You Bake in THAT Oven? Tell Me More.

Briana Pennell, owner/baker at Steam

Briana Pennell, owner/baker at Steam

text and photos by Katy Morris

“Locally acquired, Chef inspired” is their mantra and it is perfectly fitting. Steam Coffee Bar, which first opened at the Greens Farms train station and is now also at the Westport station in CT. It  is full of locally sourced, healthy and delicious treats, and of course, steaming hot coffee. Co-owner and Chef Briana Pennell was kind enough to sit down with me to give me an inside peek on what makes their place so unique.

She also shared recipes. We love that. Continue reading

Local Chocolate In My Own Backyard

Chocholistic dark chocolate and goji berries

Chocholistic dark chocolate and goji berries

contributed by Katy Morris

We are always on the look out for local culinary talent to share with our readers, and with this one, we struck gold….er, uh, chocolate. We’ve found four unique women who have taken Fairfield County, CT by storm with their diverse and delectable chocolate.

Organic, kosher, fair-trade, vegan, raw, GMO and soy free? We’ve got you covered.  And they all sell online so if you don’t live in CT, you can be just as chocolate satisfied as we are. Here’s to local talent! Continue reading

Organic Planet’s Orbit

Organic Planet Interior- photo Katy Morris

contributed by Katy Morris

Dedicated to nourishing diners with only locally sourced, organic elements in each and every dish, Organic Planet Restaurant is a true haven for local health conscious foodies, living in CT or passing through Greenwich. Continue reading

Tell Me More… about Where your Baby’s Food is Grown

Marna Garden Fresh Baby

I was at the Westport Farmers’ Market when I was offered a sample of  bright orange baby food and I’ll admit that I did not eagerly reach for that puree. But when I learned that those sweet, bright carrots came from an organic farm less than an hour away, I wanted to know more.  Local, seasonal, organic jarred baby food is the brainchild of Westporter, Marna Altman, founder and creative behind Garden Fresh Baby, and I was intrigued. Continue reading

Thrill Your Palate with Tea-rrific Local Ice Cream

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I closed my eyes and reveled in malty, citrusy notes, savoring creamy bites of Tea-rrific Ice Cream on yet another steamy day in CT.  Mario Leite methodically pulled one pint at a time from his cooler bag.  Slightly sweet, distinctively herbaceous, frozen ambrosia bathed my taste buds as I savored more nuanced subtleties of ginger and matcha green tea.

 WHOA!  I opened my eyes with a start, remembering  that  I was in a public place and maybe I was looking, ummmm, a bit too private. Continue reading