Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Palms Night Club - Friday night, super

The Palms Night Club

The Palms

78 West Park Place.
Stamford, CT



Monday, March 28, 2011

Tappo in the news: Regional Italian, by Day and Night - Review -

Are you a fan of Tappo yet?  Patricia Brooks, New York Times, took a visit just recently.  How did it rate? Read what she had to say about  Tappo......Regional Italian, by Day and Night - Review -

Phone: 203-588-9870
51 Bank Street Italian specialties.


Friday, March 25, 2011

Looking for work? The DSSD is looking to hire

Looking for work? The DSSD is looking to hire a Operations/Retail Coordinator

Job Title: Operations/Retail Coordinator

Job Description:

We are seeking a high energy individual to support projects, gather and organize information and assist with event production.

Who we are:

The Stamford Downtown Special Services District is a highly visible, community-oriented, non-profit Business Improvement District responsible for creating, managing and promoting a quality environment for people, which enhances the economic vitality of Stamford Downtown.  

More details....

Primary job responsibilities:

Maintains statistics for a Demographic Profile report
Maintains a retail vacancy database
Maintains logs to track retail scouting leads and retail window issues.
Communicates with restaurants and retailers to track event results.
Collaborates in the compilation of a Stamford Tables Concierge Book.
Assists with event production
Maintains website.
Maintains database.
Compiles content for the Downtown Directory and Dining Guide.
Arranges event parking.
Maintains Employee Discount Parking program.
Assists staff with routine hardware and software questions

Bachelor’s Degree preferred
Excellent oral and written communication skills
High energy
Ability to initiate work as well as support the efforts of a team.
Ability to work flexible hours
Ability to work with a high level of accuracy
A help desk level of proficiency in standard computer applications such as MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook plus a demonstrable ability to become proficient with new applications including CMS website management, bulk e-mail management and desktop publishing.
Normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, plus several late evening and weekend events including but not limited to:

Alive at Five – 7 consecutive Thursday nights beginning the 4th week of June.
Holiday Parade Spectacular – One full day on the Sunday preceding Thanksgiving.
Annual Dinner – Mid-June weekday evening
Sculpture Exhibit Opening – Mid-June weekday evening
Grand Summer Night – Mid-August weekday evening
Salary low 30’s and benefits with an immediate  start date.

Want to Apply? Please e-mail a resume and cover letter to No phone calls please.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Morelli Pizza Cafe - now open!

Looking for a new pizza place to try?  Morelli Pizza Cafe is now open. 
Morelli Pizza Café
114 Broad Street Pizza, pasta, salad, soups and more. Pizza by the slice too. Dine in or take out. Delivery available.


Monday, March 21, 2011

Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery-Damla Tokcan Faro, Solo Exhibition

Upcoming – Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery

Damla Tokcan Faro, Solo Exhibition at the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery
Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery is proud to announce the opening of photo illustrator Damla Tokcan Faro’s first solo exhibition in America.

On Friday, March 25th from 6 to 9 PM, Faro’s first solo exhibition at Alvarez’s Gallery will be an exposition of the power of imagination. The gallery is excited to announce that the artist will be traveling from her home in London to attend the event. Collectors can RSVP for private viewing on March 24th. Questions about the opening can be directed to Rebecca Hansen at 888.861.6791, or via email at

Faro’s work combines photography and illustration as a method to explore the comic, turbulent, and cathartic limitus between childhood and adulthood. In every fantastical image, there is something that roots it in the “real world.” Fairies perch on open magazines and furniture, confusing and colluding these fantasy realms with a parallel reality. Through distortion, perspective, and illustration, Faro enhances her images to tease out the story of each shot, making them dynamic and vivacious visions of fairytale life, “The combination of 2- and 3-dimensions, past and present, and conscious and subconscious helps me to interpret the similarities and differences between what is real and what is imaginary. Once I decide where to take my character – I will use nature, found objects, knick-knacks from rubbish bins, and my collection of miniature heroes and heroines to build the scene of my twisted tale.”
According to Fernando Luis Alvarez, one of Faro’s contemporaries, “Damla’s work perpetuates a sardonic, fanciful story of how our eye manages to amaze and fool us. The imaginative photo illustrations playfully invite one to delve into the work, and take part in this vivid journey that easily relates to a Where’s Waldo-like experience.”
On display at the Gallery is Faro’s Gatecrashers series, which features fairy characters maneuvering about the open pages of a magazine. Though in any other context they may appear fanciful and carefree, Faro manages to make their immobile smiling faces appear awkward, dazed, and overwhelmed. It is as though their encounter with their new Eden has become more abrasive than embracive. It is through Faro’s impish lens that the narrative unfolds. As art critic Michael Weinstein of NewCity Chicago said of the Gatecrashers series, “Deploying figurines of female fairies in stage sets that she crafts from found objects and with her own hands, Tokcan Faro creates a relentlessly artificial world–in all respects–replete with lush vegetation. Yet this is no pastoral idyll; the characters in her still dramas are uncomfortable in their paradise, expressing emotions of shock, shame, bewilderment and bemusement through their body language and expressions. Faro‘s color shots of her vision of fairyland stand out for their imaginative brilliance.”


Friday, March 18, 2011

Women's History Month- Promoting Cultural Awareness and Diversity Through the Arts

Our History is our StrengthWorks Depicting the Strength of Women in five US. Historical Movements:Labor, Suffrage, Civil Rights, Women's Rights

Picture That, LLC: Promoting Cultural Awareness and Diversity Through the Arts"
March 7 through April 8, 2011
UBS Cultural Fine Art Gallery
UBS Stamford Office,
677 Washington Boulevard, Stamford, CT
For Additional Information Contact: 203-977-8203

In honor of Women's History Month 2011, All Bar None Investment Bank Chapter proudly presents an art exhibit that shares this title, "Our History is Our Strength", which runs through April 8th, with an opening reception on March 16, from 5 to 7pm at the UBS Stamford Headquarters. The exhibit features works by twenty participating artists from various part of the country, who were influenced by the strength of women that played a significant role in U.S. History.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Hair and Nails on Bedford Street, a 2nd floor view....

Are you looking for a place that does Hair and Nails with an upper view?   Reflections Salon, 227 Bedford Street- 2nd floor, has what you want.  You can get all your primping done in one place.
This past weekend I was downtown trying to squeeze a quickie manicure appointment into an already busy schedule and headed to Reflections Nails, inside Reflections Salon.  It's located on the 2nd floor right next to Lucky's.     I didn't get to do lunch, but I'll think about working that in next time.   
It was nice to see every hairdressing seat was taken with women having a cut, color or blow dry.  I've never gotten my hair done there, however, I'm told it's a good place.  Some hair salon clients wandered over from their chairs to get their nails done in between their wash and set; multi-tasking at best. 
This hair salon has been around for over 15 years, and until recently, added the nail salon.  Nestled up next to the window is the nail salon corner called Reflections Nails - Nails by Jenny....she gave me a "chair" right away (which is always nice when you don't have an appointment).  "Pick a color" she said.  Before you knew it, I was all polished!  Check it out. It's a nice bargin too -- only $7.
While under the nail drier, I gazed out through windows to the street below.  Witnessing  the pre-St Pats Day Pararde hustle-bustle from a safe distance was quite calming.     I asked Jenny if she has had a lot of business lately, whether busier from workers in the area or by residents nearby.  She said most of her clients are from local businesses.  She seemed to think that noone knows her nail salon is there.....that's until word gets out I suppose. : )
For me, today was just a manicure.  Next time, I'll add a haircut too.

Reflections Salon
Phone: 203-975-0900
Fax: 203-975-8323
Hair Care and Nails227 Bedford Street, 2nd Floor A full service hair salon which offers a
relaxing atmosphere and friendly and knowledgeable staff. New addition-- Nails by Jenny.


Friday, March 11, 2011

Stamford Saint Patrick's Day Parade

16th Annual Stamford

St Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 12 noon

Parade Route
South on Summer St. - East on
Main St
Reviewing Stand- Old Town Hall
Parade Party at Old Town Hall
 1 - 5 PM
1:30 PM - Irish Pipe Bands
3 PM - Irish Dancers
Donation $5

 . For additional information please email Parade Chairman James Bartley:


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

24-hour parking at city garages is now here...

24-HOUR* parking is here!  As of March 1, 2011, you can park in the City garages even longer.  Now you can go to your favorite restaurant, bar or club and keep your car in one of the City of Stamford Garages without worry of closing. (*times may change beginning July- check at each garage for specific information)
Sign up for monthly parking at the City of Stamford Permiting office.
  If you have any questions about this program contact:
John Ruotolo, DSSD Vice President Operations


Monday, March 7, 2011

Being vegged out at Navaratna...

Update to a past post: 
Since posting about Narvaratna, this vegetarian Indian restaurant has become Kosher certified!   Kosher is a way to describe how some food might be prepared : some people eat kosher food for religious, cultural, health and quality reasons. If you are curious about what kosher means follow this link.
A terrific addition to Stamford Downtown offering a kosher options to our downtown diners.  Check it out!

Originally posted on 7/11/10:
"Hot, hot, hot" and I don't mean the 100 degree heat we've been experiencing;  Just came back from lunch at Navaratna.  This little place is an authentic Vegetarian Indian Restaurant on Atlantic Street.  Ok, so I'm not a big fan of spicy food so I didn't order anything that might completely blow me away, but two of my dining partners were much braver.  The food is certainly a change from the usual salad that I eat for lunch, so if you are looking for a new place to experiment, Navarantana is worth the trip. 
I don't remember the names of any of the dishes we ordered so I'll have to wing it here.  I do, however, remember that my dish was pureed spinach with cottage cheese (not spicy). Some of my blogger followers might know this dish as it is quite common.   My fellow diners had super spicy vegetable curry dish a Spicy Sampler with assorted Indian bread specialties.  The breads were all different textures and tastes and an adventure all their own. the end of this culinary travel came this beautiful frozen dessert that was not spicy at all, and quite yummy. 


Phone: 348-1070
Fax: 348-2376
133 Atlantic Street
Pan-Indian. A "pure vegetarian restaurant". Specializing in the cuisine of  North & South Indian vegetarian dishes, where cooks typically use rich spices and aromatic herbs to transform intricate conjurations of vegetables, lentils, and rice into tasty meals that are as fulfilling as they are filling. Masala Dosa, Idli, Vada and Sambar are the mainstays of a style of cooking with which all India, and now much of the rest of the world, has fallen in love.

Also, click here to read the Patricia Brooks review in The New York Times 7/8/10


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Eel and Edaname at Tengda

Eel sushi

Lunch at Tengda today with my lunch buddy and we feasted upon some yummy asian specialties.  I had the Eel and he had the Edaname.  We really like all the excitment that Restaurant Weeks brings to all the Stamford Downtown Restaurants and  at Tendga was on par.  (Stamford Downtown Restaurant weeks runs until March 13 at selected restaurants.)  
Tengda Asian Bistro
Phone: 203-353-8005
235 Bedford Street Innovative Pan-Asian cuisine, the freshest sushi there is and great cocktails. Great service and edgy, industrial décor complete the hip, lively experience.


Friday, March 4, 2011

38th Annual Student Art Show at the Stamford Art Association - March 6

Don't miss the 38th Annual Student Art Show at the Stamford Art Association. The opening is Sunday March 6 4-6 and the awards will be presented by Mayor Pavia. Students  from 12 local high schools have work exhibited in this juried show.   The exhibit will run until March 24 at the SAA Townhouse Gallery, 39 Franklin St. Stamford. Gallery hours are 11-3 Thurs./Fri. and 12-3 Sat./Sun. or by appointment. 203 325 1139 or


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