Hey Stamford!Food Festival returns with food, beer garden and live music!

Hey Stamford! Food Festival is set to return this weekThe festival is scheduled for  two long weekends of food,  craft beverages and live music. The 4th Annual Hey Stamford! Food Festival returns on August 12-15 & 19-2  to  Mill River Park right in the heart of Stamford.  What a great location for this venue.   There will be around 75 food trucks on hand during the event.

Thursday August 12 and Thursday August 19th

Festival is open 3pm -9pm with The Blind Rhino Beer Garden:  Open for the duration of the Hey Stamford! Food Festival to attendees 21+  The Beer Garden will be offering  ice-cold craft brews, wine, and specialty cocktails.  Music from Jump the Gun.

Friday, August 13 & Friday August  20:
“Slice-Slice Baby” Pizza Party, Beer Garden, and Live entertainment!  Each Friday will feature a wide selection of slices  served numerous local pizza vendors.

Saturdays & Sundays, August 14-15 & 21-22:
The fun continues with food trucks and vendors, live music  and the Beer Garden. Each Saturday and Sunday will feature a uniquely list  of over 30 food trucks, restaurants, and celebrity chefs! Live music performances on the main stage by Nelly (August 14), One Night of Queen: Performed by Gary Mullen & The Works (August 15), Purple Xperience: A Tribute to Prince (August 21).  Festival is open 1pm to 9pm.

On the 21st ‘Parm-A-Palooza’, is hosted by The Food Network’s celebrity chef Christian Petroni.  You may know him when he was the former chef and owner at Fortina restaurant.  The one-day event will gather regional chefs and Petroni’s friends, focusing on Italian specialties.   There will be cooking demos and tastings as well. 

August 22: Ice Cream Sunday: Lots of ice cream for the whole family!  Great way to cool down and wrap up the festival

For more information and tickets

http://www.heystamfordfoodfest.com

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Kashi: New seasonal menu compliments the sushi at this hip, modern Japanese restaurant in Stamford.

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We recently dined at Kashi a Japanese eatery and bar located in Downtown Stamford along Restaurant Row. Upon entering  Kashi Sushi Bar and Japanese Restaurant my impression was of a special and swanky environment.  Modern decor, soft muted purple lighting and a club like atmosphere blend to create  multi-sensory experience. Introduced to the city’s thriving restaurant scene in January of 2016, Kashi’s has crafted a space and menu that is both innovative and artistic in its approach to sushi and Japanese food.

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The Scorpion Bowl cocktail

The bar is creates a hip and modern environment in which to enjoy pre or post dinner cocktails. The list of special cocktails is quite impressive and innovative.  Old favorites can be found there such as the fun Scorpion Bowl which is always a fun cocktail to enjoy with others.

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Grilled Lobster

While the menu is filled with sushi and sashimi favorites, the new Seasonal Special Menu was the reason for our recent visit.  Interesting dishes abound including Grilled Lobster which is prepared with grilled seaweed and a chili sauce.   Seared Yellowtail Tuna  combines a pleasant presentation in a dark covered bowl  and includes seared yellowtail with yuzu, kosho gel and a yuzu dashi sauce.  Delicious.

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Yellowtail Tuna

The Double Wrap was another new and interesting dish with soy paper wraps filled with spicy lobster salad and topped with a mango salmon chili.  This was paired on the same plate with a fantastic cucumber wrap with spicy tuna inside.  The seasonal menu is sure to be a hit and help insert new flavors into the offerings at Kashi.

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Double Wrap

We also decided to sample some of the classic dishes and enjoyed the Thai Basil Chicken, which is prepared in a wok with mushroom, onion, carrot and a chili paste basil sauce.  Though not Japanese, this was a delicious dish.

For sushi fans, the Sushi and Sashimi for 1, is a great dish (and large enough to share).  A wonderful presentation over crushed ice with a light underneath the ice which includes sushi, sashimi and a spicy tuna roll.

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Sushi and Sashimi for 1

Kashi presents food that is only fresh and tasty, but does so in a visually interesting manner.  Add the upscale modern atmosphere that seemingly transports you from your average restaurant to a new exotic dining locale, and you have a winning combination.

Kashi

133 Summer Street, Stamford, CT

www.kashijapanese.com/kashistamford

 

 

Viceroy Publik House: A hip English Ale House with Indian roots opens in Stamford

 

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A new restaurant, pub and music venue has joined the restaurant scene in downtown Stamford Ct.  Viceroy Publik House is a unique  new addition to Summer Street and offers a two level townhouse where you can discover the fusion of Indian and English cuisine along with the energy and vibe of an upscale English pub.

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The theme recalls the British Raj era of Colonial Rule over India from 1858 to 1947.  Decor features vintage photographs and maps on the walls in the intimate and more formal downstairs dining room.  Upstairs is the Tiger Room which creates a hip and more modern atmosphere with its modern prints (including one of the Beatles in India), curved banquettes , bar with wine cabinet that looks like an English Telephone booth . A British Triumph motorcycle serves as a backdrop for the stage area which hosts different musical artists.

 

There is a list of interesting and creative cocktails including House of Victoria and the Bengal Tiger (gin based),  and  Sun City, an interesting take on the Mule with Bourbon and Ginger Beer.  All are interesting combinations that will have you sampling more than one from the bar.

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The menu that we sampled was classic English Pub Fare, elevated to a finer level and filled with Indian influences.  The Spicy Vindaloo Wings were tasty but I must caution as the hot spice will linger on your lips!  The Bombay burger is made from spiced lamb and served on a toasted brioche roll with fried egg and mint aioli.  A more modern version of the burger not found in your average pub and an example of the innovative way in which the Chef has developed the menu.

The Faroe Island Salmon was excellent and was served with an orange soy ginger glaze that gave this British favorite a bit more flavor.  The pub standard of Fish and Chips was great with tender sustainable cod prepared in a Heineken beer batter and served with Viceroy curry ketchup.

Also on the menu are items such as the Lamb Madras with lamb served in a madras curry and coconut cream with  rice pilaf.   The Bisto Steak is another good choice  and fits well in the overall British pub theme.

Music promoter and Stamford restaurateur Eric Monte is your host and can be seen moving about the restaurant mingling with guests, or introducing the band as it begins it set in the Tiger Room upstairs.

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photo credit: Viceroy Publik House

The Viceroy is certainly a very unique and lively restaurant  experience for our area and is one you will want to check out.

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Viceroy Publik House

211 Summer Street Stamford Ct

web http://www.viceroystamford.com      tel.  (203) 658-8423

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