From the Whaler Cafe: Snowy days call for fresh, hot soup

The second semester is moving along nicely, and the learning objective for the semester has been set.

Like some heat with your sweet? Try Mexican-spiced brownies

Mexican hot chocolate is a beloved beverage made from chocolate (no surprise there) combined with cinnamon and another spice or two to bring up the heat.

On the hunt: The Bridge builds local agrarian economy by foraging for food

In Westerly, The Bridge, on the Pawcatuck River, is one of the only restaurants in the region to have a forager on staff.

A little beer is a lot of flavor in these Super Bowl sliders

Big provisions are required to watch the big game, and nothing is more substantial than a burger, even in its mini form — the slider.

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RESTAURANT REVIEWS

BITS AND TIPS

COLUMNS

A starman waiting in the sky

The week after David Bowie’s death on Jan. 10, staff at a local radio station called Studio Brussels said they, along with Belgian astronomers at MIRA Public Observatory in Grimbergen, Belgium, registered a new constellation in his honor.

Rick’s List: Boring Food-as-Entertainment edition

I suppose there are worse habits. But it’s still a bit disconcerting how many different shows we regularly devour on The Food Network.

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BIG TICKET

Upcoming concerts and shows

The Cult — April 3 at Foxwoods' Fox Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 5; $40, $50

Shawn Mendes — Aug. 19 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 6; $35

Dave Matthews Band — June 11 at Xfinity Theatre, Hartford; tickets on sale at noon Feb. 19; $20.50-$85

Salt-N-Pepa, Coolio, more — April 29 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale now; $60-$100

Coldplay — July 30 at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 5; $29.50-$179.50

Brantley Gilbert — June 3 at Xfinity Theatre, Hartford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 5; $30.75-$55.50

Barenaked Ladies — June 25 at Toyota Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 5; $37-$77

Kim Richey — April 27 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $25