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Sunday
Jan182015

Soosh Sushi Opens on Summer Street in Stamford (And It's Kosher!)

The best places, I believe, are the more unassuming places. The little treasures that are off the beaten path, hidden away where you least expect. The best food is the food that is what it is – unpretentious, fresh and bursting with flavor. And that’s the best way to describe this new unassuming little Japanese restaurant in Stamford, Soosh. 

It was a social media friend of mine, Pierre-Christian D. Frye, owner of PCDF Architecture in Greenwich, who first told me about Soosh. Perhaps he was a bit biased as he was hired as the restaurant’s architect. He explained how he turned what was basically an old storage space into a stylish Japanese eatery.

“For the new Soosh restaurant I worked closely with the owner to bring the vision to life of a truly modern, timeless dining experience. I accentuated the compact space with unique lighting and a rich mix of textures, tiles, wood and metal.

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Sunday
Jan182015

Tap-a-Tree Maple Syrup Program @ Ambler Farm

It's that time of year again. Sign up for Ambler Farms immensely popular, Maple Syrup Tap-a-Tree program. Sign up quickly...these classes fill up fast. 

 Learn the science and history of maple syruping by being a hands-on part of the process at Ambler Farm in Wilton. There are two training sessions offered (February 7th at 10am or 1pm); only ONE session is required for training. On that day you will choose a tree and hang your bucket that will collect sap. We will send regular updates on the running of the sap so that you can come to the Farm to collect sap from your tree. We will boil down the sap in our sugar shack and send each family home with their very own bottle of Ambler Farm maple syrup. 

 

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Friday
Jan162015

Friday Froth: Down With Anchor!

A California brewer reached across the country to attack Hartford's City Steam and, distressingly, they've won. At issue? Anchor thinks they own the word "steam." Regular Friday Froth readers may remember when I first mentioned the lawsuit brought by Anchor Brewing against City Steam Brewery Cafe almost a year ago. This week a judge ruled Anchor Brewing in San Francisco can force City Steam in Hartford to chance its name. The lawsuit was upsetting then, and it's dead-fish-on-a-hot-sidewalk repellant now. 

I'm urging every craft beer drinker in Connecticut to boycott Anchor beer. Just don't buy it. It's that easy. Our voices and and dollars will be noticed. Just this week, Lagunitas dropped a similarly frivolous lawsuit against Sierra Nevada due to overwhelming consumer derision. Let's tell Anchor we in Connecticut are not going to take it laying down. 

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Friday
Jan162015

Weekly Nibble: Mohegan Sun Winefest, Kids Cooking Classes, Whole Hog BBQ & More

NEAT Coffee is now offering their freshly roasted beans via coffee subscription! Sign up for your monthly coffee fix be emailing coffee@NEATcoffee.com.

AMG Catering has announced the dates of their 2015 Kids Summer Cooking Camps! 

Join Cask Republic Stamford on Monday, January 19th for a great night of Food & Beer with Allagash Brewing Company.  The five course dinner includes dishes like coffee rubbed pork empanadas and house duck pastrami paired with craft brews such as Allagash Bourbon Black.  $75 per person. 

Journey through Italy with Bar Sugo's “Serie Vino” Italian Wine Class & Food Pairing Series. Each one hour class in the series (there are five in total) will focus on a particular Italian region, history behind the wines, and the food that best accompanies them prepared by Chef Pat Pascarella.  The series will take place each Tuesday at 7:00pm and this week- January 20- is Campania. 

Thursday January 22 is the next installation of Walrus + Carpenter’s BrewGrass with Whole Hog BBQ.  There will be plenty of delicious food and live music from BrewGrass. 

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Thursday
Jan152015

Bacon Recipe Contest @ The Westport Farmers' Market

Westport Farmers’ Market is starting 2015 right...with a Bacon Recipe Contest. 

Westport Farmers' Market is challenging Fairfield County to bring out their best bacon recipe on January 24  to the Westport Farmers’ Market located at 7 Sylvan Lane, Westport, CT (inside Gilbertie’s Herb Garden).  At 11:00 a.m.  Celebrity Judges will be Chris Hickey, co-owner  and Chef Carlos from The Spread will taste their way through the entries declaring a winner at high noon.

The winner will receive a market bag full of goodies and a WFM t-shirt.

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Thursday
Jan152015

Arethusa Farm & Dairy Plan New Bantam Breakfast and Lunch Spot

The former Bantam Coffee Shop along Route 202 or Bantam Road will become the latest Arethusa Farm dining destination, focusing on breakfast and lunch and utilizing Arethusa Farm & Dairy products. This will be the second dining destination for George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis, who also run Manolo Blahnik.

Read the full story on Connecticut Magazine.

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Wednesday
Jan142015

Best Fireside Dining in CT: 16 ‘Hotspots’ via Connecticut Magazine

Whether or not April is the cruelest month as poet T.S. Eliot so famously wrote, February is definitely one of the coldest and most forbidding months in New England. Folks tend to hibernate amid winter’s wrath— but we say, “Be brave and go out to enjoy wonderful dinners at Connecticut’s fabulous restaurants.” Are we crazy? Nope. We just know how many hotspots are literally hot— make that comfortably cozy — because they offer true, luxurious fireside dining.

Here are 16 "Hotspots" that feature fireplaces for your CT dining pleasure. 

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Wednesday
Jan142015

WIN TIX for Chocolate, Dessert & Wine Festival to Benefit Shelter for the Homeless

Join your neighbors and friends for a very special night to support the Shelter for the Homeless, while enjoying over 70 exhibitors serving up Chocolate, Dessert & Wine!

Win Two Tickets to this fantastic Chocolate, Dessert and Wine Lovers Festival!!!!

To earn a chance to Win two tickets: Like us on FACEBOOK and POST A COMMENT BELOW ON WHY YOU SHOULD WIN!

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Tuesday
Jan132015

The 16th Annual Taste of Ridgefield January 25 at Founders Hall

A Taste of Ridgefield will be held on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Founders Hall, located in Ridgefield, CT. The 16th annual event will draw restaurants, caterers, and wine merchants from Ridgefield for two serving sessions 12:30 – 2:30 pm, and 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.

This event is hosted by The Rotary Club of Ridgefield and sponosred by Fairfield County Bank and Vazzana Management Consulting to benefit its schoarship fun and support a new fuel subsidy initiative to help needy families in Ridgefield. 

Participating restaurants include:

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Tuesday
Jan132015

Hot Chocolate Recipe Roundup via Marcia Selden: Nutella, Junior Mint + Dulce de Leche

Kick your hot chocolate into overdrive in the month of January because, let's face it, what else is there to do but ski...and eat? Take cocoa from from hum drum to yum yum with these killer recipes from Marcia Selden Catering. What are we talking about? We've got hot chocolate recipes including: Classic (and awesome) Hot Chocolate Recipe, Nutella Hot Chocolate,, Junior Mint Hot Chocolate, Dulce de Leche Hot Chocolate with Toasted Marshmallows. 

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