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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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Small Wonders Art Exhibition, January 13 through February 17, 2015

Feb 1, 2015 - Feb 17, 2015

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

Small Wonders Art Exhibition, January 13 through February 17, 2015 Karen Silver Bloom: “Small Wonders”: Collectible shadow boxes filled with vintage toys, ephemera, and artwork. The boxes are three-dimensional illustrations that draw the viewer in to make a personal connection upon their own fond memories. Appealing to the child in all of us, thankfully, some of us never grow up!...

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EagleWatch Winter Wildlife Cruises

Feb 1, 2015 - Mar 15, 2015

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

February and March are prime viewing for visiting eagles and other birds wintering along the lower Connecticut River Valley. Bring your camera and binoculars and climb aboard Project Oceanology’s Enviro Lab III for a cruise and discover the beauty of the River in winter.  The EagleWatch season also includes the Eagles of Essex exhibit at the museum and programs and activities....

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Otis Kaye: Money, Mystery, and Mastery


Feb 1, 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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Wesleyan Potters Gallery/Shop Featured Artist

Feb 1, 2015 - Feb 27, 2015

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

Pat Burke is the featured artist at the Wesleyan Potters Gallery/Shop from Saturday, January 10 thru Friday, February 27. Her new red and black work will be for sale during regular gallery hours.   Wesleyan Potters 350 S Main St, Route 17, Middletown, CT, Gallery hours: Wed –Fri: 10 am - 6 pm, Sat: 10-4 and Sunday: Noon-4  860-344-0039 www.wesleyanpotters.com

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21st Annual Holiday Train Show

Feb 1, 2015 - 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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Frenetic Composure: A Solo Sculpture Show by Robert Greene

Feb 1, 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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22nd Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Expo to benefit Easter Seals

Feb 1, 2015

Sample a plentiful assortment of scrumptious chocolate, specialty and gourmet foods provided by well-respected local businesses. Vendors will also be offering unique gifts, products, and services. Attendees can shop for Valentine’s Day or pick-up treats for Super Bowl parties, while enjoying music, a silent auction, special drawings, door prizes, and demonstrations. For...

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"Home" Show

Feb 1, 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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Over Life’s Waters: The Coastal Art Collection of Charles and Irene Hamm

Feb 1, 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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“Picture/Thing”

Feb 1, 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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