Posts Tagged“Washington”

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!

MOMIX is an internationally acclaimed dance company based in Washington Depot. We joined Choreographer and Artistic Director Moses Pendleton and Associate Director Cynthia Quinn at their home, also in Washington Depot, for a fireside chat.

Moses Pendleton impressed us with his passion and enthusiasm about pretty much every topic we spoke about. We both left the interview inspired and seeing nature and our surroundings in a slightly different perspective. Moses and MOMIX will do that to you!

Neither of us had ever been to a life coach before our session with Tal Fusion. We weren’t even sure what kind of issues people bring to life coaches! So, we showed up with only our preconceived ideas. For me, a Brit, I thought I’d end up talking about feelings and cry…and Lora thought she’d talk about feelings and laugh hysterically. Not the case at all. As we learned from Tal, life coaching is not therapy; it’s mostly “helping people get out of their own way.” Who can’t use some of that in their lives?! 

Lora’s new sister-in-law, Esme, tipped us off to Lilac Girls, a novel by Martha Hall Kelly. She told us there was a strong link to Litchfield County in the book, and maybe we’d be interested in it. We were, so we each downloaded the Audible and about 2 days later Lora was done and told me she loved it, and about 3 weeks later I was able to say ditto. Lora’s a fast listener.

Today we’re at home with Orthodontist Adam Goodman, DMD, at his weekend abode in Washington.

After recently moving into the area and spending several weekends, Dr. Goodman was pleasantly surprised to bump into some of his patients. Occasionally he will deliver an Invisalign aligner or clip a poking orthodontic wire right from his Washington home, or even make a house call!  We headed over like Welcome Wagon and talked about teeth, life in Litchfield County, movies, and Invisalign. Dr. G has been fitting Invisalign since it launched in 1999 and travels the country training other dentists and orthodontists in the artistry of giving patients the perfect smile!

The 19th annual Tea for Two Hundred garden party, benefiting the Interfaith AIDS Ministry of Greater Danbury and the Gunn Historical Museum of Washington, CT, was a pretty hot and steamy affair…

At 94 degrees and 76% humidity, we did our best to look cool, composed, and unwilted, alongside all of the other guests in attendance! Thankfully, the dress code for this renowned event (hosted at Gael Hammer and Gary Goodwin’s beautiful home in Washington Depot, and sponsored by Eileen and Brian Riano) is to wear white. The invite also recommends wearing an eclectic hat (just in case one might want to take part in the hat contest). Check and check!

Do you want an out-of-the-ordinary eating experience? A taste bud adventure? Community Table in Washington will deliver on this, along with their mission – to keep everything as local and as seasonable as possible. Naturally, ingredients are almost all locally sourced and even foraged in some cases, by Executive Chef Marcell Davidsen. They also do their own salting, smoking, pickling, drying, and curing.

Keeping it local from the start (6 years ago) Community Table was designed and built by a local architect and builder. A couple of the amazing tables inside were handcrafted by local woodworkers with local wood (including one huge black walnut community table). Kent Falls Brewing and Litchfield Distillery are available at the bar. Pre-tty cool.

After our fun morning in the kitchen and bar making dessert and Palomas – recipes here – we sat with the team for a little chit chat time.

We spent a morning with the talented team at Community Table restaurant in Washington: Executive Chef Marcell Davidsen, Chef de Patisserie Matthew Neele, and Jamie Monahan, Mixologist/Bartender. We asked them to share with us (and you) a couple of their current favorite recipes. 

Enjoy our quick “how-to” videos – and written directions below (let us know if you make either one)! Tomorrow – we gab with the team, so check back… 

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We think your mom/aunt/granny/fabulous female in your life would love any one of these gifts on our list!

We did the legwork and visited each of these 10 Litchfield County businesses to get the low-down on what they consider is THE perfect Mother’s Day gift.

Check it out, and remember, we always approve of treating thine own self!