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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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Connecticut Magazine

Line Dancing Workshop

Apr 26, 2015 - Dec 25, 2016

This event occurs weekly on Sunday.

LEARN HOW TO LINE DANCE!! If you can walk, you can line dance!  Professional and patient instructor...not just country - we dance to all genres of music.  No partner required!!  Great exercise for both the body and the mind....all levels, beginners ALWAYS welcome, come early: Absolute beginner lessons 5-6 Advanced beginner/Intermediate lessons 6-8 FUN, FUN,...

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Stamford Museum & Nature Center Facility Use

Apr 26, 2015 - Dec 31, 2015

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

January 2 - December 31, After 5pm For a truly unique and memorable venue, host your event or meeting on the picturesque 118-acre former estate of Henri Bendel. With a working farm, handicapped accessible woodland trails, observatory, interactive art gallery and planetarium, the Stamford Museum & Nature Center is the ideal spot for your next company outing, off-site meeting or private...

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Reading by Spring Merrill Fellows; 11th Annual Merrill Lecture

Apr 26, 2015

Spring Merrill Fellows Damiano Abeni and Moira Egan read from their work on April 26th at 5 pm at the Stonington Free Library located at 20 High Street in Stonington CT.    This event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments available.  

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Guys and Dolls

Apr 26, 2015 - May 10, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Sunday.

Luck be a lady tonight! Times Square's most colorful characters make their first appearance at Goodspeed in a brassy new staging of the American musical comedy classic. The bet of a lifetime puts a hardboiled gambler in the arms of a Save-a-Soul mission worker in the neon-kissed valentine to the saints and sinners of New York. The alleys echo with the swinging sound of "Sit Down,...

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Cinderella Italiano!

Apr 26, 2015 - May 9, 2015

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

Award-winning Pantochino Productions presents a high energy, musical panto version of Cinderella, set in Italy. Perfect for all ages, this big fat Italian house party of fun features Prince Spaghetti, The Godmother and ‘bella, bella Cinderella.’ Ba-da-bing-ba-da-boom, it’s a ball! Performances are Friday, April 24 at 7:30pm, Saturday, April 25 at 2 & 5:30pm, Sunday,...

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Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion

Apr 26, 2015

Nearly a decade after folk-rock duo Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion put out their first album together, the husband-and-wife pair feel like they’ve finally hit their stride on Wassaic Way, a collection of 11 new songs released in 2013 on Rte 8 Records. Produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Patrick Sansone at the Loft in Chicago, Wassaic Way finds Guthrie and Irion pushing...

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Senior Recital - Christopher Sailor and Zack Cohen

Apr 26, 2015

A senior music recital by Christopher Sailor and Zack Cohen, “Diving: The Collected Works of Chris Sailor and Zack Cohen.”

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McKinley School Carnival

Apr 26, 2015 - Apr 26, 2015

The McKinley School PTA kicks off its annual McKinley Elementary School Carnival Friday, April 24, 2015 at Fairfield’s Jennings Beach. This much anticipated town-wide event will run for three days, through Sunday, April 26, 2015. Mark your calendar:  the Carnival’s dates and times are: Friday, April 24, 2015, 6 pm - 10 pm, (Wristband Night); Saturday, April 25, 2015, 1...

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Volunteer Ushers Needed for Season Six at Playhouse on Park

Apr 26, 2015 - Aug 1, 2015

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

WEST HARTFORD, CT – Playhouse on Park is seeking dependable, friendly volunteer ushers for its upcoming 2014-15 Season. Responsibilities include taking tickets, greeting patrons and escorting them to their seats, selling concessions, and cleaning before and after the show. There is a dress code. Ushers are usually needed once per month or per performance, or as often as they desire. To...

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Host Homes Needed for Playhouse on Park’s NYC Actors

Apr 26, 2015 - Aug 1, 2015

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

WEST HARTFORD, CT – Playhouse on Park is seeking families to host actors from New York during its 2014-15 Season. Length of time varies: a stay is 6 weeks on average, but can range from several days to 10 weeks. Actors require a private bedroom and access to a bathroom and kitchen. Hosts may volunteer yearly or as often as they desire. To learn more about this enriching experience,...

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