Friday, May 07, 2021

Mohamed Hafez says his Pistachio Café in New Haven will transport people from Connecticut to the Mediterranean coast. 

Photo courtesy of Winter Caplanson, Connecticut Food and Farm

A Visit to the Mediterranean, A Short Drive Away

Published March 11, 2021 12:01 a.m.

When Mohamad Hafez, an artist, found his exhibitions on hold due to the pandemic, he banded together with some...

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The Black Seal is back and offering long-time customer favorites, including this French onion soup. Photo courtesy of The Black Seal

Welcome Back, Black Seal

Published March 11, 2021 12:01 a.m.

The Black Seal, the landmark pub and restaurant at 15 C Main Street, Essex closed in January of last year after a...

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The Camacho Garage guacamole family now has five members. Photo courtesy of Camacho Garage

Why Have One When You Can Have Five?

Published March 11, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Camacho Garage, 36 Fountain Street, in the Westville neighborhood of New Haven, has added to its menu yet another reason to visit.

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Ed Brunt tried Back for More BBQ Sauce at Shoreline Vine and he says, yes, he will be back for more. Photo courtesy of Ed Brunt

He’ll Be Back

Published March 11, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Ed Brunt of Madison recently purchased some barbecue sauce at Shoreline Vine, 724 Boston Post Road (in the alley...

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Don Papa Rum is now being sold in Connecticut and its website offers a variety of recipes. 

Photo courtesy of Don Papa Rum

Vanilla, Honey, Candied Fruit on the Rocks

Published March 11, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Candid Wine & Spirits, 494-500 Washington Street, North Haven is one of the first liquor stores in Connecticut...

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Using a poblano pepper as a little boat can transform plain eggs and ham into a delicious meal. Photo courtesy of Jacque Pépin Foundation

Some Clever Eggs and A Way to Help Others from Jacques Pépin

Published March 11, 2021 12:01 a.m.

If you’re a member of the Jacques Pépin Foundation, like I am, we are in luck! Volume 2 of the video cookbook launched March 9 and it’s included in our subscription.

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Are you tired of all the baked feta posts on social media? Too bad for you, it’s likely here to stay. Here is baked feta with tomatoes over pasta made by my daughter’s friend Jacqueline. Photo by Jacqueline Rigney

Stop Baking Feta?

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

Yeah, Sorry, This One Is Here To Stay

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Little Pub is one of several restaurants participating in chili week. Photo courtesy of Little Pub

Celebrating Chili Week!

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

Get ready to celebrate Chili Week with the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce from Saturday, Feb. 27 through Saturday,...

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Gayle Dufour’s ricotta vanilla pound cakes Photo courtesy of What’s Cookin

Happy Anniversary!

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

Congrats to Gayle Dufour and What’s Cookin’, 78 Boston Post Road, Madison, who is celebrating her 24th ...

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Vietnamese pho, a steamy soup perfect for winter weather. Photo courtesy of Vietnoms

A Perfect Meal for a Cold Winter Night

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

Vietnoms Café, 33 Water Street, Guilford, which recently garnered Best of New Haven honors in Connecticut...

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Madagascar vanilla from Honeycone topped with homemade hot chocolate sauce made for a delightful birthday treat for Charlie Van Over of Chester. Photo courtesy of Priscilla Martel

A Sweet Birthday Treat

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

Undeterred by the cold weather outside, Charlie Van Over of Chester celebrated his recent birthday a frosty treat,...

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Trudy and Judy, all weather fans of outdoor dining shown here with friends, are always a welcome sight at Tea Kettle Restaurant in Old Saybrook. Photo courtesy of Tea Kettle Restaurant

Neither Snow, Nor Rain, Nor Gloomy Day

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

While the cold weather has made it difficult to eat outside, area restaurants are particularly grateful to customers ...

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A romantic dinner for pasta lovers is being offered by Meriano’s Bake Shop in Madison. 

Photo courtesy of Meriano’s Bake Shop

A Heart-y Valentine’s Dinner

Published Feb. 11, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Meriano’s Bake Shop, 200 Boston Post Road, Madison is offering a heart-shaped ravioli dinner through Sunday,...

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Seated is limited for a Valentine’s night out at The Essex, where a special menu is being offered. 

Photo courtesy of The Essex

Bouillabaisse, Cassoulet, Wellington, and More

Published Feb. 11, 2021 12:01 a.m.

If a romantic night out is just what you need right now, you might want to check out The Essex, 30 Main Street, Centerbrook.

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Blazing Fresh Donuts’ Love Box includes the Hole-y Matrimony, the Love Struck, and more. Photo courtesy of Blazing Fresh Donuts

It’s a Love Box!

Published Feb. 11, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Why settle for one donut when you can buy a whole box? Jodi Burns from Blazing Fresh Donuts, 16 Church Street,...

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The Midnight Mocha is affirmation that you can be a little dark, not so sweet, and still be lovable. Photo courtesy of One World Roasters

You Don’t Have to be Sweet to Be Loved

Published Feb. 11, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Christine from One World Roasters, 967 North High Street, East Haven tells us her café has added another...

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The Wharf at Madison Beach Hotel is back open and offering a variety of specials for Valentine’s Day weekend. Shown here is the tuna tartar. Photo courtesy of Madison Beach Hotel

Get a Room, Would Ya!

Published Feb. 11, 2021 12:01 a.m.

The Wharf at Madison Beach Hotel, 94 West Wharf Road, Madison will be back open on Valentine’s Day weekend,...

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Dippers for your chocolate fondue can be simple and include just fruit, or you can round it out with Rice Krispie treats, pound cake, marshmallows, and more.

Photo by Pem McNerney/The Source

Something Lovely for Valentine’s Day

Published Feb. 11, 2021 12:01 a.m.

“I kiss you firmly a hundred times, embrace you tenderly, and am sketching in my imagination various pictures in which you and I figure, and nobody else and nothing else.” — Anton Chekhov to Olga Chekhov

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Super Bowl LV Shoreline/Connecticut River Valley Takeout

Published Feb. 02, 2021 02:42 p.m.

It can be easy to get into a rut when it comes to takeout.

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Café Routier in Westbrook is offering a prix fixe menu with Mexican food, Sunday specials, a winter menu, and pop-up specials. This Coconut Almond Joy is made of coconut risotto covered in chocolate ganache with toasted almond brittle. Photo courtesy of Café Routier

South of the Border on the Shoreline

Published Jan. 28, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Cancun? Tulum? Playa del Carmen? Cozumel? Maybe next winter. This winter, instead, if you’re craving some...

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Why settle for one dessert when you can set up a Super Bowl dessert table. Petonito’s Pastry and Cupcake Shoppe can create one based on your team’s colors. Photo courtesy of Petonito’s

Go Team!

Published Jan. 28, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Super Bowl LV will take place on Sunday, Feb. 7 and I have no idea who will be playing, but I do know who is already ...

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Candy Works is offering hot cocoa bombs and smash hearts along with other specials for Valentine’s Day. Based in Clinton, it also offers picks ups in the North Branford area.

Photo courtesy of Candy Works

Treats for Your Sweeties

Published Jan. 28, 2021 12:01 a.m.

In a year where one day can easily run into another, I just wanted to warn you Valentine’s Day is coming up...

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Mary Amter of Guilford is offering cooking classes on Friday nights. Photo courtesy of Mary Amter

Fun with Food on Friday Nights

Published Jan. 28, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Want to learn more about how to cook? Mary Amter of Guilford is offering a series of cooking classes on fun subjects ...

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This Cookies & Cream birthday cake, from Love Bakery and Café in Branford, was so tall it needed a specially constructed box. It also was delicious and reasonably priced. Photo courtesy of Billy Richmond

Great Cake and Gorgeous, Too

Published Jan. 28, 2021 12:01 a.m.

My friend Billy Richmond and I agree on many important issues, including that, when buying a birthday cake for someone special, it’s important not to be taken in by a mediocre cake topped with lots of fancy flourishes.

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Homemade hummus, still warm and served with an array of condiments and sides, can be the main ingredient in a comforting midday ritual for family and friends, says philosopher chef Yotam Ottolenghi. Photo by Pem McNerney/The Source

From a Slather on Cold Bread to a Ritual with Family and Friends

Published Jan. 28, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Hummus Can Be So Much More

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