Munch Madness

Munch Madness

See which restaurants advanced to Round 4

Eight restaurants have advanced to the next round of Munch Madness. Vote your favorites through to the semi finals.

Dining Out

Dining Out reviews

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Cheap Eats

Cheap Eats reviews

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

Latest Food & Dining headlines

The USDA reports that as much as 40 percent of food in the United States goes to waste.

In an era of excessive food waste, a plea to restaurants: Cut down your portions

Amid continuing concerns about food waste and obesity, we shouldn’t keep seeing dishes that practically call for building permits.

Sweet-and-sour meatball-cabbage soup

The confident cook

Recipe: The ingredients for stuffed cabbage rolls go into this thrifty sweet-and-sour meatball soup

Where cabbage rolls take quite a bit of time to prepare and then cook, this pot of meatballs with cabbage and rice simmers in a tomato-based broth in 20 minutes.

Dining Out

Is this the restaurant the West End has been waiting for?

Alcove has one of the city’s best views and strong hospitality, but the food has some catching up to do.

Small businesses join forces to afford rent and stay alive in JP

Three establishments — El Colombiano Coffee, Tipping Cow Ice Cream, and Lavender Bee Baking Co. — plan to open Monumental Market, a storefront that will house all of them, in the neighborhood this year.

Matzah for your sweet tooth

Brooklyn-based Fatty Sundays has transformed Passover’s unleavened bread into a fanciful confection dipped in milk chocolate and covered with rainbow sprinkles.

A water fountain (right) with a sculpture of a copper-leaved tree dominates the center of the tasting room at Maine Beer Company, which sells beer (top and above left) and pizza from a wood-fired stove (top right).

At Maine Beer, it’s 1 percent for the environment, and 100 percent for doing the right thing

In opening its new tasting space, Maine Beer Co. may be the first to put its ethos into a literally concrete — and interactive — form.

Recipe: Gajar ka halwa cake (carrot halwa cake)

This mildly sweet cake is an example of fusion done well that is conveyed in the novel “Sweet Neem.”

Mohini Durgampudi, author of “Sweet Neem,” in her kitchen.

Food & Travel

Novel for food-obsessed travelers puts you in the heart of Hyderabad’s food scene

First-time novelist Mohini Durgampudi lives in Derry, N.H. In “Sweet Neem,” she writes about a young couple, Mia and Sri, who move to India to take over Annapurna, the family restaurant. The food scene is a cultural draw and also symbolizes India rising.

Mark Bittman’s website generated outrage from another online publication that was already using the same name.

After backlash, Mark Bittman agrees to change the name of his new food site

The new online food publication on Medium was going to be called Salty. The problem is, it’s such a good name, another publication had already come up with it.

Spanish graters put the fun in function

Decorated in vivid colors, they add a little artistic flair to any kitchen.

Sips

A sip of Jumbo’s Ashes will warm you until the sun does

March calls for an attention-getting spirit, something to engage with while you wait out the weeks.

Braised short rib ragout with parsnip-cauliflower mash

Recipe: Braised short ribs become a warming ragout with a parsnip-cauliflower mash

The easiest way to skim the fat after braising beef ribs is to cook them a day in advance. Once refrigerated, the fat will solidify and can be removed easily.

Crustless spinach-cheddar quiche

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: A silky, cheddar custard in this crustless quiche envelops spinach and bell pepper

Eggs, extra yolks, and heavy cream account for the luscious, rich, and creamy texture.

Visitors lined up for a sample at a previous beer festival.

hot ticket

A very funky beer festival — coming in June

BeerAdvocate’s FUNK Boston beer festival takes place June 14-15 at the South End Cyclorama.

US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a scene from the documentary

NAMES

Samuel Adams’s latest brew is dedicated to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The brewery will celebrate with pints — and a planking contest.

Here’s what’s going in the Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill space in Patriot Place

No exact opening date was given, except for a target of summer 2019.

Aries Noodle & Dumpling serves up dishes like Szechuan-style pork with hot sauce.

quick bite

Aries Noodle & Dumpling, for leisurely exploration of northern Chinese food

This food is worth the wait. Your numb tongue and full belly will thank you.

Tables

What’s behind Door No. 7? You can now find out

Also, a restaurant is coming! A restaurant is coming! The team behind Cambridge’s Loyal Nine will open Northern Spy, inside the copper rolling mill at the Paul Revere Heritage Site in Canton.

Finland tops global happiness index for 2nd consecutive year

The United States dropped from the 18th to 19th place despite enjoying a booming economy in the past few years.

One of the rooms in the Happy Place pop-up exhibit. The exhibit, which has appeared in LA, Chicago, and Toronto, is known as a type of mecca for Instagrammers.

Happy Place, the ‘most Instagrammable pop-up in America,’ is coming to Boston

Happy Place, a pop-up exhibit known for being the perfect place to take selfies, will take up in the former Marshalls space in the Back Bay in April.

An indoor swimming class in Kaunianen, Finland.

Finland tops global happiness index for 2nd consecutive year

Finland topped an index of the happiest nations for the second consecutive year, the United States dropped from 18th to 19th, and happiness declined the most over 10 years in Venezuela.

The Boston Public Library in Copley Square, as pictured in 2014.

You can now grab a fancy cocktail at the Boston Public Library

The Boston Public Library in Copley Square on Wednesday is opening its revamped Map Room cafe as a tea lounge, complete with bar seating and witty drinks like the “Tequila Mockingbird.”

Critic’s Notebook

There’s nothing cute about Crack Pie

It’s time to stop using the language of addiction when we talk about food.

Sap, straight from the tap, is almost entirely water and makes a refreshing drink.

How to make your own maple syrup

With the help of a few neighbors and plenty of reading, here’s what we’ve learned.

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: Eggs for any time of the day

Mix with pasta for a fresh frittata, plus Persian and Cambodian takes on savory omelets.

YSAC is chaotic but self-aware, serving as a sort of critical commentary of its more polished peers.

This lo-fi cooking YouTube channel is the antidote to hyper-stylized Food Instagram

Most popular digital representations of home cooking appear contrived, if not entirely inauthentic. You Suck at Cooking is chaotic but self-aware, serving as a sort of critical commentary of its more polished peers.

The confident cook

Recipe: Serve this pared-down weeknight paella with chicken and sausages right from the pan

The ideal rice for paella is short-grain, which absorbs liquid while maintaining a degree of firmness. Spanish Bomba rice is traditional (and hard to find); use readily available Italian Arborio rice.

Two Hearted Ale Courtesy Bell's Brewery

Bottles

Bell’s Two Hearted Ale is a standout in a crowded field

This is a perfectly balanced beer, with rich notes of brown bread and caramel playing off the earthy, floral characteristics of the hops.

Michael Terrien

Into the wild blue yonder

Bluet is a dry sparkling wine made entirely from wild Maine blueberries, and it bears little resemblance to its sugary predecessors. As the weather warms up, look for Bluet appearances around Boston, including on the menus at Gaslight, Catalyst, and Beacon Hill Bistro.

Try these cocktails made with Bluet

Joe McHale, the bar manager at Beacon Hill Bistro, is creating his own concoctions with creative monikers like Black and Bluet and Tangled up in Bluet.

Food trucks at the SoWa Open Market.

HELP DESK

How (and why) to start a pop-up business

Temporary retail experiences are a boon for consumers eager to try something new and for entrepreneurs testing a concept or menu without having to invest in a full brick and mortar business. Both longstanding Boston businesses and up-and-comers find value in pop-ups.

Try a scoop and you’ll be swayed

Sweet Scoops makes seven flavors of frozen yogurt, and whether you’re dipping into a pint of Minty Chip or Magical Mocha Chunk you’ll wonder how something that’s not ice cream can taste so rich and creamy.

Harvard study: Sugary drinks associated with greater risk of premature death

Study participants had a greater risk of premature death, particularly from cardiovascular disease and to a lesser extent from cancer, the report says.

Comedian Billy Cox serves up drinks during his day job.

Getting Salty with bartender/comedian Billy Cox

By day, Dorchester’s Billy Cox is a bartender at the Seaport’s Ocean Prime. By night, he’s a comedian with Improv Asylum.

Q&A

A conversation with food historian — and futurist — Robyn Metcalfe

In her new book, “Food Routes: Growing Bananas in Iceland and Other Tales from the Logistics of Eating,” Metcalfe takes a detailed look at how food is grown, processed, transported, and consumed.

The pure pleasure of Puffworks peanut butter puffs

They are organic and gluten-free, and healthier than some puffs dusted with cheesy orange.

Red-grape clafoutis

Recipe: Instead of traditional cherries in a French clafoutis, dot the custard with seedless red grapes

The grapes do not blanket the entire dish, but there are enough so every spoonful has fruit.

Upcycled snacks never tasted so good

Regrained Supergrain, a West Coast company run by home-brew enthusiasts Dan Kurzrock and Jordan Schwartz, rescues nutritious grain leftover from brewing beer.

Mussels with chorizo, basil, and mint

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Aromatic mussels are steamed on a bed of chorizo, fennel, tomatoes, basil, and mint

Mussels require some effort on behalf of the cook, but they’re relatively inexpensive and well worth the time.

Taste of history: Yeast from 1886 shipwreck makes new brew

The most distinguishing feature of Jamie Adams’s new ale isn’t its hoppy bite but its compelling backstory: It’s brewed from yeast in bottles of beer that went down on a doomed steamship and languished on the ocean floor for 131 years.

The big orange dinosaur in Saugus is now holding a giant replica doughnut — an advertisement for a nearby shop.

NAMES

Big orange dinosaur on Route 1 had a temporary sidekick: a giant glowing doughnut

The glazed doughnut was fastened to the tiny arms of the tyrannosaur by the folks at Kane’s Donuts, who recently opened a second location nearby.

Looking for a place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? You came to the right place.

Help Desk

You’re in luck: A list of where to celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day

From Guinness to step dancers to Irish poutine, these restaurants will make you feel lucky.

The Hudson Yards complex in Manhattan opens Friday.

The stakes are high for Chris Himmel’s new venture in NYC’s Hudson Yards project

Grill 23’s Himmel is about to open a risky venture in New York’s Hudson Yards megaproject. He’s the developer’s son, but he’s trying to make a name for himself.

Tomohiro Shinoda, of Yume Ga Arukara.

Hot Ticket

Two (very different) award-winning restaurants team up for one delicious night

Yume Ga Arukara and Pammy’s join forces for one night only March 31.

Brisket Sandwich at Da Bomb BBQ in Revere.

LOCAL FARE

In Revere, barbecue that’s da bomb

Da Bomb BBQ food truck was launched about a year and a half ago by Meaghan Fitzgerald and Chad Schaeffer, who quickly followed up with a restaurant on Broadway in Revere.

Tables

Night Shift Brewing to open next week with sit-down service, full menu

Plus, we say goodbye to Amsterdam Falafelshop and hello to brunch at Citrus & Salt.

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.