Munch Madness

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/10/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/munch-madness-og-1.jpg Oleana wins Munch Madness 2017

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

Dining Out

Dining Out reviews

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

Cheap Eats

Cheap Eats reviews

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/05/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/cheap_eats_90.jpg Budget-friendly fare around Boston

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

Latest Food & Dining headlines

hot ticket

The Rosebud get its tiki on

Do you long to escape to an island retreat this summer? Is an icy pineapple punch in Davis Square close enough?

Darryl Settles (pictured with his wife, Dr. Lisa Owens), who runs Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen, will take over nearby Slade’s Bar & Grill.

Tables

Restaurant openings, closings, and chatter

New places to dine in Southie, Salem, and Brighton.

From left: Shakir Shieli, Liz Kendricken, Joe Testa, and Maddie Arthur at the bar at The Gate in Jamaica Plain.

Quick B ite

Remember James’s Gate? You don’t have to miss it anymore.

The longtime Jamaica Plain Irish pub closed in 2015. Now the former operator has opened The Gate, a new Irish pub in JP’s Egleston Square.

From left: 7th Wave founders David Strymish and Owen Hawkins, with employee Andre Goguen.

Sips

From selling books to brewing beer at 7th Wave

“It might not be as different as I thought,” says David Strymish, who for years ran the New England Mobile Book Fair in Newton. “In the end it’s customer service.”

Themed cruises are still going strong and ardent “Star Trek” fans can embark on their own voyages.

By Jon Marcus | Globe correspondent

Theme vacations come ashore

This phenomenon began at sea. There are ’80s cruises, NASCAR cruises, and cruises for fans of everything from David Hasselhoff to “Star Trek.” The craze has also now reached land.

Schnitzel with red cabbage prepared at the Kraut Haus.

A German food lover’s paradise in Maine

The inventory has grown from two items, sauerkraut and beet relish, to shelves full of German specialty foods.

Prodigy, half of topselling rap duo Mobb Deep, is dead at 42

Nas, who is also from Queens, N.Y., called Prodigy a ‘‘king’’ in an Instagram post. Others also paid tribute to Prodigy, who was often praised for his skilled rhymes and lyrics.

‘The Women Who Made New York’ author to talk with women who shape Boston

Julie Scelfo is teaming up with her cousin, chef Michael Scelfo, at his restaurant Alden & Harlow on Thursday.

from the bar

At Tapestry, asparagus meets its match in a southern Italian white

Make your way to the stylish Club Room inside Fenway’s Tapestry, and you’ll find beverage director Anne Thompson pouring a white that complements hard-to-pair asparagus.

NAMES

An update on the ‘Neil Gaiman reads the Cheesecake Factory menu’ fund-raiser

“WAIT WHAT. Somebody just gave $10K to get us to $107K and beyond!” Benincasa tweeted. “I’m all teary!”

bottles

Five beers for hot days

Here are five beers to help you while away those hot and hazy days.

06/10/17 -- Concord, MA -- New bundles of freshly harvested asparagus are seen at Verrill Farm on June 10, 2017, in Concord, Massachusetts. (Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe)

The strange but true story of a tricky crop, a vicious fungus, and the War on Drugs

What does asparagus have to do with cocaine? Read on.

Seasonal recipes

Turkey sliders aren’t just cute; they’re full of flavor

To keep turkey burgers moist, add grated zucchini and golden raisins, and plenty of herbs for flavor.

Insider

Pierogi that would make their Polish grandfather proud

Sisters Vanessa and Casey White learned how to make pierogi from their Polish grandfather, or Jaju as they called him. Now you can have some for yourself.

Coconut-garlic chutney

Food & Travel

Chutneys can fix a dish — and cure homesickness

Chosen carefully, a chutney will complement dishes from any cuisine.

Larry Rubin is the wine steward at PAGU restaurant in Cambridge.

Insider

Sherry is making a comeback

An expert says that most mass-produced sherry isn’t worth drinking. But well made sherries are becoming more widely available.

Recipe for TAMARIND-DATE CHUTNEY

It is traditionally served with samosas but works equally well as a dip or salad dressing.

Insider

Nordur Arctic Sea Salt Flakes a crunchy surprise

Nordur also produces flavored salts infused with fruits. There is a blueberry salt, and a sprinkling can add a fruity hint and crunchy surprise to ice cream.

Recipe for COCONUT-GARLIC CHUTNEY

Toss a green salad with this chutney and some olive oil or mix with Greek yogurt and use in wraps as a spread.

Seasonal Recipes

Cook a big pot of mussels with Thai curry, coconut milk, and lots of aromatics

Lemongrass is one of several Asian flavorings that go into a big pot of curried Thai mussels in coconut milk, ideal for the summer table.

Lamb chops with pistachio butter and muhammara at Moona

Where to Eat

Where to eat in Greater Boston

A sampling of the area’s best restaurants, from Globe critics.

An Amazon Echo

Will our Whole Foods purchase history now come back to haunt us, too?

As any true Amazon addict knows, the company has a knack for profiling its customers. What if the same helpful — er, presumptive — suggestions applied to Whole Foods?

Legal Harborside is just one place to duck into for a beer during the 2017 Tall Ships festivities. (File Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff)

Need a shuttle? A beer? A break? A few tips for navigating Sail Boston.

Here’s information to help you find your way during the 2017 Tall Ships festivities.

Choripan, an Argentine street-food sandwich

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: Sandwiches to wow Dad this Father’s Day

With sausages or cutlets providing heft and savory sauces amping up the flavor, these concoctions make for a mouthwatering meal.

Tables

Two big farewells in Kendall Square

The Blue Room and Belly Wine Bar will close on July 1.

Sips

A winemaker’s journey from Crete, to Bordeaux, and back again

Prior to the 1980s, international wine markets looked to Greece for bulk wine, not for artisanal pours from small family estates.

the one thing

Cooking up a celebration

The Readable Feast will honor the region’s best cookbook authors at BPL

Quick Bite: NOCA Provisions has a happy, healthy vibe

NOCA Provisions is a cute café in a tranquil corner of Cambridge, not far from Alewife.

Celebrating National Lobster Day, or just craving the crustacean? Island Creek Oyster Bar offers lobster roe noodles layered with braised shortrib and grilled lobster. (Michael Harlan Turkell)

FOOD

Sink your teeth into National Lobster Day

Celebrating on Thursday is easy when you live in a city that’s teeming with seafood restaurants.

The Halal Guys to open first location in Boston this July

New York City fast-casual sensation The Halal Guys will branch into Boston in July.

On the beach at lambert’s cove

Globe Magazine

What to see and do on Martha’s Vineyard, straight from a local

Need a lively beach, a secluded one, or one with tame waves? How about a tasty meal or some hyperlocal brew? A Vineyard native sorts it out for you.

Banded Horn Brewing Co’s  Wicked Bueno.

Bottles

The rise and appeal of the Mexican-style lager (with or without the lime)

American craft brewers have recently adopted the Mexican-style lager, applying the name to a new wave of beers even as the definition of the style evolves.

TALKING POINTS

FDA to delay rule requiring new nutrition facts panel

Eight stories you may have missed Tuesday from the world of business.

The Blue Room in Kendall Square in September 2016.

RESTAURANTS

Kendall Square pioneer the Blue Room to close

The restaurant put Kendall Square on the culinary map when it opened 26 years ago, originally helmed by East Coast Grill’s Chris Schlesinger.

Brewer Johnny Lespasio adds hops to a batch of beer at soon-to-open Castle Island Brewing in Norwood.

Beer isn’t the only draw at taprooms

In characterless industrial parks that look like the after-dark stamping grounds of serial killers, brewery taprooms have become wildly popular destinations.

Servers Kate Titberidze (left) and Samantha Klesaris broiught out dessert at Good Thymes in Lowell.

The secret to a long-loved restaurant? It’s a family recipe.

There are no culinary egos at these neighborhood joints, just real food, devoted customers, and a mutual respect.

The confident cook

Make this pizza in your trusty cast-iron skillet

Start with a 5-minute dough, press it into a hot pan, add bacon, fontina, and tomatoes, and you’ll love the results. No baking stone necessary.

Q&A

Q&A: Izy Hossack: Cooking on a tight budget, in tight quarters

Cookbook author Izy Hossack is still getting accustomed to cooking for herself every day in an apartment kitchen that she shares with roommates.

Sauteed shredded potato in spicy sauce at Golden Garden in Malden.

Cheap Eats

The delight of discovering authentic Dongbei in Malden

This kind of cooking, from the northeast part of China, isn’t common in the Boston area. Golden Garden in Malden gets it right.

Recipe: Crab cakes with Dijon mayo

Crab cakes aren’t cheap, but they’re crusty and delicious and everyone loves them.

Joanne Chang

Chefs to dish on the industry at Milk Street

Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery, Tony Maws of Craigie on Main, and Susan Regis of Shepard will convene at Milk Street on June 15.

C Fruit Life is a sweet surprise

The Allston shop offers Hong Kong-style ice cream desserts, as well as smoothies, milkshakes, and some savory dishes.

Recipe: Rye-whiskey scones with currants

A double dose of rye — whiskey and flour — makes these the perfect scones for Father’s Day breakfast.

Obesity rising in nations rich and poor, especially in children

The global obesity problem now affects 1 in 10 people in the world, according to a new study.

Henry Helyong Lee, 76, restaurateur who made dining musical

Mr. Lee ran the now-shuttered Korean restaurant in New Orleans, known for operatic waiters and performances by Mr. Lee and other musicians.

People drank from Fontana della Barcaccia in Rome Monday.

Frequently trashed by tourists, Rome aims to protect its fountains

Mayor Virginia Raggi signed an order aimed at protecting some 40 fountains of historic or artistic interest, many of which have been tarnished over the years.

Double shot

Matt Viser | Double Shot

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/16/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/doubleshot-5060.png 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.