Friday was a fun filled evening attending Connectic Dance’s “The Nutcracker Suite and Spicy” at The Aetna Theatre in the Wadsworth Atheneum
I had the wonderful opportunity to attend my first (insert squeal) blogger event sponsored by A Little Bird Told Me.
Attempt at a pre-lunch selfie
My first stop was a lovely lunch hosted by the wonderful folks at Vinted. I have dined there in the past and love eating from their Contemporary American tapas style menu surrounded by what I like to call the “wall of wine”.
It’s rare to find a restaurant in central Connecticut where you can dine and also have the opportunity to try a variety of wines that you might not typically be able to try “by the glass”. I am a gal that likes to sample many things, so I love the opportunity of having a glass of wine without having to commit to a bottle off the bat.
Recently Vinted has expanded their menu and about 8 weeks ago, they have now added a lunch menu, which can best be described as more “New American” and less tapas style, as their dinner menu is.
I was greeted with a wonderful glass of organic (fancy I know) white wine by our wonderful host Gary and chatted for a bit with the others in attendance. It was nice to meet and chat some of the more established bloggers from the area, many of whom I follow on various forms of social media.
We were treated to a variety of their menu items.
Roasted Shrimp Kale Salad – Apple / Buttermilk / Spiced Walnuts / Radish / “Puffs”
Roasted Beet Salad (Flanked by the “Wall of Wine”) –
Roasted Beet Salad – Roasted Beets/procini dust/speck/frisce”
“Famous” Federal Risotto Balls – Truffle Butter / Parmesan
HONEY BBQ CHICKEN THIGH Fried Green Tomato / Aged Cheddar / Pickled Jalapeno / “Ranch” Aioli/Hartford Baking Company Chiabatini roll
Paired with a “Fall in a Glass – Apples & Oranges – apple brandy/vermont maple syrup/cider/oj/nutmeg
Honestly – each dish was great – but my personal favorite was the Honey BBQ Chicken Thigh – sweet and tender with a bit of a kick from the surprise pickled Jalapeno I got with my last bite.
I also had the opportunity to meet the lovely ladies from Nelson Salon and Spa – located near Max Burger on Ellsworth Road. Dominica and her staff are working hard to bring a full service, customizable, one stop salon to West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square. They very excited, under new management to work with client’s to provide their client’s with a great experience and the best result possible. They were providing mini make over’s but I was so into the food I did not have time – it is definitely something for me to check out in the future.
During lunch I also had a chance to sit near and speak with Elyse Ryan of Elyse Ryan Jewelry who crafts not only eye catching jewlery but donates a portion of the proceeds to Vasculities Research and the Easter Seals. She was so pleasant and very passionate about giving back that I was totally taken aback and touched when she gifted each diner with one of her Easter Seals Bracelets.
Shopping at #Oohlala and #West Elm
I had just enough to wet my pallet which was a good thing as we then headed to Oohlala for some shopping. This store is a wonderfully curated women’s clothing store with unique pieces at pretty affordable prices for Blue Back Square. They only buy a small number of each pieces and once they are sold out they do not restock the item – so there is a constantly rotating selection of clothing to choose from. This can be a good or bad thing for your inner fashionista.
Once my inner fashionista was quenched – I headed over to the fairly new West Elm location to take some mental design notes. They also had some mini NoRa Cupcakes (whom has just opened a second location in Blue Back Square) to sample. They are known for the funky and unique flavor combinations but sometimes their simplest creations are the best – can you guess which one I choose??
It was a great way for me to do three thing I love to do in the span of one afternoon – eating, shopping and connecting with others.