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This weekend: Taste of Israel is back with shakshuka, mezze plates, and more

Plus, the food news you may have missed this week.

Galit's Treats Café & Bakery
Galit's Treats Café & Bakery is participating in this year's Taste of Israel Restaurant Week. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

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We’re all eating a little differently these days: Cooking at home more. Ordering takeout. Dining by fire pits. Whatever your comfort level, here’s what’s been going on in Boston’s restaurant world recently, plus a few ways to enjoy some of our region’s best restaurants and bars from both the comfort of your own home and out in the world.

Here’s what you may have missed this week:

KO Catering & Pies

KO Catering & Pies.

KO Catering & Pies is up for sale after 10 years in business. “For me and KO, the creative vision and the dream that I had to start this has been fulfilled, and my mark is left,” owner Sam Jackson said.

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It’s frigid. These igloos and fire pits are open this winter.

Boston.com’s Cocktail Club recently delved into the world of rye with two cocktails: a rye whiskey Old Fashioned and a Manhattan. Check out the recipes, then read this week’s interview with our featured bartender, Lone Star Taco Bar’s Sabrina Kershaw.

Spyce expanded to Harvard Square this week with a new automated kitchen and larger menu.

You’ll have to find somewhere else to stock up on chocolate soon: Godiva will close all of its North American stores by March, including 5 in Mass.

Looking for a Valentine’s Day dinner spot? Harvest is the most romantic restaurant in Mass., according to Reader’s Digest.

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Whether you’re just getting into wine or have a fully-stocked wine cellar, these Boston-area wine clubs will bring new bottles to your door each month.

Drink this:

The BCR at Bambara

The BCR at Bambara.

Put the kettle on: It’s going to be bone-chillingly cold this weekend. In between the copious amounts of hot tea and coffee I’ll be sipping on, The BCR — or Bambara Cocoa Rye — looks plenty appealing as well. Bambara Kitchen & Bar‘s lead bartender, Alex Wiegand, has crafted this boozy concoction made with rye whiskey, allspice dram, and Valrhona hot cocoa, topped with house whipped cream and grated chocolate (for takeout and delivery, the whipped cream is served in a separate container). In a happy twist, Sunday is also National Hot Chocolate Day — do you need any other excuse?

Eating and cooking alone, together:

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The annual Taste of Israel Restaurant Week kicked off on Tuesday, a culinary celebration of Israel’s diverse cuisines that features more than 20 restaurants in the Greater Boston area. Through Feb. 2, you’ll be able to find special menu items at participating restaurants — a falafel dinner for four at Adea’s Mediterranean Kitchen in Salem, Galit’s shakshuka at Galit’s Treats Café & Bakery in Newton (available until Saturday only), and a lamb burger with mint labne and pickled onions at Juniper in Wellesley, to name a few. Find the full list of restaurants here.

The ghost kitchens keep on coming, a format which I think is only going to continue throughout the year as chefs find ways to flex their creative muscles without having to deal with the overhead costs of a brick and mortar. Earlier this month, Secret Sauce Barbecue launched within City Works Eatery & Pour House in Watertown. The delivery-only concept offers barbecue fare like baby back ribs, hot links, pulled barbecue chicken, and Southern mac and cheese. Sounds like a great option for Super Bowl Sunday (though keep an eye out next week, where I’ll be sharing a comprehensive guide to Super Bowl takeout).

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Speaking of Super Bowls, Roxbury’s Haley House has its own version coming up: the Souper Bowl, a fundraiser in partnership with MassArt’s Clay for Change and Center for Art and Community Partnerships (CACP). Now in its 13th year, the event doesn’t take place until Feb. 14, but tickets are selling out fast. For $40, attendees will receive a beautiful bowl made by MassArt students and faculty, plus a quart of soup (choose from options like Jamaican chicken soup, New England clam chowder, and beef and black bean chili). You can also add on a few items, including wine, cookies, and a tote bag. Pick up is at Haley House Bakery Café, and all proceeds will benefit Haley House’s programs, including the bakery, soup kitchen and food pantry, affordable housing, urban farming, and education and training.

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