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Thursday
Jan212016

Parker Mansion Opens in Westport via Dan Woog

This just in on the new Parker Mansion Steakhouse (same owners as Parker Steaks & Scotch in Trumbull) from Dan Woog's 06880 blog.

The restaurant gods take away, and then they giveth.

Just a day after Post 154 served its last, little-lamented meal downtown, Saugatuck welcomed its newest eatery. In one of its oldest locations. While dining at Rizzuto’s tonight, an alert “06880” reader noticed some activity across the street. He wandered over to see.

Parker Mansion — the reverently named successor to Mansion Clam House — is open for business.

Read the complete article on 06880 here.

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Thursday
Jan212016

Lemon Miso Soup Recipe from Green & Tonic

As the weather cools down, soup season heats up. Winter is also a great time to nurture your body with nutrient rich healthy ingredients that will keep your immune system in fighting form. The chefs from Green & Tonic in Greenwich have build their brand creating recipes with a strong plant based foundation and this recipe for Lemon Miso Soup is no exception. This soup is simple to make and satisfying to eat. 

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Wednesday
Jan202016

Cask Republic in South Norwalk Reinforces a Resurging Neighborhood's Destination Dining 

Washington Street, the epicenter of South Norwalk and a resurging dining scene, welcomes another new dining experience worth exploring. Cask Republic is a modern take on the communal tavern, now open at 99 Washington Street, formerly occupied by The Gingerman. The new restaurant delivers on its tavern promises with chef-driven comfort food and drink – American at its culinary core with an abundance of global influences.

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Tuesday
Jan192016

LIVE-EAT-LOVE: Kitchen Organization for the New Year by D2 Interieurs

LIVE-EAT-LOVE is a new CTbites column focusing on the intersection of food and style. D2 Interieurs dynamic design team Denise Davies and Kerri Rosenthal’s Monthly Column to tastefully inspire your home, life and palette.

To launch this series, D2 Interieurs tackles Kitchen Organization. Here are Denise and Kerri’s top tips for an organized kitchen:

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Monday
Jan182016

WIN FREE TIX: Ken Tuccio & Blind Rhino Host "SONO BOWL"

 

WIN FREE TIX to the 1st annual SONO BOWL event w/ open bar and live entertainment starting @4pm on Super Bowl Sunday. To win, tell us why YOU need these tickets. 

The Blind Rhino in Norwalk is teaming up with Ken Tuccio and the Welcome To Connecticut Podcast to introduce a brand new Super Bowl Sunday tradition to the South Norwalk area …… SONO BOWL. SONO BOWL is a first of its kind Super Bowl Pre-Game Game Show. 

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Sunday
Jan172016

Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant Opens in Westport

When one restaurant door closes a new one opens. The institution that was Mario's closed last year, but this week I had the privilege of attending an intimate event celebrating the opening of Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant, at their newest location on Railroad Avenue in Westport. This farm to fork eatery joins the popular Greenwich and New Haven locations as well as Cava, Scena and 55, and is the result of the collaborative endeavor of the Kluber, Nube and Vincente Siguenza sibling team, who have over the past 10 years combined their passion for wine, food and customer service to create some of the area’s finest dining establishments.

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Sunday
Jan172016

Barcelona SoNo Moving to Waypointe After 20 Years

Barcelona’s Wine Bar's South Norwalk location has become a landmark in the neighborhood.  Situated on the corner of North Main Street, it seems to welcome people into SoNo as they exit I-95 and head downtown.

Now, after 20 years, Barcelona’s Norwalk location is moving to a new space.  The restaurant and wine bar’s next chapter will unfold up the street at Waypointe.  The exact timeframe has not yet been announced, but they plan to reopen sometime this summer.

Barcelona invites its fans to a “last call” at the old location on Saturday January 30.  Between 5pm and 2am, they’ll thank guests with surprise guests, delicious food, and wine.  Founders Sasa Mahr-Batuz and Andy Pforzheimer will be there to express their gratitude in person.

Sunday
Jan172016

The Winners of The Beat The Winter Blues Cocktail Party Are...

It is time to announce the winners of The Beat The Winter Blues cocktail party contest, hosted by Watson's Catering and Event Planning & CTbites. 10 lucky CTbites readers will enjoy an evening of cocktail luges, delectable nibbles, and general merry making. 

The winners were selected by the folks at Watson's based on their responses to regarding their favorite catered events. Winners have been contacted via email but are listed below for good measure. Each winner may bring a +1. 

Winners: Ken, Jen, Steven D, Lisa, Deejaydubya, Erika, Nancy, Catherine, Tim, & Liz. 

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Saturday
Jan162016

Harlan Publick in South Norwalk Hosts Honig Wine Dinner January 26th

Harlan Publick is hosting a “NAPA COMES TO SOUTH NORWALK” dinner on Tuesday January 26th. Join Michael Honig of Honig Wine for a one-of-a-kind dinner and learn about the nuances of the wines of the Napa Valley and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and wine during the "Meet & Greet" reception followed by a 4-course wine-paired dinner prepared by Chefs Stephen Lewandowski & Kamal Rose. View complete menu below.

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Friday
Jan152016

Friday Froth: Brewer Variants from Victory Brewing, Two Roads & Rodenbach

One of the principle joys of live music is hearing familiar songs played in unfamiliar ways. An extended improvisation, a song's slow dissolve as band members explore different chords and reconnect through the voices of their instruments, the pure truth of an imperfect voice, the energy of a band and crowd playing off one another until every molecule in a room hums with energy... living, breathing creation. This is why we go, and why most artists aren't content to play the same songs over and over again the same way. Brewers are also creators and, once they have a formula down, start looking for a new way to express it. A new song is a new song, but what happens when you play with what you already have? What might evolve from here?

At this point, many of you reading this are already familiar with variants of existing beers like Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin, Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, even NEBCO Zapata-Bot (Gandhi-Bot aged in tequila barrels). This week we're going to take a look at a very few of the ways brewers are riffing on their beers, and what the results can be. 

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