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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

Metro North Faces $250,000 Fine for Threatening Worker Not to Report His Accident

Metro North Faces $250,000 Fine for Threatening Worker Not to Report His Accident

Metro-North is facing a record fine of $250,000 in punitive damages for retaliating against an injured worker, who secretly recorded a supervisor threatening him if he reported the accident.

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 Did A Former UTC Employee Try to Sell Military Intel to China?

Did A Former UTC Employee Try to Sell Military Intel to China?

A new criminal case once again puts Connecticut and the state’s connection to national military secrets at the center of a possible instance of international espionage.

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Ebola Epidemic Spreads Through 'Social Clusters,' New Yale Study Shows

Ebola Epidemic Spreads Through 'Social Clusters,' New Yale Study Shows

The Ebola epidemic is spreading mostly among people who are closely associated with one another in “social clusters,” according to a new Yale University study.

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The Connecticut Table

An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
A Delicious Italian Feast: New Haven’s Basta Trattoria at 10 (Sister Spot Claire's Corner Copia in 40th Year)

A Delicious Italian Feast: New Haven’s Basta Trattoria at 10 (Sister Spot Claire's Corner Copia in 40th Year)

Basta Trattoria on Chapel Street in New Haven, which opened on New Year’s Eve in 2004, offers delicious food that’s “authentic Italian with a modern twist.” It's also the sister restaurant of the legendary Claire's Corner Copia next door, which began its 40th year this past September. At the helm of both is the incomparable Claire Criscuolo.

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‘Donut Showdown’ Winner Dottie’s Diner Open in New Woodbury Location

‘Donut Showdown’ Winner Dottie’s Diner Open in New Woodbury Location

A delicious, iconic diner in Connecticut's semi-official antiques 'capital', Woodbury, has moved—almost literally across the street. Dottie's Diner, which has long been a beloved breakfast and lunch haven for folks in Litchfield County, and gained renowned when owner...

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Robert Irvine Says Savor Wine & Food Event Will Be Amazing, and Aid Military Families

Robert Irvine Says Savor Wine & Food Event Will Be Amazing, and Aid Military Families

You might have seen the public service TV commercial emphasizing the nation’s support for members of the military in which celebrities like Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin and Sarah Jessica Parker say “I've got your 6.” In the military, numbers used in a certain context indicate...

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Arts & Entertainment

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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5 Connecticut Weekend Best Bets: Guinness Record Carolers, BeerConn, ‘Nutcracker’ …

5 Connecticut Weekend Best Bets: Guinness Record Carolers, BeerConn, ‘Nutcracker’ …

The holiday season is in full swing and there are plenty of Connecticut events this weekend that will help you be of good cheer.

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See the Holidays Glow in 5 Homes on Woodbury House Tour

See the Holidays Glow in 5 Homes on Woodbury House Tour

The Women’s Club of Woodbury will host its 20th Annual Holiday House Tour Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring five homes that are festively decorated for the holidays.

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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

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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Connecticut Boy’s Rare Disease Inspires Sports Drink Used by NFL, Other Athletes

Connecticut Boy’s Rare Disease Inspires Sports Drink Used by NFL, Other Athletes

Growing up, Jonah Feldman needed to be fed every three hours to survive. Today, his condition has inspired a nutrition product with the potential to revolutionize fitness drinks.

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History

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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Branford Historian Writes Book on Town's Civil War Soldiers

Branford Historian Writes Book on Town's Civil War Soldiers

Branford Town Historian Jane Bouley has written a book entitled “The Civil War Soldiers of Branford, Connecticut”.

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Connecticut Magazine

All Paintings Great and Small

Dec 17, 2014 - Jan 10, 2015

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

Considered the "kick-off to the holiday season in Old Lyme", The Cooley Gallery's holiday exhibition is in its 28th year and boasts over 250 historic and contemporary little paintings by artists from around New England and the United States. Opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 20th, 5-8 p.m. November 20th, 2014 -  January 10th, 2015. Visitors are welcome and encouraged...

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New Exhibit! Tribal Highlight, The Florida Seminole

Dec 17, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014

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

The Seminole Tribe of Florida is a vibrant community with a rich and unique history. The cultural descendants of Native Americans who lived in the southeastern United States as early as 12,000 years ago, the tribe’s population increased in the 18th century as escaped slaves and free blacks settled in the area, bringing with them the Gullah culture of the South Carolina and Georgia coastal...

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Holiday Gift Show

Dec 17, 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 17, 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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Westport Historical Society Presents: Wednesday Workshops Challenge Kids’ Creativity

Dec 17, 2014 - Dec 17, 2014

This event occurs weekly on Wednesday.

For curious creative kids, a  fun new Project Every Week! The Westport Historical Society will echo with the sounds of creativity from  Oct. 1 through Dec. 17 when Wednesday Workshops for kids ages 5 to 12 launches under the leadership of WHS Education Director Elizabeth DeVoll. “The workshops are a fun way to tickle the curiosity of creative kids,” says DeVoll....

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Youth Drawing 101 
(Ages 11-13)
: Quilt-tangles


Dec 17, 2014 - Dec 17, 2014

This event occurs weekly on Wednesday.

Dec. 3, 10, and 17 
Quilt-tangles
 During the crazy holiday season, it can be hard to take a moment to breathe. With that, this month is all about design, creating pattern, and meditation through drawing! Students will learn the art of the zentangle; an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing patterns from simple to the complex. The best part is that...

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Kent Holly-Days

Dec 17, 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 17, 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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“THE PSYCHOLOGICAL DIMENSION OF THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT”

Dec 17, 2014

Dr. Alon Ben-Meir, Professor and Senior Fellow at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, and Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute, will speak at the World Affairs Forum on December 17 at the Ferguson Library in Stamford.  The program will begin at 5:45 P.M. with networking and refreshments, followed by the presentation at 6:15. The program will conclude at 7:30 P.M....

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World Series of Dreidel

Dec 17, 2014

Join us for the JCC’s first World Series of Dreidel, a Chanukah party for families.  Everyone will receive gelt and a chance to spin the dreidel, with prizes given to the top eight finishers. Other games, snacks and holidays crafts will also be part of the fun.  Dinner, including pizza, latkes and sufganiyot, will be served. Member $10 per person, $36 family maximum, Community...

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