Entries in Specialty Market (100)
I recently came out of the closet regarding my bacon obsession. In fact, my passion for the smoked pork has kept me in constant pursuit of good bacon-y finds in our neck of the woods.
This weekend, I spotted a brand @ The Fresh Market in Westport that I have only previously found via mail order...Nueske's Smoked Bacon. Smoky with a mild sweetness, this bacon is smoked over apple wood embers for 24 hours (commercial bacon is smoked for about five hours). It's lean and luscious, and since most of the fat is rendered in the smoking process, Nueske's bacon doesn't shrink like other brands when cooked.
If you haven't sampled Nueske's Smoked Bacon, hightail it over to The Fresh Market's meat department and shell out $5.80. If you have found Nueske's Smoked Bacon anywhere else in Fairfield County, please share the coordinates below…
Join Fairfield Cheese Company for a special cheese tasting on Friday March 25, 5:30-8pm
It's been called, "The King of Cheeses," and even if you have a different opinion it is hard to deny the appeal of Parmigiano Reggiano. No longer relegated to a pasta topping this authentic Parmigiano Reggiano is a great choice for any cheese plate. Fairfield Cheese Co. decided to take the plunge and just received their first full wheel (about 80lbs.). In their quest to always find the best of the best, this gorgeous wheel comes from the great affineur Giorgio Cravero.
This Friday at 5:30pm everybody is invited to watch Chris crack it open. Of course while you're tasting, FCC will also be pouring a little something Italian to celebrate the occasion.
Fairfield Cheese Company 2090 Post Road, Fairfield 203.292.8194
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.