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News, culture & curiosities in Greater Danbury, Connecticut, New England, and the Milky Way.


Scha-Musi at last year's Oktoberfest at Old Heidelberg. Photo courtesy of Old Heidelberg.
Scha-Musi at last year's Oktoberfest at Old Heidelberg. Photo courtesy of Old Heidelberg.

Appetizers

Smothered Chicken, Succotash, and Mashed Potatoes. Photo courtesy of Tom Hirschfeld and Food52: food52.com/blog/4098-heart-and-soul

Trimming the Fat, Keeping the Soul

Allan Richter

  With its roots in slavery, soul food has deep historical meaning for many African-Americans. But the call to honor a rich heritage is at odds with the need to reduce the excess fat and sugar found in the standard “down-home” diet. A new generation of black chefs… Read more »

Victoria Eastus of Carrot Top Kitchens, and her daughter Elizabeth, at the Wilton Farmers Market. Photo by Andrew Bergeron.

Pickled Dreams

Andrew A. Bergeron

  In a small gravel lot just parallel to busy Route 7, the sound of rushing traffic breaks like waves upon the white tents standing under the mellow heat of the afternoon sun.   The lot belongs to the Wilton, Connecticut Historical Society, which is… Read more »

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Freaks & Foodies #10: Mom’s Hamburger Hash

Chris the Food Guy

  Mom’s Hamburger Hash   Serves: 6 Time: 10 min prep, 20 min cook   Ingredients   1.5 lbs ground beef 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 bag frozen peas 2 cans cream of mushroom soup 3/4 cup water 2  Tablespoons butter… Read more »

Illusionist Peter Samelson performs at Two Steps on Friday, July 26.  Photo by David Linsell.

Dinner and a Magic Show at Two Steps July 26

Ted Killmer

  For those who love recipes, this one can’t be beat: take one world renowned Off-Broadway magician, combine with a stylish four-course meal, and let set in the casual environs of an historic 1884 firehouse. The result is Dinner, Illusion & Magic, on the menu… Read more »

The CityCenter Danbury Farmers' Market. Photo from Michael Duffy, The News Times.

CityCenter Danbury Farmers’ Market Opens June 28

Ted Killmer

  The CityCenter Danbury Farmers’ Market opens on Friday, June 28 and will run every Friday through October 25 at Kennedy Park in downtown Danbury, Connecticut.   The Danbury Farmers’ Market has proved a place for community dialogue and healthy living since it’s start in… Read more »

A Kona coffee from Lion's Gate Farms in Hawaii, ready for roasting at local coffee wholesale and retail store, Redding Roasters in Bethel, Connecticut.  Photo by Kaitlyn Heisler.

The Goodness of Coffee

Eric Schneider

  Maybe it’s the whole what-I-like-must-be-bad-for-me mindset, but the way some people talk about coffee you’d think it was another chemical concoction dreamed up in the lab of a large food corporation. Fact is, researchers are just starting to grind through this brew’s rich collection of beneficial antioxidants—and… Read more »


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Brews

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Homebrewing Finally Legal in All 50 States

Mercurial Staff

  As of July 1, 2013,  homebrewers can legally brew in every state in the country, as recently passed homebrewing legislation took effect in Mississippi, according to the American Homebrewers Association (AHA).   Homebrewing was federally legalized in 1978 for the first time since Prohibition… Read more »

Guinness' new fall brew, the Red Harvest Stout.

Guinness Launching a Non-Pumpkin Fall Beer

Penelope News

  Guinness & Co. has announced that Guinness Red Harvest Stout, a new, limited edition seasonal beer, will be available in the United States this fall in celebration of ancient Celtic traditions. This new craft brew provides a change of pace from the array of pumpkin… Read more »

Rogue Ale Brewmaster John Maier in the Rogue Farms pumpkin patch.

Rogue Ales to Release Pumpkin Beer During Pumpkin Season

Mercurial Staff

  This fall, Rogue Ales is releasing its beloved Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Ale, an ale brewed with Rogue’s own fresh pumpkins grown and harvested at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon.   Because no canned pumpkins, purees or concentrates are used in the brew, the… Read more »

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1975 Naragansett Retro ‘Jaws’ Can Returns for Shark Week

Penelope News

  Narragansett Beer announced the re-release of the wildly popular “Jaws” can on Tuesday,  just in time for Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” and Jaws actor Robert Shaw’s birthday. For a limited time, all 12, 18, and 30-packs of Narragansett Lager 12-ounce cans will feature the same… Read more »

Artemis and Admiral Akbar caught in the act of stealing beer.

Craft Beer: Definitely Constitutional

Joshua L. Durkin

  We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this… Read more »


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Restaurants

The second course at Brasitas' 15th anniversary wine pairing dinner in Stamford: Mar de Frades Albarino. Photo c/o Local Food Rocks.

Review: Brasitas in Stamford

Alicia Ghio

  We were lucky enough to be among the food bloggers invited to a wine pairing dinner at Brasitas in Stamford in celebration of their 15th anniversary. We’d heard good things about this place from our pals at OmnomCT, so we were not going to pass up a… Read more »

Ted's Steamed Cheeseburger in Meriden.

Two Connecticut Burgers Make America’s Top 40

Connecticut by the numbers

  Two Connecticut-made burgers have been selected as among the 40 top burgers in America, according to the the Daily Meal.   Coming in at #17 is the Original Burger at Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, and at #32 the Steamed Cheeseburger from Ted’s in Meriden.  Both are… Read more »

The beer garden at Two Steps Downtown Grille in Danbury, Connecticut. Photo by Rebecca DiFabbio.

Introducing the Beer Garden at Two Steps Downtown Grille

Rebecca DiFabbio

  Two Steps Downtown Grille in Danbury, Connecticut, is kicking off the summer with the opening of their new beer garden, now open on Friday and Saturday nights. This past weekend was the beer garden’s fourth official weekend.  (Two Steps is an advertiser on The… Read more »

A plate of sushi from Momo's in Milford, Connecticut.

JW’s Milford Asian Extravaganza

JW

  Milford, Connecticut is overflowing with Asian cuisine. For such a tiny town, there’s some version of a Chinese/Japanese/Thai place every half mile, to the point where it’s starting to get weird. For this piece I’m just centering on one immediate area: the JW-carved out… Read more »

A spread of Sixpoint brews.

Sixpoint Brewery Can-to-Table Dinner at Wilton’s Bistro 7

OmNomCT

  Sixpoint Brewery is pretty new to the Connecticut market, but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming all the buzz.  We had our first taste of Sixpoint last year when we tried out around 50 different custom brews (some made with lobster, some made with oyster, even some made… Read more »