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Stamford Restaurants Paired with Acts from Alive @ Five 2013

23 Apr

We had a brilliant moment of realization:  someone needs to pair the bands and singers from Alive @ Five with restaurants in Stamford.  Who would be awesome enough to do that?  Well, since we couldn’t find anyone who’d be game, we decided to create a list of the bands and singers then provide a restaurant that would be perfect to hit up before (or after) the concert.  We’ll also give you an explanation for added entertainment value.  Also, check down below for costs, rules, and regulations for Alive @ Five 2013.

June 20, The Wallflowers paired with Zaza Italian Gastrobar

The Wallflowers, led by singer Jakob Dylan (son of Bob Dylan), gained popularity in the late 90’s.  Their rock riffs paired with deep lyrics and Dylan’s smooth voice (as opposed to his dad’s) make for some awesome songs like “One Headlight” and “6th Avenue Heartache.”  It only makes sense, then, that you’d need to eat at Zaza, a sleek, sexy, and rockstar-ish restaurant nearby the Alive @ Five stage.

June 27, The Mavericks paired with Plan B Burger Bar

It’s tough to really to say what kind of music The Mavericks play.  Sometimes they are country, sometimes they border on ska, sometimes they even push over to rockabilly, and sometimes they even find a way to throw accordions into their songs.  What better pairing, then, with Plan B Burger Bar at the Stamford Town Center?  You’ve got bourbon, you’ve got beer, you’ve got burgers, and you’ve got lots of killer sides that all gel together for that perfect pre-show meal.

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Food Trucks, Beer Tasting, + More for Westport Country Playhouse Season Kick-off

6 Apr

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FCBuzz and Westport Country Playhouse have coordinated to create an awesome block party kick-off celebration for the 2013 theater season on April 13 from 4-7. In fact, this is the first ever event like this, so let’s get right down to business.

We feel a Heat Wave 'comin on!

We feel a Heat Wave ‘comin on!

There’s going to be a food truck court! You’ll be able to check out the saucy pies of Skinny Pines, the savory and sweetness of Christophe’s Crepes, and everybody’s favorite seafood shack on wheels, Lobstercraft. While you’ll need to purchase the food from the trucks, WCP will actually have some free goodies, too.

Starting off, you will be able to do a beer tasting with Beaver Beer. Also, Shake Shack will be on hand giving out free frozen custards. And, rounding things off, there will be lots of fun and games for kids and adults.

 

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27 Restaurants Participate in 2013 Stamford Restaurant Weeks, Yes Weeks

5 Feb

Stamford Restaurant Weeks

What’s better than a restaurant week? Well, yeah…restaurant weeks, as in two
weeks in a row. This gastronomical extravaganza begins on Sunday, 2/24 and
goes until Sunday, 3/10, so that’s a total of 15 days of steals and deals.While
there are some classic Downtown Stamford choices, there are also some new
restaurants involved this year such as Bar Q, Hudson Grille, and Rodizio Grill
for you to try.Like we just did for Darien Restaurant Week, we’re putting our
ratings next to the restaurants that we’ve been to in order to help you make
some choices. :)Need more incentive to go? The first 3,000 nomers will get
a voucher for a free medium popcorn when they purchase a ticket at the Avon
Theatre (good until 5/31/13).  Also, if you see an * next to any of the
restaurants in the poster above, they are offering healthy and nutritious
lunches for $6.95 and dinners for $9.95 as part of the Kids’ Fans 5-2-1-0
program put on by Stamford Hospital.
How many restaurants do you plan to hit up during this extended
dining experience?  Let us know!
$10.13 Lunch and $15.13 Dinner

A Chocoholics Dream: Chocolate World Expo Comes to Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk!

14 Jan
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Studies have shown that chocolate can help you lose weight and actually keep your heart healthy.  So, look dastardly dentist dad of Willy Wonka and all of his ilk…sweets won’t kill you.  No, let us bravely move forward, embracing chocolate and sweets in all their beautiful forms.  Yeah, whether we talk about chocolate covered bacon, chocolate covered pickles (!?), rum cakes, chocolate flavored coffee, chocolate dipped waffles, or even jellies, we need to remember that we’re feeding our hearts and souls.  So, come and feed your inner child at the Chocolate World Expo on Sunday, 1/27 from 10 am to 7 pm at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk.  Tickets are just $15 for adults or $10 for kids (ages 2-12) and that INCLUDES admission to all Maritime Aquarium exhibits.  If you’re a member of the aquarium, you’ll also save $2 per ticket!
What will you get for that sweet (we made a funny, haha) price?  Check out the details from their site:
At Chocolate World Expo Connecticut, approximately 35 local and regional vendors will offer tastings & sales of their delicious and decadent products that include chocolates, baked goods, gelato, specialty foods and food-related gift items.  Vendors will be set up in Newman’s Own Hall (near the seals) and throughout the Aquarium’s galleries, which will be fully open that day – at no extra cost to visitors – making this special event an especially outstanding value for attendees!

Participating vendors include 5th Avenue Chocolatiere, Auntie El’s, Bacon Bites, Barbara’s Butter Crunch, Bella’s Home Baked Goods, Breezie Maples Farm, Chocopologie Café, Fretzels by Jill, Goodway Bakery, JD Gourmet, Kathie’s Kitchen, Knipschildt Chocolatier, Le Rouge – Handmade Chocolates by Aarti, Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters, Peanut Principle, Puckers Gourmet, Rescue Chocolate, Screme Gelato, Xocai Healthy Chocolates, Yona’s Gourmet and more.

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2nd Annual OmNomys Celebrates 2012’s Best Food in Fairfield County

30 Dec

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Last year we brought you the 1st Annual OmNomys:  awards that celebrated the Best in Food in Fairfield County.  Well, we couldn’t just let another year go by without giving out a new set of awards, could we?  No, we can’t.  That’s why we’re writing this post. But first, a quick refresher course on the OmNomys:

We only select restaurants that we’ve been to in 2012, so it’s important to remember that the restaurants here are not necessarily the best EVER, but the best we had in 2012.

• If you don’t like this list, that’s cool…whatevs.  It’s just our favorites of 2012.  You’re welcome to create your own or comment below and let your love of local restaurants show.

Best Ambiance: Dolce Cubano, Stamford

Sleek and sexy red leather (like Zaza) can be found throughout Dolce Cubano, one of Stamford’s newest hot spots.  Combine that with a chill bar (inside and outside) and waterside dining and you’ve got the perfect spot to hit up. Don’t forget the fireplace, either.  

Best Asian:  Bambou Asian Tapas & Bar, Greenwich

We don’t typically eat much Asian and have cut back on our sushi intake for 2012.  That being said, we’ve had some decent sushi, but a recent meal at Bambou was quite impressive.  The sushi rolls were very creative, especially a roll that featured goat cheese, mango, and salmon wrapped in a crispy spring roll.  Also, the steamed veggie dumplings were some of the best that we’ve had with nice chunks of fresh vegetables wrapped up in a thin layer of rice paper.  And, the desserts (which isn’t typical for an Asian restaurant) were fantastic.

Best BBQ Sides:  Bar Q, Stamford

We love the concept behind Bar Q, owned by Bob LeRose of Bobby Q’s in Westport:  tapas style bbq.  Well, along with a bbq menu to sample in small doses, you can get some great sides and fixins’ to go with your meat.  Some of our favorites are the chicken and waffles, fried green tomatoes, fiesta cornbread, hush puppies, baked jalapeno poppers, and mac & cheese.  Although we were torn about our first visit, each visit thereafter seems to get better.

Best BBQ Meat:  Dinosaur Bar-b-que, Stamford

Although Dinosaur Bar-b-que is a newcomer to Connecticut, they’ve been pumping out awesome bbq for years at their other locations.  The pulled pork is tender and juicy, the brisket is smoky with that perfect pink smoke ring, and the ribs are juicy and delicate, coming off the bone with a slight tug. And their chicken wings, well… see that section below. 

Best Beer Selection:  The Ginger Man, Norwalk

With more than 50 beers on tap, The Ginger Man in the heart of SoNo is a great place to hit up.  When you’re there, check out their creative specials, different each night and be sure to also try their monthly beer dinners.

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Make Truffles with Master Chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt of Chocopologie

20 Dec

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Celebrate the new year with the gift that keeps on giving:  chocolate truffles.  It keeps on giving because you’ll learn how to make your own batch.  But, we’re not talking just any plain ol’ truffle that you could pick up at CVS.  We’re talking truffles that have brought Oprah to her knees (and probably made her break a diet or two).  Yes, we’re talking about the fine work of master chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt.

Fritz is the owner of Chocopologie Cafe, a favorite spot in Norwalk and becoming a go-to spot for hungry and chocolate-crazed Stamfordites.  Join Fritz (a Chopped alum) at either of these spots for a nice light dinner (savory crepes, sandwiches, or salads) followed by a dark chocolate truffle making class.  Yes, yes…you’ll be able to take the truffles home.  But, most importantly, you’ll learn how to make these yourself and will have the recipe with you to treasure.

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Where to Eat Before, During, + After the UBS Parade Spectacular in Stamford

14 Nov

Click through to check out a ton of info on the parade

Are you ready?  Thanksgiving is just about a week away!  Yup, it’s time to load up on turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and gobble your way to a food coma.

But, Thanksgiving isn’t just about the food and Black Friday.  Actually, it’s about celebrating with family and having lots of fun.  There will be lots of that going on this coming weekend in Stamford during the UBS Parade Spectacular.  This huge parade is a sight to see and is definitely a tradition for Nutmeggers and nearby New Yorkers.  While you can see the balloons being inflated on Saturday from 3-6 pm at the corner of Hoyt Street and Summer, the high flying action goes down on Sunday, 11/18.  The parade will begin at noon, starting off on Summer Street, then will wind its way down to Broad then Atlantic.  You’ll want to find a parking spot pretty early, so don’t wait until the last minute.  Ya heard?

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North Stamford Exchange Club Hosts Food + Wine Tasting at Italian Center to Benefit Local Charities

6 Nov

Been having an incredibly long two weeks and need to just let loose and finally relax?  Sure, we’ve all been on edge, but nothing quite makes things better than some food and wine!  Now, it just so happens that there is a food and wine event going on this Friday, 11/9 from 7-10 at the Italian Center of Stamford.  Really, what are the odds that we began to write this and this event popped up?  Yes, it’s truly amazing.  The 3rd Annual Wine Tasting is brought together by the North Stamford Exchange Club, Giovana’s Wine & Spirits, and local restaurants.  Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at Giovana’s Wine & Spirits at 1492 High Ridge Road in Stamford or at the door.  With all the food and wine here at this shindig, you won’t have to go out for a dinner, wait around for your food, and drop down more than a $100 in food and drinks.

Instead, you’ll sample wine from across the world and you’ll taste some of the best food from ’round these here parts.  There will also be a 50/50 drawing, a basket raffle, and a silent auction of sports memorabilia, other products, and gifts.   The proceeds from this event help the North Stamford Exchange Club invest in so many great things:

  • Youth sports programs
  • Student of the year scholarships
  • Female student athlete scholarships
  • Female volleyball and softball city champions
  • Programs for the elderly, hospices, ARI, Stamford Youth Foundation, Turn of River Fire Department, and Belltown Fire Department
  • The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse (Parenting Skills Center in Stamford)

As for the food, wow…what a great list of restaurants:

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Nomworthy Bites of Connecticut Food News, Volume 1: Zombies, Dinosaurs, Dogs, Parrots, and Pumpkins

30 Sep

You know, sometimes there’s just so much going on around Fairfield County that there just isn’t enough time for us to create individual posts for each event.  We are just two people, but we want to get the news out and spread the word about openings, deals, discounts, events, and everything else food related.  Yes, we have been updating our Events calendar pretty well, but we think it’ll be easier to check out what’s fresh and fun in the 203 with little nummy and yummy bites of goodness.

Enough chitter chatter, let’s start:

Danbury

On October 6, crawl or limp on over to the 1st ever Apocalyptic Rocktober Zombiefest at Ives Concert Park.  Entrance is $10 and that gives you access to “killer” live music from Pat Horgan & Thunder Road, food and brews, a zombie beauty contest for men and women, a thriller dance party, a screening of “Night of the Living Dead,” a “silent but deadly auction” (not the sbd you’re thinking of), and even a raffle for a dream vacation for just $10 a pop.

Norwalk

Chef Arik Bensimon’s, formerly of Napa & co in Stamford, has been working hard on opening his next venture:  The Spread.  It’ll be located at 70 N Main Street.  We wish Arik and his associates the best of luck, though with combined skill like that, you don’t need it.  Follow them on FB for updated info. 

Pat Pascarella , owner of Cortina Pizzeria (formeraly Pizzeria Rosso) has opened up his dream restaurant, Bar Sugo, at 102 Wall Street in Norwalk.  On the menu?  Six different versions of meatballs, fresh housemade pasta, and lots of small plates such as prosciutto wrapped polenta fries.  Let the noming begin on October 5th!

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Lobster, Beer, Wine, Cheese, Music, and More: 9 Must Attend Connecticut Festivals in September

8 Sep

If you’re one of those people who say there is nothing going on in Connecticut at all in September, then you must be loco en la cabeza.  There is an amazing variety of food focused festivals happening, especially in September.  We’ve been keeping track of some of the most exciting events that will make your taste buds tingle and we’ve arranged them here for you.  Now, your only problem might be trying to figure out how you’ll hit up 3 festivals in the same day.  Trust us…it can be done.  If you know of any more festivals in (or closely around) Fairfield County, please let us know.

9/15

1) Slice of Saugatuck

9/15 at multiple locations in the Saugatuck area of Westport (see our post for map)

Noon to 3 pm

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