizer, drink and dessert specials, What’s Cooking in Bridgeport has something for everyone.

Participating restaurants include

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Monday
May092011

Eat, Play, Read @ The Ferguson Library in Stamford 

The Ferguson Library is serving up an amazing evening of food, spirits and entertainment to benefit the library May 19 from 6 – 9 p.m. "Eat, Play, Read" will feature dishes from some of Fairfield County's top chefs, alongside wine, beer and a premium whiskey tasting. A live auction, and jazz with Cookie Thomas and his band are all part of this exceptional evening. All proceeds go to support the library.

Here is the Restaurant/Chef lineup: 

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Sunday
May082011

Cafe D'Azur Opens in Darien w/ French-Lebanese Fare

What do you get when you combine a Greek-Lebanese restaurateur with a French chef?  A Mediterranean bistro with brasserie flair. In Darien, a town long on Asian eateries and upscale pub fare, a true ethnic restaurant is a welcome addition. In fact, Cafe D'Azur Mediterranean Bistro & Creperie's opening was highly anticipated by those of us familiar with Myrna's eponymous restaurant in Stamford, a popular lunch spot.  

I dropped in on Cafe D'Azur a couple weeks after it opened

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