06/17/14

Central South

Blackie’s Cheshire, (203) 699-1819    Since Mary and Art Blackman originally opened Blackie’s in 1928, very little has changed at this popular roadside joint—the walls are still wood-paneled, the menu is essentially only hot dogs and hamburgers (and potato chips—no French fries), and the recipe for the famous spicy peppery relish is still a family secret. The prices also seem old-fashioned: $2 dogs that you get to dress yourself. (Pile on that amazing relish!) With such a limited menu, service is incredibly fast and friendly, and you can enjoy your dogs—especially made for Blackie's by Martin Rosol's of New Britain—at the counter or in one of the two small dining rooms, which are lined with pictures of sponsored...

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06/17/14

Southwestern Coast

The Green Grunion Danbury, (858) 926-6263, facebook.com/TheGreenGrunion In his second year in business Paul Mannion, owner of the Green Grunion, has yet to find a permanent spot for his brightly painted burrito truck, so locating it can sometimes be like searching for a mystical stag. You glimpse it through a side street, or see a Facebook post announcing that day’s location. Although the hunt can be frustrating, the reward—burrito perfection—is always worthwhile. The truck features addictively good San Diego-style burritos, which Mannion explains are precision dishes with select, carefully prepared ingredients that are tightly wrapped in a smaller, slightly grilled tortilla. Mannion refers to his burrito-making process as “rolling n’...

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06/17/14

Quiet Corner

Heirloom Food Company   Danielson, (860) 779-3373, eatheirloomfood.com The nosh at this café will challenge the way you think about healthy food—at least that’s their hope. Many dishes at Heirloom Food Company are vegetarian or vegan, but the creative use of local, fresh and organic ingredients will entice all patrons to give their food a try, regardless of their eating preferences. For breakfast, maybe the Scrambled “Eg” Burrito with seasoned scrambled tofu, melted organic white cheddar or vegan cheese and veggies on a sprouted-wheat wrap. Or what about the Veggie Reuben, where assorted veggies are taken off the grill, topped with melted cheese, sauerkraut and finished with Heirloom’s special sauce. Looking for something...

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06/17/14

Central North

LaSalle’s  Market Collinsville, (860) 693-8010, lasallemarket.com       Stop by LaSalle’s Mar­ket any time of day and you’re sure to find it abuzz with activity. This deli-restaurant hybrid acts as a gathering place and community center for the small village of Collinsville, tucked against the Farmington River. Mismatched tables and chairs are often filled with people on lunch meetings or working on laptops. There’s a lot to love here including a host of “famous” sandwiches. The Mindbender with roast beef, corned beef, pastrami, Swiss and house Thousand Island and The Scarlet with smoked turkey, melted Havarti and cranberry sauce on pumpernickel are just two of many made-to-order...

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U.S. Women's Soccer Team Watches Men Beat Ghana at Hartford Restaurant

06/17/14

U.S. Women's Soccer Team Watches Men Beat Ghana at Hartford Restaurant

The U.S. Women's National Team watched the U.S. men's team defeat Ghana in the Fifa World Cup Monday at Dish Bar & Grill in Hartford.

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06/17/14

Litchfield Hills

Bridgewater Village Store    Bridgewater, (860) 354-2863, bridgewatervillagestore.com A community gathering place since 1899—you read that right—this marketplace in one of Connecticut’s loveliest towns is among our favorite pit stops because it’s literally all things to all people. Want strong coffee and a homemade doughnut, or an egg sandwich or pancakes, in the morning? How about a grilled sandwich for lunch—or a warm homemade pie? A scone with afternoon tea or cappuccino? Or even some Bridgewater Chocolate? Those gourmet morsels originated and can still be bought here, along with fresh fruits, vegetables, maple syrup, honey and eggs from Maywood Farm, the estate of store owner Peter Maywood....

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Edible Artistry: Tastings With Top Connecticut Chefs at Hartford Arts Venue

06/16/14

Edible Artistry: Tastings With Top Connecticut Chefs at Hartford Arts Venue

A new series at Real Art Ways gives guests insight into the creative process of chefs at some of Connecticut’s most celebrated restaurants and allows foodies and art lovers alike to sink their teeth into some mouthwatering dishes.

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Connecticut Summer Solstice Bash Features Mojito King at 'Club Babalu'

06/16/14

Connecticut Summer Solstice Bash Features Mojito King at 'Club Babalu'

The Washington Art Association will be transformed into “Club Babalu,” a chic nightspot featuring Latin beats, Samba dancing, tropical cuisine and Cuban cocktails courtesy of the libations ringmaster Abdo Ballester.

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2014 Alice Washburn Architectural Award Winners

06/16/14

2014 Alice Washburn Architectural Award Winners

A sensitive architect resurrects a Civil-war era brownstone in Hartford.

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 High-End Consignment in Connecticut: Designer Labels at Great Prices

06/16/14

High-End Consignment in Connecticut: Designer Labels at Great Prices

Connecticut is blessed with more than its share of high-end consignment hotspots overflowing with treasures being offered at great prices.

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