Restaurant Review | Harvard Square’s 9 Tastes offers impressive Thai cuisine

  Though Boston has, for the most part, a rather disappointing offering of Asian restaurants, its Thai restaurants defy similar categorization. Thai eateries abound in the Greater Boston area, especially around Cambridge and Somerville, and the Thai food scene manifests itself in a number of high-quality dining establishments, each of which has a cult-like following. […]


The Roaming Fork | Roam on

I can’t believe it — this is my last column of the semester. I am sad about this, to say the least. From caterpillars to taro roots to kava, thank you so much for joining me on this culinary adventure. What a long, strange trip it’s been. I hope this column, if nothing else, has […]


Union Square Donuts arrives triumphantly on artisinal pastry scene

Doughnut culture is currently experiencing something of a golden age, what with bloggers and Yelpers alike fully aware of the magic and mystery of shops like Portlands Voodoo Doughnuts and Chicagos Dinkels Bakery. The Internet era has returned groups of artisans specializing in individual products to prominence whether they sell frozen goats milk yogurt, sea […]


Annual Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference continues

The 2013 Association of Writers & Writing Programs’ (AWP) annual conference is now well underway, and many would argue that the best is still to come. The conference will continue through Saturday, March 9, having begun on Wednesday. Despite being a niche event that appeals primarily to fans and members of the literary underground, the […]


Melissa MacEwen | The Roaming Fork

South African Emperor moths are gorgeous creatures. Brightly colored and distinctively patterned, the adult moths appear each spring to mate, lay eggs and frolic in the South African sun. But, as in both nature and other realms of reality, beauty doesn’t last – the splendid adult moths live but three to four days, after which […]


Restaurant Review | Pavement Coffee House cozy but average

If you’ve been to the Back Bay in the past decade, chances are that you’ve been to one of Pavement Coffee House’s three locations. With shops at 286 Newbury Street, 44 Gainsborough Street and 1096 Boylston Street, Pavement occupies some truly excellent real estate and will be opening a fourth location soon. Though these first […]


Melissa MacEwen | The Roaming Fork

  When I was eight years old, my brother and I had a lizard named Larry. In addition to requiring a terrarium, a shelter made from a log and a UV light, Larry also needed to be fed a daily ration of crickets that we picked up from the pet store downtown. I found this […]


Melissa MacEwen | The Roaming Fork

You really should know what taro is, if you don’t already. Taro is essentially an improved version of the potato – it’s starchy, easy to cook and easy to grow. For some reason, though, it has only just begun to expand beyond Africa and Asia and into North American grocery stores. From Indian curries, to […]


Melissa MacEwen | The Roaming Fork

  You really should know what taro is, if you don’t already. Taro is essentially an improved version of the potato – it’s starchy, easy to cook and easy to grow. For some reason, though, it has only just begun to expand beyond Africa and Asia and into North American grocery stores. From Indian curries, […]


Quantity undercuts quality at Martsa On Elm

Though it may not be widely known, Somerville has a relatively large Tibetan population. With over 500 Tibetans calling the suburb home, it should come as no surprise that Somerville also features some of the best Tibetan food in the Boston Metro Area. With Yak and Yeti, House of Tibet Kitchen, Rangzen Tibetan Place and […]


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