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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.

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Connecticut Today

Refugees Fleeing ISIS Terror in Iraq Have a Connecticut ‘Archangel’

Refugees Fleeing ISIS Terror in Iraq Have a Connecticut ‘Archangel’

Stuart D. Hirsch of Saint Mary's Hospital in Waterbury made a six-day trip to Iraq in early March.

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World War II Cemetery in Netherlands Seeks Connecticut Soldier’s Photo

World War II Cemetery in Netherlands Seeks Connecticut Soldier’s Photo

Researchers from the American War Cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands, are reaching out to Connecticut, again, to help complete the World War II stories of U.S. soldiers.

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Stamford Students Develop Potentially Lifesaving Drone Device for Water Rescues

Stamford Students Develop Potentially Lifesaving Drone Device for Water Rescues

It’s called Project Ryptide, and it can instantly deliver a life preserver by drone to a distressed swimmer.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Magee's Curbside Is New Stamford Hotspot for Great Breakfast & Lunch

Magee's Curbside Is New Stamford Hotspot for Great Breakfast & Lunch

The hot new place to go for a great casual breakfast or lunch in Stamford is Magee's Curbside in the SoTo district of town, below I-95 and the Metro-North tracks.

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See What Top Chefs Are Cooking for Savor Fine Wine, Food Celebration April 10, 11

See What Top Chefs Are Cooking for Savor Fine Wine, Food Celebration April 10, 11

Chefs demonstrated their culinary magic as part of a special media preview Tuesday for the spring event Savor, A celebration of Wine, Food & Spirits, to be held April 10 and 11 at the Connecticut Convention Center.

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Spring Menu at Fresh Salt in Old Saybrook as Gorgeous as Water Views

Spring Menu at Fresh Salt in Old Saybrook as Gorgeous as Water Views

If Fresh Salt's menu is tempting, hearing chef Leslie Tripp break down the dishes takes temptation and kicks it up a notch.

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Arts & Entertainment

Luck Is a Lady at Goodspeed; Great Season of Musicals About to Launch

Luck Is a Lady at Goodspeed; Great Season of Musicals About to Launch

Staging first-rate musicals with Broadway-caliber talent is the mission of Goodspeed Musicals at the Goodspeed Opera House on the Connecticut River in East Haddam, and its 2015 season, which begins in April, looks outstanding.

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Actor, Comedian, TV Host JB Smoove Comes to Foxwoods

Actor, Comedian, TV Host JB Smoove Comes to Foxwoods

The comedian, actor and TV host is everywhere—Comix Present Smoove at Foxwoods Resort Casino on April 11.

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Weekend Best Bets: Neil Diamond, Improv Comedy, Garden Expo & More

Weekend Best Bets: Neil Diamond, Improv Comedy, Garden Expo & More

This weekend's five best bets include an encore performance by Grammy Award-winning artist Neil Diamond, a farm and garden expo in Trumbull and the second annual Hartford Improv Festival.

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Style & Shopping

BrãeVal Sporting Apparel’s Scottish Roots Inspire Whiskey Distillery in Litchfield

BrãeVal Sporting Apparel’s Scottish Roots Inspire Whiskey Distillery in Litchfield

BrãeVal Distillery expects to launch this spring with its signature product, the BrãeVal Grand American Bourbon.

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Rossiter Gem in Litchfield Hills, Vaillant House, Gloriously Restored and Updated

Rossiter Gem in Litchfield Hills, Vaillant House, Gloriously Restored and Updated

Ehrick Rossiter, though long dead, remains one of the most famous boldface names in Washington, Conn., in which far more than a shaker’s worth of notables are salted among the verdant hills where Bill and Hillary sometimes spend weekends, and where The Rolling Stones famously came to...

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'Mad Men' Era Fashion Photographer William Helburn Celebrated in a Book

'Mad Men' Era Fashion Photographer William Helburn Celebrated in a Book

William Helburn’s eye is unsurpassed and he was born to photograph beautiful women.

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Health & Wellness

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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Sweet Maria’s 25th Birthday Gift: Cakes to Make Smiles at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center at St. Mary’s

Sweet Maria’s 25th Birthday Gift: Cakes to Make Smiles at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center at St. Mary’s

Maria Bruscino Sanchez used the celebration of the bakery’s milestone to launch the “Cakes for Kids” initiative, which will benefit patients at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury.

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History

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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New Samurai Exhibit at Peabody Museum at Yale Cuts Through Myths

New Samurai Exhibit at Peabody Museum at Yale Cuts Through Myths

150 spectacular artifacts are on display in “Samurai and the Culture of Japan’s Great Peace,” an exhibit at the Yale Peabody Museum that opens March 28 and runs through January 3, 2016.

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Bring Your Collectibles & Heirlooms to Appraisal Day at the Mattatuck Museum

Bring Your Collectibles & Heirlooms to Appraisal Day at the Mattatuck Museum

Professional appraisers will be on hand to evaluate your attic treasures, family heirlooms and other vintage objects.

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Connecticut Magazine

The Pianist of Willesden Lane

Apr 2, 2015 - Apr 26, 2015

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

An expression of hope and the life-affirming power of music, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true story of a young Jewish musician, who was sent from Nazi-ruled Vienna to the relative safety of London during the Blitzkrieg. In this inspirational show, piano virtuoso Mona Golabek performs some of the world’s most beautiful music as she shares her own mother’s...

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Volunteer Ushers Needed for Season Six at Playhouse on Park

Apr 2, 2015 - Aug 1, 2015

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

WEST HARTFORD, CT – Playhouse on Park is seeking dependable, friendly volunteer ushers for its upcoming 2014-15 Season. Responsibilities include taking tickets, greeting patrons and escorting them to their seats, selling concessions, and cleaning before and after the show. There is a dress code. Ushers are usually needed once per month or per performance, or as often as they desire. To...

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Resounding Images: 25 Years of the Judy Dworin Performance Project

Apr 2, 2015 - May 28, 2015

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

This 25th anniversary retrospective of costumes, set elements and posters will open on First Thursday, April 2. Curated by Kathy Borteck-Gersten, associate artistic director, Judy Dworin Performance Project. Made possible by the City of Hartford Department of Marketing, Events and Cultural Affairs.

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Stand By Your Man

Apr 2, 2015 - Apr 5, 2015

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

Relive the journey of country music legend, Tammy Wynette, from the cotton fields of Itawamba, Mississippi, to international superstardom, including the five husbands she stood by. Among the 26 songs are "D-I-V-O-R-C-E," "Til I Can Make It On My Own" and "Golden Ring." Stand By Your Man runs from March 18th to April 5th. Show times are  Weds. & Sun. 2...

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Host Homes Needed for Playhouse on Park’s NYC Actors

Apr 2, 2015 - Aug 1, 2015

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WEST HARTFORD, CT – Playhouse on Park is seeking families to host actors from New York during its 2014-15 Season. Length of time varies: a stay is 6 weeks on average, but can range from several days to 10 weeks. Actors require a private bedroom and access to a bathroom and kitchen. Hosts may volunteer yearly or as often as they desire. To learn more about this enriching experience,...

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Exhibition: Otis Kaye: Money, Mystery, and Mastery


Apr 2, 2015 - May 10, 2015

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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A Contemporary Look, Pulled and Pressed, Industrious America, and Holding Still

Apr 2, 2015 - Apr 17, 2015

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

Four exhibitions, each with a different theme, on view in the Association’s beautiful historic galleries. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am-5 pm, and by appointment. Opening Reception: Friday, March 13, 5-7pm.

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EXHIBITION: NEW/NOW: Karl Lund

Apr 2, 2015 - May 31, 2015

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

Lund’s exhibition, Angry Robots Liquefied My Brain, features narrative paintings that depict a world where robots fight giant squids and exterminate countless enemies with powerful laser beams. Lund’s early career as a stop-motion animator often involved the process of creating unique characters for animated short films. Character design is still a passion that has carried over...

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