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Check and Mate: Bottle Ship Board Game Cafe + Lounge Coming to Stamford

5 Jan


Bottle Ship Cafe is coming to Stamford . . . and we’ve got a feeling you’ll be stopping by at least once a week. What, with over 500 different games available to play and your own personal game guru (don’t worry, we’ll explain), why wouldn’t you? But, it’s not all games . . . though it IS all fun. There will be a nice variety of small bites, finger foods, sandwiches, and salads, as well as craft beer, other adult beverages, and even speciality coffees when those games of Scrabble go extra long. They are planning on opening in early summer 2016 in Harbor Point, so get ready! Hours will be T-Th from 5-late, F-Sa from 12-late, and Sunday from 10-late.

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What Creative Chowders and Soups/Bisques Are Cooking at Chowdafest 2015?

1 Oct

Chowdafest Collage 2014 VII

Chowdafest is right around the corner, and you’ll want to check out this one. It’s gonna be bigger and bad-assier than ever, helped out by the new location: Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. From 11-3 on 10/11 you taste killer chowders and soups from New England and even, in one case, Seattle . . . then you vote for your favorites. The winners will go down in fame and will have definite bragging rights.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $6 for kids 6-12 (you can also buy them online), and parking is absolutely free. So, as promised, here’s a delicious preview of the Creative Chowders and Soups/Bisque that you’ll be nomming on:   Continue reading

Chowdafest 2015: 40 Restaurants from New England Compete to See Who’s Chowdabest

9 Jul

Chowdafest Collage 2014 VII

It’s funny to look at the humble start of Chowdafest which has exponentially grown each year to include more soup-slurpers and more restaurants throughout Connecticut. So, it would seem only right that the next place to expand would be having restaurants throughout New England compete to see who makes the best soups, bisques, and chowders. And, with that change also comes the change of location: Sherwood Island State Park in Westport! Yup, mark it and mark it well: Sunday, October 11 is the day when you’ll get to taste the best of the best. Tickets are $15 for adults or $5 for kids 6-12 with no charge for parking. With your ticket, you get a spoon for unlimited tastings, a ballot to help vote in your favorites from 5 categories. 

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Mura Ramen + Gastropub Pop-up in Mt. Kisco w/ Chef Anthony from Locali in New Canaan

26 Jun
Chef Mogan Anthony of Locali in New Canaan at his Mura Ramen + Gastropub Pop-up! Picture from Mura Ramen Facebook page.

Chef Mogan Anthony of Locali in New Canaan at his Mura Ramen + Gastropub Pop-up! Picture from Mura Ramen Facebook page.

Most people relax when they go on vacation, but that’s not true of everyone. Quite often, we see chefs take holy pilgrimages to countries that inspire them and guide their cooking. Some might travel to Italy to learn the art of pasta making, some might visit France to learn how to make the most perfect pastries, and some might travel to the Far East to delve deeper into the world of ramen.

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Mecha Noodle Bar Slurps Up Pasta Nostra Spot in SoNo

9 Jun

Big news for SoNo: South Norwalk Buzz just reported that Mecha Noodle Bar of Fairfield will be opening up a second spot and taking over the Pasta Nostra space at 116 Washington Street. Not only will this be a big game changer in SoNo by adding more variety of food, but it helps to keep the dining scene alive more than ever. With this expansion, this marks the third restaurant from the same owners including Pho Vietnam in Danbury. We don’t have any more information at this time, but when we do, we’ll be sure to share it with you. In the meantime, you’ll just need to practice your slurping and your ramen skills at their other two spots.

Oh, and if you’re wondering what has happened to Pasta Nostra, don’t worry devotees: it’s evolving and will soon reopen down the street at 20 North Main Street as Bruculino. 

Chef Plum takes over Edmond Town Hall for next installment of Dinner Underground

24 Feb


One of our favorite chefs here in Connecticut is hosting another event in his Dinner Underground series, but this time around it’s in a brand new spot. Yup, Chef Plum and the Plum Luv Foods crew will be taking over Edmond Town Hall (45 Main St.) in Newtown on March 8 from 7 until 11:30.

What can you expect? Well, to be frank: an awesome time. We’ve been to many of Plum’s pop-ups (Butcher’s Best, Williams-Sonoma, and his most recent Sourcopia at Two Roads) so we’re kinda experts. Actually, that kinda makes us groupies, huh? You can expect excellent service, great food and great wine pairings to go with each course. And, when you leave, you’ll actually leave full because portions are always nicely sized.

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Gettin’ Slap Happy off o’ Pappy – Plan B Milford

22 Dec

We’re sure that we had you right at Pappy Van Winkle, so let’s just get down to things right away, huh? Plan B Milford hosted a Pappy Dinner and damn right we got our tickets within minutes of them going on sale. See, we learned our lesson from last year when Plan B Stamford hosted a Pappy dinner and Milford held a Buffalo Trace + Pappy Dinner, and they sold out in like an hour or something crazy like that. After all, many people say it’s the best bourbon you’ll ever taste, so it’s really no surprise.

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Bowls of Love: Stamford Resident Ali Rakowski’s New Cookbook Will Bowl You Over 49X

24 Nov

It’s hard to think of anything that’s more amazing or more comforting than a hot bowl of soup on a cold, bone-chilling day. It warms your body, and it sure as hell warms your soul. And, that’s exactly what Ali Rakowski of Stamford thought when she put together a brand new cookbook, Bowls of Love, that features 49 soup recipes.

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First Tastes of Dinner + New Menu at The Granola Bar- Westport, CT

31 Oct

Who knew when Dana and Julie started making and selling their OATS Granola a few years back that today they’d have a successful restaurant that people religiously flock to for breakfast and lunch? Of course, when you meet them and experience their passion, energy and strong work ethic you aren’t at all surprised. And, when you add the talented Chef Jess Bengston to hold down the kitchen, The Granola Bar really becomes a sure bet!

As if The Granola Bar wasn’t already rocking in its first year of business, there are some exciting changes to help take things up a notch starting Wednesday, November 5. Brace yo’selves because The Granola Bar will be open for dinner with extended hours of 7 am until 9 pm Wednesday through Saturday and regular hours 7 am -5 pm Monday and Tuesday, and 8am -4pm on Sunday.

In addition, they’ll be rolling out their third menu change since they opened, and spoiler alert, this new menu is awesome! Chef Jess shared that the inspiration behind these changes had to do with what was fresh and in season, which you can definitely see when you look at some of the dishes on the menu like their new amazing grilled cheese sandwich: The Post Road. This was one of the dishes that we tried on Wednesday during a preview tasting . . . and it also ended up being one of Chef’s favorite new items. She shared with us, “Anything that I’ve had total control over where I’ve made and worked with the ingredients is exciting to me like my apple butter. The soup is also something that I’m super excited about.”

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Chowdafest VII 2014: Recap, Winners, Results + Our Faves at Calf Pasture Beach

13 Oct
Chowdafest Collage 2014 VII

Click through to see a full album of competitors, soups, and other good stuff!

This past Sunday just might have been the perfect fall day. The air was crisp (but not too cold), the sun was shining bright, and the leaves had just started to flame into color. Oh, and it just so happened to be the day when Chowdafest scuttled down by the water at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk. The same Chowdafest that started off at a church, then at a school, quickly grew to Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, then grew so big this past February that they needed to expand to an even bigger venue…and that takes us Chowdafest VII!

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