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.

Latest Food & Dining headlines

The “Mortadella Head” sandwich with potato chips and giadiniera.

Quick Bite

At Mortadella Head, you can go wild

The new Davis Square restaurant is a quasi-Italian venture from Boston Burger Company’s Charles Sillari and Sebastian Fricia.

Vegetarian leek dumplings at Qingdao Garden in North Cambridge.

What She’s Having

Picking up right where you left off with an old favorite restaurant

I find myself back at Qingdao Garden in North Cambridge after several years away, and it’s just as good as I remember.

Cardamom Bitters from The Bitter Housewife

The Bitter Housewife you’ll want to hang out with

Genevieve Brazelton launched the company with her husband in 2012 after tinkering with making bitters from scratch and coming up with a batch to spice up her favorite cocktail.

Farmtrue Ghee is made in North Stonington, Conn.

Ghee: Rich, nourishing, and tasty

Golden and slightly nutty, ghee is made from clarified butter that’s cooked longer so the milk solids become toasty before they’re skimmed away.


Selling what they love was no small decision for Small Change Brewing Co.

“It was either come out and do another IPA — which isn’t necessary, I think — or we could just do the beers that we want to drink regardless of selling well or being popular or trendy,” says one of the brewery’s founders, Michael Patterson.

OXO’s new Ventura French Press

An unbreakable French Press for on-the-go coffee lovers

The carafe is made from shatter-resistant, BPA-free Tritan plastic, not the easily-breakable glass that’s used for most French presses.

Turkey with Mediterranean rub

Spice up your Thanksgiving menu

Go ahead and make the same creamy mashed potatoes you’ve made forever, but go to town on everything else you’re planning for the big feast.

Apple-cranberry tart

Recipe: An open-faced apple-cranberry tart with an easy dough has ragged edges and a buttery crust

The crisp, flaky crust comes from brushing it with ice water and sprinkling with sugar before baking.


Apps to help you stave off holiday weight gain

According to an article in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, mobile apps have been shown to help folks lose and manage their weight.

Acorn squash with pumpkin seeds and yogurt sauce

Recipe: Your favorite winter squash just got a little spicy, a little toasty, and a little minty

Acorn squash wedges, roasted with spices, are garnished with pumpkin seeds.

Corn pudding with roasted poblano chiles

Recipe: A custardy corn pudding gets a little heat from roasted poblano chiles

Mix corn kernels with cream, eggs, grated cheddar, and chiles, and bake in a shallow dish; the results form a custard something like quiche filling.

Roasted sweet potatoes

Recipe: Smoked paprika and brown sugar season these sweet potato spears

Simmering sweet potatoes before roasting in a hot oven keeps them moist and tender on the inside while the outside browns and caramelizes.

Turkey with Mediterranean rub

Recipe: Turn the traditional turkey on its head (not really) with this Mediterranean rub

The rub contains both fresh herbs and spices: parsley, cilantro, and oregano leaves, paprika, crushed red pepper, crushed coriander seeds, cumin, and cinnamon.

You can pull off Thanksgiving like a pro with a little help.

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Holiday hacks: Top chefs’ tips for a successful Thanksgiving spread

Pare down your menu. Work ahead. Buy a ricer. Keep the wine flowing. And use butter — lots of butter. But first, breathe deeply and read on.

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2016, file photo, a friend's basket of clams sit in the water as Mike Suprin, of Rollinsford, N.H., calls it a day after filling his basket with softshell clams at Cape Porpoise in Kennebunkport, Maine. A study by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists released in 2018 concluded that valuable species of shellfish, including softshell clams, have become harder to find on the East Coast because of degraded habitats caused by a warming environment. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Warming hurting shellfish, aiding predators, ruining habitat

Valuable species of shellfish have become harder to find on the East Coast because of degraded habitat caused by a warming environment, according to scientists.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Nov. 12-18

Five things to do around Boston, Nov. 12-18

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: A lighter take on Southern-style smothered chicken, ribs, and turnips

Inspired by ‘smothered’ dishes, these braises results in a pure, uncomplicated flavor

The bar at Alcove before the dinner rush.

Quick Bite

Near North Station, a water view and a civilized meal

Alcove is the first restaurant from Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli, whom you may know from his time working at Craigie on Main and Island Creek Oyster Bar.

A Japanese option for downtown lunch, and changes in the Seaport

Restaurant news you can use.

Blain and Patti Cornwell at the Turkeyville “Village Limit.” The business, which now includes a restaurant, dinner theater, gift shop, and RV resort, was started by his grandfather.

Turkeyville U.S.A. celebrates 50 years as an American icon

For the past half-century, the Cornwell family has served up home-cooked turkey dinners with all the trimmings and the “world’s best turkey sandwiches” to guests who visit their 400-acre farm and restaurant complex, just north of Marshall, Mich.

The Des Moines Farmers’ Market


These cities may be small, but they’re mighty appealing

Small cities have many of the amenities of their larger counterparts, but they’re friendlier, less crowded, and much, much less expensive, their boosters say.

Jennifer Lee’s Bakery hosts a hands-on gingerbread workshop.

The tiny house movement has never tasted so good

Here are some Hansel-and-Gretel-approved sweet spots where kids can create and decorate the gingerbread house of their dreams.

The Shed in Santa Fe.

Food & Travel

James Beard America’s Classics hit the spot in Santa Fe and Albuquerque

When we planned a trip to Santa Fe over the summer, we checked the James Beard Foundation’s list for America’s Classics and weren’t disappointed.

Joanne Chang at the Books for Breakfast benefit.


Joanne Chang shares her youthful obsessions at Books for Breakfast fund-raiser

This year’s breakfast added to the now $170,000 that 826 Boston has raised for its free youth writing programs, which help over 4,000 students from underserved communities every year. 

Give green salsa a little love

At Kitchen Garden Farm in Sunderland, tomatillos are harvested late summer, when they’re practically bursting out of their papery husks, and then blanched and pureed.

Let someone else (Branch Line) cook this Thanksgiving

The Watertown restaurant, known for its succulent rotisserie chicken, is offering an a la carte Thanksgiving takeout menu and roasting Prestage Farms turkey, as well as rotisserie Rohan duck.


Jamaica Plain mainstay celebrates 25 years with music and revelry

Owners and guests at Bella Luna & The Milky Way toasted 25 years in business over the weekend.

Chocolate-walnut cookies

Recipe: Thick, chewy, fudgy chocolate-walnut cookies

When you first mix the dough, it’s too soft to handle. After a couple of hours (or overnight) in the fridge, it stiffens enough to roll into balls and flatten with a fork.

The El Capitaza at Taberna de Haro


The El Capitaza, a tasty introduction to sherry

Claire Boyle, bar manager at Taberna de Haro, the Brookline Spanish restaurant with sherry-focused bar program, was one of 10 finalists last month in this year’s International Sherry Cocktail Competition, reinforcing her role as a sherry emissary.

Rhythm ’n Wraps’ Gangsta wrap

Vegan venture has rhythm, wraps, and now a brick-and-mortar store

Friends — a musician and a chef — took a course on how to start a food truck business. Two years later they were operating Rhythm ’n Wraps, focusing on global vegan and vegetarian cuisine.

A new line, Baking Cranberries from Decas Farms, a three-generation cranberry producer in Carver.

Not your ordinary dried cranberries

Decas Farms Baking Cranberries are dried to a lesser degree than usual so they absorb moisture from the batter. And they come julienne cut.

Jeremy Scanlon, general manager of McGreevy’s

Getting salty

Getting Salty with Jeremy Scanlon, general manager at McGreevy’s pub

Scanlon reflects on how Boston’s restaurant workforce is spread really thin, what makes McGreevy’s special, and why ordering off a tablet might be the most overdone trend right now.

Chicken-thigh coq au vin

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Instead of a whole bird in coq au vin, add chicken thighs, which cook a lot quicker

Bacon, pearl onions, mushrooms, and red wine go into this French classic.


Q&A with Deborah Blum, author of ‘The Poison Squad’

Blum has spent a decade researching and writing about Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley, who was chief chemist at the US Department of Agriculture at a time when the food system was almost completely unregulated. Wiley’s unrelenting research had historic impact on food safety.

Split pea and potato soup with ham and Parmesan

The confident cook

Recipe: Simmer split pea soup with potatoes for extra creaminess in this hearty bowl

Split peas are loaded with starch but also with protein. This satisfying pot will warm you on the chilliest days.

Papa Gino's on Needham Street in Newton is closed.

Nearly 100 Papa Gino’s and D’Angelo restaurants close; company files for bankruptcy protection

According to the statement, Papa Gino’s parent company has reached an “agreement in principle” to sell the chain.

Papa Gino’s closes an unknown number of restaurants

Papa Gino’s, a popular pizza chain in New England, has apparently abruptly closed several locations.

10kiwi - Ripe kiwi berries hanging from a vine at UNH vineyards. (Will Hastings)

UNH is brewing a beer made with kiwiberries

Kiwiberries, are grape-sized and smooth-skinned. They have grown in the backyards and gardens of the New England region for 140 years.

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: Pumpkin and chocolate — a love story in two acts

Adding chocolate to a pie and a quick bread casts this seasonal staple in a new light.


Greater Boston author readings Nov. 4-10

A weekly calendar of literary events.

11/28/2017 BOSTON, MA Chef Jason Santos (cq) at Citrus and Salt in Boston. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)


A local chef will rep the Patriots on the ‘Today’ show Friday morning

Jason Santos will face off against a Green Bay chef ahead of the Patriots-Packers Sunday night showdown.

Top: The loaded fried and knockout sandwich are seen at Fuku.

quick bite

Fuku, a peach-and-green-hued chicken wonderland in the Seaport

Fries, slushies, and sandwiches from Fuku might make you feel like one lucky peach.

Publico Street Bistro transforms into a pop-up ski lodge for the winter months.


Groton becomes a destination, and you don’t have to leave the city to chill in the ski lodge

Restuarant news you can use.

The 2004 Red Sox parade down Boylston Street.

How to watch the Red Sox parade: Tips from Globe reporters, photographers

Where’s the best view on the parade route? Why don’t I have WiFi? Your parade questions, answered.

Khao soi at DakZen in Davis Square.

What She’s Having

DakZen is a home away from home in Davis Square

What to do when you’re from Thailand and can’t find the food you’re craving? Open a restaurant. That’s how DakZen came to be.

Jacques Pepin, a recent featured guest at Les Dames d’Escoffier’s annual “The Next Big Bite” event in New York City, is known for his pioneering work with Howard Johnson’s and collaborating with Julia Child.

Jacques Pepin on his New England life

The Julia Child collaborator, prolific cookbook author, and cooking show host has shaped Boston University’s culinary arts and gastronomy programs, where he has taught for more than three decades.

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.