Chef Dan Kardos of Bartaco Westport Teams up w/ Shearwater Coffee This Sunday

19 Dec

Sunday is all about coffee, chilling, and good food, so why not do all three at Bartaco in Westport? From 1-3 on 12/21, they’ll have a few treats for you. First up is Ed Freedman of Shearwater Coffee Roasters in Trumbull. He’ll be hanging out, so feel free to ask him all about the roasting process and what goes into the making of a good coffee. While you’re there, you’ll definitely want to check out what Executive Chef Dan Kardos (formerly of The Whelk, NOLA, Local Kitchen) is cooking up! That’s cuz he’ll be making up a special treat made with some Shearwater coffee.

And, since we’ve got you here, you can also check out Bartaco/Barcelona’s online shop for all kind of goodies! Act fast if you want delivery for Christmas: you’ll have to order today. Some items available are t-shirts, caps, glassware, olive oil, paella and sangria kits, their popular hot sauces, and the Barcelona cookbook. 

SoNo Baking Company Opening in Westport; Java to Close

18 Dec

The SoNo Baking Company & Cafe

Dan Woog, writer for 06880danwoog.com, a blog that covers all things Westport wrote earlier today that Java Westport is closing. He then shared that there were rumors going around that SoNo Baking Company was taking its place. 

Ever the intrepid bloggers, we reached out to owner John Barricelli and he confirmed that, YES, SoNo Baking Company will be taking over the spot! 

So, Westporters can look forward to some great awesomeness, just like their Norwalk spot! Pastries, coffee, breakfast: all the works!  Westport, you so lucky! For a preview, check out our review of a killer breakfast at SoNo Baking

Conquer the Bearwich and Win $500 – Bear’s Smokehouse, Windsor and Hartford

18 Dec
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The Bearwich, in all its glory (from their Instagram)

Think you could eat that Bearwich from Bear’s Smokehouse in Windsor or Hartford? This shot of their new bbq-infused food challenge makes it seem not that bad, not bad at all. After all, if you finish this bad boy in 45 minutes (by yourself of course), you’ll get $500! Well . . . we’re sorry to say that appearances can be deceiving! 

This is what you’ll need to shovel down:

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Get Your Christmas Meal Shopping Done at Sugar + Olive’s Farms and a Market!

18 Dec

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One of the most annoying things about prepping for your big Christmas meal isn’t usually the cooking: well, at least for us. The most un-wonderful time of the year is usually the shopping part. You need to trudge to the store, fight past people who block the aisles, then wait behind that one person left in the world who still pays with checks . . . oh, but you didn’t think this was possible, the next person in line is paying in cash and is counting out pennies to cover the cost. Yeah, it’s seriously enough to turn you into The Grinch with a cold black coal-shaped heart.

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Ultimate Guide to 2014 New Year’s Eve in Fairfield County

17 Dec

 

Okay 2014, you’ve met your match. That’s right, make way, ‘cuz 2015 is right around the corner. And with the New Year comes great respon . . . er . . . parties! Yup, lots of great parties, lots of great drinks, and a helluva lot of great food. So, we thought we’d help do our part to make sure that you are off to a great start with a comprehensive guide to New Year’s Eve in Fairfield County. We’re covering as much as FC as possible with lots of choices for ya!

We plan to update, so if you know of any good additions to this list, please let us know.

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LeFarm, The Whelk, and Kawa Ni Staff to Strip Down and Take TI Polar Plunge

16 Dec

Good Things Brewing: A Pint o’ Guinness for Heroes, Free Beer, Free Uber Rides

16 Dec

Wheat Beer at Port Chester Hall and Beer Garden

Here at OmNomCT we gather lots of stories and ideas. The amazing thing is that sometimes these ideas begin to shape up into something bigger, something greater. Case in point: learning about a free beer offer at Mama’s Boy. We gathered it, we kept it, we preciously held onto it. Then, just a while later, we found some other great things going on like giving back to the military by drinking a Guinness or getting a deal on a ride to a local burger and beer joint. 

Well, let’s do it:

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The 2014 OmNomys: Celebrating the Best in Food in Fairfield County

15 Dec

Logo for OmNomys

Well, here we are, already at the end of 2014. Man, how time flies. But fret not friends, because the end of another year means another celebration of the best of the best in Fairfield County. That’s right, it’s time for the 4th Annual OmNomys! By now most of you know how this works, but for those of you new here, this is a list of the best that we’ve experienced in 2014… NOT necessarily the best EVER in Fairfield County. If your favorite spot or food didn’t make it on here, maybe it was on our list back in 2011, 2012, or 2013… and if not, let us know so we can check it out in 2015! 

So, without further ado, here we go:

Best Ambiance: Cask Republic, Stamford

With not one, but two fireplaces, Cask Republic has a warm, rustic, and down-homey kind of vibe going on. It’s hard to think of a chill spot with more class. It’s the perfect place to meet up with friends, have some drinks (from which there are many to choose), and try out some great gastropub grub.

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OmNomCT Reviews Relic Brewing’s Demiana on Beer411 for 12 Beers of Christmas Series

12 Dec

Demiana from Relic Brewing

Since 2009, Tony and Kaytee (two beer-loving cousins) have been fermenting awesomeness on their blog, Beer411. If ya drank it, chances are, they drank it . . . and they’ve written about it, too. Not only that, but they also offer up plenty of beer news, info, and general insights into the #Beer411 life. Just a couple of weeks ago, Tony reached out to us and asked if we wanted to be a part of his 12 Beers of Christmas guest-posting brouhaha. Um, duh! Of course we were in! So, we thought long and hard about which beer to pick and the answer came when we saw a beautiful bottle of Relic Brewing’s Demiana, a dark saison, sitting on the shelf, calling our names softly: Dan, Kristien, take me home with you, I want to put myself inside of you.”

Okay, too far? Sorry. Check out the start of this post then click through to see the rest

We’ve had saisons. We’d had plenty of saisons. But, we can’t say that we’ve had dark saisons, well, until recently when we tried Relic Brewing’s Demiana. Then again, saisons have been brewed, traditionally, in unique ways. Made as beers that would be cold and refreshing for farm workers, they were brewed with whatever local ingredients and spices were on the farm or nearby. So, it was very well possible to have a saison at one farm, while 1 mile away you could have a very different tasting saison.

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Chilifest Returns to Westport! Get the Fiery Deets Here!

11 Dec

Chilifest 2014

Back when we started our blog, we were around for the first ever Chilifest! At first it was created as an off-shoot of the very successful Chowdafest, run by Jim Keenan. When we went, we had a great time and tasted some awesome chili. One of the things we remember the most, though, is that during the time of stuffing our faces how much snow fell down, crippling power lines and the drive home. But, hey, we were fed, we were warm, we were full: we didn’t care!

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