Monday, September 1, 2014

fish and chips at cambridge common

Cambridge Common is a neighbourhood restaurant on Mass Ave, in the Porter Square area of Cambridge. It's known for its large selection of beers (at least 30, including one cask-drawn beer and a rotating selection from local and not-so local micro-brewers) and tasty comfort food. It's part of a small local chain, that includes West Side Lounge and Christopher's, both of whom are also on Mass Ave, in the Porter Square area. There is a large bar, staff are friendly, and prices are low.

The fish was excellent, in a traditional New England light batter (not crispy like English batter), with the fish perfectly steamed within. The chips were nothing special, a little on the dry side and requiring ketchup. The coleslaw was excellent, homemade and chunky with a lighter-than-usual, very tasty dressing.

Friendly local bar with good beer. Average chips, excellent fish and coleslaw, and all as cheap as chips!


A 14 year old runaway spent two days undetected camping out in a 24-hour Walmart.

Friday, August 15, 2014

fish and chips at the chatham bars inn

I have a love of fish and chips, as any of my friends and family can testify. If it's on the menu, I order it in preference to pretty much anything else (unless I'm somewhere so far away from the sea, that I don't want fish at all). 

So at the urging of my friends and family, I've decided to start posting reviews of my various fish and chip adventures, starting with a review of my most recent experience (today) at the Chatham Bars Inn, on Cape Cod. Chatham is on the 'elbow' of the Cape and the Inn is an old resort hotel, established in 1914 as a semi-private hunting lodge, and is only on its third owner. We ate on the Verandah, which overlooks Chatham's Pleasant Bay, on a beautiful sunny day.

Excellent fish, with a light crispy batter inside which the cod has been steamed perfectly, remaining juicy and tasty. The batter is more reminiscent of British battered fish, which is crispy, unlike most Massachusetts fish and chips, which is a soft batter (and Maine, which breads the fish). Chips were quite heavily seasoned with 'bay spices' - a salty tangy mixture. Chips were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. I only use ketchup if the fries are a little on the dry side, today I did not have to use ketchup :-) Service was good and very friendly, though they did keep trying to take our plates away before we'd finished eating!

My fish and chips next to my friend Felicity's salad. She's much more virtuous than me!

Excellent fish and chips, lovely company (Felicity), beautiful views and friendly service. Pricey, but worth it!


A McDonald's employee has been jailed for theft, after he forgot to turn off the CCTV before stealing the day's takings.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

new jersey

Police suspect a champion powerboat racer of staging a harbour crash and faking his death in order to flee fraud charges.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


A body was found in the Charles River, a couple of hours after a report of someone jumping from Longfellow Bridge, at 8.30 on Thurs evening.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


A man has been found guilty of second degree murder for shooting dead an unarmed black woman who was banging on his door late at night. He said that he feared for his life, but he did not call police before shooting her.

Monday, August 11, 2014


A woman has been sentenced to 6 years in jail for trying to use internet chatrooms to arrange for strangers to rape a former work colleague. She told the men she liked role play, but gave her colleague's address, not her own. One man took the bait, but aborted the plan when he realised both he and the intended victim had been set up. The victim has been left suffering from panic attacks, unable to sit in her own garden, for fear that men are coming for her.