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Reid’s Country Kitchen

Reid's Country Kitchen, New Canaan

17 Elm Street

The food is fine, the service is nice, the atmosphere is predictably diner-ish. But, holy cow, it’s the cleanest, tidiest diner I’ve ever patronized. Packets of hot chocolate stand like pudgy, determined toy soldiers and neat containers of butter tower steadfastly over their syrup counterparts. The only mess I saw was the one my toddler son left after enthusiastically destroying a blueberry muffin and dropping a full cup of milk on the carpeting (the kind waitress promptly poured him a fresh cup and told us not to worry). 

The diner is set back from the maddening Elm Street crowd and not readily detectable to first-time shoppers. But long-time residents seem to know and depend on it as a source of basic fare and drinkable, fresh coffee. Prices are decent, but before you question the cost of a scrambled egg with multi-grain toast, remember what town you’re eating it in.

They switched the channel of the flat screen TV to Cartoon Network when they saw my son sitting at the counter. A nice touch, and it captivated him long enough for me to drink my coffee and pilfer his blueberry muffin crumbs.

Robin’s note: We went early on July 6, as the heat was climbing from “This must be what hell feels like” to “I wish I were in hell so I could cool off.” So customers were few. However, the waitress and cook knew exactly what the regulars ordered and fetched it for them the moment they slid their sweaty bodies onto a seat.

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Dining     New Canaan    
Friday, February 25, 2011 • Permalink

Ella Vickers

Ella Vickers, Greenwich

85 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich

Henri Bendel named her recycled sailcloth bags a top ten “must-have” of this summer, and they were featured in Town & Country and In Style. Of special note, I let my subscription to T&C lapse years ago, after an editorial apotheosized Gwyneth Paltrow for purchasing her diamond Oscar jewelry instead of borrowing it. I realized I no longer shared their values.

But that has nothing to do with Ella. This slip of a store is dripping with EV’s bright white/bold graphic totes, handbags, dog beds, and throw pillows. All are made from used yacht sails, so all are waterproof, tear-proof, and pretty much indestructible. As well, the details—from cord handles to hardware enclosures—are from sailboat leftovers. Most are white with blue, red, or yellow numbers and graphics. The totes are beautifully made, striking, and appropriate for women or men. For real.

Robin’s note: There’s a mylar “cocktail purse” if you need something dressier than a tote bag, but still want it recycled from sailcloth.

Who you’ll see shopping here: Women 20-65 years old, and some teens.

Their specialty: Tote and gym bags.

What you should buy: Tote, gym bag, Spinnaker shower curtains, and placemats.

What you may not know but should: If the sails on your yacht are a bit mussed and in need of replacement, you can “donate” the old ones to EV in exchange for free bags.

http://www.ellavickers.com

Fashion     Greenwich    

Gentle Readers

You may have noticed that some type of Turkish terrorist organization or whatnot hacked into our beloved site today and posted some sort of propaganda.

At least, I assume it was a terrorist organization. I can’t be sure because I don’t speak Turkish. Which brings up an interesting point—terrorists are lousy marketers. Note to terrorists: know your audience, people!! Very few Fairfield County residents speak Turkish and/or are interested in joining your sect. Again, another assumption on my part but, realistically, wouldn’t we all rather drink margaritas in New Canaan than engage in guerilla warfare?

Regardless, the site is back up. As I’m sure you’re aware. And thank you for reading!

Warmly,
Robin.

Fairfield Community Foundation

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http://www.fccfoundation.org

As many of you know, at least those who scroll beyond “Bars” and “Look Good,” this site includes write-ups of local charities and foundations. Why? Three reasons: 1) it’s amazing how many wonderful opportunities exist for giving, 2) it’s alarming how few of the 2,243+ organizations we’re actually aware, and 3) researching them independently is as tedious as cleaning Vaseline off your carpet with toilet paper and baby shampoo.

The FCF understands this and was created to make giving a lot of easier.

What they do: The FCF helps you “select those [organizations] that match your charitable passions and provide well-run programs that achieve results…. [and] help local nonprofits operate at peak efficiency so they get the most good out of every dollar. You can also join other like-minded donors to engage in collective giving.”

Who they are: FCF’s leadership is composed of local community and business leaders.

Where your money goes: To ensure money is used most effectively, grants focus on 6 areas –
  - Education and Youth Development
  - Economic Opportunity (including affordable housing, workforce development, and immigrant success)
  - Health and Human Services
  - Arts and Culture/Arts Education
  - The Environment/Environmental Education
  - Nonprofit Capacity Building

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Thursday, February 17, 2011 • Permalink

Catch a Healthy Habit

Catch a Healthy Habit, Fairfield

39 Unquowa Road, Fairfield

I figured I was one of, say, 5 people in Fairfield County who gets excited about a raw vegan cafe. No, I’m not a raw veganist (woah, that sounds vulgar), I just enjoy almost any food as long as it has plenty of salt. So I entered the bright, happy café on a beautiful afternoon and fully expected to be the only customer. But there were plenty of people waiting for fresh juices, smoothies, and lunch. These weren’t health food junkies, either: they were normal people enjoying a snack or meal that doesn’t come with a health warning or pangs of regret. And for raw vegan fare, it’s damn good.

Robin’s note: I ordered one of their specialties: Sesame Noodles made from kelp “noodles.” What, you may ask, is a kelp noodle? As Glen, co-owner, explained, “we strip the outside of the kelp—you know, seaweed—and we’re left with… gelatinous…” then he tapered off, possibly sensing how disturbing his explanation had become. But when my dish arrived, it was not the quivering mass of jelly-strands I envisioned. It looked like sesame noodles! And it was delicious, as was the rich, dense brownie I ordered in case the seaweed-fest didn’t work out. Afterwards I felt super-healthy and I look forward to returning for their Pasta Primavera.

Who you’ll see eating here: Women and men ages 30-50.

Their specialty: Sesame Noodles and BBQ Burger

What you should order: Spring Sushi, brownie

What you may not know but should:
  1. They sell bagged raw –food snacks, and granola and host a number of events, including superfood workshops and cleansing diet workshops.
  2. It’s the only raw foods cafe in the state and it’s not a franchise—so please support this wonderful eatery!
http://www.catchahealthyhabit.com

Dining     Fairfield    
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 • Permalink

Orem’s Diner

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167 Danbury Road, Wilton

For some reason, this diner attracts successful, sometimes well-known businessmen who sit in small clutches eating breakfast on weekends wearing wrinkled khakis and button-down oxford shirts. It’s kind of odd seeing a crowd of middle-aged men having Saturday brunch together instead of throngs of families with screaming charges. Although, it did create a much calmer atmosphere than most diners and any noise my crowd made was amplified and more embarrassing than usual.

Robin’s note: We all love the jar of free butter mints near the register (the “help yourself” policy makes it even better.)

Who you’ll see eating here: Mostly men in the morning, ages 40-85

Their specialty: Pancakes, bacon and eggs.

What you should order: Pancakes and omelets.

What you may not know but should: If you photograph yourself in or around Orem’s, they’ll scan it into their website and send the original back to you.
http://www.oremsdiner.com

Dining     Wilton    

Martel

Martel, Fairfield

2316 Post Road, Fairfield

Mmm…Martel. This charming, noisy bistro on a random stretch of Post Road is one of the best restaurants in Fairfield County. I’ve never had to wait long for a table despite the crowd, and it’s pretty much always crowded with hip folks and a smattering of the aged.

The food is wonderful and the wine list superb. It’s a favorite nosh spot of many residents and regulars, due to its moderate price point and excellent value. The wait staff never rushes your meal or reacts to your insightful and witty comments about the daily specials.

Robin’s note: Don’t eat in the bar area unless you want someone’s elbow in your appetizer. Space is limited, patrons are many, all are jovial, and everyone’s drinking.

Who you’ll see eating here: Elderly regulars and well-dressed couples ages 30-60, most in groups of four. Some children.

Their specialty: Braised short ribs, lobster risotto.

What you should eat: Seared scallops, truffled macaroni and cheese.

What you may not know but should: They don’t accept reservations, which is actually great for the socially disorganized.
http://www.martelrestaurant.com

Dining     Bars + Baristas     Fairfield    

Harvest Supper

Harvest Supper, New Canaan

15 Elm Street, New Canaan

I now believe in love at first sight. I walked in, noticed the hostess’ white-embroidered black linen sheath dress with white bead necklace, and was smitten with this bistro. It only got better: the service was beautifully orchestrated, the wine selection impressive, the menu scrumptious, and the atmosphere lovely.

It was late on a Tuesday and my husband and I decided to split a few things instead of gorging ourselves and going straight home to bed. Among the wonderful dishes we selected were the kobe beef burger: a pain to split, I’m sure. But split it, they did. And when I sent mine back for more cooking (no fault of their own: I ordered poorly), they did so promptly and graciously.

But back to the hostess. I had the uncanny feeling I’d seen her before. When I went to the restroom I noticed a New York magazine clipping of a gorgeous couple in an embrace above an article about NYC’s restaurant power couple: Jack and Grace Lamb. I’d seen the photo and article before and realized – it was she of the great dress! In New Canaan!

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Dining     New Canaan    
Thursday, February 10, 2011 • Permalink

Cava Wine Bar

Cava Wine Bar, New Canaan

2 Forest Street, New Canaan

Forest Street is a small stretch of road littered with restaurants offering patio dining. It’s a crowded place to see and be seen, especially the former, as heads to turn to follow every pedestrian or loiterer. So look your best because you’ll be noticed.

Cava counts among these eateries. Here, you’ll find that diners here tend to focus more on their wine and repast than the passers-by. The food is delicious and elegantly prepared, and the wine list—over 120 Italian and California wines, some hard to find— is comprehensive, varied, and of very good value. Our oenophile friend was impressed and ordered a couple of excellent bottles.

Robin’s note: Careful not to stumble to your car or say something stupid like, “Wow – let’s hope I’m not too drunk to drive!” There are plenty of people listening; most of them look humorless and they all have cell phones.

Who you’ll see eating here: Groups of friends, mostly couples ages 30-70 years old.

Their specialty: Homemade pasta, especially panzotti (filled pasta “pillows”) and grilled calamari.

What you should order: Papardelle with chicken and truffle oil, scallops and lobster.

What you may not know but should:
  1. The owners, two brothers, are expanding into Darien (Scena) and also own 55 Degrees in Fairfield.
  2. If you’re, like, really excited about great service you may be disappointed. On the up-side, the long waits afford quality time for eyeballing your neighbors and sipping vino.
http://www.cavawinebar.com

Dining     New Canaan    

Fund for Women and Girls

http://www.fccfoundation.org

Last August, Jennifer Aniston assured women everywhere that we don’t need men to have babies. Okay, aside from piffling matters like the biology of human reproduction and male role models, she kind of has a point. I mean, a women pulling in her kind of coin can replace a father with a fleet of nannies, a night nurse, a maid, a vegan chef, and todder wardrobe full of designer clothing.

But, sadly, the lights on Hollywood Boulevard seem to have blinded her from reality. First, she has no children and, therefore, no clue what she’s talking about. Second, most single moms do need help: that’s where a baby daddy comes in pretty handy. And if he isn’t around, and money is tight, then they need someone – and I’m not referring to a casting director or personal assistant.

That’s where the Fund for Women and Girls comes in handy.

Who they are: “Established in 1998 by women for women, the Fund for Women and Girls is a permanent Field of Interest fund of the Fairfield County Community Foundation… (and) has become the largest women’s fund in New England.”

What they do: “In 2007, the Fund published the first research study on the status of women and girls in Fairfield County… Our research confirmed what was expected… too many women are living at the poverty level because of limited education, low-paying jobs and the high cost of child care.

Since the Fund’s establishment, it has awarded $1.4 million in grants to Fairfield County nonprofits that address the unique needs of women and girls. Our investments and collaborations aim to

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Give     Darien     Fairfield     Greenwich     New Canaan     Norwalk     Stamford     Weston     Westport     Wilton    
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 • Permalink

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