5 Cocktail Recipes to Make Your Holidays Sparkle via Whole Foods Market

25 Nov

Getting ready for tonight, the biggest drinking day of the year, prepping for Thanksgiving, or need some cocktails in your back pocket and ready to go for the big day itself? Well, we’re happy to share some amazing cocktail recipes that Whole Foods Market shared with us to give to you, our awesome and wonderful readers. The awesome thing? You can quickly snag up the ingredients right at Whole Foods, making your life even easier.

We hope you have the best Thanksgiving ever and enjoy the heck out of these recipes.  Continue reading

Swine + dine: [oink] brunch pop-up series @ Caseus

23 Nov


[oink] is heading to Caseus in New Haven. Get your tix now! Picture from their Facebook page.

[oink] is a new popup from Chefs Craig Hutchinson who worked at the award-winning Ribelle in Brookline, MA and Alex Lischynsky who worked with Craig at Radius among other great restaurants in Boston. Their focus? Real, from the ground, from the farm, sustainable and pure food done right. And, it sure doesn’t hurt that the food they are using for their events comes from CT land. They’ve been making appearances from place to place, too, most notably and recently at Black Hog Brewing for a continuing series of pop up dinners. Continue reading

Thanksgiving Week Brewery Hours for Growler Fills, Bottles + Cans – 2015

23 Nov

There’s something to be very thankful for this holiday season: lots of CT breweries are open on Wednesday and the rest of the Thanksgiving break. And, why is that perfect? Well, you could:

  1. Drink the night away on Thanksgiving Eve, one of the biggest drinking nights of the year.
  2. Bring the beer to Thanksgiving and share.
  3. Drink away the pain of looking at your Black Friday receipts.
  4. If you do things right, you could theoretically do all three of these. ;)

So, here are some of the breweries (we are adding more soon) organized by name along with hours. If you have any other info that you’d like for us to add, please comment on here and we’ll add it! Also, make sure you take advantage of our growler laws and stop by some local restaurants like Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford who will fill ya up.  Continue reading

Top This: Win a 4 Pack of Heady Topper + Trip to VT from Westbrook Lobster

23 Nov



How does a 4 pack of this and a trip to VT sound?


Update: the contest was so successful that they actually went through all their VT beer, so the contest is now over. They will pick the winner soon.

Westbrook Lobster in Clinton and Wallingford are trying to find out what people like more: CT or VT beer. They’ll be keeping tabs of the votes . . . and of all the voters. That’s cuz, yes you read the title correctly, they are giving away a 4 pack of Heady Topper from The Alchemist as well as a trip to Vermont! Heady is definitely one of the most widely sought after DIPAs around, making the top of many a beer drinker’s list . . . and VT is a great destination for beer and beauty. 

All you need to do is come by to either location, drink some brews, fill out your ballot, then wait until the end of November to find out if you are the winner! That’s pretty easy, right? Right.  

Good luck to everyone! 

Westbrook Lobster – Clinton

346 E. Main St.

Clinton, CT 06413

Tel: 860-664-9464

Westbrook Lobster – Wallingford

300 Church St.

Walingford, CT 06492

Tel: 203-265-5071

4 Fall Recipes Perfect for the Holidays via Balducci’s

22 Nov

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Balducci’s is not only a great place to check out to stock up for your Thanksgiving and holiday meals, but it’s also a great place to check out for your everyday needs. Their market in Greenwich is especially great now because you can make it your complete one-stop-shop with their great selection of wine, beer, and liquor next door. And, yup, they are great with sharing recipes that utilize the freshest, most seasonal ingredients.

So, that’s where we end up today: sharing four great recipes with you that you can pull out any day you’d like as the weather has finally become a bit colder . . . or even this Thanksgiving. Here we are:

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sage Sauce, Roasted Pork Salad with Grilled Gala Apples and Green Beans, Pumpkin Bread Pudding, and Mulled Spiced Apple Cider. Continue reading

CT Food News: Scotch, Tastings, Brunch, CT Beer Week + More – 11/19/15

19 Nov

We hope you don’t have any plans over the next two weeks because we’ve got a friggin boatload of events, deals to check out, beer to drink, and some amazing dishes that you need to devour. Thanks for reading . . . and see you next week! 

11/19 Check out The Blind Rhino in SoNo tonight for some awesome cocktails using Sons of Liberty liquor. Behind the bar that night will be Carl Summa, Jeff Marron, and some others who are ready to make the cocktail of your dreams. Also, there will be Thai Peanut Wings. Boom. 

11/20 Get a Taste of West Haven from 6:30-9:30 at the Savin Rock Conference Center @ 6 Rock Street. Tickets are $40 in advance and include food, wine, and beer from some of West Haven’s best restaurants. To get your ticket, head to Ye Old Liquor Shoppe, the West Haven Chamber of Commerce, or e-mail Cheryl Milano.

11/21-25 Chief Brody’s Banh Mi Truck will be hitting up the Yale/Harvard football game on 11/21 (location TBD), will be in downtown New Haven on 11/24 for lunch (location TBD), and at Two Roads on 11/25 from 4-8.

11/21 If you’re looking for some fresh goodies, check out the Winter Farmers Market of Southport from 10-1 at 279 Kings Drive.

Nikki Glekas and her baklava, bread pudding, and myzithropita from EOS Greek Cuisine

Nikki Glekas and her baklava, bread pudding, and myzithropita from EOS Greek Cuisine

11/22 There are plenty of great spots to eat during and after the Stamford UBS Parade Spectacular, but one of our faves is Eos. If you stop by and dress like a turkey they’ll give you a $5 drink special . . . okay, well, you don’t have to dress like a turkey to get the deal, but that would be friggin awesome.

11/22 The Heavy Pets are playing BRYAC in Black Rock starting at 7 pm. No fee, no cover, just good times. ;)

11/24 Artisan Restaurant in Southport is hosting a Johnnie Walker Trunk Show Experience from 7-10. Get your own tastes of Johnnie Walker Red, Black, double Black, Gold, Platinum, and even Blue. There will also be a cocktail using Johnnie Red for you to sip on to start the night off. And, yes, there will be plenty of food provided throughout the night as you get Scotch-ized. Tickets are $100 all in including food, drinks, and tip. Get ’em by calling them at (203) 307-4222.  Continue reading

Crispy Prosciutto Cups w/ Pear + Goat Cheese Recipe

18 Nov
Proscuitto + Goat Cheese Cups

Be thankful for this Marcia Selden Catering recipe!

Some dishes are expected during a classic Thanksgiving feast. You’ve got your stuffing (or dressing if it’s on the side), your cranberries, your turkey, your sweet potatoes, and your gravy. But, sometimes it’s nice to start off with something different, with some Italian pizzazz. Personally, we always love to start our meals with little apps that have some different flavors because the rest is so expected and usually so heavy.

So, let’s share with you a recipe for Crispy Prosciutto Cups with Pear and Goat Cheese that we got from our friends at Marcia Selden Catering. It’s super easy to make and won’t take up too much of your meal prep time, either. 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Crispy Prosciutto Cups with Pear and Goat Cheese (Makes 12)


½ lb thinly sliced Prosciutto

2 Pears

2 T Butter

2 oz Goat Cheese

2 Sprigs Fresh Thyme


Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Using a mini muffin pan, take one piece of prosciutto and fold it into the cup of a pre-sprayed (we use Pam) mini muffin tin to form a cup. Place in the oven for about 10-15 minutes. (check after 10 minutes to be sure that they don’t burn. Let the cups cool completely.

Peel and dice the pears, saute in butter until translucent, set aside.

Spoon pears into the prosciutto cups and top with a small amount of goat cheese and then sprinkle with a few leaves of fresh thyme. Pop in the oven for just enough time for the cheese to melt, and serve.

Craft Beer vs. Pub Grub @ The Crafty Monk – Black Rock (Review)

16 Nov

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After checking out the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Utica Comets game with our friends John and Jenn (we won’t tell you who we were rooting for), we left with a thirst and hunger. We had lots of ideas in our heads with so many restaurants right in the Black Rock area, but since we felt like getting a few good brews, we decided to hit up The Crafty Monk. It’s located where The Field used to be. When we lived in Black Rock, we were regulars there . . . well, before it turned into a night club and a party scene. But, the original owners are back and turned it into a beer-filled gastropub.

Firefly Hollow Cone Flakes DIPASpeaking of beer, there was a nice variety of styles, a solid focus on CT beer, and just good craft beer in general with 40 on tap and 30 in bottles or cans. Dan was hoping to get a taste of Firefly Hollow’s Train’s Best ESB that had just won 1st place in the International Beer Competition, but they were out . . . but our waiter (who happened to be Kristien’s former client) came to the rescue by telling us that their Cone Flakes DIPA was on tap. Score!

Fried pickles at The Crafty Monk in Black Rock, CTOkay, onto the food. What you see is what you get: it’s offical pub grub with a variety of apps and entrees. We decided to do a little of both to get a taste of what the food was all about. Up first were the fried pickles. The breading wasn’t too thick and had some nice herby notes to it, while the pickles were nice and juicy with each bite. But, they don’t expect you to eat ’em just like that, nope: you get three housemade sauces. There was a Wasabi which was our favorite with a nice spicy kick, there was the Black Pepper which was light and refreshing, and the Chipotle that was smoky with a nice little kick. They also have Cajun, Curry, and Pesto if you dig that style. 

Buffalo Garlic wings at The Crafty Monk in Black Rock, CTUp next were the wings, which come in buffalo, bbq, garlic parmesan, and orange chili-glazed flavors. We weren’t really sure what to get, but our server suggested we try this new combo that people have been asking for: buffalo garlic. Both flavors worked very nicely together, with neither taking over too much but blending in well. The skin was a bit crispy, but we would have liked more crunch. The meat, though, was plenty juicy which we think is just as important as that crispy skin.

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich at The Crafty Monk in Black Rock, CTThen our sandwiches hit the table after a few more brewskis. John had the Pulled Pork with an artisanal baguette which he liked, but it wasn’t anything that amazed him . . . just your typical kinda pulled pork sandwich. Dan had the Merry Monk Burger which he ordered medium rare, but it came out a medium well. But, even still, it was pretty juicy with a nice, rich and fresh flavor. The chipotle aioli added a nice smokiness and the egg added a fatty savoriness to it. With those burgers came some, of course, house cut fries. They were plenty crispy, but needed a little more salt to really bring out the flavor more.

Turkey burger at The Crafty Monk in Black Rock, CTKristien ordered the turkey burger which came out super juicy. The jalapenos that you get to load on to your own delight (or demise) were spicy and added a nice contrast. But, we either didn’t taste the cranberry or they forgot it. Maybe because of this or something else, we felt like the turkey burger needed something else. So, Kristien and Jenn added some of the Black Pepper aioli from before and that definitely helped.

The Merry Monk Burgerat The Crafty Monk in Black Rock, CTFrom all our brews and snacks at the game, we were stuffed and ended there. But, we felt like we had a good handle on The Crafty Monk. It’s a solid spot to go if you want to sit at their massive bar, order some nice craft beer, and watch a game on TV. In terms of food, there were definitely some inconsistencies in almost all that we had. We’d say if you go here with expectations of the standard pub grub experience you’ll be fine, but the beer definitely wins out here.

The Crafty Monk

Noms: 3.25

Cost: $$-$$$

Address: 3001 Fairfield Avenue

                Bridgeport, CT

CT Beer Week 2015 Goes from 11/15-21 w/ Deals, Specials, Events + Tap Takeovers

13 Nov

For us, every single week in the year is CT Beer Week, but it’s cool when we really focus in on what we have here. And, what we have here is a growing, thirving community of brewers and hopheads who are keeping the beer scene active. So, whether you’ve been a hardcore supporter since the start, you’re just a plain ‘ol beer lover, or you’re new to CT beer or just beer in general, there are plenty of great things going on during CT Beer Week from November 15-21 (see some below).  Continue reading

Sweet! Chocolate, Dessert + Wine Lover’s Presale + Vendor Invite

13 Nov

Yes, The 8th Annual Chocolate, Dessert & Wine Lover’s Evening isn’t going down until February 4th, 6 pm, at the Stamford Marriott, but if you act before December 1 you can save some serious bucks. Instead of paying $45 per ticket, you’ll pay only $35 which adds up if you’re going as a couple or with a friend. We’re just saying, but this will make a great holiday present or an early way to prep for Valentine’s Day. Think how nice that’ll be to be prepped and ready to go that far in advance! Continue reading


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