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Devra First Is Reviewing Restaurants Again (and More Updates)

A new DavidsTea opens, the Chez Henri Cuban sandwich is popping up next month, and other news bites

Bialy from Bagelsaurus
Bialy from Bagelsaurus
Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

Welcome back to Morning Briefing, an almost-daily round-up of mini news bites to kick off the day.

Food Critic Shuffles

At the end of 2015, Boston Globe food editor Sheryl Julian handed over the editor reins to restaurant critic Devra First, at which point a rotating cast of Globe staffers took over First’s critic duties until a replacement could be found. (Unlike First, the substitutes did not issue stars with their reviews.) Now a replacement has been found: First. She’s writing “a starred review once a month or thereabouts,” she announced yesterday, and her official Globe title these days is “food writer.” (She also wrote about asparagus this week.) Now that she’s back in the critic seat, her first review is a three-star one for Les Sablons in Harvard Square. As for the food editorship, Chris Morris runs both the food and the travel sections.

Tea Alert

A new storefront location of Canada-based tea company DavidsTea opened in Boston yesterday inside the Prudential Center (800 Boylston St., Back Bay), selling looseleaf teas, tea-making and tea-drinking accessories, and hot and iced teas to go. This location is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Over the past few years, the company has built up a substantial Massachusetts presence, with locations in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Chestnut Hill, Burlington, and beyond.

Been Missing Chez Henri?

Chef Paul O’Connell’s famous Cuban sandwich is popping up once again, this time at The Automatic (50 Hampshire St., Kendall Square, Cambridge) on Monday, July 31. $13, 5 p.m. until they’re gone. Make a reservation (617-714-5226) or walk in.

One Thing You Should Eat Today

Sure, bagels are the focus at Bagelsaurus (1796 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square, Cambridge)— but you can (and should) order a bialy there as well. The little Cambridge shop is open daily until 3 p.m. (or until everything’s sold out), and the bialys appear at 10 a.m. each morning. Fillings vary; the bialys were stuffed with onions and poppy seeds on a recent visit. Bonus: Buy a Bagelsaurus hoodie while you’re there. They’re irresistibly soft and cozy.

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The Automatic

50 Hampshire Street, , MA 02139 (617) 714-5226 Visit Website

Les Sablons

2 Bennett St., Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 268-6800 Visit Website

The Shops at Prudential Center

800 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199 (617) 236-3100 Visit Website


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