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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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Reheated: A New Location for Michele's Pies

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

In Connecticut...

Michele's Pies is opening a new location in Westport in the former Baskin Robins location.

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

A new indoor winter Fairfield Farmers' Market on Saturdays, 10 to 1, at the Fairfield Grange.

Bernard's Restaurant is hosting Monica & Sarah's Excellent Birthday Dinner this Friday, Jan. 21. Tickets $95, reservations via Bernards.

Milford's Got Chef Truck has a new location at the Train Station. Via Mobile Food News.

Toscana Restaurant in Ridgefield will present a Brunello & a Burger dinner for $39.99 a person on Wednesday, January 19. Via RidgefieldCTBlog.

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Bartaco, Portchester Opens ... Stamford is Next

Warning. Entering the new sprawling beach shack-inspired restaurant bartaco in Port Chester may leave you with a case of geographical amnesia. Between the five steps it takes to reach the bar from the door, you’ll be transported to a surf shack in Montauk or Baja, any memory of the city of Port Chester erased once you’re surrounded by its white washed walls. And better (closer) yet, a land-locked version will be coming to Stamford soon.

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Reheated: CT Food News & Events [weekend edition]

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

In Connecticut...

We go behind-the-scenes with Bar Rosso a new urban style trattoria opening soon in Stamford.

We should all throw parties like this. Monica of 109 Cheese & Wine and Sarah of Sarah's Wine Bar are hosting a special wine dinner at Bernards in Ridgefield on January 21 to celebrate their joint birthdays in food & wine style. 

Strictly soups & salads, Wah Lah opened this week in Bethel, a few doors down from Pizza Lauretano.

Finding Asia in Bridgeport, writer Elizabeth Keyser discovers a gem. Via Fairfield County Weekly.

Ambler Farm is hosting a Food Drive to benefit the Wilton Social Services Food Bank to honor the memory of Martin Luther King on January 17. 

Lower Fairfield County is swimming in great tacos. In case you missed it, here is the news about El Charrito, Casa Villa, and bartaco.

The New York Times reviews Pine Social in New Canaan, a spot we love for it's beautiful marble bar and cozy location on Pine Street.

...and beyond.

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Friday Froth: Expand Your Horizons

Have you ever noticed that most people think music radio is terrible? iPods, Pandora, LastFM and SiriusXM have pretty much taken over the listening landscape. Listen to one station for more than a few hours, and you’ll start to hear the same songs over and over again. Multiply these hours by days and weeks and the audience becomes absolutely stultified. It’s the same with beer. We need variety to keep ourselves involved in what we consume, and this column is all about variety’s special spice. As such, we’re going to take a three-stop trip across the country this week to expand our horizons.

We’ll travel with the Sun and start on the East coast, specifically Ipswich, Mass., where we’ll find Mercury Brewing and Distribution Company

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Behind The Scenes @ Bar Rosso's Stamford Opening 

In case you haven't noticed, something is afoot in the old Bennett's Steak House on Stamford's Spring St. as the countdown begins on one of the most anticipated restaurant openings in Fairfield County, a venture that brings together the restaurant  acumen of Napa & Co.'s Mary Schaeffer, and the culinary talent of Chef Dan Kardos, most recently of Harvest Supper in New Canaan. Combine this team with an inventive rustic Italian country menu (including a wood burning oven), a bar-centric two-story space, inventive homemade Italian inspired cocktails, and the buzz amongst the foodie obsessed is warranted. CTBites had an exclusive sneak peek into their pre-opening plans, interior renovation, and the much anticipated working menu of the inventive interpretation of traditional Italian fare that will become Bar Rosso.  

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Shout Out: What's The Best Dish You've Eaten in FC? 

If you eat out, even occasionally, there is always a dish that stays with you. It's the dish you crave, the one you tell your friends about...a truly memorable entree, appetizer, or sinfully good dessert. Some of my favorites are shown above. 

What is The Best Restaurant Dish You've Eaten in Fairfield County? (And where was it consumed?)

If you can't decide on one, feel free to list 'em all....


Reheated: An Epic Week for Taco Lovers

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

In Connecticut...

El Charrito, the beloved taco truck located in Stamford's east side, has opened a take-out space in Greenwich.

And not to be left out, Casa Villa, that other beacon of tacos and Mexican fare has opened a second location at 886 East Main Street in Stamford.

As reported last week, bartaco is open in Port Chester, and soon to open in Stamford with tacos and fare inspired by Mexican street food.

Going, going ... The Sun Winefest 2011 is being held on January 29. A great day trip for sampling wine & food from the region. Info via

All you can eat pancakes at participating IHOP's until February 27 (Stamford location may be the closest). What New Year's Resolutions? Via A La Carte Dining Blog.

A perfect tower of tuna tartare at Bernard's in Ridgefield. Via The Feast/Connecticut.

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The Naptime Chef: Success While the Kids Sleep

In her former life, pre children, Kelsey Banfield of Fairfield CT, (The Naptime Chef), worked for Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital’s Development office where she helped to create a cookbook to benefit the hospital.  It was titled Park Avenue Potluck was published by Rizzoli in 2007.  Here, Kelsey learned the ins and outs of the publishing industry and all it takes to put a cookbook together.  Little did she know that she would be developing a cookbook of her own just years later...while her kids slept. 

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Bigelows "Win Tea For a Year Sweepstakes" 

Kick Start 2011 with a Chance to Win a Whole Lot of Tea!

In celebration of National Hot Tea Month, Bigelow Tea will be ringing in the New Year with the launch of its January 2011 Sweepstakes on Facebook, offering online friends (18 years of age and older) a chance to win a year's supply of that lovely tea-for-all-seasons, Bigelow Tea! The lucky winner will receive a case of his or her favorite Bigelow Tea each month (Novus and American Classic tea, excluded) — a total retail value of $213.00.

Bigelow Tea's January 2011 Sweepstakes runs from Monday, January 3rd to Monday, January 31st, inclusive. To enter, simply go to Bigelow Tea's Facebook page (you must have a profile on Facebook to enter the sweepstakes) and click the "Like" icon at the top of the page if you don’t already follow us, then, click on the Sweepstakes tab to enter. Click here for more info on the sweepstakes. 

And as for the lucky Sweepstakes winner, Bigelow Tea will make sure that he or she will never go thirsty in 2011!


SAILS American Grill Opens in Rowayton

When the River Cat shuttered its doors in March, after 12 years on Rowayton’s main drag, the closure of the beloved neighborhood restaurant and bar left a gaping hole in Rowayton’s dining and social scene. 

So when I returned to check out the recently launched SAILS, a new American bistro with a spiffed up nautical vibe, I wasn’t surprised that the highly polished teak bar was three-deep with old-timers and new fans, making themselves right at home in a familiar, yet completely transformed haunt. 

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