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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.

BEST PIZZA IN CONNECTICUT

READERS' CHOICE 

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Connecticut Today

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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'American Idol' Contestant Nick Fradiani of Connecticut Makes Top 9

'American Idol' Contestant Nick Fradiani of Connecticut Makes Top 9

Will Nick Fradiani now make the Top 8 on 'American Idol.' Tune in April 1 to find out.

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Connecticut Lawyer Plays Crucial Role in Robert Durst ‘Jinx’ Case

Connecticut Lawyer Plays Crucial Role in Robert Durst ‘Jinx’ Case

After 33 years of fighting for justice in the murder of her WestConn friend, Ellen Strauss finally feels vindicated.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
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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Chefs @ Millwright's, Community Table, LeFarm Not on Final Nominee List for James Beard Award

Chefs @ Millwright's, Community Table, LeFarm Not on Final Nominee List for James Beard Award

Three Connecticut chefs, Tyler Anderson at Millwright's, Joel Viehland at Community Table, and Bill Taibe of LeFarm and The Whelk, are nominated for a James Beard Foundation best chef award.

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New Haven Restaurant Week Serves Delicious Bargains March 22 to 27

New Haven Restaurant Week Serves Delicious Bargains March 22 to 27

New Haven Restaurant Week will take place from March 22 to 27, offering prix fixe menus for both lunch and dinner at 32 of the city's restaurants.

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Arts & Entertainment

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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'Book of Mormon' Producer Roger Berlind, of Connecticut, on His Life and Bright Future for Broadway

'Book of Mormon' Producer Roger Berlind, of Connecticut, on His Life and Bright Future for Broadway

Stephen Sondheim has said that Roger Berlind is the best kind of producer.

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Weekend Best Bets: Aretha Franklin, Irish Parades, Comic ‘Nobodies’, Antiques …

Weekend Best Bets: Aretha Franklin, Irish Parades, Comic ‘Nobodies’, Antiques …

On the first weekend of spring it may still look like winter, especially with a snowstorm forecast for Friday, but fear not—the snow and cold simply can't hang on much longer. And anyway, the "hot" stuff happening across the state this weekend will warm you up.

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Style & Shopping

'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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At Farm House Antiques in Woodbury, Industrial Items Become Home Style

At Farm House Antiques in Woodbury, Industrial Items Become Home Style

Farm House Antiques in Woodbury, features reclaimed industrial items repurposed as unique pieces for the home.

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'Boardwalk Empire' Props Being Sold in Online Auction by Bridgeport's Black Rock Galleries

'Boardwalk Empire' Props Being Sold in Online Auction by Bridgeport's Black Rock Galleries

Highlights from the auction include the leather chair and clock from main character Nucky Thompson’s office, as well as his birthday cake, hundreds of Boardwalk signs, 1920s liquor crates and more.

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Health & Wellness

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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“i am a MoSaic” Photography Exhibit Puts a Face on Multiple Sclerosis

“i am a MoSaic” Photography Exhibit Puts a Face on Multiple Sclerosis

The collaboration between photographer Mike Marques and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter called "i am a MoSaic" aims to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. The exhibit will be on view at the Old Stamford Town Hall from March 10-May 10.

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

Mar 28, 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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Art Start for Preschoolers (Ages 3–5)

Mar 28, 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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"Jasmina Danowski: Taking in the Obscenery"

Mar 28, 2015 - Apr 11, 2015

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

Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to present Jasmina Danowski: Taking in the Obscenery, to be held February 21ththrough April 11th.  This is Danowski’s first exhibition with the gallery and will feature her most recent body of work.  The public is invited to attend a reception for the artist on Saturday, February 28th, 1-5 pm. Danowski translates personal situational...

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Young At Art

Mar 28, 2015 - Apr 11, 2015

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

The region’s biggest annual youth art exhibition is back at Mystic Arts Center. Young At Art will showcase creative work from hundreds of regional students ages 18 and younger in Mystic Arts Center’s galleries. Come see original artwork in a variety of media from oil, photography, and sculpture to mixed media. Submissions will come from all over New London County and Rhode...

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NEW/NOW: Karl Lund

Mar 28, 2015 - May 31, 2015

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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Art Start for Preschoolers (Ages 3–5)

Mar 28, 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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“Personal Recollections: Gifts from Robert Dannin and Jolie Stahl”

Mar 28, 2015 - May 24, 2015

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

Inspired by anthropological theories of gift-giving, Jolie Stahl and Robert Dannin recently donated a collection of 69 prints, photographs, and multiples to the Davison Art Center. The exhibition “Personal Recollections” will highlight this fascinating gift, which includes artwork from New York in the 1980s and 1990s, and iconic news photographs from members of the Magnum Photos...

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Senior Thesis Exhibitions

Mar 28, 2015 - Apr 19, 2015

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

View the talents of the seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History:   Tuesday, March 24 through Sunday, March 29, 2015 Works by Raphael Leitz, Nita Mukand, Luca Ameri, Derrick Qi Wang, and Dat Vu will be on display. Tuesday, March 31 through Sunday, April 5, 2015 Works by Joseph Strella, Genna DeGroot, Gabe Gordon, Nicole...

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WORKSHOP: Align Your Posture - Ease Your Pain

Mar 28, 2015

BOOK ONLINE and SAVE 10% with the code PP10   Discover how back pain, hip problems, repetitive stress injury, tennis elbow, bursitis, arthritis, low energy, dizziness and a full array of other chronic conditions can all have musculoskeletal misalignment as their root cause. If you feel stymied in finding the solution to your pain problems this workshop is for you! Utilizing elements of...

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The Loft Artists Gallery presents "Nature Talk"

Mar 28, 2015 - May 3, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Sunday and Saturday.

  “Nature Talk” An exhibition by Clair Koch & Rosa Colón March 28 - May 3, 2015 Artists’ reception: April 10th from 6:00 – 8:30 PM   Stamford, CT – February 2, 2015: The Loft Artists Association will showcase the works of two members this March, Clair Koch and Rosa Colón, in its East Gallery at 575 Pacific Street in...

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