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.

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Cheap Eats reviews

// Budget-friendly fare around Boston

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

Latest Food & Dining headlines

FILE - In this Wednesday, April 19, 2017, file photo, chef Mario Batali attends an awards event in New York. The New York Police Department is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct leveled celebrity chef Mario Batali. The NYPD confirmed the probe following a “60 Minutes” broadcast Sunday, May 20, 2018, in which an unnamed woman accused Batali of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2005. Batali issued a statement denying he assaulted the woman. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP, File)

Famed chef Mario Batali’s Vegas Strip restaurants will close

The move came days after police in New York confirmed an investigation into a woman’s claim on ‘‘60 Minutes’’ that Batali drugged and sexually assaulted her in 2005.

Grilled Spice-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin With Grilled Mustard Potatoes and Simple Grilled Asparagus.

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Recipes: Pork, potatoes, and asparagus done perfectly on the grill

An easy dinner to kick off this summer’s grilling season (if you haven’t already...).

Quick Bites

Whole Heart Provisions brings ‘fresh veggies and good vibes’ to Cambridge

Here you’ll find lick-the-bowl-delicious veggie plates from Rebecca Arnold and business partner James DiSabatino.


Tables: CommonWealth Kitchen comes to Kendall Square, and Sullivan’s Castle Island opens a mainland outpost

Restaurant news you can use.

Framingham’s Springdale Beer and Kentucky’s Against the Grain Brewery have collaborated on the release of Any IPA.


The message is clear: They’re making light of the cloudy IPA haze craze

Framingham’s Springdale Beer and Kentucky’s Against the Grain Brewery collaborated on the release of Any IPA, an India Pale Ale that’s nearly as see-through as water.

Love Letters

My boyfriend said he was vegetarian like me. His fridge revealed the truth

He lied about other things, too. Do I trust my gut on this one?

At Casa Olea, the breakfast buffet offers local meats and cheese, eggs, pan con tomate (tomato puree spooned onto bread), homemade preserves, and pastries.

From ruin to castle in rural Spain (and you can eat like royalty, too)

Opening a business in such a rural spot in Spain was so risky that most banks in the region wouldn’t offer British innkeepers Tim and Claire Murray-Walker a thing. And then one finally did.

Bacon-wrapped grilled shrimp with chili-agave glaze.

Some beyond-the-bun ideas for what to throw on the grill this weekend

Try zucchini, asparagus, eggplant, onions, shrimp, swordfish, and soft-shell crabs.

Getting Salty with chef Sherry Hughes

The former journalist left the media world after two decades to train at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. Now, she relates to the women she serves at the Women’s Lunch Place.

Corail rosé and bouillabaisse at Shepard.

From the Bar

At Shepard, a vibrant pink is a match for bouillabaisse

Nibble the toasty bread, sip the wine, then dig in.

Colin Presby recently signed on for a second six-month stint as a Carnival brewmaster.


Cruise ship beer brewer: a dream job come true

Brewing at sea is not without challenges, but Colin Presby is undeterred.

Emilia Romagna is Italy’s gastronomic heartland.

Food & Travel

A family organized a whole trip around one meal in Modena, Italy. Was it worth it?

This family organized a whole trip around a meal at Osteria Francescana, the 2016 “World’s Best Restaurant,” in Modena, Italy. Was it worth it?

Grilled avocados topped with chickpea salad

The confident cook

Recipe: Grill avocados quickly over hot coals for a smoky flavor, then top with chickpea salad

If you’re looking for another way to prepare avocados — and who isn’t? — turn on your backyard grill and set the ripe green fruits directly on the hot surface.

Lavva yogurts are non-dairy, plant-based.

You might go nuts over Lavva Yogurt

The non-dairy yogurt is made with the pili nut, grown on trees in volcanic soil in Southeast Asia, and not readily available in stores in the United States.

Ikea to debut a veggie hot dog at Boston Calling — no assembly required

The Swedish furniture company, Ikea, will debut new veggie dogs at the Boston Calling music festival before a US launch in the fall.

The Magic Bullet can be used to quickly make veggie and fruit smoothies.

Fruit and veggie gadgets that can change your life

We reached out to some nutritionists to find out the produce gadgets they use to help them and their families eat better in less time.

Mario Batali in April 2017.

Women detail sexual misconduct allegations against Mario Batali in ‘60 Minutes’ interview

Several women who worked at a New York restaurant frequented by the celebrity chef with ties to Boston alleged in a “60 Minutes” interview that Batali tried to grope them.

Zhoug Sauce from Trader Joe’s.

In Zhoug Sauce, spice is so nice

Blended with garlic, cumin, coriander and cardamom, Zhoug Sauce is a staple in the Middle East and often stirred into hummus for a spicy kick.

Lemon loaf drizzle cake

Recipe: The British name for this glazed lemon loaf, brushed with syrup, is ‘drizzle cake’

When it comes out of the oven, punch holes in the cake with a skewer and brush lemon syrup on top. The syrup soaks into the cake, making it moist and citrusy.

Sweet-and-spicy shrimp skewers

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Sweet, spicy shrimp on skewers turn smoky after a few minutes on the grill

These shrimp skewers have it all: sweetness (brown sugar and honey), acidity (rice vinegar), salt and umami (fish sauce), heat (chile-garlic sauce), and smoke (from the grill).

New Starbucks policy: No purchase needed to sit in cafes

Starbucks announced a new policy Saturday that allows anyone to sit in its cafes or use its restrooms, even if they don’t buy anything.

Missouri lawmakers approve measure regulating fake meat

Missouri lawmakers have approved legislation that bans companies from labeling lab-grown meat products or meat substitutes as meat.

From left: White wine sangria; white sangria with honeydew, kiwi, and grapes; and classic red wine sangria.


Recipes: Four ways to make summer sangria, with or without wine

Wine, well-chosen fruit, and modest sweetening are all sangria needs to be great.

Owner of Violet Bakery in Hackney, east London, Claire Ptak (L) and head baker, Izaak Adams put the finishing touches to the wedding cake of Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle in the kitchens of Buckingham Palace in London, on May 17, 2018. Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / HANNAH MCKAYHANNAH MCKAY/AFP/Getty Images

An early look at part of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding cake

The three-part layered lemon and elderflower wedding cake for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will have an ‘‘ethereal’’ taste and an unusual display, the baker said.

An al fresco yoga class at The Street Chestnut Hill.

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Free al fresco offerings at The Street Chestnut Hill

Can’t make it to the beach? Go to Route 9 instead.

Maricela Salgado prepares guacamole at Blue Dalia.

quick bites

At Blue Dalia in Natick, there’s a margarita waiting just beyond the checkout lane

A look at Blue Dalia, a Mexican restaurant inside a Wegmans inside the mall in Natick.

Backyard Betty's will be opening in South Boston on May 18.


Hello Backyard Betty’s, goodbye Central Bistro

Restaurant news you can use.


Massachusetts-made wine from Portuguese grapes

Montez could have sourced fruit from California, but looked instead to Transmontano, in northeastern Portugal, where his family’s vineyard and winery are located.

Bottles of Harry & Meghan's Windsor Knot ale, a limited edition craft beer brewed to mark the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The regal-themed brew will be served at the sold-out Royal Wedding Viewing Party on Saturday at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston.

1,000 eggs, 500 bangers, 136 jams: A royal wedding viewing party menu by the numbers

What does it take to host a bash for 264 royal wedding fans in Boston? You might be surprised.

Kitchen staff work in the Royal Kitchen at Windsor Castle in Windsor as they begin preparations for the wedding banquet for the marriage ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Say ‘I do’ to some classic British recipes

Any wedding viewing party should certainly come with festive royal food.

Harvard and Yale polo teams square off on the beach at Ocean House.

For an otherworldly splurge, beach polo at the Ocean House

You have to hand it to the Ocean House, the luxurious Relais & Chateaux seaside resort on the bluffs at Watch Hill. They come up with programming not readily seen anywhere else in the region.

The VIP Lounge with J.D. Martinez

We caught up with the Red Sox slugger to talk about all things travel.

The Kayak Centre of Rhode Island offers several tours that depart from Wickford.

Wickford Village worth seeking out

If you don’t know about Wickford Village — if you’re not deliberately seeking it out — there’s a solid chance you’d never just happen through.


A wick(ed) good time at this former candle factory

The Wick is a 55-room hotel is set in a former candle-and-soap-manufacturing facility, and there’s nothing cookie-cutter about the property.

La Vie en Rose is a creation on the menu at W XYZ Bar at Aloft Boston Seaport.

From the Bar

From the Bar: La Vie en Rose

La Vie en Rose is a fitting a cocktail for session sipping in the afternoon sunshine.

Saison Rosé from Brewery Ommegang


Four wine beers you should try immediately

Wine-beer hybrids will soon be everywhere, brewed by your favorite brands and as on-trend as last year’s rosé-all-day movement.

Cheng Du spicy dumplings at Sichuan Gourmet in Burlington.

What She’s Having

Go out of your way for Sichuan Gourmet

I brave rush-hour traffic to grab takeout there. My go-to order: Cheng Du spicy dumplings, Sichuan wontons with spicy chile sauce, and green bean jelly with Cheng Du spicy sauce.

“Strip-T’s is my personality,” says Paul Maslow, who opened the restaurant in 1986. “It’s who I am. I am a little fearful of how I’m going to feel when who I am for the past 32 years is no longer.”

Strip-T’s in Watertown is closing, and with it goes a little piece of the restaurant scene’s soul

The Watertown hole-in-the-wall became an unlikely culinary destination, but the relationships forged here were always the real draw.

Emily Ryan is Share Our Strength’s New England director of development.

Getting Salty

Getting Salty with Share Our Strength’s Emily Ryan

Share Our Strength holds its 30th annual Taste of the Nation fund-raiser in Boston on June 5, with more than 60 restaurants serving food and drinks to benefit their No Kid Hungry campaign.

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: For a crowd, serve a grilled flank steak with an aromatic Italian herb sauce

This sauce is a classic Italian salsa verde (don’t confuse it with the Mexican sauce of the same name), which combines capers, mustard, lemon juice, anchovies, parsley, rosemary, and mint.

Le Crueset’s steel pots perfect for your next seafood boil

Sturdy, but lighter than cast iron, these high-profile enamel-coated steel pots have tight fitting lids and are crafted to heat water quickly, efficiently, and evenly on any heat source for boiling and steaming shellfish.

The Kitchen Helper Guide, a source for chefs of all skill levels

The small packet is useful for cooks of all calibers because it is loaded with facts: equivalent measurements, emergency substitutions, roasting and microwave timetables, and descriptions of spices and herbs and which foods they match well with.

‘My Kitchen Chalkboard’ offers families ideas for planning a week’s menu in advance

To keep her nightly chaos in check, local author Leigh Belanger writes out weekly meals on a kitchen chalkboard so her two boys know what to expect. And she knows, too.

Monkfish tail medallions are seared in a pan and served with mushrooms in Marsala wine sauce.

Marsala brings out the beauty in monkfish

The Daily Catch has been serving monkfish Marsala since the early 1970s, before taste for monkfish expanded beyond largely Italian and Portuguese kitchens.

Strawberry shortcakes

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Strawberry shortcakes are one of the joys of berry season

Cut buttermilk shortcakes from a square of dough to form nine pieces (if you bake for eight guests, someone gets seconds!). It’s an efficient way of dividing up the dough without scraps.

Beef and ricotta meatballs

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Instead of adding breadcrumbs to beef meatballs, stir in ricotta and simmer in sauce

Drop these meatballs directly into a simmering tomato sauce, rather than browning them in oil — your stovetop will be happy. They'll keep their shape and flavor the sauce.

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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.