My friend Aly is a born healer. Her services include (dreamy) massage therapy, reiki, energy healing, and craniosacral therapy. If this sort of thing is up your alley, book a session with Aly immediately. I don’t want to say she’s life-changing… But she’s life-changing
I can’t believe it took me so long to try this ladies-who-lunch hotspot because it really is fantastic. They serve delicious breakfast and lunch options and have a ton of baked goods like delicious, buttery chocolate chip cookies, and mini cupcakes for the kiddos. I highly recommend the buddha bowl, a healthy lunch option that is filling and flavorful. And I’ve heard that the breakfast burrito is the best in town!
The Granola Bar
The Westport location is my favorite but The Granola Bar, a modern-day diner, has a restaurant on Greenwich Ave and a to-go café in Stamford. My order is the avocado toast topped with buffalo cauliflower, the (new) burger, and the cashew yogurt parfait. It’s great for kids too!
I’ve used Zen Bronze for their organic spray tans a handful of times and it always comes out perfectly. Plus the smell isn’t strong and they make me feel so comfortable in a very awkward situation!
Silverman’s Farm (which includes an apple orchard, farm, and seasonal market_ is the hottest place to be on fall weekends. I recommend going on a weekday or as soon as it opens to avoid crowds and lines, but you don’t want to miss apple picking, a train ride through the orchard, pumpkin picking, and the cutest feeding/petting zoo. It’s a great place to bring kids.
If you are looking for the happiest store in FFC, this is it. Kerri is an incredible artist and interior designer who creates bright and colorful pieces that always make me smile. Check out her Westport store and design studio for inspiration and a dose of sunshine. And see how I used her paperless wallpaper in our old playroom here.
Little Beet Table
When I heard that one of my favorite NYC restaurants was opening on Greenwich Ave, I got so excited and tried it right away. The food is phenomenal but just a heads up that they seem to still be working out the kinks in their service. My personal favorite things to order include the kale and cucumber cocktail (made with tequila), the sheep’s milk ricotta, the crispy spirulina rice bowl, and the chili-glazed octopus.
This new(ish) coffee shop makes great coffee drinks, but I go here for the ambiance and to get work done. It’s a cozy spot in downtown Darien filled with books and rustic wood elements that makes it feel like a library in the woods somewhere. They serve breakfast sandwiches all day and also have lots of other salads and sandwiches to snack on.
Our dog groomer, Ellie, started her own mobile grooming business about a year ago. She’s fantastic with dogs and very thorough with her cleaning. She knows that Boots and I don’t like fragrant shampoos so she always uses what we provide. Her prices are fair and she does a great job.
Green & Tonic
When I worked in an office, I would stop here every day for breakfast and lunch for takeout. They have great fresh jucies, smoothies, acai bowls, and vegan salads and meals.
I started seeing Sarah for acupuncture when I was pregnant with Amalia and she has since become one of my best friends. But aside from that fact, that is so knowledgable about the human body and Chinese medicine and has helped me with everything from insomnia to anxiety to back spasms to PMS. She’s the real deal and the space she has created is beautiful and zen. Click here to read a Q&A I did with Sarah to answer all of your questions about acupuncture.
Kawa Ni is a Japanese restaurant but it’s not sushi-focused. They make Japanese pub food and it’s heavenly. The lamb dan dan, miso cucumbers, tofu pockets, and the scallop nigiri are must-haves. They also make my favorite cocktail in all of Fairfield County (true story), The Kyushiki, an Old Fashioned made with smoked soy sauce. If you’re really feeling crazy, get a sake bomb!
Greenwich Point Dermatology
I’ve never seen a more beautiful dermatologist’s office in my life. Whenever I walk in, I feel like I’m in a spa. And then I get my moles checked and am brought back to reality! In addition to all of the regular dermatology things, Dr. Dolder also offers every kind of laser treatment, an infrared sauna, facials, and more. I don’t trust anyone else with my skin anymore.
Turning Point Coffee Roasters
When this coffee shop opened just minutes from my house, I was so excited to try it out. Since then I’ve frequented it almost every day and have become friends with the owner because I’m there so often. They source really amazing coffees and teas and have a small but wonderful selection of food. My go-to is the quinoa bowl and a matcha latté with oat milk.
The Whelk is, without a doubt, my favorite local restaurant. Anel and I go here for anniversaries, birthdays, date nights, and everything in between. I’ve never once eaten anything there without loving it and the vibe always feels like The West Village on a Saturday night. If you go to one restaurant in FFC, make it The Whelk. And don’t miss the green goddess deviled eggs with fried oysters and the crab toast.
Spotted Horse Tavern
Whenever I meet a girlfriend in Westport for lunch, I pop into the Spotted Horse for the Chinese chicken chopped salad. It’s one of those always-there-for-you type of restaurants. It’s not the best food in Westport but it’s always a solid choice. It’s also really cozy in the winter with a big fireplace.
Kirby & Company
My friend Elaine owns this incredible home goods/gifts/jewelry/everything store that is maybe the most beautifully curated space in all of FFC. Any time I need a gift, I come here first! You’ll see something (mostly ginger jars) from Kirby in every room of my house, guaranteed.
I might be biased because this is my husband’s business, but he and his team are the best personal trainers in town. They use a super slow method of weight lifting mixed with high-intensity cardio that you only have to do for 30 minutes once a week. It’s the only workout I do and it really works! Read more about his story and his business here.
Southend’s farm-to-table menu is surprisingly good compared to what the restaurant looks like from the outside. I like to sit outside in warmer months for cocktails and apps with girlfriends. I recommend the little gem Caesar salad, the burger, and the local burrata.
The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood
Rowayton Seafood is a local hotspot and always packed to the brim. Make a reservation in advance or sit on their outside deck in the summer. We go for lobster rolls (cold, not hot), rosé, and the amazing view.
Colony Grill is the most famous pizza joint in Stamford but Riko’s was started by a chef that left Colony and started a rival restaurant that actually delivers. It is by far the best pizza delivery in FFC. I’ve never actually been there in person so can’t speak to that. You have to order through their website.
Where to even start with OKO? The sushi is as good as something you’d get in NYC, and I love that they source as much as possible from local farms. This is a great spot for girls night out
For a non-organic mani-pedi experience, Nails Hollywood in New Canaan is your place. They give the most luxurious back massages while you get your nails done and they do an impeccable job. It’s my go-to spot.
Mianus River Park
I take Boots for a hike in Mianus here multiple times a week. There are multiple entrances and tons of trails so it never gets boring. Technically you aren’t supposed to have dogs off-leash but everyone does it and we’re careful to leash-up if we see another dog or person. The most common question I get asked about Mianus is if I feel safe there and the answer is always yes. There are a ton of other people and I have a 90 pound dog!
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Amalia loves going “to the farm” to see the cows, chickens, alpacas, bunnies and tons of other animals. We love that it’s an outside activity that the whole family enjoys. We became members which paid for itself after only a few visits. Don’t miss the farmer’s market on Sundays!
One of our all-time favorite kid-friendly restaurants! The service is speedy, the tacos are delicious and fresh, and the margaritas are killer.
Set inside of a cute little shop, this café is a special little spot for brunch or lunch. It’s a little off the beaten path in Greenwich but when you know, you know.
BA Skin Lab
It took me 3 years to find a good local facial but I’ve finally found it with Barbara at BA Skin Lab. I walk out looking 5 years younger every time and my skin has never looked better. They sell Biologique Recherche products, so if you’re not interested in buying anything just note that at the beginning.
Stepping Stones Museum
This super fun kids museum is clutch on winter weekends when we don’t have plans. Amalia can run wild playing in the water room, the dance room, and with the hundreds of activities in between. They have a separate section for little kids which was awesome last winter too. The café is also surprisingly good. They make a great mac and cheese for kids and I love the kale salad.
The Whitney Shop
I stumbled into this home store one day and my jaw dropped. Everything is preppy, colorful, and gorgeous.
Tavern at Graybarns
This chic restaurant has beautiful light, a stunning view, the best ambiance around, and tasty farm-to-table food. In the summer you can have drinks on the back deck and watch the sunset. This place is very special, you don’t want to miss it! I’ve heard the brunch is great too.
TO AND FROM Nails
TO AND FROM calls themselves a mindful nail concept and that’s just what they are. Through luxurious, clean products, skilled technicians and a beautiful environment, this organic nail salons is an elevated and peaceful experience for anyone in need of a mani-pedi and a little escape
The Realistic Organizer
I hired Stef from The Realistic Organizer to help with my closet and we ended up becoming close friends. She is hilarious and kind but will organize the crap out of any space in your home. Check out how she helped me organize my kitchen!
Inner Light Wellness
Get your zen on at Inner Light with their calming infrared saunas that warm you to the bone on a cold winter day, boost your immune system, and make you feel all-around great.
Kirby & Company’s sister store, Kirby Girl, technically caters to a younger crowd but Amalia and I love it equally! It’s packed with a curated selection of toys, gifts, party essentials, their famous Kirby Kandy, and colorful trinkets. It’s definitely the cheeriest shop in town.
It’s technically a pizza place, but Locali serves so much more than just pizza (although the kale leopard pizza is delicious). It’s always packed for dinner but get their early and wait at the bar which makes great cocktails. Our go-to order is the Umami meatballs, crispy Brussels sprouts, chop chop salad, and a pizza.
This bustling French bistro is our go-to brunch spot on weekends with Amalia. She loves the ham and cheese crepe and the Nicoise salad is my favorite in town! The menu is insane, filled with a wide range of crepes (gluten-free available), juices, sandwiches, and soups. It’s very kid-friendly.
Mead Park is a giant park that boasts a baseball field and two playgrounds: one for older kids and one for little kids. They were both recently redone and they’re beautiful, clean, and so much fun. They also have an amazing park lodge, The Apple Cart, with a pretty impressive menu for both kids and adults.
Pine Street Concessions
Not a lot of people know about this lunch spot that boasts three fast-casual restaurants in one space: Miyuki Noodle Bar (I get the salmon teriyaki bowl), Greens-0n-the-Go (The sweet potato miso bowl and the Thai-ish bowl are my favorites), Dante’s Pizza, and The Waffle Cabin. I go here to work and eat my lunch at least once a week.
Part garden store, part home shop, and part café, terrain is one of my favorite places in all of Fairfield County. Every product is beautifully curated and the farm-t0-table menu is always mouthwatering. Pop in for a coffee to go, lunch with a girlfriend, or a quiet dinner. It’s always packed mid-day but very slow at night so it’s not hard to get a dinner res which is my little secret!
Lulu’s Organic Chinese
We love ordering Chinese food, and Lulu’s not only tastes delicious, but is made with organic ingredients including free-range chicken, grass-fed beef, and no MSG. The sesame chicken and tangerine beef are our go-to orders.
Our local aquarium is spectacular and so fun for kids of all ages. There is a touch tank for stingrays and they have a ton of creatures displayed beautifully. Sometimes I think I enjoy it even more than Amalia does.
Lindsay at Salon Shahin does the best blonde in Fairfield County and Cici gives great haircuts. My go-to salon is affordable and never disappoints.
Serena & Lily
The Westport design shop is probably the most beautiful home store I’ve ever set foot in. It’s an old house that they moved downtown and filled with homey vignettes that make me want to redesign my entire house everytime I walk in.
This New Canaan Italian restaurant is always packed at dinner and for good reason. The menu can be overwhelming, but I recommend the meatballs and the chopped salad timbale. They also make gluten-free pizza which is pretty great.
When we left NYC, one of the things I missed most was good sushi. Pink Sumo is a frill-free spot in Westport with delicious sushi and great service. If your kids eat sushi, you bring them here too.
Mecha Noodle Bar
If you’re in the mood for a fantastic bowl of ramen, Mecha is your spot. The service is quick which makes it kid-friendly. All of the noodle bowls and buns are amazing but don’t miss the kale salad which is the sneaky winner of the menu.
Harbor Point Dental
It can be hard to find a great dentist but look no further. Dr. Cimato is the best of the best. He always makes me feel comfortable and does great work. Everyone in the office is great.