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Market Place Kitchen & Bar – Avon, CT

17 May

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to attend a blogger event at Market Place Kitchen & Bar in Avon, CT. I hadn’t attended an event in a while due to being crazy busy (hence the slight delay on this post as well) so I jumped at the chance to try out this new restaurant.

Market Place Kitchen & Bar describes themselves as a “Modern American restaurant” and they also have locations in Woodbury and Danbury, CT as well as a location at Mount Snow in Vermont. They put their emphasis on using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible which also allows Executive Chef Roy Kalil to be very creative with his dishes.

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How pretty is that drink? Pictured: The Parisian cocktail and an Ahi Tuna Tartare Philo Cup

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Executive Chef Roy provided some great info about the goals of Market Place as a restaurant

We enjoyed several of those creative dishes throughout the event, including croquettes, philo cups, deviled eggs, and watermelon kabobs. I will let the photos speak for themselves as everything was incredibly delicious and I really can’t even put into words how fresh each dish was. If I had a choose a favorite, I would say the smoked salmon deviled eggs, but are you really surprised by that?

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Ahi Tuna Tartare Philo Cups

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Watermelon Kabobs with goat feta cheese and fresh mint

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Smoked salmon deviled eggs

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Wild Mushroom Risotto Croquettes

In addition to the food we tasted, we were also provided with three different cocktails to try. Each drink was so unique but my favorite was the frozen Moscow mule which was incidentally my first ever Moscow mule. It was refreshing and so smooth and would be perfect on a sweltering day like today.

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New Age Margarita with salt foam which is my new favorite thing in the world 😉

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Frozen Moscow Mule.. I could really go for one of these right now

We also had the pleasure of enjoying a mixology demonstration by one of the bartenders which was so much fun. They clearly take great pride in their cocktails and that was evident by the amount of effort that went into each drink that she prepared.

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Working her magic!


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MP Manhattan – looks so tasty!

The atmosphere and decor at Market Place is absolute perfection. I was in love with the wall of wine bottles and the beautiful wood that was used throughout the restaurant.

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I want this in my house. 

Dan and I both walked out of the event exclaiming that we cannot wait to return. The vibe is new and fresh with food that is unique and delicious.

Note: All food and drinks were provided at no cost. As always, all opinions are my own.


Wordless Wednesday: The Good Life

29 Mar

Happy Wednesday! I hope your week is going well, or at least not as gloomy as ours here in CT 😉 They said on the radio this morning that it’s been cloudy/rainy for five days straight but the sun is finally shining today and it is wonderful. I haven’t done a wordless post in a while so I figured I would share some snaps from the past week or so. There has been lots of good food, drinks and even more laughter and fun with friends.

Mission Workout

This workout was intense but very effective!

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I miss this lady during her busy season!

ahi tuna salad

The ahi tuna salad at Maggie McFly’s is one of my favorite salads ever! We had dinner with Brian, Natasha, and Alex this past Friday and it was wonderful!

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Saturday wine tasting at Jonathan Edwards Winery

Tisumi sushi saturday

Sushi at Tisumi with Robbie and Jenna is a must after a winery 🙂

egg salad

This homemade egg salad hit the spot

white chicken lasagna

We made this creamy white chicken and artichoke lasagna on Sunday and it was so indulgent but amazing!

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Turkey taco salads for lunch this week!

leftover chicken lasagna

Leftover lasagna on top of avocado and broccoli for my Monday night dinner, so random but so good! 

homemade pizza

Dan made homemade pizza last night, topped with brussels, broccoli, fresh basil, and mushrooms

Well that has been life lately for us and it will just continue to get busier! We have the fire department awards banquet this weekend and I ended up renting a dress from Rent The Runway because I have zero time (or desire) to go shopping but I wanted to wear something new (or new to me!). I hope the rest of your week flies by and is as fulfilling as you wish it to be!

3 Reasons Why Rooftop 120 is a Must Visit

27 May

Happy Friday! I figured today would be an excellent time to tell you guys why I think Rooftop 120 in Glastonbury is a must visit, especially since we are on the cusp of a long weekend and the weather is supposed to be pretty nice. I attended a blogger event here a while ago and I’m excited to tell you guys all about it! I have definitely mentioned Rooftop 120 in the past and I actually attended their very first blogger event but I can’t help but continue to gush about how great this place is.

  • The cocktails are out of this world (especially when Tyler is making them!).

We had the pleasure of enjoying several different cocktails which appear on their menu. Tyler, their bar manager, is always coming up with new and creative drink ideas and it’s so fun to see (and sample) his creations! My personal favorite is the 120 Watermelon, which is made with Tito’s vodka, lemonade, watermelon puree, and fresh watermelon. It is so refreshing and would be perfect to enjoy on a hot, sunny day like today.

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  • The views are absolutely incredible.

I love going to Rooftop because it honestly doesn’t feel like you are in the center of Glastonbury. Being up there removes you from the busy hustle and bustle of town and makes you relax and really take in the atmosphere. There are many Friday evenings where we just head up there for a quick drink before dinner to just decompress from a long week.

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  • Last but definitely not least, the food is always superb and SO flavorful.

At the blogger event, we were able to try many different dishes which really shows the depth of talent that Chef Xavier Santiago has, since they all presented such different styles and flavors. My favorite was the Smoked Salmon Rillete which had the perfect balance between the smokiness of the salmon and the creaminess of the sour cream with some tang from the blood orange vinaigrette thrown in for good measure.

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Just based on speaking with the owner and learning more about what they have to offer, it is clear that they put a lot of time and effort into making sure that the entire experience is phenomenal, from the food to the drinks and even the space itself. I highly recommend making a visit to the Rooftop this summer and seeing what they have to offer!

Disclaimer: I received the food and drink mentioned above complimentary. They were given to me in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated for this post and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

WIAW: A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That

11 Nov

(Special note: I would like to thank all of the Veterans, past and present, for their service and sacrifice, not just today, but every day.)

Hi all!! Hope you are all having a fabulous Wednesday! I figured that a post recapping some of my recent favorite meals is well overdue at this point. These meals also include quite a bit of what we ate on our honeymoon in Mexico, although not all of what we ate because we would be here all day! 🙂 I have also thrown in a few other meals that I have enjoyed so much that I needed to share.

As soon as we arrived in Mexico, we made a beeline for the buffet and enjoyed an assortment of things, but especially the guac, because it was amazing!

Our resort, Catalonia Riviera Maya, had a tapas restaurant which was delicious and offered a lot of my favorites, such as this seared tuna.

One morning, we decided to try the buffet for breakfast and although we chose the sit-down restaurants every other day, it was nice to be able to choose what we wanted and control the portion sizes.

We also enjoyed our fair share of cocktails (when in Mexico?!) and this espresso martini was wonderful and so chocolatey.

The resort had a steakhouse style restaurant which included some of the best potato skins I have ever enjoyed.

These next few photos were taken with our new camera, and you can clearly see the difference from the usual iPhone photos. This was one of the many amazing breakfast options offered at the sit-down restaurant.

I also had my first ever experience with crepes, which were stuffed with nutella (!!!) and I was totally in heaven during that meal.

Dan loves french toast as he is a total bread lover so he really enjoyed this meal too.

Once we were back home, we visited the South Windsor Farmers Market and enjoyed a perfect variety of tapas from the Mercado food truck, including some of the best Brussels sprouts I have ever had.

This past weekend, we visited a couple of vineyards in Southern CT with Robbie and Jenna, and we stopped for lunch at The Dog Watch Cafe in North Stonington and I enjoyed an amazing lobster salad roll.

So as not to make it seem like we eat out every single day, last week Dan made delicious turkey wraps which were loaded with avocado, bacon, spinach, tomato, cheese, and honey roasted turkey breast, topped with some hot sauce.

That is all for today guys! I hope to be back again by the end of the week and I have a couple of great events coming up next week that I can’t wait to tell you guys all about!