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Yesterday, the nation celebrated a major icon on his day of remembrance—and, understandably, forgot about another. But we here in New Haven have special reason to acknowledge National Bagel Day: the local family that almost singlehandedly made the ring-shaped breadstuff …

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Roll Model


I don’t remember how I heard about Del Monaco’s Italian Market, which turns 32 in February, but I know how I found it: quirky and unpretentious, set across from Nathan Hale School in quiet Morris Cove, attached at the …

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Z Food

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For New Year’s Eve, VivaZ Cantina planned quite the fiesta. The Mexican restaurant’s four-course prix fixe menu (at $65 per person) featured…

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Bar Kept

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I think of Delaney’s as Westville’s Cheers. It’s a friendly neighborhood bar with a notable history, low-key vibe, steady stream of regulars and…

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Student Aid


Roughly one of every seven Americans—44 million people—are going hungry some of the time, the nonprofit food assistance network Feeding America estimates. According to Best Colleges, college students are particularly hard-hit, with a food insecurity rate of 23 …

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There’s a phenomenon I call “the bubble,” where a restaurant’s food, drink, service and atmosphere are executed so seamlessly that you forget about everything beyond your table. This immersion is what hospitality professionals strive for when they subtly dim the …

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Cool Fusion

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Blink and you’ll probably miss Seymour’s Agave Diner, but only if you’re an out-of-towner. Seymour residents have been frequenting this prefab charmer at Route 67 and Columbus Street, skirted to the west by an elevated Route 8, since 1951, …

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Coffee Medicine


Nestled behind the Yale athletic fields in a mostly residential part of Westville, there’s a corner garden called BLOOM, whose many growing things include a cozy little coffeeshop called Café Flora. Owned and operated by Jacob McElligott, the …

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Appetite Spot


Bright, splashy greens, blues, pinks and purples declare the sweet treats to be found at Cositas Deliciosas: the ice cream, the shakes, the snow cones, the fresh fruit. But for me, it’s the savory regional Mexican dishes that speak …

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Field Day


The fall festival at Woodbridge’s Townline Farm last Sunday was one of those golden October occasions that remind us why we love the season. …

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