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Beer Advocate: Extreme Circumstances

This just in: Extreme Beer Fest is taking over Saint Patrick's Day weekend!

By JASON AND TODD ALSTROM  |  February 22, 2013
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Barleywine & Dine: Cambridge Brewing Company

Get acquainted with the stars of Cambridge Brewing Company's Barleywine Festival.

By JASON & TODD ALSTRÖM  |  January 25, 2013
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First Tastes: A look at 2013 in Boston dining

Here are the forthcoming spots we're anticipating the most, plus some brand-new eateries that just fired up their burners.

By MC SLIM JB  |  January 04, 2013
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Buta Ramen at Yume Wo Katare

At Yume Wo Katare, a new thimble-sized Japanese joint, you can expect 90-minute waits for one of its 15 or so seats. Is it worth it?
Food Coma
By MC SLIM JB  |  November 16, 2012
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Anatomy of an Old Fashioned

When we asked the Hawthorne's Jackson Cannon to make Old Fashioneds with us, he didn't even blink. "I was born for this," he replied simply.

By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  November 16, 2012

5 secrets for making non-drip coffee at home

Cabell Tice, head barista at Thinking Cup, tells all.

By STEVE HOLT AND BRADEN CHANG  |  October 19, 2012


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Farm-fresh Booze

Yes, it's a scorcher — a season when the mere act of stepping into a Green Line station causes instantaneous lakes of perspiration to bloom under your armpits.
Luscious summer produce becomes lushes' delight in the hands of local mixologists
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 20, 2012
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On the Cheap: One of the Kind

Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" may not seem like a good way to describe Sichuan and Shandong cuisine, but that's exactly the feeling you get from the Chinese regional offerings at One of the Kind: a satisfying numbing of the tongue and lips.  
Fiery Chinese served comfortably numb
By WEI-HUAN CHEN  |  May 25, 2012
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Review: Vapiano

In a year of bad restaurant ideas done surprisingly well, Vapiano is a mediocre idea done disastrously.
A dining hall with food not worth fighting for
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 25, 2012

You call this a craft cocktail menu?


 I apologize in advance for plying you with yet ANOTHER "Shit [insert niche here] Say" video, but the interwebs have kicked out a variation that...
By Cassandra Landry  |  January 18, 2012
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2012 in Dining: More resolutions for restaurateurs

Memo to new restaurants: follow the 10 pieces of entirely new advice below and I will keep that hungry/friendly feeling come typing time.
Challenging Boston's restaurant scene to a year that tones down the bacon, ramps up the desserts, and comes up with a new word for "gastropub."
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 30, 2011


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9 hotly anticipated budget-dining openings for 2012

The new year promises a wealth of inexpensive and moderate new restaurants in Greater Boston. Here are a few that have us on tenterhooks.
 Tacos, midnight ramen, and chicken n' waffles make up Boston's forthcoming new options for noshing on the cheap  
By MC SLIM JB  |  December 30, 2011
 A Very Homegrown Holiday; Siena Farms Farmstore opening party

A Very Homegrown Holiday; Siena Farms Farmstore opening party


We know some holiday parties are mildly painful, and usually require some sort of maximum-strength libation to keep you going, but here's one we'll gladly...
By Cassandra Landry  |  December 14, 2011
In-Grained: Interview with Maria Speck, author of "Ancient Grains for Modern Meals" (with bonus recipe)

In-Grained: Interview with Maria Speck, author of "Ancient Grains for Modern Meals" (with bonus recipe)


I don't think it's ever been a big secret that Europe (in this case, Greece and Germany) has a tendency to blow us out of...
By Cassandra Landry  |  December 05, 2011
Foam Master Flex: Ferran Àdria at Harvard tonight

Foam Master Flex: Ferran Àdria at Harvard tonight


Don't forget, food fans: Ferran Àdria's in town for Harvard's Food & Science Public Lecture Series, and his closing lecture (which is ticketed, mind you)...
By Cassandra Landry  |  December 04, 2011
Just Peachy: Sneak preview of Lucky Peach #2, plus David Chang's Harvard appearance tonight

Just Peachy: Sneak preview of Lucky Peach #2, plus David Chang's Harvard appearance tonight


Alright, foodies. For those of you paying attention, you know the release-date for the hotly anticipated Lucky Peach Issue 2: The Sweet Spot is upon...
By Cassandra Landry  |  November 14, 2011


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Photos: 'My Last Supper: The Next Course'

Melanie Dunea will read from her latest book, My Last Supper: The Next Course , with Chefs Barbara Lynch and Lydia Shire at the Harvard Bookstore, November 16th, 7pm.
Melanie Dunea will read from her latest book, My Last Supper: The Next Course , with Chefs Barbara Lynch and Lydia Shire at the Harvard Bookstore, November 16th, 7pm.
By MELANIE DUNEA  |  November 11, 2011
One Last Bite: Photographer Melanie Dunea on new book "My Last Supper: The Next Course"

One Last Bite: Photographer Melanie Dunea on new book "My Last Supper: The Next Course"


Constructing a menu to herald the end of our corporeal existence is not a task that most of us are often faced with. For chefs...
By Cassandra Landry  |  November 10, 2011
Meet the Mayor: Pulse Cafe

Meet the Mayor: Pulse Cafe


Welcome to "Meet the Mayor," a segment in which we interview local Foursquare Mayors in their natural habitats. The Pulse CaféLeah Rodriguez Why eat brunch...
By Barry Thompson  |  November 10, 2011
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Review: Dumpling Cafe

Come for the dumplings, stay for a full Taiwan-style menu. Actually, you might just come for the dumplings.
No matter how you eat them, these dumplings are winners
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 08, 2011
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Lamb Jam Thank You Ma'am

On February 20, eight women gathered in an anodyne conference room in the Charles Hotel to eat and pass judgment on 17 courses of lamb. I was one of them.
Our reporter eats meat. A lot of meat.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 04, 2011


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Review: Deluxe Station Diner

Despite breakfast all day, comfort food, the over-abundant choices of a deli menu, and the Jules Verne decorative contraptions of artist Mark Fisher — the most remarkable items at Deluxe Station Diner are things to drink.
The spread is homey, and the décor is steampunky — but the drinks are where it’s at
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 25, 2011
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Review: Tawakal Halal Cuisine

So upon hearing that Boston's first Somali restaurant has opened, food nerds should seek out Tawakal Halal Cuisine, hidden above the Victory Pub in Orient Heights, where their geeky determination will be amply rewarded.
The eclectic, beguiling cuisine of Somalia makes its Boston debut in Eastie  
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 25, 2011
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Review: 28 Degrees

This handsome lounge/restaurant has been living more on its drinks than its food, but that turns out to be wrong.
More than just good, cold drinks
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 18, 2011
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Under $20: Romantic Valentine's Day dining on the Cheap

Want a lousy place to celebrate Valentine's Day? Try a fine-dining restaurant. These frugal alternatives will make for memorable dates nights throughout the year.
Because romance needs great food, not a $15 glass of crummy sparkling wine
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 11, 2011
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Recipe for disaster: Valentine's Day horror stories from Boston restaurant insiders

These restauranteurs have seen more than a few funny valentines.
Recipe for disaster: Valentine's Day horror stories from Boston restaurant insiders
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  February 11, 2011


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Under $10: Blue Asia

Allston's Blue Asia presents an engaging study in textures, wonderful comfort food served in a welcoming atmosphere.
Pan-Asian cuisine with complimentary manga  
By LINDSAY CRUDELE  |  February 04, 2011
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Review: Bon Chon

Bon Chon is a nine-year-old Korean fried-chicken franchise with a few dozen outlets in Korea and a few less than that in the United States.
Korean fried chicken, plus lots of hot and spicy
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 28, 2011
Meet the Mayor: Drink

Meet the Mayor: Drink


Welcome to "Meet the Mayor," a segment in which we interview local Foursquare Mayors in their natural habitats. DrinkGraham WrightEXPLAIN WHAT YOU ORDERED! I asked...
By Barry Thompson  |  January 19, 2011
Meet the Mayor: Great Scott

Meet the Mayor: Great Scott


Welcome to "Meet the Mayor," a segment in which we interview local Foursquare Mayors in their natural habitats.   Great ScottJoshua Smith I understand you...
By Barry Thompson  |  January 14, 2011