Located in Old Greenwich, Hyatt Regency Greenwich is in the suburbs and convenient to E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course and Rich Forum. This spa hotel is within close proximity of Palace Theatre and Stamford Public Library - Ferguson Library.
Make yourself at home in one of the 373 air-conditioned rooms featuring CD players. Pay movies provides entertainment, and wired and wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and a turndown service, as well as multi-line phones with voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages and facials. You're sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a steam room. Additional amenities include a concierge desk, gift shops/newsstands, and a hair salon. Guests can catch a ride on the complimentary shuttle, which operates within 5 mi.
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and audiovisual equipment. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
Find one-of-a-kind, tasty grocery items at Fusaro Market in Stamford and prepare some great meals for the whole week.
Health nuts will go crazy for the refreshing beverages available here, a great way to stay happy and hydrated.
Bread at Fusaro Market is absolutely delicious.
At Fusaro Market, you can grab some fresh noodles, channel your inner chef and get your cook on.
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
All your favorite cereals are stocked on the shelves here.
Hungry for a tasty meal but don't have the time to spend in the kitchen? Frozen food is an easy solution.
Have a gourmet meal without working away in the kitchen. Throw on your favorite TV show or movie and pop a frozen dinner in the microwave. You'll be happy you did!
Vinegar is a great way to add that extra zing of flavor, and oil goes quickly in the kitchen. Pick these up now and use today or save for later.
Balance out the taste of a midday dessert with one of the excellent coffees or teas at Fusaro Market.
When the heat gets the best of you, water is more important than ever. Cool off no matter where you are with a bottle from Fusaro Market.
A healthy and light snack from Fusaro Market is a great way to keep your energy up throughout the day.
Make sure you always have the ingredients to make a delicious dessert on hand.
For dairy lovers out there, this store does dairy right, so make sure to pick up some on your next trip.
Looking for tender and juicy meats? Here you can find delicious cuts of meat all year long.
Soup and other canned items are important to have on hand when you're not feeling well. Stock up today.
Stock up on all of your deli favorites, such as salads, meats and cheese, at Fusaro Market and enjoy every bite.
Just a pinch of one of the seasonings and spices available here will help take your meal to greatness.
Packed with plenty of "good" fat, fish of your choosing are on hand.
Drivers will be happy to know that Fusaro Market is located near many street and lot parking options.
At Fusaro Market, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
So next time you forget that last little item on your grocery list, head to Fusaro Market in Stamford.
Fans of Coalhouse Pizza make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Gluten-free and low-fat eaters will enjoy the menu at Coalhouse Pizza.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this pizzeria.
Check out the brews and bites at happy hour, and kick back without spending a fortune.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Coalhouse Pizza, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
Wifi is on the house at Coalhouse Pizza, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
Coalhouse Pizza can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Music lovers can enjoy live performances at Coalhouse Pizza as well.
If you plan to hit the pizzeria on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to fend off the crowds by calling ahead for a reservation.
Dress is typically casual at Coalhouse Pizza, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
You might have thought your order was a tough decision, but you still have one more. Delivery or carryout?
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Coalhouse Pizza for their catering services.
Just come to us and park. No tickets, no fees, just a free convenient parking lot from us to you.
Coalhouse Pizza is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price.
Wake up early to catch a bite of Coalhouse Pizza's breakfast, or swing by later for some tasty lunch or dinner.
So who's hungry? The highly-acclaimed pizza at Coalhouse Pizza is ready and waiting to be served.
Don't feel like dressing up for dinner? No problem. Coalhouse Pizza's pizza is baked with top-notch ratings, so you can be sure to love your meal.
Don't stress over planning a fancy dinner. Keep it fun and casual with a fresh, handmade pizza from Coalhouse Pizza.
So stop fantasizing about ordering pizza and call the team at Coalhouse Pizza to make that amazing pie a reality.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at California Pizza Kitchen — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
The menu is loaded with numerous pizza and pasta offerings, so you can catch up on all your favorite carbs.
If you prefer to eat healthy, you'll find tons of fresh selections on California Pizza Kitchen's menu.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this pizzeria's full bar.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this pizzeria, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in California Pizza Kitchen's beautiful outdoor seating area.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
Keep it casual at California Pizza Kitchen — the pizzeria is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and California Pizza Kitchen will ensure that it is delicious.
This pizzeria offers carryout for your convenience.
Score a parking spot in a nearby lot or treat yourself to the luxury of valet parking at California Pizza Kitchen.
California Pizza Kitchen offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at California Pizza Kitchen.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried California Pizza Kitchen's pizza say it is the absolute best.
When pizza's on the mind, there's no going back. For quick pies that no one can stop talking about, get the best of the best at California Pizza Kitchen.
Find your happy place as you relax in the casual atmosphere and munch on delicious pizza at California Pizza Kitchen.
So head on over to California Pizza Kitchen and order a pizza filled with all of your favorite yummy toppings.
Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Remo's Brick Oven Pizza have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
For healthy and nutritious meals filled with flavor, dine at Remo's Brick Oven Pizza.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this pizzeria, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
You won't be able to make a reservation at Remo's Brick Oven Pizza — make sure to plan accordingly.
Take it nice and easy at Remo's Brick Oven Pizza, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Remo's Brick Oven Pizza for their catering services.
If you're more interested in a cozy night at home, this pizzeria also offers delivery and take-out options.
Parallel-parking experts can find room on the street, though patrons also have access to the pizzeria's adjoining lot.
Major credit cards — including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted.
Remo's Brick Oven Pizza offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
When melted cheese and quality crust is all you can think about, it may be time for a hot slice or two. Experience pizza at its best when you order a pie from top-rated Remo's Brick Oven Pizza.
When pizza's on the mind, there's no going back. For quick pies that no one can stop talking about, get the best of the best at Remo's Brick Oven Pizza.
So if you're looking for a casual hangout spot in town, be sure to stop in for a hot pizza at Remo's Brick Oven Pizza.
If you need a quick and easy dinner option, head on over to Remo's Brick Oven Pizza and pick up a pizza pie.
Remo's Brick Oven Pizza is the place to go if you're looking for quality and highly-rated Italian food.
So amp up your lunch hour with a delicious and authentic Italian meal from Remo's Brick Oven Pizza.
At the height of trendy Italian is Capriccio — this popular restaurant is home to numerous star-studded reviews.
Eating healthy is easy at Capriccio, a local restaurant with low-fat and healthy fare.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this restaurant just as much as their parents do.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Capriccio with their complimentary wifi.
Capriccio has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Capriccio, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
Reserve a table in advance and steer clear of long wait times.
A great spot for special occasions, guests are encouraged to dress to the nines.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Call Capriccio for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Capriccio's guests can take advantage of the easy street and lot parking options.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
Your tab at Capriccio will generally run you about $30 per person.
Convenience is essential at Capriccio, and food is served from morning until night.
It's time to put a spin on traditional Italian cuisine. Check out all the delicious bites at the trendy Capriccio.
Highly regarded, the Italian food at Capriccio is perfect for diners looking for a nice meal out.
For authentic Italian food done right, make your way over to the highly-rated Capriccio.
Siu mai: small pork dumplings. Each has a thin wrapper that needs to be delicately pleated by hand. Easily, they’re one of the most labor-intensive items at Phoenix Restaurant in Chicago, where each weekend this Chinese restaurant serves 80 different varieties of classic dim sum snacks.
This little fact about the siu mai is one of many surprising stories I learn from Eddy, the chef at Phoenix, where he also handles a million other tasks to keep the restaurant running smoothly. When I first came in, he was waving at a group of regulars while on the phone haggling with a seafood vendor.
“What we are serving in this restaurant is what we are eating in Hong Kong. ... It’s very typical,” Eddy says.
In 1996, Phoenix was one of the first restaurants to introduce dim sum to Chicago. Its customer base has grown over the years, and today, even with other dim sum restaurants up and down the block, you’ll find long lines winding out the door on any given Sunday.
Sound intimidating? It doesn't have to be.
Here's our guide to dim-sum dining, with a few tips from Eddy.
On the weekend: order dim sum off a cart
On weekends and special holidays, the wait staff winds traditional dim sum carts around tables, lifting lids off stacked steamer baskets to reveal the enticing contents. Should you see something you like, they leave the basket on your table and put a checkmark on your bill (it’s tallied at the end).
Phoenix is one of the only dim-sum restaurants in Chicago that still uses these carts. When I ask Eddy why they keep them, he says “tradition.” Not only to impress the tourists who come in, but also to let Chinese-American customers share this bit of culture with their kids.
Hot tip: if you want to experience the pushcarts without the crowds, head over on a Saturday, which tends to be less busy than Sundays, Eddy says.
On a weekday: order dim sum off the menu
Cartless weekdays offer a quiet, more peaceful atmosphere for ordering off the paper menu, which you can find near the hostess stand. Don't be intimidated—the menu has pictures; it has numbers; it has names written in both Chinese and English. And best of all, you need only point to what you want to have it brought out from the kitchen.
So what should you get?
“Everyone has their favorites,” Eddy says. The most popular dishes with Westerners are ha gao (shrimp dumplings) and siu mai (pork dumplings mentioned above). Kids gravitate toward the crunchy, easy-to-grip shrimp rolls and sweeter fare, from mango pudding (pictured above) to custard rolls.
Foreign travelers, especially those from Latin America, and adventurous eaters alike seem to love the chicken feet (pictured at bottom-right of top photo), a more exotic dish consisting of skin and tendons. While all these dishes are traditional, the chefs can tweak the recipes to accommodate for special diets or food allergies.
When diners are new to dim sum, Eddy encourages them to experiment. He’ll point out a few of the more popular dishes; if there’s something they don’t end up liking, it can easily be swapped out for something else. This way, by the second or third visit, diners will have a better idea of what they like.
And don't forget the tea
At dim sum, the tea is equally important to the food. Phoenix serves three different types: green tea, white tea, and brown tea. “Each one has its own usage,” Eddy says. While we talk, we drink jasmine tea, which is good for getting rid of toxins.
You can show your dim sum know-how by obeying proper tea etiquette. When your teapot is out of water, prop the lid off to the side. This signals to the wait staff that you need more hot water.
Eddy pours more tea and tells me to tap my fingers lightly against the table when the cup is nearly full. “When your friend or host fills your tea, this means ‘thank you’,” he says. “It’s part of the custom.”
Photos by Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon
I had no idea what to expect upon arriving at Elizabeth, the Michelin Star winner from Chef Iliana Regan. But an unmarked, unremarkable storefront between a tire shop and a sporting-goods store certainly wasn’t it. With few exceptions (Schwa, most notably), Chicago’s upper-echelon restaurants boast exteriors that match their illustrious River North and Restaurant Row addresses.
But as it turns out, Regan has no taste for that sort of superficial flash. She dons no chef’s whites. She displays no awards. She does not raise her voice to the Gordon Ramsay–level roar or even the Rachael Ray-ish rollick that TV cameras eat up.
Instead, this northwest Indiana native quietly built her reputation as someone who hunts for frogs and spears them herself. Someone who has suffered tick bites and poison-ivy rashes foraging for wild flora. Someone who has penned an essay on intensity for Lucky Peach and once themed an Elizabeth tasting menu after those violent and visceral A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
So yeah, I was kinda terrified to eat her food.
I’d never done a tasting menu before. And I wouldn’t necessarily classify myself as a picky eater, but I’m not a particularly adventurous one either, particularly when it comes to meat. (I can barely look at plated octopus without shivering.) I’d heard that Regan once served edible ants. Which are, like, bugs.
My nerves were calmed upon walking into Elizabeth, though. Austere yet charming, the whitewashed space was accented by light fixtures made from bare tree branches; dining chairs draped with faux-fur slipcovers; a chef’s counter armed with Elder Scrolls and Vikings Funko Pop! dolls. It was all in support of the season’s menu theme: vikings.
There were two options: land or sea. Or, as the first in a delightful succession of servers explained it, “Imagine a viking ship has reached the shore. One group goes on land to look for food, the other into the sea.” My friend Erin and I opted to order one of each to share and, despite my trepidation of certain meats, placed no restrictions on what we would eat. (You can arrange for some allergies and dietary needs in advance.) We wanted to go all in.
After the amuse-bouche—a surprisingly complex roasted whey carrot dressed with goat’s-milk cheese and edible flowers—came our first courses. The land dish was … a bowl of rocks. The server assured me the top “rock” was actually a baked potato coated in edible clay. But it was very convincing as a rock, so I bit in with trepidation. As Erin ate the rest, dipping it into the cheese and butter puddings it was served with, I forked into her langoustine with lingonberries. (Pro tip: don’t try to tear off the claw without looking. You will stab your finger on a spine.) So far, so very good.
As the servers continued to weave their culinary narrative, I realized there was an unmentioned character in their tale—Elizabeth itself. The restaurant is small, seating about 16 or so, and the kitchen is wide open. It was impossible not to get caught up in what was happening back there, particularly when sous chefs were wielding brûlée torches and “plating” on gorgeous pieces of handmade pottery. And the line between front and back of house was practically nonexistent. One moment, you’d see someone in the kitchen stirring and slicing; the next they’d be presenting your next course or clearing your table. (Chef Regan included.)
This created an unexpected intimacy, one that removed any hesitation when asking about a particular dish. It’s clear the teammates take a deep yet quiet pride in their collective work. They spoke warmly about where ingredients came from, excitedly about the preparation techniques used. They always used “we” or “our,” never “me” or “Chef Regan.” (Again, Chef Regan included.)
Over the next few courses, there were so many charms. An herb-rolled, soft-boiled quail egg served in an actual nest; impossibly chewy seaweed bread darkened by squid ink; a cauliflower-mushroom soup that Erin about died over. I was particularly fond of a course called Barnyard: headcheese dusted with beet powder, paired with a collage of root vegetables and flavored puddings reminiscent of something out of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing.
And that’s the thing. Never in my life would I have thought that I’d be fond of headcheese. I would have probably never eaten it if it weren’t for this meal. But it was fun to break out of my culinary comfort zone.
The other surprising thing? How full we were, considering it was a tasting menu. By the time we were served the entree courses—rare lamb medallions wrapped in swiss chard and pickled fish in a sauce of its own bones—we were taking deep breaths between bites. I’m pretty sure they were the only two plates we didn’t completely clean.
We managed to buck up for our “one-and-a-half” dessert courses, as the server put it. (The “half” was a palate-cleansing sorbet.) Our favorite was Under the Sea, a spongy coral-seaweed cake so realistic looking it prompted me to ask the server just how much of it we could eat. “All of it,” she said. We complied.
Maybe, as a writer, I’m just a sucker for a good story. But I was enchanted by Elizabeth, both in backstory and in not knowing what was coming next throughout the culinary adventure. And while I probably won’t be buying headcheese any time soon, I’m excited to see what Chef Regan has up her non-chef’s-whites sleeves next season.
Shop Chef Iliana Regan's tasting-menu experience at Elizabeth Restaurant:
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As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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