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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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.

Turkey meatloaf stuffed with ham and cheese

Recipe: Turkey meatloaf hides a surprise center of ham and cheese, which melts as it bakes

Ground dark-meat turkey makes a loaf that is leaner than the typical mix of beef, pork and veal.

Like having your very own mixologist

American Cocktail Co. sells mixers made with unique blends of fresh and high-quality ingredients created by notable mixologists.

Tips for packing school lunches and snacks in the era of food allergies

According to Kids With Food Allergies, part of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 1 in 13 kids has a food allergy. How to eat smart and safe at school and at home.

Above: The roasted scallop dish at Oren, one of the restaurants driving Tulsa’s rejuvenated culinary scene.

Food & Travel

Tulsa is in the throes of a dining renaissance

The Oklahoma city’s relatively low cost of living and soft restaurant competition have drawn young chefs eager to open their own establishments and display their talents.

Brown sugar should stay soft. This canister can help

The clear, BPA-free container, which holds one pound of brown sugar, has a clean, practical look and is designed to take minimal space.


Back for more at Tree House Brewing Co.

Here’s one thought on each of the beers I took home from one of the world’s most sought-after breweries, located right in our backyard.

Jay-Z makes an announcement of the launch of Dream Chasers record label in joint venture with Roc Nation, at the Roc Nation headquarters on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in New York. Meek Mill, the Philadelphia rapper-turned-entrepreneur is launching a new record label in a joint venture with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)

If you’re hungry, HUNGRY is here for you

The company recently expanded to Boston and aims to make it simple, affordable, and timesaving to have food delivered for a house party or to the office for a staff or client meeting.


Stillwater and Horse Thieves Tavern reimagine comfort food, classics

Plus: a slew of recent closings.

The interior of the restaurant, on the ground floor of residential tower Pierce Boston in the Fenway.

Quick Bite

A first visit to chef Tiffani Faison’s Orfano

At the new Italian restaurant, you’ll find crazy-good lobster bucatini, a swank martini cart, and hospitality with a sense of humor.

01Litchfield - The northwest corner of Connecticut is the definition of pastoral, with lots of green spaces like this one, Hidden Valley Reservation in Washington Depot. (Diane Bair for The Boston Globe)

When in Connecticut, head for the Hills

Anyone who thinks the state of Connecticut is merely a suburb of New York City has never been to the Litchfield Hills. Here’s what to see, do, and eat if you visit, and where to stay.

Help Desk

Savor the last days of summer with a clambake. Here’s how.

The clambake is a quintessential New England festivity, and it’s an impressive (and easy!) way to cook an elaborate meal for a large group.

Claire Saffitz

Meet Claire Saffitz, the Internet’s favorite pastry chef

The real pleasure of Bon Appetit’s “Gourmet Makes” video series is watching Saffitz — a Harvard-educated perfectionist with a baker’s eye for detail — struggle through many failed attempts.

Bowl of vegetable salad with mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, pepper and cucumber on the desktop next to the computer mouse. Healthy eating while working concept

Go ahead and microwave fish, and other office lunch etiquette you should ignore

Instead of living in fear of office puritans, aim to delight them. By all means, perfume the floor with spices and citrus and oil. Your co-workers may act irritated, but really they’re just going to be jealous.


How to pack a school lunch your kids will actually eat

If you find yourself staring down an uninspiring bin of limp lunch meat, read on for the Commandments of Lunch-Making.

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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.