Wooo! A busy and foodie couple of weeks folks. But first – two sneak preview of upcoming posts I’m very excited about…
Love Under the Boardwalk
In partnership with the Wadsworth’s new and very noteworthy Coney Island Exhibit, my good friend Carolyn Paine is producing an original choreographed production, produced by the Wadsworth Atheneum, in partnership with her company, CONNetic Dance. Featuring classical ballet intermixed with circus theatricals, performances will be Saturday, February 7th, at 2 pm and 8 pm, and tickets are available at the Wadsworth’s website.
Also – Penelope had a Very Special Photoshoot and she was the littlest Princess Elsa of all at Sassy Mouth Photo!
I can’t even. Bet you can’t either. So cute.
So, more to come on both these things. But first – a look back at some amazing and fun times over the past couple of weeks!
First, Hartford picked up a new Tapas restaurant: Majorca
With some good friends, old and new at the Grand Opening, which benefited Family Life Education
Majorca specializes in tapas, small plates, and is a very welcome continuation of the space once occupied by O’Porto in the West End.
Grilled calamari. Charred to perfection and ever so preferable to the more prevalent, fried variety
Oysters with a classic vinaigrette. REALLY big oysters.
A true Spanish classic: dates stuffed with manchego and wrapped in prosciutto.
There were also four cocktail samples to try:
Pictured left to right: Pineapple Mule (pineapple vodka, ginger beer, fresh pineapple), Ginger Plum Martini (plum vodka, ginger liqueur, sour mix), the “Majorca” (citrus vodka, Hypnotic, and white cranberry juice) and Red Sangria (simple syrup, triple sec, fruit juice, and Sycamore Lane Cabernet)
As well as a fancy, necessary cheese plate:
Paired with a nice rioja – always good to find a rioja present on the wine list.
I am quite, quite happy to have this new little gem among my dining choices in Hartford, and I’m excited to go back for a full meal – hopefully soon!
Speaking of meals – Taste of Hartford is currently entering its second week.
P and I have gone out twice to enjoy it – and I’m looking forward to going to Agave (sans P, alas) later on this week. This last week’s experiences took us to Ted’s Montana Grill and Carbone’s, respectively. But before Teds – we hit up the CT Science Center
Which had a packed house due to special pricing for MLK Day
This wasn’t our frist trip to the Science Center, but it definitely was the best so far – P really enjoyed herself and is finally old enough to fully enjoy the exhibits geared towards younger kids – of which there are several! Our favorites:
Kinetic water experiments on the first floor
Digging for fossils on the third floor
And a super fun ‘eco awareness’ playhouse (also on the 3rd floor)
We followed this awesome playtime by lunch at Ted’s
Bison burger for me, cookie for P, happiness for all
And went out again a couple days later to Carbone’s with the lovely Cathy and Rachel!
In addition to the Taste menu, there was a very, very excellent Arancini starter
Paired with a nice Aperol Sunset cocktail:
Like a margarita, but with way more bite
Followed by a lovely salad
P ate all my pomegranate seeds for me
And a perfectly sized portion of lemony shrimp risotto:
Which I paired with prosecco because of course I did.
For anyone who’s not familiar, Taste is a restaurant week – well weeks really – featuring prix fixe appetizer, entree, and dessert options for either $20.15 or $30.15. It’s fun and affordable and I put quite a bit of time into organizing it, so I really appreciate that I can ‘eat’ it once it’s up and running -not all promotions offer such literal satisfaction. In addition to several wonderful meals, I was thoroughly spoiled this weekend at Mohegan Sun and Wine Festival
I was able to stop by the Bourbon Tasting on Friday night, which was a new experience for me and also, a neat use of my 2014 resolution (which was to drink more bourbon). I was extraordinarily negligent on the photos – however – I did enjoy several samplings: Maker’s 46 being my favorite. It was elated to be able to drink it both neat and on the rocks and appreciate its nuances and woody palate – finally a bourbon girl! Hurrah! Also, who wouldn’t appreciate this dessert lineup:
And I did, at least, manage a bathroom selfie, because who doesn’t love one of those?
In a new fav dress from Silkworm and absolutely zero chill. Oh well.
Returning the next day for Sun Wine Fest, I managed to both: 1/ take many more pictures and 2/ really enjoy this event, which last year had been overwhelmed and under impressed. It’s hard to do Wine Fest and not feel the immediate, pressing urge to sample all the wine. Because there are so many to try, both high end and low, and going in with focus and direction helps:
And also a map
Amanda and I attended together and came up with a simple plan: stick to bubbles as much as possible:
Moet bubbles with strawberry caviar
Ok, cheating because not carbonated, but a really excellent French rose: Whispering Angel
Three nice varietals from Sonoma, from the Gloria Ferrer. Where I’ll be hopefully headed at Thanksgiving. Oh yaaas.
I also bumped into some good friends:
Yes, I consider Mumm Napa Rose to be a good friend. We are on BFF terms actually
Also, the gorgeous Betsy Foster and a ‘ghost Lisa’
Our amazing and beautiful Social Media maven, Suzie Hunter, with her new friend Oliver English
And last, but very certainly not least – the Cupcake Goddess herself, Carrie, of Nora Cupcake
To wrap up the afternoon, we headed upstairs to the beer tasting and I found a very nice new summer beverage which I’ll absolutely be stalking down locally, one way or another:
It’s from the Long Island sound and it’s a glorious tart combination of whiskey, vodka, and lemonade. I loved it.
So yes, quite a lovely afternoon, all in all! Not to mention, a great couple of weeks. Yay.