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Sunday
May012016

The Seehund German Pub & Restaurant: New London’s Coastal Culinary Treasure

When Ryan Benoit and Jon Turgeon first met as freshmen at St. Bernard’s, they didn’t even like each other. But through a mutual love of sports and food—and being forced to car pool—they wound up being best friends. Now they’re business partners at The Seehund German Pub & Restaurant in New London.

Even in their younger days, they thought someday they’d have their own restaurant. But someday came sooner than anticipated when The Seehund’s previous owner moved out of state to be closer to family. At the time, Jon was already executive chef and Ryan was a fry cook. “He kind of pitched it as a joke to us—you wouldn’t want to buy this from me, would you, HA HA HA?” And no kidding, that’s exactly what they did. Ryan’s since taken over the front of the house while Jon continues his executive chef role in the kitchen.

Whether you choose lunch, dinner, a bite from the pub menu, or breakfast on the weekend, you’re in for a treat and won’t leave hungry.

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Friday
Apr292016

Brew Pub Planned for Former Bethel Train Station

Photo: Carol Kaliff / Hearst Connecticut Media

We are VERY excited about this week's Bethel food news covered by our friends Hearst Connecticut:

Several local entrepreneurs hope to open a brew pub in the former train station, which they believe will bring a new demographic to downtown [Bethel].

Lisa Tassone, owner of La Zingara on P.T. Barnum Square, and several partners have been discussing a brew pub when space at the station became available. Bethel Cycle closed last fall after operating in the building for about five years. “As soon as we walked into the space we knew it was a perfect fit,” said Tassone, who opened La Zingara about 13 years ago. Chris Sanzeni, an experienced brewer, said the historic building and the artistic nature of making beer is a perfect fit — adding Smirnoff vodka was produced for the first time in the building next door.

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Friday
Apr292016

Donut Crazy Doughnuts Now Available in Bridgeport's Black Rock Neighborhood

I recently headed over to Donut Crazy’s newest location in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport with Jessica Grutkowski, owner of the Buzz Truck, who shared that she will be adding this local vendor to her offerings. While I fully admit I have never met a donut I didn’t like, these aren’t your typical donuts; they’re indulgent and decadent, and enormous!

As you step inside you’ll notice how physically different this donut joint is. Most don’t share a space with a Vietnamese restaurant, which in this case is the recently opened Nom Eez. So I asked Jason Wojnarowski, founder of Donut Crazy about this curious new home and this most unusual pairing, because as I saw it, Pho and donuts don’t necessarily go hand in hand. Wojnarowski, a builder by profession, was hired by Matt Storch (owner of Nom Eez) to renovate Match a couple of years ago. What resulted was not only a friendship but the current Pho-Donut partnership.

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Thursday
Apr282016

Crabby-Cado + Plantain Chips Recipes

Chips + guacamole go together like lime and tequila! We’ve kicked our guac up with fresh crabmeat. It’s guaranteed to be a hit at your Cinco de Mayo party. Make sure to taste it because you won’t have leftovers for this recipe. Check out the full recipes for Crabby-Cado and Plaintain Chips below. 

CRABBY-CADO

Ingredients

3 ripe avocados

3 t fresh lime juice

½ C chopped cilantro leaves

1 T minced jalapeno

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Wednesday
Apr272016

Top 25 CT Food Trucks: New Haven & Beyond (2016 Edition) Available For Catering All Over CT

We recently told you about the array of food trucks travelling the streets of Fairfield County and bringing delicious food straight to you (view Top 20 Fairfield County Food Trucks here).  New Haven, and its surrounding areas, is also a hub for some truly excellent food trucks!  They also have a bevy of food carts. From sweet cupcakes to aromatic java to finger-lickin’ good barbeque, there is a diverse assortment of mobile cuisine to savor. 

Here are 25 Food Trucks & Carts in New Haven and beyond worth visiting. 

  1. The Cheese Truck, New Haven: The Cheese Truck brings grilled cheese sandwiches, soup, sausages, salads, and more to the streets of New Haven. It comes from the team behind Caseus, the popular New Haven bistro.
  2. The Little Red Seafood Truck, Shelton & New Haven: Nothing captures summertime in New England more than fresh seafood. The Little Red Seafood Truck is an offshoot of Szabo's Seafood, located in Shelton. They have seafood sandwiches like the scallop roll, lobster roll, and salmon burger. They also have soups and salads.
  3. Farm Belly, New Haven: The Farm Belly food truck and caterer brings farm-fresh food to the streets of New Haven. They visit local farms and farmers’ markets to find produce, meat, and dairy. One of their signature items is the egg-and-cheese sandwich, made with local eggs and farmstead cheese. They even make their own ketchup and hot sauce.
  4. Cowabunga, CT: The Cowabunga Food Truck has soft serve ice cream and grilled selections. They use pasture raised, grass fed beef. Try one of their tasty burgers, like their signature Cowabunga Burger. It comes with pepper jack, bacon, grilled onions and peppers. Book the truck for an event, or select their Backyard BBQ package.

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Tuesday
Apr262016

2016 Guide to Fairfield County Farmers Markets via Fairfield Green Food Guide

It's that time of year, and Fairfield Green Food Guide always does a great job of keeping people in the know on all things Farmers' Markets. The following is their 2016 Guide to Fairfield County Farmers' Markets. 

Farmers’ markets in Fairfield County, CT will begin opening in May and early June and we will update the listings below (from 2015) with 2016 information as it becomes available. Here are the markets updated so far:

  • Ridgefield will not have a farmers market this year
  • Fairfield may have a second, downtown market
  • New Canaan opened on April 23
  • Westport opens May 19
  • Fairfield @Greenfield Hill opens on May 21
  • Greenwich @ Arch & Horseneck Streets opens on May 14
  • Trumbull opens May 19
  • Old Greenwich opens May 25
  • Darien opens May ?
  • Rowayton opens May 27
  • Stamford opens June 18
  • Black Rock opens June 18
  • Bridgeport Downtown opens July 14

Read the complete article with detailed market information here. 

Tuesday
Apr262016

Recap: Savor, A Celebration of Wine, Food & Spirits @ Foxwoods

What if I told you that you could feast on Hudson Valley Foie Gras Torchon, nurse a glass of Fess Parker Ashley’s Cuvee Pinot Noir, get cooking tips from Chef Mary Ann Esposito, and dance the night away with celebrity chefs- all while raising over $70,000 to help veterans and military families?  That by indulging in  a bite of Truffled Tenderloin Beef Tartare you could help a young girl receive a much-needed bone transplant?

Savor, now in its second year, makes all of that possible.  Dishes from Connecticut’s best restaurants, wines, spirits, beer, and merchandise are all available under one roof.  Proceeds from the celebration go toward the Robert Irvine Foundation.

CTBites was invited to both sessions of the walk-around Grand Tasting as well as the Savor In Style Charity Gala.  Here all of the delicious details.

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Sunday
Apr242016

Restaurants for Mother’s Day in CT: 2016 Edition

Sunday May 8 is all about Mom!  Connecticut restaurants are helping us celebrate the mothers in our lives with prix fixe menus, special a la carte items, buffets, and more.   Here are many places serving Mother’s Day meals. Please add more in your comments.

  1. Bernard’s, Ridgefield: Bernard's, which can be found in Ridgefield, will serve Mother's Day brunch from 11am-12:30pm and dinner from 1:30-6pm.
  2. Morello, Greenwich: On Sunday May 8, Morello Italian Bistro will offer Mother's Day brunch and dinner from 11am to 9pm.
  3. Harbor Lights, Norwalk: In Norwalk, Harbor Lights will offer a 3 course prix fixe menu for $59.99 per person. Kids are welcome too. There is a children's menu for $25.99.
  4. Millwrights, Simsbury: Millwright's in Simsbury has created a 3 course prix fixe menu for Mother's Day. Starters include dishes like a Baby Gem Salad and Smoked Salmon Rillette. Then, choose an entree and dessert.

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Friday
Apr222016

New Menu Launched at Sign of the Whale

Stamford's Harbor Point is starting to give the appearance of a boomtown. The peninsula, jutting into the flat expanse of the Sound, now seemingly holds more high rise buildings than the city's downtown, and they're steadily filling with residents, retailers, and restaurants. Amidst this ever present change stands one constant: Sign Of The Whale. At 16 months old, and with the little-lamented demise of the beer garden at the current site of Paloma, the Whale stands in the amusing position of being the Point's most venerable institution. In keeping with the theme around them that nothing is quite good enough as it exists, Sign of The Whale has hired a new chef, and launched a new menu.

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Thursday
Apr212016

Nibble: CT Food Events & Happenings For April 24 - May 1

Ambler Farm invites you to their Spring Fling Pancake Breakfast” on Saturday April 30.  Stop in between 11am and 12:30pm to feast on pancakes with Ambler Farm’s syrup.  Guests can also visit with the farm animals, watch wool shearing, complete a spring craft, and take home a packet of seeds.  It costs $15 per adult and $5 per child.  Reservations are required. 

The 3rd Annual Ridgefield Gone Country BBQ Festival returns on April 30th and May 1st to the historic Lounsbury House, at 316 Main Street in Ridgefield. The festival will feature two world-champion barbecue competitions, rides, games, and good eats for the entire family.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for children under 12 years old. For a more information visit www.RidgefieldBBQCT.com

Thursday April 28th, 7 pm join top local Baristas as they compete in a bracket-style Latte Art Throwdown at NEAT Westport. $10 gets you in as a participant and drink ticket, but spectators are free. Food, cocktails and music.  NEAT Westport 6 Wilton Rd. Westport. CT. (203) 557-8955

Saturday April 30th, 5 -8 pm, Westport-based broker, Judy Michaelis hosts Paleo + Plate cooking demo and tasting at one of her special listings in Wilton, CT. Watch Chef Danielle Hartog prepare a full Paleo menu.

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