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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

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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Will Blizzard Colbie (or Juno) Outdo Blizzard Nemo of 2013 in Connecticut?

Will Blizzard Colbie (or Juno) Outdo Blizzard Nemo of 2013 in Connecticut?

We woke up this morning wondering not only about the details of the storm but also whether it would be as bad, or worse, than Blizzard Nemo in early February 2013.

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Goodbye Gandhi-Bot: Beer Name Will Be Changed After Controversy

Goodbye Gandhi-Bot: Beer Name Will Be Changed After Controversy

New England Brewing Company announced that in light of concern from the Indian community, both here in Connecticut and elsewhere, the beer’s name and label will both be changed over the next three months.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
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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Brick + Wood Brings Artisan Pizza, Neapolitan Street Food to Fairfield

Brick + Wood Brings Artisan Pizza, Neapolitan Street Food to Fairfield

The new addition to the Fairfield dining scene is not “just another brick” in the pizza wall.

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Arts & Entertainment

‘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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Play by 'Walking Dead' Actress Danai Gurira Premeries at Yale Rep

Play by 'Walking Dead' Actress Danai Gurira Premeries at Yale Rep

When playwright Danai Gurira claims that she’s driven to write by an ache to see herself onstage, there is nothing narcissistic about it.

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New London Gallery Marks 36 Years With Art, Music, Fashion and More

New London Gallery Marks 36 Years With Art, Music, Fashion and More

Hygienic Art XXXVI will bring more than 500 artists, musicians, poets, filmmakers and performers together in New London over the course of two weeks.

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Style & Shopping

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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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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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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Connecticut Magazine

Holiday Exhibit: Fine and Folk Art of China

Jan 28, 2015 - 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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Dreamless, Unalive, Perfect: Photographs by William Frucht

Jan 28, 2015 - Mar 27, 2015

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

Dreamless, Unalive, Perfect is the first solo exhibition of photographs by Danbury resident William Frucht. The 12 black-and-white landscape photographs in the show find beauty in decay of manmade objects and their reclamation by nature. In his artist’s statement, he says, “Over time, the things we discard and forget have grown larger and more complex. Once...

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January Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT

Jan 28, 2015 - Jan 31, 2015

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

The Geary Gallery of Darien proudly presents “Peaceful Impressionism” featuring the timeless sea and sky paintings of Greenwich resident, Jillian Dyson. Her exhibit runs January 6 – 31. The Geary Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. (203) 655-6633. www.gearygallery.com

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As We Were - 1889

Jan 28, 2015 - May 1, 2015

This event occurs daily, every weekday.

The New Canaan historical Society opened its latest costume exhibit, As We Were, featuring the fashions of our founding year, 1889. The exhibit connects two historical events, the first meeting to found the Historical Society and the wedding of two prominent founders, Edna Hoyt Rogers and Henry Benjamin Rogers.

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

Jan 28, 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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One-Day Adventures in Learning

Jan 28, 2015 - Feb 13, 2015

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

Adults over the age of 50 are invited to join Lifetime Learners Institute, which holds classes and social events at Norwalk Community College.  This is a worthwhile organization where members have the opportunity to learn, converse, laugh, discuss and philosophize along with other members in many varied courses and presentations throughout the year. During our Winter Session, members...

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Wesleyan Potters Gallery/Shop Featured Artist

Jan 28, 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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Otis Kaye: Money, Mystery, and Mastery


Jan 28, 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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21st Annual Holiday Train Show

Jan 28, 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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"Home" Show

Jan 28, 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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