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Thursday
May192011

CT's Most Iconic Burgers: A Beefy Roundup

In honor of National Hamburger Month (yup...we're serious), Leeanne Griffin of the Hartford Courant, went big on beef and rounded up 10 of the most iconic burgers in the nutmeg state. These are burgers definitely worth a taste and a trip. 

"Connecticut has many reasons to celebrate National Hamburger Month – it's home to some of the most celebrated, iconic and unusual burgers in the country, including the restaurant recognized as the sandwich's inventor. Here are 10 noteworthy (and crave-worthy) Connecticut creations." - Leeanne Griffin   Read the complete article here. 

Let us know if you have any other burger greats to add to the list.

Wednesday
May182011

GMonkey: Sustainable Vegetarian Food Truck

I'm no food diva- sure I love a fine dining experience. I enjoy white tablecloths- and the particularly high-end places that scrape the crumbs from your table between courses. But there is a time and a place for this sort of event. 

Though I love a great restaurant, I am equally satisfied by a well made sandwich, burger, or just about anything from a greasy spoon diner. When I worked in Boston I frequented the street meat kabob purveyor, and enjoyed a couple visits to Clover- a vegetarian food truck. Cheap, hearty, and satisfying, I miss these lunch options more than I miss Barbara Lynch.

So when Gmonkey mobile, a sustainable & vegetarian food truck, began tweeting their presence in Hartford earlier this month, I knew I had to try it.

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Tuesday
May172011

A Field Guide to Fairway Market's Smoked Salmon

Gossamer thin slices of novy, redolent of smoke, salt, and the sea, layered on a bagel with a schmear  -- I salivate as I write the words --  used to be a food group you couldn't easily find in Fairfield Country.  We might as well have been in Kansas.

Then, as if by wizardry, a piece of the Upper West Side was transplanted to Stamford's South Side last year.  That's when Fairway Market opened its new 80,000 square foot foodie emporium on Canal Street.  And the most outstanding feature of this wonderland greets you just past the spectacular array of cheeses:   a deli case featuring 10 varieties of smoked salmon and lox from oceans around the world.

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Sunday
May152011

Food 411: Name the Restaurant That Served This...

Where did we eat this oh-so-much-more than just a pizza? 

(Winner will receive CTbites swag)

One guess per person please. 

Sunday
May152011

Crossing the River: Jordan's Restaurant in Westport

There is a powerfully moving gospel song about crossing the River Jordan, but the fact that Jordan's of Norwalk recently crossed the River Saugatuck into Westport is what makes my wayward soul call out "Hallelujah!" Jordan's Restaurant and Pizza is a tried and true Greek/Italian establishment with FAMILY RUN written all over it. Pappa Nikos (Nick) and Mama Haroula (Carol) Ouzounidis came from their tiny town of Agios Loukas in Greece to Connecticut in the 70's and bought the original Jordan's at 369 Westport Ave in Norwalk. Now, with three locations to oversee, the three Ouzounidis children are taking over at the helm to keep things running smoothly, And with that honor, there is a dish named for each child - there's John's (Ionnis) Bread (with ricotta, melted mozzerella and marinara sauce), Lazaros (Larry) Chicken (sauteed with tomato, feta and garlic), and my drug of choice, the Kitsa Pella Salad (which you can read about in detail in my Colossal Salad review from last year.)

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Friday
May132011

Farm Dinners w/ The Schoolhouse's Tim LaBant

According to the The Schoolhouse at Cannondale's Facebook site, Tim LaBant will be cooking a series of Farm Dinners at the beautiful Millstone Farm June 15th, July 20th, August 17th, and September 21st. These evenings will start with a farm tour at 6pm followed by a farm to fork dinner. The Schoolhouse Newsletter will be available soon with more information. If you are not on the mailing list go sign up on their website http://www.facebook.com/l/907c8/www.schoolhouseatcannondale.com or check back on CTbites.com for more information. 

Thursday
May122011

Babycat Milkbar Opens in Wilton

With a cup of iced Ruby Slippers tea in hand, I made my way through Babycat Milkbar, Fairfield County's latest pop up shop and cafe in Wilton.   

The brainchild of Jeena Choi, Babycat Milkbar is a temporary shop designed as a gathering space and small retail hub for coffee, tea and often hard-to-find locally sourced treats. The shop's items include the owners own brand of tea, Mamacat’s Q. Tea and others we know and love such as Cake Box in Ridgefield, SoNo Baking Company in Norwalk, Red Bee Apiary in Weston, Zumbach's Gourmet Coffee in New Canaan as well as other local artisans, photographers and crafters. 

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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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