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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

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Connecticut Today

Puppy for Christmas? New Law on Breeding Mills Mostly Working, Humane Society Official Says

Puppy for Christmas? New Law on Breeding Mills Mostly Working, Humane Society Official Says

A new state law aimed at raising the standards at pet shops is working, according to United States Humane Society Connecticut Director Annie Hornish, but there is still evidence showing some store owners keep doing business with alleged puppy mill breeders.

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Ryan Boatright Key for UConn Men's Basketball to Turn Season Around

Ryan Boatright Key for UConn Men's Basketball to Turn Season Around

Of all the players who have worn UConn men’s basketball uniforms since Jim Calhoun took over the program nearly 30 years ago, perhaps none have had as intriguing a career as Ryan Boatright.

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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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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

5 Connecticut Best Bets This Weekend: LEGOs, Skating, Ales of Honor …

5 Connecticut Best Bets This Weekend: LEGOs, Skating, Ales of Honor …

Now that another holiday can be classified as a Christmas Past it’s easier to think about enjoying some of the great winter offerings taking place in Connecticut.

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

Dec 28, 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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Parties at the JCC Center

Dec 28, 2014 - Dec 28, 2014

This event occurs weekly on Sunday and Saturday.

A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to have a party to remember. Our party facilitator will create a fun and engaging environment for the children. We will decorate the room with balloons, set the table with tablecloths, plates, cups, napkins, etc. Children will be engaged in fun,...

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Small Joys Art Exhibition

Dec 28, 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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Deck the Walls and Work by Newly Elected Artists

Dec 28, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015

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

The Lyme Art Association’s annual holiday show and sale features over 200 works of art in all sizes and mediums by member artists.  This exhibition is a great place to find gifts for family and friends.  Opening reception on Friday, November 21 from 5pm to 7pm. Take advantage of tax-free shopping from 5 – 7pm on November 21 and from 10am – 5pm on November 22. ...

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New Exhibit! Tribal Highlight, The Florida Seminole

Dec 28, 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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21st Annual Holiday Train Show

Dec 28, 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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All Paintings Great and Small

Dec 28, 2014 - Jan 10, 2015

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

Considered the "kick-off to the holiday season in Old Lyme", The Cooley Gallery's holiday exhibition is in its 28th year and boasts over 250 historic and contemporary little paintings by artists from around New England and the United States. Opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 20th, 5-8 p.m. November 20th, 2014 -  January 10th, 2015. Visitors are welcome and encouraged...

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Small Works: Artful Treasures Art Exhibition & Sale

Dec 28, 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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Know Your Connecticut Farmer: Photographs by Jack McConnell

Dec 28, 2014 - Jan 10, 2015

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

A photographic journey featuring Connecticut farms and farmers by Jack McConnell. Jack McConnell invites visitors to become more aware of the need to protect Connecticut farmland and support working farmers. Jack McConnel will give an artists talk on December 5, 2015, 6:00-8:00pm. Music by Collins and Bradley. Food by Wind Hill Community Farm. Sponsored by Highland Park Families Foundation....

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Small Works Art Show and Sale

Dec 28, 2014 - Jan 10, 2015

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

The Small Works Art Show and Sale  features original artwork, including watercolors, oils, acrylics, mixed media, photography, wood sculpture, pen/ink and collage sculpture by 32 local and regional artists. Artists: Jean Dalton, Pam Carlson, Esther Brasile, Marv Beloff, Patricia Corbett, Patty Meglio, Gary Richards, Linda Boisvert DeStefanis, Michael Reilly, Janet Veenema, Dale Spaner,...

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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!