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Sep 05 12:12 pm

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by SLF Community Blogger Kathleen Hornby

Here’s an overview of what my Somerville-centric life has been like over the past few weeks. I don’t have enough room to go into detail on everything, and there is always more going on in Somerville than I can keep up with. That being said, if any of you have suggestions as to what I should be checking out, please let me know!

Zoe and her new best friend!

First things first: it was my French Bulldog Zoe’s birthday this month. The pet lovers among you will understand why this leads today’s post, and the rest of you can just bear with me. Zoe’s not picky about toys, treats or food, but I am, so I went birthday present shopping at RiverDog in Union Square. The good folks there make it easy for me to find just what I need to spoil my pup while keeping her healthy. I gave her a stuffed frog that has lasted longer than any plush toy previously subjected to her bulldog jaws; she usually tears them apart in a matter of minutes. Count us both as happy customers.

Okay, enough pet stuff; the rest of the post is strictly for people.

I visited M3 in Davis Square for the first time last week with some friends, and can heartily recommend the cucumber and pickled watermelon salad with goat cheese, the blue crab deviled eggs, the fried chicken, the fried okra, the biscuits, and the macaroni and cheese. Don’t judge – we were all sharing. I should also note that the draft list included Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, one of my personal favorites.

They do serve brunch, which has received very positive reviews, but as a diehard Highland Kitchen fan, I’m reserving judgment until I can go back and evaluate it for myself.

M3 is not an SLF member, but I’m sure that will change shortly – right, (chef-owner) Jason Owens?


FoMu sample at Taza

My most recent adventure in exploring locally produced culinary delights was at Taza Chocolate, which hosted Allston-based “alternative ice cream” purveyor FoMu on Saturday, August 18th. I couldn’t resist the siren call of free vegan ice cream, despite the fact that my vegan years are behind me. Dairy-free options are still important, and it’s even better if they’re delicious enough to silence the skeptics.


Taza and FoMu did not disappoint. My cone, filled with a tiny scoop each of Bananas Foster and Limited Edition Mexican Taza Brownie, was generously topped with a mixture of cacao nibs, roasted cashews, and chocolate-covered hazelnut pieces.


Pints of FoMu were on sale at the time, as well as 8-oz cans of Taza’s ice cream topping mixture, but they were going fast. Lesson of the day: always make the trip to Taza for tastings and other events. Not only is there free food (and, occasionally, free booze), but you can also stock up on factory store specials.


Like I said, that’s the overview. I left out the Drink Craft Beer Summerfest in July at the Center for Arts at the Armory, the two movies I’ve seen recently at The Somerville Theatre, the brunch I had this weekend at Highland Kitchen, and countless other fabulous SLF moments. I’m planning to keep the updates coming, though, so stay tuned.

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