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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Sweet Cupcakes' 2nd Location Opens in Harvard Square

Fellow cupcake fans- have no fear, we do not have to cross the river now to get Sweet Cupcakes.
The second location has opened in Harvard Square, at 0 Brattle Street, or where Cross Stationery used to be. The hours for the Harvard Square location are as follows: Mon. & Tues., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., noon-7 p.m.


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Taza Chocolate Open House on 5/2

Taza Chocolate is based in Somerville? It absolutely is and this weekend they have an Open House at their factory.

Taza produces great chocolate (their Stone Ground is highly recommended) using only organic ingredients. Saturday, May 2 from 10 am to 6 pm. 561 Windsor St, Somerville, MA. Admission is free


This Weekend: Harvard Sq's May Fair

You don't have to do all your fun over at Fan Pier this weekend. Harvard Square is hosting its annual May Fair on Sunday, May 3rd. And the line up of events and entertainment is, in the words of my favorite womanizer - legend-wait for it-dary.

Ok, maybe not legendary, but still good. First off, besides over 200 artists showcasing their work and beer gardens, there is a "Grilling with the Pros" featuring Linebacker Adalius Thomas and friends in a heated competition with Harvard Square's Pro Grill-Team Chefs, a Harvard Square Cut-a-thon featuring the Square's salons and a great line up of music, ending with the up and coming band Chester French. (You have heard them on MTV.)

The fun starts at noon. Everything is FREE. Click here for all the music and other info. Enjoy!


Monday, April 27, 2009

Boston Burger Co. Opens in Davis Square

Near by JP Lick's in Davis Sq. there used to be a small Italian restaurant called Antonia's - well, that has closed and Boston Burger Co has taken it's place. Boston Burger Co's menu basically is filled with different types of - you guessed it - burgers.

All items on the menu are less than $10.00 on the menu, and for those watching their red meat intake, there are soups, chicken sandwiches, paninis and other sides to fill you up. Boston Burger Co. is located at 37 Davis Square. Click here for more info.


Puma City - a Month of Events

So for those of us who took advantage of the lovely weather this weekend, you might have been like me and gone over to South Boston to check out the new month-long Puma City on Fan Pier. Though I had blogged that they had an opening night party this past weekend, they have planned events all month long. Here are some highlights for you.

-Tuesday, 4/28- Happy Hour @ PUMA City - 4:00pm-7:00pm
- Friday, 5/1 - The Other Side Cafe hosts Goldsprint Throwdowns, 8:00pm-12:00am
-Saturday, 5/2 - Hearthrob vs. Thunderdome (DJs) , 9:00pm-12:00am
-Sunday, 5/3 - Boston Breakers Meet & Greet, 12:30pm-2:30pm
-Tuesday, 5/5 - Burrito de Mayo with Qdoba Mexican Grill (I hope this means FREE burritos!) 6:00pm-10:00pm
-Wednesday, 5/6 - PUMA Fun Run, 6:30 pm
-Friday, 5/15 - The Bladerunners (DJs) - 9:00pm-12:00am

Puma City is located on the Fan Pier right in between the Moakley Courthouse and the ICA and is open Sundays 9:00am-10:00pm, Monday-Wednesdays 10:00am-10:00pm, Thursday-Fridays, 10:00am-12:00am, and Saturdays 9:00am-12:00am. Most of these events are free and there is a bar as part of the complex. Click here for more information.


Sunday, April 26, 2009

Tupelo Review

Us bloggers had to meet, so we decided to have a dinner meeting at Tupelo. Located right in Inman Square, Tupelo is the Southern joint that filled where Magnolia left.

We ordered the fried oysters with green tomatoes (the latter which we saw very little of) and the turkey meatballs for appetizers - and the meatballs were good. My jambalaya (which changes daily) was delicious with grits and shrimp, but the rest of the crew found their hearty chicken and pork to be on the salty side. The beer was good and the dessert menu features Toscanini's ice cream and other favorites like pecan pie, banana pudding and chocolate bread pudding. In comparison to another southern favorite, Hungry Mother, Tupelo still needs some fine tuning. But it's not even a week open, so I'll give it a break and go back for the bread pudding. Tupelo is open Tuesdays-Sundays, 5:00pm-10:00pm and is located at 1193 Cambridge Street. For more photos, check out our facebook page.


Friday, April 24, 2009

Cambridge Science Festival

From April 25 to May 3, the Cambridge Science Festival will be taking place at locations throughout Cambridge. Most events are FREE (!!!) and are geared to people of all ages.

Some events have limited space and require pre-registration, like the May 2 talk by astronaut Sally Ride, and events at the Science Museum require standard admission costs.

Check out the schedule and find some great events for the weekend!


Tupelo Opens in Old Magnolia Spot

Lovers of Petsi's Pies (I am one of them) will be happy to hear that Rene McLeod, the owner of Petsi's Pies is finally opening this week her Southern inspired restaurant Tupelo. Located on Cambridge Street in Inman Square in the old Magnolia's location, the restaurant will be open Tuesday-Sunday, 5:00pm-10:00pm. Tupelo's menu is rumored to be featuring southern faves as shrimp remoulade, seafood creole, jambalaya, fried catfish, New Orleans gumbo, banana pudding
and cheddar grits. I'm beginning to wonder why I'm writing this and not just heading over. Sure to be a hit, Tupelo is located at 1193 Cambridge Street. You can thank me later. ;)


9tailors Trunk Show and Custom Tailor Event

9Tailors, a Boston based custom tailor, is having a Custom Dress Shirt Event on Saturday, April 25th. Ladies and gentleman, this is the opportunity for you to design the perfect shirt for you. You may think this is expensive, but 9Tailors assures us that every item is $100. Other highlights of the event includes: sample dress shirts marked down 30-50%, accessories for men and women from Cinsummer and Jenni Won and more. The event is held from 1:00pm-5:00pm and held at 213 Newbury St, Suite 2F. Click here for more info.


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Tory Row Review

So I headed over to Tory Row for lunch this afternoon and it definitely lives up to its sister restaurants. Tory Row is owned by the same folks who have brought us Cambridge 1, Middlesex and Miracle of Science, just to name a few. The menu is a mix of American and French/Mediterranean flavors - hamburgers were delicious, as was the red pepper hummus. It reminded me of the great Miracle of Science menu, but a bit more refined (after all, there is a duck confit salad!). There is beer and wine service, offering a good variety of both. We were also told ice cream was soon going to be added to the menu for dessert. Prices were very reasonable, with sandwiches ranging in $8-10 range. Though there are not tons of tables, it was nice that there was a mix of small (2-4 people) to large (7-8 people) tables to accommodate large groups.

Tory Row will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with dinner starting around 5:00pm and will offer a late night menu. Perfect for those of us who drink too many scorpion bowls at the near by Hong Kong. :) Tory Row is right in the heart of the Square at 3 Brattle Street. Click here for more info.


Puma City Opening Day Party

Take part in this FREE party down on the waterfront this Saturday. Puma City opens on the waterfront with this event featuring hip-hop and Top 40 songs by Jamin' 94.5's DJ Roy Barboza. Party kick's off at 9:00pm and yes, there is a bar. Take the Silver Line to the Courthouse stop and walk over to Fan Pier. For more info, click here.


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day Events

Here are some fun events around the City to celebrate Earth Day.

Wednesday, April 22nd:

Jeff Golden will be at Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville to talk about organic, eco-friendly wine. 7:00pm, $10. Click here for more.

Friday, April 24th:

Harvard Square's Big Green Party. Sample Henrietta's Table's chilled melon soup, learn about Zipcar, and help clean up Harvard Square. Event runs from 11:00am-4:00pm, and clean up teams should meet at Winthrop Park @ 1:00pm. Click here for more.

Saturday, April 25th:

10th Annual Earth Day Charles River Clean Up. Single volunteers are welcomed to stop by at drop in points and help out. Click here for more info.

The Wine Gallery in Brookline is hosting a local beer and cheese pairing. All of the breweries featured are located less than 100 miles from Boston. Event is from 3-6pm and is FREE. Click here for more info.


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Savin Hill Supply Store Opens

Daily Candy reports that Savin Hill Supply Store has opened at 99 Savin Hill Ave. This specialty food store focuses on local items (jams, produce, etc) from local farms and eco-friendly cleaning supplies, too. Sounds like a much needed addition to the area.

Photo courtsey of Daily Candy.


Free Cone Day at Ben and Jerry's Today

Today is free cone day at Ben and Jerry's locations - try Newbury Street, Park Plaza, The Garage at Harvard Square to name a few. Enjoy!


Sunday, April 19, 2009

What some culture? Come and see "The Life of Galileo" (play) at Central SQ. Theater.

Let's see... You went out last night and had a few more pints than you wished you had and in a usual fashion, you went out for brunch with your mates hung over. All of a sudden, you think to yourself, "All this drinking... my liver might explode".

Well, if that's what you are going through during your average weekend then may I suggest that you catch some culture at Central Square Theater? Right now, "The Life of Galileo" is in production through May 17th, 2009. The play is about the latter period of the life of Galileo Galilei, the great Italian Baroque natural philosopher, who was persecuted by the Roman Catholic Church for the promulgation of his scientific discoveries. The play embraces such themes as the conflict between dogmatism and scientific evidence, as well as interrogating the values of constancy in the face of oppression (from wikipedia). The play is translated by a brilliant british playwright, David Hare (He also did screen plays for The Hours, and The reader).

So, take a break from your usual 12oz curls and get your mind some much needed stimulation!

Photo courtesy of Central Square Theater.


“Blood, sweat, and tears meets light, camera, action!”

7th Annual Independent Film Festival Boston is kicking off this week from April 22nd - 28th, 2009. Festival films will be shown across Boston (Somerville Theatre, Brattle Theatre, Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, and Coolidge Corner Theatre). There will be feature films, shorts, and documentaries as well as panel discussions. Check out the festival schedule here. There are few films that I am interested in seeing this year such as 500 Days of Summer, The Brothers Bloom and Boob. Yes, one of the shorts is titled “Boob”.

Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures


Friday, April 17, 2009

MFA's Sports on Film Series This Weekend

This weekend check out the MFA's Sports on Film series, with movies on Zidane the soccer player, motorcycle racing and a skateboarding film by Spike Jonze. Click here for more info and schedule. The series ends April 23rd.


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Sip Cafe Review

There's always a danger in going to restaurants within their first couple weeks of opening, and Sip Cafe is no different (hopefully).  

Sip Cafe opened earlier this week - close to their scheduled date of April 13 (prev post) - but definitely has some wrinkles to iron out in their lunchtime service.  The wait for sandwiches was quite long today, with many customers visibily annoyed, and sandwich orders didn't always come out correctly.  Nevertheless, the employees were quite nice and accomodating, offering free cookies or refunds to those waiting for a long time.  The sandwiches (option of cold or pressed) were nice and light and quite tasty.  Their iced chai is pretty standard and has the added benefit that it's not entirely full of ice.

In any case, a quick rundown:
It's billed as an independently owned cafe focusing on local and organic products and sustainable practices.

Hours: 6:30 am to 6:00 pm

Bagels, croissants, and muffins
Sandwiches and salads in the $6 to $7 range
Coffee (Terroir label), tea, hot chocolate, apple cider, and an assortment of bottled drinks


Restaurant News

Apparently I'm not the only one waiting for Tory Row to open in Harvard Square. Well, just an update for you - it has opened, but it hasn't been a week yet (aka, Bostongal is going to wait). But the restaurant is featuring exposed brick walls and Shepard Fairey paintings. The restaurant will be opened for breakfast, lunch and dinner with moving to dinner entrees around 5:00pm for this week. The kitchen will be open until midnight regardless. Click here for more info from The Thrillist. I'll give a review in a week.

In other Cambridge restaurant news, the Friendly Toast, a Portsmouth, NH haunt is definitely opening up in Kendall Square. One Kendall Square to be exact. For those who have not been up to the original Toast in New Hampshire, it will be the retro diner we all need. The owner hopes it will be open by the end of the month. I just like that they have green eggs and ham.

Lastly, the former News Restaurant, or what I like to call the "place you go for late night fries" is getting a new venue. Besides the usual billiards and lounge, the Improper Bostonian reports that Splash will also have a "rooftop deck outfitted with cabanas, beds, and of course, a fountain." Splash will continue with News late menu until 5:00am, with burgers and a $20 breakfast buffet offered after 2:00am. Splash will open Memorial Day weekend.


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Boston Conservatory Dance Theater offers FREE performances

The Boston Conservatory Dancer Theater is offering free admission to its "spring works" program, featuring original choreography by students of the dance division and excerpts from Jose Limon's "The Winged." Performances will be on both Friday April 17 & Saturday April 18th at 8pm. The Conservatory Theater is near the Symphony T stop at 31 Hemenway St. Click here for more info.


Pinkyotto Opens in Boston

Sorry fellas, this isn't a new frozen yogurt shop. Pinkyotto, an imported brand a-la Topshop (which rumor is, we may get here in Boston) opens its second US location here in Boston. Clothes are trendy and punky, and much more expensive than H&M (I find it humorous that Daily Candy felt that all items under $200 is such a deal). Nonetheless, you will find fun items there I'm sure ladies. Pinkyotto is open at 156 Newbury Street. Click here for more.


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Free Walk to Harpoon Brewery Tonight (with samples!)

Walk Boston is offering a FREE walk tonight starting at 5:00pm to the Harpoon Brewery. Take advantage of a fun way to see South Boston's emerging waterfront and grab a few brews. Talk about a happy hour! :)

Meet at the Silver Line's World Trade Center stop, Congress Street entrance. Click here for more info.


Friday, April 10, 2009

Boyo Yogurt to Open on Cambridge Street next month

The Boston Globe is reporting that boYO, a non fat fro yo cafe will open next month in Beacon Hill, along Cambridge Street. The yogurt that will be offered will be gluten-free and nonfat for all those watching their diets. Future plans for the place state that they will expand into gelato and sorbet as well.


Stargaze at the Museum of Science Tonight

I like this pick from the Globe's G section yesterday - spend tonight looking at stars, grabbing Wolfgang Puck approved food and listening to jazz. Date approved.


The Boston Breakers are Back!

After the Women's World Cup Soccer tournament in 1999, the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) launched in the United States, which included the Boston Breakers playing at Boston University's Nickerson Field. Unfortunately the league was not profitable and ended play in 2003.

But starting this Saturday, April 11th, professional women's soccer has returned to Boston! The Boston Breakers are back and playing in the Women's Professional Soccer League. Games this time will be played at Harvard Stadium and tickets are still available, so get in on the action.


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Puma City hits the Fan Pier

So, Boston gal is reading the Phoenix during lunch and sees an add for Puma City on the back. Hmmm. What is this you may ask? Good question.

Basically, the gist is this: it's a traveling store and lounge with a complete BAR. Yeah, I wrote bar. It's traveling as a part of the campaign release for the new "Puma Sailing Collection and will following the Volvo Ocean Race across the world. Coming from Alicante, Spain where the race began in September 2008 the City is scheduled to open on Boston’s Fan Pier on April 25. The structure was designed and assembled in China and has over 11,000 square feet of space made from twenty-four, forty-four foot shipping containers. Each container weighs in at eleven tons! It’s definitely a must see for this spring in the Boston Area." (Thanks to the Street Attack Blog for all the info and pictures.) I will be there April 25th will my Puma outfit...will you?


An event to check out - Wine Riot!

We love our friends over at the Second Glass, and this is event next week is going to be awesome. Here are some reasons to check out Wine Riot Patriot's Day Weekend.

Top 10 reasons to storm Wine Riot
The most unpretentious, kick ass wine event in Boston
1. World Travel, Recession style Travel from Japan, to Australia, through Europe, South Africa,
South America and back to the US of A all while sampling over 250+ baller wines in just 4 hours!
2. Get Your Learn On Drop into any Crash Course for a 30 minute cram session, dishing out in-depth info about specific grapes, regions, and growing trends. When you head back to the main floor, you can wow your friends with your newly acquired knowledge.
3. Largest Online Wine Tasting EVER! During VIP night, Twitter Taste Live and Hospice du Rhone wines will host an international twitter tasting, across 3 times zones! Tipsy texting encouraged!
4. Tasty Pairings Grab delicious bites to pair with your wine from Sel De La Terre, Garden at the
Cellar, The Savant Project, Ronnarong and Ivy.
5. Location! Location! Location! It’s all going down in the heart of the South End, so after the show you’ll be released into Boston’s mecca for fantastic food, cool coffee shops and of course, great booze. It’s all easily accessible via public transportation and there is ample parking in the area!
6. It’s Patriots Day Weekend It’s a citywide holiday packed with food, baseball and a couple
thousand runners. Sip on some quality vino and then take advantage of the long weekend by allowing extra time for recovery.
7. Organic! Just in time for Earth Day! On Friday night at the VIP Riot, attendees can taste and
learn about sustainability and what it means to the wine industry directly from rockstar experts.
8. It’s Affordable At only $45, Wine Riot is only half the price of most wine events in town and less than your monthly MBTA Pass or iPhone bill!
9. Hipster Cool Each Riot comes complete with a DJ, photo booth and EVEN fake tattoos!
10. Relive the Riot Remember everything you swirled at Wine Riot with a printed guide listing all the wines, then re-enact the Riot in your living room with your take home glass!

Details on tickets and dates: Wine Riot is taking place April 17th with a VIP session from 6 -10pm, for $65 and April 18th with Riot 1, 1-5pm and Riot 2 6-10pm both for $45. Tickets are now on sale online and at wine stores across Boston. For more info call 617-330-2810 or click here.


Do something good - help clean up Franklin Park on Saturday

Join crews for Franklin Park's Spring Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 11th from 10:00am-12:00pm. Groups will pick up litter, clear invasives (weeds), rake leaves and more. Coffee and donuts will be provided to get you kicked started. Bring gloves and tools if you have them, but no worries if not. Meet up at the Valley Gates Parking Lot.


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Dave's Fresh Pasta's Expasion is Open

Though sadly the newly expanded Dave's Fresh Pasta in Davis Sq. was closed on Sunday, I noticed the new digs are open for business (see the picture). Dave's Fresh Pasta took over the old Cibeline store (it headed to higher pastures - Beacon Hill's Charles St.) and added a whole new section on microbrews and wine. Dave's Fresh Pasta also has classes for my fellow foodies. Enjoy the Grand Opening Event Thursday, April 16th from 5pm-9pm.


Monday, April 6, 2009

JP Lick's Customer Appreciation Day Today!

Head on over to JP Lick's 8 different stores around and in Boston today. To celebrate the Red Sox opener, Lick's is giving out $1 scoops of ice cream/fro yo from 12pm-9pm. Enjoy and GO SOX!


Check out Boston bands for free at Middlesex tonight

Stop by the Middlesex Lounge on Mass Ave in Cambridge tonight for some free music by up and coming local bands. Local acts like Pretty and Nice, Sincerely, the Management! and Big Big Bucks will be performing and DJs Roguewaves, Zak Broman and Justincredible will be in action. Catch the photobooth too. For more info on this FREE event that starts on 8:00pm, click here.


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Cochon555 This Sunday

What is Cochon555? Well, it's a national event, where 5 local chefs, each with their own pig; and 5 wine markets come together for some friendly competition for the Farms for Kids organization based in Reading, VT. The event is being held at the Liberty Hotel from 5pm-8pm and does cost $125 but its for a good cause, right? The chefs competing are Tony Maws (Craigie on Main), Jamie Bissonnette (Toro), Matthew Jennings (Farmstead), Jason Bond (Beacon Hill Bistro) and Joseph Margate (Clink). Click here for more info and to buy tickets. (PS, I wouldn't be surprised it some local foodies hang out around the hotel just to chef watch, so don't be ashamed to head on over.)


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Check Out the Local Bites Event on Friday

So the Down 2 Earth Expo is happening again this year and it's this weekend. Check out the opening night this Friday with the Local Bites event, featuring Kunde Wine and local certified green restaurants (Upstairs on the Square, The Fireplace to name a few) and some other great local restaurants too. The $20 admission gets you into not only this event, but the whole weekend's expo (which features an eco-friendly fashion show and workshops). You can also enter to win a 3 day 2 night trip to the Kunde Family Estate Winery in Sonoma, California. The winner and a guest will have a VIP tour of the winery and will be staying at "The Lodge at Sonoma Resort and Spa" and a $100 store voucher to spend at the Kunde Store. Hott! And if that doesn't work on you, a portion of your money goes to theNew England Aquarium Sustainable Seafood Program and The Federation of Massachusetts Farmers Markets. Click here for ticket info and more.