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Dog daze

Letters to the Boston editors, March 9, 2012.
Letters to the Boston editors, March 9, 2012
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 09, 2012
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Review: La Frontera

An old adage says, "Never eat at a place called 'Mom's,' " which of course is not a snipe at actual mothers, but the folly of marketing a restaurant as somehow capable of channeling the love, care, and multi-generational lore that the ideal of mom's co
Your own mom should cook so beautifully
By MC SLIM JB  |  April 15, 2011
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Massachusetts' crisis: learning a second language

Lucía López did not cross the border by foot, nor did she pay a smuggler thousands of dollars to get here. She took a plane to Boston from her native Peru, and hasn't left.
Can English-Language programs keep up with the surge in immigration?
By MARCELA GARCÍA  |  March 25, 2011
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Review: Tawakal Halal Cuisine

So upon hearing that Boston's first Somali restaurant has opened, food nerds should seek out Tawakal Halal Cuisine, hidden above the Victory Pub in Orient Heights, where their geeky determination will be amply rewarded.
The eclectic, beguiling cuisine of Somalia makes its Boston debut in Eastie  
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 25, 2011
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Saigon Restaurant

I've long praised East Boston for its trove of terrific budget restaurants, especially the Latin-American ones.
Proof that Eastie's fine budget restaurants aren't limited to the Western Hemisphere
By MC SLIM JB  |  August 13, 2010
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Photos: ArtRages Surrealestate Art Party

Mobius fundraiser featuring more than "10,000 sq. feet of performance, installations, video art, dance, music, and more"
Mobius presents: ArtRages Surrealestate in East Boston | May 8, 2010
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  May 14, 2010


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Restaurante Montechristo

East Boston is a treasure trove of Latin American restaurants serving delicious, filling fare.
Another budget-priced Eastie winner serving traditional Central American fare
By MC SLIM JB  |  April 02, 2010
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Sonny Noto's Restaurant

How does a restaurant fly under the radar for nearly 60 years?
A not-so-hidden gem with a three-generation track record in Eastie  
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 26, 2010
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The war over peace

In the early infancy of this five-week-old year, Boston has been rocked by four homicides and 10 non-fatal shootings. By the time this goes to print, there may well be more.
A decade after the 'Boston Miracle,' violent crime has again overtaken parts of the city. Can the miracle makers create a new peace?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 05, 2010
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Bay State's top lobbyists

Nearly everyone in Massachusetts felt the pinch of the recession in 2009 — even Beacon Hill lobbyists had to tighten their belts.
Talking Politics
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 05, 2010
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Taquería Jalisco

Exploring a new restaurant is like baseball: sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it isn't available. My Taquería Jalisco rainout was a Tuesday, its regular day off.
Kicking off the New Year right with fine traditional Mexican
By MC SLIM JB  |  January 08, 2010


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2009: The year in dining

This was an unusual food year for me, in that the recession did not have the expected effect on the local dining scene.
My year in food
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 25, 2009
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Burning down the house

"The life of the artist is seeing possibility where other people don't," says Madeleine Steczynski, an East Boston artist and activist.
The roof is on Fire Dept.
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  December 25, 2009
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2009: The year in Art

The year started off with a kick in the teeth when, in January, Brandeis University announced plans to shutter its Rose Art Museum and sell off its masterpieces.
Saints, sinners, paint
By GREG COOK  |  December 25, 2009
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Elite Restaurant

Some meals can bring you back vividly to your childhood, perhaps because your sense of smell and long-term memory are centered in adjacent areas of the brain.
Eggs, coffee, and salty conversation
By MC SLIM JB  |  November 13, 2009
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Hardboiled hub

When I was growing up in Roslindale a few decades back — among tribes of ignorant, second-generation immigrant kids whose favorite words began with “f” and “n” and who liked to torture small animals and beat up small children before they moved on to thei
The city’s gritty, criminal underbelly has redefined the dark, artistic vision known as Boston noir
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 23, 2009


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Boston public-school apartheid?

At the Edward W. Brooke School in Roslindale — a kindergarten-to-eighth-grade public charter school — the push to advance graduates to elite secondary programs begins in fifth grade.
Think busing was a problem in this town? Some are labeling charter schools as Boston's newest educational battleground
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 09, 2009
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All for jazz

Clifford Glimmer (Paul Menezes) goes into advertising after college, but he got his name -- plus a lot of other blessings and problems -- from jazz.
Freeport Players' Side Man dominates the stage
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 02, 2009
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Final four?

Some of Boston's savviest political insiders were confident of one thing going into last week's preliminary election: the top four finishers in the at-large City Council race would not be the same quartet to actually win those four seats in November.
The City Council preliminary is seldom a preview of the finish. But this time, it just might be.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 02, 2009
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Rino's Place

I often chat up local chefs about their favorite restaurants, usually over drinks at late-night watering holes.
Old-school, groaning-platter Italian-American meets authentic Italian in Eastie
By MC SLIM JB  |  September 25, 2009
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A Tale of Two Towns

Charlestown was baptized in bloodshed. Yet this unique, fertile turf has been generally overlooked by Hollywood, which has preferred instead its old rival South Boston, the primary backdrop for Oscar winners Good Will Hunting and The Departed .
Renowned for its roguish history, Charlestown is finally getting Hollywood's attention
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 18, 2009


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La Fogata

Few Boston neighborhoods are as blessed with affordable restaurants, or as unfairly overlooked, as Eastie.
A cozy Eastie spot for Colombian snacks and more
By MC SLIM JB  |  August 28, 2009
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Feels like the first time

One thing you don't realize when you vow to support local music is that it involves sitting through the same bands month after month as they burn through drink tickets, rearrange their sets, and stall the record release.
One Night Band could get a little messy
By MATT PARISH  |  August 28, 2009
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Preliminary findings

Even knowledgeable City Hall insiders know they're better off scratching lotto tickets than wagering on Boston politics.
Handicapping the 15-headed horse race that is Boston's at-large City Council election
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 14, 2009
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Breakthroughs

Tufts University Art Gallery's "Sixth Annual Juried Summer Exhibition" is one of those summer sampler shows that's got about a million people in it.
Summer round-ups at Tufts and Montserrat
By GREG COOK  |  July 10, 2009
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Scup's in the Harbor

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 own
How refreshing: a waterfront joint that's actually quite good
By MC SLIM JB  |  June 26, 2009


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Racism in real estate

After more than a decade in the business, the real-estate agent knew that many landlords had very narrow ideas about whom they did and didn't want living in their apartments and houses. Most of them were fairly subtle about it. "I want the right people,
Keeping the neighborhoods white
By SEAN FLYNN  |  May 15, 2009
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Spite the power

While the economy has given us a collective jackboot to the groin, it has also seemingly stirred a civil discontent.
This week in protest saw teens swarm the State House and tired bus drivers rally
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 08, 2009
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Ecco Restaurant and Martini Bar

An East Boston bistro? Kind of doesn't have a ring to it — especially since we're not talking about Orient Heights or Jeffries Point.
Eastie gets a fine, trendy bistro of its own
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 01, 2009

Play by Play: March 27, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 24, 2009