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.

Cheap Eats

Cheap Eats reviews

// Budget-friendly fare around Boston

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

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El Pelon Taqueria’s fried plantains

What She’s Having

Turning back time with plantains in the Fenway

A lot’s changed in the Fenway when it comes to food, and that’s a good thing. But El Pelon’s $5.75 plate of plantains hasn’t, and for that we’re thankful.

From top: Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, pumpkin spice lattes. Below: potatoes, apples, kale, cranberries.,

How to eat like a New Englander in the fall

Please enjoy this Brussels sprout latte.

‘Bridget Jones’s pan-fried salmon with pine-nut salsa’

CookBook Review

Yotam Ottolenghi’s newest book has the word ‘simple’ in the title. Surprisingly, a lot of it is.

Ottolenghi’s books have a cult following, but even devotees whisper about how complicated it is to cook from them. With “Ottolenghi SIMPLE,” we get many quick, easy, appealing recipes.

David Zilber runs Noma’s fermentation lab.


Q&A with Noma’s René Redzepi and David Zilber of famed restaurant Noma

In a new book, Noma’s chef and owner, René Redzepi, and David Zilber, who runs the restaurant’s fermentation lab, set out to demystify the restaurant’s approach to fermentation in a how-to aimed at home cooks.

Waku, a wellness tea with roots in Ecuador

With help from Babson College’s Summer Venture Program for student entrepreneurs and a successful crowd-funding campaign, two men who grew up on Ecuador launched the product last fall.

Trade those trademark mice for ghosts — for a month at least

L.A. Burdick’s little ghosts are hand-piped and filled with dark chocolate ganache blended with pumpkin, spices, and cider, and enrobed in a sheet of white chocolate.

Apple-caramel pudding cake

Recipe: Pudding cakes, like this one with apples and caramel, are old-fashioned, magical desserts

In the oven, the batter in a pudding cake rises to the top, forming a cake, while the liquids sink to the bottom to make a sauce.

Sheet-pan chicken with balsamic peppers

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Your trusty sheet pan holds chicken breasts surrounded by colorful balsamic peppers

Choose a combination of red, orange, and yellow bell peppers for this chicken dish.

Inside Noma’s sleek fermentation lab

Located in a former military warehouse that was converted earlier this year into the restaurant’s sleek and elegant new home — known as Noma 2.0 — the fermentation lab was designed from the ground up by David Zilber, head of fermentation for the restaurant.

Boston’s on board

Vermont’s JK Adams, known for their beautifully crafted serving boards and trays, added the Cityscape Collection, a series of servers engraved with eight US city skylines, including Boston.

Bridget Jones’s pan-fried salmon with pine-nut salsa

Ottolenghi’s skin-crisped salmon fillets with pine-nut salsa was mentioned in a British movie

A salmon dish in “Ottolenghi SIMPLE” is attributed to Bridget Jones because of a line in the movie “Bridget Jones’s Baby” about the dish; it didn’t exist until now.

Hot, charred cherry tomatoes with cold yogurt

From ‘Ottolenghi SIMPLE,’ cherry tomatoes are charred and spooned over yogurt

In the cookbook “Ottolenghi SIMPLE,” the author writes, “One of the beauties of this dish lies in the exciting contrast between the hot, juicy tomatoes and fridge-cold yogurt.”

Cauliflower, chickpeas, and greens

The confident cook

Recipe: Use the prep-as-you-go method for this one-pan dish of cauliflower, chickpeas, and greens

Many dishes require a time-consuming mise en place (everything prepped). Not this one.


Cheers to beers made with grain that’s malted locally

Of the four main ingredients in beer — water, hops, yeast, and grain — the latter might get the least credit.

Getting Salty with Jo Megwa of Piattini and Ora

Megwa grew up in East Boston, the youngest of 10 children. She’s the only one not born in Italy — but you’d never know it.

Mr. Coors, who was chairman of Adolph Coors Co. from 1959 to 2000, talked about the Molson-Coors merger at the Coors brewery in 2005.

William Coors, ultraconservative head of brewery, dies at 102

The brewing company executive’s anti-union policies incurred boycotts and the wrath of organized labor, civil rights groups, and minorities.

Black Pepper-Caramelized Apple Salad.

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: Apple salads with Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and even caramel

Make the most of the fall harvest with these seasonal salad options.

Where to Eat

Where to eat in Greater Boston

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

The traditional short-rib-and-ale pie at The James.


The James elevates the Irish bar experience

Henry and Dowling looked at more than a dozen potential spots for their pub. Then they heard about the location tucked just off Great Plain Avenue in Needham.

Boston- 6/21/2016 Saltie Girl on Dartmouth Street. Owner Kathy Sidell. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(arts)


Tables: Erbaluce will close at year’s end, MET Natick opens, and a retro arcade debuts

Restaurant news you can use.

Quick Bite

Saloniki goes to Harvard

The third and flagship location of Greek fast-casual restaurant Saloniki has a larger menu than its siblings in the Fenway and Central Square.

Some of the food offerings at Versus on Province Street.

A new arcade-themed bar called Versus opens in downtown Boston this week

Versus — which will feature games like “Ms. Pac Man,” “Mortal Kombat,” Skee-Ball, and cornhole — opens to the public at noon Thursday.

Thuy Le and Jason Santos


Fellow chefs turn out for Jason Santos’s wedding

The season seven runner-up on “Hell’s Kitchen” and Thuy Le, a pharmaceutical sales rep, tied the knot at the Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth on Sunday.

Rewild founders (from left) Pat McAuley, Will Hernandez, and Marissa Hughes.

Burgers, tacos, and pizza at Rewild, the area’s first vegan beer hall

Quincy will soon be home to Rewild, the country’s first plant-based beer hall, restaurant, and cafe.

Ana Sortun, of Oleana

Good learning and tasty eats

The Cambridge Center for Adult Education is cooking up some great classes in honor of its 80th anniversary, led by local celebrity chefs.

Roasted golden beet salad with goat cheese and toasted walnuts

The confident cook

Recipe: Sweet, roasted golden beets with goat cheese and toasted walnuts looks striking

For maximum sweetness, wrap the beets in a foil packet and roast them in a hot oven for at least an hour, then cool, peel, and slice.

Single Sips for those on the go

The Republic of Tea, the California company that packages fine teas in attractive canisters, last year introduced a line of Single Sips, convenient pre-measured, slim packets filled with organic herbs, spices, and teas.

Zesty Z za’atar spread is adding pizzazz to just about anything

The dried spice mix made with thyme is used to season almost everything throughout the Middle East.

Smoked eggplant with eggs and garlic

Recipe: Along the Caspian Sea in Iran, eggplant is roasted, chopped, and cooked with eggs and garlic

Roast small Italian eggplants in a hot oven, or set the vegetables directly on the flame of gas burners, instructs cookbook author Najmieh Batmanglij in “Cooking in Iran.”

Najmieh Batmanglij serves up chelow, steamed saffron rice with a golden “tah-dig” crust.

Cookbook Review

Regional food from every corner of Iran celebrated in a new cookbook

“Cooking in Iran: Regional Recipes & Kitchen Secrets,” by Najmieh Batmanglij, offers food derived from the royal courts and commoners in the cities and villages.

Esther Tetreault.

Getting Salty with Esther Tetreault of Trillium Brewing Co.

Tetreault has the perfect job: She makes beer with her husband. This fall, the pair will open a restaurant near their Fort Point flagship.

Mark Kurlansky, author of “Milk! A 10,000-Year Food Fracas”

Q&A with Mark Kurlansky, author of ‘Milk! A 10,000-Year Food Fracas’

The book delves into the history and cacophony of milk controversies, religious edicts, rituals, superstitions, and health pronouncements. Against this backdrop, artisanal practices shaped regional cuisines and brought us splendid cheeses.

The Jagermeister Old Fashioned


The Jagermeister Old Fashioned, a delicious hack

Squeezing an orange peel over the top of the drink to express the oils awakens the Jagermeister’s bright citrus flavors from under the peppery whiskey. The simple trick ignites dynamic complexity. A glorious hack, indeed.

Spaghetti with smoked salmon and peas

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Toss spaghetti with smoked salmon and peas for a quick, weeknight dinner

For nights when you need something quick and satisfying that doesn’t require a drawer full of fresh produce, keep this spaghetti recipe in your back pocket.

Greek lemon potatoes

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: After roasting, Greek lemon potatoes are crispy and caramelized

A small amount of sugar in the lemon juice marinade caramelizes the potatoes so they brown at the edges. Begin with small Yukon Gold potatoes or another golden variety.

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: Soup, salad, and pasta — a Northern Italian menu for fall

Chestnut-apple soup, cabbage salad with crispy prosciutto, and a spinach and cheese infused pasta.

From left: Zoe Bucuvalas of Dirty Water Media interviews Chelsea Roy and Angela Amezuca at Sonsie.


Sonsie celebrates 25th anniversary with red carpet and a big bash

The Newbury Street institution hosted a number of local celebs and VIPs.

An interior shot of Vester.

It’s an all-day cafe! It’s a Chinese restaurant!

At the adjacent Vester and Dumpling Daughter, the concepts may not be related, but the people behind them are sisters.

A dish of etouffee at Tupelo.


Tupelo closing its doors; a vegan beer hall opens

Restaurant news you can use.

Lodging options weren’t always great in Bimini, until a new resort opened a few years ago on 750 acres.

A boost for Bimini: More polish, more places to stay

Bimini’s major selling point: Its convenience. It’s the closest part of the Bahamas to get to, whether from Florida or the Northeast.

Blue Oyster Cult is among the many acts to have played at the Narrows Center for the Arts.

There’s more to Fall River than Lizzie Borden

Here are just a few places to visit and things to do in Fall River that have (almost) nothing to do with the murder of her parents.

Alice Sullivan of Swampscott holds a tray of Joe Froggers at the Muffin Shop in Marblehead. These traditional treats are made from scratch at the shop.

Joe Froggers: A Marblehead taste tradition

The molasses-rum cookie, purportedly invented in the early days of the nation by Lucretia Brown, was named for her husband, Joe, and the large frogs found in nearby Black Joe Pond.

Police: Mom fills son’s sippy cup with alcohol, gets drunk

Police in suburban Atlanta say a woman filled her son’s sippy cup with an alcoholic beverage, sneaked it into a movie theater and became so drunk she couldn’t walk, talk or care for the 5-year-old.

The author looks out at West Lake during a ferry ride in the city of Hangzhou.

Led by the nose through China

We were on a highly controlled, tightly scheduled trip designed to give US reporters a taste of Chinese culture, society, and politics. It soon became our mission to break free — if even just a little.

Rabottini’s Pizza pop-up in Lower Allston.

What She’s Having

Rabottini’s: The pop-up pizzeria in Lower Allston that stole my heart

Embrace impermanence with the glorious pies at Rabottini’s, open through December. (And hope it finds its forever home soon.)

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on trade between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and the nomination of Brett Cavanaugh to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump says he’d be a ‘mess’ as a drinker

The president noted that he is not a drinker while talking about Brett Kavanaugh’s comments about liking beer, saying, ‘‘It’s one of my only good traits.’’

Double shot

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.