Munch Madness

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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

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

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art boasts large exhibit spaces and showcases the work of a variety of local artists.

The renaissance of Rockland

“Rockland was saved by art,” says John Hanson, publisher of Maine Boats Homes & Harbors.

Joe Faro and his wife, Samantha, in Italy.

The VIP Lounge with Joe Faro

Joe Faro, owner of the new Tuscan Kitchen Seaport, loves everything about Italy.

Jason Santos has opened Citrus & Salt in the Back Bay.

Tables

Tables: Santos opens Citrus & Salt, and Flatbread and Luke’s Lobster branch out

Restaurant news you can use.

Robert Gonzalez, pastry chef at Cultivar, slicing a pumpkin.

Recipe: Pumpkin flan

For the everyday baker, Robert Gonzalez, Cultivar’s pastry chef, recommends his grandmother’s pumpkin flan, which can quickly become a tradition in your family, too.

Don’t toss that pumpkin: Getting creative with our favorite squash

Did you know that the skins can be crisped into a potato chip-like snack? And that some chefs use the little leafs above a pumpkin stem in soups and salads.

Pumpkin chicken risotto at Tresca.

Recipe: Pumpkin chicken risotto

Tresca is selling more than 150 of these filling concoctions a week, and had more than a 1,000 orders last year.

Stained glass windows and red chandeliers dominate the decor at Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar in Fort Point.

Quick Bite

Where tacos meet tequila — this time right on the water

A second branch of Mexican restaurant and nightspot Lolita opens in Fort Point.

From the Bar

Make a holiday memory with this Northern Rhone pour

The pilgrims never ate or drank this well.

TALKING POINTS

Glut of cranberries could turn into compost

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

Holiday Style | Magazine

5 easy candy recipes perfect for gifting or holiday celebrations

From chocolate truffles to popcorn, whether a hostess gift or a reward for yourself, holiday treats can help spread joy.

toffee pecans (front right)

Holiday Style | Magazine

Holiday recipe: Toffee pecans

Seasonal treats to make at home, for parties and gifts.

Holiday Style | Magazine

Holiday recipes: Chocolate-espresso truffle pops

Seasonal treats to make at home, for parties and gifts.

An Advent box from Craft Beer Cellar.

Names

Bottles: Some kids get chocolate in their Advent calendars, some adults get beer in theirs

Braintree’s Craft Beer Cellar has been assembling beer-themed Advent boxes for the last four years.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 20: Drumstick and Wishbone, the National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate 'wingman,' are introduced during an event hosted by The National Turkey Federation at the Williard InterContinental November 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. One of the 40-pound fowl will be presented to U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House Tuesday, when he will ceremoniously 'pardon' the turkey. Both of the 20-week-old birds will then reside at their new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A brief history of turkeys living large at a swanky D.C. hotel — and one pardon gone wrong

This isn’t the first year the National Thanksgiving Turkey and his alternate “wingman” have stayed at the Willard InterContinental.

Oolong! That’s Good at Uni

Sips

Sips: Sparkling spring water takes Uni’s highball to the next level

More a ritual than just a drink in Japan, bartenders have various ways of putting their personal stamp on highballs, a seemingly unfussy combination of whisky and soda water.

How to cook the perfect Thanksgiving turkey

No matter how big or small the turkey is, cooking it seems daunting. We’ve taken the guesswork out of the holiday centerpiece.

Q&A with Sam Kass, former food policy adviser to President Obama

The former assistant White House chef and senior policy adviser for food has continued to focus on changing the food system as an entrepreneur and partner in a venture capital firm.

Maple-walnut pumpkin pie

Recipe: Combine three favorite New England ingredients in this maple-walnut pumpkin pie

Sugared walnuts, spread in a buttery crust, are topped with a spicy pumpkin custard for this holiday favorite.

Phil Richardson at the Fairmont Copley Plaza’s OAK Long Bar + Kitchen

Getting Salty

Getting Salty with Phil Richardson, a Boston bartender for 41 years

In a world of pop-up breweries, Phil Richardson is a monument to swanky cocktail nostalgia.

President Trump made headlines regarding his alleged fondness for McDonald’s quarter-pounders.

The eaters of the free world: Food quirks nothing new in the Oval Office

Trump is hardly the only leader to have cravings. In fact, nearly every president has harbored loyalty for, ahem, niche foods. Fluffy turnips and mutton chops, anyone?

Insider: Dana’s Bakery will ship you sweetness

The confections don’t come in traditional French flavors, but ones inspired by fun, classic American desserts, like red velvet, Boston cream pie, and sea salt caramel.

Recipe: Turkey roasting times

A bird is cooked when a meat thermometer inserted into the turkey in three places, including in the thickest part of the thigh and the stuffing, registers 165 degrees.

Tea Forté has its first storefront — a pop-up on Newbury Street

Product designer Peter Hewitt founded the company in West Concord 15 years ago and created the infusers so loose-leaf teas can expand to better appreciate their richness and bouquet.

Slow-roasted herbed turkey breast

The confident cook

Recipe: When a whole roast turkey is too big for a small group, a boned, rolled breast is ideal

You can find log-shaped boneless turkey breasts in the meat case year round, but during the holidays, they’re larger and nicer.

Turkey Waldorf salad

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Update classic Waldorf salad with turkey, dried cranberries, and buttermilk dressing

Waldorf salad, created at the end of the 19th century at the Waldorf Astoria, and traditionally made with chicken, celery, and apples, has stood the test of time. It’s OK to mix it up and add turkey.

Insider: Chopped herbs and garlic at the ready in your freezer

Pop out a cube or two when you’re seasoning a sauce, soup, or stew, or really any dish, and avoid rinsing and chopping and herbs wilting in the fridge.

Dinner with Cupid

Blind date: ‘I knew I was going to get teased for [the] crayons’

Will being caught with crayons at the restaurant be a mark against him?

Chili verde (New Mexico-style roasted green chili, tomatillo, and pork stew).

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: New Mexican-style green chili, plus beer and cheese bread, and an ancho-spiced dessert

These dishes make for a satisfying lunch or dinner.

A new Dunkin' sign has gone up on Tremont Street in Boston.

NESTOR RAMOS

Now in Boston: Dunkin’ without the Donuts

Look, nobody around here calls it Dunkin’. And if anybody should know that, it’s Dunks.

Like the look of this slow-roasted herbed turkey? Check out next Wednesday’s Food section. For everything else you’ll need on Thanksgiving, keep reading now.

2017 Thanksgiving recipes

Less is more: 10 easy recipes to get you through Thanksgiving

Think of this as a new era in the kitchen. Cut down on how much you make this Thanksgiving and the time you spend making it. We’ve pared down classic recipes and given them all lots of flavor.

The Grafton Inn in Vermont will serve a traditional dinner, as well as cajun-style turkey and vegetarian fare.

Thanksgiving out: Stylish spots to wine and dine in style on turkey day

We’ve rounded up some of the best spots in New England to wine and dine on a Thanksgiving dinner that you don’t have to cook yourself.

In the VIP Lounge with songwriter Stephen Bray

Songwriter Stephen Bray remembers fondly his days at Berklee College of Music, and is thrilled that “The Color Purple,” for which he won a Grammy Award for best musical theater album and was nominated for a Tony Award, is coming to Boston. We caught up with Bray to talk all things travel.

From left: Benno Farmhouse, Penombre black IPA, Flower Power IPA, and Serpent’s Stout Imperial Stout at Row 34.

Sips

Sips: What’s old is new again at Row 34

The Fort Point spot is launching a new program called “bookshelf beers,” featuring rare brews on shelves in a former elevator shaft that serves as the restaurant’s quirky storage space.

Joe Faro of Tuscan Market, Tuscan Kitchen, and Tuscan Kitchen Seaport.

Tables

Tables: Tuscan Kitchen opens in the Seaport, plus healthy food in Southie

Restaurant news you can use.

Shoppers look over prepared foods at the new Wegmans in Medford.

Quick Bite

Quick Bite: The new Medford Wegmans is big, and it’s got a Burger Bar

It’s an epic 120,000-square-foot grocery shopping experience, including an array of hot and cold food stations — with adjacent seating for 200 — that would put any cafeteria to shame.

Susan Muther, the author’s mom, watches the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.

CHRISTOPHER MUTHER

The ancestry-fueled trip of a lifetime in London

When a mother became obsessed with her ancestry, her son decided it was time to bring her back to the motherland. Cue the tears and the scones.

Six ways to help keep your blood pressure down

Here are the six changes you can make in your life if your blood pressure is higher than it should be.

A Spicy Deluxe sandwich at Chick-fil-A in Dedham.

What She’s Having

Putting politics aside in the name of chicken

Devra First tried the famed original Chick-fil-A sandwich for the first time, with a side of mixed feelings.

Harvest’s Smoke Show

From the Bar

From the Bar: A balanced, complex drink for your holiday table (perhaps like the family sitting at it)

A look at Harvest’s Smoke Show, which offers a medley of flavors — tart pomegranate; baking spice-laced Becherovka; tangy citrus.

Ian Chester of Portico says its Chroma “would . . . be a strong counter to a plate full of turkey, mashed potatoes. and cranberry sauce.”

Bottles

Bottles: The do’s and don’ts of Thanksgiving beer drinking

We reached out to brewing experts for some Thanksgiving advice that will come in handy whether you’re hosting or visiting.

Cafe ArtScience in Cambridge

BU professor’s Yelp post on restaurant deleted, denounced by dean

A Yelp review critical of a Cambridge restaurant and its staff posted by a Boston University professor sparked a backlash and was denounced by a school dean.

Cornbread muffins

Thanksgiving Recipes 2017

Recipe: Cornbread muffins are mixed with stoneground cornmeal for the best color and flavor

Northern cornbread and cornbread muffins are sweeter than southern, though these are hardly sweet.

Easiest ever skillet apple pie

Thanksgiving recipes 2017

Recipe: If the only thing standing between you and apple pie is rolling out the crust, this is for you

Whir pastry ingredients in a food processor, press into a skillet, top with apples, and bake. Apple pie has never been simpler.

No-cook cranberry relish with ginger

Thanksgiving recipes 2017

Recipe: This cranberry relish is so simple you don’t even cook it

Cranberries don’t have to be complicated, but they don’t have to come out of a can either. Instead of simmering plump, tart New England berries, pulse them in a food processor.

Curried butternut puree with toasted pepitas

Thanksgiving recipes 2017

Recipe: Mix pureed butternut squash with curry-butter to intensify the color and taste

Versatile butternut squash can pair with many flavors. Combined with curry powder and pumpkin seeds, it turns into a distinctive Thanksgiving side.

Smashed spicy baby potatoes

Thanksgiving recipes 2017

Recipe: Roast baby potatoes get a crispy upgrade with this spice and smash technique

Smashing potatoes creates more flat surface area for maximum crunch and exposes some of the flesh to soak up salt and smoky spices.

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.