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Farewell, Governor Garrahy; film follies; Soopah hype; culinary arts in the Bucket

The flags are at half-mast at Casa Diablo on the passing of the wonderful former Vo Dilun governor, J. Joseph Garrahy.
Wotta guy
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 03, 2012
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A Congolese feast

I met Constance Kabaziga at the checkout at Mittapheap World Market. She was buying frozen cassava root and dried beans, and I really wanted to know what she was going to do them.
Beans and rice, with African flair
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  July 02, 2010
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Live to be 106

Jenny Sanchez learned many of her magical dishes, including chancho frito and gallo pinto (previously featured here), from a family helper when she was a young girl.
 The Nicaraguan secret: tortas de espinaca
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  June 04, 2010
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2009: The year in dining

This was an unusual food year for me, in that the recession did not have the expected effect on the local dining scene.
My year in food
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 25, 2009
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Indian Dhaba

The phrase “fusion cuisine” inspires dread in me — I’ve been served too many misconceived culinary mash-ups over the years, usually European sauces awkwardly force-fit onto Asian foundations, or vice-versa.
Mumbai street-food novelties and worthy fusion cuisine
By MC SLIM JB  |  December 11, 2009
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Give and learn

We shudder to repeat the clichéd adage about teaching a man to fish . . . But it's true that education offers deep rewards — ones that last longer, in many cases, than physical items.
Instructional gifts are a joy for the giver and receiver alike
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 11, 2009


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Fiorella's

Friends are always asking me for my latest cheap-eats "discovery." But amid a million food blogs, 24/7 food television, and amateur-review Web sites like Chowhound and Yelp, I'm rarely the first to sing a good restaurant's praises.
A solid Italian-American trattoria with dynamite pizza
By MC SLIM JB  |  December 04, 2009

Don’t let your meat loaf

If the meat loaves were going to be entered in the contest, they had to be on the judges’ table by 6:30.
Balls, Pucks & Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  December 04, 2009
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Simco's on the Bridge

Boston has hundreds of food blogs, with new ones appearing every day.
A worthwhile old-time roadside-stand experience
By MC SLIM JB  |  November 06, 2009
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Brave new world

How many marriages are born or nursed in our city’s bars?
Styxx’s management sets an oddly pleasant menu
By BRIAN DUFF  |  October 30, 2009
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North 26

I never call chefs before writing a review, but if I did speak with Brian Flagg of North 26, I'd ask him if Jasper White has ever paid a visit.
A Jasper White protégé branches out with great success
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 02, 2009


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Rino's Place

I often chat up local chefs about their favorite restaurants, usually over drinks at late-night watering holes.
Old-school, groaning-platter Italian-American meets authentic Italian in Eastie
By MC SLIM JB  |  September 25, 2009
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In 10 years

It wasn't always that Portland was "America's foodiest small town."
From a handful of restaurants to a restaurant town
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  September 18, 2009
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Seasonal fare(well)

With Labor Day weekend behind us, so goes the high tourist season here in Maine. While this means less crowded beaches and the possibility of finding a weekend parking space in the Old Port, it signifies a major transition for restaurateurs around the
The chef of Five Fifty-Five bids adieu to summer
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  September 11, 2009
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Go Gourmet

College can be a harrowing experience for budding foodies, picky eaters, and dieters. While the dining hall's gleaming buffets of kids'-menu fare send some students into a feeding frenzy, others flinch.
Eat well this semester without leaving your dorm
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  September 04, 2009
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No stove necessary

Eat well this semester without leaving your dorm
Eat well this semester without leaving your dorm
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  August 28, 2009


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Full circle

For someone who once envisioned herself sequestered in a dusty library somewhere in England reading medieval literature, Krista Desjarlais, executive chef and owner of Bresca, has a life far from quiet and solitude.
Bresca's new collaborative effort brings intimacy back to dining
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  July 24, 2009
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Italian escape

One of my earliest culinary memories is of my father bringing home a tin of hard, crisp, almondy Italian cookies. As my sisters and I ate, my father dimmed the lights and put a match to the thin paper wrappers. They began to float like enchanted lanter
The best of Milan in Portland
By BRIAN DUFF  |  July 17, 2009

On the farm

The menus at Chez Pascal in Providence often feature local meats, fish, and produce, but on Mondays, owner-chef Matt Gennuso goes all out. A recent menu featured burgers from Aquidneck Farms; greens from Arcadian Fields; clams from Matunuck Oyster Farm;
Market Mobile supplies the demand for local food
By MARION DAVIS  |  July 17, 2009
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Maria's Taqueria

Apple's ubiquitous iPhone ads would have you believe there's a portable application for every possible problem. How about this one: finding good, inexpensive chow in culinary dead zones at odd hours of the day?
Fast, fresh Mexican in a neighborhood that needs it
By MC SLIM JB  |  July 10, 2009
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Ahead of the curve

Popular tastes wax, wane, and wander about, but over the long run people most appreciate those things that are timelessly simple, elegant, and right: Roger Federer's backhand, German-expressionist art, cotton, and the summer here in Maine.
Rockland's Primo finds the future in past traditions
By BRIAN DUFF  |  June 12, 2009


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Exotic Sushi and Tapas

Exotic Sushi and Tapas doesn't have the most exotic sushi, but the combination of Japanese bar snacks with their European small-plate counterparts is an unusual angle on fusion that can be worked into a square meal.
A little bit of everything, from Europe to Japan
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 10, 2009
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Last biscuit in the oven

On that next trip to Whole Foods or the farmers' market, your favorite small-batch cookies, jams, and jellies might be hard to find.
Nuestra's culinary misadventure
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 20, 2009
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King Do Baguette and Pastry

One measure of how far Americans have come in their globetrotting culinary breadth is the number of ordinary folks I know who've tried a bánh mì, the great Vietnamese street-food sandwich.
An awesome roll makes for an extraordinary bánh mì
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 15, 2009
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Sensing

I've enjoyed the revival of 1950s-style French bistros, but it's been quite a while since I could review a full-tilt example of 1980s French "nouvelle cuisine," which brought on bipolar reform.
An old twist for a new French restaurant
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 08, 2009

Everyman

When the history of Rhode Island in the 21st century is documented 50 years from now, it's a good bet that prominent figures will include the restaurateurs, chefs, and restaurant designers who continue to make Providence such an exciting city.
The true taste of Rhode Island
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 17, 2009


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The Restaurant Week shuffle

"Ready on table five," yells someone from the middle of the line. "Where's the lamb for table five?!"
Kitchen Stress
By EMILY GONZALEZ  |  March 11, 2009
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A taste of Sebastians Interactive Kitchen

Intrigued by the local-food movement?
September 25
By TAMARA WIEDER  |  September 19, 2007
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Bermudafest

If you’re already lamenting the loss of summer, take heart: you can warm up in Bermuda next month, and eat well in the process.
October 27 - 30, 2006
By TAMARA WIEDER  |  September 22, 2006