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Owners of Milagro in Stonington open a new restaurant in East Lyme

Business partners Jan Loomis, left, and her son-in-law, Martin Zavala, pose for a photo at Zavala Mexican Bistro in East Lyme. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Martin Zavala, who has run Milagro Café in Stonington Borough for the past 14 years, has become a restauranteur of note in the region. In late April, he expanded his reach and established a new restaurant: Zavala Mexican Bistro in East Lyme. Zavala had almost opened a restaurant...

What The Day's food critics reviewed over the past month

Chicken Curry at St. Bess Jerk Hub (Eileen Jenkins)

A look back at reviews of St. Bess Jerk Hub, brunch at Saybrook Point, and C.C. O'Brien's

How to make the Tres Leches Cake from Rocks 21 in Mystic

Tres Leches Cake from Rocks 21 (Jake Jason)

Rocks 21, the Inn at Mystic's on-site restaurant, has one of the great views in a town where, by demand of the town council, EVERY residence or business MUST have a scenic component to appeal to visitors — or the citizen or permitee will be hanged as a witch! Rocks 21 is on a hill...

A creamy edamame spread adds green goodness to these vegetable wraps

Lemony Edamame Spread and Vegetable Wraps (Photo by Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post)

Whirring edamame in a food processor with lemon juice, oil, water and a little salt yields a creamy, nutritious, brilliantly green spread that can be enjoyed in countless ways.

This silky dark chocolate syrup is an all-purpose dessert star

Dark Chocolate Syrup (Photo by Scott Suchman for The Washington Post)

I'm a recipe writer but also a realist. Does everything need to be made from scratch at home? Of course not. As Our Queen Ina (Garten) is famous for saying, "store-bought is fine." I'd go a step further and say that often it's just as good as homemade or even better, depending on the food in...





All history is local

"All history is local,” a friend texted me recently. He had been musing about the Revolutionary War and how the British, retreating from the Battle of Lexington and Concord under heavy fire for 15 miles to Boston, “passed...

If you like rocks, Chatfield Hollow is really gneiss

We snaked through tight fissures, scrambled among jumbled heaps of boulders and ducked beneath horizontal overhangs.