A weekend with Penelope and some pampering for Mommy at Skincare by Marcia!

Reminder: tonight is Yelp Helps at the Society Room!  So get out after work, enjoy some cocktail samples and nibbles, and get to know some of Hartford’s finest local charities, non-profits, and arts organizations.

Sometimes the weeks – and especially the weekends – get very busy with events.  It’s an occupational hazard of working int he media – and to be honest I love it – but it’s really nice to slow down at times and spend quality time with Penelope.

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We make for quite the dynamic duo

On Saturday, we headed into Hartford to walk the pink carpet, make arts and crafts for Daddy, and enjoy Open House Day.

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Hartford Prints hosted a great arts and craft’s event for kids.  This is Penelope’s cousin’s, Eva’s craft.  P’s was decidedly more abstract.

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My OOTD.  I was proud of the mommy look so I am sharing, even tho it’s a terrible selfie face.

Conveniently, The Society Room is located directly across the street from Hartford Prints.  And they had a nice pink carpet rolled out for the ‘fabulous little ladies’ attending this VAZ event (the sweet spot for this event was 6-12 years, but everyone from 14 month old P to older teenage girls seemed to have a really great time!)

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Fancy fancy

 VAZ is a local group dedicated to providing women with fun and meaningful ‘girls night out’ type experiences.  The event we attended was their annual junior VAZ – and it was, indeed fabulous.

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Great turnout! 

Among the many vendors present, I spotted a couple familiar places who are clients of mine:

  Little Miss Bella Boutique in Farmington!  A great spot to pamper your little princess with a manicure or a tea party!

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Playhouse on Park! With a booth all decked out for the occasion in dress up finery

There were tons and tons of fine, girly merchandise for sales – from shoes to tutus.  Thankfully, Penelope has excellent taste and she chose the $5 teddy bear – proceeds from which benefited Grace Academy Hartford.

Penelope might have been a bit young to really get into the shopping (oh thank you God) but she was completely into the red carpet.  Little girls ages 6 and up were invited to strut down a runway MC’d by Cinderella

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Work it, ladies

So naturally, Penelope had to test out the runway herself

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There was dancing and much excitement

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With her lovely cousin Ava.  Still eyeing the stage however.  Can’t keep a diva off the stage.

After we left VAZ, slightly dazed, in a sugar coma, and covered in glitter, my Aunt Virginia suggested we walk down to the Wadsworth, which was offering free admission for Open House Day!

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So cool

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And there was a live DJ and chalk for the kiddos outside!

Inside, there were a myriad of arts and crafts activities, as well as the opportunity to dress up and be photographed in traditional African clothing garments as an interactive function of one of the Wadsworth’s new exhibits: Fresh Faces (a collection of varied portrayals of African Americans in American art).

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It’s amazing how often you can go to the Wadsworth and end up leaving with something you created yourself!  Here, museum goers create collages with varied textured papers, as well as their own art pieces.

So, Saturday was a fine day out in Hartford.  Sunday was, of course, Father’s Day, and Mike took off for golf with his Dad for most of the day, leaving P and I to our own devices.  We stayed local in Granby, visiting two farms and a vineyard and hiking at Enders.

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Picking scapes at The Garlic Farm

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Paddling in the waterfalls at Enders

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So very gorgeous.  I recommend you go, and bring a towel

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Sitting in the Big Girl Chair at our favorite, Lost Acres Vineyard

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Whilst Mommy enjoyed a nice glass of rose

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The results of our shopping: local honey, scapes galore, Sweet Pea feta, local pork, and a bottle of rose

In addition the weekend’s festivities, I’d like to include a mention of Marcia, who is an amazing aesthetician who recently moved to Stonington, CT, from California.  She brought with her Lira products – a brand which is quite popular on the West Coast and based out of London.  Like another one of my favorite UK based brands – Lush – Lira uses all natural stem cell plant ingredients to create highly precise skin care products with homeopathic basis such as alpine roses and oranges.  Right up my alley!  I am a bit leery of chemical facials, so I was very into the ingredients list in this line.

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Tada!  Lira!

Marcia is warm, friendly, and consultative in her skin care approach.  She invited me down for a free facial after I met her through a mutual friend at one of our Hartford Magazine launch parties.  I’ve waiting a couple weeks to post this as I wanted to see the difference in my skin.  Since the facial, my occasional acne has cleared up considerably (I’ve also been using a gentle Lira facial exfoliator recommended by Marcia) and my skin has better shine and tone, without a doubt.  It was amazing how much dead skin was on my face (ok, it was disgusting)… immediately after the facial, I had visible freckles which weren’t there an hour before!

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Thanks so much Marcia!

Marcia can be found right on Stonington’s cozy main street, inside Elizabeth’s Hair Studio

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I have mad love for Stonington.  It’s just the quintessential Ct shoreline town, and the Main St is just quaint and perfect

If you do go see her, please mention this post for 10% off of a treatment of your choice!  And also,  like her page on Facebook for more info on what she does and the fabulous Lira product line.  You’re not likely to find it from another aesthetician on the East Coast, and the natural ingredients are worth a daytrip (not that we need an excuse with this gorgeous summery weather).  Plus, summer is a great time to protect your skin from the sun and the elements with a little pampering.  I’ll be back soon, without a doubt 🙂

 

 

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#TGIF with @AChangeofEatery + the @CTMusicAwards

Hello friends!  Let’s start with an inspirational picture from Penelope:

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No matter what obstacles you find today – believe in yourself and you will overcome!

And, because it’s FRIDAY, let’s talk cocktails with Emily Cahill, Community Manager for Yelp in Hartford.  She is mixing up one of her own creations, which she collaborated with Onyx Moonshine to create.  Catch her, Onyx, and a whole cache of wonderful local charities at The Society Room in Hartford on Wednesday, June 18th, for Yelp Helps!

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Wow yourself

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This was my second chance to hang with Emily this week (yay) as she also attended the 3rd annual CT Music Awards, which is our very own event produced by the one and only Chip McCabe

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Photo by Nick Caito

This is a very special, red carpet, Emmy style awards ceremony which celebrates the local music scene in CT (and also, let’s face it, attracts one of the largest native crowds of hipsters to be found anywhere outside of Brooklyn).  The bands are all voted on by the local community at ctnow.com – and the full results of the poll can be viewed here.

Naturally, for a red carpet, a girl’s gotta dress.  I had lots of help thanks to one of our generous event sponsors: Blo West Hartford

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Before

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During

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After!

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Angie of 1974 was in at the same time as me to get her hair styled.  She is delightful

After my hair was properly buffed and bounced to shiny perfection, I headed over to Venom Vintage, where Dina was awaiting me with several dress options for the evening

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She also had her hair styled by Blo and it is fierce so I have to share

Dina carries several decades worth of vintage looks, and she was kind enough to loan me an enormously kick ass dress to rock on the red carpet.  Thanks Dina!

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I could be on the set of Dallas in this dress.  So sparkly

I arrived early at the Bushnell to assist with some last minute set up of the swag bags – which was a less than enjoyable, frantic experience.

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Hello, 500 swag bags.  How nice to meet you

Almost anyone who works events knows that the couple of hours before things kick off are sweaty and awkward and terrifying and stressful – and then suddenly – it’s “go” time, and everything is perfect, and it’s all so very worth it

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Honestly, I didn’t do very much compared to the rest of our events team, which set up among other things this red carpet and step and repeat.  Pictured: Sean Fowler photographing 1974

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Mr. Nick Caito, Emily, myself, and Carolyn Paine, who was also performing that evening!

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That’s an action shot of Carolyn doing her hipster ballet thing with 1974 during one of the three live musical performances of the evening (Elison Jackson and Fight the Fear also took to the stage)

I was, I’ll admit, a bit disappointed that one of my local favorites, Little Ugly, didn’t take any awards home this year.  But it was nonetheless cool to yet again be part of this event and feel the energy of so many talented musicians and artists.

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Including some behind the scenes folks like Kat Mizla, who designed all the graphics.

So rock on, Hartford.  Rock right on.

#TGIF with @FireboxCT and a groovy block party @TheWadsworth #HartfordHasIt

Ah, rhubarb everything.  Thanks, Ben, for demo-ing this awesome cocktail for me.  And man, it was delicious.  The trick appears to be creating a nice rhubarb base and then voila – a high quality, very seasonal cocktail guaranteed to impress your friends.

Ingredients:

Rhubarb puree, cooked down with sugar and not strained

1/2 oz Aviation Gin

1/2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice

1/3 oz orchard apricot

Dash Bittermeins Amere Sauvage

Lemon twist

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So delicious.  Can’t go wrong with Firebox.

In addition, I’d like to include a little write up of a great event I attended last night – First Thursday at the Wadsworth Atheneum.  The Wadsworth hosts First Thursday – on – you guessed it – the First Thursday of every month, with a different theme, movie, crafting activity, and other interactive events.  This groovy, 70s edition was a heck of a lot of fun.  I wasn’t planning on dressing up, but I happened to be at Venom Vintage today shopping looks for the Ct Music Awards on Tuesday (spoiler alert: I found an awesome 90s get up and I can’t wait to rock it).  Long story short, Dina found out where I was headed and proferred a pair of very groovy, very vintage pants.

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Yaaaaaas

I attended the party with Amanda and Jade

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Pictured here with the one of the Wadsworth’s awesome marketing staff, Sarah (left to right: Jade, me, Sarah, Amanda)

This First Thursday was entirely out doors (continuing my resolution to do outdoor things this summer!  yay!)  And featured a very swaggy VIP patio, sponsored by Yelp Hartford:

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Pictured: Mz. Yelp herself, Emily Cahill.  Killing it in a crop top

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Pictured: awesome photo opps on the weird yet amazing plastic Yelp couch. 

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Amanda also looked adorable blowing bubbles at the Yelp lounge.

In addition to Yelp, there was a wonderful clothing rack from the brand new add here.  I spazzed out on the clothes and didn’t take adequate pictures of their wares, but that’s ok, because I’ll be back soon to shop their new location.

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Not spazzing at all and taking all the adequate photos: Mr. Nick Caito.  Working it for Ctnow.com

Ted’s Montana Grill was also onsite, slinging delicious, free bison and beef slider burgers to the VIPs

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And photobombing all the pictures.  Thanks Conor.  Bonus points because he looks like he might be growing out of Amanda’s shoulder due to the angle.

Due to Amanda and my’s Mommy Status, we didn’t get to stay as long as we would have liked.  Which means we only got to peep at the block party, which featured a fantastic, energetic crowd and line dancing

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Yes, line dancing!  So fun

But that was ok as we 1. had a terrific time and 2. left at just the right moment to see the sun setting on the large sculpture outside the Wadsworth.

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Gorgeous

Hurray for long summer night and parties in art museums.  All good things.

RIP Grandma Iacobucci

 

 

Let’s do everything outside – it’s summer – and let’s start with dinner at The Place

Full disclosure: I am writing this from the Garlic Farm in West Granby! I’ll be managing their newsletter this summer and keeping the locals up to date with breaking news on ramps and CSAs and such. Hurrah!  I can’t wait for ramp pesto in a couple of weeks – will most definitely share the recipe and I may end up with a surplus if anyone is interested in sampling – so stay tuned.  Also: look how bucolic it is out here – consider a day trip:

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Sitting on a bench, under a shady tree, in the late afternoon in early June on a nice farm – it’s just delightful

My resolution this summer is going to be a simple one – spend as much time as possible outside. It’s fitting to start by writing al fresco about my al fresco dining experience this weekend at The Place in Guilford.

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Simple grilled goodness.  The entire menu is listed on the red board in the background.

This restaurant operates only in the summer (which makes sense if you’ve ever asked yourself “why don’t I eat outside today?” in Connecticut in January – which you haven’t, because no one ever wants to do that). The owners spend half the year in Florida, and the vibe of this restaurant is very reminiscent of, say, the Rum Bar in Palm Beach Gardens, FL (one of my favorite spots down south). Very casual, all outdoors, just show up, have a good time, and enjoy.

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“Attack lobsters,” for example, are native to Florida

Due to the popularity of the concept, expect a long wait in summer and be warned: they do not take reservations!

“The Place” has a beautifully zen menu concept, all the way down to the order system (more on that in a minute). It’s BYOB

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OR BYOMJFOSCM (bring your own mason jar full of spicy cucumber margarita)

And BYOG too (Bring Your Own Glasses)

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Mine are Lilly Pulitzer acrylics and I love them

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Also, BYOCP (Bring Your Own Cheese Plate) – ours had blue cheese (foreground), honey, roasted brussel sprouts, parmigiano reggiano, Griffin farmstead chevre, and olives

My good friend Leeanne, her husband Rob, and my Uncle Stephen and Aunt Ramie joined us for dinner.  Not pictured but absolutely delicious was Leeanne’s garlicky  feta dip, accompanied with pita chips.  We also ordered two rounds of grilled clams to start our meal:

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Seared to hot perfection on the open flame and topped with just a bit of tomato sauce. 

For our main, five out of the six people at the table ordered lobsters – with Rob opting for a steak instead (which he claimed to be absolutely delicious).  And we all, wisely, ordered corn on the cob:

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LOOK AT THAT CORN.  The fact that it was dipped in a giant vat of melted butter may have enhanced the charred flavor.

Corn was at the lowest end of the price spectrum on the menu, at $2.95, and lobster was the highest: venturing up to $29.95 for a 1 3/4 pound lobster (although we all ordered in the 1 1/4- 1 1/2 pound range for a slightly lower price).  In between, there were options for a native blue fish – which according to a friendly fellow diner who is related to the owners – has teeth and a ‘wicked’ bad temper – as well as non pescatarian options, such as the aforementioned steak and also grilled chicken.  Penelope stayed home with Grandma, as we dined a bit late -but The Place is very, very kid friendly, and next time she will join us for sure.

Oh, a quick note on the BYOB.  We saw plenty of wine circling the tables, but the only options to purchase onsite were Snapple, water, and other basic, non-alchoholic libations – so plan accordingly.

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If you’re smart you will invite my Uncle Stephen and he will make you spicy cucumber margaritas with a hot salt relish.  Note my uber fashionable whale sweatshirt.

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Here is drink number two: a creamy and licorice minded Chartreusian Flip

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Which paired awfully well with this little beauty – a perfectly roast lobster

We strolled up between courses to warm up by the fire pit and observe the double cooking method of the lobster – first boiled and then grilled for tender, sweet results.  For purists, there is also the option to order the lobster plain boiled.  We also checked out the uniquely simple firing method at The Place:

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Just a set of tiles and each order is tallied in pencil and then marked off when complete.  Plus the stack of paper plates which everything is served on.  I told you it was simple.

Not so simple was our dessert wine pairing: a bottle of Pontefract “port” which was kindly fetched for me by Leeanne from Sharpe Hill Vineyards when she visited this weekend!

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I had tried it back in April and loved the St. Croix grapes and complex palate, so she brought me a bottle and we enjoyed it with the dessert menu with The Place also offers to finish off your meal.

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I chose carrot cake but preferred the Mississippi Mud Cake which my wiser friends ordered. 

Dry carrot cake notwithstanding, the vibe, food, and price point at The Place combined to make for a delightful dining experience which was well worth the drive.  Can’t wait to go back this summer and try the blue fish!

An al fresco runway show on Pratt St proves that #HartfordHasStyle

On wings of green brocade, the model descended onto the red carpet, which rolled out before her as she strutted with confidence between the historic buildings of Pratt St.

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Somewhat blurry action shot.  Note the Pratt St arch in the background!

In reality, there was plenty of hard work involved in bringing this first time, al fresco fashion show to Pratt St.  But the effect was an effortless fusion of provocative beauty and couture, courtesy of Naimah Spann and the team of Niro Design Center for the first “Hartford Has Style” fashion show on May 17th

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Thanks to Kerri Provost of Real Hartford for lending her photos (and she also attended and covered this event – you can read her write up here).  Above: Niros’ mission statement

Niro is a 100% locally owned and operated clothing boutique on Pratt St in Hartford – but it’s much more than just clothes.  Their mission statement is to create something completely fulfilling out of fashion – which at times may seem a bit superficial.  To this end, one of the keynote speakers at “Hartford Has Style” was Niro alumn Jamoy Thompson – the current Miss Black Connecticut Ambassador.  Also there to inspire and entertain the crowd – our very own Logan Byrnes – FOX CT TV Host, and MC extraordinaire.

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Not really hard to get the man on the red carpet.  I’m just saying.  Oh yes, and he killed it, in case you’re curious.

The opening, haute couture designer of the evening was the House of Ettienne.  His clothing was, thanks to the styling as well as construction, sexy and editorial whilst still incorporating ready to wear elements

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Heating it up.  Photo courtesy of Kerri Provost.

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Totally wearable, photo also thanks to Kerri

There was also menswear, thanks to the fabulous, local Hartford Denim Company.

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Because men can strut it too.  Thanks again Kerri!  Your action shots are much, much better than mine.

And to wrap up the evening: a swimsuit show from Carmen Veal Swimwear

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Such beauty.  Umm, thanks again Kerri.

Also noteworthy – much of the footwear in the runway show was from That Flavor Boutique, which partnered with Niro for the event and will be opening soon on Pratt St!  Awesome.  Finally a shoe store to tempt me when I’m downtown.  I perused the offerings during intermission, which range in price from $30 – $300, and spotted many a Betsey Johnson shoe.  Yes please – I’ll be back very soon!

Decidedly not noteworthy, but it’s my blog so I’m including it anyway – I happened to wear a top from Niro which also walked the runway!

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Photo on the left by Kerri: photo on the right courtesy of Alex Syphers for Ctnow.com – check out all his great shots here!

 

You can like the Hartford Has Style Facebook page for more information on the show and info on when the next one.  Congrats again to Naimah and her team for bringing such a unique and visually appealing runway show to the streets (quite literally) of Hartford.

A Farmer’s Market Roundup

Hello!  Summer is right around the corner, and with it, the chance to buy everything from cheese to veggies to Onyx Moonshine outside and locally at the Farmer’s Market.  Below is a round up of some of my favorite markets, as well as those recommended by Facebook friends in CT.

…and speaking of summer, the 90 + Cellar’s Rose Cruise is right around the corner too, on June 7th!  I’m very excited to travel up to Boston to attend this event (only a couple hours away – I love CT) and tickets are available today with a $10 discount when you use the code DRINKROSE33.  Visit here to purchase:  http://bit.ly/drinkrose14

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OK!  back to the farmers market.  Top dog in town appears to be, by an overwhelming majority, Coventry Farmer’s Market.  Which makes sense, as it’s the largest in the state, features amazing happenings such as the annual Farm to Shaker competition, and also won the Best of Hartford readers’ poll this year!

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Here is Winter and her amazing crew celebrating their win, along with a Celebrity Chicken.  Photo courtesy of Robert Cooper for Ctnow.com

I went to Coventry last summer with a wee Penelope and Caitlin, and she did a write up of it on her blog, which is here if anyone wants to read it/see cute vintage Penelope baby pictures.  If you want to visit, the market takes place every Sunday from April to October.

But just because Coventry is amazing doesn’t mean we should ignore the other amazing markets in the state!  Next up on the list is Billings Forge, which is an urban year round market located on Broad St in Hartford.  It’s within walking distance of my office, and I stroll down all the time to get goodies such as fresh greens from Collinsville, goat cheese from Sweet P (which I can also get, to be fair, within a couple miles of my house but it’s nice to see it in the city!) and kale and radishes from Simsbury.  The Billings Forge market also accepts food stamps and is a great way to bring fresh, green things to the city.  And in the summer, you can catch the Nora Cupcake truck or the amazing vegan G Monkey Mobile for a fresh twist on lunch!  The Billings Forge market takes place every Thursday, all year round.

It would be wrong to make this list and not include my home town market of course.  I feel like all of the Granbys are basically a giant farmers’ stand in the summer – with fresh goat cheese available at Sweet P, local wine at Lost Acres, and many, many little vegetable stands.  It’s pretty great, and so is our stand alone farmers market, which runs from June – October.  One of the best wares to come out of our region, in my opinion, are gorgeous wildflowers, so if you’re looking to pretty up your next dinner party or surprise a significant other, you know where to go!

OK, on to the recommendations.  LeeAnne – our favorite resident foodie- gives a shout out to Coventry (of course) but also recommends her local Ellington or  South Windsor markets.  Jennifer Crookes Carpenter – PR lady extraordinaire – has home town pride in Collinsville, and their market which includes: he best ramps, garlic and tomatoes around (plus a one-eyed rooster),” which sounds pretty amazing.  And my awesome coworker Rebecca gave me a tip for another urban market near Hartford Hospital on Fridays (cool – especially for anyone who is staying in the hospital long term), plus the Suffield Farmers’ Market – which is also close to home for me, so I’ll be checking it out this summer once it opens in June.  Thanks everyone for the tips!

If you have a local, favorite market which isn’t mentioned here, please leave it in the comments below 🙂

Soft opening of @TedMontanaGrill – a game changing cocktail @KrustPizzaBar and Curious George @CTScienceCenter

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Greetings friends!

Ok, the picture above is pretty unrelated to everything else in this post but LOOK AT HER.  How can I possibly help myself?

Anyway, here’s a recap of the weekend’s festivities, which included: the soft opening of Ted’s Montana Grill on Front St in Hartford, a spontaneous girls’ trip to Arrigoni Winery in Portland, followed by cocktails and bites at Krust, a fashion show inspired by Kate Hepburn at the CT Historical Society, a trip to the CT Science Center to meet Curious George, and last but not least – a Foxwoods with my husbands’ family for Mothers’ Day.  Whew!  Let’s get started shall we?

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Left to right: Joshua Reese – CEO of Camp Courant, me, Kerry Burrows, and Conor Geary, Marketing Manager for Ted’s Montana Grill, Hartford.  Photo courtesy of Jim DeMicco

I’ve been waiting for this restaurant to open ever since Conor announced he was leaving City Steam to head up their local marketing team.  Kerry has been to their South Windsor location several times and was happy to guide me through the menu.  And bumping into Joshua from our own Camp Courant was a nice surprise that definitely merited a photo!

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Also photogenic: the Strawberry Margaritas

Because this was a soft opening, all the food was free!  But for a soft opening, things went remarkably smoothly.  Our server (a dead ringer for Jennifer Lawrence) was friendly, knowledgeable, and familiar as she also works part time at City Steam.  The food came out in a timely manner, was cooked very well, as the menu described, and condiments and niceties such as water freshening were provided before we could think to ask of them.

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Salt-N-Pepper Onion Rings, which were thick and meaty with a nicely seasoned flaky breading

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For balance with the fried/meaty stuff: a pretty, seasonal Strawberry Spinach Salad.  Not my favorite of the items we ordered, but Kerry loved it!

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Kerry and I opted to split the New Mexico Burger, which was a bison patty loaded with pepper jack cheese, roasted Anaheim peppers, spicy tomato jam and fresh guacamole

I’ll be the first to admit I’m a bit of a sucker for a good Bison burger.  My previous experience with this protein has tended to be at Foxwoods, at Fuddruckers, around 2 am in the morning – so it was nice to sample a gourmet version at a more, shall we say, ‘seasonable’ hour.  The peppery jam and guacamole worked very nicely atop the gamey bison – to be honest I’ll have a hard time ordering anything else off the Ted’s menu as I liked this so much!  A good problem to have, for sure.

After work, I rounded up two of the finest ladies around – Carolyn Paine and Emily Cahill respectively, and we headed down to Arrigoni Vineyards in search of a wine tasting.  I didn’t take a lot of pictures of the tasting itself, which is ok because I want to go back to do a full post at some point in the future.  Ah yes, but the maple syrup infused, and aptly named, Sugar House – deserved a mention right this very minute, because it was fantastic.  The key to this wine is that it’s not too sweet – the flavor of the maple sings through the simple table white vs the sugar content.  And it’s a breakfast wine!! I love that.  Naturally I took a bottle home with me for a maple syrup themed brunch at some point in the near future.

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This is the only picture I managed to take at the vineyard.  But it pretty much sums up everything.

On the way to the vineyard, we drove right by Krust – and Emily casually suggested that ‘just perhaps’ we could stop by on the way back?  Ah yes, what a marvelous suggestion.  We ponied up to the bar

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With an excellent view of the wood fire pizza oven

And proceeded to order, pretty much, boozy cereal in a glass

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The Cinnamon Toast Krust: featuring Tanduay Rum and the tears of angels

Carolyn and Emily opted for the – predictably – fantastic pizza, but I chose the road less traveled and went for a menu item I’ve long been curious about – the Liuzzi Burratina

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The fact that it came with a seasonal ramp garnish and pungent ramp pesto just made it all the easier to order.  The cheese is also local – sourced from North Haven

This cheese ball was every bit as good as I had hoped it would be, although I did find the pesto croutons to be a touch overseasoned.  Having said that, the creamy, fall apart fresh cheese paired extraordinarily well with the heavy, garlicky ramp pesto and crisp croutons, as well as the malbec I ordered to pair with it.

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I love these ladies so hard.

Emily and Carolyn continued their night’s adventures with karaoke and other fun, wild things – but I was home to baby and husband and that was just fine.  Especially as the next day, it was up and off to a fun, casual fashion show inspired by Kate Hepburn at the Ct Historical Society!

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“Kate Couture”

All the looks were provided by Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets – which means I was personally underwhelmed by several looks by clothing stores that, well, I’m just not crazy about (I’m looking at you, Chico’s.  So sorry).  But even though it wasn’t all ‘my style,’ it was still very cool to see how the producers of the show put together looks which were both period and Kate Hepburn inspired.  And I did fall completely in love at the end of the show, when the Saks Fifth Avenue off 5th pieces strutted down the runway.

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The middle look is a Rebecca Taylor peplum waist LBD.  I fully plan on hunting it down.  And thanks to the swag bag, I have a coupon.  Holla!

Post show, I had a surprise, fabulous run-in with the Marketing Director of the Wadsworth, Amanda Young

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Pictured left modeling a fierce business onesie (ok, maybe it’s shorts and a super cute nautical top – but close enough).  My Alice + Olivia dress was purchased the day before at Silkworm in West Hartford!  I can already tell it will be a wardrobe staple.

There were plenty of ladies out and about, many with their mommas!  I got to see Carolyn again with her mother (yay) as well as the always lovely Kerri Provost of Real Hartford.  The fashion show also clued me in to very cool tip for the fall – the Wadsworth will be hosting a Posh Sale this year!  I attended one several years ago and have been hoping to have the chance to go to another ever since.  More info to follow on this event, which will feature unique vintage clothing for sale from the Wadsworth’s amazing textile gallery.

Sunday was, of course, Mother’s Day.  We celebrated by attending a pancake breakfast with Curious George, to which we were invited by Tracy Shirer – Marketing Manager at the CT Science Center

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Thanks for the tickets Tracy!  It was a very special first Science Center trip for Penelope 🙂

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And the pancakes were oh-so-delicious too!  Yum

Unfortunately, as so often happens with small children, Curious George turned out to be “way more intense in person,” to quote Mitch Hedburg.

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Flee the monkey (note Tracy trying to cheer her up.  Not working)

punch the monkey

Punch the monkey if you can.  Whatever it takes to get away.

So alas, Curious George was a little scary, but everything else at the Ct Science Center was a big hit, including the bouncy castle in the background of the pictures!  I hadn’t realized how much cool stuff there was for toddlers at the Science Center, from the kinetic experiments on the first floor…

golf balls

Ooh golf balls.  So fascinating

balls

…and motion activated bubbles on the fourth floor…

dinosaur

…and sweet dinosaurs to ride in the rooftop garden!

We had an absolute blast, and would have absolutely stayed longer had we not been going to meet my husband’s family at Foxwoods to celebrate Mother’s Day

family

As well as the engagement of Katlin Connelly and Steve Boudreau – second and last in row on the left hand side.  Congrats to you guys!  Can’t wait for the wedding.

I hope everyone else had a wonderful Mother’s Day Weekend with their mamas, or mama figures, in their lives.  As always, thanks for reading xoxo