Dining Out

Where to Taste All of the Whiskey This Weekend

Head to Central Square on Saturday for the 2016 Whiskey Rebellion at Monroe. 

Where to Taste All of the Whiskey This Weekend | WGBH | Craving Boston

Of the many pop culture indignities thrust upon us in the '70s and '80s, one of the areas that suffered the most long-lasting damage was our cultural drinking habits. It was around that time that somehow, inexplicably, whiskey, fell out of fashion. Thankfully, as you’re no doubt aware if you’ve spent any time in a bar over the past few years — now typically bedecked with all manner of whiskeys from around the world — the drink has returned to its rightful place of prominence in the spirit pantheon.

  • January 28, 2016

Local Chocolates That Will Make Your Tastebuds Set Sail

A tour through the Harbor Sweets chocolate factory in Salem will take you far beyond your sweetest, Wonka-factory childhood dreams.

Local Chocolates That Will Make Your Tastebuds Set Sail | WGBH | Craving Boston

I remember, when I was a kid, telling a friend that when I grew up, I wanted to have a swimming pool full of melted chocolate. Now that I’m an adult, the idea no longer appeals to me; besides being messy and — let’s face it — unsanitary, the maintenance alone would be an absolute nightmare! However, my love of that king of confections remains strong. White, dark, milk, studded with nuts, draped over caramel, or simply on its own — is there anything as divine as biting into a sweet, rich, melt-in-your-mouth piece of handmade chocolate? I think not.

  • January 26, 2016

I Would Walk 5 (Hundred?) Miles... for This Roti

A nostalgic craving for the West Indian specialty takes one writer on a tasty trek through Roxbury.

I Would Walk 5 (Hundred?) Miles... for This Roti | WGBH | Craving Boston

We all have those indelible first-time food memories, when you eat a dish so unlike anything you’ve had before it becomes a core memory. Eating roti was a game changer for me, a white kid living in sub-shop dominated West Roxbury. Roti is a West Indian street food consisting of flatbread overstuffed with curried meat, potatoes and vegetables, best eaten with your hands. It’s sort of like a burrito. Except that roti laughs at your burrito because it looks like a burrito that ate a burrito.

  • January 22, 2016

Where To Find Authentic Japanese Food Around Boston

Longing for the light but comforting cuisine she ate while living in Japan, one writer takes us on a tour of local places to find her favorite foods. 

4 Spots to Find Authentic Japanese Food Around Boston | WGBH | Craving Boston

When I was living in the rural town of Wakasa, Japan, I'd say 99 percent of my memorable experiences revolved around trying new food. Since returning, I've searched for authentic dishes in the Boston area worth sharing. From a shopping court in Cambridge to a suburban supermarket, I've been surprised at where the nostalgic quest has taken me. This time of year, I especially crave the foods I enjoyed in Japan, many of which are intrinsically light and restorative.

  • January 15, 2016

Roslindale Is Preserving Its Culture Through Food

I revisited my old haunt to eat — a lot — and admire how Classic Rozzie restaurants are preserving the town's culture in the middle of a revival.

Classic Rozzie is Keeping Up with the New | WGBH | Craving Boston

Long before I started writing about food, Roslindale (also known as Rozzie) was my beat. It was the late 90's and I was a high school senior. With my legal pad and silver Sony voice recorder in hand, I pounded the pavement as a plucky reporter for the local newspaper, eagerly chasing down whatever came across the newsdesk. I lived in neighboring West Roxbury at the time, but always found Rozzie more interesting. The area had seen hard times, but new shops and restaurants were moving in and you could see the seeds of a revival.

  • January 8, 2016

6 Spots for Après-Ski in New England

Sure, we'd all love a powder day.  But no matter the conditions on the hill, we're here to help you eat well at the bottom.

6 Spots for Après-Ski in New England | WGBH | Craving Boston

Ski bunnies take heart, Greater Boston has seen its first flurries of snow.  

Food lovers take heart too; whether you like to rip moguls or sip cocoa in the lodge, New England winter resorts are catering to those who take après ski seriously. 

Here's our list of 6 spots worth racing down the mountain for:

  • January 6, 2016

You Can Get Breakfast All Day at the Rox Diner

From juicy corned beef hash to Tahitian French toast, this place has the sweet-to-savory scale covered for breakfast whenever you want it.

You Can Get Breakfast All Day at the Rox Diner | WGBH | Craving Boston

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I firmly believe that it should be available all the time, even to us night owls who tend to stay up and sleep in later than society deems acceptable. Indeed, the Rox Diner serves a top-notch breakfast the way breakfast was meant to be served: all. the. time.

  • January 6, 2016

Here Are Our Favorite Soups Around Boston

Winter is here. Here's where to get chicken pot pie, ramen, pho and chowder to keep it cozy.

Best soups around Boston

It was balmy and mild last year too — until suddenly, angrily, with a vengeance —  it wasn’t.  We may have banned "polar vortex" from our collective vocabularly, but it's going to get a little frosty up in here.

The silver lining is that it feels extra-nice to warm up with a hot, slurpable meal. Here are four of the best soups in the Boston area to keep you cozy when the inevitable chill arrives:

  • January 4, 2016

Belly Up Dining: Bondir Concord

The best seat in the house is often at the bar.

Belly Up Dining: Bondir Concord | WGBH | Craving Boston

Without a bar, there’s no place to belly up, which kept us from the original, barless, beer-and-wine-only Bondir in Cambridge. Bondir Concord, with its wooden tables and well-considered design blending comfortably into the town Center, has a wonderful bar, but it took a Thanksgiving weekend and a desire to escape shopping and leftovers to inspire a visit to the suburban outpost chef Jason Bond created nearly two years ago. Better late than never.

  • December 21, 2015