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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

Love Target’s Prices? How About Big Box Stores' Property Tax Appeals?

Love Target’s Prices? How About Big Box Stores' Property Tax Appeals?

Connecticut municipalities are hemorrhaging at least $20 million of tax revenue a year from unjustified tax appeals.

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Blumenthal Pushes for Testing of Ebola Drug From Shelton Company

Blumenthal Pushes for Testing of Ebola Drug From Shelton Company

It's called a NanoViricide, a potential super drug developed in Connecticut that has already proven effective in animal testing against HIV and the flu. Now, scientists at the Shelton-based company that developed it believe it can take on Ebola.

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Clinton Grandmother Makes Nativity Scene With a Chain Saw

Clinton Grandmother Makes Nativity Scene With a Chain Saw

Motorists and pedestrians alike can’t help but notice the rustic nativity scene on display on the front lawn of June Merwin’s home

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
From Gambling to Smashburger: Mohegan Sun Diversifies With Off-Site Restaurants

From Gambling to Smashburger: Mohegan Sun Diversifies With Off-Site Restaurants

The Mohegan Tribe has brought Smashburger. More burger-joints and other restaurants are on the way.

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New Restaurant, Vespa, Brings Tasty Italian 'Sting' to Westport

New Restaurant, Vespa, Brings Tasty Italian 'Sting' to Westport

Here's the buzz- VESPA (Italian for WASP) has arrived in Westport, so get ready for the sting.

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 Kent Falls, Stony Creek and Other CT Breweries Set to Open in 2015

Kent Falls, Stony Creek and Other CT Breweries Set to Open in 2015

More breweries are coming to Connecticut in 2015, some are slated to open in the next few weeks and months.

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Arts & Entertainment

Families, Mother-Daughter Issues Explored in 'Forever' at Long Wharf Theatre

Families, Mother-Daughter Issues Explored in 'Forever' at Long Wharf Theatre

It began with the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris where legends Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde and others are buried. It’s a place playwright and performer Dael Orlandersmith visits whenever she’s in France.

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5 Connecticut Weekend Best Bets: Kenny Rogers, 'A Christmas Carol,' Hartford Symphony

5 Connecticut Weekend Best Bets: Kenny Rogers, 'A Christmas Carol,' Hartford Symphony

Our weekly roundup of best things to do in Connecticut, including the return of The Gambler, 'A Christmas Carol' and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra

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Historic Christmas Decorations Return to G. Fox Building in Hartford for Holiday Display

Historic Christmas Decorations Return to G. Fox Building in Hartford for Holiday Display

A small group of gaily dressed long-time Saybrook “residents” have returned to Hartford, where they are once again fulfilling their traditional seasonal responsibilities.

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Style & Shopping

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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Peter Indorf Jewelers’ Holiday Gift: Storewide Sale Up to 60 Percent Off

Peter Indorf Jewelers’ Holiday Gift: Storewide Sale Up to 60 Percent Off

Gentlemen, this is your golden opportunity to acquire a glistening holiday gift of unparalleled beauty and integrity for you loved one—at a bargain price.

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New Preston Holiday Stroll Is Set in a Lovely Shopping-Rich Village

New Preston Holiday Stroll Is Set in a Lovely Shopping-Rich Village

When it comes to wonderful holiday events in Litchfield County, one of the best is the annual Winter Stroll in New Preston, a village of Washington, Conn.

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Health & Wellness

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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Connecticut Cancer Survivor, 7, Named the Kindest Kid in America

Connecticut Cancer Survivor, 7, Named the Kindest Kid in America

Sierra Preveza, 7, is in the running to be named the Sprout Chief Kindness Officer for her work helping cancer patients. Voting in the Kindest Kid Contest closes tomorrow, December 3.

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Branford Resident’s Rare Disease Inspires Push for Newborn Screening

Branford Resident’s Rare Disease Inspires Push for Newborn Screening

A Branford family that successfully campaigned to require newborn screening for a rare but potentially fatal disease in Connecticut is hoping to repeat its success on the national level.

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History

The CT Files: Lydia Sherman—The Derby Poisoner

The CT Files: Lydia Sherman—The Derby Poisoner

The first in our new series of unusual tales from Connecticut's colorful past features the horrific true but mostly forgotten story of one of the state's first female mass murders.

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Christmas in Connecticut: Museum Tour Examines Holiday’s History

Christmas in Connecticut: Museum Tour Examines Holiday’s History

The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum’s annual “Three Centuries of Christmas” tour explains the history of the holiday season in Connecticut.

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New Haven “Monuments Man” Risked Life to Save Art in WWII

New Haven “Monuments Man” Risked Life to Save Art in WWII

A new exhibit at the New Haven Museum honors Deane Keller, a Yale professor who helped preserve Italy’s cultural heritage.

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Connecticut Magazine

Holiday Exhibit: Fine and Folk Art of China

Dec 24, 2014 - Feb 28, 2015

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

This show will allow guests to take a look back at the previous Chinese artists who have displayed in the space while incorporating the traditions and history of artisanal work from Xi'an, the oldest city in China. All pieces will be reasonably sized and priced, though larger works can be ordered if desired. The artwork will include scrolls, Chinese traditional puppets, paper...

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Stamford JCC Vacation Day Programs For Grades K-6

Dec 24, 2014 - Jan 2, 2015

This event occurs daily, every weekday.

Chanukah Madness-Wednesday, December 24 Mad Science- Friday, December 26 Sportime U.S.A.- Monday, December 29 The J’s Top Chef- Tuesday, December 30 New Year’s Party- Wednesday, December 31 A Day at the J- Friday, January 2 Grades K – 6. 8am – 6pm. All vacation days include arts and crafts, nut-free/kosher snacks, free swim and various games and...

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

Dec 24, 2014 - 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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"Deja New" Exhibit at Maritime Garage Gallery

Dec 24, 2014 - Jan 2, 2015

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

  The City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery presents its fall exhibit “Deja New”.  “Deja New” will exhibit art that explores the theme "from familiar to phenomenon,” including images of well-known vistas and personal spaces. Exhibiting artists include Liz Squillace of Bridgeport, Milan Chilla of Norwalk, Clarice...

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December Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT

Dec 24, 2014 - Dec 24, 2014

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

Through December, the Geary Gallery of Darien is proud to present the “Holiday Artists’ Showcase” featuring unique and affordable paintings by 11 of the region’s most well-known and respected artists. The show opens Tuesday, December 2 and runs through Wednesday, December 24. We suggest arriving early for the best selection. The Geary Gallery is open Tuesday through...

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Holiday at Gallery 53

Dec 24, 2014 - Dec 24, 2014

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

Gallery 53, 53 Colony St. Meriden will have several events during the month of December.  The art of the Gingerbread House will be an auction of handmade gingerbread houses.  Bidding will take place on Friday, December 5 thru 2:00 on Sunday, December 7.  The auction will take place Sunday, after bidding closes.  Gallery 53 will host their Annual Holiday Fair during from...

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Small Works: Artful Treasures Art Exhibition & Sale

Dec 24, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015

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

This 6th Annual Holiday show & sale will run from November 1st - January 4th, 2015. There will be a "Meet the Artists" on Saturday, November 1st from 4-7PM. During this exhibition, Celebrations offers a collection of "Small Works" original artwork from 26 artists, all less than 200 square inches and priced under $200.  

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Small Joys Art Exhibition

Dec 24, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015

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

The Small Joys Art Exhibit runs from December 4, 2014, through January 3, 2015, and features small original artworks, including mixed media, painting and photography from regional artists whose work has appeared at the Gallery during the past year. They include Christina Ciacci, Tiffany Johnson, Marcy Juran, Kendall Klingbeil, Scott Kuykendall, Dana Laird, Susan Leggitt, Dona Menton, Wendy...

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21st Annual Holiday Train Show

Dec 24, 2014 - 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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New Exhibit! Tribal Highlight, The Florida Seminole

Dec 24, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014

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

The Seminole Tribe of Florida is a vibrant community with a rich and unique history. The cultural descendants of Native Americans who lived in the southeastern United States as early as 12,000 years ago, the tribe’s population increased in the 18th century as escaped slaves and free blacks settled in the area, bringing with them the Gullah culture of the South Carolina and Georgia coastal...

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Winter 2015 Dining Guide

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The results of our annual Readers' Choice and Experts' Picks surveys, and much more!