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Eat Here Now


February 24, 2011

By Anushka Wirasinha

Photo courtesy Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau

Recently I returned to my college town, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and went in search of the places I used to love when I was a student at Harvard. Some are still around, and I share these with you; and some are gone, but there are great replacements. All are welcoming and budget friendly and cater to the lifestyle and pockets of students.

It was the unique local homey cafes and restaurants I remember looking back on my days roaming around Harvard Square. These one of a kind little cafes and eating places served menus with many delicious options unavailable elsewhere. But they were more than just a place to grab a decent meal for a great price;it was the friendly atmosphere that was served on the side that made a homesick student remember and treasure these small local cafes. They were a place of relaxation, friendly chats, a place to study, meet friends, play a game of cards and watch the world go by but most of all a place where you were surrounded by friendly serving staff that were there to give advice, listen, create the perfect blend for your taste buds to enjoy and make you feel at home whenever you entered through their doors.

Many of these charming little cafes have now unfortunately disappeared partly with the springing up of large chain stores and coffee shops and partly because of the economic recession sending them out of business. My craving for unique homemade taste made me want to visit one of my favorite places in the world once more- Harvard Square and discover the hidden treasures that were still around waiting to be discovered and delight the taste buds.

There was a particular café that grabbed my attention in Harvard Square because of its quaint whimsical décor. Sweet is relative newcomer to the area, but fits right in. Inside black and white elegantly patterned wallpaper blankets around a few white tables and chairs to sit and enjoy cupcakes while watching the happenings in Harvard Square. Continue Reading…



January 31, 2010

Thinking outside the box at a Bronx cocktail lab
By Joe DiStefano

Upon entering the Liquid Lab in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx, one might think that it is the uptown lair of a mad scientist, or perhaps a liquor wholesaler. Despite the vast selection of unusual booze and tons of specialized equipment amassed by cocktail consultant Junior Merino, aka the Liquid Chef and the man behind the lab, there is nothing mad about the lab. Instead it is quite the sane center of experimentation and exploration where acclaimed mixologist and spirits educator Merino teaches daylong mixology workshops.

The workshops provide attendees access to some 2,400 bottles of spirits—gin, vodka, rum, whisky, tequila, and mezcal—and liqueurs from such easily obtained varieties as Chartreuse Yellow and Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry (Blanc) to lesser seen ones like Agwa de Bolivia made from Bolivian coca leaves, guarana, and ginseng line the walls of this one-bedroom apartment given over to the art and science of mixology. There’s no lack of bitters. Merino stocks 30, from Fee Brothers Cherry to what is surely the world’s smallest bottle of Angostura.

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