I found a hip new place! It's called SoNo, short for South Norwalk. On the water, this formerly-sleepy maritime town has transformed itself into a thriving downtown. It's full of good restaurants, cool stores, bouncing nightclubs and art galleries.
SoNo was under my radar until I visited today. What lured me there is Penzeys, a spice store that used to be on Long Island but closed those locations. Now SoNo has Penzeys's closest store so I ventured there to stock up on Star Anise, 4-inch Cinnamon sticks, Sumac and other culinary delights.
While in town, I walked and browsed. My travels included encounters with wild creatures from the sea. Pics below if you don't believe me.
SoNo is less than two hours from my home so I'll go back just for fun. On a warm, sunny afternoon you can sit outdoors and sip a Mimosa while enjoying the breeze coming off the water. At least that's what I did. You should come with me next time!