From The Hour: Lunch in Essex

August 31, 2015  |  Norwalk Hour  |  No Comments

My wife was trying to get my attention, but my head was swiveling around, taking in the ship paintings, nautical artifacts and Americana lining the walls and ceiling. Prints of river steamers, ship portraits by Antonio Jacobsen, ship models, quarter-boards, steamer timetables and memorial quilts - all the real thing...

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From The Hour: Visiting Lobster Land

August 24, 2015  |  Norwalk Hour  |  No Comments
From The Hour: Visiting Lobster Land

Mabou Harbor, Cape Breton Island

Lobsters are an essential part of my summer. It’s incomplete unless I wrestle with a whole lobster on the dock at SoNo Seaport. I also like to grab some ready-made lobster rolls at Stews. Lobster ravioli, lobster linguine, lobster mac and cheese, and other chef-created lobster dishes, tempt me on...

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From The Hour: A Spoonful of Bubbles

August 21, 2015  |  Norwalk Hour  |  No Comments
From The Hour: A Spoonful of Bubbles

A spoon was sticking out of the open sparkling wine bottle - handle down the neck, bowl resting on the rim. I tried to imagine a random act that would end this way - an open bottle in the refrigerator door and a spoon accidentally flipped with such random accuracy...

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From The Hour: Lunch in Litchfield

August 9, 2015  |  Norwalk Hour  |  No Comments
From The Hour: Lunch in Litchfield

It was a perfect day for a drive: a clear blue sky with the occasional puffy white cloud and, most remarkably, traffic moving at the speed limit. Litchfield for lunch was our destination. Along the way we planned to stop at the famous White Flower Farm garden nursery. We also...

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From The Hour – Down to The Sea for Dinner

August 3, 2015  |  Norwalk Hour  |  No Comments
From The Hour - Down to The Sea for Dinner

Water on three sides at Harbor Lights in Norwalk

What is it about summer that instinctively sends us to the shore for a meal? A gentle salt-tinged breeze, the diamond sparkle of the sun on the water, boats bobbing at their moorings, gulls wheeling overhead - all this whets the appetite, encourages our thirst, and makes everything taste better. Casual,...

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Hard Cider Update – At Last, Time to Taste

August 3, 2015  |  Making Hard Cider  |  1 Comment
Hard Cider Update - At Last, Time to Taste

At last, the time has come to taste the hard cider that has been fermenting and aging since last November. You may recall half was bottled with a light sparkle and half was bottled still, with only its natural flavor and some added sweetness. The sparkling has a light tongue-tingling spritz...

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From The Hour: Our Favorite Red Wines

July 20, 2015  |  Norwalk Hour  |  No Comments
From The Hour: Our Favorite Red Wines

Beef Bourguignon was on our menu (Ina Garten’s recipe) to celebrate Bastille Day. But the real purpose of the dinner was to compare, contrast and discuss two red wines: a Napa Valley Cabernet and a Sonoma Pinot Noir. Joining us was a confirmed Francophile and a couple who consider red...

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From The Hour: Another Independence Day

July 14, 2015  |  Norwalk Hour  |  No Comments
From The Hour: Another Independence Day

Bistro V in Greenwih

  Bastille Day, celebrated this past Tuesday, is the French equivalent of our Fourth of July. The occasion commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution - against an oppressive and decadent monarchy - with the storming of the Bastille fortress on July 14, 1789. The national holiday is famous for a...

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More favorites from the Fancy Food Show

July 8, 2015  |  Norwalk Hour  |  No Comments
More favorites from the Fancy Food Show

Drinks are a growing category at the show. This year sophisticated soft drinks caught our eye. Effervé has a line of authentically flavored and artistically colored fruit soft drinks made in France. Refreshing flavors like Lemonade, Pomegranate-Blueberry, Blood Orange, Green Apple and Pear are available locally at Homegoods and TJ...

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