Friday, January 28, 2011

New la la

I am such a dedicated blogger that I got out of my car in the middle of our 46th snowstorm of the season to take some pictures of this new café in Ridgeway, between Carter's and CVS.

The inside looks pretty nice:

They have a website, but it's just a placeholder for now: Cafe oo la la. According to the window coverings, it'll be a "unique European style eatery" offering "the finest meats and cheeses from around the globe," "New York's best pastries," and "locally sourced organic produce." It's a bold move to open a coffee shop just across the plaza from Starbucks, but it sounds like they're going to have some pretty interesting stuff.

It'll be nice to have another independent coffee joint in town, plus it sounds like a neat place. I'll definitely check it out, especially for their cheeses and meats!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I can't take it anymore!

The first person who says "But the snow is so pretty!" is getting a snowball in the ear.

"I like having four seasons!" You just volunteered to shovel my car out for the next ten winters!

Winter sucks and it lasts forever.

January in Connecticut:

January in L.A.:

January in Connecticut:

January in San Diego:

Once again, January in Connecticut:

January in Hawaii:

And finally, January Jones:

Friday, January 21, 2011

Consume mass quantities!

I'm sure most of you have seen, or at least heard of, the stomach-turning (yet oddly fascinating) show Man vs. Food. The show's host, Adam Richman, travels around the country eating the biggest/hottest/cheesiest/beaniest/whatever-est foods he can find. If a restaurant has an "Eat This and It's Free"- type challenge, he's there.

Thinking locally, there's only one place I know of that has anything like that. Seaside Cafe dares you to eat twenty-five sliders in an hour; if you succeed, it's free and you get your name on the wall. I should clarify that you actually have fifty minutes to eat the sliders -- and then you have to keep everything down for the final ten minutes.

(The late, great Fireside used to have a Buffalo wing-eating contest, but they stopped when, oh, some former employees burned the damn place down.)

So, are there any other food challenges in Stamford? If so, is anybody thinking of tackling one?? I'd love to cover it!! I might even bust out the old camcorder and slap together a little video to commemorate the event.
Here are some pictures to whet your appetite for oversized food:

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My predictions for 2011

Joe Tarzia continues to file complaints against Mayor Malloy, despite the fact that Mr. Malloy is no longer the Mayor of Stamford.

Disproving the assertion that Stamford has no culture, Evil Dead the Musical plays a sold-out 12-week run at the Palace.

The Hole in the Ground is finally filled in when Governor Malloy, fed up with the political mess in Hartford, moves the state capitol building to Stamford. Bickering lawmakers don't notice for a full month that it's gone.

A group of car-storage fans borrow a page from the Stamford Pizza Tour and put together the Stamford Parking Tour, a ranking of the city's public and private parking facilities based on such criteria as price, ease of entrance and egress, width of spaces, and proximity to local attractions.

UConn Stamford sees its enrollment grow 400% after it announces that Megan Fox will be teaching "Acting for Dummies," based completely on her experience as the star of two Transformers movies.

And finally, a mildly popular local blogger gets mentioned by Oprah, does the morning-show circuit, moves to L.A. to try to capitalize on his new-found fame, gets caught up in the seedy underground world of pheasant racing, spends a week at Lindsay Lohan Minimum Security Prison, comes back to The City That Works, and returns to crankily blogging about Stamford's lack of cheese shops and bakeries.