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Beautiful Bites of the Caribbean at Cafe Turnier in Norwalk

22 Jan

Cafe Turnier in Norwalk Sign

Update:  we’re sad to report that Cafe Turnier is now closed, though the plan is to now continue catering. (1/29/14)

We’d be willing to bet many of you have a mental to-eat list of restaurants you want to go to.  And, we’d also be willing to bet that on that list, you don’t have many unsuspecting little hidden gems. Those tiny little, hole-in-the-wall hotspots that not a lot of people realize are amazing. After all, that’s why they’re called hidden gems. Well, our list had one of those spots on it, Cafe Turnier in Norwalk,  and we finally had our chance to hit it up.

Owner and chef Ernst “Ernie” Turnier was kind enough to invite us in to meet up, talk, and try out some dishes.  Who were we to refuse such an invite?  And, who were we to refuse when Ernie asked us if we liked spicy food and if we loved Haitian and Caribbean food?  Duh, duh, and more duh.

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Lorca in Stamford Opens Online Shop for Coffee, Tea, Pies, and More

14 Jan

Lorca Online Store Merchandise

Fairfield County can’t get enough of Lorca cafe in the heart of Downtown Stamford (we can’t either, voting them the Best Cafe in Fairfield County for 2013).  And, now it’s even easier than ever to get your Lorca fix with the addition of their brand shiny new online shop.  Not only will you be able to place orders for convenient (and free) pick-up at the store, but you’ll also be able to have anything shipped right to your door.

Holidays?

Family over?

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Zeppoleme + OmNomCT team up for four course wine dinner on 1/30

8 Jan

 

Zeppole.  Doesn’t that word instantly make you smile and drool at the same time? Yes, those fried pillowy puffs of doughy goodness that make you feel like a kid again, are the things that dreams are made of.

It’s because of that, that we’re proud and excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Zeppoleme of Port Chester for an exciting, “A Night out with OmNomCT and Friends” event on 1/30 at 7 pm.  You’ll have a chance to meet and talk with both of us and the awesome Zeppoleme owners Marc Tessitore (he also owns Nessa next door) and Robert Squeri as we all chow down on some killer good food and drink some delicious wine.

If you haven’t had the chance to eat at this awesome restaurant that we have raved about (and The New York Times too), then you MUST get in on this dinner on 1/30 starting at 7 pm.  There will be enough food and wine to feed an army of OmNomivores for just $29 + tax and tip.  Now that’s a deal!  Call them up at (914) 481-5900 to make your reservation and get your spot…only about 25 seats, get calling!

We hope to see you there!

Here’s what you’ll get (to om nom nom on):

First

Hearty Tuscan Tomato Soup

With

Bacon Chive and Provolone Zeppole and Mixed Vegetable Zeppole

Wine Pairing:  2012 “Truth Or Consequences” Riesling, Columbia Valley, Washington,

(Lip Smacking, Balanced Fruit, Lime and Green Apple)

Second

Arugula Salad

Cucumber, Cherry Tomatoes, Parmesan Lemon Dressing

Wine Pairing: 2012 “Gazerra” Pinot Grigio, Sicily, Italy

(Light to Medium Bodied, Pear, Lemon, Refreshing Mineral)

Third

Assortment of Butter Pressed Panini

*Slow Braised Beef Short Rib, Brocolli Rabe, Provolone

*Spicy Eggplant, Pepperoncino Peppers, Goat Cheese

*BLT, Bacon Lettuce, Tomato, House Made Aioli

Wine Pairing: 2012 “Pacific Standard” Red Zinfandel, Lodi, CA

(Fabulous Ripeness, Full Bodied, Pepper, Cocoa, Blackberry)

Fourth

Trio Of Oreo, Classic, and Modern Ricotta Folded Zeppole with Buttercream

Your Choice of Latte or Regular Coffee by Stumptown Roasters

Zeppoleme
Noms: 3.75
Cost:  $$
Address:  321 North Main Street
Port Chester, NY
Phone: (914) 481-5900

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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Oh Dio Mio, Zeppoleme! Killer Coffee, Sandwiches, Zeppole + More in Port Chester, NY

18 Jun

Aye, paisanos, have we got a new spot for you to check out! We’re talking ’bout Zeppoleme, right on Main Street in Port Chester, walking distance from our part of Greenwich (uh oh, we’re in trouble). Ever since we saw the sign a few months ago, we’ve been dreaming about the zeppoles we’d enjoy on, oh, say EVERY Sunday morning, starting with this past Sunday when they opened up shop!

Lucky for Kristien’s parents, they just so happened to be in town when they opened…which was the perfect way to round out our weekend of gorging. See just two nights before we had taken the rents out for dinner at Bar Sugo and feasted like the good Italians we are.  But back to Zeppoleme

Immediately, we were happy to see how cute and cozy the interior is. Lots of dark wood tables and rustic tones make Zeppoleme chill, relaxing, and comfortable. Plus, if you’re feeling like it would be nice to eat outside, check out their pretty outdoor garden dining that they share with sister restaurant Nessa next door. Eh, you gonna get to the food? Psshhhh, here are the basics:

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Zeppoleme Brings Coffee, Panini, and Zeppole to Port Chester, NY

19 Mar

 Modern zeppole at Zeppoleme in Port Chester, NY

Update:  Zeppoleme is now open.  Please check out our review! 

Zeppole are perhaps one of the greatest gifts given to humanity, just one rung below fire and internet memes. Dough balls, deep fried, then sprinkled with sugar. They bring back memories of Dan sitting around his grandma’s table, devouring zeppola (the singular form of course) after zeppola, making sure to rub in more powdered sugar all over.   Or, it’s hard to forget the countless Italian feasts that we’ve been to with the scent of zeppole and sausage in the air.  Yeah, it’s awesome to be Italian…or to be married to one, or to be dating one, or to know one, or to pretend to be one.

The bar and kitchen at Zeppoleme in Port Chester, NYAll this talk of zeppole is killing us…you hungry yet? Don’t worry! Getting zeppole will be a whole helluva lot easier starting in a few weeks at Zeppoleme (same owners of Nessa next door) in Port Chester, just over the border of Greenwich. First off, you will be able to get some sweet fried dough in two forms:

  1. Classic:  the original, sprinkled with your choice of powdered sugar, granulated sugar, and/or cinnamon
  2. Modern:  they take the original, then fold in ricotta, making it light and fluffy

Then you’ll want to dip these in one of their four sauces:

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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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