Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The next big thing: Saigon Cafe

If you like being able to say you knew about something "before," then you need to get to Saigon Cafe now, because this place is going to be big.  That's right, Vietnamese food has finally come to Stamford!

It's a tiny (four tables) spot on the nondescript east side of Atlantic Street, serving deli fare like chicken cutlet sandwiches and tuna wraps, but the real reason to go is the Vietnamese food!  At Saigon Cafe, you can enjoy Vietnamese staples such as Phờ and bánh mì, the delicious baguette sandwiches that foodies in NYC drool over.

I had the #10 sandwich - pork pate and Vietnamese cold cuts - and it was awesome.  The cold cuts and pate were tasty and savory without being salty, and the pickled veggies at the bottom gave it a cool crunch.  I'm already planning on running down the whole bánh mì menu!

PS: Before you gorge on turkey and cranberry sauce this Thursday, head down to Shippan for the Shippan Turkey Trot!  It's a zany costume race that raises money for the Shelter for the Homeless on Pacific Street.  Bonus: you can get one more use out of that Edward or Jacob Halloween costume before Twilight is forgotten forever!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Your new plans for Friday and Saturday

Since it's either hurricaning, snowing, raining, or just generally miserable out, here are two fun things to do that'll cheer you up, or at least give you a break from packing the U-Haul for California!

Tomorrow, Rodizio Grill and The Melting Pot are holding free "Taste of the Holidays" lunch events from 12-3!  Come on in to enjoy some complimentary dishes and drinks, and talk to their party planners and general managers about hosting your large holiday parties at these two meaty, melty restaurants!

Then on Saturday, everybody's favorite video game store, Retro Games Plus, will take part in The Block Party, a fundraising event to benefit Make-A-Wish Connecticut and The b-Cause Foundation.  It's a big LEGO-theme event featuring workshops, expert model builders, a shopping boutique, and more!  Retro Games Plus will be hosting a small arcade with several video game systems (X360, PS3, N64 and Gamecube) set up playing LEGO-related video games.  LEGOs, video games, and a good cause!  The Block Party will be from 10 am-4 pm at Fairfield Ludlowe High School.