Munch Madness

Munch Madness | Final

// And the Munch Madness winner is . . .

Beloved Boston bakery Flour takes the cake over Sarma to clinch Munch Madness 2019.

Dining Out

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// Where should you eat this week?

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

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// Budget-friendly fare around Boston

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

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Oyster Bar Interior at Encore Boston. (Encore Boston)

Our food critic ate her way through the Encore Boston casino so you don’t have to

Here are the restaurants worth visiting among the glitz and glamour of Everett’s new casino.

The confident cook

Recipe: Mussels simmered with tomatoes and lager is a dish you might find at a restaurant

Mussels are one of those enticing dishes you see on menus that seems daunting to prepare at home, but couldn’t be simpler.

Naomi Levy is beverage director at Better Sorts Social Club downtown.

GEtting Salty

A conversation with Naomi Levy of Better Sorts Social Club

Despite those swanky surroundings, she’s content with eggplant parmesan at an East Cambridge dive.


A conversation with Jeremy Rock Smith, Kripalu’s executive chef and author of ‘The Kripalu Kitchen’

Smith teaches food and nutrition programs to guests, in addition to overseeing a staff of 73 who prepare and serve daily meals at the retreat in Stockbridge.

The future of chocolate is pink

“Ruby is the biggest innovation in chocolate since white chocolate was introduced 80 years ago,” says TJ Mulvihill of Barry Callebaut chocolate.

Beer jellies sweeter are than you think — and more popular

Nancy Warner was in the midst of making jams one night when she ran out of fruit. Luckily there was plenty of beer. Now Potlicker Kitchen in Stowe, Vt., has become the country’s leading producer of beer jelly.

Brew an easier cold brew

Primula’s cold brew coffee maker does the straining for you.


For the first time in decades, Sam Summer’s recipe is changing

New for 2019 is an update: Sam Summer’s recipe is changing. We called Sam Adams founder Jim Koch and asked him to explain further.

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Toss soba noodles with sugar snaps, cukes, carrots, and radishes in this cool summer salad

This dish highlights first-of-the-season snap peas, but adapt it with whatever catches your eye at the market.

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Grilled, smoky watermelon goes into a salad with chile pepper, queso fresco, and lime

Don’t leave the watermelon on the grill for too long or the slices will turn mealy.

Avi Shemtov of the restaurant Simcha.

Food for thought at the Jewish Arts Collaborative’s Trefa Banquet

The event commemorates the anniversary of the Trefa Banquet of 1883, which started a controversy that some say caused a split leading to the Conservative Jewish movement.

Alden Ehrenreich (in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” above) will star in “Brave New World.”

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Brave New World’ series is coming to USA

The 1932 novel — about a population made slaves to totalitarianism — rose into the top 10 in 2017,

Co-owner Eric Ly serves customers at Coco Leaf Dessert Cafe on Newbury Street.

Quick Bite

Your new spot for matcha cream puffs with edible gold leaf on Newbury Street

Started by an O Ya alum, Coco Leaf specializes in the Vietnamese dessert called che.

Globe Magazine

Where to eat in Greater Boston

A selection of recent dining reviews from around the region, by Globe food writers.

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Encore’s many restaurants debut this weekend

Everett’s Encore Boston Harbor opens on June 23, and with it comes 15 restaurants.

Lego House’s top floor features a Masterpiece Gallery.

How Lego House came to be: brick by brick

Billund, Denmark, is the birthplace of Lego and home to an out-of-this-world creation experience at Lego House.

If you go . . . Lego House

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Boston, MA., 06/14/2019, Dining Out review of Kamakura. This is the Sushi palette. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

Dining Out

At Kamakura, dinner is part 10-course tone poem, part sake crash course

The Japanese restaurant, offering kaiseki and more, brings something different to downtown Boston.

Food & Travel

When the best food around is right where you’re staying

Ammos Hotel is located on a pretty stretch of sandy beach about 10 minutes outside of Chania, one of Crete’s most atmospheric cities.

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Devra First

The company behind Peet’s is atoning for its Nazi past with a new foundation

I am not sure how much more one could ask of a company aiming to make up for its Nazi past, short of bowing out of business entirely.

Gre.Co’s Zoi Liakopoulos arrived in the US from Greece in 2015.

Getting salty

Getting Salty with Zoi Liakopoulos of Gre.Co

Liakopoulos came to the US from Greece in 2015, planning to run a travel app with a friend. Instead, she became the manager of a fast-casual Back Bay restaurant, and has “dedicated my life here to Gre.Co and what it means to be Greek.”

Garlic-Rosemary Burgers With Taleggio Sauce

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: The secret to a perfect burger

Christopher Kimball discovers that a light touch is key to a moist and juicy patty.

Romesco sauce

The confident cook

Recipe: Spanish romesco sauce, whirred with tomatoes and peppers, is incredibly appealing

In Spain, you might be served romesco sauce with seasonal vegetables at a cafe. It’s easy to make, inexpensive, a beautiful color, and delicious.

Peanut-butter-cup blondies

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Stir peanut-butter cups into blondies for every favorite childhood taste in spades

The cups come in individual papers; remove them, break the rounds into quarters, and squash them gently before adding to the batter.

Grilled naan with fontina, tomatoes, and arugula

Recipe: Naan on the grill, topped with fontina, tomatoes, and arugula, is a lot like pizza

Puffy and slightly charred,the Indian flatbread naan has just the right chewiness of good pizza dough and can be grilled in about two minutes.

When it’s OK to allow literature to influence dining

Eating your way through literature sounds fun, but is it healthy?


A toned-down tiki for the summer

Morale & Welfare employs over-proof dark rum and modifiers that run the gamut: tart lime, slightly sweeter grapefruit, zesty cinnamon, and rich mole bitters.

Whey better for you than sugary sports drinks

A new refreshing drink upcycled from fresh whey is labeled Superfrau as a shout out to the female cow.

Smolak farm launches ninth year of Whim Dinner Series with celebrated chefs

Some of the region’s notable chefs — Andy Husbands of The Smoke Shop BBQ, Tyler Kinnett of Harvest, Daniel Gursha at Ledger, Ned Grieg from Woodman’s, and others — take turns cooking the multicourse feast using the vegetables, herbs, and fruits grown in the fields of the 120-acre, lush property.

Louisiana’s new food labeling restrictions won’t allow veggie products to be called meat.

No more veggie bacon for you if you live in Louisiana

The state’s new food labeling restrictions law will keep veggie products from being called meat, non-rice products from being described as rice, and sugar alternatives from being marketed as sugar.

The staff at Steel & Rye in Milton are ready for the summer.

hot ticket

Steel & Rye toasts the season with Summer Solstice Party

Al fresco cocktails, tacos, and corn hole — it’s the consummate summertime triumvirate.

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Quick Bite

Thai Noodle Cafe is a welcome pit stop in a culinarily rich stretch of Belmont

Owner Sasirat Grande first operated Tony G’s in this space, specializing in barbecue, but then switched to her native Thai food. “Thai is more exciting than barbecue,” she says.


NOCA Provisions is closing its doors; Moody’s Delicatessen and Back Room is back

Restaurant news you can use.

Lagoon-like pools snake along the length of the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun Resort and Spa.

Check In

Check In: Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun

We need an escape and some peace and quiet. A friend recommended a resort in Cancun. Cancun? Wouldn’t that be crazy? Nope. Happy to report my friend was right.

 Seared Strip Steak  With Almond-Rosemary Salsa Verde.

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: A hearty Father’s Day menu, starring steak

Start with a seared strip steak and salt-crusted potatoes. Finish with maple-whiskey pudding cakes.

Waitress Norma Volante prepared treats for children from the Dedham Country Day School at Cabot’s Ice Cream & Restaurant in Newton.

What She’s Having

Cabot’s Ice Cream & Restaurant celebrates 50 years. They don’t make them like this anymore

Generations of Newton children have come here to mark birthdays, recitals, and graduations. Now they bring their own kids.


Amazon to shutdown US restaurant delivery service

Stories you may have missed from the world of business.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 26: Chef Jose Andres smiles during a reception where he was presented with a ceremonial key to the Las Vegas Strip to recognize his contributions to the Las Vegas culinary scene as well as for his philanthropic and humanitarian efforts at his restaurant, Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres, at SLS Las Vegas Hotel on April 26, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Andres, the founder of the nonprofit organization World Central Kitchen, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by U.S. Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) for his efforts in feeding victims after natural disasters including wildfires, floods and in particular, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

José Andrés learned English by watching Julia Child. Now he’s getting an award in her name

Andrés will be the 2019 recipient of the Julia Child Award, to be presented in November at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, where Child’s Cambridge kitchen is an attraction.

A touring production of “Miss Saigon” brings Emily Bautista (pictured in Mexico) to town.

VIP LOUNGE | Emily Bautista

The VIP Lounge with actress Emily Bautista

Bautista is excited about her return to New England as the lead in the North American tour of “Miss Saigon,” which is at the Boston Opera House June 12-30.


Plant City, a vegan food hall, is opening in Providence this week

All of the food served in the 10,000-square-foot space will be plant-based.

The most useful pasta you’ll ever have

The afaldine elastic silicone bands are shaped like ribbon pasta and secure opened bags of cereal, beans, or grains, or bundle vegetables.

Citrus spritzes, straight from the source

Twist the sharp end of the sprayer into the fruit and pump a few times to dispense a spritz of citrus to enliven a salad, grilled fish and seafood, a cocktail, or really anything that benefits from a little acidity.

Just the Cheese, please

It’s like a grilled cheese sandwich in a snack bar.

Seasonal recipes

Recipe: Native strawberries and rhubarb bake together in this old-fashioned New England pie

For a golden brown glaze on the lattice top, brush the pastry with an egg wash (an egg beaten with a spoonful of water), and sprinkle with sugar.

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Cook the Sardinian pasta fregola in a tomato-based broth with clams

For this dish, use small clams, such as countneck or littleneck, which are more tender than larger ones.

San Nicasio potato chip founder Rafael del Rosal Lopez at his factory.

A tiny factory in southern Spain fries potato chips in award-winning olive oil for chef Jose Andres

If you’re under the impression that a potato chip is a common snack that’s crisp and delicious, no matter what brand you buy, then you haven’t tasted chips from San Nicasio.

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Matt Viser | Double Shot

// 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.