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Thursday
May052011

May 13th Bubbly Dinner @ Fat Cat Pie Co.

On Friday May 13th, join Fat Cat Pie Co & Fountainhead Wines for sparkling pairings with Terry Theise Treasures. It’s their May ‘Grower Bubbly’ Dinner with Leif Sundström, Portfolio Manager for Terry Theise Estate Collections. Having attended their last effervescent event, these noteworthy dinners are a wonderful way to gain insight into a portfolio or indivudual grower. Some of the bottles opened for these events are simply impossible to find in the states or have been created in such small quantities that they are cost prohibitive. If you like your bubbles, this is one to check out. You can review the complete pairing menu below: 

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Thursday
May052011

Local Find: You & Me Cookies

Every so often the fine art of sampling in grocery stores uncovers a delicious new product. While shopping last week in Fairway Market in Stamford I stumbled across a local business, You&Me Cookie, that is creating three scrumptious versions of old-time favorite cookie recipes: the original Chocolate Chip, a Cranberry and Dark Chocolate Chunk, and a modern version of an old-fashioned Oatmeal Raisin. I sampled and loved all of the varieties. With one bite I knew I had an obligation to let our readers know that You&Me Cookies are now available in Fairfield County. After two years of successfully selling through specialty stores in Westchester County, co-owners Heather Mahland and Kyle deLasa have expanded their distribution with the addition of Walter Stewarts in New Canaan, and Plum Pure Food, Starlight Café at the YMCA and Caffé Bon in Greenwich.

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Thursday
May052011

Honey "Tasting" @ Red Bee Apiary May 29th

On May 29th, Beekeeper and Honey Sommelier, Marina Marchese of Red Bee Apiary will be leading a "Honey Tasting" at her apiary in Weston. Guests will learn how honeybees make this liquid gold we call honey, how location and nectar source determines a honeys color and flavor and how honey is harvested and extracted from the hive. 

Red Bee honey tastings are formal, white linen events where guest are treated to a tour of Red Bee Apiary, a honeybee talk then gather at farmhouse style tables to taste and evaluate artisanal honeys. Participants will be encouraged to engage their curiosity through discussions while learning about the many types and styles of unique nectar sources. Each menu is a carefully orchestrated "Tasting Flight" of seven single-origin local honeys

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Thursday
May052011

Kids Review: Swirl Ice Cream & Treats in Redding

Carly Monson is our roving 10 yrs old food critic. This week, she reports on a kids classic...

Is your sweet tooth pulling you towards some candy and a scoop of ice cream? Then you have found your place, SWIRLSwirl has about 11 different flavors of ice cream and millions of different candies. My new favorite ice cream flavor is Swamp. Swamp tastes very much like Oreos and the chocolate chips and M&M’s in it give it a nice crunch. Another flavor of ice cream that I love is good ol’ fashion chocolate. I think that Swirl’s chocolate is a little sweeter than other places but definitely in a good way. They have recently added a new flavor, Eggnog. I thought their Eggnog surprisingly tastes a lot like peppermint and is very sweet. My brother’s favorite flavor is Mud. I think that Mud tastes like a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup. I don’t like peanut butter but my brother says Mud is awesome.  

Swirl also has one of my mom’s favorite, vanilla frozen yogurt.

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Wednesday
May042011

Café Chocopologie Offers New Tasting Events

Café Chocopologie is teaming up with chocolate guru Clay Gordon, author of Discover Chocolate as well as the man behind the site The Chocolate Life, to create a new series of sophisticated events designed to entice serious foodies and chocoholics to the South Norwalk Café and retail outpost of Knipschildt Chocolatier.  

Aiming to offer an experience beyond the usual wine dinner, Chocopologie and Gordon have orchestrated a series of events that combine intriguing pairings of chocolate and spirits. The first came in April -- a five-part pairing of scotch and chocolates -- combining Knipschildt chocolates with five single malts Scotches. What’s not to love about that? 

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Wednesday
May042011

CurryOmCurry's Lamb Mince With Spinach (Keema Saag)

Local Chef Preeti Sikri has made Indian cooking accessible to the home cook with her ongoing series of classes, CurryOmCurryIndian cuisine seems daunting to prepare due to the number of seemingly exotic ingredeints, but Preeti recommends just a few basic spices to get started. These are: Cumin seeds, ground coriander, cayenne powder, Garam Masala, Turmeric and Salt. All of these are available (and then some) at Norwalk's new Indian Grocery Superstore, Patel Bros. Enjoy this recipe for Keema Saag or Lamb Mince with Spinach in your house.

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Tuesday
May032011

Tequila: Worth A Serious Sip

Tequila is the worst thing you can do to the end of a great evening. It is the party ender, the last nail in the coffin. That's what we all think about the national spirit of our southern neighbor, Mexico. I'm not quite sure how Tequila landed "closer" status but I believe it deserves a revival. Tequila needs to get promoted to "first string." Whether it's an old classic like the Tequila Sunrise, a new cocktail like the Mexican Car Bomb, or you're drinking it neat, there's a flavor for everyone.

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Tuesday
May032011

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

Where did we eat this stylin' burger? 


Tuesday
May032011

Cinco de Mayo Burgers & Shakes @ The Filling Station Co

This month’s Special Burger and Shake at the Filling Station in New Canaan celebrates Cinco de Mayo by offering a departure from its traditional hamburger ingredients. The May 2011 Special pairs a Chorizo Burger with the Special Shake of the Month, Dulce de Leche. The former combines the spiciness of a house made chorizo patty with the mild flavors of queso fresco, lettuce, tomato and house-made lime cilantro crema, while the latter adds a different ingredient to its Dulce de Leche interpretation.

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Monday
May022011

Cinco de Mayo Dining & Parties in Fairfield County

Two Boots in Bridgeport: Two Boots will host a "Cinco De Mayo Happy Hour Fiesta" on Thursday, May 5 at 5:30 p.m. Two Boots is located at 281 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport, CT.

Boxcar Cantina in Greenwich: Specials abound at Boxcar. Their drink special will be the General Zaragoza Margarita, a famously boozy frozen margarita topped with a splash of house-made sangria. As for eats, a Cinco Sampler, a New Mexican-inspired platter of organic chicken tinga, Niman Ranch carne adovado; and a Taco Sampler is on the menu. Boxcar Cantina is located at 44 Old Field Point Road in Greenwich, CT.

Taco Loco in Bridgeport: $5 Margaritas, $3 Coronas till 6:30Pm. Give aways, Live music for lunch and dinner, which we will have a special menu. Taco Loco is located at 3170 Fairfield Avenue in Brideport, CT.

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