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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

Goodbye Gandhi-Bot: Beer Name Will Be Changed After Controversy

Goodbye Gandhi-Bot: Beer Name Will Be Changed After Controversy

New England Brewing Company announced that in light of concern from the Indian community, both here in Connecticut and elsewhere, the beer’s name and label will both be changed over the next three months.

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Mario Batali Coming to Yale to Talk Sustainable Food in Free Event

Mario Batali Coming to Yale to Talk Sustainable Food in Free Event

Celebrity chef Mario Batali to speak with the director of the Yale Sustainable Food Program, Mark Bomford, in free event tomorrow, Friday, January 23.

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Mystic Seaport Breaks Ground on $15 Million Building for New Exhibits

Mystic Seaport Breaks Ground on $15 Million Building for New Exhibits

Mystic Seaport is building a new event space that is designed to make it a year-round destination.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Brick + Wood Brings Artisan Pizza, Neapolitan Street Food to Fairfield

Brick + Wood Brings Artisan Pizza, Neapolitan Street Food to Fairfield

The new addition to the Fairfield dining scene is not “just another brick” in the pizza wall.

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World Pizza Champion Bruno DiFabio Opening Amore Cucina & Bar in Stamford

World Pizza Champion Bruno DiFabio Opening Amore Cucina & Bar in Stamford

World Pizza Champion Bruno DiFabio is opening Amore Cucina & Bar in Stamford.

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Fine Wines and Celebrity Chefs Pair Nicely at the 2015 Sun WineFest

Fine Wines and Celebrity Chefs Pair Nicely at the 2015 Sun WineFest

The 2015 Sun WineFest will bring together an impressive array of fine wine, beer and food over the course of next weekend, Jan 23-25.

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Arts & Entertainment

New London Gallery Marks 36 Years With Art, Music, Fashion and More

New London Gallery Marks 36 Years With Art, Music, Fashion and More

Hygienic Art XXXVI will bring more than 500 artists, musicians, poets, filmmakers and performers together in New London over the course of two weeks.

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Weekend Best Bets: Bargain Shoreline Dining, ‘Downton’ in Connecticut, Litchfield Wines …

Weekend Best Bets: Bargain Shoreline Dining, ‘Downton’ in Connecticut, Litchfield Wines …

Make the most of the weekend by planning well and punctuating the hibernation with strategic excursions. Here’s our weekly sampling of some of the most interesting things happening in different parts of the state.

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'American Dreamland' Coney Island Stars in Wadsworth Atheneum Exhibit

'American Dreamland' Coney Island Stars in Wadsworth Atheneum Exhibit

Coney Island has been an American touchstone for 150 years, a destination where families have flocked for fun in the sun and amusements aplenty.

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Style & Shopping

Connecticut Teens Show Promise in ‘Project Runway’ Spinoff ‘Threads’

Connecticut Teens Show Promise in ‘Project Runway’ Spinoff ‘Threads’

Two Connecticut teenagers starred in the 'Project Runway' spinoff series 'Threads,' and one walked away with top prize.

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Westport Tailor Sews a Punctuation Mark on His Career After 38 Years

Westport Tailor Sews a Punctuation Mark on His Career After 38 Years

After decades of tending to the tailoring needs of people throughout Fairfield County, Antoni Michalowski is finally going to sew up his career.

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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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Health & Wellness

Governor Malloy and Tenet Back in Talks on Connecticut Hospitals Deal

Governor Malloy and Tenet Back in Talks on Connecticut Hospitals Deal

The Texas-based hospital chain has not resubmitted its Connecticut applications but company representatives are talking with the governor’s office, which is the first step, say proponents of the Tenet hospital mergers.

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Innovative Connecticut Addiction Recovery Program Has High Success Rate

Innovative Connecticut Addiction Recovery Program Has High Success Rate

Aware Recovery Care's success rates are the subject of a recent paper that appeared in the health journal Connecticut Medicine.

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College Scholarships Give New Haven Students Promise of a Bright Future

College Scholarships Give New Haven Students Promise of a Bright Future

New Haven has made a promise to its students in order to help them sculpt a better life as they become adults—that if you work hard and excel in school, you will be supported through college.

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History

The CT Files: The Double Life—and Dealings—of Philip Musica

The CT Files: The Double Life—and Dealings—of Philip Musica

The story of how one man fooled thousands and pocketed millions.

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Torrington Native Writes Civil War History of 1st Connecticut Cavalry

Torrington Native Writes Civil War History of 1st Connecticut Cavalry

The young men who comprised Connecticut’s only Civil War cavalry regiment had been forgotten by time and politicians.

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The Mayflower II’s Unlikely Journey to Mystic Seaport

The Mayflower II’s Unlikely Journey to Mystic Seaport

The historic ship is set to be restored in Connecticut. How it got here is a tale of three incredible high sea voyages.

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Connecticut Magazine

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

Jan 25, 2015 - 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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Small Wonders Art Exhibition, January 13 through February 17, 2015

Jan 25, 2015 - Feb 17, 2015

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

Small Wonders Art Exhibition, January 13 through February 17, 2015 Karen Silver Bloom: “Small Wonders”: Collectible shadow boxes filled with vintage toys, ephemera, and artwork. The boxes are three-dimensional illustrations that draw the viewer in to make a personal connection upon their own fond memories. Appealing to the child in all of us, thankfully, some of us never grow up!...

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21st Annual Holiday Train Show

Jan 25, 2015 - 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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Otis Kaye: Money, Mystery, and Mastery


Jan 25, 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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Wesleyan Potters Gallery/Shop Featured Artist

Jan 25, 2015 - Feb 27, 2015

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

Pat Burke is the featured artist at the Wesleyan Potters Gallery/Shop from Saturday, January 10 thru Friday, February 27. Her new red and black work will be for sale during regular gallery hours.   Wesleyan Potters 350 S Main St, Route 17, Middletown, CT, Gallery hours: Wed –Fri: 10 am - 6 pm, Sat: 10-4 and Sunday: Noon-4  860-344-0039 www.wesleyanpotters.com

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Frenetic Composure: A Solo Sculpture Show by Robert Greene

Jan 25, 2015 - Feb 28, 2015

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

Robert Greene’s solo exhibit, Frenetic Composure, represents his interest in the figure and is inspired by, as he states, “…the activity of the human mind…” and “…deals primarily with the human condition…”. Robert lives in Ledyard, Connecticut and currently teaches at Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT where he...

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"Home" Show

Jan 25, 2015 - Feb 28, 2015

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

MAC’s annual open juried show will feature the theme, “Home.” The theme is open to the artist’s interpretation. All artists and media welcome. Opening Reception: Friday, January 16, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

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Student Art Show At Gallery 53

Jan 25, 2015 - Jan 29, 2015

     Gallery 53, 53 Colony St, Meriden will host a student show January 20 - 29.  The show will consist of works by students from  the three Meriden High Schools: Maloney High School, Platt High School and  Wilcox Tech  School as well as students from Middlesex Community College.  The public is invited to attend an opening reception on Thursday,...

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Student Show at Gallery 53

Jan 25, 2015 - Jan 29, 2015

Gallery 53, 53 Colony St, Meriden will host a student art show January 20 - 29.  The show will consist of works by students from  the three Meriden High Schools: Maloney High School, Platt High School and  Wilcox Tech  School as well as students from Middlesex Community College.  The public is invited to attend an opening reception on Thursday, January 22 from 3 -...

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Student Art Show At Gallery 53

Jan 25, 2015 - Jan 29, 2015

     Gallery 53, 53 Colony St, Meriden will host a student show January 20 - 29.  The show will consist of works by students from  the three Meriden High Schools: Maloney High School, Platt High School and  Wilcox Tech  School as well as students from Middlesex Community College.  The public is invited to attend an opening reception on Thursday,...

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