<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usSun, 28 Aug 2016 06:23:30 -0400Sun, 28 Aug 2016 06:23:30 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[KFC Creates, Gives Away Fried Chicken-Scented Sunscreen]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:46:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/extra-crispy-sunscreen.jpg

KFC, the fried chicken maker, has apparently expanded its offerings, announcing and giving away its brand new line of fried chicken-scented sunscreen on Monday.

The company assured prospective users that the SPF 30 sunscreen really works, releasing an aroma of chicken while stopping UV rays, though it repeatedly advises on its website that it should not be eaten.

"Sunscreen is not a food product. NOT a food product. Do not eat this product. Even though this product smells delicious, it is not delicious," reads the side effects section of the product's website.

KFC quickly ran out of its "Col. Sanders Extra Crispy Sunscreen" on Monday, though the containers will take up to eight weeks to be delivered.

There did not appear to be a rationale behind the scented suntan lotion beyond viral marketing.

"Suntan lotion always smells like lotion," KFC Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Hochman told Business Insider. "So we thought — why not make it smell like fried chicken?"

It's not the first eyebrow-raising, chicken-seasoned product released this year by the company, which reported revenue of $23 billion in 2013.

In May, KFC in Hong Kong announced it created fried chicken-flavored nail polish in two flavors. "Yes, it is actually a real thing," a marketing executive assured The New York Times.

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<![CDATA[J. Timothy’s to Close for 2 Weeks for Renovations]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:15:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/J+Timothys+Tavern.JPG

If you're planning a night out at J. Timothy’s Taverne, or to order take out, act quickly or you'll have to wait for two weeks.

The Plainville restaurant known for its famous "dirt style" chicken wings will close on Saturday for major kitchen renovation and expansion work that is expected to take about two weeks.

The building that houses the restaurant went up in 1789 as a large house and tavern.

The current owners bought it in 1979 and reopened it as Cooke's Tavern in 1980. It was reborn as J. Timothy's in 1988. 

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<![CDATA[7-Eleven's Slurpee BYO Cup Day ]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 07:05:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DSC00217_EDITEDbyocup.jpg

While we know that some special events only happen but once a week, month, or year, we can't help but wishing, from time to time, that after-Christmas sales popped up more often and eclipses had a way of appearing with far more frequency.

But sometimes, if you wish extra hard, something that happens annually can make a seemingly sudden return way before you thought it possible.

Look to Slurpee's Bring Your Own Cup Day, a springtime to-do which invites fans of the frosty 7-Eleven beverage to show up with, you guessed it, whatever kind of cup they fancy, all with the aim of filling it with copious amounts of Slurpee goodness.

This year's Slurpee day occurred in late March, and fans turned up in drink-craving droves, all prepared to fill giant vessels for the price of $1.50.

Get ready, though, Slurpeens: Like an unlikely eclipse, or out-of-the-blue sale, BYO Cup Day is back on Friday, Aug. 19 and Saturday, Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

In honor of its 50th anniversary, Slurpee is bringing back Bring Your Own Cup Day, again. Show up at an 7-Eleven with an iced tea pitcher, a mondo margarita glass, coffee pot, or a jar that formerly held pickles, and fill'er up for $1.50.

There are some rules to the deal, like the fact that your cup "must fit upright through a 10-inch hole," so best leave your picnic cooler or inflatable swimming pool at home.

It should also be squeaky clean pre-Slurpee, so read all.

You're right: The snow-cold, brain-freezable sip did turn 50 this year, so the birthday celebrations continue.

And, yes, the flavors have gone well beyond the cherries and colas of long ago (though those make regular appearances, and thank goodness, because classics are classics for a reason).

Got a clean coffee pot handy? Best clear some time on your end-of-the-week calendar. After all, BYO Cup Day only happens once, or, um, twice a year.

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<![CDATA[Free Admission to Celebrate Dinosaur State Park’s 50th Anniversary]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:48:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/dinosaur+state+park+1200.jpg

Dinosaur State Park and the Friends of Dinosaur Park and Arboretum are giving you a gift when they celebrate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of dinosaur tracks in Rocky Hill. 

They will be holding a family-friendly festival on Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 21 and admission to the museum will be free. 

There will also be special events from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

This family-friendly festival will include a craft tent, games with prizes, costumed characters, face painting, continuous films and educational programs. 


Saturday, Aug. 20

  • Special events: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Games with prizes
  • Craft tent, tattoos, face painting
  • Films and education programs
  • 11 a.m. live bird show with CT Audubon
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bending Gravity
  • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Banjo Music
  • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Bebe the Clown
  • 1 p.m. Rainforest Reptiles
  • Live animal show 

Sunday, Aug. 21 

  • Special events: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Games with prizes
  • Craft tent, tattoos, face painting
  • Films and education programs
  • 11 a.m. A Place Called Hope
  • Live bird show
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Amazing Andy
  • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mariachi Music
  • 1 p.m. Riverside Reptiles live animals.
  • Outdoor Park Activities 

The Park’s mining activity will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Visitors can mine for gems and fossils in a water-based sluiceway. Participants must purchase a mining bag to participate in this activity. 

The park’s tracks casting area will also be open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 pm. Visitors must bring 10 pounds of plaster of Paris and a ¼ cup of cooking oil to participate. One cast is allowed per family or group. 

Admission for days other than Aug. 20 and 21 is $6 for visitors ages 13 and older, $2 for children ages 6 to 12 and ages 5 and under are free. 

The Exhibit Center and park office are open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, through Labor Day. 

After Labor Day, the Exhibit Center and park office are open Thursday through Sunday and closed on holidays. 

The park grounds open at 9 a.m. a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. The nature trails close at 4 p.m. 

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<![CDATA[Middletown Motorcycle Mania Rescheduled for Wednesday]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:42:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Motorcycle+mania+1200.jpg

Middletown Motorcycle Mania was postponed because of storms, but it will happen on Wednesday. 

Middletown Motorcycle Mania is scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday and the road will be closed in the downtown area. 

Main Street will be closed between Dingwall Drive and Court Street from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Main Street will be closed from Union Street to Washington Street will be closed from 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Police are asking all drivers to use alternate routes to avoid delays.

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<![CDATA[Police Warn of Major Traffic for G-Eazy Concert in Hartford]]> Fri, 05 Aug 2016 11:09:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/G-easy.jpg

If you have to travel through Hartford later today, expect it to take a while because thousands of people are expected for the G-Eazy concert. 

Hartford police have put out a traffic advisory and said the crowd expected for the show at Xfinity Theater in Hartford has jumped to nearly 15,000. 

The rapper Billboard magazine calls “The Young Elvis,” has been on national television and Forbes had also done profiles on him. 

“His brand comes from James Dean, Marlon Brando and Paul Newman. He’s in line to be the next great American entertainer,” Forbes reported in 2014.  

Parking opens at 4 p.m. and gates open at 5 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Luke Wilson Headlines Travelers Championship Celebrity Pro-Am]]> Tue, 02 Aug 2016 18:08:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_568365043039-premiere.jpg

Actors, singers and sports stars highlight this year's field in the celebrity pro-am at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell.

Luke Wilson, best known for his roles in "Old School," "Legally Blonde" and "The Royal Tennanbaums" will be playing at the TPC River Highlands on Wednesday. It is his second visit to the Travelers Championship. He also currently stars in the Showtime series "Roadies."

Saturday Night Live alum Kevin Nealon will also be teeing it up in the pro-am. Nealon also appeared in Showtime's "Weeds" and "Happy Gilmore."

UConn will be well represented on the course Wednesday. UConn head basketball coach Kevin Ollie, his predecessor Jim Calhoun, associate women's head coach Chris Dailey and hockey coach Mike Cavanaugh are all scheduled to participate. UConn and NBA great Ray Allen will also play.

The list of sports stars continues with former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield, former New England Patriots quarterback Doug Flutie and current Pittsburgh Penguin and Stanley Cup winner Nick Bonino, of Farmington, all showing their golf skills on Wednesday.

Connecticut's own Javier Colon, winner of the first season of "The Voice" makes a return appearance and Ken Casey, one of the founding members of the Dropkick Murphys will be playing as well.

You can see a list of tee times for the Celebrity Pro-Am here.

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<![CDATA[Celebrate National Chicken Wing Day With Deals]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:39:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SD-County-Fair-2016+093.JPG

If you're a chicken wing fan, today is your day.

July 29 is National Chicken Wing Day — the perfect excuse to treat yourself to everything from barbecue to boneless.

The American favorites come hot and spicy, sweet or plain. Or maybe dipped in creamy blue cheese dressing?

No matter how you like them, some restaurants are offering freebies and deals to celebrate.

Buffalo Wild Wings is offering half-off wings all day Friday at participating locations, but the deal is for dine-in only.

Hooters has all-you-can-eat wings starting at $12.99. Prices vary by location.

Click here for more deals at CNBC.com.

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<![CDATA['Robot Restaurant' Opening in NYC]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 08:26:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_19724380454.jpg

Robots (and some hidden chefs) will serve quinoa to customers at a fast-food restaurant opening in midtown Manhattan later this year, according to reports.

There will be no cashiers at Eatsa’s midtown location, just lines of iPads and rows of cubby holes handing over quinoa.

Eatsa’s first New York City location opens at 285 Madison Avenue in the fall, Grub Street reported. Right now, the fast-food chain has two locations in San Francisco and one in the Los Angeles area.

There are a few stages to the Eatsa system. First, customers swipe their credit cards at an iPad. After that, a list of quinoa-based menu items pops up. Diners can customize their dishes before finishing their orders.

The all-vegetarian menu is inspired by different types of cuisine. There’s a Mexican burrito bowl, a Japanese bento bowl, an Indian spice market bowl and a Mediterranean Greek salad bowl, among others. A breakfast menu includes a southwestern scramble and a yogurt quinoa parfait.

While the system that prepares the food is mostly automated, there are still about five employees who prep, assemble and deliver meals to the cubbies, according to Fast Company. But they may not be around forever. Scott Drummond, a cofounder of Eatsa, said he sees a future where robots do it all.

After the food is assembled, it’s delivered to one of the cubbies. All of the cubbies have a transparent, LCD-screened door that displays each customer’s name. A customer taps the door and it flips open, revealing the packaged food and beverage.

"The food comes out in little cubby holes. It’s so neat to see your cubby go dark and then your food appear with your name on it," one user said of an Eatsa location in San Francisco.

Eatsa is a bit reminiscent of the now-defunct Bamn! on the Lower East Side. That automat-style eatery consisted of rows of vending machines serving up corn dogs and grilled cheese.

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<![CDATA[Shoreline Wine Festival Returns in August]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:36:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/white-wine-generic-186205780.jpg

The Annual Shoreline Wine Festival will be returning next month for its 10th annual celebration.

The festival will be held on Aug. 13 and 14 at Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market and Winery in Guilford and patrons will be able to taste wine while enjoying the scenery of a farm orchard.

This two-day ticketed event includes a tour of Bishop’s Orchards Winery, the chance to attend seminars led by wine experts and to enjoy live entertainment.

The Shoreline Wine Festival will feature Connecticut Vineyards and Wineries. All wines sampled by the vineyards at the festival will be available for sale that weekend to take home.

Besides beverages, food trucks will be on site. Attendees can purchase items such as tacos, pizza, seafood and cupcakes for an additional charge.

The list of wineries participating in this year’s festival includes Hopkins Vineyard, Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Jonathan Edwards Winery, Jones Winery, DiGrazia Vineyards, Paradise Hills Vineyard, Holmberg Winery, and the host, Bishop’s Orchards Winery.

Tickets are $30 per day for adults or $10 per day for a designated driver. VIP tickets are $60.

You can buy them online www.shorelinewinefestival.com or at Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market.

They will also be available at the door of the festival on Aug. 13, from noon to 7 p.m. and Aug. 14, from noon to 6 p.m.

For further ticket and event information, visit or contact Sarah DellaVentura at 203-453-2338, extension 218.

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<![CDATA[Blue Bell Announces New Ice Cream Flavor]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:01:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cookie-two-step.jpg

In celebration of National Ice Cream Month, Blue Bell announced a new flavor of ice cream Friday.

The Brenham, Texas-based company announced the release of Cookie Two Step, vanilla ice cream with chunks of chocolate crème filled cookies and chocolate chip cookie dough pieces.

"Cookie Two Step combines ingredients from two of our top-selling flavors," Blue Bell spokesman Ricky Dickson said in a news release.

The new flavor will be available in stores beginning Friday, according to the company.

Dickson said the company will release more flavors within the next few months.

"Most will be returning favorites and we plan to have another new one soon," he said.

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<![CDATA[Here are the 68th Annual Emmy Nominees]]> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 15:47:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/emmys-3way-thrones-oj.jpg “Game of Thrones” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson” dominated the list of nominations for the 2016 Emmys. But there were plenty of other nods for other shows. Here is a selection of nominees in top categories.

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<![CDATA[Nintendo Plans Retro 'Mario,' 'Zelda' Console]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 05:04:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NES_Classic_2.jpg

If you're of a certain age and miss the video games of the 1980s, Nintendo has a Christmas gift for you.

The video game company said Thursday it will release the "NES Classic Edition" on Nov. 11, a $59.99 system that comes loaded with 30 vintage Nintendo games.

Among the highlights are all three "Super Mario" games, two "Zelda" titles, two "Castlevania" entries and two installments from the "Donkey Kong" franchise. 

Nintendo described the new console as a "near-identical mini replica" of the original NES; this one, though, connects to TVs via a more-modern HDMI port.

While classic Nintendo games have been available on other platforms - either legally or via the download of illicit "ROM" files from the Internet - this is the first time Nintendo has stepped into the retro games market with a dedicated piece of hardware. 

The complete list of games:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr. 
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Galaga
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros. 
  • MEGA MAN 2
  • Metroid
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros.  2
  • Super Mario Bros.  3
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Photo Credit: Nintendo of America]]>
<![CDATA[ConnectiCon 2016]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:12:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DSC_08542016_fix.jpg Just some of the looks at this year's ConnectiCon event in Hartford.

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<![CDATA[7-Eleven Celebrates 7/11 With Free Slurpees]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:42:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Slurpee-GettyImages-106159890.jpg

There's no better way to enjoy a hot summer day than with a Slurpee, and on Monday it won't cost you a thing. 

To celebrate July 11 — or 7-Eleven Day — the convenience chain will be giving away their signature slushy drinks. Stop by your neighborhood 7-Eleven on Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to get a free small Slurpee drink.

Monday marks the company's 89th birthday, and the 50th anniversary of the creation of the slurpee. If you're feeling festive, you can check out the chain's new birthday cake flavor. 

But that's not all.

This year, 7-Eleven is also offering customers who download their app a chance to get 11 free slurpees when they purchase 7 slurpees between July 11 and July 18. 

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<![CDATA[Misty Copeland Talks Breaking Barriers]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 07:22:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-527358950.jpg

It's been one year since Misty Copeland leaped over barriers to become American Ballet Theatre's first black female principal dancer in the company's 75-year history.

In an interview with "Sunday Today" host Willie Geist, Copeland reflected on her history-making accomplishment and reveals the motivation behind her soon-to-be released dancewear line, Égal.

"I was aware that I was black, but I wasn't aware of the deep rooted history of the lack of diversity, the lack of African Americans in top companies," Copeland said. "It was like, it hasn't happened for 75 years. Why would it happen to me? And then, at the same time, it gave me even more of this fire that was like, 'I am carrying so many people with me and I can do this.'"

Copeland has been able to forge a career outside the dance world with her trailblazing accomplishments, a rare feat for someone from the dance world. In addition to various endorsement deals and TV appearances, the 33-year-old has published two New York Times best-selling books, was the subject of a documentary, appeared on Broadway, named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people and was recently honored with her own Barbie doll.

"I didn't expect it to be like that. It was really wild. I don't think anyone in the company or in the dance world — we were all kind of shocked," Copeland said. "But I am giving people hope that you don't have to fit into this mold of what society has cut out for you to be in order to succeed."

Having broken the ballet mold herself, Copeland is hoping to motivate dancers of all sizes with a new line of dancewear called Égal — French for equal.

"I was going through this time where I had gained a lot of weight," she said. "I went through puberty really late in life and my bust had grown and I was like, 'I'm going to create dancewear that people who aren't stick thin can wear, but also people who are thin can wear."

Copeland says she hopes to eventually expand Égal to include a plus-size collection.

"It's finally coming to fruition," she said.

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<![CDATA[More Than 250 Vendors Take Part in Sailfest]]> Thu, 07 Jul 2016 14:17:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/sailfest+ship_1200.jpg

Sailfest, sponsored in part by NBC Connecticut, means more than 250 vendors this weekend in New London, along with the tall ship Mystic Whaler. On Saturday night, it means fireworks.  

"We have a great support from the city of New London so we hope - next year could be a different story - but this year we're gonna have a fireworks show and it's sponsored by Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation," Barbara Neff, Sailfest’s executive director, said. 

Besides the waterfront, Bank Street will be full of people also. One band got an early start on Sailfest with the Hygienic's Thursday Afternoon Lunch Break - Modern Primates. 

They play on Friday afternoon at the Hygienic stage and it'll be one band after the other there and on two other stages. 

Once the festival organizers cover their costs, whatever money's left over goes back to the community through different donations over the course of the year.

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<![CDATA[Sailfest Comes to New London July 8-10]]> Mon, 04 Jul 2016 21:06:23 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/sailfest+ship_1200.jpg

Join NBC Connecticut at Sailfest from July 8-10 in historic New London.

This premiere summertime event attracts more than 300,000 people over the 3 day festival. Enjoy the tall ships, free entertainment, 200 vendors, amusement rides, and an unforgettable Saturday night fireworks display.

Music abounds with performances from the latest in funk, rock and Latin music.

New London’s historic Waterfront District offers the perfect backdrop for the ships, shopping, savory treats and sounds of the summer!

Come and meet the NBC Connecticut team at the Custom House Stage on Sunday, July 10. From 1-2:30 p.m., meet Heidi Voight and Todd Piro. From 2:30-4 p.m., meet Tara Joyce and Kevin Nathan.

Click here for a schedule of events.

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<![CDATA[Decked Out for Fourth of July]]> Mon, 04 Jul 2016 12:07:25 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*213/Fourth+of+July+at+beach.jpg

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<![CDATA[Hold the Burgers: Meatless July 4 Grilling Ideas]]> Mon, 04 Jul 2016 08:24:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/grilled-veggie-split-thumb.jpg

The Fourth of July barbecue doesn't always have to be about hot dogs and burgers. The holiday is a great excuse to fire up the grill and throw on some tasty veggies that will make you forget about the standard fair. 

Even if you're a meat lover, check out some greener grilling ideas below:

For British celebrity chef and restaurateur, Jamie Oliver, the secret to delicious grilled vegetables is bare-bones simplicity. "Never, ever, ever, in my personal opinion, have I seen a good reason to brush any veg with oil before your grill it," Oliver said. All he recommends is to grill them over wood or charcoal for better flavor, get a good char on them, and to immediately "kiss them with quality extra virgin olive oil" after they're off the heat. Season the vegetables with some salt and pepper and from there they can be used for all types of dishes.

Food blogger and "Today" food contributor, Siri Daly, adds grilled vegetables to whole wheat spaghetti to make a light, summertime main course. Her recipe uses corn and green beans but you can use any vegetable you like. The recipe also works with grilled squash, zucchini, asparagus, or broccoli, she said. The key to bringing it all together though is a ladle of starchy pasta water, which "creates its own sauce" for the dish.

Cara Mangini, author of "The Vegetable Butcher" and the executive chef and owner of Little Eater in Ohio, uses eggplant as the foundation for her grilled eggplant stacks. As much building as it is cooking, the main course is simply stacked layers of grilled eggplant, heirloom tomato, and fresh mozzarella. A walnut basil pesto sauce and balsamic vinegar reduction bring the entire dish together. While on the "Today" show, Mangini offered a tip on how to cut the tomatoes for the dish. She recommends using a serrated knife which helps to keep the vegetable from tearing.

Grilled corn on the cob is a summertime staple but chef Rick Bayless' favorite corn side dish is esquites, a lesser known Mexican street snack. "This is just the epitome of summer," Bayless said. Sweet corn kernels are simmered in a corn cob and corn husk broth along with serrano chiles and a Mexican herb called epazote. When done cooking, the Jame Beard award winner likes to serve the side in a little dessert dish with a dollop of mayo, some crumbled Mexican fresh cheese, and a lime wedge.

Let's not forget about dessert! "Hell's Kitchen" host Gordon Ramsay has a grilled pineapple dish that should satisfy every sweet tooth. The British chef quickly grills some pineapple wedges to bring out the fruit's natural sugars. He then tops it off with a simple spiced vanilla caramel for an elegant finish.   

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<![CDATA[CT Couple Selected for International Dance Competition]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 22:33:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Malinowskis.jpg

A Connecticut couple could become the new world champions in ballroom dancing.

Renée and Tom Malinowski of Newington have been selected to represent the USA in the 2016 World DanceSport Federation World Championships. The pair were one of two amateur couples from the United States chosen to compete in the senior division. The competition will be held in July in Rimini, Italy.

“We were surprised and honored to be asked,” Renée said.

The pair, who placed fifth during an American championship in Baltimore, were asked to compete in the competition after couples ranked ahead of them couldn't attend. 

The Malinowskis compete in the International Standard style of ballroom dancing. This consists of waltz, tango, Viennese waltz, fox trot, and quickstep. Although they are competitive dancers now, they initially wanted to learn for fun.

“We started 12 years ago. The intention was to learn social dance,” Renee said. The pair participated in social dance for six years. “During that time we became aware of a different style of dance that was more competitive: the international style of dance.”

While the Malinowskis may be relatively new to dance, they’ve had years-worth of experience in athletics.

Tom coached baseball at Central Connecticut State University and Renée coached cheerleading at the University of Hartford. Tom currently teaches technical education at New Britain High School; but in his spare time, he serves as the advisor to the school’s Ballroom Dancing Club.

They refer to themselves as ‘former athletes and continuing athletes’, stating that dance is equally as competitive of a sport. The couple takes lessons in New York City and practices five nights a week, stating that they “train as if it was any sport.”

Dance differs from their previous athletic endeavors. For Renee and Tom, dance is more than just a fun competitive activity.

“It’s a lifelong skill,” Renee said.

Ballroom dancing teaches coordination and cooperation between the couple. During the competition, competitors have to think on their feet and go with the flow, they said.

“When we step on the floor, we don’t know which music they’re actually using,” Tom said. “We have to be able to take that music and dance to that song.”

Renee said that besides the valuable lessons in dance, she and her husband enjoy the art itself.

“It’s a lovely, very elegant sport to be a part of. You do it for the love of dance.”

The couple will be able to share their love for dance with couples from across the globe in Rimini, Italy, on July 10. When not competing, the Malinowskis hope to explore the country with relatives.

“I happen to have family in Italy in that area, then we’re going to go to London for a few days,” said Renee.

The 2016 World DanceSport Federation World Championships will provide the Malinowskis an experience of a lifetime – cultural exploration, a chance at becoming world champions in dance, and most importantly, the opportunity to perform together as a couple.

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<![CDATA[2016 Fireworks Displays]]> Sat, 09 Jul 2016 17:41:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/fireworks+generic+1.jpg

Several cities and towns will be putting on fireworks displays.

July 8:

Killingly: July 8, Red, White and Blue BBQ, Owen Ball Park; 9:15 p.m.

Meriden: July 8, Hubbard Park, 9:15 p.m.

Milford: July 8, Lisman Landing Marina, 9:15 p.m.

Windsor Locks: July 8, Veteran's Memorial Park, 9:30 p.m. 

July 9:

Beacon Falls: July 9, Pent Road Recreation Complex at dusk.

Groton: July 9, Sailfest, 9:20 p.m.

New London: July 9, Sailfest, Old Firehouse Road.

Stafford: July 9, Stafford High School, 9:15 p.m.

Torrington: July 9, Torrington Middle School, dusk

July 10:

Enfield: July 10, Enfield green, 9:45 p.m. 

Guilford: July 10, Fairgrounds, Lovers Lane (rescheduled from July 9)

July 29:

Stafford Springs: July 29, Stafford Motor Speedway. Fireworks will be after feature events.

<![CDATA[Taco Bell Giving Away Free Tacos Tuesday]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:44:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/1779076_10154087090319697_2553296908979305782_n.jpg

Although the Cleveland Cavaliers won the series, you can thank the Golden State Warriors for being able to score a free taco on Tuesday. 

Taco Bell teamed up with the NBA for a promotion called “Steal a Taco,” which gives fans free tacos if a team "steals" a win on the road. 

The Warriors won against Cleveland in Game 4, and now fans across the country can get a free Doritos Locos Taco from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at participating Taco Bell restaurants. 

To find a Taco Bell near you, visit tacobell.com/StealATaco.

Photo Credit: Facebook/TacoBell
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<![CDATA[State Offers Free Fishing for a Day]]> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:48:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/fishing+generic.jpg

This Father's Day will also be "Free Fishing License Day" in Connecticut.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is allowing two days during the season for people to try out fishing without having to purchase a license.

The first day is this Sunday and the second day will be on August 13.

The DEEP hopes current anglers will "cast it forward" and invite friends who are new to the sport to give fishing a try.

“It’s a great opportunity for experienced anglers to get a family member, friend or acquaintance outdoors and introduce them to the sport of fishing,” Deputy DEEP Commissioner Susan Whalen said.

Anyone looking for the free one-day fishing license can apply for it here.

The license is good for both the inland and marine districts.

Free licenses for the August date will be available beginning July 27.

<![CDATA[INFOGRAPHIC: Doting on Dad, Father’s Day 2016]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:33:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-93909607-edited.jpg

Millions of Americans will take some time out of their day Sunday to celebrate Father's Day, spending a projected $14.3 billion in the process. Here are some more fun facts about the gifts U.S. dads can look forward to this year.

Photo Credit: Getty Images
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<![CDATA['Late Night': Look at the Orlando Shooting]]> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 02:51:55 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nbc_myr_hlt_s3e122_382_closerlook_20160610_1200x675_705061443828.jpg Host Seth Meyers processes the Orlando shooting over the weekend. He looks at the tremendous amount of support that came out of the violence. Meyers turns to consider the ease with which the shooting suspect bought the weapons used to kill 49 people in an Orlando night club.]]> <![CDATA[Father's Day Gifts That Keep on Giving]]> Sat, 18 Jun 2016 13:56:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nicelynoted-fathersday-final.jpg There are more subscription services that bring meals and products right to your door than ever before. Here are a few gift ideas that keep on giving long after Father's Day.]]> <![CDATA[Historic Stratford Point Lighthouse Open to Public Saturday]]> Wed, 08 Jun 2016 10:21:29 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Stratford+Point+Lighthouse.JPG

The historic Stratford Point Lighthouse is never open to the public, except this Saturday, when it is available for public tours. 

Lighthouses have played an enormous role in our nation’s maritime history, from guiding distressed mariners to old myths and mysteries, and each lighthouse has a different story. 

This weekend, you can learn about the one located on Stratford Point. 

"Many of the people who were the keepers of the lighthouse were a little bit different historically and it kept them in the news," Carol Lovell, a Curator at the Stratford Historical Society, said. 

Since the lighthouse was built in 1822, various families have filtered in and out of the historical property, keeping an eye on the lighthouse -- among other things says Lovell. 

"One man absolutely saw a mermaid -- uh huh," she said. 

Lighthouses have been a vital part of the maritime industry. 

"The Stratford Lighthouse is a fresnel light that has a nominal range of 18 nautical miles,” Lt. Matthew Richards, of the incident management division, Long Island Sound, said. “And it stands 35 feet tall." 

While the Coast Guard still has to complete a final safety check inside the lighthouse before this weekend, we got a sneak peak of the historic grounds. 

Lovell said this is only open during the open house. 

“And there are many people who have lived in Stratford their whole lives and have never been to the lighthouse, so that's a wonderful opportunity," she said. 

You can check out the lighthouse for free on this Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. 

And you can check out the lighthouse for free on FREE, this Saturday, June 11th, from 9am to 3pm rain or shine. 

Photo Credit: NBCConnecticut.com]]>
<![CDATA[Inside Muhammad Ali's Former NJ Villa]]> Sat, 04 Jun 2016 13:38:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/215*120/aliauction01+%282%29.jpg Boxing legend Muhammad Ali lived in Cherry Hill, New Jersey for several years and had a home built. NBC10 got a look at the property. Photos by Sarah J. Glover

Photo Credit: Sarah Glover]]>
<![CDATA[National Geographic, Hawkeye Huey]]> Thu, 02 Jun 2016 13:40:28 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Hawkeye+Huey.png

Hawkeye Huey, who is still in kindergarten, received his first camera on a trip with his father, National Geographic photographer Aaron Huey.

The Instamatic camera launched Hawkeye's career as a photographer, taking him from Instagram star to the youngest person ever published in National Geographic, the "Today" show reported.

Two years later, Hawkeye is celebrating the release of his first book, "Cowboys Indians Hobos Gamblers Patriots Tourists & Sunsets." It's a fresh take on a classic subject — the American West — and features 120 images from the 6-year-old's many road trips with his father, who describes the book as the product of "true collaboration."

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<![CDATA[New Haven Food Truck Festival Happens This Weekend]]> Thu, 02 Jun 2016 13:33:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BBQ-Ribs-Generic.jpg

New Haven is the place to be for foodies on Saturday. 

The second annual New Haven Food Truck Festival will be at Long Wharf Park and the family-friendly event will include not only good food, but also live music, children’s activities and handmade items from local vendors. 

A Dragon Boat Regatta gets underway at the Long Wharf Pier from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Adults who attend might want to grab a pint at a Thomas Hooker Brewery beer station. 

Tickets to the event are $5 and the festival goes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Following is the list of vendors included on the event website: 

  • 744 Express
  • Admiral Gyros LLC
  • Ay! Arepa
  • Cemitas La Güera Poblana LLC
  • Christiano's Mobile LLC
  • Dee's Flavors
  • Disorbo's Bakery
  • Food 365 LLC
  • Four Flours Baking Company LLC
  • Kay's Thai Kitchen
  • Lunch Box 23
  • Mamoun's Falafel
  • Now We're Smokin
  • Ricky D's Rib Shack
  • Samba's Cuisine
  • Sultan Kebab LLC
  • Szabo's Seafood
  • Taco Santa Fe
  • Valencia Luncheria
  • Yardbird and Co

<![CDATA[Where to Find Free Doughnuts on Friday]]> Fri, 03 Jun 2016 08:24:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-200539256-001.jpg

National Doughnut Day is on Friday, June 3, which means there are plenty of free doughnuts to be had. 

But the day, also known as National Donut Day, isn't just about stuffing your face with the tasty treats. 

National Doughnut Day commemorates the “donut lassies,” female Salvation Army volunteers who mended clothes and served home-cooked meals, including doughnuts, to American soldiers during World War I. The Salvation Army marked the day during the Great Depression as a way to raise money and spread awareness about its social service programs.

Take a look at some of the doughnut deals on Friday:

Dunkin' Donuts
Get a free doughnut with the purchase of a drink at participating stores nationwide. 

Krispy Kreme
Pick up one free doughnut of your choice, with no purchase necessary, at participating stores in the U.S. and Canada. The freebie is not available in Connecticut. 

Shipley Do-Nuts
Get one free glazed donut, with no purchase necessary, at the southern chain's participating locations from 5 a.m. to noon.

Enter the sweepstakes to win free doughnuts for a year and other prizes. No purchase necessary.

Honey Dew Donuts
Get a free doughnut if you purchase any medium or larger drink at participating locations of this New England chain.

LaMar's Donuts
The midwestern chain is giving away one free doughnut "with a hole." No purchase is necessary.

Fractured Prune Doughnuts
Deals vary per location. Visit Fracturedprune.com for your local deal.

Tim Horton's: A National Doughnut Day coupon is good for a half-dozen donuts at the special price of $2.99 and it's valid through July 31, 2016. 

Cumberland Farms
Buy any coffee or a Chill Zone beverage and get a free doughnut, 5 a.m.-10 a.m. 

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Top 10 Best Beaches for 2016]]> Fri, 03 Jun 2016 08:42:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_234941245609.jpg Florida International University professor Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, uses about 50 criteria to assess and rank beaches across the country. Here are the top 10 best beaches in the United States for 2016's list.

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<![CDATA[Tour Famous 'Bond' Lair, Back on Market for $8M]]> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 09:07:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/Elrod+Aerial+3.jpg

Photo Credit: Lance Gerber Studio]]>
<![CDATA[Nathan's Famous Celebrates 100 Years in Coney Island]]> Mon, 04 Jul 2016 09:50:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/187*120/526115294.jpg The Original Nathan's hot dog stand was opened in 1916. 100 years later the famous hot dog establishment lives and thrives!

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA['Chewbacca Mom' Breaks Facebook Live Record]]> Sat, 21 May 2016 10:55:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/chewbacca-mom.jpg

Candace Payne donned a Chewbacca mask in her car while the Internet gaped.

Within hours, it rose to become the most viewed Facebook Live video of all time, with more than 105 million views as of Saturday morning.

The Texas mother's random purchase at her local Kohl's was not expected. In the video, recorded at the store's parking lot, Payne says she was returning some items when she found the mask.

In an phone interview with 'Today,' Payne said: "I feel like I really helped people, and that's all that matters. People reach out to me, and they say, you know, 'I battle depression,' or, 'I haven't laughed out loud since such-and-such event.' And that's been so great. I've only been seeing positive feedback."

Photo Credit: Candace Payne
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<![CDATA[Ben & Jerry's Debuts Empower Mint]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 11:50:14 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/238*120/BenJerrysMint1.gif

Ben & Jerry's wants you to know that democracy is in your hands and the Vermont-based company has launched a new flavor of creamy, chunky goodness churned for the cause.

Empower Mint was introduced in North Carolina Tuesday in conjunction with the launch of the "Democracy Is in Your Hands" campaign to support the NAACP’s get out the vote efforts, protest voter suppression laws, and draw attention to dark money in politics.

Ben & Jerry's co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield attended the event in Raleigh along with Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP.

Cohen and Greenfield said in a press release it chose North Carolina to launch the new flavor — mint ice cream with brownie chunks and a fudge swirl— because the state is at the epicenter of the fight for voting rights in the U.S.

"Almost immediately following the 2013 Supreme Court decision invalidating a critical section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, North Carolina passed a package restrictive voting policies that disproportionately impact black, Hispanic, and younger voters," the founders wrote.

The limited edition ice cream is going to be part of the company’s year-long effort to register at least 30,000 voters. Participating Ben & Jerry's scoop shops across the country will install kiosks to register voters.

It is also urging customers to demand that Congress reauthorize the landmark civil rights legislation, the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Trucks offering free scoops of Ben & Jerry's will tour North Carolina this summer with information about the campaign and voter registration.

Click here to read more about the campaign.

Click here to find out where you can buy Empower Mint.

Photo Credit: Ben and Jerry's ]]>
<![CDATA[CeeLo Green, Third Eye Blind, Easton Corbin to Perform at Alive@Five ]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 10:09:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/453575360.jpg

The lineup for the Alive@Five outdoor concert series in Stamford has been released and the artists include O.A.R., CeeLo Green, Hanson, Third Eye Blind, Eric Hutchinson and Easton Corbin.

The series if for people 21 years old and older this year.

The concerts begin at 5 p.m. at Columbus Park The entrance fee for the festival is $10 before 6:30 p.m., or $15 thereafter.

Editor’s Note: NBC Universal, the parent company of NBC Connecticut, is one of the sponsors of the event.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>