Ana Sortum Voted Best Chef in Cambridge

ANA SORTUN, OLEANA – BEST CHEF, RESTAURANT OVERALL, MIDDLE EASTERN RESTAURANT IN INMAN SQUARE, & OUTDOOR DINING134 HAMPSHIRE STREET (617) 661-0505 OLEANARESTAURANT.COM The moment that set Chef Ana Sortun on the path that would lead to Oleana happened, appropriately enough, at the table. “Back in the ‘90s I was invited to go to Turkey and […]


What’s New: City Beat

Public pools in the city can’t take the heat State officials denied the city’s attempt to lengthen the nine-weekend season for the state-owned Francis J. McCrehan Memorial Swimming Pool, which closed for the summer at the end of August, according to Cambridge Day. The City Manager’s Office had been working on the proposed extension since January […]


Cambridge is Hungry for Gustazo

GUSTAZO – BEST LATIN AMERICAN FOOD2067 MASSACHUSETTS AVE. (617) 487-8296 GUSTAZO-CUBANCAFE.COM/CAMBRIDGE When Chef Patricia Estorino and her husband Adolfo de la Vega opened their first restaurant—a small place in Belmont—it was a practical decision. “I think we were just really, really hungry for Cuban cooking, and we couldn’t see many choices for that,” says Estorino […]


Down Under School of Yoga Bends Expectations

Down Under School of Yoga2000 MASSACHUSETTS AVE. (617) 661-6565 DOWNUNDERYOGA.COM Down Under School of Yoga is committed to doing things differently—rather than looking to existing studios for inspiration and guidance, Down Under founder and owner Justine Cohen wanted to bring the practice of yoga back to its roots, free from catchy slogans or pricey accessories. […]


Cambridge Art & Frame Is Your Pick For Displaying Your Masterworks

Scout’s Honored 2019Services—FramingCambridge Art & Frame at the Multicultural Arts Center41 Second Street, (617) 547-5944cambridgeartandframe.com Tucked inside the Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge Art & Frame is a single room, its walls lined with frame materials and sheets of glass, worktables, and tools of the craft. It’s a workshop, not a storefront, and for owner Andrew […]



Lamplighter Aglow With the Love of Beer

Your Scout’s Honored 2019 winner for Best Brewery is Lamplighter Brewing Co. After eight or nine years of homebrewing, Lamplighter Brewing Co. co-founders Cayla Marvil and AC Jones decided that Cambridge could use more than one brewery. It took another three years to open the doors at their location, which used to be the auto […]


Library’s New Learning Lab Aims to Up Its STEAM Game

You can get a sneak peek at the Cambridge Public Library’s new STEAM Learning Lab this Thursday and Dr. Maria McCauley, the city’s director of libraries, probably couldn’t be more excited about its potential. “My biggest hope is that people, especially young people, will be able to think about careers in these areas, especially right […]


Pssst, Mister—How About $200 For Your Vote?

Jeff Turner’s name was drawn from our 2019 Scout’s Honored voters in Cambridge and Somerville and he is the winner of our voting prize of $200! Jeff and his wife live on Lexington Avenue just outside of Davis Square in Somerville.  “What I love most about Somerville is its transformation into a vibrant, growing, fun […]


There’s Variety … and Then There’s All Together Now

“Variety’s the very spice of life/That gives it all its flavor.”—from “The Task” (1785) by William Cowper When Anna Rae conceived the idea for All Together Now in 2016, she knew it would be a variety show—in the performances, yes, but in every other aspect, as well. “I looked for venues and audiences willing to […]


Something Ventured: Central Square Florist

Family-owned Central Square Florist has been a cornerstone to the square for decades, catering to the local community since 1929. But the voice of the small, colorful shop has evolved in recent years as ownership has been passed down to a member of the family’s youngest generation, Jackie Levine. Central Square Florist, which Levine’s grandfather’s […]