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A beginner’s guide to the city’s best heat-beating drinks

There are only two things that make us feel better when our legs stick to the seats on the T, or when a five-minute walk down the street leaves us drenched with sweat in the most embarrassing places.
Summer cocktails
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  June 08, 2012
Return to blender

Return to blender

Photo: JOEL VEAK Whether we're talking music, fashion, or cocktails, accurately predicting trend cycles is really quite simple. Here's the formula: 1) remember an old...
By Luke ONeil  |  July 11, 2011
Looking Back, Seeing Double

Looking Back, Seeing Double

 The end of a calendar year is generally a time of reflection. As January 1st looms, so do resolutions, those pesky promises we make to...
By Sara Faith Alterman  |  December 14, 2009
What Not to Drink

What Not to Drink

Taste, as they say, is relative. Not sure who “they” are, exactly, but it’s certainly true that one man’s signature cocktail is another man’s stomach-turner....
By Sara Faith Alterman  |  September 21, 2009

Tours of duty

Clifford and Bang will celebrate Memorial Day weekend together at Highland Kitchen in Somerville this Sunday in a program called "Basic Training: An Evening of Art, Music, and Poetry."
John Clifford and Billy Bang's Vietnam; plus Icons Among Us and bye-bye Jazz Brunch
By JON GARELICK  |  May 22, 2009
Deano Sounds's Top 5 songs you'll dance to at Soul Shake

Deano Sounds's Top 5 songs you'll dance to at Soul Shake

Deano Sounds and Jay, of "Soul Shake"   1. Honey & The Bees, "Love Addict"   2. E...
By Shaula Clark  |  May 12, 2009

Setting a Standard

Setting a Standard


As a full-time server at Eastern Standard, Courtney Metsch spends most of her time helping others enjoy their nights off. The music and fashion buff is sometimes on her feet for up to 12 hours, and she gets precious little time to sit down and relax. But when she does, the Davis Square resident stays close to home, finding her way to some neighborhood haunts.

By Erin Byers Murray  |  January 12, 2009
Missed You

Missed You



The best drinks I tried — and didn’t write about — this year

Besides gifts and cookies and awkward family arguments, the holiday season also tends to bring reflections. As the year draws to a close, my thoughts drift toward accomplishments I’ve made over the past 12 months, my mistakes, my regrets, my triumphs — and the cocktails I drank but never wrote about. (Shut up, it’s true.) Over the past year, I had the chance to try some truly unique drinks, and while many of them made it into this column, I couldn’t quite fit some of them (especially the quirky ones) in. Now’s my chance, with this salute to all the things I’ve loved but didn’t get around to paying attention to until right now. (Well, all the drinkable things, anyway.)

Fitting, given all the globe

By Sara Faith Alterman  |  December 11, 2008

Happy Accidents


Sometimes a bar mistake can be a beautiful thing

A little imagination and a willingness to experiment can transform a potential disaster into a culinary triumph. Need proof? How about famous “oops” moments such as chocolate-chip cookies, ice-cream cones, and the microwave? And plenty of classic cocktails were purportedly created when bartenders ran out of specific ingredients and made heat-of-the-moment substitutions. The mark of a seasoned beverage professional is the ability to think creatively and use slip-ups to his or her advantage. Risky, sure, but sometimes downright fantastic.

A faulty soda machine was the inspiration for the Broken Machine ($10.50) at the Beehive (541 Tremont Street, B
By Sara Faith Alterman  |  December 02, 2008

Frozen’s solid

Frozen’s solid

Not all of the good F-words are of the four-letter variety. Case in point: Fried and Frozen Mondays at Highland Kitchen (150 Highland Avenue, Somerville,...
By webteam  |  August 21, 2008

Hot bites: Neighborhood vibe, elevated food

Sometimes you really do want to go where everybody knows your name. Or at least somewhere within walking distance from your apartment, so you can...
By webteam  |  July 21, 2008


Highland Kitchen

It's a restaurant with a menu that goes from diner to bistro without missing a world beat. There’s some pretty good American roots music on the jukebox, too.
Won’t you be our neighbor?
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 18, 2008

Feeding Frenzy: Highland Kitchen, Neighborhood Nights at Nebo, The Butcher Shop, and the Beehive

SPEAKING OF new neighborhood gastropubs, a near-perfect example is Highland Kitchen in Somerville. Chef Mark Romano was ready to be his own boss after five...
By Louisa Kasdon  |  March 10, 2008