January 2018

Features

    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.

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    Notorious bank robbers have been highly publicized — and often glamorized — throughout American history. The names Jesse James, Butch Cassidy, Pretty Boy Floyd, Baby Face Nelson, John Dillinger and Willie Sutton are legendary, and their lore sometimes grew as long as Pinocchio’s nose.

    Children learn many important things in school. Little bricks of knowledge and information come together to form the foundation on which a future is built. Drew Drechsel learned his biggest lesson one day in high school when he was 15. He just happened to be backflipping off a vending machin…

    This Month

    Before television, before radio, before the internet, before most visual art, before the Gutenberg press, there was storytelling. While it never went away, there has been something of a renaissance in recent years, as the podcast form and the intimacy of storytelling has awakened something d…

    It’s been a tough year for comedy. The world gets harder to parody, as what we thought was impossible is actually played out across our screens. Where do comics fit in? One possibility is a resurgence of the cynical and bitter style of previous days. One of the best in that game is New Yorke…

    There are two ways to respond to the cold and the snow of winter. One way is to hide inside with a book and a blanket. Another way is to get outside and embrace it. Of course, pretty much every town in New England has its own personal sledding hill, known to all who live there. Same goes for…

    Columns

    The Connecticut Table

    Restaurants have so overused the word “fresh” when describing their ingredients that it has been stripped of most of its meaning. But when chef Hassan Bou Hodiv of Lebanese Cuisine in Bethel says he only uses “fresh” ingredients, he means it. Like, really means it.

    The jury is still out on why exactly the monetization of nostalgia in contemporary American culture is so prevalent. But it’s everywhere, to be sure. The glory days are on full display at PizzaCo, a new pizza place in Stratford that taps into the design of mid-century American car and road c…

    The Connecticut Files