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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.

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Connecticut Today

Connecticut Mag. Story Aids Netherlands Honor for World War II Soldier

Connecticut Mag. Story Aids Netherlands Honor for World War II Soldier

Researchers from the American War Cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands, reached out to Connecticut, again, to help complete the World War II stories of U.S. soldiers.

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Connecticut's Ambitious Transportation Plan; $1 Billion for Train Service to Springfield for 2,200 a Day?

Connecticut's Ambitious Transportation Plan; $1 Billion for Train Service to Springfield for 2,200 a Day?

If you’re tired of all the traffic in Connecticut and the potholes and bumps that dot the roadways and wreak havoc on our tires, there is some good news: the governor and the commissioner of the state Department of Transportation (DOT) feel your pain.

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Waterbury I-84 Traffic to Get Worse Before Better as Highway Widened

Waterbury I-84 Traffic to Get Worse Before Better as Highway Widened

Relief is coming to I-84 as part of a five-year project that falls in the shadow of Gov. Dannel Malloy’s major initiative because it’s already in motion.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Barcelona Wine Bar Launches Weekend Brunch in Stamford, West Hartford and Fairfield

Barcelona Wine Bar Launches Weekend Brunch in Stamford, West Hartford and Fairfield

Barcelona Wine Bar has launched brunch service every Saturday and Sunday at several of their locations, including West Hartford, Stamford, and now Fairfield.

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25 Terrific Places for Mother's Day Brunch 2015 in Connecticut

25 Terrific Places for Mother's Day Brunch 2015 in Connecticut

Here’s a list of recommended restaurants for Mother’s Day brunch across the state to make planning easy.

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Try Connecticut's Legendary Steamed Burgers for National Burger Month in May

Try Connecticut's Legendary Steamed Burgers for National Burger Month in May

Hot and steamy, soft and tender, juicy but with less fat seared inside—these are some of the phrases acolytes of steamed burgers use to describe the advantages over the traditional grilled burger.

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Arts & Entertainment

Off the Beaten Path: Trail With Mysterious Ruins, Canal to Bantam Lake

Off the Beaten Path: Trail With Mysterious Ruins, Canal to Bantam Lake

The popular Little Pond trail at White Memorial in Litchfield is not the most intriguing trail—or the most mysterious. That's the one with the canal and the ruins of industrial age piers leading to Bantam Lake.

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Weekend Best Bets: Iron Chef Elm City, Blossom Fests, Quassy Carloads …

Weekend Best Bets: Iron Chef Elm City, Blossom Fests, Quassy Carloads …

Blossom festivals in Meriden and New Haven, carload weekend at Quassy Amusement Park and an Iron Chef cooking competition in New Haven are just three great options this weekend.

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Off the Beaten Path Travel: Brains in Jars, Human Monstrosity at Yale (and Shopping, Dining in New Haven)

Off the Beaten Path Travel: Brains in Jars, Human Monstrosity at Yale (and Shopping, Dining in New Haven)

Descend two flights of stairs to the subterranean basement of Yale’s Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library and you will stumble upon something truly unexpected—and eerie. Jars of brains line the shelves ...

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Style & Shopping

The American Fine Craft Show Brings More Than 130 Craft Artists to Hartford

The American Fine Craft Show Brings More Than 130 Craft Artists to Hartford

The American Fine Craft Show is at the XL Center in Hartford on April 24-26.

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Target Rich Shopping Destinations Across Connecticut (Cause It's Finally Time to Get Out & Enjoy)

Target Rich Shopping Destinations Across Connecticut (Cause It's Finally Time to Get Out & Enjoy)

Connecticut's shopping is fabulous, and while some of it is spread out, there are also lots of target-rich environments that are also loaded with fine dining and lifestyle amenities.

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Waldorf Astoria Just One of Designer Alexandra Champalimaud's Triumphs

Waldorf Astoria Just One of Designer Alexandra Champalimaud's Triumphs

Twenty years after leaving Canada and restarting her business in New York, interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud is at the top of her game.

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Health & Wellness

Fight Against Premature Birth the Latest Campaign for the March of Dimes

Fight Against Premature Birth the Latest Campaign for the March of Dimes

The March of Dimes, established in 1938, has tackled a number of issues for babies from polio to birth defects, and now their latest crusade, premature birth.

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Surgical, Medication Errors Doubled at Connecticut Hospitals in 2013; Senators Address Issue

Surgical, Medication Errors Doubled at Connecticut Hospitals in 2013; Senators Address Issue

U.S. senators, as well as national analysts, hospital leaders and patient advocates who met Monday at Goodwin College to address the 2013 jump in surgical and medication errors at Connecticut hospitals.

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Madison Mom’s Clothing Line Gives Independence to Her Autistic Son and Others

Madison Mom’s Clothing Line Gives Independence to Her Autistic Son and Others

Independence Day Clothing is a line of fashionable, comfortable, reversible clothing designed by one Madison mom to give her son, and all others with disabilities, the independence to dress themselves.

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History

Madison Preserving Civilian Conservation Corps Camp From Depression

Madison Preserving Civilian Conservation Corps Camp From Depression

From 1933 to 1942 Camp Hadley was one of the 23 Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps in Connecticut. And, the Madison Land Conservation Trust is working to preserve this site that otherwise could be lost forever.

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Connecticut Men Recall 'Adventures' in Cuban Prison Under Castro

Connecticut Men Recall 'Adventures' in Cuban Prison Under Castro

In the 1970s, two Connecticut college students got an unexpected Cuban education.

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Remains of Pearl Harbor Sailor Coming Home, Blumenthal Announces

Remains of Pearl Harbor Sailor Coming Home, Blumenthal Announces

A Pearl Harbor veteran whose remains have laid comingled in four or five caskets with 22 other sailors will be disinterred and returned home after more than 70 years, according to U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

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“Muslim Women's Voices - A Photography Exhibition”

Apr 27, 2015 - May 29, 2015

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

The Muslim Coalition of Connecticut coordinates an exhibition of photography focused on Muslim women in America as part of “Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan.” This exhibition showcases photographs that challenge stereotypes of Muslim American women and explores the diversity and complexity of this community. Hours: From Tuesday, April 14 through Friday, May 8, 2015 -...

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Portrait Painting Class with Jack Montmeat

Apr 27, 2015 - Jun 1, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Monday.

This class will have two different models for the first two weeks and then one model in a long pose for the next four. Portrait drawing will be the emphasis of the first weeks, while the last four will be on portrait painting. Students can work on drawing or painting in any of the classes. Portrait drawing techniques such as placement of the subject on the page, getting a likeness, as well as...

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Gardening Classes with Sara McCool

Apr 27, 2015 - May 29, 2015

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

The YWCA Darien/Norwalk is again offering gardening classes led by sought after Darien-based landscaper, Sara McCool of Ungemack McCool Landscape Associates. Sara, who has taught at the YW for years, returns to teach Landscape Design, Pruning/Green Garden, and Perennial Garden in April and May. Landscape Design and Practice focuses on property designs with an eye on needs and budget and will...

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As We Were - 1889

Apr 27, 2015 - May 1, 2015

This event occurs daily, every weekday.

The New Canaan historical Society opened its latest costume exhibit, As We Were, featuring the fashions of our founding year, 1889. The exhibit connects two historical events, the first meeting to found the Historical Society and the wedding of two prominent founders, Edna Hoyt Rogers and Henry Benjamin Rogers.

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The Artists of Gallery One and Friends

Apr 27, 2015 - May 9, 2015

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

Member and guest artists include David Brown, Helen Cantrell (Guest Artist), Ashby Carlisle, Catherine Christiano, Bette Ellsworth, Mary Fussell, Gray Jacobik, Judith Barbour Osborne, T. Willie Raney, Diana Rogers, Victoria Sivigny, Jill Vaughn, and Elizabeth Lockhart Taft (Guest Artist). The opening reception on Friday, April 24 from 5pm to 7pm is concurrent with Guilford Art Center's...

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April Art Exhibit By Rosemary Cotnoir

Apr 27, 2015 - Apr 30, 2015

An art exhibit will be held at Essex Library Association through the month of April featuring guest artist, Rosemary Cotnoir.  The exhibit is free and open to all.   Essex resident Rosemary Cotnoir studied fine art at the New York/Phoenix School of Design, New York, NY, life drawing and watercolor at the Silvermine Artists Guild, Norwalk, CT and stone carving at the Guilford Art...

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Wesleyan Potters Invited Faculty - Past & Present

Apr 27, 2015 - May 17, 2015

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

“To observe, to listen, to encourage, to compliment, to share, to look, to suggest and to question.” - Lori Lapin, Pottery Instructor   Many esteemed teachers have dedicated themselves to the art of teaching budding craft students over the last sixty-seven years at Wesleyan Potters. From April 8 th – May 17th, the Wesleyan Potters Gallery/Shop will exhibit and...

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Otis Kaye: Money, Mystery, and Mastery


Apr 27, 2015 - May 10, 2015

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

The exhibition features thirty-four works that display a mastery of the highly realistic, trompe l’oeil technique in curious compositions of currency, letters, and other symbolic items that make reference to political, economic and social issues facing America, and Otis Kaye personally, during the first half of the twentieth-century. More puzzling than Kaye’s work, which is steeped...

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Surf's Up!

Apr 27, 2015 - May 2, 2015

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

Surf's Up! is an exhibition and sale of new paintings by Chandler Davis. In this show the artist goes back to the source, the ocean. Eight large wave paintings of luminous waves in a variety of weather and light conditions depict some of the many moods of the ocean. In addition to Chandler’s paintings the gallery will exhibit other marine and ocean art. Opening reception on...

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David Burdeny: Wanderlust. Photography Exhibition

Apr 27, 2015 - May 30, 2015

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

Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition David Burdeny: Wanderlust, on view from April 18th through May 30th.  This is Burdeny’s first solo exhibition at HGFA and will feature photography from his “Saudade” series.  The public is invited to attend an opening reception for the artist to be held on Saturday, April 18th, from 4-6pm....

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