Enjoy a slice of life at La Vita

Cross the swing bridge into East Haddam center, and a postcard view emerges. The tableau sports a gorgeous opera house overlooking the wide, wandering Connecticut River, and a classic Main Street dotted with well-kept historical buildings, shops, and eateries.

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A look at the Sugar Factory, Seahorse and Pizzetta

Seahorse is a fine Noank destination

With a nice family dining room and an iconic adjunct tavern -- and plenty of fresh seafood, steaks and chicken -- the Seahorse in Noank is a winner.

It's all good at Pizzetta in Mystic

There seems to be no two people who eat a slice of pizza the exact same way.

Be ready for a Sweet-Tooth Spectacular at Sugar Factory

I should have known Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Foxwoods was going to be an experience when I first glimpsed the menu online. Pages upon pages of cocktail listings kick off a manual-sized booklet of drinks, treats, and actual foods.

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Fuel up: New London's Octane Cafe is a winner

Located at the high-traffic corner of Bank and Tilley in New London, the Octane Cafe has fine food, a fun setting, and good people-watching.

Maize is Manna from heaven for vegan and organic fans

Since opening in October 2012, Maize n Manna Wholefoods on High Street in Westerly has provided a singular food experience and, I'd argue, even a service to its customers.

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Rick's List - Solar Eclipse Edition

There are certain things in our culture that are accepted as Truly Big Moments to be anticipated by everyone. 1. July 4th fireworks 2. Black Friday shopping fun 3. The Super Bowl 4. That convo with an elderly relative:...

Into the wild: thrill vs. trepidation

When the four of us launched our kayaks into the turbulent, remote waters of Quebec’s Manicouagan Lake a couple weeks ago we severed ties with civilization: No electricity, no cellphone service and as it turned out, not one other human for...



Upcoming concerts and shows

Evanescence — Nov. 3 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 18; $28-$63

98 Degrees — Nov. 24 at Foxwoods’ Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 18; $25, $35

Graham Nash — Sept. 26 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 18; $100, $111

Susan Werner — Nov. 3 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $26-$30

Regina Spektor — Nov. 19 at College Street Music Hall, New Haven; tickets on sale now; $37.50-$57.50