Music, Country Fair Bacon, and Peaches in Norwalk

When I think about peaches, I think about wrapping my hand around something soft and fuzzy, pulling the small fruit off its perch from one of my dad's trees. It's a nostalgic moment—definitely summer, and I can almost feel the juice run down my chin as I take a bite. Refreshing. When it comes to Peaches Southern Pub & Juke Joint, I'm not thinking soft and fuzzy, but I am thinking refreshing. Here, my tastebuds aren't getting the same effect as sinking my teeth into a ripe peach, but I will admit, the collaboration between owner Greer Fredericks and executive [...]

By | 2017-02-01T21:32:22+00:00 February 1st, 2017|cocktails, eat + drink, fairfield, savory, sweet|0 Comments

Southern Comfort Brunch: Judy’s Bar + Kitchen Stamford

Misconceptions can be everything with food. And I, of all people, should know better. Normally I'd tout that you can't get southern food like you can in the South. I'd also be bold enough to say I'm not a huge breakfast fan—savory is my thing and I usually find too many sweets on morning menus. But Chef Judith Roll, of Judy's Bar + Kitchen in Stamford, may have convinced me otherwise on both accounts. Greeting you on the table are some tradition Southern breads to start you salivating—small portions of corn bread and bite-sized cheesy biscuits in small, stainless steel colanders [...]

By | 2017-01-26T17:45:54+00:00 January 26th, 2017|chefs, cocktails, eat + drink, fairfield, savory, sweet|0 Comments

Veggie is King Again at Dig Inn Rye Brook

When I first walked in to Dig Inn's new (and currently only Westchester) location in Rye Brook, I thought I was transported to Brooklyn. No, I'm not talking about the exposed brick walls and hanging Edison lightbulbs of yesteryear. It's more what you'd expect from a farm to table restaurant—light, airy, utilitarian (but beautiful) design. You're almost dining in an atrium, with the high ceiling in the back filled with skylights. Everything from the bowls to the lighting to the furniture looks like it was designed for them. And it turns out, most of it has been. I wasn't sure if [...]

Gourmet On The Go: Got Thyme Westchester

Okay, all my fellow foodies who are kickstarting the new year with a 30-Day Transformation, or those of you who are actually sticking to their new year resolution to be healthier in 2017—what is the hardest part of being on your new meal plan? TIME! I get it. When I was on my elimination meal plan to jumpstart my digestive system, I battled the clock on a daily basis. With our long work hours and family responsibilities, it's getting harder and harder to sit down to a healthy meal, let alone a home cooked one. Pair that with efforts to avoid certain foods—whether [...]

IntoxiKate’s Edible Holiday Gift Guide: Sweets by Goat Milk Stuff

{Goat Milk Stuff: For the Sweet Tooth} In 2008, PJ Jonas started Goat Milk Stuff with special soaps made from goat's milk from the family farm. Today, the raw, farm-fresh goat milk is transformed into all sorts of sweet stuff, including fudge and caramels. These decadent candies are almost too sinful to eat, with handmade treats made in small batches for the perfect gift idea. Here are some IntoxiKate favorites below: Chocolate Covered  Caramels | $2 per piece Sweet and salty, these gluten-free, sea salt caramels—made from goats milk—are smothered in dark chocolate. Goat Milk Caramels | $9 for 10 pieces Not [...]

By | 2016-12-19T22:40:35+00:00 December 19th, 2016|eat + drink, farmers market, sweet|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: 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: Molly’s Bakeovers

{Molly's Bakeovers: Stocking Stuffers EVERYONE Can Enjoy} It’s no secret food allergies are on the rise—I have more friends who suffer from gluten, peanut, and dairy allergies than I can count. It makes entertaining and gift giving a bit difficult. But thanks to Molly’s Bakeovers, I can feed all of my foodie friends with no problem. Molly’s Bakeovers gave the traditional cookie recipe a serious makeover. The result is a tastier, more nutritious cookie that’s free of gluten, dairy, peanuts, egg, and soy. I’m not entirely sure how they’ve baked such amazingness in a bite-sized cookie, but they’ve done it. [...]

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