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Thanksgiving pot luck

No turkey in sight.
By KARL STEVENS  |  November 25, 2011

How to annoy vegans

There are many ways to annoy vegans. This is #1082.
By KARL STEVENS  |  January 07, 2011

Furthermore … Soggy Chinese Leftovers and other truths about life as a vegetarian

Last month my life was wedged between a relentless exegesis on suntanning and a compulsively complete investigation of built-in dishwashers.
Consumer Reports tackles the veggie lifestyle
By ANDE ZELLMAN  |  July 16, 2010

Let's Get Raw

Couldn't score a seat at the Climate Change Conference underway in Copenhagen, but still want to reduce your carbon footprint? Perhaps you need to eat it raw.
Do It Clean Dept.
By TOM MEEK  |  December 18, 2009

United BBQ

Reviewing the dishes at a barbecue eatery feels a bit like judging a family dinner. Most of us have specific expectations of what the meats and the sides should taste like — sensory memories that grabbed us the first time we ate pulled pork or collard g
The pull of the pork, and so much more
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 10, 2009

Jack and the Bean Bowl

A tasty vegetarian/vegan cart sneaks past the Back Bay's guardians of dullness
A tasty vegetarian/vegan cart sneaks past the Back Bay’s guardians of dullness
By MC SLIM JB  |  June 12, 2009

gro list

In the raw

The new GRO Café offers a vegan menu on which (almost) nothing has been heated beyond 112 degrees. This is supposed to preserve something raw-foodists call "living enzymes," which they imagine to be important to our health. Technically that is nonsense.
Exploring GRO Café's uncooked cuisine
By BRIAN DUFF  |  May 22, 2009

How to do prix-fixe

In anticipation of Restaurant Week, we find a great model
In anticipation of Restaurant Week, we find a great model
By BRIAN DUFF  |  February 18, 2009

Pho Horn

Strictly speaking, this is not a pho shop, like the more than two-dozen in Boston that offer countless variations, since it offers much more — nearly 100 dishes.
Authentic Vietnamese plus
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 30, 2008

Willful imprisonment

Letters to the Boston editor, June 20, 2008

Happy Earth Day!

What follows is a tilt-a-whirl ride through my green-saturated brain.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 16, 2008


Dance, Monkey: Josh Blue

I too am a dirty hippie. But I’m different, because I believe in soap — in that I believe it exists.
We put a visiting comic on the hot seat
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  April 07, 2008

The wonders of olive oil

Many of us may think about increasing our intake of olive oil just by pouring a bit more on our salads.
The Italians, French, and Greeks are on to something
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 02, 2008

Everything is coming up bacon

Pigs are noble creatures, selflessly giving of their delectable flesh — and we need as many of them as we can get.
That intoxicating smell, the siren-call sizzle — looks like pop culture has gone hog wild
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 22, 2008

Understated flavor

Any group — whether a city, a cohort of friends, or a couple — must be cautious about where they first fall for vegetarian Asian food.
Green Elephant affirms life through the palate
By BRIAN DUFF  |  January 23, 2008

Soy what?

Sausage! Bacon! How can I resist these savory treats?
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 23, 2008


The iPhone of markets

Residents of Munjoy Hill got a Christmakwanzakkah present early this year in the form of Fat Baxter’s East End Market.
Fat Baxter’s mealtime offerings
By TODD RICHARD  |  January 02, 2008

Eating, my words

In 2008, I’m going to eat less meat.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 26, 2007

T.W. Food

What if a chef dropped all commercial considerations and spent his or her days searching out the best local ingredients and producing short-menu masterpieces for a select clientele?
Foodie heaven, but not for beginners
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 12, 2007

Out of Africa

By LOUISA KASDON  |  June 18, 2007

Grain and Salt

There are three holy grails we seek on the restaurant-review beat.
From the earth, with love
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 06, 2007

Veggies delight

You don't have to be a meat eater to enjoy fine dining
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  June 01, 2007

Green Street Grill

People always send me press materials about new chefs and new menus, but it’s my experience that restaurants are what they are.
Ditching the Caribbean for New England? Surprisingly, it works.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 18, 2007

The taste of sanctimony

Both the Maine Animal Coalition’s recent Vegetarian Food Festival and Mike White’s new film Year of the Dog explore the idea that the confinement and killing of animals is the great moral shame of our time.
Animal-rights activists flavor their philosophy with purity in Year of the Dog and a vegetarian food fest
By BRIAN DUFF  |  May 09, 2007

Editors' picks: Food

Spark, Bliss, Pam's Pizza, Duffy's and more. 
Best eats in Quahog County, best Thursday night two-fer, best destination dinner, and more

Cattle call

Does anyone else find it ironic that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is treating human beings like pieces of meat?
Love humans, don’t eat them
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  April 11, 2007


Spark is Newport’s new kid on the block, or rather those three blocks along Broadway that have become the city’s restaurant row.
Another winner in Newport  
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 24, 2007

Markos Kabob and More

Though many years have passed since I patiently had to explain what “pita bread” was to local supermarket managers, it’s still not that common to find a Middle Eastern restaurant smack in the middle of small-town Rhode Island.
Cheap eats for the masses
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 04, 2006

The Whole Hog

Vegetarians, avert your eyes: on August 22, Craigie Street Bistrot will horrify you with Whole Hog, a six-course pork dinner.
August 22, 2006
By TAMARA WIEDER  |  August 17, 2006

Thou shalt pop corn

Okay, okay, I confess. I thought the whole Little Lad’s thing was a little strange, especially when I heard whisperings of the founders being religious.
Little Lad's has a big draw
By JESSICA PORTER  |  August 09, 2006