Spicy Mango Granita Will Heat + Kick UP Your Party—Recipe via Marcia Selden Catering

31 Jan
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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

WUJI Food Ain’t Nuthin to F@$k With – Review, Greenwich

30 Jan

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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. in Stamford Closing This Saturday

11 Jan
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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.

Perk Up Dessert with this Chocolate Espresso Shortbread + Affogato Recipe

30 Dec

 

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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

Mason Dixon Smokehouse: Drawing a New Line for BBQ – Stamford, CT

29 Dec

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Update: We have a few things to report on right now:

  1. Nestor left Mason Dixon in early January. He does have future plans and things in the works.
  2. Mason Dixon was closed yesterday for mechanical issues, but they are up and running and are open for lunch right now.
  3. The new Pitmaster, Ryan Cuber, has been working with Nestor since opening and had a BBQ catering company of his own, Savory Smoke Catering.
  4. 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

Liquid Hoptimism DIPA Review and Launch Party @ Half Full

14 Dec

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

Turkey Ain’t Just for Thanksgiving: Beer-Brined Turkey and Onion Gravy with Bacon Recipe

29 Nov

 

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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

Nom Away @ 7th Annual Food + Wine Tasting ft. Stamford Favorites

7 Nov
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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

9th Annual Stamford Charity Chili Cook-Off Stewing up this Sunday!

2 Nov

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

Be the Toast of the Town w/ a Toast Station at Your Next Party!

28 Oct

 

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Be the toast of the town with these quick and easy recipes from Marcia Selden Catering. Pic from Robin Selden Catering.

If there’s one thing that we love when we have friends and families over, it’s putting together some kind of bar or station. You know, you set up all the ingredients and your guests put together their meal however they’d like. We’ve done grilled pizza stations, we’ve recently put together an amazing bagel station, and with the help of our buds at Marcia Selden Catering, we’ve got a brand new idea: a breakfast toast station. Here are all the nummy nummy details . . .

 

Ingredients

Assorted Artisan Breads, sliced about ½ inch thick

Avocado Mash

Avocados, cut in half, mashed

Fresh Lime Juice

Feta Cheese, crumbled

Pomegranate Arils

Salt and Pepper

Directions

Mash ripe avocados in a bowl, sprinkle with fresh lime juice and salt and pepper. Spread on toast and sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese and pomegranate.

Gone Bananas

Almond Butter

Bananas, sliced thin

Chia Seeds

Directions

Spread the almond butter on the toast, arrange banana slices over it, and sprinkle chia seeds.

Berry Delicious

Mascarpone

Basil, chopped

Blueberries

Raspberries

Blackberries

Agave

Balsamic Glaze

Directions

Allow the mascarpone to come to room temperature. In a bowl add chopped basil. In a separate bowl, with a fork mash the blueberries, raspberries and blackberries and drizzle with agave. Allow it to macerate for 20 minutes. Combine the mascarpone and basil and spread on toast, top with the mashed berries and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

 

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