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Rachel Raczka

Boston Features Editor, Music Editor

Rachel.Raczka@metro.us

Eat like an insider: Matthew Gaudet's favorite Boston area seafood

When Matthew Gaudet’s much lauded Kendall Square restaurant West Bridge closed in 2015, the Boston restaurant scene suffered a loss. But now, with Superfine doing more than fine in Manchester-by-the-Sea, the 45-year-old chef’s recently returned to Cambridge with the brand new Freepoint...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 4:42 PM

Boston's Best Cheap Eats for Under $5

If you're looking for delicious, mouth-watering meals without breaking the bank, these local food experts have got you covered. Ahead, ten Boston-area chefs and foodies share their go-to grubs spots for under $5. Bon appétit! 1. Suzi Maitland, Executive Chef; Trina's, Parlor, Audubon...

Friday, April 21, 2017, 3:35 PM

Eat like an Insider: Area Four's Michael Krupp tells us his favorite Boston eats

There’s rarely no line outside A4cade, the Area Four/ Roxy’s Grilled Cheese venture that serves quirky cocktails and artisan grilled cheese alongside rows of token-fueled classic arcade games. It’s a brainchild of Area Four co-owner Michael Krupp and James DiSabatino of Roxy...

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 6:27 PM

The best poke bowls in Boston

Poke fever has finally taken Boston by storm, and the protein-packed bowls, burritos andsalads have become a new lunchtime norm. But where should you even begin? Here’s our beginners get to getting in on the raw fish revolution.Love Art SushiLocated close to Northeastern University and Berklee, the...

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 9:40 PM

Boston Public Market CEO Cheryl Cronin talks the best bagel in Boston

It’s Cheryl Cronin’s job to know the city’s best food offerings. As CEO of the Boston Public Market Association, the 62-year-old Back Bay resident makes sure the downtown marketplace is stocked with a smogasboard of tasty New England-bred delights — from Union Square Donuts to piping-hot raclette...

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 9:08 PM

How all-inclusive resorts are attracting Millennials

When you leave the arrivals gates at Sangster International Airport in Jamaica, to your immediate left is a wood-paneled porch featuring the Sandals Resorts International logo. Moms and dads in tropical print shirts hang by the front door, cocktails in hand, waiting for their transport to the...

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 3:01 AM

We've got the menu for the Will Ferrell-themed burger concept coming to Boston

Earlier this week, we chatted with Zach Neil, who will bring Stay Classy, a Will Ferrell-themed pop-up to Boston next month. The temporary bar and eatery is the second in a series of temporary concepts stemming from the original Stay Classy, that spent a year in operation in New York under Neil and...

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 1:34 AM

How to score a free Fjallraven backpack this weekend

Adorable and functional Swedish outfitter Fjallraven will open their second location this weekend in Harvard Square. The opening event will include a Cambridge Community Night on Friday with live tunes, Swedish sweets and complimentary beer and wine, followed by an exclusive Kanken backpack...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 5:00 AM

A Will Ferrell-inspired bar is coming to Boston

New York’s first and only (and now defunct) Will Ferrell tribute bar will pop-up at Umbria April 14-23. The movie-themed concept from Zach Neil and Brian Link, the co-owners of New York’s first and only (and still active) Tim Burton-inspired bar, Beetle House, is one in a series of pop-ups that...

Monday, March 20, 2017, 4:04 PM

It wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day in Boston without the Dropkick Murphys [PHOTOS]

The Dropkick Murphys' headlined a spree of sold-out shows for St. Patrick's Day week in Boston. The band kicked off Wednesday night at the House of Blues, where they played through Friday, before weekend shows atAgganis Arena and Brighton Music Hall.We stopped by the St. Patrick’s eve (Thursday)...

Monday, March 20, 2017, 10:10 AM

Ms. Pac-Man, Roxy's Grilled Cheese raise funds for LadyFest (PHOTOS)

Roxy's Grilled Cheese in Allston played host to a Ms. Pac-Man tournamentWednesday night to raise funds for the upcoming Boston Ladyfest. Attendees were able to munch on Roxy's addictivelygooey creations (we like the Mighty Rib Melt — with fontina and braised short ribs) while putting their Ms. Pac-...

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 11:01 AM

SpeakEasy's 'Grand Concourse' challenges forgiveness, religion

When it comes to your chosen religion, how much of what you practice reflects who you really are? The disparity of what we preach and what we sometimes do is center stage in SpeakEasy’s current production “Grand Concourse,” playing through April 1.Sister Shelley finds her work at a Bronx soup...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 5:14 PM

St. Patrick's Day in Boston: Where to eat, drink and get lucky

Sam Adams Brewery will kick of festivities a little early, with a Thursday night pre-game before the pre-game affair. For $10, you’ll get a savory hand pie from the Roving Lunchbox, plus five 7-ounce samples, including the brewery’s rare Black Harbor Stout, a malty-chocolatey-peppery beer...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 2:05 PM

Sweet Cheeks, Tiger Mama to combat Storm Stella with a ramen pop-up

Why go home to romance a Cup o Noodles when Tiger Mama is braving the weather with a Ramen Snowstorm Pop-up?The Fenway restaurant's Chef de Cuisine Matt Hummel and Sweet Cheeks Q Chef de Cuisine Dan Raia will be scooping out rich brothy bowls of Miso Pork Tonkatsu ramen with smoked five-spice lamb...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 4:08 PM

Listen to a preview of Serial's new podcast S-Town

You ready to podcast and chill?The team behind Serial (Sarah Koenig, Julie Snyder and Ira Glass) will drop all seven episodes of their new podcast, S-Town, on March 28. The new true crime series centers on a rural Alabama town, where the son of a prominent family was overheard bragging that he got...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 12:53 PM

Where to eat at Logan Airport (BOS)

Trapped at Logan? There’s only so far a TSA-approved snack and refillable water vessel can get you. Here are some of your best bets for grabbing a decent meal, a quick cuppa and a few moments of solace before your flight.Terminal AThere’s your standard Dunkin Donuts (x 3), Auntie Anne’s, Starbucks...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 12:06 PM

PAX East takes over House of Blues with a 'live'-ish rock show

Harmonix and PAX East celebrated Rock Band's 10th anniversary at the House of Blues on Friday night.The Boston-based game company showcase brought attendees up on stage to demo Rock Band VR — which is exactly what it sounds like — and Rock Band 4 before handing the live mic over to North Shore-bred...

Monday, March 13, 2017, 10:16 AM

Grateful Dead Night will return to Fenway this April

The Red Sox will pay tribute to the Grateful Dead once again on April11that Fenway Park. The home game day will kick off with a pre-game show from Boston-bred GD cover band, Playing Dead, inYawkeyWay. Ticket holders to the annual event will also receive a limited edition Grateful Dead Night...

Friday, March 10, 2017, 5:35 PM

Mass Hysteria for local beers and local tacos at ONCE (Photos)

On Thursday night, the Somerville Foundation for Animals brought Lamplighter Brewing, Exhibit "A" Brewing Company, Brazo Fuerte Artisanal Beer and Bone Up Brewing together for Mass Hysteria, a taco party to raise funds for the new Somerville Pet Food Bank.The sold out event featured silent auctions...

Friday, March 10, 2017, 12:32 PM

Three delicious ways to continue supporting International Women’s Day tonight

While one of the recommended guidelines for International Women’s Day is to direct your dollars to small women-owned businesses (or just don’t spend anything at all), we know fighting the patriarchy can be tough. Here are three restaurants and bars giving back to the women’s community, today, and...

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 4:01 AM