Sunday, August 6, 2017

Shop and Nosh at the Cafe at Middlebury Consignment

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Cooking Class at the Cafe at Middlebury Consignment


If you follow my blog even semi-regularly, 

you know there are two things that I absolutely love to do 

SHOP and NOSH!

The Cafe at Middlebury Consignment Cooking Class


And now I've found a way to roll my two very favorite things to do into ONE, by taking part in a cooking class held at The Cafe at Middlebury Consignment! When an invite rolled into my inbox to visit the Middlebury Consignment Store, needless to say, I was thrilled!

I was familiar with the store through some television advertisements, and several friends have visited on a "destination day' to shop Middlebury, but until now, I've never had the opportunity to visit Middlebury Consignment for myself.

Opening in 2009, Middlebury Consignment is a one stop shopping store for all your home design needs. Not your typical 'consignment' store - Middlebury Consignment mixes a bit of  upscale consignment pieces with new design furniture and fixtures.

The Cafe at Middlebury Consignment


I spotted pieces from Lillian August, Howard Miller, Barkman, and more! The original store has since expanded to three buildings, the second two dubbed "the annex" located a few miles down the road. In addition, full design and decorating services are offered, as well as culinary accessories, tools, and utensils.

The Cafe at Middlebury Consignment - Culinary Utensils


But on this visit we primarily spent time in the kitchen of the Cafe at Middlebury Consignment, taking part in one of their popular cooking classes. This particular class featured the preparation of appetizers, but they offer a wide and varied range of classes! A quick glance at their cooking class events lists dates that feature Cowboys and Campfires (Aug 6. 2017) Trip to Morocco (Aug 16, 2017) A Tuscan Grigliata (Aug 27, 2017)  End of Summer Tapas Party (Aug 30, 2017) Provence Inspired Steakhouse (Sept 7, 2017) and many, many more in the months to come.

Check out their event calendar at https://www.middleburyconsignment.com/cooking-events/

We started with a nice glass of wine and some cheese and crackers. Our cooking group consisted of a wide range of Connecticut social influencers invited to experience the fun of an 'appetizer' based cooking class led by The Cafe's own Chef Mary Kravec.

In attendance were Natalie from New England Foodie,  Brittny from Basic Britny, Hannah from Sometimes Social, Amanda from the Amanda Bella, Christine from Vigora and Vogue, Nonee from Nonee's World, and Yinka from Yours Truly Yinka and Linked Media.  (If I missed anyone - let me know and I'll link back to you too!)

Visit them all in the days to come for their details of this fun event!

The Cafe at Middlebury Consignment  - Cooking Class
Chef Mary instructs her cooking enthusiasts!


We jumped right in and donned our aprons and Chef Mary would rotate around the kitchen island recruiting the nearest participant to prep that particular portion of the meal. By the end of the cooking class everyone had some "hands on" experience and she included lots of great tips for food prep like how to use a spoon to peel ginger, blanching the broccoli rabe with salty water to draw out the bitterness and retain the crisp green color, and so many more!

Here are some photos of our food preparation:

The Cafe at Middlebury Consignment - Cooking Class
Here I am --
so intent on stuffing those artichokes
Photo Courtesy of Linked Media

The Cafe at Middlebury Consignment - Stuffed Artichokes
Voila! Stuffed Artichokes -
Ready to pop in the oven!


The Cafe at Middlebury Consignment Cooking Class
Amanda works on the flatbread dough!

The Cafe at Middlebury Consignment Cooking Class
Nonee works on the rosemary kebobs


The Cafe at Middlebury Consignment Cooking Class
Marinating the Balsamic Wings

While everything cooked up in the oven 
we had a wonderful tour of the store!

Yassss!

I'm definitely making a return trip just to shop!

When we finished touring the multiple floors of furniture and home decor we returned to feast on the fruits of our labor!

The Cafe at Middlebury Consignment Cooking Class
We made this!


The Cafe at Middlebury Consignment Cooking Class
My plate full of goodness!

The Cafe at Middlebury Consignment Cooking Class Broccoli Rabe
Broccoli Rabe
The Cafe at Middlebury Consignment Cooking Class Stuffed Artichokes
Stuffed Artichokes

The Cafe at Middlebury Consignment Cooking Class Roasted Grape Flatbread
Roasted Grape Flatbread with Ricotta 


The Cafe at Middlebury Consignment Cooking Class Balsamic Wings
Balsamic Wings

The Cafe at Middlebury Consignment Cooking Class Polenta Squares
Polenta Squares


The Cafe at Middlebury Consignment Cooking Class Creme Brulee
Blueberry Lavender Crème Brûlée

I think I can speak for everyone and say we ALL thought the cooking class was a wonderful experience! We each felt like we had a part in the preparation and we certainly walked away with some great tips! I've already replicated the roasted grapes into a chicken dish I prepared this weekend with the same great results. DELICIOUS!

If you haven't already, visit Middlebury Consignment and treat yourself to one of their upcoming cooking classes!  You'll be glad you did!

Middlebury Consignment
The Cafe at Middlebury Consignment

1365 Whittemore Road
Middlebury, CT 06762
Phone (203) 528-0130
https://www.middleburyconsignment.com/

Store hours:
Monday through Saturday 11AM - 5PM
Sunday 11AM - 5PM

Disclaimer: I was invited to tour the store and take part in the cooking class by members of Middlebury Consignment's management and marketing team, however, all views expressed are my own.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Test Drive a Tesla at Saybrook Point


Tesla Visits Saybrook Point With First-Ever Mobile Gallery


Guests to enjoy free test-drives of new Model S and Model X luxury vehicles – the fastest accelerating four-door production sedan and SUV ever made


WHAT:
Tesla will visit Saybrook Point with its first-ever mobile gallery. Pulled by Tesla’s Model X SUV, this custom Airstream trailer is retrofitted with a complete design studio, showcasing all Tesla interior and exterior vehicle options. Guests will also enjoy free test drives of the new Tesla Model S and Model X luxury vehicles.

WHEN:
Monday-Friday, July 24-28, 2017
11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Saybrook Point Inn, Marina & Spa
2 Bridge Street
Old Saybrook, CT 

IN DETAIL:
Tesla is traveling across North America with its first-ever mobile gallery. Pulled by the Model X SUV, which can tow up to 5,000 lbs., this custom Airstream trailer is retrofitted with a complete design studio, showcasing all interior and exterior vehicle options.

Guests of Saybrook Point will have a unique opportunity to explore the mobile gallery and experience the groundbreaking features of the Model S or Model X - the fastest accelerating four-door production sedan and SUV ever made. During personal one-on-one appointments, guests will get behind the wheel to experience exactly how Tesla has redefined vehicle engineering, as well as discover how easy a Tesla is to charge, safe to drive, and fit seamlessly into anyone’s lifestyle.

To schedule a test drive, please call Saybrook Point at 860-395-2000. More information is available at www.saybrook.com.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

First Annual Sun Tequila Tasting at Mohegan Sun



Mohegan Sun Tequila Tasting


Friday, July 28th, Mohegan Sun presents their First Annual Sun Tequila Tasting in the Uncas Ballroom.



ABOUT SUN TEQUILA TASTING

Friday, July 28, 2017
8:00pm - 11:00pm
Uncas Ballroom

It’s not a party without tequila and the festivities get underway on July 28th at Sun Tequila Tasting!

DJ Tom Macari mixes the beats while you hit the mixology and margarita bars, sample an array of tequilas and savor the memories with our fun photo booth.

The fiesta wouldn’t be complete without Mexican-themed favorites like tacos, guacamole and more to complement your cocktails!



TICKET INFORMATION

Price: $85 - includes samples, food and access to the photo booth

Tickets are on sale now at the Mohegan Sun Box Office & Ticketmaster!

Purchase Tickets HERE

A portion of all ticket sales will go towards the Southeastern CT United Way.

Mohegan Sun

1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard
Uncasville, CT 06382
General Information: 1.888.226.7711
Hotel Reservations: 1.888.777.7922


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mamma Mia at Foxwoods Resort Casino

Broadway Series at Foxwoods Resort Casino

Mamma Mia



Don't miss this fabulous show at Foxwoods Resort Casino!

Mamma Mia is such a wonderful finale to this incredible Broadway Series at Foxwoods!  I also know that Foxwoods' Fox Theater will undoubtedly have some equally great shows coming up soon!

Mamma Mia is one of the most successful musicals of all time. In fact, it's the eighth longest running show in Broadway history and one of only five musicals to have run for more than ten years on Broadway.

The West End production is now in its eighteenth year.  Yowza! That's incredible!

To date, MAMMA MIA! has been seen by over 60 million people worldwide in 50 productions in 16 different languages.

If you're a 70s or 80s fan, the musical is inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me,”

You'll see that MAMMA MIA! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.

The show runs Friday, July 14th through Monday, July 17th. 

Mamma Mia Showtimes at Foxwoods' Fox Theater


Friday, 7-14-17 at 8:00pm
Saturday, 7-15-17 at 2:00pm
Saturday, 7-15-17 at 8:00pm
Sunday, 7-16-17 at 1:00pm
Sunday, 7-16-17 at 6:30pm
Monday, 7-17-17 at 7:00pm

It simply can't be missed!

Purchase your tickets for the musical HERE

Or include a hotel stay with your ticket - see more HERE 

FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO

350 Trolley Line Boulevard
Mashantucket, CT 06338
https://www.foxwoods.com/mamma-mia/

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wine Down on The Block in Norwalk CT


Here's a fun event happening at The Block on Waypointe!

Wine Down on The Block at Waypointe

The Block at Waypointe invites you to “Wine Down at the Block” next Thursday, July 20 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30p.m.

Relax and enjoy some live music, delicious light bites, signature cocktails and special in-store promotions from the local merchants for an exclusive immersion of all that The Block has to offer.

With a purchase of the $25 ticket, you will receive the following food and beverages from The Block at Waypointe's featured restaurants:


  • Sedona Taphouse | Appetizer of choice + glass of wine, mixed drink, or martini
  • Colony Grill | Choice of a cold brew + hot oil pie bites
  • Barcelona | One glass of sangria + one tapa from a special chef's selection


And there's MORE!  Wine Down at The Block ticket holders will enjoy the exclusive in-store promotions / discount specials at the following merchants:


  • Endurance House | Free bike clinic + natural oil samples + muscle ache therapy
  • Pinot’s Palette | Open studio with a special $15 paint + prosecco class
  • Salons by JC | Wine + cheese mixer + express mani’s & blow out specials, plus the first (15) guests receive an exclusive gift

Purchase your ticket HERE or at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-down-at-the-block-tickets

Check in with your printed ticket at the registration table located in The Waypointe’s Central Piazza | 515 West Ave. Norwalk, CT 


For more information on the shops and restaurants at The Block at Waypointe and to stay updated on news, events and happenings, please visit www.theblockatwaypointe.com


Wine Down at The Block

Where: The Block at Waypointe
Date: 7/20/17
Times 06:30pm-08:30pm
Location: The Block at Waypointe, 515 Merwin Street, Norwalk, CT 06850
Event website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-down-at-the-block-tickets

Questions?
Contact information: Melissa DiMercurio 
Event Phone Number: Ph. 202-696-1862
Event e-Mail address: mdimercurio@delucchiplus.com

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Plan B Burger Bar for Sunday Brunch

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Plan b in Fairfield for an Early Brunch


Last weekend I headed out to Plan b Burger Bar in the beautiful town of Fairfield Connecticut after being invited to sample their Sunday Brunch. 

The b restaurants bill this brunch as a Boozy, Bourbon-y, Burger-y Brunch.

Heck, yes. Now we're talking!



And what I love best is that on Sundays, this particular b opens at 10 a.m. to celebrate everyone’s favorite excuse for day drinking --- BRUNCH! Perfect for early get togethers - that allow you plenty of time to fit more fun into the last day of the weekend!

And hey! 
You've got to love a place that bills a portion of their menu as SUNDAY FUNDAY!

Plan b - Sunday Funday
Plan b Brunch Menu
(June 2017)

And every good brunch has some great brunch cocktails!

Of course, we started with their well known version of a Bloody Mary, the “Meat” Our Mary - made with Tito’s Handmade Vodka,  house-made bloody mary mix, lime, olives, tomatoes, half sour pickle and a mini cheese burger.

Yes, people. A cheeseburger slider size comes with the cocktail!

"Meat" our Mary  - Plan b Bloody Mary
"Meat" our Mary - at Plan b Burger Bar

Now that's what I call a garnish!


If Bloodies aren't your thing, there's lots more to sample, like the Hand Squeezed Salty Dog, the Modern Screwdriver, and the The American Cucumber Basil Gimlet. There's coffee specials like the Rejuvenator  (cold brew coffee, Myers’s rum, coconut water, simple syrup & almond milk on the rocks) and the Kentucky Coffee (making coffee very interesting with some bourbon & cream).

And there's always something special being offered, like this delicious Berry Sangria, that was the special of the day when we visited!

Plan b - Berry Sangria
Plan b
Berry Sangria


And then we were off to the brunch samplings!


Plan b Brunch



Who says you can't have an appetizer at Brunch? 

We certainly did! Like this amazing dish of Breakfast Tots!

Plan b Breakfast Tots
Breakfast Tots
Crispy tots, 
cheddar-jack cheese, bacon, 
scallions, gravy & a fried egg

How about this delicious duo of Hot Fried Chicken and Biscuits?

Plan b Hot Fried Chicken and Biscuits
Hot Fried Chicken & Biscuits “Nashville style,” 
country pickle & home fries

Or do it up right with this Breakfast Burger!

Plan b - Breakfast Burger
Bacon, cheddar cheese, 
fried egg, spiced maple aioli 
on a croissant bun

Is sweet more your thing? 

How about this Bourbon Soaked French Toast?

Plan b - Bourbon Soaked French Toast
Bourbon Soaked French Toast 
V Thick cut brioche & bacon maple syrup, 
with seasonal fruit

















Looking for something more traditional?

How about the Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict:


Plan b - Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict
Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict
Poached eggs, toasted English muffin,
Boursin cheese, chive hollandaise & home fries


Feeling like a little something more 'south of the border'?

Try this Breakfast Burrito on for size!


Plan b - Breakfast Burrito
Breakfast Burrito
House-made sausage burrito,
crispy potatoes, cheddar cheese & pico de gallo

I mean, really. 

Just look at that fluffy light goodness backed in one crazy good burrito!

Plan b - Breakfast Burrito
Breakfast Burrito
House-made sausage burrito,
crispy potatoes, cheddar cheese & pico de gallo


Be sure you visit participating Plan b Burger Bars for brunch soon!

These offerings are from Plan b Fairfield. Other participating b restaurants for brunch are located in Glastonbury and Milford CT.

Plan b Fairfield

1262 Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

http://www.burgersbeerbourbon.com/fairfield/

Phone: 203-955-1208

Hours:
Mon-Thu: 11:30am – 12:30am
Fri-Sat: 11:30am – 1:30am
Sun: 10:00am – 12:30am

Disclaimer: We were invited to this sampling by members of Plan b Burger Bar's marketing and management team, however all opinions expressed are our own.


© Home Place 2017


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Summer 2017 at Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point

Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Introduces Their New Summer Menu




Now that summer is FINALLY here in Connecticut we get to enjoy some of our shoreline favorites! Lobster Rolls, thick juicy steaks, and fresh seafood! And what's better than enjoying our favorite meals at a beautiful waterfront destination?

Just in time to schedule a trip to our favorite shoreline town of Old Saybrook, Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point announces their new summer menu that features some great new seasonal dishes inspired by the bountiful harvests of local farmers and fisheries. 

There's a reason why Fresh Salt was recently named Best Upscale Dining in Connecticut by the state’s restaurant industry association. You see, Fresh Salt works closely with its local farmers and day boats to ensure the highest quality of locally grown ingredients from land and sea go into its creative delights. 



I love that local partnerships include Medlyn’s Farm (from my hometown of Branford), Belltown Hill Orchard of South Glastonbury, Fair Weather Acres of Rocky Hill, Baggott Family Farms of East Windsor, and Rose’s Berry Farm of South Glastonbury. 

Fresh Salt has a commitment to its cool native waters and features oysters within a 99-mile radius. A catch-of-the-day from local day boats provides clams, oysters, mussels, shrimp, tuna, cod, swordfish, and salmon for the Fresh Salt menu. 

Herbs including basil, thyme, mint and tarragon are planted and picked by the Fresh Salt culinary staff in Saybrook Point’s custom herb garden. 

You can't get much fresher than that!

At Fresh Salt, you can savor fresh, seasonal and local cuisine served in Old Saybrook’s most spectacular setting – the spot where the fresh waters of the Connecticut River meet the salt of Long Island Sound. It's a treasured and historic place, rich in life, and the restaurant reflects that lively diversity. 



The new summer menu features the bounty of the season through unique pasta and vegan dishes such as Rotelle Pasta, which includes pine nuts, fava beans, radicchio, roasted cauliflower and Pecorino cheese served in a white wine sauce; and Cauliflower Steak, which is pan-roasted cauliflower served in a ratatouille sauce with sautéed escarole. 

In addition, Fresh Salt’s fresh seafood and day boats include Pan-seared Black Pearl Scottish Salmon served with Roasted Cherry Tomato-and Sweet Pea ($29.95), Bacon-wrapped Monkfish served with Sugar Pea Risotto and Red Cabbage Coulis ($29,95), and Grilled Swordfish Loin served with Quinoa, Barley, and Spinach in a Passion Fruit-Ginger Sauce ($29,95).

From the grill and oven, I can't wait to try some delicious new specials like Fresh Salt’s Free-range Natural Stuffed Chicken Breast with a Sundried Tomato-Spinach Risotto Filling, Pancetta Whole Grain Mustard-Morel Mushroom Cream Sauce ($28.95), as well as the 12 Oz. USDA Choice N.Y. Sirloin served with Sautéed Mushrooms, Pomme Frites in a Garnish Port Wine Demi-glaze ($39.95).

Other shoreline favorites include the Seaside Tempura Platter with Golden Brown Scallops, Oysters, Calamari Zucchini, Peppers, Fresh Salt Kettle Chips ($21.95), Custom-blend Hamburger on a Potato Roll, made with a half-pound outstanding combination of Short Rib Chuck and Brisket, topped with Lettuce, Tomato and Cole Slaw ($13.95) and Connecticut Lobster Roll made with warm buttered lobster on a grilled New England style roll and served with and Fresh Salt Kettle Chips ($29.95).  

Mmmmm! A warm lobster roll with some home style chips sounds delicious right now, doesn't it?

Fresh Salt is more than just a restaurant; it is a place to enjoy another’s company and experience the breathtaking views of the Long Island Sound – quietly intertwined with the Connecticut River. The venue’s fresh ingredients and vibrant tastes are available daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And if you're searching for a fun night out on the town, Fresh Salt offers light bites and handcrafted cocktails made to perfectly enhance an evening away. 



Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point

2 Bridge Street
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Reservations are recommended, and may be made by calling 860. 388.1111. 

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 www.saybrook.com

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