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Spend the weekend of your (food) dreams at Saybrook Point Inn + Spa, Old Saybrook

10 Feb

What’s better than a wonderfully relaxing weekend getaway at a charming inn and spa in beautiful costal Connecticut? Oh, you know, a wonderfully relaxing weekend getaway at a charming inn and spa in beautiful coastal Connecticut, centered entirely around amazing food! Yeah, that’s happening at Saybrook Point Inn and Spa in Old Saybrook and you need to get in on it, stat!

Saybrook Point Inn and Spa’s Food Lovers Weekends offer “food enthusiasts” an amazing opportunity to go behind the scenes of their highly acclaimed casual fine dining restaurant, Fresh Salt. Executive Chef Leslie Tripp and his team will be your tour guide through the whole experience, not only telling you about the restaurant’s philosophy and practices with local farmers and food suppliers, but also walking your through, step by step, how to create culinary masterpieces. You know you’re in great hands with Chef Tripp since he’s a graduate of the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and spent some time at Michelin Starred Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in England alongside our hero, Gordon Ramsay, when he was just a sous chef for the legendary Master Chef, Raymond Blanc.

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Alan Richman from GQ names Le Penguin in Greenwich one of the Best 25 New Restaurants of 2014

21 Mar

(Pictures from http://lepenguinbistro.com)

Alan Richman, writer for GQ and 14 time James Beard winner for journalism, is no stranger to Connecticut and what our restaurants have to offer.  Last year he named the Green-Goddess Deviled Eggs at the Whelk as one of the “The 50 Best Things to Eat and Drink Right Now and put it on his 10 Trophy Dishes of 2013.  And, this March, he has released a new list that features another Connecticut restaurant:  “The Perfect Night Out: GQ’s 25 Best New Restaurants in America, 2014.”

The list (scroll down) takes you through a to-eat list of places throughout the country and there, right at #17, is Le Penguin in Greenwich.  While this restaurant might be new, the location isn’t new at all…it’s where the famed Jean Louis used to be.  And, if Richman’s praise is any indication, Le Penguin should be around for quite a while.  Here’s some of what he said about this new hot spot:

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Red Means Go @ Rouge Brasserie + Oyster Bar in Greenwich, CT

10 Dec
Yeah, where we dined, NBD...

The stunning side room where we dined…

What major things have you accomplished in 12 days? Maybe you were able to bake up your holiday cookies, redecorate a room to your house, or reorganize your closets. Oorrrr, how about opening and redesigning an entire new restaurant? That’s exactly what Rouge Brasserie & Oyster Bar, transforming the space that was Lolita into a brand new swanky hotspot. Fabiana, the designer for cb5 Restaurant Group, made use of some of the design elements of Lolita, while adding her own touches as well as the ideas of Jodi Pennette. Everybody pitched in, including General Manager Diego who hand painted the beautifully ornate mirrors in the back room.

The very talented Josh Moulton

The very talented Josh Moulton

Rouge is sexy, lush, and oozes that certain je ne sais quoi of a French brasserie. The bar is quaint and intimate, while off to the side you have an elevated dining area, a large room with comfortable dining areas, and a large, stunning communal table. We were there as guests for a press dinner and you best believe we were ready to eat. With Executive Chef Josh Moulton (of Union Square Cafe, Gabriele’s, Tavern on the Green, Gramercy Tavern, a CIA grad, and a sommelier at age 24), we were excited to see what was in store.

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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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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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