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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 

EXPERTS' PICKS

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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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American Textile History Museum Bus Trip

Mar 28, 2015

Join the Slater Memorial Museum as we travel to Lowell, MA to visit the American Textile History Museum! An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, MA, tells America’s story through the art, history, and science of textiles. ATHM holds the world’s largest and most important collections of tools, spinning wheels, hand looms, and...

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The Color of Nature Art Exhibition, March 4 through April 7, 2015

Mar 28, 2015 - Apr 7, 2015

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

The exhibit features works by Heide Follin, a Norwalk-based fine artist who has won many awards. She has exhibited regionally at the Rowayton Arts Center, Loft Artists Association, Westport Arts Center, New Canaan Carriage Barn, UCONN Stamford Gallery, Art About Town in Westport, The Drawing Room in Greenwich, Pequot Library and the Fairfield Arts Center. Heide graduated from the Worcester Art...

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Easter Egg-Stravaganza

Mar 28, 2015

All families can head out for our annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza event on Saturday, March 28th. Come from 9-11am or 1-3pm. There will be crafts, snacks, an egg hunt, and meet the Easter Bunny! This event is free, but please call 860-274-4820 to register or with any questions. We hope to see you there!

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Volleyball Tournament to benefit Easter Seals

Mar 28, 2015

A single - day indoor volleyball tournament for all skill levels; from Just for Fun to Highly Competitive.  Registration forms available at www.easterseals.com/waterburyct or call Faith Hull 203-754-5141 (ext) 251. Teams can raise pledges for Easter Seals and win prizes.  Proceeds benefit the programs and services of Easter Seals, serving the special needs of infants,...

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March Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT

Mar 28, 2015 - Mar 31, 2015

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

The Geary Gallery of Darien proudly presents “Timeless: The Paintings of Ray Ellis,” a celebration of the work of the late renowned painter and story teller, Ray Ellis. His exhibit runs March 3 – 31. The Geary Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. (203) 655-6633. www.gearygallery.com

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Otis Kaye: Money, Mystery, and Mastery


Mar 28, 2015 - May 10, 2015

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

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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A Dragon's Lair: Creating a Dragonfly Habitat in Your Back Yard

Mar 28, 2015

Presented by New England Wild Flower Society. Wings glistening in the sunlight, a dragonfly swooshes past you to pick up a juicy mosquito. These tough insect predators help to keep nature’s critical balance. In this class, you will learn how to create a dragonfly’s lair: discover which grasses attract the leafhopper and which call a dragonfly down from its perch. Learn about...

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ART EXPLORERS (Ages 6-8)

Mar 28, 2015 - Jun 30, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Saturday.

ART EXPLORERS (Ages 6-8) 
Saturdays 10:30 a.m.-noon (Sept.-June)
 Drop-in students are welcome 
(Scholarships are available for New Britain students.)
 No charge for chaperones, who must remain in the building   Students learn to express their creativity using varied art methods and materials to create personal works of art. New themes will be explored each month with...

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ART EXPLORERS (Ages 6-8)

Mar 28, 2015 - Jun 27, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Saturday.

Students learn to express their creativity using varied art methods and materials to create personal works of art. New themes will be explored each month with different projects weekly. Artist Suzy Jorsey Balay leads Art Explorers. Suzy is a fiber artist who hand spins wool, knits and sews and had received her BFA from Paier College of Art. She has been a dedicated teacher of Art Explorers...

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Growing Your Family: An Educational, Informational and Support Event

Mar 28, 2015

Please join us for this seminar which will provide valuable information for people who are considering expanding their families, and want to learn more about their options.   Saturday, March 28, 2015  10:30 AM – 12:00 PM  Breakfast will be provided.  RMA of Connecticut  761 Main Avenue, Suite 200  Norwalk, CT 06851  Topics include: ...

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