Boston on the Go - a Bostonian guide to keeping yourself busy and in the know. Ideas on things to do, places to shop & dine, and what to talk about when you're out and about in the Boston area.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

This Wednesday: Downtown Crossing Wine Crawl

After work you need to chillax. Well, why don't you stop by the restaurant and bars of Downtown Crossing (Ivy, Kennedy's Midtown to name a few) and grab some free glasses of wine? Click on the image to get the 411. Enjoy and don't spill red wine everywhere!


Friday, November 28, 2008

Art Gallery Opening this Saturday in Allston

On Saturday, from 7:00pm-9:30pm, head to Allston for this art gallery opening. It's called Citrus, one Lemon. One Lime. A design firm revolving around an element of magic, stylized in an array of limitless forms to showcase an imaginative and unique new world. Please rsvp to Enjoy!


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

It's the kind of house party that gives you a sugar high

Now that Thanksgiving is over, don't you want to get into the holiday spirit? Glad to hear it! Well, head over to Beacon Hill, specifically 75 Chestnut. On Friday Nov. 28, Saturday Nov. 29, Saturday Dec. 8, 13 & 20th, between 12pm-3pm you can sip on holiday themed martinis (personally, vanilla-frosted gingerbread sounds delish) and make your own edible house. $10 per house. 75 Chestnut asks you to call and reserve a house, so call them at (617)227-2175 after 5:00pm.


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Hit Up Porter for a Jewelry Trunk Show @ Nomad

Head over to Nomad (along Mass Ave, between Porter and Harvard) for a jewelry trunk show. The designer, Jewels, will showcase her new collection of one of a kind jewelry made with rare and ancient findings from around the world on Saturday, from 12pm-5pm. Come meet Jewels, have some tea, and hear the latest stories about living in Marrakech. A travel story and new necklaces? Sweet. Nomad is located at 1741 Mass Ave.


Bina Osteria and Alimentari Opens Downtown

From the folks behind Bin 26, comes the new Italian restaurant and take out shop. Right around the corner from the Loews Boston Common (on the corner of Washington and Avery Streets) the new two new joints - an Italian restaurant and a neighborhood shop. Just what the doctor for that neighborhood ordered. For more info, check out the website here.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Desparate times...

Unfortunately call for desperate measures. Especially for the small business owner. So with that note, it's with sad news I have to post that Out of Town News (a magazine/newspaper) Stand in the heart of Harvard Square may be closing for good. It's one of those iconic pieces of Harvard Square that we will all miss if, and when, it goes. Click here for the piece.


Monday, November 17, 2008

New Development Hits the Hub

So, West Roxbury is getting a new Sports Club/LA. How trendy. Boston Business Journal reports that the BRA approved plans for a new $6 million LA/Fitness Club in West Roxbury. Located on the VFW Parkway the project includes the renovation of an existing retail space previously occupied by Stop & Shop into a new 48,000-square-foot fitness club. Damm.

Secondly, the BRA approved a new development for MGH in Beacon Hill. The gas station and convenience store currently located at 296 Cambridge Street will now be redeveloped into a $9.5 million office building with retail on the first floor. Here's hoping Villa Mexico can stay in business as the retailer.


Roadside BBQ, Publik House Provisions and other places with good meat.

So the bloggers love the BBQ. Blue Ribbon (West Newton and Arlington) and Redbones are particular faves, with Hen House Wings & Waffles being a new fave. But the Roadhouse (1770 Beacon Street, past Washington Sq) in Brookline disappointed us a bit. The appetizers (wings, turkey legs with red mash potatoes) were good, but my brisket lacked sauce and was dry, the cornbread tasted more like cake than bread and overall the only thing it really had going for it was a short wait and a great beer menu. Thankfully, you can get many of those beers next door at the Publik House Provisions Store. The beer selection is awesome. I am beginning to think I may drive to Brookline just to get beer there. But I will admit, amid the variety of cheeses and snacks, I was hoping for more meat products - like Irish breakfast favorites or just sausage. So, if the owners are reading, put that on your buyer's list.

PS, for a new variety on BBQ, try Rio's Brazilian BBQ in Arlington Center. Plates filled with great flavors and a all-you-can-eat buffet starting at $15.95.

PPS, g funk would also like to give Soul Fire in Allston a big shout-out for their ribs and other bbq fare.


For the eco fashion minded

Head over to Simmons College tomorrow (Tuesday) for the Fashion with Impact Fashion Show. The Fashion with Impact Fashion Show will raise awareness to brands setting a new trend in the fashion industry - the trend of organic, fair-trade and sustainable clothing and accessories. The show will feature major brands as well as independent designers. Models of all shapes and sizes will adorn the runway. Lastly, it's free!


Friday, November 14, 2008

Project Runway, well, kind of.

Famous Asian designers strut their stuff in Harvard Yard for Artists for Humanity? In the immortal words of Paris Hilton's new slogan, that's ice! The event starts up at 7:00pm on Saturday. You will need tickets ($15) so click here for a ticket, and for more of the designers, click here.


Two new things in the area

One, Craigie on Main is officially open on Main Street in Central Square. Sounds like the $80 6-piece prixe fix meal is your best bang for your buck. Two, totally forgot to mention it, but Nordstorm off the Rack opened up at the Liberty Tree Mall last week. We could all use some cheap high-end deals. So go and enjoy!


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Start Holiday Shopping Early

Ladies, head over to the Design Salon's Annual Holiday Sale in the Back Bay this Saturday. Local female designers will be selling their work from 10am-5pm with 20% of the proceeds going to the Kingsley Montessori Scholarship Fund. For details, click here.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Cambridge's B-Side Lounge closes - for a bit

Some of you who live in East Cambridge may have noticed last week that the B-Side Lounge on Cambridge Street closed. Not to fear, it's only closing for a little while - the new owner is mixing it up a little bit. Hopefully the fan favorite of blue cheese fries stays on the menu!


Monday, November 10, 2008

Hope & Glory Vintage - the newest store in Union Square

Walking through Union Square in Somerville today, I hit up the new antique home store called Hope & Glory. Filled with inexpensive vintage housewares, it's definitely worth a trip. There is quite a variety of goods and the staff was friendly. I picked up an adorable coffee pitcher from the 60s that is just the trick. Great spot for gifts! Hope & Glory is located at 253 Washington Street.


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Cold Stone Creamery closed

The Cold Stone Creamery in the Charles River Plaza closed last week. Signs on the door are directing customers to their location in the Landmark Center near Kenmore Square (Brookline St). That location, however, was not the nearest other store. Does this mean that their locations in Charlestown, Park Plaza, and Huntington St are also closed?

Update: The Charlestown location is still open (11/10/2008)


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Meetballs and a view of the Charles? Yum.

Restaurant Dante is hosting a Balls Battle...a meatballs battle. Chefs from Temple Bar, Toro, dante, Sel de la Terre, Harvest, Tremont 647 and Sage (just to a name a few) are going to fight for best meatball in town. And fear not veggie eaters, the invite says that you will be rewarded as well. So come by dante's riverside patio on Sunday and eat some balls, watch the Pats game and have some warm cider. Rain or shine, the event starts at 2:00pm and costs $20. For more info, click here.


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Restaurant Bites

Three little factoids of information - one, Max & Dylan's, Downtown Crossing's new mac & cheese spot, is already franchising - well, they are planning to open a second location in Charlestown's City Square. Plan for mid-November opening. Two - the Kolbeh of Kabob restuarant at 1500 Cambridge Street in Cambridge (in between Inman & Harvard Squares) is open again! So go support some yummy freakin' kabob wraps. Three, famous Boston chef Barbara Lynch is opening before Thanksgiving her new restaurant - Sportello. Improper Bostonian says that it's like a sleeked-up Itatlian version of a neighborhood lunch counter. Sounds pricey. But, there will also be a bakery and retail space with house made breads and jams. Yummo. Sportello will be located at 348 Congress Street.


Monday, November 3, 2008

Are you gonna vote? Good. Now, here's a free treat.

I hope you have listened to us and went and registered or got an absantee ballot. Cause on Tuesday, not only will I be happy you voted, but Starbucks and Ben and Jerry's wants to thank you too. Go into any Starbucks on election day and say you voted, and you can get a FREE tall coffee. At Ben & Jerry's you get a free scoop, when you say the same thing. Best places in the Boston area to take advantage of this deal? Newbury Street and Harvard Square. But wherever you do, remember to get out and vote.


Saturday, November 1, 2008

Something Different for a Sunday afternoon

Interested in expanding your musical horizons? At 38 Cameron Gallery on this Sunday November 2 at 4pm, enjoy a live solo performance by Markus Schwartz, showcasing his singular approach to traditional Haitian rhythms and songs. Haitian dance performance by Nadia Dieudonne of the folkloric dance troupe "Feets of Rhythm". Art exhibit by Haitian artist Colette Bresilla. 38 Cameron is on Cameron Ave in Cambridge, right on the Somerville line. The event is $20. Click here for the full 411.