February 2013 Issue

Umami Rising

Get ready to improve your fortunes with our guide to Asian dining in Boston.

Restaurants

Wonton Regard

There may be no more quintessential food across all Asian cuisines than the dumpling. Here are some of the best ones around, from the traditional to the anything-but.

How to Eat a Soup Dumpling (a.k.a. Xiao Long Bao)

We asked Lilly Jan, a certified XLB expert, for a few pointers.

On the Horizon

Myers and Chang, Blue Ginger, and East by Northeast have long been the standard-bearers for hip Asian food around here. Soon, they'll be joined by a batch of exciting new places focusing on everything from epic tasting menus to scallion-pancake sandwiches.

Everybody Loves Ramen

Here's where you can find the very best versions, including right in your own kitchen.

The 20 Essential Asian Restaurants

...and the can't-miss dishes that will have you trekking all over the city.

Have $5?

...then you've got more than enough for one (or, in many cases, several) of these delicious items, all gathered from area Asian grocers, bakeries, and banh mi shops.

Chinatown Tour

Having consulted the experts and eaten our way across the area, we present Chinatown's hidden treasures.

Your Guide to Dim Sum

Brian Moy, co-owner of China Pearl, in Quincy and Chinatown, breaks down the must-order items available at his restaurant and elsewhere.

Good Libations

Drinks to enhance the Asian dining experience.

Porklandia: Porchetta Takes Hold in Boston

Why local chefs love it.

Wine, Uncorked: How the City of Boston Is Embracing Wine (And How You Can, Too)

With a run of new wine bars and shops, Boston, after a long love affair with craft cocktails and beer, is once again embracing the fruit of the vine.

The Sweet Life: Pastry Chef Brian Mercury Shares His Dessert Toolkit

As the executive pastry chef at Harvest, Brian Mercury knows how to cultivate a first-class last course. Here's what he relies on to get the job done.

High & Low: Mac 'n' Cheese

Whether you prefer yours drizzled with truffle oil or loaded with crispy bacon, these restaurant versions of the classic comfort food are sure to satisfy on a chilly winter day.

The Goods: Local Bites We're Digging This Month

This month, we're into Sweet Cheeks biscuits, The Brine Lab pickles, and Happy Goat caramel sauce.

New Restaurant: Waban Kitchen in Newton

Chef Jeffrey Fournier introduces another buzzy bistro to the suburbs.

Restaurant Review: UpStairs on the Square in Cambridge

A unified kitchen is turning out food that's better than ever.

City Style

Well Heeled: Loeffler Randall Booties

Fashionable and functional, these booties are perfect for navigating snowy city streets.

The Naked Truth: European Lingerie at Lulabelle

Flaunt your assets in European lingerie from this Hingham shop.

Leaders of the Pack: Smart Winter Backpacks

Stash your stuff in one of this season's smart carryalls.

Hey, Sailor! Testing 1930s Pinup-Glam Style

Giving good face a la Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable.

Department

Mind the Gap

Why does Massachusetts, perhaps the most progressive state of them all, have one of the country's biggest wage disparities between men and women?

Dumbbelles

Yeah, I'm a woman who pumps iron. What are you looking at?

Feature

Point Man

Twelve years ago, WBUR's Tom Ashbrook had never worked in radio. Today, from his small Boston studio, he hosts one of the most popular and influential shows on public radio, heard each week on 240 stations nationwide. And he's only just getting started.

The Outlaw

Confit and roasted milk-fed pig's head. Swordfish wrapped in guanciale. Hourly menu changes and no time off. Welcome to the no-limits world of the mercurial chef Tony Maws.

The Fellowship of the Miserable

Whiny, petulant, entitled, self-important... No, it's not Boston fans we're talking about, it's Boston sportswriters. How did the sports media in this town, once the envy of the nation, become so awful?

News

Q&A with Miss Universe Olivia Culpo

In January, Cranston, Rhode Island, native and Boston University sophomore Olivia Culpo beat out entire galaxies of women to win the Miss Universe pageant, which happens to be run by Donald Trump's company. Her victory marked the first time in 15 years that a Miss USA had won the crown.