I wanted to share a quick update with you about a yummy dinner we had last Sunday. We enjoyed excellent food and customer service with our take-out dinner from Gruel Britannia! The Shepard’s Pie and Meatloaf were both fabulous. The dishes came with generous portions and either grilled vegetables or a large salad, and delicious flavor! The people working there are very friendly and super organized. We can’t wait to try more of the intriguing options on their menu. Maybe I’ll see you there!
Lauren was working as a waitress at the neighboring restaurant, Quattro Pazzi when she spotted a cute guy named Byron in the kitchen. One night they decided to go out for a drink, and this launched the start of their long-term romance.
They were still together when Lauren changed jobs and went next door to work with Madeline at Cafe Madeline. Byron stayed put and soon became the manager of Quattro Pazzi. Before you knew it, Lauren and Byron were married and had a daughter.
Fast forward three years and Madeline decided to sell her business to focus more on world travel which she has always loved to do. Lauren and Byron jumped on the opportunity to buy the restaurant and named the new cafe Aurora’s, after their little girl!
What can you expect when you go? You will enjoy the same cozy and festive atmosphere but with more than a new name. The menu is new, and while it has held on to some of the favorites from before, like the to-die-for butternut squash soup, there are many new and exciting choices.
One of them is the Scallops Small Plate. It offers an outrageously delicious blend of flavors that take your taste buds on vacation to paradise! They are also very personable and accommodating. My husband, Mark likes to stick to his favorite chicken piccata with broccoli-instead-of-spinach, which he had historically ordered every time went to the cafe. Even though it’s no longer on the menu, Aurora’s still makes it for him! The wines are delicious too. Mark likes the Robert Mondavi Merlot and I enjoy HobNob Pinot Noir.
The other cool thing? They actually take reservations! And we recommend making one before you go because we have tried a number of times without, and the place has been booked solid. So definitely call, go, and enjoy!
1603 Post Rd Fairfield, CT 06824
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The journey was long for Eric, Roberta and their young son and a new puppy. Of course, it would be a big lifestyle change from an apartment in Manhattan to a house in the suburbs. First of all, when you could routinely have any nationality of cuisine delivered to your doorstep within 20 minutes, anything less seemed quite inconvenient. Add to this the perspective of coming from a classic doorman building on the Upper West Side near parks and subways with magnificent pre-war details and 11-foot ceilings, and you were starting with high expectations… as you should! There was no pressure to move, but it was time for a new experience, a home to spread out in with a yard, an active town, and excellent public schools.
Roberta was drawn to the open space and pastoral scenery in upper Westchester County, New York. Eric wanted a town with direct train service to Grand Central to make the commute to his Park Avenue office as painless as possible. The family began their search in Westchester, but after evaluating the homes, amenities and property taxes there decided that Fairfield County Connecticut would be a better fit.
So they set their focus on Westport and rented a summer house there to get to know the town. Their wish list included a neighborhood with a country feeling and a location on a quiet street, but not too far from the train. The home needed to be something special- an older house with charm and good bones, or maybe a new construction with timeless style. There needed to be at least an acre of property with bucolic surroundings. The ceilings had to be high, and the flow had to be practical as well as aesthetically pleasing. The architecture had to be true to its form and consistent throughout. High-quality details such as wide plank wood floors and large windows for ample natural light and pretty views were key. A front porch was a plus, and so was a pool. Last but not least, the chemistry had to be there.
So we looked. And we looked. Over time, we found that the Greens Farms and Old Hill neighborhoods had the location and feeling that Eric and Roberta were looking for. We saw many, many homes that had many great features. But finding the perfect blend was not easy- as a typical suburban home would not do. See what Eric, as well as other clients, thought about the process.
Finally, after two an a half years, the winning home was found! It was gorgeous. It was custom built and designed by talented architect, John Fifield. It had the special combination of flow, uniqueness, proportions, elegance and setting. It had a romantic wrap around porch and a pool. It had the chemistry!
And that’s how the story begins. A family’s quest leads to their new castle in Old Hill.
…a few months later, all is well!
Not a big fan of freezing winters, Joe had a dream that he thought was simple: sell his condo on Madison Avenue in Bridgeport and move to Florida where life is sunny and warm year-round.
It sounded reasonable enough until he put his condo on the market and didn’t get the quick sale he was hoping for. After trying to sell with four different agents over the course of three years with one deal falling through at the last minute, Joe was feeling quite discouraged and wondered if his plan would ever come to fruition.
Finally, the following summer, he summoned his spirits again and had his son come up from Florida to help him de-clutter. Then he called me to come and see his place, and I gave him a list of staging tips that he put into play. We went on the market and received a good amount of activity but were plagued by low-ball offers by investors and a distressed unit that posted for sale at a rock bottom price by a bank.
As the holidays approached, Joe agreed to withdraw from the market long enough to re-do his kitchen. I referred a great contractor to him that was skilled and well priced. Joe shopped around for some good deals on appliances, and viola!
With a refreshed look, new kitchen and the New Year, Joe closed on his condo within three months and was off to his dream home in Florida with the weather to match! Here’s what Joe had to say about it, “I will always be happy to give you the highest recommendation for your excellent customer service and professionalism. I definitely couldn’t have sold my condo without you. The recommendation to upgrade my kitchen was a big factor. There were so many condos on the market in Bridgeport, I thought I would never get out of there. But you sold my condo in such a short time frame. You are a Realtor who cares and gives the best possible customer service one could expect, especially if the seller listens to you and takes your suggestions. I couldn’t be happier now that I am in Florida.”
Take a look at the video to see Joe’s kitchen transition in action.
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