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Twilight at Morningside

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.
cheers, liz

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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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LILLIAN – SIXTH MONTH

September 21st, 2013

The big news in babyland: we started serving up solid food at 6 months. And it’s a pretty exciting development given the way we like to eat around here!  Lily took to the orange veggies and was a little less enthusiastic about peas, but green beans, broccoli, parsnips were all left to be concealed within [...]

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The big news in babyland: we started serving up solid food at 6 months. And it’s a pretty exciting development given the way we like to eat around here!  Lily took to the orange veggies and was a little less enthusiastic about peas, but green beans, broccoli, parsnips were all left to be concealed within applesauce. However, nothing pleases her as much as eating… prunes.

Lily seems to enjoy the view from up high in her new seat!  My heart skipped a beat the first time I saw her in a high chair, she didn’t look like a tiny infant any more! So far we are happy with the Nuna Zaaz. I love the dark gray color (it doesn’t scream kid’s furniture).

The other big news? Lily is finally about to sit up on her own! No more worrying that she tumble over while I’m trying to take a photo.

 

 

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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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Lillian – Fifth Month

September 10th, 2013

While it was reassuring to prove our flying days aren’t over, traveling to Hawaii with an infant was not the most relaxing vacation and we were happy to stay put for August. These first three photos were taken in Lily’s room and reminds me that I haven’t gotten around to obliging requests to see her [...]

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While it was reassuring to prove our flying days aren’t over, traveling to Hawaii with an infant was not the most relaxing vacation and we were happy to stay put for August. These first three photos were taken in Lily’s room and reminds me that I haven’t gotten around to obliging requests to see her setup. It was quite a transformation from D’s office to a nursery. I’ll try to share some of those photos soon.

You may have noticed Lily’s face shape changes quite a bit depending on how she is holding her head. Now that she’s used to tummy time, it’s easier to see the tremendously square jaw that she’s got right now.

Yes – it’s the “let’s put everything in my mouth” stage. Teething has begun.

Somewhere in my house there are baby photos with me and this very pea pod, but I can’t  find the album!
I’ve noticed most stuffed animals are now made in China, but back when I was a kid, they were all made in Korea. I thought these held up well, they still look brand new!

Lily continues to enjoy the water, with lots of splashing and a little more interest in her bath toys.

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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

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Schoolhouse Restaurant: Farm to Fork – August 2013

August 28th, 2013

With so much Connecticut produce in season right now, we made a point of attending at least one dinner before summer draws to a close. Last Wednesday we drove up to Wilton for the monthly Farm to Fork series at Millstone Farm. Here chef Tim LaBant of The Schoolhouse at Cannondale (r) and farmer Annie Farrell [...]

 

With so much Connecticut produce in season right now, we made a point of attending at least one dinner before summer draws to a close. Last Wednesday we drove up to Wilton for the monthly Farm to Fork series at Millstone Farm.

Here chef Tim LaBant of The Schoolhouse at Cannondale (r) and farmer Annie Farrell of Millstone Farm (l) welcome guests before the farm tour begins.

June 2012 was my first time on Annie’s tour, but it must have been 90 degrees at 6pm. I’m amazed I got any photos that evening! I decided to to walk the farm again.

I hope no wandering nibblers realized the gate was left open.

New this year: farm owners Jesse and Betsy Fink have taken to camping. And with this setup, who can blame them?

Also new this year, banquet rounds. From a visual standpoint, I do miss the white tablecloth and the one long table, but this configuration is much better for dinner conversation.

First course: oysters on the half shell

First course: fennel fritters

Second course: Panzanella salad

Third course: flank steak

There are a few Farm to Fork dinners remaining in September and October. Visit www.timlabantevents.com for tickets.

View previous Farm to Fork dinners: June 2012 and August 2011

Pro tip: heed my advice - don’t forget to cover up or bring some bug spray!