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MECHA Noodle Bar  brings Asian noodles and street food to Fairfield. This is a must try. 

Best of Mexican? Tacos Mexico in Norwalk. Super Tacos all around! 


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.


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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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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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?


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

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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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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Connecticut, the Hamburger State?

A Hamburger Today shared this 'Food by State' map which assigns a food to each state. In a move that may both excite teenagers and strike fear in Cardiologists, our dear Connecticut is apparently the Hamburger state. Perhaps this is based on that famous New Haven institution Louis Lunch, the purported founder of the beefy sandwich, or the inimitable steamed burger from Ted's in Meriden. Either way, we do seem to have quite the burger provenance.

So Nutmeggers, do you think this is correct? If one food could really represent Connecticut, what do you think it should be? 

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Spring 2011 CSA's Are Open for Registration via FGFG

Attention locavores or really anyone interested in getting farm fresh produce while supporting our local farming community. According to Analiese Paik of The Fairfield Green Food Guide, the 2011 Spring CSA's are opening up new shares at several farms. This is your chance to share in our local harvest. Act fast however, these CSA's fill up quickly. 

Sport Hill Farm in Easton, The Hickories in Farmingville, as well as Fort Hill Farm and Clatter Valley Farm in New Milford are all accepting new registrations. 

Click here to view the wonderful article in the Fairfield Green Food Guide for detailed information on how to contact these farms and get started on a whole new way of enjoying farm to table food. 


Chai Spiced Quinoa Porridge via Healthy Living Blog

On cold winter mornings, there's nothing like a hot bowl of whole grain porridge to start the day off right. Whole grains take longer to digest and they release their sugars slowly, so they make you feel satisfied longer. My standard breakfast whole grain is oatmeal, but other whole grains such as quinoa, millet, wheat berries, amaranth or brown rice can easily be substituted for oatmeal, and make breakfast that much more interesting as they all have different textures and consistencies.

I came up with this Chai Spiced Quinoa Porridge recipe because I love the warm spices in chai tea. Topping this hot breakfast cereal with fresh berries and walnuts makes this breakfast cereal fun to eat and adds a burst of extra nutritional value.

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Chowdafest in Westport: Chefs Get Ready to Compete

Get ready to Chowda! On February 5th the third annual Chowdafest competition will be held in Westport from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m at Bedford Middle School. More than 20 different chowders, soups and bisques will be available for sampling. This fun-for-the-whole-family event will raise money for the Connecticut Food Bank. Last year’s Chowdafest brought in enough money and canned food for The CT Food Bank to provide 15,000 meals. Come on down and show your support while you vote for your favorite entry prepared by the great group of local restaurants below:

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