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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

“The Bald Soprano”

Apr 24, 2015 - Apr 25, 2015

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

In one of the seminal plays of Theater of the Absurd, “The Bald Soprano” (1950), Eugene Ionesco reveals the decay of a modern person and the futility of meaningful communication in contemporary society. Inspired by the cliche dialogues between the imaginary Mr. and Mrs. Smith in an English phrasebook for beginners, Mr. Ionesco rejected the coherent plot, character development, and...

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Pastels! Class with Joann Ballinger

Apr 24, 2015 - May 8, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Friday.

Open to all artists, all levels, interested in learning the basics while developing their own artistic style. Work may be developed from still life or landscape of your preference. To register for this class, please contact Joann directly at (860) 886-0366 or joannballinger@sbcglobal.net. Dates: Fridays, 9am-12pm, April 10–May 8 Instructor Bio: Joann Ballinger is a well-known...

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“Muslim Women's Voices - A Photography Exhibition”

Apr 24, 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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School Vacation Program (K-8)

Apr 24, 2015 - Apr 24, 2015

This event occurs daily, every weekday.

April 20-24, 9am-4pm A variety of creative, fun, stimulating activities in a friendly atmosphere. Swimming, crafts, outdoor play and more. Full day childcare available 8am-4pm. After-care available 4pm-6pm. Kosher morning and afternoon snack provided. Monday, Apr. 20 - DIY Bouncy Ball $42 AfterSchool/Kids Klub, $52 Member | $62 Non Member Tuesday, Apr. 21 - Tie Dye Day (Each...

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As We Were - 1889

Apr 24, 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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April Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT

Apr 24, 2015 - Apr 30, 2015

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

EXHIBIT EXTENTED BY POPLUAR DEMAND! The Geary Gallery of Darien is one of only four galleries in the country that is exhibiting the “Timeless: The Paintings of Ray Ellis,” a celebration of the work of the late renowned painter and storyteller, Ray Ellis. This must-see exhibit runs until April 30. The Geary Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 576 Boston...

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Gardening Classes with Sara McCool

Apr 24, 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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Otis Kaye: Money, Mystery, and Mastery


Apr 24, 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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April Art Exhibit By Rosemary Cotnoir

Apr 24, 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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Contemporary Handwoven Treasures

Apr 24, 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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