Munch Madness

// Oleana wins Munch Madness 2017

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

Dining Out

Dining Out reviews

// Where should you eat this week?

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

Cheap Eats

Cheap Eats reviews

// Budget-friendly fare around Boston

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

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Hainanese chicken rice.

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Recipes: Tender, juicy Hainanese chicken and rice

The taste of Southeast Asian comes through in this traditional dish from Singapore.

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Fund-raising brunch to benefit diabetes initiative

Enjoy a buffet-style brunch with food from Sumiao, China Pearl, BLR by Shojo, and Sumiao’s sister restaurant, Feng Shui.

Bootleg Special in the South End.

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Consider the crawfish at Bootleg Special

The South End location is the latest in a growing number of Boston-area restaurants specializing in Gulf Coast-inspired seafood boils.


Do good and eat well at Zambrero

Each time you buy a bowl or a burrito, the restaurant donates a meal to someone in need in the developing world through their Plate4Plate program.

A glass of 2012 Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino at Grassona’s Italian Brookline.


Keeping it fresh at Grassona’s Italian

At Grassona’s Italian in Brookline, Steve Bowman uses a unique contraption that keeps wine fresh after a bottle is opened.

A view of the sugarcane fields, and Bay Saint-Pierre, at Depaz Distillery in Martinique.


How Martinique’s rum became certifiably the best in the Caribbean

Rum production in Martinique is monitored as closely as champagne production in France. Here’s where to see, and, most importantly, taste it on the island.

The winners will be announced on April 27 in New York City.

Read the columns that earned the Globe’s Devra First a James Beard Award nomination

The winners will be announced on April 27 in New York City.

Maura Kilpatrick of Sofra is nominated for the Outstanding Baker award.

And the James Beard award nominees for 2018 are . . .

Women chefs are sure making a strong showing in the Northeast this year.

Here, there, and everywhere

On March 25 in Maine, locals celebrate the 35th anniversary of Maine Maple Sunday, the unofficial start of spring, when Maine’s maple producers welcome visitors for demonstrations, sugarbush tours, and samplings.

Shploing!! is brewed in Dorchester for the Swedish brewery Omnipollo.


Bottles: IPAs for the lactose tolerant

The modified IPAs are made when a brewer supplements the bitter embrace of the style with lactose, an unfermentable sugar.

Bucatini carbonara paired with a 2016 Cavazza pinot grigio at Cinquecento.

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From the Bar: Favorites from La Motta’s now at Cinquecento

When the Aquitaine Group closed modern red sauce joint La Motta’s earlier this year, the team at Cinquecento was ready.

Hannah Kalajian first made Near East pilaf in the apartment over her husband’s market in Worcester.

How Near East rice pilaf became a New England staple

Did you know Near East was born in Worcester and is the brainchild of one of America’s most unsung female entrepreneurs?

Quincy frozen yogurt company Yasso expands

Eight flavors have been added, including Caramel Pretzelmania, Chocolate PB & Yay, Coffee Brownie Break, and Mint Championchip.

Eat Your Words with 826 Boston

Feed your soul and your face on March 26, when 826 Boston hosts the Eat Your Words benefit, an event featuring an eclectic mix of the city’s many flavors.

Food lovers gather at annual Taste of the South End to benefit AIDS Action

The 21+ event — which includes participants such as Myers + Chang, Bar Mezzana, Area Four, and Blackbird Doughnuts — will feature food and drink tastings, live cooking demos, and a silent auction. Tickets are $150, VIP admission is $200; all proceeds go to AIDS Action.

Soda breads that are true to the ones of Northern Ireland

David McGimpsey was raised in Belfast and learned how to bake as an apprentice at local bakeries. Now you can find his breads around Boston.

Buttermilk cake with orange marmalade

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Recipe: A simple buttermilk cake has a hidden layer of orange marmalade in the batter

Spread a layer of orange marmalade on this buttermilk batter; the preserves sink as the batter bakes, so they’re a surprise when you cut into the cake.

Provençal beef stew with red wine, olives, and orange (Gardiane de Taureau)

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Recipe: A rich beef stew from Provence is simmered with red wine, olives, and orange

Beef chuck is used in this aromatic Provençal stew, which comes from the Camargue region of France, where it’s made with local bull meat.

Irish-style fish pie.

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Recipes: Refresh your St. Patrick’s Day menu with Irish seafood and a Guinness dessert

A hearty fish-centric meal that skips the deep fryer, followed by an easy, creamy sweet treat.


Concord gets spicy and Union Square welcomes Celeste

Restaurant news you can use.

Smuttynose Brewery in Hampton, N.H.

Smuttynose Brewing Co. to be sold at auction Friday

The auction, scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Friday, includes the Smuttynose beer brand, its facility and a restaurant.

Chef Jason Cheek offers Southern favorites in a room that is spacious with quirky touches.

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A proper Southern restaurant in the South End

Start with snacks: creamy deviled eggs, airy hushpuppies, popovers on a peppery little pillow of pimento cheese. Then share a few entrees: fried chicken; shrimp atop smoky grits; greaseless catfish with tangy coleslaw.


Explorateur’s Shpritz ties it all together

Here’s a surprisingly playful way to celebrate beer this Saint Patrick’s Day.

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At Shojo, an elegant sour cocktail

Making use of the bar’s impressive Japanese whisky selection, bar manager Mike Patterson employs easy-drinking Toki for the base and zesty yuzu juice for the citrus component in his Intercontinental Sour.

A flower vendor in Dublin adds color to the neighborhood.

Why you need to visit Dublin now: ‘Our world of black and gray is now filled with color’

Once thought of as boring, traditional, dark and gray, newly energized Dublin is on the upswing. International tourism leaped 15 percent last year, and visitor numbers this year are already outpacing 2017.

Frank Robitaille (left) and Ray Johnston moved a Coca-Cola refrigerator into Woodman’s of Essex ahead of Wednesday’s nor’easter.

Still recovering from the last storm, restaurants brace for another nor’easter

For some restaurants in the region, Wednesday’s nor’easter threatens to spoil days-long efforts to reopen.

Munch Madness 2018: The restaurant tournament begins

Who will win The Boston Globe’s annual food frenzy this year? Cast your vote to decide.

A McDonald's Quarter Pounder (right) and a Double Quarter Pound burger were shown with the new fresh beef on Tuesday.

McDonald’s switching to fresh beef at some locations

About a quarter of the chain’s US restaurants will make the shift.

Night Shift Brewing in Everett is starting its can rollout with Ever Weisse.


Bottles: Night Shift sour brews get canned (in a good way), and NE breweries are expanding

So much is brewing in the local beer community.

“How often does an iconic brand like Zagat become available?” asked Chris Stang, a co-founder of The Infatuation and its chief executive.

Google to sell Zagat to an upstart review site

The deal raises questions about whether Zagat, once king of restaurant recommendations, can remain relevant.

Michelle White of Next Step Soul Food Cafe in Dorchester.

Six women shaping the Boston food scene

In honor of International Women’s Day, we talked to these restaurant owners about their challenges, their triumphs, and why they love what they do.

Items at a “thali” restaurant in Pune, India, include a platter with curries in small bowls on the periphery, with staples in the center.

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Food & Travel: Sweet, sour, salty, bitter, spicy, and astringent all add up to a satisfied belly

In India, families looking for reasonably priced, high-quality, vegetarian food may end up at a “thali” restaurant.

Charcoal banana bread

Recipe: Charcoal banana bread

This loaf is vegan and adapted from “Black Girl Baking.”

Jerrelle Guy in her Fenway apartment.

‘Black Girl Baking’ author is making her own rules (and some really great banana bread)

Jerrelle Guy is the Fenway-based author of “Black Girl Baking: Wholesome Recipes Inspired by a Soulful Upbringing.”

Love artichokes but hate the prep work? The Artichokester is your new friend

This tool could save your fingers and make artichoke prep easy.

Spicy whole chicken stuffed with rice pilaf

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Recipe: Roast chicken stuffed with rice pilaf is a festive dish all over the Middle East

This recipe is similar to one the author had at a home in Jordan, where several birds were lined up on a platter. It’s stuffed with rice pilaf mixed with lemon rind, cilantro, raisins, and almonds.

Peanut-butter chocolate-chip bars

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Recipe: Peanut-butter bars are topped with peanuts and studded with chocolate chips

These peanut-butter bar cookies are a variation of blondies, which are a variation of brownies.

Jamaican pumpkin-beef soup with dumplings

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Recipe: Her grandmother passed down a recipe for Jamaican beef soup with pumpkin and dumplings

The aromas in this pot are typical of Jamaican long-stewed meats and vegetables with herbs and chile peppers.

Arlington EATS fund-raiser aims to feed kids in need when school’s out

To help fund their services, Arlington EATS is hosting its 3rd annual Beats for EATS event at Arlington Town Hall on March 10.

Jamie Bissonnette (left) and Ken Oringer

Tapas tour is the ‘ultimate night on the town’

The duo behind Boston’s Coppa and Toro and Cambridge’s Little Donkey have launched JK Food Crawl, a tapas tour of the three popular restaurants designed for four to eight hungry crawlers.

A limited-edition McDonald’s Shamrock Shake.

If you like McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes, you’re in luck: There’s an app for that

Would you brave 70 mph wind gusts and flooded streets in search of a limited-edition McDonald’s Shamrock Shake? Half of you probably would.

Turkey cutlets with tomatoes and mozzarella.

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Recipes: Turkey cutlet meals in under an hour

Try turkey for dinner with mozzarella and tomatoes or as a breakfast option. Plus, sauteed chicken livers with sherry and grapes.

Gen Sou En is a Japanese-style teahouse in Brookline’s Coolidge Corner.

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The Japanese teahouse Brookline didn’t know it needed

At Gen Sou En, gather for bento-box lunches, cream-filled matcha puffs, and some serious tea.

Tony Maws will host a Passover cooking tutorial.

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Passover cooking class at Craigie on Main

Is your brisket tough? Is your matzo mealy? Prepare for Passover with star chef Tony Maws.

Nadia Liu Spellman in 2015.

Tables: Dumpling Daughter comes to Kendall Square

Restaurant news you can use.

Stony Creek plans a brewpub in Foxwoods casino.


Stony Creek, Foxwoods look to be a winning combo

Anyone who’s ever stepped foot inside a casino knows it can be hard to find a good beer there. Connecticut casino Foxwoods is taking a step to change that.

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// 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.