When you stay at Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport in Windsor Locks, you'll be near the airport and convenient to New England Air Museum. This hotel is within the vicinity of Connecticut Trolley Museum and Connecticut Fire Museum.
Make yourself at home in one of the 237 air-conditioned guestrooms. Complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, makeup/shaving mirrors, and complimentary toiletries. Conveniences include desks and complimentary newspapers, as well as direct-dial phones with voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities, including an indoor pool, a sauna, and a fitness facility. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, a concierge desk, and wedding services.
Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a business center, and business services. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary during limited hours.
Jumpstart your morning with a flavorful coffee or tea from The Valley Fish Co. and feel energized all day.
If you're planning a dinner party, pick up some fresh meats from here and please your party guests one bite at a time.
Cereal might be the best part of waking up. Pick up your favorite box today.
Looking for comfort food? What's better than spaghetti or a savory pasta dish? Grab some of this pasta today and your next meal will be on-point!
Stay healthy on the regular with the produce available here. It's super fresh and can be used with any meal.
For that late night at the office or a last-minute change of plans, this frozen food is both scrumptious and convenient for your schedule.
Planning a movie night? Stock up on all of your favorite snacks and munch and crunch all night long.
Water junkies can get their gulp on with a swig from The Valley Fish Co.
When you're trying to upgrade your cooking, adding flavor is essential. Create supple and tarter flavors by exploring the wonders vinegar and oil can add to your cuisine by shopping for them here.
Need a sandwich for lunch or toast to compliment your hearty breakfast? Grab a loaf of bread today.
Shop for all of your favorite canned goods at The Valley Fish Co. and load up your kitchen shelves with choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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Say goodbye to bland when you select one of their many spices or seasonings.
If you need a quick and easy meal solution for lunch or dinner, consider a tasty TV dinner from here.
Packed with plenty of "good" fat, fish of your choosing are on hand.
If your hydration habits could use some work, pick up some delicious beverages to drink with a meal or on the go.
The Valley Fish Co. is located in a prime location surrounded by various parking options.
Fans of Gio's Brick Oven Pizzeria make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
Kick back, relax and watch the game on Gio's Brick Oven Pizzeria's TV.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This pizzeria serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Sit outside at Gio's Brick Oven Pizzeria and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Gio's Brick Oven Pizzeria.
Weekend diners may find themselves waiting for a table, as Friday and Saturday nights tend to draw a crowd.
Can't get enough of Gio's Brick Oven Pizzeria's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This pizzeria knows it's carryout.
Score! Gio's Brick Oven Pizzeria provides free parking to all diners in the lot next door.
Three meals a day are served at Gio's Brick Oven Pizzeria, so you can choose to start your day or end your evening here.
Roni, sausage, and veggie are just a few of the delicious options at Gio's Brick Oven Pizzeria. Taste the shining reviews for yourself when you head to Gio's Brick Oven Pizzeria for a tasty pizza pie.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Gio's Brick Oven Pizzeria (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
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Gio's Brick Oven Pizzeria does not disappoint with some of the best British pub food in East Granby.
With plenty of hearty Italian options, patrons of Skyline Restaurant can enjoy delicious dishes that taste like the real deal.
Calling all gluten-free and low-fat diners! Skyline Restaurant has a multitude of dishes right up your alley that are freshly-prepared and taste amazing.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this restaurant's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Looking for a good happy hour? Head to Skyline Restaurant and treat yourself to a bite or a drink for a discounted price.
Whether you have a large or small group, Skyline Restaurant can accommodate both.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at Skyline Restaurant.
Skyline Restaurant goes easy on the dress code — business casual is expected, so no need to squeeze into your finest attire.
If you want to stay in but don't feel like cooking, take advantage of Skyline Restaurant's delivery service.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Skyline Restaurant also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Don't leave the car at home when you come in. We'll give you one of the great spaces in our parking lot. And for free.
Skyline Restaurant is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
So get ready to discover all the best flavors of Italy under one roof at Skyline Restaurant.
Golden Irene Restaurant does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this pizzeria has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Bring the whole clan to this pizzeria — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Golden Irene Restaurant is a prime location to dine with a group.
Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, Golden Irene Restaurant is a great summer destination.
The pizzeria can fill up quickly, so reservations are recommended.
Golden Irene Restaurant wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Impress the guests at your next gathering by calling in Golden Irene Restaurant for catering.
Free parking is available in the adjacent lot.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Golden Irene Restaurant.
Meals at Golden Irene Restaurant are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
No cash? Use any major credit card and work on reeling in those rewards.
So who's hungry? The highly-acclaimed pizza at Golden Irene Restaurant is ready and waiting to be served.
For a casual meal that is highly-rated, look no further than Golden Irene Restaurant's pizza.
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After learning about Golden Irene Restaurant, you definitely just found your new pizza place.
Pop over to J and G Restaurant and Lounge in East Granby for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this pizzeria's delightful drink menu.
Bring the whole family to this pizzeria, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Want to enjoy this pizzeria without the wait? Get it to go.
This dining establishment is located near hassle-free parking options.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at J and G Restaurant and Lounge.
J and G Restaurant and Lounge s moderately-priced platters and top-notch taste bring foodies back to J and G Restaurant and Lounge time and time again.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried J and G Restaurant and Lounge's pizza say it is the absolute best.
Find out how many slices you can eat! J and G Restaurant and Lounge's pizza comes with high ratings and a low-key vibe, so take your time enjoying your pie.
J and G Restaurant and Lounge serves up great pieces of pizza in an even better atmosphere for entertaining you and your gang.
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For prime Italian fare, J and G Restaurant and Lounge is one of the highest-rated restaurants around.
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Siu mai: small pork dumplings. Each has a thin wrapper that needs to be delicately pleated by hand. Easily, they’re one of the most labor-intensive items at Phoenix Restaurant in Chicago, where each weekend this Chinese restaurant serves 80 different varieties of classic dim sum snacks.
This little fact about the siu mai is one of many surprising stories I learn from Eddy, the chef at Phoenix, where he also handles a million other tasks to keep the restaurant running smoothly. When I first came in, he was waving at a group of regulars while on the phone haggling with a seafood vendor.
“What we are serving in this restaurant is what we are eating in Hong Kong. ... It’s very typical,” Eddy says.
In 1996, Phoenix was one of the first restaurants to introduce dim sum to Chicago. Its customer base has grown over the years, and today, even with other dim sum restaurants up and down the block, you’ll find long lines winding out the door on any given Sunday.
Sound intimidating? It doesn't have to be.
Here's our guide to dim-sum dining, with a few tips from Eddy.
On the weekend: order dim sum off a cart
On weekends and special holidays, the wait staff winds traditional dim sum carts around tables, lifting lids off stacked steamer baskets to reveal the enticing contents. Should you see something you like, they leave the basket on your table and put a checkmark on your bill (it’s tallied at the end).
Phoenix is one of the only dim-sum restaurants in Chicago that still uses these carts. When I ask Eddy why they keep them, he says “tradition.” Not only to impress the tourists who come in, but also to let Chinese-American customers share this bit of culture with their kids.
Hot tip: if you want to experience the pushcarts without the crowds, head over on a Saturday, which tends to be less busy than Sundays, Eddy says.
On a weekday: order dim sum off the menu
Cartless weekdays offer a quiet, more peaceful atmosphere for ordering off the paper menu, which you can find near the hostess stand. Don't be intimidated—the menu has pictures; it has numbers; it has names written in both Chinese and English. And best of all, you need only point to what you want to have it brought out from the kitchen.
So what should you get?
“Everyone has their favorites,” Eddy says. The most popular dishes with Westerners are ha gao (shrimp dumplings) and siu mai (pork dumplings mentioned above). Kids gravitate toward the crunchy, easy-to-grip shrimp rolls and sweeter fare, from mango pudding (pictured above) to custard rolls.
Foreign travelers, especially those from Latin America, and adventurous eaters alike seem to love the chicken feet (pictured at bottom-right of top photo), a more exotic dish consisting of skin and tendons. While all these dishes are traditional, the chefs can tweak the recipes to accommodate for special diets or food allergies.
When diners are new to dim sum, Eddy encourages them to experiment. He’ll point out a few of the more popular dishes; if there’s something they don’t end up liking, it can easily be swapped out for something else. This way, by the second or third visit, diners will have a better idea of what they like.
And don't forget the tea
At dim sum, the tea is equally important to the food. Phoenix serves three different types: green tea, white tea, and brown tea. “Each one has its own usage,” Eddy says. While we talk, we drink jasmine tea, which is good for getting rid of toxins.
You can show your dim sum know-how by obeying proper tea etiquette. When your teapot is out of water, prop the lid off to the side. This signals to the wait staff that you need more hot water.
Eddy pours more tea and tells me to tap my fingers lightly against the table when the cup is nearly full. “When your friend or host fills your tea, this means ‘thank you’,” he says. “It’s part of the custom.”
Photos by Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon
I had no idea what to expect upon arriving at Elizabeth, the Michelin Star winner from Chef Iliana Regan. But an unmarked, unremarkable storefront between a tire shop and a sporting-goods store certainly wasn’t it. With few exceptions (Schwa, most notably), Chicago’s upper-echelon restaurants boast exteriors that match their illustrious River North and Restaurant Row addresses.
But as it turns out, Regan has no taste for that sort of superficial flash. She dons no chef’s whites. She displays no awards. She does not raise her voice to the Gordon Ramsay–level roar or even the Rachael Ray-ish rollick that TV cameras eat up.
Instead, this northwest Indiana native quietly built her reputation as someone who hunts for frogs and spears them herself. Someone who has suffered tick bites and poison-ivy rashes foraging for wild flora. Someone who has penned an essay on intensity for Lucky Peach and once themed an Elizabeth tasting menu after those violent and visceral A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
So yeah, I was kinda terrified to eat her food.
I’d never done a tasting menu before. And I wouldn’t necessarily classify myself as a picky eater, but I’m not a particularly adventurous one either, particularly when it comes to meat. (I can barely look at plated octopus without shivering.) I’d heard that Regan once served edible ants. Which are, like, bugs.
My nerves were calmed upon walking into Elizabeth, though. Austere yet charming, the whitewashed space was accented by light fixtures made from bare tree branches; dining chairs draped with faux-fur slipcovers; a chef’s counter armed with Elder Scrolls and Vikings Funko Pop! dolls. It was all in support of the season’s menu theme: vikings.
There were two options: land or sea. Or, as the first in a delightful succession of servers explained it, “Imagine a viking ship has reached the shore. One group goes on land to look for food, the other into the sea.” My friend Erin and I opted to order one of each to share and, despite my trepidation of certain meats, placed no restrictions on what we would eat. (You can arrange for some allergies and dietary needs in advance.) We wanted to go all in.
After the amuse-bouche—a surprisingly complex roasted whey carrot dressed with goat’s-milk cheese and edible flowers—came our first courses. The land dish was … a bowl of rocks. The server assured me the top “rock” was actually a baked potato coated in edible clay. But it was very convincing as a rock, so I bit in with trepidation. As Erin ate the rest, dipping it into the cheese and butter puddings it was served with, I forked into her langoustine with lingonberries. (Pro tip: don’t try to tear off the claw without looking. You will stab your finger on a spine.) So far, so very good.
As the servers continued to weave their culinary narrative, I realized there was an unmentioned character in their tale—Elizabeth itself. The restaurant is small, seating about 16 or so, and the kitchen is wide open. It was impossible not to get caught up in what was happening back there, particularly when sous chefs were wielding brûlée torches and “plating” on gorgeous pieces of handmade pottery. And the line between front and back of house was practically nonexistent. One moment, you’d see someone in the kitchen stirring and slicing; the next they’d be presenting your next course or clearing your table. (Chef Regan included.)
This created an unexpected intimacy, one that removed any hesitation when asking about a particular dish. It’s clear the teammates take a deep yet quiet pride in their collective work. They spoke warmly about where ingredients came from, excitedly about the preparation techniques used. They always used “we” or “our,” never “me” or “Chef Regan.” (Again, Chef Regan included.)
Over the next few courses, there were so many charms. An herb-rolled, soft-boiled quail egg served in an actual nest; impossibly chewy seaweed bread darkened by squid ink; a cauliflower-mushroom soup that Erin about died over. I was particularly fond of a course called Barnyard: headcheese dusted with beet powder, paired with a collage of root vegetables and flavored puddings reminiscent of something out of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing.
And that’s the thing. Never in my life would I have thought that I’d be fond of headcheese. I would have probably never eaten it if it weren’t for this meal. But it was fun to break out of my culinary comfort zone.
The other surprising thing? How full we were, considering it was a tasting menu. By the time we were served the entree courses—rare lamb medallions wrapped in swiss chard and pickled fish in a sauce of its own bones—we were taking deep breaths between bites. I’m pretty sure they were the only two plates we didn’t completely clean.
We managed to buck up for our “one-and-a-half” dessert courses, as the server put it. (The “half” was a palate-cleansing sorbet.) Our favorite was Under the Sea, a spongy coral-seaweed cake so realistic looking it prompted me to ask the server just how much of it we could eat. “All of it,” she said. We complied.
Maybe, as a writer, I’m just a sucker for a good story. But I was enchanted by Elizabeth, both in backstory and in not knowing what was coming next throughout the culinary adventure. And while I probably won’t be buying headcheese any time soon, I’m excited to see what Chef Regan has up her non-chef’s-whites sleeves next season.
Shop Chef Iliana Regan's tasting-menu experience at Elizabeth Restaurant:
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As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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