Food & Drink

Same Space, Different Drink: Meet Curio Wine Bar

There are a number of details East Cambridge residents might call upon to describe their neighborhood. There’s the sweeping views of the Charles from North Point Park, the piercing squeal of the ungreased Green Line cars looping around to finish their routes at Lechmere. And the scent of Curio Coffee’s waffles wafting down Cambridge Street. […]


Sustainability From Barn to Block

I’m not sure what left a stronger impression: the sight of all the red-aproned butchers gathered around their block, or the stark hush of the place.  It’s quiet. Like a morgue, which feels fitting. There’s only the hum of the refrigerator and steady scraping sounds—careful hands wielding plastic tools, brushing bone dust from the surface […]


Living On the Veg

Nüssli118° creates plant-based treats that defy stereotypes and delight taste buds It sits on the plate before you, and you do your best not to simply stuff the whole thing into your mouth. It’s a lemon square. Specifically: A ginger-lemon square with a light maple glaze, on a crust of almonds and cashews, with a […]


Salt & Olive Moves Into The Garage

Specialty food shop Salt & Olive is on the cusp of opening its doors in The Garage (36 JFK St.), with a target date of Saturday, April 13. The new space, which is double the the size of the store’s original location at 1160 Massachusetts Ave., will allow for a broader range of products and […]



Overseasoned and GRLSQUASH Present: A Guide to Feminist Food

When you ask Amy Larson how she would describe her three-year-old business, Overseasoned, she laughs. “That’s complicated,” she says. “I’ve lately been calling it a ‘culinary brand.’” Overseasoned’s first form was a series of mini-cookbooks, handwritten and illustrated by Larson each month. Then, it became a merchandise line, peddling everything from linen aprons to tea […]


The Feast of Friendship

Local women meet monthly to try recipes and build community The tables are covered in butcher paper that’s tied on with blue-and-white strings, just like the boxes that come from Mike’s Pastry in Harvard Square. There are many flavors of Polar seltzer, bottled by the Crowley family of Worcester. And soon, more than a dozen […]


Momi Nonmi Teams Up with Spoke Wine Bar for Pop-Up Dinner

Momi Nonmi will infuse its Hawaiian and Japanese flair with a farm-to-table approach on Monday in a pop-up collaboration with Somerville’s Spoke Wine bar. The prix fixe four-course menu ($49, with an optional wine and sake pairing for $35) will include local seafood, Japanese ingredients, and grilled dishes that both combine and contrast the styles of […]


Bagelsaurus Pop-up Vinal Bakery to Open Independent Shop in Somerville

It’s tough out there for English muffins. Sure, they’re reliable, versatile, and a go-to foundation for everything from egg and cheese sandwiches to toaster pizzas, but it’s the more glamorous breakfast breads that earn spots on trendy brunch menus and likes on Instagram. In a world of golden brown brioche, savory scones, and seeded bagels, […]


Hidden Harvests with the League of Urban Canners

Some things are hard to miss: the leaves changing to vibrant shades of red, yellow, and orange, the impossibly long line at that one ramen restaurant in Porter Square, the traffic on Mass. Ave. at 4:15 p.m. Other things—like the hundreds of fruit trees tucked away throughout Somerville and Cambridge—are not so easy to notice. […]


The Spice Scout

Curio Spice Co. Owner Claire Cheney Travels the World In Search of Spices When you walk into Curio Spice Co., there’s the sensation that you’ve stepped inside a remarkably well-stocked kitchen cabinet. The delicate aroma of spices makes it clear off the bat that this is an olfactory heaven for cooks. The shop stocks pure […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Food (Part II of II)

Latin American: Olé 11 Springfield St., (617) 492-4495 olerestaurantgroup.com Middle Eastern, Place to Splurge, & Outdoor Dining: Oleana 134 Hampshire St. (617) 661-0505 oleanarestaurant.com At Oleana, Turkish and Middle Eastern flavors are more than influences—they are muses, and Executive Chef Ana Sortun has her entire menu dancing to their tunes. Her kebobs of Vermont quail are […]