Connecticut Magazine Releases Experts’ Picks + Reader’s Choice List for 2015

20 Dec

Every year, Connecticut Magazine comes out with a comprehensive list called Reader’s Choice where people from across the state can vote for their favorite restaurants. In tandem, they also publish an Experts’ Picks list that is crafted by food writers, food critics, bloggers, cookbook authors, and this year even a former restaurant owner. Well, we were honored this year to be a part of the election process as two of the Experts! The resulting list is one that pays equal weight to all the restaurants throughout the state, not just in New Haven, Fairfield, or Hartford Counties. In particular, we were very happy with this list because so many of our favorite spots were chosen as top picks in the state. Congratulations to all the winners!

Here are the categories for Experts’ Picks:

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Food Drive Tomorrow in Fairfield: Bring Hope This Holiday Season

19 Dec

Operation Hope CT

The holidays are about giving more than presents: it’s also about giving hope and giving from the bounty that we have. Hopefully some of you can make it to the food drive this Saturday (12/20) from 12-4 at the First Congregational Church at 148 Beach Road in Fairfield. Senator Elect Tony Hwang, Representatives Elect Laura Devlin and Cristin Vahey, and Representative Brenda Kupchick will be on hand, too, to help out. The food drive is sponsored by Operation Hope and the First Congregational Church of Fairfield. To find out more about Operation Hope, you can call Donna Schmidt at (203) 292-5599 or e-mail her

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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