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Thursday
Mar102011

Scoring Mexican Coke in Fairfield County

There is something nostalgic about Mexican Coke, and it's not just those hourglass shaped glass bottles. It is made the way Coke used to be formulated years ago, with refined cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup, resulting in a sweeter, more natural tasting product. Manufactured and bottled in Mexico, it has has become coveted in the US, and yet for those seeking out this less "chemical tasting" Coke, it can be elusive. 

We have run across Mexican Coke at espressoNEAT in Darien, Fresh Market in Westport, Tequila Mockingbird in New Canaan and Casa Villa in Stamford…purely by happy accident. Yeah, we know soda is bad for you and all, but if you're going to drink it, drink the good stuff.

If you have scored Mexican Coke in your culinary or consumer travels, help out your fellow readers and give us the coordinates.   

[Photography courtesy of acontinuouslean.com]

Thursday
Feb172011

A Guide to Juice Fasts in Fairfield County CT

If you’re not going three times per day, then something’s not right ,”says Glen Cavallo, who, along with Lisa Storch, owns Catch a Healthy Habit Cafe in Fairfield, where I’m sampling one of the Super Smoothies that is bottled up for customers doing the Café’s Five Day Juice Cleanse.

To hear Glen, and other cleansing gurus like Carissa Delicicchi at The Stand in Norwalk, and Carrie at Kaia Café in Westport, talk, it seems that most of us could probably use a little “cleaning out” every now and again.

A Juice Cleanse is a nourishing diet consisting of liquid food allows the digestive organs time to rest and heal from the toxins of modern living. They give your body a break from bad habits like caffeine and alcohol and reset the palette for healthier foods.

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Saturday
Feb052011

Marcus Dairy Closes This Sunday

It's the end of an era. 

The Marcus Dairy Bar in Danbury will close its doors after sixty years in business this Sunday, February 6. The iconic diner and popular meeting spot for hundreds of motorcycles will be razed to make way for a shopping mall. 

The experience of the decades-old orange vinyl seats and wood paneling paired well with what can only be deemed as standard diner fare with the exception of the stand-out "Roadfood" turkey sandwiches and milkshakes. Marcus Dairy drew a steady stream of regulars for their old-fashioned dairy bar, counter service and convenient location under I-84 adjacent to the Danbury Fair Mall and the Danbury Airport who will all certainly feel the loss of this irreplaceable Danbury landmark. 

Wednesday
Feb022011

Top Ten Chocolate Shops & Chocolatiers

You don't really think we believe that box of chocolates you're buying your sweetheart is bound for anyplace other than your own stomach, do you? Let's face it. Valentines Day is really just another excuse to feed your sweet tooth. So with that out of the way, we're stepping in to give you a list of places in your neighborhood to satisfy that craving and maybe score a few points with your honey. A word to the wise: when buying chocolate, you'll want to stop in the week of to strike the best balance between freshness and selection.

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Thursday
Jan062011

Local Find: Vande Rose Farms Artisan Bacon

In my family, bacon reigns supreme. As a dinner party guest or Webster clan member, you will find bacon fat, lardon, or bacon strips, in almost every dish coming out of the kitchen. For this reason we have made it a full time to job to cull the Fairfield County market in search of great tasting bacon. Recently we came across a find that is worth noting as you head out on your next shopping trip in search of cured pork.

Cooks Illustrated did an exhaustive taste test of artisan bacon in 2008, ranking Vande Rose Farms Artisan Dry Cured Bacon, Applewood Smoked at the top of the list. Brands it beat out were Applegate Farms, Niman Ranch, Nodine's, and North Country Smokehouse. Previously we had to satisfy our pork craving by mail ordering our Vande Rose bacon, but we found it at Balducci's in Westport for $8.99 (It is not sold at their Greenwich location). This is significantly less expensive than the mail order price from Vande Rose. Stock up...but leave a few boxes for us. 

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Tuesday
Dec072010

Fairfield County Winter Farmer's Markets

The sounds of the Farmer’s Market change with the seasons. The “mmm’s” in June when the strawberries arrive; the “ooh’s and ahh’s” in July when the tomatoes make their entrance; finally, the sad, sighing “uh’s” in the fall as the weather chills and the markets draw to a close.

This year, thanks to the unabated demand for local produce and the persistence of some devoted market managers, we can enjoy a new season of sounds at our local Farmer's Markets. 

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Monday
Dec062010

Fairway Wines & Spirits Opens in Stamford Dec. 15th. 

As if the opening of the renown grocery mecca Fairway Market wasn't enough to make a foodie faint, Fairway Wines & Spirits (689 Canal Street), a 6,500 square foot store will open on Wednesday, December 15th next door to the new Fairway Market (699 Canal Street).

The shop will feature approximately 2,500 wines, more than 600 varieties of spirits from around the world and over 500 different specialty and traditional beers.  Need assistance? A highly qualified staff of specialists and sommeliers will be on the premises to help customers with their wine and spirit selections.

Let's talk wine:  Wine selections will include the large national brands, local wines, kosher wines, organic and biodynamic wines, sparkling and dessert wines and a variety of esoteric wines from smaller vineyards. Fairway also intends to carry wines from different parts of the world that will be exclusive to Fairway Wines & Spirits.

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Saturday
Nov062010

Whole Foods Market Re-Opening Party in Westport

For anyone who shops Whole Foods Market's Westport location, you've likely noticed a bit of work underfoot. Renovation has been going on for months to transform Westport's Whole Foods into their classic prototype, no longer bearing any resemblance to the Wild Oats from whence it came. 

The facelift is complete and in honor of this "re-opening" Whole Foods Market will be hosting a celebration on Wednesday, November 10th from 4:00pm-8:00pm at the newly renovated store located at 399 Post Road West in Westport.  Whole Foods Market will offer storewide holiday tastings, turkey carving demonstrations, door prizes, and live music from local singer/songwriter Bern McWain.

5% of the total sales for the day will be donated to The Connecticut Food Bank. 

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Sunday
Oct312010

Belgique Chocolatier Opens in New Canaan

Chocoholics pay attention! Next time you have that hankering for serious chocolate,  run over to treat yourself and your best friends to the extraordinary Belgian style, hand filled, preservative free chocolates at Belgique Chocolatier.

Belgique is familiar to some chocolate lovers in Fairfield County who have enjoyed the chocolates, fine pastries and ice cream at Susan and Pierre Gilissen’s first location in Kent, CT. After searching for a storefront in Fairfield County, they landed on a jewel of a space set back from Elm St. in New Canaan.  This location opened in mid-September and is 100 % about the chocolate.  Before opening in Kent in 2001, Chef Pierre Gilissen served as Executive Chef and Manager at the Residence of the Netherlands Ambassador to the U.S. in Washington, D.C.  There,  he prepared all meals, receptions and teas for the Ambassadors, their families and up to 1,000 guests.  His passion for chocolates began during his years there.

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Friday
Oct012010

Great Gear: Navigating The Cook’s Nook

The Cook’s Nook in Norwalk couldn’t be more aptly named. Twisting through its adjoining rooms, filled to capacity, brings you from one alcove and surprising find to another. As you step into the door, you are faced with a navigation decision: the room straight ahead or to the right? It’s not the last time you’re made to choose, but take heart, there are no bad choices here.  Like being lost in the streets of Paris, winding your way from one enchanting street to the next, your shopping experience is more adventure than errand.

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