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Behold the awesomeness that was the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival 2015

29 Sep

 

 

We have to admit, we had a major case of the Sunday blahs this week. See, we had so much fun at the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival celebrating the best in food and drink from Fairfield County, to Westchester and even a bit of NYC, that we didn’t want it to end. In fact, while we’ve always had a great time, we felt like this year’s events were the best yet! Let us thrown down a recap so you can start looking forward to Greenwich Wine + Food Festival 2016. Continue reading

CT Food News Vol. 40: BBQ Beast Mode, Tasting Dinners, Events, Fests, Restaurant News, Beer Talk + More

14 May

What a beautiful warm weather week that it’s been, huh? We’ve got plenty of things for you to do, festivals to check out, special dinners to attend, news and restaurant openings to stay on top of, and some general beer talk for the CT beer geek. We’re your one stop shop . . . see ya next week with more! 😉

Events, Dinners + More 

5/14-17 Make sure that you’ve entered our contest to win a pair of tickets to the Ninety 9 Bottles Craft Beer Festival

5/15 Stop by Green & Tonic in Cos Cob to meet up with Mike’s Organic Delivery service. They’ll be there from 11:30-1:30 and will be showing off their farm fresh fruits and veggies. If you sign up there, you’ll get a killer deal by using coupon code GTSEASON. You can also arrange for pickup at the Darien or Cos Cob locations.

5/15 Hoodoo Brown BBQ in Ridgefield opens for the first time at 6 pm! Oh yeah . . . check out our detailed preview to see why we’re so excited.

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SoWe Food + Wine Festival 2014 Ft. Celebrity Chefs + Demos, Restaurants, Food Trucks and Drinks Galore

18 Aug

While we focus on Fairfield County, we sometimes can’t control ourselves when it comes to nearby towns and events: there’s the CT Brewers Guild Brewfest at Ski Sundown, Miya’s in New Haven, Coals in Port Chester, Captain Lawrence Brewery in Elmsford, and there’s also the SoWe Food & Wine Festival.  That’s Southern Westchester Food & Wine Festival for you n00bs.

This event, now in its third year, (2012 was Taste of Scarsdale which morphed into the SoWe Food & Wine Fest) brings together the best of food in NYC, Westchester and Fairfield Counties, along with excellent wine (beer too) and exclusive experiences.  SoWe goes down from 9/19-21 with tickets ranging from $0 to $85 for the Celebrity Chef Battle on Friday.  They have also teamed up with WhyHunger, Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps, The Community Counseling Center, JDRF, Greyston, and the Food Bank for Westchester to donate a sizable portion of their profits from the weekend to these important charities.

Let’s take you through the different days and options that you can take part in.

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The Play by Play for Your Big Game Day via Alternative Control

29 Jan

Team OmNom for Alternative Control CT

When Alternative Control asked us on Twitter, if we were on board for a post on their site, we were like, DUH!  We love their free spirit, their voice, and what they stand for:  full out footballs to the wall awesomeness.  Then, we thought about what we could write about, what we could share…what we came up with was “The Play by Play for Your Big Game Day,” a to-do list of things to do on Sunday, February 3.  So, not only do we have your pre-game covered, we have your game-time covered with lots of specials and deals at local bars and restaurants throughout Lower Fairfield County.  Here’s a sneak peek with a link to our post and some of the other posts from some other rockstar bloggers:

Part of the excitement of checking out Sunday’s big game (we are under obligation by the mega-monopolies that rule this world not to say what we’re actually talking about but to hint at what we’re talking about, even though you all know what we’re talking about, though of course we could ask permission, but we’d probably be denied use of the name) is the excitement, the adrenaline rush, and eating and drinking whatever the hell you want.  Yeah, there are no limits at all on the biggest game day of the year.  So, we’ve put together a check list of things to do on February 3, 2013.

☑ Check out Chowdafest V before the game from 11-4 pm at Webster Bank Arena.  We’re talking nearly 30 soups and chowders from 25 different restaurants.  You pick your faves and they could actually win…too bad you can’t pick a game winner that easily, huh?  Think of all the money you could make…

☑ Pre-game Party!  Buy at least a pound of bacon and wrap everything in the fridge with it.  Bacon-wrapped chicken, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, bacon-wrapped pulled pork, bacon-wrapped ribs, bacon-wrapped chicken wings, bacon-wrapped breadsticks, even bacon-wrapped bacon.  If you want to add more flavor to those wings, try Stamford’s own Hoardable Hot Sauce!  Tail-gate in the backyard or parking lot and make sure to make lots of noise.  Leave before the police get called.

Read the rest of the to-do list including places to watch the game here at Alternative Control, Metal…and everything else you need to live!

Raven for Kibbie! from The Headbanging Hostess

This Counts as a Vegetable, Right? from Alicia Ghio, The Natural Princess

Bair’s Swathed Swine from Ryan Bair

Dipped in Beans from Vegetarian Metalhead

Stuffed with Mayonnaise from Jessica May

Casa Villa Owner Opens Hacienda Villa in Bridgeport, City Rejoices

17 Jan

It’s no surprise that Casa Villa in Stamford is one of our favorite Mexican spots in the area.  In fact, when people ask us for our favorite place to get tacos or where they can get the most authentic Mexican food, we invariably say they should check out Casa Villa on 866 Main Street, owned by Alvino Villa.  He’s a really great guy, helped to raise over $2,500 with us for Hurricane Sandy relief, and wants to bring people all the great food that he experienced while living in Puebla, Mexico.

Well, people of Bridgeport…now is the time for your to rejoice, for your fiesta.  Yes, Alvino’s new authentic Mexican restaurant called Hacienda Villa (website soon to be updated) opens tonight, 1/17.  You’ll be able to get the same amazing food because, after all, it comes from the tried and true recipes of the Villas. So, make sure that you stop on by Hacienda Villa at 2810 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport.

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Where to ring in 2013 in Fairfield County: New Year’s Eve dining details.

17 Dec

If you’re looking for where you can celebrate the coming of 2014, check out this post.  

We might have written about the world coming to an end, thanks to a bunch of Mayans who forgot to finish the calendar, but we’re still optimistic about our future.  We’re so optimistic, in fact, that we’ve prepared a nice list of places to paint the town red (or white, or rosé) on New Year’s Eve.  Whether you want to go all NYE crazy, or have a nice meal out with friends, family, or even your honey boo boo (awww), we’ve got the details. So, take a look through, get your reservations in quick, and have a great new year.  We’ll update this with more restaurants as we find them.  If you have any to add to this, please let us know.

Bridgeport

Barnum Publick House:  $45 for a 4 course dinner that includes a champagne toast at midnight.  Call at (203) 690-1044 for reservations.

Greenwich

Morello Bistro:  5-7:30 is a la carte and 8:30-11 is a $95 4 course dinner with a prosecco toast and a live DJ.  Check for reservations at (203) 661-3443.

New Canaan

Boulevard18:  A special New Year’s Eve menu will be available.  Call for reservations at (203) 594-9900.

elm:  five courses for $125, paired with wine for $75 more.  Call 203-920-4994 to reserve your table.

Norwalk

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22 Dishes to Try in Fairfield County before the End of the World. Thanks Mayans.

10 Dec

“The 2012 phenomenon comprises a range of eschatological beliefs according to which cataclysmic or transformative events will occur on 21 December 2012.[1][2][3][4][5][6] This date, is regarded as the end-date of a 5125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar.[7] Various astronomical alignments and numerological formulae have been proposed as pertaining to this date, though none have been accepted by mainstream scholarship.

A New Age interpretation of this transition is that the date marks the start of time in which Earth and its inhabitants may undergo a positive physical or spiritual transformation, and that Dec. 21, 2012 may mark the beginning of a new era.[8] Others suggest that the date marks the end of the world or a similar catastrophe. Scenarios suggested for the end of the world include the arrival of the next solar maximum, an interaction between Earth and the black hole at the center of the galaxy,[9] or Earth’s collision with a planet called “Nibiru”.”  Wikipedia.

In other words, we’re all screwed.  Now, you might be a bit disappointed that the world will end on 12/21/12.  Look, don’t go blaming the Mayans.  They gave us chocolate, the number zero, and an ancient form of chewing gum.  We can definitely let this minor infraction of a planetary destruction that wipes out the human race slide.

Well, we wouldn’t want your world to end if you’ve never tasted some of the best food around in Fairfield County.  So, put these dishes on your check list, eat up, and check ‘um off.  At least when the world ends you’ll be satisfied and will feel like you’ve done something great with your life.  And, if it’s a long and drawn out end of the world, you’ll have plenty of stored fat to survive a few more days while all hell breaks loose.

Darien

1) The pillowy and fluffy gnocchi at Scena Wine Bar

Fairfield

2) Georgia Red Hot topped with sauerkraut, mustard, and sweet relish with fries from Super Duper Weenie

3) The roasted corn with butter, lime juice, cotija cheese and ancho chili dust at Bodega Taco Bar (also in Darien and at Valencia in Norwalk)

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Join Us in Helping Fairfield County Restaurants Give Back: A Buck for a Beer to Support Hurricane Sandy Relief

5 Nov

We heard all the hype on tv, on the radio, and all over the web.  There’s a storm coming and it has the potential to be destructive and cause massive flooding.  Maybe we all felt sheltered, maybe we all felt safe, maybe we thought it was all just hype, but when Hurricane Sandy actually came ripping through NJ, NY, and CT, we saw the truth.  This was the real thing.  Flooding, taking out the Atlantic City coastline, washing one of the most famous boardwalks in the world out to sea.  Towns, now wastelands of trees, downed wires, flooded roads, and houses overcome by wind and water.  In Connecticut, people lost their cars, their homes, their pets, their loved ones, and their sense of security in the world.  Even now, people cling on through the cold days of November without any power.  The width and breadth of this horrible natural disaster is truly incomprehensible and mind-boggling.

Seeing all this horrible devastation made us feel like we HAD to do something, as I’m sure many of you felt too. We immediately thought about how we could use OmNomCT to help and started reaching out to restaurants with an idea. In just a few short days, we’ve seen amazing response from some of our most beloved local restaurants and together we have an exciting announcement for you…

A wonderful group of generous Fairfield County restaurants have signed on to take part in A Buck for a Beer to Support Hurricane Sandy Relief.  Here’s how it works:

1) Visit any of the restaurants listed below between Wednesday 11/7 and Wednesday 11/14.

2) Order the beer(s) listed below and drink up.

3) In turn, they will donate $1 for Hurricane Sandy relief for each beer ordered.

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Where to eat and charge up in Lo. Fairfield County after Sandy

31 Oct

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This is a first for us: writing a post from our iPad while we suffer through no power. Serves us right for creating sarcastic and joking top ten lists about Hurricane Sandy. She must have been listening to us. She-devil.

So, we have found ourselves in the position of needing hot meals, heat, and a place to charge our 235 electronic devices. Here are some of our favorite places for you to go to and recharge. If you have more fab places that people should go to, let us know. We will try to update for you.

Bridgeport

New Colony Diner
Two Boots Pizza

Darien

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza

Fairfield

Bodega Taco Bar
The Chelsea (awaiting health inspection, but probably open by now)
Circle Diner
Colony Grill
Duchess (lots of plugs and fast food, though we’ve only been once)
Molto

Greenwich

Meli-Melo
Barcelona: you can eat here or even just charge up, no purchase needed.

New Canaan

Chef Luis
South End
Station Eats
Thali

Norwalk

7-11 (just bought hot dog flavored potato chips)
Bar Sugo
Barcelona: you can eat here or even just charge up, no purchase needed.
The Ginger Man
The Spread
Valencia
Wave Hill Bakery and Cafe

Stamford

Barcelona: you can eat here or even just charge up, no purchase needed.
Coalhouse Pizza
Colony Grill
Dairy Inn
Olio
Rizutto’s
Rye Ridge Deli
Station Eats
Vinny’s Backyard
Zaza Gastrobar

Westport

Blu Parrot
Le Farm
Rizutto’s
The Whelk

Ole! Olio brings amazing downtown flare and flavor to Springdale – Stamford, CT

30 Jul

Living in the Springdale neighborhood of Stamford, we’ve been waiting 5 years for a delicious, downtown-esque restaurant to open up within walking distance of our home. Well, we are happy to say Olio has made it happen! Now if you remember from our last post announcing Olio, it is not Italian like you might think. Actually, it’s kind of hard to put your fork on what exactly Olio is.  It’s sort of New American, Nuevo Latino with Italian influence and it totally works!  Here’s why:

The Service

Kind, helpful, and quick would sum it up.  If the water was close to empty, it was filled. Your wine was poured for you when it ran low.  Don’t you love that? :)  Moira Hyland, co-0wner with Chef Steve, even made her way around the restaurant to make sure things were going perfectly. As we eavesdropped, we heard some amazingly positive feedback.

The Food

Although the menu fit on one page, it was very difficult to narrow down our picks.  In the end, we came up with a great strategy:  we’d share each app and each entree, giving each of us four different tastes.  Oh, but there’s dessert too, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Starting off, you get some soft Italian bread that you can dip in a roasted pepper and olive tapenade or a white bean hummus.  The olive tapenade was salty (not too salty), full of that olive bite, and tangy from the peppers and the white bean hummus was creamy and had nice hints of garlic. We asked for more of that, omnomrific!

We started with seared sea scallops with smoked cauliflower fondue and sweet & sour golden raisins.  The fondue was light, but yet was still full of flavor.  The raisins added a wonderful brightness that balanced out the seafood flavor from the scallops.  The scallops were cooked perfectly, the sauce added a great sweet taste, and the cauliflower creamy. This was our favorite!

Then onto braised pork shoulder with avocado, pickled red onions, coriander, and crispy plantains.    The pork was delicately braised, was tender, and oh so juicy.  On top of the pork was a bright, fresh pickled red onion salad with chunks of avocado.  Steve served all of this on top of flattened plantains, crispy and fried to perfection.  DELISH!

Next was house made ricotta gnocchi with lobster, shallots, a brandy tomato cream sauce, and arugula on top.  The sauce is light and creamy.  The gnocchi is light and pillowy, with a good bite to it.  The lobster was cooked nicely and the tomato added that nice touch of just a little tartness.  Somehow this manages to feel like a light dish.

And lastly we enjoyed the beef short rib with truffle mashed potato, ancho chili, and tomato confit. Mmm, the meat just fell of the bone with a gentle pull and the sauce had this delicious, exotic flavor with a hint of cinnamon that really rounded it out. And the truffle mashed potatoes, oh yeah, just enough truffle flavor, creamy with chunks of potatoes—just how we like it!

Oh, and we washed everything down with a bottle of organic, environmentally friendly Como Sur 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon / Carmenere blend from Chile.

For dessert we had the cinnamon doughnuts with Nutella dipping sauce.  When you bite into these soft and moist bad boys, you can really taste the cinnamon. It tasted like a churro actually. These are seriously the most moist donuts we’ve ever had and found out it was because the chef added just a little ricotta. Good call, chef!  After he talked with us a bit about his donuts, he also made his way around the restaurant, and people were gushing about how awesome their food was.  Yeah, he’s the man.

And the Creme Anglaise bread pudding which had a great vanilla flavor. This was a pretty traditional bread pudding that—although it tasted delish and was moist—was a bit too bread-y for us…we prefer our bread pudding on the creamier side.  We shared both desserts with a nice spot o’ joe from Ward Coffee of Norwalk.

Our Overall Take on Olio

What can we say?  We’re glad that Hope Street and Springdale now have some tasty, super creative food.  Olio is breathing life into the culinary scene and we venture to say this will become a go-to spot for us and many others. Definitely head on down to our neighborhood and check it out!

Olio
Noms: 4
Cost: $$$
Address:  934 Hope Street
                  Stamford, CT 06905
Phone:  (203) 817-0303
Fax:  (203) 817-0305

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