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Tuesday
Feb032015

Fairfield gets Freshii! Nutritious Healthy Food For People On The Go

Fairfield has worked its way up the food chain, offering all sorts of great dining opportunities for those with even the most discerning palates. With all the new restaurant openings, there was one thing that was lacking in the town’s culinary offerings; a really good health-food based option. Until now - enter Freshii. 

Sandwiched in between The Fairfield University Bookstore and Chef’s Table is Freshii, recently opened by owner Jonathan Blob who also owns the Westport location. Although word had not yet really gotten out, the restaurant was bustling the two times I went in, first to check it out, then when I returned to chat with Blob. 

The store, long and narrow, airy and bright, evokes a fresh, healthy attitude. Bright green, leaf-colored chairs are neatly lined up against the long counter space on one wall just below a large mirror reflecting the words...EAT. ENERGIZE. from the opposing wall. The light woods and grass-like covered wall lend themselves perfectly to an eatery of this type. A large menu board lists many and varied options. There are choices for breakfast, smoothies, juices, salads, wraps, bowls, soups and burritos.

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Sunday
Feb012015

Mura Pop-Up Delivers Outstanding Ramen

Ramen is one of the great dishes of the world. Contained within a single bowl is the essence of all flavors; and the most recent pop-up restaurants overseen by Chef Mogan Anthony (Locali) just over the border into NY are phenomenal.  Chef Mogan was raised in Singapore and was captivated, at an early age, by the flavors in Asian cuisine. His early training included studying under some of the best Asian chefs.

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Sunday
Feb012015

Olea in New Haven Delivers Extraordinary Spanish Dining

Olea's condomiz / Photo: Jen Kaufman, Connecticut Magazine

Many in the New Haven area mourned the closing of Ibiza last spring. The restaurant has been reimagined by former Ibiza chef Manual Romero who is now the owner and chef, reviving this modern Spanish tapas mecca for the city once again.

Our friends at Connecticut Magazine recently visited, giving it an excellent rating, and here's why:

When Ibiza in New Haven closed last spring, Connecticut lost a culinary treasure. Located on High Street, steps away from two famous art museums, it was itself a work of art, showcasing the best of modern Spanish cuisine in the state and on the East Coast. Busy, buzzy, frequently bustling, with a mile-long list of intriguing tapas and a devoutly loyal customer base, it vanished suddenly, as if it had never been. Rumors flew. Diners mourned. But within six months, the spirit of Ibiza rose like a phoenix in the same location but in a glamorous new guise, re-imagined and rechristened, Olea.

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Friday
Jan302015

Friday Froth: Snowed In With Barleywine

Deep snow requires strong booze. Our ancestors knew it, we know it, and every year around the winter solstice we can see a certain class of beer made specifically for snow days start to take up shelf space. Barleywine is beer better served at 55º than 35º, and best enjoyed when it's 25º outside. It's usually sold in large format bottles of the 22-26oz. variety, and will wrap you in an invisible sweater of at least 10% alcohol. Blizzards are a good thing when you're properly stocked. 

Barleywine has been deployed as a winter knock out drop by bored or insufficiently rowdy residents of the frostier climes for centuries. It is NyQuil by another name, and it is a blessed boon to those of us who seek to replace the lost hours of sunlight with - in order - hijinks and oblivion. 

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Thursday
Jan292015

Weekly Nibble: Chocopologie Cookbook, Brunch, Making Meatballs, Truffles & More

Match will host an Industry Brunch on Monday February 2. The a la carte menu will feature items like Storch’s famous onions & eggs, carpetbaggers, chocolate chip pancakes, and bacon egg and cheese on a pizza! Reservations are HIGHLY recommended! Call 203-852-1088 Ext 4.

Start your week with Darien Social’s Monday Pasta Night.  Choose a pasta, add a sauce, and finish it with your choice of toppings.  It’s just $13 for all-you-can-eat pasta, soup or salad, and breadsticks.

Harry’s Wine & Liquor Market invites you to Wine Tasting 101- their most popular class.  It unfolds over two Wednesday sessions, Feb 4 & 11. Learn about the 4 taste zones of the tongue, the basic grape varieties, and more. $50 for both classes.  Call 203-259-4692 for reservations.

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. “The Ultimate Tasting Experience”

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Thursday
Jan292015

Brick + Wood in Fairfield Hosts Guest Chefs Pizza Series

What’s better than pizza? A great pizza developed by some of the best chefs in the area. Over the next six months, local favorite Brick + Wood will hand over the heat of its wood burning pizza ovens to local chefs for an evening of Love, Life {and Chefs!}. Each guest chef will bring their vision and recipe of the perfect pizza to these ovens for a special evening of food and fun.

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Wednesday
Jan282015

Michel Nischan Honored as 2015 Humanitarian of the Year by James Beard Foundation

Photo: James Beard Foundation

Congratulations to Michel Nischan who is receiving the 2015 Humanitarian of the Year award from the James Beard Foundation. Chef Nischan is an ardent supporter of the sustainable food movement and two-time James Beard Foundation Award winner. Here at CTbites, we know and love him as the founder and partner of the former Dressing Room Restaurant and as the founder, president, and CEO of Wholesome Wave. 

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Wednesday
Jan282015

Parallel Post in Trumbull Launches Girl Scout Cookie Inspired Dessert Menu 

To commemorate the kick off of the 2015 Girl Scout Cookie season, Parallel Post’s Executive Chef Chris Molyneux and Pastry Chef Madelyn Rendon teamed up to conceptualize and perfect recipes to best accentuate the unmatched sugar, chocolate, caramel, coconut and mint flavorings of select Girl Scout Cookies.  Featured desserts will include the Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake made with Trefoils® Girl Scout Cookies, Trifle made with Samoas® Girl Scout Cookies, Banana Cream Pie made with Do-Si-Dos® Girl Scout Cookies and Ice Cream Sundae made with Thin Mints® Girl Scout Cookies.   

Go sample all 4 Girl Scout Cookie inspired desserts @ Parallel Post in Trumbull, 180 Hawley Lane, Trumbull 203-380-6380

Tuesday
Jan272015

Raising Backyard Chickens Seminar @ Cannon Grange Hall in Wilton

Raising backyard chickens has become increasingly popular with the expanded awareness of the importance of locally and sustainably grown and produced food. Experienced chicken keeper Bil Mikulewicz will demystify the project in his talk “Backyard Chickens or One Man's Journey With A Bunch Of Dumb Clucks” on Thursday, February 5, 7pm at the Cannon Grange Hall, 25 Cannon Road, Wilton, Conn.

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Tuesday
Jan272015

10 Year Anniversary for Rizzuto’s Wood-fired Pizza Kitchen & Bar in Bethel, CT

Rizzuto’s Wood-fired Pizza Kitchen & Bar in Bethel, CT is celebrating their 10-year anniversary beginning January 25 through February 21 with special $10 lunch and $20.04 dinner prix fixe menus.

Owner Bill Rizzuto opened the neighborhood Italian restaurant in December of 2004, transitioning from his career as a hotelier to restaurateur, now with multiple locations across the state, including Stamfrod, West Harford, and Westport.

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