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The shutdown may yet make a mess of your trip
Even if the partial shutdown ends soon, it could have a ripple effect that’s felt into the busy spring-break-travel season and beyond.
Welcome to Formaggio Kitchen Kendall
You’re lucky if you live or work in East Cambridge near Kendall Square, because Formaggio Kitchen Kendall recently opened on Hampshire Street.
The future of safe food is growing right here in N.E.
Consumers have grown wary of even leafy greens after the romaine lettuce ban last year involving e coli and lettuces from California, and earlier cases involving Arizona farms. So some shoppers have begun to look for produce grown locally and in a controlled environment, and we’ve got that.
Getting Salty with Rene Becker
He opened Hi-Rise Bread Company in Cambridge in 1996, and last week, he opened Luce between Porter and Harvard squares.
Oat milk makes its way into the everyday
Straw-colored, creamy, slightly sweet, it tastes, and froths up for a cappuccino, similar to cow’s milk.
Democracy Brewing endorses drinkability
The menu is pro-labor: there are beers called Suffragette Pale Ale, Consummate Rioter, and Workers’s Pint, the latter of which sells for a blue-collar price of $5.
The confident cook
Recipe: For the winter-weary, bright oranges and fresh fennel form a bed for seared shrimp
Winter stretches on. One way to get through it is to put some cheer on the plate, as in this brightly colored salad.
Like having your own personal chef (in a jar)
Pocket Garden Foods is serving up “not just pasta sauce,” made with 10 veggies and no gluten or nuts.
Recipe: Stir-fry baby bok choy with crimini and spicy gochujang
Little heads of baby bok choy range from about 4 to- 8 inches; you may need to halve the large ones.
Recipe: Serve potato-crusted salmon with a side of creamed leeks
Salmon, potatoes, and leeks are a classic combination that come together in this elegant dish.
The menu is simple and the crust super-thin at Union Park Pizza in the South End
Joe and Maggie Sylva were passing by last year when they saw that a former pizzeria across from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross was vacant. They inquired, signed a lease, and rolled up their sleeves.
More lenient state laws could mean beer makers cut off low-alcohol brands
Beer snobs are raising their mugs to a stronger brew in three states that once forbade grocers from selling anything but low-alcohol brands, and the changes could indirectly chill the industry in two others where such regulations remain.
At Trade, dinner and a travelogue with Jody Adams
What’s the next best thing to an African safari? Hearing about it from a renowned chef -- while eating exotic dishes inspired by her travels.
Your Week Ahead
Five things to do around Boston, Jan. 21-27
New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, Martin Luther King Jr. Day events, Harvard Square Taste of Chocolate Weekend, and more.
Cooking | Magazine
Recipes: My big fat Greek casserole, pastitsio
A hearty cousin of lasagna, pastitsio adds unexpected flavors to meat, tomatoes, and pasta.
Scelfo opens The Longfellow Bar, and we say goodbye to The Living Room
Restaurant news you can use.
Wine country with kids is still a bunch of fun (and even relaxing)
There are plenty of vineyards that cater to families, giving them room to roam and be a little crazy. And, of course, the wine helps.
Friendly Toast offering free meals to furloughed federal workers
The restaurant chain’s offer extends to all five locations as long as the shutdown continues.
This is what an Irish pub should look like circa 2019
The James in Needham serves modern food and a good old-fashioned welcome.
Gwyneth Paltrow has a new cookbook and with it, a conflict for those who love to hate her
Will I buy it? Can I seriously take health advice from someone who shills jade eggs for one’s vagina? Rebecca Pacheco asks.
By the Glass: Wines worth a pour between $12 and $30
Fizzy Italian pours offer refreshingly earthy effervescence
To fully enjoy these wines, gently invert bottles to reintegrate the creamy lees into the wine before opening. And because these are moderate in alcohol, you can remain light on your feet as you stride into the new year.
A world away from her native Tibet, she celebrates Losar — the Tibetan New Year — with traditional foods
The Tibetan New Year starts on Feb. 5.
The confident cook
Recipe: Pasta with chickpeas, once made the long way by nonnas, can be a quick pantry meal
This is one of those dishes you could make if you had nothing, using dried chickpeas, pasta crumbles left after cutting fresh dough, tomatoes from the garden. Make it today from the pantry.
Add avocado oil into your kitchen mix
The heart-healthy oil has a buttery texture and a mild, neutral flavor and doesn’t taste like avocado but rather adds depth to a dressing.
Q&A with the authors of ‘Did You Just Eat That?’
In their new book “Did You Just Eat That? Two Scientists Explore Double-Dipping, the Five-Second Rule, and Other Food Myths in the Lab,” food scientists Paul Dawson, Brian Sheldon, and a team of student researchers investigate nine myths about food safety and the spread of germs.
Kuhn Rikon is pairing its knives with some fun
The company is offering a limited edition of new designs in bright colors and playful prints that are just plain fun — pop art, funky fruit, and tropics.
Getting Salty: A Q+A with Row 34’s beer director, Suzy Hays
Row 34’s beer director could live without IPAs.
A placemat with a Modern-twist
They have a silky soft feel like fabric, but are actually made of high-quality, food grade silicone.
Recipe: Brown butter, toasted pecans, and brown sugar give these bars a nutty, butterscotch taste
Browning butter before you stir it into the batter adds an interesting dimension to these bar cookies.
Recipe: Caramelize onions, braise beef, then mix them together in this hearty stew
Caramelizing onions requires time, patience, and attention. Do it on a cold, dreary day when the only place you long to be is in front of your warm stove.
Time Out Market reveals lineup of noted chefs ahead of spring opening
This won’t be your typical food court fare. Chefs who have signed on include Tony Maws of Craigie on Main, Tim and Nancy Cushman of Hojoko and O Ya, Peter Ungár of Tasting Counter, and Michael Schlow of Tico.
Durgin-Park, a sassy classic, at 192. In lieu of flowers, leave a bigger tip
The Faneuil Hall landmark known for Yankee pot roast and salty servers died on Jan. 12.
Haley House cafe’s closing is a blow to Dudley Square
Haley House says the closure is temporary. It marks another chapter in the on-again, off-again efforts to revitalize the neighborhood.
Turning food into a guilt-free pleasure
Three local businesses strive to offer a delicious solution to the healthy eating conundrum.
COOKING | MAGAZINE
Recipes: Three soups that show off the flavor and versatility of sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes do everything white potatoes can and more, in vibrant color.
During the winter doldrums, Boston venues get creative to bring in guests
Restaurants and hotels are creating new immersive experiences to keep patrons coming year-round.
It’s getting more expensive to eat out at restaurants
Full-service restaurants, facing higher labor and food costs, raised prices the most in more than seven years in December
Diane Kochilas signs copies of her new cookbook at Committee
Gluttony season is over. It’s time to eat lightly and healthfully — preferably with the help of a Mediterranean guru.
A stop at Swig & Swine was mighty fine
En route to the Charleston Tea Plantation, we had to stop in at Swig & Swine, a bourbon and barbecue joint on the Savannah Highway, if for no other reason than its name.
It’s always tea time in South Carolina
I recently made a pilgrimage to the country’s only tea plantation, which sells tea under the American Classic Tea label.
Succulent tacos and cheery service at Bartaco in Boston’s Fort Point
Bartaco, which is run by the same group that oversees the Barcelona Wine Bar chain, offers some of Boston’s tastiest tacos.
A month of new ventures from Shepard, Bronwyn, and Craigie on Main teams
Luce will focus on Italian food, and COMB is the now-separate Craigie on Main Bar. Grab a burger.
Here’s a look at the Boston-area restaurants that have closed recently (or will close soon)
Several venerable Boston-area restaurants have announced they would close their doors in the last several weeks.
Perspective | Magazine
Is our obsession with healthy eating out of control?
From fasting to Paleo to meat-only diets, the way we eat has become more polarized than ever. But extreme eating doesn’t necessarily make us healthier.
Cultivar restaurant in downtown Boston to shut its doors
The restaurant at the Ames Hotel is the latest in the city to close down, which its proprietor said was due to “unforeseen events that have created the perfect storm.”
19 food predictions for 2019
At the start of this new year, it’s time to look ahead. What’s in store for the world of food and restaurants? We predict more mocktails, closings, tahini, and women in charge — but maybe less sitting.