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Introducing new wine app Drync Direct

Launched at this month's Boston Wine Expo, the locally developed Drync Direct lets oenophiles stock up on new vintages with their iPhones, whenever and wherever they discover them.
By CHERYL FENTON  |  February 21, 2013

Keeping It Casual: Junk food, meet fine wine

Not every night calls for a petit filet topped with foie gras. Sometimes you just need a simple food fix — a few slices of thin crust or a big, beefy Five Guys.
By CHERYL FENTON  |  October 31, 2012

Orange Crush

Liz Vilardi, wine goddess of Kendall Square's newly opened Belly Wine Bar — the latest branch in the Central Bottle and Blue Room family tree — is cracking up, her laughter echoing through the bar.
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  October 23, 2012

I learned to love the grape — and so can you, at the Boston Wine Expo

Snob Story
I have never been a stranger to wine.
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  January 12, 2012

Twelve sweet ideas for Maine in 2012

Better by the dozen
With the new year upon us, we're looking into the future to see what things will be making Maine better in the coming 12 months. Here's a selection of things we'll be watching — and you should, too.

Review: Trafford

More than a nice view
Sometimes a beautiful location is as far as a restaurant gets when it sets up shop.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 14, 2011
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Review: Think Tank Bistrotheque

Southeast Asian treats among some head-scratchers
The owners have some very good ideas about food and drink — Southeast Asian treats are cool, and craft cocktails go better with them than wine does — but they have also produced some decisions that make the rest of us scratch our heads.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 17, 2011
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Review: Floating Rock

Spicy Asian that rises above the rest
If summer brings an urge for spicy Asian food, this is a splendid place to get some, despite a few chili-pepper compromises.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 27, 2011
Trina's Starlite Lounge Waffle Chicken

Review: Trina's Starlite Lounge

Unorthodox goodness shining through the dark
Trina's Starlite Lounge is not so easy to describe. It's noir — as in dark (they only put in windows a couple months ago). It has craft cocktails, but not classics; draft beers, but only six taps; 17 bottled beers, but that's including Miller High Life, Bud Light, and Black Label.  
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 06, 2011
Lorenz Island Kuisine curry goat

Review: Lorenz Island Kuisine

Fresh, traditional Jamaican fare in a friendly neighborhood spot
When I find a family-run place that seems to serve as an anchor for neighborhood life — serving three meals a day, doing a brisk takeout business, offering live music, DJs, and poetry readings a few nights a month — I think, "Damn, wish my neighborhood had a place like this."
By MC SLIM JB  |  July 06, 2011
seafood at Aragosta

Review: Aragosta Bar and Bistro

A robust Italian take on locavore cuisine
Sensing, the previous restaurant in this Battery Wharf hotel/condo development, was locavore and high-church French, but too subtle. Aragosta proposes to solve that problem with a more robust cuisine focused on the most local of all ingredients: seafood.  
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 29, 2011
Del Frisco's - Double Eagle Steakhouse

Review: Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House

A waterfront steakhouse worth the price
The good news — especially if someone else is paying — is that everything at Del Frisco's is pretty good, the view is incredible, and the service is relaxed.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 22, 2011

Oyster quaffing

What to drink when you're slurping
Oysters are the ocean's own raw bar. As easy little food it doesn't get a lot better. But what to drink?
By LAYNE WITHERELL  |  May 12, 2011

Sparkle on Valentine’s Day

Wine love
There are three basic Valentine's Day tactics: You can forget it and be forced to sleep outside with the large furry dog. Second, you can go out to dinner. Or, you can cook dinner in with a bottle of bubbly accompaniment.
By LAYNE WITHERELL  |  February 09, 2011

Packers, Steelers — wine?!

Super Bowl beverages
The Super Bowl is an event that was expressly created to test exactly how many plates of guacamole and nachos a person could consume in a nine-hour period. This occurs while observing an equally large number of commercials praising the same.
By LAYNE WITHERELL  |  February 02, 2011

Review: Louis Family Restaurant

Just like Mama tried to make
There are no Greek columns outside or marble steps, but make no mistake: Louis Family Restaurant is an institution in Providence.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 25, 2011

Staying 'classy' over food

Trader Joe's comes to Portland
As many problems as there are in society over racial and ethnic hang-ups, I've long maintained that the bigger separator of people in this country (and probably most nations) is socioeconomic class.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  January 05, 2011

Searching Trader's shelves

In which we sample Joe's cheap wines
What should we make of the craze for cheap Trader Joe's wines that has overtaken Portland?
By BRIAN DUFF  |  December 01, 2010

Review: Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen

A truly fine dining experience
"Now I know why they call it 'fine dining,' " Bill said, as we drove away from a recent dinner at Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen. "Fine indeed! Wunderbar!"
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 24, 2010

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Review: Stoddard's Fine Food and Ale

Boston's gastropub world has a new champ
Some of the great ones do it by instinct, but William Ashmore, owner of Stoddard's (and Ivy across the street) appears to be someone given to second thoughts, maybe nots, and serial inspirations.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 05, 2010

Review: Nico

An average North End destination with a sweet ending
The North End can be touristy, it can be posh, it can be authentically Italian, it can be nostalgically Italian-American, it can be snooty white-sauce Italian, and sometimes it can be charmingly (or not so charmingly) vulgar.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 20, 2010

Bombay Club

A favorite local Indian eatery finds a new home
As we were on our way home from dinner at Bombay Club, Mrs. Nadeau said, "We didn't try any curries — we missed that."
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 09, 2010

Woodward at Ames

Ben Franklin meets a supermodel? Go with it — it works.
The Woodward is the slightly quieter upstairs of the Woodward Tavern, a high-concept downtown café-bar based on the idea “Ben Franklin meets a supermodel.”
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 29, 2010

South End Buttery

From Viennoiserie to veal: a local bakery grows up
South End Buttery started with cupcakes and coffee, but opened up a dining room below street level two summers ago, and has since gradually taken on more serious cheffery.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 29, 2010

Barlow’s Restaurant

When in doubt, ask for a second opinion
It’s not unusual for this column to have a different opinion of restaurants than the column in the Boston Globe — I favor a flatter bell curve.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 31, 2010

10 things to do on St. Patty's Day 2010

You don't have to be Irish to score some fun this St. Patrick's Day
Places to go, food to eat, and where to have fun on this Irish holiday.
By BOSTON PHOENIX WEB TEAM  |  March 18, 2010

Symphony 8 Restaurant & Bar

Time to face the music
Everyone wants to have a gastro-pub with comfort food, but you have to be able to cook a little bit to sustain one. It also helps to draw a clean draught beer, maintain a quality wine list, and sweep the floor.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 17, 2010

Review: The Melting Pot

Fabulous fondue for you
The first impression from our visit to the Melting Pot was wending our way through the maze of the mall's parking lot.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 10, 2010

The Daily Grill

A newcomer earns its keep
You can tell that the Daily Grill isn't from around here, because it describes itself as "modeled after the great big city grills of the '30s and '40s."
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 03, 2010

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