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

What to do with used kids clothes? Clothes to Kids Non-Profit

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Kids outgrow clothes so fast! But what to do with all those shirts, pants, and dresses that no longer fit? Clothes To Kids is a new-to-Fairfield County organization that provides free, quality new and used clothing to low-income and in-crisis school-aged children. Based in Stamford, the organization allows kids to try on and select a weeks’ worth of clothing in a retail enviroment twice per year. The ability to choose clothing that kids feel cool and confident in builds self-esteem that’s needed to achieve academic success.

We caught up with Alexandra Briggs Kling, Director of the newly opened Stamford chapter to learn about this amazing organization, their fall fundraiser, and how you can help!

Fairfieldista: When and how did Clothes to Kids originate?

Alexandra: Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County is an affiliate (but a stand alone non-profit organization) of other Clothes To Kids non-profits. The original Clothes To Kids was founded by Jode Eye and Marie McClung in Pinellas County, Florida. Through their volunteer work with students, they recognized that children without adequate clothing often felt embarrassed and unprepared in school.

Our Executive Director, Elaine Rubinson, was inspired to open a Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County when she attended a March 2015 fundraiser in St. Petersburg, Florida. Elaine was motivated by their mission statement and intrigued by the creativity used to implement their mission.

Fairfieldista: How many chapters do you currently have? When did the Fairfield County chapter start?

Alexandra: Although we are affiliated with other Clothes To Kids locations, we operate as a stand alone non-profit. Currently there are five other Clothes To Kids organizations (Denver, CO; Waynesville, NC; Providence, RI; Clearwater, FL; St. Petersburg, FL)

The Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County organization was formed in November of 2015 and we opened the doors to our store last week.

Fairfieldista: How may families do you currently serve? 

Alexandra: Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County just opened its doors, however we have received numerous requests for appointments since that date. In total, the Florida based Clothes To Kids organizations gave out 114,000 wardrobes since they opened in 2003.

Fairfieldista: How can someone donate? 

Alexandra: To donate interested individuals can call our Executive Director, Elaine Rubinson, at (203)533-9846 or can submit the donation form on our website at clothestokidsfairfieldcounty.org

Fairfieldista: How can school PTAs and other community groups help?

Alexandra: Individuals in the Fairfield County community can help by organization clothing donations (heading into the winter months is especially looking for donations of winter coats, hats, boots, gloves and scarves), organizing a small fundraiser in, or outside of, their home, volunteering and, perhaps the easiest and, perhaps the most important way individuals can help, letting their friends and family know about Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County. We are also looking for qualified individuals to join our Board of Directors.

Fairfieldista: Tell us about your upcoming fundraiser?

Alexandra: Cook for Kids is a two hour event, from 6-8 pm on December 1, at Aitoro Appliances in Norwalk, CT, which has generously donated their space, featuring. . . Food! Guests at the event can sip a glass of wine, watch as chefs prepare various hors d’oeuvres for their enjoyment and help Clothes To Kids of Fairfield County by bidding on a variety of wonderful silent auction items. Tickets to this event are $50 if purchased by October 20 and $60 thereafter.

 

Stamford Sports & Wellness Expo

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The 5th Annual Stamford Health, Wellness & Sports Expo returns to Chelsea Piers this weekend offering an opportunity to explore the latest products and services from over 100 exhibitors including wellness entrepreurs from Shark Tank, fun activities for kids, local celebrities, raffles, and healthy holiday gift ideas. Additionally, Stamford Hospital will showcase some of their state-of-the art technology and offer health screenings.

The event takes place at Chelsea Piers Connecticut, 1 Blachley Road in Stamford, Saturday, October 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, October 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission and parking are free. The public is asked to bring nonperishable food and purchase $5 raffle tickets for The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.

Coffee Cocktails at Sign of the Whale

You’re meeting a friend and she asks, “Coffee or cocktails?” Why not have both? Stamford’s Sign of the Whale is offering coffee based drinks made with their own nitro infused cold brew coffee on tap – they steep their coffee in cold water for 24 hours and then nitro infuse it, creating a smooth mouthfeel and rich creamy beer-like head. Check out some of these amazingly delicious coffee drinks they’ve created and try some of the tasty appetizers on their fall menu!

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Rum Diary: fireball whiskey and RumChata

 

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Dirty Sailor: Sailor Jerry Rum and vanilla simple syrup

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Irish Goodbye: Jameson and Bailey’s Irish Cream

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Americana: hazelnut liquor and vanilla vodka

Sign of the Whale is located at 6 Harbor Point Road in Stamford and their rooftop bar with water views is perfect for sipping and nibbling while enjoying the beautiful fall weather!

Odd Squad Solves Mystery in Stamford

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The Odd Squad, the hit kids PBS show, comes to life at the Palace Theater in Stamford on Thursday! Join Ms. O as she discovers that something is amiss in Fairfield County. In this interactive adventure, Ms. O partners with the audience and her two trusty agents, Owen and Ophelia, to solve the mystery. Kids in the audience are asked to put their STEM skill s to the test and decode, decipher and unravel clues to stop villains like Father Time and Lady Terrible. Featuring an original script by the creators of Odd Squad and new music including songs by Soundcheck, Odd Squad: Live! is a laugh-out-loud, action-packed experience not to be missed. $50 tickets include meet & greet with The Odd Squad after the show.

Odd Squad Live!
Thursday, Oct. 6 at 3:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Tickets: $15.00 – $50.00

Fall Fashion Redesigned at Lord & Taylor

lt-1-2cba3736You may have noticed that Lord & Taylor in Stamford was getting a makeover! The newly redesigned store will have a more intuitive flow, new finishes, upgraded services, and lots of innovative new brands – exactly the inspiration you needed to update your wardrobe for fall!

In honor of the re-opening, Lord & Taylor will offer a series of in-store events starting Saturday, September 17. From 12-5 pm, Lord & Taylor will host a “Back to Campus Fashion Event” highlighting the fall season’s latst styles for fashion savvy young adults who wish to head back to school with a fresh new look. Event highlights include a fashion presentation, makeovers, and enter-to-win opportunities.

Other upcoming events include:

Saturday, September 24 – Cosmetic Trends Presentation 11 am & 2 pm

Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 – Charity Day Benefitting American Cancer Society

Wednesday, October 19 – Paint the Town Pink Fashion Show Benefitting Stamford Health, 5:30 pm

Saturday, November 19 – Shop Smart, Do Good Charity Day benefitting local non-profit organizations

 

 

7 Necklaces You Can Totally Wear On The Beach

When it’s crazy hot outside, the less you have on, the happier you feel…and that goes for jewelry too. A heavy statement necklace just doesn’t look right with cutoffs and a tank top! Here are five gorgeous neclaces (some from local designers!) that will take you from beach to barbeque! 

Genevieve Lau Buenos Aires Stick Necklace
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Lera Jewels Mini Sapphire Oval

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Nyla Star Samantha Silver DBY

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Visible Interest Moon Bezel Necklace

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Mitchells Rose Gold Pave Diamond Triangle

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Monica Rich Kosann Rose Gold Petite Anna Locket

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Faye Kim Designs Baguette Diamond Bezel Necklace

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Dig This! Join an Archaeological Dig in Stamford

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Here’s your chance to experience hands-on archaeology in lower Fairfield County. The Stamford Historical Society will be carrying out an archaeological dig at the Hoyt Barnum House property, 713 Bedford Street in Stamford, on Saturday, July 16th and Sunday, July 17th from 9AM- 3PM each day. The Historical Society will provide trowels for digging, buckets, and basic instructions on how to dig. You will be using 1/4″ mesh to screen all dirt. This dig will be held by Executive Director Thomas Zoubek, who has a PhD from Yale University and has led multiple archaeological explorations. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing and should bring work gloves to keep their hands clean. Call 203-329-1183 or contact info@stamfordhistory.org to reserve a place in this historic dig.

A professional dig by the Public Archaeology Lab (PAL) this spring located a number of interesting artifacts including 18th century pottery and an Indian Head Penny. Who knows what you might uncover? All finds will belong to the Stamford Historical Society and will contribute to the record and understanding of the Hoyt Barnum House (built 1699) and its inhabitants over the years. Please bring your own refreshments/snack/lunch. Sunscreen and a hat are recommended. The dig will not take place if there is a thunderstorm and there will be no raindate. Get ready to dig into history and get your hands dirty!

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!