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David Cingari of David’s Soundview Catering Opens Cafe 1000 in Bridgeport

13 Feb
David Cingari and Mayor Finch make it official on Feb 12 (photo from David's Soundview Catering)

David Cingari and Mayor Finch make it official on Feb 12 at the Cafe 1000 Grand Opening party!  Just a note:  not sure we can trust him with scissors that big!  Eeek.  (all photos from David’s Soundview Catering)

David Cingari is. the. man.  He’s a graduate of not only New Haven Hotel & Restaurant Management, but also of the Culinary Institute of America.  On a personal level, he is probably one of the nicest and most hilarious guys that you’ll ever met, and he’s also the proud owner and Head Chef of David’s Soundview Catering in Stamford.  We got to know him and the DSC crew at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s Maple Sugar Chef’s Challenge, and at many charitable events that they support and help organize.  Needless to say, when it comes to awesome food like their redonkulous taco bar that we tasted at Fine Food for a Cause, they’ve got it all under control.  And, with over 25 years under their belts, David’s Soundview Catering has garnered an excellent reputation, becoming a staple in the community.

Stamford…and now Bridgeport

Well, we’ve got some great news to share with you:  David’s expanded a bit out of Stamford with the recent addition (opened 5 weeks ago) of Cafe 1000.  His idea for this brand new restaurant?  Offer up some great, high quality breakfast and lunch options for the good people of Bridgeport.  The area they moved into (the ground floor at 1000 Lafayette Street) will soon house over 600 new apartment units, is close to 95, the train, and even the waterfront.  Plus, Bridgeport is a great and growing alternative for young professionals with costs noticeably more affordable than Stamford.

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Art of Food Dinner w/ Eat for Equity @ Franklin Street Works – Stamford, CT

27 Jan

Our good buddies at Eat for Equity are back in 2014, now making great meals and raising lots of money for local charities for over a year.  This time around they’ll be making a from-scratch meal with lots of local love at Franklin Street Works in Downtown Stamford.  There is never any charge to come in and take part in Eat for Equity events, but donations of $15-20 are encouraged.  And, this time around, the money donated will go right to Franklin Street Works, a fun art gallery that has thematic and rotating art exhibitions from various artists…and also a cafe.

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Steam Coffee Bar Opens 2nd Location at Westport Train Station

15 Jan

Steam Coffee Bar Westport

It seemed like it was the perfect idea:  give Metro North customers (and locals) a few good things to make their morning better and the commute into NYC just a little bit more manageable.  And, Steam Coffee Bar did just that when they opened up inside the Green’s Farms train station.  There Briana Pennel and Chris Barrett had created a coffee shop that featured CT-based Shearwater Coffee Roasters, breakfast sandwiches, and plenty of freshly baked goods and pastries courtesy of Briana.

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New Year’s Eve Bashes Paired with Hangover Breakfast Spots – Fairfield County, CT

23 Dec

2013 is so, well, last year. Let’s do some serious talking about 2014 now. It’s definitely going to be an awesome year, huh? You’ve got your resolutions and you will surely conquer the world, lose some weight, get that promotion, and find that one true love this coming year. Okay, well, let’s be honest with ourselves…we might not do all we hope for, but we can accomplish at least one thing: get a lil bit crazy on New Years Eve! So, being the kind hearted couple that we are, we rounded up a list of places to celebrate NYE then breakfast spots to help fight off that hangover the next day.  If you have any places for us to add, please share…

New Year’s Eve Bashes

Bridgeport

Barnum Publick House:  dinner served from 5-10 pm, champagne toast at midnight, and DJ Los from 10-2 am.

Bistro B:  4 course menu that’s $65 for the 6:30 seating or $75 for the 9 pm seating.

Hacienda Villa:  app, entree, dessert, coffee, and an alcoholic drink for just $30!  Score.  See the menu here.

Darien

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Give Some Hope by Eating at Chip’s for Thanksgiving Breakfast

26 Nov

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We have a great idea.  Instead of supporting the massive corporations that are staying open this Thanksgiving Day and boasting about the biggest sales of the season, you could support local business and an important charity.  Yeah, how crazy of us…

We’re not talking about early bird door-busters either, but we are talking about early birds because Chip’s Family Restaurant (see Alex’s review from Sunday Diners) in Fairfield is opening up at 6 am on Thanksgiving to feed your need and will be giving their proceeds to Operation Hope.  We recently wrote about Operation Hope and their mission to end hunger and homelessness, so we’re excited to see that Chip’s is on board to spread some holiday cheer and bring the thanks back to Thanksgiving.

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Breakfast, Lunch + Caffeine Fixes @ The Granola Bar – Westport, CT

24 Nov

All pictures from The Granola Bar’s Facebook Page

What started as two women, Julie Levitt and Dana Noorily, making granola in Westport, soon expanded out to more of Connecticut.  Now, when you look at where OATS Granola is sold, you’d be amazed to see that it’s sold not only in CT, but also in NY and MA too.   And, after trying four of their flavors, we definitely see why OATS has become so popular, even being placed for sale in Whole Foods Markets and The Fresh Market.

Well,  Julie and Dana will be giving you another way to get your OATS:  right at their brand new restaurant, The Granola Bar.  It’s located in Playhouse Square at 275 Post Road East and is set to open on December 6.  There won’t be just granola, though.

Starting off, you’ll be able to get your caffeine fix at The Granola Bar with the help of barista Crissi Grimaldi.  Whether you want some drip coffee, a pour over, shots of espresso, a capp, a latte, tea, tea latte, dirty chai, or whatever…they’ve got you covered.  And, if you happen to be a latte fiend, they’ve got 5 different styles:  Mocha, Nutella, Turkish, Salted Caramel, and even Peppermint Mocha.

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Holy Cowabunga Dude! Totally Rad Food Truck Hits Fairfield County! Gnarly.

5 Apr

Update:  after a year of serving food, Cowabunga made some serious upgrades and made over the menu.  Check it out here!  

Sup dudes?  When you’re done shredding some waves you’ll wanna check out Fairfield County’s newest food truck, Cowabunga Food Truck Grill and Soft Serve.  Their motto?  “Surf’s up, so chow down!”  Chow down on what you ask?  We’re talking lots of goodies from the grill and lots of soft serve ice cream.  The truck is the brainchild of Benjamin Boger who actually started with his own ice cream truck and business in Miami, Ben’s Ice Cream Truck.  Now, you could imagine how popular ice cream is down there.  Especially when you party in the city where the heat is on, all night on the beach till the break of dawn (points if you get the reference).  One day he hit up the Food Truck Roundup and he was blown away by how awesome food truck food could be.  He joked that these aren’t the kind of food carts that he was used to seeing in New York City.
Inspiration hit and he knew that he wanted to create a food truck that would show off his love of ice cream, but would also pump out some great food.  He found a gnarly 1993 step van from a bread distributor, packed up all his things, then headed back north to his homestate…Connecticut.  And now, we have Cowabunga!

Oo La La on the Ambiance, Meh Breakfast. Cafe Oo La La- Stamford, CT

11 Jun

Last week when I was on a *minor* shopping spree for home decor, I happened past Cafe Oo La La in the Ridgeway Shopping Center on Summer Street. A cute little cafe with glass doors that open up to the sidewalk. Cafe tables and chairs spread about. A beautiful, long case with salads, sandwiches, baked goods, and yummy looking gelato on display. Modern, but quaint decor. A nice menu written on chalkboards for that authentic touch. The perfect setting for a lazy weekend breakfast or a nice little lunch date with friends, coworkers or your significant other.

After seeing how adorable the place was and reading some positive reviews online, we were really excited to go there Saturday morning for breakfast and to catch up on weeks of blog posts with their free WiFi! (bad bloggers, bad.) We found a table next to the holy grail, an outlet! For a cafe with free WiFi, they certainly are cheap on the outlets with only one. But, it’s not about that after all, right?

I walked up to the counter to browse the menu and placed my order. I asked the young woman behind the counter what came with the omelettes, to which she replied bread. I asked if you can order a side of potatoes, which I had to repeat 3 times because she didn’t understand English well. Finally a young man came by and answered my question. Yes, it does come with potatoes. I then asked her what comes with the eggs any style. Nothing she says. I said nothing? Nope. Can I get it with potatoes? No. Ok, what can I get it with? Nothing. Ummm ok. Her male colleague comes back and informs me I can get them with anything I would like. So, I suppose they don’t train their employees very well and that is a huge pet peeve of mine. Luckily, however, when they brought our plates out the order was correct so they earned some points back.

The meal looked very good. I ordered the Greek omelette with multi-grain toast, Danny had his favorite, the farmer’s omelette also with multi-grain toast and we shared some bacon. The highlight of the meal was the bacon. It was nice and crispy, cooked just how we like it. The highlights pretty much end there. The multi-grain toast was tough and definitely not fresh baked. Plus, they gave us ice cold butter that was solid, I know that’s such a silly thing but it’s another little pet peeve. When you give butter for bread, it needs to be softened. The potatoes were cooked well, but boring and bland. It was like they took frozen hash browns, threw them on a skillet, pressed them down with a turner and slapped them on a plate. The coffee was very weak and watery, blah! I couldn’t even finish it. And lastly, but not leastly (leastly? yeah, whatever), we have the omelettes. The ingredients did seem fresh, which is great, but the eggs weren’t fluffy and it was just very bland. The eggs almost tasted microwaved, though I’m sure they weren’t.

Overall, the meal wasn’t awful or disgusting by any means, but in the words of beloved hipsters, it was pretty “meh.” We are definitely willing to give it another shot for lunch because we have heard good things and because the ambiance is quite nice, but we wouldn’t got back for breakfast for sure.

Noms: 2.75 (but we’ll reevaluate when we go back for lunch)

Cost: $$

Cafe Oo La La 
Adress: 2325 Summer Street
Stamford, CT 06905-4525
Phone: (203) 353-3300
http://www.cafeoolala.com/ 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cafe-OoLaLa/197883960239869 
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cafeoolala 

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A “Mishmash” of French Food, Fresh Ingredients, and Juicy Awesomeness. Meli-melo- Greenwich, CT

11 Jun

Kristien’s parents came down from Upstate NY to visit during the Memorial Day weekend.  We always feel so much pressure to take them to the best of the best restaurants, you know?  For breakfast we’ve taken them to so many diners before and other American spots, but never to a French restaurant…and certainly not to a creperie! Well, Méli-Mélo has been in our sites for a long time, so it was ’bout time to do some eating!

As you enter, you can see the place is hopping and there’s plenty of room for people to sit.  We were given a nice round table by the AC (hell yes, ‘cuz it was hot) and were given the menu.  Oh, the menu, always a dilemma,  but worse here because the menu is a meli-melo (mishmash in French) of amazing tastes and ingredients.  We knew, at least, we wanted coffee and some freshly made juice to start.

The coffee was black and strong:  just the way we like it!  The juices are made right at the kitchen counter, so you can see how fresh the ingredients are.  Even the list of juices can be overwhelming.  I had ginger/orange/pineapple.  The ginger gave it a nice kick and brought a foaminess, while the orange and pineapple gave it a nice sweetness.  The good thing here is that they don’t add sugar and fake stuff into their juices. The flavors really pop because of this.

The crepes were even more challenging to order because there are different types like Wheat, Buckwheat, and Flambees.   Also, multiply that by all the different ingredients inside each crepe and you’ve got 49 different orders (yes, I counted).  Also, if you check Foursquare for tips, some customers have even left their own favorite custom orders.  There are also homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches available, too.  Damn, I’d hate to be a waiter here…too much to keep track of!

Well, enough talk,  Let’s get down to business.  I had the Sopressata Crepe.  A fluffy pillowy crepe, full of flavor, lays down on the plate, ready for you, calling to you.  On top is a teepee of mozzarella, capers, cured olives, mesclun salad, dried cured meat, and dressing.  All the flavors worked very well together and made for great contrasts.  The olives and capers, for example, drew on the light and fresh dressing.  This crepe was great and I would order it again and savor it again, over and over, bit by bit.


Kristien’s Ciabatta Sandwich was also a brunchy treat with a nice serving of ooey-gooey, soft brie, mesclun salad, juicy tomatoes, roasted red peppers in a fresh-baked doughy ciabatta bun, topped with crispy bacon. Kristien (and her mom) really enjoyed this sandwich, though Kristien would’ve liked just a little more dressing. Otherwise, she said it was perfect.

The final word on Méli-Mélo is that there’s lots of return visit value here.  You could, theoretically, come back here for a few months straight and try something new every time…or you could just keep ordering Sopresatta Crepes.  Even cooler?  Méli-Mélo will soon be opening for breakfast from 6:30-11:30!

Noms:  3.75

Cost:  $$ (Expensive for breakfast, but not too bad)

Méli-Mélo
Address:  362 Greenwich Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830
Phone:  (203) 629-6153
Site:  http://www.melimelogreenwich.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/MeliMeloCrepes
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From killer breakfast sandwiches to fresh produce coming soon. Giacomo’s Italian Deli and Springdale Market-Stamford, CT

22 May

Bacon, egg, and cheese on Terra Nova Italian bread. #Eyegasam

Update:  Giacomo’s Springdale Market is now open!

When you come into Giacomo’s Italian Deli, you’re probably greeted by the smiley, always happy and chipper owner, Jack (Giacomo in Italian) Delli Carpini.  We admit it…it’s kind of overwhelming when you enter Giacomo’s because there are so many great options available.  So far we’ve only had breakfast, but can’t wait to try their panini’s and sandwiches next! As for breakfast, you can order a fresh made full diner-like breakfast or just a breakfast sandwich for on the go. Our fave so far has been the breakfast sandwiches.  They must be ordered on the Terra Nova Italian bread that he gets in from Arthur Ave.  He also has loaves on sale at the store so you can feed your addiction even when you can’t come right back to Giacomo’s.  In fact, there are lots of other things for sale that you’d expect at any good Italian deli, like pasta salads and espresso.

Okay, onto our go-to breakfast dish when we have a lazy Sunday:  bacon, egg, and cheese on Terra Nova Italian bread.  The bread is buttered and is toasted on the grill and comes out crispy, toasty, but also still with that great chewy consistency that you get with Italian bread.  They aren’t cheap or skimpy with the bacon, like some places can be.  The bacon is thick, crispy, and full of flavor and adds a great smokiness to the sandwich.  They cook it on the dark side, but that’s the way we love it. The eggs are fresh and cooked in thin layers that are folded on top of each other.  They do it right here.  You go somewhere else nearby and you get frozen eggs or you go to a bagel shop and you get a microwaved version of an egg.  A disgrace, if you ask us.  Finish it up with some American cheese that melts down all gooey, adding more depth and a good variety in texture.  This is a killer breakfast sandwich and is worth it, and the sausage, egg, and cheese is also really good, too.  The sausage patties they use are full of great spice and flavor.  

They do great justice to complete breakfasts too.  You always see a steady stream of people ordering food to go, or sitting down to enjoy a nice bite, whether it’s breakfast or lunch.  So, it’s no wonder why Jack is opening up Giacomo’s Springdale Market right next door.  We asked him about his plans for his market, and he told us, “If you can find it at a supermarket, you’ll probably be able to find it there.”  They’ll have fresh produce and products, especially nice Italian staples like the Terra Nova bread.  What we’re really excited about is that they’ll have prepared, ready to eat meals available to buy.  It doesn’t get better or easier than that, does it?

We live pretty close by to this great Hope Street location that’s between Sherwin Williams and First County Bank, so we’re planning on riding our bikes down a lot to get some fresh food for our meal that night.  Sometime in June October November we should see the doors open and get a taste of what’s in store for Stamford.  It’s open! Until then, we’re going to hold off on giving Giacomo’s a nom rating, but, we’ve already had a taste, and we declare:  it is good.

Cost: $

Giacomo’s Italian Deli
Address:  1100 Hope Street
Stamford, CT 06907
Phone:  (203) 322-2544

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