One of the biggest struggles of Thanksgiving is finding that right balance between buying food in advance and dealing with other shoppers when you’re running to the store the last minute if you’re lucky enough to have a grocery store open on Turkey Day. But, hey, it’s even easier this year to make a great Thanksgiving feast with a special Westport Farmers’ Market Holiday Market! Come down to Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens (7 Sylvan Lane in Westport) from 10-2 on November 24, and there will be plenty to check out. Continue reading
NEBCO ineth the houseth…
Matt Westfall, head brewer of New England Brewing Company, talks to the sold out Coalhouse crowd
Do you remember those heartbreaking times when you were young and you fell in love with someone? The summer would come along and you’d have to say goodbye until next year, or you went off to camp, then you had to say goodbye before school started? Oh wait, we are just remembering that from the latest ABC Family Movie. But, you know what? Continue reading
People haven’t always been so kind to the CT beer scene. We’ve been degraded, we’ve been left off of lists, and we still suffer some stigma that people have been carrying around with them from over a decade ago that is now outdated. But, over the past few years, there has been a huge renaissance in the CT Beer scene with more breweries here than ever . . . and even more that are putting out some fine, top-notch brews that can compete with the big boys. We know it, and you probably know it too, so it’s time that we silence all the haters out there who think the only good beer that you can find in CT isn’t brewed in CT. Continue reading
Yes, the wait is finally almost over for the opening of Fleishers Craft Butchery in Greenwich . . . and we couldn’t be any more excited. Well, maybe if they had pork chops stuffed with $1,000 bills, but still, we’re damn happy. Starting on 10/27 (that’s Tuesday) they will open their doors and will not only be selling their amazing selection of humanely and pasture raised meats, but will also have a great selection of sides and food options. And, there will also be a “Monger Mingle” in a couple of weeks . . . but, more on that in a sec. Continue reading
Before and after. The first shot is from our visit in July, while the second shot is from Peter this past Friday.
It’s fun to make friends in the beer world . . . because the beer world employs some of the coolest, down-to-earth, nicest peeps we’ve ever met. Case in point: Peter Cowles and Tara Kasaks Cowles from Aspetuck Brew Lab (see all the background details in our February post).
It all started with a casual conversation at Harbor Brew Fest 2014 where they were sampling some of their brews. After a little bit of talk about the CT beer scene, we learned about their plans to open up in Fairfield (plans would change when they found a Black Rock spot). Continue reading
We a founda da princess! Yes, that’s us and another Mario and Luigi at last year’s party
Ladies and gents, it’s almost Halloween, so we thought we’d make things easy for ya and put together a nice guide to booze-infused parties that are going on here in Fairfield County and maybe just a bit beyond. We’re all super lucky this year because Halloween is actually on a Saturday, so you can go all out. Here we go, kids.
Date: 10/24 from 5-10 Continue reading
Marley Spoon‘s recipe for success is pretty simple: take some great quality ingredients, pack them up in a box with ice packs and easy to follow directions, and ship them out for your enjoyment. About 6 months ago we were drawn to this kind of approach when we started using Blue Apron, another meal delivery service, so we were totally onboard when Marley Spoon reached out to us to try their service.
Marley Spoon is organized by Culinary Director Jennifer Aaronson who was Martha Stewart’s Editorial Director of Food & Entertaining and offers a similar service to Blue Apron, but with one major difference: Marley Spoon sends leftover ingredients (after they pack all their customers’ boxes) to City Harvest, which helps feed more than 1.4 million NY’ers who don’t have enough to eat. As if that weren’t awesome enough, their food is pretty awesome too, with ingredients that come from local farms, artisan shops, vendors, and butchers. Ok, so let us break it down for you . . . Continue reading
Hooker beer, people, Thomas Hooker Brewing Company: get your heads out of the gutter. Seriously.
But, let’s start off this post with some straightforward, honest talk: we tried Hooker’s Watermelon Ale a few years ago and didn’t love it. Because of that, a lot of time went by before we tried another Hooker. That is, until we happened upon their Chocolate Truffle Stout which we featured in our guide to CT porters and stouts. That beer we just adored in all its chocolatey lusciousness. Well, that helped open our eyes a bit to Thomas Hooker Brewery.
And, wouldn’t you know it, we got a nice message from Gerard at the brewery, asking if we wanted to meet up to talk Hooker and try out some of their latest beer. Who are we to refuse the chance to try out an entire array of Hookers from Bloomfield? We of course said yes, took down some of their newest brews as well as a few classics that are back, and have lots of thoughts to share with you: Continue reading
So, people: chill. Summer goes until September 22, so stop saying that summer’s over. And, with the crazy amount of events, deals, special events, brunches, and beer goodness, it’s clear that summer’s alive and well. This is really an amazing list this week and we hope that you get to do even do a 1/4 of the things that we’ve planned out for you here. As always, help us spread the word, pass this along, and if you’re making a reservation or learn about something great because of us, let the restaurant or organizers know.
9/11-13 People will be heading to the Norwalk Oyster Fest for the seafood, the drinks, and the tunes. For more info, check it here. Continue reading
Now just a few weeks away from opening, No Worries Brewing in Hamden is helping you get in on the ground level. For $85, you can be a mug club member for their first year in business and get crazy good perks. Dig it: Continue reading