With a rich colonial history, international influences (North End, we’re talking to you), and a seaside locale, Boston certainly has a seat at the big-name dining table. Through the years, the city has morphed its simple local flavor into globally recognized and universally loved classic dishes. Here’s your essential guide to diving fork first into Boston’s proudest moments in the kitchen. 1. Boston baked beans They don’t call it “beantown” for nothing. With a history of being served during Native American meals, beans slow-baked in molasses are not only a nod to times of yore, but also to when the city was awash in molasses during its part in the “triangular trade.” The dish is traditionally served in a small crock, with brown bread sitting sidecar. Beantown PubWhen you’re located along Boston’s Freedom Trail, it’s a no-brainer to dish out a classic plate or two. The Beantown Baked Beans is a traditional recipe with … [Read more...] about 10 classic Boston dishes, and 5 places to find each one
For an essential guide to the city, sign up for How to Boston, Boston.com’s weekly culture and lifestyle newsletter. On Sept. 9, thousands of people dressed in head-to-toe white are expected to take to the streets of Boston and walk toward a party that’s been a year in the making. They won’t know where they’re going until they get there. The secret soiree is called Le Diner en Blanc — French for “dinner in white” — and it’s a flash mob that takes place once a year in more than 70 cities worldwide. The posh picnic began in Paris in 1988 and has been held in Boston for the past five years. Guests are required to dress in white; bring their own tables, chairs, linens, plates, glassware, and flatware to dine upon and with; and remain in the dark about the location of the bash until the moment they arrive. “I think when some folks read the concept, it seems a little strange,” said Anna Berezina, lead host of this … [Read more...] about Dress up in all white and get down at a secret spot for Boston’s Le Diner en Blanc
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Scott Kirsner Globe Correspondent August 30, 2018 I confess to (at least) three different kinds of nerdiness: I’m a tech nerd, a museum nerd, and a history nerd. That’s why it drives me bonkers every time I walk by the always-shut metal door at the intersection of Cambridge and Sudbury streets, a few steps from Boston’s City Hall Plaza. The sign above the door announces it as the Verizon Innovation in Communications Museum.But it’s hard to find anyone who has ever been inside, and good luck stopping by on a day when it’s open — Stephanie Lee, a Verizon spokeswoman, explains that it is open by appointment only, “primarily with groups that Verizon has relationships with — trade organizations, schools, nonprofits, and business partners.” Advertisement Even if you’re part of one of those three … [Read more...] about This Boston museum’s off-limits to almost everyone
For a city built on Yankee thrift and Puritan self-denial, Boston provides no lack of incentives to spend freely and joyously. Below are some of the city’s more rarified edible delights, from a 20-course omakase to a three-figure lobster roll. Caviar service at Waypoint ($195) Recent trends have seen caviar trickle down to dinner menus across town, but Waypoint pulls out all the stops for its own. Its Israeli Royal Osetra caviar — priced at $195 for the largest portion of 50 grams — is accompanied by plankton and white corn blinis, buttermilk crema, and doughnut holes. (1030 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge) Chef’s tasting menu at L’Espalier ($118-265, plus $152 for a wine pairing) The white-tablecloth, jacket-and-tie-encouraged L’Espalier has established itself as Back Bay’s de facto French fine dining experience. While the eight-course, $118 tasting menu is nothing to sneeze at, true francophiles can up the ante with a 12-course, $208 (plus $152 … [Read more...] about 10 of the Boston area’s greatest food splurges
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Devra First Globe Staff August 18, 2018 This month, Bon Appetit magazine named its 2018 Restaurant City of the Year: Portland, Maine.So close, and yet so far. Seafood, charm, New England panache: What’s Portland got that Boston doesn’t?Just two weeks earlier, the website Eater had released its annual 18 Best New Restaurants in America. There wasn’t a Boston-area restaurant on the list — nor in Eater’s most recent America’s Essential Restaurants package. Advertisement Boston wasn’t represented in Food & Wine’s annual Restaurants of the Year, or its Best New Chefs package. (Yume Ga Arukara, in Cambridge, was, however, a surprise pick for Bon Appetit’s list of 10 best new restaurants.) Get The Weekender in your inbox: The Globe's top picks for what to see and do each weekend, in Boston and beyond. … [Read more...] about Why don’t Boston restaurants win national awards?