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Yogurberry

Photographs: Yogurberry By Garvin Burke

Coffee Talk

Joseph Bonaiuto wants to show you the way good espresso tastes in his homeland. Raised on Nonna’s home-roasted coffee, he partnered with an Italian coffee roaster and imported and distributed Italian roasted coffee to the U.S, eventually opening BonJo Coffee Roasters in Port Chester in 2008. Now he’s opening his first BonJo Coffee Bar and Brewtique on Elm Street in Stamford, and plans to move his roasting operation to the same location. The coffee bar offers single or double shots, brewed with traditional espresso beans to create what his business partner, daughter Marcella, describes as “a mild blend with lots of different flavor notes to captivate your taste buds and a rich crema on top.” BonJo also offers drip coffees made from blends and single-origin beans from all over the world. The contemporary vibe in the coffee shop and retail store—white and red subway tiles, black granite counters and gray tile floors—belies an old-world philosophy: coffee is about taking the time to make it right, to enjoy drinking it in the calming conviviality of a coffee bar. 345 Elm Street, (203) 914-1600; bonjocoffee.com


Coffee courtesy of Bonjo Coffee

Lunch Anyone?

Chris Laria was working his first job out of college at a luxury shoe manufacturing company in Greenwich when he noticed something: at lunch everyone ordered salads. “I realized I could offer fresh, affordable, healthy food and deliver it,” he says. Stamfordsalads.com doesn’t have a storefront—you order online and it’s delivered wherever you want it. Stamfordsalads.com makes more than fifteen salads priced between $6.95 to $7.95, and create-your-own options, all with a choice of house-made dressings. Most popular: Avocado and Grilled Chicken, Grilled Vegetables and Chipotle Chicken. Laria’s home base is Luca’s Pizzeria, his mother’s place, but the businesses are separate—though stamfordsalads.com’s “Salad on a Pizza” (no sauce or cheese) hints at the relation. To order, go to stamfordsalads.com

Ripe for Picking

Lychees, dragon fruit, golden berry…what? Ah, we delight in the exotic and ordinary seasonal offerings at Sophia Farmer’s Market, a hidden gem in Springdale. When owner Yasar Cubukcu goes to market at Hunts Point, he’ll taste twenty tomatoes from twenty vendors to find the best. “Sometimes things look good, but they have no flavor,” says Cubukcu, so he passes if he doesn’t find what he’s looking for. You want jalapeños that taste spicy the way jalapeños should? They’re here. Creamy avocados? No problem. His oil-cured olives are selling “like crazy.” His mother, Sophia (he named the market after her) would approve. Cubukcu, who hails from Turkey, prides himself on listening to his customers, and has recently added organic meats. Time to make a food list. 1011 Hope Street, (203) 883-8800; sophiafarmersmarket.com

Market Watch

Ring the bell—Trader Joe’s is here! The California-based chain that’s revolutionized the way we stock our pantries is about to open at the High Ridge Center. In our wish-list basket? Frozen pork-and-vegetable gyoza and frozen haricots verts, aged raw milk Comté cheese from France, crackers (we’re partial to the rosemary-walnut toasts), unfiltered California olive oil, and the addictive salted, dark-chocolate covered almonds (don’t hate us for telling you about them!) 1041 High Ridge Road; traderjoes.com

Getting Your Licks

As soon as Yogurberry opened, it became an after-school scene. The frozen yogurt comes in sixteen different flavors with a medley of toppings—nine kinds of fresh fruit and thirty-six varieties of candy and other toppings. It’s self-serve, so kids get to man the handles themselves. And if they overflow the cup, Yogurberry’s staff cleans up the mess. Chocolate and French vanilla are top sellers, yet flavors range from Strawberry to Toasted Marshmallow and Green Tea. 900 High Ridge Road, (203) 817-0709

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