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Middle of the road

LePage has accomplished something no Maine governor has ever been able to achieve: He's spread joy across the entire ideological spectrum.
LePage pleases everyone -- sort of
By AL DIAMON  |  April 22, 2011

Found in translation

When Susan Conley, her husband, and their two young boys moved from Maine to Beijing in 2008, she had plans to write about her experience as a mother in that huge, foreign world.
Local book launch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 04, 2011

Slideshow: Treasures from the Forbidden City

The Emperor's Private Paradise at the Peabody Essex Museum, now through January 9, 2011
The Emperor's Private Paradise at the Peabody Essex Museum, now through January 9, 2011
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 24, 2010

An Emperor's heaven on earth

Salem's Peabody Essex Museum has pulled off the curatorial coup of the year with "The Emperor's Private Paradise," which reveals to the public for the first time 90 "treasures from the Forbidden City," the Chinese imperial palace in Beijing.
The Peabody Essex Museum scores a curatorial coup
By GREG COOK  |  September 24, 2010

Review: Wu's

When I heard that Wu’s was the favorite restaurant of a vegetarian acquaintance, I thought we might give it a try.
Turning up the heat in Westerly
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 11, 2010

Balls of fire

For one month every four years, the United States — try as it might — can’t impose its vacuous culture on the rest of the planet. The World Cup arrives and the Americans are, at best, an afterthought.
Porn stars, witch doctors, elephant farts, and the worst soccer team on the planet take center stage at this summer’s World Cup



The Web site says “modern Asian bistro” and the other description they’ve put out is “ultra trendy modern Asian cuisine.”
Jae’s grill is reborn with pan-Asian zen
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 07, 2010


"I can no longer stand to let this travesty continue," sings a character in Madame White Snake , the new opera based on an ancient Chinese legend co-commissioned by Opera Boston, which has just presented its world premiere. I'm afraid I shared the senti
Opera Boston presents the world premiere of Madame White Snake; plus the Leipzig Gewandhaus and Boston Philharmonic
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 05, 2010

Dosa Factory

I tend to be skeptical of retail/restaurant combinations. IKEA serves frankfurters and Swedish meatballs, but you'd hardly drive there just to dine.
Indian street-food snacks and more, tucked in the back of a grocery store
By MC SLIM JB  |  March 05, 2010

Bull McCabe's

I asked a friend who lives in Union Square, Somerville, if he'd checked out the nearby Bull McCabe's. "No, I'm still in mourning for Tír na nÓg [its predecessor]."
A sweet little neighborhood pub with modest food at nice prices
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 19, 2010

Wolf man

A lone wolf lopes across a border, searching for food.
Henning Mankell stalks globalization
By CLEA SIMON  |  February 12, 2010


Review: Petition

This distressing documentary explores a netherworld of individuals who have come to Beijing from all over China hoping that their grievances against their local governments will be heard.
A modern tragedy based on unchanging conflict
By CHRIS FUJIWARA  |  January 29, 2010

House of Chang

For more than 30 years, this location housed Lucky Garden, one of the first neighborhood Mandarin-Szechuan restaurants in Greater Boston, and one of the best in stretches.
A welcome change in the neighborhood
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 29, 2010

Post 390

Another week, another gastro-pub. Okay, Post 390 technically bills itself as a Back Bay "urban tavern," and is bigger and glitzier than most, but it has the same combination of comfort food with a twist, a few bits of high cheffery, serious drinks, and
Walking a narrow path to success
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 22, 2010

Tilting at Windows

Stallman — a legend in the programmer community for more than a quarter century — considers it his life's work to proselytize the free-software gospel, educating the lay people who'd otherwise assume that Microsoft or Apple are exclusively synonymous wit
Software 'Saint' Richard Stallman fights for computing freedom — and against corporate control
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 18, 2009

Myung Dong 1st Avenue

Myung Dong refers to a high-rent, youth-oriented shopping district in Seoul, thus "1st Avenue" is a kind of evocation of both Fifth Avenue and SoHo. This restaurant has a variety of Japanese and Korean dishes, but the idea is to appeal to a young crowd,
Can a Korean dive bar serve the masses? Certainly, with alcoholic melon drinks.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 11, 2009


The Olympic (shell) games

It’s been 13 years since the pageantry and spectacle of the Summer Olympic Games — and the mythical economic boon that goes with it — has graced US soil. But we’ll find out next week if, in a secret-ballot vote in Europe, the International Olympic Commit
Next week, we’ll find out if an American city will host the 2016 Olympic Games — and if Boston has a shot at 2020. Despite the glitzy international attention, there are billions of reasons why every debt-saddled American should hope that the US does not get the gold.
By ANNE ELIZABETH MOORE  |  September 25, 2009

Larry's Kidney

In this nonfiction account pretty accurately described by the book's subtitle, Daniel Asa Rose accompanies his nebbishy but mobbed-up relative on a mission for a Chinese two-fer: to get the organ he desperately needs and — why not, as long as we're here
Being the true story of how I found myself in China with my black-sheep cousin and his mail-order bride, skirting the law to get him a transplant — and save his life
By DANIEL ASA ROSE  |  July 24, 2009

World gone Wong

"I'm an immigrant," says Joe Wong. "And I used to drive this used car with a lot of bumper stickers that are impossible to peel off. One of them said, 'If you don't speak English, go home.' And I didn't notice it for two years."
Chinese-born biochemical-engineer-turned-comic Joe Wong has conquered Letterman. You're next.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  May 01, 2009

Life and how we live it

We're far too close to life to see it accurately, aren't we? With noses pressed up against our problems and delights, we need our perceptive artists — such as Chinese playwright Gao Xingjian — to remind us of what's really going on.
The Other Shore searches for meaning
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 10, 2009

Thaitation Thai Cuisine

I'm convinced that one of the reasons this restaurant column doesn't get the national readership it deserves is that, I keep raving about owner-chefs like Dusadan Lee Narbanshart.
Brown Sugar gets even sweeter
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 18, 2009



Luxury dining has long been associated with hotels, but hotel restaurants must walk the line.
Fine form and function at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 04, 2009

Great walls

"Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection" at Salem's Peabody Essex Museum opens with a pair of interesting choices.
Epic visions of contemporary China in Salem's Peabody Essex Museum.
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  February 25, 2009

Word to the mother

As a prepubescent thug, I often complained about the audio rotation on my father's car stereo, which primarily consisted of a steady mix of Moody Blues and books on tape.
Hip-hop moms serve waaay more than dinner
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 28, 2009

Bina Osteria

Bina Osteria may be the last luxury restaurant to open in Boston for a long time — or at least the last that isn't situated in a boutique hotel.
Opulence: enjoy it while you can
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 21, 2009

Democracy in China

That December morning in the year 2010 began oddly. The sun rose in the west. The river reversed itself and flowed upstream. The tide went out and didn't come back.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  December 31, 2008


My year in food

The 2008 Dining Awards 
The 2008 Dining Awards 
By BY ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 23, 2008

Year in Film: Risky business

Every year the studios hold back their best until the end of the year, but this year they let us down.
Films whose aspirations are more than Academic
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 22, 2008

Review: Taam China Glatt Kosher Chinese Cuisine

Theoretically, there could be terrific kosher Chinese restaurants.
The best of its very rare kind
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 10, 2008

Free for all

Striking parallels emerge between the upcoming mayor's race and the historic race of 1983.
Is Mayor Menino getting White-washed? Plus, Sam Yoon's not-so-friendly skies
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 10, 2008