Wednesday, March 17, 2021

The Easter Bunny is Coming to the Westfield Mall in Trumbull CT

The Easter Bunny is Back!

EASTER BUNNY PHOTOS

from March 18 to April 3

Easter Bunny at Westfield Trumbull
Photo Source: Westfield Trumbull Mall

Hip, Hop, Hippity, Hippity Hop - the Easter Bunny is popping in for a visit!

Visit the Easter Bunny at Westfield Trumbull for family photos.  Photo packages start at $34.99.

For your health and safety, reservations are encouraged and walk-up visits will ONLY be available as space permits. 

*The Easter Bunny is located in the lower level JCPenney Court.


Make your reservation NOW at Easter Bunny Reservations

Westfield Trumbull Mall

5065 Main Street

Trumbull CT 06601
203.372.4500




About the Westfield Trumbull Mall

Westfield Trumbull is a shopping mall located in Trumbull, Connecticut. It was the first enclosed shopping mall in Connecticut upon opening in 1964. 

Westfield Trumbull is proud to carry the SafeGuard™ Hygiene Excellence and Safety Certification by Bureau Veritas, the world’s most trusted name in health and safety testing, inspection, and certification. The SafeGuard™ certification verifies that a facility has met stringent requirements to minimize the onsite risk of virus spread and is adhering to best-in-class hygiene and safety protocols.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Chef Brian Lewis Brings The Cottage to Greenwich CT


Coming to Greenwich CT soon!

Chef Brian Lewis' "The Cottage" Restaurant!


One of my favorite Fairfield County chefs, Brian Lewis, the chef and owner of OKO and The Cottage, both in Westport, recently announced some great news - that he will be expanding and bringing The Cottage to beautiful Greenwich, Connecticut!


The Cottage Menu
Photo Courtesy of The Cottage


The Cottage will be located at 49 Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich, and the 60+ seat restaurant and bar will celebrate exceptional seasonal ingredients sourced from local purveyors and farmers through Chef Brian’s celebrated signature style of American cooking, delivered with casual elegance and coastal charm. The Cottage Greenwich is slated to open later this year. Stay tuned for their opening date!

 

We’ve always looked forward to the day that we can bring The Cottage to a new market after being so blessed with our devoted clientele and hardworking team in Westport, said Lewis.  As we experienced such continued support during COVID and after six successful years in Westport, the time was right to grow and find a sister location to complement the original Cottage.”

 

Chef Brian Lewis of The Cottage and OKO


Photo Courtesy of The Cottage


While the Greenwich location will feature several signature Cottage dishes and cocktails, the food and beverage program will reflect the team’s daily creativity inspired by the seasons, while staying in concert with the Westport Cottage location. Both the food and beverage menus at The Cottage Greenwich will be rely upon ingredients from local purveyors and farmers in the Connecticut and New York area.  The menu will feature Cottage favorites including Wagyu Beef Brisket Steam Buns, Duck Fried Rice, The Cottage Burger and Hot Fudge and Peanut Butter Sundae. In addition to these classics, Chef Brian is looking forward to yet another canvas to express his culinary passion and creativity.

 

The beverage program will also include local products in its seasonal menu. Cottage bar favorites such as The Smokey Peat and The Spicy Pear will be featured alongside both classic and signature cocktails. An international wine list will be curated of both new and old world favorites, offer a full selection of local craft beer, and provide low or no alcohol options.

 

The Cottage - Cocktail


Photo Courtesy of The Cottage

At our soon-to-be four restaurant locations of Full House Hospitality Group, the team will always be the heartbeat of our restaurants,” added Lewis.  “I’m pleased to be embarking on this location in a new market with the leadership and talents of both Chef Christian Wilki, who oversees all culinary operations as Executive Chef, and Ralph Leon, who oversees all front of house operations as our Director of Beverage and Hospitality. We thrive on bringing talented, hardworking, and dedicated team members up through the ranks of our restaurants.

 

The Cottage Greenwich will feature the same warm, comfortable aesthetic and color scheme found in the Westport location, but with several accents unique to the space.  Architect Rick Hoag from Frederick William Hoag Architect and Interior Designer Megan Zwick from MZ Interiors will oversee the build-out and design.

 

The Cottage - Beet Salad
Photo Courtesy of The Cottage


Since opening in Westport December of 2015, The Cottage has received numerous accolades for its locally sourced cuisine, including recently being named the #1 restaurant in Fairfield County by Hearst Connecticut Media/CT Bites, and earning an Excellent” rating from The New York Times.  

 

The Cottage Greenwich will be open Tuesday-Sunday for dinner service, expanding to offer lunch, Sunday brunch and to-go options soon after.  

 

For more information, visit www.thecottagewestport.com or the restaurants new social media channels:  Facebook (@TheCottageGreenwich) and Instagram (@TheCottageGreenwich).

 

About Chef Brian Lewis:

Brian Lewis is one of the most celebrated chefs in the Northeast, lauded for his commitment to quality and seasonally driven American cuisine featured at his restaurant, The Cottage, as well as his love for Japanese cuisine at his newest venture, OKO.  The Cottage, with locations in Westport and Greenwich, Connecticut, was recognized with an “Excellent” review in the New York Times, after only being open for four months, commending Lewis’ sophisticated menu in a cozy setting.  With Forbes proclaiming that OKOs Westport location is competitive with the best in Manhattan,” the restaurant opened a second location in 2019 in Rye, New York.

 

Lewis was also honored in 2018 as a semi-finalist for the James Beard Awards’ Best Chef: Northeast in the 2018.

 

He first received national recognition as the Founding Executive Chef of actor Richard Geres The Bedford Post Inn, a Relais & Chateaux property that featured two destination restaurants, The Barn and The Farmhouse. There, he acquired national acclaim including Esquire Magazine’s “Best New Restaurant” list in 2009, and an Excellent” review in the New York Times for his thoughtful and consciously sourced cuisine. He launched his first solo venture in March 2012 with elm, where he was once again named to Esquire Magazine’s “Best New Restaurant” list, this time in 2012, before leaving to focus on launching The Cottage in Connecticuts Westport neighborhood.  Lewis has had the honor of being invited to cook three dinners at the historic James Beard House in New York City, most recently in January 2017 on behalf of The Cottage.  He has made appearances on The Martha Stewart Show, TODAY, Fox & Friends and Beat Bobby Flay.

 

Raised in Westchester, New York, Lewis discovered his love for cooking at a very early age. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America with honors and went on to earn his Bachelors degree in business Management from Johnson and Wales University. Early experiences working under the guidance of legendary chefs like Jean Louis Palladin and Marco Pierre White strongly shaped Lewis’ culinary style to what it is today.

 

About The Cottage

The Cottage is the vision of chef Brian Lewis and represents his commitment to produce Connecticuts premier neighborhood destination for the finest, locally sourced cuisine. With locations in the heart of Westport, Connecticut and opening in 2021 on Greenwich Avenue in neighboring Greenwich, Connecticut, The Cottage elevates the standard for seasonal American cooking delivered with casual simplicity and coastal charm. Lewis’ award-winning dishes are hand crafted with exceptional ingredients procured from local purveyors and farmers responsible for growing, raising, harvesting, and producing within the region. Menus change weekly to reflect the seasons best bounty.  For more information, visit http://www.thecottagewestport.com/.  

 


Sunday, March 14, 2021

Taste of Foxwoods Restaurant Week: Spring 2021

It's Restaurant Week at Foxwoods Resort Casino!


Foxwoods Resort Casino is hosting a Taste of Foxwoods Restaurant Week from March 15 - 21 and you can join the fun!


Taste of Foxwoods Spring 2021


A variety of restaurants across the resort, from ultra-luxe to laid-back and casual, will each offer unique dining specials throughout the week - all for just $20.21! 


See the full list of participating venues and menu choices below.

 


Veranda Café: 

Sit down here for a casual meal and enjoy a view of the Connecticut woods that is both stunning and inspiring.  

Hot Lobster Roll $20.21

Sautéed Buttery Fresh Lobster, Brioche Roll

 

Cedars Steaks & Oysters: 

Experience inspiring foods from Executive Chef Edward Allen highlighting the freshest regional ingredients while remaining faithful to the essential values of presenting the excellence of traditional American steakhouse fare.

Hot Lobster Roll $20.21

Sautéed Buttery Fresh Lobster, Brioche Roll

 

Golden Dragon: 

Enjoy a wide variety of Hong Kong and Cantonese cuisine with a tremendous range of flavors and spices.

Three Course Meal $20.21

Fried Spring Roll

Cabbage, Celery, Carrots, Bean Threads, Hot Mustard

 

Wonton Soup

Pork & Shrimp Dumplings, Chicken Broth

 

Hot & Spicy Chicken

Stir-Fried Chicken, Snow Peas, Celery, Baby Corn, Green & Red Peppers, Water Chestnuts, Onions, Hot & Spicy Sauce, White Rice

 

High Rollers Luxury Lanes & Sports Lounge: 

A premier entertainment destination with a nostalgic Vegas vibe offers glitzy fun on 20 bowling lanes and complete food and beverage service.

Cheeseburger Pizza $20.21

Crumbled Burger, Bacon, American Cheese, Mozzarella, Red Onion, Tomato, Shaved Lettuce, Secret Sauce

 

Scorpion Bar: 

Find more than 100 types of tequila and distinctive flavors of margaritas -- the perfect pairing while dining on authentic-innovative Mexican-inspired cuisine. 

Steak Enchilada $20.21

Adobo Steak, Corn Tortillas, Chihuahua Cheese, Salsa Roja, Pico de Gallo, Guacamole, Red Rice + Pinto Beans

 

Guy Fieri’s Foxwoods Kitchen + Bar: 

Bold flavors from celebrity Chef Guy Fieri await you on the casino level of the Grand Pequot Tower. 

Cajun Chicken Alfredo $20.21

Cajun-Spiced, Blackened Chicken Thighs, White Wine & Parmesan Alfredo Sauce, Fettuccine Noodles, Blistered Cherry Tomatoes, Sun Dried Tomatoes + Scallion

 

Red Lantern: 

Take a trip to Asia as you step inside this ultra-luxe restaurant where you will be greeted by the aromas of far-east delights from the open kitchen. 

Sushi Combo $20.21

Chef selection; maki, nigiri and hand roll

 

Dippin’ Dots and Doc Popcorn: 

The original beaded ice cream treat--a fun twist on the classic favorite! They share its location with Doc Popcorn, which offers a delicious and healthier snack alternative. 

Choose one $20.21:

1. Pop Party Pack of Better Butter

2. 4 Medium Dippin’ Dots

3. 2 Medium Dippin’ Dots, 2 small bags Caramel Bliss

 

Johnny Rockets: 

Home to the classic hamburger, fries and shakes! 

Two Cheeseburger Special $20.21

2 single cheeseburgers and 2 fountain beverages.

Additions and substitutions extra. Not valid with other discounts. Must ask for the offer when ordering.


Foxwoods Resort Casino

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

About Foxwoods® Resort Casino 


Foxwoods Resort Casino is one of the premier resort destinations in the Northeast.  As the largest resort casino in North America, Foxwoods offers a vast array of gaming in six casinos; AAA Four-Diamond hotels, restaurants from gourmet to quick service, world-renowned spas, award-winning golf, state-of-the-art theaters, and exclusive retailers. Perfect for both recreation and business, Foxwoods provides modern and versatile convention and meeting space to infuse new life into any meeting or event.  Foxwoods Resort Casino is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. For a comprehensive look at Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation visit Foxwoods.com.

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Lunch at Camacho Garage in New Haven CT

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Mexican Street Food at Camacho Garage


We were finally able to visit Camacho Garage, the newest location from the team behind the award-winning Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwest Grill, Shell & Bones Oyster Bar and Grill, and Nantucket’s Bar Yoshi! The restaurant is operated under the ownership team of co-owners Robert Bolduc and Marc Knight, and Executive Chef/co-owner, and Camacho Garage's namesake, Arturo Franco-Camacho.

Camacho Garage Sign Logo
Camacho Garage in New Haven

The restaurant features Mexican street food type dishes along with a bar menu that highlights beer, specialty cocktails, tequila, mezcal and other traditional and inspired Mexican beverages. 

Camacho Garage on Fountain Street New Haven
Camacho Garage on Fountain Street in New Haven CT

Located in the Westville neighborhood of New Haven at 36 Fountain Street (corner of Fountain Street and Central Avenue) the restaurant offers a fun and lively atmosphere with an elevated vintage garage theme throughout its indoor and outdoor dining areas. 

Vintage Texaco Sign at Camacho Garage
Vintage Texaco Sign at Camacho Garage

Due to the 2020 pandemic, the restaurant has positioned tables with ample room to allow for dining at safe distances, and has many lucite dividers in place, at both the bar and in the main dining room between several booths. 

Inside Dining Room at Camacho Garage
Inside Dining Room at Camacho Garage

How perfect for safe dining and social distance practices! In addition to the bar area and inside dining room, Camacho Garage also offers four season outdoor dining, with heaters for the colder weather!

The Bar at Camacho Garage in New Haven
The Bar at Camacho Garage in New Haven

We started with some cocktails from their specialty cocktail menu, from the "high octane" selections (with a nod to the restaurant's garage / petro theme) the King Julien's Pisco Sour, made with Barsol Pisco, Tamarind, Lime, and Egg Whites (so good...and sooo tart)

King Pisco Sour at Camacho Garage
King Pisco Sour 

... and a Siamese Dream, made with Espolon Reposado, Hibiscus, Lime, Elderflower, and Strawberry. What a perfect pick!

Siamese Dream at Camacho Garage
Siamese Dream

For starters, we shared a Quesadilla de Huitlacoche made with wild mushrooms, corn truffle, epazote, onions, chihuahua cheese, and avocado, and you can put your own stamp on it by adding any of the following: chorizo, guacamole, shrimp, chicken, steak, or lobster (for additional costs). We decided to go seafood ALL THE WAY and added both shrimp AND lobster, because we're smart like that!

Quesadilla de Huitlacoche with shrimp and lobster
Quesadilla de Huitlacoche with shrimp and lobster

For our lunch we went with tacos, and a side of Mexican Street Corn. OMG - it was so good! I couldn't believe that corn (that is definitely out of season in February in Connecticut!) could taste this amazing! 

Camacho's Mexican Street Corn
Camacho Garage Mexican Street Corn

Camacho Garage's street corn is dusted with a seasoning of chipotle mayo, cotija, ancho power, and just a hint of lime.  Be sure you order one!

The tacos were equally good! We ordered the Fish Tacos, made with beer battered cod, red cabbage slaw, crema, salsa verde, and pico de Gallo!

Camacho Garage Fish Tacos
Camacho Garage Fish Tacos with Beer Battered Cod

... and the Camaron Ala Diabla, made with shrimp, arbol salsa, Chihuahua cheese, and pico de Gallo. 

Camaron Ala Diabla at Camacho Garage
Camaron Ala Diablo made with Spicy Arbol Salsa and Shrimp

We followed up with dessert, and decided to share the delicious Tres Leches Cake! For those not familiar with tres leches cake, it translates to 'milk cake' and is made with a variety of different milks, such as condensed milk, evaporated milk, and heavy cream. 

Tres Leches 'milk cake' at Camacho Garage
Tres Leches at Camacho Garage

Served with a shortbread cookie, a dollop of creamy ice cream, and accompanied by fresh fruit, it had just the right amount of silky richness to end our lunch on. 

Quite honestly, everything was delicious, from the high octane cocktails, to the savory dishes, to our sweet and happy ending! 

Stacked Quesadilla at Camacho Garage
Stacked Quesadilla at Camacho Garage

Camacho Garage is a perfect place to  enjoy a delicious lunch, dinner, or share some small plates with friends and family! Next time we're there we're anxious to try the duck and lamb items, and some of the Middle East inspired menu items. Let's face it, we know everything will be amazing if it has Chef Arturo's hand in it!

Vintage Neon Mobil Gas sign at Camacho Garage
Vintage Neon Mobil Gas sign at Camacho Garage

Reservations are accepted via OpenTable.com, or by contacting the restaurant at 203-691-1969.

Camacho Garage

36 Fountain Street
New Haven, Connecticut
203.691.1969

About Camacho Garage:

Camacho Garage brings acclaimed Executive Chef/co-owner Arturo Franco-Camacho’s exciting and unique tastes of contemporary Mexican street food to the lively Westville neighborhood in New Haven, Connecticut.  With a small plates food menu heavily focusing on tacos with housemade corn tortillas, ceviches, salads, tostadas and guacamole made with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients, the complementing beverage program offers an extensive and unique menu of beer, wine, cocktails, tequila, mezcal and other traditional and inspired Mexican beverages.  Located at 36 Fountain Street, the restaurant, with a sophisticated, vintage garage atmosphere, features indoor dining with a large bar area, outdoor dining with fire pits, a large shipping container bar and a heated, covered pergola, as well as takeout and catering services.  For more information, visit www.camachogarage.com.  The restaurant can also be found on Facebook (@camachogarage), Instagram (@camachogarage) and Twitter (@camachogarage).
 

About Chef Arturo Franco-Camacho:

The Executive Chef for Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwest Grill, Shell & Bones Oyster Bar and Grill and Camacho Garage, Arturo Franco-Camacho (Franco) is a veteran of the Connecticut food scene whose extensive repertoire spans from five years as Chef de cuisine on the prestigious QE2 to opening several of his own successful restaurants (Roomba, Bespoke, and Suburban) in New Haven and Branford, CT.  He has also served as Guest Chef at the Director’s Dinner at the Sundance Film Festival.  
 
Chef Franco’s cuisine has been recognized as “Excellent” in the New York Times, and has received accolades from Connecticut Magazine, Yankee Magazine, Zagat and on Food Network’s “Food Nation with Bobby Flay.”  He has been nominated for Chef of the Year by the Connecticut Restaurant Association and has been recognized as an Ambassador Chef by the annual Greenwich Wine + Food Festival.  Chef Franco is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.

Disclaimer: We were invited to Camacho Garage by members of their management and marketing team, however, the views and opinions expressed herein are our own.

 

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