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Eat Next Door! Bridgeport Faves

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Tired of going to the same old haunts?  Why not go right next door to Bridgeport and check out one of these new eateries?  They are some of my new favorites!!! Barnum Publick House, 1020 Broad Street, Bridgeport (Downtown)—I love the brunch at Barnum Publick, which has a very reasonably priced a la carte menu, […] [Read More]

The Local Meatball

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First the crepe truck on the Post Road in Fairfield, now a mobile meatball man?  Look how hip we are with our food trucks! The newest addition to the downtown scene is The Local Meatball!  You’ll see Fairfielder Michael DiStassio  selling homemade meatball grinders from a cart pulled by his souped up Smartcar, which is […] [Read More]

Real Grown-ups Eat Quiche

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I had a couple of girlfriends over for lunch the other day and decided to pick up a quiche for a nice light entree.  I’ve been getting quiches at Billy’s Bakery in Fairfield for years, but that day they really outdid themselves.  I even called to tell them whomever made my quiche should be told […] [Read More]

Food Scoop Around Town….

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In the past week I noticed a few things up and coming in our area…. Tuscany Restaurant is opening on Black Rock Turnpike in the former Bon Appetit space (under Billy’s Bakery)!  The long-time Bridgeport standby is closing its doors on Madison Avenue in mid-April and moving to Fairfield!!   The food there is wonderful […] [Read More]

Farro Love

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Yes, I am cheating on barley.  I’m having an affair with farro. If you’ve never had farro, you’re in for a treat.  This ancient grain is from the wheat family and was originally grown in ancient Egypt.  It’s been popular in Italy for ages, and is making its way into American kitchens and restaurant menus. […] [Read More]

SoNo Market Place a Feast for the Senses

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The SoNo Market Place, housed in a converted warehouse, is one of my favorite ‘re-purposed’ spaces in Fairfield County.   Designed to resemble a European market, the large open indoor space is set up with 45 stalls, occupied by various artisans, eateries, and craftspeople selling their wares and goodies.  While there were lots of things to […] [Read More]

No-Flip Vegetable Frittata

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A frittata is an Italian-style omelet that is typically flipped, not folded like its American and French counterparts. However, the flipping is usually a disaster, unless the frittata is very small, or you are a very adept flipper. I’ve come up with a simple solution to create a no-flip frittata. One of my favorite ways […] [Read More]

Fairfield Restaurant Week Starts October 14th!

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Fairfield Restaurant Week is almost here, with lots of great local eateries participating from Black Rock Turnpike to the Post Road!  Some of my favorites are participating including Cafe Lola, The Chelsea, Cafe Madeline, Bodega, Barcelona, and Artisan, with more being added each day!  “Like” the Fairfield Restaurant Week page on Facebook for all the […] [Read More]

Fall Bounty Veggies

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One of my very favorite restaurants on earth is in my small upstate New York hometown of Oneonta.  The Autumn Cafe was started by one of my father’s students at the local college and has been going strong since it opened in 1980.  It’s high ceilings and worn wooden floors give it a very airy  […] [Read More]

Day Trip: Seafood and Sea

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If you’re looking for a fun day trip (or more like a half-day), take a ride north on I-95 past New Haven for lunch and a boat tour of the Thimble Islands! Whenever I go anywhere I think it’s best to get a restaurant recommendation from a local. I asked a friend who grew up […] [Read More]