Tag Archives: East Rock

See-Food

“You eat with your eyes first,” chefs on TV like to say. As a metaphor, it seems basically right, though it doesn’t quite square with the fact that your nose often beats your eyes to the punch. …

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Mind the Gaps

Under two hours away, Manhattan is a titan. …

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Friends in Knead

Henna covering her hands like gloves, Marissa Gandelman had just returned from Kurukshetra, India. Recovering from the 10.5-hour time difference, her jet lag lingered, but talking with me about her massage therapy …

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City Sitting

Tuesday, September 8th, was Connecticut’s hottest day of the year. Gummy, viscous, gooey, the next day didn’t bring much mercy. Weathermen promised rain that evening, but it was taking its sweet time.…

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Mixed-Use

For years, residents of East Rock’s Goatville section, along with brunch crowds at The Pantry and dinner crowds at Mezcal, have had a derelict, boarded-up warehouse in their midst. A ghostly reminder of an industrious, blue-collar…

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Tower of Flower

Jennifer Ford-Chatfield, owner of Fleur de Lys

It was the prevailing symbol of French royalty for more than 500 years. As France battled, bred and cavorted with other peoples around the globe, the symbol spread, too, appropriated by families for their crests, religions for…

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Life’s Work

Flowers at Nica's Market

As a boy, Giuseppe Sabino watched his father take a pickaxe into the fields of Caserta, Italy, and upturn acres of cracked Italian soil so they’d be ready for the rain. Meantime, Sabino…

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Take Cinco

Food and drink at Mezcal

If you ring up a Latin restaurant over the phone and find that English is a bit of a struggle and your rudimentary Spanish can’t keep up, odds are good you’ve found a place with roots.…

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New Lease

The Haven Collective

By the end, the Vintanthromobile was a bit of a diva.

You might remember her. She was a retrofitted 1999 Ford shuttle bus that roved New Haven selling vintage…

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Layer Cakes

Cakes at Marjolaine

At Marjolaine Pastry Shop, even the non-layer cakes can have serious levels to them. You’d probably never know it just by looking or eating, but the bakery’s buttercream icing, for instance, which frosts nearly all of Marjolaine’s wedding and…

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