Tofu To Go
Healthy Markets make it easy to have a healthy New Year.
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I'm all too familiar with the excuses for not cooking healthy meals: I don't have the right ingredients, I don't know any recipes, I don't like cooking… the list goes on. With wonderful healthy markets—all over Fairfield County—offering food that is good and good for you, we really have no excuse.
Go ahead and keep that New Year's Resolution to eat healthy.
Specialty: Run by husband and wife team of acclaimed chefs, Debra Ponzek and Greg Addonizio. You know you're in for a treat.
Mission: Offering fine, superbly crafted, healthy, convenient foods for their customers.
Vibe: Shop 'til you drop and then dig In.
Menu: Varies daily and weekly, but to give you a sampling of their gourmet fair imagine taking home piping hot Roasted Winter Squash and Pear Soup, Quinoa Salad (mandarin oranges, pecans and scallions, lemon vinaigrette), Chicken Curry Stew and one of their mouth-watering desserts like a Rustic Fruit Tartelette.
Other Offerings: Upscale pantry items, packaged salads (made daily), breads, full-service gourmet catering, home delivery, cooking classes for adults and kids, and fine event planning.
Seating: Counter stools, tables and outdoor seating (in Darien)
Located in Darien, Greenwich, Riverside
Specialty: Healthy food that doesn't taste "healthy". You know what I mean.
Mission: They are so invested in our health that they'll make meals for you to take while you travel!
Vibe: Chill: bring your kids, no one will give you dirty looks.
Menu: Zillions of smoothies, excellent juices, breakfast dishes like the "bagel" (onion bread with cashew "cream cheese", tomato and Celtic sea salt), and lunch and dinner goodies like their Nori Wrap (Nori Fig Marmalade, cashew cheese, beets, sunflower sprouts, avocado, crispy onion, spinach and a dipping sauce served with salt & vinegar zucchini chips.)
Other Offerings: Kids meals and dessert, too.
Seating: Yes! If you're not in a hurry pull up a chair and dig into your tasty, healthy meal.
Located in Fairfield
Specialty: Their eat-in deli in the back is a great place to grab a quiet, healthy lunch or snack.
Mission: Happily serving the community tasty, healthy food and health products.
Vibe: Super Friendly!
Menu: At the deli you can order homemade soups, tofu chili, amazing salads like the Middle Eastern Salad Platter (organic greens, their homemade tabouleh, hommus and an organic ezekiel tortilla), wrap sandwiches, organic veggie burgers, as well as, fresh vegetable juices, protein shakes, and organic fruit smoothies all made to order. Don't miss out on Nacho Friday! Their Mexican Bean Nachos are delicious.
Other Offerings: Full range of healthy goods from nutritional supplements to detox systems and natural groceries like granola.
Seating: You betcha.
30 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich; (203) 869-9658
Health in a Hurry
Organic Vegetarian (and Vegan) Cuisine To Go
Specialty: Organic vegetarian and vegan food (90% of the menu is entirely vegan and gluten-free.)
Mission: They home grow some of their seasonal produce or source it locally, and cook with only the highest quality ingredients in their whole form. All of the food is made from scratch without preservatives, additives, or other chemicals, including their dressings, marinades, and sauces. All of the desserts are sweetened only with brown rice syrup, maple syrup, agave nectar, molasses, and honey.
Vibe: Earth Mother.
Menu: Breakfast, lunch, sides, dinner or dessert. It's all fresh and delicious. Their menu varies seasonally. Love the quiche, black bean burgers, Moroccan Tagine (tempeh baked with a parsley/cayenne/lemon marinade in a stew of seasonal vegetables such as yam, squash, tomato, and garlic, spiced with cumin, coriander, and caraway). Divine.
Other offerings: Catering.
Seating: To go only, except when the weather's nice you can tuck into your food at a table on their outdoor patio.
Located in Fairfield
Specialty: 100% Organic Juice Bar.
Mission: Practice Mindful Living.
Vibe: Zen, post yoga bliss.
Menu: Chock-full of gorgeous Salads pick your own ingredients or their signature salads, Wraps full of healthy goodies, 100% organic smoothies, 100% organic juices with boosts like beets, cabbage, kale and kiwi to name only a few, and juice remedies like their unbeatable Cold Cure (green apple, double ginger, cayenne and lemon), plus 100% organic coffees, teas, and cocoa (heaven).
Other Offerings: A full menu of cleanses (from 1 to 7 days), their new Kaia Natural Food CO-OP—affordable fresh organic fruits and veggies, organic dairy and soy products healthy snacks, beverages, packaged and frozen goods, vitamins and supplements, plus home goods for your baby, pet and household. You can even order online. Plus cooking classes and coffee house events with live music and engaging speakers.
Seating: in both the Café & Lounge.
Located in Westport
Specialty: All natural market soup to nuts.
Mission: One stop shopping for the very best all natural and organic food and products for you and your home.
Vibe: This is where the serious health nuts (and I mean that in a good way) shop.
Menu: Prepared foods that you can order online ahead of time! For the Holidays they offered fully cooked Eberly organic turkeys and succulent sides like cream of butternut squash soup (with Calvados Brandy), plus appetizers and desserts.
Other Offerings: Featured healthy recipes, references to local Naturopathic Practitioners
Located in Fairfield, Stamford
The Organic Market
Specialty: Just about anything from their little lunch counter and itty bitty kitchen can whip up.
Mission: Offering fresh, healthy, organic food and goods.
Vibe: It's a family affair, run for over 20 years by a husband and wife team.
Menu: It's hard to decide whether to go the fresh juice route (something about the place makes you want to be healthier!), or go for their amazing wrap sandwiches and soups, or grab one of their house made salads like Tabbouleh, or load up on their hot foods like juicy chicken kabobs with a side of quinoa, couscous or veggie paella to stock your 'fridge for a week's worth of dinners.
Other Offerings: Vitamins, food supplements, organic produce, groceries and health and beauty products.
Seating: a few seats in front and back.
285 Post Road East, Westport; (203) 227-9007
Specialty: Husband and wife team, Jon and Laura Brennan, cook up environmentally conscious catering. Mission—Make it fresh, make it great, make it GREEN.
Vibe: The Café is casual and inviting.
Menu: Gaga for their gourmet prepared take-out that's cooked on-site made with only fresh ingredients. Breakfast treats like their Morning Glory Egg Sandwich (toasted multigrain with wilted spinach & tomatoes option to add applewood smoked bacon or all natural Berkshire ham), heaven-sent salads, cold and hot pressed sandwiches like the house made veggie burger wrap (mixed greens, chopped tomatoes, avocado salsa & chipotle aioli). So darn good.
Other Offerings: Full-Service Gourmet Catering and Custom Event Planning focused on partnering with their clients to create savvy and spectacular events.
Seating: Limited, but they deliver to area businesses and schools.
Located in Cos Cob
Specialty: Well you know they've got it all…
Mission: Bringing Organic food to one and all.
Vibe: California grocery store.
Menu: Brick oven pizzas made to order, pre-made sandwiches and wraps (or sidle up to the deli counter and create your own), soups galore, pre-made salads or dive into their salad bar or their hot entree bar. Top it all off with a scoop of gelato. Yum!
Other Offerings: Full on organic supermarket.
Located in Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, Westport