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Olivia Vanni

Olivia Vanni

Food & Culture Editor, Time Out Boston

Olivia Vanni is the food and culture editor for Boston and has been with Time Out since 2021. 

Born and raised in the Boston burbs, Olivia has seen this city totally transform and continues to keep up with its still-changing food and beverage scene. With a knack for cooking and a frequent thirst for a stiff drink, Olivia holds our local restaurants and bars to a high standard—but she isn’t afraid to get down and dirty with some Ritz crackers and New England bean dip, steamers or bar pizza. She’s even known to drop her Rs when ordering a particular tequila-based cocktail (mah-garita)… and to add them when describing the apparatus used to sip said cocktail (straw-r). 

While she now spends her days telling you everything worth seeing, doing, eating and drinking in town, she previously stalked celebrities as the Boston Herald’s Inside Track columnist and used to geek out as a startup and VC reporter for BostInno.

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The best St. Patrick’s Day 2022 events in Boston

The best St. Patrick’s Day 2022 events in Boston

St. Patrick’s Day is kind of like Boston's turn to shine. With much of our city sharing Irish heritage, we love to flaunt our Eire pride just about any day of the year—as demonstrated by our highly frequented Irish pubs—so naturally, we like to go all out for St. Paddy's. While South Boston's annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is the undisputed highlight in these parts, there's a wealth of other events surrounding March 17, from festivals and races to concerts and cultural tours. Prep for the festivities at one of the best beer bars in Boston and plan ahead for the next day with our guide to the best brunch spots in Boston. Just remember: It's a marathon, not a sprint.  RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Boston

The best things to do in Boston this weekend

The best things to do in Boston this weekend

The days are slowly starting to get longer, and we're starting to see glimmers of spring just on the horizon—which gives us even more reason to get out and enjoy the best things to do in Boston this weekend. With so many events taking place across the city, we've sorted through all of your options and are sharing only our top recommendations for going out this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If nothing on our list here strikes your fancy, take a look at our guides to the best cheap things to do and best free things to do in Boston. When all else fails, rally up all of your friends for a boozy night out at one of the best bars in Boston. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Boston

The best Italian restaurants in Boston

The best Italian restaurants in Boston

Conventional wisdom has long held that anyone seeking the most stunning plates of pasta and pizza in Boston can simply head over to the city's iconic North End and hope for the best. But the best Italian restaurants in town can also be found off the beaten (and objectively touristy) path, serving red sauce specialties and comforting carb-filled classics throughout all parts of the city. Whether it's a cozy, casual trattoria, modern pizzeria or regionally-focused eatery, this handy guide covers them all. And, in true Italian spirit, don’t forget to enjoy a nice glass of vino at one of the best wine bars in Boston before (or after) you dig into your lasagne, gnocchi or spaghetti. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Boston

The best pizza in Boston

The best pizza in Boston

Boston gets a bad rap for its pizza. Sure, our city may never reach the heights of New York pizza celebrity, but it's blessed with a bevy of pizzerias churning out tasty, memorable pies. At one end of the spectrum, there are no-frills, cash-only joints serving fast, tasty slices; on the other end you'll find some of the best Italian restaurants in Boston serving up their own takes on the classics. For other top dishes that are perfect with a beer on a Friday night, check out the best burgers in Boston or the best tacos in Boston. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Boston

The best lunch dishes at Time Out Market Boston

The best lunch dishes at Time Out Market Boston

Whether you're still hunkered down at home working remotely or have already made your triumphant return to the office, you're going to need one thing: a lunch break. Fortunately for both Bostonian residents and out-of-towners here on business, Time Out Market Boston offers so many options for everyone's afternoon meal. From light bowls and vegetarian bites to hearty soups and satisfying sandwiches, there's a dish for any midday mood. Check out the best lunch dishes you’ll find at the kitchens of Time Out Market Boston and refuel with some food that’s sure to get you through the rest of the day. RECOMMENDED: The full food guide to Time Out Market Boston

The best seafood in Boston

The best seafood in Boston

With Boston’s easy ocean access, it’s famous for its seafood—we’re talking lobsters, clams, oysters, cod and so much more. When it comes to the best seafood in Boston, you’ll find some spots that remain loyal to the New England culinary tradition, dishing out creamy clam chowder and lobster rolls, while others take these locally caught ingredients to the next level. If you really want to eat seafood where the locals do, you’ve got to seek out these renowned restaurants. Fishing for more inspiration? Check out the best clam chowder in Boston, the best lobster in Boston or the best oyster bars in Boston. And when weather permits, grabbing a seat at one of Boston's best places for waterfront dining will let you add serious coastal ambiance to your already amazing seafood experience. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Boston

The 15 best Boston brunch spots to try right now

The 15 best Boston brunch spots to try right now

For some, weekend brunch is a routine, while for others, it’s reserved solely for a special occasion. No matter the type of brunch-goer you are, we’ve got you covered with the best Boston brunch spots. From folks seeking the classics (hello, bloody mary bar) to the connoisseurs looking to take their brunch to the next level (live music and drag, anyone?), everyone can find the brunch of their dreams from our extensive list. After sleeping in, a sustaining brunch is exactly what we all need after a long night spent drinking at the best bars in Boston, dancing at the best clubs or rocking out at the best live music spots. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Boston

The oldest bar in Boston: 10 historic spots that are contenders

The oldest bar in Boston: 10 historic spots that are contenders

It’s not surprising that as one of the America’s first settlements, Massachusetts has its fair share of historic taverns. But what's the oldest bar in Boston? Well, a number of local watering holes are surely up there, welcoming Colonial rebel rousers as they helped organize The Revolution—and many of them still stand today, in defiance to the rapid development surrounding them. All have their own stories to tell, and some of these hangouts also rank among the best Irish pubs and best dive bars in Boston. If you’re looking for something a little fancier and more modern, check out our list of the best cocktail bars in Boston. RECOMMENDED: See the full list of the best bars in Boston

The best hiking near Boston

The best hiking near Boston

Apartment living is a beautiful thing, but sometimes, even the most committed of downtown-dwellers need stretch their legs by getting outside and hiking near Boston. Dedicated adventurers may travel all the way to the White Mountains or the Appalachian Trail to get their nature fix, but there are plenty of picturesque hiking spots near Boston that will do the trick for us recreational trekers. Whether it’s climbing scenic wooded preserves or exploring waterfront trails, these local hikes are perfect for walking off the chaos of The Hub. No time to leave the city limits? Try one of Boston’s best parks. Looking to get away for a bit longer? Check out the best weekend getaways from Boston and the best day trips from Boston. RECOMMENDED: Best things to do in Boston

The 31 best bars in Boston

The 31 best bars in Boston

If you're looking through the best bars in Boston, you'll be happy to find that The Hub is no longer the bare-bones, old-school drinking town it once was. Sure, we still have our fair share of tried-and-true Irish pubs and dive bars—but our city now also boasts innovative cocktail destinations, swanky rooftop joints and craft beer emporiums. Whether you're looking for the driest of martinis, a cold pint of local lager, a creative cocktail or a glass of natural wine, there's a place for you. Nowadays, Boston is also brimming with bars sure to suit every mood—from buzzy to cozy to totally hip. So go big or go small, celebratory or casual at these stellar drinking dens.

The 23 best restaurants in Boston right now

The 23 best restaurants in Boston right now

Temperatures are slowly creeping downward, the days are growing shorter, and our city’s trees are already practically naked—all of which means one thing: It’s time to cozy up in one of Boston’s best restaurants. When late fall descends upon The Hub, our local eateries serve as welcomed refuge from those dark and dreary days, providing comfort and comfort food to downtown-dwellers and visitors alike. Most spots pack up their patios for the season, having guests pass these chilly nights cuddled up inside. As we approach that pre-holiday stretch, we’d suggest you take a pause and escape the nippy air at the very best in town, huddling up by the fireplace at places like Deuxave, going to town on a hearty bowl of ragù at top Italian establishments like Giulia, or snuggling up on a date at romantic haunts like Harvest. In any case, we simply encourage you to fall in love—or rediscover—all of the best restaurants in Boston this month.

The best cheap things to do in Boston

The best cheap things to do in Boston

Between the ever-rising rent prices and overall cost of living here, Boston is by no means a cheap city. While you'll struggle to find a cocktail under $13 and paying for parking here is just plain painful, there are still a number of ways to enjoy our little piece of New England paradise while sticking to a budget. Believe it or not, there are many free things to do in Boston, as well as plenty of activities and outings that will usually cost less than $12. When you want to save your dough, stick to our list of the best cheap things to do in Boston—from cheap eats to cheap activities—and then splurge on the best fine dining in Boston or Boston’s best shopping with all of that extra cash. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Boston

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Take a bite out of March at Brato's supper club

Take a bite out of March at Brato's supper club

Brato will be serving up its Sunday best this weekend, when the Brighton brewhouse hosts its latest supper club—and this time, it’s celebrating everything March and Mardi Gras. The New Orleans-themed evening will start off strong with some welcome beers, before everyone sits down to a five-course meal commences. There will be an option for both an omnivore (think dishes like a crispy chicken and andouille sausage jambalaya with jasmine rice, peas and candied ancho chile) as well as a vegetarian (i.e. a crispy boudin adzuki bean “sausage” with sauce remoulade) feast. No matter which meal you choose, there will be beer pairings to accompany each course—and king cake with cinnamon and coffee buttermilk icing for dessert. Secure your spot by buying a ticket ASAP.

Explore artists' open studios at SoWa

Explore artists' open studios at SoWa

SoWa is giving us more Sundays to love. The South End complex and artist guild is building upon its Second Sundays tradition, now opening its doors to the public every single weekend of the month. Just like before, folks will be able to head to the studios at 450 Harrison Ave (most of them, anyway) Sundays from 11am—4pm. Meet local artists, explore their latest works and buy pieces directly from them.

Be wowed by burlesque—with a side of humor—at The Rockwell

Be wowed by burlesque—with a side of humor—at The Rockwell

Head to The Rockwell for the 5th Anniversary of its celebrated Smoke & Shadows show. This burlesque and variety show takes over the stage at this Somerville venue each month, giving guests two hours of live music, dancing that's both seductive and bawdy, and plenty of comedy. Snag tickets beforehand and don’t forget to pop by this place’s adjoining, subterranean bar Saloon to pregame with craft cocktails and light bites.

St Patrick’s Day Parade

St Patrick’s Day Parade

Boston is one of the undisputed capitals of Irish America... and Southie is the Irish capital of Boston. Thousands put on some green and rock their shamrocks before heading down to South Boston to celebrate St. Paddy's each year. The day kicks off with a time-honored traditional breakfast, where politicians sing limericks roasting their peers and opponents. This local ritual sets the jovial stage for one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the U.S., complete with floats, marching bagpipers and, of course, waving aforementioned politicians. Pubs along the route and throughout Boston overflow with beer and merrymaking. Be sure to check out our list of other St. Patrick’s Day Events in Boston, keep our list of the best Irish pubs in Boston handy and peruse our list of the best burgers in Boston for a place to soak up all that beer afterwards. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Boston     When is the St. Patrick's Day Parade? Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 1pm. Where is the St. Patrick's Day Parade? The parade takes place in South Boston. It starts at West Broadway and Dorchester Ave, continues along West Broadway to East Broadway, then turns and heads back west, ending on Dorchester Ave. See the official map of the St. Patrick's Day Parade     Other tips *Will it be cold or warm? It's always a crapshoot. Wear layers and don’t forget your green! *Alcohol is not allowed along the route. Keep it in the bars or your house parties.  *Take the T. With multiple s

Ned Devine’s Irish Pub

Ned Devine’s Irish Pub

Located inside Faneuil Hall, Ned Devine’s is a favorite amongst both tourists and young locals alike for more than a decade. It’s a modern Irish pub, serving fish and chips, award-winning clam chowder, corned beef, Guinness onion soup and other classic comforting dishes by day. The dining room and bar are expansive, offering ample space for out-of-towners to collapse, rest their feet and have a bite to eat—alongside a beer, of course—after exploring the Freedom Trail and other famous sites downtown. The seasonal patio is a popular choice, when weather permits. On the weekends, Ned Devine’s transforms into lively nightlife spot for college kids and recent grads, with rooms filled with live music and dancing.

Get your cards on at Big Night's Causeway Card Show

Get your cards on at Big Night's Causeway Card Show

Card enthusiasts rejoice because Big Night Live will be holding its signature Causeway Card Show once again this weekend. The music venue and club will be opening its doors to more than 100 card vendors, who’ll be peddling their highly collectible inventory on both Saturday and Sunday from 9am—5pm. While you may be totally tuned into buying, selling and trading cards, you can also expect booming tunes from the DJ booth, a full bar, live card breaks and special guests, including DJ Steve Aoki. Admission is $5, and tickets can be purchased ahead of time.

Bar Enza

Bar Enza

Tucked inside The Charles Hotel, this Italian eatery is a culinary homecoming for renowned New York chef Mark Ladner (of Del Posto and Pasta Flyer fame). The Bay State native, who’s originally from Belmont and started his food career right here in Boston, is going back to his roots as he brings this playful osteria to Harvard Square. Sit down at the dimly lit bar for the perfect aperitivo with friends—order off the negroni menu and pair your amaro-heavy libations with satisfying snacks, like crunchy, cheese-filled saffron suppli, for the full effect. Guests seeking sustenance beyond just cocktail hour nibbles can post up at a marble table and dig into some more substantial fare. Dinner is broken down into traditional Italian courses, starting with an assortment of antipasti, before going into the carb-heavy primi and meat-centric secondi, finally ending on a sweet note with dolci. Each stage of the meal is Italian in essence but also shows that the kitchen doesn’t take itself too seriously, with unconventional versions of familiar favorites, like a giant meatball smothered in Smoke Shop BBQ and tomato sauce, and tuna carpaccio with salsa verde and onion rings.

Pho n' Rice

Pho n' Rice

If you’re looking for a bowl of pure, slurpable comfort at a no-frills spot, this Somerville joint is your place. Situated in the Spring Hill neighborhood, this relatively unassuming restaurant dishes out some of the finest Vietnamese food around—especially when it comes to the country’s famously alluring aromatic soups. The menu boasts a number of brothy, noodled beauties to behold, ranging from the straightforward yet so flavorful Pho Ga (chicken) and Bo Vien (meatballs) to the more complex Bun Bo Hue (a spicy, lemongrass-laced soup served with flank steak and tendon)—all of which feel like the food equivalent of a warm hug. Non-soup specialties include an array of authentic bun bowls brimming with vermicelli noodles and bright, fresh ingredients, in addition to plates from other Southeast Asian nations, like Laotian Larb and Pad Thai. No matter which dish you decide, be sure to start your order with the house short ribs, which are sliced into tender, Korean-style strips, marinated in homemade barbecue sauce and charcoal-grilled for a sweet, savory and smokey result.

Mooncusser

Mooncusser

Mooncusser may have started as a fish house, but nowadays, this Bay Village spot has become so much more. Under the direction of Chef Carl Dooley, this restaurant has undergone a culinary makeover, with a new focus on offering four-course tasting menus. The prix fixe selection, which comes with optional wine pairings, changes every month, allowing guests to always discover new plates and fresh perspectives with each visit.Yes, seafood absolutely still plays a role here, but now fish dishes—like barbecue unagi or potato gnocchi with salt cod—share the spotlights with other, internationally inspired stars, such as Sichuan pork sausage consomme and venison with Hungarian dumplings. Perched above Stuart Street, folks can rest assured that the view from the dining room is just as delicious as the parade of edible delights coming out of the kitchen. Patrons looking for something lighter can visit the Moon Bar, and for those in a hurry, there's Cusser's, a street-level takeaway spot specializing in seafood and roast beef. (Or, to experience the latter eatery's greatest hits in a buzzy culinary-focused environment, stop by the Cusser’s at Time Out Market Boston).

Have whiskey and waffles in Brookline

Have whiskey and waffles in Brookline

Have breakfast with a bang at vomFASS Brookline this Sunday for its Whiskey & Waffles tasting. This Coolidge Corner store will be serving warm, fresh Belgian waffles topped with primo Vermont maple syrup and/or homemade berry compote—and all alongside a flight of small batch whiskies that this gourmet grocer has procured from all over the world. This boozy breakfast event will be private, so be sure to secure your spot beforehand.

Field & Vine

Field & Vine

Hidden away from the chaos of Union Square, Field & Vine is kind of like Somerville’s own secret garden. Wander down the alleyway between Bronwyn and The Independent, and you’ll find this New American eatery specializing in locally sourced farm fare—all prepared and served in small plate format. Given its laser focus on seasonal ingredients, Field & Vine has an ever-changing menu that offers guests items ranging from lighter nibbles (think raw oysters) to heftier bites (like squash loaded with bacon and feta), all prime for sharing. The Scandinavian-esque interior of sleek seating and light wood furnishings is filled with foliage and flowers (fresh blooms sit in bud vases atop the tables, while dried bouquets and branches embellish every other surface that can be seen). At the center of this spot, marked by a dramatic web of gnarled vines overhead, there’s an open kitchen that gives guests a front row seat to all of the culinary action while awaiting their parade of small plates. Sips of its curated beers and wines keep folks occupied in between amusing mouthfuls.

Salem Horror Fest

Salem Horror Fest

Horror film junkies rejoice; Salem Horror Fest is returning for its fifth year, once again giving us a whole schedule of scary flicks. The annual film festival will be screening a full lineup of feature films, “wicked shorts” and locally made pictures—all within the horror genre. In addition to in-person viewings, there will also be virtual screenings to stream from the comfort of your own home. It’s running the first couple of weeks in October, and you can buy badges online.

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SOURCE's pizza is coming to Time Out Market!

SOURCE's pizza is coming to Time Out Market!

Let’s all raise a slice because SOURCE and its impeccable wood-fired pizza (one of the best pizzas in Boston) will be coming to Time Out Market Boston in March 2022! First opening its doors in Harvard Square during the pure chaos of the pandemic in 2020, SOURCE instantly won the hearts (and stomachs) of locals with its Neapolitan-style pizza—and it’s not too hard to figure out why.  The name SOURCE isn’t just some jazzy moniker here; owner Daniel Roughan and executive chef Brian Kevorkian have essentially established it as their motto. The seasoned duo have made it their mission to source fresh ingredients from local farmers and food purveyors for all of their dishes, and their pizza is no exception.  While the toppings that grace SOURCE’s selection of pies sing sweet symphonies of flavor, the true scene-stealer time and time again is their dough. Made everyday using their very own “sister” sourdough starter, their dough lends itself to perhaps the most spectacular crust found throughout Greater Boston: a creation boasting perfectly charred bubbles that’s somehow simultaneously crispy yet chewy.  Up until now, loyal downtowners have had to make the pilgrimage over The Charles and into Cambridge to get their SOURCE fix. However, once this modern pizza pub opens its outpost at Time Out Market, Bostonians and visitors alike will be able to find all of their favorites right here in The Fenway.  Photograph: Courtesy SOURCE Amongst the menu items that will be featured at 401 Park

A taste of Kowloon is coming to Downtown Boston

A taste of Kowloon is coming to Downtown Boston

Want your Kowloon cocktail fix without having to trek halfway up Route 1? Well, now you can down some libations from this longtime Saugus institution right here in the center of the city. Moxy Boston Downtown is launching a 2Faced Tiki Pop-Up with Kowloon on the weekends, when it’ll be serving specialty drinks from the iconic suburban eatery. The Tremont Street hotel will be shaking up a selection of these fruity, rum-laced cocktails at its lounge and bar, Bar Moxy, between 7 and 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Amongst the available tiki beverages borrowed from Kowloon: a traditional Mai Tai, White Mai Tai and Scorpion Bowl for One. The only downside? You’ll have to sip those drinks sans those Saugus Wings (or any of the other cult classic bites from Kowloon, for that matter). In addition to these tropically inspired offerings, Moxy Bar will also be pouring playful, champagne-centric cocktails. These fun and fancy bubbly beverages will include options like the Make Lemonade (limoncello, Cointreau and prosecco, garnished with a lemon macaron) or the Watermelon Sugar (prosecco, Absolute Watermelon, lychee puree, cold pressed watermelon and lime juice, topped with watermelon Red Bull and cotton candy).  Word to the wise: Skip the brutal gridlock traffic up north and spend more time downing these boozy beverages in Boston. 

Meet Boston's best lobby dog: Cori Copley

Meet Boston's best lobby dog: Cori Copley

While Boston is peppered with a handful of pet-friendly businesses, none seem to be quite as amenable to our city’s four-legged population as the Fairmont Copley Plaza. Welcoming furry friends from far and wide as guests, the Back Bay hotel one-ups everyone else by also having quite possibly the goodest lobby dog, Cori Copley, greeting visitors and locals alike. “She’ll do anything for treats,” Joe Fallon, concierge at the Fairmont, says of his black lab, who serves as the luxury spot’s Canine Ambassador. “It’s very hard to keep her looking in good shape because her weight keeps going up because she gets too many treats from people,” he adds. Holding court from her bed right across from the front desk, Cori is the third Canine Ambassador at our Fairmont since the program started there in 2004, following her beloved predecessors Catie and Carly. Like both doggos before her, Cori was trained as a service dog for the blind, but didn’t make the final cut and instead found her calling in hospitality.  Now a few years on the job, this iconic pooch has settled into her day-to-day schedule, which includes activities both inside and outside the hotel.  “We have to go to Dunkin’s—I have to get my coffee in the morning,” Fallon says of his and Cori’s daily routine of duties. “We see all of the people that she knows at the Back Bay train station.” “One gentleman at the Back Bay train station—an MBTA police officer—that’s one of her best buddies,” he continues. “When she goes to the Back

A look at Boston's protests in support of Ukraine

A look at Boston's protests in support of Ukraine

Thousands of people gathered in Boston on Sunday to protest Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, voice their support for the Ukrainian people and call for peace. Organized by Northeastern University student and Ukrainian native Diana Zlotnikova, the demonstration brought crowds through the streets of the Back Bay. Folks—many of whom were carrying the flag of this currently war-torn nation (as well as signs criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin)—made their way from the Public Garden to the Common during the afternoon.  The march ended at the State House, where everyone stood and shared how this act of aggression has impacted them. People participating included Ukrainians who are fearful for their friends and family members back home, Russians who are criticizing their country’s government and other protestors from around the world.  Here are some of the best images giving a look into Boston’s march in support of Ukraine this weekend. While local voices were heard, there is still much more action to be taken to support Ukraine, so do consider these ways to help.    View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𝗠𝗔𝗝𝗢𝗥 𝗠𝗢𝗠𝗘𝗡𝗧 (@major.moment) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Julia Baranova-Faktorovich (@skin_insights) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Callie Krosin (@calliekrosin8) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Lasha Tsatava | DipWSET (@lasha.tsatava) View thi

7 classic Irish comfort foods to eat in Boston this St. Patrick's Day

7 classic Irish comfort foods to eat in Boston this St. Patrick's Day

There’s so much more to Irish food in Boston than just the obligatory corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day. While Eire seems to get a bad rap in terms of its culinary culture (a perception that’s been gradually changing over recent years), plenty of pubs around the Hub prove otherwise. Some dishes hailing from the island nation will always have a soft spot in our hearts, conjuring up feelings of comfort and nostalgia with every bite. Not to mention, they’re just begging to be washed down with a beer. We’ve scoured the city for these tried-and-true treasures to see who offers the best of the best—from a full Irish breakfast and soda bread to Guinness stew and Jameson-laced coffee.    Shepherd’s pie From Mr. Dooley's: We think more meals should be covered in mashed potatoes. Just put one forkful of the shepherd’s pie at Mr. Dooley’s and you’ll understand our sentiment. The kitchen at this beloved Broad Street establishment makes a masterpiece out of this simple classic. A medley of ground beef, veg, herbs and Irish brown gravy is lovingly topped with a cloud of creamed potatoes and baked ever so slightly to form that crisp crust. This ramekin of pure comfort is served with freshly baked bread—brown, of course—and pads of salty Irish butter to fully lull you into a food coma of bliss. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Mr Dooleys (@mrdooleys) Guinness stew from Emmet's: Why simply sip a Guinness, when you can eat it, too? The Irish know their wa

13 rules for surviving Saint Patrick's Day in Boston

13 rules for surviving Saint Patrick's Day in Boston

Boston doesn’t mess around when it comes to Saint Patrick’s Day. Our city is home to the highest percentage of people with Irish heritage in the U.S., which means we reserve the right to ample shenanigans every March 17. Each year, folks from far and wide—like from Salem right down to Scituate—make the pilgrimage downtown to celebrate our common ancestry in true Bostonian fashion: with daylong drinking. Obviously, saying sl​​áinte from sun up to sun down isn’t for the faint of stomach, and we’ve laid out some ground rules for anyone looking to power through St. Paddy’s Day in the Hub. Whether you’re shipping down to Southie for the parade or posting up at your neighborhood bar, here are our 12 rules to keep in mind if you’d like to survive Saint Patrick’s Day in Boston. 1. Don’t drink anything dyed green. It may feel festive going down, but it’s like a scene from The Exorcist coming back up. 2. Don’t be too obvious about carrying around open containers. The cops probably know that the soccer mom thermos you’re clutching doesn’t contain coffee, but it’s way less conspicuous than flagrantly sipping from a Solo cup or taking a swig straight from the bottle.  3. If you want to party at an Irish pub, be ready to arrive as soon as the doors open and stay all day. Most places will almost immediately be at capacity, and you don’t want to spend your St. Paddy’s Day waiting in line, staring longingly through the windows and watching people live out your dreams of getting shitfaced.  4.

Treat yourself for Valentine's Day at Time Out Market Boston

Treat yourself for Valentine's Day at Time Out Market Boston

There’s so much to love about Time Out Market Boston this Valentine’s Day weekend. Honestly, couples can have their candlelit dinners and pricey presents—I mean, have you seen the cost of red roses lately? Instead, we’d rather have you flock to our Fenway space and celebrate your one true love out there: you and only you.  As any self-respecting single knows, the first step of treating yourself for Valentine’s Day is snagging some outstanding baked goods… and then repeatedly shoving them into your face. Luckily, we’ll have ample treats on hand as we host Love and Flour for a pop-up filled with sweets from Feb. 11—13. The New Hampshire bakery will be taking over Time Out Market Boston’s Demo Kitchen, offering an edible wonderland consisting of cupcakes, macarons, iced cookies and chocolate-covered strawberries. Whether you’re unattached, in a committed relationship or, you know, it’s pretty darn complicated, it’ll be love at first bite with any of these delights.  Speaking of sugar-inspired love affair, Union Square Donuts will also be getting into the spirit of Valentine’s Day with exclusive creations from now until Feb. 14. Amongst its wide selection of special V-Day flavors will be: Valentine's Funfetti; Caramelized White Chocolate Mousse; Rosewater Crullers; Red Velvet Cake and Raspberry Chocolate Truffle. Grab a baked good or a donut—or both because we don’t judge double-fisting in this case—and pair one of these confections with our Valentine’s Day drink special from Tim

Revealed: Krasi is Time Out Boston's Love Local Award winner for 2021

Revealed: Krasi is Time Out Boston's Love Local Award winner for 2021

One thing is for sure: There’s a whole lot to love about Boston. At the year’s end, we asked our city to pick its most beloved spot around town for our 2021 Love Local Award. We received support for small businesses from every corner of the Hub—whether it was a quirky cafe, tried-and-true dive bar, independent art gallery or historic theater— and, after tallying all of the votes we amassed, we can say that our city came through with a clear winner: Krasi.  Frankly, we can easily see how Krasi has won over our community. Since opening its doors in February 2020—we’re talking mere days before the pandemic exploded—this Back Bay restobar has been championing everything Greek, especially when it comes to the country’s little-known wine culture. Its name, Krasi, literally translates to “wine” in Greek, which immediately sets the tone for this place’s oenophile obsession. The drink program here is dedicated to celebrating the nectar of the gods—or the nectar of Dionysus, anyway—and offers more than 180 wines hailing from the Hellenic nation, all of which are natural and biodynamic, thanks to strict Greek viticultural regulations. Photograph: Sam Swan, courtesy Krasi A rotating selection of Greek wines are offered by the glass, but Krasi will gladly open any bottle you desire, as long as you commit to ordering at least two pours. Because Greek wine is, well, all Greek to most Bostonians, the knowledgeable and highly enthusiastic staff here will teach any neophytes about these vari

Coffee, extra sustainability: Inside Eastie's new zero-waste cafe

Coffee, extra sustainability: Inside Eastie's new zero-waste cafe

So the saying goes: New year, new… environmentally conscious cafe in East Boston. Cafe Iterum is set to make its debut in Maverick Square on Jan. 1, when it’ll basically become your corner coffee shop and eatery—that also happens to be dedicated to zero waste and sustainability.   “Generally, in all restaurants and cafes, there are three sustainability aspects I look at: It’s the financial, the working and living conditions, and then it’s the actual environmental,” says Matt McPherson, chef-owner of Cafe Iterum.  “I consider them all in unison because you can’t really do one without the other two and be somewhat sustainable,” he adds. It’s not rare for restaurants to have a one-track mind. Sometimes, they can be so fixated on the bottom line that it negatively impacts the environment or their employees. Other times, they might be all about going green, but it could be at the expense of their financial viability. In the long run, McPherson believes that striving for a single goal can undermine the sustainability of a restaurant, which is why he wants to abandon that mentality altogether. “If the food isn't good, if the working conditions aren’t good, if you’re treating your employees like crap, it doesn’t really matter how green you are,” he says. “It’s not going to be sustainable for those people, and it’s not going to survive. And if you’re doing a sustainable restaurant, but the numbers don’t work, it’s also not going to survive.” We’re never going to change the coffee ind

Hungover? 14 Boston chefs share their post-drinking food remedies

Hungover? 14 Boston chefs share their post-drinking food remedies

Whether it’s hitting the eggnog too hard at Christmas or downing one too many glasses of bubbly as the ball drops, ’tis the season for pushing past our normal drinking limits and feeling the consequences the next morning. Whenever those holiday spirits have betrayed us and leave us waking up with all of the regrets (and a pounding headache), there are always those foods that will ease any alcohol-induced pain and just make us feel instantly better. On a mission to discover which dishes might help heal a hangover best, we asked a bunch of Boston chefs what they like to eat when recovering from a boozy night out. Here are the plates they reach for—likely after lying in bed for a bit and questioning their life choices—as their trusty hangover remedies.  Michael Lombardi, SRV “My hangover fix never involves me cooking. It is either cold food out of the fridge or more likely a greasy meal out of the house. This might look like a sausage, egg and cheese sandwich on a roll with a lot of aioli. Please note the cheese cannot be sophisticated. Any lab made cheese will probably work best in this situation. On the side is a good portion of fried potatoes. I would avoid highly acidic things and then probably hop back in bed to finish off the hangover cure.” Sarah Wade, Stillwater "Chilaquilles is my favorite hangover food. Spicy tomato sauce, crunchy chips, runny eggs, citrusy crema. Just something about the spicy sauce and the runny egg that can cure all ills." William Kovel, Catalyst Re

5 major events (hopefully) returning to Boston in 2022

5 major events (hopefully) returning to Boston in 2022

We’re not going to say that 2022 is our year here in Boston, but hey, it has to get better, right?  Since 2020, the pandemic has put a damper on not only our personal lives, but also the city’s buzzing social calendar as a whole. Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen so many annual festivals, marquee events and holidays either canceled or dramatically postponed, as an effort to keep everyone socially distanced and safe. With the New Year just on the horizon, we’re looking ahead and seeing which of these major moments in the Hub promise to make a comeback over the next 12 months.   Here are five key Boston events that are currently on the docket for the coming year. Of course, do keep in mind that as we’re writing this story, there’s a surge of COVID cases in Massachusetts, and Boston Mayor Michelle Wu just announced new proof of vaccination requirements for restaurants, bars and other indoor venues, like gyms, theaters and sports arenas starting Jan. 15. So as you read, just keep your fingers crossed, knock on wood and maybe even throw some salt for good measure.  First Night Boston: 2022 will be marking the return of an annual event right from the get-go. Boston's First Night, which was a broadcast-only celebration last year, is back this year, bringing a full schedule of performances and family fun to our city. Highlights to expect starting New Year's Eve and going into 2022 include: live music at the BPL, a parade through Back Bay, ice sculptures displayed in Copley Sq

Time Out Market Boston chefs share their favorite holiday foods

Time Out Market Boston chefs share their favorite holiday foods

The holidays have hit Time Out Market Boston—and while our talented culinary professionals are serving up cheer to everyone frequenting our Fenway space, they also have their own ways to celebrate at home. We sat down with a few of the wonderful folks who head the kitchens at 401 Park Drive, and they shared some of their Christmas food traditions, revealing which nostalgic dishes are always a centerpiece in their families’ festive feasts. Gelato & Chill’s Vincent Turco, Cusser’s Jason Ulak and Union Square Donuts’ Sarah Belisle all opened up about which seasonal specialties hold the most meaning for them during the holidays and how those foods bring their loved ones together this time of year.  Vincent Turco: Italian stuffed squid  Turco, owner of Gelato & Chill, shares that his fondest memories of the holidays have always centered around Christmas Eve, when his whole family would gather for the Feast of the Seven Fishes  “To me, the Italian traditional Feast of the Fishes is always the warmest thing in my heart,” he says. “Making all of those fish dishes, having pasta and getting together, with the family running around, and Santa showing up and all of the kids opening their presents—to me, that speaks to tradition around the holidays.” Turco says that his grandmother and aunts would prepare a spread of typical, tasty seafood dishes, all of which he loves. However, he did say he has a favorite, calamari, which his father used to call “cannonballs” because of their torpedo sh