Somerville, MA 022015 Chickens roatate on spits over charcoal at Machu Chicken in Somerville, Friday, February 20 2015. (Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff) section: Lifestyle slug: 25pollo reporter:

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Birds on spits at Machu Picchu Charcoal Chicken in Somerville.

Peruvian chicken fans in East Boston, Somerville, Chelsea

Pollo a la brasa is a meal eaten almost exclusively in restaurants in Peru and in Boston, where four eateries now offer it. By Elizabeth Mindreau

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/24/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/G0226_AdrienneSchlowTico09.jpg Their art adorns restaurant walls

Three artists whose work at restaurants should never be mistaken as decor.

quick bite

Moonshine 152 rises in South Boston

Come for dishes that land somewhere between Asian street food and Whole Foods.

plated

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/21/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Boghosian_26platedpix5_ART.jpg Chef Kevin Conner sees his food make people better

Kevin Conner, executive chef of Community Servings, produces over 1,000 meals for critically ill people and their families.

FROM THE BAR

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/24/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/05062009_06dining1-7232595.jpg Cozy up to the hearth with a Super Tuscan

When guests at Orta Ristorante, Pizzeria & Bar can’t decide what wine to get, beverage director Chris Schweiger offers a not-too-heavy red from Tuscany.

DINING DECOR

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/19/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/breakfastclub.jpg The Breakfast Club’s Karate Kid Thermos lunchbox

A Karate Kid Thermos lunchbox is propped on a shelf in the dining room of The Breakfast Club, sitting among other pop culture curiosities.

BOTTLES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/19/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Trillium20A.jpg Trillium Brewing set to expand

JC Tetreault and his wife, Esther, have signed a lease for Trillium Brewing Co. on a 16,000-square-foot space in Canton.

dining out

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/14/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/chin021215CentreStreetCafe_liv1.jpg With Centre Street Cafe, Jamaica Plain sees an Italian renaissance

The team behind Tres Gatos bought the nearby Centre Street Cafe and turned it into an Italian restaurant.

COOKING WITH GORDON HAMERSLEY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/20/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/hammersley_01.jpg North African cuisine helps melt winter away

Every New Englander has a snow story. Here is Gordon Hamersley’s, which includes Moroccan-born truck guys and a yearning for tagine.

winter kitchen

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/23/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/IMG_1682A.jpg Recipe for turkey meatballs with quick tomato sauce on angel hair pasta

Shape the meatballs into 1½-inch rounds (easiest done with a small ice cream scoop) and broil them for a minute to brown the tops, then finish cooking in the tomato sauce.

Sunday Supper & More

Versatile cabbage in a hearty stew, then soup

The versatile green heads turn up in a hearty stew first, then in soup simmered with chickpeas.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/23/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/cauliflower2A.jpg Recipe for baked cauliflower with mustard

The dish is made with unsweetened coconut, a chile pepper, yogurt, and cilantro.

seasonal recipe

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/13/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/orangesaladHRHA.jpg Recipe for orange, arugula and date salad with ginger-lime dressing

Celebrate citrus season with brightly colored navel oranges in their classic orange hue.

Food & TRavel

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/14/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/KarooRestaurant9.jpg With Karoo, South African brings dishes of her homeland to Eastham

From Cape Town to Cape Cod reads the slogan on servers’ T-shirts at Karoo Restaurant, opened by South African restaurateur Sanette Groenewald.

insider

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/23/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Advance/Images/FOX.jpg Functional and fun ice packs

Cute doesn’t get any more fetching than the whimsical critter ice packs by Kikkerland Design.

insider

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/23/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Advance/Images/Halvahsilo.jpg Artisanal melt-in-your-mouth candy at Halvah Heaven

The sesame-paste confection, halvah, was a new frontier for Sherborn resident Victoria Wallins, who launched Halvah Heaven.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/24/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/25forum01.jpg Forum Bar & Restaurant to close

The owners of the restaurant that was heavily damaged in the Marathon bombings said the building’s landlord was nearly tripling rent.

Devra First

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/15/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/turner011515FOOD22Plated11.jpg James Beard award semifinalists for 2015 announced

It is great to see Alden & Harlow make the list for best new restaurant. The other regional mention is Central Provisions in Portland, also a contender for a nomination.

Dining capsules

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/30/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/rathe_bancroft_food04.jpg Where to eat in Greater Boston

Globe critics offer their take on great places to grab a quick bite, or a sumptuous meal.

The best and worst from Boston dining

devra first

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/30/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/09dining1--90x90.jpg The 2014 Boston restaurant awards

Boston ate well in 2014. Let’s take a look back at the highs and lows — the tastes, restaurants, and people that made this a year to remember.

Best wines under $20

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/31/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Advance/Images/05plonkapix17.jpg 10th annual Plonkapalooza: Best wines under $20

Sommeliers sampled 25 whites, 25 reds, all under $20, and uncorked some surprises among the winning wines.

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.

Insider

New England diners

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/13/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/p24_Jamie_Floyd.jpg 16 must-visit New England diners

These restaurants greet their guests with good food, down-to-earth atmosphere, and friendly prices.

Barbecue in Boston

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/04/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/p22_opening_photo.jpg Boston’s 10 best BBQ joints

We decree which spots serve the tastiest ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and other smoked specialties.

Globe Magazine

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/12/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/headmag0803_Cover-1956--90x90.jpg The food issue

How “Top Chef” Kristen Kish entertains, plus Clover Food Lab’s secret ingredient.