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Lorca in Stamford Opens Online Shop for Coffee, Tea, Pies, and More

14 Jan

Lorca Online Store Merchandise

Fairfield County can’t get enough of Lorca cafe in the heart of Downtown Stamford (we can’t either, voting them the Best Cafe in Fairfield County for 2013).  And, now it’s even easier than ever to get your Lorca fix with the addition of their brand shiny new online shop.  Not only will you be able to place orders for convenient (and free) pick-up at the store, but you’ll also be able to have anything shipped right to your door.

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Getting Stuffed at SoNo Baking Company & Café – Norwalk, CT

13 Jul

If this is heaven, kill me now.

We’re just going to save you a trillion words of raving about SoNo Baking Company & Café by talking mainly about one dish and one dish only.  Yes, this post is an ode to the Stuffed Brioche French Toast.  If there’s any kind of breakfast food that will enlighten you and unchain you from this material world, this is it!

Does that fruit salad on the side make this healthy? ;)

First, they start off with soft and thick brioche.  It really is that doughy, gooey and that good, but it didn’t have that overly eggy taste that you sometimes get with French toast.  The french toast itself would have been great enough for an excellent meal (and it is a meal on the menu, btw), but it’s stuffed, damn it.  And it’s the stuffing that makes this dish.  A nice helping of vanilla pastry cream gets mixed with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.  Smather that in between both slices of brioche and you’ve got a plateful of heaven.  The cream isn’t too sweet at all and the berries add a nice contrast in flavor and texture.  Yeah, it’s that damn good.

Cakes and other goodies!

Sure, they have other breakfast foods like buttermilk pancakes, SoNo egg sandwiches, farm fresh egg omelets, Nola’s granola, and other goodies, but they also have other breakfast specials and what Kristien ordered:  an egg breakfast.  She ordered two eggs, over easy, with bacon, home fries, sourdough toast (killahhhh), and some fresh fruit salad.  The eggs, fresh and flavorful, were cooked nicely.  The bacon was thick, smoky, and crispy.  The home fries were seasoned nicely, though could have been browned up more.  We both love helluva brown home fries.  It just brings out more flavor.

Some of the great pastries available!

But, if you come here, you really need to have more than that traditional American breakfast because they have amazing cakes, pastries, breads, pies, lunch, and even Sunday brunch!   You have plenty of reasons to come back here because there is so much variety, but if you’re like one of our friends (he will remain anonymous because it’s a sin), you come back for the Stuffed Brioche French Toast without the fruit in the pastry cream.  Yeah, it’s a sin, but a forgivable one because I’m sure it still rocks like that.  Seating is limited, but there is outdoor dining for those beautiful mornings when you want to soak up the sun.  Parking is a bit weird, too, but you’ll figure something out.  We’d park in Stamford and walk over if we needed to get here.  For reals.

Now, we don’t feel like we can give a good, overall Nom rating because we haven’t had their pies, cakes, and pastries (except these), we’ll have to come back and eat much much more.  It’s all for you, Omnomivores.  If we could give a Nom rating just for that Stuffed Brioche French Toast, we’d give it a 5.

Cost:  $$

SoNo Baking Company & Café
Address: 101 Water Street
South Norwalk, CT
Phone:  (203) 847-SONO (7666)
Site:  http://www.sonobaking.com/index.html
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/SoNo-Baking-Company-Cafe/370143684814
Twitter:  http://twitter.com/SoNoBakingCo

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