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AROUND TOWN: DINE-OUT DEALS

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With a hint of a chill in the air, nothing is more comforting than some comfort food to warm the soul and fill the belly. Here are some local dining deals and destinations for the coming week.

Westerly-Pawcatuck Restaurant Week

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Image taken from 84tavern.com.

Running November 1st thru the 9th, 20+ area restaurants are offering a three course, prix fixe meal, $15 for lunch and $25 for dinner. Participating restaurants include: 84 Tavern on Canal, The Brazen Hen, Bridge, Mia’s Prime Time Cafe, The Cooked Goose, The Sea Goose Grill & Raw Bar and Trattoria Longo. View participating restaurants’ menus here.

Stonington Vineyards & The Seahound

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Our neighbors at Stonington Vineyards are teaming up with The Seahound German Pub & Restaurant in New London on Wednesday, November 4th for a wine pairing dinner. Tickets are $40 per person and include four courses with four wine pairings. Call The Seahound directly to make your reservation, 860-437-3606.

1/2 Priced Bottles of Wine Mondays at Oyster Club

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Image taken from oysterclubct.com.

Every Monday night Oyster Club in Mystic has 1/2 priced bottles of wine. Also featured are homemade pastas which seem to pair perfectly with a bottle of wine. Happy Hour is available in the bar every weeknight from 4pm  to 6pm, with oyster, draft beer and wine specials.

$10 Buck Tuesday Returns to Dogwatch Cafe

Screen Shot 2015-11-01 at 12.11.05 PMIn their own words “chaos returns to the Dogwatch Cafe” on Tuesday nights with a choice of five pasta dishes (all $10 bucks) and $10 wine specials. Other noteworthy off-season offerings include Monday night wine flight specials and Fish Taco Wednesday. Check out their Facebook page for their weekly newsletter or read the most recent newsletter here.

Cheers to getting a deal dining out,

JM

OH SWEETIE: WEDDING CAKES & MORE

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Photo credit Kelly Prizel.

Although Halloween is not the kick off to the Holiday season in the traditional sense, it is the beginning of the end of my will power against all things sweet – at least until I reevaluate my eating habits come Jan. 01. So in honor of all the sweet toothed, wedding planning couples out there (or just simply sweet toothed SFLiving readers) it seemed fitting to share some wedding cake inspiration to really get the blood sugar pumping.

Nature-ly Beautiful Cakes

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Lauren & Tim’s country-chic wedding. Photo credit Jennifer Bach

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Photo credit Justin & Mary.

Non-traditional Cakes

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The perfect way to let the bride or groom add a little personality.

Mini Cakes & Cupcakes

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For the couple who can’t choose just one flavor. Truly looks like a childhood dream!

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Photo credit Julia Jane.

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And tower them together for a traditional cake cutting ceremony. Photo credit Anna Sawin Photography.

Cake-topping Couples

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No need for an off the shelf cake topper when you can have custom-made lookalikes atop your cake – pooches and all. Photo credit Annandale Photography.

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And check out Lindsey & JR‘s wedding video by Seaglass Studios to see them come to life at their Saltwater Farm wedding. Photo credit Melani Lust Photography.

Skip the cake…

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And opt for mini whoopie pies, doughnuts and milk and other bite-sized desserts.

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Or even your faces on M&Ms (read the chalkboard, so sweet!). Photo credit Kelly Prizel.

Cheers to sweets that inspire, forgetting about the calories once in a while and all the happy couples who encourage us to splurge!

JM

*Watermarked photos are photo credited to the photographer the the first time the photographer’s work appears in the post only. 

Locals’ State of Mind: Fall Sunday Funday

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The shoreline of southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island may be thought of as a summertime destination, but don’t be fooled, there is plenty going on this Sunday to make you feel fall in New England.

Here are our recommendations for some things to do this Sunday, October 25th…

Fun with the Kiddos

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Take the babes for a scenic Sunday drive to Clark Farms in Matunuck, RI and enjoy a petting zoo, hay rides, corn maze and even a mining station (call (410) 783-1331 for more info). And be sure to make a pit stop at the Matunuck Oyster Bar (just a short drive from the farm) for oysters and local seafood.

Red36’s 2nd Annual Carving Contest

Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 4.31.24 PMThis Sunday from 4pm to 6pm Red36 is hosting its second annual pumpkin carving contest. All you need to bring is a hollowed out pumpkin and your tricks of the trade to make your pumpkin a real treat. Standard carving tools will be provided and prizes will be awarded for the top 3 pumpkins…and everyone is a winner with each participant receiving a complimentary cocktail.  

 

 

 Oyster Club’s “Sunday Supper Series”

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This Sunday kicks off Oyster Club‘s second season of their “Sunday Supper Series” with a Fermentation Dinner! Explore the ancient methods of curing, smoking, pickling and fermenting used to create some of their signature favorites. Aaren from The Beer’d Brewing Co., Todd from Farm To Hearth Bakery, and Brian from The Mystic Cheese Company will attend to discuss how these methods play into their products. Menu to follow. 5 courses & drink pairing, $70pp. Call 860.415.9266 to reserve.

Sunday Night Dinner & a Movie

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Visit The Ocean House, a true New England destination, and enjoy the classic Hitchcock film Pyscho paired with a thoughtfully prepared buffet-style meal, freshly popped popcorn and candy – ideal to get you in the spooky spirit. Reserve your tickets here$38/ per adult; $20/ per child, (plus $11.99 taxes per guest). Children ages 3 and under are free (plus tax and gratuity).

And don’t forget about Saltwater Farm Vineyard, open Sundays 11am – 3pm.

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Cheers to Feelin’ Fall!

JM