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Sunday
Mar092014

Barrique Bistro & Wine Bar: Top Notch French with a Twist in Stamford

It’s the corner where downtown Stamford’s sidewalk café scene began. Bedford and Spring streets. Barrique has the best location in downtown Stamford, in a quaint stone building a few steps from the Art Deco Avon Theatre (date night recommendation--an independent film and Barrique’s bistro food).

In summer, Barrique’s large, wood doors fold open on both sides of the corner. For 14 years, it was Chez Jean-Pierre, and under new ownership since June, Barrique’s dining room has lost the humorous Renoir-esque mural of Jean-Pierre and his friends in favor of a subdued white and gray palette -- white-washed brick walls, café chairs, wrought iron chandeliers, and bare, dark wood tables. It’s a casual, relaxing atmosphere.  And there’s a new bar room at the back of the restaurant, a cozy spot where jazz is played Wednesday evenings.

Executive chef/co-owner Louis Barresi’s menu mostly focuses on France, with Italian, Spanish, Latin, Asian and Latin influences. Barresi is a co-owner of Doppio Artisan Pizza in Greenwich, New York City and Long Island. Manager and partner Danny Silver is the sommelier. Barrique means “barrel” in French, and if you have questions about the 41 wines served by the glass, ask him. He’s the former sommelier at A Voce in New York City. 

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Friday
Apr052013

Chef Michael Lucente Launches Barcelona's New Menu in Greenwich

In search of my culinary Dulcinea, I heard there was a new "cocinero" in the town. So, instead of hopping on a faithful nag, I got in my fickle Mini Cooper and headed to the Greenwich Barcelona for the culinary offerings of new head-chef, Michael Lucente. Chef Michael comes to Barcelona after 10 years of experience, starting as a graduate from the Culinary Institute of America. He has been Sous Chef at BLT Steak in Westchester and Napa in Stamford and head chef at La Promenade des Anglais in New York. He had the exciting opportunity to Sous Chef on Iron Chef America in April of last year and joined Barcelona Greenwich in November. Greenwich, you're in luck. And so are Barcelona patrons everywhere as the revamping of Barcelona's signature menu is making tapas-cravers everywhere muy feliz.

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Sunday
Jan272013

Picador Opens in New Canaan: Tapas

The culinary landscape of New Canaan now includes the vibrant cuisine of the Iberian Peninsula with the opening of Picador, the second restaurant of owner Alan Basaran. Located on Elm Street in the space formerly occupied by Harvest Supper, the interior’s décor offers a warm and inviting environment as backdrop to the region’s vibrant cuisine. Copper-topped tables and a wrap-around leather-covered banquette fill the entire back and side walls with additional copper-topped tables with dark leather chairs occupying the remainder of the space. The walls are adorned with plates, mirrors and sconces; reminiscent of the region.

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Monday
Jul232012

Carpe Diem Owner to Open Tapas Restaurant in New Canaan

Great news for New Canaan. Alan Basaran, owner of Carpe Diem, told CTbites that he will open a second restaurant at 15 Elm St., the location that formerly housed Harvest Supper. The menu at the new, currently unnamed, restaurant will feature Spanish Tapas and deliver the same high-quality food that guests receive at Carpe Diem.
 
When CTbites spoke with Basaran he stated, "The people of New Canaan have been fantastic at Carpe Diem, and I always planned on opening a second restaurant in town. The timing and the location were perfect and I really look forward to bringing a Spanish menu to my friends and customers." With an early fall 2012 planned opening, Basaran is busy planning the decor and the menu to deliver more delicious food to his guests in New Canaan.
 
Stay tuned as CTbites prepares its "Behind the Scenes" with Alan Basaran and the new chef.

 

Wednesday
May232012

Kids Review: Cadiz Tapas in Bethel

Most of the time at restaurants, I have no idea what to order because there are so many great choices. At Cadiz, however I can choose many different dishes. I can even order ten and share with friends and family.

Cadiz is a place where you order several tapas and share among the group. Don’t be fooled though. It is located in the Bethel movie theater but that doesn’t mean it's cheap diner food. Plus, there are some great gluten-free options. 

My family started out with a basket of bread, a small plate of hummus with baked pita chips, and a bowl of Greek olives. The bread had a crunchy and flaky crust with a soft and warm inside. It tasted amazing; a great way to kick off the meal.

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Thursday
Apr052012

Cheers to CAVA Wine Dinner @ Barcelona Restaurant

If you're in the neighborhood and like your bubbles, don't miss the "Cheers to CAVA Wine Dinner" on Thursday, April 12th at Barcelona Restaurant in West Hartford, 7pm.

Champagne is one of the world’s most profound and expensive wines, usually only drank in times of celebration. However, Spain has its own popular sparkling wine created in the exact same style as its French counterpart, called Cava. While never bearing the generally high price tag as to Champagne, Cava is just as enjoyable and inspiring. As a self-declared “bubble head,” Gretchen Thomas, Wine & Spirits Director for the Barcelona Restaurant Group, is throwing a wine dinner showing off her favorites from several Spanish regions and their uncanny ability to pair well with even the heaviest and most flavorful dishes - a good thing since their Executive Chef, Adam Greenberg, is known for his creativity. This promises to be one of the most eye-opening food and wine pairing event of the season.

$45 per person, plus tax and gratuity.  

For reservations, email gretchen@barcelonawinebar.com 

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Sunday
Mar112012

Cocktail Contest: Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar

WIN a FREE DINNER for TWO at Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar. Here's how..

You all did such a superior job with our recent cocktail contest, we decided to throw the gauntlet down once again. If your Cocktail name is selected, it will be featured on Barcelona Restaurant's new drinks menu & you will receive a FREE DINNER FOR TWO @ any Barcelona Restaurant (+ YOUR new cocktail). 

"YOUR NAME HERE" Cocktail Recipe: 

2 bar spoons of diced cucumber

½ oz. Simple Syrup

1 oz. Lime Juice

 ½ oz. St. Germain

1 oz. Vizcaya 12 yr. Rum

1 dash hellfire bitters

pimenton/sugar dipped cucumber slice

Post your submission below (include email) , or if you're shy, feel free to send it to us directly. Cocktail names must be submitted by March 31st 

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Saturday
Dec102011

CTbites Invites: Barcelona Iberico Ham Event Recap 

Hearty souls splashed through the rain Dec. 7 on the way to Barcelona Restaurant in Fairfield, and were rewarded with a tornado of pork. Old world cheeses supplied by event host Michele Buster of Forever Cheese sat on the tables, piled on wooden boards, and would be joined by small blocks of quince jam and a roast suckling pig that ought to be legally classified as a mind-altering substance, but the star of the show, from start to finish, was a shoulder of cured Iberico ham.

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Friday
Oct222010

"Spanish Heaven" Wine Dinner @ Fat Cat Oct 29th

"Spanish Heaven" can be found right here in Norwalk at Fat Cat Pie Co's Spanish Wine dinner on Friday October 29th, 7:30 PM, 3-5 Wall Street. 

Inspired by a recent visit to Spain's Rioja region and the estate of Valserrano, Fat Cat/Fountainhead Wines will be hosting their first fall wine dinner featuring Valserrano vineyards. 

Lucky diners will experience lberian inspired culinary creations paired with classic Rioja wines. Chef Bobby and the Fat Cat kitchen crew will surely make this a memorable evening (Check out the menu). What better way to start the Halloween weekend?

Spanish Heaven Wine Dinner Menu

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Monday
Aug022010

Chef Talk: Barcelona's Blood Orange Margarita

Everybody loves a good adult beverage. This fairly safe assumption has inspired this recent Chef Talk mini-series focusing exclusively on uncovering and sharing some of Fairfield County's best cocktails.

You're going to need to break out the shaker with this first cocktail, the Barcelona Blood Orange Margarita. The margarita is one of the most popular picks at the restaurant known for a bustling happy hour and hearty Spanish tapas menu in its four locations in Fairfield County and now an outpost in your house. Cheers!

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