Sunday Brunch at Center Street Social – Shelton, CT

Shelton, CT.  The town where Jeff and I both grew up, the town we met in, the town our family still lives in… Shelton really has come a long way since we grew up there.  I have to say, Shelton has a few good spots.  One new spot that I’ve been wanting to check out is Center Street Social.  I’ve been hearing lots about their Sunday brunch with bottomless Mimosas & Bloody Marys for $15.  Sounds pretty good to me! I finally got a chance to visit for Sunday brunch with a few good friends.  I must say, it was pretty good!

Zucchini Puttanesca

No… it’s not Spaghetti Puttanesca.  It’s Zucchini Puttanesca. <img data-attachment-id="5765" data-permalink="http://www.costacucina.com/2015/01/28/zucchini-puttanesca/image4-32/" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/www.costacucina.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/image4.jpeg?fit=640%2C640" data-orig-size="640,640" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="image4" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/www.costacucina.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/image4.jpeg?fit=300%2C300" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/www.costacucina.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/image4.jpeg?fit=640%2C640" class=" size-full wp-image-5765 aligncenter" src="https://i2.wp visit here.com/www.costacucina.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/image4.jpeg?resize=640%2C640″ alt=”image4″ srcset=”https://i2.wp.com/www.costacucina.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/image4.jpeg?w=640 640w, https://i2.wp.com/www.costacucina.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/image4.jpeg?resize=150%2C150 150w, https://i2.wp.com/www.costacucina.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/image4.jpeg?resize=300%2C300 300w, https://i2.wp.com/www.costacucina.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/image4.jpeg?resize=330%2C330 330w, https://i2.wp.com/www.costacucina.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/image4.jpeg?resize=500%2C500 500w, https://i2.wp.com/www.costacucina.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/image4.jpeg?resize=100%2C100 100w, https://i2.wp.com/www.costacucina.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/image4.jpeg?resize=80%2C80 80w” sizes=”(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px image-wp” data-recalc-dims=”1″ />   It’s still January and we’re tryyyyingggg to eat somewhat healthy.  On Pinterest, I’ve been seeing a lot of fun recipes for zucchini spaghetti and I’ve been wanting to try it.  Since we’re stuck inside for #blizzard2015 (which was a total fail in southern CT by the way), I figured it was

Sautéed Kale & Turkey Bowl

Lately these days, it’s dark out when we get home and we try to make something easy for dinner.  Most people I know can relate to this situation.  I have now come up with a great fast recipe that is healthy and satisfying!  Kale has quickly become the green du jour, so here’s a way to please even the most ardent of anti-kale people. Ingredients: (For 4 portions) 1 lb of ground turkey 1 large bunch of kale, washed and chopped 2 large cloves of garlic 1 cup of white wine 1/2 cup of chicken broth 1 can or 16

#3DaysToGreen Movement with Evolution Fresh

I’ve never believed in “juicing”.  Although I’m somewhat health conscious (ok … maybe I’m more than somewhat health conscious), I would rather eat my veggies than drink them. However, I’ve been hearing a lot about Evolution Fresh green juices and thought it was time to give it a try.  I figured if I was going to try it, it better be Evolution Fresh because it’s the only juice I can feel good about drinking.   There’s nothing added… no preservatives, no sweeteners and no added flavors – including the natural ones.  And each bottle is made from ONE POUND of vegetables!

Love Life {and pizza} – Brick + Wood in Fairfield, CT

There are few things on earth that we enjoy more than a good pizza.  We are, without a doubt, pizza snobs.  Oh – and wine.  Can’t forget about wine. We have Jeff’s mother to thank for that… We’ve had pizza & vino everywhere between New Haven and New York City, and from the Italian Alps to Puglia!  We’re happy to report that Brick + Wood delivers an authentic taste of Neapolitan pizza courtesy of their amazingly flavorful dough and expertly crafted brick oven.  It’s all in the name – a brick oven powered by wood. Before we dove into the

Caramelized Onion & Tomato Flatbread

Pizza.  Can’t live without it zyban smoking. This flatbread is a fantastic recipe, perfect to make as an appetizer for any dinner party or cocktail party.  It’s one that everyone will love – fresh and flavorful.  Just don’t be surprised with the plates are licked clean. This recipe was inspired by the pool bar we frequented at the FontaineBleau in Miami while we were there for my bachelorette party.  Yum!  Great on a hot summer day or even a cozy winter day. Ingredients: 1 uncooked pizza dough 4 tomatoes, sliced thin Arugula 2 onions, sliced thin (not chopped) Burrata or

Brunch @ Washington Prime

After our last visit to Washington Prime in South Norwalk, CT for dinner, we’ve been back quite a bit.  This is the finest of compliments because, hey, there’s just so many good places around to choose from! Last Sunday, we got together with our fellow bloggers and enjoyed a delicious brunch at Washington Prime.  They have a new buffet style brunch which honestly is a great format for brunch.  Some people (like me) like a breakfasty brunch and some people prefer more lunch brunch.  So this way, everyone is happy and can taste a bit of everything. And with the

Little Barn – Westport, CT

Rustic charm, a relaxed atmosphere and  upscale comfort food are what define Little Barn in Westport.  It has all of the ingredients that embody a go-to spot.  Whether you just want a Bud Light or are craving a bold red wine, Little Barn has you covered.  We spent a quintessential crisp fall night there recently and had the chance to enjoy all of what makes this place special. Outdoor patio Cider – mulled & spiked with Fireball. Black Rock Lemonade – American Harvest Vodka & fresh lemonade with a black cherry-jalapeno puree Giant pretzel with spicy stout mustard and honey

Rizzuto’s – Stamford

Mondays are not most people’s’ favorite day of the week.  Luckily, now that we are deep into the heart of football season there’s Monday Night Football to break up the week.  Recently, I had the pleasure of joining the folks at Rizzuto’s in Stamford for a football and poker night!  Yes, you read correctly, football and poker…on a Monday!  The great crew that runs Rizzuto’s decided that as a fun way to bring people out for a casual weeknight they would organize a free entry poker experience that their general manager hosts as the dealer.  You can even redeem your winnings

Homemade Whole Wheat Taralli

Some of our favorite things to eat are classic Italian treats that an Italian grandmother might make. They’re the types of things that usually don’t have a written recipe. When you ask how to make the dish, the directions are often full of handfuls and dashes. We recently had the pleasure of going over to our friend Enza’s house to learn how to make taralli. For those of you who are not familiar with taralli, they are Italian biscuits that can have pepper and/or fennel seeds baked into them. They go great with wine and cheese or just as a

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