Thursday, May 19, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend Sales at Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets

Memorial Day Weekend 
Specials to Remember
Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets

Photo Source: Clinton Crossing Facebook Page

 In honor of Memorial Day Weekend, visitors of Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets, a Simon center, can enjoy special sales, extended hours, live music, touch a truck, meet a super hero and more beginning Friday, May 27 through Monday, May 30.

During the weekend-long sales, guests can find even bigger discounts in addition to the normal 25 to 65 percent off everyday prices. (And who doesn't love a great sale!)

For even MORE savings, shoppers can visit Simon Guest Services, to learn about the VIP Shopper Club and Savings Passport, featuring additional discounts from participating retailers.

Throughout the weekend there will be daily, live performances from 1 to 4 p.m. by a variety of entertainers. Attendees can enjoy the following acts, weather permitting:

  • Listen to the melodic sounds of Channel Three Music on Friday, May 27
  • Shake paws with the Paw Patrol Fireman as he strolls through the common area on Saturday, May 28
  • Rock out to a solo acoustic performance by Scott Pomeroy on Sunday, May 29
  • Learn how to be a superhero with Super Girl, who will also be available to sign autographs and take photos on Monday, May 30

On Saturday, May 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. guests have the opportunity to get a hands on look at various safety and military vehicles, rigs and cool cars during the Touch a Truck event, located across from J. Crew. The event is free to attend, however donations benefiting the American Legion Auxiliary Post 66 of Clinton, CT will be graciously accepted.

Photo Source: Clinton Crossing Facebook Page

After checking out all of the great vehicles, shoppers can chow down on the wonderful cuisine offerings of the ever-popular food trucks, which will be at the center all weekend long.

Memorial Day Weekend will also mark the grand opening of  Carter’s. Offering the finest in children’s apparel, the premium retailer will open its doors on Thursday, May 26 in Suite 440.

Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets will have extended hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 27, Saturday, May 28 and Monday, May 30. The hours on Sunday, May 29 will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. In addition, there will be special designated parking for active and retired members of the military.

 “We are pleased to welcome guests to our center for jam-packed weekend filled with a slew of exciting activities,” said Kathleen Mones, director of marketing and business development at Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets. “With summer fast approaching, our Memorial Day Weekend event is the perfect time to get outside and pick up great seasonal attire at amazing prices, as well as experience the sights, sounds and flavors of summer.”

Clinton Crossing Premium Outlet Center

20-A Killingworth Turnpike
Clinton, CT 06413
(860) 664-0700

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Father's Day Brunch at Saybrook Point

Saybrook Point Inn Celebrates Father’s Day at Fresh Salt

That's right! The perennial Sunday brunch favorite at the award-winning Fresh Salt honors dad on his very own special day!

Saybrook Point is celebrating Father’s Day with a hearty feast for a king on Sunday, June 19 at the award-winning Fresh Salt restaurant.

This exquisite dining experience features a Slider Bar, Artisan Barbecue Station with Memphis-Style Beef Brisket, Barbecue Hand-Pulled Pork on an Onion Brioche Roll, along with an Over The Top Ice Cream Sundae Bar.

Seating for the Father’s Day brunch at Saybrook Point begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 1:45 p.m.

Reservations are advised, as this is a holiday favorite for New Englanders, and may be made by calling 860.339-1318.

The cost is $45.95 for adults, $23.95 for children ages 5 – 12, and complimentary for kids under 4-years-of-age.

More information is available at

Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

19 Bridge Street
Old Saybrook, Connecticut

Reservations: 860.395.2000

About Saybrook Point

Situated along the picturesque shores of historic Old Saybrook, Connecticut, Saybrook Point features a collection of 100 elegantly-appointed guestrooms, a rejuvenating full-service SANNO spa, and casual fine dining restaurant Fresh Salt, as well as a unique waterside Lighthouse Suite. In addition, the historic Three Stories and Tall Tales luxury guesthouses offer exquisite rooms that convey the story of famous local residents. The pristine Saybrook Point Marina, a landmark boating destination conveniently located at the mouth of the Connecticut River, serves as a focal point for the Inn. More information is available at

Monday, May 16, 2016

Spring 2016 at Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets

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The weather is finally cooperating with the calendar! We're looking at rising temperatures, leaves popping out on trees, and flowers starting to bloom. It's one of my favorite times of year because it means everything is fresh shiny and new...and it means - Spring Fashion! YAY!

We received a mid-week invite to Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets in Clinton CT to preview some of the spring looks in stores for Spring 2016 - and believe me, this season's looks couldn't be better!

I grabbed my friend Dorene and off we went for a fun shopping night out at Clinton Crossing!

What was really great was that I learned that one of my favorite places to shop, Chico's is now at the outlet center! I can't believe I've been at the outlet center about a dozen times in the past six months and didn't know they were there. That's right! They are located in the lower level (where there's usually great parking)! Another thing I learned was that Bass Outlets carries clothes! I always thought they only carried shoes!

We loved learning about all Spring 2016 trends and about all the great upcoming events at Clinton Crossing!

We also got to meet up with some of our favorite Connecticut Social Influencers and Bloggers, Rosa from Lady Diana's Pearls, Lydia from Chic on the Cheap, Bethany from TwentySomethingPlus, Wendy from Connecticut Lifestyles, and Lauren from Sweeties Kidz

Here are just some of the items that were on display from the 70 design and name brand outlet stores at Clinton Crossing.

Dooney & Burke

Bass Outlets
That Green Fern Tee was just one of my many purchases that evening!


(L) Le Creuset Cookware
(R) Lindt Chocolates

Saks Off Fifth

Sunglass Hut

Yankee Candle

Under Armour

In addition to all these great fashions we sampled some nosh from Chris' Covered Bridge Grill!

And got to take part in a raffle and contest where both Dorene and I were winners! Dorene was "lucky" enough to win a pair of jeans at Lucky Brand!

Lucky Dorene wins a Lucky Gift Certificate!

And I won a gift certificate to Premium Outlets, which needless to say, was used that very night!

There's MORE good news!

Lucky for all of us is that Clinton Crossing offers a VIP Shopper's Club where you can get advance notice of upcoming events and enjoy some exclusive member benefits:

  • Exclusive Online Coupons
  • Voucher for a Free Savings Passport
  • Deals Around Town
  • Insider Info from Your Favorite Brands
  • Email Updates: Sales & Special Events

Join Here (It's free and easy to sign up!)  ==> VIP Shopper Lounge     

Hope to see you soon at Clinton Crossing!

Clinton Crossing Premium Outlet Center

20-A Killingworth Turnpike
Clinton, CT 06413
(860) 664-0700

Clinton Crossing Premium Outlet is located off I-95 at Exit 63 (on Route 81)
From New Haven/Fairfield/New York: Take I-95 north to Exit 63
From Hartford/Springfield: Take I-91 south to Exit 22S (Route 9 South) to Exit 9 (Route 81 South). Turn right onto 81 South and proceed 14 miles. Center is on the right.
From Mystic/Rhode Island/Boston: Take I-95 south to Exit 63. 
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Disclaimer: I was invited to this Clinton Crossing event by members of Simon Premium Outlet's marketing and management team, however all opinions are my own.

For more pictures of this event visit the Home Place facebook page HERE
And while you're there, don't forget to LIKE us!

© Home Place 2016

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Dining at Ballo Italian Restaurant at Mohegan Sun

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We love this time of year, when restaurants update their menus to take advantage of the warmer weather and spring bounty. BALLO Italian Restaurant, at Mohegan Sun, recently updated their menu to welcome the warmer weather with some lightened fare, and they were kind enough to invite us to visit to sample some of their latest offerings.

Herbed Truffle Butter with Olive Oil and Crusty Peasant Bread

What I loved best about their menu updates, was that many of the items are staples on their menu, they simply adjust the seasonings and pairings for lighter brighter spring flavors. Have a favorite item? It's likely still there - just amped up for the season!

The interior of BALLO is beautiful. It's a bit reminiscent of a Gothic abbey or Roman cathedral. The inside dining space is large and roomy and is sectioned into different areas. The front dining area is adjacent to an open walkway, which makes it feel like you're dining in a trendy open air restaurant in Tuscany.

The back dining room features a more intimate experience with elegantly set tables set in cozy nooks against brick walls. Situated underneath the grand arches with antique dimmed lighting, you feel as if you've been transported far away to a villa in Italy.

Taking great care of us was Scott, our knowledgeable server, who although new to BALLO, certainly was a great source of information about selections, ingredients, and preparation, and able to recommend items that we should sample. At Scott's suggestion, I started with the BALLO Limonata, made with Thatcher's Organic Vodka, San Pellegrino, and a frozen blood orange sphere. It was deliciously citrusy and light and the perfect accompaniment to our "starter" of BALLO's baked bread and herbed olive oil and butter spread.

The BALLO Limonata

For an appetizer, I selected the Buffalo Mozzarella, whose creamy consistency was punctuated by earthy char-roasted asparagus, drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette, and topped with crispy bread crumbs, making for a delightful flavor combination. The crispy breadcrumbs really added to the dish and were an unexpected surprise.

Buffalo Mozzarella

The cowboy decided to go with the "Per la tavola" (for the table)  bruschetta - and it was certainly large enough to be shared by 4-6 people. It was a great mix of baby cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil, served atop large thick slices of crusty bread. Delicious!

For the table bruschetta

For dinner the cowboy went with his number one choice, SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS! I had heard about BALLO's meatballs! They're almost as big as tennis balls with equally big bold flavors! Served in a tureen, the pasta was cooked a perfect al dente with a beautiful pomodoro sauce.

Spaghetti and Meatballs Pomodore

I was in the mood for seafood and was so happy I selected the SCALLOPS & SHRIMP served with charred broccolini, goat cheese polenta, and topped with crispy parsnips. This was oh, so good, and I am definitely ordering this again on my next visit. The scallops especially were unbelievably well cooked, and we learned from Scott that most of their seafood is brought in fresh every day. This dish was absolute perfection!

Shrimp and Scallops

I also ordered a side of BALLO Brussel Sprouts, roasted with pancetta and sweetened ever so slightly with honey. Served in a cast iron pan they'd make a great appetizer or bite to eat or share over cocktails after a show.

Brussel Sprouts

We packed up what we couldn't finish because we wanted to try a bit of dessert, sanpling the zeppolas (baby donuts) and other delectables, that Luke, overseeing the dining room that evening, sent out for us to try.


I ordered the salted carmel gelato which was the perfect ending to a fabulous meal! We can't wait to return to BALLO this summer to try more from their menu!

Salted Caramel Gelato

Owner John Tunney is committed to fresh, locally grown produce and innovative offerings, and says he loves that his restaurant is "a place where you are watching the freshest ingredients being prepared with the least amount of touch by the best pair of hands - delivered in an open area as if you're in someone's kitchen." (Mohegan Sun 2016)

Chef Shaun Golan certainly made us feel like we were dining in a private kitchen in a remote part of Italy with his exquisite dishes. We know you'll love them too!

Don't feel like a full meal? There's a great artisan pizza menu too!

Remember that BALLO offers a truly outstanding late-night dining, cocktail & VIP Experience, so be sure you visit them soon!

BALLO Italian Restaurant

Located in the Mohegan Sun Casino
1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard
Uncasville, CT 06382


Disclaimer: I was invited to BALLO Italian Restaurant by members of the restaurant's management and marketing team, however, all views and opinions are my own. 

© Home Place 2016

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Oaxaca Kitchen's Guacamole - For Cinco de Mayo

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo we have a great recipe for you to make at home!

It's Guacamole, with a recipe courtesy of Oaxaca Kitchen, New Haven! That's right! Chef Prasad Chirnomula is sharing his recipe for this hearty and delicious guacamole, that's easy for you to create at home!

And we all love an easy to prepare recipe - that's good for you too!

Photo Courtesy Oaxaca Kitchen and SplashPR

Guacamole Recipe by:

Executive Chef:  Prasad Chirnomula
Assistant to Chef:  Balu Sagadevan


  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 red onion, minced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1-2 Jalapeno chiles, stems and seeds removed, chopped to small dices
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 to 1 whole fresh lime juice (Based on personal taste and size of limes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 ripe tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped
  • Thin slices of red radishes for garnish. Serve with tortilla chips or sliced cucumbers.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of finely minced garlic and roasted (Optional)


  • Cut avocados in half. Remove seed. Scoop out avocado from the peel, put in a mixing bowl.
  • Using a wooden ladle, mash the avocado. (Remember to leave it a bit chunky and fully mashed)
  • Add the chopped onion, cilantro, lime or lemon, salt  and mash some more. Chili peppers vary in their hotness. So, start with a half of one chili pepper, and taste and add as you go.
  • Before serving, add the chopped tomato to the guacamole and mix and garnish with radishes and some more chopped tomatoes and cilantro.

Serve with crispy corn tortilla chips and enjoy!

Want the real deal? Head on down to Oaxaca Kitchen and let them do the Cinco de Mayo cooking for you!

Oaxaca Kitchen

228 College Street
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 859-5774

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Patio is Open at Rooftop 120 in Glastonbury CT

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It's finally spring in Connecticut! The temperatures are rising, spring menus are getting ready, and outdoor patios are open! We had an invite last weekend from Kat at Bird Social Media to visit Rooftop 120 in Glastonbury Connecticut and sample some of their NEW spring cocktails and items from their small plates menu.

This was my first time at Rooftop 120 - and my first time in this particular area in Glastonbury - an area that surely must be known as 'restaurant mecca"! There were some great restaurants that I had heard of all in this square block and Rooftop 120, with its third story location, overlooks them all with an absolutely amazing view of the area. Don't let the third floor scare you off - there is easy access via a lobby elevator.

We started off our tasting with a "Red Flavored" Strawberry Sangria - a fruity bright way to start the day!

Strawberry Sangria

Our first small plate sampling was the absolutely delicious Shrimp and Andouille Sausage with Avocado Butter on a lightly toasted French Baguette. Seasoned  with a slightly spicy piquillo pepper relish this was a dream.

 Shrimp and Andouille Sausage with Avocado Butter
on a lightly toasted French Baguette

Next, we sampled what was likely one of the favorite cocktails of the day, the Havana Breeze, made with muddled lime and zesty mint, with coconut rum and lemonade. It was light and tasty and perfect for a summer afternoon rooftop gathering.

Havana Breeze

Then, we sampled the Nosh Watermelon, made with vodka, watermelon puree, and lemonade. So refreshing!

 Nosh Watermelon

We then moved on to our next sampling, the Smoked Salmon Rillete with pickled onions, chives, and a sour cream and green onion sauce, with a side of fresh greens with a blood orange vinaigrette. What fun this was to dig in and eat and I could have eaten every drop in that Mason Jar, scraped the sides, and licked the spoon clean. So good!!

Smoked Salmon Rillete
Salmon rillettes topped with a green onion sour cream
 grilled pita bread and a simple pickked green salad and citrus vinaigrette 

Smoked Salmon Rillete

Next up we paired a bit of Beef Tartar with a White Guava Cosmo. The tartar had a nice blend of pickled chilies with a mustard vinaigrette with fresh herbs, allowing for a hearty, but bright flavor profile.  And really, who doesn't love a pretty cosmo with an edible orchid garnish.

 Beef Tartar with a White Guava Cosmo

Our final food tasting was Octopus Bolognese made with squid ink pasta, a San Manzano sauce, and roasted tomatoes.

Octopus Bolognese

Our final cocktail sampling was another perfect patio cocktail, the Pineapple Mojito, with muddled mint, rum, lime, mixed with sour mix and pineapple juice.

My tablemates and I made a final toast to good friends, great food, delicious cocktails, and vowed to return as soon as we could to another patio afternoon at Rooftop 120 in Glastonbury Connecticut!

Pineapple Mojito

Be sure to visit Rooftop 120 and enjoy some fabulous food and fine cocktails on their patio and enjoy the view!

This ultra-chic restaurant is open year-round, and features an outdoor lounge with fire pits, small plates, shared plates, flat bread specialties, large plates, & signature cocktails. All that and weekend live music, too!

See more pictures  HERE on the Home Place facebook page

and while you're there don't forget to "like" us!

Rooftop 120

120 Hebron Avenue
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Phone:(860) 430-9989

Disclaimer: We received an invite to sample Rooftop 120's small plate and cocktail menu by members of the public relations and management team, however, all views expressed in the review are our own.

Friday, April 22, 2016

CT Tourism Wants to Help Promote YOUR Connecticut Business Unveils All New State Tourism Website

Mobile Friendly and just in time for peak CT Tourism Season

That's right CT businesses! The Connecticut Office of Tourism wants to help travelers find YOU and your attraction through their NEW easy to navigate website.

Travelers can now find information on more than 4,000 places to visit, stay and eat in Connecticut as well as hundreds of inspirational travel stories, vacation deals and event listings all in one place,

The completely redesigned and rebuilt website, launched in late April 2016 by the Connecticut Office of Tourism, makes it easier for visitors and residents alike to learn more about Connecticut's major attractions as well as its hidden gems (is that YOU?) and to plan their next getaway in just a few clicks.

 Just in time for summer travel, the new site is highly visual, content rich and entirely mobile responsive. Leveraging the latest interactive technologies, it features:

  • Connecticut Attractions: Information on 4,000+ tourism attractions, accommodations and restaurants ­ more than double the number of listings offered on the previous website
  • Connecticut Activities: Intuitive navigation that organizes information based on types of businesses.
  • Activities (Do), 
  • Accommodations (Stay) 
  • Connecticut Getaways: Suggested getaway itineraries and travel stories for visitors looking for Ideas based on the type of experiences they enjoy
  • Event Calendar: A Calendar of events that can be filtered by date range, type of event or region and a special "What to do This Weekend" feature  
  • Sort by Region: Regional site views which provide visitors with an in-depth opportunity to explore the unique offerings in each region of the state 
  • Your Own Page: Individual pages highlighting each destination, which are free to the businesses and allow them to showcase photos, videos, upcoming events, travel deals and can even automatically bring in their social media feeds and TripAdvisor® ratings
  • Destination Tip: The "While You're in the Neighborhood" feature which serves up suggestions and directions for other attractions, hotels and restaurants that are close by the destination you¹re viewing 

Wow! This is big! This is so important for Connecticut to promote and support its own LOCAL businesses!

With nearly a year in the making, this new site was a collaborative effort involving Connecticut's many different kinds of tourism businesses, local associations and other Connecticut state agencies.

Yay for Connecticut!!!

Regional tourism districts also worked closely with the state¹s tourism office to enhance content and aggregate listings so that visitors could enjoy a seamless experience of all Connecticut has to offer.

Read what some of those involved had to say about the process and the new end product!

Connecticut now has a state-of-the-art website to support our $14 billion tourism industry, which supports 80,000 direct jobs. The new site, a key component of our still revolutionary Connecticut marketing efforts, makes it easy for visitors to find and explore our state's rich array of destinations, which will help keep tourism a thriving industry in Connecticut!
-Catherine Smith
Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development

"In our research, we learned that potential visitors, even our own residents, wanted more specific ideas of things to do in Connecticut. So we designed the new to bring our state¹s dynamic blend of offerings to life using lots of great imagery, engaging content and streamlined navigation,"
-Randy Fiveash
Director, Connecticut Office of Tourism

"The new site gives the tourism regions the best tools we have had in years to market not only destinations and experiences in our own footprints, but also to build interest and exposure for events and attractions a short drive away. The whole state benefits!"   
 -Ed Dombroskas
Executive Director, Eastern Connecticut Regional Tourism District

"This has truly been a team effort involving tourism businesses from all across the state, the Connecticut Office of Tourism, the regional tourism districts, the regional visitors' bureaus and many local organizations. We could not be happier with the process - and the result. Potential visitors to Connecticut now have such a breadth and depth of information and inspiration at their fingertips."
-Andrew Wood
SVP, External Relations, Mystic Aquarium

"It's exciting to see it all come together. This has been a research-driven, inclusive process. Since the first input session last year, we have all been focused on one key objective: to provide potential visitors and our residents with a great online experience ‹ one that inspires them, maybe even surprises them, and ultimately motivates them to explore more of Connecticut."
-Matt Fleury
President and CEO of the Connecticut Science Center

At every key milestone in the process, from identifying what the site should do to evaluating how it should look,  the team reached out for quantitative and qualitative feedback from consumers (both in-state residents and out-of-state travelers) as well as from tourism business partners across the state. This research guided every phase of the site development process.

The site is also built on a Content Management System (CMS) that empowers tourism partners to manage their own free feature page. They can edit their information, post events, add deals, update imagery - making it easier to keep the entire site¹s content fresh.

Learn more about CT Tourism through this video

About The Connecticut Office of Tourism

The Connecticut Office of Tourism, a division of the State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), created the Connecticut still revolutionary strategic marketing initiative to build pride among residents and bolster the state¹s reputation as a tourism and business destination. Connecticut offers such a diverse mix of activities and attractions, all in such close proximity to each other, that visitors can enjoy multi-dimensional experiences within a short drive ­ from the exciting and relaxing to the historic and innovative to the culture and nature-focused. For more information, visit and join the Connecticut still revolutionary community on social media on FacebookTwitter, PinterestYouTube and Instagram.

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