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Pho Pun-Free Review of Mecha Noodle Bar in SoNo

10 Feb

We’re going to resist the temptation to make pho puns for this entire review. Why? Because our meal was so fucking good (not PHOking good) that puns just wouldn’t do it justice. Ok, so let’s see if we can do this . . .

Wayyyy back in 2013 when we wrote about Mecha Noodle Bar opening up in Fairfield, we were excited to see Fairfield County’s first devoted ramen bar boiling over with praise and popularity. And, when we shared that they’d be opening up closer to us, in SoNo (where Pasta Nostra used to be), we nearly cried with joy. Continue reading

Get Slurping: Mura Ramen Pop-up @ South End Uncorked!

14 Jan

 

Chef Mogan Anthony of Locali in New Canaan at his Mura Ramen Pop Up

Chef Mogan Anthony will be taking his Mura Ramen pop-up experience to South End Uncorked in New Canaan!

This has been the week of pop-ups here at OmNomCT with news about [oink] and Chef Plum, so why not add another one? BOOM! This time around it’s Chef Mogan Anthony of Locali in New Canaan who hosts amazing dining series featuring ramen and other dishes as the Mura Ramen Pop-up. How well does he know these dishes? Well, he’s had many successful pop-ups, he’s been perfecting his art, and he also spent time in Asia studying and honing his ramen abilities. And now he’s bringing all that passion and skill to Chef Nick Martschenko’s stellar South End Uncorked for one night only. Continue reading

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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The First Kitchen Opens in Stamford, Offering Bubble Tea, Ramen, Vietnamese + More

29 Oct

Bubble Tea and ramen.  They are pretty rare things when it comes to living here in Fairfield County.  The only places we’ve seen Bubble Tea is NYC, Port Chester, and New Haven.  So, to have a local shop in Stamford that’s pouring this cult concoction is pretty awesome.  Bubble Tea is served cold and is made with iced tea, sweetened milk, different flavorings, and has “pearls” or bubbles made from tapioca.  We’ve never had it before, so we can’t wait to try it out at the brand-new opened The First Kitchen.

While you might not recognize the name The First Kitchen, you might remember the location.  Just a few months ago Saigon Cafe had opened in that spot on 80 Atlantic, offering Stamford some authentic Vietnamese.  Unfortunately, we waited too long to try it out, and now it’s gone, but we have First Kitchen in its place.

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PopShop Market Returns 2 Fairfield with Shops, Food Trucks, and Pop Up Restaurants on October 5th

30 Sep
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If it ain’t broke, don’t you dare go fixin’ it!  But, if something is so awesome, it sure don’t hurt to keep making it better!  That’s what you can expect with the third PopShop Market here in Connecticut.  This special one day market on 10/5 from 9 am -3 pm is back at Fairfield Theatre Company where it all began on June 1.  This time around, though, you can expect a ton of great food trucks, lots of other food and drink options, tons of shops and even some pop up restaurants!
Here are just some of the food trucks and restaurants that will be there:

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

Now open: slurp up a storm @ Mecha Noodle Shop in Fairfield, CT!

31 May

Ah. Take a dive into that! Pic from Mecha’s FB page.

Start your slurping engines, kiddos.  Mecha Noodle Shop (from the same owners of the highly rated Pho Vietnam in Danbury) is now serving up ramen in the former Liquid Lunch spot in Fairfield.  Although it’s only a soft-opening this week, you’ll still be able to taste all the great soups and apps that they have prepared.  As for the opening, expect that very soon.  And, when you drink those soups, don’t be afraid to slurp.  In fact, “Slurping Encouraged” is printed on the bottom of their menus.  It’s pretty common in Japan and ramen bars to hear lots of slurping and sloppy noises.  The main reason?  It actually helps to cool the broth down.  See, there’s a reason for everything.

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