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Food Trucks, Demos, Living Green + More @ Fairfield’s Earth Day Celebration 2014

11 Apr


Earth Day happens every April 22, but the core and heart of this day is something that we hope lives on for the other 364 days a year.  “Living Green” isn’t about just recycling…there’s so much more that we can do to help out our Mama.  What exactly can you do, you ask?  We’ve got some ideas in our heads, but there’s also a huge celebration planned to answer just that question:  Fairfield’s Earth Day Celebration 2014!

This Earth Day celebration is free, open to the public, and is being held on 4/26/14 from 10-4 pm at Fairfield Warde High School.  Here’s a mere schmatering of what’s in store for attendees:

4/26/14!

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This Sunday: Sustainable Food + Farm Expo 2014 to Benefit Audubon Greenwich

3 Mar

A few months back, we checked out Audubon Greenwich for the first time with our friend Julia.  The purpose of our visit?  Their annual Hawkwatch Festival & Green Bazaar!  Not only did we get to see lots of birds of prey and hawks as part of a demo given by Bill Robinson, but we also learned some tips for identifying different hawks and birds as they pass by.  Believe it or not, they have people actively watching the skies at Audubon Greenwich to keep tallies on how many of different kinds of birds, hawks, eagles, vultures, and other species pass through Greenwich.  The culmination of the day was watching the Audubon staff release a hawk they had rehabilitated be released.  They threw him off the balcony of their main building and at first he was a bit unsteady, but then he suddenly burst out, flying away, twisting in loops as he discovered he was better and free.

facebook_1963797133This is just a tiny portion of the great work, education, and activities that Audubon Greenwich has to offer, so helping them to keep doing this great stuff is important.  Well, we’re happy to share how easy it will be to help out this Sunday, March 9, from 10-5 pm!  At that time you can attend the Sustainable Food & Farm Expo co-hosted with Fairfield Green Food Guide, costing $15 per person, $20 per couple, or $25 per family.  Profits from this day will go right to the Audubon Greenwich, so click right over and get your tickets now!

Now, what will you get with admission?

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Vote in Your Fave Green Restaurants for Nature’s Plate Awards

7 Oct

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The Nature Conservancy recognizes restaurants throughout the country that fit the ideal of “Green Restaurants” with the 2013 Nature’s Plate Awards.  What does that mean exactly?  It means that the chefs and owners focus on sustainable seafood, free-range and grass-fed meat, they use organic food, they thrive on local and seasonal food, and even serve up tap water instead of bottles of water.  What it comes down to is that each Green Restaurant focuses on using sustainable food and making it awesome.

Now, it’s your chance to help pick your favorite Green Restaurant!  Just click here to go to the main landing page, then vote in the restaurant in your area that is your favorite by 10/15/13 by 5 pm PST.  We’ve listed all the restaurants in the semi-finals from across the country that are up for voting, with Connecticut and New York highlighted first.

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Winvian Hosts Nomworthy Fundraiser for CT Northeast Organic Farming Association

18 Sep

If you’ve been following us, you might remember that we’ve talked about Winvian in Morris a couple of times.  When we shared the news that five Connecticut towns were listed in the Top 25 New England Food Towns, we excitedly shared that Morris was ranked #11.  A major reason for this ranking had to do with Winvian, a unique resort with a restaurant run by the amazing Chef Chris Eddy.  But, it’s not just diners who have recognized this restaurant…it’s also AAA.  When we shared the recent 4 and 5 AAA Diamond ratings, Winvian was the only restaurant in the state to earn a 5 AAA Diamond rating!

So, when we heard from Rosemary at Going Greenie (she is awesome, btw) that Winvian would be hosting a fundraiser for CT NOFA on 9/29 from 12 to 3 pm, we knew that we had to share this great event with all of you.  First off, it will benefit the Connecticut chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association.  They help to not only keep organic agriculture strong in Connecticut, but help to bring more of it to farms.  Annual memberships to CT NOFA are normally $50 per person, but if you attend this special fundraiser at Winvian, your $125 ticket (register here) lets you take part in all the culinary fun, but also makes you a member.  And here’s what you can expect, right from the CT NOFA site:

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Jacques Pépin, Bill Taibe, and Tim LaBant Star in Episode of PBS’ Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking

5 Sep
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Jacques Pépin, Bill Taibe, Pete Evans and Tim LaBant toast to a job well done

Connecticut is getting some local love and national attention with an upcoming episode of Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking. This PBS show, hosted by Pete Evans, features chefs who are the best of the best.  Pete Evans is not only one of Australia’s most popular chefs, he’s also a cookbook author, a host of many popular Australian shows, a surfer, a fisherman, and a successful restaurateur.  The first episode of Moveable Feast (there will be 13 total) will be on 9/7 with Thomas Douglas and Thierry Rautureau, the second will air on 9/15 and features Jeffrey Saad and Cortney Burns, and the third episode will feature three chefs whom you just might know. Yeah, no big deal at all, really. Just the living legend Jacques Pépin, and local and much loved celebrity chefs Bill Taibe of LeFarm and The Whelk as well as Tim LaBant of The Schoolhouse at Cannondale.

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Double Threat: Tabouli Grill, opening up shop in Southport, CT

12 Apr

Our delivery meal from Tabouli Grill:  falafel, shawarma, and Israeli salad.  Oh yeah. 

So, memba’ that post about the awesome Israeli and Middle Eastern food at Tabouli Grill?  Yeah, we do too–their falafel, shawarma, and schnitzel never leave our thoughts.  Seems like lots of other people also know because they won “Best Ethnic Restaurant” from Best of Stamford 2011.  Nice to see the little guys recognized for their cuisine, though we can’t say the same is true for some of the chain restaurants that won.  Kinda sad.

But, this isn’t about big chains, this post is about Tabouli Grill expanding to Southport!  Yup, they announced this on their FB page so we had some questions.  We spoke to Mamadou at the High Ridge Rd. location and he gave us the lowdown.  To begin, they’ll be setting up shop where Ole Mole used to be:  3381 Post Road in Southport, CT.  They will be open in just a few short weeks, but wait, there’s more!  They’ll offer some of the same great fare that has made Tabouli Grill such a success.  Here’s the killer, though:  they are going to work in organic ingredients into their meals.

We’re all excited to try out the new food and we’re totally jealous of everybody who lives nearby Southport.  Then again, we live just minutes away from the original Tabouli Grill…close enough even for delivery! ;) Nah nah nee poo poo!

Tabouli Grill
Address:  3381 Post Road
Southport, CT
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tabouli-Grill/182978816688#%21/pages/Tabouli-Grill/182978816688

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This month’s burger and shake rock, for real! Station Eats (The Filling Station)- New Canaan, CT

10 Apr

If you look forward to your next burger, fries, and milkshake indulgences as much as we do, then you’ve probably been keeping with The Filling Station’s burger and milkshake of the month. And, if you read our blog every week like we know you do, then you probably saw us rave about the Cap’n Crunch and Guinness milkshakes, the buffalo wing burger, and their cranberry turkey burger from previous months.

Well, this month’s burger is the absolute best to date made up of the usual delicious, perfectly cooked farm-raised beef patty and topped with insanely good, thick, bacon, crumbly blue cheese, lettuce, tomato, crunch fried onions, and Worcester mayo. It’s the perfect combination of ingredients for a fantastic medley of flavors hitting your mouth. Seriously, I could’ve eaten three of them!  Then, the milkshake, ooooohhh the milkshake. Vanilla ice cream, carmel, and sea salt. OH.MY.GOD. There are few things I love more than the combination of sweet and salty, and this was exactly that. Just the right amount of both to keep your taste buds guessing. Just make sure to constantly swirl it or you’ll get a big sip of salt toward the end.

Every single month The Filling Station impresses us and has never disappointed. And for that, we are upgrading their rating from 4 noms to 4.5 noms. Word!

Tres Leches Shake/Cinco de Mayo Burger, Caramel Sea Salt Shake/Bacon Bleu Cheese Burger,

Cap’n Crunch Shake/Guinness Chocolate Shake/Buffalo Wing BurgerOriginal Review

Noms:  4.5

Cost:  $$

Filling Station
Address:  19 South Avenue
New Canaan, CT 06840-5411
Phone:  (203) 966-4445
Site:  http://fillingstationco.com
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/fillingstationco

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Happy Birthday Station Eats (Filling Station)! Free Burgers, T-shirts, Fries, Sloppy Joes, and a Year of Free Lunch to Celebrate! Filling Station–New Canaan, CT

15 Feb

Damn, that’s a lot of frees that you’re slinging around!   Well, it’s not me, it’s all thanks to the awesomeness of Filling Station Company in New Canaan.  They’ve had over 100,000 customers in the first year of business and I can only imagine how many millions more will walk through those lovely doors.  To celebrate how awesome their food is (remember our post on this?) they’ve put together many fun events for the month of March. Check down below to see how you can take part in the fun activities and get your food on.  Aw yeah!!!  If you haven’t had the chance to get to Filling Station Company, you need to go this weekend, naw, today.  Their burgers, dogs, joes, and shakes are killer, are organic, and come from local sources.  But, you should still come down in March for these events because–trust me–you’ll be addicted by then!  If I win one of those shirts and also won the free year of lunches, I’d probably need to bump my “Medium” up to “X-Large.”  Nothing like being hopeful! ;) 

Noms:  4.5
Cost:  $$
Filling Station
Address:  19 South Avenue
New Canaan, CT 06840-5411
Phone:  (203) 966-4445
Site:  http://fillingstationco.com
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/fillingstationco

Fresh ingredients + fine food + fellow foodies = A fantastic Friday! Nicholas Roberts Gourmet Bistro, Norwalk, CT

18 Jan

In a very unsuspecting spot in Norwalk  you’ll see an ordinary looking sign inviting you into an ordinary looking place in an ordinary looking strip mall.  But things aren’t so ordinary at Nicholas Roberts Gourmet Bistro, they’re more like extraordinary.  On our most recent visit, we had to wait a bit. But, for good food, we don’t mind, especially when we’re with good company on a double date (which you know we love). Our double date this time was with the lovely Alicia, a fellow stellar food blogger, and Renato Ghio, cameraman, and producer extraordinaire for their company, RmediA, who happily waited with each other while I spent 20 minutes trying to find a parking spot. Yeah, warning: parking is very limited.

Once a table freed up, our waiter seated us.  After seeing us all talking and talking and talking, the waiter swooped over to focus us and get us on track.  Every ounce of my being was begging for the Hangar Steak Frites that I got last time, but I’m proud of myself for choosing something different.  I decided to start off with the Napoleon of Sriracha Tuna Tartar & Avocado, followed that up with the Arugula & Parmesan Salad, and then end with the Coffee Rubbed & Stout Braised Short Ribs of Beef. Kristien started with the–surprise!–Beet & Goat Cheese Terrine, shared the salad with me, then finished off with my beloved Hanger Steak Frites. Renato started with the same (and seemed to enjoy it by how quickly he put it away… hey, I’m not judging, I did the same) and Alica started with the Crawfish Beignets which she said were very delicious, especially with the cajun aioli to give it a kick!

For me, the tuna came out, served nicely, with some avocado sandwiched in between the layers of goodness.  Throw in some tortilla chips on the side for scooping, and I had a great meal starter.  Now, the real trick to this meal was to try new bites of flavors with each chip.  I always got some tuna and avocado on the chip, but I also threw on some of the tangy daikon that was served on the side. Amazing flavor combos.

We were washing our meal down with a lovely bottle of Petite Petit and a reliable Spellbound Cabernet Sauvignon.  Nicholas Roberts is BYOB, so make sure you bring lots of the sweet, sweet nectar of the Gods to get you through all your courses. Another great thing about Nicholas Roberts is their approach to food.  They get their food as locally as possible, and support sustainable and organic farmers.  This is why, I believe, the food tastes fresher and better here.  Getting back to the meal, we had a great salad that was cut deep with the salty and crunchy goodness of fried pancetta.  The pancetta, itself, was worth ordering this salad, but the arugula, parm, and delicate lemon vinaigrette held it all together.

So, let me introduce you to the star of the meal:  Coffee Rubbed & Stout Braised Short Ribs of Beef!  There was a knife right in front of me, but let me tell you, there was no need for that silly thing.  The meat peeled away, so juicy, so delicate, as I gently slide my fork into this fine cut of meat.  Resting on top were roasted tomatoes, while below was a healthy helping of mashed potatoes.  Bringing it all together was a meaty, earthy gravy that kicked in lots of flavor, but wasn’t too overpowering.  The only thing that I wanted more of was a texture contrast because everything was soft or delicate.  Still, I would order this again.

Kristien’s steak was amazing, once again.  As she struggled to finish the meal, our very friendly waiter came by and threatened her:  “You have to finish the fries.  That’s the rule of the house.  We’re famous for our fries.”  He’s definitely right, so I took it upon myself to help my wife complete her goal.  If I need to take one for the team, I’ll take it to the gut.  These fries, these fries, these rosemary seasoned fries that entice you even as you walk in the restaurant.  Oh, it’s a dish you need to try. Renato seemed to thoroughly enjoy his dish, which was the duck special and Alicia loved the Black Pepper Spiced Pecan Crusted Pork Loin with OMG mac & cheese, fried leeks, and brussel sprouts which she said were cooked to perfection.

So, onto dessert! Perhaps because Kristien and I looked pathetic after telling us there was no bread pudding left for dessert, our waiter took some mercy on us and stole one piece from a batch reserved for a private party (shhh, they’ll never know).  I like all kinds of bread pudding, and this was definitely one of those kinds.  This is the kind of bread pudding that is thick and heavy, a brioche I believe.  The consistency reminded me of a nice and fat piece of french toast.  Our meal was over, but we weren’t rushed out.  We all sipped on some of New Canaan’s own Zumbach’s Coffee and dragged out the last minutes of freedom before we hit the cold, snowy, and icy streets of Norwalk.  All this together came out to 4 noms, definitely a great, reliable place you could become a regular at.

And while that fantastic double date night had to come to an end, we’re already planning the next one at Plate (now Cello) in Ridgefield so stay tuned!

No reservations

$5 corkage fee per bottle, but no fee if you buy the bottles from Nicholas Roberts Fine Wine.

Noms:  4
Cost:  $$$
 
Address:  75 Main Street
Norwalk, CT 06851
Phone:  (203) 229-0035
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/NicholasRobertsBistro
Twitter:  http://twitter.com/ChefCake
 
 

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Fast food, redefined – Station Eats (Filling Station), New Canaan

21 Nov

I’m just going to admit it:  I cannot live without hot dogs or burgers and I don’t care if the high-class, oh-so-sophisticated foodies knock me.  Besides, when you’re at Filling Station (now called Station Eats) it’s not your average, weak, thoughtless, passionless, grill-um-up-and-spit-um-out burger and dog shop.  This place has chops, character, and a great philosophy behind it:  eat well, eat organic, eat local.

Let me give you a play-by-play of ordering, so you don’t seem like such a noob (which I ended up seeming like ’cause I forgot.)  Take a look at the delicious menu that’s posted on the wall when you enter, order one (or more) of two sized burgers, sloppy joe, or dog by the burger presses, then step on down by the register.  When your burger or dog’s grilled, they’ll ask what toppings and sauce you’d like to add and help you to customize your own bit of nirvana.  You have an arsenal of toppings to choose from, most free, some premium at a dollar per choice.  Oh, it’s worth it.

Well, we both wanted to try the famed Fall Turkey Burger.  You’ve got free range turkey from Lancaster County, tomato, lettuce, fresh sage, thick cut bacon, smothered in a decadent and tangy cranberry aoili sauce.  FANTASTIC! Crinkle cut fries with this did the trick:  they were crispy on the outside, yet soft right in the middle.  Really good fries, and organic too.  Their burgers are fairly sized–not too big or small, just right.  By now you might realize that I can take down my food nicely, so I definitely had to order a hot dog to go with that.  I had two premium ingredients on top:  chili with beef from local and organic Wolfe’s Neck Farm and apple-braised sauerkraut.  To that I added raw onions and jalapenos. The peppers added a nice kick to the pup, the chili gave a nice meaty contrast, and the sauerkraut finished it off with an amazing bite at the end.

I was already in heaven, but you really do need something to wash all that amazing food down.  Sure, they have water, but one of their specialties here are their nice and thick milkshakes.  It just so happens that this month they have a special one that brought me to my knees upon the first sip:  pumpkin milkshake.  The shake was thick, yet very creamy.  The taste was outstanding and spot on.  Have you ever tasted a really great pumpkin pie?  Yeah, that’s this shake.  Well done, because they didn’t overpower you with too much spice.

We got to talking with Seth, one of the owners and he shared his passion for his shop and for burgers in general.  He’s been all over the country, tasting burgers whenever he can.  He has a real love of the restaurant and that exudes from him. Kristien and I talked about coming here when the shop opened when he asked if we had one of the regular burgers and he said that they’ve really been tweaking the burger recipe.  Seth asked if we’d like to try them on him, the new and improved versions.  Who are we to refuse?  Two highlights to my burger:  the fried curly onions I asked to be put on top and the fact that it was approaching medium in terms of being cooked.  That made the burger juicy, fresh, and flavorful.  Fantastic burger!

Be on the look out because Filling Station has got some great things in the works…you just might see them open up somewhere else nearby soon.  If it’s any closer than New Canaan, I might have problems.  Serious burger problems!

They definitely deserve 4.5 Noms.  This is the kind of place that you can go to time after time and still order new variations of a tried and true favorite.  I haven’t even tried their sloppy joes yet, so there’s even more reason for me to head back.

Very inexpensive, coming in at only $27! Cash or check only, btw.

Tres Leches Shake/Cinco de Mayo Burger, Caramel Sea Salt Shake/Bacon Bleu Cheese Burger,

Cap’n Crunch Shake/Guinness Chocolate Shake/Buffalo Wing Burger, Original Review

Noms:  4.5

Cost:  $$

Filling Station
Address:  19 South Avenue
New Canaan, CT 06840-5411
Phone:  (203) 966-4445
Site:  http://fillingstationco.com
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/fillingstationco
 
 

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