LE FARM

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As I posted on Instagram about a week ago, I had a meeting with a client in Westport on Wednesday and then went to Le Farm for lunch.  Have you been?

It is such an intimate restaurant and SO my style!  Everything from the rough wooden tables with organic burlap runners, utensils displayed in mason jars filled with beans, cool stemless wine glasses, recessed mirrors in the walls…. you just know it’s going to be good!  The goal of the restaurant is to support local Connecticut farmers as much as possible. Their promise is that their food is meticulously sourced and simply prepared.

The menus are to die for.  Both physically and the offerings printed on them.  I seriously couldn’t decide what to order. The starter salad was delicious… and I consider myself a salad snob.  Fresh greens, shaved cauliflower, julienned apples, sunflower seeds all dressed in a comforting ranch dressing.  I finally decided on the braised brisket served with a potato puree and brussels.  Fabulous.  My lunch date had the fried Rissotto balls served in an individual iron skillet.  Perfection.  We were absolutely stuffed but HAD to share a dessert, well, just because.  So glad we did! Banana cream pie with a sweet potato sorbet that didn’t disappoint.

If you are in Westport or the surrounding area go!  Your taste buds will thank you!

WINE WEDNESDAY

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I decided to create a regular feature called, Wine Wednesday so I can use my winery background and share some of my favorite finds! I’ve been fortunate to have lived in Calistoga, CA which is the Northern most town in Napa Valley and then moved to Connecticut in 2001 to start our own winery.  When I made a major life change and left in 2008 to start dreamscapes design group, I was able to use my years of experience in the wine industry to consult for other wineries.  This is one of my favorite parts of what I do and feel lucky to have worked with so many incredible wineries throughout New England.

One of my favorite clients is Stonington Vineyards.  Owners Nick and Happy Smith were the first ones to welcome us when we joined the CT Wine Trail and to be able to work with them in re-energizing their winery is a dream come true! As part of this effort, they are undergoing a major renovation of their Tasting Room space which will be unveiled in the beginning of June and we’ve created many new fun events to enhance your winery experience.

They recently released their Cabernet Franc, and it is not only one of my favorites they produce but one of my favorite Cab Francs in the region.  With abundant forward aromas of dark berries with hints of earthiness and a backbone of soft tannins, this is the perfect wine for the unpredictable March weather.  You can purchase it at the winery or online and this wine will only get better in the bottle.

Cheers!

//image by Leslie Dumke Studio

SPRING AHEAD

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What are your plans this weekend? Tonight, Ken and I are going out for Sushi… my favorite food! There are some great sushi restaurants in my area but tonight we are headed to an old favorite, Go Fish in Mystic, CT.  The rest of the weekend we are dedicating to getting some much needed house projects done. {Bye-bye loud wallpaper in the guest bathroom!}

Sunday, don’t forget to spring ahead! Which means longer days…YAY!!!

When we were in Cabo a few weeks ago, the theme of our vacation was #vacationproblems.  “Oh no! It is so warm out the ice is melting too quickly in my margarita! #vacationproblems”  “Ugh, I can’t decide…. should we lay out by the beach or out by the pool? #vacationproblems” We got a lot of longevity with that one!  This post about first world problems made me laugh!

And if you are looking for some fashion eye candy, you can view the March look book from Anthropologie! This Spring is looking to be a colorful one!

Have a great weekend!!

FRIZZANTE

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Yesterday afternoon I finally had a chance to catch up with a dear friend and owner of the incredible Gourmet Galley Catering.  A few years ago she expanded her business and moved into a cool new space in my old stomping ground of North Stonington, CT.  Just a few months ago she allowed part of her space to be leased by a new Wine Bar and Speakeasy,  Frizzante and I had the pleasure of meeting her in the recently opened bar so I could get a taste of the experience.

The wine bar is a throwback to the 1920’s where during prohibition, those seeking a fun night out and alcoholic beverages would frequent these secret clubs where if you could find them, you had to know the password to get in.  From the outside, Frizzante isn’t exactly hidden but I give them props for trying to bring something trendy and different to the area.  These type of bars are popping up all over major cities and it is nice to have some forward thinkers in North Stonington!

They have a unique offering of wines, simple small plates and thoughtful touches.  The intimate seating areas which include alcoves with small settees and coffee tables, have  tiny flashlights on the tables along with cute reading glasses for those who have a hard time reading the menu in the dark!  The light fixtures made from wine bottles are a nice touch.  While I was just meeting my friend for a quick glass of wine {which of course turned into two hours of catching up!} they had light bites and cheeses out on the bar for patrons to enjoy with their wines.  The staff was genuinely friendly and knowledgable.

You can sign up via text message to subscribe to their “secret society” and  receive the weekly password for their speakeasy nights {text “Frizzante” to 95577}.  On these nights after 9pm you have to have the password to get in.  And don’t think you can get there early and wait… they make everyone leave at 9pm and you HAVE to have the password to get back in! Love the commitment to the theme!

Their next event is Friday, March 14th with a dress code of leather and lace…. how cool is that? They  opened at the end of January and I think this place will become a new local hang out.  You should definitely check it out!