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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.

rooftop tyler 1

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rooftop drink 1

rooftop drink 2

  • 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.

rooftop120 view1

rooftop120 sign

  • 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.

rooftop crostini

rooftop salmon rillete

rooftop pasta

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.

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Rooftop120 Blogger Event

3 Apr

Happy Friday everyone! I’m sorry I haven’t had time to write this week but Dan’s grandfather passed away on Monday and I honestly just didn’t feel like writing. It was much more important for me to be there for him during this awful time. I am back today and I am very excited to tell you guys about a wonderful event that I attended last night at the always-fabulous Rooftop120. It was their very first Blogger Event and I was delighted that I was able to attend.

As I walked into the lounge area, I was immediately greeted by this beautiful sight. I do have to say that I love the look of their lounge area just as much as the bar and it seems like a wonderful place to comfortably hang out with friends in a much quieter environment than the bar.

It was a perfect evening to spend up there.

It was a perfect evening to spend up there.

I do have to say that everyone that spoke to us including our waitress, B, was so nice and always making sure we were having a great time. I also had a nice chat with the owner who told me quite a great deal about the overall vision that they have for Rooftop120 and mainly about how they would like people to see it not just as a bar, but also as a delicious restaurant as well. I think his ideas are great and with the resourceful marketing team he has, those ideas will definitely take off.

It was a nice, little touch to have fruit offered to put in the prosecco

It was a nice, little touch to have fruit offered to put in the prosecco

They provided us with a nice little rundown of the evening including a menu of the dishes we would be tasting later. Everything we experienced throughout the night had a feel like there was quite a bit of thought put into it which was really special.

Once everyone had arrived, we headed into the dining room for the presentation by the Google certified speaker from 203 Marketing, George. I liked how his presentation was brief but very informative, especially for someone such as myself who has a lot of big plans for this blog but needed some guidance on a lot of those ideas. My biggest takeaway from his information was that it is very important to make sure all of the links and social media names match up so there is no confusion. This makes me think that it is important to create separate social media accounts for my blog so that I can really get a better feel for who I’m trying to market to, so stay tuned!.

I just can't get over how beautifully decorated the lounge was

I just can’t get over how beautifully decorated the lounge was

It was a small group that attended but I think that was beneficial because it wasn’t too crowded and there was a good amount of food for everyone. I finally had the chance to meet the adorable Kat from Penelope, Prosecco, and Pulitzer and she was just as fabulous as I had imagined. I also met Alycia from CT Eats Out, Wendy from CT Lifestyles, and Julie-Ann from JuliEdible. It was great to finally meet the people whose blogs I have been reading forever and one whose Instagram account makes me want to ditch my wedding diet and go on a food binge (ahem, Alycia!).

Let’s get on to the amazing food! On a side note, it was great to be in a room where everyone was taking pictures of the food and it wasn’t just me for once 🙂 We started out with the Jerked Spice Tuna which was topped with tropical fruit salsa and accompanied by fried plantains. This tuna was so tasty and the flavors were incredible. It wasn’t something that I would ordinarily order for myself but now I know that those flavors are so good that it will help me to branch out my ordering options.

This dish made me think of summer.

This dish made me think of summer.

Next up was the Aji Chili Rubbed Steak, which was on top of a piece of grilled zucchini. This steak was melt-in-your-mouth delicious and I could have eaten that all night. The sauce on top was unreal and I wanted to put that on top of everything.

The presentation of the food was also superb.

The presentation of the food was also superb.

The next item was most definitely my second favorite of the evening. The Red Beet and Goat Cheese Bon Bons were entirely up my alley and I absolutely love how the two flavors complemented each other. The bon bons were on top of a shaved fennel orange salad which went well with the stronger flavors of the beets and goat cheese. I think these would be a great addition to their regular menu.

This is making my stomach growl.

This is making my stomach growl.

My absolute favorite item of the evening (and I think a lot of the other attendees agreed with me) was the Soy Ginger-Marinated Avocado Halves which were filled with a tempura fried oyster and topped with a yuzu harissa aioli. The creamy avocado combined with the equally creamy oyster was mind-blowing. At this point, I believe I said that their head chef Dan was a complete genius. I would have never thought to put an avocado in a dish with an oyster but it was one of the best ideas ever.

Absolute perfection, I swear.

Absolute perfection, I swear.

Last but not least, we were able to sample one of my favorite bartender Tyler’s amazing martinis. I believe it was called 50 Shades of Glastonbury if I remember correctly. It was sweet and smooth and I tasted a lot of pineapple which again reminded me of summer 🙂 It was a perfect end to a wonderful event.

It was like a tropical dessert in a glass

It was like a tropical dessert in a glass

I hope that Rooftop120 has more of these types of events as I think it can only help to open patron’s eyes to the fact that it isn’t just a fun bar, but a fabulous restaurant as well.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Passover/Easter weekend!

Rooftop 120: Happy Hour

12 Feb

Happy Thursday guys! I don’t have too much time to write today but I wanted to share a phenomenal dinner that we enjoyed this past Friday evening at Rooftop 120. I have reviewed this restaurant in the past and I have never had a bad experience there. With my new job (which is going very well) comes much better hours that allow me to FINALLY be able to enjoy happy hour like most of the rest of the world. Those who know me well, know how excited I am to be able to partake in happy hour at different restaurants. This past Friday was my first chance to enjoy it and I chose Rooftop 120.

WHY would anyone skip happy hour?

WHY would anyone skip happy hour?

Dan and I arrived and it wasn’t too crowded which was great because I like to be able to have a good conversation while sitting at the bar. We were promptly greeted by the wonderful Tyler, who is one of the kindest bartenders I have ever met (besides our good friends at the Diamond of course). He remembered us from our last visit and that made us feel very welcome.  I knew already that I was going to get my new favorite drink, a dirty martini made with pickle juice instead of olive juice. I know that some of you may find this to be a bit strange but I am all about the salt and I’m completely obsessed with this martini. Dan decided to go with something that isn’t always served at every bar, Woodford Reserve, on the rocks.

This picture just screams "Friday night", doesn't it?

This picture just screams “Friday night”, doesn’t it?

Once we were settled in with our yummy drinks, we attacked that happy hour menu in search of several different dishes. Tyler immediately recommended the bacon wrapped crab cakes and the general tso’s ribs so we definitely went with those along with the short rib sliders and chicken wings. Clearly, I did not have any kind of healthy eating on my mind. I was so hungry I could have eaten the menu itself.

The bacon wrapped crab cakes were absolute perfection. I’m a firm believer that everything should be wrapped in bacon and kudos to Rooftop 120 for being creative enough to wrap a crab cake in it. There were two of them which was perfect because they were so rich and flavorful that it only took one each to satisfy us.

YUM

YUM

The general tso’s ribs were fall-off-the-bone amazing. I am not usually a rib person but the additional of the general tso’s sauce gave them SO much flavor and they were different than a traditional BBQ rib.

The presentation was also done very well

The presentation was also done very well

I will fully admit that I chose the short rib sliders solely based on the fact that they were topped with truffle aioli (I mean, are you surprised?). These were so wonderful and again, a perfect size for something filled with so much flavor.

I don't think I have ever had a bad slider.

I don’t think I have ever had a bad slider.

Dan chose the buffalo chicken wings and surprisingly I enjoyed them quite a bit. I’m extremely picky about buffalo sauce and this sauce was very unique which immediately made me love it. It had a little kick but it wasn’t so spicy that I couldn’t appreciate the overall flavor of the sauce.

You can never go wrong with the classic buffalo wing.

You can never go wrong with the classic buffalo wing.

We pretty much inhaled this food and spent a while after just chatting and finishing our drinks. It was a fantastic start to what ended up being a great Friday night. All I can say is, happy hour is the best concept ever and I can’t wait to take full advantage of it.

WIAW- Rooftop 120

19 Mar

I know I’m a little late on this review but I knew it was perfect for a “What I Ate Wednesday” post. Last Thursday evening, I dined at Rooftop 120 in Glastonbury’s Eric Town Square with one of my closest friends, Carlee. We were celebrating her new job at the company where I work, The Hartford. I usually have a few regular places in town where we go for dinner but I figured a new job called for a fancy (and new-to-me) place.

The restaurant wasn’t too busy for a Thursday evening and we settled into two seats at the bar. There was live music playing (I have no idea who it was- sorry!) and it was the perfect setting for a celebration. We knew that drinks were definitely in order so we looked over the drink menu (SO many great options) and made our decisions. I decided on a Black Raspberry flavored sparkler which was basically Prosecco mixed with black raspberry puree. There were fresh raspberries on the bottom too!

Rooftop 120 Blackberry Sparkler

Rooftop 120 Blackberry Sparkler

Carlee had a tougher time deciding and our bartender Jenna recommended the White Grape Moscato martini which was Skyy Moscato Grape vodka mixed with white cranberry juice. This was also garnished with fresh grapes. The drinks were both so refreshing and delicious and I can’t wait to go back to try the MANY other drink options.

Rooftop White Grape Moscato Martini

Rooftop White Grape Moscato Martini

Carlee and I had both looked at the menu online prior to our arrival so our choices for food were pretty quick. I chose to go with a spinach salad and I added ahi tuna to that. I also got a side of truffle fries because I have been OBSESSED with all things truffle lately. Carlee (who is a self-proclaimed picky eater) got the margarita flatbread. My salad included local goat cheese, roasted red peppers, spinach, ahi tuna, and balsamic vinaigrette. It was SO tasty and the perfect portion for my level of hunger. This was only my second experience with ahi tuna and it was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. The truffle fries were good, although they were nothing different from the truffle fries that I always get when I go to Plan B (which happens to be located just below Rooftop!). Carlee said that she enjoyed her flatbread as well and that the garlic flavor definitely stood out and made it different from other flatbreads she has had.

Spinach salad with ahi tuna

Spinach salad with ahi tuna

Our waitress (she was also the bartender) Jenna was so helpful and charismatic. We were unsure if we were going to get dessert at that point but she had us sold when she mentioned the deep-friend double-stuffed Oreos! These were definitely the highlight of the evening. I look forward to them every year at the local Big E state fair in Springfield, Mass and this was just such a special treat. They were perfectly fried and lightly covered with powdered sugar with a side of milk to dip them in (and you better believe I did just that!). This was Carlee’s first experience with deep-fried Oreos and she was in awe of how amazing they were.

BEST part of the meal! So amazing!

BEST part of the meal! So amazing!

I would definitely recommend Rooftop 120 to anyone who is looking for a great cocktail in a fun setting. While the meal was a little pricey for a weekly kind of meal, it is definitely somewhere I can see myself going for a special occasion or when I’m looking for a place to go for drinks with the girls.

Have you ever dined at a rooftop bar?

Would you have liked our meal selections?

Five (Random) Things Friday

14 Mar

TGIF! I am SO happy it is finally Friday! I figured I would hit you guys with five random things so here goes nothing.

  • I won the Color Me Rad giveaway from For Love of Carrots. YAY! I have never run a 5k before and I’m so excited that this will be my first one. I signed Dan up to run it with me (happy early bday to him ha) and a few other friends are running it so it should be a lot of fun. I’m a little bit nervous about how slow I’m going to be since I haven’t run since the end of fall but I have some time to prepare since the race is on April 26th. Hopefully the weather warms up a little bit before then so I can actually run outside to prepare. Fingers crossed!

  • I’m attending a Tastefully Simple party at Natasha’s house tomorrow night. This should be fun since everyone has been hosting Lia Sophia parties lately and this will be a nice change from that. Plus, I love food (duh) and I am definitely planning on spending a lot of money and getting some new recipes!
  • I went to Rooftop 120 last night for dinner with one of my best (and oldest) friends Carlee to celebrate her new job! I will be doing a full review of the meal in a later post since there is a lot to report but it was so delicious. It was even better to be able to catch up with her and just have some genuine girl time to vent about things and also discuss my wedding plans. She has several friends who are currently engaged so she has lots of helpful tips for me whenever I see her. Good food and even better company is always a perfect night for me!
Carlee and I :)

Carlee and I 🙂

  • In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day this coming Monday, Dan and I will be attending a “Kegs and Eggs” party tomorrow morning at our friend Sarah’s house. We are making mashed potatoes in the crock pot and I know Sarah is cooking up some tasty corned beef so it should be a great time! I’m not sure how I feel about drinking first thing in the morning (especially since we are going out tonight too) but I’m sure it will be fun. We also plan on going to the Hartford St. Patrick’s Day parade after which I have never attended so I’m SO pumped for that. I love parades and it should be very interesting to see those who will have been drinking since the wee hours of the morning.
  • I just ordered the tickets today (pay day $$$) for the Rascal Flatts concert on May 31st. We are big country music fans and this was such a fun concert to attend last year. Tailgating is one of my favorite activities and since a huge group of our friends are going, it will definitely be a great day! I just hope it won’t have rained the entire week leading up to the concert because the hill was insanely muddy last year and drunkenly trying to navigate through that mud was not a fun time.
The guys at last years Rascal concert!

The guys at last years Rascal concert!

 Alrighty, that’s enough randomness for one Friday. I hope everyone has a fun weekend filled with great food and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations!