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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

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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Weekend Best Bets: Bargain Shoreline Dining, ‘Downton’ in Connecticut, Litchfield Wines …

Weekend Best Bets: Bargain Shoreline Dining, ‘Downton’ in Connecticut, Litchfield Wines …

Make the most of the weekend by planning well and punctuating the hibernation with strategic excursions. Here’s our weekly sampling of some of the most interesting things happening in different parts of the state.

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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

Japanese Crime Film Series

Jan 27, 2015 - Feb 15, 2015

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

Lone Wolves and Stray Dogs: The Japanese Crime Film, 1931 - 1969 Ever since the success of the French crime film Zigomar in 1911, the Japanese film industry has produced numerous movies depicting criminals and the detectives who try to apprehend them. Chivalric yakuza, modern mobsters, knife-weilding molls, hardboiled gumshoes, samurai detectives, femme fatales, and private eyes populate...

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World Pizza Champion Bruno DiFabio Opens New Restaurant, Amore, In The Very Place He Made His First Pizza Over 30 Years Ago!

Jan 27, 2015 - Feb 1, 2015

January 19, 2015, Stamford, CT:  Six-time World Pizza Champion / Restaurateur / Food Network Judge Bruno DiFabio is coming home- home to Amore Restaurant. As a teen, Bruno made his first pizza dough in this little Italian restaurant in the Springdale neighborhood of Stamford CT. Numerous awards, 11 restaurants and several Food Network gigs later, Bruno is preparing to re-open Amore...

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Volunteer Ushers Needed for Season Six at Playhouse on Park

Jan 27, 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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The Artists of Gallery One at LaGrua Center

Jan 27, 2015 - Feb 28, 2015

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

Exhibition of a wide variety of media and styles from representational to abstract, including painting, sculpture and works on paper. Featured artists include David Brown, Ashby Carlisle, Catherine Christiano, Bette Ellsworth, Mary Fussell, Gray Jacobik, Judith Barbour Osborne, T. Willie Raney, Victoria Sivigny, and Jill Vaughn. Reception on Friday, January 9  from 5 to 7pm (snow date...

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Line Dancing and Open Dance

Jan 27, 2015 - Dec 26, 2017

This event occurs weekly on Tuesday.

Learn how to line dance!!  If you can walk, you can line dance - beginners always welcome!  Learn some new dances, review some old dances in a relaxed, casual setting.  Awesome 1200 square foot wood dance floor, state of the art pool tables for your non-dancing friends.  All genres of music, not just country...professional and patient dance instructor....cash bar, free...

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Dancing Lessons

Jan 27, 2015 - Mar 1, 2015

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

A man with Asperger's seeks the instruction of a Broadway dancer, now sidelined with injuries. As their relationship unfolds, they're caught off-guard by surprising discoveries – both hilarious and heartwarming. A touching story about finding love in unexpected places from the author who brought us BECOMING DR. RUTH and FREUD'S LAST SESSION. Running time: 90 min (no...

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Franklin Street Works Presents: “About Like So: The Influence of Painting”

Jan 27, 2015 - Feb 22, 2015

“About Like So: The Influence of Painting” is a group exhibition that explores how the histories, forms, materials and other qualities associated with painting inform conceptual art practices today.  The show is on view at Franklin Street Works from November 22, 2014, through February 22, 2015.  The exhibition, curated by Terri C Smith, aims, in part, to...

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Exhibition: Otis Kaye: Money, Mystery, and Mastery


Jan 27, 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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Host Homes Needed for Playhouse on Park’s NYC Actors

Jan 27, 2015 - Aug 1, 2015

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

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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New Media: John O'Donnell

Jan 27, 2015 - Feb 8, 2015

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

Psychedelic Pantry, a new media installation created by John O’Donnell, points to moments of everyday life while highlighting the bazaar and mysterious moments we often overlook while shuffling to the toaster or coffee maker in the morning. Appearing as a simple representation of a kitchen area or pantry, further inspection reveals there is more happening than food...

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