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Celebrities in Boston - Boston Public Meat

8/31/2007 03:36:00 PM 1 Response
Two weekends ago, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting owner LJ Tugelbayev and his lovely wife Akmaral. My friend Tim brought me to an invitation-only event at Boston Public Meat (aka Boston Public) for drinks and hors d'ourves. For those of you that don't know, Boston Public Meat is the new restaurant located adjacent to Louis Boston on Newbury Street.

The food was amazing, and the location was perfect. It was a breezy Sunday afternoon and I couldn't imagine anything better than sipping drinks on a patio on Newbury Street. From the title of my post you may be wondering, "What does Boston Public have to do with Celebrities?" The answer is "Everything." Boston Public is fairly new, yet from speaking with LJ, an extensive list of celebrities have already been there: Justin Timberlake, Bruce Willis, Mandy Moore, Vera Wang, The Police - just to name a few.

More recently, yesterday's Globe had a brief snippet and snapshot about Tom Brady and Gisele's lunch excursion at Boston Public this week.

Boston Public has amazing food, great atmosphere, and a list of celebrity clientèle. What more could you ask for? As for me, I haven't had a chance to sit down for a meal yet, but you can be sure that I will soon.


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Plymouth Folk and Blues Concerts

8/31/2007 03:26:00 PM 1 Response
Like I said previously, if you're looking to avoid all the college students moving in to their dorms, consider taking a trip to Vermont. The Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch, VT hosts the 2007 Plymouth Folk and Blues Concerts this weekend, rain or shine. Concerts are free.

Click (here) for a link to the official website. Otherwise see below for the schedule of performances.

September 1st
2 PM Jay Ottaway
3 PM Danielle Miraglia
4 PM Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson
8 PM Jam Session at Javababa's with Robin O'Herin

September 2nd
2 PM James O'Halloran
3 PM Larry Zarella
4 PM Erin Sax Seymour



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Teddy Bruschi Book Signing - 9/1

8/31/2007 02:57:00 PM 0 Responses
Teddy Bruschi will be at the Brookline Booksmith this Saturday 9/1 at 2pm signing copies of his new book "Never Give Up." His new book is about his battle with a stroke and the recovery process that he undertook to fight his way back into the NFL.

Attendees must purchase a copy of Bruschi's book at the store in order to get it signed.

Brookline Booksmith
Saturday 9/1 @ 2pm
279 Harvard Ave in Brookline



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Back to School - Midtown/Chinatown

8/30/2007 11:32:00 AM 1 Response
I'm trying something different today thanks to advice from reader, Jim. Instead of just posting a screenshot, I'm using GoogleMap's MyMap function to hopefully make the map a little more useful. I've added a few markers, but if you have others you think would be useful, email me and I will add them.


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I'm not real estate expert, but to me Midtown is basically the region inbetween Boston Common and Chinatown. The Ritz Carlton is there, a bunch of really expensive condos are there, and the nicest movie theater downtown is located there: AMC Boston Common.

Chinatown is about 4 square blocks bounded by Essex Street and Kneeland Street to the north and south and Washington Street to the west. Chinatown is the home to dim sum, late night dining (after clubbing ends at 2am) and overall great asian food. I say asian because there are several Vietnamese restaurants there and also a Malaysian restaurant as well. Here are some of my picks.

Best Dim Sum - China Pearl
Best Seafood Selection - East Ocean City
Malaysian Food - Penang
My Favorite Restaurant - Pearl Villa

2 other sites that I've noted are:

1 Boylston Place, home to about 4-5 different bars/lounges: Suite, Mansion, Liquor Store, and Gypsy Bar right around the corner. But if you're an incoming freshmen new to Boston, that area wont' really concern you until your junior year.

South Station, a busy travel hub for Boston housing a Red Line T stop, a train station, and a bus station. Read my post on "Traveling to NYC" and you'll find that both the chinatown bus and the amtrak leave from South Station.



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8/31 Entrain Contest Winners

8/30/2007 12:24:00 AM 1 Response
Congratulations to the following winners that each won a pair of tickets to the 8/31 Rock and Blues Concert Cruise. I hope you enjoy Entrain's performance.

Margaret Cheng
Shiori Moy

Congratulations to the winners. Each of you will be added to the guest list for the cruise along with a +1 for whoever you'd like to bring along. Thanks to all my readers and those who entered the contest.



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King Richard's Faire - 9/1

8/29/2007 06:29:00 PM 1 Response
The 26th season of King Richard's Faire opens this weekend starting 9/1. For those of you that don't know, King Richard's Faire is a recreation of a 16th century English marketplace at festival time. It's like Medieval Times meets the State Fair and it's open on weekends through October 21st.

Click (here) for a schedule of performances including jousting, actors, dancers, puppeteers, jugglers, minstrels, mimes, magicians, musicians, a zoo, and tons of food. This festival takes place on an 80 acre village, there will be plenty to do, I'm sure.

Tickets are $25 for adults. Click (here) for a $1 coupon.



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Free Concert Tickets Contest - 8/31

8/29/2007 11:53:00 AM 0 Responses
Just a reminder. Only 12 hours left before I do the drawing for 2 pairs of tickets to the Rock and Blues Concert Cruise on Friday 8/31 featuring music from Entrain.

Click (here) for details. If you win, your name will be added to the guest list so you and your friend can enjoy the cruise for FREE.

Here's how you win. Send me an email with "Entrain" in the subject line and a link to your favorite post on the Beantown Bloggery in the body of the email. Per usual, I will collect all the names, and do a drawing. The contest ends on Wednesday 8/29 at midnight. Winners will be contacted via email and names will also be posted online.

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Back To School - Back Bay

8/29/2007 12:30:00 AM 0 Responses
I figured since all the students are filtering back over the next few days, that I would do a series of posts in the spirit of Back to School. It'll be a little remedial for those already living in Boston, but hopefully it will help those that are new to the city to get acquainted a little faster.

First up, is Back Bay. Back Bay is one of the more expensive neighborhoods in Boston. Read more about it (here) on wikipedia. This area is within walking distance for a lot of students (MIT, BU, Berklee School of Music, amongst others) and is home to some of the best shopping in downtown.


It's a little tough to read, so click on the map to enlarge it, but I've circled 3 of the biggest shopping areas: Newbury Street, The Prudential Center, and Copley Place. In addition, you'll see little blue M's where the T stops are (subway stops).

Here are a few places in the area that might come in handy for new students:
Best Buy - Intersection of Massachusetts Ave & Newbury Street
Star Market (Grocery Store) - 800 Boylston Street
Trader Joe's (Grocery Store) - 899 Boylston Street



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Newport Waterfront Irish Festival

8/28/2007 11:57:00 PM 0 Responses
It's 3 minutes till hump day and I'm already thinking about the weekend. This particular weekend is a very special weekend - Labor Day weekend. All the students are on their way back and dreading the first week of school while Ikea employees everywhere are bracing for impact.

The best advice I can give to the Bostonians in our fair city, is to get out of Dodge for the weekend. Every hotel is going to be booked and the streets are going to be filled with rental cars of parents helping their kids move into their dorms.

This brings me to............The 10th Annual Newport Waterfront Irish Festival. The event will be going on all weekend Sept 1 - 3 at the Newport Yachting Center with a special Friday kick off concert. The festival includes: live music, Irish food and drink, a crafts fair, and other family activities. And don't forget the sweet, sweet Guinness.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students or seniors, and free for children under 12. Click (here) for details on the official website.

PS. Be sure to pack your white linen pants, because you won't be able to wear them for a while after Labor Day hits.



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Celebrities in Boston II

8/28/2007 02:26:00 PM 0 Responses
Filming is in full swing. After my posting yesterday about "The Women", I was informed by one reader that she saw Debra Messing this morning. After my dentist appointment this morning, I walked over to Chinatown to grab some lunch. On the walk over I saw a huge crowd outside of Centerfolds (one of two remaining strip clubs in Boston). And I wondered to myself what was going on.

Well I got home and opened up my email and saw the following:

Hey Dude,
Not sure if this merits Beantown Bloggery status, but as i was walking to work today, kate hudson is shooting a movie in centerfolds today. movie is called bachelor no. 2

Keep the emails coming folks. And if you're interested in catching a glimpse of Kate Hudson, head over to Centerfolds. Don't forget your $1's.



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Free Concert Ticket Contest - 8/31

8/27/2007 06:43:00 PM 0 Responses
The first concert ticket giveaway was a great success. I got great feedback from some of the winners. As a result, I'm going to host another giveaway for this week's Rock and Blues Concert Cruise featuring music from Entrain. This time around, I have two pairs of tickets to give away to two lucky readers ($54 value per winner).

Here's how you win. Send me an email with "Entrain" in the subject line and a link to your favorite post on the Beantown Bloggery in the body of the email. Per usual, I will collect all the names, and do a drawing. The contest ends on Wednesday 8/29 at midnight. Winners will be contacted via email and names will also be posted online.


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Celebrities in Boston

8/27/2007 05:58:00 PM 2 Responses
I wasn't sure if I wanted to post about celebrities in Boston, but after seeing the HUGE crowd of people on Newbury Street today, I have concluded that inquiring minds want to know. So before I start, read the Globe article (here) and get the lowdown on the two movies filming in Boston right now: The Women & Bachelor No. 2.

So, for the past several hours today, "The Women" has been filming at the intersection of Newbury St and Berkeley St. At around 3pm, they were filming outside of Brook Brothers and then by 5:30pm they had made it across the street and were filming outside of Valentino.

I don't know too much about The Women - the movie. It stars Meg Ryan, Debra Messing, Annette Bening, and Jada Pinkett-Smith (none of which I got the chance to see, because I didn't stand around for too long). I saw a bunch of extras walking around carrying Gucci and LV bags. So I'm concluding that this movie is about women and shopping.

They might still be filming, so check it out. Otherwise, here's a hint. Look for this sign over the next few weeks around downtown Boston.

So it's pretty self explanatory. TW = "The Women". So the crew were parking to the left and the set was to the right. (Sign posted at the intersection of Newbury and Arlington).



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Rough Winter this Year?

8/27/2007 03:03:00 PM 0 Responses
The Globe had an article today about the winter predictions made in the upcoming release of the Farmer's Almanac. According the latest 2008 edition, the folks on the West Coast will have a mild winter, whereas we the lucky folks living in the East Coast are in store for a rougher than usual winter.

I was really hoping for a repeat of last year, a very mild winter. I'm not a cold weather person, and I don't participate in any snow sports (I fractured a rib the 1 time I tried to go snowboarding). But then again, who exactly is the Farmer's Almanac? To find out, I turned to my good friend wikipedia (here). According to wiki:

Predictions for each edition are made as far as two years in advance. The Farmers’ Almanac publishers are highly secretive about the method used to make its predictions, only stating publicly that it is a “top secret mathematical and astronomical formula, that relies on sunspot activity, tidal action, planetary position and many other factors.” The identity of the Farmers’ Almanac weather forecaster is also a secret. The Almanac’s forecaster is referred to by the pseudonym “Caleb Weatherbee.”

TWO YEARS?!?! New England meteorologists can barely get the weather right for the week. Case in point last week it was supposed to rain both Thursday and Friday. It didn't. For the time being, I'll keep my fingers crossed for a mild winter. Click (here) if you'd like to read the Globe article.



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The Cure Concert Postponed

8/27/2007 02:53:00 PM 0 Responses
Growing up in the 80's, I was a huge fan of The Cure. Partly because they were awesome and partly because my older brother listened to them (and I did everything my older brother did). Imagine how ecstatic I was when I found out that they were coming to Boston for a concert in September. So, it was a Saturday at 10am, a couple months ago, that I sat in front of my computer pressing F5 over and over until I got tickets. I had a great seat too.

Much to my dismay, I received the following email from Ticketmaster last week:

Hello, this is Ticketmaster Customer Service with an important alert for your upcoming event. The Cure scheduled at Agganis Arena on Tuesday, September 25, 2007, has been postponed. The new date is to be announced.

If you're in the same boat as me and didn't get an email - be sure to call Ticketmaster to figure out how to get your money back. I'm going to wait it out another week or to see if they are really just postponing the show or if they're going to cancel it.

Update (9/14/07): The new date for The Cure concert is Monday, May 12, 2008, at 7:30PM



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1000 Words - Citizen Kane

8/25/2007 12:33:00 AM 0 Responses

Citizen Kane @ Rowes Wharf
Boston Harbor Hotel



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PayPerPost.com

8/24/2007 06:37:00 PM 0 Responses
There were two reasons that I got into blogging three months ago. The first reason was that I didn't feel like I was fully experiencing Boston and all it had to offer. As a result, I started subscribing to the Globe and reading all the other free papers out there (The Metro, The Weekly Dig, BostonNOW, The Phoenix, Stuff@Night, Improper Bostonian). It's a lot of reading, that's why I started the blog. I figured I'd do the reading so that you wouldn't have to.

The second reason was to jump onto the blog advertising bandwagon and see if I could get a piece of the pie. Articles like the one (here) from CNN were my inspiration. There are websites that I read on a daily basis: Engadget.com, Fark.com, Perezhilton.com. Imagine my surprise when I found out these folks were making millions of dollars in advertising.

Enter, PayPerPost.com - from the research that I've done, PPP is one of the better advertising venues out there to help bloggers drive traffic. After you register, you can sign up for different advertising opportunities. Write a blog entry, get it approved, and watch your bank account grow. At least that's what I'm hoping.

If you have a blog and have questions, I'd be happy to share what I have learned so far. Just shoot me an email.




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Friday's Free Movies -8/24

8/24/2007 10:57:00 AM 0 Responses
Feeling like a free movie tonight? Well there's a couple of choices for you depending on what you're in the mood for. Both movies start at "dusk," whatever that means. You'll probably want to go early to get a good seat anyway.

First off, Happy Feet ( that cartoon about a dancing penguin) is playing at the hatchshell on the Esplanade. Obviously, this event is geared more towards families with young children. Or perhaps those that are young at heart. Click (here) for the hatchshell official website and schedule of events.

Next, if you're in the mood for a classic, and what has been voted the best move of all time, the Boston Harbor Hotel is showing Citizen Kane. Waterfront dining is also available from the hotel restaurant.

My choice? Citizen Kane. I like my cartoons to be cartoons. Happy Feet has that underlying political message about saving the environment that is best saved for an Al Gore documentary.



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Beef...It's What's For Dinner

8/24/2007 10:20:00 AM 0 Responses
Personally, I always thought the Applebee's located in the Prudential didn't really fit in. Well, now it's gone and coming in it's place will be the newest outlet of The Daily Grill national steak-house chain. The chain is owned by Grill Concepts, a Beverly Hills based restaurant company.

As much as I love steak, don't you think it's getting a little crowded in Back Bay? We've already got: The Capital Grille, Abe & Louie's, Morton's, The Palm, The Oak Room, Grill 23, and Smith & Wollensky.

According to the Back Bay Sun, "The closing of Applebees marks the complete elimination of the casual dining brand from the Back Bay." What about Cheesecake Factory? That's pretty casual don't you think?



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The Young Wild Things Tour Tickets - 8/25

8/23/2007 10:58:00 AM 6 Responses
I'm not much of a Van Halen fan, so I thought I'd post about a concert that I am interested in going to. The Young Wild Things Tour featuring : Fall Out Boy, Gym Class Heroes, and Plain White T's is coming to the Tsongas Arena in Lowell on November 9th.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow - Saturday 8/25 at 10am. Click (here) for the link to Ticketmaster. If you don't know who these folks are, I'll give you a quick rundown.

Fall Out Boy: Hit song right now is "Thanks for the Memories." Also, bandmember Pete Wentz is dating Ashlee Simpson.

Gym Class Heroes: Wildly popular song "Cupid's Chokehold".

Plain White T's: Hit song "Hey There Delilah." This one's my ringtone right now. Great song.

Note: I just checked and it looks like tickets won't be on sale until Saturday. Corrections made.

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Van Halen Tickets On Sale - 8/25

8/23/2007 10:48:00 AM 1 Response
No, your eyes do not deceive you. Van Halen is back and they are touring. For the youngins out there, click (here) for a little history lesson on American Rock. Tickets go on sale this upcoming Saturday 8/25 at 10am. Click (here) for a link to the site to purchase tickets from Ticketmaster.

Per usual with popular concerts, I'd recommend logging on at 9:58am and pressing F5 repeatedly until the ticket purchasing page loads at 10am.

Van Halen

TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA
Tue, Oct 30, 2007 07:30 PM



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Cambridge Carnival Festival - 8/26

8/23/2007 10:33:00 AM 0 Responses
This Sunday, 8/26 - the 15th Annual Cambridge Carnival will be held in Kendall Square from noon to 7pm. The parade route has been expanded and will span 1.5 miles passing through Cambridgeport, Central Square and Kendall Square in Cambridge.

Caribbean Carnival International, is a colorful and festive celebration that is rooted in African traditions. Carnival secretly allowed public communication and cultural bonding for the Afro-Caribbean cultures from as far back as the 1600s.

This year's festival will feature seven entertainment zones: a live music zone with Reggae, Soca, Calypso, World Music, and New Orleans's Jazz; a KidsFest zone; 4 DJ zones representing a variety of music from the Caribbean, and a steel band zone.

I was in St. Thomas in April, which is when they celebrate Carnival over there. It was a lot of fun. The parties went on until the sun came up. If you're all salsa'd out after Saturday's event, swing by the Cambridge Carnival on Sunday and spend the afternoon hanging out with friends and family. Click (here) for the official website.



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Salsa! By the Charles - 8/25

8/22/2007 03:28:00 PM 0 Responses
If blues music isn't your thing, maybe salsa dancing is. This Saturday 8/25, Community Boating, SalsaBoston and JJ Productions Present: Salsa by the Charles II. I'm not much of a dancer. I missed the swing dancing craze in the late 90's and I'm definitely standing on the sidelines for the current latin dancing craze.

That's what makes this particular event nice. They have a beginner's class at 8:30pm and then the real party commences at 9:30 until 1:30am. So if you can't dance, head over early and learn a few moves. Then you can live la vida loca for the rest of the night.

Click (here) for details and info on ticket sales. Tickets are $20 ahead of time or $25 at the door.



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Boston Blues Festival - 8/25

8/22/2007 03:19:00 PM 0 Responses
Coming up this Saturday, 8/25 is the Boston Blues Festival Legends Revival. Celebrate the release of "Live at the Boston Blues Festival Volume II" with live music from blues legends and local favorites at the Somerville Theater. Ticket prices range from $25 - $78.

Click (here) for the official website or (here) to get your tickets from Ticketmaster. The evening's entertainment will include performances from: Honeyboy Edwards, Lazy Lester and Louisiana Red. They will be joined by Sugar Ray & The Bluetones, Darrell Nulisch, David Maxwell and others.

The Boston Blues Festival Legends Revival
August 25, 2007 7:30 PM
Somerville Theater
55 Davis Square
Somerville, MA



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FreeCreditReport.com & TJX

8/22/2007 11:12:00 AM 0 Responses
If you've been reading the newspapers this week, you've probably read about how they arrested a Ukrainian man in Turkey who is suspected of selling some of the credit/debit card numbers stolen from TJX earlier this year.

Remember when TJX (parent company of TJMaxx & Marshalls) announced in January that they had been hacked and they had lost 45 million credit/debit card numbers? If you're like me, you instantly freaked out and started staring at your cc statements for months on end to make sure no fraudulent charges were being made. Lots of my friends called their banks and got new cards issued.

This is where, FreeCreditReport.com comes in. This service is run by Experian, one of the three big credit reporting agencies and provides you with a free credit report. It also enrolls you in a 30 day free trial membership in Triple AdvantageSM Credit Monitoring. After the trial membership, the service costs $12.95 a month. You can also cancel your membership within the 30 days and pay nothing. It's nice to have that sense of security that someone is watching my credit score for me. Sso when it comes time to apply for a mortgage or car loan, I'll be in good shape.

10/11/07 Update: Click (here) for the latest developments on the TJX case.

10/4/07 Update: Click (here) for the latest on the TJX proposed settlement where they want to give consumers a $30 voucher. $30 voucher?? Are you serious? Keep trying, you owe us all a lot more than that. I just read another article last week about stolen credit card numbers and it said that in cases like this, the numbers are never used right away. The thieves wait 6 months to a year until you're not checking anymore and THEN that's when they start using the CC numbers and bushwhack you. Case in point, my girlfriend just started having mysterious charges on one of her debit cards that she never uses anymore. Luckily she had a service turned on that monitors suspicious activity and they notified her right away in addition to suspending her account so no more charges could be made.

Click below to get your free credit report and trial membership for Triple Advantage.





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8/23 Rock & Blues Concert Cruise Winners

8/22/2007 12:15:00 AM 0 Responses
And the winners are...............drumroll please................

Melissa Carruth
Margaret Suda
Kristy Lam
Megan Curtis-Murphy
Tim Brantley

Congratulations to the winners. Each of you will be added to the guest list for the cruise along with a +1 for whoever you'd like to bring along. Thanks to all my readers and those who entered the contest. I will be sure to post another giveaway as soon as I can.

If there are event sponsors out there that would like to give tickets away to the illustrious population of Beantown Bloggery readers, please send me an email. We love going to Boston events, especially when they're on the house.



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Free Concert Cruise Contest - Time's Almost Up

8/21/2007 12:04:00 PM 0 Responses
Only 12 hours left in my first ever contest giveaway. Reposting the rules for any last minute entrants.

The August 23rd concert, features the band Another Planet, and I've got 5 pairs of tickets to give away to my readers. That's right, a total of 10 tickets ($25 value each) to give away to 5 lucky readers ($50 value per winner).

Here are the rules. If you'd like be entered for the drawing, subscribe to my blog via email or rss (shortcuts are on the upper right corner of my blog) and then send me an email at with "Another Planet" in the subject heading and your name in the body of the email. That will count as 1 entry for the raffle.

If you're a blog owner, I'll give you a chance to earn 5 entries. Add a link to The Beantown Bloggery to your site and then add your blog's web address to the body of the email under your name so that I can verify it and I'll enter your name 5 times into the raffle.

The contest will run until Midnight eastern time on Tuesday 8/21. Winners will be contacted via email as well as having their names posted on my blog. Your names will then be added to the cruise guest list for the 8/23 Rock and Blues Concert Cruise so you and your friend can get in for free.

If the response is good for this contest, I will be sure to host more in the future. Good Luck to Everyone. And have a great weekend.


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Free Admission to the New England Aquarium - 8/22

8/20/2007 06:03:00 PM 0 Responses
Thanks Annie for the heads up. This Wednesday, August 22nd, CN8's "Your Morning" will broadcast live from the New England Aquarium on Wednesday, August 22. To celebrate, the NE Aquarium is offering free admission to all visitors who arrive before 8am.

The show will broadcast from 7 to 10 a.m. Visitors will also receive free snacks and the chance to win exciting prizes, along with the possibility of appearing on the show’s broadcast with host Greg Coy and reporter Jill Horner.

I just walked by the Aquarium on Sunday on my walk home from the Fisherman's Feast and I was thinking to myself that I had not been for several years. I'm sure there's plenty of other folks in my same situation. So head over on Wednesday before 8am and get in free. Sure, it's early, but admission is free and hopefully most of the tourist population hasn't woken up yet.

Click (here) for official press release and additional info.



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1000 Words - The Fisherman's Feast

8/20/2007 12:04:00 PM 0 Responses

Swinging By the Fisherman's Feast On Sunday
The North End (Fleet & North Streets)
Click (here) here for details on the 2 Feasts Left in August


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An Evening with Jack Welch

8/20/2007 11:49:00 AM 0 Responses
Legendary former GE CEO Jack Welch will be hosting a Q&A session at Salem State College on September 18th at 7pm. Tickets are on sale now (here) and you can get more details about the event at the official site (here).

I'm posting early because there are only 400 tickets available, so I want to make sure any folks that are interested can get one. I figure with all the business schools and aspiring MBA's in the Boston area, there will be a huge demand to be able to ask Mr. Welch some questions.

I have to admit that I find his policy of firing the bottom 10% of his managers each year intriguing. It instills a sense of competition/motivation within your employees to work hard. I personally think jobs should be treated as meritocracies.

An Evening With Jack Welch
Salem State College
Main Stage Theatre
352 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA
7pm

Ticket prices: $75 or $150
Proceeds will benefit programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem


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Landmark Festival Concert - 8/29

8/19/2007 09:56:00 PM 0 Responses
There's only three concerts left in the Landmarks Festival at the Shell concert series. I initially blogged about them a couple weeks ago (here). If you haven't had a chance, head over this Wednesday. With the cool weather we've had this past weekend, who knows how much more time we'll be able to spend outside. Here's this week's program:

Borodin Overture to Prince Igor
Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1 in d
Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty Suite
Williams Suite from Harry Potter

Lastly, don't forget about the contest I'm hosting right now for 5 pairs of tickets to the 8/23 Rock and Blues Concert Cruise. Click (here) for details on how to enter. The concert ends Tuesday at Midnight.



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Free Concert Ticket Contest - 8/23

8/17/2007 06:22:00 PM 1 Response
Here it is folks, my very first blog contest and prize giveaway.

I've already blogged about the Rock and Blues Concert Cruise (here). Now I'm about to sweeten the pot. The August 23rd concert, features the band Another Planet, and I've got 5 pairs of tickets to give away to my readers. That's right, a total of 10 tickets ($25 value each) to give away to 5 lucky readers ($50 value per winner).

Here are the rules. If you'd like be entered for the drawing, subscribe to my blog via email or rss (shortcuts are on the upper right corner of my blog) and then send me an email at with "Another Planet" in the subject heading and your name in the body of the email. That will count as 1 entry for the raffle.

If you're a blog owner, I'll give you a chance to earn 5 entries. Add a link to The Beantown Bloggery to your site and then add your blog's web address to the body of the email under your name so that I can verify it and I'll enter your name 5 times into the raffle.

The contest will run until Midnight eastern time on Tuesday 8/21. Winners will be contacted via email as well as having their names posted on my blog. Your names will then be added to the cruise guest list for the 8/23 Rock and Blues Concert Cruise so you and your friend can get in for free.

If the response is good for this contest, I will be sure to host more in the future. Good Luck to Everyone. And have a great weekend.


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Stuff at Night Hot100 List

8/16/2007 02:37:00 PM 0 Responses
I'm thoroughly disappointed in Stuff@Night this week. Those of you downtown, have you picked up their latest issue yet and read through their Hot100 list?

On page52, they have their choice for "Hot Blog" and they chose a NYC blog. While I'm sure fashionista.com is a great site, there are thousands of Boston-related blogs to choose from. And while I'd be ecstatic if my blog were considered "Hot", I feel that at the very least, they could have featured a Boston-centric blog.

Dear Stuff@night - click (here) for a list of Boston blogs. We already did the work of aggregating our links there so you don't have to go digging.

PS. I already wrote them an email because I am just that disgruntled. Everything else they chose was Boston related.


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Machias Wild Blueberry Festival

8/16/2007 02:23:00 PM 0 Responses
I couldn't decide whether or not to post this because I Google Mapped it and Machias is 6 hours away. But then I decided that some of you might just like blueberries THAT much to make the drive worth it.

So....starting tomorrow and continuing through the weekend (8/17-8/19), the town of Machias, Maine will be hosting their 32nd annual Wild Blueberry Festival. Here's a list of just a few of the events that will be going on:

Craft Booths
Blueberry Musical Comedy
5 Mile & 1 Mile Foot Races
Baking and Pie Eating Contests
Variety of Musical Entertainment
Historical & Cultural Exhibits, Tours, Lectures
Children's Parade & Children's Discovery Zone

Click (here) for the official website and additional details. FYI, According to Gmaps, Montreal is 16 miles closer than Machias. Just to put things in perspective if you're trying to plan a weekend getaway.


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McCormick and Schmicks Coupon

8/16/2007 10:45:00 AM 0 Responses
Besides target shooting, eating is definitely one of my other favorite hobbies - if you can call eating a hobby. I love to try new restaurants but at the same time, eating out all the time is hard on the finances (and hard on the weight loss plan). Here's a temporary reprieve for your wallet, brought to you by McCormick and Schmicks.

Click (here) for a link to a promotion that is running where you'll get a $25 gift certificate for making a reservation online prior to 8/24 for a dinner to be eaten prior to 9/25. Sounds like a great deal to me. See below for the 2 McCormick and Schmicks locations in the Boston area. One in the Theater District, and one in Fanuil Hall.

34 Columbus Ave.
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
(617) 482-3999

North Market Building, Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Boston, Massachusetts 02109
Restaurant: (617) 720-5522


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Rock and Blues Concert Cruise Series

8/15/2007 04:46:00 PM 0 Responses
Thanks to Adam for letting me know about the Rock and Blues Concert Cruise Series that has been going on this summer. Only 5 events left, get over there while you can.

This weeks schedule features the Ska Dance Cruise headlined by The Pietasters, a showcase of Boston’s best up and coming acts including Chad Perrone, OSB and Tim Blane, and two shows with The Samples. Cruises leave from Long Wharf aboard the Frederick L. Nolan Jr., operated by Boston Harbor Cruises.

The remaining summer schedule is:

August 16 – 8pm -Ska Dance Cruise with The Pietasters, The Larkin Brigade and DJ Ford E. Buxworth
August 17 -8pm-Boston Music Cruise with Tim Blane, Chad Perrone and OSB
August 18 -7pm and 10:15pm The Samples
August 23 – 8pm- Another Planet reunion show
August 31 – 8pm -Entrain

Discounted parking is available at the International Place garage across from the Boston Harbor Hotel and just a short walk from Long Wharf. Parking at that location is $5 if you enter the garage after 6pm. The Rock and Blues Cruises are also easily accessible by public transportation, taking the MBTA Blue Line to the Aquarium stop.

Jose McIntyre’s will host a Bon Voyage Pre-party before every cruise. The Rock & Blues Cruise Pre-Parties start two hours before boarding time and are sponsored by Miller Lite, Coors Light, Sam Adams and Red Stripe.

Tickets for the Rock and Blues Concert Series are available (here) or charge by phone at 866-468-7619. All cruises leave from the Boston Harbor Cruise terminal at Long Wharf (located between the New England Aquarium and the Long Wharf Marriott Hotel.) Boats board a half hour before departure time and ticket holders must be 21+.



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Guns In Boston

8/14/2007 02:20:00 PM 2 Responses
Due to all my travel, I just got around to reading the Sunday paper from 3 days ago. And what do I see on the front page staring back at me? Right at the top in large bold font, "Gun Permits Drop 25% in Bay State." Click (here) if you'd like to read the article for yourself.

As many of you may know, I just recently got my own gun permit (here) after a fairly lengthy application process. Here are a few tidbits and statistics from the article that I found to be enlightening.

Overall, the number of people in Massachusetts with a license to carry a weapon has declined from about 330,000 to about 240,000 from 2001 to 2007.

In Boston, the number of licensed owners fell from 7,577 in 2001 to 4,374 this year, a drop of 42 percent. In the same period, gun licenses in Cambridge dropped 25 percent to 782; 71 percent to 484 in Brookline, and 33 percent to 1,150 in Newton, state records show.

As a gun owner (and even before I was one), my personal opinion was that if someone wanted to go through the steps of legally attaining a gun permit and gun, then they should be able to. It's in the constitution after all. Most of the crime out there is caused by guns that are obtained ILLEGALLY. Case in point is the following from Mayor Menino in the same article.

"We're pleased that the number of gun owners has decreased in our city, but the real issue is illegal guns, and we need more laws to deal with illegal guns in our cities," Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston said in a statement.

Repeat after me...The Real Issue is Illegal Guns. Not the guy that goes hunting for a Thanksgiving turkey in November and not the guy who goes to the gun club to target shoot.



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William Gibson Book Reading 8/19

8/14/2007 10:20:00 AM 0 Responses
For all the science fiction fans out there, this is a pretty big deal. The Harvard Bookstore will be hosting Wiliam Gibson on Sunday, August 19th. Mr. Gibson will be reading from his latest novel "Spook Country" and participating in a discussion.

William Gibson coined the term "cyberspace", wrote Neuromancer, Mona Lisa Overdrive, and Johnny Mnemonic (which later became that Keanu Reeves movie). Click (here) to read his wikipedia entry, it's fascinating.

Set in the same high-tech present day as Pattern Recognition, Gibson's fine ninth novel offers startling insights into our paranoid and often fragmented, postmodern world. When a mysterious, not yet actual magazine, Node, hires former indie rocker–turned–journalist Hollis Henry to do a story on a new art form that exists only in virtual reality, Hollis finds herself investigating something considerably more dangerous..."

Tickets are $5 and are available at Harvard Book Store, or over the phone with a credit card at 617-661-1515. Please note the $5 ticket may be redeemed for $5 off a single item at the event or at Harvard Book Store.



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AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour 8/16-8/19

8/13/2007 02:02:00 PM 1 Response
The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour is coming to Marina Bay this week. The tournament will start Thursday 8/16 and go until the 19th. Click (here) for the official website or go (here) for a day to day schedule of events and links to where you can purchase tickets. The event is being held at Marina Bay in Quincy. If you want to google map it, here's the address: 260 Victory Road, Quincy, MA 02171.

The AVP was established in 1983 and is comprised of the best men's and women's pro beach volleyball players in the U.S. The AVP now stands alone as the only pro beach volleyball tour in the country and has a cooperative relationship with USA Volleyball and the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB).

We only have about 2 more weeks until September. And you know what that means, temperatures will start dropping and no more fun in the sun. Take advantage of the remaining few weeks. I know I will (just as soon as my sunburn from this weekend heals).



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Taste of Cambridge Carnival - 8/12

8/11/2007 09:44:00 AM 0 Responses
Spending the weekend at a Lakehouse in NH, so I'll keep it short. Official website (here)

To celebrate the 15th year of the Cambridge Carnival International Festival, this steel pan, drumming, folkloric, dancing and educational party is now adding some tasty samples to the mix. Fill your belly and then work it off, Caribbean-style.

Cambridge Carnival International Inc. is presenting its first Taste of Cambridge Carnival, a kick-off fundraising event to support the 15th year of Cambridge Carnival International a Caribbean and Mardis Gras style festival in Cambridge.

This event will feature a cultural presentation from a historical and social perspective of Cambridge Carnival and will take place on Sunday, August 12, 2007 from 3-7pm at the new Broad Institute , 7 Cambridge Center in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA. Performances include steel pan presentation, drumming, folkloric presentations, dancing, and multimedia and educational exhibits.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and includes refreshments.


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Welcome Legal Seafoods Mail Order

8/10/2007 09:18:00 PM 0 Responses
The Beantown Bloggery is proud to welcome Legal Seafoods as an advertiser to the website. For those of you in MA that are a little further out and can't make the trek to any of the area restaurants, Legal Seafoods Mail Order Service is the answer for you. It's also great for parties you might be catering/hosting. We've only got 3 weeks left before September hits and the kids head back to school - time to plan that summer clambake you were thinking about.

Admittedly, there are other seafood places in Boston that have a bit more character - B&G Oysters is at the top of my list. But, I always end up going back to Legals every once in a while because their food is consistently great. Whenever my friends (or parents) visit from out of town, we make at least one trip to Legal's for the clam chowder. I'm also a huge fan of their double stuffed baked shrimp.

9/6/07 Update:
Now that August is over, the 5% off coupon CJAF527 has expired. I will keep my eyes open for other coupon codes that become available and will make update on this page when I find one. Thanks everyone who used my link below to place their orders. I very much appreciate it.

2/27/08 UPDATE:
Like I promised, I've been continually scouring the net for new coupon codes. Here's one that appears to be active now: AFL1W27. This is for 10% off.

This coupon is good until Feb 28, 2009.

4/28/09 UPDATE:

Use code AFLQ229 for 10% Off:

This coupon entitles you to receive a discount of 10 % good towards your purchase.  Please remember to enter this coupon on the cart page or during checkout to receive your discount.   
Expiration Date : 30-Jun-09



Legal Sea Foods




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Toby Keith & Miranda Lambert Tickets

8/10/2007 11:17:00 AM 0 Responses
To all the country music fans out there, tickets for Toby Keith's September 22nd concert go on sale tomorrow (Saturday 8/11) at 10am EST. Miranda Lambert is opening for him. If you don't listen to country, give it a chance. It's great music. It's been seven years since I moved to Boston from Texas and country music is definitely one of the things I brought with me and still hold on to.

For all you other Southern transplants, check out The Texas Roadhouse in Everett. Whenever I'm homesick - I go there, have a burger, and throw some peanut shells on the ground. Click (here) for a link to Yelp reviews. It's a mixed bag, some people love it and some people hate it. I for one love it there.

But I digress, click (here) for a link to Ticketmaster. From personal experience, I have found the ticketmaster site to be alot more reliable than the LiveNation site in terms of starting ticket sales right at 10am.


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Newport Jazz Festival 8/10-8/12

8/10/2007 11:03:00 AM 1 Response
For the music lovers out there, or to be specific, the Jazz lovers out there, this weekend should be a great one. The Newport Jazz Festival starts tonight and continues on throughout the entire weekend. Click (here) for the official website.

Tonight's opening night gala (8pm) features Dianne Reeves & her band and Count Basie Orchestra featuring Nnenna Freelon at the Newport Casino. A little jazz, a little blackjack, that could make for a great weekend. See below for links to detailed lineups for each day. Tickets are $65-$100.



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The Great Porn Debate - 8/10

8/10/2007 10:50:00 AM 0 Responses
Looking for something a little different to do tonight? Look no further. The Great Porn debate takes place tonight at 8pm at the Middle East Downstairs.

Self-proclaimed "Porn Pastor" Craig Gross, leader of the anti-smut XXXchurch.com, faces off against porn stud Ron Jeremy.

This event should be good for a few laughs. What more could you ask for on a rainy Friday evening? Click (here) for the official website and a tour schedule as well as ticket sales. The site is SFW, there aren't any NSFW images/ads on the page, but there are words like 'porn', 'xxx' and such all over the page, so your IT department might not like that so much. Click at your own risk.



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1000 Words - Bouchee

8/09/2007 08:19:00 PM 0 Responses

Bouchee
159 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116
Yelp Reviews



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Hard Rock Hotel in Boston?

8/09/2007 03:26:00 PM 0 Responses
According to a Globe article yesterday, the company that owns the Hard Rock Cafe chain is looking at Boston as a favorable location for a Hard Rock Hotel. When Mayor Menino was asked for a comment he said "I stayed at one in Las Vegas. It was great. It was neat." How very eloquent. I haven't stayed at the Hard Rock in Vegas but I have hung out at the bar a few times - it's definitely one of the great hangouts in Vegas.

With the success of Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods in CT and the pending deal to build a casino in Middleboro, it makes sense to bring a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to the area or even just a Hard Rock Hotel. There's been a surge in the luxury hotel/condo developments over past few years. The Hotel Intercontinental on Atlantic Ave, the Mandarin Oriental near the Prudential Center, and the rumored W Hotel that's going to be going up in the Theater District.

My only request is that if they build a Hard Rock in Boston, please build a Nobu inside it like the one in Vegas. That way I don't have to fly 2700 miles to get the Miso Black Cod lettuce wraps. So tasty........ Click (here) to read the Globe article.

PS. If you haven't eaten at a Nobu, there are 3 in NYC. I haven't eaten there myself. I've only been to the one in Vegas and the one in South Beach, but I would expect them to be just as amazing. So take a ride down to NYC and check Nobu out.



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August in the North End

8/08/2007 10:53:00 AM 0 Responses
August is THE month to hang out in the North End. A number of historic feasts are celebrated during this summer month and what else are you going to do in the North End besides eat great food? I missed the St. Agrippina Feast, as I was in NYC last weekend, but don't worry there's four more left this month.

Friday August 10th - 12th
Feast of Madonna Della Cava - Battery & Hanover Streets

Thursday August 16th - 19th
Fisherman's Feast - Fleet & North Streets

Friday August 24th - 26th
Feast of St. Anthony - Thacher & Endicott Streets

Sunday August 27th
St. Lucy's Feast - Thacher & Endicott Streets

Also finishing up this weekend is the 18th Annual North End Family Pride Week. Click (here) for the schedule. There's still a host of events to go: bake sale, flea, BBQ, outdoor concert, etc.



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Boston Landmarks Orchestra Free Concert

8/07/2007 12:31:00 PM 0 Responses
The Boston Landmarks Orchestra hosts a free concert every Wednesday evening at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade during the summer. The concert starts at 7pm and in case it rains, the concert will be held at the Church of the Covenant, 69 Newbury Street. This will be a fun one to bring the family because the theme for tomorrow's concert is: "Salute the Red Sox."

Click (here) for the official concert website, or see below for the 8/8 concert line up.

John Williams Olympic Fanfare and Theme
John Stafford Smith The Star Spangled Banner
John Philip Sousa Semper Fidelis
Julian Wachner "Lifting the Curse: A Story of the Red Sox"
Commissioned by the Boston Landmarks Orchestra in 2006.
Chris Collins, narrator
Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring
Adler and Ross "You Gotta Have Heart" from Damn Yankees
Matthew Thompson, tenor
Gould American Salute
Von Tizler Take Me Out to the Ballgame



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Traveling to NYC

8/06/2007 11:47:00 PM 7 Responses
I'm not the hugest fan of NYC, I find it crowded and intimidating. But I have to admit that it's slowly growing on me. I spent this past weekend there and had a great time. I ate some wonderful food and walked around a fairly substantial part of the city.

Today, I'd like to address getting to NYC from Boston. By now, most of you have probably heard of the 'chinatown bus'. When I first rode it 7 years ago, it was pretty shady. They picked up on one of the streets in Boston Chinatown and dropped you off on one of the streets in NYC Chinatown. Prices, if you can believe it, have actually come down from the original $25 from 7 yrs ago. Today, there are 2 main companies running these buses and the cost is a mere $15 one way. Now the buses leave from South Station in Boston, but still pick up/drop off around Canal Street in NYC.

The two main bus companies are Fung Wah and Lucky Star. Personally, I recommend Lucky Star. Fung Wah has had a series of accidents and other general shadiness which makes me steer away from them. If you're leery of the Chinatown buses, there's always Greyhound which I believe charges $25 one way.

Alternatively, there is the Amtrak train to NYC Penn Station. If you have a Student Advantage card you can get 15% off the fare. If you have a AAA card, you can get 10% off the fare.

Update:

If you need wifi while you ride, there are two available options: LimoLiner and Vamoose. Click (here) to see my post on Vamoose. It's the cheaper option of the two. Limoliner is $80 bucks one way. A little too expensive compared to everything else that's out there.

Update:

Vamoose got their permits revoked two weeks after they supposedly started doing business. So they do not currently serve the Boston-Cambridge market.

Update:

Read (here) about Bolt Bus (a division of Greyhound) that will start serving the Boston area in April 2008 with fares starting at $1.

Click (here) to read my review of Bolt Bus from May 2008.

Update:
Click (here) to read about MegaBus - yet another bus service offering fares starting at $1

Update 4/7/08:
Click (here) for an entry about how incumbent bus service Lucky Star is now offering $1 bus rides as well in order to compete.



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Taj Boston Summer Packages

8/04/2007 09:23:00 AM 0 Responses
If you've got money to burn and you're looking for a weekend getaway in Boston, I've got the perfect thing for you. Taj Boston (The old Ritz Carlton on Arlington Street) has a series of "summer packages" being offered through the month of August. Having a picnic in Boston Common with food prepared by Taj Chefs, or watching a Polo Match at Myopia Hunt Club in Hamilton, MA are just two of the options.

Taj Boston Go Fly a Kite Package
  • Accommodations for two in a Deluxe Room overlooking the Public Garden
  • Picnic in the Public Garden by Picnic Butler
  • Picnic basket prepared by Taj Boston chefs
  • Taj Boston kite
  • White umbrella
  • Complimentary Swan Boat ride for two
  • Dinner for two in The Café
  • Complimentary valet parking
  • Begins at $580; Garden View Suite from $880

Taj Boston Myopia Polo Package
  • Accommodations for two in a Deluxe Room
  • Breakfast for two in The Café
  • Admission for two to a Polo Match at Myopia Hunt Club in Hamilton, MA, on the oldest polo grounds in the U.S. (opened in 1888); players will compete for the Taj Boston Cup on June 24
  • Sedan with chauffeur for roundtrip transport to Myopia Polo Grounds and tailgating
  • Champagne and tailgate picnic basket prepared by Taj Boston chefs
  • Dinner for two in The Café
  • Complimentary valet parking
  • Begins at $880; Garden View Suite from $1,200

Taj Romance Package
  • Accommodations for two in a Deluxe Room
  • Two passes to the 1903 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, featuring three floors of fine and decorative art galleries that evoke the feeling of a 15th century Venetian palace surrounding a romantic flowering courtyard
  • Bath Butler service
  • Bottle of Champagne and chocolates
  • Complimentary valet parking
  • Begins at $475; Garden View Suite from $775

Taj Boston Children’s Package
  • Accommodations in two adjoining Deluxe Rooms, one for the children and one for parents or nanny
  • Four complimentary tickets on a Swan Boat ride
  • Passes for two adults and two children to a choice of one Boston attraction: Boston Children’s Museum, Fenway Park Tour or New England Ghost Tours’ Boston Spirits Walking Tour
  • Taj Boston Movie Kit
  • One Complimentary in-room movie
  • Popcorn provided by In-Room Dining
  • Begins at $635 for two rooms; with the specially designed Taj Boston Children’s Suite for Junior VIPs and adjoining room, from $835
  • Taj Boston Bed & Breakfast Package Accommodations for two in a Deluxe Room
  • Full American breakfast for two from In-Room Dining or in The Café
  • Begins at $305 per night; Garden View Suite begins at $605


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Celebrating 100 Posts

8/04/2007 09:20:00 AM 0 Responses
It's been a great couple of months. Thanks to everyone for their support. I'm using post 101 to celebrate my first 100 posts. I appreciate all those who have paid a visit, especially those that come back each day to read a little about what's going on in Boston. It means a lot to me.

Cheers,

Beantown Blogger



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Getting a Gun in Boston - Part III

8/03/2007 11:55:00 AM 0 Responses
I posted about two weeks ago about the Tax Free weekend coming up in Massachusetts. And I posted (here) about how I got a great deal on a Ruger Mark III at the Four Seasons in Woburn. Put the two together and what do you get? A tax free gun purchase.

I just received an email from Four Seasons stating the following:

If you know what you want to purchase, call us or stop by the shop and we’ll put it aside for you until Saturday 8/11. If we don’t have what you want or if we run out of something, pay for it in full on Saturday and we’ll get it for you as soon as possible. We look forward to another busy “NO SALES TAX” day at Four Seasons! We have 13 people working that day to assist you in your purchase and to keep the lines and flow of paperwork going smoothly. Call or stop by the shop and reserve your TAX FREE ITEMS today!

The Four Seasons isn't open on Sundays, so even though Sunday 8/12 is also tax free, your only change to shop there will be Saturday. In conclusion, if you had plans for Saturday 8/11, change them.



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Morton's Steak and Seafood for Two

8/03/2007 11:40:00 AM 0 Responses
I've been to the Morton's in Boston once. I've been to the Morton's in Richmond a thousand times (Clients like it there). For a chain restaurant, their food is quite good. I usually go for the sliced beefsteak tomato with blue cheese and then the "slightly smaller" ribeye - medium rare.

Click (here) for a link to their Steak and Seafood for Two promotion. It's $99 and runs through September 30th. Here's what you get for your $99:

2 Single Cut Filets
Choice of Two:
Colossal Shrimp Alexander (These are awesome)
Jumbo Lump Crab Cake (Always delicious)
Broiled Sea Scallops (Never had these, but I bet they're tasty)
Choice of Two:
Caesar Salad
Morton's Salad
One Signature Potato
One Fresh Vegetable (Get the sauteed wild mushrooms)
Choice of Two:
Morton's Legendary Hot Chocolate Cake (This one is a no brainer)
Key Lime Pie (Nothing special)

Anyone been to Morton's lately and can share with readers exactly how much the promo helps us save? Also, if you don't know where Morton's is in Boston, here's the address.

699 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116



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Chinatown August Moon Festival

8/02/2007 03:52:00 PM 2 Responses
Coming up this Sunday is the Chinatown celebration for the August Moon Festival. According to the Metro, legend had it that the Chinese overthrew the Mongol Yuan Dynasty in 1368 with the help of hidden messages in mooncakes.

Personally, I have no idea where the celebration comes from, I just like to eat my mooncake. I'm also a fan of Lion Dancing, and Chinese martial arts performances - both of which will be taking place this Sunday, August 5th. Other stuff going on: Chinese Calligraphy, Live Music, a Ping Pong tournament, and much much more. Click (here) for official website.

Festivities will be centered around the Chinatown Gate and start at 10am and run until 5pm. Here's the plan. Wake up around 10am, saunter over to China Pearl and grab some dim sum. Afterwards, stick around for a few performances and then spend the rest of the day working on that tan in Boston Common.


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Shakespeare on the Common - Part II

8/01/2007 09:02:00 PM 1 Response
Did you guys get a chance to see "A Midsummer Night's Dream" last week? Remember how I mentioned that the show got cut down from 20 performances down to only 7 due to budget cuts? Click (here) for original post. Well I read some news yesterday that really IRKS me. Read the Globe article for yourself (here)

The president and chief executive of the Citi Performing Arts Center received a $1.265 million dollar bonus on top of his $409K salary. Question: What was the budget for the full run of Shakespeare on the Common? Answer: About 960K. This got cut in half to about 480K leaving us the audience with only 7 shows to try to go to.

I think you can see where I'm going with this. First of all, aren't bonuses only supposed to be paid out when you do a good job? Screwing us all out of 13 Shakespeare performances doesn't really seem like a good job to me. Secondly, how about just taking a "measly" 700K bonus, and NOT cutting the Shakespeare on the Common budget?

This just goes to show that just because it's a "Non-Profit" doesn't mean everyone involved is out to make the world better. $$$$$



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Nordstrom Grand Opening Gala

8/01/2007 08:06:00 PM 0 Responses
For the shoppers out there and also the folks that want to rub elbows with the upper crust. I'm posting early because I found out about this today, and tickets could potentially run out, so I want all my readers to have time to jump on it if they'd like to go.


Nordstrom Grand Opening @ Natick Collection

A GRAND OPENING GALA TO BENEFIT THE MFA

Wednesday, September 5, 6:30-10 pm
Runway Fashion Show: 8 and 9 pm


Be among the first to help celebrate the first Nordstrom store in the greater Boston area at an elegant evening devoted to all things fashionable. Enjoy dinner and dessert buffets, live entertainment, a runway fashion show and, of course, incredible shopping. Cocktail attire requested.

Tickets are $150. All proceeds benefit the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Boston Ballet.

To purchase tickets by phone or for special accommodations information, please call 617-369-3851.

To purchase tickets using the MFA's secure online form, click here.



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