Not so long ago, every city and large town had their own brewery. Unfortunately, most closed, unable to compete with the mass-production operations of the big name beer companies. This generation of beer-drinkers, however, has rediscovered the art and joys of brewing beer in smaller batches. Connecticut has many microbreweries where making beer is a labor of love.
From the rich red Sunday gravy poured over home-made pasta to the delectable seafood dishes of its coastal regions, Italian cuisine offers something for everyone. No one goes away from the table at an Italian restaurant hungry, and whether it is simple family fare in a neighborhood ristorante or a fine dining experience in a more lavish setting, Connecticut has an abundance of restaurants that will satisfy anyone’s craving for Italian cooking.
The artistic heart of Connecticut beats in the center of the state’s capital city. Hartford is home to the nation’s oldest continually operating art museum, as well as one of the country’s most modern and advanced museums of science. The city itself is built around a great park, itself both a display of nature’s art and home to massive sculptures.
There was a time not long ago when the words Connecticut and barbecue were rarely found in the same sentence. Times and tastes have changed, however, and the Nutmeg State is all the better for it. The smoke from smokers now rises thick over this corner of New England, and almost every community has a favorite barbecue joint, a place where the pork is pulled, the ribs are rubbed and the sauce is dripping.
There are few dishes more quintessentially southern than Chicken and Waffles – except in the Keystone State, where the Pennsylvania Dutch have a local version with pulled rather than fried chicken. Restaurants in Connecticut favor the southern style, but as the top spots for chicken and waffles listed below explain, each has done something unique to make that classic its own.
After a long, cold, dreary winter, people and especially families in Connecticut long to enjoy the warm breezes and bright sun of Spring. Every weekend in Spring there are festivals and fairs and other outdoor entertainments to tempt Nutmeggers out of doors.
Human kind has only one home, and like every home, it needs a spring cleaning and a sprucing up. Earth Day, April 22, was created to do just that, and around the country and around the world people mark it by cleaning up green spaces and making more spaces green.
There is something calm and serene about a lake, and Connecticut is blessed with many beautiful lakes – both natural and man-made.
The grilled cheese sandwich is a simple concept that is surprisingly easy to get wrong. When made properly, however, there are few comfort foods more warm and satisfying and, well, comfort-inducing than the grilled cheese.
Alexandra Wallace-Currie is a mother of three children (and six puppies and a fighting fish), and knows that not every Connecticut soccer mom can rush off to Paris. This fashionista knows what works for her and her friends, and here are her thoughts on what women in Connecticut will be and should be wearing this spring.