Sunday, June 26, 2016

Shop and Nosh at the Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk - Part 2

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Part 2 - Shop the stores at Evergreen Walk in South Windsor!




We took a beautiful spring ride up to South Windsor Connecticut after an invite from Kat from A Little Bird Told Me Public Relations to have a light brunch and learn a bit about the Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk.

This beautiful area is an outdoor shopping mecca that features national specialty retailers and premiere restaurants. The shopping center resembles a traditional New England village with spacious walkways or a "promenade", ample seating areas and vehicular access that allows convenient parking in front of your favorite store. There's also plenty of parking behind each row of stores.


As its centerpiece, Evergreen Walk features a fountain and fire pit with seating in a park-like setting - and is pet-friendly!



Rather than make a lengthy post that might leave any of the places we visited out, I'm posting this event in two parts, Brunch (Part 1 read HERE) and Shopping (Part 2).

After brunch at NIXS we strolled over to Stonewall Kitchen where we got to sample some amazing products (like jam!) and view some beautiful kitchen and cooking items.




I just love the stoneware and the New England vibe that was evident throughout the store.



Next we visited Sephora where we got to see some of the great new spring and summer colors!



Our next stop was Francesca's - where every store is chock full of amazing jewelry and even shoes and clothing.




Francesca's is my 'go to' store to pick up affordable statement necklaces! Don't you just love this one?



Next we visited J. Crew where I just fell in love with the nautical and plaid clothing!



For our last stop we did a little more nosh at Taste By Spellbound. This quant little shop is full of sweet little delicacies like bon bons, cakes, cookies and cupcakes. And they make an amazing iced coffee!



Just look at this Smore's Cake! YUM!!





The perfect way to end our day shopping and noshing at the Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk!

Be sure you visit the Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk soon!

The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk

501 Evergreen Way
South Windsor, CT 06074
 (860) 432-3398
http://www.thepromenadeshopsatevergreenwalk.com/

Disclaimer: I was invited to this promotional event by the Promenade Shops and Evergreen Walk and their marketing and management teams, however all views expressed are my own.


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Monday, June 6, 2016

Shop and Nosh at the Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk - Part 1

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Brunch at NIXS at the Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk





We took a beautiful spring ride up to South Windsor Connecticut after an invite from Kat from A Little Bird Told Me Public Relations to have a light brunch and learn a bit about the shops at Evergreen Walk.

The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk is an outdoor shopping mecca that features national specialty retailers and premiere restaurants. 

Rather than make a lengthy post that might leave out any of the places we visited, I'm posting this event in two parts, Brunch (Part 1) and Shopping (Part 2)

We started with a light brunch at NIX's where we were able to share many items from their new acoustic brunch menu.

We were greeted by some delicious Mimosa's to start the day out right! 




After checking in with Kat our group got caught up with one another and received our itinerary for the day.

And, then the NIXS Evergreen Walk Food Fest began!

We sampled a wide array of items from their menu, everything from Huevos Rancheros to French Toast. Each was delicious but favorites for the day were Braised Short Ribs & Eggs and the Nutello French Toast.


Avocado Smash

Avocado Smash
Smashed fresh avocado on multi-grain bread topped with poached eggs
and served with roasted potatoes

 NIXS Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict 
English Muffins with sauteed spinach and 
candied bacon with poached eggs 
(Note: You can add lobster to this beauty!)

 Nutella French Toast

Nutella French Toast
Buttery Brioche stuffed with Nutella
served with fresh berries

Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros
Smoked cheddar stuffed corn tortillas tipped with spicy salsa roja
fresh fried eggs and queso fresco

Steak & Eggs

Steak and Eggs
Chicken fried steak with salsa roja butter
scrambled eggs and roasted potatoes
Note: On the day we were there the meat was actually an AMAZING short rib
(I know it doesn't look very pretty but it was OH - SO GOOD!)

 Chicken and Waffles

Chicken and Waffles
Herb cheddar waffles, jalapeno syrup, and crispy buttermilk fried chicken


Before heading out on our shopping excursion we sipped on one last cocktail - a delicious fruity flavored sangria.


Sangria at NIXS



Time to #PlayNice at NIXS Evergreen Walk!

#PlayNice


Nixs Evergreen

At the Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk
538 Evergreen Way
South Windsor, CT 06074
http://www.nixsevergreen.com/
info@nixsevergreen.com
(860)644-1567

See their brunch menu HERE


We enjoyed the many brunch items available at NIXS Evergreen Walk location!

We know you will too!

Read Part 2 HERE - Shopping!!

Disclaimer: I was invited to this promotional event by the Promenade Shops and Evergreen Walk and their marketing and management teams, however all views expressed are my own.


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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Milford Food Truck Festival 2016 at Eisenhower Park

Summers are all about getting outside and finding fun things to do. So when my friend Gayle spotted an event for a food truck festival in nearby Milford CT -- I was all in!



Gayle and I headed out early to Milford to take a quick foray around Eisenhower Park to sample some great food and visit with some of the local vendors that had set up shop. We arrived just before their 11am opening so we were able to get a great parking space and we beat the crowds.

I had purchased entry tickets online prior to the date (only $2.00) so we breezed on in!

However...we arrived before our appetites did (it was only 11am!) so we perused the vendors and shops that were also assembled for the Milford Food Truck Festival!

There was a bit of everything! Jewelry, local foods, art, clothing, crafts and more!


Roth Jewelry Designs



My Husband's Nuts - Flavored Nuts



Ree's Butterfly Sweets



Teeny Beanies, Bibs & More



Then we ambled on over to the Food Truck section 

Here are some of the trucks that were there!



Milford Food Truck Festival - Nosh Food Truck



Milford Food Truck Festival - Crazy Taco Mex Truck


Milford Food Truck Festival - Dave's Food Truck



Milford Food Truck Festival - Fryborg Truck



Milford Food Truck Festival - Samba's Cuisine Food Truck


Milford Food Truck Festival - Szabo's Seafood Food Truck

Milford Food Truck Festival - Snowie Food Truck


So many to choose from, but in the end we both decided to go with Nosh Hound!

Milford Truck Festival - Nosh Food Truck
Jamrock Salad




Milford Truck Festival - Nosh Food Truck
Chicken Sammie Sandwich



Milford Truck Festival - Nosh Food Truck
Cheesecake


And topped everything off with an ice cold beer 
(WHERE I GOT CARDED!!)

YAY!!




Our only regret was that we filled up - and didn't get to try any of the other trucks!

If you have the opportunity - visit a food truck festival this summer! It's a great way to sample a wide array of cuisine.

We really enjoyed our time at this particular one - and were pleasantly surprised that there were tables and chairs set up for eating. We had  brought our own chairs but quickly put them away when we saw that the organizers provided lots of seating.

But be prepared for any food truck festivals that you might attend - have a back up plan of chairs to bring with you - or tote along a large blanket to sit on.

Eat well and enjoy!

For more information on the Milford Food Truck Festival visit their facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/MilfordFoodTruckFestival/


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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sign of the Whale Brunch in Stamford CT


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Brunch at Sign of the Whale


We traveled up to Stamford Connecticut's "Harbor Point" area after an invite to sample some of the delicious brunch offerings at one of the newest restaurants in this trendy waterfront area, Sign of the Whale


This up and coming area is growing and growing and has become quite the restaurant mecca!


One of the first restaurants in the area was Sign of the Whale, who opened in September of 2014.  As the largest, multi-dimensional restaurant space in this waterside community, the restaurant boasts a main level dining and bar capacity for over 250 people and a rooftop bar which accommodates up to 300 people,


The Whale is quickly becoming known for their Sunday Brunch – which includes decadent brunch dishes, a DJ pumping out great tunes, breakfast shots (SAY WHAT!), bottomless sparkling cocktails, and the ultimate Bloody Mary Bar.

We started off with some cocktails, first the breakfast shots - the restaurant has a few that combine shots of alcohol with a chaser, and quite surprisingly they actually do taste like their namesakes! (Shots have names like Fruity Pebbles, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, etc.) What fun!

Sign of The Whale Breakfast Shots

Next I meandered over to their Ultimate Bloody Mary bar where you get to assemble, flavor, and garnish your own Bloody Mary!

I love horseradish so you can bet I loaded mine up with a hearty spoonful, and I added several pickles because I like a briny taste to my Bloodies as well. And as far as garnishes go, I skewered some great cheese, pepperoni, and peppers, because...well, because, why not nosh a bit while you sip? Right??!!

Sign of The Whale  - Ultimate Bloody Mary Bar

Menu highlights include; breakfast pizza topped with bacon, egg, hash browns, cheddar and spicy aioli; old fashioned eggs benedict with lump crab meat; lobster waffle made with fresh lobster and cornmeal waffles; and cookies & cream pancakes.

Here are some of the items we sampled for brunch and light lunch offerings:

Sign of The Whale - Breakfast Pizza


Sign of The Whale - Calamari

Sign of The Whale - Crab Meat Eggs Benedict 

Sign of The Whale - Fish Tacos

Sign of The Whale - Kale Salad

Sign of The Whale - Lobster & Waffles

Sign of The Whale - Cookies & Cream Pancakes

Sign of The Whale Pasta

Sign of The Whale - Steak and Eggs

Sign of The Whale - Tuna Tartar 

Because it was such a beautiful day, we decided to move up to the roof where the view is spectacular and the fun begins!


On the rooftop we sampled one of the specialty cocktails - the Tidal Wave. The drink includes Popsicle and molecular wonders and is a bubbling smoking elixir of pure summer fun!



Let the summer games begin! 


Enjoying the Tidal Wave at Sign of the Whale


We had such a fun day at Sign of the Whale enjoying the amazing views and great food and drink!

Be sure you visit Sign of the Whale soon!

Sign of the Whale

6 Harbor Poit Road
Stamford CT 06902
203.883.8282

http://www.signofthewhalect.com



Disclaimer: We were invited to Sign of the Whale by members of the restaurant's marketing and management team, however all views expressed are entirely our own.


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