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// Oleana wins Munch Madness 2017

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

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// Budget-friendly fare around Boston

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

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Chef Barbara Lynch in the kitchen of Menton in Boston. Menton received a Five Diamond award from AAA this year.

Here are the best restaurants in Massachusetts, according to AAA

AAA has announced its 2019 list of best restaurants nationwide — and several of the top-rated establishments are located here.

Chicken and rice noodle soup has already proven popular at the new Newton Centre location.


Pho Viet’s II expands to Newton Centre with soups, bánh mi, and more

The Vietnamese restaurant celebrates a second location in Newton Centre.

Mike Kamio, owner of Anna's Taqueria.

Mike Kamio, founder of Anna’s Taqueria, dies

Anna’s Taqueria locations will be closed Friday in honor of Mike Kamio, and so friends and family can attend services.

Celebrate at Harvest's Winter Ice Party.

hot ticket

Luge yourself

If you haven’t swilled from an ice luge since college, you can change that on Feb. 24 at Harvest in Harvard Square.

Steak frites features a New York strip from Northeast Family Farms.

Quick Bite

Chef Rachel Klein re-emerges in a friendly suburban spot in Sharon

The Square wants to be a neighborhood place and has succeeded right out of the gate. A group of investors opened it because they wanted a spot where they could hang out with their friends.

Peregrine and Rochambeau set to debut; Dorchester gets an American Provisions

Restaurant news you can use.

Come out to a legal workshop for startups in the food industry.


What does a healthy meal look like these days?

Here’s what experts say we should be eating: lots of vegetables and fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts, fish, lean poultry, and a moderate amount of healthy fats.

Treat your sweetie at Cacao Nuts & Chocolates

The display case at Cacao Nuts & Chocolates in Jamaica Plain is filled with luscious, handmade chocolates. The shop opened in July and offers a nut bar with more than a dozen choices.

Rocco’s sweet creations will make you smile

The humble shop offers some of the heftiest, most enterprising hand-cut doughnut creations around. Doughnuts from other stores look puny next to these.

Citrus-almond cake

The confident cook

Recipe: Not every Valentine swoons over chocolate, which is where this citrus-almond cake comes in

This cake is an example of the Moorish influences on modern Spanish cooking.

By the Glass

Vivid wines make for a spicy affair, thanks to the team at Oleana

Last month, Oleana chef-owner Ana Sortun and wine director Theresa Paopao hosted a cooking demonstration and wine tasting in Norwood.

‘Just come in and enjoy the food’

At the new Pho Viet’s II in Newton Centre, broth is bubbling in stockpots as a steady stream of customers come in for a bowl of pho to warm away the winter chill.

Getting Salty

A conversation with Karen Akunowicz of Fox & the Knife

Akunowicz attracted fans at the South End’s Myers + Chang, where she won the James Beard Award as Best Chef: Northeast in 2018. Now she has her very own spot.

Brownie muffins

Recipe: For your Valentine, these irresistible little rounds are a cross between a brownie and a muffin

These perfect, thick rounds, baked in muffin tins, behave a little like cookies, but their softer centers, loaded with chocolate chips and walnuts, resemble brownies.

Bittersweet chocolate cheesecake

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Bittersweet chocolate and cheesecake go hand-in-hand for your Valentine

Rich, smooth, and creamy, with a distinct chocolate taste, this cake has a cream cheese batter that bakes on a chocolate-crumb crust pressed into a springform pan.

Milk Street’s Christopher Kimball (right) and his fennel-rosemary porchetta.

Cooking | Magazine

Chris Kimball of Milk Street joins the Globe Magazine’s weekly Cooking column

Check out his recipes for a roast with Italian flavors, an Australian take on pulled pork, and a weeknight-friendly schnitzel.

Outdoor seating at Cultivar, one of many local restaurants to close in recent months.

Why are so many Boston restaurants closing?

It’s the rents. It’s the labor costs. It’s changing tastes. It’s the Trump factor. In short: It’s the perfect storm, and something needs to change.

At Pagu in Cambridge, each dish is more eye-catching than the last.

Globe Magazine

Where to eat in Greater Boston

A selection of recent dining reviews from around the region, by Globe food writers.


Greater Boston author readings Feb. 10 - Feb. 16

A weekly calendar of literary events.

The counter at Pembroke’s Gather.


A gathering place to slow down and share a meal

Gather is on Route 27 in the Bryantville area of Pembroke with its many large lakes and rural feel.

Cambridge’s Café Du Pays has fashioned the lower-level dining area into a cozy lounge.


Tables: Not feeling it this Valentine’s Day? Head to Bukowski Tavern

As part of an anti-Valentine’s party there, you can tape a photo of your ex to a piñata and start smashing. The cathartic affair commences at 6 p.m.

02/06/2019 Cambridge MA. - Ricotta Gnocchi at Luce Restaurant in Cambridge. .Wiggs/Globe StaffReporter:Topic:

Quick Bite

A look at Luce, which is reviving a space with history

With Luce — named for owner Rene Becker’s young daughter — he aims to create a neighborhood place where families can stop in for pasta and pizza.

The sun sets over the Garonne River near Bordeaux, France.

Christopher Muther

Hike, sip, cruise, repeat: A French river cruise offers an active alternative

A French company offers river cruisers the option to explore their surroundings with daily hikes — and a healthy side of wine.

George Ravanis (left), owner of Frank’s Steak House, and dining room manager Rocco Ciarlone.

Frank’s Steak House has been a success for decades. What’s the secret?

As so many hallowed restaurants close around here, I felt as though I should pay my respects to Frank’s Steak House in North Cambridge. Here is an old restaurant that stays stubbornly, proudly in business — complete with a $15 prime rib, soup, vegetable, and dessert before 6 p.m.

Carlson & Turner Books has more than 40,000 volumes neatly filed on its shelves.


Neighborhood on the verge: Portland’s East End comes into its own

The East End’s star is rising. Here are some places to check out.

01/31/2019 BOSTON, MA Brussels sprouts at Whaling in Oklahoma. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

Dining Out

At Whaling in Oklahoma, chef Tim Maslow finds new focus

The former Ribelle chef returns with his own take on Japanese food.

Alex and Inna Khitrik, the mother-and-son-team that owns Inna’s Kitchen In Newton, a take-out shop for frozen and prepared foods. The store recently opened in a new location on Commonwealth Ave., Handout photo from Inna’s Kitchen. The store owner, Alex Khitrik, confirms that the Boston Globe can have permission to use the photo on all platforms and also confirms that Inna’s Kitchen owns the rights to the photo. From left, quinoa tabouli salad, summer squash caviar and hummus. Contributor: Ann Trieger Kurland, 617-763-1128

The soup’s always on at Inna’s, and now you can take it home

The new location in Newton, once a kosher butcher shop, gives them more space and an eco-kosher production kitchen for their catering and wholesale business.


Let this be your only sour note on Valentine’s Day

Spice up your bloody mary with local love from Boston’s Gillo’s Pickles.

Kuhn Rikon Slider Ties

Your life needs these slider ties

Kuhn Rikon Slider Ties, 4½-inch, super-strong silicone loops with an adjustable closure, can be used in a million different ways.

Adrienne Wright

Getting Salty

A talk with Adrienne Wright of Boston Urban Hospitality — and ‘Top Chef’

When she’s not preparing delicacies for Bravo’s judges, she oversees the menus at two locations of Boston Chops, Deuxave, and dbar.

The confident cook

Roast a whole cauliflower, cut it into wedges, and serve with a knockout agrodolce sauce

Raisins, honey, vinegar, capers, celery, leeks, and roasted bell peppers go into a sweet-and-sour sauce for cauliflower wedges.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, EHChocolatier opens in Cambridge

Valentine’s Day items include strawberry roses filled with ganache; a vegan version, called strawberry meltaways; red hot crunch bars; salted caramel hearts; and a special bonbon collection.

Sugo all’Amatriciana (Sauce Amatriciana)

Recipe: Sugo all’Amatriciana is a traditional, thick Italian pasta sauce that’s ready in 25 minutes

The meat in this tomato sauce is guanciale, similar to pancetta in usefulness, but made from the pig’s jowls, with a subtle flavor of its own.

Pork and miso soup with wonton noodles and shiitakes

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Pork and miso flavor a hearty broth simmered with shiitakes and wonton noodles

Begin by blanching large pieces of boneless pork shoulder to remove some of the impurities before using them to make a flavorful broth.

Pinto Bean Dip With Charred Onion and Chipotle, left, and Chile Con Queso, Tex-Mex Style.

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: Bean dip and other snacks for Super Bowl Sunday

The biggest game of the year demands big-time munchies. Here are three that will satisfy any Patriots fan.

A Super Bowl 53 logo adorned a beer tap at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

A guide to Super Bowl parties in Boston

Want to go out for the Super Bowl instead of sitting in your living room? Here are some bars and restaurants that are having events.

Poland exported 5,500 pounds of meat from sick cows to EU

About 2,500 kilograms (5,500 pounds) of meat from sick cows who were slaughtered illegally in Poland has been exported to 10 other European Union countries, the country’s top state veterinary official said on Thursday.

Ellie Tiglao (center) speaks with guests during a meal at Tanám.

Quick Bite

Where a meal is also a story about culture and identity

At Tanam in Union Square, Ellie Tiglao and company serve multicourse, ticket-only menus that illustrate why we should all be paying attention to Filipino food. (Bonus: Sometimes you get to eat with your hands!)

Toby Keith’s, at Patriot Place, closed without warning.

Toby Keith’s in Foxborough abruptly closes; restaurant rep slams ‘greedy’ Patriot Place

Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill at Patriot Place, a popular restaurant steps from Gillette Stadium, is permanently closed.

Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill in Foxborough.

Toby Keith’s in Foxborough abruptly closes; restaurant rep slams ‘greedy’ Patriot Place

Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill at Patriot Place, a popular restaurant steps from Gillette Stadium, is permanently closed.

Sarah Bockel (left) with friends in a pool at the Grand Luxxe resort in Nuevo Vallarta.

The VIP LOUNGE | Sarah Bockel

The VIP Lounge with Sarah Bockel, who will play Carole King at the Boston Opera House through Feb. 10

Bockel, 30, said when she was in Boston in 2015, she was on a restricted diet — the 30-day Paleo challenge — and was preparing most of her own meals, so this time around, she is looking forward to checking out the city’s food scene.

District Kitchen's giant soup dumplings.

Dim sum, a Vietnamese feast, and massive soup dumplings: 8 places to celebrate the Lunar New Year

If a home-cooked meal isn’t on your calendar, here are eight restaurants where you can share in the holiday spirit.

Andre Washington stood outside Edisto River Creamery and Kitchen in Orangeburg, S.C.

Owner with unwanted Confederate flag to sell restaurant

After years of battling the Confederate flag, a South Carolina restaurant owner has surrendered.

Verb Energy bars give you caffeine boosts without the jitters

Each 90 calorie bar – available in flavors Simply Cocoa, Salted Peanut Butter, and Maple Blueberry – contains the same amount of caffeine as an espresso shot, but instead is derived from a plant-based amino acid called L-theanine found in organic green tea. And they’re made locally.

Angry Honey spices up that sweetness

Drizzled over pizza, wings, and roasted vegetables, a splash in a cocktail, or a spoonful for a dressing or sauce will kick it up a notch or two.

Aaron Goldfarb

Q&A with Aaron Goldfarb, author of ‘Hacking Whiskey: Smoking, Blending, Fat Washing and Other Whiskey Experiments’

On Thursday, Goldfarb will talk about “Whiskey Hacking” at a sold-out dinner at Harvest restaurant in Cambridge as part of its “The Book and the Cook” dinner series.

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.