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. […]


Participatory Budgeting Voting Starts Dec. 1

The city has released its list of 20 finalists for Participatory Budgeting, the annual process where residents vote directly on how to spend city funds. Participatory Budget projects are one-time capital projects that community members select to improve the city. Examples of past projects include bilingual books to help children learn English, solar panels for the […]


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 […]


Porter Square Books Writer in Residence to Pen YA Queer Romance Novel

Like many other Cambridge residents, Kathryn Amato often finds herself getting lost in the shelves at Porter Square Books. Come this February, however, Amato will be spending even more time at the beloved bookstore—the romance-novelist-turned-young-adult-author was just selected as one of Porter Square Books’ first two Writers in Residence. “Along with being a place that […]



A Deep Dive Into Cambridge Water

Local Water Proves Problematic For Coffee Shops Shortly after Justin Pronovost launched Curio Coffee, he started having severe problems with his equipment. He soon found out that the city’s water was to blame. “We had a very basic water filtration system, and after our first two or three months it completely clogged, and we knew […]


Spaceus Turns Vacant Storefront Into Hybrid Artist Space

What is Spaceus? The pop-up that’s set up shop inside a vacant spot in Harvard Square is at once an artist workspace, a storefront, and an event space. Two MIT architecture grad students founded Spaceus in the spring to address both artists’ needs and the city’s empty storefronts. “It was out of a frustration of basically […]


Three ImprovBoston Leaders Resign Following Internal Outcry

Three top leaders at ImprovBoston have resigned following a meeting where members of the nonprofit’s community voiced concerns about tokenization, abuse of power, and handling of reports of sexual misconduct, according to multiple ImprovBoston community members. Artistic Director Mike Descoteaux and Director of the National Touring Company and Director of Sales Deana Criess resigned last […]


Local Artist Paints the Town with Message of Togetherness

At 6 a.m. on a sunny Saturday earlier this fall, Somerville resident Liz LaManche arrived at the spacious Kendall Plaza, bearing an arsenal of string, chalk, and paint rollers. She began with the chalk, sketching out long straight lines. She enlisted an assistant to act as a human compass, holding one end of a string […]


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 […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Wildcards

Date Night Spot: Cambridge School of Culinary Arts 2020 Massachusetts Ave. (617) 354-2020 cambridgeculinary.com Read more here. Eco-Friendly Business: Life Alive 765 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 354-5433 lifealive.com It’s easy to see why Life Alive won the “Best Eco-friendly Business” category. The menu—packed with vegan options, superfoods, and shots of wheatgrass, ginger, and tumeric—makes clear the cafe’s […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Food (Part I of II)

Restaurant Overall, Restaurant in Central Square, Chef (Ken Oringer & Jamie Bissonnette): Little Donkey 505 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 945-1008 littledonkeybos.com Read our article on Little Donkey here. Gourmet or Specialty & Food Catering: Formaggio Kitchen 244 Huron Ave., (617) 354-4750 formaggiokitchen.com Written by Eric Francis There is bread, and then there is Irish soda bread made […]