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Get on the Menu: Sandwich Recipe Contest for Cafe 1000 in Bridgeport

21 Mar

Cafe 1000  Bridgeport Recipe Contest

Back in February we told you about David Cingari of David’s Soundview Catering opening up Cafe 1000 in Bridgeport.  What can we really say about David, but we freaking love him?  He’s not only the nicest guy around, but he’s redonkulously hilarious…plus he’s one talented dude in the kitchen.  

Anywho, he’s sponsoring a great contest for Cafe 1000!  David, Executive Chef Adlin Fluerency, and the Cafe 1K crew are on the lookout for an awesome sandwich that they will add to their menu.  If your original creation is picked, not only will it be placed on their menu to memorialize your culinary creativity, you’ll also be able to name your sandwich, you’ll get a $50 gift card, and even have the chance to prepare it alongside Chef Fluerency.

Here are the rules:

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Chef Merlin Verrier Dishes about Primary Food & Drink Opening in Greenwich, CT

5 Dec
Primary Food & Drink is almost ready to go!

Primary Food & Drink is almost ready to go!

Update:  Primary Food & Drink is open and here is our review:  Primarily Underwhelming.

As Primary Food & Drink in Greenwich nears opening day, we wanted to dig a little deeper than we got with our original post.  What would the interior be like, what’s been challenging about opening, and what are some of the dishes that Executive Chef Merlin Verrier is excited about making?    We must admit that we got a little help from Merlin with these questions via phone, though.

The interior of Primary Food & Drink, from their @PrimarybyGraham

Starting off, the decor is described by Merlin as Mid-century with a timeless feel.  “It’s something that’s never been done in the area.  We’re not trying to be trendy, we’re just being us.”  Part of that Mid-century charm comes from custom pieces (a stunning chandelier and banquettes) that were created just for the restaurant and acted as the muse (as Chef Verrier calls it) for the decor.  There is enough room for 95 people in two openly connected rooms.  The space can be divided by a curtain, too, creating a private room that can seat 45.  Also, at the bar 36 people can sit and enjoy drinks and the full Primary Food & Drink menu.

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Searching for junk food heaven, ended up in junk food purgatory. Flipside Burger Bar-Fairfield

19 Feb

 

Patty Melt Burger! 10 oz to Incapacitation

Is there ever a day that goes by when you couldn’t go for a nice greasy burger or crispy, sizzle-sazzled fries?  Don’t even try lying, we all know you’re full of it.  To be alive you must love burgers, it’s in our Constitution.  You might as have a scarlet “A” embroidered on your shirt if you admit to not having burger cravings, seriously.  Yeah, then whip yourself to purge the evil desires of the flesh–beef that is.

Well, recently we found ourselves in our old haunt of Fairfield (we use to lived in Black Rock) because we claimed a killer deal from Groupon that snagged us 16 bucks worth of food for only $8 at Flipside Burger Bar.  Not too shabby! ;)  The menu was right to the point and not too big–just front and back.  There were burgers, dogs, shakes (adult and virgin), sandwiches, and salads.  Salads?  Salads!  Yeah, that should be ratified into our Constitution too.  Something about not serving salads at a burger bar.  But, I got ya–not everybody eats meat.  Hey, I was veg for 10 years, I know what it’s like. :)

Well, Kristien saw one thing on the menu and nearly burst:  Root Beer Float.  She only saves floats for special occasions and I guess this was one.  Then again, any time out at a place that serves root beer floats is a special occasion!  I went the naughty route and ordered the Chocolate Covered Nutty Banana shake.  It wasn’t overly chocolately which I was really happy with, but the banana flavor didn’t really come through.  :)  I could definitely taste the Frangelico in there, giving it that nutty taste, but like I said, the banana taste was very subtle because of the banana liquor.  Try as hard as I could, I couldn’t stir that bad boy enough to mix in all the liquor so it all pooled down at the bottom.  It was a good drink, but I just wanted more banana, especially if that’s in the  title of the shake.

Now, onto our burgers.  Kristien had the artery clogging Breakfast Burger, topped with bacon, cheddar, and a fried egg.  The meat was cooked well and the bacon and cheddar were tasty, but the egg yolk was cooked through (adding that to the Constitution, yolks must be soft and runneth over) and, the burger fell short on the spice and seasoning department.  It almost seemed that they had the ground beef in the kitchen and forgot to put all good stuff inside to make it awesome.  We both agreed that with the extra seasonings, the burgers would be great.  Instead, the toppings stood out more and were more of the stars.  On the side was some pretty good coleslaw and you can trust Kristien on that.  She’s the coleslaw conneseiur, but I despise the stuff.  I can’t even let it touch my food or I’ll flip out.  Who else is with me on that one?  And, of course, she had some fries smothered in cheese.  The fries were nice and crispy and crunched oh so nicely when you bit in, but–again–they needed seasoning or even just salt.

Then there was my burger.  I had a choice:  Sirloin at 6 oz. or a Fat Boy at 10 oz.  I thought I was hungry, but I was oh so wrong and would greatly pay the price for ordering that Patty Melt 10 ouncer!  This burger was a beast.  Just look at the picture. Seriously. Look at it.  You’ve got a burger piled on top of tomato, onion, and lettuce, sure, but there’s more.  Oh so much more.  Buns aren’t needed here.  Flipside uses grilled cheese sandwiches.  Oh. hell. yes.  The flavors going on here with this burger were ridiculous and out of control because of the sandwich au fromage grillé. I just looked that up to impress you–did it work?  But, like Kristien’s burger, my beef suffered from spice-dysfunction.

Flipside Burger Bar has lots of potential here.  They just gotta get their salt and seasoning act together, though, if they’re going to feed the masses.  We’d definitely come back here again and see if they’re worked on their recipes and what their other food is like.  So, in the meantime, we’ll keep getting our burger fix at Filling Station Company in New Canaan, CT.  They’ve perfected the burger experience and are turning 1 in March and are having lots of free giveaways including a year of free lunches!

Noms:  3
Price:  $$
Flipside Burger Bar
Address:1125 Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824-6005
(203) 292-8233
Site:  http://www.flipsiderestaurant.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Flipside-Burger-Bar/174557600918?ref=ts&sk=wall
 

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New Italian spot offers inventive menu – Tappo, Stamford

7 Nov

Ah, to try new restaurants, in hopes that you might find the one that becomes your favorite, that jewel to place in your proverbial crown (or something like that).  Tappo, only opened a few weeks ago, and based on our friend Dave’s recommendation, we were really wishing this would be true.  When we arrived, we were struck by how nicely the dining room was decorated.  The space is small, with a limited amount of tables.  We checked in with reservations, but still had to wait, though the hostess was very friendly about it.

To start, we ordered the Insalata di Rucola con Pomodorini e Scaglie:  arugula, cherry tomatoes, and shaved grana.  The lemony/acidic hints of the dressing were cut nicely by the earthy and sharp taste of the grana cheese.  By itself this was a very good salad, but we added the softest, most delicate Prosciutto di San Daniele from their nice menu of Italian meats.  Making this combination ourselves was good and made up for a limited amount of salads to choose from.

For my main dish, I didn’t have much trouble deciding on the Guanciale pizza.  This dish really had everything that I love in the world on it:  browned fingerling potatoes, cured Italian bacon, white cheese sauce, and a sprinkle of truffle oil.  Start with a light, fluffy crust that isn’t too thick or too thin.  It reminded me of the consistency and taste of a zeppole.  All the tastes together synced so well and were amazing.  The only thing that I wished was different was varying textures because everything was soft/chewy.  The Italian bacon was in strips and few parts were crunchy.  If the chunks were smaller and crisped up a little before putting on the pizza, I think this would be a killer dish.  It was a bit hard to swallow when you were down to the last slice, so this is a dish that would be better to be shared.

Ending off the meal, I had a nice thick and strong duo shot of espresso and had two scoops of gelato:  chocolate/hazelnut and olive oil.  The scoop of chocolate/hazelnut was definitely strong and had a nice light hazelnut taste, though there was quite a strong after taste of cinnamon that I didn’t particularly enjoy.  I was left with that “gritty,” “drying” taste that cinnamon can often have.  On the other hand, the olive oil gelato was creamy, fresh, and had that nutty, fruity taste of olive oil.  It was surprisingly good and left me wanting more.

In all, this restaurant has a unique and creative view on Italian food.  The food was great, but the wine was overpriced as compared to the price of the average dish.  We ended up paying $45 for a bottle that would probably cost $15 at a wine shop, and should cost $30 for a restaurant like this.  There was only a handful of wines under $50, the lowest being $35.  The dishes were reasonably priced, though, which brings us to a rating of $$$ out of 5.  Nomability?  We’ve got to give this new Italian a very respectable 3.5 Noms out of 5.  Ciao!

 Also, check out our review on their San Danielle pizza, featured on CBS Connecticut.
 
Noms:  3.5
Cost:  $$$
 
Address:  51 Bank Street
Stamford, CT 06901
Phone:  (203) 588-9870
Site:  http://www.tapporestaurant.com
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001655225989

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It’s all about the margaritas baby – Riviera Maya, Stamford

31 Oct

Let’s lay it all out on the table right now–I consider myself to be somewhat of a Mexican food snob. I’m not sure where in my life I earned that right, considering the closest to Mexico I’ve ever lived is Atlanta, but nonetheless, here I am. In fact, when I moved to CT, I thought there couldn’t possibly be any GOOD Mexican food around here. Clearly, I was mistaken.

Riviera Maya is one of those restaurants I’d categorize under GOOD Mexican. Not fantastic, but definitely good and reliable. On our recent visit I ordered the Atlixo (which I clumsily flubbed the pronunciation of 3 times): two crispy fried tortillas topped with refried beans, lettuce, tomato, onions, avocado, sour cream, and best of all, strip steak. While the steak was cooked medium rare, just as I like it, and very nicely seasoned with a little salt, garlic, and perhaps some cumin, I don’t think I’d order it again. Overall it was a bit bland compared to other items they have on the menu (like the Taquitos Pastor de Pollo Danny’s going to tell you about).

Ok, now here’s where Riviera Maya goes from just good to GOOD: FRESH GUACAMOLE and JALEPENO MARGARITAS. Yep, both take the award home for best I’ve ever had!

The guacamole is made fresh at your table, exactly as you like it. Choose from any or all of the typical ingredients: onions, cilantro, tomato, salt, pepper, fresh-squeeze lime juice, and jalapenos to go as spicy (more please) or as mild (lame) as you want. The finished masterpiece is served up in a heavy stone bowl placed in the center of the table (or right in front of my face if you’re dining with me).

To wash it all down is the most fantastic margarita that both cools the senses and burns the tongue at the same time: the jalapeno margarita. Not too weak, not to strong, get it frozen or on the rocks, you really can’t go wrong with this ying and yang cocktail, which is just spicy enough to give you that tingle, but refreshing enough to wash down the spiciest meal.

And, to round out our score of 3.5 noms, the wait staff is friendly and accommodating, service is fast, but unhurried, and the prices are reasonable.

Noms: 3.5
Cost:  $$
 
Riviera Maya
Address:  20 Summer Street
Stamford, CT 06901
Phone: (203) 588-9400
Site:  http://www.rivieramayact.com
 
 

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