Wednesday, July 24, 2024


It should delight urbanites no end that not only are restaurant hours on a slow march toward later hours locally, but that more places are delivering. You can get everything from African to Vietnamese brought to your door. More importantly, in Cambridge and Somerville you can call and summon some very specialized foods to satisfy your very specific cravings:


Iced coffee from 1369 Coffee House

The 20-year-old coffee shop began delivery this week of 64-ounce jugs of iced coffee. People’s ears perked up at the news: The service got write-ups in The Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal and DigBoston. The growlers full of iced coffee will come by bicycle every (or, if you want, every other) Wednesday, immediately after brewing, managers say. You can get it in Harvard Square, a bit of Somerville or anywhere in the eastern parts of Cambridge. Your first bottle is $25, but exchange that for the next and the price drops to $20. Click here to see the details or start delivery.



Juices, smoothies and cleanses from Nourish Your Soul

Fans of cold-pressing fruits and vegetables to make juices say the method extracts up to five times more nutrients than juices prepared other ways, so people looking for maximum health benefits from them – and possibly the addition of potentially healthful ingredients such as maca, cacao, chia, flax, lucuma, bee pollen or hemp – will be happy Nourish Your Soul opened in West Medford almost exactly a year ago and started delivering to Cambridge and Somerville almost exactly a month ago. (As well as to Andover, Arlington, Beverly, Boston, Brookline, Burlington, Dedham, Hingham, Lexington, Needham, Newton, North Andover, Stoneham, Waltham, Wellesley, Weston, Westwood Winchester and Woburn.) Those looking for health will be happy to get a green juice with kale, romaine, parsley, spinach, cucumber, lemon and apple or beet blend with beets, pear, lemon and cucumber. But some may just be looking to enjoy a carrot apple ginger juice of chocolate-covered berry smoothie.

The juices and smoothies have no dairy, fillers or added sugar, said founder Susan Cabana, a finance-turned-wellness consultant and yoga instructor. The juices cost $6.99 or $8.99 per 16 ounces; the smoothies are $7.50 for 12 ounces or $9.99 for 16 ounces. Contact the store for delivery information.



Dessert from Insomnia Cookies, Sweet Idea, Sweet and Kickass Cupcakes

If the peaking and passing of the cupcake fad (are we on to cronuts yet, or are we letting that frenzy pass us by?) hasn’t affected your appetite, Sweet has delivery to Cambridge for $14.95; delivery information is here. Somerville’s Kickass Cupcakes delivers for one dozen cupcakes or more, but it’s more for catering and less for a hankering; the company prefers 48 hours’ notice and delivers mainly between 1 and 5 p.m. for $10 to most parts of Boston, Cambridge and Somerville. Click here.

Insomnia Cookie boldly claims delivery until 3 a.m. (which means you’re supposed to be able to place an order only until 2:45 a.m., and afterward will have to go to the shop at 65 Mount Auburn St., Harvard Square). Basic cookies such as chocolate chunk or peanut butter are $1.25 each and jumbos such as s’mores and peanut butter chocolate are $2.50, but there are deals to be had if you order 18 or more or The Insomnia Sampler.  There’s also milk, cake and ice cream. Click here to get started.

Somerville-based Sweet Idea has an even simpler setup: $5 for 5 cookies, with free delivery from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in eastern and central Cambridge up to roughly Porter Square. (There are also milk cartons and $5 giant cookie sandwiches.) The problem is that none of that has been true of late: Sweet Idea has been on break for several weeks, with urgent texts for cookies going unreturned. But founder John Piermarini says the service returns next week and will grow over the summer. Keep an eye out here.