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An easy spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner is Mia’s Prime Time Cafe in Pawcatuck, CT. With friendly service and a full dining room and bar overlooking the Pawcatuck River, you can expect a laid back atmosphere for any meal.

Things to enjoy:

1. Dean’s Craft Brews: Always on rotation and most of them local. You can get an updated list on their Facebook page.

2. Comfort Food Sundays: Noon until 6pm you can enjoy a 3 course meal for $16. This is a great take, especially for the colder days (which we’re still having). Enjoy feel good foods like Chicken Pot Pie, Pot Roast and Beef Brisket.

3. Pasta Thursdays: Grab the whole gang and enjoy a “family style” 3 course pasta dinner for $13.



Mias4Swing on through for a chunk of homemade cornbread, eggs benedict or classic fish and chips. There is something for everyone at any time of day.

Local Tip: There is no parking lot, but plenty of spaces along the road or continue through downtown to find a free lot or parking garage within walking distance. Get an ice cream sundae afterward at Mel’s Downtown Creamery!




photo cred: mysticirishparade.org

photo cred: mysticirishparade.org

Don’t forget, the 12th Annual Mystic Irish Parade will be this Sunday, March 22 at 1pm. The bars will be hoppin’, but one of the favorites by far is irish pub, Harp n’ Hound. They will be sure to have extra Guinness on tap and plenty of party goers dressed in green singing Finnegan’s Wake by Dropkick Murphys. Get more information on the parade, including local sponsors, schedule of events and where to park, here.



To gear up for the parade, catch a special Irish happy hour at Harbour House from 3:00pm to 6:00pm this Friday, March 20th. Specials include Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Lamb Stew, Guinness Wings, Smithwick’s and Guinness Draft, Car Bombs and more! You will also be able to toast the Mystic Irish Parade Grand Marshal, Sandy McGugan,  who will be making an appearance at 5:30 pm.

photo cred: bostonmagazine.com

photo cred: bostonmagazine.com

…and if you enjoyed one too many car bombs over the weekend treat yourself to a service at The Spa at Norwich Inn. The month of March is Hospitality Professional month with 25% off all spa services. Take advantage of this great deal and an excuse to be in a robe sipping cucumber water all day.

I leave you with one of my favorite Irish blessings:

Walls for the wind,
And a roof for the rain,
And drinks beside the fire —
Laughter to cheer you
And those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire!

A pleasant day to ya darlin’,





_MG_4156We just love this Carats & Cake feature of Jessica and Keith’s special day at Saltwater Farm. Their wedding was captured by the talented Jason Collins and coordinated by our very own Daly Sanford of Daly Planning. She offers a fun and personalized experience from beginning to end, coordinating everything from choosing your dream venue, to your final send off. Daly Planning is part of our Preferred Vendor list providing top notch service that is sure to put your mind at ease and allow you to enjoy your special occasion. Some kind words from the bride about her experience with Daly:

After working with her I feel as though she didn’t just help plan with the wedding, she also became a friend. She comes highly recommended by us and she is great to work with. She was also just fun to have around, even joining in the Congo line! I wish we had something else to plan so we could work with her again!





Here is what Daly had to say about our featured couple:

Jessica and Keith were an amazing couple to work with.  Every time I saw them they were smiling and excited to be getting married!  Throughout the planning process I felt like I was helping to plan a friend’s wedding instead of a client. Every time I spoke with them they were at ease and were never stressed about their big day; just always laughing.  They certainly know how to host a party!  I will never forget all the special little details they had from their ceremony signs to the Stoeckeler family firewood.  Between the two of them and both of their families I can truly say it was an honor to be a part of their wedding day!



Check out the full feature here. More real weddings here and here.

Cheers to Jessica and Keith,