Curio Coffee in Cambridge, MA

When Adam and I moved to Boston, Massachusetts from Portland, Oregon in 2008, one of the biggest things we we missed about living in the Pacific Northwest was it's coffee culture. Fast-forward eight years later, and all of that has changed. 

My new favorite place for coffee is Curio Coffee in East Cambridge. My friend Jen first mentioned this place to me and she said, "you have to go!" So I did, and I'm so glad that I did. Because, W A F F L E S. and coffee!

Cortado and Belgian Waffles

Cortado and Belgian Waffles

I sort of come up with any excuse to go to Curio these days. Business meeting? Let's meet at Curio! Catching up with a friend I haven't seen in a while? Curio! Waffle craving? Curio! You get the picture :)

Curio serves Counter Culture Coffee and the owner Justin,  pulls some pretty great shots. 

Justin working some espresso magic

Justin working some espresso magic

Curio's Espresso Machine

Curio's Espresso Machine

Doing what I do best. Drinking all the cortados!

Doing what I do best. Drinking all the cortados!

Gotta throw in a flat lay.

Gotta throw in a flat lay.

Okay, back to the waffles. They're made to order and delivered to your hand within minutes, served piping hot in a paper sleeve. Think streets of Brussels, Belgium. (Justin was kind enough to give me a plate for our tower of waffles for the pictures.) 

The menu at Curio. 

The menu at Curio. 

Things you might overhear customers asking while enjoying a delicious cortado at Curio Coffee.  "How much would I have to pay for you to give me the waffle recipe?!" "What do you mean you're sold out of waffles?!" "I'll have another coffee, please."

Liege style Belgian Waffles at Curio Coffee in Cambridge, MA.

Liege style Belgian Waffles at Curio Coffee in Cambridge, MA.

Adam and I working the couples flat lay!

Adam and I working the couples flat lay!

For more about Curio, here's a great snippet by the Boston Globe. What are some of your favorite places for coffee in the Boston area?

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Boston Made Spring Maker Market 2016

Last weekend I rushed over to the Clubhouse in Somerville for the last remaining moments of the Boston Made Spring Maker Market. This was a two-day Maker Market hosted by The Everyday Napkin Co. and Of Note Stationers. 

Boston Made 2016

I don’t know about you, but I love me a pop-up! Especially ones filled with local makers as talented as these folks. I didn’t have enough time to see all the goods but thankfully I was able to shop and chat with several vendors. I love supporting local small businesses and had no idea that many of these existed until this market. 

Kathryn and her husband Jake of The Everyday Napkin Co.

Kathryn and her husband Jake of The Everyday Napkin Co.

Who are some of Boston's Makers?

First up, The Everyday Napkin Co. makes stylish cloth napkins made of found fabrics. As their name suggests, these handmade napkins are great for everyday use and bonus, they're made right here in Massachusetts. I bought a set of these navy window pane linen napkins because I love the way they look and feel.  

Annie Meyer of Annie Meyer Studio

Annie Meyer of Annie Meyer Studio

Next up, Annie Meyer is a friend who I met back in the day at the Copley Farmers Market. You may recognize her from the Siena Farms shop in the South End where she also used to work. I love Annie's woodworking and am in awe of her skills. She has bigger pieces too, like dining room tables that she makes. I asked her how long it takes her to make a table and she said a few weeks. What?! Crazy sauce. And amazing that she/anyone can do that.

Cosmetic Bag from Gray Green Goods

Cosmetic Bag from Gray Green Goods

I couldn't resist this bag from Gray Green Goods. It's waterproof on the inside and I've already crammed some of my beauty essentials inside. I've been traveling so much lately that this will definitely come in handy. 

The Shea Family

The Shea Family

It was lovely meeting the Shea Family of Brothers Artisan Oil too. Their products have been featured in Birch Box subscriptions and they were generous enough to send me home with a few samples for Adam to try at home. He's pretty picky about his shave oil but I think he's gonna love their stuff. All natural is always a win in our house. Did you guys even know about Birchbox for men's products? I've never tried a beauty subscription but it sounds like a fun way to learn about new products. 

Isabel and Kate of Of Note Stationers

Isabel and Kate of Of Note Stationers

Lastly, I met Isabel and Kate of Of Note Stationers. They're all about keeping the handwritten word alive and they make really thoughtful cards that are printed locally in Somerville.  

Who are some of your favorite local makers? I’d love to hear about them!