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The New York Times recently ran a travel piece on Cambridge, Massachusetts, that recommended that visitors go to the MIT Museum but go ahead and pass on the Harvard Museum.  The Times also proposed that those interested in traveling to the People’s Republic should visit Cuchi Cuchi, Craigie on Main, and Toscanini’s in one night, followed by Hungry Mother, Sofra, River Gods, Club Passim, The People’s Republik, and Clover.

I love food as much as way more than most people, and even I would be left catatonic after the gustatory regimen they proposed.

On the other hand, the things the article recommended that didn’t center on food were anemic, at best. The MIT Museum is nothing to write home about (the Sol Lewitt installation, on the other hand, is definitely worth the trip down the Infinite Corridor).  The Harvard Museums, though currently undergoing an insane renovation that causes the earth to shake for blocks, are a world-class collection.  The Harvard/Hahvahd tours, however, are super annoying and should be avoided at all costs.

Somehow, the article failed to recommend Sacco’s Bowl Haven in Davis Square (technically in Somerville, but only by inches), a walk through the aggressively gentrified and quintessentially Cantabrigian neighborhood of Cambridgeport, and night spots including the Hong Kong, the Middle East and TT the Bears.

So, in short: don’t pay any attention to the NY Times article. Ask me and I won’t steer you wrong.

[Ian and I are headed back to the UK today! Time to welcome healthy food back into my life and sleep in my own bed!]

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