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Top Banana Bread In ConnecticutBanana bread is not just for breakfast anymore. A great accompaniment to a glass of milk, juice or hot beverage, caffeinated or not, banana bread can be a dessert, a snack, a breakfast or even the main ingredient in pudding or French toast. Here are just five places to find great banana bread in Connecticut.
Top Winter Festivals In ConnecticutWhether it is to welcome Santa to town, light the town Christmas tree or just celebrate the season with ice sculptures, ice skating, sleigh rides and other cold-weather activities, many towns in Connecticut mark the winter with a festival. Some last a few hours, some go on for several days or weekends. Here are just five of the top winter festivals in Connecticut.
Top Pierogies In ConnecticutThere are places in Connecticut that make wonderful, tasty variations of this Polish favorite.
Ask A Connecticut Chef: 5 Mouth-Watering Meatloaf RecipesMeatloaf should not be boring. Chef Kashia Cave cooks in Connecticut but hails from Trinidad, where she grew up with family members who each had their own unique take on the traditional recipe. Trained in both Connecticut and Italy, Chef Cave of Meriden's My City Kitchen is happy to share those island family meatloaf recipes.
Top Neighborhoods To Trick-Or-Treat In ConnecticutFor children, trick-or-treating should be about playing silly tricks and getting nice treats, but many parents worry that bad things might happen to their little ones as they go from door to door asking for candy on Halloween night. Those concerns have caused many cities, towns and neighborhoods in Connecticut to set up special zones where the trick-or-treating is guaranteed to be supervised and safe, so the kids can have fun and the parents can breathe easier as their little ghouls and goblins go about their quest for candy.
Top Grab And Go Food Spots In ConnecticutHere are just five places in Connecticut that make the grade as top Grab and Go spots.
Top Swing Dance Clubs In ConnecticutDoing the Lindy Hop, Jitterbuggin', going Swingin' or doing the Balboa-in are things that devotees of swing dancing do as often as they can find a ballroom and a band (or DJ). Swing dance clubs are very popular, especially in Connecticut, and here are just five of the groups and studios where swing dancers can get together and twirl and hop around the floor.
Ask An Expert: How To Decorate Your Home For HalloweenHalloween is a great way to celebrate what is the best about Fall and a wonderful fun way to get together with family and friends. This year it falls on a Saturday which makes the day even more fun because the celebration can start earlier and go later through the night. Here are just five tips on how to decorate the home and make it ready for the ghouls and goblins of all ages.
Top Spots To Go Apple Picking Near ConnecticutNo apple tastes as good as one picked fresh that day from the tree. Here are just five of the top spots to go apple picking in Connecticut.
Top Ceviche In ConnecticutNot all seafood need by cooked by flames or heat. Latin American fishermen and chefs have for ages known that the acidic juices of citrus fruits can “cook” fish and shellfish, as well as impart a cooling tartness to the dish. There are many variations on this traditional dish, known as ceviche, and here are five restaurants in Connecticut that pride themselves on putting their own spin on this tender and tasty seafood appetizer.
Top Ways To Celebrate Rosh Hashanah In ConnecticutConnecticut has a large, active, vibrant and vocal Jewish community, and on Rosh Hashanah, they share their heritage, food and celebrations with each other and with the rest of the residents of the Nutmeg State.
Top Mexican Restaurants In ConnecticutConnecticut may be about as far from Mexico as anyone can get while staying in the United States, but there are many fine restaurants in the Nutmeg State which have brought the cuisine of Old Mexico to New England. These are not mere taco barns or burrito vendors, but restaurants which use authentic ingredients and real recipes from Mexico, and which offer some incredible treats to spice up the often dull palates of New England diners.
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