"Now listen up," insists Connecticut Magazine. "Matthew?s tableside Caesar salad has to be the best in the state, if not the country." It's hard to argue with that claim. Starting with torn hearts of romaine lettuce, the salad is made right next to your table, which gives you the chance to catch the distinct aromas of garlic croutons and parmesan cheese before each is thrown into the mix.
Executive Chef Greg Marcuson's culinary talents, of course, extend beyond salad. In fact, they're visible throughout Matthew's menu, in the Berkshire lamb shanks he braises for eight hours and in the cheddar grits he pairs with jumbo shrimp tossed in a barbecue dry rub.
But even the food can't claim sole responsibility for Matthew's popularity. Credit is also due to the restaurant's idyllic location, which includes a spacious outdoor patio with a stunning view of the Farmington River and its kindly fish god.
Most people who claim that their biggest clients are fictional characters are either liars or lawyers. But hairstylist Kim Difato has the pictures to prove it. The 20-year beauty-industry veteran has lent her styling chops to beloved characters from theatrical productions of Guys and Dolls, Sweeney Todd, Miracle on 34th Street, and Chicago, in between stints styling fashionable hairdos for weddings, editorial shoots, and video productions. Her modern sensibilities and deft fashion skills merge to create artistic cuts and styles, vibrant colors, and Keratin Complex smoothing treatments that help manes to go from manic to manageable in two to three hours.
The eponymous stylist at Claudia's Hair Studio brings more than a decade of expertise from Vidal Sassoon, Wella, and other elite training programs to her cozy one-chair salon. Clients sip coffee or wine and listen to relaxing music as Claudia trims away split ends and accents hair with
all-over color and foiling. In addition to cuts and color, Claudia specializes in formal occasion up-do's. The studio's services also include waxing for lips and chins. Claudia consults with each client in a relaxed and private environment.
Head Over Heels Hair Studio spruces up bodies and minds with an ample menu of salon and massage services. Clients leave neck knots and tethered tendons to the able mitts of Corey Deloy, a licensed massage therapist trained in a variety of muscle-melting techniques. Backs relax at the application of a Swedish massage, which uses light to medium pressure to reduce stress, in the same way that eyes relax at the sight of Magic Eye puzzles in aurorae borealis. If anxiety centers require additional fathoms of muscle mining, excavators can sign up for a deep-tissue massage, which employs deep pressure to release knots and free corporal yachts from sore moorings.
Inside Jeunesse Salon and Spa's 16 private suites, a cast of independent beauty specialists accomplishes aesthetic feats with a range of salon and spa services for hair, nails, and skin. Its featured hairstylists and aestheticians boost visitors' outer allure with haircuts, highlights, and facials, while massage therapists knead away pockets of accumulated tension. A variety of packages offer combined services geared toward teens, brides-to-be, and alligators in need of a moisturizing facial and a back massage.
European Skin Specialists' aestheticians precede each treatment with a thorough skin evaluation. By gaining a firm understanding of texture, tone, and sensitivity, they can build custom treatments that improve complexions. The spa's services range from traditional to high-tech: the European facial includes a classic sequence of steaming, cleansing, and hydrating, whereas the oxygen treatment pumps skin with three vitamins, 87 minerals, and infinity micro-gusts of wind.