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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.

BEST PIZZA IN CONNECTICUT

READERS' CHOICE 

EXPERTS' PICKS

3 NEW DINING DESTINATIONS

 

 

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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
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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Connecticut Magazine's Erik Ofgang Tapped as Great Craft Beer News Resource

Connecticut Magazine's Erik Ofgang Tapped as Great Craft Beer News Resource

CTBeer.com just added Connecticut Magazine writer Erik Ofgang to its roster of 10 Great Resources for Real-Time Connecticut Craft Beer News.

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April Craft Beer Fests & Events in Connecticut You Don’t Want to Miss

April Craft Beer Fests & Events in Connecticut You Don’t Want to Miss

In April and early May the craft beer scene in Connecticut is really heating up with a variety of special events, festivals, dinners and tours.

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Arts & Entertainment

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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From Ruling Pop Charts to Being Homeless, Grayson Hugh Has Seen It All

From Ruling Pop Charts to Being Homeless, Grayson Hugh Has Seen It All

The blue-eyed Danbury soul singer has launched a crowd funding campaign to release his newest album.

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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

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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The CT Files: The Barkhamsted Lighthouse

The CT Files: The Barkhamsted Lighthouse

A small community of outcasts in the woods served as a beacon to others.

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Spring Tag Sale by the Junior League of Stamford and Norwalk (JLSN)

Apr 26, 2015

Semi- Annual Tag Sale: Clothing, shoes, accessories, books, toys, sporting goods, small electronics, household goods, and so much more! Where: JLSN Headquarters, 748 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820 When: Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 9am – 2pm             *Early bird special 8 AM – 9 AM $10.00 early entrance fee...

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Day Out With Thomas

Apr 26, 2015 - May 3, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Sunday and Saturday.

Enjoy an unforgettable day of family fun at the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat in Essex, CT, as they host super special guests Thomas the Tank Engine and his best buddy Percy for the Celebration Tour 2015! Bring the whole family to A DAY OUT WITH THOMAS - April 18, April 25-26, and May 2-3 - to ride and explore famous locomotives Thomas & Percy as they pull you into IMAGINATION...

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Eleven Ways to Be Happy

Apr 26, 2015 - May 3, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Sunday.

Eleven Ways to Be Happy Ongoing Sundays ~ 10-11:30am February 22 – May 3 With Resident Teacher, Kadam Eve Arias   Imagine having a peaceful, clear mind all the time. No matter what happens or doesn’t happen, we move through our world with clarity, compassion, and wisdom. This scenario is completely possible through the practice of meditation. By gaining...

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Otis Kaye: Money, Mystery, and Mastery


Apr 26, 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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The Artists of Gallery One and Friends

Apr 26, 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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Contemporary Handwoven Treasures

Apr 26, 2015 - Apr 26, 2015

Juried 2015 Biennial Show of The Handweavers' Guild of Connecticut.  Opening Reception on April 11 and Handweaving Demonstration Day April 18. 

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Surf's Up!

Apr 26, 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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Wesleyan Potters Invited Faculty - Past & Present

Apr 26, 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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April Art Exhibit By Rosemary Cotnoir

Apr 26, 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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Breast Cancer Alliance 10th Annual WALK FOR HOPE

Apr 26, 2015

Greenwich Avenue will be adorned in pink this Spring as hundreds of supporters celebrate the Breast Cancer Alliance’s 10th annual Walk for Hope. Dedicated to those whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer, the one-mile walk and Wellness Fair draws together friends, families and neighbors of all ages in a show of remembrance and support. Since its founding in 1996, the Breast Cancer...

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