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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Things to Do this Weekend - the Hangover Edition

No, I don't mean the hangover film...these are things to do to get over your hangover you are building up tonight. How does free ice skating and cupcakes sound?

There are a bunch of brunch options for you on Friday (new Parish Cafe in the South End, Toro, Johnny D's, Sound Bites, etc) and of course movies (Avatar, anyone?) but how about after brunch you skate the day away? DCR is offering "First Day Skate and First Day Hike" this year which offers free ice skating for all ages at two public skating rinks around the City and free hikes around state parks. The two rinks that are participating in this event are the Murphy Memorial Skating Rink
in South Boston and Kelly Skating Rink in JP(Stony Brook T Stop – Orange Line). For information on both the rinks and the parks hiking schedule, click here.

Lastly, as we all know, boston gal loves her cupcakes. So the Ritz Carlton is hosting its last Ho Ho Holiday Tea (with cupcakes) on Saturday. You get tea and a flight of 5 mini cupcakes for $22. Sounds fabulous. Click here fore reservations and more.

Happy New Year Everyone!


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Coppa Fulfills

So maybe I shouldn't have been the first Boston on the go-er to head over to Coppa, Ken Oringer's and Jamie Bissonnette's new Italian joint. I am a big fan of Toro, their Spanish Tapas restaurant, so I came in biased and ready to eat.

Little did I know the wait would be an over two hour wait (both Toro and Coppa do not take reservations)but the staff was very nice to recommend other bars in the area to grab a drink at while you wait (Coppa is small, so don't expect a seat at the bar immediately). So just to forewarn you - know you will wait, unless you show up at 5:45pm when dinner starts.

The menu is split up into starters, small dishes, pasta and pizza. The risotto balls were delightful and only $5! And there are short ribs on the menu that I think everyone should get - the marinade was delightful. The lasagna was a crowd pleaser, but I went for the calf brains ravioli and found the sauce wonderful but the brains...interesting. Perhaps I am not as adventurous as I thought. :) The pizzas are a good size (1-2 people per pizza) and I can say that the oxtail/bone marrow pizza tastes just as good cold the next day as it does hot.

The cocktails are fun and reasonably priced at $8 and the house made gelato is a must get for dessert. Coppa is located at 253 Shawmut Ave and I'd recommend parking along Washington or Tremont. Coppa is opened from 5:45pm-12:45am. Enjoy!


Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Check Out the Actor's Shakespeare Project

This year the folks behind the Boston Common summer Shakespeare festival are bringing us some winter tales in the Fort Point Channel.

The Project will be performing "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" in a gutted warehouse and will be performing other plays later in the year. Midsummer runs at Midway Studios from December 30-January 24. Catch it before January 1st and tickets are only $20-$30, and after the 1st tickets increase to $25-$47. For tickets and more information, click here.


Monday, December 28, 2009

First Night Picks

I've always thought that First Night is for families, but there is some fun stuff that the rest of us can enjoy. Here's a list of a few things I would check out. Most of these events will require a First Night Button for entry. For details on where to get a button or to order online (you get $3 off online) check out

1. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company @ St. Paul’s Cathedral
From the people who bring Free Shakespeare to Boston Common: A Shakespearean Cabaret! Shakespeare has inspired countless composers - Verdi, Rossini, Benjamin Britten, Cole Porter, Rogers and Hart, and Bernstein, to name a few. In collaboration with New England Conservatory, CSC will present a collection of funny, beautiful, touching modern and classic songs from and inspired by Shakespeare.

2. All the Boston bands @ various locations
Bands that will be playing First Night are: The Neats who will play at the Orpheum along with Buffalo Tom and The Lyres (sponsored by The River). The Parkman Bandstand features Jordan Valentine and the Sunday Saints, with The Fatal Flaw. Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents bring their girl group sound to The Park Plaza. The Painted Lights, Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys and Cirkestra play at the Hynes, and Emmanuel Church features a triple bill of Drew O’Doherty, Kristin Hersh and Chris Brokaw and Geoff Farina performing pre-WWII country blues.

3. Bombay Cinema @ Hynes Convention Center
Boston’s own Bombay Cinema programs 10 hours of the best of Bollywood film for First Night. Visit for titles and times.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Have you had enough of holiday music?!

As usual, holiday songs have been hammering into our consciousness the day after Thanksgiving. Personally, I am not too much a fan of holiday songs... I like them in minute doses. So, this is for all those peeps who share the same sentiment with me regarding the holiday music. Here is a little musical treat. I promise this will put a smile on your faces and make you all warm & fuzzy :) Check it out!

I hope listening to this song will transport you to a warm beach town. Enjoy!


Thursday, December 17, 2009

This Weekend: Make a Gingerbread House at Sportello

So the weather out there is pretty frightful and Sportello is making sure you have some fun while you stay inside. This Sunday the restaurant/bakery is hosting a Gingerbread House Workshop. The workshop runs from noon until 5:00pm. Sportello is located at 348 Congress Street. Click here for more. Photo courtesy of Daily Candy.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Ice Skate at Fenway

As many of you may have heard, the NHL's Winter Classic will be held this New Year's Day in Fenway Park, with the Flyers facing off with the Bruins.

Tickets for the actual game are obviously quite difficult to obtain. It may be just as difficult to get the tickets that are available to Boston residents for free skating on that rink on Jan 3 and Jan 10.

The post about this.

And the official press release

Tickets can be obtained this Saturday morning.


Aristo Cafe open downtown

Aristo Cafe has recently opened downtown at 92 State Street.

Hours are Monday - Saturday 7am to 6pm. The hopes are to add Sunday hours in the future. Coffee, baked goods, and lunch items are served. Breakfast sandwiches will be available starting this Thursday.

This is the old Finagle-a-Bagel location on Merchants Row, which sadly closed earlier this year (Sandra, Iris, and Lulu are deeply missed).

For more information, call them at (617) 391-0478 or stop by for a visit. Hopefully we'll get a review for you in a couple of days once they have a chance to settle in more.


Monday, December 14, 2009

Celebrate Tremont 647's 13th Anniversary!

Head over to the South End to celebrate with the crew at Tremont 647 tonight!

Throughout the night the kitchen will be offering hors d'oeuvres for all to enjoy, while the bartenders shake up several of the most delicious classic Tremont cocktails. Mingle with new and old friends, and take a look at Chef Andy Husband's newly released second edition Fearless Chef cookbook, which will be available at a discounted rate for the party only.
The evening will also feature Tremont 647's annual momo eating contest, where contestants will have an opportunity to eat as many of these signature dumplings as humanly possible. How many momos do you think you can consume in 10 minutes? Here's your chance to find out! (Boston gal thinks she can do one a minute.)

The event is free, with a suggested $10 minimum donation to Share Our Strength.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll Tonight

The Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll starts tonight at 5pm ... with a Christmas tree lighting at 7pm at Charles and Mt. Vernon streets.

Stroll through the neighborhood shops and restaurants tonight looking for items on your holiday shopping list or for just a bite to eat. There will be a Santa, carolers, and other winter merriment.


Monday, December 7, 2009

Special Election: Senate Primary

Tuesday, November 8 is primary day in Massachusetts. So ... remember to vote!

This primary will determine which candidates will run for the US Senate seat that was held by Senator Ted Kennedy (held in the interim by Sen. Paul Kirk).

The Democratic candidates are:
Congressman Michael Capuano
Attorney General Martha Coakley
Alan Khazei
Steve Pagliuca

The Republican candidates are:
State Sen. Scott Brown
Jack E. Robinson

The winners of each party will face off in the special election on January 19, 2010.

For more information, please visit the Secretary of State's website.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Davis Square Midnight Madness Tonight!

Done with Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Me too. Go out and support your local businesses' at tonight's December Midnight Madness shopping event in Davis Square.

For those new to Midnight Madness, local stores will offer sales until midnight at a collection of Davis Square retail stores and restaurants from 6:00pm-12:00am. Shops participating include: Black and Blues, Magpie, Davis Squared, Dave's Fresh Pasta, Kickass Cupcakes, Artifaktori, The Boston Shaker, Suneri, and When Pigs Fly. Many shops are offering live music, snacks and drinks. Boston gal's recommendation? Stop by Dave's Fresh Pasta for their wine and cheese tasting. Yum.


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Lord Hobo Review

Lord Hobo, or also known as the old "B-Side place" has opened and us bloggers stopped by.

The bar is relatively the same as the old location, with new tables and lighting. The menu features two or three pages of beer and wine, and you can order beer by 25 oz. bottle and/or cask. There is a page of cocktails filled with "hobo slang", but I veered towards my old standard. The food menu is rather limited (heavy on the appetizers) and the entrees were mid range. I'd recommend the curry fries, especially for a late night snack. Brunch will be added soon.

The wait staff was very polite and though there was a line outside we did not have to wait long for table (for 10). The scene is what you'd expect it to be for Cambridge - hipsters galore...not in a bad way. :)

After a few days, Lord Hobo seems to be excelling at what the B-Side was good at - a great neighborhood bar with a variety of drinks and a laid back atmosphere. Stop by when you are in the neighborhood. Lord Hobo is located at 92 Hampshire Street in Cambridge and is open until 1:00am.


Friday, November 20, 2009

Symphony 8 Opens This Weekend

Back Bay has a new hot spot, and that's Symphony 8. The restaurant boast 3 full bars, and two different type of specialty menus and coming soon - a speakeasy area.

The first bar/pub is Sinasa, which is an Irish drinking pub featuring Irish breakfast all day (black pudding, here I come!), fish and chips, shepherd's pie and over 60 beers on tap. The pub also features HD TVs for viewing sports. According to Daily Candy, in a few weeks, you can go through a secret bookcase in the corner and head down the stairs to Prohibited, a speakeasy with plenty of booths for lounging. I've decided this speakeasy trend was brought on by Gossip Girl's Chuck Bass. In a good way. :)

The second half is Symphony 8 Bistro, where the menu features duck confit and other tasty bits. The restaurants also feature $8 menu deals, so in this economy, that's a nice touch. So, head over there for a date fellas, and when it doesn't work out, there is a good old standard pub to meet the fellas at. Actually, that gives me an idea for Sundays... ;)

Symphony 8 is located 8 Westland Ave. Click here for more info.


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Hit Up the SMFA Sale This Weekend

Fine art doesn't have to cost a million dollars. Head over to the School at the Museum of Fine Arts this weekend for the school's annual sale. Click here for all the info.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Woodward Bar & Restaurant Opens

Boston is getting its fair share of lux hotels. First the W and now the the Ames Hotel, located at One Court Street, or City Hall Plaza. And inside this Ames Hotel is the new Woodward Bar.

Woodward is a contemporary tavern from Mark Goldberg and the folks behind Mistral. Sounds like it will be another venue for cocktails and people watching - two things that are always my favorites. For more info on Woodward and the hotel, click here.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Free Opera Boston Underground Tonight

Opera Boston is celebrating National Opera Week (Nov. 13—22) along with opera companies all over the country, by presenting a FREE installment of the popular Opera Boston Underground cabaret series on Wednesday, Nov. 18th. This special National Opera Week program is called “Operatic Acrobatics: Opera Without a Net", will be presented at the intimate Lizard Lounge (1667 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge). This FREE show is 21+, and reservations are not accepted. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the 45-minute show starts at 7:30.


Monday, November 16, 2009

Frog Pond Skating to open

Ice skating novices and aficionados should jot down Thursday November 19th on their calendar as the day the Frog Pond reopens for the season.

Opening night will feature special events.

Follow the jump for hours and prices.

Sun - Thurs: 10 am to 9 pm (Monday close at 4 pm)
Fri - Sat: 10 am to 10 pm

Special hours on Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

13 and Under: Free Admission, Skate rental $5
Over 14: $4 Admission, Skate rental $8

Press release


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Lord Hobo Opens Tomorrow

I have many friends who totally miss the B-Side near Inman Square in Cambridge. Well tomorrow Lord Hobo, it's replacement is opening.

Lord Hobo is more bar than restaurant, featuring 30 beers on tap and a cocktail list longer than it's food menu. Click here for the cocktail and beer list. The new interior should be worth a look, too. Lord Hobo is located at 92 Hampshire St, Cambridge and is open Monday-Friday 5:00pm-1:00am and Saturday & Sunday from 1:00pm-1:00am.


Friday, November 13, 2009

Central Bottle Opens Today!

Oh, I'm excited for this one, folks. Central Bottle, a new wine and provisions store is opening in Central Square today. It's going to rock your world!

Central Wine will offer a variety of goods - not just wine, but beer and cheeses, olive oil and all those delightful, yummy things that go perfectly with a good pino. Are you salivating? Yeah, me too. :)

What is unique about Central Bottle is that they will be offering wine maker videos (using Skype), Thursday wine bars and local chef pairings. In addition, you can contact the place for private parties - in store or at your home.

Central Bottle is located at 196 Mass Ave (near Novartis) and is open Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat 11am-8pm, Thursday 11am-9pm and Sunday 12pm-7pm. For more info, click here.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Buffalo Exchange Now Open in Davis Square

In this economy, it's good to be frugal and good for the environment. The folks at Buffalo Exchange seem to get that. This national chain buy, sells and trades clothes at reasonable prices. The Davis Square location is taking over the old Hollywood Express location and is open 12pm-7pm Monday-Saturday and Sunday 12pm-5pm. Photo courtesy of


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ravioli Rumble @ Dante on Sunday

So did you go to the "Ball Brawl" meatball event a year ago at Dante and love it? Yeah, some of us did too. And the folks at Dante read our minds, like an Edward Cullen, and are giving us Ravioli Rumble this Sunday for a mere $20.

The event will take place on the patio and will establish who's got the best raviolis in the city. You be the judge - tasting all of the tasty creations, and mingling with Boston's award-winning chefs. The chef who creates the winning raviolis will receive a grand prize. Chefs from the following restaurants are planned - Restaurant dante, Prezza, Toro, Harvest, Tremont 647, Sage and many, more.
Reserve your spot at Events@restaurantdante or 617-497-4200. Ciao!


Community Day at the MFA Today!

Have hump day off? Head over to the MFA and enjoy Community Day - free entry (even to the special exhibit), special events and more from 10:00 am - 4:45pm. Click here for all the details.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Boston's Veterans Day Parade

Wednesday November 11 is Veterans Day.

A parade in Boston will start at 1 pm to honor our veterans and current armed service members. The parade starts at Beacon and Charles St (NW corner of the Boston Common), heads down Charles St to Boylston St. and then Tremont St. The parade ends with speeches at City Hall Plaza.


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Don't Miss Tomorrow's Mad Men Finale Party @ Noir

Goodbye Don, Betty and Peggy - I will miss you.

Calling all fans, head over to Noir tomorrow night and bring out your inner Don or Betty. The party gets started at 9:00pm with retro drinks and snacks and the show is presented at 10:00pm. Enjoy!


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Restaurant News

As G Funk mentioned to you yesterday, we are hoping you are rockin' the vote today. And when you are done, I have some fun news for you today.

It's been in the grapevine for awhile now, but Kendall Square is getting some new restaurants. EVOO, which now resides on Beacon Street in Somerville will be moving over and the same proprietors are bringing Arlington fave Za to the same location as well (this will be Za's 2nd location). Za features great pizzas and salads. Opening is planed for around February 2010.

Sasso in Back Bay is now being called Lucca Back Bay. The menu will be very similar to its parent restaurant in the North End.

The Regal Beagle opened in Coolidge Corner recently. It's from the folks who brought us Church. The vibe has been said to be lounge/bistro and features a bar with 20 beers and fun cocktails. Anything with lobster roll sliders will drag me out of the house. :) The Beagle is located at 208 Harvard Street.

Lastly, Bistro du Midi will open by the end of November in the former Excelsior spot on Boylston Street. Expect upscale dining at its best.


Monday, November 2, 2009

Boston Municipal Election on Tuesday

Tuesday, November 3 is election day in Boston.

On the ballot are positions for Mayor, City Councilors-at-Large and District City Councilors. Here is a list of candidates on the ballot.

The race that has garnered the most attention is for Mayor between 4-term Mayor Thomas Menino and City Councilor-at-Large Michael Flaherty. Based on the four way primary that whittled the candidates down to two, Menino should win this pretty easily. If, however, Flaherty gets the combined non-Menino votes from the primary then this election could be incredibly exciting.

Having the Boston municipal elections in an "off year" (no national or state-wide elections) allows these races to be the sole focus for voters, which is good. Historically though there has been low turnout that likely benefits incumbents, which could be bad. In any case, vote on Tuesday and have your say!


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Livin' La Musica Latina

I've been everywhere this past month, and I am now finally back in Beantown. I hope everyone had a good Halloween. I was down in NYC and saw 4 Lady Gagas and two guys being Swine Flu...oh, the latter was my favorite. ;)

Anyways, November has begun and Berklee is kickin' it off with Latin Culture Celebration 2009. The month is offering a variety of latin music from Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Venezulea and more.

This month's celebration is the 11th annual Latin Culture Celebration, an event organized by students to showcase music from Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela, Panama, and other parts of Latin American. Public events take place throughout the month of November, and are open to the public. Concerts are all around Berklee and cost form $10 to FREE. For the full schedule of musicians, click here.


Thursday, October 29, 2009

W Hotel and Market Restaurant Opens Today

The W Hotel, located in the Theater District, opens today.

The new hotel features: SWEAT® Fitness Center, free wi-fi in public areas, Residences at W Boston, Bliss Spa and much more.

Besides the hotel itself, Market, the hotel's restaurant, also opens today. I've read that the menu is a mix of French, Asian, and Italian flavors and the bar offers some nice tasty treats. W Hotel and Market are located at 100 Stuart Street, Boston. Photo courtesy of W Hotels.


Enjoy Lunchtime Pumpkin Fun on the Greenway Today!

Those fun peeps at the Rose Kennedy Greenway have another event for you today - pumpkin craving and apple cider sippin'. Fun.

Today, form 12:30pm-2:00pm at Dewey Square, enjoy fall's best offerings direct from local farms: pumpkins and hot apple cider. Stop by the Market and decorate a pumpkin from market regular, Keown Orchards. While you're there, warm your senses with a sample of hot cider.

All participants and market guests will receive a complimentary Greenway tote bag to carry home your masterpiece or market purchases. Pumpkin artists are welcome to take their creations with them. Any unclaimed pumpkins will be displayed for the day and composted later at an area farm.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Get Your Ticket - Eat Your Heart Out Boston - 11/8

Good food, good music, good cause? Sounds like a deal. Well, that's just what Eat Your Heart Out Boston is.

On Sunday, November 8, at Church Boston, enjoy food from up and coming chefs, such as: Matthew Barros (Myers & Chang), Jamie Bissonnette (Toro/Coppa), Will Gilson (Garden at the Cellar), Andy Husbands (Tremont 647) and Tim Weichmann (T.W. Food) and more. Enjoy live music from groups Deer Tick, You Can Be a Wesley and Coyote Kolb.

Chef tasting is from 6-8pm, and bands run from 8-11pm. Proceeds will go to benefit Zumix. For information on tickets and to purchase them, click here.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Start Halloween Early Tonight @ the Beehive

Beehive is getting the party started early this year with celebrating their Halloween party tonight at 5:00pm.

Enjoy a sexy yet scary show from the Pinchbottom Burlesque performers and fun cocktails featuring Kilo Kai rum - some Witches Brew or Rotten Apple, anyone?

Party starts at 5:00pm. Call ahead for dinner reservations, and the show starts at 8:00pm. Enjoy!


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Get a Spa Deal with Hawt on Yelp

Need a massage? Me too. Well, our friends at Yelp are going to hook you up with next week's spa deal event, Hawt on Yelp.

Hawt on Yelp is a week-long promotion dedicated to giving consumers the chance to try great local spas and salons at deeply discounted prices. The promotion will run from Monday, November 2nd to Sunday, November 8th.

Yelp-worthy local spas participating in the promotion include:

Exhale, Back Bay
Marc Harris Spa & Salon, Financial District
Nami Spa, Back Bay
Naz Kupelian Salon, Lexington
Salon Red & Spa, Back Bay
Spa Christine, South Boston
The Spa at The Mandarin Oriental, Back Bay

These special offers are open to the public. Appointments must be made in advance by calling the business and mentioning Hawt on Yelp. No walk-ins! For more information about the offers, please see our list of specials click here.


Saturday, October 24, 2009

When in Philly...

Sorry lovers, I was in Philly last weekend. But that doesn't mean I've forgotten about you. While we update the blog with events, store openings and more, enjoy some pictures of food and places to hit up in Philadelphia. I encourage you all to use this NY Times article for ideas, as its tips for where to go were divine. xoxo, Boston gal. ;)


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Live Cuban Music Tonight for Under $15? Score.

There is a Latin flavor around Boston lately. There's the the awesome Damien Ortega exhibit at the ICA and now Berklee is hosting The Dafnis Prieto Si o Si Quartet tonight in Cafe 939.

The concert is $10 and starts at 8:00pm. Click here for tickets and more info.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Shake It Up Baby - Brattle Theater Throw's a Tribute to Patrick Swazye

Twist and shout, peeps. Tomorrow night, Brattle and Zuzu are treating us to a fabulous tribute to Patrick Swayze with a showing of Dirty Dancing and a party to follow.

At 7:30pm, head to Harvard Square and have the time of your life, then in Central Sq at 10:00pm, Zuzu will make you live it all over again with a party! For more info, click here. Great night of dirty dancing, cheap!


Friday, October 9, 2009

Remember This Time - MJ Sing-a-Long at the Coolidge Tomorrow

I want to rock with you. Well, I want to rock with a lot of you, at the MJ Sing-a-Long at the Coolidge Corner Theater tomorrow night.

At midnight, head over and enjoy this virtual dance party. Remember MJ at his best - the Thriller video, Beat It, and more. I may have to pull out the silver glove on this one. :)

Admission is $10 for general and $8 for Coolidge members. Click here for more info.


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Piattini Gelateria and Cafe Opens on Newbury Street

So I am in love with anything not ice cream lately (you could probably spot me in an of the Berryline's around our area) so I'm glad to see gelato is getting its due. So head on over to Piattini.

Besides gelato, Piattini serves lunch and dinner, with salads and pasta lunch meals below $10 and dinner meals are around the same bracket. The cafe also has an extensive wine list and inexpensive cocktail list. Piattini opened at 224 Newbury Street, near the Fairfield St intersection.


Monday, October 5, 2009

Boston Shaker's Moves to Davis Sq

Boston Shaker's, a little cocktail outpost in Union Square's Grand is getting its own digs in November in Davis.

The move will allow the store to provide more cocktail ingredients, more glassware, more tools and more books. Expect more classes, events and tastings, too. Boston Shakers is hoping to be open in November at 69 Holland Street.


Sunday, October 4, 2009

Enjoy (free) Innovation Sundays at the MIT Museum

MIT Museum on Mass Ave is hosting Innovation Sunday today with free admission and family friendly events. Click here for more info.


Friday, October 2, 2009

Head to the Festival on the Greenway Tomorrow!

Head over to the beautiful Rose F Kennedy Greenway tomorrow (Saturday) for a festival filled with rides, demos and more, all for free!

From 12:00pm-6:00pm tomorrow, enjoy a farmer's market, cooking demos, an artificial ice rink with skates, carnival rides, live music, HarborWalk tours, treasure hunts, boat tour of the Fort Point Channel and more. Sounds like a great way to kick off fall. Click here for all the details.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Heads Up: This Weekend's Harvest Fest

Arts at the Armory is hosting Harvest Fest this Saturday. Enjoy music, fashion show from local boutiques and more.

On Saturday, October 3 from 1-8PM, Harvest Fest will bring together some of the finest artistic, culinary and musical talents from in and around the city of Somerville. Samples and demonstrations from local microbreweries will be presented throughout the day. Admission is free, but for food and drinks, you must get a wristband ($12). For information on all the vendors participating and ticket info, click here. Support your local businesses!


Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tour Kendall Square Tomorrow

Boston gal loves to walk, especially around Squares. Tomorrow, I'm checking out Kendall Square in Walk Boston's Kendall Square and East Cambridge Walk starting at 5:30pm.

Join fellow pedestrians as we explore small pathways, the new Broad Canal and the see stunning new developments of the bio-tech district of Kendall Square. Meet outside Kendall Square station in front of the Marriott Hotel. Free to all. Reservations required/recommended at 617-397-WALK (9255) or


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Peace O'Pie Opens in Allston

Gluten free and vegan pizza has hit Allston Village, folks. The new pizza place has opened on Cambridge Street offing a variety of healthy treats.

Ingredients are of the local, organic, and include anything from gluten-free crusts to soy cheeses. The joint can fit a few (20) but delivery is on it's way. Peace o’ Pie is located at 487 Cambridge Street, Allston.


Friday, September 25, 2009

Trina's Starlite Lounge Opens in Inman Square

It's open - from the folks who brought us Silvertone, the old Abbey Lounge in Inman Square is now Trina's Starlight Lounge.

The team brought in consulting chef Greg Reeves from Green Street Grill to cook up a a classic menu of burgers, hotdogs, chili, beer and fried chicken and waffles. Yum. Click here for more info.
Trina’s Starlite Lounge is located at 3 Beacon Street in Somerville.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

MFA's College Night - Tomorrow!


For one fine night, every college student's four favorite words come together at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The MFA is always free for University member students, but this party is just for you (and several thousand of your closest friends)! All you need is your valid college ID.

There will be events all night long!

Rock out to the "funk fusion party" that is LOVE IN STOCKHOLM!

DJ GHOSTDAD spins electro, hip-hop, and "a little bit of everything!"

Munch on Mexican, compliments of QDOBA!

You won't believe what we're giving away... Everything from iPods to a year's supply of burritos!

+ Back by popular demand, Berklee College singer/songwriter LIZ LONGLEY, whose music John Mayer describes as "just gorgeous."

+ Shake your thing with HOOPING HARMONY'S Hulahoops!

+ Drawing in the galleries!

+ Oh... and, of course, lots of ART.


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Boston Mayoral Primary - Tuesday

This Tuesday in Boston there will be a primary election for mayor, reducing the number of candidates from four to two before November's mayoral election.

The candidates are:
Michael Flaherty
Kevin McCrea
Tom Menino
Sam Yoon

To see if you are registered to vote, please visit this
city website.


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Allston Street Fair Tomorrow!

Enjoy over 30 bands, street food and more tomorrow at the Allston Street Block Party along Harvard Street from 12:00pm-6:00pm. Click here for more.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

What recession? New stores open in Somerville and Boston

The good thing about the recession? Small businesses can grow and thrive. Bostal gal loves hearing about new spots to check out. Here are a few.

Spun - 860 Broadway in Somerville - small Fro yo and Ice cream shop has opened in the Powder House area. Great treat for Tufts and neighborhood residents.
Vintage Revenge - A new vintage clothing store has opened in Harvard Square. This place is filled with some great finds for those classic pieces. I picked up a 1950's bathing suit for less than $50. Hollah. Vintage Revenge is located at 1105
Flock Boutique - A mother-daughter duo opened this store with clothes, shoes, and accessories. Located at 274 Shawmut Ave in the South End.
J.EM. - a new house/kitchen store has opened in the South End. Filled with new bar carts and older vintage stuff too. J.E.M is located at 470 Shawmut Ave.


Lunch for Free at Today's Taste of Fort Point Channel

In need of lunch but don't have the cash? No worries. Head over to the Fort Point Channel today for the free Taste of Fort Point Channel.

Friends of Fort Point Channel will host the 5th Annual Taste of Fort Point Channel at Children’s Wharf Park (area near the Children's Museum). Enjoy live music and food offered by a dozen local restaurants such as Lucky's, Sportello, Miel and more. The event is from 12:00pm-1:30pm, with a rain date of Friday.


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tech Square Block Party Today!

Ok nerds. Here's your chance to rock the party. Tonight in Kendall Square the folks at New Scientist are hosting a free party.

From 4:30-7:30pm, if you are 21 and over enjoy drinks and more at the party. New Scientist would like you to RSVP, but its not required. To RSVP and for more info, click here.


Tonight: Kitchen vs. Bar Brawl at Pigalle

Head over to Pigalle in the Theater District for a food brawl. Chef Marc Orfaly and the rest of the kitchen crew will take on the bartenders for a friendly fight. For $20, get three cocktails and the three plates and see which one wins. The battle runs from 5pm-10pm on Wednesdays. Pigalle is located at 75 South Charles Street.


Monday, September 14, 2009

Take In the Boston Fashion Week Film Series at the BPL

Tonight and next Monday the Boston Public Library is celebrating Boston Fashion week with two fashion movies - Mahogany and Zoolander.

Tonight enjoy Mahogany, directed by Berry Gordy and on Sept. 21st enjoy Zoolander - which should need no introduction. Both movies will be shown at 6:00pm at the Library's main branch at Copley.


Friday, September 11, 2009

Celebrate Haitian Culture in Union Square Tomorrow!

Union Square Somerville is continuing their Union Arts events this weekend with LA Grande Fete: A Celebration of Haitian Culture.

Enjoy Kompah(Haitian house dance) and a live Haitian band, while vendors will sell Haitian food. Learn about organizations that provide social services here and in Haiti, too. The event runs Saturday, from 4:00pm-7:00pm with a rain date of Sunday, Sept. 13. Click here for more info.


Splash Ultra Lounge Opens

So the new joint taking over News on Kneeland Street has opened. North End restaurateur Frank DePasquale has opened Splash - a little of Miami in Boston.

The restaurant/lounge mixes the water theme with sofas, pool tables, a fountain and open air cabanas (Boston gal is going to have to pass on those this weekend). As for food, Splash will be offering a gourmet burger bar and seafood specials to go with its surf and turf theme. Splash is open until 2 a.m., but similar to the late hours of News, you can get delivery until 4:00am. Splash is located at 150 Kneeland Street.


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Check Out the Boston Ahts Festival This Weekend

There is no better way to kick off open studios than with a three day festival. At Christopher Columbus Park (the park near Tia's and Joe's American Bar) there will be three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) of free performing art acts and artists selling goods.

The artists go from well known on the art fair scene (Boston gal loooves those Boston Coasters!) and divine glass and metal work artists. My picks for performing arts? On Saturday, check out the Boston Ballet at 2:15pm, Opera Boston at 3:30; Hayley Jane and the Primates (local rock) at 4:15 and the Motion Sick at 4:45. And on Sunday, a Night at the Rock Opera to end the whole day? Yes, please. For the whole listing of performers and artists, click here.


Free Showing of Classic Indiana Jones Tonight!

I didn't love the newest installment of the Indiana Jones movies either. But I did love the classic Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Arc - and thankfully it's playing for free tonight in Somerville.

Tonight at 6:30pm at the Somerville Central Library (79 Highland Ave) at 6:30pm enjoy the classic Indy movie. The movie is free and open to the public. Enjoy!


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Enjoy Music and Film Tonight at River Gods

Hi all. We were MIA for awhile. But back from vacation, we're ready to hit up the area for some drinks and tunes. And were else than River Gods in Central Square. Tonight, the bar is hosting Filmbeats - Music on Film. The tunes start at 9:00pm. May I suggest the white bean spread for a snack? It's quite delish. Yum.


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Get Your Spelling On at Highland Kitchen

Tuesday nights, local haunt Highland Kitchen in Somerville offers a fun twist to trivia nights - Spelling Bees. The Bees start at 9:00pm. Click here for more on Highland Kitchen. E-n-j-o-y!


Monday, August 31, 2009

Kickass Cupcakes Cocktail Hour Tonight!

Head over to Kickass Cupcakes in Davis Sq for Cocktail Hour tonight. From 5pm-7pm enjoy mini cupcakes inspired by cocktail flavors. Yum! Click here for more info.


Friday, August 28, 2009

Free Admission to the MFA Today!

Enjoy this month's free admission to the MFA today. The museum is open from 10:00am-9:45pm. Two exhibits to check out: "Seeing Songs" and "Greene and Greene."


Thursday, August 27, 2009

FIlms at the Gate Starts Tonight

If it's nice out I recommend hitting up Chinatown for the series "Films at the Gate" tonight.

Flims at the Gate starts tonight with "A Chinese Ghost Story" a comedy/horror film about a hapless young scholar who loves a ghost and must learn to fight the demon who has enslaved her. The movie in in Chinese with English subtitles.
Movies are shown on the vacant paved lot on Hudson Street between Beach and Kneeland Streets, just south of the historic Chinatown Gate. Films start at 8:00pm. Folding chairs are available on a first come, first served basis. The films will run all weekend, and are free and open to the public. Click here for more info.


Monday, August 24, 2009

Persephone/Achilles Project Close

The fashion/restaurant fusion in the Fort Point Channel has officially closed. Improper Bostonian reports it's due to the lack of parking (I did get a ticket last time I was down there) and the location. I would also add price point. Word to the Boston traffic and parking peeps - as much as residents need parking, help your small businesses out - give some space to those who are looking to shop & dine. :)


This Weekend - 80's Prom Night at the Brattle

There are many reasons why Boston gal loves the Brattle, and their homage to John Hughes this Saturday is just one of them. Bring it 80's Sing Along Prom!

The Brattle and The Action Pack are here to give you a chance to re-live (or live for the first time) the magic of the 80s prom with a brand new sing-along show featuring all the best music from the era, as well as paying special tribute to the musical moments from the films of dearly departed director John Hughes. WFNX's Julie Kramer will be spinning the tunes.

Formal prom attire is very much encouraged. And best costumes will win prizes. And remember, the Brattle sells Cambridge Brewing Co. beer, so you are allowed to get buzzed at this Prom. :) The event starts at 10pm on Saturday, doors open at 9:30pm. Tickets are $10 for members/students, $12 for general public. Buy your tickets now, your dress tomorrow, and gel later. Click here for tickets. Photo courtesy of the Neal Peters Collection.


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Head to Inman Under the Stars Tonight!

It's hot, I know. I've been hiding near the fan with some Olecito tacos. But enough is enough. So tonight, head over to Inman Square for a good old movie and a neighborhood social.

From 6:30p.m. to 11:00p.m., tonight join the Inman Square area for some fun. Pre movie, enjoy live entertainment and discounts from area stores. At dusk, (8pmish)the movie (this alien, phoning home) will start. So,set up a lawn chair or blanket at the East Cambridge Savings Bank's parking lot (1310 Cambridge St., next to S&S Deli, between Hampshire and Cambridge Streets), and enjoy free popcorn, (bottled) water and iced tea.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Olecito opens near Kenmore Square

Alright mexican food lovers, you have another place to go near Kenmore Square now. Olecito (the original being in Inman Sq in Cambridge) has opened a new spot on Comm Ave.

Olecito is a fun take out spot with burritos, tortas (a yummy type of sandwich), quesdillas and tacos. May I recommend the baja (shrimp) tacos? They are muy delicioso. Olecito located at 700 Commonwealth Ave.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Oui We Wii Nite at the Milky Way

So the folks over at the Milky Way have realized that we miss bowling and eating their good food, terribly. So tonight, they are hosting a virtual bowling night - via the Wii.

So head down to JP and play Wii Bowling, projected onto the Milky Way's Brewery Space walls. not only fun, but it's free. The games begin at 9:00pm. And if you miss out this month, it will be held the third Tuesday of every month. Enjoy!


Friday, August 14, 2009

Stork Jazz Club Opens in the South End

The former Circle Plates Lounge (which unfortunately, didn't last long) has a new owner - the Stork Restaurant and Jazz Lounge.

Stork Club will offer live music seven nights a week, with a variety of music genres - jazz, Latin, Afro-Cuban and blues. The menu for the restaurant will offer some southern hospitality - buttermilk fried chicken, meatloaf (w/bacon!) and my fave, mac & cheese with ham. Hmm...pork.

For those watching their wallets, have no fear - there is a late night bar menu too. Stork Club is open at 5pm daily and is located at 604 Columbus Ave.


Sunday - Mad Men Party at Noir

Are you dying to find out what Don was up to? Is Betty going to take him back? Well, find out at Sunday's Mad Men Premiere Party at Noir.

Noir, located in the Charles Hotel in Harvard Sq will be airing the show on their HD projection screen. They are encouraging 60's, Mad Men gear, and prizes will be handed to those with the best Mad Men look-a-likes. In addition to the contest, classic cocktails and retro snacks reminiscent of the era will be offered. Just no cheating husbands, thankfully. Party starts at 9:00pm. If you need some help with what you would look like in the 60's, click here. Photo courtesy of


Hey Downtown Office Workers - go take a game break

By Friday, we all feel like drones, or better yet, recovering from a hang over from the night before's "pre weekend" partying. Well the folks at the Rose Kennedy Greenway have just the afternoon pick me up for those of us who don't work at Google.

Head over to the Greenway to play "Game On!" during your lunch break. Knuckle Bones and the Greenway Conservancy host favorite backyard games like ring toss, badminton, Baggo®, ladder ball, bocce, jump rope, and tetherball in the Wharf District and Dewey Square Parks along the Greenway system. This is every Friday in August from 12pm-2pm. Enjoy!


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Buy Your Tickets Now: Eastern Standard's Whiskey Smash Bash

Did you know, since its opening, Eastern Standard has sold over 21,000 Whiskey Smashes? That's a lot of liquor. And to celebrate, the Standard is hosting a Whiskey Smash Bash next week.

Eastern Standard's Whiskey Smash Bash will offer the classic drink, with new flavors and old ones (I like the idea of peach, personally). In addition to the drinks, chefs will interpret the best version of bar food and you'll get some local celeb bartenders to tend to your needs. All in all, sounds like a delightful night. Tickets can be purchased at the Eastern Standard bar, and cost $30.00 (includes entry, one Whiskey Smash and food). Click here for more.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

New Moroccan Restaurant Opens Near Harvard Square

Tajine, a new Moroccan restaurant opened at 1105 Mass Ave near Harvard Square recently. So far mixed reviews (sounds like the new restaurant is getting the kinks out of the way) but hopefully we'll report more soon.


Saturday, August 8, 2009

Hit Up the South End Side Walk Sale Today!

Whether its brunch or you need a new dress, South End businesses should be able to hook you up. Sales end tomorrow, which fits in for a perfect day to go to the SoWA Market, too.Click here for a list of participating businesses and restaurants.


Friday, August 7, 2009

Starting Tonight - ICA's Wavelength's Series

The Institute of Contemporary Art's Friday night music series is back, and better than ever. For a $25 (or $20 if you are an ICA/World Music member) you can enjoy some great DJs and experimental music.

Some highlights of the series includes DJs from an Argentinian club (get ready for some dance hall!), afro influenced pop, and more. All concerts begin at 7:30pm and may be outside if weather permitting. Click here for tickets and the full line up that runs til October.


Thursday, August 6, 2009

Pressed Sandwiches - free sandwich - downtown

Pick up a labeled artichoke right now at Liberty Square in Downtown Boston, and redeem it for a free sandwich from Pressed Sandwiches.

Liberty Sq is around Batterymarch St and Water St.


Take No Prisoners: First (free) Rock Concert on the Harbor Islands

I love the Harbor Islands, and most importantly, I love rock music. So it's about time Berklee's up and coming bands and the Harbor Islands join forces for an all day concert.

This Saturday, from 1:00pm-4:00pm, enjoy the sounds of Mark Hopkins and the Hotel and Abigail East, to name a few. It's $14 for a round trip boat ride to George's Island, so back up a picnic and rock it out. Click here for more info. Photo courtesy of the artist, Mark Hopkins.


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Free Orchestra Concert Tonight

Head over to the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade tonight for a free concert part of the Landmarks series.

The night's theme is "Damsels in Distress" and will feature the MIT Summer Philharmonic Orchestra. Concert will begin at 7:00pm. There is a rain location at MIT. Click here for more info.


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Hit Up the Return to Woodstock Exhibit

So director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, The Hulk) is coming out soon with a film about Woodstock, and as the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock approaches, the International Poster Gallery is giving us a great lesson.

On Thursday night, from 5:00pm-7:30pm, head over to Newbury Street to meet Arnold Skolnick, designer of the iconic 1969 poster. Learn the story behind the poster, view the original 1969 poster and Mr. Skolnick's newly designed limited edition 40th anniversary poster. Both are available for purchase and signing in the gallery. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested at International Poster Gallery is located at 205 Newbury Street.Photo courtesy of the International Poster Gallery


Habibi's Lounge Opens in Allston

Habibi's Lounge opened in Allston right next to the Wonder Bar. Habibi's Lounge is Boston's newest hookah lounge.

Habibi's has over 30 different types of tabacco flavors, and a variety of middle eastern snacks and desserts. Hmm baklava. Habibi's is open Monday - Thursday from 6:00pm-1:00am and Friday-Sunday 4:00pm=2:00am. Click here for more. Photo courtesy of Habibi's Lounge.


Saturday, August 1, 2009

Jump and Jive at Swinging on the Charles Tonight

Head over to the Charles River tonight for some swing dancin'. Swinging on the Charles is outside underneath the twilight sky along the Charles River on the docks of the Community Boathouse tonight.

The dance features beginners dance lesson which gets started at 7:30pm. The dance starts early at 8:30pm and ends at 11:00pm. General Admission is $10 and students and seniors are $8. If rain, the dance will head into the Boathouse. Click here for more info.


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Comedy of Errors Starts Friday on the Common

One of my all time favorite summer Boston traditions - Shakespeare on the Common. This year the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's production is "Comedy of Errors."

"Comedy of Errors" runs from July 31-August 16. Performances start Tuesday - Saturday @ 8pm, and Sundays @ 7pm. Matinees are scheduled for Sunday, August 9 at 1:00pm and Wednesday, August 12th and 12:30pm. For information on the cast, crew and a synopsis of the play, click here. Remember, the Commonwealth Shakespeare Co. is a non profit - so go show your support! And we'll have a review soon, too. :)


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Heads Up: Restaurant Week and Other Dining Deals

So Boston's summer restaurant weeks starts August 9th. 3 course lunches will be at $20.09 and dinners are priced at $33.09. There are some restaurants going beyond just the week though.

On Sundays and Mondays, Mistral, Sorellina and Mooo are offering 3 course dinners for $35, and Masa is offering their restaurant week menu the whole month of August. Many restaurants (such as Ten Tables Cambridge) also offer prix fixe meals all year long - you just have to remember to look at their menus!

Here are some restaurants participating this year in restaurant week that I would check out - TW Food (Cambridge), Pigalle (Theater District), Sportello (South Boston) just to name a few. Have any recommendations? Let us know. Click here for the full list of restaurants. Restaurant week runs from Sunday, August 9 through Friday, August 14 and
Sunday, August 16 through Friday, August 21.


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Summer Shack Clam Bake on Spectacle Island

Boston Harbor Islands, seafood and beer - three things that spell summer. Apparently the folks at the Harbor Islands got that idea too. Now on Thursday nights this summer you can enjoy clam bakes on Spectacle Island provided by Summer Shack.

Summer Shack Clambake includes: creamy clam chowder, steamed Lobster, mussels, steamers,
corn on the cob, new potatoes, chorizo and dessert (prices can include alcohol as well). Ferries leave Long Wharf at 6:30pm and get back 9:00pm. For info on pricing and to buy tickets, click here.


Dorado Tacos & Cemitas Opens in Brookline

Chef Douglas Organ of JP's cafe D has opened a new Latin American joint filled with fish tacos and cemitas (like a sandwich).

Dorado's menu looks delicious with fish tacos (made with Atlantic white fish), regular tacos, rotisserie family meals and of course, cemitas. Sides include the regular chips and guacamole, but also have what are sure to be new favorites like spicy pickled carrots, jicama & jalapeños and smoked ancho chile dusted yucca fries. Dorado is located at 401 Harvard Street in Brookline, near Coolidge Corner. Click here for more details.


Sunday, July 26, 2009

Baseball in the Yard @ the Liberty Hotel Today

Enjoy the afternoon Red Sox/Orioles game today at the Liberty Hotel's outdoor courtyard. Sounds like the next best thing to Fenway. Click here for more info.Image courtesy of Liberty Hotel.


Saturday, July 25, 2009

Free Beach Boys Concert Tonight

I get around, and if you get around, head over to tonight's Oldies 103 Beach Boys concert at the Hatch Shell. All shows will begin at 7pm at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell. Click here for more info.


Friday, July 24, 2009

Big Papi's Grille Opens in Framingham

It was bound to happen - we are a big sports town. David Ortiz opens "Big Papi's Grille" on Route 9 in Framingham today. Click here for the story from WBZ. My particularly favorite thing on the menu? The three sliders of beef, lamb and crab. Yum.


Go enjoy Clink's TGIF Menu

In need of a nice drink and delightful snack? Yeah, me too. Head over to the Liberty Hotel for Clink's TGIF menu from 4:00pm-9:00pm.

So what are the snacks? Local oysters? Check. Fries with harissa aioli? check. Veal and Ricotta Meatball Sliders with Crispy Sage? Yup, that too. And these are just a few of the snacks on the TGIF menu. All items are under $10. Get is while it's hot.


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Free Admission to the Isabella Stewart Garner Tonight

Need something to do with the kids tonight? Or planning to see the "Seeing Sounds" exhibit at the MFA and what to add a little more art to the night? Well, the Gardner is treating us to a free night of art, activities and more. The night starts at 5:00pm and ends at 8. Click here for more.


Check Out a Free Outdoor Concert Tonight

Do you love Buena Vista Social Club? Yeah, me too. Tonight, at 7:00pm enjoy the live sounds of Obbini Tumbao at South End's O'Day Park. Obbini Tumbao delivers high-energy latin dance music.

The concert is part of the Tito Puente Latin Music Series and considering the band's been selling out local jazz clubs, this is a free gig not to miss. O'Day Park is next door to Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton Street, in Boston's South End. The park is a 10 minute walk or so from the Back Bay T stop. The concert will run from are 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. For more information, call 617 927-1717, email


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ducali Pizzeria Opens in the North End

There is a new place for grabbing a slice of pizza, a beer and cheering your favorite Italian soccer team and it's called Ducali.

Ducali features antipasti, salads, paninis and pizzas. The restaurant also features 10 beers on tap and a wine and cocktail list. Ducali offers take out and also just opened for lunch. Ducali is open from 11:30am-1:00pm and is located at 289 Causeway Street. For more details, click here.


Monday, July 20, 2009

Another Manic Monday? Head over the Tempo in Waltham

Just because it's Monday doesn't mean you cannot have a little fun and a treat. So head over to Tempo Bistro in Waltham for their special deal - Seven Apps for $7 before 7:00pm, Monday-Sunday.

Seven Before Seven deal is at the bar only and features some delicious combinations, such as:blue cheese and bacon sautéed wild Maine mussels, baked brie in puff pastry, grilled pizza, caramelized onions, fontina cheese and truffle oil; and seared shrimp and chorizo - and this is just a few of the delicious items on the list. Grab one of their martinis and you, your coworker, your girlfriend or bromance buddy can eat, drink and reminiscence about the fun of the weekend.

Tempo is located at 474 Moody St in Waltham. Click here for more info.


Sunday, July 19, 2009

Free Admission to the MFA Today!

It's community day at the Museum of Fine Arts today. Enjoy free general admission from 10:00am-4:45pm. Click here for a list of events.


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Art Beat in Davids Sq Today!

Enjoy live music, hundreds of artists and more today in Davis Square! And remember, the streets are closes to cars in the area for all you drivers. :) Click here for the schedule of events.


Friday, July 17, 2009

Nick Varano's Famous Deli Opens in the North End

From the fellas who brought you Strega and Nico, check out Nick Varano's Famous Deli.

The menu features huge and cheap sandwiches (prices are around $9.95)with variations on a hot pastrami, pulled pork, house-made roast beef and a tuna melt. The famous in these sandwiches are in their names, with the Sopranos and Frank Sinatra getting shout outs.

Nick Varano’s Famous Deli is located at 66 Cross Street in the North End and offers outdoor seating as well as delivery to parts of Boston. Click here for more info.


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Head Out to the Mystic River Music Festival This Weekend

Head over to Medford on Saturday and enjoy live music, free Whole Food BBQ and more this Saturday, July 18th.

The 2nd Annual Mystic River Music Festival features live music from 12:00pm-7:00pm, a Whole Foods grilling station, an organic beer and wine garden and a variety of local eco-friendly vendors, such as businesses and local artists. Sounds delightful. The festival is being held at The Condon Shell, Rt. 16 Medford - right along the River. The festival is free and open to the public. For more info, click here.


Bina on the Common Opens

So I stopped by Bina Osteria the other day (they have homemade gelato and the cantaloupe flavor is divine!) and they are apparently doing very well because they have opened a new cafe on Tremont and Bolyston.

A small cafe with 10 tables, people should consider this a great addition to area for a grab and go. I've deducted that breakfast items include fresh baked bagels, muffins, brioche and scones, and the $4 Breakfast Special includes a fruit, yogurt and granola parfait with a cup of coffee. Better than any of those Dunkin' Donuts deals.

Besides breakfast, pre-made panini sandwiches, burgers, grilled portabella burgers and mixed vegetables from the grill will also be offered. Other menu items include salads, a cheese plate and homemade pasta to name a few.

It will be open Monday to Friday, from 8m-6pm and Saturday, 10am-5pm.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Head to Brattle Theater's Tralier Treats on Thursday

Summer is all about fun and funny looking summer movies. Brattle Theater realizes your need for sugary movies and treats. Tomorrow night's is the Brattle's annual "Trailer Treats and Smackdown."

Join the Brattle for fun trailers from the Brattle’s collection, terrific tunes, delicious snacks, and, of course, a ton of fun! And for a 3rd year in a row, Trailer Treats will also feature the finalists in our TRAILER SMACKDOWN competition and the audience, will get to vote for a winner. Admission is $12 for show, musical guests are Poverty Old-Time Band and food and drinks are sponsored by Veggie Planet and Cambridge Brewing Company. Party stats at 8:00pm. Click here for tickets and more info.


Surf's Up Party at the Peabody Essex Museum

It seems this week our cultural institutions are showing us how to rock the party, the art party that is. This Friday, North Shore's Peabody Essex Museum is throwing a Surf's Up Beach Party to compliment its Surf Land photography exhibit.

The party entails a variety of beach fun - learn how to surf, build a sand castle, watch films, design your own surfboard and dance under the stars. The event includes a casual summer menu of pizza, burgers (beef and veggie), hot dogs, vegetable sticks, fruit salad and cool drinks. Cash bar will be available. The event is $10 for non members, and free for members. Click here for more info on the event and the Surf Land exhibit.


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

This Week's "Garner After Hours" Features Soul Clap

So we've been mentioning the Garner After Hours events a lot on our "what to do" section, but just thought I'd give Thursday's event a shout out.

Well known local DJ Soul Clap will be spinning tunes tomorrow night, which just amps up an already fun event (art, cocktails, music and people watching...hello?!). Garner After Hours is Thursday, July 16th from 5:30pm-9:30pm. Admission is $5-23 and free for museum members. Click here for more info.


Monday, July 13, 2009

Celebrate Bastille Day at the Beehive

Beehive is going french on us tomorrow for Bastille Day. From 5:00pm to 2:00am, enjoy live music, drinks and dinner specials. Cover is $10 for the event only.

Performing will be“Gainsbourg Etcetera" - a musical collaboration of Segre Gainsbourg’s wife Bambou Gainsbourg, son LuLu Gainsbourg and five of Gainsbourg’s former musicians including: Gary “Mr. La Javanaise" Georgett, Mike Rathke, Tony “Thunder” Smith,John Kumnick and Stan Harrison, this event is truly musical history in the making as the group performs renditions of Gainsbourg’s works and original arrangements by LuLu Gainsbourg. For more information on dinner and concert specials, call the Beehive at 617-423-0069.


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Summer in the Parks: 2009 Outdoor Film Series

It looks like the outdoor movie series sponsored by the Coolidge Corner Theatre are back again this year.

The series kicks off tomorrow, July 13th with “The Princess Bride” at Devotion School Field, 345 Harvard St, near Coolidge Corner. Also at Devotion, come watch “Some Like it Hot” on Monday July 20th. The series finishes on Monday July 27th with "E.T." at the recently renovated Amory Park at the intersection of Amory and Freeman streets.

Movies start around 8:00pm and if there is high rain or wind, the movie will be rescheduled to the following day. All movies are free and open to the public.


Friday, July 10, 2009

Chinatown Main Street Festival Sunday

Who doesn't love Chinatown? One of Boston's oldest cultural districts is having a party. Stop by Boston's Chinatown for an all day festival.

Watch traditional Chinese dances, eat great food, visit vendor booths, and more. Festival runs Sunday from 11:00am-5:00pm. Stop by Chinatown Park (160 Kingston)for the major activity. Oh yeah - and its free. :)


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Crazy Hotel Deal from Copley Square Hotel

This falls into the gimmicky bucket, but a good deal is a good deal. The Copley Square Hotel is celebrating its 118 birthday and is offering rooms from $18 to $118 per night through the fall. This is how it works:

On July 14th, starting at 1:18 pm and lasting 118 minutes (until 3:16 pm) you can try and reserve a room at this boutique hotel for a stay between July 14 and September 24. There's 5 rooms at each of those rates for each of those nights, so beef up your internet bandwidth and mouse clicking skills between now and the 14th and try to reserve one.

For more information visit their birthday website:


In case you just woke up: T is hiking up the fares.

Apparently the sales tax going up wasn't enough. Alas, that is how it is. Click here for the article, but just know that your monthly charlie card is now $69 instead of $59.


Free Outdoor Karaoke Party @ MFA Tonight!

Hola amigos. I love the MFA and people singing badly. So tonight's Free Outdoor Karaoke Party at the MFA sounds right up my alley.

Event starts at 6:30pm. Click here for more.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

ICA's Free Thursday Night Concert Series

The ICA and Berklee College of Music are collaborating once again for HarborWalk Sounds, a July concert series.

HarborWalk Sounds happens on Target Free Thursday Nights in July, from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. The action takes place on the outdoor waterfront plaza, or inside if bad weather. The museum and Water Cafe are also open at this time. Concert listings are below, but for more info click here.

July 9 - Neara Russell - rock, jazz, classical & electronic.

July 16 - Tubby Love - reggae

July 23 - La Timbistica - latin jazz

July 30 - Alex Wintz - jazz guitarist


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Info on the new B-Side Lounge Venu

Many of us were sad to see the Cambridge staple, B-Side Lounge leave us earlier this year. Good news is that it's getting revamped into - the Lord Hobo bar and restaurant.

Improper Bostonian is reporting that the new owner, Daniel Lanigan is the owner of two Western Mass bars (Moan and Dove in Amherst and the Dirty Truth in Northampton) and just took over ownership of Boston's the Other Side Cafe. The new venue will feature a new interior (expect mahogany, steel, red walls) and menu. But never fear B-Side lovahs, the bar will still maintain the old faithfuls - great cocktails and beer and wine lists. Lord Hobo is rumored to be opening mid-July.


Monday, July 6, 2009

Two Things to Do Tonight

Good morning everyone! Hope everyone had a lovely 4th weekend - did you see that sun? We definitely all deserved it.

Anyhoo, to get you back into the swing of things - check out the new Laser Guitar Hero show at the Museum of Science and Ole's Taco Loco Mondays.

Laser Guitar Hero is the new laser show at the Planetarium and features the music of Weezer, Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party and the Foo Fighters just to name a few. First show is at 5:30 and costs $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $7 for children. Click here for more information.

And now for the food fun - Ole Mexican Grill in Inman Square has been hosting a Taco Loco Monday deal - choose from 15 minis, including shredded pork, shrimp, beef crap and one with duck mole. Hmm....mole. Tacos run from $3.50-$5.50 each. Ole is located at 11 Springfield Street in Cambridge. Click here for more on Ole.


Friday, July 3, 2009

Lyndell's Bakery Opens 2nd location in the North End

Good news and bad news - Lulu's Bakery in the North End is out (that's the bad news). Good news - 122 year old Somerville staple Lyndell's Bakery has opened in its place.

Lyndell's is still located on Broadway in Ball Square, Somerville but also 227 Hanover Street, North End. Call 617-720-2200 for more details.
Photo courtesy of Daily Candy


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Lansdowne Pub Gets Good Reviews

Lansdowne Pub is the new joint that replaced Jake Ivory's down near the new House of Blues on Lansdowne Street. Click here for the Globe review.
Those sliders look delicious. :)


Monday, June 29, 2009

Free Fro Yo at Berryline in Fenway!

Berryline is expanding beyond Cambridge. Today, from 3:30pm-9:00pm enjoy free fro yo at Berryline Fenway, located at 1377 Boylston St.


Saturday, June 27, 2009

Tomorrow: Boston Chili Takedown

Head over to Great Scott in Allston tomorrow at 3:00pm for a chili takedown.

So for $10 you can try all the chilies at the event and for free you can enter your chili for a grand prize of $100 for people's favorite or $50 for judge's fave. Worth a trip down to Allston! Click here for all the details.


New ways to get in touch with us -via Google Voice!

All of us at Boston On The Go would love to hear from you folks! You might notice that we have added a new feature on the right hand side bar, "please leave us a voice mail!". By using this widget, you can leave us a voice mail! Give us some feedback and/or any type of event/place news that you think is worth putting on our blog. Hope to hear from you soon.

To read more about how to leave us a voice mail using the Google Voice widget on the right side bar, please click on the below link.

So, you want to leave us a voice mail?! Here is the step by step procedures:

1. Click on the Google Voice icon ("Call Me" icon) on the right side bar under "Please leave us a voice mail!"

2. Enter your name and phone number (if you don't want us to know your phone number then check the "keep number private")

3. Click on "connect" button

4. Whichever phone number you entered above will ring

5. Answer the phone. It will be ringing for a bit then it will go to Boston On The Go's voice mail. Follow the instructions to leave a voice mail for us!

If you leave us a voice mail regarding a specific events and/or place, we will try to post them on the blog!

We hope to hear from you soon!


Friday, June 26, 2009

Just Dance.

You've already been working for the weekend, so go out tonight and enjoy the City of Cambridge's annual dance party tonight.

Tonight, from 7:00p.m. – 11:00p.m. in Central Square near City Hall, join hundreds of people for a free, citywide dance party (with DJs!). And remember, if you don't want to shake what your momma gave ya, remember that Mass Ave will be closed down for the event.


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Check Out Art Fridays in Downtown Crossing

During your lunch break tomorrow or before you meet a friend for an after work drink, check out the month long event "Art Fridays" on Summer Street in Downtown Crossing.

Local artists will be selling paintings, photography, jewelery ans more. Art Fridays runs Fridays in June from 11:00am-7:00pm. Click here for more info.


Falafel Corner Opens in Harvard Square

So the Greek Corner II is out, and Falafel Corner is in.

Falafel Corner is replacing the Greek Corner II (don't worry, the original is still on North Mass Ave!) on Eliot Street. The small spot is seving baba ghanoush, tabouli, lentil soup, chicken shawarma, and tasty falafel allfor under $10. Hours are: Mon.-Sat., 11:00 a.m.-3:00 a.m.; Sun., 11:00 a.m.-midnight. Another option besides Pinocchio's for the after Hong Kong fix. :)


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Enter the Brattle Theater's Trailer Smackdown Contest

Brattle Theater is asking you to enter into the annual Trailer Smackdown competition.

The Brattle Theatre announces an exciting addition to its annual celebration of movie marketing and backyard fun, TRAILER TREATS. The TRAILER SMACKDOWN is a homemade trailer contest where filmmakers will compete to make the most compelling trailer for an as-yet-unmade film entitled simply "Union Street". Each filmmaker (or filmmaking team) will be required to incorporate certain elements (genre, location, character type, action, etc) in their two minute or less trailer. All entries are due by July 6, 2009 and must include a Registration Form. A dedicated group of filmlovers will gather for a preliminary judging round and the finalists will be screened during TRAILER TREATS on July 16, 2009. A Grand Prize Audience Award will be voted on and a winner announced at the event. A cash prize will be awarded and the winning trailer will be featured on the Brattle's website as well as screened prior to certain features during our July/August calendar. A $10 entry fee is required with registration for the competition. Click here for full contest rules and registration!


Open House at the American Brewery Lofts Tonight

Looking to take advantage of that $8,000 first time home buyers tax credit? Then check out tonight's American Brewery Lofts Open House in JP tonight.

From 5:00pm-8:00pm enjoy food, music and raffle prizes and I would hope a tour of the units, too. Click here for more info.


Monday, June 22, 2009

World Famous Chefs at the ICA

Back by popular demand, the ICA is hosting "Talking Tastes," as series of talks with popular Boston and New England chefs.

The chefs will discuss food and drink, talking about their latest flavors and signing copies of their cookbooks while you sample their tempting recipes. My pick? Ana Sortun, owner of Cambridge's Oleana and Sofra. She will be talking on Friday, June 26th at 6:30p.m. The talks are free with museum admission. Space is limited. Free tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis at the admissions desk one hour before the program. For more info, click here.


Friday, June 19, 2009

Dancing on the Charles Starts Saturday

Ready to get your groove on? Well, Dancing on the Charles is starting this weekend. From 7:00pm-1:00pm on Gerry's Landing you can enjoy DJs & more. Cover is $10 before 9:00pm, $20 after.


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Free Friday Flicks at the Hatchshell Start this Week

You know summer has kicked into gear when the Hatch Shell movies have been posted. Starting this Friday, starting at sunset (approx. 8:00pm) enjoy free movies down at the Hatchshell.

Click here for the full calendar. My pick: go see Iron Man in August...if not for Robert Downey, Jr. then just to get in gear for Iron Man 2 next year. Enjoy!


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

One Kendall Square Music Lab- Tonight!

Head over to Kendall Square tonight for the first ever One Kendall Square Music Lab!

“The One Kendall Square Music Lab”, is a series that will take place on Wednesdays June 17, July 15, and August 19 from 5:30-8:30pm. Prominent local bands The Evan Goodrow Band (6/17), 3rd Left (7/15), and Audio Underground (8/19) are scheduled to perform two-one hour sets at the festival-style events, which will also showcase the menus of The Blue Room, Cambridge Brewing Company, BeanTowne Coffee House, Flat Top Johnny’s, Tommy Doyle’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, and the recently-opened The Friendly Toast. Each restaurant will offer sampler versions of some of their most popular dishes for $5 or less, with a portion of the proceeds going to a local charity, the Kendall Community Group. Rain Dates: Thursdays June 18, July 16 and August 20. Click here for more info.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Boston Harbor Hotel's Summer Entertainment Series Starts This Week

Good news: free music starts over at the Boston Harbor Hotel this week. Bad news: it's a bit balmy outside, no? Anyways, the Boston Harbor Hotel is ready to give you free, outdoor music and movies all summer long.

Enjoy jazz, film classics and more all week long. Music events are on Tuesdays and Movies are on Friday nights. Click here for the PDF calendar.


Monday, June 15, 2009

Check out Concerts @ Cafe 939

We all know Berklee is filled with great musicians. And an inexpensive way to hear some great artists is through the school's Cafe 939.

Click here for the full calendar and info,
but may I recommend this week's The New Thelonious Monk Institute Sextet (June 17th, $10) and Ari Heist (June 19th, $15). Enjoy!


Friday, June 12, 2009

Try this chilling sweet note

Need something to do this weekend? Stop by the South End haunt ChocoLee for a Mouss-icle.

According to the Improper Bostonian, for $3 you can get a Mouss-icle - chocolate mousse dipped in milk and dark chocolate. Delicioso. ChocoLee is located at 83 Pembroke Street.


Glam Hair Boutique Opens in Back Bay

Need a temporary color change? Well the new Back Bay store Glam can help you out.

The new spot makes custom hair units from 100 percent natural hair and also makes clip-on hair extensions so you can really look like Brit Brit at Halloween.

Glam works with any ethnicity and works with people who have lost their hair or are just looking for a change. The store adds a funky decor and sells jewelry and tiaras, too. "Hair" just won a Tony, so maybe they are on to something. Glam is located at 33 Gloucester Street.


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Green Tomato II in Somerville Closes

The home of Green Tomato II on Elm Street near Davis has closed. Someone should look into making it a bar. Apparently nothing else works there.


New Nordstrom's Rack to come to Framingham

It's about time that Danvers isn't the only place to grab Cole Hann shoes at a steal. reported today that the Shopper's World Complex in Framingham will have a Nordstrom Rack by Spring 2010. Woohoo. I heart bargains.


Check out these Eco Events Coming Up

Boston gal loves getting her green on. And these events are sure to do the trick. Check out Saturday's Fair Trade Fest at the Artists for Humanity Center in South Boston and Tuesday's first ever Boston EcoTweetUp.

Fair Trade Fest is from 12:00pm-6:00pm at the Arts for Humanity Epicenter (take the Red Line to Broadway) and will feature food, fashion and more. Click here for details.

And the Boston EcoTweet up? Well, BostonEco Tweetup is a free social networking event for anyone who is passionate about eco-living and trying locaal eateries. Yum. This first one is in the Fort Point Channel at The Achilles Project/Persephone, 283 Summer Street. Take the Red line to South Station. The events start at 6:00pm. Click here for more.


Catch Free Movies at the Pru this Summer

The Wedding Singer anyone? You can catch it tonight and a variety of other movies this summer at the Pru on Thursdays.

Entertainment (dining, pre-movie activities start at 6:00pm and the movies start at sundown. There is also a parking special: enter the garage after 5:00 p.m. and get $12 parking with retail validation ($10 purchase required to receive validation).

Movie line up:

Thursday, June 11
The Wedding Singer

Thursday, June 18
Back to the Future

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Click here for more info.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Look for a New Downtown Crossing Spot

As many of my fellow foodies have heard, a new spot will be across from Ivy Restaurant soon on Temple Place - Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale.

Set to open late June, early July, the new restaurant by the folks who brought us Ivy will be replacing the old Stoddard's store. The restaurant is rumored to have 30 beers on tap and a shoeshine station. Old Boys' Club indeed.


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

New Restaurant - Teranga in the South End

Boston has its first Senegalese restaurant, Teranga.

Teranga translates into 'hospitality," and based on yelp reviews (I haven't been yet, sorry!) it looks like it's a comfort food hot spot. Prices are reasonable with entrees around $16, and the wine list looks interesting with South African wine and beer from Haiti and New Zealand. Teranga is located at 1746 Washington Street(between Springfield St & Massachusetts Ave) in the South End (T: Orange Line Mass Ave, Silver Line or Bus 1.) For hours & reservations: (617) 266-0003.


Monday, June 8, 2009

Head over to Sel de la Terre tonight

Friends over at Sel de la Terre mentioned their Happy Hour deals on Twitter. Cheap oysters and cocktails? What's not to love?

Tonight, from 5:00pm-7:00pm$5 cocktails, $1 Oysters, $1 Charcuterie plates. Sel de la Terre is located at 774 Bolyston Street, in the new Mandarin Hotel.


Friday, June 5, 2009

DePasquale’s Homemade Pasta Shoppe Opens in the North End

DePasquale’s Homemade Pasta Shoppe opened at 66A Cross Street in the North End this week. The store offers over 50 varieties of pasta alone!

Some of the different types of pasta include twenty flavors of handmade ravioli with fillings such as artichoke and lobster. Yum.

The shop will also carry an array of olive oils, pestos, cheeses and fresh-baked bread. You can even pick up recipe cards, too. Some Mike's Pastry and a bottle of wine, and you got yourself a nice night.

DePasquale’s Homemade Pasta Shoppe is open from Mon-Thurs from 10am-8pm, Fri- 10am-10pm, Saturday 9am-9pm and Sunday 10am-6pm.


Free Donut Day at Dunkins

Head over to your favorite Dunkin Donuts today - it's free donuts today when you buy a coffee. I am treating myself to a Boston creme one. ;)


Thursday, June 4, 2009

Boston Burger Co Review

So we headed to Davis Square tonight to see Anvil! Story of Anvil! (which by the way, is highly recommended) and we stopped by the newest restaurant spot in Davis - the Boston Burger Co.

The menu is filled with tons of different burgers - over 15. Some of us weren't daring enough to try the "King" filled with peanut butter, bananas and other Elvis Presley favorites. The burgers were hearty, and each come with chips and your choice of baked beans of slaw. Fries are an additional cost, but on the side - though they are worth it. We tried the garlic Parmesan and the bacon cheddar fries and they were great - two people can definitely share one order. The boneless wings were good, but we made the mistake of getting them in teriyaki sauce. The only thing missing from the menu - milkshakes. But being located right next to a JP Lick's fixes that problem. :)

Boston Burger Co. is located at 37 Davis Square.


Tonight: Beacon Hill Summer Stroll

Head over to Beacon Hill tonight for their Summer Stroll Event featuring promos, refreshments and a raffle at participating stores.

Tonight from 5pm to 8pm more than twenty participating businesses in Beacon Hill are participating Summer Shopping Stroll. Activities include promos, refreshments and a chance to win a gift basket with a selection of products and services from all participating businesses. The more businesses you visit, the greater your odds of winning(one entry per business). Click here for more info.


Check Out Harpoon's Summer Session this Weekend

So this weekend, both Friday & Saturday, Harpoon is hosting its 2nd Annual Summer Session.

The Brewery will feature Harpoon summer ales, like IPA, UFO and more. In addition to beer, enjoy live acts, DJs and BBQ from Andy Husbands of Tremont 647 and snack from Sister Sorel. Admission is $20. Fun starts at 5:30pm on Friday (June 5) and 3:00pm (June 6). Click here for more.


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Federal is now Open

The Federal, located on Cambridge St in Beacon Hill, is now open. While we haven't had a chance to eat there yet, we did swing by and pick up a menu (see below).

The Federal is at 204 Cambridge St (the former Venice Cafe location) and bills itself as 'Gourmet Sandwiches and Pizza'. From looking at their menu their sandwich options do look quite tasty (with Boar's Head meat). While the hours (Sun-Wed 11am to 12am; Thu-Sat 11am to 2am) are not quite as conducive to the post drinking crowd as Venice Cafe's old hours, it is great to have another dining option added to the Beacon Hill mix (other late late night options currently include: Shangri La, Felcaro's Pizzeria, and 7-11).


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

And Another New Sushi Place

The sushi options downtown just increased by one with the opening of Exotic Sushi and Tapas. Signs for this restaurant covered windows at the downtown location and at a location next to the Lowes Boston Common theater for many months.

Exotic Sushi and Tapas is located at 184 High St and just recently opened (so the usual disclaimers about trying a new restaurant in its first couple of weeks still apply here).

I have not had a chance to walk by the Boston Common location to see if that one has opened. If anyone has information about that location, please let us know through comments!


J's Tomodachi Sushi Shop is Open

J's Tomodachi Sushi, a new sushi place on Mass Ave in Boston is open.

The sushi place is located at 201 Massachusetts Ave, (between Clearway St & Norway St) near the Symphony T stop. Try saying that name twice.


Sunday, May 31, 2009

Friendly Toast Review

The new Kendall spot, The Friendly Toast is still working out the kinks of its new location, but is a nice and much needed addition to the area.

The Friendly Toast offers a variety of breakfast (the green eggs and ham and pancakes were enjoyed) and lunch specialities (the grilled cheese with an olive spread, was definitely unique). Be prepared for large, greasy portions of diner food you love and new concoctions too - like sweet potato fries with tabsco sauce and brown sugar. (Think of it it as your own "Diner, Drive-Ins and Dives" episode.)

You should expect a little bit of a wait on Sunday for brunch and be patient with the staff. I would recommend calling before heading over if you can - they are opening some nights of the week (they have a full bar), but not all - again, they are just trying to get the kinks worked out. Nonetheless, take a chance on this diner before or after a flick at the cinema.

The Friendly Toast is located at One Kendall Square, right near Flat Top Johnny's. For more information, call 617-621-1200.


Friday, May 29, 2009

Restaurant News

Good news: some places are opening. Bad news: Icarus closed.

Icarus, a South End favorite, has closed. After 31 years in the neighborhood, the restaurant is saying goodbye. No word on what's replacing it.

In October, plan to see the new Clarendon Bldg (corner of Clarendon and Stuart) to have a new restaurant - Post 390. The former chef at the Excelsior will be taking over the new restaurant menu which is going to be cheaper than his former restaurant.
In the old Excelsior spot, the owners of Grill 23 and Harvest are planning to open a Mediterranean/French restaurant in the fall as well.

Lastly, the old Last Drop location is a new tavern - The Corner Tavern. They will be surving food until midnight, offering 17 wines by the glass, and a selection of whiskey, single malts and tequilas. Sounds like that may be dangerous. Corner Tavern is located at 421 Marlborough Street. Click here for more.


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Upper Crust opens in the Fenway

Some businesses do well in a down economy - and Upper Crust is one of them. Upper Crust opens it newest location in the Fenway.

Located at The Upper Crust Pizzeria Opens in FenwayThew new location is at 1330 Boylston Street and open from 11:00am-11:00pm. Another bargain before a game at Fenway? Check plus.