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Monday, Jul 16


What's on the menu? Stoner food.

Recreational marijuana sales were scheduled to start in Massachusetts July 1. Now that's been pushed back to August. Whenever it does actually happen, one thing is clear: Chefs have been preparing for this moment for years. If you've spent…

Thursday, Jul 12


What it's like at Democracy Brewing, a worker-owned brewpub in Downtown Crossing

Where to Democracy Brewing, a worker-owned brewpub in Downtown Crossing that opened on the Fourth of July. What for Foam and foment. Democracy Brewing believes equally in good beer and good working conditions. After a year of full-time ...


Tables: Superfine Foods heads to Newburyport, a granola cafe opens in Arlington, and Little Dipper is spotted in JP

Openings: Superfine Food has opened its third location, this time in Newburyport (17 State St. at Middle Street). It's the latest from Matt Gaudet (West Bridge); there are other locations in Manchester-by-the-Sea and Marblehead. The kid…

Wednesday, Jul 11


Despite tweet, LeBron James a no-show at pizza party celebrating LA arrival

CULVER CITY, Calif. — Hundreds of fans hoping to see new Los Angeles Laker LeBron James on Tuesday had to make do with free pizza instead. James was a no-show at the Blaze Pizza outlet in Culver City, California. The NBA superstar tweeted…

Thursday, Jul 5


A pastry pilgrimage to sample sweets from Food Network competitors

During these turbulent times, we seek the sweet solace of TV baking shows, where the worst that can happen is a soggy bottom or curdled custard. Hooked on the sugar rush of “The Great British Baking Show,” the gentlest, most polite…

Tuesday, Jul 3


Alan Dershowitz laments being 'shunned' on Martha's Vineyard

One downside to publicly defending President Trump? The liberal elite on Martha's Vineyard won't like you anymore. At least, that's what renowned Harvard lawyer Alan Dershowitz is lamenting. In an op-ed piece for The Hill published last…

Friday, Jun 29


Are Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger an item?

Looks like actor Chris Pratt may be off the market for the time being. Photos emerged online last week showing the “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” star having a picnic with Katherine Schwarzenegger, 28, the daughter of actor and former…

Wednesday, Jun 27


George's Coney Island in Worcester turns 100

It's lunchtime, and almost everyone walking along a stretch of Southbridge Street in Worcester veers into George's Coney Island. People are lining up for the humble fare — hot dogs. A 60-foot neon sign of a hand gripping a mustard-dripping…

Tuesday, Jun 26


Intrepid Travel launches vegan tours

Vegan travelers have reason to cheer. While there have been niche companies and private guides offering vegan tours for years, it's unusual to find vegan-themed tours in the larger marketplace, making Intrepid Travel's entry onto the scene…


A pretty, functional lifter and turner

A new sturdy, diner-style spatula from R. Murphy Knives of Ayer has an extra-long and -wide blade that's an excellent lifter and turner for a hefty piece of meat or two burgers at a time on the grill ($38). The company aptly named it…

Monday, Jun 18


The best Italian sub around, with mayo and memories

I'm going to make a bold claim. I know where to find the best Italian sub in Greater Boston: oily, meaty, saturated with hots, just gigantic. At least two meals. Maybe three. It's not at Monica's in the North End, or Bob's in Medford, or…


Yummy Wine RayZyns make the most of a bad situation

“Make lemonade out of lemons” is Andrew Cates's recent mantra. Cates owns the prestigious Segassia Vineyard on Mount Veeder in Napa where century-old vines produced illustrious cabernets until the Northern California wildfires destroyed…

Monday, Jun 11


So many chutneys, so many uses

A unique line of artisan chutneys and condiments from Le Bon Magot captures flavors of North Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The spiced raisin marmalata is flavored with smoked cinnamon and ras al hanout, a spice blend with dried rose…

Thursday, May 31


He cooked in upscale restaurants. Now he's cooking for your family.

Where to Johnny's Takeaway, a West Roxbury spot selling lunch cooked to order and prepared meals for dinner. What for Chef Johnny Burke — who has worked locally at places like the Butcher Shop, T.W. Food, and Belly Wine Bar — now wants to…

Wednesday, May 30


The VIP Lounge with Quiana Holmes, one of the Supremes in 'Motown the Musical'

Quiana Holmes graduated from Berklee College of Music in May 2017 and within a few months landed the role of Mary Wilson (one of the Supremes) in the national tour of “Motown the Musical,” coming to the Boston Opera House June 12-17. “I'm…

Tuesday, May 29


The cocktail that Italian dreams are made of


A few years ago, while he was staying just outside Milan during a whirlwind tour through northern Italy's vineyard, Ray Osborne quickly took to one very widespread local custom: spritzes in the afternoon. “You'd be out on a piazza, the…


Marathon winner shares the wealth with 826 Boston

Night of 1,000 Stories, the annual fund-raiser for 826 Boston, was a rousing success. Des Linden, this year's Boston Marathon winner, was in the house at the Royal Sonesta and revealed that she's donating $10,000 of her Marathon prize…

Monday, May 28


The Museum of Ice Cream is launching its own ice cream line — with 'Sprinkle Pool' and piñata flavors

The Museum of Ice Cream — an Instagrammable pop-up funhouse devoted to the childlike pleasure of candy and frozen sweets — has frozen out a lot of guests since it first opened in 2016. It's notoriously hard to get into: only open in…

Thursday, May 24


Tables: CommonWealth Kitchen comes to Kendall Square, and Sullivan's Castle Island opens a mainland outpost

Openings: CommonWealth Kitchen, a food business incubator and commercial kitchen space for entrepreneurs, has a new retail outlet in Kendall Square (300B Athenaeum St. at East Kendall Street). Various incubators will serve food on a…

Monday, May 21


Postal Service to debut scratch-and-sniff stamps

Just in time for summer, the U.S. Postal Service is debuting scratch-and-sniff stamps on June 20, each square decorated with two colorful ice cream treats. So, what will they smell like? “There is one scent and that will be revealed when…


You might go nuts over Lavva Yogurt

Lavva Yogurt, made in Warwick, N.Y., in the Hudson Valley, broadens the choices for non-dairy yogurt shoppers. This one is unlike others: It's made with the pili nut (pronounced peel-ee), grown on trees in volcanic soil in Southeast Asia,…

Friday, May 18


A field guide to bride Meghan Markle's embarrassing relatives

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If you have not been paying attention to what's going on with Meghan Markle's family ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry this Saturday you need to immediately step away from the Trump miniseries (word is guest star Rudy Giuliani will be…

Monday, May 14


The Kitchen Helper Guide, a source for chefs of all skill levels

Did you know that you can substitute two teaspoons of prepared mustard for a teaspoon of dry mustard? Or that a half a cup of flour equals 8 tablespoons of flour? The Kitchen Helper Guide ($4.99), for the last three decades, has offered a…

Le Crueset's steel pots perfect for your next seafood boil

Given New England's obsession with seafood, these new heavy-gauge stockpots from Le Creuset should be just the ticket for a seafood boil this season. Sturdy, but lighter than cast iron, these high-profile enamel-coated steel pots have…

'My Kitchen Chalkboard' offers families ideas for planning a week's menu in advance

To keep her nightly chaos in check, Leigh Belanger writes out weekly meals on a kitchen chalkboard so her two boys know what to expect. And she, in turn, has a plan. A local writer (and former Globe contributor), editor, and cook, Belanger…

Marsala brings out the beauty in monkfish


The monkfish Marsala served at The Daily Catch is likely the most popular monkfish dish in the country. It should come as little surprise. The restaurant's pan-seared monkfish tail medallions with mushrooms in sweet Marsala wine sauce has…

Sunday, May 13


Needham sisters honored at Evening at the Pops

Needham sisters Mia and Olivia Allen were honored at the 32nd annual Evening at the Pops on Friday with the Frank and Jean Ring Memorial Award in the Fight Against Diabetes. Proceeds support the Joslin Diabetes Center, where 10-year-old…

Wednesday, May 9


McAfee Knob will get your heart pumping

CATAWBA, Va. — It's hard to beat the variety of vistas at Roan Massif, but if you're looking for one dynamite view along the southern leg of the Appalachian Trail, head to McAfee Knob in southern Virginia's Roanoke Valley. Unlike Roan,…

Tuesday, May 8


Robots made me lunch. I enjoyed it. Is that so wrong?

I have eaten the future, and it is made by our robot overlords. It tastes of the world's great civilizations, thousands of years of human preference, meaning, hand labor, and history distilled into bowls named for the cultures that first…

Monday, May 7


Tea and chocolate for Mom

This year, when you bring mom her breakfast in bed (or wherever she prefers to have it served) set the tray with a special collection of tea-infused chocolates. The collection includes five offerings made by Newton-based Emmy Award-winning…