Friday, November 20, 2015

Nixs Evergreen in the Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk

NIXS Evergreen to open in December 2015!

NIXS Evergreen will be open for business in December just in time for holiday parties at 500 Evergreen Way in South Windsor CT as part of the Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk.

Nixs is a sophisticated neighborhood lounge, bar and restaurant that will seat 100 guests with a small private dining space available.

Booking parties now at NIXS Evergreen

When you host your next event at NIXS Evergreen, you'll experience  exceptional taste, style and superior service.  Their extensive event planning experience will make planning your special events seamless and stress-free!

NIXS Evergreen Private Dining Room

Their private dining room can accommodate up to 25 guests for a plated dinner or a cocktail party.

 NIXS Evergreen Dining Room

You can book the dining room for a private event of up to 100 guests for a plated dinner or a cocktail party.

About NIXS Evergreen South Windsor Location:

Paying tribute to the other NIXS restaurants, Boston Harbor Island, Nix’s Mate, and Nixs Hartford, the newest addition to the NIX family, NIXS Evergreen will carry on their traditions of seasonally inspired fare, and handcrafted premium cocktails that capture the true spirit of New England, in the heart of an upscale shopping district.

More info coming soon!

NIXS Evergreen
The Promonade Shops at Evergreen Walk
500 Evergreen Way
South Windsor, CT 06074

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 Nixs is part of The Bostonian Hospitality Group, with locations in Boston, Nantucket, Hartford, South Windsor, Plymouth, and Newburyport. For more information, visit

 The Legend behind The Curse of William Fly

Nix's Mate is one of the smaller islands in the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. In 1726, upon his arrest, officials brought pirate captain William Fly to Boston, where he was executed. His body was then gibbetted on Nix's Mate to serve as a warning to sailors not to turn to piracy. Before his execution, Fly famously scolded the hangman for incorrectly securing the noose, then retied it himself. His body, with those of two other pirates, is buried on the island. Pleading not guilty to the end, one pirate predicted the Island would sink into the sea to prove his innocence. Since 1803, the island has disappeared each day in high tide.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Parallel Post in Trumbull CT - Fall and Winter 2015

Parallel Post for the Fall and Winter Holidays!

There are some fun things going on in Trumbull CT at Parallel Post at the Trumbull Marriott this holiday season.

Let's start with everything Pumpkin!

November Pumpkin-Infused Plates:

Enjoy some flavorsome pumpkin infused plates including:

  • the body-warming Pumpkin Soup with Sugar Pumpkin ($8) 
  • the heavenly Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Ice Cream ($6)
Parallel Post is serving both throughout the month of November.

And let's not forget Thanksgiving at Parallel Post!

Thanksgiving Menu:

Enjoy our Thanksgiving Day buffet from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., featuring items such as Acorn Squash and Apple Soup; Rosemary, Coriander Crusted Pork loin; Ox Hollow Herb Roasted Turkey and savory Gravy; Chocolate Bourbon Bread Pudding and more.

Tree Decorating and a Visit from Santa

Festive Christmas Tree Decorating Event, Saturday, December 5 from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.:

Enjoy a complimentary gathering as we decorate the Parallel Post Christmas Tree, sip and savor samples of BootlegGreg's new seasonal hot cocktail creations. Children will be treated to hot cocoa, roasted s'mores on our open fire pit, a meet 'n greet with Santa Claus along with cookie and ornament decorating stations.

And the culminating event of 2015 - Farm to Trumbull!

Farm-To-Trumbull, Thursday, December 10 at 7 p.m.:

Parallel Post hosts the final event of their 3rd annual three-part culinary dining series, Farm-To-Trumbull. Inspired by the season, the holiday-themed event provides an intimate experience for thirty guests led by Executive Chef Chris Molyneux and Chef de Cuisine Erik Waybright.

180 Hawley Lane, Trumbull CT 06611
Phone/Reservations  203-380-6380
Located in the Trumbull Marriott - Merritt Parkway

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Parallel Post’s menu is conceptualized with the philosophy that sustainability, and natural products and responsible farming, are key components in ingredient selection.  Offering a bold and flavorful menu featuring modern American cuisine with Northeastern regional flair, Parallel Post at the Trumbull Marriott Merritt Parkway brings an unseen level of quality and creativity to the culinary landscape of Trumbull, Connecticut. The intimate, yet casual eatery uses seasonal, local ingredients prepared with contemporary, healthy techniques. Parallel Post serves breakfast Monday through Friday from 6:30 to 11:00 a.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; lunch Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and dinner daily from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.

For more information please visit or call 203.380.6380.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Thanksgiving in New Haven County at Shell and Bones

Thanksgiving Dinner at Shell and Bones in New Haven, CT

Shell and Bones is a fairly new restaurant, having opened in summer 2015. They are located in the City Point section of New Haven, right on Long Island Sound and the New Haven Harbor at the site of the former Sage Restaurant.

Enjoy Thanksgiving 2015 with a special menu in a spectacular setting at Shell and Bones.
Reservations suggested.  Seatings start at 12pm.

A printable menu is available HERE

Shell and Bones

100 S. Water Street
New Haven, CT


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Wine on Nine in New Haven CT 2015


Wine On 9 - 2015

New Haven’s Historic 9th Square district is certainly the downtown destination for New Haven, featuring great art, food, music, and cultural activities.

Best of all, this eclectic neighborhood provides the backdrop for First Fridays On9 in New Haven.

One of my favorite On 9 events returned this year on November 6, 2015! The Wine On Nine "wine crawl" through the Ninth Square where we had the chance to visit and meet various merchants, restaurants, and organizations in the 9th Square New Haven.

Welcome to Wine On 9

At just $15.00 a ticket, this was indeed a bargain and all who participated received a keepsake wine glass for sampling, a map of the participating merchants in the neighborhood, and some delicious wine tastings from the Wine Thief.

First Fridays On9 are open-house evenings featuring creative events that showcase the wide array of shops, restaurants, marketplaces, homes, and cultural centers in the historic 9th Square neighborhood.
I gathered up what friends I could find and off we went for our little wine crawl.

Wine On 9

We did our very best to reach every stop - but unfortunately we missed a few. But everywhere we stopped we had fun and sampled some great wines.

Wine Crawl Stops:

Baobab Tree Studios (71 Orange St. – also check-in location)  * Serving: Secco Italian Bubbles Bianco 2014

At Baobab Tree Studios
My favorite wine of the night! Sweet and bubbly this is my new party wine!

Meat & Co. (116 Crown St.) Serving: HD Riesling.

Fornarelli’s Ristorante (99 Orange St.)

Fornarelli's Ristorante
This was my first time at Fornarelli's and I'll be sure to return!

Cedarhurst Cafe ( 44 Crown St.) * Serving: Sin Nombre Navarra Crianza 2011 (Spain)

G Cafe (141 Orange St.) Serving: Serving Riff Pinot Grigio by Alois Lageder from Alto Adige, Italy and a Terres de St. Louis Rose from Provence, France

G Cafe and Bakery
The next morning I returned to their Branforrd location for a delicious breakfast!

Fletcher Cameron (91 Orange St.) * Serving: Clos de Gilroy Grenache Monterey County 2014

Fletcher Cameron Kitchen Designs
This design studio is full of contemporary cabinetry and design perfect for the urban dweller!

Neville Wisdom Design Studio (63 Orange St.) * Serving: Gine & Gine Priorat Rosat 2014

Neville Wisdon Design Studio
Always one of my favorite stops to chat with designer Neville and brand director Lauren Sprague.

Happiness Lab (756 Chapel St.) Serving: Dado Red Blend by Ca’ Momi Winery Napa (California).

Thali (4 Orange St.) Serving:  Edna Valley Vineyard Chardonnay 2013 from California.

Reynold’s Fine Art (96 Orange St.) * Serving: Tenuta Ulisse “Sogno di Ulisse” Chardonnay Malvasia 2013 101

Reynolds Fine Art
Those are my pals Gayle and Maggie!

Art Threads (118 Court St.) * Serving: DEI Rosso di Montepulciano 2013

101 Threads
A fun art studio full of eclectic pieces.

English Building Market (839 Chapel St.) * Serving: L’Effet Papillon Rouge Cotes du Rousillion Village 2014

English Building Market
Yes! Those are vintage Lilly Pulitzer slip on shoes! 

The Trinity Bar (157 Orange St.) Serving:Dachshund Riesling

The Trinity Bar
Where we returned for dinner after the crawl

Inspired Venue (82 Crown St.) * Serving: Vignerons de Buxy Bougogne Rouge Cote Chalonnaise 2013

Capture Salon (100 Crown St.) * Serving: Reunion Malbec Mendoza 2014

Artspace (50 Orange St.) * Serving: Cerro Anon Rioja Crianza 2011. Also displaying special steam roll art.

A megawatt smile and some great wine!

EcoWorks (262 State St.) Join us for a fun wine-related craft activity reusing bottles and corks. Free and open to the public.

Fresh Yoga (49 Orange St.) Offering a free class as part of the night’s events.

I need to thank friends Gayle and Maggie for accompanying me on this fun wine crawl! And the great peeps at On Nine for continuing the wine on nine tradition!

We laughed and laughed and had so much fun, and in spite of temporarily losing my phone, (Thanks Reynolds Art for safekeeping!) and a twisted ankle and a misplaced car in a parking garage, we couldn't have had a better time...and we are looking forward to COOKIES ON NINE!!!

For more information on the On 9 events, visit their website at:

For more pictures from the event, 

visit the Home Place facebook page HERE

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

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thanksgiving in Hartford County at The Capital Grille

The Capital Grille to Open for Thanksgiving Day

The fine-dining establishment will offer traditional Thanksgiving favorites 
in addition to its signature dinner menu

For the third year, The Capital Grille will open for Thanksgiving Day, offering its full dinner menu in addition to the Executive Chef’s take on a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

When:                 Thursday, November 26, 2015  
                              11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

Where:                  44 Front Street
                              Hartford, CT 06103

The Capital Grille is a fine-dining restaurant known for its dry-aged steaks and award-winning wine list in an atmosphere of relaxed elegance. 

In addition to serving its signature dishes, The Capital Grille will also offer a Thanksgiving feast, consisting of:
  • Slow-Roasted Turkey, from Planfield Farm with Brioche Stuffing
  • French Green Beans with Marcona Almonds 
  • Cranberry Pear Chutney
  • These dishes will also be accompanied by Sam’s Mashed Potatoes to share

Cost:  $36 per adult and $15 per child. 

For dessert, The Capital Grille will offer a Pumpkin Cheesecake for an additional $10. 

Reservations and additional details are available at

Pumpkin Cheesecake
Photo Source
: PepperComPR 

About The Capital Grille

The Capital Grille is a fine-dining restaurant that offers dry aged steaks, fresh seafood, an award-winning wine list and professional service in an atmosphere of relaxed elegance. Open seven days a week, The Capital Grille is best known for its expertly prepared steaks, custom-aged for 18 to 24 days in-house and butchered on premise. The restaurant’s wine list features more than 350 selections; and its floor-to-ceiling wine kiosk regularly houses 3,500–5,000 bottles. The Capital Grille also offers personalized, on-site wine lockers, available by annual lease.  Reservations are recommended, but not required.  For more information, please visit, or follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Lets Meet Connecticut - #LetsMeetCT

Last weekend I had the opportunity to meet up with approximately 50 photographers and bloggers, most from the Connecticut area, but some from New York and New Jersey, in beautiful Essex CT to share some photography and social media tips, and capture the last of 2015's fall foliage.

Essex Connecticut is the idyllic New England town, located on the banks of the Connecticut River. It is home to charming Federal, Victorian, and Cape Cod homes, the Griswold Inn (the longest continuously operating inn in the U.S), and the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat. Settled in 1648, and incorporated in 1852, its thriving township consists of three villages, Centerbrook, Essex, and Ivoryton. [info compiled from Town of Essex CT at].

Early bird that I am, I decided to fuel up at the historic Griswold Inn before heading down to Essex Town Park for the meetup. I had a quick lunch of a bowl of Clam Chowder and a Pumpkin Pie Martini and listened to some Dixieland Jazz by Freight Train Five, who play most Sundays from 11:00am to 3pm for the Gris' Sunday Brunch enjoyment.

The Historic Griswold Inn

Pumpkin Pie Martini and New England Clam Chowder
Griswold Inn

Freight Train Five
Dixie Land Jazz at the Griswold Inn

After lunch, I headed down to the Essex Town Park where I met up with our group for the first ever Let's Meet CT Meet Up!

Host Janievy Hilary (@neivy) hadn't arrived yet, but we were quickly welcomed by photographer Jesse Romano (follow him at @indue for AMAZING photography) who was kind enough to talk camera tips with us. (Jesse you'll be happy to know that today I traded in my humongous purse for a smaller one!) 

Yup, that's me on the left with the suitcase sized purse below!!

The First "Let's Meet CT" Group - Photo by Janeivy Hilary
Photo Source Instagram @Neivy  

It was great to meet some new friends, see some old friends, and finally meet some great photographers that I already follow, as well as find a few new ones! See the link at the end of this post for some amazing photographs from some talented artists.

And I absolutely love this picture that Wendy from CT Lifestyles took of me playing with the fallen leaves.

Photo Source Instagram @CTLifestyles

Here are some of the pictures I took from our self-directed Essex Walking Tour for #LetsMeetCT

Because our meet up was the day after Halloween so many residents had their fun decor up!

The group moved in a few different directions without any set itinerary, and after strolling through downtown Essex, Gina from WanderLaughs Travel and I headed back to the Griswold Inn for some cocktails where we were later joined by Greg and Wendy from CTLifestyles for a quick bite to eat by the Gris' roaring fireplace.

For more really great pictures of our day  

follow the fun on Instagram at #LetsMeetCT 

and get out there and take some pictures of the state YOU live in!


Are you from CT? Where would you recommend we hold a meet up?

Not from CT? Where would you recommend people visit in your state?

I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!

Thanksgiving on the CT Shoreline at the Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

A Bountiful Thanksgiving Feast at Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

Connecticut’s premier shoreline resort to serve traditional New England holiday fare with touches of international culinary flavor on Thursday, November 26, 2015!

The Saybrook Point Inn & Spa is celebrating Thanksgiving in a BIG WAY with a bountiful feast of traditional holiday fare creatively prepared by the resort’s accomplished culinary team. 

The lavish buffet-style menu features a carving station serving old-fashioned Roasted Turkey with Country Gravy, Traditional Stuffing, and Sausage and Cornbread Stuffing with Fennel.

And there's more!

A pasta station offering international culinary delights such as Cheese Tortellini with Roasted Butternut Squash and Madeira Cream Sauce, and Penne Pasta with Sautéed Shrimp and Scallops in Tomato-Saffron Sauce.

And even more!! 

Additional Thanksgiving dishes include farm-to-table salads such as a Roasted Golden Beet Salad with Orange Supremes, Mint and Shaved Fennel, and Baby Arugula and Frisse Salad with Dried Cranberries, Toasted Pistachios, Gorgonzola Cheese, and Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette. The wonderfully prepared holiday entrées will feature a Pan Seared Cod Fillet topped with Crab Salad and Lemon Butter, and Maple Cured Boneless Pork Loin with Calvados Demi-Glace and Caramelized Brussel Sprouts.

Thanksgiving dining at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa is $49.95 (adults), $24.95 (child), and free for children under 5 years of age. 

Seating begins at 11:30 a.m., and runs through 5:00 p.m. Reservations are required, and may be made by calling 860.395.2000. 

Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

2 Bridge Street
Old Saybrook, CT 06475

Phone:(860) 395-2000

About Saybrook Point Inn & Spa
Situated along the picturesque coastal community of historic Old Saybrook, Connecticut, in the hamlet of Saybrook Point, the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa features 82 elegantly appointed guestrooms, the rejuvenating full-service spa SANNO, and casual fine dining restaurant Fresh Salt. The property also features the historic Three Stories guesthouse, where each room conveys the story of a famed local resident, including Katharine Hepburn’s mother, who was a leading suffragette. This completely renovated Italianate home overlooking Long Island Sound was originally built in 1892 as a single-family home for the prominent engineer William Vars. Today, as an eight-room guesthouse, it features wrap-around porches, private gardens, balconies, fine linens, heated bathroom floors, extensive water views, and original artwork by local artists. The Saybrook Point Inn & Spa also shines with the historic Saybrook Point Marina, a landmark yachting dock conveniently located at the mouth of the Connecticut River with easy access to Long Island Sound. It can accommodate vessels from 12 to 200 feet and has received numerous premier Connecticut marina awards. More information is available at
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