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.

Latest Food & Dining headlines

Farmer Bill Clark (left) displays some of his “Danvers” onions.

A growing demand for better-tasting vegetables

Talking to farmers who bring their bounty to customers demonstrates that in each year’s crop is the beginning of the next as they constantly think of next year: what the customer might want, what can be improved on.

Hands down, a cool mug design

Jamber’s handle is shaped to make it especially easy to pick up and comfortable to hold. A stabilizing nub at the base of the handle helps prevent spills.

Pizzas with a cauliflower crust? Yes, please.

Gail Becker’s motivation for starting Caulipower was her two young sons, now teens, both diagnosed with celiac disease.

Grilled tomato-eggplant ‘cheeseburgers’ with basil-mayonnaise

Recipe: Veggie burgers meet eggplant Parm in this grilled tomato ‘cheeseburger’

Not everyone wants a beef burger and some people run away when you pull out something meant to replace meat.

Frankie Shaw as Bridgette Bird in SMILF (Season 1, Episode 01). - Photo: /SHOWTIME - Photo ID: SMILF_100_2504.R

NAMES

Frankie Shaw thanks Cleveland Circle restaurants for letting her film ‘SMILF’

The Brookline native said she had “been going to your restaurants since I was a little girl.”

Zucchini ‘lasagna’

Recipe: This ‘lasagna’ has no pasta; long strips of zucchini are layered with ricotta and tomato sauce

“Lasagna” layered with zucchini slices instead of noodles makes a light and refreshing summer dish.

If alcohol is taking on a bigger role in your life, if might be time to reassess your drinking.

HELP DESK

Time to cut back on drinking? Here’s how.

You can drink too much without necessarily being addicted to alcohol. And drinking less can make your life better.

Middle Eastern ‘tabbouli’

Recipe: Toasted white quinoa replaces bulgur in this Middle Eastern ‘tabbouli’

A traditional tabbouli is made with bulgur and lots of chopped fresh parsley. This version uses equal proportions of quinoa and salad ingredients.

Use the season’s produce to turn classic dishes into new culinary traditions

We dipped into our farmers’ market satchels and decided to see how to refresh some familiar dishes with our local harvest.

A beer on the patio at Burlington, Vermont’s Foam Brewers

Bottles

Bottles: Foam Brewers rises to the top for a reason

The toughest decision is whether to drink the New England style IPAs or fruited sours. Foam rarely repeats beers, brewing only about a quarter of them more than once.

TALKING SHOP

‘The ability to text a restaurant and get a quick direct answer to one’s question seems like a game changer’

Boston-based startup Open City aims to simplify communications between restaurants and customers.

Zucchini rosti.

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Recipes: Three ways to prepare all that surplus zucchini

Awash in squash? Fear not — we have three recipes to keep you ahead of the August onslaught.

A “solidified whitish mass,” believed to be the oldest solid cheese ever discovered, was found in a jar in an Egyptian tomb.

Now that’s some aged cheese: Researchers say world’s oldest known solid cheese found in an Egyptian tomb

Alas, there were no crackers. The world’s oldest known cheese was found in an Egyptian tomb that dates back to the 13th century BC.

19nodine -- Torta Cubano at Chimichurris Mexican Taqueria in West Medford. (Stephanie Schorow)

LOCAL FARE

In West Medford, tantalizing tastes of Mexico

Chimichurris offers tacos, burritos, tortas, quesadillas, and other dishes based on tried-and-true recipes.

The lounge at the Seaport’s Tuscan Kitchen.

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At Tuscan Kitchen, the sounds of Old Blue Eyes

Swing alongside Frank Sinatra lookalike and longtime impersonator Michael Dutra, who moonlights as the “Sultan of Swoon.”

Lamb casserole at Home Taste in Arlington Heights.

Quick Bite

Home Taste comes to Arlington Heights

Why the new digs? “Many of our Watertown customers are from Arlington and were asking us if we’d deliver,” she tells me. It takes over the La Posada space not far from the Lexington border.

Tables: Fool’s Errand opens at last

Tiffani Faison says that she modeled the standing-room-only space after her favorite tapas bars in Barcelona and Madrid.

Colorado baker who refused to make cake for gays sues again

A Colorado baker who insisted his religious beliefs justified his refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple — an argument partly supported by the U.S. Supreme Court — has sued the state again for opposing his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition, his attorneys said Wednesday.

Coin-operated telescopes enhance the view along Stacey Boulevard in Gloucester.

CHRISTOPHER MUTHER

How to spend a perfect weekend in Gloucester

Tell me, fellow Bostonians, why are you torturing yourselves in Cape Cod traffic?

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New England’s many ties to space exploration

The path to space runs through Worcester.

Marshall Crenshaw

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The VIP Lounge with Marshall Crenshaw

We caught up with the “Someday, Someway” rocker to talk about all things travel.

THERE

Here, there, and everywhere

Sample hundreds of wines from around the world and cuisine from nearly two dozen local restaurants and caterers during the Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival, Sept. 20-23.

The baked stuffed lobster at The Wild Rose Restaurant at Stonehurst Manor.

Baked stuffed lobster, where have you gone?

The labor-intensive classic New England dish used to be a restaurant staple, but it’s a little trickier to find these days.

How to get ready for the next fun-filled chapter in Maine

The “Maine Play Book” is organized by season, and each section features farms, nature preserves, and parks, as well as events and activities for families.

You might think there are more vegetarians than ever. You’d be wrong

The number of Americans who self-identify as vegetarian or vegan has remained steady over the past 20 years — and it’s still a pretty small group, according to a recent Gallup poll.

Pass the grated cheese: MIT researchers uncover major spaghetti findings

MIT researchers have discovered a way to break uncooked spaghetti noodles in two. Stop smirking — they say the breakthrough could have implications far beyond the kitchen.

Produce at the Clark Farm stand at the Salem Farmer's Market.

How to make the most of farmers’ markets now

Here are six things to know before you hit that local farmer’s market. And if you don’t know where the closest one is, we’ve got you covered.

There’s a new Girl Scout cookie in town (but not all towns): Caramel Chocolate Chip

The gluten-free, peanut-free treat is made with caramel, chocolate chips, and sea salt. The new flavor was announced today, and selling season begins Dec. 4.

Pattypan squash and candy-striped beet salad with basil pistou and peppercress

Recipe: Pattypan squash and candy-striped beet salad with basil pistou and peppercress

This hot-weather medley is a game changer to the eyes and palate.

B.L.T. (bacon, lobster, and tomato) pasta salad

Recipe: B.L.T. (bacon, lobster, and tomato) pasta salad

This salad is a stunner at swanky patio dinner parties, but also casual enough to take on a beach picnic.

This is Benedetto's mozzarella  and anchovies extravaganza.

Summer salads to keep your tastebuds guessing

These recipes from local chefs are both deliciously unusual and unusually delicious — a snap to toss together at home.

Microwave blueberry jam

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Welcome to the modern pantry. You can make blueberry jam in the microwave.

A single jar of jam, made in minutes, comes in handy when you want to coddle houseguests or take a homemade jar to a friend.

Spicy chicken thigh sandwiches with sriracha mayonnaise

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Guests will cry with joy over crispy chicken sandwiches with sriracha mayo

Add golden, spicy chicken thighs to rice dishes, top a salad with big chunks, use them shredded as the centerpiece of tacos, or tuck them into soft, toasted buns.

Grilled swordfish steaks with corn relish

The confident cook

Recipe: Local grilled swordfish steaks are spectacular with fresh corn relish

North Atlantic swordfish and a relish made from freshly picked corn are the best of the sea and fields in this region.

Nathan Sigel owner of Tempo and his girlfriend, general manager Erin Barnicle, are long-time Waltham residents. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Business, )

Getting salty

Getting Salty with Nathan Sigel of Tempo

In 2005, Sigel opened the restaurant on Waltham’s Moody Street. Since then, he’s seen the area change from a quiet strip of mom-and-pop spots to a bustling destination.

Jeff Soderbergh handcrafts cutting and serving boards from trees that came down in storms or are at the end of their life.

Beautiful upcycled cutting and serving boards

Like he does with his furniture, Jeff Soderbergh handcrafts the boards from trees that came down in storms or are at the end of their life.

A cherry pie from Drive-By Pies.

Don’t drive by Drive-By Pies

Fran Kolenik recently opened the Brookline shop a half-year after closing the beloved BakerBaker in West Roxbury.

Coffee Crunch is party of GrandyOats’s “Coconola” line.

This ‘granola’ has no grains and oats, but it does have coffee and coconut

The new product from GrandyOats is gluten-free, organic, and made in a solar-powered bakery.

A crudo tasting at Bar Mezzana features the chef’s choice of six different fish.

What She’s Having

It was hot, but we still had to eat

What’s so wrong with downing a whole bowl of queso for lunch?

Another Sun God is River Bar’s spin on the margarita.

Sips

Sips: Another Sun God is a tribute to the classic margarita

About 56 percent of women and 44 percent of men rank it as their favorite. It’s also a top pick among bartenders with a penchant for taking creative license.

Man linked to reality TV star Bethenny Frankel found dead

Authorities are investigating the suspected overdose death at Trump Tower of a man romantically linked to reality TV personality Bethenny Frankel.

Korean-style ribs.

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Recipes: Spicy Korean-style ribs, on the grill

A complex red chili paste called gochujang gives these tasty treats just the right amount of heat.

Get some fried chicken and beer at the Summer at ’72 block party.

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Toast summer at ’72 block party

The 72 Shrewsbury Street restaurant building hosts its first annual block party on Aug. 26.

bookings

Greater Boston author readings week of Aug. 12-18

A weekly calendar of literary events.

The ruling concluded that former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt violated federal law by ignoring the conclusions of agency scientists that chlorpyrifos is harmful.

Court orders ban on harmful pesticide, says EPA violated law

Agency had overruled its scientists, who determined that chlorpyrifos is harmful.

The Seaport restaurant Chickadee features a menu inspired by the Mediterranean.

Quick Bite

Chickadee takes flight in the Seaport

The Mediterranean-influenced restaurant from No. 9 Park alums is located in the Innovation and Design Building.

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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.