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Here Piggy Piggy: Porktoberfest Brings Beer, Music, and Pork to Westport

30 Oct

Pork, we owe you a helluva lot.  You bring us bacon, you bring us hot dogs, sausage, bacon, and of course pulled pork.  And, everybody knows that pork is OmNomCT’s favorite vegetable.  We make sure to get at least a few servings per day to fulfill our daily PBR–Pork Blood Ratio.  And, it looks like we’ll have a chance to pump our blood full of the good stuff at Saugatuck Craft Butchery‘s 1st Annual Porktoberfest!

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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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Oktoberfest on the Meadow kicks off Harvest Festival Weekend at Stamford Museum & Nature Center

26 Sep

harvestfestival2013

You know it’s fall in CT when Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s Harvest Festival Weekend is just around the corner.  Like years past, there will be plenty to do, see, experience and taste from 10/18-20.  And, we’re happy to say that the kickoff to this awesome weekend, Oktoberfest on the Meadow is back again for the second year and we’re proud to be the media sponsor once again.

Here are the reasons why you need to make sure to hit up SM&NC’s Harvest Festival Weekend

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Guide to Fall Beer Bashes and Oktoberfests in Fairfield County, CT

6 Sep

People love to drink beer all year round, but once fall comes along something clicks in people’s heads.  We’ll call it the Oktoberfest switch.  It’s the time of year when we think about how we want to be outside, drinking some brews, hanging with friends, and enjoying the crisp cool air.  And while we can’t come close to the madness that is a true German Oktoberfest, we can at least try by celebrating beer with parties and festivals.  You could, of course, go to every single event that we’ve listed, but we won’t be paying for your hospital bills…

From their biergarten, pic from their site

9/13-15, 9/20-22, and 9/27-29

Bethel Oktoberfest @ Old Heidelberg, Bethel

Three weekends of authentic and awesome German food, brews, entertainment, and tons of fun at Old Heidelberg, one of CT’s best (many argue THE best) German restaurants.  Also, check out Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s Oktoberfest on 10/18, they’ll have Old Heidelberg catering!

9/21-9/22

Two Roads Ok2berfest Oktoberfest flyerTwo Roads Ok2berfest, Stratford

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Prost! Landmark Biergarten at Station Eats to open in Stamford

2 May
Rendering of the Landmark Biergarten at Station Eats Stamford

Rendering of the Landmark Biergarten at Station Eats Stamford

Zicke, Zacke, Zicke, Zacke, Hoi, Hoi, Hoi!

Yeah, you’ll be singing lots of songs in German pretty soon.  Odes to the Oktoberfest gods, if you will.  And, you’ll be singing your heart out from the beautiful, newly renovated patio at Station Eats in Stamford.  The patio has been reimagined and redesigned and will forever henceforth be known as the Landmark Biergarten at Station Eats.  We got in touch with one of the owners, Nick Type, and he told us more about the Biergarten, opening half way through May:

Kristien's classic burger at Station Eats, all loaded and ready to go

Kristien’s classic burger at Station Eats, all loaded and ready to go

“It will offer a line of rotating draft craft beers, wines, sparkling wines and our house made (fresh / no mixes) station margarita (14oz – $6.00). Beer prices will be very reasonable. We will have buxom gals and hunky lads serving out there and the occasional live music act. The biergarten menu will be an extension of our current menu and include items such as bier braised brats, house made bacon sauerkraut on pretzel rolls. Complimentary warm station kettle chips made to order will greet every patron.”

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Save Some Serious Dough with Restaurant.com

28 Mar

Our obsession with Restaurant.com (not Restaurants.com) started years ago when we’d shell out $5 and get a $50 pass to restaurants.  The amount of money we saved was awesome and we continue to check this site when we want to save some major dinero.  We use it for local restaurants and especially when we’re on vacation and want to find a quick, inexpensive meal.

Chef's Special Roll, Crispy Melt Goat Cheese Roll, and Crunchy Wasabi Tuna Roll

Chef’s Special Roll, Crispy Melt Goat Cheese Roll, and Crunchy Wasabi Tuna Roll at Bambou in Greenwich

It works pretty easily:  enter the city and state where you want a certificate then select the restaurant.  The most common option that you’ll see is pay $10 for a $25 certificate, but sometimes there will be bigger incentives like $20 for $50, $30 for $75, or even $40 for $100.  Before you purchase your certificate, just make sure that there aren’t any terms of the agreement that won’t work for you such as, “Only includes lunch,” or “No dinner on Saturday.”  Also, pay close attention to the fine print because some have an order minimum or some include a tip into the amount of the bill automatically.

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13 Restaurants Take Part in Wilton’s First Restaurant Week

28 Feb

Congratulations to Wilton!  From March 11 to March 16 they will hold their first Restaurant Week.  This will be a great time to get out around town and check out some of the great new restaurants (and old faves) and save some serious dinero with prix fixe menus in the process.  The Wilton Chamber of Commerce will be changing their site with menu info and pricing, so make sure to keep up to date with them and check back here for updates, too.

Bianco Rosso

Bistro 7 (3.75 Noms)

Bon Appetit Cafe

Cactus Rose (3.25 Noms)

Coffee Barn

Green Leaf Organic Bakery & Cafe

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

30 Dec

Logo for 2011 OmNomys

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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Epic Interview with Cooking Channel’s Loveable Mo Rocca

19 Dec
Mo Rocca and Ruth Teig during an episode of My Grandmother's Ravioli, Courtesy Cooking Channel

Mo Rocca and Ruth Teig during an episode of My Grandmother’s Ravioli, Courtesy Cooking Channel

Mo Rocca:  he’s the man who doesn’t need any introduction.  But, you know how this works…we’re going to give you one anyway.  Mo Rocca’s all over your TV and there is no doubt that you’ve seen him, laughed at his jokes, or even smirked with him in agreement.  Maybe you were obsessed with his writing on the children’s show Wishbone, his special reports on The Daily Show, his spot on jabs at pop culture on VH1 specials, his humorous and insightful comments while a judge on Iron Chef, his human interest stories on CBS Sunday Morning (did you see the professional pencil sharpener story?), his show Food(ography), or his brand new show on Cooking Channel, My Grandmother’s Ravioli? Phew, busy man!

However you’ve come to know Mo Rocca, it’s hard not to love him.  His boyish charm, his wit, and his natural ability to tell stories make him the geektastic star of the TV world.  He’s definitely showing all these qualities off in My Grandmother’s Ravioli, a Cooking Channel show that features how-to cooking lessons from a different grandma or grandpa each week.  Along the way, we learn about these interesting people and Mo becomes their adoptive grandson.

Well, we had an opportunity to talk with Mo Rocca about what has made him successful, why he moved over to the culinary world, why he named a show after his grandma’s raviolis, some of his most memorable moments on camera, and some great advice for holiday meals.

You received your B.A. in Literature from Harvard.  Some say that will prepare you to do well on Jeopardy questions, but clearly it has done a lot more for you.  How would you say your Lit. degree and your time at Harvard helped get you to where you are today?

(Hesitates and takes a deep breath)  Great question.  I feel like my whole career has been a continuing education program. I don’t mean that in some kind of airy fairy abstract sort of way…I’m drawn to jobs and projects where I end up learning stuff.  I’m especially drawn to areas where I know nothing at all. I’m one of those people that would have benefited, perhaps, more from my fancy college education if I had it later in life. I had all these great professors, took all these courses, some of them with world-class scholars, teaching.   But, I couldn’t really take advantage because I wasn’t completely ready.

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Nomworthy Bites, Halloween Edition, Volume 3: Drinks, Parties, Costume Contests, and Braaaiiiinnnnnnsss

21 Oct

From invite e-mail :) So cool…

Have you ever looked at something closely and noticed that there is a pattern to things?  Yeah, we’re talking serious Rain Man stuff here.  We noticed one, two, three, four, five, and more Halloween events going down in the area.  So, we gathered up our sources, jotted down the info, and let the fur fly.  It’s essential to attend these events dressed to kill…especially if you’re a zombie, vampire, glittering vampire, wear a black porkpie hat and call yourself Heisenberg, or Grimes from The Walking Dead.

Do you have any great, food-related Halloween happenings going on around Fairfield County that you’d love for us to add?  Comment here and we just might add it to the post.

Bridgeport

Barnum Publick House

  • Roaring 20’s Halloween Party!  Go back in time and fit the mood of what Barnum Publick House is all about.  No cover charge, tunes by DJ Schmidty, and $4 pumpkin beers all Halloween night. Woop woop.  The party begins at 9 pm.

New Canaan

The Tuscan:  10/26, music starting at 10

  • Fool-o-ween Halloween Party, Night of the Living (Grateful) Dead.  Food, music from Grateful Dead cover band Ship of Fools, and a costume contest.

Norwalk

Black Bear SoNo 10/26 and 10/27 at night

  • Wear costumes both nights, but the $1,000 in prizes will be given out on Saturday.  Prizes for sexiest, scariest, funniest, best group, and best overall.  Drinks galore and lots of bar food available.
  • On 10/26 celebrate Barktoberfest with Bully Breed Rescue and Black Bear from 9-11. $10 at the door gets you discounted drinks, there’s BBR merch for sale, plus there’s a prize for best costume

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