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More Women Move Into Maine's Rough And Risky World Of Lobstering

Maine's lobster fleet has a growing number of women who, like Sadie Samuels, are running their own boats, and busting stereotypes along the way.

It's 6 a.m. on a calm morning in Maine's Rockport Harbor, and Sadie Samuels is loading traps from her pickup truck onto her 28-foot lobster boat.

The daughter of a lobsterman, Samuels was born in a nearby hospital and has been on the water here for most of her 25 years.

"I've been coming out fishing in this harbor since I was born. I came here before I went home from the hospital," she says. "I had my first student license when I was 7."

  • August 2, 2017

Oh, Snap! Scientists Are Turning People's Food Photos Into Recipes

You already know what all of your friends are eating, so you might as well know how to make it, too.

When someone posts a photo of food on social media, do you get cranky? Is it because you just don't care what other people are eating? Or is it because they're enjoying an herb-and-garlic crusted halibut at a seaside restaurant while you sit at your computer with a slice of two-day-old pizza?

Maybe you'd like to have what they're having, but don't know how to make it. If only there were a way to get their recipe without commenting on the photo.

  • August 2, 2017

No Horse, No Sign, No Problem: Bully Boy’s Got A Brand New Home

The Bully Boy expansion is aimed at more than product growth, however. It's just as much about creating a space where the brothers can show off their hard work.

No Horse, No Sign, No Problem: Bully Boy’s Got A Brand New Home | WGBH | Craving Boston

Standing in front of the industrial black door on Cedric Street in the Newmarket District, one can’t help but feel a bit like there’s a speakeasy on the other side. Marked with nothing but the number “44” in cheap white stickers, the lack of marketing or signage only adds to the intrigue. It’s so unremarkable, you might hesitate to enter. Go in. You’ll be glad you did.

  • August 2, 2017

Why We All Scream When We Get Ice Cream Brain Freeze

The tasty, frozen treats of summer can lose some of their appeal if they cause your brain to interpret that big gulp as pain.

Ah, the brain freeze — the signature pain of summer experienced by anyone who has eaten an ice cream cone with too much enthusiasm or slurped down a slushie a little too quickly.

But have you ever stopped mid-freeze to think about why our bodies react like this?

Well, researchers who study pain have, and some, like Dr. Kris Rau of the University of Louisville in Kentucky, say it's a good way to understand the basics of how we process damaging stimuli.

But first, a lesson in terminology.

  • July 31, 2017

Craft Beer, Brought To You By Big Beer

You may not be aware that Ballast Point Brewing Company, famed for its Sculpin IPA and fruity renditions of the same beer, was bought in 2015 for $1 billion by Constellation Brands, the company that owns Corona. Or that Lagunitas Brewing Company is now owned fully by Heineken or that Goose Island has since 2011 been a brand of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the global brewing giant that owns Budweiser.

  • July 28, 2017

Does Your Family's Century-Old Pyrex Still Rule The Kitchen?

In 1915, an advertisement proclaiming, "Bake in a glass!" appeared in the pages of Good Housekeeping. Corning Glass Works in New York had created a product that allowed food to be mixed, baked and served all in the same dish. By 1919, 4 million pieces of Pyrex — a new, durable glassware — had been sold to customers throughout the United States.

  • July 25, 2017

Sentencing Approaches For New England's 'Codfather'

A fisherman holds out a fish for a seal off of a boat owned by Carlos Rafael in New Bedford, Mass. Rafael was the biggest fishing magnate in America's most lucrative port. As he faces sentencing for a scheme to cheat fishing quotas, many worry about the fate of local jobs if his empire is dismantled.

One of the biggest fishing magnates in the country could be sentenced to prison this coming week, and the forfeiture of his boats could be a big hit for the Massachusetts port where he amassed a small empire.

Between his scalloping and groundfishing boats, Carlos Rafael – nicknamed "the Codfather" — came to be the largest single owner of fishing vessels in New England, and possibly in the country.

  • July 23, 2017

A Perfect Day In Plymouth — Lobster, Ice Cream And Beer

Local lobster rolls, ice cream and beer — what else could you ask for in a perfect summer day trip? Well, there are beaches and all the history you can handle, too. 

A Perfect Day in Plymouth — Lobster, Ice Cream and Beer | CRAVING BOSTON | WGBH

Summer is the perfect time to take a drive down the Massachusetts coast – but given all that Cape traffic, you might want to stop before you reach the bridge. Get to know Plymouth, a historic coastal destination with a lot more to offer today than history and beaches. It may be the birthplace of America, but beyond its history, Plymouth has some of the best lobster rolls, ice cream and beer you’ll find in the state, if not the country.

  • July 18, 2017

Italy's Coffee Culture Brims With Rituals And Mysterious Rules

Italy is considered the spiritual home of coffee. The country's coffee culture is filled with rituals and mysterious rules.

Coffee — it's something many can't start the day without. In Italy, it is a cultural mainstay, and the country is perhaps the beverage's spiritual home.

After all, Italy gave us the lingo — espresso, cappuccino, latte — and its coffee culture is filled with rituals and mysterious rules.

Caffé Greco is Rome's oldest café. Founded in 1760, it's also the second oldest in all of Italy, after Florian in Venice.

  • July 14, 2017

U.S. Distillers Brace For Possible EU Backlash Against Bourbon

A bottle of Bulleit Bourbon is displayed at an awards ceremony in February in Santa Monica, Calif. American distillers say they are concerned about potential EU tariffs against bourbon, if the U.S. imposes a tariff on steel.

We'll give it to you straight: If President Trump slaps a tariff on steel, the U.S. bourbon industry might be left reeling.

Trump has long vowed to impose tariffs on some imports, and his administration has recently focused on the steel industry. A blanket tariff on steel wouldn't just hurt China, the frequent target of Trump's trademark trade tirades. It would also deal a blow to allies such as Germany.

  • July 10, 2017

What Is Coffee Milk And Why Is Rhode Island Obsessed With It?

Want the flavor and refreshment of an ice latte without the fuss, or expense? Take a cue from the smallest state in the Union and mix up some coffee milk instead. 

What is Coffee Milk and Why Are Rhode Islanders Obsessed With It? | WGBH | CRAVING BOSTON

Coffee milk, usually pronounced as if it’s one word, is literally milk flavored with coffee syrup. Yep, just like chocolate milk is made with chocolate syrup, there is a delicious substance called coffee syrup and folks in RI can’t understand why the rest of us aren’t obsessed with it, too. In fact, it’s a very popular purchase at Rhode Island’s Green Airport as former natives take bottles home with them when they visit. 

  • June 29, 2017

Here Are All Of The Breweries Attending WGBH's Craft Beer Fest

This is your official introduction to the craft beer makers participating at the beloved annual event on July 15th.

Each summer, craft beer aficionados and ale fans attend WGBH's Craft Beer Festival to sample dozens of brews from the best around, and to get a chance to learn more about the brewing process. Guests also enjoy some of Boston's best eats from local food truck vendors while enjoying live music. It's a fun time!

  • June 26, 2017

It's Time To Pick Fresh Strawberries In New England

Get out this weekend and take advantage of the many farms offering fresh PYO (pick-your-own) strawberries. 

It's Time to Pick Fresh Strawberries in New England! | CRAVING BOSTON | WGBH

It’s Strawberry Season!! Sure, that’s not technically a proper noun, but here in New England it might as well be capitalized like other holidays. Strawberry Season is fleeting and the fresh, local fruit is considered as precious as the jewels they resemble. The weather is finally cooperating, and while the strawberries arrived a little late this year the picking is now in full swing at local farms.

  • June 22, 2017

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