Until We Meet Again, Connecticut

Alas, my two weeks was up and like all vacations, it had to end. It was so great seeing friends, family, museums, art galleries, hikes, shops, on and on. It was definitely a full two weeks and yet I still have a long list of places I need to see when Im back, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Around 3:30p last night, my parents took me up to Bradley International Airport in Hartford. It was as the sun was setting so it made for a beautiful drive.

After checking in at the airport, I got to take a peak at their puppet display. All these puppets are from the Ballard Institute + Museum of Puppetry in Storrs, CT (aka UCONN).

They were a little creepy, but reminded me of the tv show “Mr. Rogers”.

Once my dad parked the car, he joined me and my mom and we walked over to the Sheraton Hotel that is connected to the airport. They have a great little bar/cafe space called Cloud Nine Bar, and we love to stop in and chat and eat before having to say goodbye to guests (me in this case).

Since the bar started carrying craft beers, I had to indulge. I ordered the Smuttynose Robust Porter which was super smooth and delicious.

I had to share the above picture with you. After finishing our food we walked over to security where we bumped into this bad boy. It’s a lego replica of the Mark Twain House, which seems fitting given my recent visit there (see that post HERE).

So what’s left for my next trip to CT? What didn’t I accomplish? Why, I’m glad you asked!

- The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (in Hartford)
- East Rock (in New Haven)
- Sally’s Apizza (in New Haven)
- The Connecticut Science Center (in HArtford)
- Drive along the coast and visit the cute “downtowns” of all the small coastal towns.
- Walk around Yale more! See the Yale Art Gallery.
- The Wadsworth Atheneum (in Hartford)
- Catch a show at the Yale Repertory Theatre, or the Goodspeed Opera House, or the Long Wharf Theater.
- Visit Mohegan’s Museum (my parents spoke so highly of it)

New Haven Part III: Pepe’s Pizza

After leaving the Yale Center for British Art (discussed HERE), we continued on to get an early dinner. New Haven is known for their pizza places. Just the other day I tried Modern Apizza (see that post HERE), which was my first taste of New Haven pizza. We decided to try Sally’s (or Sal’s as it’s also called.. at least by me and my friends) Apizza on Wooster Street. Sally’s only downfall is that she didn’t open until 5pm on Friday, and as we had a jam-packed schedule, we needed to eat before then. So we continued down Wooster St. past Sally’s where we hit Pepe’s Pizza, which s one (if not the) most famous New Haven pizza place. Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Robin Williams, Bill Murry, Danny DeVito, and even “The Fonz” have enjoyed Pepe’s Pizza when they’ve stopped in New Haven. If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for us! Check out this article to learn more about the pizza places in New Haven.

Pepe’s doesn’t have a huge amount of seating so it’s typical to have to wait to eat, but come in at 4pm on a Friday and you get your pick of seating. From our both we could see them loading pizzas into the GIANT oven.

We ordered a large pizza for three of us, knowing there would be leftovers for our fourth person (Jess) who had to work on Friday. We decided to do half cheese, half veggie, which was an awesome selection. The standard cheese side was so yummy and the veggie side was loaded with all types of veggies. They didn’t scrimp on the toppings.

They carry Foxon Park soda (which is made in Connecticut) so I had to indulge in a delicious cream soda. It just felt right. I have to say, I liked this pizza more than Modern. Don’t get me wrong, Modern was tasty but there was something in this pizza that made it really awesome. That ingredient is probably more fat (haha) but still, if you’re gonna do it, do it right.

The reason we ate so early is because we needed to leave New Haven and drive up to South Windsor for Jess and Lexy’s hockey game. That’s right, my two tiny Asian twin friends play hockey and are AMAZING at it. They are both working full-time in the medical industry until there is a major woman’s professional hockey league (which they would dominate at), in the meantime they just save lives. Yes, you could call them superheroes and that would be accurate.

I had to include photos from the game, because they played so well. The above photo is Lexy who scored 1 goal.

The above picture is Jess, who scored three goals. The overall score was 6 to 0, with the twins scoring 4 of the 6 goals! How impressive is that?!

I also need to include this photo. Lexy would be the one sitting in the penalty box (or the naughty time-out chair, as Mike and I called it). We all weren’t sure why she ended up in there (for being a hockey badass? Is that a crime?).