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On the Providence River: oysters, slaves, and the ‘Moses Plan’

Robert Geake remembers the smell.
The Waterfront
By PHILIP EIL  |  March 01, 2013

Eventide’s superior oysters, and imaginative cuisine

When you take the helm of a great institution, it can create a paralyzing fear of screwing things up.
Slurping with delight
By BRIAN DUFF  |  January 18, 2013

Erin Byers Murray digs for Duxbury bivalves

The first time I ate an oyster it was swamped with a tangy mignonette to avoid any hint of unpleasant squishy sea-creatureness.
Shucking, but not jiving
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  November 25, 2011

Review: Mermaid Café

The first special thing about the Mermaid Café is its location: on the Pawcatuck River, overlooking an island green with trees, a few boats in a small marina and, across the river, a busy street in Connecticut.
Enchanting dining on the Pawcatuck River
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  July 22, 2011

Oyster quaffing

Oysters are the ocean's own raw bar. As easy little food it doesn't get a lot better. But what to drink?
What to drink when you're slurping
By LAYNE WITHERELL  |  May 13, 2011

Eat your way through 2011 at these 11 places not to miss

While new restaurants intrigue food critics and patrons alike, it's the tried-and-true, the places that have established themselves as mainstays in Portland, that shouldn't be forgotten in all the hype.
Screw resolutions
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  January 07, 2011


Report from the Gulf

On a windy Tuesday afternoon in New Orleans, Clara Gerica is in her usual spot: beneath a small, blue tent at the Crescent City Farmers Market in the well-to-do Uptown neighborhood.
The BP spill is shattering hopes and dreams along the Gulf Coast.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 06, 2010

The Two-State Solution

The Real Maine meets Northern Mass.
Slobsville vs. Snobsville
By DAVID KISH  |  April 23, 2010

Creating an oyster legacy

While awaiting brunch at Vignola one Sunday afternoon, the server surprised us with two oysters on the half-shell, topped with vibrant pomegranate seeds.
Winter Point harvests from 300-year-old family land
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  March 05, 2010


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