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I don’t know what’s happening, but you just can’t seem to get us out of the kitchen these days! We were in the kitchen with Anthony LoFrisco a couple of weeks ago…and now we’re back, this time in Kimberley Locke’s kitchen. Yes, Kimberley Locke of American Idol fame, and so much more.

We did a “What’s cooking with Kimberley” segment a couple of years ago when we first launched Unlocking Litchfield, where we “cooked” a salad. For those new to our site, we are not cookers. We are very grateful for our husbands that do like to cook…and we usually stay far away from all those “tools.” We much prefer the eating part. But, we are always open to learning new skills, so Kimberley promised she’d make something simple.

Our visit to Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates in Goshen has ruined us forever. Known for their “single cow’s milk” chocolates, we have never tasted anything like it (and we’ve tasted our fair share in our lifetimes)! The chocolates sold at their off-the-beaten-path chocolate shop are out of this world.

In fact, you will not find chocolate made the way Thorncrest makes it anywhere else in the world. As you’ll read in our many fascinating tidbits we learned during our visit, the Thorn family will stop at nothing to make the very best, freshest chocolate you will ever have!

When we heard that the town of Bridgewater had ended prohibition and was a Footloose town no longer, you better believe we wanted to say cheers to that!

Bistro Bridgewater, housed within the Bridgewater Village Store, is serving wine, beer, and spirits, for the first time since the town went dry in 1935. Besides that claim to fame, Bistro Bridgewater is serving THE most amazing menu of seasonal, fresh, locally-sourced food. Reader beware – serious, we mean serious, food porn to follow.

The Pantry

The Pantry in Washington Depot lands firmly in the “Litchfield County institution” category. Celebrating 40 years in business, there couldn’t be a more warm and welcoming place to get a bite to eat. The Pantry is a sandwich shop with distinction. Soups, sandwiches, baked goods, and salads that will satisfy all the taste buds! We imagine that everyone in the Depot stops in at one point throughout the week, plus many, many more on the weekends. An above average sandwich shop that is worth the drive!

Owners Michael and Nancy Ackerman are almost always on hand to greet their customers with a smile and a laugh, alongside store manager Zoe Velush-Rogers. Hospitality is what it’s all about here, like a warm hug from a favorite aunt and uncle. Have a browse through what we sampled, plus we chat with Michael and Nancy about their unique community meeting spot!

Restaurant: Tavern off the Green, Litchfield

When you are hankering for: Contemporary American with influences from all ethnicities

Occasion: We were headed north to the Warner Theater to do a feature on MOMIX and needed to fuel up for the night ahead! Tavern off the Green was conveniently located on Route 202, en route to Torrington.

Restaurant: Fife ‘n Drum Restaurant, 53 Main Street, Kent, Connecticut

When you are hankering for: New American, eclectic, seasonal, comforting food. A restaurant steeped in history (family run and owned since 1973) serving up some classic favorites plus specialties that you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else around here. When you want to sit by the fire and have the best Caesar salad or filet au poivre made for you tableside. Also, for those who like to choose from an extensive wine list (28 pages and they have made the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence every year since 1992). The Fife ‘n Drum is a beloved Kent institution. The ambiance feels like a hug from a loved one – it’s so darn cozy. The perfect place to go after an afternoon of shopping in Kent on a cold, frosty day! We loved every moment of our 20-course meal…

Kingsley Tavern

Restaurant: Kingsley Tavern, Kent

When you are hankering for: “Creative, fresh food from local farms, and a great selection of craft beer, wine and cocktails in a friendly, casual setting.”

Occasion: Comfort eating season is upon us…we knew Kingsley Tavern would be just the ticket!

Jam Food Shop

Do NOT look at JAM’s Instagram account if you are hungry. Ok do, but make sure you know you’ll be going there soon! JAM Food shop, found within Sharon Farm Market, makes photogenic food, not to mention really delicious food. We decided that while we were up in Sharon checking out Kokoro, we’d put a visit to JAM firmly on our schedule. We’ve been drooling over their Insta long enough.

John’s Café

Restaurant: John’s Cafe, Woodbury

When you are hankering for: A “bistro-style dining experience featuring fresh, innovative New American dishes that often resonate a Mediterranean flair.”

Today’s occasion: We were both hungry. It was our first outing since Lora got married. We were celebrating carbs being back on the table.