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Pro Profile: Richard Failla, Fairfield Hot Yoga

Most adults usually want to avoid policemen for one reason or another.  So why does one Westport cop literally have 35 people who seek him out on a Tuesday night at 7:30 to spend 75 minutes with him in a 95 degree room?  Answer:  Because he is the owner and instructor extraordinaire at Fairfield Hot Yoga.

Richard and his German Shepard, Yogi

Richard and his German Shepard, Yogi

A veteran police officer (29 years!), Richard Failla was introduced to Bikram Yoga 15 years ago at the suggestion of his dog walker.  One class changed him forever … it was love at first sweat.  After practicing for four years he became Bikram certified in 2006 and then opened FHY in the Sportsplex in 2010.

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Food Find: Healthy Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash & Quinoa

The polar vortex turned up here in CT yesterday morning and with its arrival, I am craving something warm, hearty and filling, but yet still healthy (to counteract my past weekend birthday alcohol consumption).  Thanks to Pinterest I stumbled upon this outstanding stew form the  ‘Cookin’ Canuck‘ last year and the recipe can be found here.  I have since made it several times because it incorporates some of my favorite ingredients:  butternut squash, quinoa, black olives, tomatoes, need I say more?

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Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash & Quinoa

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Workout of the Week: ‘Advanced Kickboxing’ with Alex at Title, Norwalk

I would like to re-introduce you to one of THE best kept secrets in Fairfield County.  No, it’s not Ivan Drago.   It’s Alex at Title in Norwalk.

Alex and student take it to the ring.

Alex and student take it to the ring.

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Need to Know: The Granola Bar of Westport now serves dinner

The Granola Bar of Westport has been feeding and caffeinating Westporters for almost a year now and as they approach their 1st anniversary, co-owners Julie Levitt & Dana Noorily are giving US a gift.  And that is DINNER!  Yes, The Granola Bar will now be open for dinner until 9pm, Wednesday thru Saturday (don’t worry, their regular Sunday, Monday and Tuesday hours will remain unchanged).

Candied turkey bacon deviled eggs, photo credit Kyle Norton

Candied turkey bacon deviled eggs, photo credit Kyle Norton

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