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Bear’s Owners To Open Chango Rosa In Union Station

Bear's Smokehouse's smoked meats are about to find their way into tortillas, empanadas, tamales and pupusas.

Jamie and Cheryl McDonald's next concept, Chango Rosa (or "Pink Monkey") will take over Hartford's iconic former Hot Tomato's restaurant at Union Station, offering a menu of Latin comfort fare inspired by Central and South American street foods.

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Butchers & Bakers: A Return To Scratch-Cooking Basics

It's been 11 years since Locals 8 Restaurant Group partners Al Gamble and Shawn Skehan built the first Plan B Burger Bar on Park Road in West Hartford. Since then, the "burgers-beer-bourbon" concept has expanded with two more Hartford County locations, a north-of-the-border restaurant in Springfield, and several more in Fairfield County, Washington, D.C., and Ashburn, Va. — nine in total.

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Dining Al Fresco: Summer's Farm-To-Table Dinners

Dine outdoors and enjoy the bounty of Connecticut across the state this summer and fall. These restaurant groups and organizations are creating fresh-from-the-farm menus, featuring the best of the state's produce, meats, seafood, cheeses and even wine and beer.

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Black Hog Brewing: Beer Born With A Culinary Pedigree

If it seems like a new brewery opens in Connecticut every week, that's not far off — the state's beer scene continues to grow at a rapid clip, with nearly 50 operational breweries and dozens more in planning and development.

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Brignole Vineyards: From Its Signature Sunset To Seasonal Slushies

When the blue passport books arrive at Connecticut's farm wineries each May, wine lovers begin crisscrossing the state, sipping and swirling chardonnay, cabernet franc and rosé in tasting rooms from Sherman to Stonington.

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A Layered Look At Guy's Trash Can Nachos

Maybe you've seen Guy Fieri's "trash can nachos" on the Food Network or any number of extreme-food websites. The celebrity chef — he of the frosted tips, backward sunglasses and something unfortunately named Donkey Sauce — layers chips, cheese and toppings into a tin can for a gooey, towering presentation.

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