Monday, January 6, 2020

Saybrook Point Inn - Fire and Ice Festival 2020

Join Saybrook Point Inn & Spa at the Fire and Ice Festival!

Fire and Ice 2020 at Saybrook Point Inn and Spa
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Join Saybrook Point Inn, Marina & Spa on Friday, January 17, from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. for their yearly tradition of celebrating the elements of fire and ice at this exciting annual event!

This spectacular indoor/outdoor is a "for age 21+" only event and features live music from Java Groove, ice carving demonstrations, a photo booth, and SO MUCH more! 

Specialty winter cocktails and food stations, including a raw bar, chili and s’mores, will also be available. 

Fire and Ice at Saybrook Point Inn
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Dance the night away to the sounds of Java Groove,  and be entertained by some winter fun on their terrace. Be sure to try their unique specialty cocktails and feast on an array of food including:

Chef’s Fired-Up Food Stations

Chowder & ChiliNew England Clam Chowder
Kahlua Chili (Vegan)
Corn and Lobster Bisque

Raw Bar

Local Oysters, Raw Clams

Center of the Plate

Salt Crust Smoked Chicken
BBQ Beef Sliders with fried leeks


Swordfish with Lemon Risotto
Mussels in white wine and garlic


Crème Brulee’ Torch-glazed to order
Vanilla Bean Gelato with Roasted Fig Sauce and Homemade Marshmallow

Tickets for the Fire & Ice event 
 are $69.95 per person. 

Or...stay the night and book the Fire & Ice overnight package! 

Learn more about the hotel package at: Saybrook Point Fire & Ice. The special Fire & Ice overnight package includes a one-night stay, two tickets to the event and breakfast for two at Fresh Salt. (prices vary)

Fire and Ice 2020 at Saybrook Point Inn and Spa
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Location: Saybrook Point Inn2 Bridge Street, Old Saybrook, Connecticut 06475

Cost: $69.95 per-person (Adults 21+ Only)

For more information about the seventh annual Fire & Ice Festival at Saybrook Point, or to make a room reservation, guests may call 800.243.0212 or visit

Saybrook Point Inn & Spa

2 Bridge Street
Old Saybrook, CT  06475


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 waterfront 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

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Carlson's Landing in Essex Connecticut

Social Media Promotion: Portions Sponsored        

New! In Essex Connecticut

If you're looking for scenic views, great food, and a gorgeous modern and airy setting, I've found the place for you! 

Look no further than Carlson's Landing in Essex Connecticut! We were recently invited to experience Carlson's at a sample menu tasting courtesy of owner Robert Rabine, and executive chef Kyle Bledsoe.

Carlson's Landing Cocktail Menu

Owner Robert Rabine is the former owner / operator of Cafe Routier (Old Saybrook / Westbrook) and started fine-tuning  his Connecticut culinary heritage with stints at Robert Henry Restaurant (New Haven) and Cafe Lafayette (Madison). Connecticut shoreline locals will likely remember Robert's food and beverage column, the Oedipal Epicurean in the Shoreline Times (2011-2019). 

Carlon's Landing's newly built structure overlooks the Connecticut River and the River Museum. The beautiful exterior gives way to a bright, open, and tastefully decorated interior. 

Carlson's Landing on Main Street in Essex CT

The attention to detail is amazing, from the porthole arched door frame - to the mermaid door handle. 

Carlson's Landing Mermaid Door Handle
Mermaid Door Handle

Outdoor seasonal decks are wrapped in Brazilian mahogany with custom stainless rigging by Greyson Metalworks. How wonderful it will be to sit out on that deck in warmer weather and enjoy some great food and spectacular river views!

Carlson's Landing Cocktail Lounge Views
Patio Views at Carlson's Landing

The intimate dining room comfortably seats thirty, with added seating at the bar for twenty. The restaurant vibe is tasteful New England nautical at its best!

Carlson's Landing Dining Room
Carlson's Landing Dining Room

The restaurant’s gray and white canvas is accented with custom mahogany tables and bar by local cabinet maker Bruce Therott.  

Carlson's Landing Cocktail Lounge
Carlson's Landing Lounge
Amazing River Views!

Spectacular oceanic artwork by local artist Melissa Barbieri, adorns the space with large scale oil paintings of nautical abstracts and sea creatures. 

Carlson's Landing Vestibule and Melissa Barbieri Artwork
Vestibule and waiting area with
Artwork by Melissa Barbieri

We started our dining adventure with some of their signature cocktails from their creative cocktail menu that features martinis, premium spirits, unique cocktails, craft beer, and an all-American curated wine list. 

My personal favorite was the Hot Buttered Rum, made with spiced rum, brown sugar, spiced butter batter, and cinnamon and nutmeg. Believe it or not, I made a secondary visit to Carlson's just so I could have another!

Carlson's Landing Cocktails
Cocktail Time!
Strawberry Mint Mojito, Martini, 
the Paloma, Hot Buttered Rum

Carlson's Landing Margarita
The Paloma
silver tequila, grapefruit, 
simple syrup, lime, and club soda

Carlson's Landing's Hot Buttered Rum
Hot Buttered Rum
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Then Chef Bledsoe starting dazzling us with his appetizers! Chef is a Johnson & Wales alum with classical training under Chef Pascal Barbot of Astrance in Paris, France. Prior to Carlson's Landing Chef Bledsoe was the Chef de Cuisine at Arrive Hotel in Palm Springs, CA and the Head Chef at The Danforth Inn in Portland, ME. 

The all-day menu is seasonally and geographically inspired featuring  both land and sea favorites.

Fish house favorites include a classic fishwich, deviled crab fritters, fried calamari with pickled sweet peppers and chipotle aioli, a buttery lobster roll, and market-fresh fish.  Chef is also steaming little neck clams in ham broth and charred leeks (CAN YOU SAY YUMMMM??!!)  and making a unique dish of tuna meatballs with pomodoro sauce and grilled crostini.

Carlson's Landing Prawns
Giant Heads-On Prawn

Carlson's Landing Crab Fritters
Deviled Crab Fritters

Carlson's Landing Hearty Deviled Eggs
Deviled Eggs
with Fried Capers

Carlson's Landing Swordfish Putanesca

Swordfish Puttanesca

linguini, garlic, onions, capers, 
black olives, tomato, parsley

From the "by land" or turf menu we sampled some delicious beef and poultry, a mouthwatering perfectly cooked and rested petit filet mignon, and tender grilled quail. 

Carlson's Landing Filet
Grilled Petit
Filet Mignon

anding Grilled and Marinated Quail
Grilled Boned and Marinated Quail

For our wonderful happy ending we sampled a heavenly apple crisp, churros, and other decadent delights!

Carlson's Landing Apple Crisp
Apple Crisp

Sweet dreams are made of this!

Carlson's Landing Fruit Tart
Dessert at Carlson's Landing

We loved the earthiness and subtle Mediterranean flavor perspective that Chef Bledsoe brings to Carlson's Landing. 

Our visit was highlighted by the elevated dining experience and hospitality that our host, Robert Rabine, is known for. Thank you Robert and Kyle for a wonderful evening! 

Carlson't Landing - Essex Boat Launch
Boat Launch
Carlson's Landing

Carlson's Landing is certainly a friendly and welcoming addition to the Connecticut shoreline! Visit them soon!

Carlson's Landing

63 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426
(860) 767-2727

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 11:30 AM-9 PM 
(Closed Tuesdays)
Friday & Saturday 11:30 AM-10:00 PM
Sunday 3:00-9:00 PM


Disclaimer: We were invited to this menu sampling by members of Carlson's Landing management and marketing team, however, all views and opinions are our own.

© Home Place 2020

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Greenwich Reindeer Festival and Santa Village

An Annual Greenwich Holiday Tradition
11th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Village
Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses
November 29 – December 24, 2019
Santa and his reindeer, Dasher, Dancer and Prancer, return for the 11th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Village located at “the North Pole on North Street,” Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, 437 North Street, Greenwich, Connecticut, from November 29 to December 24, 2019. The cherished town tradition takes place at this stunning holiday décor destination which is transformed into Santa’s Workshop sponsored by Greenwich Catholic School, where visitors can have their photo taken with Santa, and Santa’s Village, where families have the opportunity to visit the reindeer, enjoy train and carousel rides and select food trucks on the weekend, all just minutes from downtown Greenwich.
 “The Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival is such a wonderful event in our town during the holidays and I am looking forward to celebrating the 11th season this year, “says Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei, “I encourage residents to see what makes this such an anticipated holiday experience every year.”
The community is invited to Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses to visit Santa’s Workshop and for photos with Santa. While waiting for the reindeer to arrive, guests can enjoy refreshments from Planet Pizza, face painting, balloon art, and dance performances by Allegra Dance of Greenwich.
Children, adults, corporate groups, and even pets (on leashes) can have their photo taken with Santa at Santa’s Workshop sponsored by Greenwich Catholic School. Photo packages begin at $29.99 and include a special Shop & Dine Greenwich Gift Bag filled with Greenwich merchant information and hundreds of dollars in savings redeemable at participating stores and restaurants in Greenwich. Digital photos are provided on a USB drive. Enter the Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich Raffle, to win a Mercedes-Benz Children's Bicycle with every photo with Santa (one raffle per family). Raffle drawing by Santa takes place Tuesday, December 24 at 3:00 PM.
Photos with Santa: Monday - Friday, 12-6 PM and Saturday, 9 AM – 6 PM. The reindeer will depart on December 22, but Santa will remain for photos Christmas Eve, December 24, Tuesday, 9 AM – 3 PM. Carousel and Train Rides: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 12–6 PM and Saturday, 9 AM – 6 PM. Parking is FREE. 
Throughout the four weeks, the reindeer will make Sam Bridge their home, thanks to Reindeer Stable Sponsor, Pepsi.  Children can enter the "PEPSI NAME THE REINDEER CONTEST" and submit their favorite reindeer names in a ballot box at Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses. Santa will draw the winning names on December 20th where they will be displayed at Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses. Three winners and three winning reindeer names will be chosen.
"Greenwich has many cherished traditions, and the annual Reindeer Festival is certainly one of them, says First Selectman-electFred Camillo, “We look forward to celebrating the 11th season as much as the first ten!"
This season of giving and coming together as a community is beautifully illustrated by the tremendous support received from our Greenwich Reindeer Festival and Holiday Stroll sponsors; Reindeer Festival Hosted by Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses; Reindeer Stable Sponsor, Pepsi; Santa’s Workshop Sponsor, Greenwich Catholic School;  Santa’s Raffle Sponsor, Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich; Live Music Entertainment Tent Sponsor, Yale New Haven Health/Greenwich Hospital;  Free Parking Sponsors, Barbara Zaccagnini Real Estate and Greenwich Magazine; Kids Zone, School Zone, and Tent Sponsors, Balducci’s, Bruni & Campisi, Dibico, Leaf Filter Gutter Protection, Pennington Grey, The Long Ridge School, Sunzi Silks and Venture Photography.  Community Sponsors, M.H. Heaven Real Estate, Magical Memories Entertainment, and Val’s Putnam Wines & Liquors; Media Sponsors, Greenwich Magazine, Greenwich Times, News 12 CT,, Macaroni Kid, Westchester Parent, WEBE 108, and Jen Danzi.
 The Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Village is produced by TMK Event Marketing, LLC and, both Greenwich-based businesses. The 11th Annual Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend follows on December 7 and 8.
 For more details on this magical holiday tradition, visit: 
Be social @greenwichreindeerfestival

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Vedas Indian Cuisine in Norwalk and Wesport CT

Indian Cuisine in Westport and Norwalk

Eat in or Take out!

Restaurateurs/husband and wife team of Dipika Behera and Jaiprakash Agarwal (JP), bring a combined 40 years of experience in the hospitality industry to their latest venture, Vedas Indian Cuisine. Recognizing the gain in popularity of Indian cuisine and the upwards trend of take-out and delivery, the talented duo opened Vedas in Norwalk in 2015 and recently opened their second location in Westport, small eateries and kitchens that focus on take-out and delivery service for this bold, flavorful, and healthy cuisine.

Dipika and JP hail from Mumbai, India, and both received their bachelor’s degrees in Hospitality Management. Fans of the local Indian food scene may recall the duo’s first local Indian restaurant ventures, Tawa and Chili Chicken in Stamford, and the Kebab Factory in Norwalk.

“We are excited to be expanding our take-out and delivery service, reaching neighborhoods throughout Norwalk, Westport, and Fairfield, “says JP, “And while we are not a full-scale restaurant, both of our spaces offer some seating and guests are welcome to eat-in and BYOB.” 

Vedas is thrilled to be working with renowned Chef Peter Beck who has been brought in to consult on the menu. Chef Beck was born in New Delhi, India and has excited palates around the globe, with stops in the U.K., Singapore, Hong Kong, and Thailand before settling in the United States. Chef Beck has been responsible for elevating Indian cuisine in New York City, where he was recognized as one of the James Beard Foundation’s “Top Chefs of 2002”. Chef Beck is a culinary innovator whose restaurants in New York have garnered numerous accolades, including New York Times raves and Michelin Stars, while at Tamarind and Benares, solidifying his reputation as one of the foremost Indian chefs in the city. He is known for his ability to showcase an immense array of the subcontinent’s diverse regional cuisine on a single menu, and for his ingenuity with vegetables and seafood.

The Vedas menu is a culinary tour throughout India, with added Indo-Chinese influences and a robust selection of vegetarian dishes. Appetizers include such favorites as vegetable and lamb samosas wrapped in light and crispy pastry dough, coconut shrimp with smoky black pepper and chutney mayo, and kalmi kebab chicken wings cooked in a Tandoor with house-blended spices. There’s, of course, chicken tikka masala on the menu, in addition to more traditional chicken preparations, including slow-cooked chicken korma in a cashew cream and saffron sauce, tandoori grilled butter chicken with cashew paste and tomato cream reduction,
and an Indo-Chinese Hakka chili chicken cooked in soy sauce. Heating things up are the goat vindaloo, a fiery hot and sour Goan stew with red chilies, and lamb Chettinad, a South Indian spicy dish made of peppercorn and coconut.

Chef Beck has expanded upon the seafood and vegetarian menu to include; shrimp balti made with a moderately spiced curry of red pepper, onion, and coriander; butter shrimp simmered in cashew paste and a tomato cream reduction, and fish madras prepared in tomato coconut gravy tempered with curry leaves and red chili. Vegetarian dishes are plentiful (over 20!) and satisfying and include; bhindi karari of crispy fried okra with onion, tomatoes, and dry mango powder; saag paneer, traditional creamed spinach with Indian cottage cheese and aromatic spices;lasuni gobi crispy cauliflower florets tossed in tangy tomato garlic sauce; dal makhani of creamy black lentils with fresh ginger and garlic; baingan bharta, charcoal roasted eggplant minced with onion, tomatoes and spices; and aloo gobhi mattar with potatoes, cauliflower, English peas, cumin and garlic.

Fresh, made to order naan, paratha, and roti bread, as well as classic biryani rice dishes, and tandoori chops and kebabs round out the extensive menu.  Enjoy $9-$11 Lunch Bowl Specials available everyday between 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM.

1757 Post Road East
Westport, CT, 06880
(203) 292-8333
Lunch and Dinner (Closed Mondays)

388 Westport Ave
Norwalk, CT 06851
(203) 846-6634
Lunch and Dinner 7 Days

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