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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

Connecticut Police Have $12.9 Million Worth of Military Equipment

Connecticut Police Have $12.9 Million Worth of Military Equipment

Proponents say the controversial Pentagon program of providing local police with military equipment is an inexpensive way to obtain potentially life saving equipment, but critics are not so sure.

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Driving During Connecticut's Blizzard Travel Ban Cost 71 a $92 Ticket

Driving During Connecticut's Blizzard Travel Ban Cost 71 a $92 Ticket

For many who decided to drive on a state highway after the travel ban was put into effect this week, there were consequences.

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Naming Drama Surrounds Blizzard of 2015: Colbie, Juno or Just Blizzard?

Naming Drama Surrounds Blizzard of 2015: Colbie, Juno or Just Blizzard?

WFSB Channel 3 in Connecticut has named this storm Blizzard Colbie, while the Weather Channel is calling it Juno, leaving some confused and annoyed.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Why Pepe's Pizza Is the Best and Why, at 90, It's Expanding to Boston

Why Pepe's Pizza Is the Best and Why, at 90, It's Expanding to Boston

As a companion to our best Connecticut pizza feature coming in the March magazine, in which Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana—simply Pepe’s to the faithful—falls into our “Legends” category, this story is about its 90th anniversary and the growth that has spawned six...

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Olea in New Haven Delivers Extraordinary Spanish Dining; Our Review

Olea in New Haven Delivers Extraordinary Spanish Dining; Our Review

New Haven's Olea is a hit for chef/owner Manuel Romero.

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Charter Oak, Still Hill, Veracious Among CT Breweries to Open in 2015

Charter Oak, Still Hill, Veracious Among CT Breweries 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 Best Things to Do This Weekend: Chocolate Expo, Snowshoes & Wine …

5 Best Things to Do This Weekend: Chocolate Expo, Snowshoes & Wine …

The five best things to do this weekend include 'Peter and the Starcatcher' at the Shubert Theatre, snowshoeing through the Connecticut countryside and the opening of an arts festival at Hygienic Art 36.

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'A Body in Fukushima' Exhibit Brings Japan’s Triple Disaster to Wesleyan

'A Body in Fukushima' Exhibit Brings Japan’s Triple Disaster to Wesleyan

Dancer and choreographer Eiko Otake and photographer William Johnston collaborated to create a series of dramatic photographs for Wesleyan University's newest exhibition, "A Body in Fukushima," opening February 3.

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‘Freaks’, Monstrosity Star in Yale Exhibits ‘Side Show’, ‘Teratology’

‘Freaks’, Monstrosity Star in Yale Exhibits ‘Side Show’, ‘Teratology’

Related exhibits at Yale, 'Side Show' and 'Teratology' focus on the bizarre and the abnormal.

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Style & Shopping

Roxy Grace Offers Natural Lip Balm, Body Scrubs For Girls  Via Madison

Roxy Grace Offers Natural Lip Balm, Body Scrubs For Girls Via Madison

There’s a new girl on the Shoreline, and her name is Roxy Grace.

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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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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

Amelia Earhart's 'Secret' Connecticut Wedding

Amelia Earhart's 'Secret' Connecticut Wedding

Famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart was married in Connecticut, but it was far from a classic love story.

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With Blizzard Colbie Coming, a Look Back at Wicked Connecticut Winters

With Blizzard Colbie Coming, a Look Back at Wicked Connecticut Winters

As we suffer through the first storm of the season, here's an opportunity to look back on some memorable blizzards in Connecticut's history.

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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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ART EXPLORERS (Ages 6-8)

Jan 31, 2015 - Jun 30, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Saturday.

ART EXPLORERS (Ages 6-8) 
Saturdays 10:30 a.m.-noon (Sept.-June)
 Drop-in students are welcome 
(Scholarships are available for New Britain students.)
 No charge for chaperones, who must remain in the building   Students learn to express their creativity using varied art methods and materials to create personal works of art. New themes will be explored each month with...

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ART EXPLORERS (Ages 6-8)

Jan 31, 2015 - Jun 27, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Saturday.

Students learn to express their creativity using varied art methods and materials to create personal works of art. New themes will be explored each month with different projects weekly. Artist Suzy Jorsey Balay leads Art Explorers. Suzy is a fiber artist who hand spins wool, knits and sews and had received her BFA from Paier College of Art. She has been a dedicated teacher of Art Explorers...

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Frenetic Composure: A Solo Sculpture Show by Robert Greene

Jan 31, 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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Over Life’s Waters: The Coastal Art Collection of Charles and Irene Hamm

Jan 31, 2015 - Apr 12, 2015

This winter, the New Britain Museum of American Art proudly showcases the Hamm’s labor of love in the exhibition, Over Life's Waters: The Coastal Art Collection of Charles and Irene Hamm. Ninety-three of the Hamm’s American coastal collection will be on view, including works by noted artists Thomas Hart Benton (1889–1975), William Braford (1823–1892), William...

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"Home" Show

Jan 31, 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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Art Start for Preschoolers (Ages 3–5)

Jan 31, 2015 - Jun 30, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Saturday.

Art Start for Preschoolers (Ages 3–5) 
Saturdays 11-11:45 a.m. (Sept.–June)
 Tuesdays, 1-1:45 p.m. (July & Aug.) 
Drop-in students are welcome No charge for chaperones, who must remain with the class   This program helps caregivers and young children discover art together in the Museum. Listen to a story and then explore line, shape, color, and other...

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Winterfest

Jan 31, 2015

Celebrate the wonders of winter at Earthplace. Bundle up the family for a day of awesome outdoor activities.  Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride. Be an ice architect.  Snowshoe in the sanctuary. Keep warm by the campfire with hot cocoa and s’mores.  Refuel at the food trucks - including The Buzz Truck.  And so much more cold weather fun, with or without snow!

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Art Start for Preschoolers (Ages 3–5)

Jan 31, 2015 - Jun 27, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Saturday.

This program helps caregivers and young children discover art together in the Museum. Listen to a story and then explore line, shape, color, and other elements of art with teaching artist Margaret Freedman. Margaret has a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and teaches at the Noah Webster House, here at the New Britain Museum of American Art, and in pre-K through 8th grade classrooms...

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“Picture/Thing”

Jan 31, 2015 - Mar 1, 2015

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

“Picture/Thing” presents ten artists—Kendall Baker, Isidro Blasco, Rachel Harrison ‘89, Leslie Hewitt, Jon Kessler, Anouk Kruithof, Marlo Pascual, Mariah Robertson, Erin Shirreff, and Letha Wilson—who make hybrid objects that challenge the limits of photography and sculpture at a time when the definitions of the two media continue to evolve. These artists take...

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The Met Opera in HD: Offenbach's Les Contes d’Hoffmann

Jan 31, 2015

The Met Opera in HD Jacques Offenbach Les Contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) (Encore) The magnetic tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the title of Offenbach’s operatic masterpiece, in the Met’s wild, kaleidoscopic production. Soprano Hibla Gerzmava faces the operatic hurdle of singing all three...

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