From filmmakers to gin makers

Robert Patton-Spruill is an alchemist. Rather than turning lead into gold, he turns apples, potatoes, and other homegrown ingredients into pure New England gin.

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// Where should you eat this week?

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

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// Budget-friendly fare around Boston

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

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Pizza at Area Four

RFK Kitchen, Area Four, and Moona open

Plus other restaurant news from around town.

Quick bite

Mexican fare with a sport-bar vibe at Scorpion Bar

A sexy tequila bar not far from Gillette Stadium

Half Atwood Machine


How to make Catalyst’s Half Atwood Machine

The autumnal cocktail showcases sherry.

Joanne Chang’s honey-almond snack cake.

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: Have a healthier Halloween with these lower sugar treats

There’s no need to have sweet desserts on top of trick-or-treating candy. Try these instead.


The story behind the ‘25’ suspended from the ceiling at Tony C’s

It’s a tribute to the Sox player

Lynda Jarrett of Stillman’s Farm with a bounty of squash.


It’s more than just decorative gourd season

Stillman’s Farm stand’s Lynda Jarrett wants you to think beyond the butternut

from the bar

How to make Hojoko’s Relaxing Times Highball

Japanese whisky, meet cider vinegar.


Hermit Thrush Brewery puts Vermont in the bottle

They only brew sours, using local yeast, pumpkins, fruit, and more

A burger with bacon at FiRE + iCE in Back Bay.

Dining Out

At FiRE + iCE, the crowds pour in, but why?

The food is horrible, but somehow everyone is having fun.

Three hurt after ceiling collapses at New Hampshire Bertucci’s

A decorative 8-by-12-foot ‘‘cloud feature’’ fell on two women and a man.

Apple muffins with oat bran and streusel

Recipe for healthy(ish) apple muffins

They’ve got whole grains and fiber, but also a sweet streusel topping

Lassi comes home

Dahlicious makes a version of the Indian yogurt drink that is consistently good.

The legendary Lowcountry Oyster Festival is one of the largest food festivals in Charleston, S.C. Locals will flock to the January event at Boone Hall Plantation for steamed oysters served in their shells.

Food & Travel

Oysters: wild, but not raw, in Charleston

The South Carolina city is oyster heaven

Apple-cinnamon layer cake with maple cream cheese frosting

Recipe for apple-cinnamon layer cake with maple cream cheese frosting

Almost as easy as a box mix and a jar of frosting


Diana Henry on the joy of simple cooking: ‘I’m quite lazy, you see’

Cookbook author Diana Henry on the joy of simple cooking

No campfire required

At ArtBar, s’mores come in a cast iron skillet, ready to eat

Apple pandowdy with golden raisins

Recipe for apple pandowdy with golden raisins

The pastry is cut and pressed into the fruit partway through baking

The tart flavor of apples gets a kick from Indian spices in apple chutney and green apple curry.

Apples taste right at home in Indian cooking

Two traditional recipes, adapted for the New England fall favorite

Thinking beyond the bog

Cranberries meet all kinds of other fruits in these frozen mixes.

Too many cups in the kitchen?

Try measuring with beakers instead.

Hunny Mustard Pistachios & Sunnies

Superfoods to the rescue

These snacks are vegan, gluten-free, raw, and organic.

Apple spice Bundt cake with brown-sugar glaze

Recipe for apple spice Bundt cake with brown-sugar glaze

Shredded apples and warm spices give this cake wonderful flavor.

Huli Huli chicken at Sixth Gear Cask & Kitchen.

Dining Out

Is a Steampunk restaurant in Southie a sign of peak gentrification?

Sixth Gear Cask & Kitchen is where the water is poured from laboratory flasks and S’mores-flavored popcorn replaces a bread basket.

Pork chops with coffee-molasses sauce.


Recipes: Pork chops and coffee go great together (really)

Plus, a coffee-braised pot roast and pears baked in coffee.

Authentic Greek cooking lands in Nashua, N.H.

The stars of the menu are the gyros — pork, chicken , lamb, bifteki (a blend of pork and ground beef), and veggie.

Restaurant owners tune into the freelance economy — and try their hand at cafes

Local restaurant owners have become attuned to the growing freelance economy, setting up cafes as informal work and meeting areas inside their restaurants for those in search of something besides a coffee house chain.

quick bite

Nautical by nature at the Hourly Oyster House

You’ll find platters of bivalves and a Harvard-y scene at this new spot from the Grafton Group.

Visitors in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Many ways for 30 Under 30 Summit-goers to enjoy city

We asked a few Boston influencers for their recommendations.


A new appreciation for the IPA

Joshua Bernstein talks about his new book, “Complete IPA: The Guide to Your Favorite Craft Beer.”


Cornish Pasty Company opens, Hillstone closes, and other restaurant news

Plus: Sunday football specials you’ll want to order from Coppa.

Despite the challenges, the restaurant industry should post $783 billion in sales this year, up 5 percent.

Food prices are dropping, but restaurant prices aren’t

While food price deflation may be good news for grocery shoppers, it’s having a boomerang effect on the restaurant industry.

Should you replace olive oil with coconut oil?

Coconut oil has a lot going for it from a culinary perspective, but it also raises bad cholesterol.

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, file photo, Ronald McDonald waves to the crowd during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, in New York. McDonald’s says Ronald McDonald is keeping a low profile with reports of creepy clown sightings on the rise. McDonald’s Corp. said Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, that it is being “thoughtful in respect to Ronald McDonald’s participation in community events” as a result of the “current climate around clown sightings in communities.” The company did not provide any other details about how often its red-haired mascot makes appearances, and how that will change. The move comes after a rash of hoaxes and pranks about scary clown sightings around the country, which have forced police to check for real threats. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)

Ronald McDonald keeping a low profile amid nationwide clown scares

McDonald’s decision to ratchet down its mascot’s appearances comes after a rash of pranks around the country that have involved eerie clown sightings.

At Bit Bar in Salem, Nikki Snizek (right) plays a game with a friend.

Galaga and cocktails? Arcade bars are popping up everywhere.

Arcade bars offer vintage arcade games and pinball with drinks, playing to nostalgic Gen Xers and 20-somethings tired of playing on their phones.

Patrons play games at Shelter Arcade Bar in Providence.

Where to drink and play arcade games

Your guide to retro arcade game bars within reach of Boston.

The story behind the wall murals at Night Market

A Fall River street artist created them, using handmade stencils and imagery from old Chinese propaganda


Beer from a real farmhouse brewery

“We have a really nice fruit orchard,” says Tim Adams, cofounder of Maine’s Oxbow Brewing Company. “We have some beehives. We have pigs that eat our grains.”

Ashley Stanley, founder and executive director of Lovin’ Spoonfuls.


Tailgating with Andrew Zimmern, Joanne Chang, and Jamie Bissonnette

Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ Ultimate Tailgate Party raises money to fight hunger locally.

From the Bar

Wine from India? It’s great with tikka masala.

Shanti serves a sauvignon blanc from Sula Vineyards, a hundred miles northeast of Mumbai.

Glazed apple-cranberry sabayon

Cooking With | Gordon Hamersley

Respect the yolk, but don’t fear it

Follow the rules and sabayon isn’t hard to master

Potato and gruyere tartine

Recipe for potato and Gruyere tartine

A melty, cheesy open-faced sandwich on a thick, crusty piece of toast

Bun tom thit at Pho #1 Waltham.

Cheap Eats

Pho #1 Waltham: now playing (too many of) Asia’s greatest hits

It’s an appealing restaurant, but the menu — spanning Thailand, Vietnam, and Korea — demands too much of the kitchen

Pear upside-down cake

Recipe for pear upside-down cake

The secret ingredients: ricotta and cornmeal

Salt-roasted salmon stuffed with herbs and lemon

Recipe for salt-roasted salmon stuffed with herbs and lemon

You’ll get super-moist fish and a stunning presentation

Los Angeles-based chef and writer known as JeffThe420Chef.


Now we’re cooking with pot

Cookbook “The 420 Gourmet” brings marijuana into the kitchen, with recipes that taste good and dose responsibly

Eleven Madison Park in New York.

D.C. is getting its first Michelin restaurant guide. Why not Boston?

We’d like to be on a map that doesn’t involve cannoli or centuries-old cemeteries or Paul Revere’s house.

Double shot

Matt Viser | Double Shot

// The buzz on coffee and the people who drink it

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