Matthew Reed Baker

City Life

Why Is Connecticut Always Excluded From Talk of New England?

The oft-neglected New England state boasts verdant forests, tidy town commons, a rich nautical heritage, and a vibrant literary culture.

Restaurants

How Did Roast Beef Sandwiches Become a North Shore Icon?

The Bay State has a penchant for clinging to history, and we’ve never let go of this seminal sandwich.

Arts & Entertainment

Who Are Those People in Historical Dress in Downtown Boston?

The contrast between ye olde and the new is utterly, quirkily Boston. But what does it take to become one of these historical interpreters?

Arts & Entertainment

If You Keep Turning Right, Can You Make It Out of Any Corn Maze?

The secret to navigating any of the dozens of corn mazes sprawling across New England might not be the method at all— but the execution.

Restaurants

What’s a Massachusetts-Style Hot Dog, and Why Haven’t We Heard of It?

Every seasoned grill professional knows about Chicago and New York dogs. But what about the Bay State variety?

Arts & Entertainment

Where Can I Find Some Great Car Culture in New England?

There are plenty of high-octane day trips right here where you can rev your engines.

City Life

How Can I Protect My Garden from Rampaging Rabbits?

Eastern cottontails have been crowding out native New England cottontails since the late 1800s. How can we protect our home gardens from the furry reapers?

Restaurants

Is Legal Sea Foods Still Considered “Boston-Based?”

Even though they were recently acquired by international private equity firm Danu Partners.

City Life

How Can Massachusetts Become a Friendlier State?

Let’s start by ditching the rigid TV and comedy sketch stereotypes about Bay Staters.

Restaurants

What’s the Difference between a “Dixie Cup” and a “Hoodsie Cup?”

They might be the same childrens’ ice cream treat, but Van Halen never sang a song about Hoodsies.

Arts & Entertainment

31 Things To See, Do, and Hear This Spring

(And no, they’re not all virtual—hooray!)

Arts & Entertainment

How Can I Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Home?

Skip out on the bar crowds this year for live-streamed music and heavy pours at home.

Arts & Entertainment

Am I the Only One Who Still Knows What GBH’s Zoom Was?

The nationally-syndicated children’s show, produced in Boston, arrived decades before today’s video-conferencing service of the same name.

Arts & Entertainment

How Did Boston’s Black Nativity Production Come to Be?

Now in its 50th year, the production is the longest-running of its kind.

Restaurants

How Did Cranberry Sauce Become a Staple Thanksgiving Food?

You can thank Ulysses S. Grant for the sweet November side dish.