Foodies Sample Great Food And Wine While Touring Connecticut

    The sweet days of summer are near and we've found plenty of savory selections to enjoy while touring Connecticut. Here are some of our favorites, which includes a totally self-indulgent evening of sociable entertainment at Barcelona. They have tapas restaurants and wine bars in New Haven, South Norwalk, Fairfield, Greenwich and West Hartford. A big part of South Norwalk’s (SoNo) thriving and growing entertainment scene is The Loft, a trendy martini bar hot spot. In Bridgeport, the Acoustic Cafe’s small tables, dim lighting and funky art is reminiscent of the intimate vibe of old Greenwich Village in New York City.

    Joe Black’s, a gorgeous Irish pub located in a renovated bank building, has led the renaissance of downtown Hartford’s entertainment scene, while nearby, West Hartford is newly loaded with popular restaurants and bars all within walking distance of one another. Down the Connecticut Valley, the Main Street of Middletown, one of America’s quintessential college towns, is lined with restaurants and bars that are bustling throughout the week.

    Sweet Maria’s in Waterbury was voted best wedding cake by Connecticut Magazine and is also known for their award-winning Pignoli and Chocolate Almond Cookies. Nobody can resist homemade pies and some of the best in Connecticut are Marilyn’s Pies in Avon, Edd’s Place in Westbrook and Lyman Orchards in Middlefield. Another favorite among chocolate connoisseurs is Belgique Patisserie & Chocolatier in Kent. This Belgian-owned shop is set in a charming Victorian carriage house and features exquisite European desserts, fresh Belgian chocolates made on-site, and handmade ice cream and sorbets. It is most well-known for the authentic Belgian hot chocolate.

    Then, there's Fritz Knipschildt, who is known as the “Willy Wonka of Connecticut”, and responsible for creating the world’s most expensive chocolate: an exquisite mouthful composed of the finest French Valrhona chocolate, pure Italian truffle oil, a French Perigord truffle and a dusting of cocoa powder that has sold for as much as $250. Each chocolate comes with a personally signed card explaining how it was made and a unique serial number. The Knipschildt Chocolatier in South Norwalk operates the handsome Chocopologie cafe, also devoted to the finest of chocolates and visitors can watch the chocolate being made through large display windows.

    For champagne wishes and caviar dreams, Foxwoods Casino features a Champagne Bar at Paragon that offers almost 30 different champagnes and six signature champagne cocktails. Whether you want to sample tasty selections at their celebrity-driven restaurants that include Michael Jordan, Todd English, Jasper White, or high rolling thrills at the tables, the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Casinos offers a memorable experience.

    By Melody Schubert

    Getting There:

    To explore, attractions, events, and plan your visit to Connecticut visit the Connecticut Tourism site online at www.ctvisit.com or call 1-888-CTvisit.

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