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Where to get creamy fettucini alfredo in FFC?

It would be a shame to pay restaurant prices for such a quick and easy dish to make at home! Assuming you don't have to run out and buy the ingredients, we're talking 15 minutes tops and no more skills than boiling water and stirring cheese into cream. Lots of recipes online. Go for it!

Mar 26, 2015
MommaJ in Southern New England

What happened to Capeesh in Stamford???

According to one Yelp poster (no idea if this is accurate, but it explains the suddenness of the closure), they were way behind in the rent and the landlord shut them down--the sign came down and the locks were changed overnight, with employees arriving with nowhere to work. No great loss to Stamford, which has plenty of better Italian restos. Wish the previous tenant, Kit's Thai, could come back, as it is badly missed.

Mar 20, 2015
MommaJ in Southern New England

Iconic CT foods

Since Colony-style hot oil pies are now sold by a rival pizzeria (Riko's)in several southwest CT locations, I think they can properly be designated a CT specialty.

Aug 22, 2014
MommaJ in Southern New England

Table 104 in Stamford, on Long Ridge? What do we know?

I heard it's owned by the same folks who own Madonia up the road. If true, that bodes well. (I hadn't even thought of the Quarterdeck for years and years and would have had a hard time coming up with the name despite having eaten a lot of lunches in the old days--thanks for the memory!)

Aug 03, 2014
MommaJ in Southern New England

Primary Food & Drink Greenwich?

Well, if anyone hasn't tried it yet, you're out of luck. It closed after a mere six months.

Jun 23, 2014
MommaJ in Southern New England

Walmart Kills another Local Business

Oh please. The landlord invested in property to make money, not accommodate your Chinese food preferences. Walmart exists to make money by having locations that serve its customers, not to bow out of a quest for suitable space because the restaurant owners are nice folks.

Everyone is behaving exactly as they should in a free market economy. Being outbid for space is a normal risk of renting. The restaurant owners agreed to a lease without any, or without enough,guaranteed renewal options. They took a risk, and lost. My favorite seafood store just closed down because the landlord got a better offer from a cupcake place--good for him. The cupcake folks aren't evil, they didn't "kill" the seafood store. Same goes for Walmart. I guarantee a lot more people will enjoy the expanded Walmart than ever ate at that Chinese restaurant.

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - December 2013 [old]

Just wanted to say thanks for this thread--It's a far more useful approach than the "TJ favorites" threads. Our store has been open about a month. I stopped in twice, didn't see anything that intrigued me other than sweets I don't bring into my home. After reading this thread, I'm convinced it won't be worth my while to stop in again. Too many "meh's" and "nays", and too many unhealthy "yay"s. I don't have the time or inclination to make a special trip for just a few items. I kinda wish the bookstore TJ's replaced would come back!

Dec 24, 2013
MommaJ in Chains

Turkey Defrosting Disagreement

And this is why I always buy a fresh turkey! There are toms available, and the money saved on a frozen one is not worth the aggravation. My bathtub is reserved for the humans!

Nov 26, 2013
MommaJ in Home Cooking

Making Stock in the Oven?

My make-ahead turkey gravy recipe calls for simmering roasted turkey legs on top of the stove for 6 hours to come up wit the stock. I'd love to liberate the stovetop for other endeavors by having this process take place in the oven. Is this possible? What temperature would be best?

Nov 25, 2013
MommaJ in Home Cooking

Name of restaurant in Danbury CT

It's Kebab and Curry. Easy peasy--found that Pancho's was on White St., and searched "curry" on Yelp until I found a place on White.

Nov 06, 2013
MommaJ in Southern New England

Best Fish market in Stamford

Very, very sad to report that the owner of Stamford Fish and Seafood told me the store will be closing permanently after 10/26/13. The rent got too high. I will truly miss the excellent and friendly service and wonderful selection. Rumor has it that a cupcake place is coming into the space--how awful is that??

Oct 24, 2013
MommaJ in Southern New England

Suggestions gift certificate good quality restaurant Stamford Greenwich area

Your absolutely right--I confused the two steakhouses. I actually think Morton's location is worse--there's no there there.

I guess what I call Napa's PR efforts are accomplished by being well-connected in town and thereby on the list for visiting corporate types. I think it's become a knee-jerk response to send visitors there. Having only dined at Napa once (in Taibe's era), and my entire party having been very disappointed with food, service, and cost, I never returned, so I'll admit I'm not in a position to critique the current incarnation.

Sep 10, 2013
MommaJ in Southern New England

Chow Supertaster cancelled

Just came here to agree with all the eulogies and to add that my three times a week visits with Supertaster were always followed by some poking around the rest of the site for items of interest. That won't happen anymore; I'll just visit when I have a specific item to research. Surely that can't be the result CHOW desired. I'll add that I think it was extraordinarily tacky of CHOW not to afford James a goodbye video or address the demise of the vlog in any other fashion----rude to him and disdainful of his fans. In "old" journalism columnists were able to use their final pieces to explain the circumstances, thank their readers, and perhaps impart some final words of wisdom. They didn't just disappear without explanation. The new journalism sucks.

Suggestions gift certificate good quality restaurant Stamford Greenwich area

Thought I might give my opinion on a few of the places that have been suggested:

Bonne Nuit (French bistro) and Olio (hard to categorize)--both cozy and unpretentious, great food.

Valbella (Italian)--big, fairly noisy, "see and be seen" spot, food fine but costly, there are better Italian restaurants in the area with more reasonable prices.

Napa--most overrated restaurant in the county; the PR effort way outstrips the food, ambience and service.

Mortons (steak +)--classic steakhouse menu, gigantic portions of well prepared food (will never forget the time H ordered the roast chicken and was brought an entire chicken--not a Cornish game hen, a chicken), elegant atmosphere, attentive service--but it's a chain located adjacent to a shopping mall, which may make it less special for some.

Sep 09, 2013
MommaJ in Southern New England

Any places along the Merritt Pkwy (CT)

Dinosaur BBQ is a very long way off the Merritt (though close to I-95).

Sep 08, 2013
MommaJ in Southern New England

Easy Banana Bread

Very bland, blah recipe, though the texture was nice. (I included chocolate chips, and it would have been really disappointing without them.) I think it absolutely needs vanilla and some brown sugar, maybe even more salt, to give it some depth of flavor. Skip this one, there are better versions of banana bread.

Jul 07, 2013
MommaJ in Recipes

Howard County Sunday Brunch

We'll be seeing a show at the Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday night and staying in a hotel in Columbia that night. Any recommendations for a hearty and delicious brunch in the area on Sunday morning?

Kit's Thai Kitchen (Stamford)--closed, boo hoo!

Anyone have any insider info on what happened here? The place had good food, nice personnel, easy parking, and every time I was there the tables were full and several people were waiting for takeout. And then suddenly, after years of operation, poof, it's gone. I know the restaurant business is hard, but this place certainly seemed successful. The only other Thai restaurant in town (not counting the Pan Asian places with a couple of Thai dishes on the menu), is Little Buddha, which is tiny, farther from my home, and has terrible parking. Phooey. I'll really miss Kit's.

Jun 20, 2013
MommaJ in Southern New England

One Night in Greenwich

Jean Louis left the restaurant biz to become Vice President of Culinary Operations and Executive Chef at the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont. He still offers catering in the Greenwich area, though I have no idea how he manages that from Vermont.

Apr 05, 2013
MommaJ in Southern New England

One Night in Greenwich

I highly recommend Douro--Portuguese/Mediterranean tapas and more. Fabulous food, and unusual choices. It's on Greenwich Ave., good for walking and gawking, and for dessert you can make it a perfect evening by walking over to Daniella's (on the same street) for gelato. I think Terra has seen better days, and the trouble with going to Port Chester is that if you care for an after dinner stroll, there's nowhere you'd want to walk.

Apr 05, 2013
MommaJ in Southern New England

Stamford, CT

stuki, this is a very old thread, hence the reference to Il Falco, which has been closed for several years, and the lack of any mention of some of the newer spots in the city.

Feb 14, 2013
MommaJ in Southern New England

Help?! Daughter's 16th---any suggestions?

if you aren't 100% wedded to the Japanese idea, The Melting Pot in Darien is a perfect choice for a bunch of teens. I'm not wild about it myself, but the younger set seems to adore it, and the experience lends itself to a party atmosphere.

Feb 05, 2013
MommaJ in Southern New England

Dessert Destination in Fairfield County / Westchester

In Stamford, Chocopologie, 213 Main St., open until midnight or Volta Gelateria Creperia, 30 Spring St., open until 11.

Jan 29, 2013
MommaJ in Southern New England

BLAVOD: anyone know where to buy in CT?

I should add that any of those stores should be willing to do a special order for you even if they don't have Blavod in stock--it's not a big deal since they have already a relationship with the distributor. Happy Halloween!

Oct 08, 2012
MommaJ in Southern New England

BLAVOD: anyone know where to buy in CT?

I can tell you that the CT wholesaler for Blavod is Ace Distributing in Plainview. Maybe if you call, they'll be able to tell you what liquor stores buy it from them.

Oct 07, 2012
MommaJ in Southern New England

Has anyone been to The Melting Pot in Darien, CT?

Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford (a lot more casual than Melting Pot, but not a dive) has live music, including jazz , a few times a week--their website has the schedule of upcoming performances.

Jul 24, 2012
MommaJ in Southern New England

"Open Rice" at old Main Wah on High Ridge in Stamford

Well, it's open, claims to be "pan-asian"--anyone try it yet? I find the name annoying, sounds like it was a failed attempt at translating something.

Jul 02, 2012
MommaJ in Southern New England

New Brazilian rodizio opening in Stamford

Hmm, apparently it's run by the same people who run The Melting Pot in Darien, home of overpriced mediocrity. Doesn't bode well.

I read CT Bites to find out what's new, then come here and to OmnomCt to get the real story.

Mar 27, 2012
MommaJ in Southern New England

Easy Beef Stew

Chuck isn't going to get tender in an hour. I use a very similar method for stew, but cook the beef 90 minutes before adding potatoes (small red are best) and carrots, then cook for 45 minutes before adding peas.

Mar 06, 2012
MommaJ in Recipes

Trade Joe's opening in former Borders's location in Stamford??

Wondering where you heard about this. Stamford is not on their website's "opening soon" list, and the building still has a for lease sign on it. The parking seems really inadequate for a food store. I was hoping for something more interesting in that location. We sure don't need more supermarkets, and personally I've never shared the love for Trader Joe's.

Feb 25, 2012
MommaJ in Southern New England