With its aristocratic origins?it was a custom started by an English duchess?afternoon tea has a bit of a reputation for being stuffy. Tea with Tracy hopes to change that notion.
Though it's located in the historic antique district of Seymour, Tea with Tracy is not quite like some of its neighbors. Instead, it welcomes patrons to plop down on its comfy furniture and sip a hot cuppa while inhaling the aromas of fresh scones. The Connecticut Post said, "it is so comfortable, it feels like home."
Plus, a tea menu with more than 180 options includes such unconventional sips as blueberry-crumb-cake black tea and bubblegum herbal tea, as well as classic teas, including sencha, one of the most popular green teas in Japan. Patrons sip these brews and nibble on finger foods, such as scones slathered with jam and savory tea sandwiches.
Tea with Tracy also hosts bridal showers and parties, in addition to afternoon teas, and it equips guests with everything they need for at-home tea brewing, even tea-pot jewelry.
For nearly half a century, Eddy's Bake Shop's bakers have kept pantries stocked with savory breads and sweet pastries, donuts, and cupcakes, and wedding banquet tables laden with multi-tiered cakes. Expert bakers whip up loaves of their well-loved rye bread fresh each day, and craft cookies from traditional Old-World recipes.
At HSC, the bread-hugged, gourmet menu items earned the 2010 Best Sandwich vote from the Fairfield County Weekly —a victory achieved through a blend of fresh ingredients and fill-up portions. Positioned front and center on the café menu, the aged Vermont cheddar cheeseburger scores savory points by featuring all-natural patties made from unfussed-with beef. The rest of the menu reads like a musical playlist for diverse tastes. The China Girl jazzes up a chicken wrap with Asian elements such as the ginger-pineapple glaze ($7.95), and the Magnificent Seven tops tomato and mozzarella with pesto and red peppers ($8.50). The smear of Cajun mayo adds spice to the turkey- and ham-stuffed Fire on the Bayou, which is served warm ($7.95). The rest of the options include salads, breakfast food, and an extensive specialty café drink menu packed with sips that sound more like desserts; the Snickers or candy-cane lattes should satisfy a snappy sweet tooth.
Although Queen Zuri New Orleans Delicacies stands more than 1,000 miles from the Big Easy, the shop manages to capture the sweetness of New Orleans life with an assortment of southern-inspired desserts. Red velvet cake,?banana pudding, and pralines are a few specialties, along with exquisite?wedding cakes tailored to individual tastes. There's a savory side to the shop, too: customers can slurp?New Orleans?style gumbo and crab chowder. And according to?one?Shelton Herald contributor,?owner Kim Soto?"has tried to re-create New Orleans with the interior design as well.?Photos of Crescent City scenes hang on the wall and New Orleans music plays on the sound system."
At berrychill, personalized cups of frozen yogurt are the sweet reward for an already easy task: pulling levers that dispense your favorite flavors. The family-owned fro-yo parlor is all about self-serve goodness, but adds a chance for creativity with fruit and candy toppings galore. The frozen yogurt flavors here change often, affording visitors a diverse array of tastes, but on a given day might include chocolate, espresso, or vanilla along with sugar- and fat-free options. After piling yogurt with candy, fruit, and sprinkles, each custom creation is ready to enjoy with a spoon or mini shovel or can be blended and heaped with whipped cream as a Chiller.
Stockbridge's Gourmet Cheesecakes & Café's more than 45 varieties of cheesecake have won Connecticut Magazine's Best Cheesecake in Connecticut award for nine consecutive years and been featured in The New York Times. But even though its vast number of cheesecake and its selection of scones, cookies, and pastries would suggest otherwise, Stockbridge's is not just a bakery. The eatery also offers dishes to sate appetites for every meal, such as omelets, sandwiches, salads, and burgers. And unlike traditional bakeries and DMVs, Stockbridge's has a BYOB policy.