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
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
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
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
Chef Cecily Gans was whirring up this bright, high protein pesto and sharing samples with hungry shoppers at the Westport Farmers’ Market last week. She touted the seasonal greens from CT. farms and the high protein value of hemp seeds. Continue reading
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
I arrived early for lunch at Nicholas Roberts Gourmet Bistro on another dreary February day, looking forward to warming up with veggie centric, creative eats. Self described as “mindfully organic and local”, it is just my kind of place and I’m never disappointed. Continue reading