Where to go for New Year’s Eve in Fairfield, CT

The best places to ring in the new year in Fairfield, CT.   BONNE ANNÉE (THE FRENCH WAY!) BISTRO VERSAILLES New chef J. Carlos Rodriguez offers a holiday-inspired menu to ring in the New Year. Classic French cuisine options include a Potato Leek Soup with Bacon Lardon and White Truffle Oil, Torchon de Foie Gras, Arctic Char, Pork Belly Confit, and more. Oh, and dessert includes a decadent German Chocolate Bomb with Pecan Coconut filling. TIME: Dinner hours COST: A La Carte RESERVE: 203-661-6634 GO: 339 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich   DOUBLE THE FUN BAR BQ & MCFADDENS The collaboration between [...]

Where To Go for New Year’s Eve in Westchester, NY

The best places to celebrate New Year's Eve in Westchester, NY. 80s NEW YEAR PARTY LITTLE DRUNKEN CHEF Yes, we’re headed into 2017, but Little Drunken Chef is offering a throwback to the 80s. Dress the decade and dance to music by DJ Matthew Maxwell. Enjoy “Drunken” munchies all night long and a champagne toast at midnight. Confetti, contests, and party favors are also included. TIME: 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. COST: $75 per person RESERVE: 914-242-8800 GO: 36 Main St., Mount Kisco   DINNER & DANCING THE BRIARCLIFF MANOR Head to The Briarcliff Manor, and you’ll be greeted with a welcome cocktail. Dinner [...]

By | 2017-10-04T16:44:45+00:00 December 26th, 2016|cocktails, craft beer, entertaining, holiday, westchester, wine|0 Comments

IntoxiKate’s Edible Holiday Gift Guide: Buzz and Bloom Honey

{Buzz + Bloom Honey: For the Sweet Foodie on Your List} If you have your finger on the consumer trends for 2016, you know there's been a lot of buzz about honey. The natural sweetener is attracting consumers, and anytime you've piqued the public's interest, producers are soon to follow. Honey is used to sweeten a whole host of food products—from cereals to pastry. With food lovers looking to be a bit healthier in 2017 (it's a trend!), I doubt honey is going anywhere. While there's definite benefits to sourcing local, I often try to explore my options. Enter: Buzz [...]

By | 2016-12-19T16:04:46+00:00 December 19th, 2016|eat + drink, for the kitchen, holiday, organic, sweet|0 Comments

IntoxiKate’s Edible Holiday Gift Guide: Nudo Adopt Olive Oil

{Nudo Adopt Olive Oil: For the Environmentally-Conscious Home Cook} To say it simply, Nudo Adopt is a subscription olive oil service—you adopt an olive oil tree from one of seven Italian groves, and then receive shipments of cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil that tastes anything but simple. The bonus? Your adoption scores you discounts on the online store, plus helps to preserve traditional farming practices in the beautiful Italian countryside. Hello, #giftsthatgiveback! Just like wine, climate and soil conditions affect the taste of the final product (in this case, olive oil). Nudo Adopt not only provides information on each of [...]

By | 2016-12-09T17:28:30+00:00 December 9th, 2016|eat + drink, farm to table, for the kitchen, holiday, organic|0 Comments

IntoxiKate’s Edible Holiday Gift Guide: Constellation Chocolate from IfOnly.com

{Constellation Chocolate: The Ultimate Gift for the Chocolate-Lover} Tyler Florence. Jose Andres. Traci Des Jardins. Thomas Keller. If you’re anything like me, you know you’d pay a hefty amount to get a bite of flavor from any of the chefs listed above, let alone 21 of the best chefs in the world. But, if you’re shopping on IfOnly.com, that’ll cost you $75 and gain you some good karma points; the countless experiences listed on the website—from extravagant trips to the culinary world—are paired with charities. Not only do you get to taste Michael Mina’s chocolate-covered caramel with Maldon sea salt, but you [...]

By | 2016-12-09T15:25:12+00:00 December 8th, 2016|chefs, eat + drink, holiday, sweet|0 Comments

IntoxiKate’s Edible Holiday Gift Guide: Rachel Pauls Happy Bars

{Rachel Pauls Happy Bars: For the Fitness Buff Looking for a Healthy Energy Bar} The more talk to people, the more I realize how many of us suffer from digestive issues (myself included!). The mass amount of carbohydrates we consume in food products are difficult for our bodies to digest, so the bad bacteria in our guts feed on them, causing issues like gas, bloating and more. Low FODMAPS foods, including these bars, are more easily digestible and help eliminate IBS symptoms. That’s why Dr. Rachel Pauls created Happy Bars. These delicious, natural energy bars have less than .5 grams [...]

By | 2016-12-06T12:31:57+00:00 December 5th, 2016|eat + drink, enjoy, health, holiday|0 Comments

IntoxiKate’s Edible Holiday Gift Guide: Creme Delicious Cookies

{Creme Delicious Cookies: For the Food Lover Looking for Edible Art} Sandy Patangay, owner of Creme Delicious, spent years crafting traditional Henna art, but it wasn’t until she moved to the United States when she transfer that craft to pastry. The result? Intricately hand-decorated artisanal cakes, cookies, and French macarons sporting designs inspired by the ancient art of Henna—swirls of colors creating one-of-a kind, edible works of art. Check out my interview with Sandy, and how she transformed body art to bakery art. For more information about Creme Delicious, check out the IntoxiKate Edible Holiday Gift Guide.

By | 2016-12-05T10:16:54+00:00 December 4th, 2016|eat + drink, entertaining, holiday, sweet|0 Comments

IntoxiKate’s Edible Holiday Gift Guide: Dana Confections’ Calissons

{Dana Confections: For the Food Lover Who Loves Paris} While I’m pretty on top of regional cuisines in the savory field, I’ve got to educate myself a bit more in the sweet realm. And I’m going to start with calissons! This French candy has two layers—a chewy, fruit and almond blend topped with royal French icing. Rachel Dana, owner of Dana Confections, puts her own twist on this traditional sweet, and is one of a handful of confectioners who offer calissons in the US. Plus, she sources most of her ingredients locally, ensuring the freshest ingredients are used to create [...]

By | 2016-12-05T10:16:44+00:00 December 3rd, 2016|eat + drink, entertaining, holiday, sweet|0 Comments

IntoxiKate’s Edible Holiday Gift Guide: Brazi Bites

Brazi Bites: For the Food Lover Who Loves Experiencing Regional Cuisine When creator Junea Rocha couldn’t find her favorite snack—Brazilian cheese bread—in the United States, she tapped her family recipe book to create Brazi Bites. Fast forward to a few years later (and an appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank), and Brazi Bites are in thousands of stores nationwide. These bite-sized, gluten-free goodies are found in the freezer aisle, and are probably one of the few items I’ve tested that taste (and feel) freshly baked. I’m officially obsessed with all four flavors— Cheddar Parmesan, Garlic, Asiago, Zesty Pepper Jack, and the [...]

By | 2016-12-05T10:16:31+00:00 December 2nd, 2016|eat + drink, entertaining, for the kitchen, holiday|0 Comments