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Facebook group becomes an organizing force

Maine's majority
When Governor Paul LePage returned to the Blaine House after his Jamaican vacation on Monday, he got a special welcome-home gift: an oversized card, signed by 1300 of his constituents (plus some balloons and Jamaican Me Crazy coffee!).
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 14, 2011

Review: Upstairs at the Public Market House

Gustatory altitude
Everybody likes a scrappy tale of redemption. So when a scrappy redemption actually succeeds, it is especially gratifying. Perhaps that explains why it is so pleasant to sit upstairs at the Public Market House.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  January 19, 2011

Savin Scoop

Can this ice-cream parlor scoop out a place for itself?
Savin Hill brings its own nice splash of character to Dorchester, but until November, if you wanted to sit and relax with an iced coffee with cream or a coffee ice cream, you were out of luck.
By D. BARKER  |  December 15, 2010

Beer: It's what's for breakfast

Good morning!
Breakfast beers aren't for everyone. People will think you have a problem. But we aren't talking about a hair-of-the-dog here — we're drinking beer because it goes great with breakfast!
By JOSH SMITH  |  December 01, 2010

Review: Village Heart Bakery Café

A truly Continental breakfast, and much more
It's a straightforward principle but the Village Hearth Bakery Café has perfected it: keep things simple and the quality will shine through.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  August 31, 2010

Mohr and McPherson Café

Good coffee, snacks, and an escape from the isolation of your lonely home office
A recent New York Times article outlined how some café owners, tired of laptop-banging customers who linger for free Wi-Fi, are pulling the plug on Internet access.
By MC SLIM JB  |  September 01, 2010

Always hot or cold

By KARL STEVENS  |  August 11, 2010

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The Spot Café

To spot the great diner, check out the bread
Your typical cheap-eats reviewer spends a lot of time in diners: they're America's original inexpensive quick-service restaurants, and most are a step up from modern fast-food franchises.
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 03, 2010

Cafe 57 and Grille

Fresh flavors and super-friendly service in an indie neighborhood restaurant
I've always felt a little sorry for Brighton; it's a lovely residential neighborhood, but seems short on decent places for a quick bite.
By MC SLIM JB  |  January 20, 2010


The meteoric rise and startling fall of Starbucks is emblematic of the contemporary American dream — just ask the history professor who's been to 425 branches
In 50 states and 49 countries, the experience is the same: a placid sense of place, air suffused with the rich aromatics of fresh-brewed espresso. Customers dollop cream and sprinkle brown sugar into their drinks. Behind the counter, green-clad baristas grind beans and steam milk, smiling as they take orders in a made-up language.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 11, 2009

Triple shot

Visiting three new Portland cafés
As a sign of difficult economic times, a turnover in cafés is a noisy indicator but a significant one.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  November 04, 2009

Scup's in the Harbor

How refreshing: a waterfront joint that's actually quite good
Scouting out great cheap restaurants takes me down some strange byways, but I almost never make it to Boston's waterfront. Most places with water views tend to be overpriced or mediocre. Perhaps it's the high cost of picturesque real estate, or that owners count on the scenery to mask their shortcomings.
By MC SLIM JB  |  June 24, 2009

Living Colour, Michael Madsen, and Rhody's new media

Rhode Island has seen its share of media strife in recent years.
The travails of the Providence Journal are the stuff of coffee house and talk radio chatter. And the troubles afflicting the local newscast fill the pages of this week's Phoenix .
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 24, 2009

Letters to the Portland editor: May 1, 2009

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

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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

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