By only six votes, Oleana edged out Myers + Chang.
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Springfield springs forward
This often overlooked, family-friendly destination, a mere 90 miles or so from Boston, has a lot happening.
California is my sunshine state
As families plan their winter getaways, Florida comes to mind. But California is the place that calls us.
Tables: Italian classics in Brookline, plus Cava makes its Fenway debut
“This isn’t a comfortable age,” said Steve Bowman of Grassona’s Italian. “It’s unsettling. I wanted to bring something warm, welcoming, and familiar, and this just seemed right.”
Sips: Hopsters hits the Seaport (and plans for more locations are on tap)
With the help of a crowdfunding campaign of more than 700 investors, founder Lee Cooper raised $1.3 million for the new Hopsters, which occupies 6,000 square feet of space on Sleeper Street.
At Blossom Bar, craft cocktails meet Chinese food
First Ran Duan made his parents’ Woburn restaurant into an unlikely drinking destination. Now he does it again in Brookline.
Science panel backs lower drunken driving threshold
The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine are recommending that states significantly lower their drunken driving thresholds as part of a blueprint to eliminate the “entirely preventable” 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving deaths in the United States each year.
Family Meal: Potato chip tortilla is the answer to parents’ protein prayers
How to move our children off the carb of choice: pasta with cheese and butter?
Bottles: 5 beers to drink right now
Look hard enough and you can still find winter ales on shelves, as well as other brews perfectly suited for the cold weather.
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From the Bar: Cozy up with braised lamb and a Rhone red
2012 Domaine Courbis “Les Royes” is a go-to wine for Nicholas Calias of Brasserie Jo.
In Brookline, Allium Market offers artisanal foods
If you yearn to try something unique, grab a bottle of briny beet sauerkraut or cider vinegar with seaweed.
L.A. Burdick hot chocolate: So much goes into so much goodness
The dark hot chocolate at L.A. Burdick chocolate shop and cafe is so thick it coats the spoon.
Fortunato’s is a family affair
The business is a family dream come true, although it exists without the family patriarch Matteo Conte, who died 10 years ago.
Recipe: Focaccia is especially good right from your own oven, topped with sea salt and rosemary
Homemade focaccia is tender with a beautiful golden color. Set finished squares beside roast chicken or cut smaller pieces and fill with smoked turkey or egg salad for Game Day sandwiches.
Recipe: Homemade rule-benders’ ramen builds bowls with an intense broth, pork, and noodles
The key to great ramen is the broth and it doesn’t require a lot of work, just forethought and simmering time. Make it the day before, prep the toppings, and you’re there.
Cooking | Magazine
Secrets to making outstanding beef stew
Plus, a recipe to test your cooking technique.
The Seaport gets a (swanky) multiplex
The new theater — it’s already screening films, just make sure to check listings before you go — houses a lounge with an in-house chef preparing shrimp tacos, ponzu salmon, and pierogies.
New study ranks healthy airline food options. (Hint: Bring your own.)
At 35,000 feet, even a forlorn-looking tray can serve as both entertainment and sustenance for a captive audience.
Tables: Buttonwood opens in Newton, and there’s a Revival in the Alewife area
Restaurant news you can use.
She’s pouring her father’s Bordeaux at Frenchie
“It’s very natural for me to have this wine,” explains Sandrine Rossi, a native of Normandy, France. She’s referring to a pour from Château La Tour de By, where her father, Jean, is co-owner.
Get in line at Moody’s Delicatessen & Provisions
There is banh mi made with pork belly and pate; white truffle salami; bologna and American cheese topped with homemade truffle potato chips on white bread; and more.
FOOD & TRAVEL
Food & Travel: From chapulines to chicharrones
San Miguel de Allende, the clamorous colonial town in the Sierra Madre mountains in central Mexico, was recently named “The Best City in the World” by Conde Nast magazine readers.
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From the Bar: A smart remake of the Manhattan
The Harvard is a minimal reworking of the classic, swapping cognac in place of whiskey and enlivening the production with a splash of seltzer.
Bottles: What happened to winter ales?
It’s true that many brewers have indeed moved away from them, offering stouts, IPAs, or in some cases nothing at all in their place. We found out why.
Boston’s 46 best new restaurants
Check out our dozens of picks for any budget, including pitch-perfect Italian-American cuisine, Chinese eateries, seafood and lunch spots, and more.
Recipe: Baked marinated tofu
Recipe for baked marinated tofu for your grain bowl.
Recipe: Roasted butternut squash
Roasted butternut squash for your grain bowl.
Recipe: Miso ginger salad dressing
Miso ginger salad dressing for your grain bowl.
Recipe: Crispy chickpeas for your grain bowl
Crispy chickpeas for your grain bowl.
Recipe: Quick pickled vegetables
Quick pickled vegetables for your grain bowl.
Recipe: Brown rice and quinoa
Take some time at the beginning of each week to cook the grains and prepare a few toppings, then just add more as you go through the rest of the week.
Bowled over: Grain bowls enjoying a healthy popularity
These are not your mother’s (or grandmother’s) hippie bowls of dull brown rice with overcooked vegetables.
Is it possible to eat healthy when you’re around restaurant food all the time? These chefs say yes
It takes a lot of discipline, but shedding pounds is possible with the some and determination — and the occasional indulgence.
What she’s having
Khachapuri is a big, wonderful mess of melted cheese, dough, salt, and crunch
Think of the dish, an open-faced cheese pie topped with an egg, as the forefather of those egg-on-pizza innovations chefs have been making for years.
The confident cook
Serve roasted butternut and cheese quesadillas with pickled jalapeno salsa
Squash and pumpkin have always been important in Mexican cooking, so it makes perfect sense to roast chunks of chile-seasoned butternut and tuck them into tortillas.
Getting Salty with Avi Shemtov
On Jan. 28, the man behind Chubby Chickpea in Canton will appear at the South End’s Wink & Nod for a one-night pop-up feast highlighting what he calls “modern, progressive Israeli food.”
Insider: Walden Local Meat Co. Butcher Shop
The company opened a pristine, 800-square-foot butcher shop in the South End in early November.
Insider: If bacon is your jam, try this
Bacon Jam from TBJ Gourmet will warm your heart.
Insider: SuperSeedz are kid friendly, gourmet approved
Connecticut mom Kathie Pelliccio started roasting and seasoning shelled pumpkin seeds a decade ago as a healthy snack for her five children.
Recipe: Fasolada, a popular, flavorful Greek bean soup, is hardly known outside the country
It doesn’t seem like it will result in a bowl that is quite as flavorful as it is.
Recipe: Caramelized cabbage with white wine and grainy mustard becomes a quick sauerkraut
Braising cabbage wedges with caraway seeds and wine, then making a grainy mustard sauce to pour over them, gives the cabbage a sweet-and-sour flavor reminiscent of sauerkraut.
Strega fights $20,000 award to former employee for sexual harassment
The 25-year-old said she was repeatedly subjected to inappropriate comments about her breasts and her sex life by a supervisor.
Cold nights mean hot tables at Boston-area restaurants
If you are willing to brave the snow and cold, now is the time to snag a dinner at restaurants that otherwise have long wait times.
Can’t make it to a ski lodge? Consider a trip to this South Boston bistro.
Do you long to hit the slopes of Aspen — or at least Vermont — this winter? Is clearing snow off your car the closest you’ll come? Consider heading to South Boston.
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Recipes: Healthful, but not boring or flavorless, meals for 2018, please
Lentil soup jazzed up with coconut and turmeric, squash with just a hint of chorizo, and saucy veggie lettuce wraps.
The VIP Lounge with Katie McNally, fiddle champ
Westford native Katie McNally will be performing with the Katie McNally Trio at the 15th annual Boston Celtic Music Festival.
Southie dreams of sushi
At Fat Baby, from the people behind Lincoln and Loco, specialty rolls meet sake sangria.