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DIY Drinking: House-made ingredients are raising the bar

"When I moved to Boston," UpStairs on the Square bar manager Augusto Lino explains, "it was uncommon for bars to have anything house-made beyond a large container of vodka filled with pineapple on the back bar."
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  March 12, 2013


Fresh Blood: Meet Boston’s new culinary muscle

Whether behind the line of a critically acclaimed kitchen, holed up in a basement pumping out some of the best nosh in the city, or braving Boston’s pothole-filled roads to bring you ass-kicking bites, these chefs are fast becoming ones to watch.  
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  February 21, 2013


The steep ascent of Tea Cuvée

We've all been told that once upon a time, angry Bostonians dumped three shiploads of English tea in the harbor to protest taxes, but let's be real here — it was probably just really shitty tea, and they were doing what any of us would do when continually plied with subpar beverage choices.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  February 13, 2013


Bee’s Knees takes flight: Chef Jason Owens readies his gourmet grocery

"There was a bit of a setback with the wood for the floors," Jason Owens says, a facemask hanging from his neck and a trucker hat perched on his head, his easygoing Nashville drawl rising above the sound of electric saws.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  February 04, 2013

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The challenge? Turn Valentine’s candy into haute cuisine — no desserts allowed

Out of the Box
As adults, we find ourselves missing those halcyon years when Valentine's Day was just a Halloween knock-off with no pressure and lots of processed sugar.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  February 04, 2013


Mumford & Sons' material ways

Mumford & Sons — the poster children du jour for the bearded, be-flannelled, and dancing-barefoot-in-the-barn folk-lovers — are not easy to get on the phone these days.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  January 30, 2013


Trade secrets: Scott Haas's Back of the House: The Secret Life of a Restaurant

Food writer and clinical psychologist Scott Haas's fly-on-the-wall account of Central Square hotspot Craigie on Main, Back of the House: The Secret Life of a Restaurant , drops February 5.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  January 29, 2013


Holy Cannoli: A highly unscientific attempt to crown the king of Hanover

There's a new kid on the cannoli block: Thinking Cup, the coffee nut's paradise facing the Common, recently opened a second location smack dab in the middle of Hanover Street.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  January 23, 2013


On the Cheap: Piperi Mediterranean Grill

Anyone who has experienced the falafel-toppings orgy found in any Maoz falafel joint will feel at home at the universe's very first Piperi Mediterranean Grill.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  January 23, 2013


Going meal for meal with Jamie Bissonnette in food heaven

An American Chef in Hong Kong
It's just over an hour after we've touched down in Hong Kong, and Jamie Bissonnette has already sniffed out a street joint where a woman snips piping-hot lengths of tripe into a bubbling broth with kitchen shears.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  January 09, 2013


Soup's On

Most cookbooks catch you with a really stellar recipe about a third of the way in — something with heft and a rustic photo to go with it, past all the stocks and appetizers.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  January 08, 2013


What will 2013 mean for the food scene?

The Food Forecast:
"I think that grains other than corn and wheat are going to be common."
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  December 21, 2012


Spread the love: Patricia Kiernan's small-batch Caribbean Pepper Jellies

Since 2006, Jamaica-born chef Patricia Kiernan has brought locals a taste of the Caribbean with her Weymouth catering business, Stir It Up.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  December 12, 2012


Clio’s new pastry chef breaks it all down for us

Crumble aux Pommes
Clio's newest pastry goddess, Monica Glass, arrived at the Back Bay institution in September after stints at Gotham Bar and Grill and Le Bernardin in NYC and 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge by Eric Ripert at the Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  December 11, 2012


Season's Eatings: Picking a gift for the foodie in your life

Picking a gift for the foodie in your life is a little trickier than closing your eyes and pointing at a Whole Foods shelf.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  December 07, 2012


Bondir’s tiny kitchen welcomes its first sous-chef

Miller's Time
Rachel Miller and Jason Bond are standing side by side — as they do for roughly 13 hours a day, every day but Tuesday — in Bondir's subterranean prep space.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  December 03, 2012


Active ingredient: Cranberries

After these recipes, you might just toss the sauce
After these recipes, you might just toss the sauce.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  November 19, 2012


The five worst Nutcracker roles

My star-studded turns in a low-budget, small-town production of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece
From the ages of eight to 16, I played just about every supporting role The Nutcracke r had to offer. Here are a few lowlights.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  November 21, 2012


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 15, 2012


Ben Franklin’s Booze

There was this party, back in the day, where everyone's favorite scallywag, statesman, and pre-mixology mixologist, Benjamin Franklin, was working the bar and telling dirty jokes.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  October 31, 2012
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