You need to fuel up for the day ahead, but the classic bacon, egg and cheese can get a bit routine. That’s where these delicious difference-makers come in to open your eyes and save the day.

Connecticut is home to some great companies, but here are a dozen that offer employees more than just a paycheck.

Welcome to the third decade of the annual Best of Connecticut — our celebration of all the things we love about the state.

The kids are out of school. It’s warm and gorgeous outside. Eventually you’ll get bored with the Netflix binges. (We hope so, anyway.) It’s time to get out there and have a family adventure. Luckily, we’re blessed with a multitude of outdoor activities and events to satisfy every member of t…

When the fires of industry burned hottest in the Valley’s manufacturing heyday, immigrants came in great numbers to work in the region’s many factories and pursue better lives. As increasing numbers of groups such as Italians and Poles arrived, restaurants and food shops opened to cater to t…

Ask someone what makes a good bar and you’ll likely get a wide range of answers. So when we set out to identify Connecticut’s best bars, we knew we had to break it down across different categories to appeal to different tastes. From humble watering holes to high-end cocktail lounges, histori…

For Valentine’s Day we’ve taken a closer look at some of our favorite restaurants at hotels. Here you’ll find fancy spots and chic modern lodgings as well as cozy dining rooms in grand old inns. Forget flowers and chocolate, we’re talking caviar and crème brûlée.

The results are in! We’re revealing the best places to dine out in the state, as chosen by readers and a panel of food experts. The response we received was excellent, and our lists are bigger than ever, with more categories and more winners.

Amid an American bread renaissance, artisan bakers who focus on quality over quantity are gaining ground on giant industrial bakeries. These bakers use a combination of long dough-fermentation time, skilled hands and the best flour and grains they can find to bring customers finely crafted l…

From City Life to Outdoor Escapes, Our Little State Is Loaded With Fun and Beautiful Places

As with the plays I wrote about last month, I’ve often been asked to reveal my favorite musical among the thousands of shows I’ve seen over 40-plus years of theater-going in Connecticut. (Add another decade when I was a theater-obsessed boy catching musicals in New York.)

This year marks 40 years since I began writing about Connecticut theater. I’ve often been asked to name the best shows I’ve seen here and have always fumbled in answering. So I finally sat down, waded through my programs and memories and came up with these 10.

Fall is a beautiful time of year in Connecticut. This year, leaf colors are expected to be particularly vivid as experts predict a superb foliage season thanks to summer and spring rainfall and moderate temperatures. Early estimates predicted peak foliage arriving in the northeast and northw…

There are a number of places that claim to be the birthplace of the game of football. This being Connecticut Magazine, we are going to go ahead and say the invention of the modern game was in New Haven, when New Britain native, Yale player and “father of American football” Walter Camp put or…

Sometimes you need to get away. But if you don’t have time to hit the road for a long trip or jet away to a distant location, there’s always the option of a day trip. Luckily, our state is flush with a variety of trips to suit any taste, all close enough to head out and make it back home in …

Let’s face it, dining out in Connecticut, like lots of things in this great but costly-to-live-in state, can be pretty expensive. And while we love a fancy restaurant as much, if not a little bit more, than the next person, we also enjoy eating at places where you don’t feel as though your s…

What makes a diner a diner? Is it stainless steel? A counter and stools? A building that’s been manufactured in a different location? Breakfast service 24 hours a day? To some devotees of the classic American diner, it is all of these things, and more. We’ve elected to be a bit more inclusiv…

The venerable burger holds a special place in the history of Connecticut, the Library of Congress-recognized birthplace of the burger. We decided to get in on the action and craft a list of the best burger places in our state, including casual spots, burger bars and locations serving the regional delicacy known as steamed cheeseburgers. And for the non-meat eaters, many of the places on our list offer a variety of burger options that might suit your palate.

At its best, a bookstore is just one point in a larger constellation of relationships, housed in physical spaces, that make up that nebulous but essential thing we call community. It can even be the center of the constellation. In an era when more and more reading is taking place on screens,…

For thousands of years, people have looked to theater to see themselves reflected back. There is something magical about seeing a small snapshot of one’s own existence played out in front of your eyes. Sometimes theater can go even further. The German playwright Bertolt Brecht wrote, “Art is…

Valentine’s Day is the Super Bowl of date nights and in honor of the big night, we’ve searched the state for the most charming, classy and just plain romantic restaurants. The selections below are places where enchanting atmospheres merge with equally as inspiring cuisine. Whether you’re loo…

Connecticut has a rich radio landscape. The large number of colleges and universities in the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield “knowledge corridor,” as well as the vibrant-while-compact cities that dot our landscape, give Connecticut radio listeners a wealth of options for off-kilter, fascinati…

Get ready to bite into the restaurants judged the best of the best in Connecticut by our experts, who range from veteran restaurant critics and food writers to contemporary bloggers who track the trends as well as the hottest, newest places.

From traditional chocolate Santas to edible chocolate sculptures and “single cow origin” confections made with milk from the chocolatier’s very own cows, Connecticut offers chocolate fans — and chocoholics — a deep, dark, rich variety of options along its silky and seductive Chocolate Trail.

Hot chowders and bisques are a great way to fend off those winter chills. Whether you prefer thick New England style or the more watery Rhode Island, or if your favored protein is lobster, clams or even mussels, these steamy soups are sure to satisfy.