Fairfield’s CRAVE Your New Neighborhood Spot

Remember the line from there theme song to the iconic TV show, Cheers? “A place where everyone knows your name…” that’s the feeling you get at Crave in Fairfield…right down to the big square bar with locals seated around sipping their favorite beer or beverage. Singles, families, tired commuters, and groups of girlfriends, Crave evokes that neighbood feeling many local bars and restaurants aspire to, but few achieve. Oh, and the food is darn good too!

Chef Rigo Lino, offers American comfort food and a dash of Italian favorites on his fall menu. I had the opportunity to attend a press dinner last week which offered a sampling of appetiers, entrees, and yes, a few desserts, paired with some excellent and well-priced wines from their extensive beverage program.

We were truly impressed with the freshness, quality of preparation, and service. Well worth a try…you might even become a regular! Crave Bar and Grill is located at 52 Sanford Street, Fairfield. 

You have to start the night off with a cocktail! Go if only for this Blood Orange Jalapeno Margarita!

Blood Orange Jalapeno Margarita
1.5 oz. Chinco Tequila
1 oz. Blood Orange Puree
.5 oz. lime juice
¾ oz. Jalapeno simple
Soda
Slice of Jalapeno garnish

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Super fresh and expertly seared Ahi Tuna encrused with black and white sesame seeds and served with wasabi and soy ginger glaze.

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I’m still craving these eggplant stacks layed with tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and basil.

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Not just for kids! A blend of three cheeses and bacon top this mac & cheese dish.

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Hearty rigatoni Bolognese is prepared with a blend of lean ground pork and beef simmered with carrot, onion, and garlic and zesty tomato sauce.

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Fresh-caught grilled Atlantic salmon served with asparagus, roasted potatoes, and a tropical salsa fresca!

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Richly flavorful pork belly rubbed with 16 spices and served over a salad of baby arugula and a drizzle of citrus vinaigrette.

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Finally, a selection of desserts from the menu.

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Stop by Monday-Friday for Happy Hour featuring drink and snack specials or to watch your favorite team on their 14 big screen tv’s…or just meet up with friends from the neighborhood!

 

 

Taste of Fairfield Foodie Event

taste-of-fairfield-logoFairfield is home to so many terrific restaurants and talented chefs. To celebrate this dynamic food scene, TownVibe and Fairfield Magazine have announced what’s sure to be the food-lover’s party of the year—Taste of Fairfield—on Sunday, October 9, 2016, from 1pm to 5pm, held in the outdoor tented patio area of Southport’s Delamar Hotel.

Foodies and other fun-loving folk can enjoy tastes and sips from more than two dozen restaurants and specialty markets from the Fairfield area, all in the spacious courtyard of the Delamar and Artisan Restaurant. In addition to fine cuisine, craft cocktails, artisanal wine, craft beer, and sweets, there will be live music from local favorites Otis & The Hurricanes and The Mill River Band, along with “roving” entertainment.

The restaurant list is still growing but to date includes Artisan, Asylum Distillery, Aspetuck Brew Lab, B.Good, Brick & Wood, The Cakebox, Crave, Donut Crazy, Fairfield Craft Ales, Fairfield Cheese Company, Freshii Fairfield, Flipside Burger Bar, Geronimo Tequila Bar, Joe’s American Bar & Grill, Little Goose, The Little Pub, NOM-EEZ, Old Post Tavern, Quattro Pazzi, Mecha Noodle Bar, Riverside Baking Company, Rive Bistro, Sono Baking Company, Sweet & Simple Bake shop, Shearwater Coffee Roasters, Taberna Tapas, Taco Loco, Toto, and The Whelk/Kawa Ni. Together, these restaurants create an array of delicious and diverse options for participants. Cuisine ranges from sustainable and seafood-focused to old-school Italian comfort food to nouveau-Mexican cuisine. The event will also offer various wines, beers, and cocktails to create the perfect ensemble—all available for one ticket price. Special “chances to win” great prizes and food drives will be held to benefit charity partner Operation Hope. Sponsors on board include Balducci’s, Cannondale Generators, Land Rover of Milford, Atria Senior Living, Sacred Heart University, and Yumi Ecosolutions. The event is also the precursor to Fairfield’s Fifth Annual Restaurant Week which begins October 16 and includes two dozen restaurants.

General Admission tickets cost $50: including food, drink, and entertainment. VIP Admission—with access to the Black Rock Galleries Fusion Lounge costs $100 and includes ongoing food service, drinks from VIP bar, entertainment, private parking, and a TV. Tickets may be purchased online at tasteoffairfield.com. Guests under 21 years old are $20 and children under 10 are free. The event is tented, but happening rain or shine, and Star 99.9 will have a radio crew on site.

Taberna: A Taste of the Mediterranean in Fairfield

Capri and the Cote d’Azur may not be among your summer travel plans, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a taste of la dolce vita. Taberna Tapas and Wine bar in Fairfield offers a Mediterranean dining experience without having to hand over your passport. Taberna, located along the Brick Walk promenade in downtown Fairfield, offers authentic tapas, inventive antipasti and salads, and a selection of Mediterranean-inspired entrees in a lively atmosphere. Outdoor dining is available on the patio – perfect for sipping sangria!

Last week we visited Taberna and met Chef/Owner Daniel Lopez who treated us to a selection of tapas and his famous paella (which the Spaniard among us agreed was “muy auténtico”).

We began with grilled octopus dusted with smoky paprika.

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Next, smoked wild salmon toasts topped with a bright salsa of avocado, radish, shallots and peppers.

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Next, the perfect croquettes – crispy on the outside and delightfully creamy on the inside. unnamed-2

Spicy chiorizo, white beans and mushrooms in a bold red wine reduction.unnamed-3

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The centerpiece – a flavorful seafood paella (one of Chef Daniel’s specialties)! unnamed-5

And for dessert, a classic with a twist! Flan bathed in a star-anise spiced citrus sauce. unnamed-6

Pair any of these with a fruity sangria or refreshing rose! Taberna is offering buy one bottle, get one half price specials on rose wines during the summer, and other seasonal specials (check their website for details!). 

Taberna, 1229 Post Road, Fairfield, tabernarestaurant-ct.com

 

 

Noted Abstract Artist Returns to Fairfield County Roots

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Noted international artist Katy Ferrarone returns to her Fairfield County roots with a solo exhibition of her abstract canvases at the Southport Galleries in Fairfield. The opening reception will be held on Friday, June 24 from 5:30-8 PM and is open to the public.

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The collection, entitled Mind Maps, showcases Ferrarone’s colorful, mindful meditations were inspired by the energy, color, and texture of her neighborhood in Singapore, where she currently resides. Mind Maps continues at the gallery through Saturday, August 20th.

Ferrarone is a Fairfield County native and first realized her artistic impulses as an art student in Darien. She holds a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University and was a beloved art teacher at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT. Ferrarone’s work has been shown throughout the US and in Singapore.

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The exhibition is curated by Ridgefield’s Aldrich Contemporary Museum’s Danielle Ogden, who discovered the artist’s talent while launching the National Gallery in Singapore last fall. Ferrarone and her husband are raising a young family in Singapore and look forward to returning home to share her beautiful, intimate and emotional palettes.

Jennifer Cargill, Southport Galleries’ Executive Director calls this exhibition, “Southport Galleries’ freshest and most pleasing new work to date and a first collaboration between the gallery, the artist and the curator with intersecting local roots.”
Southport Galleries | 330 Pequot Ave | Southport CT | 203.292.6124 | www.southportgalleries.com Tuesday through Friday 11:00am – 5:00pm, Saturday 11:00am – 4:00pm, always by Appointment

Do Good, Eat Great! Taberna Fairfield Fundraiser for Ecuador

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Daniel Lopez, chef and owner of Taverna Tapas & Wine Bar in Fairfield is hosting a Party with a Purpose on Thursday, June 16, from 6-8:30 PM to raise funds to help earthquake victims in his home country of Ecuador. Partnering with AmeriCares, 100% of the $20 at-the-door donation and funds raised for raffles held thoughout the evening will be donated to help Ecuadorians rebuild. 

Chef Daniel will be providing a wide array of delicious Spanish tapas, along with his signature dish of traditional paella, and each person will also get one free drink (red or white house wine, house-made sangria, or domestic beer). A Spanish guitarist will be there to entertain guests during the party.

Taberna Tapas & Wine Bar is located in the Brick Walk Promenade, 1229 Post Road, in Fairfield, Connecticut 06824. The restaurant’s phone number is 475.999.8585. www.tabernarestaurant-ct.com.

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Spa Water Smoothies Low Cal, Big Flavor

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Premium smoothie and juice franchise Robeks has rolled out two new smoothies that radically reduce calorie counts and sugar content, plus a new upscale bowl, all that deliver on the exceptional, authentic flavor that has made the brand a hit for 20 years.

Through July 10, Robeks customers will be able to order these three new items that are made using Pineapple Ginger Spa Water and Cucumber Mint Spa Water

Apple Ginger Allure™: Made with new Pineapple Ginger Spa Water, this refreshing smoothie is made with a fresh Granny Smith apple, hand-picked fresh mint leaves, pineapple, banana, a touch of pineapple sherbet, and a squeeze of fresh lime. A medium smoothie has 246 calories, and just half the sugar of a regular smoothie.

Refreshing Cucumber Mint™: A balanced combination of new Cucumber Mint Spa Water, raw spinach, fresh cucumber, hand-picked fresh mint, pineapple, mango, banana, and a touch of pineapple sherbet. This light and refreshing smoothie has only 229 calories and half the sugar.

Pineapple Ginger Delight™: With 9 grams of protein and a complex array of unique ingredients, this smoothie is rich in vitamins C & A, calcium, fiber, potassium and iron. It is made with Pineapple Ginger Spa Water, a fresh Granny Smith apple, raw ginger, hand-picked fresh mint leaves, a squeeze of fresh lime, pineapple, banana, Greek yogurt and pineapple sherbet, and is topped with crunchy banana chips, shredded coconut, tender Granny Smith apple slices and tart dried cranberries

Find your closest Robeks location by clicking here!

CT Open House Day Invites Residents to Explore All The State Has to Offer

UnknownResidents are invited to explore all the state has to offer at its 12th annual Connecticut Open House Day on June 11! More than 170 attractions across our cosmopolitan cities and charming towns are participating in the event with free admission and special events at select historic and cultural sites, so there’s sure to be something for everyone. Locally, the 1750 Ogden House and Bellarmine Museum of Art in Fairfield, Art at Ives in Danbury, New England Ballet Company in Bridgeport, and the Westport Historical Society are participating.

For a full list of events, click here: CT OPEN HOUSE EVENTS!

The Best Kept Secret in Fairfield County

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Ask any Fairfield County resident to name the most luxurious hotels in the region and you can bet the Delamar in Greenwich and Southport are at the top of the list. Recognized for their gracious accommodations and world-class cuisine at l’escale in Greenwich and Artisan in Southport, the hotels offer visitors the only five-star experience in Fairfield County. But, what many residents don’t know, is the spas at both locations offer all the pampering one might desire in a destination spa experience right in your own neighborhood (or as close to it as possible!) – and you don’t even have to be a guest at the hotel! All spa services are available to the public as well as their distinguished guests.

What’s Available at the Spa?

The spa menu at both locations offer a variety of New York City-style experiences. From Swedish or deep tissue massage to Triple Micro-current Therapy Facials, the Delamar’s spas offer a suite of traditional and cutting-edge services. Each luxurious treatment begins in their well-appointed treatment rooms where you’ll receive a consultation and full evaluation from a staff of experienced, licensed estheticians. After customizing a treatment that address your unique skin type, the expert staff will begin your facial, massage, or body work. Guests can book a single treatment or an entire day of rejuvenation for themselves, with their special someone, or with a group (this is an ideal “day out with your girls” experience!).

Along with an expert staff, the  spa uses two skin care lines that are among the very best in the industry. The hotels are among the only in the area to use the exclusive Biologique Recherché (BR), the definitive skin care line, and Valmont, the ultimate luxury brand, and their highly effective protocols and treatments. Unlike other mass brands, Biologique Recherché and Valmont limit their distribution to only the most advanced spas around the globe. The staff at the Delamar hotels receives ongoing education in their cutting-edge products and protocols and offers these treatments to their clients.

The Delamar hotels offers spa services daily by appointment. Click here to discover the full menu of spa services available at each location!

The Delamar Hotel  – Greenwich

The Delamar Hotel – Southport

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connecticut Staycation Guide!

UnknownSticking around for spring break? The Connecticut Office of Tourism unveiled its new 2016 Official Spring/Summer Connecticut Visitors Guide, an inspirational travel storytelling magazine for planning vacations, getaways and outings in Connecticut.

The new, re-envisioned guides offer seasonal-specific travel experiences designed to inspire visitors to travel to Connecticut multiple times year-round. Each features current travel stories, experiences, events, attractions and destinations. The 2016 Spring/Summer printed guide is available now for free at Welcome Centers throughout Connecticut, by calling 1-888-CTvisit, and through www.CTvisit.com, where consumers can also view the digital edition.

“With this type of experiential storytelling, the new Connecticut visitors guide is revolutionary in state destination marketing,” said Randy Fiveash, director of Connecticut Office of Tourism. “Through these stories, Connecticut destinations come alive and allow prospective travelers to immerse themselves in the place and experience. The reimagined guide better reflects how today’s travelers look for ideas and inspiration.”

The 72-page seasonal guide is ideal for families, couples, groups and individuals interested in discovering or rediscovering Connecticut. Reinforcing Connecticut’s still revolutionary branding, it is filled with colorful images, travel stories, experiences, ideas and information and includes a state map. For additional travel ideas and information, clickable graphics are interspersed throughout the guide so consumers can click to www.CTvisit.com, Connecticut’s official tourism website.

The inspirational guide is organized by features such as “Six Summer Escapes,” “Lobster 24/7” and “If Walls Could Talk”; by departments including “Live from CT,” “Make a Splash” and “License to Thrill”; and by Connecticut’s five tourism regions.

Abs by Spring Break? CoreMotion Can Get It Done

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The weather’s warming up and spring break is just a few weeks away! You may be mentally ready for a break, but is your body ready for a bikini? If just the thought makes you break out in a cold sweat, don’t panic-CoreMotion in Fairfield offers an amazing total body workout that’s practically guaranteed to tone your torso in just a few weeks of regular classes.

At CoreMotion, the workout takes place on a Megaformer – a take on the Pilates reformer. During the 50-minute workout, participants are led through a series of controlled movements that challenge both strength and balance as they push and pull the Megaformer’s weighted midsection with their their legs and slowly engage each muscle group. From quivering quads to gravity defying glutes, you’ll discover muscles that you didn’t even know you had! It’s not easy, but the results are worth it.

Owner and instructor Elise Zealand, a lifelong fitness devotee, is incredibly passionate and a great motivator. Having discovered the CoreMotion workout after trying to get back into shape after the birth of her son, she understands that not everyone is in optimal shape and inspires everyone to work at their own level.

In addition to fitness classes, CoreMotion also offers nutrition services. Barbara Lincoln, a Registered Dietitian, designs personalized healthy eating programs for those whose goals include weight loss.

Class schedules include early morning evening, and weekends. Visit the CoreMotion website for more info and class schedules!