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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

Puppy for Christmas? New Law on Breeding Mills Mostly Working, Humane Society Official Says

Puppy for Christmas? New Law on Breeding Mills Mostly Working, Humane Society Official Says

A new state law aimed at raising the standards at pet shops is working, according to United States Humane Society Connecticut Director Annie Hornish, but there is still evidence showing some store owners keep doing business with alleged puppy mill breeders.

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Ryan Boatright Key for UConn Men's Basketball to Turn Season Around

Ryan Boatright Key for UConn Men's Basketball to Turn Season Around

Of all the players who have worn UConn men’s basketball uniforms since Jim Calhoun took over the program nearly 30 years ago, perhaps none have had as intriguing a career as Ryan Boatright.

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Love Target’s Prices? How About Big Box Stores' Property Tax Appeals?

Love Target’s Prices? How About Big Box Stores' Property Tax Appeals?

Connecticut municipalities are hemorrhaging at least $20 million of tax revenue a year from unjustified tax appeals.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
From Gambling to Smashburger: Mohegan Sun Diversifies With Off-Site Restaurants

From Gambling to Smashburger: Mohegan Sun Diversifies With Off-Site Restaurants

The Mohegan Tribe has brought Smashburger. More burger-joints and other restaurants are on the way.

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New Restaurant, Vespa, Brings Tasty Italian 'Sting' to Westport

New Restaurant, Vespa, Brings Tasty Italian 'Sting' to Westport

Here's the buzz- VESPA (Italian for WASP) has arrived in Westport, so get ready for the sting.

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 Kent Falls, Stony Creek and Other CT Breweries Set to Open in 2015

Kent Falls, Stony Creek and Other CT Breweries Set 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 Connecticut Best Bets This Weekend: LEGOs, Skating, Ales of Honor …

5 Connecticut Best Bets This Weekend: LEGOs, Skating, Ales of Honor …

Now that another holiday can be classified as a Christmas Past it’s easier to think about enjoying some of the great winter offerings taking place in Connecticut.

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Families, Mother-Daughter Issues Explored in 'Forever' at Long Wharf Theatre

Families, Mother-Daughter Issues Explored in 'Forever' at Long Wharf Theatre

It began with the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris where legends Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde and others are buried. It’s a place playwright and performer Dael Orlandersmith visits whenever she’s in France.

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5 Connecticut Weekend Best Bets: Kenny Rogers, 'A Christmas Carol,' Hartford Symphony

5 Connecticut Weekend Best Bets: Kenny Rogers, 'A Christmas Carol,' Hartford Symphony

Our weekly roundup of best things to do in Connecticut, including the return of The Gambler, 'A Christmas Carol' and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra

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Style & Shopping

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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Peter Indorf Jewelers’ Holiday Gift: Storewide Sale Up to 60 Percent Off

Peter Indorf Jewelers’ Holiday Gift: Storewide Sale Up to 60 Percent Off

Gentlemen, this is your golden opportunity to acquire a glistening holiday gift of unparalleled beauty and integrity for you loved one—at a bargain price.

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New Preston Holiday Stroll Is Set in a Lovely Shopping-Rich Village

New Preston Holiday Stroll Is Set in a Lovely Shopping-Rich Village

When it comes to wonderful holiday events in Litchfield County, one of the best is the annual Winter Stroll in New Preston, a village of Washington, Conn.

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Health & Wellness

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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Connecticut Cancer Survivor, 7, Named the Kindest Kid in America

Connecticut Cancer Survivor, 7, Named the Kindest Kid in America

Sierra Preveza, 7, is in the running to be named the Sprout Chief Kindness Officer for her work helping cancer patients. Voting in the Kindest Kid Contest closes tomorrow, December 3.

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Branford Resident’s Rare Disease Inspires Push for Newborn Screening

Branford Resident’s Rare Disease Inspires Push for Newborn Screening

A Branford family that successfully campaigned to require newborn screening for a rare but potentially fatal disease in Connecticut is hoping to repeat its success on the national level.

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History

The CT Files: Lydia Sherman—The Derby Poisoner

The CT Files: Lydia Sherman—The Derby Poisoner

The first in our new series of unusual tales from Connecticut's colorful past features the horrific true but mostly forgotten story of one of the state's first female mass murders.

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Christmas in Connecticut: Museum Tour Examines Holiday’s History

Christmas in Connecticut: Museum Tour Examines Holiday’s History

The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum’s annual “Three Centuries of Christmas” tour explains the history of the holiday season in Connecticut.

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New Haven “Monuments Man” Risked Life to Save Art in WWII

New Haven “Monuments Man” Risked Life to Save Art in WWII

A new exhibit at the New Haven Museum honors Deane Keller, a Yale professor who helped preserve Italy’s cultural heritage.

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Connecticut Magazine

Joan Osborne w/Jeff LeBlanc

Dec 27, 2014

Originally from Anchorage, Kentucky, an affluent suburb of Louisville, Osborne moved to New York City in the late 1980s, where she formed her own record label, Womanly Hips, to release a few independent recordings. She signed with Mercury Records, and released her first full-length album, Soul Show: Live at Delta 88, in 1991. Her second (and first major label) album...

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The Great Trains Holiday Exhibit

Dec 27, 2014 - Jan 19, 2015

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

An Interactive Wonderland!   Dressed for the holidays, the Society’s historic 18th and 19th century buildings are transformed into a train-lovers delight with eight different train layouts winding through tiny towns with many kinds of buildings, tunnels and two working Ferris Wheels!  The interactive display enchants visitors of all ages with lots of buttons to push and...

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Let Me Quilt One More Day

Dec 27, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015

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

American quilting has dramatically been transformed over the past 250 years. Let Me Quilt One More Day showcases a history of the artistic practices, reinterpretations, and innovations of this age-old craft. Let Me Quilt One More Day explores the long-standing practice and art of quilt making in the United States. This exhibition, curated by Dr. Douglas Hyland, brings together an...

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New Media: John O'Donnell

Dec 27, 2014 - 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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Foxwoods Welcomes Donny and Marie Christmas at Foxwoods; December 23-28

Dec 27, 2014 - Dec 28, 2014

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

The holiday season is all about family. It's a time when families come back together, slow down a bit and enjoy life. The best gift you can give is a memory or a tradition. Join Donny and Marie in celebrating the holidays this year. It is going to be an experience, not just a show but a holiday experience. After giving it a try on Broadway and in Chicago and Los Angeles the past few...

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Nelson Agustus Moore: Connecticut Water, Hills, and Sky

Dec 27, 2014 - Jan 11, 2015

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

Nelson Augustus Moore’s exquisitely beautiful 19th-century paintings of the Connecticut landscape reveal the mastery of this Kensington artist. During the 19th century, photography was positioned to compete with the efficacy of naturalistic painting. Nelson Augustus Moore (1824–1902) embraced both mediums to capture his beloved hometown of Kensington, Connecticut, where...

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Holiday Decorating

Dec 27, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015

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

The Holiday decorating committee has been hard at work and is pleased to announce a splendid lineup of trees that will grace the Museum lobby and galleries. In conjunction with the our celebration of American quilts, with the exhibition Let Me Quilt One More Day in the McKernan Gallery, the Museum Lobby will feature a 14-foot quilt Christmas tree decked out with handmade quilt-themed ornaments,...

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NEW/NOW: Titus Kaphar The Vesper Project

Dec 27, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015

Opening Reception Nov 1., 2014 2 p.m.–3:30 p.m.  ‘The Vesper Project’ is a massive sculptural statement— an encompassing installation, in which Titus Kaphar’s own work is seamlessly woven into the walls of a 19th-century American house. It is the culmination of an intense five-year engagement with the lost storylines of the Vesper family, a 19th-century...

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Volunteer Ushers Needed for Season Six at Playhouse on Park

Dec 27, 2014 - 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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Proof Positive

Dec 27, 2014 - Jan 18, 2015

Please join us for the opening reception of Proof Positive on November 16, 1-3pm. This is a special event for artists, friends and the public. Free, all are welcome. On Saturday, December 13, 1:00 - 4:00 pm there will be demonstrations of various printmaking techniques, by PNSNE artists, will be held at the Norwich Art School in the top floor studio spaces. This event is free, and...

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Winter 2015 Dining Guide

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The results of our annual Readers' Choice and Experts' Picks surveys, and much more!