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Smoothie Factories

Shortly after the invention of the electric blender came the invention of the smoothie. Unrelated to the old Smoothie factory, which once made undergarments and was turned into apartments some 15 years ago, this family of …

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Gold, Plated

Scallop Ceviche at Le Petit Cafe

French bistro Le Petit Café is one of the most lauded restaurants in the country. Zagat rates its food the best in Connecticut, and the New York Times has bestowed its highest rating…

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Good Game

Relic's The Huntress at Barcade New Haven

Opened seven weeks ago near Orange and Crown, Barcade’s immediate stroke of brilliance is its name, which is quick, catchy and self-explanatory.

Its deeper genius is that it’s actually full of unexplained surprises. …

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Spring Mix

Springtime—when what came in like a lion and went out like a lamb gives way to showers and flowers. When the sun shines longer and the wind blows warmer and color returns. And most importantly: when skinkers across the Elm …

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Coffee Machine

The Jitter Bus

There’s a new cafe in town, and it just won’t sit still.

It’s The Jitter Bus, and it debuted in February with help from The Happiness Lab, which hosted the launch party, and Kickstarter backers, who pitched in $5,000 last …

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Pop Culture

Foxon Park Beverages Factory

94 years ago on a plot of land in East Haven, Matteo Naclerio was deciding between starting a funeral home or a beverage factory. He chose the latter, and iconic local soda pop-maker Foxon Park Beverages was…

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Nuevo Haven

On the first floor of the multi-story restaurant Pacífico, the ceiling is painted with blue ripples, as if everything—bar, tables and diners themselves—were sitting at the bottom of a calm but colorful tide pool. To the right of the entrance, …

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B&B

The Smoker at Prime 16

At Prime 16, the name says it all. “Prime”: meat from young, well-fed cattle. “16”: the number of ounces in a pint. Still unclear? Check the logo: a minimalistic drawing of a bovine head, in which the face and snout …

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Road House

In 1975, Brad Hittle stood where college ends and the ‘real world’ begins. He opted to go halfway around that world on a one-way ticket to Indonesia where, for a year, he worked on a cramped, dangerous oil rig alongside …

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Worry, Be Happy

When you think of coffee, do you think of red-eyed jolts powering workday marathons? Cookie-cutter cafes with focus-grouped folksiness? Poor coffee farmers at the mercy of multinational bean counters?

If those are your …

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