Exploring Lush Terrain…

Need a break from high octane city life?

I have the perfect antidote.

One hour from Manhattan is an idyllic escape in Westport, Connecticut.

Terrain

This time of year you can nourish the body and mind with delectable farm to table cuisine, find lovely, indulgent holiday gifts, unearth reasonably priced holiday ornaments, procure hearty, attractive plants and appealing gardening tools all in a charming environment.

I’m talking Terrain on the Post Road in Westport.

Enter a natural wonderland and escape reality for a few precious hours.

I drove up after a house inspection in another Connecticut city with my dear friend, Paula, who I lured out of the city into the country.

We both needed to suspend reality for a bit.

The Terrain Cafe was packed so we put in our name and browsed the endless supply of captivating merchandise.

Cafe Terrain

All too soon the text arrived and we were quickly seated in the bright and homey dining area.

Brioche & Butter

The  server quickly deposited an enticing brioche baked in a clay pot with homemade cranberry and rosemary churned butter that was divine.

The menu offers soups, salads, cheese and charcuterie boards, grilled salmon, steak and small bites.

Executive chef Jess Bengston, a Connecticut native, promotes clean, healthy eating through her menu and is a big fan of the Westport Farmer’s Market as well as sourcing products from local surrounding farmers.

Breakfast Board

Paula was ravenous and she selected the generous Breakfast Board with 2 farm fresh eggs, bacon, sausage, fresh salad, roasted potatoes and a homemade buttermilk biscuit ($20).

Our server, Kyle, raved about the hamburger so I cast my ballot.

Cheeseburger & Fries

The flavorful, perfectly prepared cheeseburger was delicious served on a homemade brioche bun accompanied by an ample portion of French fries ($18).

Homemade Pecan Pie

My friend enjoys dessert so we ordered the most outrageous chunky, freshly baked pecan pie loaded with pecans and walnuts adorned with a generous topping of fresh whipped cream ($8).

The flaky, crisp crust was the best.

We idled away a few hours over the meal and then leisurely perused the shopping mecca.

Housed in a 17,000-square-foot converted Cadillac dealership from the 1940s, Terrain now resembles an eclectic greenhouse, offering a wide range of items from exotic plants, organic creams to jewelry.

Terrain is owned by Urban Outfitters and has additional locations in Devon and Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Walnut Creek and Bethesda, Maryland.

In heavy rush hour traffic we made it back to NYC in under 90 minutes, refreshed and ready to take on the frenzy of the big city.

The Terrain Cafe 561 Post Road East Westport, Connecticut. Open Monday and Tuesday 10am-3pm, Wednesday-Sunday 10am-3pm, 5-9:30pm.  Reservations on OpenTable.com. Ample parking.

One Comment

  1. All Delicious!
    Paula

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