We know, we know, it’s been a while since our last review, but while we’ve been focusing on cutting back the cals and subsequent lbs, an amazing new restaurant opened up that we HAD to get back in the game for, and STAT. That restaurant is Jesup Hall in Westport, and the reason it was a must-review is because of three words: Chef Fu&$ing Bill Taibe. Ok, that’s four words, but the colorful adjective was necessary for such an iconic and amazing chef in these here parts.
So, way back in October 2015 when we talked to him at The Whelk during a special oysters, sherry, and pork dinner, he was excited about the idea of expansion after the closing of leFarm. And with noted Chef Dan Sabia who comes from Campagna (in Bedford) and Bedford Post Inn on board, his hopes of starting something new took flight in Jesup Hall, located at the old town hall where you can also find Rothbard Ale + Larder off to the side. Continue reading
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We love our drinks in all shapes and sizes, but we have a real weakness for drinks that make us feel like kids again. Case in point: The Spicy Mango Granita from Marcia Selden Catering. It looks like an icee, but you won’t find this bad boy at your local convenience store. Nope, this super easy to make, freeze, and serve frozen drink will have you doing sweet and spicy loops all day. Perfect for any party or, do we dare say, any super party? And, while the recipe doesn’t call for any liquor, a nice shot or two (or three) of tequila or mezcal just might do the trick. Continue reading
Yeah, so, we referenced WuTang lyrics, we couldn’t help ourselves, it was too easy. But seriously, WUJI in Greenwich was full of surprises that truly did make it “nuthin to f@$k with.”
The first surprise is we went there on a Tuesday night and the dining room was packed. Random? Or was it because the food is really that good? We were about to find out . . .
Second surprise: At a Chinese restaurant it’s rare to get a free starter (like bread) to snack on at the table while you peruse the menu, but imagine our delight when out came some crispy and flaky fried noodles with your choice of duck sauce, mustard, or soy dipping sauces. Yum! Continue reading
Napa & Co. will be serving its last meals this Saturday.
We just confirmed with the restaurant that Napa & Co. in Stamford will be closing for good. The Stamford institution was long seen as not only one of the top restaurants in Stamford, but also in Connecticut. Their last day of service is this Saturday, 1/14/17. Sources tell us that staff was told about the closing last night. We have no further information at the time about what restaurant will take its place.
Good luck and well wishes to everyone at Napa & Co.
Find out how to make this amazing dish inside. Photo courtesy of Robin Selden.
We are fans of infusing things into our dessert, especially when caffeine and liquor is involved. For this month’s recipe from Marcia Selden Catering, we’re excited to share a dessert that will warm you up and get you going: Chocolate Espresso Shortbread with Affogato. What other recipe do you know that uses some Sambuca and 12 shots of espresso? Hell yes! Check out the recipe here: Continue reading
Update: We have a few things to report on right now:
- Nestor left Mason Dixon in early January. He does have future plans and things in the works.
- Mason Dixon was closed yesterday for mechanical issues, but they are up and running and are open for lunch right now.
- The new Pitmaster, Ryan Cuber, has been working with Nestor since opening and had a BBQ catering company of his own, Savory Smoke Catering.
- Ryan left and, soon after, they closed for good.
Once upon a time, Mason Dixon was a line that clearly divided the North and South, but now–in Stamford–Mason Dixon is a Smokehouse that clearly divides killer BBQ from, um, well, pretty much all the rest. Yup, as we shared back on October 1, Pitmaster Nestor Laracuente was on a mission to open up a new BBQ joint, a joint that would clearly draw a new line for BBQ in Fairfield County. When we discovered the Brooklyn Pit Rat chose to open that joint in our very own Stamford, we were thankful AF we were on the right side of the line.
So while we were eager to get in there as soon as it opened, we like to give a restaurant a few weeks to work the kinks out before we review. As you can imagine, the suspense was killing us, even more so because we follow their hot, meaty, BBQ porn laden Instagram account . . . ooooh yeaaaahhh . . . ok, we digress. So yes, we finally dropped in with our friend Nicole and her friend Justin and took down pretty much EVERYTHING from cocktails, to sides, to apps, and of course to the MEATS. So, let’s break it on down: Continue reading
When we found out that Half Full had a brand new brewer, Tom Price, back in January, we were pretty psyched. As some of you might remember, we have been following Half Full before they oven opened up shop at 43 Homestead Avenue right in Stamford. So, we were excited and hoptimistic to see the evolution after their first brewer, Jen Muckerman left.
Our first taste from the new brewer back on February 27 (gotta love Untappd) was Liquid Hoptimism, a new DIPA. While it did seem like an improvement, the beer didn’t live up to our expectations, so we didn’t bother trying to find it again. Honestly, we didn’t feel the hoptimism. Continue reading
Your love of turkey doesn’t have to go away now that Thanksgiving’s done! Photo provided by Marcia Selden Catering.
We know you’re probably still pulling out of your tryptophan coma, but good food shouldn’t stop anybody . . . that’s why we’re sharing a recipe for Beer-brined Turkey and Onion Gravy with Bacon from our friends at Marcia Selden Catering. And, although the recipe calls for six 12 ounce bottles of dark stouts/porters/ales, we think you should have lots more ready to go so that you can brine yourself to a buzz as you prepare this dish. This is a great and hearty meal for those cold winter days, for those times when you have friends over for football or hockey, or just because you need another dose of turkey . . . and bacon. Continue reading
Check out this great event with details in this post.
The North Stamford Exchange Club is hosting its 7th Annual Food & Wine Tasting this Friday from 7-10 at the Italian Center . . . and we hope you can make it. The tasting (or gorging if you’d prefer 2nds and 3rds) features some great favorites from across Stamford, including one of the most anticipated restaurants that’s ready to open. Tickets are just $50, 4 for $190, or 6 for $270 with proceeds going directly to local scholarships and organizations. The organizations that will be helped are the Exchange Club Parenting Skills Center of Stamford, ARI, The Salvation Army, Stamford Youth Foundation, MarcUS for Change, Pacific House Homeless Shelter, and the Turn of River Fire Department and the Belltown Fire Departments. Get your tickets here, at either BevMax (Ridgeway or East Main) or by calling up Amy at (203) 667-1202. Continue reading
The crazed transplanted Texan Joey Kuntz creates a cold dessert chili. It was excellent!
One of our favorite events of the year is the ever-growing and ever-popular Stamford Charity Chili Cook-Off. Started as a small event in a local Stamford church, this event has grown every year with more competitors and even more hungry tasters. This year the tradition continues on November 6 from 11-3 right at Stamford Museum & Nature Center. There will be 15 home cooks, chefs, and restaurants this year, all vying for your votes! Who will win the coveted first place prize? Will Mayor Martin’s chili take down the competition? Will the students at JM Wright Tech uphold their number one spot? Also, who will be the contestants who win special trophies and rewards from four special judges (more on this below)? Continue reading