Give Local: Home for The Holidays

We always encourage our readers to shop local! Sure, you can get it at the mall, but do you really want to go there? One of our favorites is the Two Oh Three, a small business launched by brother and sister team, Tory and Roscoe Brown. They started with a tee-shirt and have expanded into home goods that make great gifts for local friends, teachers, and associates! Check out a few of their holiday offerings! 203_10_back_large

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Click on any of the photos or click HERE to shop the Two Oh Three!

Judy’s Bar + Kitchen: Low Country on High Ridge

Pulled-pork, Maryland-style crab cakes, or an award winning crispy chicken & bacon cheddar waffle sandwich, Judy’s Kitchen + Bar offers a contemporary taste of the old South. Tucked into a tiny shopping plaza on High Ridge Road close to the Merritt, this one almost slipped by us…but we’re sure glad it didn’t. Owner Judith Roll turns out Southern-style food in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere that’s as warm and comforting as her home-baked brownie with gooey house-made caramel and thick, rich chocolate sauce. At a brunch a few weeks ago, we had an opportunity to sample a selection from the menu and were impressed by the creativity and care put into every dish!

Every good brunch starts with a Bloody.

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Shrimp and pickeled veggies.

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Low Country meets the Lower East Side with these batter-dipped and fried chicken livers – the onion jam dipping sauce is with the trip alone!

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A selection of house made biscuits and cornbread (goes really well with the onion jam!).

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Slow cooked ribs, brisket, and wings with a side of smoky, brown-sugar baked beans and creamy cole slaw.

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The big mac attack! Four perfectly blended cheeses worth blowing your diet for.

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Judy’s crispy fried chicken and bacon cheddar waffle sandwich took “Best Of” at the Greenwich Wine + Food show in September and it’s no surprise why…sweet, savory, salty, smoky all in one big bite of deliciousness.

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And if you prefer your fried chicken perfectly un-dressed, Judy a big platter of that too!

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A more low-key (but no less tasty) option is the pulled pork Cubano sandwich – smoked pulled pork, ham, gruyere, whole grain mustard, house made pickles, and spicy jalapenos pressed between grilled sourdough bread.

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Shrimp and grits…because no Low-Country menu is complete without this classic.

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Finally, a few desserts to top off the meal. All desserts are hand-made by Judy.

Brownie with homemade caramel and hot fudge sauce.

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The best banana pudding this side of Savannah!

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Apple pan-cake with cinnamon ice cream.

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Judy’s Bar + Kitchen is located at 927 High Ridge Road, Stamford. Live music, craft cocktails, and darn good food served in a welcoming, casual atmosphere!

 

 

Holiday PopUp Bar at Fortina in Stamford

From November 25th – December 24th, Fortina will turn into a festive holiday hideaway for one month’s time, simply called Miracle. This beloved holiday bar is in partnership with the original location; one of the recently named, World’s Best Bars, MACE in NYC. Miracle at Fortina will bring merriment to Stamford this year offering a speciality menu of holiday cocktails served in whimsical vessels, because yes – drinking a cocktail out of Santa’s head tastes so much more delicious. With a drinks list created by globally respected and award winning bartender, Nico de Soto, (Mace NYC, Danico Paris) Miracle will be a Santa’s grotto of frivolousness embracing the spirit of the season with a classic yuletide playlist and libations such as the Christmapolitan; a twist on the Cosmopolitan made with vodka, fig and spiced cranberry sauce. In addition to Stamford, Miracle will appear in 19 additional locations across the globe! Don’t miss this super-fun holiday-themed experience in Fairfield County!

Check out the ice-cool cocktails offered at Miracle!

2016 Miracle Holiday Pop-Up Menu

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vodka, elderflower liqueur, spiced cranberry sauce, lime juice, fig bitters

Muletide
Linie Aquavit, Oloroso Sherry, ginger syrup, lime juice, pumpkin pie soda
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bourbon, Becherovka, spiced syrup, Angostura bitters

Brazen Blitzen
gin, pine liqueur, vanilla syrup, lime juice, mint, club soda

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hot milk punch with Barbados rum, Trinidad overproof rum, Batavia Arrack, pineapple juice, lemon juice, almond milk, eight spices, coconut water, coconut oil

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cacao nib infused reposado tequila, Pedro Ximenez sherry, maple syrup, black walnut bitters

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Barbados rum, cachaca, Trinidad overproof rum, pumpkin-almond orgeat, lime juice

Jingle Ball Nog
brown butter fat-washed cognac, Amontillado sherry, almond milk, cream, sugar, egg, nutmeg

Mulled Wine Sour
Pedro Ximenez sherry, rye, sweet vermouth, Madeira, clove syrup, orange acid, egg white

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gingerbread spiced rye

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cinnamon infused bourbon

Miracle at Fortina, 120 Washington Blvd., Stamford

Happy Thanksgiving!

We just wanted to take a moment to thank you for reading Fairfieldista throughout the year and express our gratitude for your continued support!

Wishing you and yours the very happiest of holidays…now go eat!!

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Santa’s Coming to Greenwich!

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Santa is rounding up his LIVE REINDEER- Dancer, Dasher and Prancer – to return for the 8th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Village, November 25 to December 24, 2016, at its new HOME, “the North Pole on North Street,” Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, 437 North Street, Greenwich, Connecticut, just minutes from downtown Greenwich.

The cherished town tradition continues at this expansive nursery where visitors can have their photo taken with Santa, meet the reindeer and also ride on the Winter Wonderland Carousel and the North Pole Polar Express Train. Parking is free. From noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, November 25, the community is invited to Sam Bridge for a “We’re Back” party to welcome the reindeer.

A ribbon cutting at noon will officially open Santa’s Village for photos with Santa. While waiting for the reindeer to arrive for their month-long stay, there will be refreshments provided by b.good and face painting and balloon art by Faces by Wells.“We’re excited to host the reindeer this year and continue the tradition that has made the season so special in Greenwich,” said Sam Bridge. “The new additions of the train and carousel rides will create a village-like atmosphere and offer holiday fun for all ages.”

At Santa’s Village, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich, families, children, corporate groups and even pets (on leashes) can have their photo taken with Santa. Photo packages begin at $29.99 and include a gift bag filled with promotions redeemable at participating downtown Greenwich stores. Digital photos will also be available with photo packages. Train and carousel rides are $4 per ride or $40 for a family package of 12 rides. The hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Throughout the four weeks, everyone is welcome to view the reindeer, thanks to Pepsi, Reindeer Stable Sponsor. Feeding times will take place Monday through Saturday at 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The reindeer will depart on December 23 but Santa will stay on for photos from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Everyone who has their photo taken with Santa can enter a raffle to win a Mercedes-Benz pedal car, a child’s ultimate holiday gift, from Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich. A lucky winner will be named on December 24. In addition, children can enter the 2016 Pepsi Name the Reindeer Contest and submit their favorite reindeer names in a ballot box. Santa will announce the winning names on December 20. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. Official reindeer ornaments, made from recycled Pepsi cans by Kenyan artists, will be for sale at Sam Bridge for $16 and $12. Two dollars from each item sold will be donated to Kids in Crisis. There will also be Kids in Crisis Giving Tree at Sam Bridge throughout the four weeks.

 

From Computers to Candles! Mama Bear Candle Company in CT

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Mama Bear Candles is a Connecticut-based company that grew out of a desire to slow down and do something new. Founder Kate Jones hand-pours fragrant soy-based candles. Here, she talks about her company and transition from computer guru to candle entrepreneur.

Fairfieldista: Your story is really interesting! You went from being a tech company to making candles – decidedly low tech! How did that happen?
Kate: We actually still have our tech company… MoonBase3… our goal is to phase it out over the next year or so and focus on Mama Bear.
We started the tech company because it was the obvious answer given my partner and my skill set. The reason we want to switch is quite simple: We wanted a change. We want a slower pace and with a product that is tangible. You make it, someone buys it…BOOM, done. Not an 8 month project cycle, where there is continuous back and forth with clients. That kind of life is draining and we want a change.

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Fairfieldista: Do you sell at retail or online only?
Kate: We sell online, but have a few retail locations that sell our candles. We’d like to get into more stores.

Fairfieldista: What makes your candles unique?
Kate: They are really well engineered. So before we launch we spent a lot of time perfecting the candles. Not just the smell, but the wick ratios and the melt pools, trying many different combinations until we got a candle that burns perfectly and smells amazing.

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Fairfieldista: Why soy?
Kate: Green and Healthy. Paraffin is petroleum based.

Fairfieldista: Tell us about the different candle scents!
Kate: We currently have 21 different scents when you include our fall scents. There is a big variety because everyone has different preferences. We want to make sure we have a candle for everyone, hence the big variety. The main buckets are Citrus, Floral, Masculine, Sweet, Clean and of course the Seasonal.

Mama Bear Candles can found at mamabearcandles.com

Shop Small! Pequot’s New Pop Up Market

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This holiday season 94% of shoppers will buy gifts on Amazon and 43% say they will do most of their shopping on the site. Yes, it’s super convenient to click and have all your gifts delivered directly to your doorstep, but consider the impact on our local businesses that rely on locals to remain in business. In the next few weeks, we’ll be showcasing local businesses and reminding you to “shop small, shop local” for the holidays when you can!

We are excited to announce a new pop-up shopping experience to downtown Southport called Pop on Pequot. Located at 411 Pequot Avenue, it will be this season’s go to place for holiday shopping. The shop opened on on Saturday, November 19, the marketplace features unique and exciting gifts and accessories from five local vendors and appeal to a variety of shoppers.
Participating in Pop on Pequot:

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Lattice House offers new and classic pieces for the home and garden; including elegant barware and accessories for men, and items for horse, dog and sailing enthusiasts.

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VSB Jewels features classic, fine jewelry for the women on your shopping list. India Hicks exclusive collection, inspired by her British heritage and love of island life, includes well-crafted gifts, accessories and beauty products.

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Neelah Cashmere brings Nepal to Southport with her exquisite cashmere throws and sweaters.

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Pop on Pequot will also include blooming plants and bouquets individually arranged with care by Flowers by Marna.

Many of the items in Pop on Pequot are one of a kind and sourced from around the world. The inventory is constantly changing so the customer never knows what they will discover upon their arrival.

POP will be open Wednesday through Sunday until December 23. Directly across from the Southport Post Office, there is also ample parking.

New York Botanical Garden Offers Classes at New Canaan Nature Center

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The New Canaan Nature Center urges you to ‘get closer to nature’ – with three Gardening and Landscape Design classes presented by The New York Botanical Garden.

The first class is a BASIC PRUNING course, on Saturday, November 12th from 10am-3pm. We will discuss all elements of pruning evergreens, deciduous trees, and shrubs, in addition to tool selection and ongoing maintenance. Bring your pruners, and get ready to spend the afternoon outdoors at the New Canaan Nature Center, analyzing proper techniques. Cost per person $99*. The class will be led by Mike Ruggerio of Matterhorn Nursery in Spring Valley, N.Y.

The second course, PERENNIAL PLANT COMBINATIONS takes place on Thursday February, 2nd 2017 from 10:30am-3pm. Whether in a shady corner or a sunny border, selecting the right combinations can make all the difference between a ho-hum garden and one that gets rave reviews. Learn to use color, texture, height, and bloom when combining plants for your garden. Cost per person $79*. The class will be led by Sheri Forster, longtime NYBG instructor and principal of The Scottish Gardener.

Finally, if you are interested in understanding LANDSCAPE DESIGN, join the introductory 3-session series starting Thursday, March 9th until March 23rd from 10am-1pm. Become familiar with the terminology, concepts, and basic principles of design. This course is recommended for students with little or no background in design who want to design for their own home. Cost per person $185*. The class will be led by Sheri Forster.

All classes will be held at the New Canaan Nature Center come rain or shine. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring a lunch.

To book these programs, please call 800.322.6924 or visit online: http://bit.ly/2dhWlJu

*A discount is available to members of NYBG. To become a member visit: http://www.nybg.org/support_the_garden/membership/join.php

Adult Halloween Happenings in Fairfield County

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Costumes and cocktails…where are you going to celebrate Fairfield County’s spookiest night?

Johnny Utah’s

80 Washington St, Norwalk

203-299-0711

JohnnyUtahsSono.com

Thursday, Oct. 27

Boos & Booze

Open Bar 9pm – 11pm

$20 for the first 50 people & then price increases

Music by Rob Newberry

Bobbing for Apples, Mummy Wrap & Trick or Treat Shot Games! https://buyblitztickets.com/6bqRo

 

Friday, Oct. 28

Day of the Dead

Pre-purchase your tickets for VIP Entry & Drink Specials!

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Prizes awarded to Best Male & Female Costume

& the Best Sugar Skull!

https://buyblitztickets.com/pWCIO

 

Saturday, Oct. 29

The Devil went down to Utah’s

$30 Open Bar from 8pm – 10pm

DJ VITO G

Prizes awarded to Best Male & Female Costume

https://buyblitztickets.com/reoPY

 

Monday, Oct. 31

Family Scare

Kids eat FREE from 4pm – 9pm with the purchase of an adult entree.

Face painting & bobbing for apples.

 

 

 

Sign of the Whale

6 Harbor Point Road, Stamford

203-883-8282

SignofthewhaleCT.com

Thursday, Oct. 27

2nd Annual Pumpkin Tap Takeover

Live Jazz & DJ Fumach

Flip Cup with prizes

Specialty Pumpkin Beers on Tap

Pumpkin Themed Menu Specials

 

Friday, Oct. 28

Oktoberfest

DJ Mazz

Sam Adams Hoisting Challenge with prizes

Specials — Bratwurst on a Pretzel Roll with Sauerkraut, Jumbo Pretzel with Guinness Pub Cheese

 

Saturday, Oct. 29

Halloween Costume Party

DJ Mazz

Costume Contest with prizes

$5 Jack-o-Blast shots

 

Sunday, Oct. 30

Mischief Industry Night

DJ Mazz

Half priced pumpkin draft beers

 

Monday, Oct. 31

Trick or Treating at The Whale

Whale mascot & photographer

Free c&y for guests in costume

All you can eat crab legs $29.95
All beers $5

Bar B Q

15 Clark St, Stamford

203-316-0278

BarBQstamford.com

Thursday, Oct. 27

Halloween Kickoff Party

DJ Mazz

$3 Bud Lights

$4 Fire Ball & Captain Morgan

$5 Mixed Drinks

First drink free if in costume

 

Friday, Oct. 28

Haunted Hoedown

DJ KC

Costume Contest

First place winner drinks free for one year!

 

Saturday, Oct. 29

Halloween Bash

DJ Frankie D

$15 Open Bar 9pm – 10pm, purchase online

No cover before 10pm

Best Individual Costume wins trip to Vegas or Cancun

Best Group Costume wins $500 Cash

 

TerraSole

3 Big Shop Lane, #1, Ridgefied

203-438-5352

Terrasoleridgefield.com

 

Thursday, Oct. 20 – Thursday, Nov. 3

Halloween Dining Specials

Offered for two weeks will be an array of Italian favorites highlighting the season’s best flavors. A sampling of specials include:

 

Zuppa Di Zucca

Pumpkin soup crème fresh topped with Rock Shrimp and spicy tomato pumpkin seeds

 

Gnocchi Di Zucca Fatti in Casa Con Gamberoni E Capesante Salsa Di Cocco

Homemade Pumpkin Gnocchi with Rock Shrimp & Bay Scallops in a Coconut sauce

 

Spigola Con Fagioli in Tempura

Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass served over parmigiano risotto cake topped with tempura haricot verts

 

 

Room 112

112 Washington St, South Norwalk

203-939-1347

Room112sono.com

Friday, Oct. 28

Halloween Masquerade Costume Contest Presented by LukeJohn Promotions

Drag performances by Hostess Lucia Virginity, Sylvia Heart, & Scarlett Bleu

Music by Young Male Genius

 

Saturday, Oct. 29

Beautiful Nightmare

9:30 pm – 2:00 am

DJ DoubleT & HOT 93.7’s DJ Santo

Costumes Mandatory

 

Sunday, Oct. 30

SINdustry Sunday

1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Eric Kupper

Dancin’ Mark

Richie Dio

Complimentary Kettle One Bloody Marys & Mimosas 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Sushi Brunch 1:00 pm – 4:00pm

Crave

52 Sanford St, Fairfield

203-292-8080

Crave52.com

Friday, Oct. 28

Day of the Dead Party

DJ Gruv

Captain Morgan Girls serving Jac-O Blast shots for $5

$7 Kettle One Drinks

$250 Cash Prize to Best Costume

 

Saturday, Oct. 29

Halloween Party

Dj Exel

Titos Vodka Promotion

Titos Give Away

$250 Cash Prize to Best Costume

 

Monday, Oct. 31

Halloween Nerd Fest

DJ Excel

Kettle one Promotion

Give Aways

$5 Jac-O Blast & Jameson Shots

Costume Prizes

Staff will be dressed as nerds

  Café Xpresso

150 S Main St, Newtown

203-304-9955

CafeXpressonewtown.com

Thursday, Oct. 27 – Monday, Oct. 31

Halloween Costume & Specials Event

Customers that visit in costume get a Complimentary Medium Drink.

Halloween Cakes, Cupcakes & Cookie Specials

Peaches Southern Pub & Juke Joint

7 Wall Street, Norwalk

203-831-0399

PeachesNorwalk.com

Saturday, Oct. 29

NOLA Style Masquerade Party

Music by Otis & the Hurricanes

Drink Specials, Giveaways, Costume Prizes

L’escale & Delamar Greenwich Harbor

500 Steamboat Road, Greenwich

L’escale Reservations: 203-461-4600

Hotel Reservations: 203-661-9800

Friday, Oct. 28 – Saturday, Oct. 29

L’escale Halloween Soiree

9pm – 1am, $65 per person

Evening of cocktails & costumes featuring live music & open bar

Best costume wins a magnum of wine selected by l’escale’s sommelier

 

Halloween Hotel Package

•    Overnight stay for two Friday, Oct. 28

•    Welcome glass of champagne

•    Two tickets to the l’escale Halloween Soiree

•    Continental breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 29

Package rates from $329

  J House Greenwich

1114 E Putnam Ave, Riverside

203-698-6980

JHouseGreenwich.com

 Halloween Costume Ball

Friday, October 28

8pm – 12am, $25/ticket, including admission & 1 drink

Costume Contest, DJ, Dancing

Special Room Rate: $189 + tax, including admission

  Bodega

1700 Post Road, Fairfield

203-292-9590

980 Post Road, Darien

203-655-8500

BodegaTacoBar.com

Thursday, Oct. 20 – Monday, Oct. 31

Special Menu available with 10% of sales being donated to Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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Saturday, Oct. 29

Espolon “YOLO” Party

8:00 pm

Tequila Tasting & Specials

Pig Roast

Panna Musik & Dancing

 

Sunday, Oct. 30

Bloody Brunch

11:00 am – 4:00 pm
1/2 Price Brunch Cocktails

Sugar Skulls & Face Painting

 

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Saturday, Oct. 29

Best Day of the Dead Party

8:00 pm

Pig Roast

Espolon Tequila Specials

DJ

 

Sunday, Oct. 30

Bloody Brunch

11:00 am – 4:00 pm

1/2 Price Brunch Cocktails

Sugar Skulls & Face Painting

 

Vine Wine Room Opens in Westport

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There’s no shortage of great restaurants in Westport, but we can add a new one to the list with Vine Wine Room. Located at the top of Main Street, in the former home of Luxe Cocktail Bar, Vine offers more than just fine wines and top-shelf cocktails. In the newly expanded kitchen Toni Ann Bailone Sapienza, who was the owner of Toni’s Tuscan Table in Black Rock, whips up homestyle Italian fare.

Vine’s menu includes a selection of bites (meatballs, arancini), salads (classic Caesar, Caprese, and more inventive options including a delicious roasted golden beet salad with fig infused goat cheese and drizzled with honey and pistachios), hearty pasta dishes (cavatelli with broccoli rabe and sausage, pasta fagoli penne alla vodka), and entrees (chicken or veal Milanese, chicken Sarpiello, red snapper). Toni’s Italian comfort food is hard to beat – in fact, she was a winner on Beat Bobby Flay and Kitchen Casino!

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The modern all-white decor, lively music, and chic-yet-cozy atmosphere at Vine is welcoming and great for groups or couples looking for a night out.

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Vine is open Wednesday to Sunday 5 to 10 pm!