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Where Soccer Hooligans Go to Watch the FIFA World Cup in Fairfield County

11 Jun

Ready ter celebrate de FIFA Warrld Cup?  Yeah, we nu yer are an’ yer better believe we’re ‘elpin’ ter feed yisser addicshun wi’ a list av sum deadly places ter to watch de games, draink sum Guinness, draink sum Guinness, an’ draink sum Guinness.  Yeah, they ‘av grub too, but you’ll want ter make sure yer can draink sum Guiness.  That’s whaen de soccer ‘ooliganism begins an’ people a go from rabid fans ter rabid beasts who ‘eadbutt supporters av opposin’ team, gettin’ bleedin foreheads, soon ‘eadin’ back ter draink sum Guinness.

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Get you some: Taste of Port Chester and Wilton Are Back for more in 2014

4 Jun

We love tasting events where you get to taste some of the best spots in an area.  They tend to be inexpensive, they have lots of variety, and it’s basically like a Costco tasting spree on steroids.  ‘Nuff said, right?  So, get ready for two great events coming up:  Taste of Port Chester on 6/8 and Taste of Wilton on 6/9.  Check out the deets with us and get yo’self down (or up) there for all the nomworthy food.


Taste of Port Chester

6/8, from 12-3 pm

Registration starts at 11:30 at the Marina on Abendroth Ave.

Tickets are $25 (drinks extra; you’ll get a map for easy food tourism)

Taste of Port Chester is a walking tour (though there are busses available) through CT’s neighboring village.  Once you have your wristband, you can just visit any of the places below (there will be balloons outside) and get samples of their goodies.  We were downtown when this was going on last year and it was a very popular event, so you won’t want to miss this one.  Added bonuses:  your ticket purchase helps to support Port Chester Public Schools and you can walk off all of the calories that you ingest (wishful thinking).

Here are all the spots that you can check out:

• A&S Deli:  Italian
• Acuario:  Peruvian
• Aqui es Santa Fe:  Colombian
• Arrosto:  Italian
• Bubbles & Berries:  Juice Bar and Desserts
• Cafe Mirage:  Eclectic, Modern American
• Carvel Ice Cream
• Coals:  Pizza, craft beer, killer sprouts, and wings
• Copacabana Steakhouse:  Brazilian steakhouse
• Cousin Frankie’s USA Grill:  American
• Euro Asian Bistro:  Asian, sushi
• Frankie & Louie’s:  Italian, pizza
• Garcia’s:  Nightclub, bar
• Il Sogno:  Italian
• J.J. Cassone’s:  Bakery
• John’s of Arthur Ave:  Italian
• Kiosko:  Mexican
• Longford’s Own Made:  Ice Cream
• Los Chuzos de Juancho:  Colombian
• Mary Ann’s:  Mexican
• McShane’s:  Irish Pub (new)
• Neri’s Bakery
• Nessa:  Italian
• Paleteria Fernandez:  Ice cream, frozen treats
• Panera Bread:  Cafe, American
• Port Chester Hall & Beer Garden (new)
• Salsa Picante:  Mexican
• Sichuan Pavilion:  Chinese
• Sonora:  Nuevo Latino
• Spadaro’s:  Italian
• Tarry Market:  Gourmet market
• Varmax:  Wine, liquor
• Zeppoleme:  Zeppoles, panini, coffee

7th Annual Taste of Wilton

June 9 from 5:30-8:30

$30 per person at Wilton Chamber of Commerce, Fairfield County Bank, Bankwell, or Wilton Family Y

$35 at the door

Cheaper than an entrée at most restaurants here in CT, admission to Taste of Wilton is a great deal…especially because food and drinks are included.  This year, you’ll want to check out this event all over again so you can try out some of the new restaurants that have opened up and to nom away on your favorites.

Here are all the participants (getting full already):

• Ancona’s Wines & Liquors
• Bianco Rosso Wine Bar Restaurant
• Bistro 7
• Black Cat Grille
• Cactus Rose Restaurant & Tequila Bar
• Fleur de Lis Academy
Georgetown Package Store
• Little Pub Wilton
• Luca Ristorante Italiano
• Marly’s of Wilton
• Pinocchio Pizza
• Portofino Restaurant & Bar
• Stop & Shop
• Sweet Pierre’s
• Sweet Sabrina’s Cake Shop
• The Painted Cookie
• Toozy Patza Pizza
• Village Market
• Vintage Fine Wines (visit their store during the Taste)
• Wilton Pizza

SoNo Restaurant Week 2014: Classics and New Digs Like Local, Johnny Utah’s, Quartino, and Mama’s Boy

23 May
June 8-13, 2014

June 8-13, 2014

SoNo Restaurant Week is back from June 8-13 and this year, there’s some fresh meat (literally and metaphorically speaking) as well as some of your favorite spots to check out.  First, let’s go through the new spots like Quartino Trattoria Vineria which has taken over where Bacchus used to be, Johnny Utah’s which has taken over Black Bear and is putting a lil’ bit a country into SoNo, Sweet Lucy Lynn’s which was John Dough’s and Archie Moore’s, and Local Kitchen & Beer Bar (30 brews on tap) which is a reboot of NOLA and a sister restaurant to the Fairfield location.

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Branford, New Haven, and Stratford Restaurant Weeks Hit Mid-April

28 Mar

We told you about the 1st Annual Stratford Restaurant Week at the start of the week, but you’ll be happy to know that there are lots of other options for branching out and trying new spots throughout the middle of April, too.  So, let’s break these restaurant weeks down in order from Branford, to New Haven, and then to Stratford:

April 6-12, 2014

April 6-12, 2014

First up is Branford Restaurant Week, make sure to enter for a $25 gift card good at any of the participating restaurants.  Secondly, check out the selection of restaurants that will feature specials, deals, and prix fixe menus.  Third of all, don’t forget about Stoney Creek and Thimble Island breweries, both in Branford.  Make a day of it!

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Ya Man Enough, Brah? Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Fundraiser at The Field and Walk in May

27 Mar

We’re usually a not-so-serious blog, but there’s a time for everything, right?  One thing, in particular, that we’re serious about is a fundraiser that our friend Nikki Edmonds has helped to organize for Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.  We first found out about this great event through, of all people, George Takei.  Yes, he’s normally posting memes that make you laugh or immediately hit the share button on Facebook, but the image of men walking in red heels down a street in Canada stuck with us.  What’s so impressive about this?  It’s part of an international march and series of fundraising events that are put on every year to help raise awareness and put a stop rape, sexual assault, and gender violence.  And, yes, it’s also impressive because men literally walk a mile in the shoes of women, preferably fashionable pumps, kinky boots, or even stilettos for the daring.

Posted from George Takei’s page

And, Connecticut is getting in on Walk a Mile in Her Shoes with a fundraiser at The Field Restaurant (3001 Fairfield Avenue) in Black Rock, that awesome spot between Bridgeport and Fairfield. All you need to do is show up on 4/17 from 6 to 9 pm and you’ll be a part of the action of team Red Stilettos. The Field will be providing snacks and there will be lots of prizes and even a 50/50 raffle.  While there’s no charge for this happy hour fundraiser, a donation of $10 is greatly appreciated.  

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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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Where Are You Partying St. Patrick’s Day Weekend? Let Us Know!

14 Mar

Let it be known how we feel about St. Patrick’s Day:  it should be moved to a constant day each and every March.  Yes, it’s always March 17 (Monday this year), but, what if we made it the second or third Saturday of every March instead?  That way we can all officially celebrate over the weekend!  Well, perhaps that might be a bad idea…that would mean you can’t justify two weeks of partying and becoming officially Irish.  Okay, we’ll stick with it the way it is…

But, we want to know, where do you go out to drink and get some great Irish food when St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner?  We’ll start with one choice that we’ve always been happy with:  Coalhouse Pizza.  For brunch on Saturday or Sunday, all year long, you can order an Irish Breakfast which includes toast, eggs, beans, bangers, rashers, white pudding, and the yummy but kind of scary black pudding.  and, yes, they have beer…52 taps worth.

So, let us know…this is your chance to plug your favorite restaurant or bar here in CT:  where do you go if you want that perfect pint or want some great Irish food?

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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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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This Weekend, Everybody’s Irish @ the Milford Irish Festival

19 Sep

Milford, you guys get the coolest things.  You have your own Oktoberfest, Oyster Fest, and you get your own Irish Festival, too!  Aww, garsh, we’re jealous.  Lucky for us you’re not too far away and we can easily get out there this Friday or Saturday, 9/20-21, to celebrate the music and culture of the Emerald Isle.  Both days will feature classics such as corned beef, fish & chips, shepard’s pie, roast beef, hot dogs, chili, burgers, pulled pork, sausage & peppers, fried dough, kettle corn, and more.   Also, there will be a variety of brews such as Guinness and Harp, as well as hard ciders and wine.   You can also learn more about Irish sports, history, and watch authentic Irish Dancing by visiting the Cultural Tent.  This tent will feature a tea room with Irish coffee and baked goods, too, so make sure to stop by.  

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