The stunning side room where we dined…
What major things have you accomplished in 12 days? Maybe you were able to bake up your holiday cookies, redecorate a room to your house, or reorganize your closets. Oorrrr, how about opening and redesigning an entire new restaurant? That’s exactly what Rouge Brasserie & Oyster Bar, transforming the space that was Lolita into a brand new swanky hotspot. Fabiana, the designer for cb5 Restaurant Group, made use of some of the design elements of Lolita, while adding her own touches as well as the ideas of Jodi Pennette. Everybody pitched in, including General Manager Diego who hand painted the beautifully ornate mirrors in the back room.
The very talented Josh Moulton
Rouge is sexy, lush, and oozes that certain je ne sais quoi of a French brasserie. The bar is quaint and intimate, while off to the side you have an elevated dining area, a large room with comfortable dining areas, and a large, stunning communal table. We were there as guests for a press dinner and you best believe we were ready to eat. With Executive Chef Josh Moulton (of Union Square Cafe, Gabriele’s, Tavern on the Green, Gramercy Tavern, a CIA grad, and a sommelier at age 24), we were excited to see what was in store.
Want to win a jar of Lidia Bastianich’s sauce, a box of pasta, and her brand new cookbook Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking: 150 Delicious and Simple Recipes Anyone Can Master? Well, of course you do! Two lucky winners will win all three of those from Fairway Market in Stamford. All you need to do is tell us (by commenting here) what your favorite simple, easy to handle Italian dish is your go-to for meal time. The contest starts now and goes until midnight of Thursday, 12/12. Then, on Friday, 12/13, we’ll announce the winners on here and contact them by e-mail. Then the two lucky winners just need to head down to Fairway Market Stamford’s customer service center and pick up their sauce, pasta, and cookbook. You can pick up your winnings any time after Saturday, 12/14, but the ideal time would be on Saturday, 12/14.
Where does OmNomCT pick up some great Mexican grub when we’re jonesing for a burrito fix? That would be Tomatillo in Greenwich, right on Route 1. In fact, we might have just ordered some burritos with a side of guac for delivery last night. We might have, that’s just hearsay. Our fondness towards Tomatillo (we did have a few points of contention, though) lead us to write a review of them back in January of 2013, and now we’ve got some great news to share with you. Tomatillo Taco Joint is now in Stamford.
Their restaurant is located at 114 Broad Street, where Morelli’s Pizza/Morelli’s Double Burger used to be, right by Zaza. This is now their third location (they are also in New Haven) and here’s why you should checking them out for lunch or dinner:
- Panoramic view of the draft room at Cask Republic
Do you see that picture? That’s the draft room that’s downstairs at the soon to open Cask Republic (see our intro post) in Stamford. We were both overwhelmed when we toured this room with General Manger Casey Doheme, so we can’t imagine what it will be like with kegs and bottles stored inside. So, let’s talk about those draft lines, huh? Cask Republic will have the capability to have 60 different brews on tap! They’ll have 52 lines (one is devoted to their rotating casks) that go straight to the main bar, then 8 that will go to the side/private bar. One of the slickest features of this setup is that with special Y valves, the draft lines can be shared between both bars. So, they can mirror some brews that are at the main bar or have 8 different ones available too. Plus, they’ll have some nitro lines as well as warm beer lines that will suit Belgian beer very well.
Welcome to the largest kitchen of all of Christian Burns’ restaurants. Yes, bigger than Cask Republic in New Haven, and bigger than both Ginger Man in Greenwich and Norwalk. It’s absolutely massive, so that will be a huge advantage to Executive Chef Carl Carrion and all kitchen staff. One of the items that will be on the menu will be the short rib meatballs that we couldn’t get enough of at the Community Plates Food for All fundraiser. You can also expect a nice portion of their menu to be cooked in their Renato wood-burning brick oven stove that they inherited from Ferrante. While the menu is in the finishing phase, you can expect moderate prices that won’t leave you broke. Christian said this will be a great option for people because you can come in for a few drinks and a few snacks without paying too much and leave satisfied. He also noted that the menu is versatile because you could sit down for a while, have drinks, and have a large meal too.
Lidia Bastianich will be spending some time in Stamford on Saturday, 12/14 at Fairway Market. From 1-3 pm you can meet her at the store and she’ll sign your copies of her brand new book, Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking: 150 Delicious and Simple Recipes Anyone Can Master. This brand new cookbook is her 8th and highlights tips and tricks to prepare beautiful and simple recipes that go with the seasons. And, something else that’s exciting about Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking is that she co-wrote it with her daughter, Tanya Bastianich Manuali. That’s Lidia for ya: keeping it in the family. While there, you’ll be able to try out and buy some of Lidia’s pastas and sauces, too, with demos and tastings.
Click through to see a zoomed in version of the map to plan out your Greenwich Holiday Stroll
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…in Greenwich. More specifically, the most wonderful time of the year is this Saturday from 10-6 pm and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. During both days you’ll have a chance to get some major deals at local businesses, devour food from some awesome food trucks, sample wine and mulled cider, nom away on some treats, listen to music, take part in activities, and so much more.
Because all we ever think about is food, let’s start there:
Both The Local Meatball and Pizza Luca will be parked near the C. Parker Gallery at 17 East Putnam Avenue. They’ll be there on Saturday from 10-6 and Sunday from noon to 5.
Oh, but that’s not all kiddos! There will be a food truck village!
- Dan says the scorpion doesn’t taste like chicken at all…how exactly did he find this here at a taco bar?
Let’s be honest. It’s rare to find a restaurant that expands into multiple locations and still manages to amaze at all of them. Could Chef Michael Young and Chef Luis Chavez keep making the amazing food that we first bragged about devouring at Bodega Taco Bar in Fairfied, and now Bodgea Taco Bar in Darien? Would they be able to keep the Mexican beach food kicking, full of bold flavors, and bring it? In short, hell freaking yes…and here are the reasons why based on a recent press dinner that we attended:
Bodega Surprise with a special visit from the Scorpion tequila
We had our fair share of drinks, trying almost every cocktail on the menu. One of the most refreshing drinks is the Figure 8, a cocktail made with Cabo Wabo anejo, rosemary, fig preserves, ginger, and O.J. This is a summer drink if we ever seen one! It was excellently balanced with the right amount of liquor and just the right taste of rosemary. Another drink we loved is the Bodega Girl, mixed with Corralejo reposado, strawberry-cilantro mash, and lemon juice. This was oh so berry-licious and the cilantro added a nice fresh bite too. Kristien could’ve had 10 of them! And Dan’s favorite was the spicy as hell Tomalito! Lastly, Kristien ordered the Bodega Surprise that included a scorpion from the bottom of the reposado. While most of us at the table were afraid of the scorpion, Dan placed it on his tongue long enough for a pic and even took a nibble. Doesn’t taste like much, actually.
ChowdaQuest, the quest for the fest, was a huge success this year and it placed some amazing restaurants into the 2014 ChowdaFest competition through your votes. Going down on SOUPer Bowl Sunday, 2/2, from 11 am to 3 pm, ChowdaFest VI promises to be even more awesomerest than last year! Tickets will be just $10 and benefits The Connecticut Food Bank! We’ll have more details to share with you shortly, but in addition to everything that makes Chowdafest great like sampling chowders and voting for your favorites, there are tons of new things that you’ll love! And, speaking of liquid goodness, check out the winning competitors for ChowdaFest 2014 to be held at Webster Bank Arena:
New England Clam Chowder: