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Barcelona SoNo Turns Spanish Farmers’ Market for La Vida del Mercat

18 Mar
You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced the open air markets that are dotted all around Spain.  Just a few years ago, we were able to check out La Boqueria, a huge Spanish market with stalls filled with juices, fresh fruit, meats, spices, cafes, pizza places, bars, and so much more.  It was really a dizzying experience, but we were definitely in heaven with the variety of foods that we had around.  We both agreed that if we had something like this near us, we’d be there every single week.  
 
Well, wouldn’t you know it, but Barcelona in SoNo is bringing some of this vibe back with their own version of the Spanish farmers’ market with “La Vida del Mercat” on April 16 at 7 pm.  They’ll be featuring some local food, brews, and drinks, while also highlighting some of Barcelona’s favorite imports from Spain and Europe including cheese, wine, and meats.  And, if you desire something a little more substantial than just nibbles here and there , there will be some specially crafted dishes using produce from the Westport based Speckled Rooster Farm to nom away on.  All of this awesomeness comes together for just $40 per person (sign up here), quite a deal considering everything you’ll get with descriptions from a recent press release:

Gretchen Thomas of Barcelona Featured in New CIA Video, “Pieces of Passion”

12 Nov

You might not know the name Gretchen Thomas, but we can bet you that you’ve tasted some of her carefully selected wines.  That’s because Gretchen is the master wine guru and manager behind the Barteca Restaurant Group which includes Barcelona and Bartaco restaurants.  Believe it or not, Gretchen is in charge of the nation’s largest Spanish wine list.  Quite impressive!

Gretchen Thomas of the Barteca Restaurant Group (Photo credit: Shelley Noeldechen and Nicolas Kleczewski/CIA)

Gretchen Thomas of the Barteca Restaurant Group (Photo credit: Shelley Noeldechen and Nicolas Kleczewski/CIA)

But, putting that wine list together isn’t easy at all.  It requires Gretchen to travel to vineyards and wine producers throughout Spain and beyond.  And, exactly how expansive is this wine list that Gretchen put together?  According to the Culinary Institute of America, we’re talking about 350 different labels equaling out to over $4 million in sales a year (we can proudly say we’ve helped to contribute towards that).

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Some of South Norwalk’s Best: 2012 SoNo Restaurant Week 10/21-10/26

4 Oct

The restaurant week machine never shuts off here in Connecticut!

This is an incredible time for voracious eaters who like to save some dinero and to try new spots.  While it’s hard to pass up a great burger at Chocopologie, some beer and nice gastogrub at The Ginger Man, we’d like to hit up Estia (not Estia’s American in Darien), Atlas, and finally try Match.  What’s your plan of attack for this restaurant week?  Hitting up old faves or trying new ones?  Let us know! 

2 Course Lunch, $9.99

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A Cheat Sheet to SoNo Fall Restaurant Week 2011 – South Norwalk, CT

8 Sep

Kind of a cool way to run SoNo Fall Restaurant week ( September 25-30, 2011) this year.  Have a lighter two course lunch at $9.99 or $14.99 or get a three course dinner at $19.99 or $29.99.  We always want to equip our Omnomivores with the best kind of advice on spots to hit up, so here’s some info for you as well as some links if we’ve reviewed some of these spots.  When we get more info such as menus, we’ll update this post for ya.  Mangia! ;)

Where We’ve Been

BacchusReview– *Lunch ($14.99) or Dinner ($29.99 )* Make Reservations

• Excellent, quality Italian food.

• Ask to try the meatball!

Barcelona – *Dinner ($29.99)*

• Excellent tapas menu.  Try the fig and chorizo.

• Great drink and wine list.

Coromandel –Review–  *Lunch ($9.99) or Dinner ($29.99 )*

• Great Indian food (Not quite Thali, but still solid)

Chocopologie – *Lunch ($14.99) or Dinner ($29.99 )*

• Great eclectic food choices. The burger isn’t on the RW menu, but is a must for burgerholics.

• Also, creative and unique tea and coffee drinks.

• Chocolate to die for.

The Gingerman –Our CBS Post *Lunch ($9.99) or Dinner ($19.99 )*

• Great bar food and drinks with an immense beer list.

• If you try their hottest wings, you will beg for mercy.

Match  *Dinner ($29.99 )*  Make Reservations

• Very good Italian food

• Sidewalk dining, baby!

Red Lulu –Review 1Review 2   *Dinner ($29.99 )*

• Inventive and delicious Latino flare and fare.

• Great drinks.

• Hard to get in, so be ready to wait.

The Sono Baking Company & Cafe – Review – *Lunch ($9.99)* 

• Stuffed french toast here is purely amazing.

• Fresh, quality ingredients used in their food.

Sono Brewhouse – *Lunch ($14.99) or Dinner ($19.99 )*

• Good bar food and drinks

Where we still need to try…

Donovan’s – *Lunch ($9.99) or Dinner ($19.99 )*

O’Neill’s – *Lunch ($9.99) or Dinner ($19.99 )*

Strada18 – *Lunch ($14.99) or Dinner ($29.99 )*

Omnomivore’s Guide to SoNo Restaurant Week 2011. South Norwalk, CT

10 Jun

Looking for the 2011 Fall SoNo Restaurant Week info?

Finally, what Darryl Ohrt, Prime Minister of Awesome at Humongo, has been waiting for:  An Omnomivore’s Guide to SoNo Restaurant Week!  Spots involved this year are excellent and should be tried, over and over, Sunday-Friday…for lunch and dinner!  We’ve made a list below with some info and–when applicable–some links to our reviews on those restaurants.  Most Restaurant Week menus aren’t posted or live yet, but when they are, we’ll update for you, fellow Omnomivores.

Where We’ve Been

BacchusReview–(203) 956.0220  Make Reservations

• Excellent, quality Italian food.

• Ask to try the meatball!

• Review coming soon…

Barcelona –(203) 899.0088

• Excellent tapas menu.  Try the fig and chorizo.

• Great drink and wine list.

Black Bear Saloon –203) 299.0711

• Good bar food and drinks.

• Sports bar atmosophere

CoromandelReview– (203) 852.1213

• Great Indian food (Not quite Thali)

ChocopologieRW Lunch Menu & RW Dinner Menu– (203) 854.4754

• Great eclectic food choices. The burger isn’t on the RW menu, but is a must for burgerholics.

• Also, creative and unique tea and coffee drinks.

• Chocolate to die for.

The Gingerman – Lunch & Dinner RW Menus– (203) 354.0163

• Good bar food and drinks.

Match – RW Menu – (203) 852.1088  Make Reservations

• Very good Italian food

• Sidewalk dining, baby!

Red LuluReview 1Review 2 (203) 939.1600

• Inventive and delicious Latino flare and fare.

• Great drinks.

• Hard to get in, so be ready to wait.

Sono Brewhouse – (203) 853.9110

• Good bar food and drinks

Where We Haven’t Been To…

We’ve Gotta Change That! 

Donovan’s – (203) 354.9451

O’Neill’s – (203) 838.0222

Strada18 – (203) 853.4546

The Sono Baking Company & Cafe – (203) 847.7666

Wasabi Chi – RW Menu Coming Soon- (203) 286.0181

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