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Flipping the Birds: Six Places in Boston to Order Your Chicken Wings

Which wings should you order for the big game? We took chef Lydia Shire on a citywide crawl to find out.

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Now We’re Cooking with Grass

Top-name Boston chefs are experimenting with marijuana as a key ingredient. As Massachusetts grapples with legalization, Jolyon Helterman embarks on a chase through a secretive, drug-fueled dining subculture.

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Wanted: Dead or Alive

If you want the freshest dish in town, you’ve got to hook your meal while it’s still quivering. Sans reel, rod, and boat, renowned chef Ken Oringer takes Jolyon Helterman on an urban fishing expedition that begins and ends in Chinatown’s rather intimidating tanks.

Arts & Entertainment

Summer in the City

The insider’s playbook to summering in Boston like a pro. From the hottest rooftop pools to the best festivals, here are 75+ ways to take the heat in style.

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The Gastronaut

Jolyon Helterman’s monthly dispatch from the place mat.

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Fine Wine, with a Cheap Finish?

An answer to the wine-tipping conundrum.

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145-Word Valentine to Metropolis Café

A quintessential neighborhood gem, this undersung South End eatery nails every criterion.

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Food for Thaw: Three Spring Ingredients to Look for Now

Once the doldrums of mud season lift, I’ll be scouring the local diningscape for these sprightly ingredients.

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The Casual Conundrum: Why ‘Casual’ Doesn’t Mean ‘Cheap’

The blurring of high and low has been a boon for glitz-averse diners. The sticker shock? Not so much.

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103-Word Valentine to Shoulder-Season Dishes

A love letter from the Gastronaut.

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Smooth Saline

Hey, chefs, you’re absolutely right! Now put salt on the table, anyway.

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“Banana Fan-a”: The Jibarito at Maná Escondido in the South End

Trying the jibarito at Maná Escondido in the South End.

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88-Word Valentine to Winter Rosés

A love letter from the Gastronaut.

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Reclaiming the F-Word (“Foodie,” That Is)

Because a foodie by any other name smells as twee.

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96-Word Valentine to the Unicorn Magnum Plus, the World’s Best Pepper Mill

To the Unicorn Magnum Plus, the world’s best pepper mill.