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Twilight at Morningside

Welcome to  Twilight at Morningside. This blog is dedicated to all my weekend adventures, but…there’s an awful lot of food photographs on here. I’m still committed to more armchair travel posts, so look for more globetrotting in the near future.  Feel free to say hello in the comments, I’d love to hear from you.
cheers, liz

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In the Pumpkin Patch 2014

October 30th, 2014

As a relatively new parent, I cannot explain the seemingly universal urge to grab the family and go apple / pumpkin picking. Maybe it’s just a great way to get outside, enjoy the cooler temps and get some family photos.  Or is it a New England thing? Autumn always puts on a beautiful show here in [...]

 

As a relatively new parent, I cannot explain the seemingly universal urge to grab the family and go apple / pumpkin picking. Maybe it’s just a great way to get outside, enjoy the cooler temps and get some family photos.  Or is it a New England thing? Autumn always puts on a beautiful show here in Connecticut. Last year, we agreed to meet another family at Beardsley Cider Mill for some apple picking. Though pre-scheduled far in advance – it turned out to be a gorgeous sunny Saturday afternoon, but we found ourselves overheated in 80 degree weather (positively unAutumn-like). Coupled with a jammed parking lot and long lines (yep, two of them) to buy our apples and our cider & donuts, we swore off weekend picking… FOREVER.

Now we have 20 month old toddler who loves to exploring outdoors. A year older and wiser… I headed up north to Pumpkinseed Hill Farm at Jones Family Farm on a weekday! At 10 am on a Tuesday in early October, there was only 1 other family. It was amazing to have this huge hilltop pumpkin patch to ourselves! I subsequently took two other trips to this Shelton farm with friends and family.  It’s a great place for young children to play outside and when the little ones are finally petered out, there’s a hayride around the surrounding fields.  If you need snack, I recommend buying a pumpkin cookie while you’re purchasing hayride tickets.

Below are photos from all 3 of our trips this year, I hope it gives you a good sense of the beauty and the bounty of this farm.


Lily loved walking up and down this little bridge near the pens with chickens and pigs.
You can also see the corn maze in the background. I kept my distance, there was no way I was embarking on that adventure with a toddler!

Her other favorite spot was this Hansel and Gretel themed house.

Back on the lookout at  Billy Goats Gruff bridge. This time with a friend.

The farm provides small wagons to carry your pumpkins. Children are not allowed in the wagons, but that’s ok because all Lily wanted to do was push one around the pumpkin patch.

If you wander out beyond the corn maze entrance, you’ll come across a field of sunflowers.

And past the sunflowers, you’ll find other produce growing on the farm. Here you can see strawberries and broccoli in the front rows.

In the cabbage patch.

If you’ve been to Pumpkinseed Hill Farm on the weekend you might not recognize the farm in my photos. Typically it’s filled with hundreds of people and though there is a huge parking lot and ample space in the fields, I still  recommend a weekday visit. If you’re looking to have a quiet experience with no waiting and no lines – know that this the price of admission. The good news is no matter when you go, there is no entrance fee to visit the farm.

 

Jones Family Farm
Pumpkinseed Hill Farm
120 Beardsley Road,
Shelton, CT

10 am to 5:30 pm daily (call ahead to confirm)

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Postcard from Portland, Maine

October 1st, 2014

We visit Portland in search of good food. While sorting through shots from our short visit to Maine, I found there isn’t much to share. Turns out, I haven’t quite learned how to wrangle a toddler and take photographs with a dSLR. Especially while dining out, I find either the camera or our food is [...]


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We visit Portland in search of good food. While sorting through shots from our short visit to Maine, I found there isn’t much to share. Turns out, I haven’t quite learned how to wrangle a toddler and take photographs with a dSLR. Especially while dining out, I find either the camera or our food is one second away from being redirected into a dangerous or messy situation. Once I’m behind the lens, there’s no telling what mischief is now obscured.

So our activities were dictated by travel with a toddler… There are still a few glimpses into Portland to share. First stop, Pai Men Miyake, a spot brimming full of locals enjoying a bowl of ramen and other small bites. One of my favorites was the bowl of brussels sprouts.

We went in search of a bagel from Scratch Baking Co. Rookie mistake… Sunday at 10 am, the line was out the door. We gave up and took a drive around the quiet neighborhoods in South Portland. I could imagine living here!

Portland Head Light and a little rocky coastline. Scenic proof we were really in Maine! I know, we spend too much time in downtown Portland, chasing after our next meal.

After feeling right at home at Eventide Oyster Co, we went back for brunch the next day. In case you missed it, I wrote more about our experience here.


Traveling with Lily means I’m always on the lookout for a playground to burn off a little excess energy. Eastern Promenade is a great place for a walk on a sunny day, with or without kids.

We never miss a visit to Standard Baking Co.
Our breads and other sweets were made it a worthwhile stop, but the macaroons have a new recipe and I’m still morning the loss of its far superior predecessor.

Look up above Standard Baking and you’ll see the windows of Fore Street, a restaurant I’ve loved since our first visit to Portland. I’ve always wanted a seat a window table above the bakery and this time, my wish came true. It was all the more exciting because we were warmly welcomed by the restaurant, even with a 15 month old. There are no high chairs, but a noisy din – enough to mask any enthusiastic outbursts.  Lily sat on our lap and snacked on freeze dried fruit while we considered ourselves very lucky to dine at this wonderful restaurant again, this time as a family.

While walking off dinner with a stroll along the harbor, we chanced upon the brand new Nova Star ferry loading up for it’s overnight trip to Yarmouth. I’m anxious to see more of Canada and I had no idea this ferry service had just begun. Nova Scotia, I’ve got my eye on you!

As always – here are the ones that got away:

Miyake Diner (in transition)
Scratch Baking (bagels)
Vinland
Hunt & Alpine Club
Central Provisions

 

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Sport Hill Farm revisited

September 18th, 2014

Connecticut farm dinners have really grown in popularity and abundance the past 10 years, but a long-time favorite is my second Souterrain at Sport Hill Farm. It was an overcast afternoon, but I fondly remember a late Spring brunch in the greenhouse, surrounded by good friends. I had never been to this farm before, but to [...]


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Connecticut farm dinners have really grown in popularity and abundance the past 10 years, but a long-time favorite is my second Souterrain at Sport Hill Farm. It was an overcast afternoon, but I fondly remember a late Spring brunch in the greenhouse, surrounded by good friends. I had never been to this farm before, but to me it has remained the most logical and beautiful backdrop for Bill Taibe’s movable feasts – more than any subsequent Souterrain location.  Living in Milford, I hardly find myself near Easton, CT, but frustrated that I’m always stuck at work and unable to attend the Westport Farmers’s Market, I decided to make a special trip back to Sport Hill Farm, while tomatoes and corn are enjoying an extended season.

If you’ve never met  farmer Patti Popp, she’s exhibits a knack for growing delicious food and a eye for the never-ending beauty in the cultivated world to which she tends. Just take a peek at Patti’s photos on instagram: @farmgal596. To top it off, she is a tireless educator and a gracious host. Thank you Patti for taking time out from your restaurant delivery prep to welcome Lily to the market.

Here, Patti’s offering up a lima bean for further inspection.
Lily is uncertain about touching these large beans!

The Sport Hill Farm market is a welcoming place for kids and has a toy farm + barnyard animals to keep little hands occupied while you browse the aisles!

Regardless of whether you have a little one in tow, the real reason to visit the farm is to stock up on flavorful, locally-grown produce and provisions. In season, the farm market is open daily (check the website or Facebook page for hours) and you’ll also find the farm gal’s smiling face at the Thursday Westport Farmers’ Market and the Saturday Black Rock Farmers’ Market.

Want to feed the chickens? Ask for a slice of bread at the market counter. After the bread was gone, Patti even brought out a hen for closer inspection!

Next we inquired about exploring the grounds surrounding the market. I was surprised when we went up the little embankment to see these plants that reminded me of mini palm/date trees. Upon closer inspection, I realized we had found a patch of dinosaur kale. Talk about know your farmer, know your food – it’s a little embarrassing I’ve never seen a lacinato kale plant before…

I couldn’t resist the cranberry beans. The pattern caught my eye, so I had to take a photo before the colors became muddled and murky on the stovetop. I’m not sure if this is odd, but I find it relaxing to shell beans (as long as they’re not favas). Without a recipe in mind, I bought a bagful and made a creamy bean dip.  If you find yourself with an eggplant and a bowl full of shelling beans (makes a great project to keep your little ones occupied) I noticed Patti featured this A Pinch of Salt recipe at the market.

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Madison Farmers’ Market

August 30th, 2014

August is amazing time when it comes to buying local in Connecticut. Summer serendipity is finding a farmers’ market setting up right in front of your previously scheduled plans. Luckily I had my camera in hand while attending my cousin’s relaxed wedding at the First Congregatioaln Church in Madison, CT. When the ceremony was over, [...]


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August is amazing time when it comes to buying local in Connecticut. Summer serendipity is finding a farmers’ market setting up right in front of your previously scheduled plans.

Luckily I had my camera in hand while attending my cousin’s relaxed wedding at the First Congregatioaln Church in Madison, CT. When the ceremony was over, the Friday afternoon farmers’ market had opened up at the foot of the church. What a beautiful selection – if you’re in the area, it’s worth stocking up before the weekend begins! We managed a quick walk-through before continuing on to the wedding reception. I apologize – I wasn’t familiar with the vendors with the exception of Barberry Hill Farm (from Dinners at the Farm), but I couldn’t resists sharing the rainbow of colors I found that day.

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Eventide in Portland, ME

August 24th, 2014

When I think of Maine, my thoughts first veer to lobster. But on our most recent trip to Portland, we spent more of our time eating oysters. That’s mainly because we discovered Eventide. So how much do I love Eventide Oyster Co? So much, that we went there twice on our short two night stay [...]

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When I think of Maine, my thoughts first veer to lobster. But on our most recent trip to Portland, we spent more of our time eating oysters. That’s mainly because we discovered Eventide. So how much do I love Eventide Oyster Co? So much, that we went there twice on our short two night stay in downtown Portland.

Maine is always just a little too far from Connecticut. For as much as I love the beautiful rocky coastline, it’s consistently more time than we’re willing to spend for a long weekend. Sadly, because of this it’s been 4 years since we last set foot in Portland.

Eventide wasn’t officially on my agenda. I hate to get my hopes up, as it’s often hard to tell where you can safely bring a toddler along without feeling out of place.  On our way to check-in at the hotel, I spied Eventide on the same block as famed Hugo’s Restaurant and immediately lobbied for a quick mid-afternoon snack to fill up the lull between lunch at Pai Men Miyake and our takeout dinner from DuckFat.

The hostess and servers were quite accommodating and welcoming to our little one – offering us a seat at a table inside and hustling through our order so we could get in (and out) in an hour!

About half the oyster selection hails from Maine, the other 50% a mix of West Coast and New England/PEI options. These are perfectly shucked and feature your choice of accoutrements.

While we enjoyed the variety of “ice” options (kim chee, pickled red onion, Tabasco), I find good oysters like these don’t need much else beyond a basic mignonette.  Just sampling these ices brought back memories of the divinely smooth and frosty champagne mignonette we remember fondly from Elliott’s in Seattle.

We were quite taken with the other bites on the menu, not to mention the fantastic ceramic barware to match the “island style” libations on offer. Below is the Fried Winter Point Oyster Bun and a Mai Tai!

Yellowfin tuna crudo

It’s not every day we’re in the land of lobstah, so a lobster roll was an absolute requirement at some point on this trip. Hailing from Connecticut, I am a fan of the hot buttered variety. Don’t get me started about the mayo…  It’s only natural we opted for the signature brown butter option delivered on Eventide’s steamed bun. Delicate and light, not too spongy or chewy (as so many of the poorly executed varieties often are), this bun makes a perfect vehicle for Eventide’s handheld offerings.

We loved the food and bright sunny atmosphere and before we left, we were already planning to return the next morning for brunch!

I’m not a huge fan of  breakfast or brunch. Heck, I never thought I’d find much delight in a breakfast sandwich. But this variation took this breakfast staple to something I wish I could eat weekly.  On the Eventide signature bun, it features a crispy pork belly and hard boiled egg. It’s a rare day when I get excited about anything featuring a hard boiled egg, but this is a great combination. Give it a try if you see it on the menu.

I often can’t remember what at oysters we’ve ordered, especially when we’re trying unfamiliar varieties.
I love it when oyster bars helpfully offer up a slip of paper to jog your memory. I found the practice more common out West, but while they are plenty of places who do give you a little crib sheet, I’ve found there are just as many who just issue the verbal rundown when the oysters arrive.

Eventide’s got that perfect mix of a oysters, cocktails, small bites all in a sunny and welcoming space to hang out with friends.  So Portland, this trip we upgraded, but have no fear… we have not forgotten J’s Oyster – the salty little dive bar on the wharf where we’ve gotten our oysters in the past.

If you’re on the lookout for other great spots to find an oyster, check out my other favorites on Pinterest.

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Postcard from Las Vegas

August 18th, 2014

So we went to Las Vegas. In August. With a 17 month old. I’m not a gambler, which means I wasn’t convinced about the up-side of vacationing in the desert where temps easily run over 100 degrees. But despite my reservations, I enjoyed this trip – both seeing family and exploring a new side of [...]


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So we went to Las Vegas.
In August.
With a 17 month old.

I’m not a gambler, which means I wasn’t convinced about the up-side of vacationing in the desert where temps easily run over 100 degrees. But despite my reservations, I enjoyed this trip – both seeing family and exploring a new side of Las Vegas. The main event was my cousin Mindy’s wedding, so we opted out of staying on the Strip and found a quieter hotel up north in Summerlin near the venue, Emerald at Queensridge. We were quite happy with our incredibly spacious suite at the JW Marriott (set up like your typical big convention hotel). In the early mornings I enjoyed our sunrise view from the Palms Tower balcony, watching the red glowing mountains.  And later in the day, we never experienced a problem securing a poolside lounge chair – even on the weekend.

Since we were based way up north, we rented a car and this was a game changer. All my previous visits I remained within a quick cab ride of the Strip. This time, we were able to see Las Vegas in a different light.

Below are some of the stops from our travels. Our choices were often governed by these conditions: beating the plus 95 degree heat, traveling with an toddler, eating in large groups of 6 or more and pleasing former Hawaii residents who wanted to take advantage of  numerous “local” food options.

UP NORTH

Honey Salt
We were surprised by the number of stores and restaurants in the planned community Summerlin, right outside our door at the JW Marriott. I made an early Saturday dinner reservation and we found ourselves seated at a large communal style table close to the open kitchen, where we had a front row perch to view meals being expedited. I liked the menu options and found our server to be incredibly knowledgeable regarding the menu and accommodating with requests – given we had a picky toddler in tow. I especially liked the New England Fry and the Honey Roasted Peach salad. I love this kind of  family-friendly restaurant that hasn’t sacrificed good food and service.

 

 

 

Lulu’s Bread and Breakfast
This spot is way up in northwest last Vegas, but a great little breakfast gem. It was an easy drive from Summerlin and was well worth the trip. We went at 9 am on a weekday and there was no problem getting a table. We tried a range of mostly breakfast items – the nutella croissant, a few macarons, and some breakfast sandwich options, but our favorites were definitely the excellent S.O.B sandwich and the guava croissant. This is the kind of place I wish we had right here in Milford, so I could stop in on my way to work or on the weekends for brunch.

(Hawaiian) Island Favorites:

Why do Hawaii residents love Las Vegas so much? I’m not sure, but I think it has to do with the ability to gamble and the (relatively speaking)  affordable cost of living – both of which are things you won’t find in the islands. What that also means is you’ll find a surprising number of LV businesses catering to island tastes and for any hungry homesick locals – it’s pretty exciting to find these eateries without flying the extra 2,500 miles!

Kauai Cafe
We needed a quick casual meal and this spot did the trick, we ordered standards like chicken katsu, spam musubis and wun tun min. I know it was practically 100 degrees, but I thought my 17 mo old would like the noodles! I also got my can of Hawaiian Sun Pass-O-Guava and was a happy camper. If I had taken the time to read up more carefully, I would have known to visit Kauai Cafe on Friday, the only day of the week that they serve up Hawaiian food, lau lau, poi – the works!

Island Sushi
We went with a large group and worked our way through the all you can eat menu. if you’re homesick for Hawaii and looking for some local grindz, this is a great deal. We started with basics like inari and somen salad, teri beef, garlic chicken up to the higher end options: ahi poke and hamachi collar. I didn’t take a single photo, I was too busy  eat and trying to figure out a game plan. My advice: don’t bother with the sushi rolls. The rice fills you up quickly!

 

Bahama Bucks
When you’re in the desert in the summer, you’re always looking for a way to cool off. After eating local Hawaii food for dinner, I was in the mood for shaved ice. We drove over to Bahama Bucks after the bride mentioned it has finely shaved ice like Waiola’s. While this is true about the texture of the ice, there was simply way too much syrup for me. When ordering, we asked for our server to go light on the syrup and I hope they forgot! I couldn’t even eat the bottom half of my passion fruit shave ice. It was just too sweet to finish.

Kuma Snow Cream So after tasting and then discussing the merits of Bahama Bucks, the bride’s sister suggested we try Kuma Snow Cream over in Chinatown. This was our last stop in Vegas and after wrangling a wriggly toddler through dinner, I sadly forgot to take a photo of our snow cream. This fluffy concoction is the best of both worlds, a light and airy treat with just a touch of satisfying richness from the cream. I tried the seasonal honeydew flavor and am a big fan. In other news, my daughter fell in love with the Kuma bear logo. I wish someone would bring a franchise over to the East Coast, I think this place would be a hit in NYC!

Downtown LV

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This self-proclaimed breakfast and lunch joint is a hip spot, about 10 blocks from hotels and casinos in Downtown. We went for lunch on a Friday and found it a bustling dining room, with knowledgeable and friendly staff and a menu overseen by former fine dining chef, Natalie Young. We were told most guests try the cinnamon biscuits, so we started with an order before our sandwiches. These biscuits feature a crisp-edged crust and are covered in a warm strawberry compote. Don’t miss this signature treat, but I recommend saving your order for dessert instead!

Container Park
Colorful and unusual architectural materials caught everyone’s eye on the way to lunch, so I made sure to walk across Carson Ave to investigate. We found ourselves surrounded by Container Park, part of a redevelopment project led by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos. Centered around a stage, and massive treehouse-dominated play area, this park is ringed by shops and restaurants housed within re-purposed shipping containers. It is a walkable, welcoming place, and I hope it serves as an inspiration to other similar initiatives elsewhere in the country.  It was a blazing hot summer day, but I’d definitely love to head back in the evening when you can catch a performance or a movie screening.  It’s exciting to see this area of Vegas re-inventing itself with new mixed-used attraction that is both family-friendly and 21+ over (after 9 pm).


Also in the downtown area, a stop on the top of my Vegas bucket list:

The Neon Sign Museum has an boneyard full of decommissioned Vegas signs.
Since the tour is outdoors and required a reservation, we sadly decided to save this for another trip to Las Vegas when the weather is cooler!

THE STRIP

Mon Ami Gabi (Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino)
I wasn’t planning to hit the Strip with Lily in tow, but when my cousin Brent (from my dad’s side of the family) just happened to be in town the same weekend, there was no question about getting in the car and heading to the action. Despite the midday heat, we opted to sit outside under the red umbrellas at Mon Ami Gabi. We had lovely time at this Parisian bistro themed restaurant (the cramped sidewalk seating felt like a bit of the real thing) and the price of lunch was easily forgotten each time the Bellagio fountains began their choreographed dance just across the Strip.

Eiffel Tower Experience (Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino)
Since we didn’t do much besides sit at the pool and meet up with family, I suggested a splurge on something truly touristy – the Eiffel Tower Experience. This themed elevator ride is meant to replicate the ascent up a iconic landmark, yet sadly doesn’t seem to capture the magic of the original. There is no sense of awe and grandeur like a visit to the real Tour Eiffel  because base of this tower sits squarely in the middle of a dark casino allowing no views skyward. After securing our tickets in a gift shop, we were met by a personable and enthusiastic greeter before taking the escalator up to an amalgam of Paris bridges.  You can add your purchased love lock to the Pont des Arts grate before walking above the casino on the faux Pont Alexandre bridge for a photo op. After boarding, you shoot straight through the casino roof and hurtle upward 46 stories in a narrow elevator.

Upon arriving, we stepped out into a safely enclosed birdcage-like structure with a great 360 degree view of the city. Given the heat, we were lucky the viewing platform was not crowded and that we happened to arrive 5 minutes before the next Bellagio fountain show. There is no shade up top, so plan accordingly if you visit in the summer! I’m sure the view must be quite beautiful (and comfortable temperature wise) at night, but I’d expect there is more of a wait.  With a $45 price tag for three of us to ascend the Eiffel Tower, I’m sure there are better, more comfortable ways to enjoy view from above. Still, it was certainly a memorable group experience, even without the $35 Pont Alexandre photos we left behind.

THE DESERT

Red Rock Canyon
About 15 miles west of the Strip is Nevada’s first conservation area. Once you’ve paid the $7 entry fee and begin exploring, you’ll forget you’re even in Las Vegas! You can drive the one-way 13 mile scenic loop,  stopping off to see the scenic viewpoints or plan ahead and hike the 20 or so designated trails. Check to see when the park opens – I recommend arriving early. The temperature was still cool and the morning light made it a beautiful time to visit, we saw many cyclists and one donkey during our drive.

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Volturno Pizza in Worcester, MA

July 18th, 2014

I get a lot of raised eyebrows when I mention we stopped in Worcester on a recent trip up north to New Hampshire and Maine. But I had a plan. It involved stopping about halfway – somewhere in Massachusetts – and advance requesting the perfect lunch recommendation from Leeanne Griffin, journalist at the Hartford Courant A [...]


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I get a lot of raised eyebrows when I mention we stopped in Worcester on a recent trip up north to New Hampshire and Maine. But I had a plan. It involved stopping about halfway – somewhere in Massachusetts – and advance requesting the perfect lunch recommendation from Leeanne Griffin, journalist at the Hartford Courant A La Carte and food blogger/founder of Fun with Carbs.

Enter Volturno, where you’ll find a wood burning oven turning out Pizza Napoletana inside a former car dealership.

Food
Keep in mind I live under 10 miles from New Haven area, so Volturno’s crust was a little on the thick side for my personal taste, but that didn’t stop me from loving the gourmet combinations they’re serving up on their pies. Above is the Pistachio pie, with pistachio pesto, sausage, mozzarella and pecorino.  Pizzas come in one size, like generously-sized individual pizzas – more than I could eat myself. The menu also includes share-able starers, salads, sandwiches and pastas.

Design
Lunch is a great time to go to Volturno, the sunlight pours in the soaring floor-to-ceiling windows and you can see a few reminders that this indeed was a former Buick showroom. It has been beautifully renovated into a restaurant, with a nod to the city’s industrial past visible in the stools, table and lighting.


Location
Right off 290, and right next to ample parking lot – even if you don’t live in the area, Volturno makes for an easy spot to grab a sit-down meal if you’re traveling north or south through the eastern half of Massachusetts. We felt so at home here, we stopped again on our way back from Maine and ordered food to go, for later in the day.

I realize not everyone is looking to spend this much for pizza, but I consider it fairly priced given the airy, light filled dining room, well trained staff, the locally sourced ingredients and unique pizza combinations on the menu. Below is a white potato and sausage pie. Quite different from the either of the potato pies I’ve tried at BAR or Sally’s in New Haven. I’d love to return with a larger group so we can work through all of the pies on the menu! This is definitely our new rest stop of choice when heading to points north.

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Millwrights in Simsbury, CT

July 15th, 2014

This year we spent our 8th wedding anniversary alongside Hop Brook falls, dining in a former grist mill. In other words, we finally made our way  up to Millwright’s in Simsbury. Tuesdays are not an easy night to find a special occasion restaurant in Connecticut, but unlike so many other fine dining spots, Millwrights was not [...]


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This year we spent our 8th wedding anniversary alongside Hop Brook falls, dining in a former grist mill. In other words, we finally made our way  up to Millwright’s in Simsbury. Tuesdays are not an easy night to find a special occasion restaurant in Connecticut, but unlike so many other fine dining spots, Millwrights was not only open, but quite busy!

Millwright’s first caught my attention last year when Chef Tyler Anderson swapped restaurants with fellow James Beard nominated Chef, Joel Viehland of Community table. It also came highly recommended by fellow blogger, Leeanne of  A La Carte.   Though we didn’t mind the 1.5 hr drive north to suburban Hartford (including some rush hour traffic), I wasn’t sure how soon we’d be able to return, so we opted for the 7 course tasting menu. Nearly every course was drawn from the nightly dinner menu, which makes the tasting menu a great way to get a handle on the kitchen’s “inspired New England” cuisine.  Once we settled into our quiet half-round booth set back along the wall, we were easily able to take in the leafy view and the hustle and bustle of a busy dining room in one glance. Service, food, decor – all beautifully executed. Fine dining is getting harder to come by in Connecticut, but this option is smartly tempered by a casual tavern downstairs. I would love to be a regular… if only Millwright’s was a little closer to home.

Wellfleet Oysters with Rhubarb and Black Pepper Mignonette

The Harajuku Negroni.  * D has already bought a bottle of Yamakazi 12 year – in the hopes of re-creating this cocktail.

Maine Crab: buttermilk, lemon puree, shaved asparagus

House Made Ricotta: broccoli salad, pickled meyer lemon


Tapioca Custard: all the flavors of clam chowder

Foie Gras: strawberries, rhubarb consomme, brown bread crisps

Portuguese Fisherman’s Stew:
monkfish, mussels + clams, linguica, potatoes

Lamb:
grilled loin + sausage, white bean puree, fennel + sweet peppers

This dessert was inspired by a candy bar (Take 5?)   I wasn’t familiar with it, but you really can’t go wrong with chocolate, pretzel, and peanuts.

Despite dining on a Tuesday night, we were able to see the dining room in full swing. Parties both large and small arrived throughout the evening to celebrate school graduation.

After finishing our leisurely meal, we wandered downstairs to see the more casual dining space/bar that is paired with a tavern menu.

With twilight upon us, we finally took a walk along the water. This mixed-used development has a lovely feel to it, a balanced mix of old and new in a beautiful setting. On our way out, we met general manager AJ who took upstairs to see the space for private events. There, he confided he and Chef Anderson have their eye on New Haven County. These two seem a well-matched duo, paired up originally during their time at the Copper Beach Inn. Of course Millwright’s will remain their flagship spot for fine dining, but I look forward to seeing what they’ll be serving  up – especially in a location much closer to home!

 

 

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Saugatuck Craft Butchery- new location

November 3rd, 2013

Saugatuck Craft Butchery in Westport has a new home. Not far, just across the Riverside Ave in a more spacious location. The best part? Now there’s a cafe, serving up some breakfast and lunch options. D’s steak and eggs: Dry-aged steak, bacon brioche “Toad in the Hole” Those are our shoestring fries, but the photo on the [...]

 

Saugatuck Craft Butchery in Westport has a new home. Not far, just across the Riverside Ave in a more spacious location. The best part? Now there’s a cafe, serving up some breakfast and lunch options.

D’s steak and eggs: Dry-aged steak, bacon brioche “Toad in the Hole”

Those are our shoestring fries, but the photo on the right had me wishing for a burger…

I can never resist chicken and waffles. This version features a chicken breast, sage waffle, sunny side up egg and Doc’s Maple Syrup.

Check the website, as the cafe menu changes weekly.
And save the date for Porktoberfest November 10, 2013, 12-4 PM at Saugatuck Craft Butchery > advance tickets

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Milford Restaurant Week 2013

October 7th, 2013

Milford is hosting its first Restaurant Week from Monday, October 7 to Sunday, October 13.  That gives you about 25 different options ($20.13/pp for dinner or $12.13/pp for lunch). My favorite restaurant on the list is Bridge House in Devon, but we eat there all the time! A few other spots I’m contemplating for a return [...]

 

Milford is hosting its first Restaurant Week from Monday, October 7 to Sunday, October 13.  That gives you about 25 different options ($20.13/pp for dinner or $12.13/pp for lunch). My favorite restaurant on the list is Bridge House in Devon, but we eat there all the time! A few other spots I’m contemplating for a return visit are Bin 100, Citrus and Beach House.

Visit www.milfordrestaurantweek.com to see all of the restaurant menus.