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Welcome to  Twilight at Morningside. This blog is dedicated to all my weekend adventures, but let’s give up the pretense…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.
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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.

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“Fork It Over” No. 2 at Canon Grange

October 5th, 2013

Last weekend we got a seat at the Fork it Over table! Featuring a secret chef/location, it was the second in a series of benefit dinners for the Westport Farmers’ Market.  Sunday morning an email directed us to Canon Grange in Wilton, Connecticut. Turns out I’ve driven right past The Grange on my way to Schoolhouse at [...]

 

Last weekend we got a seat at the Fork it Over table! Featuring a secret chef/location, it was the second in a series of benefit dinners for the Westport Farmers’ Market.  Sunday morning an email directed us to Canon Grange in Wilton, Connecticut. Turns out I’ve driven right past The Grange on my way to Schoolhouse at Cannondale and never even noticed it. Despite its unassuming facade, this was a surprisingly charming spot to host an Autumn dinner for 75. The evening’s special twinkle came from the collaborative efforts of multiple local tastemakers. Chefs Johnny Vaast and Tim LaBant put a single Berkshire hog front & center, with each family-style course paired with wine by Saugatuck Grain + Grape. In addition to top-notch food and drink, there were wonderful extras: a welcoming cocktail (Maple Old Fashioned), a vintage tablescape (punctuated with cheerful dahlia bouquets), and the rocking tunes of the band House Dressing filling the night air.

Inside the Grange. I’ve never seen Something Borrowed’s tableware look so at home.

Chef Johnny Vaast of the Dressing Room. (left) Shallot custard with a parsnip foam served in an eggshell (right)


Inside the Cannon Grange.

Fried Head cheese with pickled onion and mustard sauce (left). The full menu in front of the Danbury branch of the New Haven train line (right).

Uncle Jessie  (what a great looking Ford) looks perfect next to the Grange!

Jeff Marron of Saugatuck Grain + Grape serving up the Maple Old Fashioned (left) and some ice cold Brooklyn brews (right). I completely neglected to take photos of Mimi’s wine pairings!


Market director and event planner extraordinaire, Lori Cochran Dougall (left). Ryan Ryan Fibiger of Saugatuck Craft Butchery and Farah Masani of Farah’s Farm (right).

On to dinner.

1 ) Pork Sausage with apple cabbage salad

2) Mac & cheese

3) Pork shoulder with kale, turnip, dandelion, mustard greens and a soft egg.

4)  Grilled leg meat with lacinato kale, butternut squash, cranberry beans, radish in a ham hock broth with crispy pork belly

5) Apple and leek cornbread with maple bacon ice cream and candied pecans

6 ) Apple raisin spice cake with bourbon caramel, cider poached apples with maple ice cream

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Chef and food policy advocate Michel Nichan (center) playing with House Dressing band, of the Dressing Room in Westport. I hope other event organizers take note: I want to attend more farm-to-table dinners with live music!

This evening was a labor of love, honoring the sustainable, local food community that is united by the Westport Farmers’ Market.  If you’ve ever visited on a Thursday or Saturday and marveled at its busy hum or considerable range of vendors & offerings, please know the Westport Farmers’ Market needs your support. To find out how you can help, contact the Market Director Lori Cochran-Dougall.

Lastly, a big round of applause for the folks who brought this great event to life:

FOOD + DRINK  Johnny Vaast :: Dressing Room.  Tim LaBant :: Schoolhouse at Cannondale. Ryan Fibiger :: Saugutuck Craft Butchery. Farah Masani :: Farah’s Farm. Mimi McLaughlin + Jeff Marron :: Saugatuck Grain + Grape.  PLUS: Riverbrook Farm, Wave Hill Breads, Rose’s Berry Farm, Sport Hill Farm, Fort Hill Farm, Beltane Farm, Doc’s Maple Syrup VENUE Canon Grange. BAND Michel Nischan ::  House Dressing. VINTAGE TABLEWARE Lauren Kreter :: Something Borrowed. UNDERWRITERS Judy + John Wetzel. MARKET DIRECTOR Lori Cochran-Dougall :: Westport Farmers’ Market.

Monday morning October 7, 2013 is your final chance to secure a spot at this Fork it Over series. Sign up for the Westport Farmers’ Market newsletter to receive the 8 am announcement.

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Caffeine and Carburetors – Sept 2013

September 20th, 2013

The designer in me simply loves photographing cars, so I’m a bit embarrassed at how long it took to attend a Sunday morning edition of Caffeine and Carburetors. A big thank you to Amy + Ryan for sending monthly nudges my way. I wouldn’t call myself a car enthusiast (in fact 14 years of commuting [...]


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The designer in me simply loves photographing cars, so I’m a bit embarrassed at how long it took to attend a Sunday morning edition of Caffeine and Carburetors. A big thank you to Amy + Ryan for sending monthly nudges my way. I wouldn’t call myself a car enthusiast (in fact 14 years of commuting has left me constantly trying to reduce my time on the road), but I don’t know how anyone could walk down Pine Street and not be wowed by the automobiles on display.

For Ryan, because there’s nothing like an old childhood favorite.

We’ve got bit of a British infatuation in our household.  My husband dreams about a Land Rover Defender and I’ve got a thing for E-type Jaguars.
D calls it my Morocco Mole-mobile, though I’m a bit too young for any Secret Squirrel references.

We of course bumped into Todd Brown, half the duo behind 109 Cheese and Wine and Will Drive 4 Food. For more from the September 8 gathering, check out his Garage and Cellar set on Flickr. If you’ve never been to Caffeine and Carburetors, put October 6 and November 3 on your calendar. While things kick off at 8 am on Sunday morning, it’s well worth getting out of bed and getting yourself to New Canaan. My favorite part was watching these cars motor out. Station yourself down by Zumbach’s starting around 9:30 and you can see all these beauties in motion.

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Hawaii 2013

September 16th, 2013

Why are vacation photos so hard to edit and get online!? I’m starting with our most recent trip and hoping to dig deep, back to Iceland and Charleston photos that have never seen the light of day. In July we packed up our 4.5 month old baby, plus a mountain of extra gear and flew [...]

 

Why are vacation photos so hard to edit and get online!?
I’m starting with our most recent trip and hoping to dig deep, back to Iceland and Charleston photos that have never seen the light of day.

In July we packed up our 4.5 month old baby, plus a mountain of extra gear and flew from Newark to Hawaii to visit my family. When there’s an infant in the mix you don’t have a free hand for a camera very often. Sadly, most of my Hawaii photos were taken on my phone (you’ll have to scroll back a little on Instagram).  Below are a few of my favorites that I managed to capture on the dSLR.

Sunrise photos always look A-MAZING, but I am not naturally an early riser.
Thanks to the 6 hour time change, this is never a problem when I fly west to Hawaii.

The Kahala Resort is famous for its dolphins. Perhaps we’ll try the dolphin quest when Lily is older… For now, we also enjoyed trailing the sea turtles from above.

The Kahala is very close to my my aunt and uncle’s house, but feels miles away from busy streets of Waikiki.

Visiting Aunty Kiki, a dear family friend who lives in Kailua.

I attended a conference a 4 day conference at Ko Olina. This far western side of Oahu is famous for its sunsets and we had a beautiful last night at a luau for 600 guests.

As a kid, I used to get tired of eating mangoes during the summer. My grandparents had two prolific trees – a haden and pirie (my grandmother’s favorite). This trip, we made it back in time for the end of mango season and here my grandpa coaches my cousin Geoff on art of picking fruits high up in the tree.

My grandfather always said Waiola’s has the best shave ice. It’s been about 15 years since all 5 of his grandchildren were in Hawaii at the same time, so made sure to go here together.

As much as I hate the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, we simply love the classic experience at the House without a Key. We went back for sunset cocktails and hula and ended up staying for dinner.

Here we are with Brent (back on his home turf).

The man of the hour -with his leis. The best reason for this trip was celebrating my grandfather’s 90 birthday.

Puna: one of our favorite drives on the Big Island.

And creatures of habit, we ended up back at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.


After our several stays at this hotel, we always try (without success) to make our favorite beach drink, the Fredrico. On the new Timeless Mauna Kea site, the recipe is revealed! We suggest one small tweak, preferring Maker’s Mark (bourbon), in place of the Jack Daniels. Along with the Myers rum, this may sound like too strong a cocktail for some, but the whiskey (or bourbon) does just the trick, cutting the sweetness of the tropical fruits.

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August at the Westport Farmers’ Market

September 12th, 2013

Every summer Thursday when I’m stuck at my desk, I daydream about how great it would be to hit up the Westport Farmers’ Market. This August I finally got my chance to visit this vibrant market. Ryan recommended picking up a Raus Coffee cold roman before browsing. I found my friend Judy getting a beautiful bouquet [...]

 

Every summer Thursday when I’m stuck at my desk, I daydream about how great it would be to hit up the Westport Farmers’ Market. This August I finally got my chance to visit this vibrant market.

Ryan recommended picking up a Raus Coffee cold roman before browsing.

I found my friend Judy getting a beautiful bouquet from Muddy Feet Farm.

The smell of pizza was in the air, but I didn’t get a chance to sample Skinny Pines. Next time, I’ll save plenty of room to eat lunch at the market.

On to the colorful August produce


For my first visit, I spent much of my time poking around and taking photographs. I bought lots of tomatoes, a cantaloupe and circled back for a small snack at Boxcar Cantina.

If you love the farmers, artisans and chefs who support this market, you may be interested in attending Fork it Over – 4 different events that benefit the Westport Farmers’ Market.  Sign up for the WFM newsletter to be notified when the next set of tickets are released!

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The Connecticut Tomato

September 5th, 2013

August is a glorious month for the tomato, especially because it’s such a sad, flavorless waste of time for most of the year. I’ve eaten so many Sun Golds I’m starting to tire of them, but I gathered up these photos as a cheerful post to visit in the dead of winter. There was this [...]

 

August is a glorious month for the tomato, especially because it’s such a sad, flavorless waste of time for most of the year.
I’ve eaten so many Sun Golds I’m starting to tire of them, but I gathered up these photos as a cheerful post to visit in the dead of winter.

There was this salad at the Whelk, topped with crispy artichokes and an anchovy dressing. That little bit of the sea made for an unexpected tomato pairing, but somehow they get along well.

I love their crazy shapes


and beautiful colors.

Two greats from the Connecticut food scene: Chef Geoff Lazlo of The Whelk and Farmer Patti Popp of Sport Hill Farm in in Easton.

And these are the Sport Hill beauties the Chef Lazlo was pouring over at the Westport Farmers’ Market.

This display of zebras reminded me of my first trip to Pike’s Place Market in Seattle. I’m not sure why, maybe it’s just the bountiful display.

Finally – my favorite lunch from August.
The heirloom tomato plate from leFarm in Westport