Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rite Aid in East Haven CT - A Community Tag Sale

Community Tag Sale at Rite Aid on Foxon Road 

East Haven CT


It's time to  spring clean! Clean out your closets, your spare rooms, your garage. 

It's time to get rid of everything you don't want - to make room for everything you do!


On Saturday, May 6th, from 9:00am to 3:00 pm, the Rite Aid on Foxon Road in East Haven is hosting a community tag sale.

At the BARGAIN price of $15.00 for one parking space and $20.00 for two parking space you can make some money off the things you don't want!

And the best part is the monies collected for the space fees are being donated to the Connecticut Children's Hospital in Hartford Connecticut.

That's a win-win!  Hope to see you at Rite Aid!

Rite Aid

645 Foxon Road
East Haven, CT

203.468.1039

May 6th 9:00am to 3:00pm
Rain Date Sunday, May 7th

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Other Side of MA - Brunch at the Esselon Cafe

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Sunday Brunch at the Esselon Cafe in Hadley, MA


On the final morning of our trip to Massachusetts, as we made our way to the Annual Spring Bulb Show with the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Councilwe stopped at the Esselon Cafe in Hadley MA.

Esselon Cafe
The Esselon Cafe
in Hadley Massachusetts

An independently owned and operated coffee shop and retail operation, Esselon Cafe opened in June of 2006. Since its inception, it has grown from a popular local cafe and coffee shop, to an award winning restaurant -- and a retail and wholesale provider of fresh-roasted artisan coffees, fine teas, and coffee equipment and accessories.

The place was super busy! It's a self-order at the counter place, with plenty of daily specials each day - and a quite extensive menu for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner! With both indoor and outdoor seating - I can't wait to return to enjoy the beautiful outside space!

Inside it's rustically charming - with antique fixtures and an authentic tin ceiling.

Esselon Cafe Interior
Esselon Cafe
Hadley MA


Esselon Cafe
Beautiful Chandelier and Antique Mirror
Esselon Cafe - Hadley MA

In the true spirit of a farm-to-table type experience, they use lots of local items, produce, and proteins from area farms.

North Hadley Sugar Shack Maple Syrup
Locally Sourced North Hadley Sugar Shack Maple Syrup
is served at the Esselon Cafe




Service was fast and friendly, and soon after we ordered our beverages they were served. What a difference freshly roasted coffee makes! And their cappuccino and hot cocoa "art" was spot on!



We ordered a wide array of their specials from pancakes to eggs to french toast -- and everything - and I mean EVERY THING was absolutely delicious.

Butternut Squash Hash Brown Eggs Benedict
With Fresh Fruit
Pancakes
Served with North Hadley Maple Syrup

Cinnamon French Toast at Esselon Cafe
Cinnamon French Toast with Caramel Drizzle

Esselon Cafe Bacon and Eggs
Bacon and Eggs
At the Esselon Cafe

Brunch at the Esselon Cafe
Brunch at the Esselon Cafe

Be sure to stop and visit this local restaurant when traveling through western Massachusett - or make a special trip just to try their delicious offerings. The food is wonderful, service is fast and friendly, and a visit to local farms or area attractions will make it well worth the trip.

If you're traveling from my native Connecticut, Hadley Massachusetts is about an hour from Hartford and 1.5 hours from New Haven.


Esselon Cafe

99 Russell Street
Hadley, MA 01035
413.585.1515


About Hadley MA

Hadley is a town in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,250. It is known as a major shopping destination for the surrounding communities. Hadley was settled in 1659 and continues to showcase some of the most beautiful farmland and scenic views in the county.

For more area restaurants visit: http://visithampshirecounty.com/eat/

Disclaimer: This visit was part of a trip sponsored in part by the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council, however all opinions are my own.


© Home Place 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Shell and Bones Happy Hour for Spring 2017


Happy Hour at Shell and Bones


One of my favorite things to do once the weather warms up is to meet friends for a quick happy hour during the week. It's a nice way to catch up with one another without feeling that any of us are stealing time from our family -- or neglecting other facets of life (like work, children, cooking, cleaning, car-pooling, shopping, etc.!)

And, because friends are such a very important aspect of my life - we should celebrate in style, right??

Shell and Bones Happy Hour
Photo Courtesy Shell and Bones

So ... isn't it just the perfect coincidence that Shell and Bones Oyster Bar is launching their new spring offerings for happy hour - just when I get the hankering to plan a meet up with friends?

I think so!!!

You should enjoy this fun location too! Shell & Bones Oyster Bar is located directly on the waterfront in New Haven CT - so it's the perfect location to get together for a few hours and enjoy breathtaking views of Long Island Sound. It's a win-win that there's a delicious new happy hour menu to go along with it all.

Shell and Bones Happy Hour
Photo Courtesy Shell and Bones

Here are just some of the items on the menu!

Shell and Bones Spring Happy Hour Menu


  • ½ bottle Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne, 6x oysters (daily featured choice) and 6x clam fritters for $50
  • $6 glass of featured wine – 1x white, red and Rose offering
  • $6 house spirits cocktails
  • $3 cans of Black Hog Brewing
  • $1.00 daily featured oysters and littleneck clams
  • $1.00 fried oyster
  • $1.00 per piece grilled skewers (meat will vary daily)

Shell and Bones Happy Hour
Shell and Bones - Beef Satay Skewers

Come treat yourself and your friends to some fabulous cocktails and small bites Monday - Friday from 4:00pm-6:00pm

Shell & Bones

100 S Water Street
New Haven, CT 06519
(203) 787-3466



About Shell and Bones Oyster Bar

Shell & Bones Oyster Bar, located on the waterfront in the historic City Point area of New Haven, Connecticut, offers the finest in seafood and steak, receiving accolades from Connecticut Magazine, New Haven Living Magazine and a “Very Good” review from The New York Times since opening in July 2015.
Acclaimed Executive Chef Arturo Franco-Camacho incorporates fresh and sustainable ingredients to present new takes on classic dishes, including his award-winning New England Clam Chowder, with all soups, stocks, sauces and desserts made in-house.  In addition to its cuisine, Shell & Bones offers an extensive wine and beer list and creative cocktail menu, with several beers, liquors and wines sourced locally in Connecticut.
The restaurant features both indoor and outdoor waterfront dining with an indoor fireplace and outdoor fire pits, complimentary parking and private event space.  Shell & Bones is open for dinner seven days a week, and offers Brunch Friday-Sunday beginning at 11:00am.  For more information, visit http://shellandbones.com/.

The restaurant can also be found on Facebook (ShellandBones) and Instagram (shellandbonesoysterbarandgrill).







Monday, April 17, 2017

Treat Mom on Mother's Day at Mohegan Sun

Mother’s Day Specials At Mohegan Sun


It's all about making the Number One Mom or Moms in your life feel happy, loved, and cared for on Mother's Day. And here's where you can give Mom a bit of everything she deserves and more! Treat her to something nice this Mother’s Day with brunch and dinner specials and shopping discounts, Mohegan Sun is the perfect place to show your Mom how much you love her.

Mother's Day at Mohegan Sun


Mother’s Day Brunch inside the Uncas Ballroom

On Sunday, May 14th, join us for a Mother’s Day bunch inside the elegant Uncas Ballroom. Serving up a meal any mom would love, this brunch includes complimentary soft drinks, one complimentary alcoholic beverage per adult and a commemorative photo. Tickets are $55.00 for adults 21 and over, $30.00 for guests under 21 and children 8 and under are free; on sale now through Ticketmaster and the Mohegan Sun Box Office. To see the full menu and seating times, please visit their website.


BALLO Italian Restaurant Mother's Day Specials

BALLO Italian Restaurant will feature a Mother’s Day meal including marinated seafood salad with Castelveltrano olives and chilies for $17.00 and mezzelune pasta filled with asparagus and goat cheese for $26.00.

Mother's Day at Landsdowne Irish Pub

At The Lansdowne Irish Pub & Music House, enjoy Mother’s Day dining specials all day long. On May 14th, specials will include; broccoli and cheddar quiche served with a small side salad; corned beef and Swiss quiche served with a small salad; baked stuffed sole with buttery Ritz cracker stuffing topped with a lemon beurre blanc and served with rice pilaf and daily vegetable; steak frites featuring prime grilled skirt steak topped with a house made sofrito sauce served over French fries tossed with tomatoes, peppers and green onions. Wash it all down with a Mum’s mimosa with fresh squeezed orange juice.

Hash House A Go Go Mother's Day Features

Hash House A Go Go will be hosting a special Mother’s Day brunch and dinner celebration just for you. 
For brunch, enjoy:
  • Margie’s Famous Crab Cake Benedict – Homemade all blue crab cake on top of a fresh split biscuit, griddled mashed potatoes, sliced tomato, fresh spinach, two eggs and asparagus, all topped with chili cream sauce for $18.99 
  • Stella’s Favorite Strawberry Frosted Flake Pancake – Everyone’s favorite Frosted Flakes with strawberries griddled into our homemade buttermilk pancake for $9.99 
For dinner, indulge in:
  • Pan Seared Skillet Chicken – Two pan seared Airline chicken breasts finished with a red wine beurre blanc served over garlic mashed potatoes, topped with asparagus. Served with sautéed dill carrots and fried green beans for $24.99 
  • Dijon & Pecan Crusted Salmon – Pan seared salmon with a Dijon and pecan crust served over garlic mashed potatoes. Served with sautéed dill carrots and fried green beans for $26.99 

Micheal Jordan's Restaurants for Mother's Day

Michael Jordan’s Steak House will open at 1:00pm on Mother’s Day and every mom will receive a complimentary mimosa until 9:00pm. For $48.00, the featured item is Surf & Turf, served with petite filet with sesame butter and ginger brined, shrimp, basmati pilaf, balsamic soy reduction and picked ramps. 
Or, take Mom to Michael Jordan’s 23.sportcafe for a special Mother’s Day meal. On the menu for $29.00, enjoy a 16 oz. prime rib served with mashed potatoes and asparagus.

Pasta Vita Mother's Day Specials

A gift sure to make her smile, Pasta Vita is celebrating Mother’s Day with a free personal size tiramisu and rose for each mother with the purchase of an entrée. While supplies last.


Ben & Jerry's Sweet Treats for Moms

For a sweet treat for Mom, visit Ben & Jerry’s on May 14th for buy one, get one free small cup or cone.

The Shops at Mohegan Sun Mother's Day Specials


After your Mother’s Day meal, bring Mom to The Shops at Mohegan Sun and pamper her with some retail therapy!
From Wednesday, May 10th to Sunday, May 14th, Galina’s offers 25% off any one Vera Bradley item. One discount per customer. Does not apply to previous purchases or sale items. Must be mentioned at the time of sale.  
Stop in Coach May 5th through May 14th to take advantage of the Mother’s Day event offering 30% off select styles!  
Spoil Mom at Swarovski and receive an exclusive Slake Bracelet with your purchase of $200.00 or more on Mother’s Day.  
At Splendeur, receive a gift of fragrance with any purchase over $250.00 on May 14th. While supplies last.  
Don’t forget Victoria’s Secret; treat your mom to Bombshell, the #1 fragrance at Victoria’s Secret, and all-new exciting summer scent, Bombshell Summer, will be here just in time for Mother’s Day. $52.00 for 1.7 oz.; $68.00 for 3.4 oz.

Entertainment Specials for Mom

Before the day is over, bring on the good times and laughs at COMIX Comedy Club. Join the fun on Silly Sunday featuring Krystal Dyer’s Mother’s Day special. All moms with kid pictures will receive 50% off COMIX signature cocktails.

Mohegan Sun

One Mohegan Sun Blvd
Uncasville, CT 06382

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN: 


Owned by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, Mohegan Sun 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, 1,600 deluxe hotel rooms, 2 world-class spas, a golf course, over 80 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. Connect with them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and Instagram @mohegansun, view them on YouTube and follow them on Snapchat at username MoheganSun.


Friday, April 14, 2017

The Other Side of MA - Dining at Osteria Vespa

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Dinner at Osteria Vespa in Amherst MA


On our trip to Western MA to visit the Annual Spring Bulb Show with Western MA Tourism on behalf of the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council we found this great restaurant, Osteria Vespa, on our itinerary! This gem of a restaurant is tucked in the Amity Street Shopping Center district in downtown Amherst.

Osteria Vespa in Amherst MA



I must admit, it's not the easiest place to find, tucked in one of the side aisles of the center, however I'm so glad we DID find it. Step inside and you are transported away to a cute little bistro in a dreamy Tuscan village.

Photo Source: Osteria Vespa - Location

Osteria Vespa is the merging of two great restaurant legends: Jonathan Welch, Vespa's owner, is a retauranteer with over 25 years of experience, as well as experience in local farming; and Thomas Schnapp, Vespa’s Executive Chef, who has been in the restaurant business for over 35 years.

The two formed Osteria Vespa, whose menu is inspired by the history and culture of northern Italy, primarily Tuscany, and the Mediterranean.  They know what's important, their pasta is made daily, all sauces are made from scratch with the highest quality ingredients. Most of the meats served at Vespa are sourced locally in New England. In the style of a true restaurant that takes pride in their proteins, the butchering of large cuts of meat, including veal, pork and lamb, are done in their very own kitchen.  Even their seafood and shellfish are sourced from the Atlantic.  The classic Italian cheeses for cooking and cheese plates as well as artisanal Italian style cheeses from Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire cheese makers.  Some of Vespa’s salami are made in their own kitchen, including pates, terrines, sausages and cured meats.  Mustard, pickles and relishes are also made in the restaurant’s kitchen. Their attention to detail shows.

I started with an amazing lemony light cocktail, the perfect precursor to the fabulous meal to come!

Cocktails at Osteria Vespa in Amherst MA


We knew we had to order some of that made on premise pasta and sample some of their home-style bisque. Needless to say - everything was delicious!

house-made fettuccine at Osteria Vespa in Amherst MA
Osteria Vespa - House Made Fettuccine 


Bisque at Osteria Vespa in Amherst MA
Photo Courtesy: ConnecticutLifestyles.com



Dinner at Osteria Vespa in Amherst MA
Photo Courtesy: ConnecticutLifestyles.com


After all that food we needed to sip on coffee prepared by a miniature French Press!


French Press at Osteria Vespa in Amherst MA


There was no way we could fit in any of the dessert - but here's a sample of what was available the night we visited.

Dessert Menu at Osteria Vespa in Amherst MA


I don't know about you - but that Salted Butter Caramel Chocolate Mousse is calling my name. Guess it's time for another trip to Western MA! 

Here's something you really need to know! On Monday and Tuesdays Vespa offers a 3 for $30 special where guests can select three-courses from a sample menu. What a great way to try a wide variety of items!

Be sure you visit them when traveling in or through Amherst!


Osteria Vespa

28 Amity Street | Unit 1G
Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 230-3194
http://osteriavespa.com/

About Amherst MA


Amherst is a town in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, in the Connecticut River valley. With a population of 37,819 (2010 census), it is the largest community in Hampshire County. The town is home to Amherst College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

For more area restaurants visit: http://visithampshirecounty.com/eat/

Disclaimer: This visit was part of a trip sponsored in part by the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council, however all opinions are my own.


© Home Place 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Visiting Local Craft Kitchen and Beer Bar in Branford CT

Local Craft Kitchen & Beer Bar in Branford CT


We finally had a chance to stop at one of Branford's newest places, Local Craft Kitchen and Beer Bar. Formerly the site of SBC Brewing and then Burrata's, the location has been through many incarnations since originally opening on the Branford Hill as a Bonanza in the 70's.

Local Craft Kitchen and Beer Bar Logo


The cowboy was told there was a great burger to be had, and I was in the mood for some small plates, so we stopped there to try the place out.

It's definitely a fun little place, and boasts 16 craft beers on tap, as well as a cute little cocktail menu.
Local is a great pub-like place with some good food and drink.

Local Kitchen and Beer Bar
Interior - Dining Room

We started with our typical "his & hers" cocktails - for him a rye and soda and for me something from the specialty cocktail menu, the "Fruity Pebbles." - The Fruity Pebbles was made with Bacardi Limon, lime juice and cranberry juice.

Local Craft Kitchen and Beer Bar in Branford - Cocktails
Local Craft Kitchen & Beer Bar

Next we ordered up some grub, the cowboy going with the 50/50 Bacon Burger and I went for the Pork Sliders and Bang Bang Shrimp from the small plates menu. The great thing about the small plates menu is that you can order a small "small plate" - or a large "small plate." I went with the small size for both.

Local Craft Kitchen & Beer Bar Small Plates
Small Plates at Local in Branford CT


Local Craft Kitchen & Beer Bar Bang Bang Shrimp
Local Craft Kitchen & Beer Bar
Bang Bang Shrimp (size small)
Lettuce wrapped battered shrimp
with a sweet and spicy bang bang sauce with carrots
cucumber sesame aleppo

Local Craft Kitchen & Beer Bar Pulled Pork Sliders
Local Craft Kitchen & Beer Bar
Pulled Pork Sliders (size small)
Cole Slaw - BBQ Sauce on a Potato Roll
Local Craft Kitchen & Beer Bar 50/50 Bacon Burger
Local Craft Kitchen & Beer Bar
The 50/50 Bacon Burger
Half burger Half Bacon
with lettuce tomato and mayo


Beer Keg Light at Local


Local Craft Kitchen and Beer Bar is located on the Branford Hill in Branford Connecticut and has other locations in Fairfield and South Norwalk Connecticut. Stop and see them soon for some cocktails, burgers and small plates!


Local Craft Kitchen and Beer Bar

850 West Main St,
Branford, CT, 06405
(203) 481-2739
http://branfordlocal.com/index.php




© Home Place 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Fun at Cirkopolis at Foxwoods for Foxwoods Family Fun

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Cirkopolis at Foxwoods Resort Casino


This week we were invited to visit Foxwoods Resort Casino to view the opening day performance of Cirkopolis - Cirque Éloize's latest production that runs April 11th through April 15th at Foxwoods' Fox Theater.



Cirkopolis is a bit more 'gritty' than the last two shows Cirque Éloize presented at Foxwoods (read about them HERE and HERE). In Cirkopolis, the backdrop is a factory setting with black, white and grey tones depicting a shadow-like city skyline and revolving gear shifts from within a factory setting. The colorful costumes of many of the performers come to life and stood out beautifully from the monochromatic setting.



I thought the factory and work-themed backgrounds might not be a popular theme for the family-oriented audience, but I couldn't have been more wrong. There is plenty of humor and daredevil action to keep the children entertained -- and mom and dad on the edges of their seats.



Cirkopolis bills this production as:
"...  a breathtaking blend of circus arts, theatre and dance to a highly-stylized metropolis setting where multidisciplinary artists rebel against monotony, reinvent themselves, and challenge the limits of the factory-city as only they can. Performing within an inventive stage design and accompanied by an original musical score and video projections, they live in a world where fantasy defies reality—the veil of anonymity and solitude is lifted and replaced by bursts of humour and colour. Cirkopolis transforms the classic film Metropolis into a virtuosic circus spectacle for the whole family."


Here's a few pictures from the performance.












Remember that this show is only at Foxwoods through Saturday, April 15th! Get your tickets now!

Fox Theater
Foxwoods Resort Casino

350 Trolley Line Boulevard
Mashantucket, CT 06338
https://www.foxwoods.com/CirqueEloize/
Box Office: 1-800-200-2882

Ticket Prices:
$35 VIP & $25 General Admission

Dates:
Apr 11, 2:00PM
Apr 12, 2:00PM
Apr 13, 2:00PM  & 7:00PM
Apr 14, 2:00PM  & 7:00PM
Apr 15, 8:00PM

About Cirque Éloize Cirkopolis

Since the company’s foundation in 1993, Cirque Éloize has visited over 500 cities in more than 50 countries around the world. Since its first show in September 2012, Cirkopolis, has visited 84 cities in 23 different countries. More than 325,000 people have seen this show in more than 400 representations.
Missed this show at Foxwoods?  Check HERE to see if they're coming to a town near you!

About Foxwoods Resort Casino

Foxwoods Resort Casino is the premier resort destination in the Northeast.  As the largest resort casino in North America, Foxwoods offers a vast array of gaming in seven 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.

Disclaimer: I was invited to attend this performance at Foxwoods by members of their marketing and management team, however, all opinions are my own.

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