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Premium Content Good food and good company at Muddy Waters

 July 10, 2014; Updated: 2:26 pm

For a small city, New London has its share of restaurants-as-town-hall-meeting-spots. Both the Bean and Leaf and Washington Street Coffee House seem to attract the young, hip and caffeinated, while regulars at Mr. G's gather for all...

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Premium Content Nina Planck brings 'Real Food' cookbook to Mystic

 July 9, 2014; Updated: 6:21 pm

For Nina Planck, keeping it simple when it comes to food doesn't mean boring or unimaginative - but it does mean getting back to healthy basics and bucking what she sees as food fads masquerading as healthy - namely low-fat,...

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Premium Content Roll on up to the Food Truck Festival

 July 9, 2014; Updated: 6:19 pm

If you've been to an outdoor concert, a fundraiser, or even a popular park in the past few years, chances are you've noticed the explosion of food trucks around the region. As they serve up everything from tacos to cannolis, cupcakes to...

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Premium Content Mamma Mia, this place is good!

 July 3, 2014

There's a sign outside Mia's Prime Time Cafe in Pawcatuck these days that reads "Same as it never was." And the description is apt. Formerly Prime Time Cafe, Mia's opened up under new ownership in April with a new menu and a lot to...

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July Fourth celebrations didn’t always include pie

 July 2, 2014

Apple pie may be as American as the Fourth of July, but it probably wasn't on the table when the holiday first began.

"There wouldn't have been a whole lot of apples around this time of year," says Mary Thompson, research historian at Mount...

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See summer through rose-colored glasses of wine

 July 2, 2014

Pink wines are white hot right now, and there's never been more to choose from.

"It's really amazing how people are drinking rose so much," says Michael Madrigale, head sommelier at New York's Bar Boulud and Boulud Sud restaurants. "Before,...

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Premium Content Illiano's reinvented as Paesano's is a welcoming spot

 June 26, 2014

When a boreal wind swept my wife and me north from Texas to live in New London - all those years ago, as George Harrison sang (though he was referring to the Beatles and not us) - we early on sought occasional respite at a place called...

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Premium Content Dinners at the Farm — as fresh as it gets

 June 25, 2014

Farm to table dining couldn't be a more perfect experience than an evening spent at Dinners at the Farm - a series of six-course meals served al fresco on local farms using ingredients just picked from the fields.

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Premium Content Broccoli is tasty from head to leaf

 June 25, 2014

Many are the leafy, tuberous and pod-prolific members of the vegetable kingdom of which I am an enthusiastic subject. Be it rutabaga or radish, turnip or tomato, parsnip or pea, kale or cabbage, I'll happily grow, cook, can and consume...

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Premium Content MASH hosts annual Iron Chef competition

 June 25, 2014

The Mystic Area Shelter & Hospitality will host its 8th annual "Iron Chef" competition and "Auction for Action" from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 27, at St. Edmund's Retreat at Enders Island, Mystic. The competition begins 6 p.m.

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Premium Content There’s a place for you at Charlie’s in Niantic

 June 19, 2014

In a display of what I thought was clever planning, I recently took some time off. Good for weather, bad for food, as I discovered that the summer edition of the Greek Festival at St. Sophia's in New London, fell on the same week.

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Swap the fat for flavor in this sweet potato salad

 June 18, 2014

Let's talk potato salad. Everyone knows it's good - there's a reason it's a summer perennial - but that doesn't mean it's good for you. Here's a crafty version that swaps in sweet potatoes for the more traditional white potatoes and...

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Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors post beer ingredients

 June 18, 2014

Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors, two of the world's biggest beer makers, are posting online what's inside bottles of Budweiser and Miller Lite after pressure from a food blogger.

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Premium Content StoneRidge gets creative in the kitchen

 June 14, 2014

Among many entries in this year's annual Polar Seltzer Great Chowder Cook-Off, held June 7 at the Newport Yachting Center, StoneRidge independent living community of Mystic earned a second-place award in the Best Creative Chowder category.

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Premium Content A welcome return for Monica’s State Street Diner

 June 12, 2014

Perhaps it's destiny that a diner that serves breakfast all day would come to be located in a place called the Bacon Building.

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