Restaurant favorites done well at Filomena’s

This is the type of restaurant that feels familiar even on first visit.

A salty caramel makeover for Rice Krispies Treats

Try an updated, more sophisticated recipe for Rice Krispies Treats.

Flavors fuel food industry, but remain a mystery

They help give Coke its distinctive bite and Doritos its cheesy kick. But the artificial and natural flavors used to rev up the taste of processed foods remain a mystery to most Americans.

You can always count on the Mermaid Cafe

Mermaid Cafe makes it look easy. Simple dishes, with nice touches, expertly prepared using many local ingredients — the menu credited Stonington’s Davis Farm, Sea Well Seafood in Pawcatuck, The Farmer’s Cow and Pelloni Farm in Ashaway, R.I.

CALENDAR

RESTAURANT REVIEWS

BITS AND TIPS

COLUMNS

California dreamin’ of a good burger

I completely forgot to write my column last month because my son, Dillon, got married in Santa Cruz, Calif., to Emma, a beautiful and gracious young woman whom I am proud to call my daughter-in-law.

Eightmile RiverFest celebrates a natural gem

The EightMile RiverFest 2014 takes place Saturday at Devil's Hopyard State Park.