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Wine Shop in the Midcape Area With Good Inventory After Labor Day

We're headed to Chatham in September and we're debating whether to bring our own wine or chance it with wine shops on the Cape.

In the past, the shops we've tried seemed picked over by Labor Day. I imagine the small shops try to unload as much as they can before the offseason hits and don't order much new inventory until spring.

Can anyone recommend a few reliable shops fall buying? Or should we add wine to our packing list?

Jul 25, 2014
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Traditional Quebec recipes

My French-Canadian relatives make a dish called pot-hellion out of wild game. It's basically a braise of moose, venison or what have you with some salt pork, onion, beans/peas/lentils and molasses/maple syrup.

Jul 25, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition!

My husband got me the five-volume Modernist Cooking set by Nathan Myhrvold. What a beautiful and amazing collection! I read the first volume and have a whole new appreciation and perspective on food safety, farming and other basics.

I don't know if I will ever COOK anything from this, though.

Jul 18, 2014
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What favorite food is such a labor of love, time, technique or even money that rarely make it but when you do…

I buy the frozen stuff. Is there that much of a difference? It's only a tablespoon.

Jul 18, 2014
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birthday party veue

Coromandel in Stamford is excellent - a bit upscale, very fresh and a big menu.

Jul 18, 2014
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Ideas for place to go for a week with kosher restaurants around, PLEASE!

I never said New Haven offered fine kosher dining! But you could get by nicely for a few days with what's on offer.

I think the area is a nice option - rent a beach house in New Haven or a suburb to get some outdoors time, get groceries in New Haven and enjoy a few simple meals out.

It's certainly an hour from the city. And there's lots to do on a rainy day.

Jul 17, 2014
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Ideas for place to go for a week with kosher restaurants around, PLEASE!

There are a few kosher places in New Haven Conn.:

* Claire's Cornercopia in downtown New Haven is kosher vegetarian
* There's a deli called Westville Kosher Market on the western side of town.
* Edge of the Woods market on Whalley Avenue in New Haven has a kosher bakery and hot food buffet (also vegetarian).
* The regular supermarkets and liquor stores carry a large selection of kosher items.

None of these places is a full-service kosher restaurant with liquor licenses and waiter service. But the food is very good.

New Haven itself is a small city with theater, art museums and galleries,music etc. There are lots of pretty beaches around - Hammonasset in nearby Madison is a beautiful state park.

Jul 17, 2014
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Fish Market on the Cape

The fishing pier at the Chatham fishermen's coop is very good.

Jul 16, 2014
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looking for a fun dinner for approx 50 business managers

The Norwalk Aquarium hosts corporate events. I've been to a few big ones there. Might be worth a call.

Jul 16, 2014
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What favorite food is such a labor of love, time, technique or even money that rarely make it but when you do…

Kreplach (Jewish wonton soup) for my husband's family, the way the grandmother made it (although I refuse to render chicken fat).

Jul 09, 2014
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good food in strange places

The tiny airport cafe in Chatham MA on Cape Cod has amazing breakfast and lunch foods - homemade corned beef hash, fantastic omelets, homemade jams made with local fruit.

Jul 07, 2014
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BELGIUM vs USA spots tomorrow along CT shoreline?

There are two Belgian places in New Haven - Rudy's on Chapel Street and Mathis & Mason on Elm Street. Rudy's has TVs, I don't think the other place does, and it may not have a liquor license either.

Also in New Haven, O'Toole's on Orange Street has a plaza set-up with outdoor and indoor viewing of the games. Basic pub food kind of place with a big beer selection.

Jul 01, 2014
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iSO Fried Chicken for take-out in FFCfor improntu get together Saturday afternoon

The City Limits Diner in Stamford (near the Greenwich line) makes excellent fried chicken. They do take-out.

Jun 20, 2014
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Lunch near the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan Conn?

@SteveSCT - yeah - the second I posted "no chain or fast-food" I said to myself, "Duh, it's New Canaan." Thanks for the recs.

Jun 19, 2014
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Lunch convenient to New Haven train station

Right off the I-91 and I-95 intersection in New Haven, a 10-minute walk from the train station, there's a neighborhood called 9th Square that has several great upscale ethnic options for lunch.

On Orange St:
Thali - Indian
Miso - Japanese and sushi
Royal Palace - Chinese
Bentara - Malaysian

If you want something non-ethnic, there's Lenny & Joe's for seafood or The Greek Olive on Long Wharf for diner food. These are not really walkable from the train station.

Jun 18, 2014
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Lunch near the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan Conn?

Anyone recommend a good leisurely lunch place near the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan? We're up for anything but chain or fast-food restaurants. Thanks.

Jun 18, 2014
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Wheelchair accessible restaurants in Portsmouth NH

Some friends are headed to Portsmouth in June 2014 for a mini vacation. One uses a wheelchair to get around.

Can you recommend places for foodies that also accommodate wheelchair-using patrons? My memory of Portsmouth is that a lot of places are in old buildings with stairs or levels and not necessarily accessible.

Mar 13, 2014
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Where can I buy Suntory brand Japanese whiskey in Connecticut?

Anyone seen Suntory Japanese whiskey for sale in any liquor stores in Connecticut? I'm willing to drive to get it.

(Don't ask - long story. Please no debates here about the merits of the stuff. I just need a bottle. Thanks.)

Nov 25, 2013
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Anyone know what happened to the US 1 Farm Market in New Haven?

I noticed several weeks ago that the ethnic market "US 1 Farm Market" on Grasso Blvd. was closed "for renovations" according to the sign out front.

It certainly needed renovation. It's been closed for a while now, though. Anyone know if that's really the deal, or did it go under or get closed by the city health department?

Nov 22, 2013
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Gluten Free Friendly Lunch in New Haven?

Stone Hearth in the Westville section of New Haven has several gluten-free menu items.

Nov 18, 2013
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CT - out of season lobster roll

Second the Glenwood. Good drive-in type place, if you're looking for a very casual experience.

Nov 15, 2013
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Need Yoyr Party Advice

Sorry, but this is rude unless you specifically bill it as a "Potluck" and it's a given that everyone contributes. I would not call it an open house.

Nov 01, 2013
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The side-car thread to the absolute worst cookbook you own -- What is your most obscure, weird or oddball cookbook.

"Deviled Eggs" by Debbie Moose. Yes, an entire cookbook for deviled eggs. Don't laugh - many of them are divine. The BBQ eggs especially, and also one that features avocado instead of egg yolks. There are even some dessert deviled eggs - haven't had the courage to try them.

Nov 01, 2013
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Substitute for Corn Syrup?

For candy, you're really going to need that corn syrup. I don't think that brown rice syrup or other options will set up properly. By all means try it if you're willing to risk disappointment.

Nov 01, 2013
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Roia Restaurant & Cafe - New Haven, CT

My husband and I ate there in August. It was very enjoyable. It had only been open for a few weeks and we had an early dinner. The place was almost empty when we arrived, and it had a long way to go to fill up by the time we left. The place is not noisy under these circumstances - obviously. I can't say what it would be like if the joint were full, but I'd bet it would be quieter than Barcelona or Ibiza - and certainly quieter than the famously noisy Tre Scalini.

They obviously put a lot of money and care into renovating the old space - plush banquettes, pricey lighting fixtures, removal of the big staircase that took up too much space in the dining room.

For food, it's definitely on the high end of Italian/Spanish in New Haven. The portions are smallish. Everything was cooked perfectly.

I had the beet salad with marcona almonds and the arctic char. Both dishes balanced flavors very well between richness, acidity, salt, crunch, softness - something for every sensation of flavor and texture. My husband had a liver pate appetizer and the linguine with clams. The liver had a bit of a metallic flavor that you either love or don't (he does). The linguine with clams was the best version of this dish he says he'd ever had - bright and light and fresh. He just wished there were a bit more of it.

The service was very quiet and attentive. There seemed to be a lot of service people milling around - as I mentioned, only a few tables were occupied.

We haven't been back because we eat Italian mostly at home. We've been eager to try a fall menu the next time we have a big night out on the town.

Oct 30, 2013
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SMOKED TROUT along the eastern CT shoreline

Bud's fish market in Branford usually has smoked trout. Excellent, too - not greasy like some I've had.

Oct 19, 2013
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Food trends you're sick of...Pumpkin!

Seriously! If pumpkin were that delicious, we'd eat it year-round.

I am sick of "truffle oil" on everything. I am sick of kale and its evil cousin, Swiss chard. I am sick of retro cocktails like greyhounds and sidecars - if they were that good, they would never have gone out of style.

Oct 19, 2013
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Fresh Fudge along eastern Connecticut shoreline area?

The candy shop in downtown Mystic - the one right near the bridge - also has very good fudge.

Oct 11, 2013
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Brunch in Stamford?

The City Limits Diner in Stamford (near the Greenwich line) has a good all-day breakfast menu as well as upscale diner fare. It's a big place, so you could linger.

Oct 11, 2013
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Kosher Wedding Caterers in New Haven

We have used Abel a couple of times for funeral receptions and once for a seder. The food was always fresh and plenty of it, but nothing unusual or "wow." It's solid if unremarkable.

Service was helpful and professional. They answered the phone and all questions promptly. Delivered when they said they would with complete orders.

The only downside was the desserts - flavorless and boring. I imagine you will get a wedding cake anyway. Congratulations!

Oct 08, 2013
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