The E List

An Excruciatingly Opinionated Guide to the Shoreline


Pursuit of Pastry

Mini cupcakes, smallish scones, salty bread? Sounds like perfection to me! Pursuit of Pastry in Old Saybrook gives off an old fashioned coffee shop vibe, while staying completely up to date.

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Thanksgiving 2020

Thanksgiving To Go 2020

This might be the year that calls for turkey take-out. If you've got just a few at your Thanksgiving table, here's a round-up of the full feast, just the turkey, and our favorite bakeries.

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White Gate Farm

Farm Stands Pandemic Update

Before there were Farmers’ Markets in every town on the Shoreline, we shopped the farm stands for our produce and pies. Despite the availability of farm fresh food everywhere, we have some favorite farm stands that we scurry to for specific goodies:

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The Bird

Pressure-fried, turducken or organic - here's everything you need to know about turkey.

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Is it the new cupcake? Essex Cake Company whips up these confections and packs them in jars for the perfect picnic.

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I've always been envious of the Guilford folks who had a full-on Foodworks featuring the Shoreline's first juice bar. No more. We've got our own.

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Sweet Luna’s

I know that some things take longer than others to hit the Shoreline (independent films, mache), but I can't for the life of me imagine why it took so long for frozen yogurt.

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A Perfect Summer Cocktail

The first and, sadly, only time I visited Venice, I wandered around in a stupor, mouth agape. The crumbling pallazo, the Fortuny Museum, the vaporetti, winding alleys, and water, water everywhere. I was smitten. But the food did not impress.

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Carol Monnerat Artisan Truffles

Carol Monnerat is obsessed with chocolate and we're the better for it. Her golf ball sized truffles are made in small batches using the finest Belgian chocolate and no artificial anything.

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