Bailey’s Backyard

Wow! what a tasty trip to Ridgefield Connecticut. Home of, among other great things, Bailey’s Backyard an American farm-to-table restaurant.

The place has a really warm and cozy atmosphere and the entire is just terrific.

Oh, and Bailey’s has an Awesome chef by the name of  Zach Campion.

So let’s get to the food. I kicked things off with the crab bisque with crispy polenta, and diced tomato. Thanks Kyle for explaining the menu so well!!

Crab Bisque

 

Up next were these amazing Brussels with smoked paprika and a cooling sauce!

Brussels

 

The third and final appetizer of the evening was George’s Bank Scallops, Pan seared scallops with crispy risotto, crispy pancetta, capers, roasted mushrooms, on a lemon beurre blanc sauce.

Scallops

 

Then it was time for the entrees and Chef Zach did not disappoint. He rolled out a rainbow trout, with fava & white beans, toasted almonds, wilted watercress, and brown butter!

Rainbow Trout

 

The fish was followed up by a dish of Lamb with buttermilk roasted cauliflower purée, blistered tomatoes, tempura eggplant, and chimichurri.

Lamb

Chef Zach really outdid himself with the final entree, a 72 hour sous vide Korean short ribs, roasted white grapes, green almonds, braised collards, sun-dried tomato couscous, and a blue cheese foam.

Short Ribs

 

A truly great meal was topped off by great dessert. I admit that I was a little worried about trying the Seared Vegan carrot cake with caramelized pineapple compote, carrot crumble, and a coconut sorbet but well…check out the video.

Seared Vegan Carrot Cake

The trip to Bailey’s Backyard was truly a fine dining experience for this kid foodie!

I highly recommend that you stop by if you’re in Ridgefield. You won’t be disappointed.

Many thanks to Mr. Salvatore for inviting me, Kyle for taking such great care of us, and of course a huge thank you to Chef Zach Campion for such a fantastic array of beautifully cooked food.

 

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Cake Box in Ridgefield CT

 

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On my way to a restaurant review I discovered a not-so hidden gem in Ridgefield.

The Cake Box is delicious little gourmet cake and cupcake bakery.

They do great cakes for all occasions, Birthday cakes…wedding cakes…baby shower cakes…bridal shower cakes…groom’s cakes…engagement cakes…sweet 16 cake. You name it, The Cake box can do it.

But let’s face it, I’m a kid, and for kids like me the only thing better than cake is…CUPCAKES!

The Cake Box has lots of cupcakes in tempting flavors like the Raspberry Lemon, its vanilla. cake filled with raspberry preserves and frosted with lemon zested cream cheese frosting. or the Mochaccino, which is Chocolate cake with espresso buttercream and semi sweet ganache.

I decided to try the Fruity Pebbles Cupcake. An all vanilla cupcake with fun cereal topping. Check out my review in the video below.

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If you are in Ridgefield and you have a sweet tooth, or you need a cake or cupcakes for a special occasion, You can go wrong with the Cake Box!

Thanks ladies, I’ll see you again soon.

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Horse and Hound Inn

I recently had the tasty pleasure of stopping by the Horse & Hound Inn in South Salem New York.

First of all, the place is a real piece of American history.

The origin of the Horse & Hound Inn long pre-dates the American Revolutionary War. While 1749 provides the earliest known record of the house as an inn, it was built as a homestead prior to this date,   and has served as a mason schoolhouse, a gin and rum mill, and also a state coach stop on the Old Post Road from New York City to Danbury. The current owners Susan and Silvano Vales have done a great job at maintaining the Inn’s natural beauty.

But how about the food? Does it live up the building’s great pedigree?

I started my review with the Baked Brie wrapped in philo dough with crackers and sliced apples.

 

 

Then I moved on the Firecracker Shrimp, spicy cream cheese stuffed, bacon wrapped, and fried served with an spicy dipping sauce.

 

The last appetizer I sampled was theTruffle Agnolotti with little pockets of pasta from Italy stuffed with a cheese and wild mushrooms, cognac cream and a drizzle of truffle oil. The fried sage was actually soooooo tasty!

 

 

Then it was time to get down to serious foodie business with the entrees.

First up was Duck Breast, pan roasted with a veal Demi glaze and Grand Marnier and orange juice sauce and served with asparagus and mashed potatoes.

 

The second appetizer I dived into was the Maryland crab cakes with lump and claw meat – pan fried till crisp on the outside. Served with an Old Bay Seasoning, aoli and rice seasoned with adobo and saizon.

 

I ended things with Horse & Hound’s signature dish. The Chicken Silvano -Panko encrusted chicken breast with a pimento cream sauce, roasted red peppers, shallots, served over mashed creamy potatoes.

 

If you are looking for a really great meal in a really cool and authentic Old American atmosphere with all the right modern touches, The Horse & Hound Inn in South Salem New York is the place for you.

Thank you so much to Susan, Silvano and the whole gang for making me feel so welcomed.

I can’t wait to see you guys again in the near future.

 

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1 Twenty Two In New Milford CT

 

I stopped by 1 Twenty Two in beautiful New Milford Connecticut.

Angela and Jermaine took great care of me. The restaurant has a cozy, family-friendly atmosphere and there is lots of great seating available.

But let’s get to the food!

One appetizer I tried was mozzarella en carozza topped with a house made marinara sauce AND a house made Alfredo sauce.

 

Next came Nina’s meatballs with Housemade marinara with ricotta, wild mushroom purée & Marsala cream & lamb with sweet raisin sauce. – so tasty

 

 

I tried “when pigs fly” appetizer at 1 Twenty Two. It’s petite pork shanks with a sweet Thai chili  sauce. Did I like it?

 

 

Tagliatelli Bolognese #pasta at 1 Twenty Two -soooo yummy. Loved the sauce/noodle/meat ratio lol. And fried basil is yummy FYI.

1 Twenty Two has house made dough, house made sauce and a brick oven which equals thin crust amazingness! Margherita pizza anyone?

One of their best sellers is their lemon chicken Romano with mozzarella, lemon sauce and served with garlic smashed potatoes and broccoli!!

Apple cake and brownie sundae- both treats are family made!!! -ps my drink is steamed hot chocolate -no coffee for me!

I really enjoyed my visit to 1 Twenty Two and so will you!

I highly recommend that you stop by when you get the chance.

Thank you so much Angela, Jermaine, Nina, and the whole team. I can’t wait to see you again.

Take a look at their menu

 

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Sadie Rae visits the Fork in the Road

 

 

Fork in The Road

I had an amazing #foodie day at the First Annual New Milford New Food Truck Festival!

Fork in the Road served up some  “loaded Tots” that I tried.

Tater tots stuffed with pulled pork, BACON!! and cheese.

Here’s my review.

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KidsRFoodies2 @ Whole Foods Holiday Table

I stopped in to see what my friends at Whole Foods Market are serving up on their #HolidayTable this year.

All I can say is, I’m definitely going to make this one part of  #MyHolidayTradish.

Take a look!

 

Here’s a tip for all you parents. A great way to make sure your kids don’t get Hangry during your shopping trip to Whole Foods. Take a look.

 

I’ll be back soon with my next review.

Don’t forget to follow me on all the usual places, FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube & Instagram.

See you soon. 🙂

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KidsRFoodies2 #CaughtCrispyHanded

Coolest foodie event EVER!

I was recently invited  to take part in a super secret foodie event! I didn’t know the location and I had no idea what I’d be eating. All I knew was that it was in New York City and that food bloggers from across the country would be there. So cool!

Once mom and I got to the city we were given more instructions and the secret location was revealed.

Once inside, I found that  Boston Market was introducing their new‪#‎ovencrispchicken‬ with FoodieChats and all my ‪#‎foodie‬ friends were there  and We got‪#‎caughtcrispyhanded‬ and filled our bellies with yummy goodness!‪#‎foodiechats‬

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My fellow foodies taking pics of all the yummy goodness.

 

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The whole #Foodiechats gang

The whole #foodiechats gang & The Big Chicken.

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#FoodieChats founder, Steve Green hard at work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course there were lots of photo ops. It was a media event after all.

 

 

 

Sadie Rae with Boston Market CEO George Michel aka The Big Chicken

Sadie Rae & Boston Market CEO George Michel aka The Big Chicken.

Here is my review of the new Boston Market #OvenCrispChicken wrap. Take a look.

 

This s is the official Boston Market video. See if you can spot the foodie. LOL!

 

Super special thanks to Steve Green and the whole crew @Foodiechats you guys ROCK!

Can’t wait to do it again.

Also thank you so much to @BostonMarket NYC. You guys are the best!

 

 

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