In the kitchen with Anthony LoFrisco

Today’s post brings us to the home of Anthony LoFrisco in Wilton, a first-time author at the age of 83. His book “The LoFrisco Family Cookbook (How Josie Brought Sicily to Brooklyn)” combines stories of his Italian/American upbringing in Brooklyn in the 1950s and recipes, mostly from his mother.

We first learned of Anthony (a retired attorney) and his book when he sent us each a copy in the mail. It was packaged oh-so-delightfully with a wooden spoon tied to the front by a lovely ribbon. We’re not sure if the wooden spoon was meant to aid us with our cooking (being that it’s a cookbook) or is a nod to the punishment tool of choice used in “those” days! Either way, we were completely intrigued. Stories and recipes make for a good combo in our book…and in Anthony’s book!

How to pick the right summer camp!

Bev here! I’ve worked at Buck’s Rock Performing and Creative Arts Summer camp for 26 years. That’s 26 years of speaking with parents, guiding them through the enrollment process, and answering their many, many questions that they inevitably have (some enroll without a single question, and that’s cool too!).

Often, at the end of the list of standard questions parents will say, “What am I not asking?” or, “What should I be asking?” I present to you, a handy checklist of important questions to ask before enrolling your child in the summer camp of their dreams!

Foxwoods Resort Casino

When the weather outside is officially trying to kill you and you just need some FUN, where else to go but Foxwoods Resort Casino! An emerald castle of entertainment just two hours from home, it seemed like just the thing to take our minds off the New England end of winter blues!

Our itinerary would include; checking-in to our marvelous room for the night at the Grand Pequot Tower hotel, shopping the Tanger Outlets, having our hair made fancy at G-Spa and Salon, dinner and famous drinks at Sugar Factory (the most Instagrammed restaurant ever), followed by a show – Lora’s fave comedian, George Lopez. All of this without having to leave the resort. Basically, a huge enclosed bubble of fun-times. Take that, weather!

Interview with Matthew Nelson

If you’re a 90s music fan, then you definitely know Nelson’s Can’t Live Without Your Love and Affection hit (it reached #1 on US Billboard Hot 100) and yes, we were obsessed. We’re also fans of Gunnar and Matthew Nelson’s father, Ricky Nelson. He starred in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet from 1952-1966, Rio Bravo with John Wayne and Dean Martin (to name just a couple), and stole the hearts of fans all over the world, even after his death in 1985.

Rick’s twin sons play an amazing tribute show to their father in Ricky Nelson Remembered – and if you love his music, it’s a must see [Lora’s seen it and highly recommends!]. Grab your tickets now for their Ridgefield Playhouse show on April 13th – click here

Ann’s Place

When our multi-talented, busy friend Kimberley Locke started volunteering at Ann’s Place, we were curious. Kimberley speaks so highly of the time she spends there and how meaningful it is to her. We decided to get informed and learn first hand just what Ann’s Place does for our community.

Shannon Cobb, President and CEO, was kind enough to meet us one Saturday afternoon to give us a tour of the impressive facility located at 80 Saw Mill Road, Danbury.

Here are our Cliffs Notes!

Terra Ristorante Italiano – Danbury

Brunch, our favorite meal of the day – besides breakfast, lunch, dinner, and high tea.

Terra Ristorante Italiano offers a Northern Italian menu and the most ridiculously fresh craft cocktails. Located within Hotel Zero Degrees (where we were visiting), the restaurant is open to guests as well as the public.

Having spent the previous evening enjoying Terra’s wonderful bar scene, we knew that we’d be in for a chic and tasty brunch. We decided that one last cocktail and a light breakfast had to be consumed, for the sake of the blog. You understand.

Hotel Zero Degrees

This week’s “Getaway” brings us to Hotel Zero Degrees in Danbury, a mere 20 minutes or so from our respective homes. Regardless of the short distance, this little staycation made us feel like we had traveled much farther. The moment we stepped through the glass sliding doors into the boutique hotel’s stunning lobby – we felt as if we had been teleported to some uber-modern Euro-lodge. Ready? Set? Getaway!

A day in Sherman

Last month we posted a feature on “A day in Southport,” situated at the very bottom of Fairfield County. Therefore, to keep things balanced, we decided to spend “A day in Sherman,” at the tipety top of Fairfield County. Having been inspired by our post on Sportsmen’s and feeling like an active day in nature, we decided to #getoutside.

Lora knew of a great hike in Sherman’s Herrick Trail Preserve that ends with a really great view from the “Housatonic Lookout.” A 1.25 mile, moderately flat trail in the snowy woods, this would classify as a “Fitness” post! Read on, as the day also consists of “Food” (Amore) because these two categories are our loves…and whaddya know, keep scrolling for a tiny shot of “Fashion” at the end, cute sweaters by Wooden Ships 😁

WEST – Westport

Has anyone else found themselves Googling, “How can I dress like the women in “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce”?” If you haven’t been watching it, we’ll fill you in. Brilliant show on Bravo about 4 fabulous women (with fabulous problems) set on the West Coast; L.A. to be exact. What they are wearing is just as important as the story lines. In other words, the most style inspiring show since Sex and the City!

We found a store in Westport that could be the GG2D’s wardrobe. WEST is filled with easy to wear, make-a-statement, fashion forward clothes. Lines that you’ll fall in love with immediately. Mostly designers from LA, but also some fantastic Australian designers, and a sprinkling of other random super cool lines. “The hi-low mix” is the concept, or feel, of the store, Laura Maged explained to us, something just a little edgy or glam mixed unexpectedly with super casual everything-else. We loved our little dress-up blogeling session we had recently, and fully embraced the hi-low combo; a new favorite!