Amy Traverso'S latest stories

Potlucky

If you want to eat well, make friends with a chef. They like to cook, even when they’re not at work, and their parties are usually legendary. Now we Chowder types are careful about who we pal around with (we…

Invincible summer?

Here’s a picture I snapped today on my way back from lunch at Toro, where I (predictably) had the (same as ever) pollo-salad-and-half-a-tortilla-sandwich that I’ve come to crave (desperately need) on a weekly (daily?) basis. Look familiar? It’s called a…

Our Favorite Dishes: Winter Edition

Here at Boston, we spend a lot of time trendspotting (so you don’t have to!)—looking for new insights into The Way We’re Eating, scouting new hot spots, keeping a bird’s-eye view on the dining scene. What we haven’t done in…

The Foodie Scene Gets Cooking

Thank goodness for all the restaurants conceived and launched before the economy tanked. Per those best-laid plans, the past few months have seen a flurry of openings from the likes of Tony Maws (Craigie on Main), Frank McClelland (the “new”…

Last-minute gifts for your favorite foodie

Happy Christmas Eve, Chowder readers! I finished my shopping yesterday (whew!), but if you’re one day behind me, here are three locally-inspired ideas for all your favorite gourmands: 1) Here’s a gift that gives back: a gift certificate to a…

Toro’s Well-kept Secret

Time to let you in on one of Boston’s best-kept secrets. You know Toro, Ken Oringer’s tough-to-get-in tapas place on the far end of Washington Street? Turns out they serve lunch. Yes really. For a while. No, I don’t know…

Barbara Lynch’s New Lunch Spot is OMG! Good

Whenever I hear about an exciting new restaurant, I try to remember that, as a professional food editor, it’s important to maintain a critical distance, to stay skeptical, and keep the consumer in mind. Which is whyI held off for…

Juicy Fruit

I attended two very different tastings this past week, each terrific in its own way, one fancy, one rustic. Let’s start with the fancy, shall we? Like many of you, I’m feeling expansive today. Let me start by saying that…

Double Your Pleasure

I’m usually wary of combo restaurants: Joe’s house of Pizza and Tacos, pizza/gyro joints, those Taco Bell/KFC franchises, Marche Movenpick. They tend to fall prey to the “Jack of all trades, master of none” problem. So imagine my delight upon…

Upside to the Economic Downturn

Everyone’s talking about how the economic catastrophe correction is going to affect the restaurant world. I’m worried myself. Restaurants are important to Boston—culturally, economically—and they’re getting squeezed hard by higher food/fuel/healthcare costs at one side of the P&L sheet, and…