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// Oleana wins Munch Madness 2017

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

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// Where should you eat this week?

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// Budget-friendly fare around Boston

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

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This year’s Fancy Food Show, which took place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

Football fields of fancy foods

A look inside this year’s Fancy Food Show, which took place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, where it’s clear the trend toward healthier foods isn’t going anywhere.

Cabbage and cucumber coleslaw with dill

Recipe: Cabbage, cucumber, and dill coleslaw is similar to old New England versions

Old slaws weren’t the colorful mixtures we know today, but rather cabbage tossed with a few green vegetables.

Spinach and herb yogurt dip

Recipe: If you’ve got guests, make this spinach-yogurt dip to accompany drinks on a summer evening

This bright-green dip for pita chips or crudites has a yogurt base with plenty of spinach, basil, parsley, and mint.

Pretzels you can feel good about from the Quinn line of snack foods

They are produced with flour ground from the ancient grain sorghum. Gluten-free, the snack is also made with brown rice flour, organic honey, organic palm oil, and other good ingredients.

Lazy Bear Tea

Lazy Bear Tea, made with leftover coffee cherries

“I was most excited about the opportunity there to reduce waste in farms, which would have both an environmental and social impact,” says cofounder Daniela Uribe.

The Swizzle Me Timbers


Sips: A swizzle — as much fun to drink as it is to say

At The Hourly Oyster House in Harvard Square, the Swizzle Me Timbers was created by bar manager Beth Hoselton.

Lizzy Schmidt had a free cup of coffee at Shiru Cafe in Providence.

Free coffee — with a catch — is coming to Massachusetts

Shiru Cafe offers students free drinks in exchange for communications from companies that want to recruit them.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Kyrie Irving attends the “Uncle Drew” New York Premiere on June 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)


Kyrie Irving-Uncle Drew Wheaties boxes in high demand

If you want one, it might be quicker to shell out $20, which is what one of the boxes was going for on eBay last week.

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: Switch it up with lamb burgers instead of beef

Lamb on its own is a flavorful alternative to traditional burgers. It’s also a perfect vehicle for interesting seasonings, from simple garlic and rosemary to anchovies and caper.

FILE - In this June 21, 2018, file photo, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, left, speaks as Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, center, and Solicitor General Noah Purcell look on at a news conference in SeaTac, Wash. Seven national fast-food chains have agreed to end policies that block workers from changing branches, limiting their wages and job opportunities, under the threat of legal action from the state of Washington. Ferguson announced the binding agreements with companies including Arby's, Jimmy John's and Cinnabon, Thursday, July 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Fast-food chains agree to end ‘no-poaching’ policies

Seven national fast-food chains have agreed to end policies that block workers from changing branches — limiting their wages and job opportunities — under the threat of legal action from the state of Washington.

From left: Chef Ben Waxler, cofounder and brewing director Jason Taggart, general manager Courtney Bolinger, and cofounder and CEO James Razsa.

Quick Bite

What it’s like at Democracy Brewing, a worker-owned brewpub in Downtown Crossing

Democracy Brewing is as concerned with good working conditions as it is with good beer.

The patio at Dorchester Brewing Company on Mass. Ave.

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Dorchester Brewing to host second anniversary bash

There’ll be food, music, and of course lots of beer.


Tables: Superfine Foods heads to Newburyport, a granola cafe opens in Arlington, and Little Dipper is spotted in JP

And for those who mourn the loss of downtown’s Townsman, Matt Jennings assures us he’s got projects in the works.

Boston, MA., 06/29/18, It was busy inside Monica's Mercato. For story on where do the locals eat in the North End. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Nestor Ramos

Weep not for Starbucks. But in the North End, what comes next?

The North End uprising that drove the coffee giant away has some troubling implications.

Boys from a youth soccer team as are being treated after rescued from a cave, at the hospital in Chiang Rai province, Thailand.

Kids rescued in Thailand lost weight, drank dripping water in cave

The soccer teammates rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand lost weight during their 18-day ordeal and survived by drinking dripping water.

At EVO Kitchen + Bar, a dish of Maine potatoes in a sauce of yogurt, turmeric, cumin, and Aleppo pepper.

Find out just how much of a foodie city Portland is on a Maine Food for Thought Tour

As much as we enjoy Portland’s restaurants, we’ve never given much thought to how that food landed on our plates until now, thanks to a new food tour.

Chef Brandon Baltzley at the Buffalo Jump, the BYOB popup-turned-restaurant, at Coonamessett Farm in East Falmouth.

Dining Out

What’s on the menu at Falmouth’s Buffalo Jump? ‘Weird food that only weirdos like’

Falmouth restaurant the Buffalo Jump is pushing the limits of New England cuisine. Don’t expect a lobster roll.

Here, There, Everywhere

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news — and gadgets — you can use.

North Reading restaurant closes after salmonella outbreak sickens up to 39 people

A public health advisory posted Friday said the outbreak is believed to have originated on June 23 at Kitty’s Restaurant.

Merengue from Roxbury

Flavors from around the world, all in one place

The fifth annual A Taste of Ethnic Boston takes place July 31.

Whole grain bowls with mix-and-match leftovers.

Don’t throw away that perfectly good feast

With their website Food Waste Feast, Irene and Mei Li are helping home cooks think outside the box in using food that might normally hit the trash can.

Nick Calias

Getting salty

Getting Salty with Nick Calias, executive chef and food and beverage director at Brasserie Jo and the Colonnade Hotel

He cooked at Pedro Martinez’s recent charity dinner, Feast With 45, at Fenway Park.

Cornmeal-oat blueberry pancakes

Recipe: Pancake lovers will sing with joy over these cornmeal-oat blueberry beauties

These blueberry pancakes begin with a cornmeal porridge, which simmers first, then cools. To make the batter, stir in ground oats, yogurt, and plenty of citrus.

Spanish tuna salad (ensalada mixta con atun)

The confident cook

Recipe: Spanish tuna salad with tomatoes, eggs, olives, and onions will become your summer standby

Called ensalada mixta con atun on menus, Spanish tuna salad is a cafe standard in its country of origin.

Grilled veggie flatbread with ricotta and honey

Recipe: A large round of pizza dough is grilled with veggies and ricotta, then drizzled with honey

For extra-crispy grilled flatbread, start by cooking the dough on the hot grill rack for a few minutes without any toppings.

Landwer’s Famous Breakfast at Cafe Landwer in Audubon Circle.

What She’s Having

Cafe Landwer in Audubon Circle is a taste of home for local Israeli-born residents

Cafe Landwer has 75 locations in Israel, and now one in Boston near the Brookline line, another about to open in Cleveland Circle.

Chocolate truffles from Sweet Tahini

She’s on a tahini mission

Ever since Hila Krikov moved to the United States nine years ago, she has set out to change the idea that tahini should be best known as an ingredient in hummus.

Down the Road brews Sam-Sam the Pickle Man in collaboration with Grillo’s Pickles.


Bottles: Pickle beer is here. It was only a matter of time

Sam-Sam the Pickle Man is a “spicy dill-pickle sour” made by Everett’s Down the Road Beer Co.

Tables: The Smoke Shop opens in Somerville, and a Revival we can get behind

Restaurant news you can use.

Pad thai at Dakzen.

Quick Bite

Quick Bite: Dakzen near Davis Square for Bangkok-style street food

Owner Panupak Kraiwong named his restaurant Dakzen because it’s a loose translation of the Thai phrase to “chow down,” especially on noodles. And you will.

The youth hostel in Porto is covered in azulejo tiles.

Why Porto is now a part of me

After spending a week in Portugal in June, I’m in love with the centuries-old tile work, the steep alleyways, the sardines that adorn restaurant tables and T-shirts alike, and much more.

Views along the Silverado Trail in California’s Napa Valley.

After the fire, Napa’s growing again

The Napa Valley is making a grand return with new hotels, restaurants, and tasting rooms after a devastating fire last fall.

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Michael Schlow cooks up a taste of the Mediterranean at Eataly

He’s behind L’Ancora, a three-month pop-up at the Prudential Center emporium.

Advanced Elements’ new AdvancedFrame Ultralite kayak comes in a travel bag with backpack straps so you can carry it to the airport or into the wilderness with ease.

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news — and gadgets — you can use.

Weight Watchers activities on the cruise included Yoga Therapy for Lower Back Pain.

No endless buffet on this Weight Watchers cruise

Would I love a cruise that lacked an all-day self-serve frozen yogurt machine?

Chef Joshua Livsey, a “Holiday Baking Championship” finalist, creates masterful sweets in Cambridge.

You Go Girl

A pastry pilgrimage to sample sweets from Food Network competitors

On this girlfriends’ getaway, we had one goal: to sample the gorgeous confections from three superstar New England bakers we’d come to love on TV.

Kids love swimming at Purity Spring Resort.

Summer camp is not just for kids anymore

Family camp-style vacations are wildly popular, fueled by a desire to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life to spend quality time together.

A cup of coffee at a cafe in Los Angeles.

Drinking up to 8 cups of coffee a day might help you live longer, new study says

Go ahead and have that cup of coffee: New research shows it may boost chances for a longer life, even for those who down at least eight cups daily.

Cool off with these essential summer cocktails

Whether you’re hosting a July Fourth party or just need to cool off on a hot day, these refreshing summer coctails are the perfect way to stay cool.

Parziale’s is known for its Sicilian pizza.

How to eat like a local in the North End

Break away from the crowds, the lines, the tourists and you’ll find where the locals are: at the hidden gems full of heavenly meatballs and perhaps the best cappuccino you will ever have.

Grilled loin lamb chops with gremolata

Recipe: Lamb loin chops come off the grill rosy and juicy, ready for a gremolata garnish

The Italian herb garnish gremolata -- parsley, garlic, and lemon -- is all you need to embellish thick, grilled lamb chops.

Grilled charred onions

Recipe: Smoky, grilled charred onions make everything beside them on the plate come to life

Perhaps because they’re juicy and almost impossible to overcook, big sweet onions are one of the best vegetables to grill over hot coals.

Ribs with cornbread, blackeyed peas, and cucumber salad.

Pulled pork and ribs: a pilgrimage to B.T.’s Smokehouse

The drive to the Sturbridge spot has become a don’t-miss culinary road trip. Yet somehow I had missed it.

Grilled salmon with herb oil and smashed whole potatoes

The confident cook

Recipe: On the Fourth, salmon with herb oil and smashed whole potatoes are on the grill

Salmon holds up on the grill because of its firm flesh and high fat content; herb oil adds flavor and keepd the fish from sticking. The potatoes are cooked whole, smashed into flat cakes, and grilled.

Jacqueline Neves writes as JQLouise.


Q&A with Jacqueline Neves, author and influencer

Neves has collected her neighborhood recommendations in “Boston Food Crawl: Touring the Neighborhoods One Bite and Libation at a Time.” The book is designed to give her audience, primarily East Coast-based readers, an insider’s take on how to eat and drink like a local.

Co-owner Lauren Moran at Honeycomb.

The popular bakery-cafe Honeycomb in Hamilton celebrates its first year

Light pours into the warm space and confections go fast. “Try as we might, we sometimes sell out before we close,” says owner Lauren Moran, who grew up nearby.

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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.