1. Village Restaurant
Robin Z: A favorite with locals so reservations are a must of Fri & Sat night. Great food, drinks, service.
2. My Parents' Pool
Robin Z: My Mom is an excellent cook!
3. Hopkins Vineyard
Robin Z: Check out their 2 annual festivals, the 3rd weekends of May & Sept. Wine tasting, cheese, pâté & fruit buffet, live music. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. A nice way to spend the afternoon.
4. Musée du Louvre
Robin Z: Buy your ticket in advance at any FNAC shop and you won't have to wait in ANY lines, enter at the Pyramid. Also children under 18 get in free.
Robin Z: Nice store staff but they cannot help you upgrade your service, you have to go through the call center or online. Bah!
6. Pulaski Circle
Robin Z: Don't try to cross on the East side (Whitehead Hwy entrance & exit). Stick to the sidewalks.
7. The Linden Garden
Robin Z: Please remember there is an 11pm curfew.
8. M2W -The Marketing to Women Conference
Robin Z: The best conference on marketing to women!
9. Dirt Salon
Robin Z: A wonderful space with wonderful artists that put on fun & quirky salons & parties.
10. Townline Discount Wines & Liquors
Robin Z: Really great wine selection, and almost 100% of the whites & sparklings are represented in the cooler.
11. J Restaurant/Bar
Robin Z: More than just pizza. Full menu, great service, lovely dining room. Also, on their website: coupon for free salad for 2 w/pizza takeout (pick up only)
12. West End Farmer's Market
Robin Z: This isn't a restaurant, needs to be re-categorized as Farmer's Market via the website
13. Bin 228
Robin Z: Great selection of Italian wines by the glass.
14. Real Art Ways - Cinema
Robin Z: Great indie films and don't miss Creative Cocktail Hour on third Thursday of the month.
15. The Hartt School
Robin Z: Lots of free and inexpensive concerts at this top-rated music college.
16. Cherry Tree Dental Care
Robin Z: Dr. Krystyna is the best!
17. Bushnell Park Skating Rink
Robin Z: Free skating & free skate rental until. 2/20/12!
Robin Z: I bring their stuffed grape leaves to parties and they are always a major hit.
19. Bricco Trattoria
Robin Z: The homemade ricotta is wonderful!
20. Black Bamboo Chinese Restuarant
Robin Z: Try the won ton soup, it is really flavorful and the dumplings are huge.
Robin Z: Seriously the best baklava around.
22. The Linden
Robin Z: The prettiest condo in Hartford, with the nicest community of neighbors.
Robin Z: Clean waiting room, friendly staff.
24. Maestro's at the Van Dam
Robin Z: Great prix fixe menu, desserts ok. Sit on the porch if possible - much more charming than inside.
25. Forbidden City
Robin Z: Try the summer special of 3 kinds of dumplings for $20.11, paired w/3 three-ounce wine tastings for an additional $15. Also try the jalepeno/lychee sorbet. Yummy.
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