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Happy New Year!

12/31/2011 10:12:00 AM 0 Responses
Happy New Year, everyone!  I've had a few days off this past week due to the hoidays and now I never want to go back to work.  Bleh.  Have a good weekend, folks, things go back to normal way too soon.

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Stella's 3rd Annual Guest Chef Mondays

12/27/2011 07:21:00 PM 0 Responses
Celebrate Mondays at Stella's with Chef Evan Deluty and his friends! Each visiting chef will create a special appetizer, entree and dessert, and Stella's dinner menu will also be available. The "Guest Chef Mondays" menu will be available starting at 5:30 P.M. for $40 per guest
The season kicks off on January 2 with a lineup that runs through March 26 and includes:

Michael Schlow, Tico, Via Matta, Alta Strada and Radius - Jan. 2
Dante de Magistris, Restaurant Dante - Jan. 9
Anthony Caturano, Prezza - Jan.16
Marc Orfaly, Pigalle, Remick's - Jan. 23
Tony Ambrose, Ambrosia Events & Catering - Jan. 30
Louis DiBiccari, Storyville - February 6
Will Gilson - February 13
Robin King, Oro - Feb. 20
Adam Fuller, Snappy Lobster - Feb. 27
Rodney Murillo, Avila - Mar. 5
Jay Silva, Bambara - Mar. 12
Kevin Long, Red Lantern, Tosca, Shrine - Mar. 19
Jamie Bissonnette, Coppa, Toro - Mar. 26

*Dates may be subject to change.* To reserve, call 617-647-7747

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Free: Pinkberry in Braintree - 12/29

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Review: Three Pianos

12/20/2011 07:45:00 PM 1 Response
Bloggery media rep DanDan swung by the Loeb Drama Center to check out Three Pianos.  Here's what he had to say.

Before talking about Three Pianos, I should give the caveat that I am, by no means, a person who knows anything about classical music. With this in mind, I made sure to grab a music major friend of mine when I heard that Three Pianos was a play about three friends who find a copy of Schubert's song cycle Winterreise (I don't even know what song cycle *is*!) and decide to play it while re-enacting an imagined scene of Schubert hanging out with his friends at a house party. So I definitely wasn't planning on necessarily getting everything in the play but, given the strong work of pretty much everything A.R.T. does, I knew I would still have an enjoyable time.

Three Pianos was a riot!! First off, upon entering the play, audience members are given a glass of wine (after all, it is a house party!). As soon as the play starts, and it starts fast and doesn't look back, the actors seamlessly transition between the present day and the imagined 19th century party. As someone who had no previous knowledge of the music itself, let alone the personal history of classical composers in general, the context behind each piece was brought up in such a fun way and interesting way that I now have a new found interest in music theory... I've actually started downloading lectures online! As for my more musically inclined friend, she thought it was great as well! In fact, because she knew more coming in, she picked up on a lot of details I missed.

Oh, and did I mention that the wine keeps flowing during the play?

Three Pianos is really smart and very, very entertaining.

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Presale: Coldplay - 12/16

12/15/2011 12:52:00 AM 0 Responses
Only a screenshot today. I'm packing for Vegas to celebrate my 30th birthday. see you guys sometime in the middle of next week.

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41st Annual Christmas Revels - 12/16

12/13/2011 09:25:00 PM 0 Responses
I've been put in charge of organizing the company ugly Christmas sweater contest this year.  Anyone have suggestions on where I should look for sweaters besides ebay?  Speaking of Christmas, here comes the The Christmas Revels. 

The Christmas Revels:
In Celebration of the Winter Solstice

Directed by Patrick Swanson; George Emlen, Music Director

December 16–29, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

The 41st annual Christmas Revels finds pilgrims, from all over Europe, streaming towards a small French fishing village by the sea. It's the 16th century and, led by their local Guild of Fools, villagers are preparing for a great annual feast and holiday pageant which will mark the end of the old year and the birth of the new.

Soon the stars will come out, the moon will rise and the music and singing will start. Mysterious visitors will arrive from the East. With the sun, moon and stars in delicate balance and our village Fools in charge of a smooth transition to the New Year, what could possibly go wrong?

Filled with music and dance from England, France, Spain and the Middle East, plus comedy, rituals and carols and familiar Revels touchstones like The Shortest Day, the Sussex Mummers Carol, Dona Nobis Pacem and the joyous and participatory, Lord of the Dance, this year's production will be a truly celestial celebration!

The 80-member cast includes our trio of actors from last year's production, Happenstance Theater's Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell and local favorite Tim Sawyer, the Revels Chorus of adults and children, musician and song leader David Coffin, the Pinewoods Morris Men, Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble and guest artists, the Sharq Trio from the renowned Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble.

Performances begin with a specially priced Preview on Friday, December 16th at 7:30pm (most tickets just $30). Performances run through December 29th.

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$5 Off Your First Order at Seamless

12/12/2011 09:55:00 PM 0 Responses
My diet consists primarily of Subway sandwiches and places that will deliver to me off of  Thankfully that means I can eat from just about anywhere.  I tend to go for sushi or buffalo wings.  Wings especially on Sundays. 

Seamless is running a refer-a-friend promotion right now.  Think of it as a delicous, delicious ponzi scheme.  I refer you guys, you get $5 off when you join and I get a $10 credit.  Then once you're a member, you refer your friends and you get the $10 credit.  Or at least that's how I'm assuming it should work.

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21st Annual Boston Wine Expo

12/11/2011 10:50:00 PM 0 Responses
I learned a valuable lesson last week:  stick to the wines that I know.  I went and bought a cheaper Bordeaux the other day to give it a shot.  I usually stay away from Bordeaux's because it's cost prohibitive.  But I found a cheaper bottle and decided to get it.  It was horrible.  Undrinkable.  A corollary to that lesson, is that I need to learn more about other types of wines so that this doesn't happen again.  Hence, the 21st Annual Boston Wine Expo.

Boston's best-loved wine event is bigger, bolder and better than ever. Get ready for a weeklong celebration of the world's most popular wine-growing regions.

Beginning Monday January 16th, wineries will host exclusive Vintner Dinners at some of the city’s most enticing restaurants. Many local favorite restaurants will provide the opportunity for guests to taste creative pairings of food and wine as they learn about each. Saturday and Sunday’s Grand Tasting features wines from four regions of the world, as well as food and wine pairings from more than 40 restaurants. Ticket admission covers all wine and food samples, and allows consumers to enjoy two Chef Stages showcasing demonstrations from celebrity chefs including Christopher Coombs of Deuxave, Antonio Bettencourt of 62 on Wharf, Vittorio Ettore of Bistro 5 and Patricia Yeo of Om Restaurant & Lounge. A local farmer’s market and Cyber Café will feature live tweeting and attendee polling of the wines available at the Expo.

The educational series has been extended to offer three days of seminars featuring top winemakers and industry experts including keynote Kevin Zraly, as part of the 2012 Seminar Program. Consumers and trade can explore a range of topics such as “The One Hour Wine Expert” with Zraly, “Explore the Crus of Beaujolais” with Domaine Louis Jadot, “Get to Know Amarone” with the Wines of Masi, “Armand de Brignac Champagne Experience” and “The Tuscan Gem: Ornellaia Vertical Tasting.”

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A Christmas Celtic Sojourn 2011 -

12/06/2011 09:32:00 PM 0 Responses
A New England holiday favorite is back and bigger than ever. The Ninth Annual A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan returns to the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston from December 16-18. A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan features an ensemble cast that offers an intimate sharing of Christmas music, dancing, songs and stories in the Celtic tradition
A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan will feature a variety of singers, musicians and dancers steeped in Celtic tradition. The cast will include:

· The wonderful Canadian singer Ruth Moody who is part of the trio The Wailin’ Jennys, now such a staple on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion

· Hanneke Cassel, who was a big hit in the 2010 concert, has re-assembled the group Halali, with Laura Cortese, Lissa Schneckenburger and guitarist Flynn Cohen.

· Simon Chrisman who is part of the up and coming act The Bee Eaters will bring a new instrument to the show, the Hammer Dulcimer

· The Uilleann Pipes will be featured for the first time on the show played by newcomer Kieran O’Hare.

· Multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan of Solas will again be back on stage and, and again in his role as music director.

· Seamus will be joined by long time collaborators Chico Huff on acoustic bass, and new to Christmas Celtic this year, percussionist Ben Wittman who has recorded with to name a few, Rosanne Cash, Eileen Ivers, Paul Simon, Laurie Anderson.

· Kevin Doyle, will make his return to Christmas Celtic this year not just as the spectacular dancer he is, but as the dance director and is already busy working with a young group from the Harney Academy of Walpole who have become a fixture in the show.

· Paula Plum returns as the artistic director for her ninth year

The full 2011 schedule of A Christmas Celtic Sojourn is as follows:

· Friday, December 9, 7:30: Hanover Theatre - Worcester, MA
· Saturday, December 10, 3PM and 8PM: The Music Hall - Portsmouth, NH
· Sunday, December 11, 7PM: Zeiterion Theatre - New Bedford, MA
· Wednesday, December 14: Shalin Liu Performance Centre - Rockport, MA
· Friday, December 16th, 8PM: Cutler Emerson Majestic Theatre- Boston, MA
· Saturday, December 17: 3PM and 8PM, Cutler Emerson Majestic Theatre - Boston, MA
· Sunday, December 18: 1PM and 5PM, Cutler Emerson Majestic Theatre – Boston, MA

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4th Annual Santa Brunch @ Beehive - 12/10

12/05/2011 08:41:00 PM 0 Responses
I'm getting so lazy as the year draws to a close.  I'm now going to be leaning heavily towards pictures, so I don't have to type words.  At least until I get some vacation in me.  I'm supposed to have 15 days this year.  I'm going to get to take 4 before the year ends.  Sad, I know.  But 2 of those days are going to be spent in Vegas celebrating my birthday - hopefully i win enough cash to buy an iphone w/o the contract so I can get rid of this retarded HTC Thunderbolt.  But before Vegas, we have several Christmas events that I plan on hitting up, including the following:

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Ibex Winter Warming Party - 12/8

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The Velveteen Rabbit - Now Playing

12/04/2011 10:27:00 PM 0 Responses
I loved the Velveteen Rabbit as a kid.  Would it be creepy if I went to go see it now?  Maybe I should bring a girl with me.  Or borrow someone's kid ... errr ... offer to babysit for a day. 

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Somerville Winter Farmers’ Market - Saturdays

11/30/2011 11:05:00 PM 0 Responses
I'm more of a Haymarket kind of guy where I can get 50 limes for a dollar, but I do occasionally like to frequent Farmers' Markets as well to see what's available there.  I recently had some pretty tasty apple cider.  

The City of Somerville is celebrating the second season of its highly successful Somerville Winter Farmers’ Market, which will take place Saturdays from 9:30am to 2:30pm at the Center for Arts at the Armory. A soft opening will take place Saturday, November 12th and 19th and the market will run every Saturday through May 26th with the exception of November 26th.

The winter market represents a partnership between Shape Up Somerville and the Armory and is part of the city's commitment to healthy living. In its inaugural season, the market drew 2000 shoppers every Saturday and the market is expected to draw even more this season with the extended hours of operation of 9:30am to 2:30pm.

Shoppers can look forward to seeing all of their favorite vendors from last season in addition to several new ones.

WHAT: Somerville Winter Farmers’ Market
WHEN: Every Saturday, Through May 26th, from 9:30am to 2:30pm
WHERE: The Center for Arts at the Armory – 191 Highland Ave / Somerville, MA 02143

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VIP Opening Night of "High" - 12/7

11/29/2011 08:52:00 PM 0 Responses


The National Tour of HIGH starring Kathleen Turner in association with Fenway Health are offering a limited number of $100.00 VIP tickets to the Opening Night Performance at The Cutler Majestic Theatre. Admission includes Premium Seating to the December 7th performance and admittance to the Gala Reception at the W Hotel with a special meet and greet with Ms. Turner, playwright Matthew Lombardo, director Rob Ruggiero and cast members Evan Jonigkeit and Tim Altmeyer. 50% of each ticket purchase will be donated to the local health leader.

“I am so pleased to be able to give back to such a wonderful organization” Lombardo said in a statement. “Fenway Health was an extremely supportive institution in my early recovery from crystal meth and it gives me enormous pleasure to be able to help them raise money so they can continue the great work of assisting those struggling with substance abuse issues.” Lombardo is committed to continuing this type of local fundraising in each city where the tour of his play will be performed.

In HIGH, Turner plays Sister Jamison Connelly, who agrees to sponsor a 19 year-old drug user in an effort to help him combat his addiction. Struggling between the knowledge she possesses as a rehabilitation counselor and a woman of religious conviction, she begins to question her belief in miracles and whether people can find the courage to change. HIGH explores the universal themes of truth, forgiveness, redemption and human fallibility.

VIP tickets to the December 7th Performance are $100. Use the HIGHFWY code to purchase benefit tickets or call 617.824.8000 or stop by the Cutler Majestic Box Office, 219 Tremont Street, Boston.

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Holiday Poem From Lisa's Hands of Time

11/29/2011 08:40:00 PM 0 Responses
On my Thursday off for Thanksgiving, I watched a little football and dismantled the foosball table in our living room (and got rid of it).  Now, we have room to pick up a Christmas tree -- which my friends and I will be doing this weekend.  And with that,  few words from my friend Lisa at Lisa's Hands of Time.

‘Twas the month before Christmas,
And all through the land
Shoppers were pressed for time -
They could use an extra hand.

Errands and waiting and traffic galore -
Shopping and wrapping and mailing some more!
“We wish we had someone to help us along,”
Their pleas for help - were growing strong.

When, what to their wondering minds did appear?
The answer to all their time-saving needs was near.
Lisa’s Hands of Time Concierge was the trick
Could this be the work of Old Saint Nick?

Nope – this is better – time is the gift
Lisa and her team of elves will give you that lift
This holiday season – don’t conquer it alone
Even if you think you can do it on your own.

In Whole Foods, In Bloomies, On Amazon – oh my
In Apple, In Nordstrom, in Target and Best Buy.
Buying, Wrapping, Mailing, it’s true
Stuffing, Sealing, Stamping, can you?

Returning, Exchanging, Waiting on line.
This holiday season will be just fine.
Save yourself some time…..
And just give us a call!
Happy Holidays to You
And a Good Year to All!

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Not A Box New Play Festival - Starts 12/1

11/28/2011 08:29:00 PM 0 Responses
Who needs some culture?  I'm thinking about going to a classical concert or a play of some sort soon.  Coming up this week i the Not a Box New Play Festival from the folks at GAN-e-meed.

WHAT: Not A Box New Play Festival
WHEN: December 1, 2, and 3 at 8pm. December 4 at 2pm.
WHERE: Boston Playwrights’ Theatre — 949 Commonwealth Ave,
Boston, MA

December 1st through 4th at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, GAN-e-meed Theatre Project will present Not A Box New Play Festival, a variety of thought-provoking new work by artists from Boston and beyond. Originally conceived as a vehicle for The 1-Page Play Experiment, the Festival has grown into a weekend of innovative theatre that seeks to actively engage the audience with the creation and performance of new work.

Fans of last seasons’ 1-Page Play Experiment will be happy to see its second iteration this December.
GAN-e-meed will be producing the five winners of last years’ experiment: Mortal City, by Allie
Herryman, adapted from the song Mortal City by Dar Williams; Pulse, by Stacey Lane; Untitled, by
Danny Bryck; tired, by Alyssa Osiecki and Dave Ring; and The Internet Means Never Having to Say
Goodbye, by N. Harrison Ripps. These five plays, selected by audiences as the best of 15 finalists last
December, were the result of a unique challenge. Artists were asked to submit a piece that would function
as visual, textual, and performance art while staying within the confines of a single page. The directors
of last year’s staged readings (Dawn Simmons, Jen Allison Lewis, and Melanie Garber) are returning to
bring these five plays to life for their world premieres.

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Harpoon Holiday Party at the Harp - 12/9

11/27/2011 08:39:00 PM 0 Responses
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I cooked a turkey for the first time ever. It turned out pretty decently. The turkey sausage stuffing that I also made, though, was way better.

Now that Thanksgiving is out of the way, it's time to start thinking about Christmas and my birthday (12/28).

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Review: Foodler

11/22/2011 08:18:00 PM 1 Response
My doctor recently told me that I needed to start eating a low-fat diet.  I think the exact words were "Stop eating tator tots for breakfast, fatty!"  Therefore, I've cut down on things that taste good and started eating egg whites and oatmeal.  Bleh.

Bloggery media rep Anna tried Foodler recently.  Hopefully she had something tastier than egg whites and oatmeal.  Here's what she had to say:

Foodler is extremely easy to use and easily my go-to website for ordering food for delivery. I don't even bother checking out the individual restaurants' policy because sometimes, you don't really know what you wanna' eat until you're given some options. 

With Foodler, you enter your address and Foodler gives you a list of restaurants, organized by cuisines, that will deliver to you. Not only that, many restaurants have discounts, rebates, and free stuff that comes with your order. Most restaurants don’t have delivery fees and if they do, it’s rather minimal. I find that it is a better deal to order from Foodler than to go to the restaurant itself! 

And for those of us who never have any cash on them, like myself, Foodler allows you to add tip onto your bill when you place the order so that when the delivery guy comes, all you have to do is smile and sign your receipt. Don’t worry about waiting forever, Foodler gives you an estimated time frame of when you food will arrive and indeed, it arrives on time.

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Get Kickass Cupcakes at Whole Foods

11/21/2011 09:50:00 PM 0 Responses
Congratulations to Sara Ross and Kickass Cupcakes.  I would imagine that selling at Whole Foods is going to be awesome for them!

Kickass Cupcakes Owner/Pastry Chef Sara Ross announces a partnership with Whole Foods Markets. Kickass Cupcakes, in addition to being available at the bakery in Davis Square and on the Cupcake Truck, will now be available in Whole Foods Markets in all 28 New England locations of the national natural and organic grocery stores.

4-packs of specialty flavors, designed especially for the upcoming holiday seasons are to be available immediately. For $6.99 a box, shoppers can pick up their favorite cupcakes while completing their everyday errands. Cinnamon Pumpkin, the new fall flavor, is an aromatic pumpkin spice cupcake topped with rich cinnamon frosting. It will be available until the end of this month. Beginning in December 2011, a decadent chocolate cake with pink peppermint frosting called Chocolate Peppermint, will be debuting on the shelves.

In true artisanal fashion, all Kickass Cupcakes are baked daily from scratch in-house at the Kickass Cupcakes bakery, in small batches and hand decorated. In addition to the time and care spent on each individual cupcake, the bakery uses only the best all-natural, local only ingredients. There are no hydrogenated oils, trans-fats, artificial flavors, dyes or preservatives to ensure the utmost flavor for your enjoyment!

This would have totally come in handy a couple of weeks ago, when my boss sent me out to get 13 dozen cupcakes.....

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Recipe: Ken Oringer's Orecchiette with Chicken Sausage

11/17/2011 08:54:00 PM 0 Responses
I can't remember the last time I cooked.  I remember it was osso bucco, but it was so long ago I can't remember when I actually cooked it.  I'm definitely doing at least a little cooking for Thanksgiving and I was recently emailed about Ken Oringer's appearance on the Rachael Ray Show.  Here's the recipe he shared:

Ken Oringer's Orecchiette with Chicken Sausage and Long Cooked Broccoli


For the Orecchiette:
1 pound orecchiette
Chicken Sausage
Long-Cooked Broccoli
Parmigiano Reggiano, to taste

For the Chicken Sausage:
1 pound ground chicken thighs
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Crushed red pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander, toasted
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika

Long Cooked Broccoli:
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
Crushed red pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground fennel seed
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 heads of broccoli, finely chopped
12 ounces chicken stock
2 sprigs of thyme, leaves chopped
1/2 cup canned, crushed San Marzano tomatoes
3 tablespoon butter


For the Orecchiette:
Add orecchiette to a casserole dish with broccoli sauce, along with the crumbled sausage and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and spoon into bowls. Sprinkle with Parmigiano Reggiano and serve.

For the Chicken Sausage:
Mix all ingredients in a bowl, and cover with plastic. Let marinate overnight.
Preheat oven to 400°F, spread mixture on a cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes until browned and cooked through. Crumble when cool and set aside.

For the Long Cooked Broccoli:
In a large casserole dish, heat the olive oil and sauté onion, garlic and spices until translucent. Add broccoli, chicken stock, thyme and tomatoes, and bring to a boil. Stew slowly until broccoli starts falling apart, about 45 minutes to an hour. Swirl in the butter and reserve.

MMmmMM.... "swirl in the butter."  That's bound to make anything taste good.

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Meet Barbara Lynch, Lydia Shire, and Melanie Dunea - 11/16

11/15/2011 10:57:00 PM 0 Responses
I love Barbara Lynch.  Or at least I would if (and when) I ever got to meet her.  For the time being, I'm in love with her restaurants.  But as of tomorrow 11/16, there's a good possibility I may be in love with her as well.  Melanie Dunea, Barbara Lynch, and Lydia Shire are all going to be at the Harvard Book Store on Wednesday.  

On Wednesday, November 16, Harvard Book Store welcomes photographer and author MELANIE DUNEA and chefs BARBARA LYNCH and LYDIA SHIRE for a discussion of Dunea's new book, My Last Supper: The Next Course: 50 More Great Chefs and Their Final Meals.

In her first book, My Last Supper, Melanie Dunea transformed a pastime that has animated restaurants after hours for decades into a sumptuous photographic journey that provided a glimpse into the rarified world of top chefs. The book garnered national media and critical acclaim for the chic and beautiful package and the totally unique concept.

In My Last Supper: The Next Course, Dunea expands her circle from the highest echelons of chefs to include the best-loved food personalities such as Emeril Lagasse, Joel Robuchon, Tom Colicchio, Bobby Flay, and Boston's own Barbara Lynch to ask them the question that drove the first volume: “What would you eat for your last meal on earth?”

A perfect gift for anyone who loves food, beautifully produced with gorgeous photography, My Last Supper: The Next Course is so much more than a coffee table book—it’s a fascinating glimpse into the world of people who eat, breathe, and sleep food. As the number of people who consider themselves foodies has exploded, this book is sure to capture the audience who loved the first one and captivate those who are new to the scene.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

7 p.m.

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive - til 11/20

11/14/2011 09:16:00 PM 0 Responses
I read an article last week that Thanksgiving is going to cost 13% more this year.  That's going to make it harder on everyone.  So if you're able, head over to the Galleria and drop off some canned food for the Salvation Army. 

During these financially challenging times for local families, CambridgeSide Galleria is working with The Salvation Army to collect canned goods that will feed more than 1,200 people on Thanksgiving Day. From now until Sunday November 20, 2011, CambridgeSide Galleria is asking their customers to bring a canned food or baby food item to the drop off center at the Customer Service on Level 2. These donated items will help The Salvation Army create 250+ Thanksgiving food baskets that will be delivered to struggling families throughout Cambridge and Somerville.

The Salvation Army of Cambridge & Somerville makes special efforts to assist individuals and families during the Holiday season with food baskets, toys, and winter clothing. As part of their holiday efforts, over 400 Teddy Bears are decorated and dressed for children in need. Over 300+ Thanksgiving turkeys are given to families in need. Once Thanksgiving is past, they then supply these same families with holiday gifts that will make the season a little brighter. Applications for Christmas assistance will be accepted December 5-9, 2011.

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27th Annual Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting - 11/19

11/13/2011 08:22:00 PM 2 Responses
It's that time of year again, that time when it's way too early to be getting ready for Christmas (seeing as how we haven't even hit Thanksgiving yet), but we do it anyway.  Coming up this weekend is the Annual Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting ceremony.

The lights get turned on around 5pm'ish, but there will be events going on all day:

What is being determined as the first holiday tree lighting in Boston, the 27th annual Faneuil Hall Marketplace ceremony is slated for Sat., Nov. 19 from 11AM-6:30PM.

The 85 ft. Norwegian spruce {hailed the tallest tree in New England & provided by the upper state N.Y. Egan Acres Tree Farms} weighs in at 9,000 tons, boasts 3,500 ornaments, and will illuminate the entire Marketplace with 300,000 'B' lights.

Highlighted by thousands of pieces of confetti, the internationally known street performers, dance troupes, music ensembles, Santa Claus, guest appearances by Boston Ballet "Nutcracker" characters & more, the actual switching on of the tree lights {by Mayor Menino-if his schedule allows and a major sports celebrity-TBA} is slated for approx. 5:00PM-5:15PM.

Entertainment is scheduled all day from 11AM-6:30PM.

The ceremony is open to everyone free of charge and all Marketplace shops, restaurants, venues, pushcarts, food courts and boutiques are open all day.

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Stuff: YOP @ Salvatore's - 11/15

11/13/2011 08:06:00 PM 0 Responses

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Review: Bokx 109

11/09/2011 09:25:00 PM 0 Responses
Bloggery media rep Sara swung by Bokx 109 last week, here's what she had to say:

Apologies for my delayed post; for the past few days I have been busy digesting one of the best meals I’ve had in quite a while! Last Wednesday night I had the pleasure to attend a 6-course meal at the Chef’s Table at Bokx 109 in Newton.

First let’s start with location:

Newton may seem like a stretch for some of us city-dwellers, but Bokx 109, located inside of Hotel Indigo, is actually super-easy to get to. The restaurant is only about a 10-minute ride from Boston (not during rush hour – take my advice and do NOT attempt to go during rush hour), and has plenty of free parking for restaurant guests. For those without cars, the hotel is right next to the Riverside T-Stop on the D-Line.

And now the important stuff…the food:

Upon arriving, I was seated at the Chef’s Table and greeted with a glass of champagne by our chef for
the night, Jarrod Moiles. The first course consisted of a scrumptious seared scallop atop mushrooms and baby Brussels sprouts. I normally do not care for mushrooms, but in this dish they tasted fantastic. Next up were roasted beets with a goat cheese brulee, pistachio brittle, and balsamic onion jam. The beets were so colorful and fresh, and tasted delightful (and very fall) paired with one of my favorite Rieslings, Chateau Ste. Michelle. Each course got more delicious than the next. Next up was lobster-stuffed dover sole. I am a huge seafood lover, and this was soooo delicious! The dish was served with braised Swiss chard and a roasted shallot cream. Even though I was starting to fill up by this course, I could not put my fork down!

Three courses to go….

The fourth course was a bacon-wrapped pork, plated beautifully atop a corn pancake, with a house-
made mustard and pickled relish. As full as I was getting at this point, the course I was most-looking
forward to was up next: braised beef short rib with a vegetable ragout. Delish! How I had room for
dessert I’m not sure, but there was no way I was going to pass-up the last course, and _____ panna
cotta. The dessert was paired with a sweet and scrumptious dessert wine, and Jarrod even treated us to
some of Bokx 109’s green apple cotton candy.

The entire dinner was very seasonal, and the wine pairings were right on key. An extreme amount of
precision went in to the presentation of each meal, and everything came out looking as impressive as it
tasted. Bokx 109 is definitely worth the trip.

Click (here) to visit the Bokx 109. 

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The 8th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Special - 11/8

11/07/2011 08:49:00 PM 0 Responses
As part of The 8th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Special,  Mayor Menino opens the holiday season for the performing arts:

Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart, costumed performers & arts leaders join the Mayor to celebrate over 75 sparkling holiday shows.

Tuesday, November 8 at 12 noon (ending by 12:30pm)
Inside the Peter Pan tent on City Hall Plaza

Curtains up! Join Mayor Thomas M. Menino as he declares Boston’s magical holiday arts festivities underway. With a flip of the giant switch, he’ll light Boston’s way to delightful holiday experiences.

Alongside the Mayor: arts luminaries and costumed performers for a glorious image, including:

Boston POPS conductor Keith Lockhart
Captain Hook and flying Tinkerbell from 360º presents J M Barrie’s Peter Pan
The Nutcracker and The Bear from Boston Ballet’s classic The Nutcracker
The Sugar Plum Fairy from BalletRox’s Urban Nutcracker
The Dancing Doll from Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theatre The Nutcracker
Brian O’Donovan, host of WGBH’s A Christmas Celtic Sojourn
A tuxedoed trumpeter from Handel & Haydn’s Handel’s Messiah

It’s easy to explore all 75+ shows with The 8th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Special, Boston’s one-stop website for planning holiday fun, created by The Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events in partnership with local non-profit ArtsBoston and the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Click (here) for more info.

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Post-Marathon Thoughts

11/06/2011 09:08:00 PM 0 Responses
No post today because I'm in excruciating amounts of pain and too tired to read my emails.  First off, thanks again to everyone who donated to me.  For those of you that made bets that I wouldn't finish, now's the time for you to pay up.  You can pay (here). 

Here are my post-marathon thoughts.

1.  That was absolutely terrible.  I really hope I never have to do that again.
2.  I think I may have given myself adult onset diabetes from eating all those energy gels and drinking all that gatorade.
3.  I could have shaved off at least 15 minutes from my time if I didn't need to pee during the race.  Waiting for a porta potty took forever.  And no, I'm not hardcore enough to pee on myself and keep running. 
4.  I wonder what hurts more, a gunshot wound or all this chafing in *cough* sensitive areas.
5.  If you've ever wondered at what point during a marathon you start thinking about what you're going to have for dinner, the answer is right after Mile 3.  And then you're really sad for the next 23.2 miles.
6.  Everyone that runs should get complimentary car service home.  Seriously.  This should have been number one on the list.
7.  Buffalo wings was not the correct choice for my post-marathon meal.

That's all for now. 

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Review: Uber

11/02/2011 09:26:00 PM 2 Responses
Bloggery media rep DanDan swung by the launch event for a new car service called Uber last week.  Here's what he had to say.

I *love* Uber! I apologize for how advertisement-y this sounds, but I had the chance to stop by Uber's launch party and have used it several times since and I have to say that it is a truly amazing service.

Basically, Uber let's you book a luxury limo sedan for just a few bucks more than a normal taxi. Using the service is as easy as pulling out your smart phone, opening the app, and requesting the car with one click (you can also request a car by text). Uber let's you know exactly where your car is (you can watch as the car approaches on Uber's map) and how long it'll take to get to you. Then, the driver actually calls you to let you know he's arrived! Typically, wait times are between 5 and 10 minutes.

AND, you know how cabs drivers usually get grumpy when you want to pay by card? When you register with Uber, you give them your credit card number so, when you Uber to your destination, you don't even have to pay. Your card automatically gets charged (you don't tip Uber drivers) and you're all set to go.

So, why do I love Uber so much? Well, remember the snow storm on Saturday night? I was getting out of the Night of the Stars at the Boston Ballet (wonderful show!) and I met up with some friends at an event across the street. The event ends and I'm stuck on Washington St in a three piece suit just after 1am during a nasty snow storm with no cabs in sight. Luckily, Uber to the rescue! Just under seven minutes later, my personal car pulls up, the driver steps around and opens the door and I get home. Later, I check and see that the trip cost $15 for a cab ride that would typically cost around $12 with tip.

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Book Signing: Joanne Chang & Amy Traverso - 11/9

11/01/2011 10:04:00 PM 0 Responses
I had brownies made from scratch for the first time ever last week.  They were delicious.  And it wasn't until then that I realized that I'd never had brownies from that didn't come from a box before.  Although I supposed I've had brownies at a restaurant before that weren't from a box.  Damn, now I want a brownie.....

KitchenWares, 215 Newbury Street, will host Joanne Chang (chef / baker / cookbook author) and Amy Traverso (Senior Editor, Lifestyle for Yankee Magazine / cookbook author) on Wednesday, November 9th from 7 - 9pm.

Joanne will be on hand from 7 – 8pm followed by Amy from 8 – 9pm. Both will field your holiday questions and offer tasty treats from their cookbooks. Joanne’s cookbook, Flour, features spectacular recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery and Café. Amy’s cookbook, The Apple Lover’s Cookbook, celebrates the beauty of apples in all their delicious variety, taking you from the orchard to the kitchen with recipes both sweet and savory. Light refreshments will include holiday pastries from both cookbooks.

This event is free and open to the public. For each cookbook purchased, KitchenWares will donate $2 to Community Servings, a not-for-profit food and nutrition program providing services throughout Massachusetts to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses.

RSVPs are appreciated to help us plan. Please email

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Oxy-Morons Official Screening

10/31/2011 08:30:00 PM 0 Responses
You guys know how I love movies filmed in Boston.   Check it. 

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Dinner: Stephanie Izard & Jamie Bissonnette - 11/6

10/30/2011 09:07:00 PM 0 Responses
WHAT: Celebrity Chef Stephanie Izard is coming to Boston to host a collaborative dinner with Jamie Bissonnette of Coppa. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a multi-course dinner featuring recipes from Izard’s newly launched cookbook – Girl in the Kitchen (Oct. 5, 2011, Chronicle). Izard will also draw inspiration for the evening’s dishes from Boston, making this a truly tailored and unique experience for guests.

WHY: This stop in Boston is part of the nationwide “Goat Tour,” which will bring Chef Stephanie Izard into cities across the country to celebrate the release of her new cookbook Girl in the Kitchen as well as raise money for Share Our Strength. As Izard makes her way across the U.S., she will team up with fellow James Beard nominees, Food & Wine Best New Chefs and celebrity chef friends to bring the events to life.

WHO: Selected as one of the Best New Chefs in 2011 by Food & Wine, Stephanie Izard is the chef/partner of the Chicago restaurant Girl & the Goat. A 2011 James Beard ‘Best New Restaurant’ nominee, Girl & the Goat has been praised by high-profile publications such as Saveur, New York Times, Food & Wine, Better Homes and Gardens and others. Izard is the first and only woman to win Bravo’s Top Chef (Season 4/2008) and is the only winner of the original version of the show to take the title of “Fan Favorite.”

Nearly 50 guests will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to will take part in this collaborative dinner with Jamie and Stephanie.

WHEN: Sunday, November 6 at 7PM

WHERE: Mike’s City Diner, 1714 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118

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10/26/2011 08:21:00 PM 0 Responses
Is Pete Wentz still famous?  I'm not entirely sure, but if he is and you're interested in seeing him, he's going to be at The Estate tomorrow.  

Click (here) for details.

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Dunkin Donut's Boston Scream Donut

10/24/2011 09:13:00 PM 0 Responses
Dunkin’ Donuts’ “spooktacular” Halloween lineup includes the return of the Boston Scream Donut. The Boston Scream Donut, available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide beginning October 24 through the end of October, features the popular Boston Kreme Donut all dressed up for the holiday with special seasonal orange icing drizzle. Participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants will also feature additional Halloween-decorated donuts along with the brand’s variety of Munchkins™ donut hole treats, perfect for any Halloween party. Dunkin’ Donuts is also helping trick-or-treaters carry this year’s treats in style with an exclusive Dunkin’ Donuts Halloween Treat Bag. Available at participating restaurants, the bag is free with the purchase of a 50-count box of Munchkins™ donut hole treats or a dozen donuts.

What better Halloween activity to enjoy with Dunkin’ Donuts’ Pumpkin Coffee than pumpkin carving? Beginning today, your pumpkin carving skills could help you win a Dunkin’ Donuts Card to keep you running with pumpkin coffee and lattes -- or any of your favorite Dunkin’ food and beverages -- throughout the rest of the year. Starting today and continuing through October 30, followers of @DunkinDonuts on Twitter are invited to share photos of their own jack-o-lantern creations, using the special hashtag “#carveDD.” On Halloween, Dunkin’ Donuts will select the top pumpkins based on originality/creativity, overall appeal and level of difficulty. Five winners will be announced on October 31 and will receive $50 Dunkin’ Donuts Cards.

Click (here) for details on the pumpkin carving contest.

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Winner: Longhorn Steakhouse $30 Gift Card

10/24/2011 08:57:00 PM 0 Responses
Thanks to everyone for entering last week's Longhorn Steakhouse $30 Gift Card Contest (here).  Unfortunately, I only have one card to give away and the lucky winner is:

Molly F.

I hope you enjoy the ny strip steak with bleu cheese topping!

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Wahlburgers Opens Tomorrow - 10/25

10/24/2011 08:42:00 PM 0 Responses
I would like to thank the Wahlburg's for the following:  The first 2 seasons of Entourage, The Departed (although the original HK version was better), and Boardwalk Empire.  Soon, I may be thanking them for a delicious, delicious burger. 

Presenting Wahlburgers, your new 120-seat house of straightforward Wahlberg-ian burger adoration, opening tomorrow in Hingham.

Sure, the concept of beseeching Mark or Donnie Wahlberg for a triple-decker burger would understandably raise eyebrows (although after Band of Brothers, Donnie can do no wrong in our book). But consider this: the operation itself is being helmed by their brother Paul, a chef who has served you well in Hingham before.

19 Shipyard Dr
Hingham, MA 02043

Time for a wahlburger and the latest episode of Boardwalk Empire.

Click (here) for the Wahlburgers site.

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Bushmills & Bodega

10/20/2011 08:54:00 PM 0 Responses
Bloggery media rep DanDan swung by Beehive to hang out with the folks from Bushmills.  Here's what he had to say: 

I had the chance to stop by Beehive to check out the expansion of the Bushmills “Since Way Back” initiative to Boston.  The idea for “Since Way Back” is pretty interesting and draws from the rich history of Bushmills Irish Whiskey and celebrates when great products are created through close collaborations between friends.  Here in Boston, Bushmills has recognized the founders of local sneaker shop Bodega as just such artists.  I chatted with the founders and later swung by Bodega, with its hip secret entrance masked behind a convenience store at 6 Clearwater St, just off Mass Ave (I'll send along my impressions of Bodega in a couple days!)

At the event itself, Peter Zimmermann, the Master of Whiskey of Bushmills guided us through some of the best Irish Whiskey I've had.  From the blended Original through to the 21 Year Old Single Malt, every offering from Bushmills reflects the care and quality you'd expect from one of the oldest names in spirits.  Personally, I'm partial to the Bushmills 16 Year Old Single Malt, an amazing malt whiskey aged for 16 years in sherry and bourbon seasoned casks before being matured for a final several months in port wine barrels; the result is pretty incredible and very unique.

After trying each of Bushmills' whiskeys, we joined the main event and had a fun time drinking Bushmills cocktails (I was a big fan of the Bushmills Old Fashioned) and hanging out with friendly, inspiring people including Zimmermann, as well as the founders of Bodega:  Jay Gordon, Dan Natola and Oliver Mak.  Next time you're at a bar looking for a great whiskey to relax over, Bushmills is definitely worth trying out.

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Contest: Kayem Ultimate Pats Fan Giveaway

10/18/2011 09:09:00 PM 0 Responses
 I've never been to a Pats game. I think it's about time. Or perhaps it's your time. May the best man/woman win.

Kayem Foods, official brand of both Franks and Sausage of the New England Patriots and Gillette Stadium, announced a new multi-year sponsorship and licensing agreement to manufacture and distribute Kayem Patriots Franks at retail markets throughout New England. As part of the new retail agreement, customers can now purchase deliciously-seasoned Kayem Patriots Franks at their local Shaw's Supermarkets.

To celebrate, Kayem launched The Ultimate Pats Fan Experience promotion which gives fans a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime VIP Patriots experience. The grand-prize winner will receive two mid-field tickets to the Patriots vs. Colts game on December 4, a pre-game official Patriots tailgate, a tour of the field before the game, pictures with cheerleaders, an official Patriots jersey, an autographed football and a chance to retrieve the tee after kickoff.

Click (here) to enter.

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Casting Call: Masterchef Season 3 - 11/5

10/17/2011 08:42:00 PM 0 Responses

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Towne, Tico & Legal Harborside in Esquire

10/17/2011 08:34:00 PM 0 Responses
Congratulations to Towne, Tico, and Legal Harborside for making it into Esquire's 2011 Best New Restaurants list which hits news stands tomorrow.

Last [week] at Boulud Sud by Daniel Boulud in New York City, Boston’s Towne Stove and Spirits and Legal Harborside were honored as “Best New Restaurants” by Esquire Magazine and correspondent John Mariani. In the house to accept the awards was Towne’s owner Patrick Lyons and Culinary Director Lydia Shire, and Legal Harborside’s Roger Berkowitz.

This is the second Esquire “Best New Restaurant” award that the Patrick Lyons and Lydia Shire duo have won in the past three years, (Scampo in Boston was honored in 2008). Berkowitz’s flagship location, Legal Harborside, is now Boston’s largest restaurant and features three floors with three different concepts directly on Boston’s waterfront.

Legal Harborside – The rescue of the Boston waterfront from decrepitude now has an anchor: the three-story Legal Harborside at Liberty Wharf. The first level is simply a swankier version of the other 31 Legal Sea Foods houses – fish and chips, that kind of thing – but the elegant second floor is something way up the food chain.

Tico – In a big room of mismatched tables and a bar stocked with 124 different tequilas, chef Michael Schlow offers plates meant to be shared, which you will have a tough time doing when the sweet corn with bacon, chiles and basil arrives.

Towne Stove and Spirits – Two of the most important ingredients in any great restaurant are a passion for the project and attention to detail. Lifelong Bostonian Lydia Shire, chef at Towne, has plenty of both. Here are a few things she loves about her new place: the grand staircase, the bars (all three of them), the plates, and the lobster popover.

I think I know where I'm having dinner the rest of the week......

Click (here) for the Esquire article.

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Contest & Review: Longhorn Steakhouse

10/16/2011 10:40:00 PM 0 Responses
Bloggery media rep Sara went to check out Longhorn Steakhouse's Steakhouse dinner for two recently (here) and here's what she had to say:  

Date night isn’t easy, especially for those of us living in the city. By the time you pay for a cab or parking, order food and drinks at a restaurant, and go out to a movie, a show, or whatever else you decide, you’re looking at spending well-over $100. Right now, LongHorn Steakhouse is making date night easy and affordable with their $29.99 Steakhouse Dinner for Two. For less than $30, you and a friend can share an appetizer or dessert, enjoy two fresh salads, and dig-in to two entrees (8 to choose from!).

Eager to try it out, I decided to treat my boyfriend for a change, and we headed off to LongHorn in Fenway for a Saturday night date. We were immediately welcomed with a warm bread basket, and we split the Wild West shrimp for our appetizer. Although the shrimps were mini, they were jam-packed with flavor, and not too spicy – just how I like them! The house salads were also tasty, and full of fresh toppings. By the time my meal arrived, I was already pretty full. For my entrée, I opted for the bacon-wrapped sirloin, while the bf chose the roasted garlic and onion sirloin. We shared our sides – seasonal veggies and a baked sweet potato with butter and cinnamon. There was so much food that I decided to bring home the leftovers, leaving me with just enough for lunch the next day – talk about economical!

Sadly the Steakhouse Dinner for two deal is over, but in honor of it, I'm going to give away a $30 gift certificate to Longhorn Steakhouse to one lucky reader.  I haven't done a giveaway in a while, so here's a refresher course on the rules:

Email me with subject line "Longhorn Contest"
Take a look at the menu (here) and tell me what you'd order if you win.
Include your name and address in your email so I can mail you the gift card if you win.
Contest runs from now through 10pm on Friday 10/21.

Wanna Enter the Contest?

Stuff Party: YOP @ The Greatest Bar - 9/19

10/16/2011 10:23:00 PM 0 Responses

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El Planeta's Latin Taste of Boston - 10/13

10/11/2011 08:56:00 PM 0 Responses
When I'm back home in Dallas, I live off of two things (besides my mom's cooking):  tacos and burgers.  The grungier the neighborhood, the better the tacos/burgers taste.  It's been a while since I've had some good Latin food, so I'm psyched for this Thursday's event in the South End.  

El Planeta Newspaper is proud to host the first “Latin Taste of Boston”, a culinary sampling event featuring over 10 Latin restaurants in one location. This is the first culinary tasting event with a Latin theme in the Greater Boston area.

Taking place at Villa Victoria Cultural Center (85 W. Newton St) in Boston’s South End on Thursday, October 13th from 6-9pm, The Latin Taste of Boston will provide attendees with delicious fare from the following confirmed restaurants:

Noche, Taranta, Muqueca, Merengue, El Oriental de Cuba, Masa, Orinoco, Jose’s Mexican Restaurant, Angela’s Café, Rincon Limeno, and Camino Real.

Tickets are available at for $14.99, and include all you can eat from participating restaurants, DJ entertainment, silent auction, and cash bar.

Click (here) for more details.

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Give Me Free Drinks or Give Me Death!

10/11/2011 08:50:00 PM 0 Responses
Thanks to DanDan for passing this along to me.  You see, I don't follow politics; I'm not a fan.  Besides I'm too busy getting ground into a fine powder by my boss at work.  I am, however, a big fan of booze and booze related activities like happy hour.  And it brings tears to my eye that we might actually have them in the near future.

State senators debating a casino gambling bill have approved an amendment that could ease some of the restrictions on so-called "happy hours" in Massachusetts - if casinos open in the future.

The amendment sponsored by Sen. Robert Hedlund, R-Weymouth, would make bars and restaurants subject to the same liquor licensing regulations that casinos are in the future. So if casinos are allowed to serve free drinks or have other alcohol promotions, other bars and restaurants would as well.

Someone bring me an old-fashioned, rye whiskey, no fruit.  STAT!

Click (here) to read more.

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15th Annual Boston Collegiate Acappella Fest - 10/15

10/10/2011 08:44:00 PM 0 Responses
I had a surprising number of friends that sang in acappella groups in college.  I also grew up watching Rockapella sing on "Where In the World is Carmen San Diego."  They were awesome.  

The 15th Annual Faneuil Hall Marketplace Boston Collegiate A Cappella Fest kicks off Sat., Oct. 15-Sun., Oct. 16 from 11AM-5PM .

On the bill, the Suffolk University Ramifactions, spanning everything from pop and rock to R &B and soul, sang the National Anthem at a Celtics game and have recently released their first album-Voices in the Attic.

The Dartmouth Brovertones, boasting prominent alumni John Lennon, Elvis, Mick Jagger, have been influenced by Van Halen and Sting.

The B.U. Bos Tones, with influences by the Beatles, are an undergraduate coed ensemble bringing "soul sweetness & sass" sounds to the A Cappella scene.

The Tufts sQ , an ensemble of singing engineers, belt out "sweet harmonies," contemporary songs of all genres, rap and beat box.


15TH Annual Boston Collegiate A Cappella Fest
Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston; Outside; Main Stage

Suffolk Ramifications: Sat., Oct. 15- 11AM-11:30AM
Dartmouth Brovertones: Sat., Oct. 15- 1:30PM-2PM
BU BosTones: Sat., Oct. 15- 2PM-2:30PM
Tuft sQ: Sun., Oct. 16- 2PM-2:30PM
More ensembles through 5PM {TBA or call {617} 523-1300}

FREE; Rain or Shine

A more complete list of performances can be found (here).

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Review: Calypso Bay

10/10/2011 08:36:00 PM 0 Responses
As promised, here's Bloggery media rep Sara's review of Calypso Bay which the company graciously sent to us to review:

Calypso Bay recently launched a new adult beverage, and Boston is one of the two cities in the country (Milwaukee being the other), where this new drink is now available. Offering two delicious flavors, Pineapple Mandarin Orange, and Ruby Red Citrus, Calypso Bay is a welcome change to beer, which Ipersonally do not care for. At only 99 calories, the relatively healthy (as far as alcohol is concerned)beverage could easily be mistaken for juice, and I would have no problem finishing a 6-pack in onesitting. But don’t be fooled by its yummy taste – this clear, refreshing malt drink has a comparable alcohol content to a light beer (4.1% ).

I was surprised by how fresh and real the flavors were. The drinks did not at all taste artificial, and I almost felt like I was eating a piece of fruit. You can enjoy these beverages straight from the bottle, or over ice. If you want to start off with just one flavor, I highly recommend the tropical Pineapple Mandarin Orange. All that’s missing is the beach and a mini drink umbrella! And you know what? Calypso Bay has you covered there too! Head on over to their Facebook page for your chance to win a trip for two to the Bahamas!

Click (here) for their FB page.

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