Friday, July 25, 2014

Coming up at the Avon: Lost Boys, Lost Town, Wizard of Oz, and vote for the next Cult Classic!

Not only is the Avon showing The Lost Boys next Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.; not only are they showing Lost Town, a documentary about Trochenbrod, the only all-Jewish town that ever endured outside of Palestine (with a post-film Q&A); and not only are they celebrating the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz; but now they want you - YES, YOU! - to pick the Cult Classic to be shown on October 21!

Here's the link where you can vote for the digitally restored movie you most want to see -

I cast a write-in vote for The Gingerdead Man, a movie about a murderous gingerbread cookie featuring a star turn from Gary Busey.  I'm pretty sure it swept the Oscars that year.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Updates; Frozen at the Avon; firefighters face off at Fairway; more good stuff!

I'm sure all of my loyal readers have noticed that my posts have been few and far between lately.  While I've been asleep at the wheel (at the keyboard?), so much cool stuff has happened in Stamford - new restaurants, new food trucks, new buildings, a beer garden right next to my office!  In my defense, I have two young sons (4 years old and 8 months old), and it takes a lot of time and energy to train half of the Yankees' future infield.

I also don't have a smartphone, which makes it hard to post to Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Tumblr, Tinder, MySpace, and all the other social media sites the kids these days are using.  The rate plans are finally getting cheaper, so yes, I'll get a smartphone soon.

Plus, I can't keep up with the great new crop of Stamford blogs, especially OmNomCT and Hey Stamford!  I do have a few new posts in the works, so keep checking back, but make sure you update your bookmarks to won't work anymore.

Anyway, on to the fun stuff!

- Head to the Avon Saturday for a Frozen Sing-Along!  I know, I know - you've finally gotten "Let It Go" out of your head for the second time (after the Blu-ray release) - but not only will you get to see it on the big screen with subtitles for the songs, you'll get to see it in the historic, beautiful Avon Theatre!  And their popcorn is the best in town - real butter, too!

- After rescuing Anna and Elsa, warm up at Fairway's third annual Firefighter Food Face-off!  Teams from Cos Cob, Noroton Heights, Westport, and Belltown fire departments will cook up a storm on Saturday from 12-3, and a panel of judges will pick the winner!  The winning team will receive a $500 Fairway gift card and a shopping night to benefit a charity of their choice.  There will be music, games, giveaways, and more!

- Back to movies...Mill River Playground plays host all summer long to Animation Celebration, free showings of some great animated kids' movies!  Despicable Me 2!  Everything is awesome with The Lego Movie!  Epic!  Rio!  Plus it's an awesome playground!

Keep checking my site for some more cool things to come!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Play with your food at Fairway!

The folks at Fairway have another fun family food event, brought to you by the letter F!  Bill Wurtzel, author of “Funny Food 365 Fun, Healthy, Silly, Creative Breakfast," will be in the Stamford store on Saturday from 1-3 to teach families how to create funny food art.

The ingredients will include waffles, strawberries, raisins, pita, bananas and much more.  Bonus: Mr. Wurtzel is a triple threat - he'll also sing a special funny food song!  Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.  Register at customer service or online at

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The South End is dead

Death, taxes, banks, and CVSs.  You can always count on those four things in Stamford, and the South End is not immune to the CVS scourge.  Coming soon, right across from Fairway:

My main issue with this isn't that it's yet another CVS in Stamford (the 1449th, by my count), or even that it's a generic, boring CVS that looks like every other CVS.  My biggest issue is that it's a one-story standalone building with a huge parking lot in a part of town that should have much higher density in its buildings.

The city and BLT essentially have a blank slate down there, but instead of creating new and interesting buildings and neighborhoods, we get this.  I can't believe the city planners approved this bland suburban box in such an urban setting.  Why couldn't this CVS be incorporated into an apartment building like the Walgreen's on East Main Street?  Ugh.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The (new) Old House comes to East Main Street!

What's the one thing that could bring me out of winter hibernation? Food! Especially good food! And The Old House's new location will definitely have good food!


The Old House on Selleck Street serves up awesome Peruvian and Guatemalan food, but it's kind of hidden in an industrial part of town. This new second location on East Main Street (near Casa Villa's second location) will put it right on a main road with plenty of eyes (and stomachs) passing by every day.

The most well-known Peruvian dishes are ceviche and lomo saltado, but my favorite meals from The Old House are the tallarin de pollo (stir-fried chicken, veggies, and spaghetti) and the chaufa de pollo (same thing but with rice instead of spaghetti). They're savory and delicious without being greasy. I've only had a few Guatemalan things from The Old House, and I liked the pupusas (corn cakes topped with combinations of cheese and meats).

The new restaurant is slated to open in April, but I'll post a follow-up when it's up and running.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Food truck fundraising fiesta - tomorrow!

What's better than eating good food?  Eating good food for a cause!

Tomorrow from 11:30 am-2 pm, the local all-star food truck lineup will be in one place for the first time!  Maddy’s Food Truck, Melt Mobile, The Local Meatball, LobsterCraft will all be in the circle in front of The Beer Garden at Harbor Point, and each truck will donate a portion of their proceeds to The Food Bank Of Lower Fairfield County.  Maddy’s and The Local Meatball will be donating 10%, and if their sales are over $500 they will donate 20%!  Melt Mobile & LobsterCraft will be donating 10%.

To recap:
Step 1: Eat awesome food.
Step 2: Help the Food Bank.
Step 3: Return to work, sleep off food coma under desk.


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Friday, November 15, 2013

Don't be a cotton-headed ninnymuggins - come see Elf at the Avon!

There are certain traditions that signal the start of the holiday season: Christmas music in the stores (in August), people trampling each other for $200 HDTVs, the first snowfall, me complaining about the first snowfall, and watching unforgettable Christmas classics like "A Christmas Story" and "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."

This year, everybody's favorite theater theatre, the Avon, gets into the holiday spirit with a free screening of "Elf"!  Watch as Buddy the Elf searches for his long-lost father in the concrete jungle of New York City.  Will Buddy's new family accept his odd, sugar-fueled ways?  Will he find love with a pre-"New Girl" Zooey Deschanel?  The only way to find out is to come to the Avon on Saturday, December 7, at 10:30 a.m.!  Or you could just rent the VHS from Blockbuster.  Oh, wait...

The Avon also has some awesome Cult Classics to get you through the cold, dark months of winter and beyond:
Thursday, Dec. 5, 9 PM - Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Thursday, Jan. 28, 8:30 PM - Wayne's World
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 8:30 PM - Zoolander
Tuesday, Mar. 25, 8:30 PM - Back to the Future
Tuesday, Apr. 22, 8:30 PM - The Dark Crystal
Tuesday, May 27, 8:30 PM - Army of Darkness*

*If you've ever wanted to meet me and tell me how much you love this blog, I'll be at this movie.  I'll be the guy dressed as Ash.  I'm serious.