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Sunday, January 29, 2006

From Globe Magazine's Best of 2005 issue

The Inside Scoop: I had two last-minute writeups for the Best of issue this year. After trying to sell Zach Warren's story as a feature story, I had to settle for a 100-word brief. At least I got him in there. My plan to pitch him to People isn't going to work, I'm afraid, mainly because People is no longer about regular People: it's 95 percent celebrity news. Sucks. I need to think about pitching his joggling feat somewhere though, and soon. The Real Deal was in one of my table hops. I hope I didn't overhype the place. My memories were colored because it was jammed when I was there, but I didn't go back to see if the crowds were as thick months later. But that said, the editors were desperate for more new restaurants, so this was as good as any. Oh yes - one more funny thing. So the magazine had a launch party at a Kenmore Square restaurant for the issue. I got invited but it snowed that day and I had to pick Laura up at the bus station. So I meet Zach a week later and he tells me how he went to the party - but had absolutely no idea why he was invited! He had no clue that he was one of the best ofs, or that my piece got him (and his sister, Laura) in. Hey, when you're in college, free food and drink don't need any qualifiers.

Best of Food: The Real Deal

It was only a matter of time before someone opened a full-scale deli on West Roxbury's bustling Centre Street. But naming sandwiches after "Bugsy" Siegel and Al Capone? "Who doesn't like the Godfather or Tony Soprano?" asks Eric Battite, whose shop, The Real Deal, serves more than a dozen wraps and hot panini sandwiches named after real and fictional gangsters, a la Battite's other deli, the Brookline Spa. Do yourself a favor and try the Teflon Don boneless buffalo wings wrap. Or grab a thin-crust pizza slice - if you're on the run, that is. 1882 Centre Street, West Roxbury, 617-325-0754

Best of People: Zach Warren

Harvard Divinity School student Zach Warren has a theory about unicycles: No matter who you are - suede-patched-elbow types in Harvard Square, children in war-torn Afghanistan - seeing a red-bearded guy riding one will make you smile. Last summer, Warren, 24, took his cycle (and beard) on tour with the Afghan Mobile Mini Circus for Children, a nonprofit with a board and backers in Denmark that's run from Kabul. A friend told him about the circus, and he was inspired to join. "I wanted to know what happens when you take deep pain and you meet it with creativity," explains Warren, who went to Afghanistan to find his answer. This April, we'll be watching for Warren, who hopes to run the Boston Marathon - while juggling, no less - to raise money for the cause.


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