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

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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Irish theater wasn’t coming here, so I went there. Here’s why you should go, too.

Last fall, I attended the Dublin Theatre Festival. Some of the most memorable moments for a first-time visitor to Dublin were the smaller theaters and lesser-known actors, the pints, and the paintings.

Shire Breu-Haus in Dalton (above) is a community gathering spot. Bright Ideas Brewing flights (left) include four generous pours.

Something is definitely brewing in the Berkshires

Five craft breweries and their taprooms are conveniently spread out on a north-south axis so that a traveler is rarely more than 20 minutes from a fresh mug anywhere in Berkshire County.

Z Bar overlooks Michigan Avenue from the Peninsula Chicago. Come winter, there’s a canopy covering part of the terrace, and an outdoor fireplace to keep you warm.

Chicago raises the rooftop game

Many of the rooftops transform into other spaces like curling rinks and all-weather beer gardens the rest of the year. Here are some favorites.

The VIP Lounge | Angie Swan

The VIP Lounge with Angie Swan of ‘David Byrne’s American Utopia’

The Milwaukee native, who now calls New York City home, is no stranger to Boston — having studied at Berklee College of Music from 2001-05 — and is happy to be back.

For its 20th birthday, ‘How to Cook Everything’ is getting a not-so-minimal update

A completely revised anniversary edition of Mark Bittman’s kitchen classic will feature updated recipes, color photos, and an emphasis on sustainability. At the heart of the update is how we consider meat.

Crispy chicken under a brick or tsitsila tabaka.

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: No need to worry about rubbery roasted chicken with these dishes

Try these international takes on chicken under a brick, jerk chicken, and five spice chicken.

A nigiri selection at Zuma in Boston.


Is Zuma in Back Bay’s One Dalton worth the luxury price? Our food critic weighs in

I valeted my Subaru behind the Lamborghini at Zuma. Now it’s time to eat. The restaurant harks back to those like TAO and Buddakan — the kind of splashy showplaces that were au courant in the early to mid 2000s.

Sarah Wade, owner and executive chef of Stillwater, hails from Oklahoma and has been in Boston since 2013.

Getting Salty with Sarah Wade of Stillwater

Her big break came in 2018 when she became a champion on the Food Network’s “Chopped.” And a bigger break came in August, when she opened Stillwater in the old Townsman space in the Leather District.

18bites - Nutty For You Bixby Bites. (Bixby & Co.)

Bixby Bars had some bite-size babies

Nutty For You Bixby Bites are one-, two-, or three-bite candies of chocolate-covered cocoa and peanut butter centers with bits of peanuts and brown rice crisps.

Xxann - Baking Steel Pro for making restaurant-quality pizza. (Baking Steel)

A bigger, better Baking Steel sheet

Cohasset resident Andris Lagsdin developed the new Baking Steel Pro because enthusiasts often contacted him asking for custom-made ones that were larger. So, flex your muscles and get out those extra thick oven mitts.

Xxann - Jonquils Cafe & Bakery on Newbury St. is a new eatery that offers cakes made with molds produced by a 3-D printer. This cake is called Cherry: Dark chocolate mousse, cherry confiture, crunch and chocolate sponge cake. (Ehab Al-Shihabi)

This cafe makes cakes that are art and drinks with state-of-the-art machines

Exquisite cakes in abstract, geometric shapes — each filled with four to six layers comprising mousse, spongy cake, confiture, cream, and crunch — line the display case.

MASTERCHEF: L-R: Contestants Subha and Nick in the “10th Season Pool Party!” episode of MASTERCHEF airing Wednesday, June 19 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Greg Gayne/ FOX

Harvard grad competing in ‘MasterChef’ finale

DiGiovanni, who majored in food and climate studies at Harvard, is the youngest contestant ever to advance to the finals. The finale airs on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 8 p.m.


Here are the two Oktoberfest beers our columnist is drinking in 2019

According to European regulations, only breweries in Munich can call their beers “Oktoberfest,” but plenty of American brewers have capitalized on the popularity of the tradition over the years.

Taqueria El Barrio’s tacos de birria

Quick Bites

Taqueria El Barrio lifts up Boston’s Mexican food scene

Servio Garcia, co-owner and general manager of Bergamot and BISq, is originally from Mexico. He teamed with BISq chef Alex Saenz and Luis Figueroa for what has become a passion project for the trio.

“Unidentified Frying Objects” app platter.

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‘Unidentified frying objects’ and otherworldly delights at Bukowski Tavern Cambridge

Organizers pulled the plug on the Storm Area 51 event in Nevada. But in Cambridge, you can still enjoy a close encounter of the extraterrestrial kind.


Nautilus Pier 4 to open in the Seaport

Is the Seaport turning into Nantucket North? Asian-meets-Latin spot Nautilus Pier 4 (NP4) will open in 2020.

People worked during the harvest in the vineyards in Ay, in the northeastern French champagne region, on Wednesday. Many people living near the vineyards have voiced concerns over the widespread use of legal toxins used in pesticide sprays.

No-spray zones divide French farmers from anxious neighbors

Amid rising concerns in France over the widespread use by its powerful farming industry of legal toxins, President Emmanuel Macron’s government is planning the enforced creation of small buffer zones to separate sprayed crops from the people who live and work around them.

Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England, is the location used for filming

Christopher Muther

A visit to Highclere Castle and the wonderful world of Downton

Christopher Muther loves “Downton Abbey” so he, too, wanted to be surrounded by ancient tapestries and tufted velvet sofas. This was his chance — and he almost blew it.

The reception area inside the Langley Hotel in Buckinghamshire, England

A chance to play aristocrat for a weekend in England

An 18th-century hunting lodge is reborn as a posh new hotel.


A conversation with Kevin Alexander, author of ‘Burn the Ice: The American Culinary Revolution and its End’

In his new book, Alexander traces the seismic shift that occurred in the American food scene between 2006 and 2018.


Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: Add an egg and transform these side dishes into a meal

An egg or two makes the difference in these dishes featuring soba noodles, couscous, and linguica.

Nightshade's take on the Vietnamese dish mi quang. It contains turmeric noodles with skate wing and spicy clams. Credit: Andrew Wang.


Boston’s new restaurants: A look at the season’s most exciting openings

A neighborhood-y American restaurant from the O Ya team, a farm-inspired restaurant/cafe/market from L’Espalier’s former chef-owner, and much, much more.

Spicy corn and potato chowder

Recipe: The hot summer has left plenty of sweet corn for this spicy chowder with potatoes

Chunks of golden potatoes bring comfort to this corn chowder, while poblanos and hot sauce add a slight heat.

The author of ‘Meat Planet’ is coming to Cambridge

Sept. 13 at Harvard Book Store Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft will read passages from the book and discuss some of its major themes — the definition of meat, the ethics of eating other animals, and the question of whether we should place hope for social change in technology.

Sheet-pan chicken with zucchini, tomatoes, and herbs

The confident cook

Recipe: Sheet-pan chicken, tomatoes, and zucchini bake into an easy weeknight meal

Think of sheet-pan dinners as modern casseroles. Everything goes onto one pan and then you slide it into the oven to bake while you do something else.

Chicken sandwich with spicy mayonnaise

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: While the fast food giants are duking it out over chicken sandwiches, we’re making our own

In this homemade version of the wildly popular chicken sandwich, don’t bread and fry chicken, but rather brine it, then add seasonings and saute quickly in a skillet. Fewer calories, just as good.

Rebel Green Deluxe Dish Soap stands out

The pleasant natural scents seem like what a home kitchen should smell like. The ingredient list is short and understandable.

Whole tomatoes, frozen in one layer in a rimmed pan, go into a freezer bag for winter storage.

What She’s Having

Freeze those ripe tomatoes for the middle of winter, when they’ll brighten a dreary day

The writer gave up canning and freezing years ago, but still tucks tomatoes into the freezer because there are some very simple ways to do it.

Cheesecloth-wrapped cheddar is bound to have flavor

Vermont specialty cheddar maker Grafton Village Cheese Company makes a clothbound cheddar, where the cow’s milk cheese is formed into a wheel, wrapped in cheesecloth, and carefully aged for eight to 12 months.

The first stop after crossing over the Sagamore Bridge is 6A Brewing Co. in Sagamore. Below: Plush leather couches and an expansive bar make Barnstable Brewing’s tasting room, in Hyannis, one of the Cape’s most comfortable.

Cape Cod is officially awash in craft beer

You can embark on a Cape Cod Brewery Trail, stopping to sample a locally brewed beer less than one mile after crossing the Sagamore Bridge and not taking your last taste, if you dare, until you reach Orleans.

A Singapore Sling at the Long Bar in Singapore’s Raffles Hotel.


The Singapore Sling is one cool drink

The gin-based drink, fortified with an assortment of juices and liqueurs, is not a spectacular tipple, but it is a functional one — a very cooling elixir that’s useful in Singapore’s tropical heat.

Andy Kilgore at The Emory, on Beacon Hill.

Getting Salty

A conversation with Andy Kilgore of The Emory on Beacon Hill

Kilgore has always been an adventurous eater, and he really misses Erbaluce.

The colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood dates back to the 1760s and offers traditional Cape Malay specialties. Below (from left): the Honest Chocolate shop; a plate of fresh-made samosas; chef Sandile serves a plate of pap, chakalaka, and samp and beans. Bottom: the Atlas Trading Company.

Food & Travel

A taste of the red-hot food scene in Cape Town

The vibrant, gorgeous city at the southernmost tip of Africa is buzzing with food options. Some are already on the international foodie’s map, like The Test Kitchen, named one of the best restaurants in the world.

Chefs Jose Andres (left) and Ken Oringer in the Bahamas, where they are preparing and providing thousands of meals.

Boston chefs serving meals in Bahamas relief effort

Ming Tsai and Ken Oringer are currently on the ravaged islands serving meals as part of World Central Kitchen’s Chef Relief Team, which provides meals in disaster-striken areas.

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Fall is around the corner, and at Jack’s Abby, so is Oktoberfest

The Framingham brewer will celebrate the season with new lager, oompah bands, and weiner schnitzel.

East Coast Grill hosted its final Hell Night in 2016.


Banners to open at TD Garden, and the heat gets turned up on Hell Night

Restaurant news you can use.

Parlour’s Nashville hot chicken “donuts,” with house pickle and herb yogurt.

Quick Bite

Parlour in Brookline’s Coolidge Corner will serve you before and after the cinema

The Regal Beagle, opened for nine years, closed last fall. New owners Luke Hayden and Meghan Murphy, both former Regal bartenders and managers, spruced up the place and opened as Parlour in mid-July.

Fish Tacos With Lime-Pickled Jalapeños

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: Four perfect tacos featuring fish, turkey, or mojo pork

These four dishes pair bold, contrasting flavors and textures for a perfectly balanced bite.

I went 24 hours with no coffee. Here’s how it went

Spoiler alert: It wasn’t pretty.

Before you pour all that maple syrup on your pancakes, here’s what you should know about it

How to better understand, appreciate, and use that liquid gold.

Andrew Toto is beverage director and general manager at the Yellow Door Taqueria.

Getting Salty

A conversation with Andrew Toto of Dorchester’s Yellow Door Taqueria

Before becoming a taco titan, Toto worked in shellfish sales at Pangea Shellfish Company, bartended at the Seaport’s Row 34, and ran the front desk at a tattoo parlor during his self-described “angst years” as an aspiring ink artist.

Cheese custard squares

Recipe: Cheese custard cut into squares is the easiest dinner ever

This is essentially the filling for quiche. It can be cut into squares or rectangles, eaten hot, lukewarm, at room temperature, or right from the fridge.

American chop suey

Recipe: American chop suey is beloved comfort food served by families all over the country

This familiar dish goes by many names, depending on where you live: Beefaroni (canned or freshly made), American goulash, beef and mac, chili mac, Johnny Marzetti, and more.

Spicy pork tacos with peppers and onions

Recipe: Change up your taco night routine with this spicy pork tucked into corn tortillas

If your kids are put off by a little heat, substitute a bell pepper for the poblano. For those who are veggie-phobic, leave out the vegetables; you can still top with slices of avocado.

Blondie cake

Recipe: Make this blondie cake your go-to dessert recipe this fall

A blondie batter studded with mini chocolate chips is baked in a tart pan or ordinary layer cake pan to make a round you can cut into wedges.

Cheese custard squares

6 recipes to fall back on as summer ends and new routines begin

Here are half a dozen recipes to weave into your weeknight menus and get the new school year off to a good start.

Rice-noodle bowls with chicken and broccoli

Recipe: Rice-noodle bowls with chicken and broccoli use just a few ingredients and high heat

For those weeknight evenings at the beginning of the school year, when you’re together but cranky from all the change in the air, take it easy and lean on simple dishes.

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// 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.