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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How 10 rotisserie chickens fared in a bird-to-bird tasting

A bird-by-bird taste test analysis.

Dry Cider crafted by Shacksbury in Vergennes, Vt.

Check out the local winners of Good Food Awards

The winners were recently announced at a ceremony in San Francisco and artisanal products from 14 New England companies got the coveted accolade, including three from the Bay State.

Winter fish stew with chorizo, white beans, and garlic toasts.

The confident cook

Recipe: Winter fish stew warms the soul with chorizo, white beans, and garlic toasts

In this pot, white beans and dried Spanish chorizo in a rich tomato broth with smoky flavors give winter fish stew some heft.

Dark milk chocolate blends the best of both worlds

It’s a marriage of the two — milk chocolate with a higher percentage of cocoa.

Jeanne Stafford and Michelle LaRoche meet for business at Market Square Bakehouse in Amesbury.

Amesbury is carving out a spot on the north-of-Boston foodie map

Suzi Maitland says her restaurants are spreading north right alongside customers.

The best beans around Beantown

There’s a white kidney bean with a maroon marking resembling a soldier at attention. It’s aptly named Soldier. The red beans with beige strips are called King of the Early, and indeed, the crop matures early in the season. Have you heard of Jacob’s Cattle and Yellow Eye? They are also among the 20 types of dry beans Charley Baer cultivates on 40 acres in South Berwick, Maine — many are heirloom varieties indigenous to New England and were favorites in Colonial times. Marfax, tasty for soup, and Scarlet Beauty, deep red with beige strips and great for chili, are other unique choices — all packaged in one-pound bags labeled Baer’s Best ($4 to $7). Some look as if they were artistically painted and are rarely, if ever, found at markets. “People have forgotten about many of these because they’re not available. That’s were I come in,” says Baer, one of the few commercial dry bean growers in the Northeast. “I don’t have a lot of competition.” The beans he now sells were harvested and then dried in the fall, and because they are fresh they don’t need to pre-soak and cook relatively quickly. “Dried beans don’t last forever,” Baer says, which is contrary to what many believe. When bags of beans languish on supermarket shelves, they dry out and seem as if they can simmer forever and never soften. A retired chemist, Baer worked for Thermo Fisher Scientific for most of his career testing drinking water and water at plants all over the world and grew his crops part time. Now it’s his full-time job. You might find him and his wife, Carol, selling their wares at a farmer’s market. “I have so many colorful varieties for people to look at,” Baer says. “Sometimes they’ll look at them all but then just buy a bag of kidney beans.” Available at Siena Farms South End, 106 Waltham St., Boston, 617-422-0030; A. Russo & Sons, 560 Pleasant St., Watertown, 617-923-1500; Volante Farms, 294 Forest St., Needham, 781-444-2351: Wilson Farm, 10 Pleasant St., Lexington, 781-862-3900; Idylwilde Farms, 366 Central St., Acton, 978-263-5943, and a guest vendor at Cambridge, Somerville, and Wayland farmers’ markets, or go to www.baersbest.com.

Walnut-raisin bran muffins

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Satisfying bran muffins have everything you want in a morning bite

Simple, heart bran muffins are studded with walnuts and raisins and mixed with whole-wheat flour, honey, and buttermilk.

Roasted radishes with lime

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Roasting transforms fresh red radishes and tempers their spiciness

Fresh red radishes might be sliced and added to salads, or served raw with butter and salt (as they are in France). But since they’re root vegetables, they can also be roasted.

obsession

Cocoa loco

Spice up your winter: sip chocolate with a bite.

WHAT’S COOKING?
— Take part in one of the many cooking classes at The Public Market.

Take a mini vacation from your vacation

It’s school vacation week, and if you have time off, you’re probably spending it with your kids. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take a few hours just for yourself.

Chef Moe Kuroki prepares an order at Oisa Ramen.

By Devra First Globe Staff

Squeeze in, slurp up at Oisa Ramen

Barely bigger than a shoebox, it is downtown Boston’s tiniest new lunch option.

Terra restaurant at Eataly

Tables

Southern food comes to the South End

Southern Proper is set to open, as is Bootleg Special, which will serve Southern food with a Creole twist.

George Washington’s recreated distillery at Mount Vernon.

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Whiskey. By George.

Anyone who ushered the United States into nationhood couldn’t be expected to drift off into the hazy bliss of retirement, and so George Washington became a distiller.

Who is on the James Beard list of semifinalists this year?

The Boston area made a strong showing in national as well as regional categories for 2018.

Emilio Garcia (at right) in Barcelona with Connecticut chef Eric Stagl.

The VIP Lounge with chef Emilio Garcia

Chef Garcia has worked at many well-known area restarurants. We caught up with Garcia, who hails from Guatemala and lives in Revere , to talk about all things travel.

Karen Akunowicz at Myers + Chang in Boston.

Check out the 2018 James Beard award semifinalists from the Northeast

The final restaurant and chef award nominees will be announced March 14.

Boston Beer Co. names a new president and CEO

Dave Burwick, the former CEO of Peet’s Coffee, will succeed Martin Roper, who led the company for 17 years.

Jenn and Matt Mason

Let’s quit our jobs and open a food business together!

Wait a minute. Wasn’t this supposed to be romantic?

Breakfast bread puddings

The confident cook

Dinner rolls, eggs, and milk become breakfast bread pudding for you and your valentine

Bread pudding should be one of those recipes that you have up your sleeve so you can pull it out whenever the occasion demands.

Boulders Beach, home to the endangered African Penguin.

A vacation sequel as good as the original

Could our recent South African trip possibly measure up to our best-ever family vacation a dozen years back? My daughter and I investigated.

Boston, MA - 1/18/2018 - Roger Barsamian (cq) makes a delivery for Thatcher Farm (cq) in South Boston. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: milk Reporter: Julia Preszler

Yes, you can still get milk delivered — and people are taking advantage

Many dairies say they have experienced an increase in customers in recent years.

Cakey chocolate-chip brownies

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Rich cakey brownies are studded with chocolate chips. Wrap up a few for your valentine.

Lush with melted chocolate, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and sour cream, these brownies are rich and cakey (as opposed to fudgy).

Chicken breasts with dates, oranges, and olives

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Dates, oranges, olives, and other tastes of the Middle East in an elegant chicken dish for two

Chicken breasts for you and your sweetie are cooked with Middle Eastern flavors and served on a bed of couscous.

A hands-on pasta-making class from a pro

On the first Wednesday of each month, Framingham restaurant Volturno offers a hands-on pasta-making class.

Restaurateur Brian Moy at BLR.

Celebrating the Chinese New Year now — and Chinatown always

In many ways, the Moys represent a changing Chinatown, demonstrating how the neighborhood increasingly blends East and West, past and present, traditional and contemporary.

Gobi Manchurian at Little India Express in Lexington.

What She’s having

What She’s Having: Don’t let the drab strip mall fool you — find amazing food at Little India Express

The Lexington takeout spot is in Commuter Dream World: It’s at an intersection close to Arlington, Burlington, Lexington, Winchester, and Woburn.

Getting Salty

Getting Salty with Solomon Sidell

He works from midnight until 7 a.m. at his landmark South Street Diner, feeding eggs and good cheer to Boston’s creatures of the evening.

The new tap room at Lamplighter Brewing Co.

Bottles

Bottles: Lamplighter Brewing doubles capacity, which should delight thirsty fans used to standing in line

The brewery debuted its new taproom last weekend with a soft launch, but it opens in earnest this weekend.

A chocolate tart perfect for your valentine.

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Recipes: A decadent chocolate tart to whip up for your valentine

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, an indulgent chocolate dessert that says “I love you.”

Where to eat

Where to eat in Greater Boston

A sampling of the area’s best restaurants, from Globe critics.

Chef Tim Maslow at Ribelle in Brookline in 2013.

Chef Tim Maslow to open a new restaurant in the Tremont 647 space

The South End’s Tremont 647 is closing after more than 20 years, confirms chef Andy Husbands. Former Ribelle chef Maslow plans a Japanese brasserie.

Give me a toy: Florida boy gets trapped in vending machine

When a young Florida boy wanted a stuffed toy, he crawled inside a claw-style vending machine in the play area of a restaurant to fetch one. And, he got stuck inside the glass-encased structure.

A flight of beers from Lookout Farm.

Sips

So many brewers, so little time

In an effort to help consumers keep up with new arrivals, the Mass Brewers Guild is hosting its second annual “Meet the Brewers” event.

Biscuits and more at Sweet Cheeks.

Tables

Tables: Sweet Cheeks to serve up breakfast sandwiches, and Davis Square gets a casual Thai spot

Restaurant news you can use.

quick bite

Cava brings yummy D.C. casual food to Boston

The motto? “Food that fills you, and fulfills you, too.”

Bottles

Post-race beers are nothing new, but a beer with electrolytes? That sure is.

Geoffrey Pedder founded ZēLUS for runners and other athletes to drink after races, and for active folks to enjoy in general.

from the bar

This drink is no cliché

Not every couple is into wine and roses for Valentine’s Day.

Pammy’s Pork chop with cream of wheat, matchstick-cut radishes, and pancetta dashi.

Dining Out

At Pammy’s, pleasure is the principle

This Cambridge trattoria serves up everyday dishes done better.

These girls from Wayland are among the many Scout troops selling cookies this time of year.

Not your imagination: N.H. Girl Scout cookies taste different

Historically, two bakeries have manufactured Girl Scout cookies: ABC Bakers, a division of Interbake Foods, and Little Brownie Bakers, owned by the Kellogg Co.

Spaghetti with mushroom sauce.

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: An embarrassingly simple mushroom sauce is tossed with spaghetti

Chopped mushrooms simmer with white wine and parsley to make a quick, easy, memorable sauce for spaghetti.

Sweet-and-sour braised beef.

The confident cook

Recipe: Hearty braised beef simmers with currant jelly in a sweet-and-sour sauce

A hearty pot of braised beef served with noodles or potatoes makes a warming end to a frosty winter day.

Sumiao Chen is a pharmaceutical researcher at Novartis by day and a restaurateur by night.

Getting Salty

Getting Salty with Sumiao Chen

The pharmaceutical researcher at Novartis by day is a restaurateur by night.

Justin Springer of Outside the Box DJs at Suya Joint during a Boston Black Restaurant Challenge event.

Have you visited a black-owned restaurant this month?

The Boston Black Restaurant Challenge asks diners to support the community by eating well.

Rachel Herz

Q&A

Q&A with Rachel Herz, author of ‘Why You Eat What You Eat’

The neuroscientist has been obsessed with food since she was a little girl who couldn’t resist squeezing the bread.

In the second edition of the “Boston Public Market Seasonal Cookbook” the staff has assembled recipes using local and seasonal ingredients found at the Public Market.

Boston Public Market cookbook helps you shop there

Amid the hubbub, you may overlook some of the unique, local items available in baskets or on vendors’ shelves. The recipes help by directing you to the right place.

Western New York’s Ribbon Road Farm transforms fresh elephant garlic into black garlic.

One benefit of black garlic, besides great taste? No garlic breath.

Black garlic, long a cooking staple in Korea and other Asian countries, is recognized for its antioxidant properties.

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//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.