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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

3 NEW DINING DESTINATIONS

 

 

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Connecticut Today

Connecticut Mag. Story Aids Netherlands Honor for World War II Soldier

Connecticut Mag. Story Aids Netherlands Honor for World War II Soldier

Researchers from the American War Cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands, reached out to Connecticut, again, to help complete the World War II stories of U.S. soldiers.

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Connecticut's Ambitious Transportation Plan; $1 Billion for Train Service to Springfield for 2,200 a Day?

Connecticut's Ambitious Transportation Plan; $1 Billion for Train Service to Springfield for 2,200 a Day?

If you’re tired of all the traffic in Connecticut and the potholes and bumps that dot the roadways and wreak havoc on our tires, there is some good news: the governor and the commissioner of the state Department of Transportation (DOT) feel your pain.

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Waterbury I-84 Traffic to Get Worse Before Better as Highway Widened

Waterbury I-84 Traffic to Get Worse Before Better as Highway Widened

Relief is coming to I-84 as part of a five-year project that falls in the shadow of Gov. Dannel Malloy’s major initiative because it’s already in motion.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
Try Connecticut's Legendary Steamed Burgers for National Burger Month in May

Try Connecticut's Legendary Steamed Burgers for National Burger Month in May

Hot and steamy, soft and tender, juicy but with less fat seared inside—these are some of the phrases acolytes of steamed burgers use to describe the advantages over the traditional grilled burger.

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Connecticut Magazine's Erik Ofgang Tapped as Great Craft Beer News Resource

Connecticut Magazine's Erik Ofgang Tapped as Great Craft Beer News Resource

CTBeer.com just added Connecticut Magazine writer Erik Ofgang to its roster of 10 Great Resources for Real-Time Connecticut Craft Beer News.

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April Craft Beer Fests & Events in Connecticut You Don’t Want to Miss

April Craft Beer Fests & Events in Connecticut You Don’t Want to Miss

In April and early May the craft beer scene in Connecticut is really heating up with a variety of special events, festivals, dinners and tours.

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Arts & Entertainment

Weekend Best Bets: Iron Chef Elm City, Blossom Fests, Quassy Carloads …

Weekend Best Bets: Iron Chef Elm City, Blossom Fests, Quassy Carloads …

Blossom festivals in Meriden and New Haven, carload weekend at Quassy Amusement Park and an Iron Chef cooking competition in New Haven are just three great options this weekend.

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Off the Beaten Path Travel: Brains in Jars, Human Monstrosity at Yale (and Shopping, Dining in New Haven)

Off the Beaten Path Travel: Brains in Jars, Human Monstrosity at Yale (and Shopping, Dining in New Haven)

Descend two flights of stairs to the subterranean basement of Yale’s Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library and you will stumble upon something truly unexpected—and eerie. Jars of brains line the shelves ...

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From Ruling Pop Charts to Being Homeless, Grayson Hugh Has Seen It All

From Ruling Pop Charts to Being Homeless, Grayson Hugh Has Seen It All

The blue-eyed Danbury soul singer has launched a crowd funding campaign to release his newest album.

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Style & Shopping

The American Fine Craft Show Brings More Than 130 Craft Artists to Hartford

The American Fine Craft Show Brings More Than 130 Craft Artists to Hartford

The American Fine Craft Show is at the XL Center in Hartford on April 24-26.

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Target Rich Shopping Destinations Across Connecticut (Cause It's Finally Time to Get Out & Enjoy)

Target Rich Shopping Destinations Across Connecticut (Cause It's Finally Time to Get Out & Enjoy)

Connecticut's shopping is fabulous, and while some of it is spread out, there are also lots of target-rich environments that are also loaded with fine dining and lifestyle amenities.

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Waldorf Astoria Just One of Designer Alexandra Champalimaud's Triumphs

Waldorf Astoria Just One of Designer Alexandra Champalimaud's Triumphs

Twenty years after leaving Canada and restarting her business in New York, interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud is at the top of her game.

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Health & Wellness

Fight Against Premature Birth the Latest Campaign for the March of Dimes

Fight Against Premature Birth the Latest Campaign for the March of Dimes

The March of Dimes, established in 1938, has tackled a number of issues for babies from polio to birth defects, and now their latest crusade, premature birth.

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Surgical, Medication Errors Doubled at Connecticut Hospitals in 2013; Senators Address Issue

Surgical, Medication Errors Doubled at Connecticut Hospitals in 2013; Senators Address Issue

U.S. senators, as well as national analysts, hospital leaders and patient advocates who met Monday at Goodwin College to address the 2013 jump in surgical and medication errors at Connecticut hospitals.

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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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History

Connecticut Men Recall 'Adventures' in Cuban Prison Under Castro

Connecticut Men Recall 'Adventures' in Cuban Prison Under Castro

In the 1970s, two Connecticut college students got an unexpected Cuban education.

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Remains of Pearl Harbor Sailor Coming Home, Blumenthal Announces

Remains of Pearl Harbor Sailor Coming Home, Blumenthal Announces

A Pearl Harbor veteran whose remains have laid comingled in four or five caskets with 22 other sailors will be disinterred and returned home after more than 70 years, according to U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

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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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CT Choral Society to Sing Verdi's Requiem

Apr 25, 2015

At the invitation of Waterbury Symphony Orchestra’s Maestro Bjaland, the Connecticut Choral Society, the New Jersey Choral Society, as well as a quartet of outstanding soloists, an expanded orchestra, and antiphonal brass will come together in a once-in-a-lifetime event, filled with music touched by the hand of the divine. Written in the memory of Italy’s greatest poet, Alessandro...

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Bell Bottom Blues - Celebrating the Music of Eric Clapton

Apr 25, 2015

Because of the spot on guitar work and sound alike vocals, other venues who’ve presented this group have used the quote, “Close your eyes and you’ll be there”. We contacted a few and indeed, their response to us was on the lines of “The group is truly outstanding, you’ll believe you’re listening to Eric….. it’s uncanny.

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Guys and Dolls

Apr 25, 2015 - Jun 20, 2015

This event occurs weekly on Friday and Saturday.

Luck be a lady tonight! Times Square's most colorful characters make their first appearance at Goodspeed in a brassy new staging of the American musical comedy classic. The bet of a lifetime puts a hardboiled gambler in the arms of a Save-a-Soul mission worker in the neon-kissed valentine to the saints and sinners of New York. The alleys echo with the swinging sound of "Sit Down,...

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Noah Baerman Resonance Ensemble

Apr 25, 2015

A pianist, composer, educator, author, and Artistic Director of Resonant Motion, "Noah Baerman is no stranger to aiming high" (David Adler, Village Voice). With a cast of instrumentalists and vocalists including saxophonist Kris Allen and vibraphonist Chris Dingman '02, Mr. Baerman's group will present the world premiere of his extended work “The Rock and the...

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Senior Recital - Zachary Kantor

Apr 25, 2015

A senior music recital by Zachary Kantor, “In Return: A Recital by Zachary Kantor.”

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Live Original Music - Run Jenny & Someone You Can Xray

Apr 25, 2015 - Apr 25, 2015

Two great female-fronted original rock bands at a great venue!

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Junior League of Hartford 2015 Decorator Show House

Apr 25, 2015 - May 17, 2015

This event occurs every 4 week(s) on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The Junior League of Hartford is pleased to announce 64 Orchard Road in West Hartford as the location of the 2015 Decorators Show House.  Show House is the signature fund raising event of the Junior League of Hartford and has raised over $1.5 million for its charitable projects and programs. This highly anticipated event occurs every three years. There is no similar event in Central...

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Southington Arts and Crafts Assoc. Art Show

Apr 25, 2015 - Apr 25, 2015

The Southington Arts and Crafts Association will hold their annual art show at the Gallery 53 of Meriden, CT.  Artist work will be on display from April 7th through the 25th at 53 Colony street, Meriden.  The South Meriden Lions Club in conjuction with the Arts and Crafts Association of Meriden (ACAM) will hold their annual garden art and Wine Tasting event on April 10th from 6:00...

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McKinley School Carnival

Apr 25, 2015 - Apr 26, 2015

The McKinley School PTA kicks off its annual McKinley Elementary School Carnival Friday, April 24, 2015 at Fairfield’s Jennings Beach. This much anticipated town-wide event will run for three days, through Sunday, April 26, 2015. Mark your calendar:  the Carnival’s dates and times are: Friday, April 24, 2015, 6 pm - 10 pm, (Wristband Night); Saturday, April 25, 2015, 1...

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121st Saturday Morning Art Class Exhibition

Apr 25, 2015 - Apr 29, 2015

Featuring art work by  elementary students who participated in the various art courses offered during the academic year. Paintings, drawings, prints and mixed media pieces, photography and graphic designs, sculpture, clay objects, metal and jewelry creations, and wood working projects will be displayed. Opening Reception: Sunday, April 5, 1-3pm. Opening is...

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