Outside the Bubble: Westport, CT
So you’ve decided to make the pilgrimage to Westport, CT. And why not? At 159 miles away, it’s just a stone’s throw from HBS.
And, oh, the things you will see! Brimming with ye olde New England charm here and a thriving culinary and artistic community there, Westport has a little something for everyone.
But I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Yeah, Westport is legit – obvi! But what do I do when I get there?” I’m glad you asked…
Enjoy a slice of Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich at Tarry Lodge
The power duo behind New York’s gastronomical wonder Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, Batali and Bastianich have been serving up delicious Italian fare at Tarry Lodge since 2008. I’m normally the kind of diner who insists on ordering a pasta entrée at an Italian restaurant, but don’t leave Tarry Lodge without throwing at least one, possibly two pizzas down your gullet.
Come for the massage, stay for the tea at Arogya
Arogya, Sanskrit for “whole health”, is “devoted to the mission of creating balanced healthy living within our modern-day society”. Arogya is a little gem of a spa offering massages, reflexology, and acupuncture, as well as a terrific line of organic teas and other herbal remedies.
Take in the TOM at Bond Grill, Westport’s answer to Benihana
OK, Bond Grill is technically in Norwalk, but it’s on the borderland so we’ll count it. You want knife tricks? They’ve got knife tricks. You want the chicken hibachi dinner? How about the chicken hibachi dinner with shrimp (re-raise!)? Don’t let the strip mall surroundings or mostly Chinese personnel fool you – within Bond Grill is a little taste of Japan set to a cacophonous din of clanging cutlery. Oohs and aahs abound.
Experience the “Disneyland of Dairy Stores” at the original Stew Leonard’s
Remember that line from The Matrix? “No one can be told what the Matrix is,” Laurence Fishburne’s Morpheus intoned. “You have to see it for yourself.” He might as well have been talking about Stew Leonard’s. Featuring singing vegetables (“We’re dull, fresh vegetables / we’re good / for / you!”), animatronic cows that moo at the pull of a rope, and a glorious array of free samples, Stew’s is unlike any grocery store you’ve ever seen. And for you LEAD enthusiasts out there, how’s this for a customer service policy?
Rule 1. The customer is always right.
Rule 2. If the customer is ever wrong, re-read rule #1.
Find your green light
Picture this: You’re staring across Long Island Sound. There’s a cold beverage in your hand, the bottom of which is soaked with condensation as the inessential houses and last gasps of daylight begin to melt away.
At the end of a dock on the opposite shore there’s a green light flashing intermittently. You can’t quite say why, but you find yourself overwhelmed by remembrance of all that was good and pure in those halcyon days of your youth and all that may be made good and pure again (if only you could just squeak by without getting five 2′s).
This is a glimpse of the orgiastic future. This is Westport.