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Adorably delicious brunch with Alex from Sunday Diners! Volta, Stamford

19 May

If you haven’t been following the exciting eating adventures of Alex from Sunday Diners, you’re seriously missing out. Oh, did we mention that he’s just 10 years old?  Yep! He and his dad, James, hit up Connecticut diners and breakfast spots and write about the food, the people,  the experience, and, oh, the bathrooms…but more on that later. Always a fun read, we love seeing where “the boys” (James is a kid at heart) have gone. And, lucky ducky us got to sit in on one of their dining extravanganzas at Volta in Stamford with mom / wife Ann who runs the increasingly popular Fairfieldista. Here’s our adventure…and here’s his on Sunday Diners.

BOW BEFORE ALEX, HOLDER OF BACON!

BOW BEFORE ALEX, HOLDER OF BACON!

We got settled in to our table and enjoyed some nice Sunday morning conversation about the weather, places we’ve traveled, and restaurants we want to try. But soon we moved on from  the small talk and got down to the real business of the day: getting our grub on with some delicious crepes! For Alex, ordering was easy:  the Nutella crepe.   He had already been drinking up a healthy and freshly made juice concoction of carrots, apple, and ginger.  How cool is Alex drinking all his fruits and veggies…a 10 year old food blogger who is more adventurous with food than most adults.   He took out his notepad in preparation for the food arriving, then took a quick look around as if he was looking for something.   For Alex, his Dad explained, it’s not all about the food… it’s also about the bathroom! You’ll learn why soon.

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Café D’Azur Celebrates One Year in Darien with Killer $25 Dinner Deal

21 Apr

The vegetarian platter at Café D’Azur...not to be missed.

One of our favorite places in Stamford used to be Myrna’s.  We say used to be because they closed down, moved shop to Darien, and opened up under a new name with a new concept.  Café D’Azur is the name, crepes, Mediterranean, and Lebanese is their game.  We’ve been sitting on a post about Café D’Azur for a while now, but we just found out about something too cool not to share.  Expect a review and write up pretty soon.

Here’s the news: to celebrate a year in business, Café D’Azur is offering a $25 cash only dinner menu from April 21-28.  Make sure that you mention that you read about this from OmNomCT and you’ll get a free glass of wine.  Really, we’re serious.  Do it.  They won’t look at you funny, they will give you a glass of wine.  Our strategy going in will be to order four different dishes so Danny and I get a good variety.  When we ate here, we were very happy about the food.  The falafel was the best we ever had, the hummus was fresh, and full of flavor.  The service was great and we even get a tip:  mix some hummus with tahini to get a dip of heaven.  So, behold…the menu:

Starter Choices

Soup du Jour

French Onion Soup

Mediterranean Salad:  romaine, diced tomatoes, cucumber, pepper, and sumac in lemon vinaigrette

Provençal Salad:  beet, fennel, corn, gorgonzola cheese with balsamic vinaigrette

House-made Hummus:  plain or with garlic – chickpea dip with sesame tahini sauce and fresh lemon

Escargot à la Bourguignonne:  baked in butter aioli and fresh parsley

Entrée Choices

Scallops St. Jacques:  pan-seared over cauliflower purée, in a carrot juice reduction and basil

Fresh Sole Fillet:  pan-seared à la Française over sautéed spinach

Paella:  simmered seafood, chorizo and chicken with rice in a saffron threads-flavored broth

Brochettes d’ Agneau:  charcoal-grilled lamb kebab-style with vegetables over rice

Brochettes de Poulet:  charcoal-grilled chicken kebab-style with vegetables over rice

Vegetarian Crêpe:  grilled mushrooms, tomato, pepper, zucchini, corn, olives, scallions and greens

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The Missing Link in Downtown Stamford: Gelato, Crepes, and Awesomeness. Volta Gelateria Creperia- Stamford, CT

19 Jun

Coppe of banana, cioccolato, and caffe

After many visits, we finally wrote up a review…and it’s with Alex from Sunday Diners.  Check it out.  

The Missing Link

Downtown Stamford has bars, Italian spots, Chinese spots, burger spots, and McDonald’s, but I don’t think Stamfordites realized what was missing until Volta showed up.  Downtown Stamford has always needed a nice, chill, hip spot for people to sit, relax, and surf on the net while eating.  Downtown Stamford has needed a change for a while, and Volta will bring it with its crepes, salads, drinks, gelato and great service.  Here’s the skinny (well, maybe slightly plump) on Volta and all they have to offer.

A Tour of Volta

Doesn’t that just call out, “summer”?

To start, it’s amazing to see how packed Volta was before it was even technically opened.  We stopped by on two of their soft opening days and the dining room was packed as was the outdoor seating. It seemed though, that the energetic and knowledgable staff moved things along nicely.  Giovanni, one of the owners of Capriccio Café, took us on a tour of his baby.  First stop:  Laboratorio del Gelato.  Seriously, that’s the name of the room.  Packages of fresh fruit are waiting there to be transformed into gelato and sorbet.  All the equipment was imported from Italy and you can see the pride on Giovanni’s face as he talks about how their gelato is made.  Fresh ingredients, made right, made the Italian way, made right at Volta!

Only a small section of their gelato choices

He showed us his gelato, 20 flavors in all, served the old-fashioned Italian way:  rather than scoop it up, they take two spatulas and form the scoops.  Volta is all about doing things right and staying true to Italian roots.  We felt like we were back in Italy for a few hours, roaming the streets of Rome-no pun intended, but certainly hilarious of course.

Gelato Paradise

First of all, just like Italy’s gelato shops, here you pay first, then you select your gelato.  Don’t be the dummy to mess things up, listen to our advice.  Give ’em your order, paesanos:  piccola ($4); media ($5.50); grande ($7); or a Coppe Speciali.  Step over to the gelato counter and drop your jaw in awe of the beauty of what is set before you.  They also have Coppe Speciali (special cups) that look sinfully good such as Coppa Romana:  gelato al fior di latte, hot chocolate, whipped creamed, and biscotto.  Well, we’ve been naughty and have come here two nights in a row so we’ve had 6 of their flavors.  Let’s give you a sampling of what they have:

Some of the amazing Coppe Speciali

What We Tried

Raspberry sorbet and gianduia in background at Volta

Cioccolato:  Holy chocolate batman, dark, strong, and so damn good

Gianduia:  A light chocolate flavor with great hints of hazelnut

Coconut:  Fresh coconut taste with flakes mixed in, delicious.

Banana:  Tasted like smashed up bananas in creamy goodness. Wow.

Caffe:  Good and medium flavored coffee taste, would get again

Raspberry sorbert:  Bright, summery flavors, seeds mixed in for a fresh taste.

What We STILL Hafta Try!

Stracciatella, Hazelnut, Bacio, Vanilla, Strawberry, Pistachio, Chocolate Mint, Biscotto, Nutella, Cream Caramel, Nocciola

Sorbets:  lemon, orange,

Holy Creperia!

Serving up classic Illy espresso!

Yes, Volta’s not just about gelato, they have sweet and savory crepes, salads, desserts, waffles, fresh squeezed juice, drinks, and that cool Italian cafe experience.  There’s free wi-fi and it’s just oh so chill.   We haven’t had a chance to try their food yet, but we’ll be sure to write up a post for our Omnomivores so you get the downlow on this new Stamford hotspot.  As for the Noms, if we based it solely on gelato, we’d give it a 4.5, but until we try their other goodies, we’ll have to hold off.  Ciao, buona notte.

Noms:  3.7

Cost:  $$

Volta Gelateria Creperia
Address: 30 Spring Street
Stamford, CT 06901
Phone: 203-883-8841
Website: http://volta.us/

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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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Holy Creperia! New spot coming to Stamford–Volta Gelateria Creperia, Downtown Stamford

26 May

UPDATE:  Now open!  See our review on their awesome gelato.

When we stopped by Bar Rosso for their opening weekend, we couldn’t help but notice a nice ‘lil goodie coming next door.  Guess what?  Stamford’s getting Volta Gelateria Creperia!  So, of course when we got all excited we immediately went home and searched for more information like the good little bloggers we are. Unfortunately, their website seems to be about as “under construction” as their storefront, so it was a deadend.

So, we basically gave up on finding out any more information, until the other day when we just so happen to be eating at Capriccio Cafe (see our review)after a private tour of Zaza and noticed that Volta gelato was on the dessert menu.  So of course (again being good little food bloggers), we called over the owner to ask him about it. As suspected, they both have the same owners. Apparently, much like Capriccio, there will be outdoor seating, with room for about 50 people.  On the menu? Yep, you guessed it gelato and crepes, but it doesn’t stop there. They’ll also serve wine and beer along with lighter cafe fare like salads and sandwiches with a French twist.  This will be a nice little place to hang out and a good change up from the normal kind of pub and Italian dense restaurants in Downtown Stamford.

We were told that they’d be open in about two weeks, but after looking at the outside and the construction going on, we’d have to say more like a two months, but I guess we’ll see.  We’re excited to try out the gelato and get our crepe on.  They’ll be open for lunch, dinner, and-wait for it-brunch.  Boo yah.  We all need more brunch spots.

Stay tuned for updates our beloved Omnomivores!

Volta Gelateria Creperia

Address:  30 Spring Street

Stamford, CT 06901

Phone:  203-883-8841

Website: http://volta.us/ 

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