Tracey Minkin

The SexEd Warrior-Queen

Her Center for Sexual Pleasure & Health has opened in Pawtucket. So who is Megan Andelloux, what’s the story with that long zoning battle, and why does she care whether anyone else is having fun between the sheets?

Megan Andelloux sits in row three of the Pawtucket City Council Chambers, awaiting a verdict. Beautifully poised in a navy blue, tailored vintage dress, her red hair lovely and tidy, her hands in her lap, her pumps set squarely on the floor, she looks like a young real estate professional requesting a zoning variance. She isn’t. In my mind, she…

Pasture-ized

There’s a new cow in town. Reared the archaic way—on that under-used natural resource, grass—it makes for a steak that’s as local, and as delicious, as beef gets.

It’s a bustling night at La Laiterie, Matt and Kate Jennings’ cozy, elbow-to-elbow Providence restaurant. I’ve not come for the excellent cheese, like the couple next to me, or for a flight of wine, like the couple next to them. No. Solo and on a grass-fed mission, I’m here for the beef. It arrives. Five slices of char-grilled sirloin, medium…

The Gift of Oysters

A local farmer grows shellfish deserving of their hefty provenance. Cleaners of the bay, economic powerhouses, the latest in livestock…oysters are also just damn good to eat.

A wild oyster’s existence owes much to chance, or perhaps miracles. A free-floating egg and sperm find each other in the vastness of open water, then fuse to form a microscopic larva. For three weeks, this Lilliputian mollusk-to-be floats on summer tides. It feeds on equally miniscule plankton, escapes the predators that would swallow it whole. If it survives to…

The Bugman Cometh

Brace yourself. David Gracer wants you to eat bugs. And his logic has legs: Protein-rich insects one day may be the key to our survival.

It’s time to try the giant water bug. David Gracer slides one—a slick, armored insect the size of my palm—from a vacuum-sealed bag and sets it on the lunch plate between us. We’re at his kitchen table. The aroma of pan-heated olive oil hangs cozily in the air. I’m chewing on a cricket, and lifting a sauteed cicada off this…

Most Valuable Player

Sixteen-year-old Trevor Cusack was poised for varsity stardom when he was suddenly sidelined by a mysterious illness that is shutting down a crucial part of his brain, devastating his short-term memory and ability to walk, talk and eat. After scores of tests and a year under the scrutiny of the country’s top specialists, no one knows exactly what is wrong with Trevor. Only that it’s the fight of a lifetime for an extraordinary kid who still finds reasons to smile.

"Will Trevor Cusack ski today?" In this sixteen-year-old’s life tormented by questions, a seemingly simple one shoves its way to the forefront at this moment. Because here on the ice-glazed asphalt of a ski area parking lot, Trevor tries to get out of his mother’s Volvo. Debra Cusack tells him with a cheerful, commanding tone to move his legs out…