<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut https://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usFri, 23 Feb 2018 17:44:36 -0500Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:44:36 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[McD's Brings Back Beloved Shake, Sauce That Sparked Riots]]> Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:53:27 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/McD+Szechuan+Shamrock.png

America, if you like oddly colored but strangely tasty semi-liquid products, today is your day.

McDonald's said Thursday it will bring back Szechuan Sauce, the dipping sauce that caused riots over its one-day availability last October. It will also bring back the Shamrock Shake, its minty seasonal favorite.

The chain will ship 20 million packets of the spicy, salty sauce to stores, starting next week. It announced the release on a new website that also features a three-part podcast series on the public's obsession with the chicken tender companion. 

The sauce has its own backstory - it was a limited-time promotional tie-in for the movie "Mulan" in 1998. The animated series "Rick and Morty" features a character who fawns over the condiment, which led to a petition for the Golden Arches to bring it back.

Never one to miss a good promo, McDonald's brought it back for one day last year - but badly underestimated demand, which led to furious crowds that in some places required police intervention.

"We want to make this right," the chain tweeted on Oct. 8, promising to bring the sauce back in greater quantities soon. 

To wash down the spice of Szechuan Sauce, McDonald's has re-released the Shamrock Shake, a minty milkshake that comes back every year around St. Patrick's Day. To promote the release, the company launched an app that lets users find the closest store selling the drink. 

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<![CDATA[A.C. Petersen Celebrates Record Warmth With 70-Cent Ice Cream]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:33:50 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AC+Petersen+inside.JPG

A.C. Petersen in West Hartford is celebrating the record-breaking warmth with 70-cent ice cream cones today.

The restaurant on Park Road in West Hartford launched the deal in celebration of the forecast for 70-degree weather.

The record for today was 63 degrees, set in 1930. It was broken this morning in the Hartford area when the temperature reached 64 degrees.

The all-time February record is 73 degrees. It was set in 1985.

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<![CDATA[6-Year-Old Stratford Boy to Share Geography Expertise on Ellen Again]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:00:52 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Nate+Seltzer+on+Ellen+February+2018.jpg

A 6-year-old geography expert from Stratford will be back on Ellen this afternoon and this time he will be identifying bodies of water from photographs, including one right over the Connecticut border in Massachusetts that several people cannot even pronounce -- Lake Chaubunagungamaug.


In addition to his expertise in geography, Nate Seltzer is also an aspiring screenwriter and wrote a little movie about a pirate.

Using storyboards Nate drew, Ellen created his story a little movie and his reaction is something you do not want to miss.


You can watch the show in its entirety a 2 p.m. Tuesday on NBC Connecticut.

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<![CDATA[Where to Celebrate National Margarita Day In CT]]> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:26:48 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/frozen+margarita+1200.jpg

National Margarita Day is this Thursday, Feb. 22. If you're looking for a place to celebrate then this is the list for you. Here are some places throughout Connecticut that are offering small prices with big celebrations. 

Wood-n-Tap is celebrating National Margarita Day with $3 margaritas all day at all their locations! There are nine different locations throughout Connecticut, so you're sure to find one close to home. All locations open at 11 a.m. daily. 

On The Border wants to celebrate this holiday for more than just one day. So how about for almost two weeks? This Mexican grill started the fiesta on Feb. 9 by offering $2 margaritas and the deal will last through Feb. 22.

Let the countdown to National Margarita Day begin at MargaritasCelebrate their namesake holiday on Feb. 22 as they're offering four of their flavors for $10. Join them for "delicious samples and lots of fun." 

Agave Grill is keeping you up to date on their Facebook page as they countdown the days. This modern Mexican grill and tequila bar is serving $4 margaritas all day long, opening at 11:30 a.m. 

Why celebrate for just one day when you can for the entire month of March?Bartaco's celebration kicks off on the holiday (February 22), but will last all through March as well. Join them as they introduce a new margarita-inspired cocktail each week. Some of these new drinks include smoked pineapple and matcha green tea. 


Ninety Nine is celebrating the holiday and they're offering a special deal. On Thursday, customers can get their house cuervo margaritas and other flavors for only $4.99. 


National Margarita Day falls on a Thursday this year, and Plaza Azteca in Manchester is ready for it. They're not only offering $4.99 small house margarita's all day, but there will also be surprises, giveaway, and much more that you won't want to miss.


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<![CDATA[10 Places In CT To Test Out Your Olympic Skills]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:05:29 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-468605173.jpg Here are 10 places in Connecticut where you can train like an Olympian and try these winter sports!

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<![CDATA[‘This Is Us’ Star Chrissy Metz Doing Book Reading in Connecticut]]> Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:59:34 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImagesChrissy+Metz-915982094.jpg

Chrissy Metz, who stars as Kate in the NBC show “This is Us,” is coming to Connecticut for a book signing and more tickets are available after the event was moved to a new venue.

Metz wrote the book is “This is Me” and RJ Julia Bookseller in Madison is hosting the event at the Morgan School in Clinton at 7 p.m. on March 28.

The book signing was originally going to be held at the Clinton Town Hall Auditorium, but that venue sold out and the event was moved to the auditorium of the Morgan School.

“In ‘This is Me,’ Chrissy Metz shares her story with a raw honesty that will leave readers both surprised but also inspired. Infused with the same authenticity she brings to her starring role, Chrissy’s ‘This is Me’ is so much more than your standard Hollywood memoir or collection of personal essays. She embraces the spirit of Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes, and shares how she has applied the lessons she learned from both setbacks and successes. A born entertainer, Chrissy finds light in even her darkest moments, and leaves the reader feeling they are spending time with a friend who gets it,” the listing on RJ Julia’s website says.

Tickets are $33, which includes admission and one signed copy of “This is Me.” 

The book signing starts at 7 p.m. and the school is located at 71 Killingworth Turnpike. Tickets previously purchased will be honored at the new location.

“This is Us” airs on NBC Connecticut.

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<![CDATA[Big E Holding One-Day-Only Ticket Sale ]]> Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:39:38 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Connecticut+Building+at+the+Big+E.JPG

The Big E is offering a one-day-only sale for tickets to the fair and admission is just a little more than half price if you buy them before 8 p.m.

From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., the Eastern States Exposition is offering $8 admission tickets. Regular admission is $15.

“This one day rollback of our gate admission ticket price is our way of showing thanks to all our guests who helped make the 2017 Big E the biggest Fair in ESE history with attendance of 1,525,553,” Gene Cassidy, president and CEO of Eastern States Exposition, said in a statement.

The 102nd Big E kicks off on Sept. 14 and runs through Sept. 30. 

It all gets underway at 1305 Memorial Ave. in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

The sale is online only and there is a limit of eight tickets per order.

Visit Big E Ticketing to get your tickets.

From the Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang:

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<![CDATA['Love' Returns to Philadelphia in Time for Valentine's Day]]> Tue, 13 Feb 2018 19:25:08 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/20180213+Love_Park1.jpg

There's another reason to love Philly as the city celebrated the return of an icon Tuesday: The Robert Indiana-designed "Love" sculpture was reinstalled at its namesake park at the base of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

The city hosted a parade to celebrate the return of the sculpture (and that's what it really is, not a statue).

Dubbed "Love on the Move", the parade started at 25th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue before winding its way around Eakins Oval and down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 

The parade made seven specially designated "Love stops" at other sculptures and parks on the way.

The parade will offer the city its first opportunity to see "Love" in its original colors. Two previous restorations in 1988 and 1998 resulted in the sculpture being painted red, green and blue. But during renovations, representatives of the sculptor provided the city with records showing the statue was originally red, green and purple.

The purple was restored during the $55,000 restoration process.

The correction makes Philadelphia’s version of Indiana’s iconic LOVE unique, as it's the only one with purple color, according to city officials.

Though the sculpture has become a symbol of Philadelphia, there are many versions of it, including on Sixth Avenue in New York, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and even in Montreal, Bilbao and Armenia.

It's been just under one year since Philadelphia's "Love" was removed from public view to accommodate restoration of the sculpture and a complete multi-million dollar makeover of its namesake park, which has seen the addition of new green spaces and fountains.

A grand reopening of the entire park will come later this spring, but the focus on Tuesday is the celebration of the return of "Love" just in time for Valentine's Day.

<![CDATA[See the Harlem Globetrotters at XL Center]]> Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:00:35 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/See_the_Harlem_Globetrotters_at_XL_Center.jpg

See the Harlem Globetrotters at the XL Center this weekend.

<![CDATA[10 Places in CT for This St. Patrick's Day]]> Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:15:42 -0500

St. Patrick's Day is about a month away, but it's never too early to find the deals that are as good as gold. Check out these 10 places in Connecticut for a fun-filled St. Patrick's Day.

The 47 Annual Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade – The Central Connecticut Celtic Cultural Committee is yet again sponsoring the Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This event is Saturday, March 10 at 11 a.m. The parade starts at Capitol Avenue by the State Capitol and ends on Memorial Arch. For the full parade route you can click here

Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade – You can never attend too many parades! The Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day parade has been put on since the mid-1950s. It features 3,000 marchers and musical bands. This parade is Sunday, March 11, starting at 1:30 p.m. It begins at Chapel Street and ends at Orange Street in New Haven.

St. Patrick’s Day Brunch at New England Cider Company – Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. the New England Cider Company, in Wallingford, will be holding a St. Patrick’s Day brunch. The food includes 12-hour smoked corn beef, shepherd’s pie, Irish sausage and much more. Come hungry and enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day feast. More information and tickets can be found here.

Tavern Night: A Taste of Ireland – The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Society will be hosting its annual dinner for St. Patrick’s Day in West Hartford. Those who purchase a ticket can enjoy a meal featuring homemade Guinness Steak Pie, green beans, pickled beets and Irish soda bread. This Irish cuisine event is on March 16 and 17, starting at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here. These tickets include dinner, one drink, entertainment, and games. 

Harbor Point 6th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Stroll 5K Walk/Run – Run off those St. Patrick’s Day calories in Stamford with Harbor Points annual Shamrock Stroll 5K. Whether you like to walk or run, this event is for anyone. The race starts at 10 a.m. It is free, but you must register for the race here. Restaurant vendors will be available after the race. First, second, and third place winners get a prize. 

Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Pub Crawl 2018 –  Whether you prefer a restaurant, bar, or upscale venue to get a drink, try them all with Hartford's Luck of the Irish St Patrick's Day Pub Crawl. For the price of $10, you will get access to all the participating venues and the specials that they're offering. Check-in is between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. There you will receive the list of participating locations, a map and a list of the deals that are offered. Enjoy a wide variety of places to visit this holiday! More information on the event and tickets can be purchased here.

O’Neill’s Irish Pub and Restaurant - Looking for a restaurant to get your St. Patrick's Day feast? How about at a restaurant that opened on St. Patrick's Day in 1999! O’Neill’s Pub and Restaurant in Norwalk offers an Irish pub culture inspired straight from Ireland.

Clam O’Cleary at The Lansdowne Pub & Music - Dance the day away when Clan O'Cleary comes to The Lansdowne Pub at Mohegan Sun. With traditional Irish music from a five piece band, the members of the group will also perform original songs. This event starts at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17. Children with a legal parent or guardian are welcome to come before 9:00 p.m. After 9:00 p.m., all guests must be over 21 with a valid ID.

The Hops Company - Voted the Readers Choice Winner of Connecticut Magazine's Best Beer Bar, The Hops Company will have it all this St. Patrick's Day. From bagpipers and an Irish band, to a DJ, you'll be sure to have a variety of tunes to enjoy. This event is free and takes place Saturday, March 17 starting at 12 p.m. 

On a more serious note, you can learn about Irish history at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Hamden. 

<![CDATA[Giant Wad of Crumpled Cash Found on Wall Street]]> Tue, 06 Feb 2018 10:11:27 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Money+ICY+SOT.jpg

A giant wad of crumpled cash was found on Wall Street, and there is no way it fell out of someone's pocket.

The car-sized wadded-up $1 bill popped up in the Financial District over the weekend, an impromptu installation by Iranian art duo known as ICY and SOT.

"We felt it was good timing because of Trump's tax cut. It's not fair that the wealthy people are going to get to benefit but middle class working people not. Most likely, Trump's tax cut winner would be Wall Street, the heart of capitalism," the brothers said.

The artists, brothers living in Brooklyn, said they only placed the giant wad of money on Wall Street temporarily to take photos of it and that they hadn't done anything illegal.

To the artists, the crumpled dollar bill represents both the greed and volatility of capitalism.

ICY and SOT’s work can be found in galleries in the U.S., China, Germany and other locations around the world.  

Photo Credit: @icyandsot
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<![CDATA['Doritos For Her'? PepsiCo CEO Says Women Don't Want Loud Snacks]]> Tue, 06 Feb 2018 08:09:54 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_10042915950.jpg

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi caused a stir online after saying that women don't like to "crunch too loudly" or lick their fingers like men do when eating Doritos. 

In an interview with Freakonomics, Nooyi was explaining how the company was looking into how it can cater to female customers based on snacking preferences by gender, Today.com reported. 

“As you watch a lot of the young guys eat the chips, they love their Doritos, and they lick their fingers with great glee, and when they reach the bottom of the bag they pour the little broken pieces into their mouth,” she said. “Women would love to do the same, but they don’t. They don’t like to crunch too loudly in public. And they don’t lick their fingers generously and they don’t like to pour the little broken pieces and the flavor into their mouth.” 

The comments were widely panned on social media, with many thinking that Frito-Lay was developing a "Doritos for Her" snack. 

Doritos put the speculation to rest Monday night by tweeting, "We already have Doritos for women — they’re called Doritos, and they’re loved by millions."

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<![CDATA[10 Things To Do In CT This Valentine's Day]]> Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:32:08 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/valentines_roses.jpg

Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Still don't know what to do? Check out these 10 places in Connecticut with deals to create a holiday to remember. 

Romantic Willimantic Chocolate Festival - Join the town of Willimantic for their 14th annual Chocolate Festival. Kicking off February 10, local businesses open their doors for everyone to enjoy free chocolate samples. Participate in their "Cupid Made Me Do It 2 Mile Urban Challenge." Registration for this event starts at 8:30 a.m. Do you have a cake recipe you think is the best of the best? Test it out in their cake baking contest. For more events and times, check out their website here.

Millwright's Valentine's Day Menu - Millwrights, located in Simsbury, Connecticut, is offering a four course prix fixe. Between the days of February 14 and February 17, for only $79 you'll receive your first and second course, main meal, and a dessert to top it off. 

Valentine's Week Dinner at Cafemantic - Is one day not enough to show how much you love someone? How about a whole week of Valentine's Day deals? Cafemantic in Willimantic will be adding five additional specials to their full menu just for Valentine's Day. Some of these meals include East Coast oysters, roasted organic chicken, or even hand-rolled potato gnocchi. Reservations can be made by calling (860) 423-4243. 

NoRA Cupcakes Company - Located in Middletown NoRA Cupcake Company has a full list of special edition cupcakes all with a Valentine's Day twist. These 12 cupcakes have creative names to put you in the spirit. They're available in stores or to pre-order between February 9 and February 14. Make sure to pre-order them by 5 p.m. on February 11 in order to get them before that special day. 

Shell & Bones Oyster Bar and Grill - Right on the water in New Haven, a Valentine's Day menu has been created by Executive Chef Frenco Camacho. Shell & Bones Oyster Bar and Grill has special dishes, in addition to their regular menu, from February 10 to February 17. Start with an appetizer before moving on to the entree, but don't forget to leave room for dessert from this menu. 

Manor House Inn - Do you need a weekend to get away? Manor House Inn in Norfolk is offering a Romantic Escape. With many excursions and restaurants nearby, you're sure to stay close. These Romantic Escape packages include 6 chocolate covered strawberries and a fresh flower bouquet in your room upon arrival. A full breakfast is delivered to your room on the first morning of your stay. Theses rooms, starting at $304/night, can be reserved here, or you can call (860)542-5690.

Foxwoods Resort Casino - Foxwoods is celebrating Valentine's Day all week with a variety of deals and shows. It's all starting February 9, and their first show is "An Evening of Love." Enjoy dinner specials at Alta Strada, Cedars Steakhouse & Oyster Bar, or David Burke Prime. Want to impress your special someone? Show off your bowling skills with High Rollers Luxury Lanes & Sports Lounge. Check out the full list of deals and events here.

Mohegan Sun Arena - Want a good laugh? Mohegan Sun Arena is holding a special comedy show with Laurie Kilmartin. A date night package is available. Receive 25 percent off front row and VIP tickets using promo code DATENIGHT. Select restaurants will also have dining specials and themed dishes. Need a place to take the kids? Check your child into Kids Quest while you enjoy your night. Activities are planned for your little one to have a great time too. 

Mystic Aquarium Valentine's Day Family Weekend - Spending this Valentine's Day with the family? On February 10, 11, and 14, Mystic Aquarium is offering the deal of one free admission with the purchase of a full priced ticket. On February 10 and 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mystic Aquarium will be holding events throughout the day, like a Sweetheart Social or writing a note to your favorite aquarium animal. 

Scruples Boutique & Day Spa - If it's been a stressful week and you need a place to relax, Scruples Boutique & Day Spa in Enfield has Valentine's Day promotions for just yourself, or you and a loved one. Whether you want the "Sweet Retreat" of a chocolate message, or a hydrating facial, there's plenty of options for both him and her. 

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<![CDATA[In Photos: Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl Halftime Show]]> Sun, 04 Feb 2018 23:25:51 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_18036062267398.jpg Justin Timberlake performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis.

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<![CDATA['Girls' Star Jemima Kirke Lists NYC Brownstone for $4.5M]]> Thu, 01 Feb 2018 19:08:24 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Jemima+Kirke+brownstone.jpg Actress Jemima Kirke, who played Jessa Johansson on the HBO series "Girls," has reportedly listed her Brooklyn townhouse for $4.495 million. Take a look inside.

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<![CDATA[Concerts Coming to Connecticut in 2018]]> Fri, 02 Feb 2018 13:26:13 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/185*120/Kid_Rock.jpg Check out the list of upcoming concerts coming to Connecticut from March through the summer of 2018.

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<![CDATA[2018 Hartford Boat Show Cruises In]]> Fri, 02 Feb 2018 11:37:19 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cmta-hartford-boat-show.jpg

Escape the chill of winter this year at the 2018 Hartford Boat Show.

The Connecticut Convention Center will have you dreaming of summer with 400 boats and watercraft, 125 exhibitors, as well as seminars and demonstration areas.

The 49th Hartford Boat Show is hosted by the Connecticut Marine Trades Association and will be held February 8-11.

Tickets purchased online before the show are $10 or a multi-day pass is available for $18 which allows access to the show any two days. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult.

Tickets at the door are $12.

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<![CDATA[How to Get News from NBC CT First on Facebook]]> Sun, 28 Jan 2018 14:37:02 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/238*120/NBC+CT+Facebook+home+page.png

Facebook announced tweaks to its news feed algorithm to emphasize posts from friends and family. That change could cause Facebook users to see fewer posts from media companies like NBC Connecticut. 

Some viewers have asked how they can be sure to continue to receive local news they count on. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to guarantee you see receive every update from NBC Connecticut in your news feed.   

Go to NBC Connecticut’s Facebook page and be sure you’ve liked the page.

On your mobile device, click "Following" and you will see three options.

If you'd like to see every post from NBC Connecticut, click "See First." If you'd prefer to see what the Facebook algorithm serves you, click "Default," and Facebook will show you posts based on how often you engage with NBC Connecticut's content.

On desktop, you can find the "See First" and "Default" options by clicking on the small arrow right next to the "Like" button. 

To manage notifications on your mobile device, tap the "More" button, then click down to "Notifications." There you can select which notifications you'd like to receive on the page. 

On desktop to edit notifications, click on the small arrow to the right of the like button and select either all on or all off. You may also choose to receive specific notifications, such as videos and photos. To do so, click on the pencil next to the notifications button to select which post types you'd like to receive notifications for. 

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<![CDATA[Here Are the 2018 Super Bowl Commercials]]> Mon, 05 Feb 2018 01:37:05 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/218*120/Screen+Shot+2018-02-04+at+9.36.51+PM.png

When the top two NFL teams met Feb. 4 in the Super Bowl, advertisers took advantage of breaks in the action to compete for viewers' hearts and wallets.

In recent years, advertisers have spoiled the suspense by rolling out their Super Bowl commercials ahead of the big game. In 2017, of the 49 ads that ran during the Super Bowl broadcast, 36 brands released the full commercial ahead of game day, according to Adweek.

Super Bowl ads cost millions to produce and air, and with NBC charging advertisers north of $5 million for a 30-second spot during Super Bowl LII, brands are looking to stretch their dollars beyond the Vince Lombardi Trophy presentation.

Early releases and teasers help broaden a brand's exposure, garnering even more buzz for a company. Experts say the strategy is getting people to talk about a brand's commercial before the game in order to generate some early interest online, rather than risk getting eclipsed by a more viral-worthy spot on game day.

But not all brands take the early-release route. According to Brian Riordan, president of the advertising firm NSG/SWAT, an emerging trend has been to create additional "teaser" content that either sets up the premise of a story or features new content that plays off the prime time spot.

Here's a look at some of the commercials shown during the big game:

After scoring a touchdown in practice, New York Giants' Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. were "Dirty Dancing" in celebration to "I've Had the Time of My Life." The NFL commercial ends with the duo nailing a jump and the words: "To all the touchdowns to come."

Dodge Ram:
Using audio of a 50-year-old Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speech as the backdrop, the automaker brought a message of service and greatness.  

"Stranger Things" star David Harbour wants you to know: It's a Tide ad. Crashing other commercials --for shaving, cars and beer-- Harbour reiterates that no, it's still a commercial for the laundry detergent. One place the ad didn't go? Addressing the infamous Tide Pod challenge that has caused serious illness. 

Mass Mutual:
After a year of natural disasters and division, insurance company Mass Mutual aired a two-minute ad of Americans helping each other, whether its bikers standing up for a bullied child or a synagogue welcoming Muslim children. Americans of all walks of life sing The Pretenders classic hit "I'll Stand by You." 

U.S. Marine Corps:
For the first time in 30 years, the U.S. Marine Corps aired an ad during the Super Bowl, using an online-only spot Sunday to target a young, tough, tech-savvy audience for potential recruits looking for a challenge.

Olympic snowboarder Shaun White is in the zone in this ad for the nearing Winter Games. White watches film, practices and envisions the halfpipe no matter where he is. He'll be one of the athletes representing the U.S. at the Pyeongchang Games, which start Feb. 8. 

The network also took the opportunity to unite some of its entertainment and news personalities to sing Prince's "Let's Go Crazy."

When Amazon’s Alexa loses her voice, the company employs some hilarious celebrity replacements, including chef Gordon Ramsey, rapper Cardi B, actress Rebel Wilson, and actor Anthony Hopkins. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos also makes a cameo.

Doritos vs. Mountain Dew:
In their third Super Bowl ad teaser, Morgan Freeman and Peter Dinklage "face off" in a rap battle over Doritos' spicy Blaze chips and Mountain Dew's clear soft drink. Hip hop stars Missy Elliot and Busta Rhymes coached the two actors in a previous teaser.

Avocados From Mexico:
In a world where there are tons of avocados ripe for making guacamole but no chips to eat them with, chaos is likely to erupt. But fear not biodome inhabitants, avocados go great with lots of foods. Avocado toast, anyone?

"Girl’s Trip" star Tiffany Haddish, who was named the company’s new spokesperson in a teaser video last week, shows why supporting local businesses with Groupon is the only way to go.

Febreze is back in the Super Bowl giving football fans advice on how they can avoid a stinky bathroom situation at halftime.

Pringles is set to make its advertising debut in the big game this year, enlisting former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Bill Hader to illustrate the wonders of "Flavor Stacking."

The website-creating platform is returning to the Super Bowl for a fifth consecutive year with a campaign starring Keanu Reeves reflecting on "putting [his] dreams on the internet."

The Marvel-ous superhero King of Wakanda fends off the bad guys in a Lexus sedan, proving the luxury car company makes vehicles fit for a king. Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” will debut in theaters on Feb 16.

In the wake of natural disasters in Puerto Rico, California, Texas and Florida, Anheuser-Busch will advertise a different liquid at this year’s Super Bowl.

Hyundai, which returns for its 10th consecutive Super Bowl ad in 11 years, is promising in a teaser to surprise millions" on Feb. 4.

Stella Artois:
The AB InBev brand's "Taps" commercial stars Matt Damon and highlights how viewers can help provide people with access to clean drinking water by purchasing a limited-edition Stella Artois Chalice.

The "most exclusive Super Bowl ad ever" will be shown during the game only to Marcos Menedez, of Canoga Park, California. Viewers will be able to watch Menendez’s reaction to the ad via a livestream on Skittles’ Facebook page.

M & M's:
After teasing a video of Critics Choice Awards voters reacting to their Superbowl ad, M&Ms has released its second sneak peak featuring Danny DeVito bobbing in a pool of chocolate. 

Supermodel Cindy Crawford will drink a Pepsi for the Super Bowl once again, recreating her iconic 1992 Big Game spot.

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<![CDATA[Check Out the Menu at Super Bowl LII]]> Thu, 25 Jan 2018 06:57:16 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_SUPER_BOWL_MENU_012418_1-151683029200200002.jpg

Going to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis? You will want to arrive hungry. Check out some of the delicious items on the menu at U.S. Bank Stadium.

<![CDATA[Cheesecake Factory to Sell Its Famous Brown Bread in Stores]]> Wed, 24 Jan 2018 13:22:56 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cheesecake-factory-bread-today-tease-1-180122_f5bf0e2c6f27d4bf59355755dacab99c.today-inline-large.jpg

Fans of the Cheesecakes Factory's brown bread appetizer will no longer have to  make the trip to the popular restaurant for a fix of that yeasty goodness. 

The chain announced that it will begin selling its famous honey-wheat bread at select Winn Dixie, Bi-Lo and Harveys grocery stores this week, with nationwide distribution at additional stores "coming soon," a spokeswoman for the company told NBC.

According to the Cheesecake Factory, the packaged bread will be available in three varities: heat-and-serve dinner rolls, mini baguettes, and pre-sliced sandwich loaves.

The retail price is $3.49 for a two-pack of baguettes and eight-pack of dinner rolls, and $4.49 for a sandwich loaf. Customers will be able to find the famous bread in the baked goods section at their local grocery store.

The bread isn't the first item the restaurant is offering in your grocery store. There are also The Cheesecake Factory brand coffee creamers, cookie mixes and cheesecake mixes. Chocolates are coming soon to their At Home line, according to their website.

Photo Credit: The Cheesecake Factory ]]>
<![CDATA[How ‘Fire Marshall Bill’ Saved the Super Bowl Halftime Show]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:07:31 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2018-01-22+at+3.53.18+PM.png

Nowadays the Super Bowl halftime show features some of the biggest names in pop music. But not too long ago, the halftime show was mostly marching bands and musical ensembles. In 1992, FOX encouraged viewers to turn off the Super Bowl by airing a live episode of the sketch-comedy show “In Living Color” during halftime — and big names have headlined the mid-game break ever since.

<![CDATA[Look Inside: Josh Duhamel's Homey $2.65-Million Bachelor Pad in Calif.]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:24:55 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/josh-duhamel-getty-Erenstoft-realestate.jpg Josh Duhamel's bachelor pad is pretty homey. The $2.65 million gem nestled in Encino, California, which the "Transformers" star purchased after the end to his 13-year marriage to Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie, boasts a 180-degree view of the valley and the eastern mountain range.

Photo Credit: Getty via Chris Polk/Sean Erenstoft of Sotheby’s International Realty ]]>
<![CDATA[Red Sox Were at Foxwoods for Annual Winter Weekend]]> Sat, 27 Jan 2018 11:40:47 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Jackie+Bradley+Jr+GettyImages-859117020+%281%29.jpg

Before heading to Florida for Spring Training, the Boston Red Sox were at Foxwoods last weekend, meeting with fans during the annual Winter Weekend.

Fans could get autographs from and photos with players and alumni. 

You could also attend baseball insider panels, a town hall meeting with Red Sox owners and managers who will take questions from fans about the upcoming season. 

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Celeb Estate: Bruce Willis Lists $17 Million Duplex on Central Park]]> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:54:46 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bruce+willis+upper+west+side+apartment.jpg Actor Bruce Willis and his wife, Emma Heming Willis, are selling their spacious duplex facing Central Park West, according to reports.

Photo Credit: Rob Lowell]]>
<![CDATA[Beware of New Pyramid Schemes on Popular Social Media Sites]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:52:49 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Pyramid+Scheme.jpg

It’s the latest version of an age-old scheme. One person invests $150, recruits 14 other people into the group and then walks away with $1,200.

Each member of the group works their way to the big prize by recruiting more members, and so on. Sound familiar?

“This is a classic pyramid scheme, and we’ve been seeing pyramid schemes for centuries,” Rob D’Ovidio, associate professor of criminology and justice studies at Drexel University, told NBC10.

The difference with this particular scheme is that it relies on social media and other popular smartphone apps. Participants are paid via Venmo or Paypal and recruit members using Instagram and Facebook.

“It’s a lot simpler nowadays than in the past where I had to send out physical letters to people to get involved,” D’Ovidio said.

A similar pyramid scheme was making the rounds on Snapchat at the end of last year. This one required participants to send a one-time joining fee using Snapcash. In theory, they would earn money when newer users sign on, but there was no actual guarantee and no goods or services were being exchanged other than paying into the scam.

The holidays were an especially popular time for these types of schemes, according to the Better Business Bureau.

“One seasonal scam that has returned this year is a gift exchange that's actually a pyramid scheme. Look out for this con on Facebook, Instagram and other social sites,” the bureau warned on its website.

Like other social media scams, this one showed up on Facebook and Instagram feeds. It invites people into a gift exchange and asked them to spend $10 on a gift for a stranger. They would then receive as many as 36 gifts back.

“The scheme relies on constantly recruiting new participants, making it mathematically impossible to sustain,” the bureau said.

So what’s the harm in all this?

“It is not legal in the U.S.,” D’Ovidio said. “Its illegal to operate a pyramid scheme.”

The U.S. Postal Service considers this gambling. If caught, your social media account could be removed and the user could face fines.

To avoid the scheme altogether, the Better Business Bureau recommends taking the following steps:

  • Don't take the bait. If it sounds too good or outlandish to be true, it's probably a scam. 
  • Be careful of shortened links. Scammers use link-shortening services to disguise malicious links. 
  • Don't trust your friends' taste online. It might not actually be them "liking" or sharing scam links to photos. 
  • Report suspicious links to the site. Whether on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, report any suspicious posts or activity to the site by going to their help link.

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[Suzanne Somers to Auction Off SoCal Compound — No Reserve!]]> Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:54:29 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/knbc-suzanne-somers-palm-springs-home-tn.jpg The roughly 70-acre mountainside compound features multiple villas on five levels.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Kelly Peak Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Stunning Greenwich Estate for Sale ]]> Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:07:18 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/Round+Hill+Road+Greenwich+5.jpg

Photo Credit: Sotheby's International Realty]]>
<![CDATA[Major West Coast Burger Chain Is Coming to NYC This Month]]> Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:47:07 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/Carls1.jpg

One of the best-known and most popular fast food chains on the west coast is planning to make its New York City debut this month.

Carl's Jr. said Tuesday it will open January 31 at the corner of 33rd Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan, across the street from Penn Station. It also opened a Coney Island location on Tuesday after months of construction.

The brand currently has more than 1,300 restaurants, though less than 10 of them are east of Oklahoma. 

Its menu features oversized items like the "Six Dollar Thickburger" and unusual sides like waffle fries and fried zucchini. 

The chain is also known for its provocative commercials, which have in past featured scantily clad supermodels and celebrities enjoying oversized, dripping burgers. (It dropped that campaign in 2017.)

A rendering of the new store provided by the company shows a towering sign more than double the size of the logo on the McDonald's next door. 

Photo Credit: Carl's Jr]]>
<![CDATA[$55,000 in Counterfeit Air Jordans Seized at DC Airport]]> Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:07:45 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Counterfeit+Jordans+IAD+Nike9M+121517.jpg

Tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of counterfeit Nike Air Jordan sneakers were identified by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at Dulles International Airport in Virginia, 26 miles west of downtown Washington, D.C.

The sneakers arrived from Hong Kong in seven boxes Dec. 15 and were headed for an address in Alexandria, Virginia, according to CBP. The boxes were listed as auto parts, so CBP officers suspected the sneakers inside were counterfeit.

"In this case, these items obviously did not match the description being shipped," U.S. Customs and Border Protection Assistant Port Director Patrick E. Orender Jr. said.

Nike verified the sneakers as counterfeit, and CBP completed the seizure Jan. 2.

The 400 pairs of various fake Mikes would have had a value of $54,715 at the suggested retail price if they were authentic, CBP said.

“Customs and Border Protection will continue to work closely with our trade and consumer safety partners to seize counterfeit and inferior merchandise, especially those products that pose potential harm to American consumers, negatively impact legitimate business brand reputations, and potentially steal jobs from U.S. workers,” CBP Acting Port Director for the Area Port of Washington, D.C., Daniel Mattina said.

Arrests in cases of this size are rare, according to a CBP public affairs officer.

CBP said officers seize about $4 million in fake merchandise every day, and it can be dangerous. Officers said in one shipment they confiscated goods that were radioactive. Furniture intercepted in the past had hazardous material in the product, Orender said.

According to the CBP, the most common fake goods are clothing (20 percent), electronics (16 percent), footwear (12 percent), jewelry (11 percent) and pharmaceuticals (8 percent).

Photo Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol]]>
<![CDATA[How to Order 'Secret' Harry Potter Drinks at Starbucks]]> Fri, 05 Jan 2018 18:02:51 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-823982772.jpg

If you see coffee when you look into the Mirror of Erised, then we have some great news for you.

Fans of “Harry Potter” will be thrilled to know that Starbucks offers a “secret menu” with drinks inspired by the films and books.

Those drinks, the Butterbeer Latte and the Butterbeer Frappuccino, are available at your local coffee shop, and the company itself has provided instructions on how to order the delicious concoctions.

“If a customer would like to order a beverage that is not on our menu, we recommend they know the recipe,” the retailer suggests.

For a Butterbeer Latte, the company instructs customers to ask for a Latte with whole milk, caramel syrup, toffee nut syrup, and cinnamon dolce syrup. To top the drink off, you can add whipped cream and salted caramel bits.

For the Butterbeer Frappuccino, customers can ask for a Crème Frappuccino with caramel and toffee nut syrups, with caramel drizzle over the top. 

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Frozen Solid: Breathtaking Images of Sea Ice on Cape Cod]]> Thu, 04 Jan 2018 07:57:59 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-900915854+%281%29.jpg

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Your Snow Photos From the Jan. 4 Storm]]> Thu, 04 Jan 2018 14:59:55 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*200/evan+madel.jpeg

Photo Credit: @EricMadel]]>
<![CDATA[Taco Bell Will Launch Nacho Fries in Bid to Win Dollar Menu]]> Wed, 03 Jan 2018 13:36:05 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TacoBellnachofries_1200x675.jpg

Taco Bell announced that it will begin selling Nacho Fries this month for $1 in the Dollar Menu war with fast food giants, CNBC reported.

The newest addition to Taco Bell's menu is part of a strategy for the year where the Mexican fast food will introduce 20 additional new items onto its Dollar Menu across the nation. The fries will also be an available option in the $5 box meals. 

Jack in the Box and McDonald's have both followed suit and also introduced new additions to their respective Dollar Menu items, CNBC reported.

Taco Bell told CNBC that its menu items garnered more than $500 million in sales in 2017 and its $5 boxes, which often contain its limited-time offerings, generated an additional $1 billion in sales for the brand.

Photo Credit: Taco Bell Corp.]]>
<![CDATA[Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve]]> Fri, 29 Dec 2017 14:48:00 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/New_Security_Tool_For_New_Year_s_Revelers_in_SF.jpg

NBC Connecticut is Connecting You to Joy with a list of New Year's Eve events across the state for Dec. 31, 2017 as you prepare to ring in 2018. There are a range of suggestions and options in the list below.

Amarante’s Sea Cliff

For $100 a person enjoy a night of food, drinks and entertainment at Amarante's Sea Cliff. Reservation required.  7 p.m. to 1 a.m.  62 Cove Street, New Haven, CT

Artisan West Hartford at the Delamar Hotel

Ring in the first New Year’s at Artisan, which will have two dinner seatings. The earlier seating is a three course prix fixe for $65 per person. The later seating is a four course prix fixe with a champagne toast for $125 per person. The restaurant will also have dancing open to the public.  5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.  1 Memorial Rd, West Hartford

Bobby V's Laugh-In 2018

Bobby V's will be hosting dinner and a comedy show, featuring three comedians, including Jim David. You can purchase a dinner & show package for $88, or just a show package for $50.  Reservations are recommended at 7, 7:30 or 8 p.m.  The comedy show begins at 10 p.m. with doors opening at 9 p.m.  11 Schoephoester Road, Windsor Locks

Bond Ballroom in Hartford

The Bond Ballroom in Hartford is hosting a New Year's Eve party with a Great Gatsby theme on the penthouse floor of the Homewood Suites by Hilton.  The party includes a band, DJ, passed hors d'oeuvres, premium open bar, and a view of the midnight fireworks in Hartford.

City Steam Brewery

Live stand up comedy shows at 7 and 10:30 p.m., including a champagne toast at midnight.  Live music in the bar starting at 8:30 p.m.  Admission is $30.  942 Main Street, Hartford

First Night Hartford

The annual New Year's Eve clebration in downtown Hartford will take place from 2 p.m. to midnight and includes fireworks at 6 p.m. and midnight. There will be a dance party on Trinity Street leading up to each fireworks show.

Foxwoods’ Midnight Magic 2018

Foxwoods’ Resort and Casino will have parties across the property, including live entertainment at The Celebration Zone, Live@Atrium, and Centrale, along with dining deals at some of the restaurants. The B-52’s will be performing in the Grand Theater.

Galaxy Roller Rink in Groton

Galaxy Roller Rink is having a daytime and evening New Year's Eve parties, including free party hats and noisemakers.  There will be a giant balloon and stuffed animal drops at 4 p.m. and midnight.  Prepurchasing of tickets is recommended.

Infinity Hall Hartford

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Infinity Hall in Hartford with dinner and a show from Tower of Power. The show will include a champagne toast. Tickets are required. The early show is at 5:45 p.m. and the later show is at 9:45 p.m.

Infinity Hall Norfolk

Infinity Hall in Norfolk will be hosting dinner and a show featuring Adam Ezra Group with Atlas Gray. Tickets are required for the show, which begins at 9 p.m.

Murder Mystery Masquerade Cruise and Gala

Lady Katharine Cruises will be celebrating New Year's Eve on the Connecticut River in style aboard the luxury yacht "Mystique."  The party includes a murder mystery, buffet dinner, premium open bar, party favors, and a contental breakfast for $177.66 per person (including boarding fee and tax)

Mohegan Sun’s NYE 2018 Celebration

Mohegan Sun will have live entertainment, including a concert by Robin Thicke (Mohegan Sun Arena) and a party at VISTA Lounge. Some restaurants at the casino will also be offering dining specials.

The New England Carousel Museum

The museum in Bristol is hosting a party from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. featuring the Chaparrals with music and dancing for $40 per person.

Olives and Oil

The restaurant is hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner called “A Night in Venice.” It’s a masquerade ball with a six course dinner themed on Venetian cuisine for $90. 124 Temple Street, New Haven

Park & Oak

Park & Oak restaurant in West Hartford will be serving a 3 course prefix menu all night, plus cocktail specials and a DJ starting at 9:30 p.m.

Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort – “Fire at the Ridge”

You can ring in the new year skiing and enjoying a three course, prix fixe dinner. 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. 99 Powder Hill Road, Middlefield

Saybrook Point Inn’s New Year’s Eve Gala with The Cartells

Saybrook Point Inn’s popular annual gala includes live music, a raw bar, passed appetizers, full sit down dinner, premium open bar, champagne toast for $139.95.  2 Bridge Street, Old Saybrook

Saint Clements Castle & Marina

Saint Clements is hosting a New Year's Eve party for $130 per person that includes dinner, a premium open bar, and a champagne toast at midnight.  There are rooms available as well for overnight stays.

<![CDATA[Celebrate the Who-lidays With Grinchmas at Universal Studios]]> Sun, 31 Dec 2017 03:18:36 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/181*120/The+Grinch+and+Max.jpg There's still time to celebrate the Who-lidays with the Grinch, his faithful dog Max and the Whos from Who-ville at Universal Studios Hollywood. The annual event dubbed "Grinchmas" runs through Dec. 31.

Photo Credit: David Sprague for Universal Studios Hollywood]]>