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1st Annual Stratford Restaurant Week Features 31Restaurants to Celebrate 375 Years!

24 Mar

Stratford Restaurant Week Flyer - compress

In honor of Stratford’s 375th anniversary, the Stratford Chamber of Commerce and Stratford Economic Development Department present the 1st Annual Stratford Restaurant Week.  Come by Stratford from April 6-12 for some great meal deals that aren’t very complicated or confusing at all:  $16.39 per person or $37.50 per couple.  No price levels, no complications.  You’ll get an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert.  Thanks to Food Dudes for the tip.   

Here are the restaurants that are involved (and check the Stamford Restaurant Week Page for menus):

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Best of the Gold Coast 2014 Voting Is Now Open…Plus, Win Big!

17 Feb

Now open for their 10th year of voting, Moffly Media’s Best of the Gold Coast contest is ready for your votes!  Just login or register if you’re a n00b then you’re ready to pick your favorites in tons of food categories and other categories such as clothing, jewelry, things to do, education, fitness, beauty, bridal, home, kids, pets, music, retail services, and automotive.  Once you get your votes in you can then enter their contest, too, to be one of 5 winners who will win two VIP tix to the Best of the Gold Coast party (we had a blast last year) on July 24? from 7-10 pm at the Hilton Stamford.  Plus, you’ll also win dinner for two one of five previous winners:  Bartaco of Darien or Fairfield, EOS of Stamford, Dinosaur Bar-b-que of Stamford, Rowayton Seafood of Rowayton, or Harvest Wine Bar of Greenwich.

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Stamford Winter Restaurant Weeks 2014 kicks off with Signature Winter Cocktail Showcase and 32 Participating Restaurants

7 Feb

Stamford Restaurant Weeks 2014

Stamford Downtown always does a killer job with their events and Winter Restaurant Weeks 2014 is no different!  Not only are we talking about nicely priced lunch and dinner prix fixe menus from 32 different restaurants, but the deals will be going on for two whole weeks.  Yes, from 2/17 until 3/3, you can get great deals at some of your favorite places or try out new restaurants like the Irish-pub-iness of Castle Bar & Grill, the Mexican-ness of Tomatillo Taco Joint, the gastropub-iness of Cask Republic, and the seafood-iness of F•I•S•H•.

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Where to get some liquid courage this Valentine’s Day – Fairfield County

6 Feb

Cask Republic beer by the fire

Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day can be a nerve-racking holiday.  If you’re single, you either long for meeting the love of your life, or you’re filled with hatred that such a ridiculous holiday even exists.  Who the heck is Hallmark to tell you what to do anyway?  If you’re just dating someone, it’s super awkward. What gift says “I like you” in a sweet, awwww inducing kind of way, and not in a creepy “I want to meet your mom and have your babies kind of way”?  And if you’re in a serious relationship, you might feel bored and uninspired, desperate for some romance to spice it up.

Yep, Valentine’s Day can be tough…unless you loosen up and have a few drinks. Single and want to hit on a hot girl?  Have a couple drinks. Single and want to forget this day even exists?  Have a couple drinks.  Dating and want to tell your date you love them for the first time?  Have a few drinks.  In a serious relationship and want to tell your partner you like handcuffs and furry costumes in the bedroom?  Errr…well…have a lot of drinks.  Either way, we gotcha covered with a sampling of some of our fave places to get your drink on in Fairfield County this Valentine’s Day.*

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Commence Noming: Darien Restaurant Week 2014: Feb 2-6 and Feb 9-13

22 Jan

Because of the TWO snow storms, Darien Restaurant Week has some new added dates:  2/9-2/13!

Darien is back with another restaurant week from February 2 through February 6.  This time around, the choices are pretty eclectic with some new spots:  we’re talking about Anthony’s Coal Fired PizzaBodega Taco Bar, Cesco’s TrattoriaChuck’s SteakhouseCoromandelDarien SocialEstia’s AmericanJimmy’s Southside TavernMeatball & CompanyRory’s RestaurantScena Wine BarTengdaThe Goose, and The Melting Pot.  

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Full 3 Day Recap of the 2013 Greenwich Wine and Food Festival (We’re Still Full)

7 Oct

Greenwich Wine & Food Festival Collage 2013

Because of prior commitments, we were only able to attend the Grand Tasting at last year’s Greenwich Wine & Food Festival.  So, after having a great time at that last year, we vowed to hit up every event this year…and we did!

Thursday’s kick-off party was held at Miller Motors in Greenwich and featured wine, cocktails, finger food, and lot of goodies up for auction to help benefit the Hole in the Wall Gang.  We learned a great deal about the charity that Paul Newman founded to give children with disabilities a chance to attend a great summer camp and met some great people.

And, then there was Friday’s Grand Tasting (see our complete album with descriptions here).  This year’s event was in a bigger tent, so there was lots of room to stroll around and go from table to table.  This event was amazing and featured some of the best chefs from NY and CT including Michael William Batt from Food Design Catering, Rui Correia from Douro, Clifford Crooks from BLT Steak, Eric Gabrynowicz of Restaurant North, Bryan Gilmore of 121 Restaurant, Frederic Kieffer of l’escale, Michelle Klem of CakeSuite, Fritz Knipschildt of Chocopologie, Eric Korn of Good Life Gourmet, Tim LaBant of The Schoolhouse at Cannondale, Debra Ponzek of Aux Delices Foods, and Bill Taibe of LeFarm and The Whelk.  There was a nice variety of wine, plenty of great top shelf liquor, and even lots of sweets and coffee to wind the night down with.  We finally had the chance to meet Chris Barrett and Brianna Pennel from Steam, so that made us very happy.  And, we got to meet and talk with Raphael Palomino, owner and culinary brain behind the amazing Sonora and the newcomer to Greenwich, Bistro Latino.  We also finally had the chance to meet Graham Elliot who became part of the auction by offering up not one but two exclusive experiences at his new restaurant in Greenwich, Primary Drink & Food.

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Dear readers, this is our review of Post 154 in Westport. Sincerely, OmNomCT

30 Sep

Interior of Post 154 in Westport overlooking the open kitchen

Dear beloved OmNomivores,

When’s the last time that you wrote a letter to a friend, folded it up into an envelope, slapped a stamp on it, then mailed it out?  If you’re anything like us, you can probably count on your hands the number of things you’ve mailed in the last few years. We bet you don’t even know where your closest mailbox is.  So, it’s no surprise to see post offices close down across Connecticut and the rest of America.  And, the fate of these (often-times) architecturally amazing and ornate buildings is either to be knocked down (sad), to stay put, unoccupied (bad for the neighborhood), or to be repurposed for another great thing (awesomeness).

This is where Post 154 of Westport comes in. Opened just two months ago in the old Westport Post Office building, you can still see traces of the post office inside, but you also see an astonishingly beautiful open kitchen, a large, welcoming bar, and cozy booths and tables throughout. After gawking at the interior, we were quickly seated. Now, it’s important to point out that we called ahead and asked about reservations.  Unfortunately, like many new restaurants in the area, they only take reservations for large groups, so we asked when there is no wait. The host said if you come before 6:30pm or after 9:00pm you’re golden, so we came at 9:30pm, because if we eat at 6:00pm, well, we’d need a 4th meal by 11:00pm. Yeah, that’s how we roll.

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Westport + Weston, Greater Valley, Milford, Fairfield, West Haven, and Connecticut Restaurant Weeks Info and Listings

27 Sep

Restaurant weeks are about exploring new places, trying new restaurants, and saving mucho dinero.  Lucky for us, there are always restaurant weeks here in Connecticut.  In October, alone, there are 6 special weeks.  So, let’s look at all the restaurants that are taking part in the Westport + Weston, Greater Valley, Milford, Fairfield, West Haven, and the statewide Connecticut restaurant week.

Westport + Weston:  9/29/13-10/12/13

Lunches for $10 or $15, dinners for $20 or $30

23 participating restaurants (info here)

323 Main Restaurant & Bar ($15/30), Acqua Ristorante ($15/30), Arezzo Ristorante ($15/30), Artisan ($15/30), Blue Lemon ($15/30), Cru Restaurant & Lounge ($15/30), DaPietro’s ($15/30), Matsu Sushi ($15/30), The Mumbai Times ($10/$20), Pink Sumo Cafe ($15/30), Positano’s Trattoria ($15/30), Post 154 ($30), The Red Hen at the Westport Inn ($15/$20), Rive Bistro ($15/30)Rizzuto’s ($15/30), Sakura Japanese Restaurant ($15/30), Spotted Horse Tavern ($15/30), Tabouli Grill ($15/30), Tarantino’s ($15/30), Tavern on Main ($15/30), Tarry Lodge ($15/30), Tengda Asian Bistro ($30), Terrain Garden Cafe ($15/30)

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Last Chance to Win Tix to Food for All 2013: A Night to End Hunger in Fairfield County

20 Sep

It’s been great to be on the Community Plates Benefit Committee to help spread the word about Food for All 2013:  A Night to End Hunger in Fairfield County.  We have helped spread the word to our friends, our families, and to all of you, our readers.  But, we feel like we it’s not enough.  We feel like there’s still so many more people we wish that we could reach, more people that we could tell about Community Plates and how they’re helping to save millions of meals each year with the help of local businesses and restaurants.  

So, we want to let you know about Food for All 2013 one more time here on our blog.  

Today is the very last day for you to win one of 10 pairs of tickets simply by donating money to Community Plates.  Just go to this page, donate any amount, and you’ll be in the running for tickets.  The winners will be announced by Community Plates tomorrow, so make sure you get those donations in.  Even if you only have $10 or $20 on hand to donate, that’s valuable money for them that they will be able to use to help wipe out hunger in Fairfield County.

And, again, if you’d like tickets, remember the discount codes…

If you want to be part of the killer VIP Cocktail Reception that includes the main event, enter “OmNomVIP” as your code to get the tickets for $200 instead of $250.  That will get you an open bar and cocktails, snacks, and an oyster bar from Norm Bloom and Son.

And, if you just want to go to the main event, enter code “OmNom” as your code to get the tickets for $125 instead of $150.  Your donation will get you dancing, an open bar, lots of fun surprises, and chances to sample some of the newest and some of the best restaurants in Fairfield County.  You know you’ve wanted to try all of these restaurants, so here’s the perfect opportunity.  

We’re talking about…

For more info about Food for All 2013, please check out our original post.

Food for All:  A Night to End Hunger in Fairfield County

10/1 from 6:30-10 pm

The Loading Dock

375 Fairfield Avenue

Stamford, CT

OmNomCT Readers: Vote in ur faves for CT Magazine’s Best of 2014 Awards

17 Sep

After reading your comments on our posts, our FB page, and our Twitter, we know that all of you are food critics at heart.  You know what’s good, you know what’s great, and you know what’s freaking redonkulous.  And, it’s those redonkulous restaurants that need your help to get voted into the Best of Connecticut 2014 survey from Connecticut Magazine.  And, you know what?  We want to see some major representation from Fairfield County restaurants on this list.  We love you New Haven and Hartford counties, but we’re hoping that FC will dominate this year!  So, get your vote in by clicking here and entering your favorites in by the end of the first week in October.  When you vote, make sure that you leave some comments because they might use what you say in the Best of Connecticut 2014 issue that comes out in December.  You can drool over this year’s winners here or even on your iPad, too.

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