ROCK YOUR MORNING AT JAVA COFFEE AND CAFÉ IN WESTPORT!

Java Coffee & Café

44 Church Lane, Westport, Connecticut 06880

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All the way from Idaho, Java Coffee & Café is the new cool place for breakfast in Westport, and it’s more than just coffee.  The first thing that you notice when you walk into Java is how fun it looks.  The place is decorated with lots of cool things like old toy robots and art.  There is an open kitchen and lots of seating.  If you want to sit outside, you can even bring your dog!  It’s a very rock and roll kind of place, the bathroom has rock posters for concerts and they play cool music.

… And of course, the food is REALLY good!

Here’s what we had…

I started off with…

 A slice of Paleo Banana Bread and a Mexican Hot Cocoa

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Paleo is a type of diet that has no grain or sugar. The Banana Bread was made from Eggs, Coconut, Banana and Chocolate.  It was really chewy and good.  But the Mexican Hot Cocoa was Muy Delicioso It was almost as good as what I had in Mexico.  It was topped off with a spoonful of their homemade whipped cream.

Java Benedict

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The Java Benedict is Poached Eggs over an Everything Bagel with Smoked Ham and Hollandaise Sauce.  I had mine with a side of bacon… ’cause that’s just who I am 🙂 I loved it and the eggs were totally fresh… which we found out all about later.

Dad had… Scrambled Eggs and Bacon on an Everything Bagel

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IMG_3301I spoke with the owner, Brad Berk and the manager Breanna Brandon (who is from Boise, Idaho where she managed Java Coffee and Café there) and asked…

What’s your favorite thing on the menu?

Brad likes the Poached Eggs and Avocado Toast.  For lunch he likes the Kale and Quinoa Salad.

Breanna likes… guess what?                         The Poached Eggs and Avocado Toast.

IMG_3299I asked Brad about their eggs and why they taste so good…

“They are local Connecticut farm-fresh eggs that we buy from The Farmer’s Cow the chickens are fed a good diet and aren’t given any hormones and the eggs are really fresh.  

When we first started, because we make a lot of eggs, our supplier told us to buy these other eggs that were not local. They were a little cheaper… but they tasted terrible. These taste really great”.

I also asked Mr. Berk about why there’s Cap’n Crunch on the menu…

“That’s really for the kids, but it’a also kind of an inside joke for us… it’s fun!”

We’ll have to come back and find out more about that!

Breanna also let me try more of their fresh whipped cream… It was SO good!

The Sunday Diner Rating (out of 5)

FOOD * * * * * (5)

SERVICE * * * * * (5)

LOOKS: * * * * * (5)

BATHROOM: * * * * * (5)

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Thanks Breanna and Mr. Berk — you guys rock!

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CM GOURMET MARKET AND CAFÉ IN WESTPORT IS MORE THAN JUST CHOCOLATE… (BUT DEFINITELY HAVE THE HOT CHOCOLATE!)

The CM Gourmet Market and Café

580 Riverside Ave. Westport, CT 06880

www.cmgourmetmarket.com

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This morning I woke up wanting a breakfast with a little kick to it and I also wanted to try out a new place that I saw when we reviewed Saugatuck Craft Butchery in our last post.  So both my wishes came true… but I got a third one when we got there … CHOCOLATE! Sweet, delicious HOT CHOCOLATE! And here’s why…

The CM in The CM Gourmet Market and Café stands for Cocoa Michelle.  Michelle Weber is a well-know chocolate maker here in Westport.  She has a small café and chocolate shop right across from the Westport train station that is really popular with commuters, and now she and her husband Frank have opened an terrific market and café.

When you first walk in you see an almost endless supply of goodies like maple syrup, spices, her own coffee, pasta and other yummy treats.  There’s also fresh pastas, vegetables, prepared food to go… and an amazing cheese selection.   Then you go back into the café…. where you feel like you’re in your own home.  Everyone is really friendly and it was filled with customers including a lot of kids (She also had Wiki-Stix which kids love). But the food was exceptional!

Here’s what I had…

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Pulled Pork Sweet Potato Hash

Which is made from Pulled Pork, Sweet Potatoes, Piquillo Peppers, Cippolini Onions, Pimentón, and it was topped with a Sunny-Side Up Duck Egg!

The pork was really tender, and the peppers and sweet potatoes made it both hot AND sweet.  So I did get the kick that I was looking for.  Even though, I never had one, the duck egg didn’t taste any different than a chicken egg, but it was a bit bigger- and when you mix in with the the pork and potatoes it makes the whole experience better.

To drink I had a freshly made Cocoa Michelle’s Hot Chocolate which is made with her cocoa and steamed milk – it was just like the ones I had in Europe. When I told Ms. Weber how good it was she gave me some of their really thick chocolate the kind you usually dunk churros in…

IMG_0462It was SO rich… my dad had to take it away from me — but I think he did that so he could drink it himself 🙂

Dad had…

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Omelet Très Soigné

Which is a 3 egg omelet, with crushed rosemary-marble potatoes, buttered brioche with goat cheese & fines herbes – he loved it.

IMG_0464I spoke with Michelle Weber, the owner and asked her about how she got started in the food business

“My mom was a chef, so I was always surrounded by good food.  When I moved away from home, I need to find something that I could do that was different so I could bring something home for her for family dinners, so I started making chocolate.”  

“When I opened Cocoa Michelle, a lot of the commuters started asking me to serve food as well, so we listened to them.  And since I live close to here, there really wasn’t a good market nearby, so my husband and I decided to open the Market and Café.

I also asked Ms. Weber what she liked for breakfast…

“I love what you had, the Pulled Pork Sweet Potato Hash”.

That seems really popular, cause our server really loved that too!

The Sunday Diner Rating (out of 5)

FOOD  * * * * * (5)

SERVICE  * * * * *   (5)

LOOKS: * * * * *   (5)

BATHROOM: * * * * *   (5)

Thanks so much Mr. and Ms. Weber!

“MEAT” THE BEST STEAK YOU’LL EVER HAVE AT SAUGATUCK CRAFT BUTCHERY IN WESTPORT

 

SAUGATUCK CRAFT BUTCHERY

580 Riverside Ave 
Westport, CT

www.craftbutchery.com

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Saugatuck Craft Butchery in Westport is a great place to shop if you’re looking for awesome meat. Everything at Craft Butchery is organic, pasture-raised and comes from local farms… and it’s all butchered right in front of you like they used to do at old-timey butcher shops  — so you know that everything is perfectly fresh.  They also believe that you should use the whole animal for food… so they use every part, as I found out.  We have bought meat from there before, like hamburgers and steaks but we have never tried the full Craft Butchery experience at their Café, so I was excited.

The Café is next to the butcher shop and offers delicious breakfast, brunch and lunch specials like burgers, egg dishes, and even salads – but the menu changes – so there’s always new things to try.  Just like the Butchery, the kitchen is open, so you can see your food being cooked right in front of you.  The good news is they will now also be open on Sundays from 9:00 – 3:00 so it’s perfect for Sunday Brunch. And now… the food

I had…

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Steak & Eggs – With the Eggs served “Toad in a Hole Style” in a Bacon Brioche.  It was THE BIGGEST steak I ever had!  It might also be the most delicious steak I have ever had. It was cooked to the perfect time and temperature, medium rare, and it was really juicy.  The eggs and brioche were perfect with the steak and were a little runny just how I like them.  To drink I had a Karoo Red Tea which comes from Norwalk CT.  They really do use LOCAL products at Craft  — Even the iced tea!  Guess what… I finished almost all of it except a small piece of steak that I took home.

Dad had…

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The Wich! Eggs, Craft’s own Bacon, and a little Cheddar on a Kaiser Roll. Dad really enjoyed it.  After, we split some Simple Sausage… made by co-owner and “Sausage King” Paul Nessel.  You could tell by its taste that it was homemade.

We shared a table with a very nice woman named Elayne Prince who was having Chicken & Waffles – she told me that it was THE BEST fried chicken she ever had — we are SO coming back for that!

IMG_0298I spoke to the Owner and Head Butcher, Ryan Fibiger and asked him what his favorite things at the cafe are…

He said, “It would be our Chicken and Waffles and our Steak and Eggs, but I also really like our Crispy Pulled Pork…  Even our salads are good… if you’re not feeling like meat.”

I asked him, “What do kids like?”

“The bacon egg and cheese sandwiches” are really popular with kids.”

IMG_0299Then… the real fun started, when I asked him what the weirdest thing to butcher is.

He said “Head cheese… the name sounds really horrible, but it’s really good. I persuade a lot of people to try it.”

Then he took me on a tour of the meat locker and told me that…

“We make the most delicious Guanciale it comes from the jowls of the pig – it’s like bacon but better”

Mr. Fibiger also told me that they only buy and butcher whole animals, and at the beginning of the week the locker is full, but by the end of the week everything is gone.  That’s amazing, but I could understand because this morning the Butchery was packed! 

Saugatuck Craft Butchery is located on the Saugatuck River right near the Westport Train Station – which makes it convenient if you’re coming up from New York City.  The staff is really nice and friendly and there was a lot of kids there.  They also have classes in sausage making and butchery if you would like to learn the art.

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Thanks so much to Mr. Fibiger, Mr. Heppermann, and everyone at Saugatuck Craft Butchery — we’ll be back VERY soon!

The Sunday Diner Rating (out of 5)

FOOD  * * * * * (5)

SERVICE  * * * * *   (5)

LOOKS: * * * * *   (5)

BATHROOM: * * * * *   (5)

Plus… It was… THE BEST STEAK I EVER HAD!

Chillin’ Out At Froyoworld Westport’s Grand Opening

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Froyoworld, Frozen Yogurt Lounge 361 Post Road West, Westport CT www.froyoworld.com     Like Froyoworld Westport on Facebook

Today, we went to the Grand Opening of Froyoworld in Westport.  Froyo is short for Frozen Yogurt.  It’s really healthy (it helps your digestive system) and it is just as much fun as ice cream… and Froyoworld is a world of yummy fun!   It’s a cool (get it) place to hang out and enjoy their 10 flavors of frozen yogurt and over 45 toppings.  They play great music there and the people who work at Froyoworld seem really happy to be there.

Froyoworld even has a cool logo that looks like it could be Pokémon! I wonder what his name is? 

As we said before, Froyoworld has over 45 toppings to and 10 flavors to choose from, but the best part is you get to make your own creation.  Today I had Cake Batter & Cookies and Creme Frozen Yogurt topped with Marshmallows, Caramel Turtles and Chocolate Chips with a little Strawberry Sauce.  It was delicious!

I spoke with Sharon Brockwell, the owner of Froyoworld Westport and asked her, of all of the 45 toppings which one is most popular with kids?

She said, “Kids love the rainbow sprinkles”!

One of the toppings I never heard of before.  It is called Mango Popping Boba.  I asked what exactly is that.  They are little orange balls filled with Mango juice. When you put them in your mouth, they pop and squirt out the mango juice —  sounds juicy!  I’m having that next time for sure!

Good luck to Froyoworld, and thanks for the awesome T-shirt!

Sunday Diners Makes The News!

Today we got some great news! Sunday Diners is featured on 06880 a really great blog that tells you about really cool stuff in Westport, CT.

I liked speaking to Mr Woog, who runs the blog, is super nice and loves a lot of the same places I do. Here’s the link – hope you enjoy it!

Click Here For Sunday Diners on 06880 “Where Westport Meeets the World”

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Thanks Mr. Woog!

There’s Lots To “Chews” From The HUGE Menu At The Sherwood Diner…

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Sherwood Diner, 901 Post Road East,  Westport CT

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The Sherwood Diner is a classic-style diner that serves hungry Westporters and travelers 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week! And so, if you’re going to feed all of these people, you must have a HUGE menu… and… the Sherwood definitely does!

I’ve been going to the Sherwood since I was pretty young and it’s always good for lunch, dinner, and especially breakfast.

With so many choices on the menu, it’s always hard to decide what to have.  But I knew that you can’t go wrong with French Toast — so I had the Challah Bread French Toast.  (I’ve loved Challah bread since I was in preschool — we used to have it every Friday).  But when you make French Toast with it, it comes out crispy on the outside and really fluffy on the inside — YUM!  I also had a side of bacon, which was crispy, but melted in your mouth.  To drink, our server, Liz made me a fresh chocolate milk, which she said was her specialty — and it is — it was super-syrupy!

With our awesome server, Liz!

I spoke with Liz, our server, who told me that the Sherwood has been open for over 35 years.

I also asked her, what her favorite breakfast on the menu was and she said,

“I really love the Eggs Benedict”

With Dimitri one of the Sherwood Diner's Owners

My dad had the Eggs Benedict, I tried it and it was really good — especially the sauce which is called Hollandaise sauce.

I also talked with Mr. Dimitri, one of the Sherwood Diner’s owners.

“The menu here is SO big with so many things to choose from,     What was strangest thing that anyone has ever ordered for breakfast at the Sherwood?”

He said… “Wow, that’s a really hard question, but probably the strangest ever was a Chicken Omelet with Fresh Garlic!”

I’m sure that guy was able to keep the vampires away!

The Sunday Diner Rating (out of 5)

FOOD  * * * * * (5)

SERVICE  * * * * * *  (6)

LOOKS  * * * *  (4)

BATHROOM: * * * * *  (5)

Good Lox Is Key At Gold’s Deli!

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Gold’s Delicatessen, 421 Post Road East  Westport, CT

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Gold’s Delicatessen has been serving authentic New York Style deli food in Westport since 1958, that’s 54 years!  It is one of the best deli’s in all of Connecticut — they’re so good, they were even written about in the Sunday New York Times — now that’s good!

Even though Gold’s is mainly known for their lunches like Pastrami and Corned Beef sandwiches and Hebrew National hot dogs they also make great breakfasts.  Except, they don’t serve eggs or pancakes, because, the kitchen at Gold’s is too small for that.  But that’s OK, because they say they have the best lox in the state, and that’s what I came to try today.

What is lox?  It’s very thinly sliced smoked salmon — the type I had is called Nova, which is short for Nova Scotia,which is in Canada… but Gold’s gets their Nova Scotia Salmon from Norway.  I had Nova on a Bagel with Cream Cheese, and it was smoky and delicious!

Before I even had my Nova, Karen the server gave me some pickles which were also really good — I’ve never had pickles at breakfast, but I had to try them.

After breakfast I got to try their famous Erica’s Rugelach cookies — which come all the way from Brooklyn — we had the chocolate and apricot nut ones they were buttery and the chocolate ones had a little bit of orange and raisin in them — yum!

Mr Jim Eckl the owner of Gold's

I spoke to Jim Eckl the owner of Gold’s who told me:

“Mr. Gold started the deli in 1958, and I’ve owned it for 9 years”  “We’re very popular for lunch especially for our pastrami sandwiches and Hebrew National hot dogs”

I asked him what his favorite breakfast was and he said,

 “Definitely, the Nova on a bagel”

 He also told me that,”People love our marble rye bread which comes from Deep River, CT and our bagels from H&H Bagels in New York.

I also asked Karen, who has worked at Gold’s for 16 years, “What is her favorite thing that Gold’s makes?”

She said, “I love the chopped liver, it’s better than even my own”!

I’ll come back and try that sometime or maybe even a Tongue sandwich!!! 😛

Thanks Jim & Karen!

The Sunday Diner Rating (out of 5)

FOOD  * * * * * (5)

SERVICE  * * * * *  (5)

LOOKS  * * * *  (4)

BATHROOM: * * * * *  (5)