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Handcrafted Cocktails at Alforno’s Trattoria

Handcrafted Cocktails at Alforno’s Trattoria »

By: Staff

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Mexican Marvels at Milagro Café in Stonington

Mexican Marvels at Milagro Café in Stonington »

By: Staff

Celebrating ten years in business, Stonington’s Milagro Café is a quaint Mexican eatery with authentic roots. Owner Martin Zavala hails from Mexico... more

Best Baker in America

Best Baker in America »

By: Karena Garrity

Eighty-one layers of hand-rolled dough, coupled with local butter, baked to perfection daily, create the crispy, flaky delicate crust, which gives way to the... more

More than coffee & crepes

More than coffee & crepes »

By: Lindsay Rizza

You can always find time for a cup of coffee on the Connecticut Shoreline. Perhaps a crepe or fabulous lunch entree, too? Located in the iconic Quonset hut on... more

Something’s Brewing in Chester

Something’s Brewing in Chester »

By: Karena Garrity

Look for the bright red door in downtown Chester! When you find it, you’ve found the Little House Brewing Company, which will be opening its symbolic door... more

Kelp Farming: Making Green with Green

Kelp Farming: Making Green with Green »

By: Karena Garrity

Like beautiful, edible ribbons in the sea, brown sugar kelp strands twist and turn gently in the constant movement of the waterways of Long Island Sound. This... more

On the beach eats in Connecticut

On the beach eats in Connecticut »

By: Emily Cahill

You’ll know you are there when your tires hit the sand. “Lenny’s on the Beach,” is not an exaggeration of a name: the restaurant is literally on the... more

Celebrate your lager, stout, wheat beer or pale ale.

Celebrate your lager, stout, wheat beer or pale ale. »

By: Lindsay Rizza

One of the world’s oldest prepared beverages, beer dates back to 9500 BC when cereal was first farmed.  Recorded in history of ancient Iraq and Egypt. Beer... more

Penny Lane Pub has a Modest Overhaul

Penny Lane Pub has a Modest Overhaul »

By: Rob Marchese

It’s remarkable what new ownership can do to transform a restaurant.  Aside from the possible facelift or change of menu, it can infuse an entirely new... more

That’s Dagmar’s Desserts

That’s Dagmar’s Desserts »

By: Melissa Waldron

Dagmar Ratensperger is standing in the back of her store at Dagmar’s Desserts, showing off a gorgeous plum cake that’s fresh out of the oven. Known in... more

Cheers, to Coastal Connecticut Breweries

Cheers, to Coastal Connecticut Breweries »

By: Eric Trumpold

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The Shoreline Vine, a spectacular tasting room showcasing EVOO

The Shoreline Vine, a spectacular tasting room showcasing EVOO »

By: Renée Allen, CSS, CSW, FWS

Nestled in the Key Bank Courtyard just slightly set back from Route 1 in the heart of downtown Madison sits The Shoreline Vine, a spectacular tasting room with... more

A true testament to Bradley and Wall, Madison CT

A true testament to Bradley and Wall, Madison CT »

By: Renée Allen, CSS, CSW, FWS

After owning and operating several restaurants, as well as spending four years abroad in Italy, owners Joe and Maria Conigliaro purchased Bradley and Wall in... more

RJ Café & Bistro is its own destination

RJ Café & Bistro is its own destination »

By: Renée Allen, CSS, CSW, FWS

Tucked in the back of the iconic RJ Julia Bookstore, the RJ Café & Bistro is worthy of being its own destination site. Although housed within the same... more

La Foresta Fit for Any Occasion

La Foresta Fit for Any Occasion »

By: Melissa Waldron

Francesco Lulaj, the owner of La Foresta Restaurant and Wine Bar, is a man in motion, he never stays in one place for too long. “I never stop, I change... more

Cod & Cauliflower at The Essex Restaurant

Cod & Cauliflower at The Essex Restaurant »

By: Jamieson Murphy

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Beef Short Rib at The Essex

Beef Short Rib at The Essex »

By: Jamieson Murphy

Beef Short Rib - a play on Chinese Beef and Broccoli Recipe for Four Ingredients: For Braise 4 ea short rib, bone in or 1 piece (2#) chuck flap 2 cup veal... more

Coastal Eats: Hot Scream – The Spicy Ice Cream

Coastal Eats: Hot Scream – The Spicy Ice Cream »

By: Melissa Waldron

Hot Scream was born on a night of watching football and intensely spicy buffalo wings. The idea came when Jeff Russitano, now CEO of HotScream and his friend... more

Colt Taylor – A Flavor Profile of a Chef

Colt Taylor – A Flavor Profile of a Chef »

By: Melissa Waldron

On a busy night at The Essex, if you can find a seat at the bar, otherwise known as the Distillery, you will have a front row view of all that is happening in... more

Before Shucking Was Cool

Before Shucking Was Cool »

By: Renée Allen, CSS, CSW, FWS

The internet is replete with “Best of” and “Top 10” lists for everything under the sun – wineries, restaurants, cocktails, views, albums, dog... more