When it’s OK to allow literature to influence dining

Eating your way through literature sounds fun, but is it healthy?


A toned-down tiki for the summer

Morale & Welfare employs over-proof dark rum and modifiers that run the gamut: tart lime, slightly sweeter grapefruit, zesty cinnamon, and rich mole bitters.

Whey better for you than sugary sports drinks

A new refreshing drink upcycled from fresh whey is labeled Superfrau as a shout out to the female cow.

Smolak farm launches ninth year of Whim Dinner Series with celebrated chefs

Some of the region’s notable chefs — Andy Husbands of The Smoke Shop BBQ, Tyler Kinnett of Harvest, Daniel Gursha at Ledger, Ned Grieg from Woodman’s, and others — take turns cooking the multicourse feast using the vegetables, herbs, and fruits grown in the fields of the 120-acre, lush property.

No more veggie bacon for you if you live in Louisiana

The state’s new food labeling restrictions law will keep veggie products from being called meat, non-rice products from being described as rice, and sugar alternatives from being marketed as sugar.

Quick Bite

Thai Noodle Cafe is a welcome pit stop in a culinarily rich stretch of Belmont

Owner Sasirat Grande first operated Tony G’s in this space, specializing in barbecue, but then switched to her native Thai food. “Thai is more exciting than barbecue,” she says.

What She’s Having

Cabot’s Ice Cream & Restaurant celebrates 50 years. They don’t make them like this anymore

Generations of Newton children have come here to mark birthdays, recitals, and graduations. Now they bring their own kids.

Food & Travel

Eating and drinking my way through Japan

For two and a half weeks, I ate adventurously.

The most useful pasta you’ll ever have

The afaldine elastic silicone bands are shaped like ribbon pasta and secure opened bags of cereal, beans, or grains, or bundle vegetables.

Citrus spritzes, straight from the source

Twist the sharp end of the sprayer into the fruit and pump a few times to dispense a spritz of citrus to enliven a salad, grilled fish and seafood, a cocktail, or really anything that benefits from a little acidity.

Just the Cheese, please

It’s like a grilled cheese sandwich in a snack bar.

Seasonal recipes

Recipe: Native strawberries and rhubarb bake together in this old-fashioned New England pie

For a golden brown glaze on the lattice top, brush the pastry with an egg wash (an egg beaten with a spoonful of water), and sprinkle with sugar.