Author Archives: DAN MCCARTHY

Food and Drinks 

GETTING CHILE: A DELICIOUS REASON TO ENDURE THE GREEN LINE TREK TO NEWTON CENTRE

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Subway tile, artwork involving kaleidoscopic-hued sharks (naturally), and a stretch of 18 seats lining the butcher block-topped chef’s table and bar greet you when you enter the sleek but unpretentious modular space, as does a bustling hum. Continue reading

Beer 

10 THINGS I LEARNED AT THE MOHEGAN SUN BREWFEST THIS YEAR

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I was given a room and a pass to this year’s Mohegan Sun Brewfest at the beginning of October. I drank, and then drank, and then drank a lot more. Continue reading

Food and Drinks 

WEIRD SCIENCE: CAFÉ ARTSCIENCE’S TODD MAUL WANTS TO MAKE YOU A DRINK THAT DOESN’T EXIST

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“The big thing for us is taking small ideas and seeing how we can build [on them],” says Maul. “But not with gimmicks. We’re looking at the future of drinking, [and how] to just make a better drink.” Continue reading

Food and Drinks 

TRUE HOUSE WINE: DANTE DEMAGISTRIS LAUNCHES A RARE WINE YOU CAN ACTUALLY AFFORD

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But thanks to beloved local chef Dante DeMagistris, it now means you landing exclusive wine hailing from private family-owned land in Italy that is only (presently) available at his local spots (Restaurante Dante in Cambridge, and the Belmont and Lexington outposts of Il Casale). And then there’s the good news: Doing so won’t require you selling your own blood to pay for it Continue reading

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POP CULTURES

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If you’re still unsure exactly what it is, besides an eclectic mixed-use space inspired by the old Keith Haring Tokyo pop up shops of the 1980s (hence the decor), it’s a project being done in conjunction with TheFenway.com designed to inspire excitement and new energy into the still-evolving neighborhood as the monolithic project across from Fenway Health is completed, which intends to house independent retailers on the ground floor. Continue reading

Music 

HEAR OF THE RAT: GET READY FOR A POP-UP SONIC ODYSSEY THROUGH THE SOUL OF THE ICONIC ROCK CLUB

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It’s the grandaddy of Hub rock joints, and to those that can still remember the smell of the floors there, it’s considered something of a holy grail. Continue reading

Shop 

CATEGORY IMPERATIVE: SOME HANDSOME LEATHER FOOTWEAR FROM A GUY WITH ROOTS IN THE LOCAL SHOE BIZ

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His grandfather opened and operated a shoe component manufacturing company in Brockton 30 years ago. After buying a standard pair of boat shoes in college, Shuman came to the realization that things in the leathery foot sheath world had gotten stale for fellas over the years. In his eyes, the solution lay with the Millennials. Continue reading

Food and Drinks 

LONE STAR CAMBRIDGE: IT’S COMING, AND SO ARE THE LIBATIONS. HERE’S A TASTE.

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Toste says he’s going to focus on bringing elements of the old to embolden the new, be it a new crushed ice program, house-made tinctures, or the general ebb and flow of seasonal offerings matching when they’re being rolled out. Ultimately though, Toste says the food will dictate the palate. Continue reading

Food and Drinks 

GRANITE STATE OF SHINE: GTFO FOR VODKA AND MOONSHINE CONCEIVED AMIDST WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST

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When asked why he chose to start with vodka, Kurland explained: “Vodka is defined by being flavorless and odorless and tasteless,” he said. “You may as well be making rubbing alcohol. So to give ours character, I distilled to a point where there’s a little corn-sweetness on the tongue and a smooth finish that has no burn at all.” Continue reading