Allan Karl’s Forks: Documenting His Travels + Meals Through 35 Countries and 5 Continents

23 Sep

Siddhartha had it all at one point in his life. He had the women, he had plenty of money, he had royalty, but he lacked something…an itching, aching feeling that he couldn’t quite exactly place. Something was missing. One day, though, he had a gross realization that led him from the palace walls to the outside world. While it was a struggle and a growing process after he got ride of all of his possessions, things soon changed when he reached his moment of enlightenment while sitting deep in mediation under the Bodhi tree. From there he would go on to teach thousands of followers his ways that now lives on as Buddhism with millions of believers across the world.

There are no strangers Forks by Allan Karl

All pictures by Allan Karl from Forks.

And, while most people we encounter today would never give up everything in search of themselves and inner peace, there is something freeing and liberating about the act. Just ask Allan Karl, a Californian from Connecticut who was at a crossroads in his life…you might even say it was a fork in the road. He had recently lost his job and his marriage had just ended, so he did like Yogi Bera suggests:  “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

And he did. He sold everything he owned and took his custom-fit BMW motorcycle on the road. But, his trip differed just a tad bit from one that you or I might take. He started in Newport Beach, California, went through Oregon, then kept driving north.  Eventually after three years of biking, Allan had traveled through 35 different countries in five different continents, traveled over 60,000 miles, and downed thousands of meals. “I think the hardest part is just understanding,” Allan shared with us regarding taking his trip. “Some people in their minds will constantly find reasons why they can’t do something. So, my recommendation is that you need to realize that you can. Take advantage of the opportunities that you have.”

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Sink Your Teeth into Half Full Brewery’s 3rd Annual Halloween Bash

22 Sep

We’re giving you notice way in advance here, so take advantage of this:  10/25 from 5-10.  Set it aside for an awesome Halloween party that just so happens to include lots of beer.  That’s when Half Full Brewery in Stamford will be throwing their 3rd Annual Halloween Bash which serves dual purpose as their 2nd anniversary celebration! Like last year, Oh Cassius! will be back, and did we mention that there will be beer? Yup, they’ll have at least 8 of their brews on tap open to you all night long including their nummy Pumpkin and their Rum Pumpkin, too! They’ll have their life-size Jenga out for playing and will also have a tent so you can sprawl out and have the best time ever.  In addition to all the games, music, and beer, you’ll also get your own trick-or-treat bag filled to the brim with awesome Half Full goodies such as cozies, pint glasses, key chains, and stickers. 

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Adam Richman Talks with OmNomCT ’bout Burgers, NYC, the Greenwich Wine & Food Fest + more!

18 Sep
The legend, Adam Richman (Photo credit:  Travel Channel)

The legend, Adam Richman (Photo credit: Travel Channel)

We’ve come across plenty of people in the food world who amaze us. Chefs whose culinary creativity blow our minds, oenophiles whose brains are virtually wine encyclopedias, brewers that can taste the slightest variation in their brews, and people who can give you a killer restaurant recommendation (with corresponding menu item) to any city in the whole frickin United States in less than 3 seconds flat. That last one describes the one, the only, Adam Richman. In terms of knowing all the great spots to eat across America, he’s a legend. From taking down legendary meals in Man vs. Food, to searching for the best sandwiches in Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America, to traveling across the country to find the best grub in The Traveler’s Guide to Life, it’s tough to find a more knowledgable dude.

Now, while we’re sure you all know Adam from one of those shows, or maybe even his new NBC show, Food Fighters, where experienced home cooks go up against talented and well-known chefs, you’ll all get to know him a little bit more at the Greenwich Wine & Food Festival.  He will not only be doing a demo there (he dishes about what he’s making in this interview) at 3:30 on 9/27, but he’ll also be the host of the Burger Battle that starts at 4:30 the same day.

To prep you for the big day we asked him some serious questions about how to make and where to get a great burger, his favorite baseball team (and the only team that matters)…the Yanks, prime spots to get food in his hometown Brooklyn, his new show, how he keeps things so healthy, and his plans for complete world food-domination.

Kristien: So, obviously we know why they picked you as the perfect judge for the Burger Battle at the Greenwich Wine & Food Festival…you know your way around a burger for sure.  We wanted to know, though, what do you really look for in a good burger?

Adam Richman: You know, I think everything has to be balanced. Sometimes you’ll find these burgers where it’s an average burger and an average bun with a pitchfork full of toppings. Or, sometimes the bun is overwhelming, or the burger is falling out. I think that it has to be balanced. I think that you can over topping a burger.  Because everything, more or less, can go on a burger…it doesn’t mean everything should.

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CT Beer + Food News, Vol. 21: Openings, Updates, Fundraisers, Deals, Beer Dinners + More

18 Sep

We hope you’ve all been having a great week…well, it’s about to get even better.  Look at all these great events, openings, and beer-related goodness going on in the 203 and the rest of the state!  As always, let us know if we can add anything or feature an event that you love. 

Events

The Norwalk Open Door Shelter’s kitchen was recently renovated and they need your help restocking the kitchen (well, they could always use your help with that).  Donate to them by bringing donations or helping out online.

OmNomCT has entered the Stamford Chili Contest on 11/2 from 11-3 pm at Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Do you think you’ve got the beans to go toe-to-toe with us and other home cooks from the area?  If so, write Joe Gonzalez at stamfordchilicookoff@yahoo.com.  Even if you’re not participating, come down…more info coming soon.

9/18 Check out 850 Degrees Wood Fired Pizza from 7-10 today to help raise money for Bully Breed Rescue.  Also, there will be $5 pints of Black Hog! The Ridgefield restaurant will be donating 15% of all profits to Bully Breed of New Canaan who not only rescue pit bulls, but also help to find them new homes.

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7 Local Chefs Compete in 4th Annual Connecticut Chefs Challenge to Benefit The Optimus Foundation

17 Sep

2014 CT Chefs Challenge

Food competition shows are fun to watch on TV, no doubt. There’s lots of excitement, panic, stressful situations, and lots of smack talk going down.  But, you miss out on a key component:  interaction. You can’t talk with the chefs, (even though you might be yelling at the TV and telling them to not cook the pork for any longer, they can’t actually hear you) and you certainly can’t taste all the awesome food that they are making.

Well, you’ve got your chance as the Connecticut Chefs Challenge returns for another year at Lincoln Culinary Institute in Shelton. This year there are seven CT chefs who are vying to win the title of “Best in Show.” The fun begins at 5:30 with a cocktail reception where you’ll learn about The Optimus Foundation (they construct and maintain medical facilities in Fairfield County for communities in need) who this event benefits and you’ll get to down some great small bites to help prep you for the contest.  

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Om Nom Nom: Free Fall Food Truck Fest Rolls into Stratford, CT

16 Sep
203 urgent care food truck fest
Fairfield Countarians, it’s happening…a food truck festival to hit in our own backyard! Oh, and it’s a FREE food truck festival, too! It all goes down on Saturday, October 4th from 11-3 pm at The Dock Shopping Center. As of now you can expect some of CT’s best and most popular trux like LobsterCraft, Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes, Bounty Burger, Rough House, The Buzz Truck, Christiano’s Pizza, Fruit Whirled (bike cranked smoothies), and Keifer’s Kettle Corn. And, it looks like they’ll be adding more soon, so definitely keep up to date with us as we get more info.

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Ticket Giveaway for Greenwich Wine + Food Festival 2014!

15 Sep

Greenwich Wine & Food Festival Collage 2013What, you’ve been slacking on getting your tickets to the Greenwich Wine & Food Festival?  Well, for once being lazy might work to your advantage because we’re giving away TWO General Admission tickets for Saturday’s events on 9/27 ($270 value).  All you need to do is check out our linked Facebook post and tag the person who you want to take with you.  That’s it…that easy, that simple.  The contest starts now and goes until 9/19/14 at 5 pm.  At that time we’ll mention the winner with a comment and have you get in touch with us…so keep your eyes out.

Now, here are all the things that you’ll get if you win tix:

  • Gourmet tastings from the GW&F Culinary Village that include a massive amount of Fairfield and Westchester County’s best restaurants
  • Wine, beer, cocktail, and spirits tastings throughout the day (plus meet Kathie Lee Gifford and try her Gifft Wines)
  • Drink Expert Stage that includes Gretchen Thomas, Marc Strooband, Joe Campanale, and Matthew Habdas.
  • Book Signings and Meet & Greets with John Stage, Adam Richman, Aarón Sánchez, Jean Georges, Anne Burrell, and Geoffrey Zakarian
  • Cooking demos with Anne Burrell, Jean-Georges, Adam Richman, Aarón Sánchez, Geoffrey Zakarian, and more.
  • The Burger Battle, to see which of 6 local restaurants has the best burger.
  • The Top Bartender Showdown
  • BBQ Pit Master’s Tent
  • Alabama AND The Bacon Brothers playing live
  • A food truck corner from 6-10
  • And, as an add-on of $85, check out Tequila & Tostadas with Aaron Sanchez.

There is also an exclusive Oysters & Wine event held at L’escale for $125 and the amazing Friday Night Gala that is full of award-winning local chefs, guest appearances, auctions, drinks, and more for $325.

For more details and information, please check out our original post dated August 5.  Good luck everybody!

Nikki Glekas of EOS Takes Over Bank Street Events and Opens Own Event Design Company

12 Sep

Even before we started our food blog, we would hit up EOS on Summer Street in Stamford. We loved the fresh, inspired dishes that were contemporary plays on classic Greek dishes. And, we loved sitting outside on their patio, letting the day float by.  Years later, we still love EOS and keep it at the top of our list for restaurants that we love here in Fairfield County. Part of the reason why EOS has been rated top Greek restaurant year after year and remains at the top of restaurant lists in Stamford (and Fairfield County) is definitely the food, but there is a whole family behind the success. One of those family members is Nikki Glekas. She’s part chef, part owner, and 100% fireball. Whether you see her at the restaurant, at a charity event, a cooking contest, or a catering party, Nikki brings it…and brings it hard.

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CT Beer + Food News, Vol. 20: Save Ferris, Chiles, Cocktails, Exciting Brews + Exclusive Events

11 Sep

Before we get started with our weekly beer, food, and event news for the 203 (and beyond), we’d like to just thank you all for reading.  Over the past few years we have seen our blog grow so much, but we couldn’t do it without you.  Literally, we couldn’t do it without you.  Look, without you we’d just be writing all of this with only 1 page view, maybe 2 if we both looked at what we posted.  Well, thanks again.  Always feel free to ask us questions or send event and info our way.

-Dan and Kristien

Events + News

9/12 SAVE FERRIS!  Ohhh yeahhh, chicka, chicka..chickachaka!  Java Westport will be playing Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at 7 pm on their big screen, so get your best Rooney voices ready and practice your driving to avoid any mishaps like driving your dad’s car off of a giant cliff.

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Biggest Food Contest in CT, ChowdaFest, Hits Norwalk + Benefits Community Plates

11 Sep

Chowdafest 2014 Calf Pasture Beach

That’s right…what started as a local chowder competition to help raise much needed money for local food banks has grown immensely.  So immensely, in fact, that organizer (and Chief Chowderhead) Jim Keenan had to put some serious thought into expansion.  Would he keep Chowdafest at the same level…or take it to the next level?  If you’ve met Jim before you know he’s never content with keeping things at the same level; he always wants to kick it up a few hundred notches.  And that’s exactly what he’s doing this year with Chowdafest 2014 (Part II) on Sunday, October 12 from 12-4 pm at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk!  An obvious added benefit will be a more spread out festival to help combat the large crowds that people faced last Souper Bowl Sunday.

So, if you’re new to this, here’s the deal:

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