Among all social networks out there, one web company with a very user-friendly service stands out: Twitter. A messaging device, the suggestive name likens the short spurts of information exchanges to the chirping of birds. Aficionados, dubbed “Twitterati,” post messages (tweets of 140 characters) to their free Twitter accounts via cell phones or computers, which are immediately distributed to their networks. Widespread conversations and up-to-the-minute information keeps everyone in the loop.
The immediacy of Twitter, providing instant gratification, is its greatest benefit. News and updates fly around the web, are captured, consumed and re-tweeted. Innumerable foodies – chefs, writers, critics and food venues – turn to Twitter to market themselves. But as with cream, only the best rise to the top. Here are 10 examples of foodies in Connecticut who maximize this means of communication.
“CT Bites is your guide to great food in Fairfield County” boasts its Twitter page. Tweets by Stephanie Webster and Amy Kundrat live up to their motto: “life is way too short to settle for bad food.” They are the food addict’s “friend that always seems to know the right place to go, the right time to visit, and the right thing to order.”
Dining news, critiques and special offers are tweeted by Leeanne Griffin, a freelance writer “with a passion for anything edible”. She loves the Connecticut Wine Trail, microbreweries and is your go-to consultant for the best under-$15 bottles of wine in New England. She loves pizza, cheeses and her bread maker. She is also the author of the blog Fun With Carbs.
400 Columbus Blvd
Hartford, CT 06103
Fine dining – American, French and New American – surrounded by entrancing river and city views in an elegant ambience, this is what to expect from On20. Chef Noel Jones creates sophisticated seasonal cuisine. On20’s philosophy is “sensuous food is born of passion…” and “superior quality products are at the core of good cuisine.”
81 N Main St
East Hampton, CT 06424
Located on spectacular Lake Pocotopaug, Angelico’s comes into its own in summer. The hillside beer garden offers weekend dinners and live music with complementary docking available for boats. Enjoy cocktails and live music at the tiki bar overlooking the water. Angelico’s forte is seafood, whether it is the pan-seared scallops, pecan-encrusted salmon, lobster ravioli or sautéed shrimps.
45 High St
New Haven, CT 06511
“Get Your Salad On!” boasts the shop’s Twitter page with delicious salads, smoothies and snacks. Founded by Yale alumni Jerry Choinski and Etkin Tekin, this team realized and acted upon the need for healthy meals in a hurry with prices to smile about. Street-side vending of food from wheeled platforms is not new, but the concept has gone far beyond hot dogs. High-quality pizza, cupcakes, farm-to-table, vegan and vegetarian fare are regularly featured on food trucks that are literally “on a roll.”
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The Cupcake Truck is a first. The aim of owners Todd and Marsha Rowe is “creating the best tasting cupcakes and frostings around while making people smile.” Two-dollar treats like Red Velvet Jones, Chocolate Ruin and Salted Caramel are sold from a Grumman Olson “bread truck” in New Haven.
The first all-veg/all-vegan, eco-friendly, bio-diesel-powered food truck carries the slogan “Farm 2 Street.” Mark and Ami Shadle and the Gmonkey team are passionate about sharing their “green” initiatives with loyal Gmonks (fans). Crowd pullers are the “DOUBLE G” combo, Vegan Grilled Cheese with G Fries, the Downward Dog Burrito, Feisty Monkey Peanut and Cilantro Noodles.
1 Constitution Plaza, 2nd Floor
Hartford, CT 06103
The Connecticut tourism tweets are the go-to source for information on dining options across the state, where restaurants offer a diverse variety for every palate with ample global cuisines. The people who know Connecticut best offer an invaluable guide for the gourmet and the gourmand.
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