Cafe Calendar Reviewed in the Boston Globe by Ann Trieger Kurland
"Do you still buy a paper calendar? Here’s one with a local twist: The 2020 Cafes to Write Home About. Each month of the calendar celebrates a cafe in and around Cambridge. Watertown artist Miranda Loud drew beautiful illustrations, and Corky White, a professor of anthropology at Boston University, coffee expert, and author, wrote the text. The two spend considerable time in cafes while studying, writing, sketching, and gabbing with friends, and singled out these (there are 14) for a variety of reasons, says White. “Some places are sociable, some are cozy, and some you’re there for the jolt.” Included is the European-style Café Pamplona on Bow Street, which opened in 1959: It’s February. Loyal Nine Café on Cambridge Street is July: The spot brews great coffee in various vessels and has outdoor tables that extend practically to the nearby train tracks. November is Café Zing, snuggled in a corner of the Porter Square Bookstore. Gracenote in Boston, which covers December, has very cool below-counter Modbar espresso machines. Ogawa Coffee of the Financial District — the last page of the calendar that extends to January 2021 — is distinguished for its latte art and is the first American outpost for the Kyoto-based company. Loud uses a bright color palette for her witty and whimsical detailed illustrations. "Each drawing has a quirky sensibility,” says White, whose narratives on the back of the page give you the history of each place, its vibe, and menu offerings. Here’s a bonus: When the month is over, the pages are designed so the illustrations become postcards.
About Miranda Loud Designs
Started by environmental advocate, filmmaker and artist Miranda Loud, Miranda Loud Designs offers clothing, scarves and bags, as well as original art, prints and calendars. Miranda's designs celebrate the natural world and the animals sharing this planet. Please enjoy browsing our sustainably-made products and gift ideas for people who love animals, whimsy, beauty and color. 100% of our profits are matched in 2019 by an independent donor as a gift to the non-profit Earthjustice.org. To read more about their crucial legal work representing the environment, please visit https://earthjustice.org/our_work.
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Elegant design and soft fabric. The juxtaposition of the bluebird motif on the different hues gives an ethereal feel to the scarf. I got this scarf as a gift for a friend who liked it a lot.
I have long been an admirer of watercolor, so I was naturally drawn to this pillow. I love throw pillows and it's rare to find something that is this unique and beautiful in its simplicity. I chose the velveteen material, and it is so soft to the touch (my daughter and I have little fights during movies as to who gets to cuddle it). It is of a much higher quality than I see in stores, and after many months it shows no wear (I chose the white color).
Beyond the excellent quality, the customer service was wonderful and Miranda pointed me to a pillow insert that I love. But the most important attribute is that the artistry is relevant, expansive and captivating. I know where I'll be doing gift shopping in the future. Brava.
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