March 2018

Features

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…

Outside the house I grew up in and in which I still live, there are three towering, gnarled trees that I am in love with. They are older than anyone alive, and one of them has an old wooden swing drilled into it. My family has always called them the three sisters. This summer, representative…

First

Spend any time speaking with fisherman-turned-local-seaweed-farmer Bren Smith and he’ll surely plant two ideas in your head. First, he’ll make a clear case that Connecticut has become the epicenter of the swiftly growing seaweed farming movement on the East Coast, if not the country. Second,…

Free the Beaches: The Story of Ned Coll and the Battle for America’s Most Exclusive Shoreline

Douglas Lyons stood at the back of the Goodspeed Opera House, intently aware of every breath, squirm and sigh from the audience that was there for the staged reading of a new musical, Five Points.

This Month

I like driving more than most, I think. I usually have no problem with a good four- or five-hour drive. Sometimes, though, it’s lovely to leave the car in place for a while, and not have to think about gas and dashboard lights. So I thought I’d try an experiment: Where could I go for a weeke…

The historian Eric Hobsbawm referred to the years between the start of World War I in 1914 and the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 as the “short 20th century.” The point of the construction is that many of the political, social, economic and cultural trends that shaped life in the 20th cent…

St. Patrick’s Parades: It’s that time of year again. There’s a broad selection of St. Patrick’s parades and gatherings to attend, all over the state. Stamford (March 3) and Norwich (March 4) kick off the parade season, followed by Hartford and Essex (both March 10), New London and New Haven …

Columns

The Connecticut Table

There are a number of unique things about Bistro on Main, Ben Dubow’s new venture on Main Street in Manchester. The first is that the word “venture” is something of an imprecise term for the restaurant: It is not, strictly speaking, a business venture. It is a social enterprise, owned and op…

There are the hot new spots, on the tips of the tongues of foodies around the state, in hip locales with designs that tap into the most recent trends. Often the food is a hyped-up, yuppified version of classic working-class and immigrant food: tacos, banh mi, and that old favorite of the Ame…

When Kevin Watson first heard about the Impossible Burger, he was intrigued. Reading about the plant-based burger in restaurant industry publications, the executive chef and vice president of business operations for Plan b Restaurants learned it was made by food scientists in Silicon Valley.

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