Munch Madness

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By only six votes, Oleana edged out Myers + Chang.

Dining Out

Dining Out reviews

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Check out the Globe’s reviews of dozens of Boston-area restaurants.

Cheap Eats

Cheap Eats reviews

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/05/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/cheap_eats_90.jpg Budget-friendly fare around Boston

There are dishes you can order for under $20 at eateries.

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The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum is filled with hands-on exhibits, murals, and beloved characters.

Springfield springs forward

This often overlooked, family-friendly destination, a mere 90 miles or so from Boston, has a lot happening.

The writer and his daughter at Big Sur.

California is my sunshine state

As families plan their winter getaways, Florida comes to mind. But California is the place that calls us.

Tables

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.”

Hopsters at the Seaport

Sips

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.

Blossom Bar in Brookline.

Quick Bite

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.

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2011 file photo, a car approaches a sobriety checkpoint set up along a busy street in Albuquerque, N.M. A prestigious scientific panel is 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. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

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?

Darlin’s IPA from Winter Hill Brewing Co.

Bottles

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.

Lamb shank paired with a 2012 Domaine Courbis “Les Royes.”

From the Bar

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.

The pastry case at Allium Market.

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.

Rosemary sea-salt focaccia

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.

Rule-benders’ pork ramen

Seasonal Recipes

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.

Belgian beef and onion stew with beer (carbonnades flamandes).

Cooking | Magazine

Secrets to making outstanding beef stew

Plus, a recipe to test your cooking technique.

hot ticket

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.

Strawberry Fields Salad is one of the new first-class food selections offered by United Airlines, which announced in 2014 that it’s upgrading first-class food options and replacing snacks with full meals on some of its shortest flights.

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.

Château La Tour de By at Frenchie.

Sips

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.

The meat case at Moody’s Delicatessen & Provisions in the Back Bay.

Quick Bite

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.

The San Miguel de Allende traditional market.

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.

The Harvard

From the Bar

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.

Vermont’s Otter Creek Brewery introduced a coffee stout to satisfy customers’ cravings for a winter brew.

Bottles

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.

Globe Magazine

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.

A whole fried chicken at Highland Fried in Cambridge.

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.

The khachapuri at Flaming Pit in Watertown.

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.

Roasted butternut quesadillas with pickled jalapeno salsa

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.

Avi Shemtov

Getting Salty

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.”

Rob McCarthy, Tommy Trainor, and Charley Cummings at Walden Local Meat Co.

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.

Fasolada

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.

Caramelized cabbage with white wine and grainy mustard

Seasonal Recipes

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.

The Seaport restaurant Strega is appealing a sexual harassment decision by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

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.

Boston, MA - 1/03/2018 - Open tables are a rarity at Shojo in Chinatown which often has a wait of an hour or more, but reservations are down this week because of cold temperatures. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Business, Reporter: Janelle Nanos, Topic: 04restaurants, LOID: 8.4.555558620.

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.

Publico Street Bistro & Garden will turn its courtyard and garden space into a ski lodge on Fridays and Saturdays through March.

Hot Ticket

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.

 Turmeric and Coconut Lentil Soup With Coconut and Chili Topping.

Cooking | Magazine

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.

Katie McNally

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.

Murals of geishas adorn the brick walls at Fat Baby in South Boston.

Quick Bite

Southie dreams of sushi

At Fat Baby, from the people behind Lincoln and Loco, specialty rolls meet sake sangria.

Double shot

Matt Viser | Double Shot

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Presidential coffee history, the Costco coffee habits of Michael Dukakis, and a journey for the perfect cup.