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La Vida del Mercat Returns to Barcelona SoNo w/ Cheese, Wine, Beer, Food + Spanish Imports

14 Apr

After the success of last year’s La Vida del Mercat, Barcelona in South Norwalk follows up with another sure-fire hit event. This year will prove to be even more awesome as Barcelona recreates the vibe of a classic Spanish market. In a fun twist, there will be a a mixture of Spanish foods and imports along with local food and drinks, too. For $40, you’ll get a chance to taste and drink as much as you’d like with all of the vendors on 4/15, starting at 7. 

Just check out this list:

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Mercado: Street Food + Rave Takes a Bite Outta Stamford

17 Feb

Three60 Events Mercado Street Food Rave

When we went to Barcelona a few years ago, we checked out La Boqueria. It was an amazing experience with fresh food, veggies, and fruits that seemingly went on for miles aisle after aisle. And, mixed in around the mercado were restaurants that specialized in foods like pizza, empanadas, coffee, fresh squeezed jugos, seafood, and more. Well, Barcelona is a bit far to travel for that kind of experience, but checking out Mercado on March 1 isn’t so tough.
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Holiday hijinks + deals in the 203 for the weekend of 12/6-7

5 Dec

Wheat Beer at Port Chester Hall and Beer Garden

Sometimes there might be one or two events to write about that are going down on the same weekend, but then again there are times when there’s a crazy amount of awesomeness happening all at the same time. Well, it just so happens to be one of those weekends coming up! So, as promised, here’s a schmatering (how did we even know how to spell that?) of things going on in Fairfield County!

12/6

1) Little Barn in Westport is having their 1 Year Anniversary Party! They’ll have live music from the kickass Alpaca Gnomes starting at 9:30 with free hors d’oeuvre and drink specials alllll nightttt lonnngggggg.

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Ripka’s Bridgeport Market floods food desert, Stamford seeks downtown suitor

3 Jun

Ripka’s Bridgeport Market Set to Rejuvenate Downtown Bridgeport

Clyde Ripka is no stranger to markets or restaurants in Connecticut.  He owns Ripka’s Market in Norwalk and Stamford, Ripka’s SoNo Cafe, and Ripka’s Beach Cafe at Calf Pasture Beach.  And, with the new addition of Ripka’s Bridgeport Market, he’s created a hybrid of all his locations with a heart and purpose.  His brand new Ripka’s Market in downtown Bridgeport will fill a massive gap that has long plagued people that have lived downtown and who have wanted groceries or a store to find a quick and healthy meal for dinner.  In fact, studies have shown that people without access to fresh produce and a good selection of food encounter many problems.  According to a study done by the USDA in 2009, 11.5 million people in low-income areas live more than a mile from a supermarket.  Many people, when faced with shopping at a market far away (especially if they have no car) will shop at small bodegas or shops (usually more expensive) or even rely on fast food restaurants for cheap and easy meals.  Unfortunately, the reliance on fast food and the lack of farm fresh food packs on the pounds, clogs the arteries, and keeps the body devoid of essential nutrients.

But, now with Ripka’s Market open, the people who live in Downtown Bridgeport have an option that they haven’t had in quite a while.  They’ll be able to pick up freshly baked bread and other goodies, market-made sausage, freshly butchered meat, produce, seafood, groceries, cheeses, a salad bar, a cafe, and prepared foods for meals on the go.  All of this can be found inside the 7,500 square foot space that is part of the historically amazing Arcade Mall.  You’ll have quick and easy access to Ripka’s Market from the street or through inside the Arcade Mall that is now occupied by Main Street Pharmacy and the Bridgeport Arts and Cultural Council.

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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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Farm-to-table dining, unexpected atmosphere – Farmer’s Table, New Canaan

14 Nov

When you walk into Farmer’s Table on 21 Forest Street in New Canaan, it doesn’t look like much… and I kinda like it that way. An open kitchen, butcher block style tables with flickering candles, and even a refrigerated case makes you wonder:  is it a market? A cafe? A fine-dining establishment? Well, the answer is sort of all of the above.  And, being a design minimalist, I can appreciate that ambiguity.

Upon arriving we were immediately greeted by co-owner Lucia. And what a gracious host she was. Warm and incredibly friendly, Lucia introduced us to her partner, Robert Ublaldo, former chef at Tequila Mockingbird, and told us all about their restaurant, and more importantly, the story of their ingredients. Man, I love it when food comes with a story, don’t you?

As farm-to-table obviously implies, much of the ingredients are hand-delivered fresh that week, even that day.  Most of the vegetables come from Robert’s very own farm in Pound Ridge and many of the meats (notably, the Berkshire pigs) come from his brother, John Ublaldo’s farm, John Boy’s Farm, in Cambridge, NY. And, of course, because they aim to source as many of their ingredients as possible from area farms, their menu has been known to change on a whim. So what you see here today, may not be there tomorrow. Ooo, I love surprises!

The menu is small, with no specific type of food dominating. Despite the limited selection, Danny and I had a very hard time choosing between the pork tacos, chicken quesadillas, angus burger, and duck, which all had a very unique twist or two to them. Ultimately, I landed on the angus burger and Danny, the pork tacos (after a VERY strong recommendation from Amy, our super-friendly waitress).

Before we dove into the main course however, we were given a sample of their “famous” butternut squash soup. We both thoroughly enjoyed the soup’s warm undertones of brown sugar and honey with a punch of spiciness from the nutmeg. Next up was some soft and gooey freshly-baked bread made by Robert himself just minutes before.  And lastly, before the feature presentation, a deliciously fresh mixed greens salad topped with beets, tomatoes, walnuts, and my favorite food in the whole world, goat cheese. Not too much of any thing, nor to little, it was the perfect salad. Now, onto the main course. My angus burger was very fresh, perfectly cooked, and topped with incredibly smooth and sharp Vermont Cheddar cheese, between what seemed to be freshly-baked buns.  My only disappointment was that I think the burger could have been more seasoned… actually, it didn’t seem seasoned at all which made what could’ve been the perfect burger, quite bland.

But fret not, because any disappointment the burger brought was completely canceled by trying Danny’s pork tacos. The soft tacos featured fantastically seasoned braised Berkshire pork that melted in my mouth, plump and juicy red and yellow tomatoes, perfectly ripened avocados, lettuce, a twist of lime, and a chipotle sauce on the side that delivered the perfect kick of spice. FANTASTIC! To end the meal, we shared a piece of homemade pumpkin pie that could’ve used a few more spices, but was very creamy and smooth, topped with fresh-made whipped cream, served with just ground and brewed coffee.

The combination of almost perfect food, attentive, kind, and welcoming service, much lower than expected prices, and a quaint atmosphere add up to a total score of 3.75 noms. Juuuuust shy of a 4, but with definite potential to be a 4 or higher as they grow and change their menu.

Note: If you’re dining-in, don’t forget to BYOB, there’s a $10 corking fee. We enjoyed a nice bottle of Foxglove 2007 Zinfandel from Paso Robles. The fruitiness from the dark berries, the kick of herbs, and peppery finish made it the perfect complement to our entire meal.

Noms:  3.75

Cost:  $$

Farmer’s Table
Address:  21 Forest Street
New Canaan, CT 06840-4702
Phone:  (203) 594-7890

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