Eat, Pray, Love - you’ve heard of it, right? Well in the words of Willy Wonka, “Strike that, reverse it” - The CAKEBOX in Ridgefield has it all in the correct order - Pray (if you must), Eat (as many cupcakes as you can), and Love (absolutely!) This ESSENTIAL new dessert-stop in the Copps Hill Commons shopping center in Ridgefield is a cake and cupcake lover’s Shangri-La. Ridgefield native Jordan Gregory and her partner, Robert Byrnes, opened The Cake Box in April and have been whipping up extraordinary cakes for all occasions (including, eventually, custom wedding cakes), cupcakes by the dozen, and individual cupcakes, cookies, and macaroons at the store for your perusal and MASS consumption! Ms. Gregory received her pastry training at the Institute for Culinary Education in NYC and Mr. Byrnes, who has a degree in hotel and restaurant management, designs the custom cakes. Trust me, they know their stuff!
To paraphrase Bogey, I’ll just say that - Of all the joints in all the towns in Fairfield county, we walked into “The Fez.” It was a rainy evening and I could have sworn I saw Rick and Ilsa running for cover from the deluge. They should have come in! This new Moroccan-style restaurant at 227 Summer Street in Stamford, co-owned by Bharat Patel and Eric Monte, is an alluring respite from whatever storm you are escaping. It’s cozy and warm. And it’s very cool. “Cool? In Fairfield County?” you ask. Indeed - Here’s looking at The Fez, kids.
The physical space is deliciously inviting with sexy red walls and dim lighting.
Chef Pietro Scotti of DaPietro’s, Westport, will be the guest chef at the Westport Farmers’ Market on July 29.
In advance of his appearance, Pietro will be making fresh mozzarella for shoppers, as he regularly does for his restaurant patrons. He sources his dairy from Calabro Cheese, a 43 year old family owned and operated company in East Haven. He will slice, season and plate luscious, ripe, heirloom tomatoes with herbs and his homemade mozzarella that morning. Using just a few, super fresh, high quality ingredients is a great way to highlight these outstanding ingredients.
We asked and you responded!
Our recent CTbites Shout Out, "What's Your Favorite Breakfast Spot," elicted 31 responses and counting. Since it's clearly one of your favorite meals, we decided we oughta share our findings in a google map for whenever the mood strikes in any geographical coordinate.
Go forth and breakfast!
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Corinne Trang, author of The Asian Grill, and local Fairfield County resident, is back with some sensational summer smoking. These week she is serving up recipes for ASIAN PULLED PORK SANDWICH including her famous ASIAN FIVE-SPICE DRY RUB, ASIAN BBQ SAUCE, and ASIAN COLESLAW. Get smoking tips for your next cookout, or just enjoy her tasty take on this American classic
My Asian-inspired pulled pork sandwich...yes, I dared!
Taste of Hartford 2010 will take place from Mon., July 26 through Sun., August 8.
Hartford's top restaurants will participate in Taste of Hartford's summertime promotion, offering 3-course gourmet dinners for only $20.10. Patrons can visit the individual restaurants to take advantage of this special price. No tickets are necessary, though reservations are strongly recommended.
Taste of Hartford Participating Restaurants
It's summer, and most of like to cook outdoors in these hot months. If fish is what you crave, but you don't feel like cleaning up a messy grill, we've got a great solution. Why not pouch it? As the spokesperson for Norwegian Salmon, Chef Nicole is constantly inventing new preparations for this healthy and delicious seafood favorite. Today she has paired an aromatic pouch technique with a wonderful White Bean & Fig Salad. It couldn't be easier to prepare, and is amazingly nutritious.
You can find more salmon solutions on her blog at http://blog.salmoninseconds.com.
Greek Grilled Salmon With White Bean & Fig Salad
A familiar fixture in Ridgefield for the past ninety (!) years, Ancona’s Market will celebrate their anniversary this Saturday, July 24 with an open house and evening benefit.
The day-long open house will be “in full-swing by noon” and feature activities for children, live music and tasting stations from many vendors including Ola Granola, Simmons Family Farm Yogurt, Arethusa Farms Milk, and Wave Hill Bread. You can also stop next door at Ancona’s Wines and Liquors to sample their usual Saturday tastings from 12 noon to 3 pm and 3 to 6 pm or stroll through what has to be one of the most diverse and well-stocked walk-in coolers around (and also where you’ll find me).
UPDATE: We hear the opening date will be October 15th.
Perhaps you've heard the rumors...the yogurt shop that started the "tart yogurt" craze, Pinkberry, is coming to Fairfield, CT. Look for their storefront at 1512 Post Road right across the street from Border's.
Here's what to expect other than lines out the door:
Inspired by European gelaterias and yogurterias, Pinkberry's distinctive yogurt flavors are expertly crafted to complement its high quality, daily fresh cut fruit and dry toppings and offer an irresistibly tangy, incomparably refreshing taste so light it leaves you craving more.
Their dry toppings range from creative to premium (from nostalgic Fruity Pebbles; to all natural, honey almond granola; to rich Belgium shaved chocolate) and have also been selected to provide a taste and texture combination to perfectly match the Pinkberry signature tang.
Pinkberry is packed with live and active culturesand carries the seal of approval from The National Yogurt Association.
What says summer better than fresh local berries? Berry picking is a great activity for kids of all ages, and we in CT are lucky to have beautiful family friendly farms right around the corner.
Here are a few "Pick Your Own" local farms where your family is sure to enjoy a wonderfully sweet day. Also, if you want to preserve your harvest for year round enjoyment, Analiese Paik of The Fairfield Green Food Guide has some great tips on freezing this summer's bounty.
One of the things I look forward to every summer is heading out to the local farms to pick berries.There are a couple of great farms in Southern CT that are not over run with the NY crowd, and I will share them with you if you promise not to tell too many others… -Nicole Straight. Read More.