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

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

Latest Food & Dining headlines

A pesto-chicken tart and arugula and fennel salad with oranges.

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: Banish winter with a chicken-pesto dinner tart, salad, and dessert

Ring in spring with the vibrant and satisfying flavors of this easy-to-make meal.

Choose from several versions of hummus at the Humaari pop-up at Wink & Nod, including the sauteed beef.

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Tavern Road chef Louis DiBiccari is now behind a hummus-centric pop-up

At Wink & Nod in the South End, Humaari showcases tahini and more.

Tables

Tables: Whole Heart Provisions comes to Central Square, and trumpets and hip-hop fold into the Tapestry

Plus, kosher favorite Inna’s Kitchen returns to Newton this summer.

The Palmetto

Sips

Palmetto, one heck of a cover

The rum pays homage to an original without ruining it.

Christie Prades on South Beach in Miami.

In the VIP Lounge with Christie Prades

We caught up with Prades, who is playing the role of Gloria Estefan in the national tour of “On Your Feet!” at the Boston Opera House through April 29, to talk about all things travel.

Perspective | Magazine

An open letter to men who sell beer, from a woman who drinks it

The fact that I’m female doesn’t mean I want cider or fruit in my beer.

from the bar

Welcome spring with the Chrysanthemum Cocktail

It’s uncommon because it isn’t built on a standard base spirit (ie: whiskey, gin, vodka, rum, brandy, tequila). Instead, dry vermouth stands in as the foundation.

bottles

Cerise Cassée is aged to perfection: Sour in one sip and sweeter in the next

When brewmaster Will Meyers says his latest Cambridge Brewing Co. beer has been sitting in a basement for 14 years in 15 French oak wine barrels, I trust he knows what he’s doing.

Chefs are cycling to end childhood hunger — and you can help

On April 19, join chef Tony Maws and others at a pop-up bar event from 8-10 p.m. at the Kirkland Tap & Trotter in Somerville.

Glazed lemon-walnut scones

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Lots of lemon flavor is baked into these plump, glazed walnut scones

A bright citrus taste in big walnut scones is underscored with a brushed-on lemon glaze.

Crispy rice cake

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Try this big, golden cake of rice with a little ham and cheese tucked inside

Need a home for leftover white rice, a few cooked vegetables, a little ragu, tail ends of cheese, or a last slice of deli ham? It can all go into this crispy rice cake.

Southern slice-and-bake cheese wafers

The confident cook

Southern cooks make slice-and-bake cheese wafers for all occasions

Cheese wafers are savory rounds with a little heat that are wildly popular snacks in the South.

The Captain’s platter at Captain’s Table & Take Away

What She’s Having

In baked fish with buttery crumbs, there’s nothing to detract from the briny ocean taste

Haddock baked with crumbs is too plain to reach the iconic status of lobster roll, or even fish chowder, but it’s a favorite among New Englanders.

You don’t have to wait for iced tea anymore

Takeya, a California company that specializes in insulated water bottles, recently introduced the Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker that quickly brews hot tea and then chills it in seconds.

Handy, helpful husband invents Rapid Slicer

The device that lets you cut about two-dozen cherry tomatoes, olives, grapes, and other small fruits at one time and in seconds.

Ice lollipop molds mean making your own ice cream truck treats

Make a fudgy popsicle, or spike a concoction for a boozy adult treat.

Jennifer Thomas of Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca

Getting Salty

Getting Salty with Jennifer Thomas of Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca

The GM at Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca since August 2017 stayed on after owner Mario Batali stepped away from his restaurants amid sexual misconduct allegations.

Pasta with asparagus, leeks, and bacon.

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: Pasta dishes with fresh spring asparagus

Three satisfying meals that make the most of a favorite seasonal vegetable.

Manager Erin Barry removes cupcakes from a pan at Magnolia Bakery.

Quick Bite

Sweets and the city: A visit to Magnolia Bakery

What it’s like to visit Magnolia Bakery at Faneuil Hall.

Sips

Don’t knock the Naukabout

The beer company’s brewery and tap room are now open in Mashpee, on a property that once housed the Flume restaurant.

The de Magistris brothers, who own Il Casale in Belmont.

hot ticket

A birthday bash for Belmont’s Il Casale

Chef Dante de Magistris runs the busy neighborhood restaurant with his brothers Damian and Filippo.

Tables

These cocktails may steal the show in the Theater District

Restaurant news you can use, including that healthy stir-fry and salad chain Honeygrow launches two Boston locations of Minigrow on April 27.

Boston Calling music festival at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston on May 26, 2017.

Boston Calling’s food lineup is music to our ears

New this year: Wood-fired pizza from Area Four, sandwiches from chef Steve “Nookie” Postal at Commonwealth, and sweets from Union Square Donuts.

The interior of a Dunkin' Donuts in Hilversom, Netherlands. In Europe, stores are designed for customers who are in the habit of sitting and enjoying their coffee rather than taking it to go.

Pork, wasabi cheese, or Kit Kat doughnuts? Dunkin’ adapts for international tastes

The one flavor that’s available in every store in every country is Boston Cream.

RiverWalk Resort features year-round heated swimming pools.

Check-In

RiverWalk Resort can be your castle away from home

The opening of RiverWalk has brought a new level of luxury to the western White Mountains.

More than 80 dead from tainted liquor in Indonesia

Indonesian authorities say at least two dozen people have died in the past day from drinking toxic bootleg liquor, raising the toll to 82 this month and highlighting how attempts to curb legal alcohol have tragically backfired.

FROM THE BAR

At Benedetto, a lovely Lugana pairs with octopus

“The wine and the dish are like peas in a pod without anything needing to be compromised,” enthuses Robert Taylor, the wine director of Benedetto in Harvard Square.

BOTTLES

MillerCoors brewed a beer for millennials. Here’s what it tastes like.

In an explicit effort to woo more millennials, MillerCoors has released Two Hats, a line of light beers specifically targeting the 21- to 24-year-old drinker.

The Globe spent $42 on an armful of $2 menu items from Dunkin’ Donuts for a taste test.

Here’s our verdict on Dunkin’ Donuts new donut fries

Could a retail chain come close to recreating the sublime crunchy-sweet confection that is a churro ?

Halibut with mousseline and grapefruit at Mooncusser Fish House.

Dining Out

Dinner in an almost classical mode, at Mooncusser Fish House

Mooncusser Fish House is a classic city restaurant — so old-school it doesn’t feel quite ready to be new again.

Icelandic Provisions partnered with a dairy co-op in Iceland to produce a version of skyr, a traditional Icelandic yogurt product.

Local investors banked on skyr being a big cheese in US market, too

Their company, Icelandic Provisions, created a skyr with a dairy co-op in Iceland and, having launched in the beginning of 2016, today it’s the fastest growing yogurt product in the United States, according to Nielsen.

Inspired by Patriots Day barbecues, Jairo Dominguez (left), Teodora Bakardzhieva, and Theo Bougas will offer year-round cookout fare at their new restaurant Backyard Betty’s.

A restaurant idea cooked up at Patriots Day barbecues

When Backyard Betty’s opens its doors on West Broadway in Southie later this month, it’ll bring to Boston the feeling of the at-home Patriots Day barbecue that the owners have been hosting for 25 years.

Does eating a majority of one’s daily calories earlier in the day help with weight loss? Research seems to agree.

Why you should eat breakfast like a king and dinner like a pauper

More and more research is showing that eating most of your calories early in the day is better for your waistline.

One-pan chicken and orzo

The confident cook

Recipe: Greek-inspired chicken bakes over orzo with olives, capers, and lemon

The universal tradition of cooking poultry over rice uses orzo in this weeknight dish. Serve it right from the pan.

If you score an ANGRY donut, you’ll leave happy

Some who come to the small Newburyport bakery may leave a little miffed: The doughnuts sell out quickly.

Move over maple? Birch syrup takes root

Watertown-based Botanical Springs taps 13,000 trees in the foothills of Montgomery, Vt., and produces small batches of syrup. But some isn’t maple — it’s birch.

Getting Salty

Getting Salty with chef Brandon Baltzley

Chef Brandon Baltzley is now on Cape Cod, working with his wife, former Ribelle executive sous chef Laura Higgins-Baltzley, at the Buffalo Jump on Falmouth’s Coonamessett Farm, officially opening on April 27 and serving a mix of Portuguese and Cape Cod cuisine.

eared scallops with asparagus, peas, and lemon cream

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: For a taste of spring, sear scallops, then add a lemony sauce with asparagus and peas

This dish of scallops in a creamy lemon sauce with asparagus and peas reminds us that spring is on its way.

Steak salad with caramelized onions and balsamic vinaigrette

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Sliced sirloin steak on greens is garnished with caramelized onions and balsamic dressing

You don’t need much steak to top a generous salad of mixed greens, radicchio, cherry tomatoes, and blue cheese. Spoon over a mustard-balsamic vinaigrette.

Green shakshuka with leeks, swiss chard, and feta.

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: Give breakfast Middle Eastern flair with green shakshuka

A staple in the Middle East, the egg-based dish is a quick and healthy meal that’s a breeze to adapt.

Boston, MA - 4/6/2017 - A spicy seafood bucatini with mussels, clams, prawns, and the house diablo sauce sits on the bar at Saltie Girl in Boston, MA, April 6, 2017. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Saltie Girl wins Munch Madness 2018

In a blistering final round that involved celebrity endorsements and intimidating sticky bun deliveries, Saltie Girl pulled out the win in the Globe’s annual restaurant tournament.

Sips

Rioja-inspired red, crafted in Pembroke

When Jacquelyn Groeper returned from a trip to Spain in 2016, she was determined to craft a Rioja-style blend of her own. And so she did.

Tables: Tender Greens comes to Chestnut Hill, and soon you’ll spot Little Dipper

Restaurant news you can use, including that Lolita Fort Point will soon be serving lunch.

Left: Flour’s sticky buns, disguised as cans of tuna, delivered to Saltie Girl. Right: Kate Hudson’s Instagram message in support of Saltie Girl.

Kate Hudson votes for lobster and Flour gets sassy with Saltie Girl

Hudson rallied fans to vote for Boston restaurant Saltie Girl, and Flour sent a disguised treat to their competitor.

Chef JuanMa Calderon prepares a dish at Celeste.

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Celeste in Union Square is small, loud, and happy

Before opening Celeste, Chef JuanMa Calderon and partner Maria Rondeau ran Peruvian supper club Kriollo Real out of their Cambridge home.

Millie Willen (left) and Myra Fischman on their four-day journey amid Northern Arizona’s buttes and canyons.

Forever young on a Western road trip

Spectacular scenery, nostalgia, and tips on aging along the road to Antelope Canyon.

Double shot

Matt Viser | Double Shot

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/16/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/doubleshot-5060.png 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.