bites out part one: foodie cousins

I love to eat out. There aren’t many things that my husband can text me that can get me more excited than, “Want to eat out tonight?” Some may think that rather sad, but my long line of foodie family members understand. It’s not just the rest from cooking and cleaning up, it’s the thrill of seeing what’s out there in the food world that is yet unknown to me or, even better, is adored by me (Sal e Pepe Ricotta Gnocchi is unmatched to date).

I’ll admit I’ve eaten my way through summer, and as evidence, here are some of the highlights. (Most if not all of the photos were taken with my trusty but not always accurate iPhone. I’m waiting for a stealth manual Nikon but haven’t found it yet.)

The Whelk – Westport, CT

Two of my cousins and I venture out once or twice a year for a girls’ night. It’s crammed with good food, wine and several months’ worth of talking. We use our time well and imagine our three mothers would be proud to see their daughters bonding during our brief but meaningful adventures.

Frogger: Cucumber Vodka, Cucumber Water, Lime and Ginger Syrup

Words can quite describe our delight with the Whelk. Cousin Claire finagled a table (one of the best tables, I might add) at this waterfront eatery, one of the hottest new restaurants in Westport. And by “hot” I mean it’s of the moment in the local food sourcing way – not the glamorous nightlife way. With only a glance at the drink menu, I knew this would be a memorable evening. Creativity, freshness and playful flavors (and that’s just in the cocktails!) set the tone for a fantastic dinner. Our server was amazing and knowledgeable, and we welcomed her expertise in navigating the small- and large-plate offerings on the menu.

Peeky-Toe Crab Fondue with Grits and Tobiko (flying fish roe flavored with Wasabi)

Cornmeal Fried Oysters with Oyster Bacon Butter

Hand-cut fries (we couldn’t resist)

Squid Ink Cavatelli with Chorizo and Red Shrimp (this was the only less-than-stellar dish; maybe it was the wormy appearance?)

Shrimp and Grits with Jalapeno Butter and Country Ham

Lamb Burger with Tomato Jam

Quinoa Cucumber Salad – delicious!

Scallops with Farro Verde, Tomatoes and Corn

The Finale – I don’t remember what this was, but we ate and enjoyed it.

The SoNo Baking Company – South Norwalk, CT

My cousins and I stumbled into the SoNo Baking Company desperately seeking coffee the morning after our overnight. Our ravenous stomachs and caffeine-seeking brains were delighted to encounter this bakery by chance on our way to a morning of shopping in South Norwalk. Not only does this bakery turn out delicious cooked-to-order breakfasts (scrambled egg whites with cheddar on a fresh croissant), but the angels who work here pass out samples. Like whole pieces of cake layered with chocolate and white chocolate mousse.

We each bought a cook book.

Chocolate for breakfast.

Watching the masters at work.

A “sample” of freshly made cake with white and dark chocolate mousse.

Chocolate + coffee = happy girls

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2 thoughts on “bites out part one: foodie cousins

  1. The only thing better than the food we ate those two days were two people I experienced it with! I think I love you “Foodies” better than food…..

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