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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

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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Blumenthal Pushes for Testing of Ebola Drug From Shelton Company

Blumenthal Pushes for Testing of Ebola Drug From Shelton Company

It's called a NanoViricide, a potential super drug developed in Connecticut that has already proven effective in animal testing against HIV and the flu. Now, scientists at the Shelton-based company that developed it believe it can take on Ebola.

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Clinton Grandmother Makes Nativity Scene With a Chain Saw

Clinton Grandmother Makes Nativity Scene With a Chain Saw

Motorists and pedestrians alike can’t help but notice the rustic nativity scene on display on the front lawn of June Merwin’s home

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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

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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Historic Christmas Decorations Return to G. Fox Building in Hartford for Holiday Display

Historic Christmas Decorations Return to G. Fox Building in Hartford for Holiday Display

A small group of gaily dressed long-time Saybrook “residents” have returned to Hartford, where they are once again fulfilling their traditional seasonal responsibilities.

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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

Small Works Art Show and Sale

Dec 25, 2014 - Jan 10, 2015

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

The Small Works Art Show and Sale  features original artwork, including watercolors, oils, acrylics, mixed media, photography, wood sculpture, pen/ink and collage sculpture by 32 local and regional artists. Artists: Jean Dalton, Pam Carlson, Esther Brasile, Marv Beloff, Patricia Corbett, Patty Meglio, Gary Richards, Linda Boisvert DeStefanis, Michael Reilly, Janet Veenema, Dale Spaner,...

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Holiday Gift Show

Dec 25, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014

This event occurs daily, every weekday.

Visit Mystic Arts Center during our Holiday Gift Show and view original works of fine art and handmade artisan wares by local and regional artists. Support local artists and artisans and give something special to your loved ones this holiday. The Holiday Gift Show includes items such as: hand carved wooden spoons, bowls and cheese boards, jewelry, upcycled mirrors, chalkboards and frames,...

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Know Your Connecticut Farmer: Photographs by Jack McConnell

Dec 25, 2014 - Jan 10, 2015

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

A photographic journey featuring Connecticut farms and farmers by Jack McConnell. Jack McConnell invites visitors to become more aware of the need to protect Connecticut farmland and support working farmers. Jack McConnel will give an artists talk on December 5, 2015, 6:00-8:00pm. Music by Collins and Bradley. Food by Wind Hill Community Farm. Sponsored by Highland Park Families Foundation....

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Kent Holly-Days

Dec 25, 2014 - Jan 5, 2015

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

A month-long series of events to celebrate the holiday season.  Includes a Champagne Stroll (Nov. 28 & 29), St. Andrews Christmas Tree sale (Nov. 30 on), a Gingerbread Festival (Dec. 5 – Jan. 5), the Tree Lighting (Dec. 6), Horse Drawn Carriage Rides (Dec. 7), Pictures with Santa (Dec. 7), Stuff-a-Truck and a Parade of Lights (Dec. 13).

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Stamford Museum & Nature Center Facility Use

Dec 25, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014

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

September 1 – 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...

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Art=Gift

Dec 25, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015

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

Art = Gift  Hand-made holiday art & specialty crafts, created & priced with giving in mind. Opening Reception Saturday November 22nd from 7 tp 10pm Our annual holiday show is back featuring dozens of regional artists who created special pieces with gift-giving in mind. Works are priced to be especially affordable for the holiday season, so that individuals can present a...

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Art=Gift

Dec 25, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015

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

Art = Gift  Hand-made holiday art & specialty crafts, created & priced with giving in mind. Opening Reception Saturday November 22nd from 7 tp 10pm Our annual holiday show is back featuring dozens of regional artists who created special pieces with gift-giving in mind. Works are priced to be especially affordable for the holiday season, so that individuals can present a...

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Stand-Up Comedy Sensation D.C. Benny Takes the Stage at Comix at Foxwoods Beginning December 25

Dec 25, 2014 - Dec 27, 2014

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

Comix at Foxwoods will host the versatile comedic genius, D.C. Benny for a three-night, four-performance stand-up event, which kicks off on Christmas Night at 8:00 p.m. In the hard-hitting New York City comedy world, D.C. Benny is a heavyweight contender. His unorthodox style of comedic story-telling, seasoned with original characters, has earned him a rabid fan base of all shapes, sizes,...

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Jazz Jam Session hosted by NB5 @ 9th Note EVERY THURSDAY!

Dec 25, 2014 - Jan 29, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Thursday.

*** The 9th Note Presents *** Every Thursday Night! NO COVER! NB5 Hosts an Open Jam Session The BEST Jazz Jam in Southern CT! ALL instrumentalists/vocalists welcome!!!! Mic, guitar/bass amps, grand piano, and drums provided. Come hang and sit-in at New Haven's best Jazz venue, The 9th Note! *No cover. Just great music, fantastic food, and cool cocktails.* House band includes:...

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The Great Trains Holiday Exhibit

Dec 25, 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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Winter 2015 Dining Guide

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