You hear about a chef for months upon months. And all you hear is rave reviews. Every newspaper and magazine article you read - rates this chef at the top of their list. He is the best of the best, they say. Named Chef of The Year for 2014 by the CT Restaurant Association, they declare!….. Oh! OK! Then you start to hear that this chef is also a favorite of the James Beard Foundation! So much so that, he has been invited not once not twice … but five times- to come and cook at the James … Continue Reading ››
I can’t contain my sheer excitement at the opening of a new restaurant in Stamford. It’s what I have been hoping for. It’s what I crave. It serves one of my most favorite cuisines (a cuisine for which I have traveled near and far in the tri-state area). It’s flavorful. It’s authentic. It’s family-owned and family-run. Heck, it’s all I dreamed of!
It’s an Ethiopian restaurant. They call it Teff. I call it “Bliss”!
The deep and mysterious flavors of Ethiopian cuisine have always mesmerized me. This food reminds me of South Indian cuisine, except not … Continue Reading ››
… you will find chef Pat Pascarella’s dream come true: Bar Sugo. Amidst a constant and ever changing culinary landscape with its comings and goings of area restaurants, it is important to take a moment and recognize this gem which has been proudly serving delicious and consistent food for almost three years now. Ask anyone about Bar Sugo, and they will tell you its one of their favorite places to eat in Fairfield county. The reason is as simple as the simply delicious food that chef Pascarella keeps dishing out night after night.
There is something so special about stepping inside the historic Inn At National Hall building, overlooking the spectacular Saugatuck River, in the heart of Westport … It was my first time in this building - until now I had just walked around it or heard references to it in conversations. This building has been at the heart of the evolution of Westport CT, since the 1800’s. How cool is that?
Add to that the beauty of the Saugatuck river as the sunlight shimmers on its rippling waters. Spellbinding!
…. Indian Style! Thanks to a very talented chef who is rapidly growing his empire of Indian restaurants in New York. Chef Gaurav Anand is not a professionally trained chef - yet his restaurants Awadh, Bhatti Indian Grill and Moti Mahal Delux are serving up food that can rival the best of the best when it comes to Indian cuisine in New York! For a self-taught chef, who showed great perseverance and patience in learning by simply observing other Indian chefs in action, it is indeed a great honor to be invited to cook … Continue Reading ››
Aways such a blast! I have been a HUGE fan of this outstanding culinary event. I have been going there since they first started 5 years ago! And over the years I have seen it grow and succeed by leaps and bounds. It’s orchestrators, ie: the team at Serendipity magazine really know what they are doing. They addressed a need that folks around here didn't even know they had. And they met that need in a super-fun and a super-creative way.
With a vibrant culinary landscape, Fairfield county Connecticut needed a mega-event to bring together all … Continue Reading ››
Each time I visit Brooklyn, I am enchanted by experiences old and new. Brooklyn oozes with hip and trendy vibe. Bustling restaurants and cafes, bakeries, art galleries, boutique shopping, unusual eats, the famous botanical garden and so much more!
Last weekend my friend Aurelie showed me around some of her favorite hot spots in Brooklyn. To start our adventure we decided to meet at one of my favorite places in Brooklyn: Mast Brothers! I can never resist a taste of their chocolates which are made from the highest quality and highly curated ingredients. The attention to detail … Continue Reading ››
Am I talking about a scene in my bedroom. Or, perhaps I am referring the famous movie scene with Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal! Yes! Yes! YESSSS!!!!
We’re on a food blog for goodness sake! So….. let’s take our minds out of the gutter shall we?!!
The “Ooh’s and Aaah’s" I speak of, could be heard all through the elaborate blogger dinner I attended last week. We were invited to preview the season’s menu at Bailey’s Backyard in Ridgefield CT. Have you been to Bailey’s Backyard? If you have - you must have sampled some memorable … Continue Reading ››
No. I am not describing some utopia from our dreams. This is a place as real as the food they are planning to serve you and me. A lot of restaurants try to come close to this vision…. but very few succeed in realizing it down to every minute detail.
Back 40 Kitchen. Here is a place that accomplishes its goals right down to the organic fine wines, and non-GMO spirits & cocktails it … Continue Reading ››
Paloma took on a highly coveted waterfront spot at Harbor Point in Stamford about a year ago. With a celebrity chef name like Aaron Sanchez…. the buzz quickly spread like wildfire in and around Fairfield county. Every foodie knows exactly who Aaron Sanchez is. His face is all over the Food Network, for crying out loud! And if you know him, you know that you can expect a wide array of Latin cuisine at his restaurant, Paloma.