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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

Host Homes Needed for Playhouse on Park’s NYC Actors

Dec 26, 2014 - Aug 1, 2015

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

WEST HARTFORD, CT – Playhouse on Park is seeking families to host actors from New York during its 2014-15 Season. Length of time varies: a stay is 6 weeks on average, but can range from several days to 10 weeks. Actors require a private bedroom and access to a bathroom and kitchen. Hosts may volunteer yearly or as often as they desire. To learn more about this enriching experience,...

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Proof Positive

Dec 26, 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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Foxwoods Welcomes Donny and Marie Christmas at Foxwoods; December 23-28

Dec 26, 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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Christmas at Santa Claus Station. A New Musical

Dec 26, 2014 - Dec 28, 2014

Award-winning Pantochino Productions Inc. presents the merriest musical of the season, “Christmas at Santa Claus Station” by Bert Bernardi and Justin Rugg.  Christmas is full steam ahead for the fantastical passengers on the Holiday Express. But a quick stop at Santa Claus Station brings Santa and the Elves some unexpected surprises! Can they make it back to the North Pole in...

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Franklin Street Works Presents: “About Like So: The Influence of Painting”

Dec 26, 2014 - Feb 22, 2015

“About Like So: The Influence of Painting” is a group exhibition that explores how the histories, forms, materials and other qualities associated with painting inform conceptual art practices today.  The show is on view at Franklin Street Works from November 22, 2014, through February 22, 2015.  The exhibition, curated by Terri C Smith, aims, in part, to...

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Holiday Decorating

Dec 26, 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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The results of our annual Readers' Choice and Experts' Picks surveys, and much more!