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Anyone Had Matunuck Oysters Before?

1/29/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
There was an interesting article in the Globe recently about an increase in oysters coming in from Rhode Island. Many of you know I'm a huge fan of oysters - B&G is one of my favorite restaurants to frequent and I definitely don't go there enough. But, I don't think I've ever had a Matunuck oyster.

In this frigid season, Raso and other Rhode Island oyster farmers see their business boom as many growers in Cape Cod and Canada run out of oysters or stop working because of the ice. During the first three months of 2008, Raso gathered more than half of the 400,000 oysters he sold during the entire year.

Rhode Island oysters tend to be briny and crisp. "But the flavor of the oyster will depend on the season," said Raso, the president of the Ocean State Aquaculture Association and a former fisherman. In the late fall and winter, as the oysters store up sugars to insulate themselves from the cold, they taste sweeter than during the summer, he said.


That's just how I like my oysters - briny. That's why I like Hurricane Harbors. I'll keep an eye out for the Matunuck's the next time I'm out. I've also heard really good thing about Neptune's so I've been meaning to check that place out as well.

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Groundhog Day @ Coolidge Corner Theater - 2/2

1/29/2009 12:01:00 AM 2 Responses
Little known fact about me, Groundhog Day is my all-time favorite movie. I have no idea how many times I've seen it, but I can probably act out the whole thing in some sort of crazy one-man play if I had to. In celebration of Punxsutawney Phil's day in the spotlight, The Coolidge Corner Theater is going to hold a screening of Groundhog Day.

Science on Screen at the Coolidge Corner Theatre celebrates the underappreciated holiday of Groundhog Day with a screening of -- appropriately enough – GROUNDHOG DAY on Mon, Feb 2 at 7:00 pm.

Joining us for a discussion on this and other topics related to time is Peter Galison. An author, film producer and MacArthur Award winner, Galison is a leading historian of science and is the Joseph Pellegrino University Professor of physics and the history of science at Harvard University. Galison's research explores both the philosophical and historical questions that arise when examining the role of experiments in modern physics.


Have you ever actually tried Sweet Vermouth, rocks, with a twist? It's not very tasty. I had to wait nine years after seeing the movie before I could find that out (it came out in 1993). Not very satisfying. Very different from the time me and my older brother saw The Big Lebowski and then he drank nothing but White Russians for weeks afterwards.

Click (here) for a link to the theater website.



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1000 Words - Tom and Gisele in Mexico

1/29/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses



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Recession Restaurant Deals: A Complete List

1/28/2009 12:01:00 AM 2 Responses
Many thanks to Bloggery Reader Alice for sending this to me. I actually had the pleasure of meeting her last week at a mutual friend's birthday party. Anyhoo, here's a fairly complete list of all the recession restaurant deals in Boston right now. I'm just going to list a few of them here as the list is rather long. Here are a few I plan on checking out:

B&G Oysters
, oyster small plates (Sunday evenings) and lobster small plates (Monday evenings) January-March. $3-$12 for oyster dishes, $6-$12 for lobster dishes.

Craigie on Main, Neighborhood Menu, three courses for $38 Tuesday-Friday, Sun, and after 9 p.m. Sat; Chef's Whim, $39.99 for four courses or $54.99 for six courses Sundays after 9 p.m.

Hamersley's Bistro, $40 for three courses daily.

Radius, three courses for $45 Mon-Fri.

I'm sure new ones have come out since the list's publication, but it's a fairly comprehensive list that should keep you busy for a while.

Click (here) for the complete list.



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Bond @ The Langham Hotel

1/28/2009 12:01:00 AM 1 Response
I got an email the other day from Bloggery Reader Erika where she mentioned a couple of places she liked to go to for the nightlife and one of them was the newly opened Bond @ The Langham Hotel. I believe it opened earlier this month, but I haven't had a chance to check it out yet.

Enjoy an evening in BOND; a premiere destination for cosmopolitan dining, cocktails and entertainment. BOND is shimmering yet hip setting for small plate dining options, distinctive cocktails and eclectic music. Starting at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, DJ Mario brings live and eclectic beats to the Financial District. BOND features a mix of dining tables and lounge seating with a casual, upscale atmosphere and hosts the Mezzanine Lounge, an exclusive balcony with seating for private events, overlooking the main restaurant.

I'm a fan of hotel bars - particularly the The Intercontinental and Clink @ The Liberty Hotel - so I'm sure I'll make it over to Bond at some point. Anyone been there already and want to give their two cents?

Speaking of hotel bars, I went to Bar 10 in the Copley Westin for the first time last week. That's a pretty great bar as well. It's particularly nice that there's a line of cabs waiting for you outside the hotel at the end of the night to take you home.

Click (here) to checkout the Bond website.



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Shecky's Girls Night Out - 3/3 to 3/5

1/28/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
This one's for the ladies. My friend Missy went to this event a year or two ago and said she had a pretty good time. Head to Shecky's Girls Night Out and enjoy great food, drinks, shopping and a kickass goodie bag.

One of the most popular shopping and socializing events in the nation, Shecky's Girls Night Out features up-and-coming designer fashions at up to 75 percent off, delicious complimentary cocktails served the entire evening, free spa services and Shecky's Famous Goodie Bags (worth more than $100).

Boston

Date: Tue.-Thu., Mar. 3rd-5th, 2009
Time: 5pm-10pm
Place: Boston Center for the Arts - Cyclorama
539 Tremont St. (Clarendon & Berkeley Sts.)

Get your tickets now and you can get them for half off. Tix are $40 at the door, but they're on sale for $20 from now until 2/4.

Click (here) to get your tickets.



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Perez Says Tom and Gisele Not Engaged

1/27/2009 12:08:00 AM 0 Responses
Here's the latest in a long string of rumors about Tom and Gisele getting engaged. There hasn't been too much in the news lately after all those Christmas-time rumors, so here's the latest that I've found - from Perez Hilton a few days ago.

But, now we're hearing it from the model's mouth. And Gisele is telling the world they are NOT engaged.

In a recent interview with the Brazilian mag Caras, she opens up about the whole marriage hoopla.


She does add that she'll probably marry Tom some time in the future, though a date has yet to be set.


So there you have it, more speculation. Until the next rumor comes along. Then again, this does give me another excuse to find and post another picture of Gisele.

Click (here) for a link to the Perez post.



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Esquire Chooses Bon Chon Chicken

1/27/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
I've already publicly professed my love for Bon Chon Chicken (here) but it now looks like Esquire magazine also agrees with me. Although, I will admit they didn't really match Bon Chon up with any tough competitors. Here's how the rankings shook out:

1. Buffalo Wild Wings - 4/5
2. Pizza Hut - 0/5
3. Hooters - 2/5
4. TGI Fridays - 2/5
5. Ocean Dragon - 3/5
6. Bon Chon Chicken - 5/5

I belive the taste test was held in NYC. I spent some time googling the article, hoping to find the electronic version, but I couldn't find it. I guess you'll have to pick up a copy of the magazine for yourself if you'd like to read it. Or, just skip ahead and head to Privus and have some Bon Chon.

Or, if you're in the mood for traditional buffalo wings, click (here) for the Globe's top picks. My friends and I had discussed heading to Buff's Pub at some point to try some of those #1 wings.



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The Killers Concert - 1/26

1/27/2009 12:01:00 AM 2 Responses
Anyone score tickets to the Killers concert last night? Perhaps off my post from October when I posted the pre-sale password (here)? I kept on trying after my post and managed to score tickets after a few tries, and let me tell you it was totally worth it.


I realized that The Killers are one of the few bands for which I like all of their songs. There literally was not a single bad song in the set. For those of you that went, what'd you think? My only gripe is that Agganis Arena needs more a parking garage of some sort nearby. Trying to catch the T or a cab after the show was brutal.

PS. I've got soul but I'm not a soldier.



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Contest: 25 Free Customized Keychains From VistaPrint

1/26/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
I told you guys that I was working on more free giveaways for you. Here's the latest, courtesy of Jeff and the folks at VistaPrint (here). This time around we're giving away free customized keychains, 25 of them to each of 5 winners.

We're giving away 25 customized keychains to 5 of your readers who write the best reason for needing the free keychains from VistaPrint.

There you have it folks, for those of you that have your own small business or perhaps you just have a whole lot of keys to keep track of. Here's what to do:

1. Email me your reason as to why you need 25 customized keychains.
2. I will choose 5 winners by Friday 1/30 at midnight.
3. Winner will be announced on Monday
4. You'll get an email from Jeff @ VistaPrint with a special promo link.

In the meantime, click on the image below to check out VistaPrint.

VistaPrint.com. Save up to 90%




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Boston Sports Players Salaries

1/26/2009 12:01:00 AM 1 Response
Curious to know what some of our beloved Celtics and Patriots players make? Me too. I used to watch that Sweet 16 show on MTV just because I was curious to know what those parents did for a living that allowed them to spend six figures on a child's birthday party.

Garnett held the highest spot with a 2007-2008 season salary of nearly $24.8 million. Behind him was Pierce with a salary of about $18 million. And third was Allen with a salary of nearly $17.4 million.

Football wide receiver Randy Moss, who was traded to the New England Patriots last year, took the No. 4 spot with a salary worth just a little more than $14 million. The closest Patriots player behind Moss is quarterback Tom Brady at 12th with a salary of just over $8 million.


I didn't realize NBA salaries were so much higher than that of other sports. I did a quick google search of Red Sox salaries and those seem to top out at about $14 million as well.

Click (here) to read the BBJ article.



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Locke Ober Closed for Lunch

1/26/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
Apparently I'm about three weeks late reporting on this since Locke Ober stopped serving lunch at the start of the new year, but I don't think you can really blame me - I haven't had a lunch break in three years. I think many of you are out there like me - at the very most we step out at noonish, grab a sandwich, and eat it at our desk while returning emails. Bleh.

"It was a very difficult thing for us, not having lunch at Locke-Ober," said Paul Licari, who along with co-owner Lydia Shire decided to suspend the midday meal."

The restaurant is still open for dinner. But the last lunch was served on Dec. 31. A small sign advertising "Recession Hours" was posted in a window. The restaurant's lunch era had been suspended indefinitely, and with it, an era in the city.

Maybe, Shire said, they'll begin serving lunch again next month at the bar only. Or maybe, she said, they'll relaunch in the spring. Or if not then, definitely by the fall, when the restaurant's business historically picks up.

I've heard good things about Locke Ober, but I've never eaten there myself. I've only been there twice in all. The first was to meet a client for drinks, and the second was for drinks during a failed first date (I say failed because I didn't manage to get a 2nd one).

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Go Green and Get 250GB In Free File Hosting

1/23/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
This isn't exactly Boston related, but it's a pretty awesome deal for a great cause. I'm not the most "green" person I know but I try to do my part. Recycling, conserving water, using public transportation, etc. Some of you may remember that I participated in the Zipcar Low Car Diet during the summer (here). I didn't end up getting rid of my car, but I definitely do use it less than I used to.

Anyway, so I spotted a new promotion today that hopes to persuade us to save on paper by providing us with A LOT of free file hosting space.

SmashingApps and FileDropper are teaming up to do their part for the environment. Average American consumes more than 700 pounds of paper per year, highest compared to anywhere else in the world. Hundreds of thousands of trees are cut down per day to support the consumption of paper that can be easily avoided.

SmashingApps believes that we can change that by helping people save and share their documents electronically instead of printing them out each time. We do not want you to print so much so we are offering 250 GB file hosting accounts for free at FileDropper. You can use these accounts to share all your documents without ever having to print anything.

250GB?!? That's more space than I have on my entire harddrive. Anyhoo, here were the pledges that I made in an effort to be more green:

1. Stop buying bottled water.
2. Recycle newpapers, cans, and bottles.
3. Stop printing when I can avoid it - transfer files electronically instead.
4. Print using recycled paper when I need to print.
5. Walk or use public transportation instead of driving my car.

Click (here) for info on how to get YOUR 250GBs.



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Suzanne England Gets A Part in Mall Cop

1/23/2009 12:01:00 AM 1 Response
I received this little tidbit just before Mall Cop came out, but haven't had a chance to post it until now. Thanks to the very enthusiastic Bloggery reader (and also part time actor) Jim for sending me the article on Suzanne England - a Mansfield local - and her role in Mall Cop.

“Boston’s a great city, we had so much fun,” James told the Track. “There was one restaurant in the North End that was really amazing, but because of time constraints and the shooting schedule we didn’t get out as much as we liked.”

And speaking of “Mall Cop,” Mansfield homegal Suzanne England was in the right spot at the right time and scored some major face time in the new flick. The 40-year-old mother of three was working as an extra during a scene at Joe’s American Bar & Grill in the South Shore Plaza, when she was pulled out of the crowd to do a bit with James and his on-screen love interest, Jayma Mays. England said the scene called for a drunk Blart to tell her, “You’re not my type.”

Congrats to Suzanne! I haven't seen the movie yet, but I'll be sure to keep an eye out for that scene when I do. I heard that my sister's friend Hannah had a speaking role in Bride Wars. Good luck to all the aspiring actors and actresses out there, I hope you all get a bunch more chances with all the additional movies that are on its way in 2009.

Click (here) for the article.

PS. Anyone know which North End restaurant Kevin James was talking about? Just curious.



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Lindsay Lohan Visits Harvard & The Estate - 1/21

1/23/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
Did anyone reading swing by The Estate on Wednesday to try to catch a glimpse of Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson (here). Perez Hilton received some emails about her Boston visit - apparently Ms. Lohan swung by Harvard before partying at the Estate. But per Perez's sources, the evening was a bit of a bust.

Sources reveal exclusively to PerezHilton.com that Lindz was touring the famed school with politician Caroline Kennedy's daughter, Rose Kennedy Schlossberg, who currently attends the university. Rose and LezLo (and saMAN was there too) turned heads when they walked into the Widener Library and toured the Loker Reading Room upstairs for a few minutes before.

Lohan and Ronson were in town to "host" and DJ at The Estate nightclub in Boston last night. One bothered partygoer says the club advertised all night that Lohan would be hosting. Instead, Lindsay just "hid behind the curtain" for most of the night, wearing some hoodie and "never once looked at the crowd." As for Ronson, we're told she only DJ'd for about an hour and a half and then the two slipped out. What a waste of everyone's time!


That's unfortunate that the evening didn't go well. I wonder how much Ed Kane had to shell out to get the two of them to do an appearance. Remember that Brody Jenner got $20K for his two hour visit the last time he was here (here).

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Boston's Going To Lose A Lot of Jobs

1/22/2009 12:01:00 AM 2 Responses
According to the Boston Business Journal, 2009 is not going to be a good year for us.

A new study of U.S. metro regions predicts that greater Boston will have the fifth biggest job loss in the country during 2009. That’s according to a new joint report by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and The Council for the New American City.

The Boston area’s employment of 2.45 million in the fourth quarter of 2008 is forecast to fall by 58,500, or 2.4 percent, by the end of 2009, the report said. The Boston area’s unemployment rate is forecast to rise to 6 percent by the end of the year, the study said.

Good luck to everyone, let's hope that we can weather the storm ok. Every day I read about more companies that are laying folks off. Saddle up, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

Click (here) for the BBJ article.


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Filene's Basement Closing 11 Stores

1/22/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
I don't really shop at Filene's Basement. I do most of my shopping at their Express for Men or Macy's. Occasionally, I'll go to Marshall's for stuff like socks and boxers. Anyhoo, bad news for those of you that are fans of Filene's Basement. They're closing 11 of their 36 stores.

A spokeswoman for the chain's parent company told The Boston Globe it has been unable to negotiate rent reductions for 11 locations and plans to close them by the end of February.


Julie Davis, general counsel of Retail Ventures Inc., told the Globe: "We're still hoping there are some landlord negotiations that might help us keep stores." Stores to be closed are in Framingham, Mass.; three in Maryland, two in Illinois, two in Pennsylvania, and one each in New Jersey, New York, and Virginia.


I've never been to the Framingham one, I think I have seen it before though driving down Route 9 past the Natick Mall. Maybe there will be some good shopping there while they try to liquidate the store inventory - just a thought.

Click (here) for the article.


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Casting Rumors for Whitey Bulger Movie

1/21/2009 12:01:00 AM 1 Response
So I blogged yesterday about how there's a Whitey Bulger movie in development (here). Well I uncovered another article that has a few rumors on who might possibly play some of the roles. Here's what the Globe had to say:

It's no secret that Sheridan is BFF with actor Daniel Day-Lewis, and it's possible, if not likely, that the two-time Academy Award winner will be considered for the role of Whitey. And who might play former FBI agent and convicted murderer John Connolly? It's too soon to say, but it's worth mentioning that Matt Damon, who knows a thing or two about the Bulger back story, has been approached about the plum role. (We know he's at least interested because Damon and Ben Affleck were among the first to option "Black Mass.") Billy Bulger also figures prominently in the book, and we're told Mark Wahlberg will be in the mix to play the former Senate President.

That's a pretty A-list cast. It'd be great to have all those folks in Boston to film. According to my earlier post, it was thought that filming could start as soon as April.

Click (here) for the Globe article.


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Lobster & Oyster Small Plates @ B&G Oysters

1/21/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
I've probably mentioned this a handful of times on this blog, but my favorite restaurant in Boston is B&G Oysters. Just last week, I heard about a new promotion that that they're running on Sunday and Mondays. Here are the details I pulled from their site:

Sunday: Oyster Small Plates

Sunday evenings, we will feature a variety of oyster small plates. Bored of the same old oyster on the half shell? B&G's chefs have created over 15 variations on this classic that will change weekly. Dishes will include oyster shooters, poached oysters with caviar and creme fraiche, and baked stuffed oysters.


Monday: Lobster Small Plates


On Monday evenings, indulge with a lobster small plate or two. New England's most coveted crustacean will be served up both traditionally, like a warming lobster bisque, as well as signature creations such as lobster sliders.


Pardon me while I wipe the drool off my face. I'm definitely going to have to find some time to make it over to B&G and try this out.

Click (here) to go to the B&G site.



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Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson @ Estate - 1/21

1/21/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
For those of you that like to chase after celebrities and would like to try to catch a glimpse of Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson, they're going to be at The Estate tonight - 1/21. It's actually a two day event. Tonight they're going to be at The Estate, tomorrow they're going to be at Shrine at the MGM in CT.

There was actually a pretty funny joke I heard once on Chelsea Lately about Samantha Ronson, it was something along the lines of how dating a DJ because he/she is a great musician is like dating a valet because he/she drives a nice car. For those that aren't totally awake yet - DJ's play other people's music and valets drive other people's cars. I thought it was rather witty.

Anyhoo, click (here) to get info on either of the "Winter White Parties"



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1000 Words - Ice Skating in Public Garden

1/20/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
I was walking home last night and saw this and thought it was pretty awesome. Some folks had cleared off a section in the pond where the swan boats are (in the Public Garden) and were playing ice hockey.




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Whitey Bulger Movie Also In The Works

1/20/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
Comedies (mostly romantic ones) and mob movies - those are the two main genres of movie that have been filmed in Boston so far. I can't wait until "The Surrogates" comes out and mixes it up a bit (here).

According to a recent blurb in the Globe, in addition to the movie that is in the works about John Martorano (here), there's also talk of a movie about Whitey Bulger himself.

Whitey Bulger's story is the gift that keeps on giving, at least in Hollywood. Celebrated director Jim Sheridan said yesterday he's making a movie about the mobster because it's a good yarn. "This is a story of a corrupt system and about how an angry guy became the second most wanted man after Bin Laden," the Irish filmmaker said in an e-mail. The director of such Oscar nominated films as "In the Name of the Father" and "My Left Foot" is making a movie based on "Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob," the best-selling book by former Globe reporter Dick Lehr and editor Gerard O'Neill. Producers told us this week that filming could begin as soon as April. Also in the works is a biopic about Bulger's henchman John Martorano, which is being developed by "The Departed" producer Graham King. That project's being closely monitored by Kevin Doyle, a former Milton High School classmate of Martorano who's shopping what he says is the definitive story of the onetime hitman. Doyle, who lives in Chatham, said he tried to get the script to King, but was rebuffed. "Reject it if you want, but do yourself a favor and at least take a look at it," said Doyle.

Well we're only a few months away from April. It'll be good to get something filming in Boston again.

Click (here) for the Globe blurb.


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Bread Pudding Is My Favorite Dessert

1/20/2009 12:01:00 AM 3 Responses
I love bread pudding. It really is my favorite dessert, especially with some vanilla ice cream on top. Well the Sunday Globe had a feature on their pics for the best places to get some. Visiting these three places is definitely going on my to-do list. Right next to the buffalo wings crawl (for lack of a better word) that my friends suggested we do after my entry on the best buffalo wings in New England (here).

They went to three places, the Union Bar & Grille (South End), Stephanie's (Newbury St), and Highland Kitchen (Somerville). Their choice for best bread pudding was Union Bar & Grille.

We like our bread pudding just like Chef Stephen Sherman's steaming hot maple-infused brioche version: custardy, multi-textured, and chock-full of flavor. You can really taste and smell the pure Vermont maple syrup. But the real proof of Sherman's concoction is in the pudding. The shimmering pudding comes with a scoop of in-house vanilla bean ice cream and crunchy walnut praline streusel, plus another zap of maple syrup on top for good measure. Bottom line On a cold winter's night, you'll dream about this soul-satisfying dessert.

If I recall correctly, Parish Cafe (on Boylston St) had some pretty great bread pudding as well.

Click (here) for the article.



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1000 Words - Snowfall in Boston

1/19/2009 12:01:00 AM 2 Responses
I was driving back from New Hampshire yesterday and snapped this pic of Boston Common as I got back into the city.



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Benicio Del Toro Is Here Today - 1/19

1/19/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
For those of you that have the day off today, Benicio Del Toro is going to be here for a showing of this new movie Che. Thanks to reader Andrea for sneding this to me.

Dear Film Club Member, Actor Benicio del Toro will be hosting Q&As after the following showtimes of CHE at Kendall Square:

Monday, January 19 at 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Just as an FYI, I was also reminded Che is 4+ hours long. So maybe skip the diet coke when you're watching it. Either that or put extra salt on your popcorn (help retain the water).

Click (here) to get your tickets.



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Mall Cop Is Number 1 This Weekend

1/19/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
Kevin James's Mall Cop which was filmed locally is number one this weekend in the box office. Thanks to Bloggery Reader Michael for sending me the link to the stats. The movie was shown at 3144 theaters and brought in a total of $33.8MM.

With most of the country is in the throes of winter, theatres became a warm alternative to frostbite. A very warm alternative. Not only will the weekend go down as the best MLK Jr. weekend on record, but the overall grosses for all films in release will place this weekend as one of the Top 10 of all-time.

Kevin James’ Paul Blart Mall Cop was the big pig over the holiday weekend tracking down $33.8 million and recouping its budget of $26 million in just three days of release.

It's nice to see one the movies filmed here doing well. Bride Wars didn't seem to do too well, I didn't track the box office results for that one but the reviews were pretty bad.

Click (here) for more info on Mall Cop.

Click (here) for the link to the movie stats.



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Price Fixed Meals Around Town

1/16/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
I think it's partly due to the recession, but restaurants all over are doing multiple-course price fixed meals to drum up business. The Globe sampled a few of them and had reasonably good things to say.

The results: For the most part, these menus stack up well, offering good food at good prices. Dishes rely more on inexpensive ingredients, or feature luxury in small amounts - lobster sauce instead of lobster, truffle oil instead of truffles. We found a lot of stews, potatoes, and cassoulets. In exchange for a low price tag, diners generally give up a bit of variety, and sometimes a bit of refinement.

Here are the restaurants they visited:

51 Lincoln
Da Vinci
Hamersley's Bistro
L'Espalier
Olives
Pigalle
T.W. Food

Click (here) for the full reviews.



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More From Elizabeth Banks' Visit

1/16/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
I can't get enough of all the press on Elizabeth Banks' visit to Boston. Here's another little blurb from the Globe:

She's made Pittsfield proud - and it has returned the favor Hometown hero Elizabeth Banks charmed everyone at the State House yesterday, delivering the keynote address at the Massachusetts Cultural Council's 2009 Commonwealth Awards. The producer and "W" actress schmoozed with legislators and arts honchos at a VIP lunch, then presented the Creative Community award to her hometown, Pittsfield, represented by Mayor James Ruberto. Her father, Mark Mitchell, husband Max Handelman, and high school drama teacher Ralph Hamman, accompanied her. She had worried her voice might sound a little "manly" - she said before her speech she was catching a cold - but when she stepped up to the mike she sounded mostly just humble. "That was thoroughly embarrassing," Banks said, of Hamman's introduction, in which he called his former student "passionate," forceful, and talented. Banks credited Pittsfield High's drama program for her career and said she's proud of her hometown arts community. "I lived through the downturn, when GE pulled out," she remembered. "We were a factory town and suddenly there was no factory. Now when I go home and walk down that main street . . . instead of looking into empty windows . . . I look into art studios." Banks also thanked lawmakers for the state's recent pro-film industry legislation. "I was thrilled that my first movie as a producer - 'The Surrogates' - was filmed here in Massachusetts. It was either here or Australia, so thank you for the tax break."

It's pretty neat to know that Ms. Banks was a producer on The Surrogates (here). I hope the trailer comes out soon.

Click (here) for the Globe blurb.



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Anyone at McFadden's Last Night?

1/16/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
Remember my post about VistaPrint (here)? Well, I gave a few of my friends some of those cards to hand out at Happy Hour at McFadden's last night. Apologies if they sketched you out, what can I say - my friends are sketchy.

Anyway, if you did get a card and ended up coming to the site. THANKS! I guess the cards work. I'll have to pick up some more when I run out.

PS. To Jenna with the black Longchamp bag (one of the girls that received a card), my friend Eric thinks you're really cute.



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Swiping Credit Cards in Cabs - Coming Soon

1/15/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
This will be nice when it arrives, there are at least a half a dozen times that I was up late working - preparing for a meeting the next morning and ended up having to wander out in the middle of the night to find an ATM to withdraw cash because I was headed to the airport at 5am the next morning because I needed cash to pay for my cab ride to the airport.

The few times I've taken a cab in NYC (I usually prefer to walk) about half of them had machines in the back to take credit cards. Nice and convenient. And soon we'll have that in Boston as well.

Creative Mobile Technologies said it has signed an agreement with Boston Cab Dispatch that aims to put rear-seat, self-swipe credit card payment systems into many local cabs. In talking about Boston, Creative Mobile Technologies said its systems will allow local cabs to comply with a City of Boston mandate that requires that cabs provide rear-seat credit card acceptance capability later this year.

The company's press release described Boston Cab Dispatch as a "radio affiliation service with almost 500 member taxis comprising over 25 percent of the Boston taxi industry."

Interesting, from the sound of the article it sounds like all cabs will have to accept credit card sometime in 2009. Does anyone know what ever happened to the other mandate about switching cabs to hybrids over the next few years? Is that still in place or did it get shot down? All I know is after that hybrid mandate passed, I had many a conversation with an irate cab driver.

Click (here) for the Globe article.



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Release Dates for The Proposal and GGP

1/15/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
The Proposal Trailer is already out (here). That's the one with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. The other movie - Ghosts of Girlfriends Past - doesn't seem to have a trailer out yet. Ironically, that movie is coming out first.

At last, there are release dates for the made-in-Massachusetts movies "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" and "The Proposal." Word is "Ghosts," starring Jennifer Garner and Matthew McConaughey, will be in theaters May 1, and "The Proposal," starring Sandra Bullock and Mr. Scarlett Johansson, a.k.a. Ryan Reynolds, will be out June 12. Here's hoping they're better than the shot-in-Boston "Bride Wars," which has received withering reviews. About the only good thing in the movie is the spectacular floral arrangements, which we're told were provided by Winston Flowers.

Wow, folks really aren't happy with Bride Wars (here). Well, at least there will be two more Boston-based romantic comedies coming out over the next several months. Maybe they can make up for it.

Click (here) for the Globe blurb.



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Topless Coffee Shop Opening in Maine

1/15/2009 12:01:00 AM 3 Responses
I first heard about these types of establishments springing up on on the west coast about a year or so ago. I think a few started in Seattle to try to compete with Starbucks. Some were topless, some were women in lingerie, but the basic idea was the same. Using sex appeal to sell coffee. Well now it looks like someone might be opening one up in Maine.

Crabtree plans to open a topless coffee shop in as soon as a month here, where the biggest excitement has usually been the town picnic during Vassalboro Days each September.

In a long-vacant building that once housed Mac Daddy's Pub at the Fat Cat Grille, Crabtree plans topless service between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 25 tables arranged on a checkerboard floor behind blacked-out windows and a cordon of security.

And, in a nod to what Crabtree said were complaints "from jealous women," he plans to include a few topless males. When patrons arrive, he said, they will be asked if they prefer a male or female server.

I have doubts that this will be successful. I think he'll get a lot of press at the beginning for being the first of its kind. But I don't think the novelty will last for too long.

PS. Here's my favorite line from the article:

"My husband doesn't drink coffee," said Erlile Pelletier, as she worked the cash register at Ferris Variety. "But I told him if he became a coffee drinker, we were getting a divorce."

Click (here) to read the Globe article.



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Sensing Grand Opening Yesterday - 1/13

1/14/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
If you haven't heard of Sensing yet, I'm sure you will soon. It's the restaurant in the new Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel and it's backed by a Michelin rated chef.

This winter celebrated Michelin chef Guy Martin will open his first restaurant in the United States, Sensing, at Fairmont Battery Wharf. The concept of the new restaurant, from the menu to the décor, will be derived from Sensing in Paris. Developed by Michelin Chef Guy Martin, and meticulously executed by Boston-based Chef de Cuisine, Gerard Barbin, Sensing offers guests a menu of inspired contemporary “cuisine without borders,” making full use of seasonal New England ingredients. Sensing opens on January 13, 2009.


Two things I'm wondering. One, how it will be rated and Two, will Sensing unseat L'espalier?

Click (here) for a link to the Sensing website.



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Boston Featured on Man v Food Tonight - 1/14

1/14/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
I just got word that Boston is going to be featured in the Travel Channel's Man V. Food in tonight's (Wednesday, January 14th) episode, which airs at 10pm. In Man V. Food, the show's host Adam Richman travels the country in search of the "biggest, baddest food challenges."

This Wednesday's Man v. Food brings burger-eating to a whole new level. But first Adam Richman, the host, heads to Beantown for the East Coast Grill's Hell Night: a super-spicy feast where they serve some of the hottest foods on earth. The Pasta from Hell is topped with three Ghost Chilis, and a pepper from India that's 100 times hotter than a jalapeño. Next Adam is off to the Barking Crab for some traditional New England fare:a 4 pound clambake.

For the main event, Adam takes on the Eagles Deli Challenge with a local Red Sox fan: a whopping five-pound, 10-patty burger, with 20 slices of cheese, 20 pieces of bacon, five pounds of fries and a giant pickle. Over 1500 have attempted the Eagles Deli challenge … and so far none have succeeded. Will New York defeat Boston?

Check out the teaser video below:




I've been to all three of these places, but I haven't attended Hell Night or taken the Eagles Deli Challenge. And I probably never will. I can't handle super spicy food anymore and a 5lb burger just sounds gross (and I don't eat bacon)



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Yubz - Fun With Cellphones

1/14/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
I got a couple of great pretty great birthday/christmas presents this holiday season. The first one was a signed copy of Thomas Keller's latest cookbook Sous Vide. The second was a Yubz cellphone handset.

I should start off by saying that I'm not a phone person. There are a total of two people that I make an effort to speak to on a regular basis. One is my mother. The other is my girlfriend. As I am currently single, I suppose that means there is a total of one person that I make an effort to speak to on a regular basis.

I have a bluetooth headset - it's annoying though because it hurts my ear after a while and constantly runs out of batteries during a conversation. Enter the Yubz handset. As you can see from the picture above, I got the plain black corded one. It plugs into my Iphone just like any other wired headset and it is great. First off, I feel like I'm talking on a real phone. And secondly I don't have to deal with the whole 'cell phone getting hot against my face' issue that I normally have during long conversations.

They've got wired ones and bluetooth ones if you don't like the cord. They are awesome.

Click (here) to pick up one of your own.

PS. If all else fails, you can strap on a camo hiking backpack, run around in the woods, and call in air strikes with your yubz. Just kidding.



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Elizabeth Banks In Boston All Week

1/13/2009 09:53:00 AM 0 Responses
Per my post last week, Elizabeth Banks is going to be in town today at the State House as the keynote speaker for the Commonwealth Awards (here). The Herald spoke with her a bit prior to her arrival and she had some very nice things to say about her hometown and growing up in the area. We also learn that she's going to be here through the weekend.

“The Berkshires was a pretty great place to grow up and Pittsfield was at the heart of it,” she said. “I was very lucky to have found my passion through after-school arts programs,

And then there were the summers sneaking into hoity-toity Tanglewood in nearby Lenox - thanks to all her high school buddies who worked the beer stands or in the parking lots.

“I spent many a night listening to the (Boston Symphony) orchestra, but I was real fond of the Youth Orchestra,” said Banks, who will extend her trip home through the weekend to celebrate her dad’s 60th birthday.

To Ms. Banks - I hope you have a great visit during your time back.

Click (here) for the Herald article.

PS. A little piece of me died when I read that you're married. Just kidding. Sort of.



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Tom Brady Back In Boston This Week

1/13/2009 09:45:00 AM 1 Response
So, more engagement rumors. This time from People magazine yesterday (here). But, again, the day after everyone else is reporting that it's just rumors. So I'm choosing to just skip over the whole section on that today and hone in on the last paragraph. After spending the season roaming LA and NYC, it looks as though Tom Brady will be back this week.

We did hear, however, that Brady was supposed to be back in Boston this week to work on his knee rehab with the trainers at Gillette Stadium .

Finally, some sort of inkling about Tom Brady & football rather than Tom Brady & Gisele.

Click (here) for the latest Herald article about Brady's "engagement."



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Best Buffalo Wings in New England

1/12/2009 12:01:00 AM 3 Responses
The Globe has a new piece up about the best buffalo wings in New England. I love wings. I wouldn't say I'm a connoisseur because I pretty much like all wings - I'm not that picky. But it'll be a nice little adventure to try these places out - or at least the ones close by.

10. Reuben James (Burlington, VT)
9. Archie Moore's Bar and Restaurant (5 locations in CT)
8. Whiskey's Smokehouse (Boston, MA)
7. The Chicken Bone Saloon (Framingham & Boston, MA)
6. Gritty McDuff's (3 Locations in ME)
5. Sunset Grill and Tap (Allston, MA)
4. Phat Wings (Providence, RI)
3. Wendell's Pub (Norton, MA)
2. Delaney's Hole in the Wall (North Conway, NH)
1. Buff's Pub (Newton, MA)

Click (here) to read the Globe piece.

PS. If you want some awesome (non-buffalo) wings, check out the BonChon chicken at Privus (here).



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House of Blues Job Fair - 1/13-1/14

1/12/2009 12:01:00 AM 1 Response
Two bits of good news for you in this post. One, is that the House of Blues is one step closer to opening - the former Axis & Avalon site (here). And two, in this time of recession and high unemployment, it's nice to know that someone is hiring.

Are you ready to rock? With more than 200 jobs to fill in its new venue, House of Blues Boston will host a job fair on January 13-14, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Absolut Clubhouse at Fenway Park, 72 Brookline Ave in Boston. House of Blues Boston is looking to fill a wide variety of positions, including ticket sellers, line and prep cooks, cocktail staff, restaurant hosts, servers, retail associates, bartenders, security staff, training coordinator, HR assistant, sous chef and dishwashers.

So, if you're looking for a job and are interested in working at the new House of Blues - you know where to be on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week.



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CPR T-Shirt Winners!

1/12/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
Thanks to everyone who entered the CPR T-Shirt Giveaway contest last week (here). Unfortunately, there could only be four winners this time around. And the winners are:

Melissa C.
Lynda C.
Joyce L.
Karl A.

For those of you that are bummed out, don't sweat it. I'm working on some new giveaways for you. As soon as I get them worked out, you'll be the first to know.

Click (here) to pick up your own CPR t-shirt.



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Lobster Prices Back Up A Bit

1/09/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
I hope you got while the gettin was good. Lobster prices have been on the decline since the fall (here). It got to the point where lobstermen were only getting a couple bucks a pound for their catches and it wasn't even worth working anymore. Well according to yesterday's Globe, prices are back up a bit.

Lobster prices are rising after months in the tank. The price increase is a result of supply and demand, said Matt McAleney, a dealer in Portland. Lobstermen who were getting $2.25 to $2.80 a pound two weeks ago are getting $4 to $5.40, according to the Maine Lobstermen's Association.

That's a pretty significant increase over just a two week span. $4-$5 wholesale still doesn't sound too bad, though. Anyone know what the retail mark up is on lobster? 50%? 100%? Just curious as to what we're going to start seeing when we go grocery shopping.

Click (here) for the lobster blurb.



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1000 Words - GameStop in DTown Crossing Soon

1/09/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
I was walking home from work today and noticed that on Winter Street, they're opening a new Gamestop. Makes sense since there's always high school kids hanging out in that area.

I try not to play video games too often because I get addicted and then I do nothing but work and play video games after work until I beat the game. I forgo sleep so I'm pretty much a zombie during that time period. I got bought LittleBigPlanet for Christmas but haven't really played it much yet. I'm waiting for Street Fighter IV.



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Last Chance to Win A Free CPR T-Shirt

1/09/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
Happy Friday Everyone! For those of you that may have missed the post on the CPR T-shirt giveaway because you were away for the holidays, today is your last chance to enter. Who doesn't love a free T-shirt?


Click (here) for the contest rules.

And as one of my friends pointed out, yes there is no way for me to know if you actually told 2 of your friends about the Bloggery, so it's an honor system contest. Besides, I trust you guys.

Remember to include the size that you want in your email to me.

Contest ends tonight at 11:59pm.

Click (here) to check out CPR Gear's website.


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Do You Buy Shoes Online? Use Shoebuy.com

1/08/2009 12:25:00 AM 3 Responses
I have a horrible habit of buying shoes online. The latest fiasco involved the purchase of two pairs of Kenneth Coles online because they were having a great online sale. Note to self: it's never a great deal if you end up not wearing the shoes because they're uncomfortable. Stupidly, I tried the shoes on when they arrived, but didn't actually wear them and walk around a bit. That's what killed me. What I bought doesn't do so well when you're walking around the city all the time.

That's where Shoebuy.com comes in. And just like Vistaprint (here), there's a few reasons I like them. 1. They're headquartered in downtown Boston (on Arch Street). 2. Free return shipping. 3. My friend Teresa worked there for a number of years and she's awesome.

I've bought a couple pairs of sneakers from Shoebuy and I definitely had a better experience with them than I did with other online retailers. I haven't bought dress shoes from them yet, but I will probably give it a try the next time I need some.

Check it out for yourself using the link below.





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Bo Burnham Heads to Hollywood

1/08/2009 12:16:00 AM 1 Response
Remember my post from almost a year ago about Bo Burnham (here)? Well according to the Globe, he's done fairly well for himself over the last twelve months.

Bo Burnham's never been better. The Hamilton homey whose humorous, homemade music videos made him a YouTube sensation has scored a movie deal. Burnham, who graduated from St. John's Prep in Danvers last spring, has been enlisted by none other than Judd Apatow to write a script for what's billed as an anti-"High School Musical" film. (Apatow, of course, is the brains behind "Knocked Up" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin.") Burnham, who's described his vids as "pubescent musical comedy," will have a half-hour show on Comedy Central in March and also a CD. His rep told us yesterday that Burnham recently finished filming "Virgin on Bourbon Street" with Rob Schneider and is now in LA shooting a small part in Adam Sandler's upcoming film "Funny People."

Congrats to Bo! I enjoyed his youtube videos back then, I'm interested to see what he comes up with now that he's got folks like Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler helping him out.

Click (here) for the Globe blurb.



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1000 Words - Gisele for Versace

1/08/2009 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
The alleged future Mrs. Brady has a new ad campaign with Versace. Here's what the Globe had to say:

They're hardly BFFs, we're told, but Gisele Bundchen and Kate Moss were apparently able to set aside their super-sized egos long enough to shoot a sizzling Versace ad for the designer's spring/summer '09 campaign. (This isn't the first time Tom Brady's sweetheart has worked with the batty British model - they both shilled for Gloria Vanderbilt jeans a few years back.) The Versace campaign, shot by famed fashion photographer Mario Testino, features the world-famous femmes in slinky white cocktail dresses. There's a good chance the pretty pair will also appear together at this year's May 4 gala at the Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Click (here) for the Globe blurb.



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