In the past few years, McDonald's has gotten rid of "Super Size," Wendy's has expanded its salad menu - even Taco Bell has created something called the "Fresco Menu."
Burger King is giving them all the finger and introducing the Bacon Sundae. I applaud BK for having the balls to introduce a dish like this during our current "obesity crisis" climate. I believe in the consumer's right to order terribly unhealthy garbage if they're so inclined - mostly because I'm often inclined.
Back in September, FPB visited the Captain Lawrence brewery.
Since then, Captain Lawrence has moved from its old digs in Pleasantville, NY,
to a bigger facility in Elmsford. This provided me with a great excuse to go drink
beers fresh from the source. After all, we may have reviewed the Captain
Lawrence brewery, but we haven’t reviewed THIS Captain Lawrence brewery.
In the old brewery, you could sample each of CL’s on-tap
beers for free. In the new brewery (newery?), you pay $2 for a tasting glass
(which you keep when you go home), and drink for free from that point forward. It’s
definitely worth it if you can scrounge up the two bucks.
Drink beer, take home a souvenir. Hey, that rhymes!
The outside of the old brewery was a parking lot. Parking
lots are cool and all, but the new brewery has a picnic table area and a bocce
court, so you can drink while getting a tan.
Joanie loves Bocce.
The old brewery had no food. The new brewery has food. You
can order a selection of local meats, cheeses, nuts, and jerkies while you’re
In addition, the tasting room has more than tripled in size,
and the new facility is big enough that the brewers are able to put
experimental brews on tap from time to time.
With the new changes in place, Captain Lawrence is an even
better spot to do a little Saturday day-drinking. Bring friends, eat, drink,
and be merry. Oh, and make sure you bring a growler – at 10 bucks a fill (and
$11 for their Imperial IPA), you’ll be glad you did.
A little less than a year ago, we gave you the lowdown on
the 20% hike in CT state alcohol tax, and we ended the post by raving like
lunatics about the fact that Connecticut was one of two states left in the
Union that didn’t allow Sunday liquor sales.
Well, it worked. Governor Dannel Malloy, having read our
blog post, was so moved and enlightened that he immediately began pressing the
state for change. The result was this past Sunday – the first ever Sunday for
CT State liquor sales.
You’re welcome, Connecticut.
Ryan's first Sunday six-pack. It tasted like liberty.
For a beer dork, crossing the border from Connecticut to New
York is akin to hopping over the Berlin wall and landing in Allied West
Germany. A mere 15 minutes from the Nutmeg State, New York’s beer distribution
list includes several amazing breweries you won’t find anywhere in CT. Like
Founders. Green Flash. Sixpoint. Anderson Valley. You catch my drift. Lots of
In addition, Westchester county is littered with places to
get a growler filled – the only place I can think of in Fairfield county is the
eternally disappointing SBC. So, when I heard about DeCicco’s, from my
next-door neighbor and fellow beer-thusiast, I felt compelled to check it out.
DeCicco's is Italian for "Yummy Happy Beer Place."
First things first - DeCicco’s is not a liquor store. It’s
actually a family-owned, slightly high-end grocery store in the vein of Whole
Foods. (At least that’s the impression I got while I was sprinting towards the
beer section). However, I hadn’t driven to Ardsley, NY for kale.
The DeCicco’s beer selection, in terms of number of options,
is on par with some of the better liquor stores in the Fairfield County area. The
difference is the inclusion of the excellent breweries I listed earlier, and
the 10-tap growler station.
Did I mention there's cheese at the growler station? There's cheese at the growler station.
On this day, I filled a growler with Troeg’s Nugget Nectar, grabbed
a bottle of my beloved Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, and snagged a 4-pack of
Founders Imperial Stout. None of which, mind you, can be purchased in Stamford.
Not a bad haul for a 30 minute drive.
My only complaint would be the fact that my girlfriend’s mom’s
maiden name is DeCicco, and yet I didn’t get a family discount. Very
disappointing. Other than that – the store kicks ass, and you should check it
As we all know, and as the Stamford Pizza Tour folks constantly remind us, Stamford is saturated with pizza places. There’s a slice for every occasion – Colony when I crave that salty, greasy, deliciousness, Coalhouse when I want to enjoy my pizza with an amazing beer, Remo’s for that classic, fresh, saucy feel, and of course that place around the corner that delivers for those times when I can’t seem to pry myself off the couch. With all of these amazing choices, and many more, why would I leave Stamford for a piece of pizza? Fat Cat Pie Co in Norwalk is one reason.
I like thin crust pies. Fat Cat’s crust is about is thin as it gets. Thin Lizzy would endorse it. In fact, they probably give you the least amount of substance possible for a 13” pizza. You’d be disappointed if you tried to share a pizza with someone, as you’ll have no trouble putting one back on your own. Although small, the crackery crust gives the pies a nice snappy crunch, and just enough support for a thin layer of sauce, and a light sprinkling of cheese and toppings. It’s a minimalistic pie, and it’s not exactly a bargain.
With all of that said, you might be wondering why I just told you to venture outside the nest to try it. Because Fat Cat’s different. It feels more like a wine bar than a pizza place. It’s a dimly lit open room with exposed brick walls and a chill vibe. They have a decent selection of wine and usually a few unexpected craft beers on tap, accompanied by a decent bottle menu. Unlike most pizza places, it’s unlikely that you’ll see Fat Cat overrun with children and families. The ingredients are fresh, all organic, and they serve tasty salads, cheese, fresh baked local breads and delicious coffee. So go ahead, give it a try when you’re looking for something a little different than your old standbys.
They give you variety of Penzey's spices to top your pizza
Here’s our recommendations:
Nona Massini’s sliced meatballs – real, tasty, meatballs. Not just a clump of ground beef. Seasonal spicy peppers – these fresh peppers add a lot of zing to your pie. Moderate heat. Breakfast pizza – Local eggs and cheese on a buttered pizza crust.