Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Kids Week at Foxwoods Resort Casino - 2017

It's back for 2017!





That's right! One of the most family-friendly events of the year returns to Foxwoods Resort Casino during the holiday winter school break with plenty of fun activities all week!

By popular demand, Foxwoods® Resort Casino, the Northeast’s premier resort destination, will once again host Kids Week from Tuesday, December 26 through Friday, December 29. 

Foxwoods Resort Casino’s Kids Week will offer a wide range of fun activities during the winter break for children of all ages, including free blockbuster movies, a visit from the penguins from The Mystic Aquarium, face painting, Tree House Arcade specials, hands-on cookie decorating demonstrations with the CAKE by Franck pastry team and much more! 

Movies at Foxwoods

Enjoy free movie screenings of blockbusters including Despicable Me 3, Cars 3 and Wonder Woman Tuesday - Thursday in the Grand Theater. The first movie will start at 12:30 p.m. and run until 7:30 p.m. each day.  The concession stand will be open to purchase movie favorites such as popcorn, candy and beverages. 

Penguin Encounter at Foxwoods

Waddle on over to Foxwoods on Thursday, December 28 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. and get up close and personal with the penguins from Mystic Aquarium. Your holidays will surely be brighter when you meet their happy feet! 

Kiddie Game Lounge at Foxwoods

The Kiddie Game Lounge will be located in the Premier Pre-function area of Fox Tower, and will feature popular video games and board games like Checkers, Connect 4, Chutes & Ladders and many more.  

Tree House Arcade Specials at Foxwoods

Tree House Arcade is offering specials on kid-friendly gaming throughout the week.  Kids can enjoy the many Tree House games fun with $22 in tokens plus 100 tickets for just $20, or $40 in tokens with 500 tickets for $35.   

Face Painting, Whimsical Parties & Book Reading at Foxwoods

From Spider Man to a fierce tiger, kids can use their imagination with custom face painting, Whimsical Parties and book reading stations will also be located in the Premier Pre-function area from 12 p.m. to  5 p.m.  All of these fun-filled activities will be available every day. 

Cookie Decorating with CAKE by Franck at Foxwoods

Create works of art at cookie decorating demonstrations with the CAKE by Franck pastry team.  Every day during Kids Week, kids can learn a cool and entertaining skill that will last a lifetime.  Cookies, icing, hats & aprons will be provided free of charge for this hands-on activity.  Bring your camera for this can’t-miss photo opportunity.  

For more information about all of the Kids Week activities at Foxwoods Resort Casino, visit www.foxwoods.com/kids-week/ 

About Foxwoods® Resort Casino 

25 Years Proud: Since 1992, Foxwoods Resort Casino has offered guests The Wonder Of It All as 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, exclusive retailers and free-to-play online casino games at FoxwoodsONLINE.com. Foxwoods is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and was the first full-service casino built on tribal land, pioneering a nationwide movement that now includes more than 400 gaming properties owned and operated by over 200 tribes across the U.S. For more information on Foxwoods and the property’s 25th anniversary celebrations, visit foxwoods.com.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

CT Bom Bom Cocktails for the Holidays

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If you'll remember from my 2017 Greenwich Wine + Food Fest recap, we tasted the delicious Connecticut based liqueur, Bom Bom! We LOVED this brand, not just because of its local connection, but because of its rich and creamy flavors that we both enjoyed. So, when they asked if we'd like to sample some for recipe development, we jumped at the opportunity!

Bom Bom Liqueurs

This delicious rum-based mix is the brainchild of Kevin Mowers who developed the original chocolate flavors to woo his sweetheart. The result was Coco Mochanut, a decadent, creamy-good elixir with its blend of chocolate, coconut, coffee spices, and Caribbean rum. 

Their next flavor launch was Nilli Vanilli (hee-hee) a vanilla based liqueur, equally delicious and decadent, made with almond milk (so it's dairy free) and vanilla cookie flavorings.

Bom Bom is fabulous straight out of the bottle for a 'shooter' or poured over ice to "sip" - but its unique flavors also allow for a countless amount of recipes and pairings. They have loads on their website but I thought I'd come up with a few of my own in time for the holidays! (check out their recipes at http://www.drinkbombom.com/recipes-2/)

For Thanksgiving I whipped up a cordial glass or two for me and the cowboy to enjoy while we indulged in some serious turkey day shenanigans. But because he doesn't really care for pumpkin pie --- and I do - I decided to tempt him with my version of  a Bom Bom Pumpkin Pie Cordial! It worked! He declared this a winner!

Bom Bom Liqueurs Pumpkin Pie Cordial
Bom Bom Pumpkin Pie Cordial
1 part Nilli Vanilli Bom Bom, 2 parts pumpkin puree, 1 part Liqueur 43, 2 parts almond milk
Garnished with a coated rim of Pumpkin Pie Spice,  cinnamon, and brown sugar
topped with a cinnamon stick stirrer and some candied ginger

Next I decided to do a coconut flavored cocktail - simply because I thought the delicious sweet flavors of this liqueur were made to pair with the nutty sweet flavors of the coconut! And, okay, I'll fess up, because coconut looks so much like snow that it shouts out holiday goodness!

Bom Bom Liqueurs CoCo LoCo
Bom Bom CoCo LoCo
2 parts Nilli Vanilli Bom Bom, 1 part Liqueur 43, 2 parts Coconut Milk
Garnish with a shredded coconut rim

My next two recipes were to bring out some more seasonal holiday flavors - mint! I started with the Nilli Vanilli and made a delicious Peppermint Bom Bom!

Bom Bom Liqueurs Peppermint Bom Bom
Peppermint Bom Bom
2 parts Nilli Vanilli Bom Bom 1 part Liqueur 43,
1 part white creme de menthe, 
2 parts Almond Milk,
Garnish with crushed peppermint candy (I used a candy cane) and a Candy Cane Stirrer

Next, I wanted to play with the Bom Bom Coco Mochanaut and make a chocolate and mint version - so I immediately thought ... hey girl...


Bom Bom Liqueurs Mint Chocolate Chip
Mint Chocolate Chip Bom Bom
2 parts Coco Mochanut, 1 part Liqueur 43,
1 part white creme de menthe liqueur,  2 parts almond milk
Garnish the rim with mini chocolate chips and minty sugar*
*Minty sugar is made with granulated sugar, a tiny drop of peppermint extract, and green food coloring

Cocktail Hint: As you can see, I'm a girl who likes her garnishes as I think they make every cocktail extraordinary! While all the BOM BOM Cocktails would work well sans the extras, show your holiday guests that they're special by elevating your cocktails with a little 'something-something' around the rim! Because so many of the garnishes in this post were a bit heavy (not lighter in weight like plain salt or plain sugar would be) I used a clear corn syrup to coat the rim to help bind the heavier garnishes like the shredded coconut and chocolate chips.

For more on Bom Bom visit their website 
at http://www.drinkbombom.com/welcome/

For a listing of where YOU can find Bom Bom locally visit them 
at http://www.drinkbombom.com/findus/ 

Are you a merchant looking to carry Bom Bom? Fill out their form 
at http://www.drinkbombom.com/findus/

Thank you Bom Bom for letting me have some fun with your delicious liqueurs! I love them and can't wait to come up with some more combinations!

Enjoy a Bom Bom Holiday 
Shake your Bom Bom!

Remember to always drink responsibly!

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Disclaimer: I was provided with samples of  Bom Bom liqueurs by members of their marketing and management team, however, all opinions and views are my own.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Fall Visit to West Hartford's Delamar Hotel and Artisan Restaurant

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After staying a weekend at the beautiful DELAMAR in Greenwich CT I was so excited when I was included in an invite to tour the newly opened DELAMAR West Hartford and dine at the Artisan Restaurant!  Located close to West Hartford's Farmington Avenue business, shopping, and restaurant district, and at the foot of one of my favorite shopping destinations, the Blue Back Square, this hotel is a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

We loved Hartford county's newest boutique hotel with onsite amenities that includes fine dining at the Artisan Restaurant and a full-service luxury spa.

We started our visit in the lobby where we viewed the gorgeous artwork on display from the New Britain Museum of American Art. This ever changing gallery of curated art at the DELAMAR is absolutely amazing. As an added bonus guests of the hotel are invited for a complimentary visit to the museum. 

I would be remiss if I didn't mention the incredible chaise sculpture made entirely of quarters that is certainly the centerpiece of the hotel lobby.

We viewed several of the rooms, suites, and junior suites, some with balconies and beautiful views of the surrounding area.

Rooms are light-filled and roomy - perfect for the busy traveler or for a relaxing weekend getaway.

Every room included comfortable seating perfect for unwinding after a business meeting or shopping excursion.

True to boutique hotel standards, the artworks and decor, both in private rooms and public areas, is absolutely spectacular. 

The Delamar West Hartford is sure to be a destination for corporate conferences and business meetings, as well as a special event and wedding venue, offering both interior and outdoor facilities and spaces.

After our tour of the hotel we returned to the adjoining Artisan Restaurant for some cocktails and dinner.

The Artisan offers happy hour cocktail specials and has an extensive list of specialty and signature cocktails.

Seating is available in the tavern, the garden (weather permitting) and in the beautiful restaurant. The menu features local and seasonal flavors with New England-inspired cuisine with Chef Frederic Kieffer's own twist and European flair. Chef Kieffer has an on-site garden, where he grows a variety of produce used in his seasonal menus.  Artisan provides all room service and catering for banquets and special events.

We enjoyed some delicious salad - with veggies fresh out of Chef's Garden and some delicious seafood, chops, and steaks. My tuna pictured below was absolutely divine!

And for dessert I went with a creamy luscious custard with a sweet little Madeline cookie on the side! 

For my next visit to the Delamar you'll find me at the DELAMAR Spa for one of their wide array of full service treatments - offering everything from manicures and pedicures to custom treatments. There are even bridal services available.

Photo Source: The Delamar West Hartford

The newly opened DELAMAR Spa offers some of the best and newest treatments straight from Europe. DELAMAR Spa’s primary partners in skincare are Valmont, specializing in cellular skincare from Switzerland, and Biologique Recherche from France. Both companies are long time family-owned businesses where the owners are personally vested in the science, results, and the overall experience. 

Learn more about the spa's many treatments at https://delamar.com/west-hartford/spa/treatments/

If you are looking for a place for your next conference or special event, be sure you view the DELAMAR Hotel! It's located 20 minutes from Hartford's Bradley International Airport, and less than two hours from both Boston and New York City.

Visit the Delamar West Hartford and Artisan Restaurant soon!

Delamar Hotel and Spa

1 Memorial Road
West Hartford, CT 06107
(860) 937-2500

Artisan Restaurant

27 LaSalle Road
West Hartford, CT 06107
(860) 726-4090

Disclaimer: We were invited to the Delamar Hotel and Artisan Restaurant by members of the hotel's management and marketing team, however all views expressed are our own. Portions of this review were sponsored.

© Home Place 2017

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Winter Events at the Wall Street Theater - South Norwalk CT

The Wall Street Theater in South Norwalk CT

There are so many great events and shows coming to the Wall Street Theater in South Norwalk CT!

First off, I must tell you about Broadway and television star Telly Leung’s upcoming appearance on Monday, December 11th at the historic theater in the SoNo section. 

Following his performance in Norwalk, Telly will sing on the national ABC-TV special “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration” on Christmas Day, December 25 opposite Julianne Hough, Nick Lachey, Lea Michele, Jason Derulo, Darius Rucker and more.  Allegiance — the Broadway musical in which he starred opposite George Takei and Lea Salonga — will be broadcast in cinemas around the country by Fathom Events for a third showing on December 7, to honor Pearl Harbor Day. 

Telly Leung who recently  named one of the Out 100 and “Faces To Watch” by The Los Angeles Times — made his Broadway debut in the 2002 revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song opposite Lea Salonga, followed by the Roundabout Theater Company revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Pacific Overtures. Telly starred in the final Broadway cast of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent, which was filmed for DVD release. In the 2011 revival of Godspell, his version of “All Good Gifts” was praised as “magnificent” by New York Magazine, “superb” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, and “a standout” by Bloomberg News.

On Fox TV’s ”Glee,” Leung was featured as a member of the Dalton Academy Warblers opposite Darren Criss. When he recreated his portrayal of “Angel” in Rent at the Hollywood Bowl – directed by Neil Patrick Harris – he was called “vibrant” by the Los Angeles Times, “stunning” by the Orange County Register and praised for his “sweet, clear tenor” by Variety. Telly also originated the role of Boq in the Chicago production of the smash hit Wicked and has performed in concert and shows at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Hippodrome in London, Birdland Jazz Club and 54 Below in New York, Paper Mill Playhouse, Philadelphia Theater Company, Ford’s Theater, and more. For more information, please visit www.TellyLeung.com.

Saturday, December 2 at 12:00pm and 6:00pm

The Wall Street Theater is proud to partner with the Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet to offer this holiday classic, featuring dancers from the dance school accompanied by the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra (6:00pm performance only).  Held in conjunction with the performance, a separately ticketed event to support the non-profit youth dance organization will offer admittance to an after-party and exclusive silent auction.

Saturday, December 9 at 8:00pm

Norwalk musician Jen Durkin returns to the Wall Street Theater after making her debut with Deep Banana Blackout at this location (then known as The Globe Theater) more than 20 years ago.   This evening will feature original music from Durkin, as well as familiar tributes to musical legends such as the Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.

Friday, December 22 at 8:00pm

Norwalk Comedy’s monthly comedy show (performers TBA)

Saturday, February 10 at 6:00pm

The Delfonics – an R&B/Soul vocal group made famous in the late 60s/early 70s for such hits as “La La Means I Love You” and “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind” return to the stage for a one-night only performance with original member (and Norwalk native) Major Harris, partnered with recent addition Gary Stevens. 

2018 events at the Wall Street Theater:

January (Dates and Times TBA)

  • Fitness Dance Party with Billy Blanks, Jr.
  • Karaoke Competition

Monday, February 19 (Time TBA)

  • Reggae musician and former singer of Tom Tom Club Mystic Bowie will be returning to The Wall Street Theater for his “Talking Dreads Birthday Party,” featuring a special guest performer from the 90s.

Saturday, March 31 (Time TBA)

  • Broadway star and film actress Sharon Catherine Brown, who played Effie in the Broadway and touring productions of “Dreamgirls,” will be performing classic Broadway favorites.

Tickets for event at the Wall Street Theater may be purchased online, or by calling the box office at 877-987-6487.

About the Wall Street Theater

The Wall Street Theater is the first, next-generation performance space in Connecticut showcasing professional music, comedic, dance and stage performances from nationally-recognized names as well as local organizations.  The 700-seat theater, located at 71 Wall Street in the SoNo section of Norwalk, Connecticut, underwent a $10 million-dollar to restore this national historic landmark to its original glory from the early 1900s.  Originally known as The Regent when the location opened in 1915 featuring Vaudeville performances, the theater was also known as The Norwalk and The Roxy (during this time period, the theater was outfitted as a movie theater showing such blockbusters as “Jaws” and “Blues Brothers”).  During its tenure as The Globe in the 90s, the stage featured many up-and-coming performers on tour such as Beastie Boys, Lil’ Kim, Psychedelic Furs, Mighty Might Bosstones, Poison and the Allman Brothers, until it shuttered in the late 90s.  71 Wall Street remained dark until it reopened as The Wall Street Theater in the summer of 2017.

Under the direction of president Suzanne Cahil, artistic director Billy Blanks, Jr., concert director Gene Morell and an advisory board, the theater is planning on offering arts education for families, mentoring programs for youth in the arts, summer camp programming, and offering its space for private rentals, parties and events.

For more information, visit www.wallstreettheater.com.  The theater can also be found on Facebook (@WallStreetTheater) and Instagram (@WallStreetTheater).

The Wall Street Theater

71 Wall Street
South Norwalk, CT 06850


Foxwoods Resort Casino - Family Friendly for the Holidays

Visit Foxwoods Resort Casino for a Family Friendly Holiday Experience

There's so much going on at Foxwoods Resort Casino for the Holiday Season! Recently they hosted a visit by the adorable Lindsay Stirling for her Warmer in Winter Christmas Tour, and in the last few weeks they have headlined such top entertainment as 98 Degrees which featured new singles from their NEW Christmas album, and Celtic Thunder: Symphony Tour the music and dance troupe that features authentic Irish instruments, dramatic lighting and amazing choreography.

Tonight, Saturday, December 3rd,  is the incredible Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Show which is the sound of the Holidays personified.

And in the weeks to come there will be visits by Santa Claus, the Mystic Aquarium's Penguins, and a visit from all of Santa's Reindeer!

For more info on Foxwoods for the Holidays see below! 

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis

WHEN: December 3, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Grand Theater
GRAMMY Award winner Chip Davis directs and co-produces the Mannheim Steamroller show, featuring holiday classics and dazzling multimedia effects bringing the spirit of the season to life. The Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour remains a holiday tradition for many families with repeat attendance from multi-generational guests and is one of the longest running tours in the music industry. Tickets are $50, $60 and $75.
Tickets for all shows may be purchased online at www.foxwoods.com, or by calling the Foxwoods Box Office at 800-200-2882 or Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available on site at any Foxwoods Box Office. For more information on holiday happenings at Foxwoods visit www.foxwoods.com/holidays/ 

The following are free and open to the public!

Visits from Santa 

WHEN: December 2-3, 9-10, 15-17, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Celebration Zone
Here comes Santa Claus! This December, Santa will be at the Celebration Zone to take photos and hand out candy canes and blinky pins. Stop by in the afternoon from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. to share a cup of hot cocoa with jolly old Saint Nick himself!

Penguin Encounter 

WHEN: December 9, 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Grand Lawn and Terrace located across from Premier Ballroom
Waddle on over to Foxwoods on Saturday, December 9 and get up close and personal with the penguins from Mystic Aquarium. Your holidays will surely be brighter when you meet their happy feet!

Reindeer Feeding 

WHEN: December 16, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., December 17, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Grand Lawn and Terrace
Join in on the reindeer games at Foxwoods when real live reindeers fly in straight from Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole for feeding sessions and great family photos.

About Foxwoods Resort Casino 

25 Years Proud: Since 1992, Foxwoods Resort Casino has offered guests The Wonder Of It All as 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, exclusive retailers and free-to-play online casino games at FoxwoodsONLINE.com. Foxwoods is owned and operated by the

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and was the first full-service casino built on tribal land, pioneering a nationwide movement that now includes more than 400 gaming properties owned and operated by over 200 tribes across the U.S. For more information on Foxwoods and the property’s 25th anniversary celebrations, visit foxwoods.com

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