Snapshots from New Haven, Connecticut

Since coming back from my whirlwind weekend getaway to New Haven, I have been anxious to put together a preview of the shows, the events, the people, the food, and well, the city itself. The list that I present here is not in any particular order, and not in the least bit exhaustive. It’s a just a sampling so to say.

Most memorable dinner in the city – Roia on College Street, adjacent to the famous Shubert Theater.

Chef Avi Szapiro telling us what it is like to own a restaurant in downtown New Haven. Photo by Esha Samajpati. © All rights reserved

Legend has it that this is the birthplace of the hamburger. It’s a teeny-tiny joint and as everyone is apt to point out, they are not fond of certain condiments here. And by that I mean the ubiquitous ketchup.

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Precious cargo. At Lipgloss Crisis on Chapel Street.

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Chairigami anyone? At The Grove on Chapel Street, which is a lot like LinkedIn, only offline.

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“What are you grateful for today?” on the board at the eco-friendly Green Well Organic Tea & Coffee shop on Crown Street.

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Concerts on the green, courtesy of The International Festival of Arts & Ideas. It is “a 15-day extravaganza of performing arts, lectures, and conversations that takes over theaters and open spaces in New Haven, Connecticut each June.” Below you have the Grammy winning Kronos Quartet with special guest Wu Man.

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Home to one of the world’s most renowned colleges, this city is pretty high up on the best museum watch list as well. And as is evident from the picture, the architectural styles are grand and old-worldly to boot. The modern structure hiding behind the tree is the Yale University Art Gallery.

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Finally, a show that will always stay with me, a fine interpretation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, again part of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. Directed by Tom Morris, it’s a production of Bristol Old Vic in association with Handspring Puppet Company. I am not a theater critic so all I’ll say is “Mind. Blown.”

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Esha Samajpati is an advertising professional turned travel writer.
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