Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Liv’s Oyster Bar in Old Saybrook CT

Liv's Oyster Bar Summer Menu

Liv’s Oyster Bar, located on Main Street in Old Saybrook Connecticut, has launched their 2018 Summer food, cocktail and dessert menu.  

The selection of the new options includes:

  • Appetizers and Entrees  

Goat Cheese Stuffed Tempura Squash Blossoms ($14.95), Summer Panzanella Salad ($13.95), Fried Calamari Salad ($13.95), Summer Seafood Roast ($32.95), Sea Scallops ($30.95), Pan Roasted Chicken Thighs ($25.95) and Pan Seared Sea Bass ($30.95).

Photo Source: @LivsOysterBar on Instagram

  • Fresh New Cocktails ($13):  

How do these sweet libations sound?? Try a Watermelon Margarita, Pineapple Mojito, R.A.F. or a Drink 'em bot' Up
Photo source: @LivsOysterBar on Instagram

  • Desserts:  

Key Lime Cheesecake with raspberry sauce and vanilla bean whipped cream ($9); Chocolate Tart with milk chocolate ganache, pistachio crème anglaise and pistachio 10 “Horchata” Whipped Cream ($10)

In addition, the restaurant will be continuing their “Buck a Shuck” Happy Hour for the entirety of the summer, offering a daily “Happy Hour Oyster” from 4:00pm-5:30pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (the restaurant is closed on Tuesdays).

Photo Source: @LivsOysterBar on Instagram

Liv’s Oyster Bar opened in 2006 out of Executive Chef/Owner John Brescio’s desire to welcome the community to his family’s table, savoring time with friends and family on the shore during summer and beyond.  The menu changes with the seasons, delivering simple, focused dishes with an emphasis on local ingredients, and the stunning seafood, our area provides.  

The restaurant is open six days a week for dinner, in the heart of Old Saybrook at 166 Main Street.  

For more information, visit http://www.livsoysterbar.com/.  The restaurant can also be found on Twitter (@LivsOysterBar), Facebook (Liv’s Oyster Bar) and Instagram (livsoysterbar). 

Liv's Oyster Bar

166 Main Street
Old Saybrook, Connecticut 06475

(860) 395-5577

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Recap: Mohegan Sun Tequila Tasting 2018

Social Media Promotion: Portions Sponsored

The 2nd Annual Mohegan Sun Tequila Tasting

Last weekend, on Friday, July 20th, we traveled up I-95N to visit Mohegan Sun for their Second Annual Sun Tequila Tasting

If you love the smoky elixir of the blue agave plant as much as I do, then put this event on your "must do" list for next year! 

Photo Courtesy Mohegan Sun
Photo Booth

Here's a little history on the background of Tequila. Did you know it was one of North America's first indigenous distilled spirits? Tequila was first produced in the 16th century near the location of the city of Tequila, however, the city itself was not officially established until 1666. This fermented beverage from the agave plant was consumed in pre-Columbian central Mexico before European contact. When the Spanish conquistadors ran out of their own brandy, they began to distill agave to produce what we now know as Tequila. (Information Source: Wikipedia,  2018,  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tequila)

And since July 24th was National Tequila Day, Mohegan Sun's Tequila Tasting 2018 was a great preface to start our own Tequila celebrations!

We decided to spend the night on site, because, well, T.E.Q.U.I.L.A! We were lucky enough to score a room with an amazing view of the beautiful rolling hills of southeast Connecticut. 

Large comfortable rooms
with all the amenities of home 

- and more!
Mohegan Sun Hotel Rooms

Mohegan Sun Room Views
Views for miles!

And now on to the Tequila Tasting and some Mohegan Sun Hot Summer Fun!

I simply could not believe the variety of premium flavors and tastes that were included at this event. Food and drink were included with the admission fees! And I loved the new location in the Expo Center over in the Earth Tower. Although it's a bit removed from some of the gaming areas, it's definitely an easy walk, and on the way there we stopped outside and enjoyed a beautiful sunny patio.

Here are some of the sights sounds and flavors we spotted on our way around the expo center for the Sun Tequila Tasting!

Ayate Tequila

Mexican Street Corn

Casa Pacific Tequila

Tequila Corralejo

Don Julio Tequila

Espolon Tequila

Street Tacos

Herradura Tequila

The Hills Food Service

Ilegal Mezcal Tequila

Karma Tequila

Paella at Mohegan Sun Tequila Tasting

Papalote Mezcal Tequila

Tequila Partida

Reserva De La Familia Tequila

Ripe Bar Juice
For the PERFECT Margarita
and other cocktails!

Clase Azul Reposado Tequila

And look who showed up - a couple of New York and New Jersey Housewives to help get the weekend started!

Photo Source: @DorindaMedley on Instagram
L: Danielle Staub (Housewives of New Jersey)
R: Dorinda Medley (Housewives of New York)

There was SO MUCH to eat and drink --- and lots of water for in-between and palate cleansings.  Food was placed strategically throughout the expo center so it made for some easy food and drink pairings. What a perfect combination of food, fun and spirits!

Mohegan Sun sure knows how to throw a tequila tasting! Be sure you're there next year!

To learn more about Mohegan Sun, please visit them at https://mohegansun.com

Mohegan Sun

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

Hotel Reservations: 1.888.777.7922



Owned by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, 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, two world-class spas, a golf course, over 90 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 find them on Snapchat at username MoheganSun.

Disclosure: Portions of this visit were sponsored by Mohegan Sun's management and marketing team, however, all views are our own.

© Home Place 2018

Monday, July 2, 2018

Greenwich Wine and Food Festival 2018 Headliners

The 8th Annual Greenwich Wine+Food Festival!

Greenwich Wine + Food Festival, located at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, CT, is a multi-day event celebrating the area’s rich culinary landscape and showcasing innovation in the food and beverage industries. Year-to-year, it will benefits multiple charitable organizations, including Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, Greenwich Parks & Recreation Fund, and more. 

The Greenwich Wine + Food Festival presented by PepsiCo will welcome returning chefs Adam Richman and Mary Giuliani, who will join previously announced chefs Scott Conant and Alex Guarnaschelli.  

The 2018 event takes place September 21-22 at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich.

In addition to Celebrity Chefs and the Grand Tasting and multiple competitions, each year the festival features amazing entertainment, such as 2017's Train, 2016's Ziggy Marley, 2015's Little Big Town...

and this year the festival headliner features

Tim McGraw!

The lineup of celebrity chefs continues to grow. Festival favorite Adam Richman, beloved for his Travel Channel series “Man v. Food,” will return to lead a culinary demonstration, mingle with guests at a book signing and host the ever-popular Burger Battle. He’ll be joined by celebrity caterer and author Mary Giuliani, executive chef and author Kevin Des Chenes, and celebrated chef and educator Lindsay Perkins.

Here's a list of the celebrity chefs to date!

 Daniel Boulud
Alex Guarnashelli
Adam Richman
Scott Conant
Mary Giulani
Kevin Des Chenes
Lindsay Perkins
Brian Reilly
Luke Veneer
Bill Taibe
Matt Storch
Robin Selden
Debra Ponzek
Stephen Lewandowski
Geoff Lazlo
Rui Correia
Franco Arturo Camacho
Mogan Anthony
Stavros Karipides
Carlos Baez
Mike Pietrafeso
Steve Maronian
Lisa Maronian
Ian Vest
Brad Spence
Jes Benston
Nick Martshenko
Samantha Benjamin

Suni Unger, “We are thrilled to announce this strong lineup of award-winning chefs. Their passion for their craft shows in everything they do at the festival, from culinary demonstrations to interacting with foodie guests,” added Unger. 

The 2018 Most Innovative Chefs, who will be announced in the coming weeks, and the Festival Ambassador Chefs, who have lent not only their culinary talent but also their enthusiasm for food to the Festival over the years, will provide their gourmet cuisine at the Opening Night Master Chef Wine Dinner, which will honor Alex Guarnaschelli for her innovation and substantial contributions to the culinary world, and welcome Scott Conant and Richman as special guests. Ambassador Chefs will also prepare an exceptional dinner for VIP ticket holders on Saturday.

 This year’s Ambassador Chefs include:

•Mogan Anthony (Village Social) (Friday)
•Jes Bengtson (Terrain Cafe) (Saturday)
•Carlos Baez (The Spread / El Segundo) (Saturday)
•Arturo Franco Camacho (Shell & Bones Oyster Bar / Geronimo Tequila Bar & Southwest Grill) (Saturday)
•Rui Correia (Douro) (Friday)
•Stavros Karipides (Famous Greek Kitchen) (Saturday)
•Geoff Lazlo (Geoff Lazlo Catering) (Saturday)
•Stephen Lewandowski (Harlan Social / Harlan Publick) (Saturday)
•Lisa & Steve Maronian (Sweet Lisa's Exquisite Cakes) (Friday)
•Nick Martschenko (South End / South End Uncorked) (Friday)
•Mike Pietrafeso (Ada's Kitchen & Coffee / Roost) (Saturday)
•Debra Ponzek (Aux Delices) (Friday)
•Brian Reilly (Mecha Noodle Bar) (Saturday)
•Robin Selden (Marcia Selden Catering) (Friday)
•Brad Spence (Amis Trattoria) (Saturday)
•Matt Storch (Match / Match Burger Lobster / nom-eez) (Friday)
•Bill Taibe (The Whelk / Kawa Ni / Jesup Hall) (Saturday)
•Luke Venner (Elm) (Friday)
•Ian Vest (Back 40 Kitchen / Mill Street Bar and Table) (Friday)

Tickets for the Festival  are available at www.greenwichwineandfood.com or by calling 203.588.1363.

Also available are tickets to the Opening Night Master Chef Wine Dinner, Saturday All Day Pass-(General & VIP). 

The festival weekend will be held rain or shine, and anyone under 21, including infants or strollers, will not be admitted. Animals are also not permitted.


Greenwich Wine + Food celebrates community, charity, food, beverage and more in the Connecticut and New York area with multiple events throughout the year, including theGreenwich Wine + Food Festival presented by PepsiCo, the Serendipity Golf Classic presented by Pure Leaf Iced Tea, and the Serendipity Fun Run presented by Aquafina. The 2018 beneficiaries include the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and the Town of Greenwich Parks & Recreation Foundation and Ment’or. Greenwich Wine + Food is a part of Unger Media. 

For more information, visit www.greenwichwineandfood.com.


The Greenwich 2018 Wine + Food Festival presented by PepsiCo is a multi-day event celebrating the area’s rich culinary landscape and showcasing innovation in the food and beverage industries. It will benefit multiple charitable organizations including the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, the Town of Greenwich Parks & Recreation Foundation and Ment’or. Sponsors to date include 90+ Cellars, Alfa Romeo, Budweiser, Coldwell Banker, Don Julio, Empire City Casino, Filippo Berio, Hospital For Special Surgery, Hotel Zero Degrees, Ketel One, Kim Crawford, Lifewtr, Meiomi, NuKitchens, Pepsi Zero, PepsiCo, Pure Leaf Iced Tea, Rudy’s Limousine Service, Ruffino, Serendipity, Stamford Marriott, Stella Artois, Unger Media, Westy Self Storage and Whole Foods.*  For more information, visit www.greenwichwineandfood.com.

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