The Granola Bar Keeps Ideas and Eats Fresh

Simply Baked Salmon Salad

Simply Baked Salmon Salad

Contributed by Katy Morris

One (and we really mean just one) of the many reasons we flock to the The Granola Bar is that there really is something for all Westporters there.

Early morning, frothy cappuccino after dropping the kids off at school? Check. Fresh, simple, locally sourced seasonal ingredients? Check. Breakfast at lunchtime? Refreshing, healthy smoothie pick-me-up? Creative sandwiches (like one of our faves, the House Bubby) and plenty of other kosher-friendly, vegetarian, and even gluten-free choices? Check, check, check.

So maybe we are just telling you stuff you already knew…

In that case, you’re in luck, because there are some more things cooking in their kitchen that you might not have heard about yet! Continue reading

Healthy Eats are Evolving at Food Evolution

Fiesta Nachos with eda-guacamole

Elizabeth Berney gladly guided me through the menu at her newly opened vegan cafe when I visited for lunch a couple of weeks back. I confess to heading out to Food Evolution when they had only been open for three weeks.

But with a scarcity of vegetarian cafes in these parts I just couldn’t resist. Considering my conversations and tastings with Berney and her chef, Rachel, CT is in for a solid and delightful outpost for tasty and thoughtfully prepared eats.

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Here’s THAT Easy Gazpacho Recipe

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I picked up about a dozen tomatoes from one of my favorite farms here in CT as I was heading home from an early morning walk at the beach today.  I am happy to go out of my way  to see what’s being offered at Stahursky Farm.

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Single words burnished into weathered plaques inform passersby about what has been picked from the field that morning.

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What’s Up at the Farmers’ Market?

 

 

Lori Cochran Dougall, Westport Farmers' Market Director

Lori Cochran Dougall, Westport Farmers’ Market Director

Contributed by Katy Morris

There are so many things to love about the Westport Farmers’ Market and with the summer market opening last Thursday we were lucky to snatch a little time with Lori Cochran Dougall, Market Director, so she could TELL US MORE about this thriving local shopping and dining experience.

We wanted to know why THIS market is so unique among farmers’ markets. Continue reading

Fresh Fish and More at F-I-S-H

KM- grilled halibut red coconut curry wilted spinach

My eyes swam through the menu, reeling with delight. Oh, what to choose?

The arugula & pear salad? Mini fish tacos? Risotto cake? Oh wait – the gluten free ravioli? Or the grilled cod?

F.I.S.H Restaurant & Bar located in the heart of downtown Stamford, CT, has an impressive selection of kosher-friendly fish and vegetarian options. They serve them in a chic and inviting atmosphere. The biggest challenge was choosing what to order, given the diverse and tantalizing temptations.

High hopes reigned supreme for this fresh fish restaurant considering that the owners have been at the helm of the long popular Quattro Pazzi and Osianna restaurants in Fairfield, CT.  Continue reading

Tell Me More: Six Main

Bar Interior Six Main

Six Main is a bit of a hike from New York City and Fairfield County, but WOW!  It is worth the trip!

This all-vegetarian heaven, housed in a historic bank in the quaint town of Chester, Connecticut, is filled with masterfully crafted, creative vegan, vegetarian, and raw cuisine. And to top it off, most of their produce comes from their very own farm. Continue reading

Nostalgic For Your Bubbe’s Recipe?

Nicole Juliano Peranick Self Photo

It’s all about love, comfort, joy and a celebration of family traditions at With Love From the Cupboard, a Westport, Connecticut based boutique-styled artisanal bakery full of delectable, heartwarming desserts.

When she was a little girl, Chef and owner of With Love From the Cupboard, Nicole Peranick spent her afternoons and weekends happily baking with her grandmother. She would often tip toe downstairs, as her parents were still sleeping, so she could surprise them with warm pancakes and baked treats she loved to whip up. Continue reading

Vegetarian Wednesdays Deserve an A Plus

 

photo courtesy of  The Schoolhouse

photo courtesy of The Schoolhouse

Contributed by Katy Morris

In a charming New England setting alongside the whispering Norwalk River in Wilton, Connecticut, sits a quaint and humble looking one-room schoolhouse that is home to a superior dining experience. The Schoolhouse of Cannondale, owned and operated by Tim LaBant since 2006, offers hungry patrons an upscale yet homey surrounding in which to enjoy thoughtfully constructed fare using familiar, mostly organic, seasonal ingredients in creative ways. Continue reading