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Confessions of an Omnivorous Fairfield County Couple

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn - For Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro, eating has become a labor of love. Their wildly successful food blog, OmNomCT , is less than two years old, but it has already won multiple awards and has a regular monthly readership in the tens of thousands or more.

The premise for the blog is simple: An omnivorous couple endeavors to eat things delicious, and tell the world. Or, as they describe it on their blog, “Om nom, from the Greek for cuisine noise. An onomatopoeia, if you will. Or simply put, the noise we make when we’re chomping on something yummy!”

Born from a shared devotion to delicious food, the Stamford couple hatched their idea. “I kind of initiated it,” says Kristien. “Danny is an English teacher and has always wanted to write. And I’m definitely tech savvy. My day job is in the digital sphere, social media, marketing,” she explains. “And we’re both Italian which means we’re definitely lovers of good food. So, I said we should start a blog.”

The story goes that Dan was hesitant at first. But as the ideas simmered between them, the more excited he became. “So, we said, ‘let’s just try it,” says Kristien. And on Oct. 31, 2010, the couple launched the blog with an overview of Riviera Maya , a Mexican restaurant in Stamford, which they scored at 3.5 “noms,” which lands it squarely between “good and reliable, like a Snuggie” and “Excellent, eat here often because it rules!” on the OmNom rating scale.

Since then, the couple has found that Fairfield County foodies have quite an appetite for their musings. The dining duo has made a recognizable name for themselves among the food savvy eaters and restaurateurs in the area. And the couple chalks their popularity up to their approachable voice and honest opinions. “We decided from the outset to really tell it like it is,” says Dan of their restaurant adventures. “We try not to be jerks about it,” Kristien is quick to add. “We try to stay humble. But we’re not going to rave about something if it stinks.”

At the end of 2011, they announced the “ OmNomys ,” a list of their favorite places they ate during the year. While the list incorporates plenty of names that don’t surprise the regular diner, it also names several restaurants just off the beaten path, such as The Fez , Stamford’s low-key Middle Eastern spot which they named as “Best Ethnic” restaurant. “Never a bad meal here,” they write. “The Fez has a fun mixture of Moroccan/French/Mediterranean influence in their food. Lots of great entertainment going on, too.”

But Dan and Kristien are quick to point out that there are still plenty of restaurants they have yet to try. “We’re not qualified to say we cover all of Fairfield County,” says Kristien. Dan adds, “It’s a goal.”

Staye tuned for more on Dan and Kristien's delicious adventures and nomworthy diversions.

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