Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The Wharf at Madison Beach Hotel is hosting a Lobster Fest on Memorial Day Weekend. 

Photo courtesy of Madison Beach Hotel

A Lobster Fest with a View

Published May 06, 2021 12:01 a.m.

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend, and you’d like to include a beach-side...

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The outdoor deck is open at Shell & Bones on New Haven’s waterfront, and they have some new drinks on the menu, too. Photo courtesy of Shell & Bones

A Few New Drinks on the Waterfront

Published May 06, 2021 12:01 a.m.

The outdoor deck is open at Shell & Bones Oyster Bar and Grill, on the waterfront in the historic City Point...

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River Tavern and Otto, sister restaurants in Chester, are cooking up some new dishes and some old favorites for their summer menu. Photo courtesy of River Tavern

Under Consideration for Summer

Published May 06, 2021 12:01 a.m.

I have my eye on the new summer menu being developed for River Tavern, 23 Main Street, Chester and its sister...

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You’ll feel like you’ve been invited to a fabulous, festive private party under LaMarea’s tented, heated outdoor seating area. 

Photo courtesy of LaMarea

Celebrating Outside

Published May 06, 2021 12:01 a.m.

The best reason to eat at La Marea, 732 Middlesex Turnpike, Old Saybrook, is the food. But the second best reason is ...

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Amato’s marinara is now available at Big Y in Guilford and Old Saybrook. Photo courtesy of Amato’s

The Secret’s in the Sauce

Published May 06, 2021 12:01 a.m.

The marinara sauce that has helped make Amato’s Pizza & Pasta famous locally in Madison is now available...

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Yes, you can have as many burgers as you like, and Sky Diner in Branford has 11 on the menu. Photo courtesy of Sky Diner

Burgers Galore

Published May 06, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Nothing says summer like a hot, juicy burger, and so I was glad to see a diner that recently opened has 11 of them...

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Avocados, artichoke hearts, baby spinach, lemon, garlic, and a bit of red pepper combine to make a tasty treat or a light lunch. 

Photo by Pem McNerney/The Source

It’s Getting to be a Habit

Published May 06, 2021 12:01 a.m.

I love avocados, but I got out of the habit of buying them because I could never master the knack of letting them ripen properly. I always ate them too early and they were hard and tasteless. Or, I waited too long and they were mushy and brown.

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I went for a healthy salad and ended up with a cherry-dipped ice cream cone as well. Photo by Pem McNerney/The Source

Don’t Forget the Ice Cream

Published April 22, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Sure, I went to Three Girls Vegan Downtown’s new outpost tucked into the Water Street shops in Guilford to get the Nani Bowl (super healthy with supergreens, three kinds of nutritious rice, mango, fresh jalapeños, scallions, avocado, toasted coconut, and crushed macadamia nuts, topped with tuna-free tuna salad).

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Jacques Pépin and his daughter Claudine will host a special hour-long Zoom webinar showcasing classic cooking and knife skills on Friday, May 14. Claudine calls this picture, “what really happens when we are in the kitchen.” Photo courtesy of Claudine Pépin

Food Fun with a Father-Daughter Duo

Published April 22, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Madison’s Jacques Pépin and his daughter Claudine are hosting a special hour-long Zoom webinar...

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Petonito’s Pastry and Cupcake Shoppe in East Haven on Saturday, May 1 will introduce Petonito’s Café on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. The Unicorn (Funfetti cake, unicorn ice cream, milk, cotton candy, and whipped cream and sprinkles on top) is one drink being developed for the new café menu. Photo courtesy of Petonito’s

Petonito’s Plans to Open Café

Published April 22, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Petonito’s Pastry and Cupcake Shoppe, 190 Main Street, East Haven plans, on Saturday, May 1, to kick off...

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Olmo in New Haven has launched its Olmo@Home ready-to-eat meal subscription service. Photo courtesy of Olmo

Mix-and-Match Meals from Olmo at Home

Published April 22, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Olmo, 93 Whitney Avenue, New Haven has launched its Olmo@Home ready-to-eat meal subscription service. Customers can choose weekly or on-demand prepared meals for pick-up or, within a 15-minute radius, delivery, of dinner, breakfast, along with options for dessert, beer, wine, and grocery items.

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While they can look pretty spectacular, making a Pavlova is not that complicated if you leave enough time. Photo by Pem McNerney/ The Source

A Pretty Though Not Perfect Pavlova

Published April 22, 2021 12:01 a.m.

I’ve longtime loved Pavlovas, the feather light meringue concoction that, when made properly, surrounds a slightly chewy marshmallow-y center.

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Corn dogs with mustard and chipotle aioli are on the happy hour menu at Geronimo in 

New Haven. Photo courtesy of Geronimo

Cheese Fries, Carnitas, and Corn Dogs

Published April 08, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwest Grill, 271 Crown Street, New Haven has a new happy hour menu, offered Monday...

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The movie Gunda is being offered, along with discounts are area vegan restaurants, as part of VegFest. Photo courtesy of VegFest

A VegFest Movie and Dinner

Published April 08, 2021 12:01 a.m.

VegFest, a Massachusetts-based non-profit that promotes plant-based living throughout New England, is offering a...

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Shoreline Vine in Madison is offering an alternative to the same old, same old shake-and-bake bread crumbs. Photo courtesy of Shoreline Vine

Going Nuts

Published April 08, 2021 12:01 a.m.

If you’re tired of the same old shake-and-bake bread crumbs, considering visiting Shoreline Vine, 724 Boston...

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The Goodwin Hotel is offering an evening on The Titanic, but with a happier ending. Photo courtesy of The Goodwin Hotel

Like the Titanic, But with a Much Happier Ending

Published April 08, 2021 12:01 a.m.

If you’re antsy to take a trip out of town, but still aren’t sure about taking a flight, consider Room ...

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The Cherry Blossom at One World Roasters in East Haven Photo courtesy of One World Roasters

Cherry Blossoms Now and Soon

Published April 08, 2021 12:01 a.m.

While the Cherry Blossom Festival in New Haven’s historic Wooster Square has once again been canceled this...

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Peter Loden of Walker Loden in Madison has figured out a way to help and give back, with the help of others in the community. He set up and is managing a food pantry out back of his store, and keeps any surplus in a cabinet inside his shop, so he can stock it back up when supplies get low. 

Photo by Pem McNerney/The Source

Share, and Share Alike

Published April 08, 2021 12:01 a.m.

If you’re lucky enough to take advantage of all the amazing food we write about on this page, then you, too,...

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Marc Deaton’s Seafood Medley is a great way to celebrate al fresco on a moonlit evening in the spring.

Photo by Pem McNerney/The Source

Light, Bright, Perfect for Spring

Published April 08, 2021 12:01 a.m.

On a nearly perfect spring night recently the sun took a bow with a gorgeous sunset, letting the Worm moon take center stage against a foggy backdrop, while Marc, John, Wayne, and I celebrated my friend Deb’s birthday with an al fresco backyard feast.

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From tacos to a noodle bar, the Essex Public Market & Food Hall features a wide variety of food, and it now has a tent going up to make outdoor dining easier. Photo courtesy of Essex Public Market & Food Hall

The Tents Are Going Up at Essex Public Market and Food Hall

Published March 25, 2021 12:01 a.m.

The tents are going up and outdoor dining is back at the Essex Public Market & Food Hall, 30 Main Street, Centerbrook.

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We missed you. Photo courtesy of Lobster Landing

Save the Date: April 15

Published March 25, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Lobster Landing, 152 Commerce Street, Clinton has announced it’s opening day: Thursday, April 15. Get ready...

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Grano Arso in Chester has added to its menu seared salmon with mussels and more. Photo courtesy of Grano Arso

Night Out on the Town: Chester

Published March 25, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Planning ahead for my next night out on the town, I think the First Fridays in Chester provide a perfect opportunity ...

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The Fire on the Mountain nachos at Salsa Fresca in New Haven feature queso, ground beef, jalepenos, tomatoes, cilantro, sour cream, guac, and salsa. 

Photo by Pem McNerney/The Source

Night Out on the Town: New Haven

Published March 25, 2021 12:01 a.m.

On a recent night out on the town in New Haven, we figured why go to one restaurant when we can to three. We started ...

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The Dairy Queen in Old Saybrook is open again, a sure sign of spring. Photo courtesy of Dairy Queen, Old Saybrook

Another Sign of Spring

Published March 25, 2021 12:01 a.m.

In yet another sign of spring, the Dairy Queen at 1370 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook is open for the season. Spring ...

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Before blending the ingredients to make asparagus soup, trim the tops to use as a garnish. Photo by Pem McNerney/The Source

Celebrating Spring with Asparagus

Published March 25, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Some meteorologists say we’ll continue to have bouts of winter-like weather for the rest of this month, and maybe even into April, which will surprise no one who has lived in Connecticut for any period of time.

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