I’m always on the hunt for amazing venues. While driving through New Haven I noticed what seemed to be a restaurant with a library inside. Turns out The Study at Yale is actually a hotel that includes a restaurant, private event space and indeed a lobby set up like a library. Super cute! The sales manager was kind enough to give me a tour of the private event space. Pictured above is the AMAZING view framed by huge windows. I mean, it really doesn’t get better. I didn’t get a chance to grab photos of the Heirloom restaurant or the lobby but check out additional photos of the private space below!

This space is perfect for all sorts of gatherings. Wishing I lived closer!

Of course when I hear about a new restaurant I have to try it for myself! I came across Butchers and Bakers on instagram and I was not disappointed. I have a thing for vibes and this hidden gem in Farmington has them. The decor and design are gorgeous and they even had a nineties throwback playlist playing to complete the ambiance. I’ll definitely be back to try more off the menu! I enjoyed a mojito (my favorite cocktail), a hot fresh cheesy personal pizza, and of course dessert! My server was great. We even chatted it up about cameras and vlogging! I could definitely see this being a go to place for a large party or just a night sitting at the bar. There is outdoor seating as well.   


I can’t believe the town I grew up in has such a cute modern restaurant! No shade to Bloomfield, but it is the average quiet suburb. Republic is a great addition for those who love a strong cocktail, great food and a lively environment. I’ve been in the past for a birthday gathering, as well as happy hour, and enjoyed myself those times as well. This time I visited to celebrate another birthday and the drinks were still top notch. I literally only needed one of whatever this delicious cocktail was, lol! It’s a brisk Spring here in CT so we did not get to enjoy the outdoor seating, but thats a cute setting for a summer happy hour. There is also a location Downtown Hartford which has enclosed outdoor seating and awesome interior decor. I highly recommend the BLT Squared (huuuuge BLT) as well as the fries which come with some sort of magical spicy ketchup. This spot is definitely number one place on my list to grab a drink and a bite if you’re ever in Bloomfield!

Happy Birthday to my sister! Both she and her the restaurant’s interior design are cute!

After enjoying Republic we went downtown to Max’s Downtown and discovered what is now our favorite wine: Elio Perrone Bigaro. Check it out!