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Fox’s

Fox's, Stamford

1123 High Ridge Road, Stamford

Three weeks ago, my friend and I foraged with a professional forager and a hundred other folks who spent $25 to gather free food. While everyone licked trace amounts of sap from large brown pods and snapped off twigs and leaves for brewing teas which, when consumed 4 times a day for 2 weeks, might relieve a headache, the two of us had a pleasant time chatting and marveling at our indifference to medicinal herbs.

But discount designer clothes? Now that’s worth a forage or two. And opportunity for hunting and gathering is very good at Fox’s. Although many of the clothes are the sartorial equivalent of medicinal herbs, you can find racks of Neiman Marcus cashmere, Cynthia Steffe dresses, Tahari coats, and Calvin Klein (sportswear label) at hundreds less than retail.

Robin’s note: The ebullience of the sales team exuded throughout the store and made the customers practically giddy. My, they were a happy pack of people.

Who you’ll see shopping here: Women over thirty, often with their moms.

Their specialty: Coats (Tahari, KORS, Calvin Klein Jeans), formal wear (Teri Jon), and costume jewelry.

What you should buy: Cashmere sweaters and cocktail dresses.

What you may not know but should:
  - They receive new merchandise every week day.
  - The dressing rooms are in a separate area, but they don’t have doors. So re-consider the v-string and wear a bra.
  - They have a big selection of large sizes.
http://www.foxs.com

Fashion     Stamford    
Friday, November 05, 2010 • Permalink

Colony Grill

Colony Grill, Fairfield

172 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford
1520 Post Road, Fairfield


Here’s what they’re serving: pizza. You can choose from the list of toppings painted onto the exposed brick walls. I share a similar philosophy when feeding my kids: here’s what I’m serving, you can choose between ketchup or no ketchup. Except CG’s fare is delicious and mine is, to quote our oldest son, “the worst in the world.” Which would hurt my feelings if it weren’t true and make it more difficult to rationalize why we eat out so often.

Robin’s note: Expect great-tasting thin pizza, but don’t expect anything else. Plates? Paper. But before the eco-disciples among you get your organic cotton panties in a knot, they use the flimsy “barely there” kind which buckle beneath the weight of a cheese puff. Utensils (fork and a butter knife) are proffered only upon request.

None of which explains why they named it “Colony Grill.”

Who you’ll see eating here: Crowds of people all afternoon into the evening, all types, from grandmas-who-lunch to large families.

Their specialty: Thin pizza with a limited selection of toppings.

What you should order: Thin pizza with a limited selection of toppings and glass of beer or wine.

What you may not know but should:
  - To avoid crowds, arrive before 6. Otherwise expect a long wait.
  - Fairfield is co-owned by Rangers captain Chris Drury, a childhood friend of the original owners.
http://www.colonygrill.com

Dining     Fairfield     Stamford    
Friday, October 15, 2010 • Permalink

Neighbor to Neighbor

Christ Church Annex
248 East Putnam Street

To most of the world, Greenwich, CT is a bastion of power, wealth, and super-sized mega homes. And—admit it—I’m not the only one greatly anticipating “Housewives of Greenwich, CT’: a vespiary of overly-toned bottle-blonds back-stabbing each other with hot pink fingernails they can barely lift due to the weight of their 10 karat J-grade diamond rings and inability to do anything besides guzzle white wine, flaunt mammoplasties beneath a straining D&G blouse, and hawk their slapdash jewelry collections. Mmm… smile But that’s so not what this is about.

Here’s my point: given the riches, it’s all the more shocking that near-poverty exists in this hallowed enclave, leaving many struggling families in Greenwich and surrounding areas to rely on charities such as Neighbor-to-Neighbor. In fact, the economic downturn has increased demand for their services over 50%.

Who they are: Neighbor to Neighbor (N to N) is an inspiring group of committed volunteers who, since 1975, “are dedicated to improving the lives of greater Greenwich by creating caring connections between members of our community. (They) do this by providing for the exchange of simple and basic living essentials in an atmosphere of kindness and respect.” (website)

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Give     Greenwich     Stamford    
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 • Permalink

YMCA

2420 Post Road, Darien
841 Old Post Road, Fairfield
50 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich
564 South Avenue, New Canaan
370 West Avenue, Norwalk
909 Washington Boulevard, Stamford
59 Post Road East, Westport
404 Danbury Road, Wilton

Robin’s note: The personnel at the Westport Y are thoughtful, helpful, and committed. I’ve had many positive experiences with them for my own children and Fresh Air Fund children.

Who they are: “The… Y is dedicated to building strong kids, strong families, and strong communities, while promoting healthy lifestyles through camps, swim lessons, gymnastics, sports, and childcare. [They] emphasize caring, honesty, respect and responsibility in [their] programs and services.”—http://www.westportymca.org

What they provide: The Y offers scholarships and financial assistance for families and individuals with needs and/or financial constraints. Further, the Y’s programs are offered to all members of the community regardless of their ability to pay for membership or programs.

Approximate number of employees: Differs

Biggest fundraising efforts:
From Golf Classics to Annual Galas, benefits differ according to location.

http://www.westportymca.org
http://www.darien-ymca.org
http://www.gwymca.org
http://www.cccymca.org
http://www.wiltonymca.org

Give     Darien     Fairfield     Greenwich     New Canaan     Norwalk     Stamford     Westport     Wilton    
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 • Permalink

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