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New Farm stand on Rte 7 in New Milford

Ooooh, sounds interesting. Hope they're open tomorrow when we drive up that way! Thanks for the info.

Musings on the relatively low activity on Southern New England Board

I bet you're talking about Larson's. They are (or were?) close to the flea market and on the other side of 7. I haven't seen any activity there yet this season, so I'm not sure what's up with that. They used to do a corn maze and sell corn (and other good stuff - amazing tomatoes!) on the corner of Federal Road (202) and Route 133 in Brookfield, and then they moved north. I just called the number that's listed on their website -- which hasn't been updated since 2012, apparently -- and got a "the number has been disconnected" recording. :-( I wonder if they're gone for good. If so, that makes me sad.

Thanks for the fish stand/truck/store info!

CT Arethusa and Community Table report

I agree Ferris Acres and Rich Farms are great creameries - and I have yet to try Arethusa, but definitely want to. However, I must recommend Il Bacio in Danbury as some of the very best "local" ice cream. It's my fave in the area. Some standout flavors: Cardiac Arrest, Nutty Banana, Peanut Butter Fudge Oreo Cheesecake, Chocolate Lace. I realize not everybody loves a bunch of "stuff" in their ice cream, but I happen to love it - the more crunchy, chunky, texture-y stuff, the better! Word to the wise, Il Bacio is CASH ONLY.

Musings on the relatively low activity on Southern New England Board

Couldn't agree with you more. It's always puzzled me why there isn't a CH app. Yelp has one. UrbanSpoon has one. TripAdvisor has one. CH needs one!!

Musings on the relatively low activity on Southern New England Board

I wondered what happened to the fish truck... hadn't seen it in a while! And which was your favorite farm on Rte 7? Just curious!

Musings on the relatively low activity on Southern New England Board

I, too, have noticed the decline in posts/discussions here and I suspect it's partially due to the overly broad geographic coverage. I only care about RI and Mass when I'm taking a road trip (found some great recs for Providence when we went to Waterfire a couple summers ago, for example, and some equally helpful suggestions when we took a trip up to Williamstown/Mass MoCA a few Novembers back.) But on the whole, I'm more interested in discussing/discovering places closer to home, and for that, unfortunately, I find better info on the New York boards, since there's not a lot of local (Danbury/Northern Fairfield/Lower Litchfield) chatter here. I feel like a "tri-state" board would maybe work better for me... and probably others... but that doesn't necessarily mean that it should be reinstated. I tend not to get my knickers in a twist over web site/board changes. But I realize (and understand why) most people don't care much for change and react negatively to it.

But yeah, I also wonder what we can do to make this a more interesting and helpful board... I know I appreciate all the good info and tips I find here and try to reciprocate when I have something helpful to contribute. Although, I must admit that I have occasionally sensed an undercurrent of hostility/snobbery from other posters (this is a general CH observation, not exclusive to THIS board), particularly when they disagree with someone else's opinions, which -- at least for me -- is a pretty big turnoff that makes me want to take my toys elsewhere to talk about food. I've watched certain posters assert that other posters' opinions about places and dishes are WRONG, which I find kind of silly, since everyone's tastes are different and opinions are not facts, no matter how insistent someone is that they are. ;-)

Danbury down-scale dining

Pancho's Tacos, Mysore (Indian buffet on weekends), Sandy Hook Diner, Pho Vietnam, Edo II (the Korean menu/the Japanese and sushi are just ok), Clamps (roadside burger stand up in New Milford) and Il Bacio (fantastic handmade ice cream) are among my favorite places that I would consider "low-key" and delicious.

Weight Watcher's Foodies -- The H H H Edition! July 2014 [OLD]

We've been doing a LOT of caesar salads lately with a reduced fat yogurt-based dressing (very, very little, just enough to coat the lettuce!) and either grilled chicken or grilled shrimp and some shredded parm, hold the croutons. I also am eating a lot more fruit now.

Just back from an extended weekend back to the midwest for my high school reunion. I fully expected to see a decent gain this week because of it, but I was pretty sick (bad head cold) for most of the time, so I didn't really eat all that much, and I certainly drank a lot less wine than I'd originally planned to, so I'm actually down a bit, which is cool by me. I'm still off work the rest of the week, and plan to enjoy a few holiday weekend indulgences, but will go back to Simple Start next week.

Jul 02, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- The H H H Edition! July 2014 [OLD]

Oooooh, this looks yummy! I'm going to make it after my next farmers market trip! :-) Thanks!

Jul 02, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- June is Busting Out All Over! June 2014 Edition [OLD]

A loss is a loss. And there are other things to celebrate, like finding yummy on-plan meals and recipes, etc.! Don't be so hard on yourself. Averaging 1.5 lbs a week is terrific. It all adds up and we have to focus on the good stuff not the "woulda shoulda coulda" things. You know? It's a journey. We didn't gain our extra weight overnight, and we're not going to lose it that fast, either! Keep on keepin' on. And don't give up if you have a bad day or a bad week!!

Weight Watcher's Foodies -- June is Busting Out All Over! June 2014 Edition [OLD]

Wow, THIS LOOKS AMAZING! And it sounds delicious, too. I wish my SO would eat salmon. I hate cooking it JUST for me! :-/

Sounds like you're doing great! Keep up the amazing progress! Yay!

Jun 19, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

Yayyyyy! And that sounds like the perfect pace to me! Go have a great vacation. Enjoy the fish and chips. I could skip the Guinness, myself, but if you love it, have it and revel in it. Even if you go up a tiny bit (maybe you won't, if you do a lot of sight-seeing by foot!), it'll have been worth it. At least that's how I look at enjoying special occasion food or specific dishes or desserts that I particularly love. But if I'm out at a party or restaurant and take a bite of something I don't love, I don't finish it. Not worth the points to me... And I am super careful before and after - mostly steamed veggies or some fruit or other low-point foods so I'm sure to have extras for splurging. Not that I'm actually counting and tracking any more, but I guess I really have learned how "normal" people eat... FINALLY.

May 24, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

What this boils down to for me: My grandmother was right. Pasta truly IS fattening. Whoa.

Thanks for the article. Very interesting! I also just read this blog post/article, which is also somewhat fascinating, but I'll wait until they see how female hormones affect the results before I try it (plus, my hips would not let me walk that long anyway)!

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05...

May 22, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

You said it. Balance. Every day we have choices to make... not just about what we eat and drink, either. There are some foods that, to me, really ARE worth the extra points/calories/fat grams, and plenty that aren't. Like the potato chips fried in lard I recently discovered and can't undiscover now. But I don't have to buy them, and I certainly don't have to eat them. But I want to. So, I'll allow myself a splurge now and then, but not as often as I'd like. As my leader says: You can certainly continue to enjoy your favorite foods, but it's going to have to either be less of it, less often, or a less caloric version of it. That works for me.

May 22, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

Yup. I agree.

Keep your eye on the "PRIZE." I find that reminding myself WHY I wanted to lose the weight helped me stay motivated and make better choices. Not perfect all the time, but better.

And now that I've lost the weight and bought an entire new wardrobe in a previously unfathomable single digit size (and GAVE AWAY the fat clothes), I kind of have no choice but to be disciplined enough to keep fitting into the smaller stuff. Because I look way better IN clothes than out of 'em, and it's far more acceptable to come to work dressed than undressed! I've been lax the last couple of weeks (too many Burger King Satisfries than necessary, LOL!), so I'm up a couple of pounds and my mind is already made up to fix that. It's going to be tough to stay focused over a holiday long weekend, but I'm determined.

May 22, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

I had to hunt for them. But I just realized that the ones my Costco carries, or at least the ones I purchased (Don Lee Farms is the brand name) are NOT the same as the ones originally recommended (Veggie Patch spinach chickpea patties)! LOL! I feel like an idiot for not catching that until now... and I apologize for my error! I still like them, but I should also point out that these are 4 PP each, not 3 like the Veggie Patch Spinach and Chickpea ones, which I'm still going to try to find and try.

The Don Lee patties are only good in the fridge for a few days, but can be frozen.

May 22, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

Hey, thanks for the tip on the Costco veggie patties. I had never noticed them before, but I picked up a container last weekend and I've already eaten three of them (not in one sitting! LOL!). They're tasty. I'm going to try heating one in a skillet instead of a microwave next time, just out of curiosity, because they are a little soggy-ish out of the microwave. But they have a good flavor nonetheless!

May 14, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

He is showing you who he really is and even though it doesn't feel like it now, he's actually giving you a gift. It took me many years of anger and bitterness toward my ex-husband, who dropped the D-word on me out of (I thought then) the clear blue sky, before I realized he was really giving me the gift of a MUCH better life without him dragging me down. I did not see it at the time, but in hindsight, it's all so crystal clear! :-)

You will get through this ordeal, and come out the better for it. Feel those feelings, as opposed to eating (or worse) to suppress/numb them, because that's really the only way to get past them.

Great news about the gym. You can go there and channel your anger into burning fat and calories! :-)

Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

Pretty much! But usually a quick blast of hot water from the kitchen faucet takes care of it.

May 09, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

Sounds like a good plan to me! You can do it!! Enjoy!

And congrats on the loss, too! :-)

May 08, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

Oh, gosh! My heart aches for you. What a difficult time you're going through... I frequently find myself in "do I stay or do I go" loops in my own relationship of more than 7 years. Lately, though, it's been good, so I'm staying. Actually, it's MY house, so I'm staying regardless! But I don't think I could actually go through with kicking him out, even if I got to that point that I wanted to! I don't have the heart... and things are good now. But enough about ME.

Sending you good, healing, self-care vibes for all of it, especially the health stuff you're dealing with. Definitely don't eat your feelings! Or if you MUST, eat vegetables. If I feel like a "need" a binge (really, though, who NEEDS a binge? LOL!), I binge on kimchi or mango or pickles. Something low-fat and flavorful.

Hang in there and take good care of YOU.

May 08, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

Oooh, those patties sound tasty. I'm putting them on my Costco list! :-)

Speaking of Costco, I buy the container of pre-cut mango there and often eat (a lot) of that for breakfast.

I've also been doing ham and cheese "sandwiches" for breakfast - I buy Russer light ham or whatever lower-fat/lower sodium ham the grocery deli has and put that with some Alpine Lace swiss or another reduced-fat cheese (the Laughing Cow wedges work, too, but I'm kind of burned out on those) on a Flatout FoldIt flat bread, lightly toasted. I looooove the Rosemary and Olive Oil flavor of those.

May 08, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

Lasagna? <perk> Must go find this in my local grocery! Sounds good. I'm a fan of Morningstar Farms veggie burgers and faux sausage. I also love Boca Burgers, but pretty much stick with the All American Flame Grilled version of those.

May 08, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

Ooooh, this is good info. I never really knew how much I was spraying and just kind of guesstimated. Thanks for this! (I have a Misto that I pump myself... when it's not gunked up and not working, that is!)

May 08, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

I haven't yet had a chance to read through the thread, but wanted to pop in and say hi. It looks like we may be losing our WW@Work meeting, which makes me uber sad. If that's the case, I may or may not go to meetings at a local WW center, which I'm dreading.

I weighed in this week (at what could be our last in-office meeting... sniffle...) and am about a half pound under goal, so still maintaining and still Lifetime. I was up more than four pounds over goal a couple of weeks ago because I'd been slacking on the tracking and overindulging in treats, sweets and WINE. So I reigned myself in, tracked and was careful for a couple of weeks and it's all good. I think I've finally got the hang of this maintenance thing!

I hope everyone is doing well... but I'll read on and find out.

May 08, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- No Fooling, It's the April Edition!

If you have access to Trader Joe's and aren't one of the people who think cilantro tastes like soap or worse, then I recommend the Reduced Fat Cilantro Dressing. I love it. I use it on other things besides salad - it's delish on salmon.

Apr 16, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- No Fooling, It's the April Edition!

Yum. I may just try this one! Looks great. I googled for copycat Chipotle recipes yesterday - made the chicken, cilantro-lime rice, the fajita veggies and black beans. It was delicious and very true to the originals! (Didn't calculate points or track, though! Whoopsie!)

Apr 14, 2014
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- No Fooling, It's the April Edition!

Oooh, great blog post. Thanks for sharing it! :-)

Apr 14, 2014
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Restaurants not having websites only Facebook

True. I'd rather know I don't want to eat there ahead of time, than get there and be unpleasantly surprised. It's good they communicated that, but it certainly ruled me out as a potential customer. As I said, I'm sure others are just fine with the rules and will happily comply with them and dine there.

Mar 28, 2014
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Restaurants not having websites only Facebook

As long as there's a menu I can see, I'm ok with a Facebook page.

Mar 22, 2014
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