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2015 WINTER DINING GUIDE

It's time for our annual roundup of the best in Connecticut dining,featuring both our readers' choices and our experts' picks in more than 30 cuisine categories, from American to vegetarian.

READERS' CHOICE 

EXPERTS' PICKS

3 NEW DINING DESTINATIONS

 

 

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Connecticut Today

Metro North Faces $250,000 Fine for Threatening Worker Not to Report His Accident

Metro North Faces $250,000 Fine for Threatening Worker Not to Report His Accident

Metro-North is facing a record fine of $250,000 in punitive damages for retaliating against an injured worker, who secretly recorded a supervisor threatening him if he reported the accident.

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 Did A Former UTC Employee Try to Sell Military Intel to China?

Did A Former UTC Employee Try to Sell Military Intel to China?

A new criminal case once again puts Connecticut and the state’s connection to national military secrets at the center of a possible instance of international espionage.

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Ebola Epidemic Spreads Through 'Social Clusters,' New Yale Study Shows

Ebola Epidemic Spreads Through 'Social Clusters,' New Yale Study Shows

The Ebola epidemic is spreading mostly among people who are closely associated with one another in “social clusters,” according to a new Yale University study.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
A Delicious Italian Feast: New Haven’s Basta Trattoria at 10 (Sister Spot Claire's Corner Copia in 40th Year)

A Delicious Italian Feast: New Haven’s Basta Trattoria at 10 (Sister Spot Claire's Corner Copia in 40th Year)

Basta Trattoria on Chapel Street in New Haven, which opened on New Year’s Eve in 2004, offers delicious food that’s “authentic Italian with a modern twist.” It's also the sister restaurant of the legendary Claire's Corner Copia next door, which began its 40th year this past September. At the helm of both is the incomparable Claire Criscuolo.

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‘Donut Showdown’ Winner Dottie’s Diner Open in New Woodbury Location

‘Donut Showdown’ Winner Dottie’s Diner Open in New Woodbury Location

A delicious, iconic diner in Connecticut's semi-official antiques 'capital', Woodbury, has moved—almost literally across the street. Dottie's Diner, which has long been a beloved breakfast and lunch haven for folks in Litchfield County, and gained renowned when owner...

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Robert Irvine Says Savor Wine & Food Event Will Be Amazing, and Aid Military Families

Robert Irvine Says Savor Wine & Food Event Will Be Amazing, and Aid Military Families

You might have seen the public service TV commercial emphasizing the nation’s support for members of the military in which celebrities like Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin and Sarah Jessica Parker say “I've got your 6.” In the military, numbers used in a certain context indicate...

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Arts & Entertainment

Historic Christmas Decorations Return to G. Fox Building in Hartford for Holiday Display

Historic Christmas Decorations Return to G. Fox Building in Hartford for Holiday Display

A small group of gaily dressed long-time Saybrook “residents” have returned to Hartford, where they are once again fulfilling their traditional seasonal responsibilities.

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5 Connecticut Weekend Best Bets: Guinness Record Carolers, BeerConn, ‘Nutcracker’ …

5 Connecticut Weekend Best Bets: Guinness Record Carolers, BeerConn, ‘Nutcracker’ …

The holiday season is in full swing and there are plenty of Connecticut events this weekend that will help you be of good cheer.

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See the Holidays Glow in 5 Homes on Woodbury House Tour

See the Holidays Glow in 5 Homes on Woodbury House Tour

The Women’s Club of Woodbury will host its 20th Annual Holiday House Tour Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring five homes that are festively decorated for the holidays.

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Style & Shopping

Holiday Open House at Boutique Jeweler With NW Connecticut Client Base

Holiday Open House at Boutique Jeweler With NW Connecticut Client Base

McTeigue & McClelland, the luxury boutique jeweler, is holding its annual holiday open house from 1 to 6 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 13.

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Peter Indorf Jewelers’ Holiday Gift: Storewide Sale Up to 60 Percent Off

Peter Indorf Jewelers’ Holiday Gift: Storewide Sale Up to 60 Percent Off

Gentlemen, this is your golden opportunity to acquire a glistening holiday gift of unparalleled beauty and integrity for you loved one—at a bargain price.

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New Preston Holiday Stroll Is Set in a Lovely Shopping-Rich Village

New Preston Holiday Stroll Is Set in a Lovely Shopping-Rich Village

When it comes to wonderful holiday events in Litchfield County, one of the best is the annual Winter Stroll in New Preston, a village of Washington, Conn.

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Health & Wellness

Connecticut Cancer Survivor, 7, Named the Kindest Kid in America

Connecticut Cancer Survivor, 7, Named the Kindest Kid in America

Sierra Preveza, 7, is in the running to be named the Sprout Chief Kindness Officer for her work helping cancer patients. Voting in the Kindest Kid Contest closes tomorrow, December 3.

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Branford Resident’s Rare Disease Inspires Push for Newborn Screening

Branford Resident’s Rare Disease Inspires Push for Newborn Screening

A Branford family that successfully campaigned to require newborn screening for a rare but potentially fatal disease in Connecticut is hoping to repeat its success on the national level.

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Connecticut Boy’s Rare Disease Inspires Sports Drink Used by NFL, Other Athletes

Connecticut Boy’s Rare Disease Inspires Sports Drink Used by NFL, Other Athletes

Growing up, Jonah Feldman needed to be fed every three hours to survive. Today, his condition has inspired a nutrition product with the potential to revolutionize fitness drinks.

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History

Christmas in Connecticut: Museum Tour Examines Holiday’s History

Christmas in Connecticut: Museum Tour Examines Holiday’s History

The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum’s annual “Three Centuries of Christmas” tour explains the history of the holiday season in Connecticut.

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New Haven “Monuments Man” Risked Life to Save Art in WWII

New Haven “Monuments Man” Risked Life to Save Art in WWII

A new exhibit at the New Haven Museum honors Deane Keller, a Yale professor who helped preserve Italy’s cultural heritage.

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Branford Historian Writes Book on Town's Civil War Soldiers

Branford Historian Writes Book on Town's Civil War Soldiers

Branford Town Historian Jane Bouley has written a book entitled “The Civil War Soldiers of Branford, Connecticut”.

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Connecticut Magazine

Holiday Exhibit: Fine and Folk Art of China

Dec 17, 2014 - Feb 28, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

This show will allow guests to take a look back at the previous Chinese artists who have displayed in the space while incorporating the traditions and history of artisanal work from Xi'an, the oldest city in China. All pieces will be reasonably sized and priced, though larger works can be ordered if desired. The artwork will include scrolls, Chinese traditional puppets, paper...

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Coffee With The Coach

Dec 17, 2014 - Dec 17, 2014

This event occurs weekly on Wednesday.

Wednesday September 10, 2014 7 am. Coffee With The Coach. Facilitated by Life Coach Torin Lee-Lewis. Learn ways to handle stress, navigate change and make each day count. Refreshments provided. Please call 860-467-6518 to confirm attendance each week. Fee: $10

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A BILLION BRICKS 2: LEGO® Trains, Planes and Rocket Ships!

Dec 17, 2014 - Jan 25, 2015

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

November 22 - January 25, 2015 LEGO® returns to the Stamford Museum & Nature Center with its grand opening on Saturday, November 22. Trains, planes, and rocket ships will speed through the Stamford Museum galleries throughout the holiday season. Members: Free | Non-Members: Free with gate admission.For more information call 203.977-6521, e-mail info@stamfordmuseum.org or visit...

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"Deja New" Exhibit at Maritime Garage Gallery

Dec 17, 2014 - Jan 2, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

  The City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery presents its fall exhibit “Deja New”.  “Deja New” will exhibit art that explores the theme "from familiar to phenomenon,” including images of well-known vistas and personal spaces. Exhibiting artists include Liz Squillace of Bridgeport, Milan Chilla of Norwalk, Clarice...

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December Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT

Dec 17, 2014 - Dec 24, 2014

This event occurs weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Through December, the Geary Gallery of Darien is proud to present the “Holiday Artists’ Showcase” featuring unique and affordable paintings by 11 of the region’s most well-known and respected artists. The show opens Tuesday, December 2 and runs through Wednesday, December 24. We suggest arriving early for the best selection. The Geary Gallery is open Tuesday through...

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Small Joys Art Exhibition

Dec 17, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

The Small Joys Art Exhibit runs from December 4, 2014, through January 3, 2015, and features small original artworks, including mixed media, painting and photography from regional artists whose work has appeared at the Gallery during the past year. They include Christina Ciacci, Tiffany Johnson, Marcy Juran, Kendall Klingbeil, Scott Kuykendall, Dana Laird, Susan Leggitt, Dona Menton, Wendy...

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Holiday at Gallery 53

Dec 17, 2014 - Dec 24, 2014

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

Gallery 53, 53 Colony St. Meriden will have several events during the month of December.  The art of the Gingerbread House will be an auction of handmade gingerbread houses.  Bidding will take place on Friday, December 5 thru 2:00 on Sunday, December 7.  The auction will take place Sunday, after bidding closes.  Gallery 53 will host their Annual Holiday Fair during from...

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Small Works: Artful Treasures Art Exhibition & Sale

Dec 17, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

This 6th Annual Holiday show & sale will run from November 1st - January 4th, 2015. There will be a "Meet the Artists" on Saturday, November 1st from 4-7PM. During this exhibition, Celebrations offers a collection of "Small Works" original artwork from 26 artists, all less than 200 square inches and priced under $200.  

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21st Annual Holiday Train Show

Dec 17, 2014 - Feb 17, 2015

The magic returns with the 21st Annual Holiday Train Show.  The family-friendly exhibit, created by train artist Steve Cryan, features more trains, new scenery, and lots of surprises to be found in the fully operational 26-foot model train layout.  Visitors are challenged to complete the I SPY Scavenger Hunt of various objects hidden within the settings while the smaller visitor set...

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Deck the Walls and Work by Newly Elected Artists

Dec 17, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).

The Lyme Art Association’s annual holiday show and sale features over 200 works of art in all sizes and mediums by member artists.  This exhibition is a great place to find gifts for family and friends.  Opening reception on Friday, November 21 from 5pm to 7pm. Take advantage of tax-free shopping from 5 – 7pm on November 21 and from 10am – 5pm on November 22. ...

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