So, we’ve been bumming it around CT (my old stomping grounds) for the past two weeks…perhaps you’ve seen us. As it’s Agnes’ first trip to the Nutmeg State, I’ve taken it upon myself to show her some of the local sites, sounds and tastes.
A must see stop on my patented tour was the Wiffle Ball factory in…you guessed it…Shelton, CT. Yes, every single one of those impossible-to-hit balls were invented and manufactured in my home town!
We took to the winding, hilly roads on the vintage 1976 Honda CB 550 to explore neighborhoods, cow pastures, shops, and state parks. Honorable mention goes to Oronoque Farms (gifts and incredible apple crumb pie), Huntington Street Cafe (friendly service, great tunes huge mugs of coffee and an inventive menu. The veggie burger club is a must have), and we even hit East Village Park for some Agassi vs. Sampras style action (I think Agnes much preferred exchanging smiles with the nice older gentleman quietly enjoying a midday swing as he watched our showdown)!
My mom took us to The GRAYGOOSE in Southport, CT for an incredible lunch. We started with calamari appetizer. Mom chose the ahi tuna salad (best ever), Aggie had a homemade veggie burger, and I enjoyed the Mykonos Salad! Mmmmm!!Using her new found CT prowess, Agnes put together a great Mother’s Day care package to send home to her mom in FL. It included a genuine wiffle ball, First Blush wine made at Jones Family Farm (we’ll be spending time exploring the farm in the near future), a map of Shelton, and a homemade plastic grocery store bag holder!
Another crucial tour stop is high stakes bingo at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket (say that 5 times fast!). We played 20 games, 9 bingo cards at a time, for 4 hours…and won nothing. We did, however, have a ton of free coffee and soda so I’m pretty sure we beat the system!
On the way to the casino we stopped in the quaint sailing town of Essex– this place was perfect for mama and aggie! We visited the old steam train, yachts in the marina, and historic homes.
A couple nights ago we had the pleasure of dining at an Italian restaurant called Trattoria Roma. The food ruled, the portions were huge and the waitress scored big points with Agnes by giving us free tiramisu and saying she looked liked Amy Adams in “Julia and Julia“.
Today we went antiquing and had two great meals. Agnes scored a leather coach messenger bag for 3 bucks (we’re still on the hunt for a couple antique watches)! I on the other hand scored nothing (though I loved watching her squeal at her conquest). We lunched at Katz’s Deli in Woodbridge, famous for the pickles and coleslaw which arrive practically before you’re even seated! The nova lox and bagels for two were fantastic and a fabulous value at $14 for a ginormous portion! We were accompanied by my mom (the other CT tour guide) who had a heaping sandwich that was reported as delicious.
For dinner we landed at Aribella’s in Huntington Center. We were joined by my mom and our good friend Tracy (great company). We shared laughs as we sipped our red wine and ate some really fine Italian cuisine. The only low point was the service. I requested another sauce for my pasta and was informed that “this isn’t Burger King”. I guess that also gets me out of tipping (that’s not required at the BK)!
Our stay in CT has had about a million highlights. The days have been jam packed with little projects, organizing, very minor exercise, eating a lot and running Agnes all over the damn state. Tomorrow we travel to NYC for a two week stay. Guess we don’t have to bust after all! Many stories to come….
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