Tag Archives: somerville

Assembling the price of a happy city

How long does it take to go from one of Boston's newest hip neighborhoods, the Innovation District, to one of Somerville's even newer, actually not quite finished, ones, Assembly Row by public transit? During evening rush hour on a weekday, this trip of about 4.5 road miles took me almost an hour as I traversed the…
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Wine unboxing

At one of the frequent tastings a Ball Square Fine Wine, I noticed that they now stock Chat en Ouef and I also tasted a nice Bordeaux for a wooden box. Well, most likely from a plastic bag inside that box. But anyway, at $39 for 3 liters (that's four regulation 750ml bottles) it seemed…
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The bottle is half full, but can you take it home in Somerville?

In 2006, I was one of many celebrating a change in the law of the Commonwealth allowing restaurants to send diners home with unconsumed portion of the bottle of wine they ordered. This opened up the full wine list to any casual tippler, assuming they would have occasion to drink the remainder in the future. While full…
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Help Aguacate Verde serve more than agua

Passing through one of Camberville's lesser squares, Wilson Square, I ducked in to Aguacate Verde for a quick lunch with Professor M. A casual Mexican place with an emphasis on healthy choices and a specialization in Salvadorean Pupusas, Aguacate Verde has the feel of comfortable neighborhood place. M had a veggie burrito (bonus points for…
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At Nave Gallery Annex, the door to summer is a jar

I am sitting in a room probably very different from the one you are in now. I am sitting on a metal glider swing in the front parlor of a Somerville home facing two intensely bright lamps and listening to recorded sounds of nature. It's artist Lyn Nofziger's installation, Home, at the Nave Gallery's new…
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Chicken hearts and parts, even pupik, in parts of Somerville

Earlier this Autumn, my local source for artisanal home-made house-made tofu near Powerhouse Circle, East Asia, was replaced by a strange newcomer called Doowee (Doo Wee?) and Rice.  I mourned the loss of East Asia's homey no frills atmo and amazing layered tofu but I popped in to Doo Wee to see what was up.  I found out that…
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Three points determine a pickle

I recently discovered the site of George Emerson's Pickle Factory in Somerville's Powerhouse Park. Other than the engraved rock and cast metal pickle jars (bottles?) I have no information about it, but I have a feeling it could be the next Cronin Park. In other more contemporary pickle news: Last month at the Somerville River…
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The new Scrabble math, down 21 at Diesel, up 33 at Bloc 11

Has it really been three years since I repaired a Scrabble set? Such slacking, I'm appalled at myself. The other day I met up with trademarkable JeffCuter(TM) at Diesel Cafe and later had a nice game of Scrabble with the estimable J, who beat me by three points with the utterly cromulent fake bingo, SOLTERN.…
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Savory Scone Update: Goat at 3 Little Figs

Did you know that buttery pastries can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration?  You probably didn't know that because it's probably not true, but that didn't stop me from picking up a savory scone at 3 Little Figs on Somerville's Highland Avenue on the way to see my eye doctor.  Hey, it's not as…
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New photos on the 40th parallel

During Somerville Open Studios a while back, I visited the studio of Bruce Myren in the Vernon Street Studios. Bruce is an artist and educator I've been following for a while and I was excited to see some new work, and there was plenty of it.  Be sure to see the stunning print of Cushman Brook…
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Posto wood-fires the near-Davis curse

You know how some locations just seem cursed?  Those odd retail or restaurant locations that just can't seem to support a business no matter what?  Sometimes it becomes a sport to guess how long the next one will last and sometimes you just stop bothering to even try.  That used to be the case at…
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Tufted Monsters, Sacred Cute, Animated Anim(e)ism

There hasn't been a halloween themed post proper on the 'duck yet, but a series of random events (and the annual invite to GP's house o' horrors) have conspired to make it so.    I was up at Tufts for a panel discussion called Framed: Contemporary Art and the Museum last week and picked up a…
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