I moved from my home state of Iowa to Kansas City, Missouri for work in late 2004. Over my time there, I gained valuable resume-bolstering experience and a deep dissatisfaction with the locale. KC is nice and low-cost and sleepy, and not a bad place to settle down and die... but I'm not quite ready to do that. So a few weeks ago I accepted a job in Hartford, Connecticut and did a one-way, three-day road trip over ~1,300 miles. Bing bam boom. I have half-formed ideas about Connecticut/New England/East Coast living, based on prior visits and friends' testimony, but for now I've only soaked in the surface differences that are obvious to a lifelong Midwesterner: kickass landscapes with things other than flatness or gentle hills, psychotically aggressive driving, insane rent (from $611 for a 1-bedroom in KC to $1275 for a slightly larger 1-bedroom in Middletown, Connecticut), amazing restaurant selection, British city names like Glastonbury and Windsor and Manchester, relatively easy access to the megalopolis that stretches from Boston all the way down to D.C. Connecticut itself seems an oddball even by the standards of the area - the divide between the haves and have-nots here is very stark, to the point where there's an ongoing conceit about "two Connecticuts". There's mass transit into NYC, but the rest of the state is connected through a lunatic webwork of highways that motorists strive to make seem as small as possible through hard driving. (Not that I mind; just means I have to revert to my teenage driving habits.) And I thought I was done with Prohibition-holdover liquor laws, but it seems that the state legislature just decided to allow Sunday alcohol sales, and even with that, prices are higher than they should be due to an array of other absurd restrictions. BUT! I'm here. So. What should I do? Where should I eat? Advise this mid-country bumpkin! Assume I'm open to anything!