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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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Connecticut Magazine

Loft Artists Gallery presents "Roads and Bridges"

Feb 1, 2015 - Feb 1, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Sunday and Saturday.

“ROADS AND BRIDGES” LOFT ARTISTS STUDIOS + GALLERIES 575 Pacific Street, Stamford, CT 06902 www.loftartists.com 203 247 2027 January 3 – February 1, 2015 Opening Reception: Saturday, January 3 from 4:30 – 6:30pm Gallery hours:  Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 - 4:30pm STAMFORD, CT - For all those who have ever considered where they’ve...

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Super Bowl Sunday BINGO

Feb 1, 2015

SUNDAY, FEB. 1 BRISTOL 1 to 6 p.m. Super Bowl Sunday BINGO to benefit the New England Carousel Museum at St. Stan’s Church hall Super Bowl Sunday Bingo on Sunday, February 1, held at St. Stan's Church hall, 510 West Street, in Bristol, to benefit the New England Carousel Museum. The bingo is scheduled as a pre-game event, ending in time to watch the Super Bowl football...

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Sunday Explorers

Feb 1, 2015 - Feb 22, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Sunday.

Sundays, December 7 - February 22, 1 - 4 pm, (no class 12/21 & 12/28) Winter is a great time to explore the Stamford Museum & Nature Center! Our guided farm and trail programs and animal "meet and greet" return, joined by our popular "Science Spot" program in the Overbrook Nature Center classroom. Stop by to enjoy a self- guided craft, visit our animals, or join...

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Sunday Music Series featuring Buffal Bill

Feb 1, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Sunday.

Groove to the amazing sounds of fantastic local musicians while enjoying a wine tasting, cheeses, chocolates and more

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


Feb 1, 2015

Opening Reception
 2-3:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 
Remarks at 2:30 p.m. 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...

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

Feb 1, 2015

Opening Reception
 2-3:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 
Remarks at 2:30 p.m. 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...

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Feb 1, 2015

In 2014, Ladysmith Black Mambazo celebrates over fifty years of joyous and uplifting music. This Grammy award winning ensemble rose to worldwide prominence as a result of singing with Paul Simon on his album, Graceland and have been bringing audiences into harmony musically and spiritually ever since. Within their singing are the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African...

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Line Dancing Workshop

Feb 1, 2015 - Dec 25, 2016

This event occurs weekly on Sunday.

LEARN HOW TO LINE DANCE!! If you can walk, you can line dance!  Professional and patient instructor...not just country - we dance to all genres of music.  No partner required!!  Great exercise for both the body and the mind....all levels, beginners ALWAYS welcome, come early: Absolute beginner lessons 5-6 Advanced beginner/Intermediate lessons 6-8 FUN, FUN,...

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Stamford Museum & Nature Center Facility Use

Feb 1, 2015 - Dec 31, 2015

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

January 2 - December 31, After 5pm For a truly unique and memorable venue, host your event or meeting on the picturesque 118-acre former estate of Henri Bendel. With a working farm, handicapped accessible woodland trails, observatory, interactive art gallery and planetarium, the Stamford Museum & Nature Center is the ideal spot for your next company outing, off-site meeting or private...

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Prospector Theater Tailgate Party

Feb 1, 2015

The Prospector Theater welcomes you to the 2015 Prospector Theater Tailgate Party on Feb. 1 to celebrate football and our Prospector Theater.  We are a non-proft state of the art movies theater providing meaningful employment for people with special needs and disabilities. Admission is free to the event and food and drinks will be served in our Star Bar Restaurant on the 2nd...

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