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// Oleana wins Munch Madness 2017

By only six votes, Oleana edged out Myers + Chang.

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// Where should you eat this week?

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// Budget-friendly fare around Boston

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

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Raspberry linzer squares

Recipe: Viennese linzer torte, with cinnamon pastry and jam filling, made into little squares

The classic Viennese linzer torte, made with a hazelnut or almond dough, and filled with jam, comes together in pretty little squares for a holiday cookie platter.


Five beers that will pair perfectly with your holiday merriment

It’s as if the brewers know we’re going to be drinking a lot this month or something.

from the bar

Let’s all unite over a Division Bell

Nicholas Daddona of Meritage Restaurant + Wine bar in the Boston Harbor Hotel has social responsibility on his mind when crafting drinks.

 Glazed Eggnog Scones with Dried Cranberries and Ginger and Eggnog Streusel Muffins

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Recipes: Eggnog, an iconic yet polarizing holiday drink, finds new fans . . . in baked goods

Try it in scones, muffins, and eggnog cremes.

Easy holiday appetizer recipes

Try these three easy snacks for your holiday party.

The cumin lamb burger at Home Taste.

What She’s Having

Bowls and burgers at Home Taste in Watertown

Co-owner Ying Chen runs the restaurant with her husband, Kai. They come from Henan, a province in central China known for its hand-pulled noodles.

Gingerbread-spiced palmiers

Recipe: French palmiers are dressed up for the holidays with gingerbread spices

Sugar and warm spices give these buttery, crisp confections — palm leaf-shaped French pastries called palmiers — a wintery feel.

Iced orange shortbread

Recipe: Rectangular, orange-flavored shortbread are decorated with icing and colored nonpareils

Slice-and-bake refrigerator shortbread makes elegant, rectangular, orange-flavored cookies.

Hazelnut cookies with white-chocolate icing

Recipe: Crisp little slice-and-bake cookies are bursting with hazelnut flavor

Roll food processor dough into a log, chill it, and slice thin rounds. After baking, drizzle the little cookies with white chocolate.

Peppermint-swirl meringue kisses

Recipe: For stunning peppermint meringues, paint the inside of a piping bag with red food coloring gel

Meringue kisses look complicated, but they are actually simple, and require few ingredients. They do take several hours to bake and cool, but that’s time that does not require your attention.

Roasted almond biscotti.

Recipe: Roasted nuts amp up the almond flavor in crunchy biscotti

With crunch and a nice mosaic of chopped almonds, these golden Italian biscotti deserve their spot as a favorite morning, afternoon, and after-dinner cookie.

Getting Salty with Pam Willis of Pammy’s

Pam Willis used to be a stage actress. Now she appears every night at Pammy’s, the homey Italian restaurant she co-owns with her chef husband, Chris Willis, on the outskirts of Harvard Square.

Purple Table helps families with special needs eat out

Training materials for staffers come from the website through partnerships with groups like Autism Speaks and Dementia Friendly America.

Some of the offerings at A&J King Artisan Bakers of Salem.

Insider: Double the deliciousness

A&J King Artisan Bakers of Salem opened a second store, on the Salem-Peabody line, doubling its production space.

Insider: PackIt freezable wine bags

The reusable carriers have built-in cooling gel to keep a large bottle cold for hours, no ice packs needed.

12/07/2017 BOSTON, MA Temporary dome/igloos are heated for guests at the Lookout Rooftop and Bar in Boston. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

Drink in the holidays at these festive winter pop-up bars

If you want to get into the holiday spirit, sometimes a cocktail helps. Quench your thirst at a handful of Christmas and winter-themed bars around town.

Chocolate rugelach

The confident cook

Recipe: Your Jewish grandmother didn’t make rugelach the way the pros do. Theirs are easier.

Bakeries typically don’t make rugelach into crescent shapes, which are time-consuming. They cut the pastries from rolls, and they’re just as delicious.

Spread joy, not food poisoning, this holiday season

Food poisoning is a horrific holiday present to give folks, as it’s a gift that could keep giving . . . for days. Here are five strategies to safeguard your guests.

Celebrity chef Mario Batali spoke at his Eataly food court and stores in the Prudential Center in 2016.

Celebrity chef Mario Batali accused of sexual misconduct, steps away from restaurant empire

Several women have stepped forward to lodge sexual misconduct allegations against famed chef Mario Batali.

 Sweet, Spicy,  Tomatoey Pot Roasted  Cauliflower

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Recipes: Sweet, spicy, tomatoey pot roast-style cauliflower

When presentation counts, ‘pot roast’ cauliflower whole and slice it at the table.

Hot Ticket

Holiday spirit arrives on two wheels

The 21st annual Ciclismo Classico Jingle Ride happens Dec. 16 and proceeds benefit Horizons for Homeless Children.

A lineup of beers brewed by patrons at Barleycorn’s.


Sips: Barleycorn’s Craft Brew is reborn

The place has been cleaned up — and opened up — with new equipment and twice the capacity for parties and corporate events.

Tables: The deli you’ve been waiting for is about to open

Restaurant news you can use.

Executive chef Nimesh Maharjan finishes preapring a dish in the hollow of a Parmesan cheese wheel at Tuscan Kitchen Seaport.

Quick Bite

Tuscan Kitchen Seaport: Where the wine flows and the mozzarella is hand-stretched

Welcome to the latest outpost of restaurateur Joe Faro’s Italian empire.

Here There Everywhere

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news you can use.

The new Samuel Adams Tap Room at the company’s brewery in Jamaica Plain.


Bottles: Sam Adams gets a tap room at last

Long synonymous with beer in Boston, the brewery hadn’t had a dedicated space in Greater Boston to exclusively drink its offerings — until now.

Chablis paired with lobster Thermidor — on a bun — at Yvonne’s.

From the Bar

From the Bar: At Yvonne’s, chablis pairs with lobster Thermidor — on a bun

Reprising a holiday tradition started by its predecessor Locke-Ober, Yvonne’s opens its doors for lunch on select Fridays this month.

Diners at Yvonne’s.

Yvonne’s goes back in time to bring back the fancy holiday lunch

Its chefs have scoured Locke-Ober’s archives of menus and devised new versions of the traditional dishes.

Opening night at the Smoke Shop Seaport.

As a second Smoke Shop opens, we can crown Andy Husbands our meat maven

It’s opening night at the Seaport’s Smoke Shop barbecue joint, and Husbands walks us through the finer points of carving.

Golden, crisp, and creamy latkes.

Recipe: Golden and crisp and everything you want in a latke, these take a serious shortcut before they go into the skillet

A way to make latkes that aren’t really latkes, but have all the crispness you want in Hanukkah’s traditional fritters.

A roundup of cookbooks for holiday giving.

The Cookbook Gift Guide 2017

The 20 volumes to seek out this holiday season — and exactly whom to give them to.

A Nordic Ware pan

Insider: Seasonal sculptured cake pans

Nordic Ware has produced sculptured cake pans with personality ever since the owner of the Minneapolis company created the Bundt pan decades ago.

The confident cook

Recipe: If you can stir vigorously, you can make polenta cakes, an elegant, hearty holiday dish

To get polenta cakes crisp, you need to fry them just before serving. We all know that guests love to congregate in the kitchen and watch the cook. So invite them in and pass the wine.

From left: Bodegas Viñátigo Listán Blanco 2016, Bodegas Monje “La Hollera” Carbonica 2015, Bodegas Monje “Tradicional” 2014.

By the Glass

Canary Island wines: Delicious pours from a volcanic landscape

Wines here span the color spectrum, and range from dry to sweet. But flavors and aromas like salt, mineral, flint, and smoke — associated with volcanic soils — create an unmistakable through-line.

Seasonal Recipe

Recipe: Date-nut bars are soft and chewy with an especially good flavor from browned butter

Soft and chewy with dried fruits and nuts, these traditional bars are made with browned butter for an especially good flavor.

No-knead pizza with delicata squash

Recipe: Pizza dough isn’t kneaded but left to rise for a long time before topping with delicata squash

Sweet delicata, melty fontina, crisp arugula top this no-knead homemade dough.

Insider: A bake sale you won’t want to miss

It’s not often you come across a charity bake sale where the treats are made by chefs.

Easy, crispy latkes.

Recipe: These aren’t classic latkes, but they have all the crispness you want in Hanukkah’s traditional fritters

Boil potatoes, chill them thoroughly, then grate them. You don’t need a traditional batter with onions and eggs to fry golden, crisp potato cakes.

In this Nov. 28, 2017, photo, Charlie Craig and David Mullins are shown in their home in Denver. The Dec. 5, Supreme Court argument about a baker who refused to make a cake for the same-sex couple makes some civil rights lawyers think of South Carolina’s Piggie Park barbecue. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Some see echoes of 1968 court case in wedding cake dispute

Some civil rights lawyers are reminded of the case against South Carolina’s Piggie Park barbecue.

 Roasted Honey-Mustard Sausages With Leeks, Kale, and Apples

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Recipes: One-pan sausage dinners

A couple of vegetables and several of your favorite sausages make for a simple, late-autumn feast.

Travel Troubleshooter

Charged for a second hotel room, but not by choice

Why is the Comfort Inn charging Lora Crumb for two rooms when she’s the only guest?

Anna’s Taqueria will sell burritos made by Santa to help a local charity.

Spend time out this holiday season and pay it forward

These hotels and restaurants in New England pay it forward with charitable events and holiday-themed programs.

Teutonic Wine Company’s pinot gris.


Sips: An inspired Oregon white to impress your guests

With ripe pear and apple aromas, this wine offers a tantalizing kiss of sweetness buoyed by admirable acidity and a rounded mouth feel.

The dining room at Citrus & Salt.

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Santos gets spicy with a side of sassy at Citrus & Salt

You might know the amiable blue-haired chef from Abby Lane, Back Bay Harry’s, Blue Inc., Buttermilk & Bourbon — or from his TV stint on “Hell’s Kitchen.”

Here, there, and everywhere

Need a nudge to get in the holiday spirit? Why not journey to Old Sturbridge Village for Christmas by Candlelight? Or maybe you’d rather enjoy wine, music, and the culinary arts at the newly-opened City Winery Boston.


Fort Point gets some serious barbecue, and The Popover Lady takes a stand in BPM

A roundup of restaurant news you can use.

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.