Friday, August 21, 2015

Fourth Annual Sun BrewFest 2015 at Mohegan Sun

The Mohegan Sun BrewFest, hosted by Chef Brian Duffy returns!



The Fourth Annual Sun BrewFest returns to Mohegan Sun on Friday, October 2nd through Sunday, October 4th featuring with a variety of finely crafted brews including Yuengling, Two Roads, Wachusett Brewing and more!

Treat yourself to a weekend of trivia, cornhole and beer tasting capped off by the exceptional Sunday BrewBrunch.

Beer Trivia Night at SunBrewFest 2015

The Sun BrewFest fun begins on Friday night during a special beer themed trivia night inside the Uncas Ballroom. Gather your friends and tap into your brew knowledge for just $20.00 per person. Tickets are available through Mohegan Sun Box Office or at the door and include entry plus one free beer. A cash bar will also be open throughout the night! 

Saturday Tasting Sessions at SunBrewFest 2015

Introduce your tastebuds to  200 of the best beers around during one of the two tasting sessions on Saturday, October 3rd. Explore a wide variety of breweries pouring out 2 ounce samples of their favorite beers for guests to enjoy in souvenir, mini pilsner glasses. Try and find your favorite as you taste your way through Craft Beers, Microbrews, Imports, Domestics and ciders. The DC Project Band keeps the entertainment going all day long inside Mohegan Sun’s Uncas Ballroom. 

Tickets to the tasting sessions are $25.00 each. The first session runs from 1:00pm to 4:00pm and the second session runs from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

BrewBrunch at SunBrewFest 2015

The fun continues to flow on Sunday during a new and improved BrewBrunch sponsored by Goose Island and Absolut from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The BrewBrunch, inside Todd English’s Tuscany, features an array of delicious brunch items, some with a BrewFest twist! Sip on champagne, toast with Goose Island or create your very own signature Bloody Mary at the Absolut Blood Mary bar to round out your brew-filled weekend.
Tickets to the BrewBrunch are $42.00 each and include all food and one sponsored drink(a beer, bloody mary or glass of champagne). Reservations for BrewBrunch are to be made through Todd English’s Tuscany.

Cornhole Tournament  at SunBrewFest 2015

Enjoy a beer and toss some bags at the Sun BrewFest Cornhole Tournament! Choose your partney wisely and head to the Sun BrewFest site to register. Buy in to the Cornhole Tournament is $100.00 and includes entry to BrewFest tasting session of your choice plus an exclusive VIP tasting hour.

Sun BrewFest Special Offers

Make the most of your Sun BrewFest experience and gain access into the exclusive “Fantics Hour”! For just $40.00 you can enjoy an extra hour and sample your favorite brews before the main doors open. This package also includes entry to Sesson 1 on Saturday.
You enjoy the beer, UBER will take care of the ride! New UBER users can sign up and enter the promo code: SunBrewfest for $20 off their first ride during Sun BrewFest weekend. Users can also sign up here.

Show your Sun BrewFest ticket or wristband when signing up for a Momentum Card and receive $25.00 Free Slot Play! 

Tickets available now for Sun BrewFest 2015


Tickets for Sun BrewFest go on sale Friday, August 21st at 10:00am at the Mohegan Sun Box Office and Ticketmaster. A portion of all ticket prices will go to the Channel 3 Kids
Camp.

Tickets will be required for entry to all events.
All guests in attendance must be 21+.
For the most up-to-date information and a list of brewers participating in Sun BrewFest, please visit sunbrewfest.com.

About Mohegan Sun

Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, is one of the largest, most spectacular entertainment, gaming, dining and shopping destinations in the United States. Situated on 185 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is home to three unique casinos, a 34-story, 1,200 room luxury hotel, a world-class spa and golf course, over 85 shops, restaurants and bars as well as three award-winning entertainment venues including a 10,000-seat Arena. Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country. More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com.
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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Celebrate Farm-to-Table at G-Zen in Branford CT


A Celebration of Farm-to-Table at G-Zen in Branford!


Where: G-Zen Restaurant, 2 East Main Street, Branford, CT
When: September 14, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Breakwater Books and G-Zen Restaurant are pleased to present an evening with Christy Colasurdo, as she discusses and signs her amazing new book (written with Tracey Medeiros),

The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook (The Countryman Press, $21.95 retail), on Monday, September 14, 2015 from 7:00-9:00 PM at G-Zen, 2 East Main Street, Branford.

As consumers have demanded more locally grown foods, more organics, and foods with fewer additives, the locavore movement has taken hold across the United States. Every region has their own unique products and their own version of healthful, wholesome, innovative cuisine. The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook brings home cooks a stellar collection of 150 delicious recipes from the Nutmeg State’s top chefs and local farmers.

This celebration of Connecticut’s healthy, sustainable food scene is a collection to savor and return to again and again. Christy Colasurdo is the former Special Sections Editor at New York magazine, an award-winning writer, and co-founder of a company delivering wholesome foods from small Vermont farms to customers’ front doors.

Colasurdo writes regular features for Westport, Fairfield Living and other regional magazines, and is a contributor to CTbites.com, which, besides the Home Place blog, is the definitive guide to the Connecticut food scene. She is also the author of Restaurant 2000 and Bar Excellence (Rizzoli).

G-Zen represents the vision of Chef Mark Shadle and Chef Ami Beach Shadle. Together they take the concept of “Farm to Table” to a whole other level, by growing the organic ingredients, serving them fresh at the restaurant and then composting everything at their sustainable farm. Founded in 2011, G-Zen was named “Top Ten Upscale Vegan Restaurants in America” by SHAPE magazine. In 2013 G-Zen was featured in Travel + Leisure magazine’s “Best Vegetarian Restaurants in USA.” In 2013 G-Zen received the impressive “Natures Plate Award” from the Natures Conservancy and was named “Connecticut’s most sustainable restaurant” in honor of all of their sustainable business ethics, commitment to serving organic ingredients, supporting local farmers and composting programs.

Books may be purchased in advance at Breakwater, as well as the evening of the signing. As seating is limited, please call 203-453-4141 or stop by the Fairfield University bookstore to register for this FREE event!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Cirque Éloize ID at Foxwoods Resort and Casino CT

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Last week we had the opportunity to travel up to Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket CT to see the amazing Cirque Éloize ID show at Foxwood's Fox Theater.



The show is an incredible blend of hip-hop, break-dancing, contortionists, acrobatics, juggling, cycling, aerialists, and rollerblading, set to the beat of a hip urban soundtrack created by composers Jean-Phi Goncalves (Beast) and Alex McMahon. Yup! All that - in one action-packed show!



Cirque Éloize, a leader in the contemporary circus arts since 1993, has presented thousands of fun-filled and innovative performances around the world. The troupe, consisting of 15-22 performers with international backgrounds, gives a heart-pumping, jaw-dropping, breath-holding, beautifully choreographed show that will dazzle audiences of all ages.


The Cirque Eloize show at Foxwoods Resort Casino is family friendly with something for everyone! The name "Cirque Eloize" translates to "heat lightening" and the performance truly is electrifying!

We were part of a special media event that got to meet the performers and watch them showcase their talents prior to the show! I learned how to juggle!

Photo courtesy of Foxwoods

We learned so much about these performers backgrounds. Our juggling instructor actually has a degree in juggling! We also got to learn some trampoline tricks, and see the backstage setting where it's all about organization and timing!

Here's one more photo of our group with performance troupe on stage before the show.

Photo courtesy of Foxwoods


This show was the highlight of our visit to Foxwoods, which also included dinner at the Red Lantern and a shopping excursion in the new Tangiers Outlets.

Be sure to visit now through August 30th 2015! It's such an exciting show!

Tickets are available in advance online ==>>  HERE

Cirque Eloize at Foxoods

Tuesday through Saturday Shows: 8pm
Sundays: 7pm
Matinees: Wednesdays 2pm, Saturdays 3pm, Sunday 8/30 2pm
NO SHOWS: Mondays
VIP Reserved: $65
General Admission: $40
Children (under 13): $30

HINT: Most convenient Event Parking available is in the Grand Pequot Self Park Garage located off Grand Pequot Boulevard.

For more information on Cirque Eloize visit http://www.cirque-eloize.com/en/home

For more pictures of our visit to the Cirque Eloize performance at Foxwoods, including behind the scenes photos pre-show, visit the Home Place facebook page HERE

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

Did you know that Eloize means "Heat Lightening"
Did you know that you can earn a degree in juggling?

Visit Foxwoods Resort Casino and enjoy the Cirque Eloize show! 

Disclaimer: We were invited to this performance of Cirque Eloize by members of the marketing and management team, however all opinions are our own.







Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Fez in Stamford to Reopen in mid-August

The Fez is Getting a Whole Lot Fezzier
Stamford’s Spice Route Restaurant and Live Music Locale
Prepares to Re-open in Just a Few Weeks! 



It was 2010 when The Fez introduced its Moroccan inspired menu, eclectic wine offerings,  underground vibe and a steady stream of diverse musicians to Stamford’s thriving downtown neighborhood. This past June, amid the completion of much of the The Fez’s Summer Street neighbors apartment house construction, The Fez began a summer-long renovation process to enhance The Fez experience that patrons have grown to love.

“The original inception of The Fez laid down the foundation, “says Eric Monte, creator and operator of The Fez, “Now it’s time to take things to the next level. We are not reinventing the wheel here – we are just making things a whole lot Fezzier.”

A refreshed brand was first on the agenda, which encompasses The Fez’s signature fez hat and scimitar sword, and will now introduce the iconic fez hat clad monkey, a traditional companion to the Turkish accordion players. Patrons will also be able to navigate through a brand new web site, complete with menus, event information and an in-depth live music calendar.

The Fez’s interior transformation includes a stunning dining room, bar, and performance space, framed in vibrant red walls, eclectic artwork, and posh drapery. The bar capacity has nearly doubled in size and an added bar section has been created stage side where music enthusiasts can pull up a front row seat while enjoying drinks and dinner. The stage area is enhanced with contemporary lighting and the entire space is wrapped in a state of the art sound system.

The Fez’s unconventional approach to its organically grown music scene is a product of Eric’s music biz background. The dexterity of the talent line-up will not only continue to entertain and surprise people, the music program is now under the direction of a house band, The Casablanca Project, led by accomplished musician Bobby Fiorito. For bookings, bands may contact Bobby directly: Booking@FEZEG.com

Patrons can look forward to more of The Fez’s vibrant Moroccan / Mediterranean cuisine which takes it cues from The Spice Route, the name given to the network of sea routes where fragrant spices were traded from the west coast of Japan, through the islands of Indonesia, India, the Middle East, and across the Mediterranean to Europe. The menu features a large selection of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes, in addition to customer favorites and some new items that Chef Shelby is extremely excited to prepare. Bold and flavorful dishes include; Baba Ganoush, a classic Turkish roasted eggplant puree served with Fez pita chips; Spanakopita “Raviolis” filled with spinach and feta cheese, wrapped in filo dough with toasted pine nuts and kalamata olives;  Shrimp Falafel, house made falafel stuffed with shrimp and served with a trio of dipping sauces: artichoke sauce, fennel dip and harissa mayo; Grilled Octopus with harissa mango sauce and fried fava beans; Vegan Pizzet topped with arugula and dried apricots and drizzled with Moroccan Aragon oil; Chicken Aroub over sumac braised onions and walnuts and topped with toasted pine nuts; Filet of Tenderloin (two 4 ounce filets) served napoleon style with potato cake and an olive truffle drizzle; and Charmoula Wild Salmon cooked in an aromatic Moroccan spiced rub and seasoned sauce, served with saffron couscous, cracked green olives and fennel salad.

“The wine list will evolve constantly and we have crafted an extended beverage program which will highlight our popular seasonal spirit infusions and lend itself to even more food pairings,” promises Eric.

Join The Fez for its grand re-opening and unveiling on August 15 and celebrate Eric’s, “Papa Fez” Birthday! Opening night will feature the Casablanca Project and The Juicy Grapes, along with special guest appearances from Bobby and Eric’s talented musician friends.

For up to the minute details, follow The Fez on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FezEntGroup

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Visit the Gelston House in East Haddam CT

Dining in East Haddam CT!


Last week we took a short 'road trip' to East Haddam Connecticut to visit the Gelston House, a historic restaurant overlooking the Connecticut River, located next to the Goodspeed Opera House.

Left: Historic Picture Postcards from the Gelston House
Right: The Gelston House today


Originating as the Riverside Inn, built by Jabez Chapman in 1736. The Inn was operated by the Gelston family from 1776 through 1825. It was next owned by Joseph Goodspeed and the current building was erected by the Gelston Hotel Company, a corporation formed by a number of East Haddam residents and headed by George Gelston. This was known as the Gelston House and later the Swan Hotel.
                 [Source: Above information from the website "Historic Buildings of Connecticut / Gelston House"]

Fast forward to 2015 and the restaurant still retains its historic charm with all the modern amenities. It features indoor dining in a variety of rooms, a riverside light filled formal dining room, a pub type lounge, and an informal booth filled dining area.



The best part for me was the seasonal dining outside, in a large covered patio area, and an adjacent sun-filled open deck with umbrella covered tables. The perfect place to enjoy cocktails and lunch or dinner on warm days in spring, summer, and throughout the fall.

Best of all, the Gelston House is open year round!

Cocktails at the Gelston House


Of course we started with a cocktail from the Gelston House's extensive specialty cocktail menu. I ordered the Key Lime Martini, pictured below, left, that I sipped and enjoyed while we perused the patio and dining room menus.

Cocktails on the Patio at the Gelston House in East Haddam CT


Appetizers and Small Plates at the Gelston House


Then we moved on to appetizers! Because there were seven us dining we got to sample a wide variety of starters. My favorites were the Blackened Scallops that had a great flavor to their sear, and the Bang Bang Shrimp. Word of note,  BangBang Shrimp are (currently) not on the menu, but Chef is happy to please, and if there is an item you are hankering for, he'll be delighted to accommodate your craving whenever possible.

Mussels with spinach, tomato, and chorizo in a white wine and garlic sauce



Roasted Beet and Cranberry Salad with Goat Cheese, Almonds and a Raspberry Vinaigrette



Bang-Bang Shrimp

The calamari were also excellent - cooked perfectly, and the portion was quite large.

Fried Calamari

Yum, below are the delicious Blackened and Seared Scallops. Hungry yet??

Blackened Sea Scallops



Tomato Balsamic Shrimp


And who would have thought that Sweet Potato would make for a great crispy breading for these delectable shrimpl

Sweet Potato Shrimp

The tuna below is typically a dinner entree served with sides, however Chef knew we all wanted to sample and sent out an appetizer sans sides for us! Yes, it was every bit as good as we thought it would be.

Pistachio Encrusted Tuna (typically an entree) 


Tuna and Avocado Tartar


Burgers and Sandwiches at the Gelston House


There is quite a good sandwich menu with a wide array of items from burgers, paninis, lobster rolls, and tacos to be had!

Goodspeed Burger


I opted for the buttery good lobster rolls pictured below. And you can determine the level of butter you want on your roll, because it's served on the side. Simply drizzle on as much or as little as you want!

Rich and decadent these were the perfect size and chock full of lobster!
Lobster Rolls and French Fries



Fish Tacos with French Fries

Main Course at the Gelston House


My dining companions ordered more traditional entrees, most going with the seafood selections on the menu. But there are beef and chicken entrees to be had too! A delicious Filet Mignon, NY Stip, and Chicken Marsala!

Pictured below are our seafood entrees.

Chilean Sea Bass with Risotto 

Word of note, the scampi was reported to have a bit of heat and spice. Not overly so, but a little kick none the less!


Shrimp and Lobster Scampi

Dessert at the Gelston House



Most of us opted for the made on premise ice cream. I went for the sweet peach that had bits of real fruit nestled in the cold creamy goodness. Definitely try the ice cream on your visit!

Made on premise ice cream
Flavors: Mango, Tiramisu, Chocolate, Peach, Peppermint and more...!!


Crème Brûlée 


And somehow I managed to fit one more bite of this incredibly moist and delicious Carrot Cake.

Carrot Cake



The Gelston House in East Haddam CT is worth the visit and the drive! A perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon enjoying great food with a picturesque view of the Connecticut River. Stop in before attending the show at the Goodspeed Opera, and come back after the show for more!




There's so much to do in the area...the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat cruise, antique shopping, touring Gillette Castle, and so much more.

This picturesque town is New England at its best and the view from the Gelston House can't be beat!

Gelston House Restaurant & Inn
8 Main Street, East Haddam, CT 06423
860-873-1411

http://www.gelstonhouse.com/



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Disclaimer: We were invited to this tasting by the Gelston House's management and marketing team, however all opinions expressed are our own.




Monday, July 27, 2015

2nd Runner Up in New Haven Living's Best of New Haven!

So...

This just happened!

We just found out we are the 2nd runner up in the Best Blogger category in the New Haven Living Magazine's online Reader's Poll!




I keep thinking of my pageant days (but I was never in a pageant) and remembering that if the winner isn't able to fulfill her duties then we all move up a place - which moves me to first runner up, and we all know what that means!

Yup! #2 needs to try harder!

Just kidding! I am honored to even be mentioned in anything New Haven Living related!

Congratulations to EVERY ONE in EVERY CATEGORY for their Win - Place - or Show!

See more here ==>> http://www.courant.com/new-haven-living/

And thank you EVERY ONE who voted!






Thursday, July 23, 2015

Celebrate National Tequila Day - Friday, 7-24-15 in Fairfield County

National Tequila Day is Friday July 24, 2015

Photo Source: MaxExPR


And you can get your tequila fix at Fairfield County’s Bodega, Geronimo and Paloma Restaurant and Tequila Bars


“Let us be your tequila story” is Geronimo’s mantra – and let’s fess up, as we all have one!

This Friday, July 24th, is National Tequila Day. Whether you’re a mezcal (also spelled ‘mescal’) lovin’ slow-sipper or a heat infused jalapeno margarita party-goer, National Tequila Day will be adding to the summer fun at some of the area’s most progressive tequila joints.

Bodega Taco Bar in Fairfield and Darien, with a reputation for its innovative take on handcrafted Mexican street food, 100+ deep tequila offerings, and its edgy design will be offering $6 Bodegaritas, $5 Fireball Tequila and a high-octane night featuring the lovely Patron Tequila Girls offering tequila tastings and giveaways. The kitchen will be getting in the fun with over-the-top menu specials too!
 Bodega Taco Bar Heritage Square 
|1700 Post Road | Fairfield, CT
 980 Post Road |Darien, CT

Paloma in Stamford, Harbor Point’s waterside restaurant and gathering place, will be feature half price tequila “shots”, a creative tequila cocktail menu, and specialty tacos including; shrimp tempura , habanero bbq venison, snapper tartar , and ancho brined lobster. Beverage Director Olie Berlic (seen here making tequila based cocktails on Better Connecticut TV) created this tequila forward menu for Paloma with simple preparations and the use of premium ingredients at the forefront. Our faves include; The Ginger Snap - spicy tequila, muddled fresh ginger, lemon and lime, luxardo maraschino and egg white, shaken and frothy; Tommy's Margarita - silver tequila, fresh lime and agave; and the Grace – passion fruit nectar, fresh lemon, orange blossom, sugarcane, Casamigos Silver Tequila and Champagne Vollereaux.
Join Paloma 
Thursday, July 23 and Friday July 24.
 15 Harbor Point Road |Stamford, CT

Geronimo in Fairfield, coming in at over  400+ bottles of tequila, celebrates National Tequila Day by paying homage to Casa Noble Tequila and their award winning Anejo, Resposado and Crystal Tequila – served neat or otherwise. This ultra-premium tequila is made from 100% blue agave and certified organic. Chef Tim Scott will also be featuring Casa Noble Tequila braised oxtail tacos.
Hang out on Geronimo’s large patio 
which overlooks a bustling downtown Fairfield scene.
 2070 Post Road | Fairfield, CT

 Fun and informative tequila facts:

  1. In Mexico, Tequila is enjoyed neat: without lime and salt When it comes to lime and salt with their Tequila, Mexicans go for margaritas. Shots of tequila are drunk without the extras.
  2. Tequila is closer to lilies than cactus Many believe Tequila is made from cactus, but the Agave plant is actually in the lily family and not the cactus family.
  3. All Tequila is Mezcal, but not all Mezcal is Tequila Mezcal is a distilled beverage made in Mexico from Agave. Tequila is made from Blue Agave in the Appellation of Origin: Tequila Territory, primarily the state of Jalisco
  4. Tequila is made of at least 51% Blue Agave Although Mezcal can be made from the 100s of different Agave varieties, tequila must contain at least 51% of Blue Agave and many believe it should be 100%. Tequila consisting of less than 100% Blue Agave are called Mixto.
  5. It takes 8-12 years for the Blue Agave plant to mature enough to make Tequila
  6. Tequila is made from the heart of the Blue Agave plant, called piña. The pina may weigh up to 200 pounds when harvested.
  7. Worms are prohibited in Tequila bottles but may be present in Mezcal By law worms are prohibited in Tequila bottles. Agave Snout Weevil or the caterpillar phase of the Hypopta Agavis Moth may be in Mezcal bottles. They used to be included to prove the proof and/or presence of agave.
  8. Tequila has terroir Tequilas from agave grown in the highlands north of Guadalajara are fruitier and floral; whereas those from the valleys are earthier, and may be a bit spicier.
  9. Much of the work in making Tequila is done by hand Agave is hand selected for harvest and collected by hand. In premium Tequilas, the pulp is extracted from the fiber in large stone bowls by humans after being ground down in the tahona.
  10. Color is NOT a guarantee of Tequila quality Tequila turns color from aging in barrel or by the addition of color additives. A premium white tequila will taste much better than an artificially colored young tequila.
  11. The three main categories of Tequila are: 
  • Blanco - Un-aged and bottled within two months of distillation
  • Reposado – Aged between two-twelve months in barrels
  • Anejo – Aged between 1-3 years in small oak barrels Two additional categories seen include: 1.Joven or Oro – mixture of Blanco and Reposado tequilas
  • Extra Anejo - Aged 3-5 years in oak barrels




 
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