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Letters to the Portland editor: May 1, 2009

Loving Maine
Is Rick Wormwood an inbred Maineiac as some would speculate?

Dr. Lovemonkey: What would Jimmy do?

Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
I met the most beautiful woman the other day ... Although I am attracted to her, I don't want to have an affair.
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  March 31, 2009

Let the alligators come to you

And, Portland, they're on the way
I'll be back next month with recipes, know-how, and cultural background on Dominican bollos de yuca, a fried meat-filled snack that's crispy outside and soft inside.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  January 14, 2009

Ula Café

Caffeine, fine food, and no annoying CD compilations
Ula Café, located in the Brewery complex in Jamaica Plain, has all the fundamentals: great coffee and tea, very fine baked goods, free Wi-Fi. But what might surprise you is how good its other food is.
By MC SLIM JB  |  December 12, 2008

Got live if you want it

Vets and newbs vie for your ears
Now that the idea that summer has come to a close has set in, it’s time to start thinking about what there is to look forward to this fall.
By BOB GULLA  |  September 10, 2008

Italian Corner

A treat, but not every night
Italian Corner offers gourmet grinders every day, but from 5:30 to 8:30 on Saturday nights — and Friday nights, come August — proprietor Osvaldo Pirrò comes out of retirement as a master chef (Golden Fork Award and all) — to provide dinner.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 16, 2008

He ain't heavy — well, maybe a little bit

Performance art
For Armen Moradians's "100 Carry Project," he plans to carry 100 people — one by one, piggy-back style — along a two-mile route through downtown Portland.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 25, 2008

Liberty Elm Diner

Neighborliness and buttermilk pancakes
Every neighborhood should have a diner like the Liberty Elm.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 04, 2008


Another Brookline sushi place? It’s actually a welcome addition.
I recently learned I made an error when I wrote that 147 places sell sushi in Brookline.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 16, 2008

Roaring back

The return of Rash of Stabbings
Rumors of a Rash of Stabbings reunion are not, in fact, greatly exaggerated.
By BOB GULLA  |  April 15, 2008

Patty Larkin

Watch the Sky | Vanguard
Patty Larkin made this a real solo album, sequestering herself in remote locations to build these dozen songs from the ground up.
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  February 26, 2008

Fresh start

StarEast Café brings back a taste of the Middle East
Great books and films about contemporary Iraq uncover admirable and encouraging details but ultimately leave you with a sense of foreboding about the country's future.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  February 20, 2008

DIY all over again

The Coming Weak seek alternate routes; plus, Forever Young
Cut from the earnest and emotional mold of bands such as Taking Back Sunday, Coheed & Cambria, and our own Monty Are I, the Coming Weak is one of the area’s fastest-rising combos.
By BOB GULLA  |  February 13, 2008

Then and now

Listening to A State of Blue
It’s not exactly a stroll down Memory Lane, but pretty close to it.
By BOB GULLA  |  February 06, 2008

Prodigal daughter

The future of classical music is here
When pianist Anastasia Antonacos walks into the coffee shop for our interview, it is clear even without a piano in the room why she has been so successful.
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  January 23, 2008

La Voile

Sailing onto Newbury Street with authentic French food
Apparently it was an American sailor who motivated La Voile — which means “the sail” — to move to Boston.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 16, 2008

Tony Papa's

Holding court in Knightsville
Cranston, and particularly Knightsville, is an obvious culinary epicenter for Italian cuisine.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 09, 2008

Stormy weather

Snow cleanup undermined by incompetents and flying monkeys
Phillipe + Jorge are not upset or disappointed that Governor Don “Laughing Boy” Carcieri was out of the country, in Iraq, during the recent winter storm imbroglio.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 19, 2007

Lori McKenna

Unglamorous | Warner Bros.
Lori McKenna had her major-label debut co-produced by Hill’s husband, country superstar Tim McGraw.
By WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  November 06, 2007

Out of the dark

Marissa Nadler breaks into Boston
Needham native Marissa Nadler got her start as a singer-songwriter.
By RYAN STEWART  |  October 16, 2007

Celebrating the blues

Plus, new discs from Becky Chace and Mary Ann Rossoni
The seed of a new festival in Providence has begun to germinate, thanks to Mark Millof.
By BOB GULLA  |  October 09, 2007

Putumayo Presents Americana

Most of what you’ll find here is about as appealing as the disc’s candy-colored cover, which has got to be in the running for one of the ugliest of the year.
By WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  September 18, 2007

Pore and pour

The reader’s guide to intoxicating literature
This is for the misanthropes and wallflowers.
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  August 31, 2007

Gabel, Gabel, hey!

Against Me!’s new wave of political punk
New Wave ’s opening title track makes as much of its referential moniker as the Clash did of the phrase “London Calling.”
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  August 31, 2007

Fill your belly

Without emptying your wallet
Portland is a great eating town.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 29, 2007

Toscanini’s Vietnamese coffee

Who needs half-caff?
As construction workers dismantled the giant metal T that presided over Harvard Square until this past December, my friends and co-workers began to lose weight.
By RACHEL NOLAN  |  August 08, 2007

Around the clock

Savor sambuca and its siblings from morning until night
Any drink with which you can, reasonably and tastefully, both begin your morning and end your evening, is my kind of drink.
By RUTH TOBIAS  |  July 27, 2007

Skip the scoop shop

Make custom-flavored frozen desserts at home
If you are an ice cream junkie, then this is your worst time of year.
By TODD RICHARD  |  July 18, 2007

Hometown rockers

‘Locals Rule’ at Lupo’s; plus, the return of the Blackstone
There’s a rare nocturnal occurrence happening — call it a lunar local music eclipse.
By BOB GULLA  |  June 26, 2007

Heaven and hell

Paul toodles off to Starbucks while Ozzy goes to war
Feel, feel for Sir Paul McCartney.
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 12, 2007

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