Somerville Patch reports a Papa John's delivery guy was arrested on charges of trying to run somebody down in Inman Square - after first chest bumping and spitting at his alleged victim.
Meanwhile, across the river, Papa John's delivery guys think nothing of parking 18-wheelers in major intersections while they make deliveries:
Roving UHub photographer Bob Meier happened upon an expanding sinkhole in Inman Square in Cambridge last night, reports:
It started out as a sinkhole about the size of a manhole cover. I first saw it around 6 pm yesterday when it was being blocked by two Public Works pickup trucks. By 9:30 (when I took the photo) they upgraded to orange cones and caution tape.
The Herald reports police followed signals from a GPS device slipped into some money taken in an Inman Square bank robbery to a 91 bus in Somerville - and arrested the guy they said had a pocket stuffed with cash.
Tom Myers took this photo of the Cambridge Street bus stop in Inman Square, adds:
Worth closing the T.
Erin is now in DC, but still pines for the All Star Sandwich Bar in Inman Square - so much so that when she checked out their specials from afar the other day, she was forced to make her own version of one of them:
I told Alex to pack, we had to get in the car, we had to get to Cambridge before they closed for the evening and the Funky disappeared forever. Sadly, he kind of just laughed at me. So, I had to devise a plan to make my own.
Pop.Bop.Shop tries out, enjoys Trina's Starlite Lounge, which swapped out the biker feel of the Abbey Lounge for the era when smoking was cool and posters of pinup girls were, well, pinned up.
... [T]he onion strings and the apple boursin sandwich were sublime. Those two items make a mouth watering meal. ...
Hey, what's say we block off part of Inman Square and turn it into a tropical wildlife refuge for a week? Wouldn't that be cool?
... Temporarily closing the street allows it to be transformed into a dense, urban jungle, with large trees which create a virtually impenetrable maze of greenery. A series of bridges and viewing platforms will connect the rooflines of the North and South side of Cambridge Street, zig-zaging across the street, allowing pedestrians to walk amongst the tree tops, looking and experiencing the jungle first hand. This truly unique experience will emphasize the "one-of-a-kind" spirit of Inman Square. ...
Such as, say, observing roaming tigers from the roof of the hardware store.
MenuPages Boston reports on the summer opening of Trina's Starlite Lounge, which will serve "Southern-influenced bar food and cocktails in a 1940s/50s-inspired room."
Cambridge Police report the Quick Mart on Cambridge Street was held up shortly before midnight:
[A] tall white male entered the store wearing a purple cloth over his face, went behind the counter while holding a knife, and demanded that the reporting party give him a bag and to open both the lottery and cash registers and hand the cash over. The suspect then fled in the direction of Somerville.
Kerry Batchelder provide two examples of why it's Inman Square:
... So he shows me this one piece called 'The Golden Frog'. He meant that quite literally. This man had found a dead frog which had its chest ripped open, painted it gold, and stuck in on a painting. ...
Eileen peppers a post with details and photos from dinner last night at the East Coast Grill's annual Hell Night:
... The others suffered through their main courses as well, and naturally, I was all "You look like you're going to barf! Quick, let me take a picture for my blog." I don't look so bad in mine, until you realize that my face is the same color as my fuchsia sweater, and my lips are not normally that, um, plump. Capsaicin...even better than collagen injections! ...
So you're playing one of Santa's elves in a store window during an Inman Square midnight-madness sales event - the night of a godawful snowstorm. You just might really get into it.
Third Decade says the meal at Legal Test Kitchen was so bad (both food and service) it took a good meal at JP's Dogwood Cafe to help get rid of some of the taste.
Titanjockey says Chipotle in Medford is worth the trip for its to-die-for fajita burritos.
Mark writes that Bengal Cafe in North Cambridge is OK, but that there are better Indian options in the Boston area.
Chris and Erin say that Taste of Thailand in Dorchester Lower Mills is much better than you'd think from its plain exterior.
Anna Kushnir reviews five restaurants in the Longwood Medical Area.
Rachele Rosi-Kessel says the food at Salute in Roslindale changed from excellent to disappointing when the chef changed.
Josh Ourisman says the Druid in Inman Square has the best shepherd's pie he's ever had - and free wireless to boot.
Karrie reports what happened when she walked into Stellabella Toys in Inman Square this morning:
As we walked into the store, a rather stern looking, middle-aged woman was raving "It's MERRY CHRISTMAS! DO YOU HEAR ME? MERRY CHRISTMAS!" She caught my eye and barked: "None of this Happy Holidays bullshit!"
Hark the batshit crazy angels sing, lady. I heard you. ...
Seth Gitell compares Punjabi Dhaba Roadside Restaurant in Inman Square and Mantra in downtown Boston. He finds Punjabi Dhaba serves good food at good prices, but writes that Mantra is overpriced and seems more concerned with setting a scene than serving food worth the extra cost.
Marc also says Dolphin in Natick has good food but absolutely atrocious service.
Stang8s says the dim sum at Hei La Moon in Chinatown is awesome:
We found everything to be great today, much better then we had remembered even.
Boston Chomps recommends Muqueca in Inman Square for Brazilian seafood stew:
... My favorite however, was the cod capixaba. It's made from salt cod, and stewed in coconut milk. The stew also includes plantains, olives, and boiled eggs. A strange combination but DELICIOUS. It tasted even better after adding the hot sauce served at every table. ...
Not up for Brazilian seafood? What about Brazilian meat meat meat. Bill Ives savors the Cafe Belo in Somerville, one of a whole chain of Brazilian meat joints.
Of course, local eaters are supping on more than just Brazilian fare:
From Cambridge to Framingham, from sashimi to Ethiopian food, local bloggers have been eating up a storm:
Marc Levy discusses a Cambridge zoning hearing tomorrow (Thursday) that could determine whether the Zeitgeist Gallery continues to offer performances at its Inman Square location.
Seems at least one neighbor has complained and a city zoning official has taken the opportunity to demand the gallery pay for a $500 yearly entertainment license.
... [F]or a city as boastful of its funk as it is of its fiscal power, this is an awfully grim approach to an enduring source of art and enlightenment, and it seems like part of an ominous trend. ...
The hearing is scheduled for 8:45 p.m. at the Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Ave., across from City Hall in Central Square.