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.

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Check out the Globe’s reviews of dozens of Boston-area restaurants.

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// Budget-friendly fare around Boston

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

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Lego House’s top floor features a Masterpiece Gallery.

How Lego House came to be: brick by brick

Billund, Denmark, is the birthplace of Lego and home to an out-of-this-world creation experience at Lego House.

If you go . . . Lego House

If you go . . .

Boston, MA., 06/14/2019, Dining Out review of Kamakura. This is the Sushi palette. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

Dining Out

At Kamakura, dinner is part 10-course tone poem, part sake crash course

The Japanese restaurant, offering kaiseki and more, brings something different to downtown Boston.

Food & Travel

When the best food around is right where you’re staying

Ammos Hotel is located on a pretty stretch of sandy beach about 10 minutes outside of Chania, one of Crete’s most atmospheric cities.

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Devra First

The company behind Peet’s is atoning for its Nazi past with a new foundation

I am not sure how much more one could ask of a company aiming to make up for its Nazi past, short of bowing out of business entirely.

Gre.Co’s Zoi Liakopoulos arrived in the US from Greece in 2015.

Getting salty

Getting Salty with Zoi Liakopoulos of Gre.Co

Liakopoulos came to the US from Greece in 2015, planning to run a travel app with a friend. Instead, she became the manager of a fast-casual Back Bay restaurant, and has “dedicated my life here to Gre.Co and what it means to be Greek.”

Garlic-Rosemary Burgers With Taleggio Sauce

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: The secret to a perfect burger

Christopher Kimball discovers that a light touch is key to a moist and juicy patty.

Romesco sauce

The confident cook

Recipe: Spanish romesco sauce, whirred with tomatoes and peppers, is incredibly appealing

In Spain, you might be served romesco sauce with seasonal vegetables at a cafe. It’s easy to make, inexpensive, a beautiful color, and delicious.

Peanut-butter-cup blondies

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Stir peanut-butter cups into blondies for every favorite childhood taste in spades

The cups come in individual papers; remove them, break the rounds into quarters, and squash them gently before adding to the batter.

Grilled naan with fontina, tomatoes, and arugula

Recipe: Naan on the grill, topped with fontina, tomatoes, and arugula, is a lot like pizza

Puffy and slightly charred,the Indian flatbread naan has just the right chewiness of good pizza dough and can be grilled in about two minutes.

When it’s OK to allow literature to influence dining

Eating your way through literature sounds fun, but is it healthy?


A toned-down tiki for the summer

Morale & Welfare employs over-proof dark rum and modifiers that run the gamut: tart lime, slightly sweeter grapefruit, zesty cinnamon, and rich mole bitters.

Whey better for you than sugary sports drinks

A new refreshing drink upcycled from fresh whey is labeled Superfrau as a shout out to the female cow.

Smolak farm launches ninth year of Whim Dinner Series with celebrated chefs

Some of the region’s notable chefs — Andy Husbands of The Smoke Shop BBQ, Tyler Kinnett of Harvest, Daniel Gursha at Ledger, Ned Grieg from Woodman’s, and others — take turns cooking the multicourse feast using the vegetables, herbs, and fruits grown in the fields of the 120-acre, lush property.

Louisiana’s new food labeling restrictions won’t allow veggie products to be called meat.

No more veggie bacon for you if you live in Louisiana

The state’s new food labeling restrictions law will keep veggie products from being called meat, non-rice products from being described as rice, and sugar alternatives from being marketed as sugar.

The staff at Steel & Rye in Milton are ready for the summer.

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Steel & Rye toasts the season with Summer Solstice Party

Al fresco cocktails, tacos, and corn hole — it’s the consummate summertime triumvirate.

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Quick Bite

Thai Noodle Cafe is a welcome pit stop in a culinarily rich stretch of Belmont

Owner Sasirat Grande first operated Tony G’s in this space, specializing in barbecue, but then switched to her native Thai food. “Thai is more exciting than barbecue,” she says.


NOCA Provisions is closing its doors; Moody’s Delicatessen and Back Room is back

Restaurant news you can use.

Lagoon-like pools snake along the length of the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun Resort and Spa.

Check In

Check In: Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun

We need an escape and some peace and quiet. A friend recommended a resort in Cancun. Cancun? Wouldn’t that be crazy? Nope. Happy to report my friend was right.

 Seared Strip Steak  With Almond-Rosemary Salsa Verde.

Cooking | Magazine

Recipes: A hearty Father’s Day menu, starring steak

Start with a seared strip steak and salt-crusted potatoes. Finish with maple-whiskey pudding cakes.

Waitress Norma Volante prepared treats for children from the Dedham Country Day School at Cabot’s Ice Cream & Restaurant in Newton.

What She’s Having

Cabot’s Ice Cream & Restaurant celebrates 50 years. They don’t make them like this anymore

Generations of Newton children have come here to mark birthdays, recitals, and graduations. Now they bring their own kids.


Amazon to shutdown US restaurant delivery service

Stories you may have missed from the world of business.

A touring production of “Miss Saigon” brings Emily Bautista (pictured in Mexico) to town.

VIP LOUNGE | Emily Bautista

The VIP Lounge with actress Emily Bautista

Bautista is excited about her return to New England as the lead in the North American tour of “Miss Saigon,” which is at the Boston Opera House June 12-30.


Plant City, a vegan food hall, is opening in Providence this week

All of the food served in the 10,000-square-foot space will be plant-based.

The most useful pasta you’ll ever have

The afaldine elastic silicone bands are shaped like ribbon pasta and secure opened bags of cereal, beans, or grains, or bundle vegetables.

Citrus spritzes, straight from the source

Twist the sharp end of the sprayer into the fruit and pump a few times to dispense a spritz of citrus to enliven a salad, grilled fish and seafood, a cocktail, or really anything that benefits from a little acidity.

Just the Cheese, please

It’s like a grilled cheese sandwich in a snack bar.

Seasonal recipes

Recipe: Native strawberries and rhubarb bake together in this old-fashioned New England pie

For a golden brown glaze on the lattice top, brush the pastry with an egg wash (an egg beaten with a spoonful of water), and sprinkle with sugar.

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Cook the Sardinian pasta fregola in a tomato-based broth with clams

For this dish, use small clams, such as countneck or littleneck, which are more tender than larger ones.

San Nicasio potato chip founder Rafael del Rosal Lopez at his factory.

A tiny factory in southern Spain fries potato chips in award-winning olive oil for chef Jose Andres

If you’re under the impression that a potato chip is a common snack that’s crisp and delicious, no matter what brand you buy, then you haven’t tasted chips from San Nicasio.

The confident cook

Recipe: For a glorious summer dessert, make individual Pavlovas topped with berries and cream

Named for the Russia ballerina Anna Pavlova, and first made in Australia or New Zealand (depending on whom you ask), the crisp meringue makes a beautiful dessert.


Lean into summer and your New England roots with a Del’s Shandy from Narragansett

For the last five years, the brewery has been making a beer with Del’s Lemonade, the roadside summer treat made by a Cranston company since 1948. New this year is Del’s Watermelon Shandy.

At the Siena Farms stand at the Copley Square Farmers Market, crops like green garlic and asparagus, which loved the rain earlier this spring, are in abundance.

Cold, wet spring made for some stressed-out farmers — and delayed strawberries

To farmers, the last few weeks have been a race to get the season’s planting started, and only recent dry weather and warmth are easing their nerves.

Getting Salty

A conversation with Ed Kane of Big Night Entertainment Group

Kane, 58, will launch Mémoire (a nightclub) and Mystique (an Asian restaurant and lounge) at Encore Boston Harbor in the coming weeks. This fall, he’ll welcome celebrity chef Guy Fieri to Boston with his Tequila Cocina next to TD Garden.

This photo provided by Dunkin' Donuts on Monday, May 5, 2014 shows a selection of the doughnuts they sell. The restaurant chain Dunkin' Donuts is testing whether that deep-fried classic American snack, the doughnut, can compete successfully against entrenched competition from some of the world’s most famous sweet snacks in their own homelands, including the waffle in Belgium, apple strudel in Austria and the Danish in Denmark. (AP Photo/Dunkin' Donuts)

It’s National Doughnut Day, and these area cops have lots of jokes about it

Officials from around the region are embracing the age-old stereotype that police love the breakfast treats.

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Detroit-style pizza comes to Somerville, and it’s poolside dining season again at The Colonnade Hotel

Restaurant news you can use.

Karen Akunowicz and Taniya Nayak


Taste of the Nation event raises $140,000 for No Kid Hungry

Chefs from all over the area gathered at the Cruiseport Terminal on Tuesday night for Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation fund-raiser.

Island Creek Oysters, tuna pate, and clam dip served at The Raw Bar at Island Creek Oyster Farm in Duxbury.

Quick Bite

Oysters don’t get any fresher than the ones offered waterside at Island Creek Oyster Farm in Duxbury

Duxbury Bay provides the scenic background to this raw bar, which is essentially a giant open patio with picnic tables, a fire pit, games, and a food truck, where you order.

Sichuan Chicken Salad

Cooking | Magazine

Hold the mayo, please. Chicken salad recipes with an international twist

This summer staple can be so much more than a mix of chicken, mayonnaise, and celery.

Adam Levin (left) with fellow X Ambassadors Casey Harris (center) and Sam Harris.

The VIP Lounge | Adam Levin

The VIP Lounge with Adam Levin of X Ambassadors

The multiplatinum-selling band, whose members hail from Ithaca, N.Y., but now call Los Angeles home, will return to Boston to perform at Royale on June 18.

Clockwise from top left: Kids are happy to fill a bag with treats at Kandy Korner in Hyannis; the tomb of the lost pirate at the Whydah Pirate Museum in West Yarmouth; glassblowing demonstrations occur every hour at the Sandwich Glass Museum; the Thornton Burgess Society’s Green Briar Nature Center in East Sandwich offers jam-making classes.

Rainy day diversions on the Cape

Cape Cod beach day a washout? Here’s where to hang until the sun shows up.

CAMBRIDGE, MA - 5/31/2019: John Harvard Brewery is closing shop and cleaning out...Harvard Square businesses that have closed recently or in the past couple of years. Some of them have been replaced by new tenants; others are vacant. Brattle Square strip...Creme Cafe (27 Brattle Street, now replaced with new tenant), (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC xxHarvardSquare

Businesses exiting. Talk of mall-ification. Empty stores. Some fear what’s next for Harvard Square

Over the past three years, dozens of businesses have exited Harvard Square, the most recent being John Harvard’s Brewery & Alehouse. Now, the wave of closures has some on edge.

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news you can use.

Getting Salty

A conversation with Dave Delancey of the Lobster Trap in Bourne

The Lobster Trap celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Delancey has been there since he was a college student.

Devra First

I found out Nazi money is behind my favorite coffee. Should I keep drinking it?

Should we eat food that exists due to circumstances we find morally reprehensible?

Risi e bisi (rice and peas) with mint salsa verde

The confident cook

Recipe: Traditional Venetian risi e bisi (rice and peas) is garnished with a zippy mint salsa

This version of the classic dish is similar to traditional risotto but looser, more like a rice porridge, and doesn’t require quite as many additions of stock or quite so much stirring.

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.