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Pimp My Park: Boston Common Edition

2/28/2011 11:26:00 PM 0 Responses
There's an article in the Globe talking about some of the upgrades that are supposedly coming to Boston Common this upcoming summer.  Personally, I'd be pretty satisfied if it just stopped snowing, but it sounds like we're in for quite the revamp:  patio tables, chairs, a "reading room", free wifi. 

That'll be really useful after I get me one of those iPad 2's that they're announcing tomorrow.  I was leaning towards the wifi-only Motorola Xoom but they're being too wishy washy on release dates.  But I digress, back to the issue at hand.

The $1.5 million initiative will replace cracked concrete with granite, plant trees, and install a sprinkler system in Liberty Mall, the grassy expanse leading to the State House. But it will do more than that. Sketches approved by the city show a newly invigorated piazza with 30 patio tables, umbrellas, and 70 movable chairs.

The plans include some unusual touches. A “reading room’’ will be stocked with magazines, newspapers, and carts with 400 books. A high-end food truck will sell hot meals. And the piano — a professional-grade electric keyboard made to look like a piano on wheels — will offer lunchtime entertainment as early as July.

A separate initiative may bring free WiFi to 80 percent of Boston Common as early as this spring, according to Menino’s spokeswoman, Dot Joyce.

Sounds nice.  

Click (here) to read the article.

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Video: Shakira's Speech at Harvard

2/28/2011 11:18:00 PM 0 Responses
I don't know too much of the context here, I know that Shakira won this year's Artist of the Year Award at Harvard (here), but it also looks like she gave a talk for Harvard's Cultural Rhythms 2011 event.  I'm assuming they're related somehow.  Here's a video of her speech

Click (here) for the link to youtube.

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Leap into Spring Fashion Event 2011

2/28/2011 12:44:00 AM 1 Response
While I was at the Davide viewing, Bloggery media rep Sara swung by Sanctuary to attend the Leap Into Spring Fashion event (here) and here's what she had to say:

It’s not easy to “Leap into Spring Fashion” in the midst of a typical snowy and windy Boston night, but we managed to brave the wind advisory and enjoy a night full of fun, food, and fashion at Sanctuary (what’s not to love?!).

About half-way though the night, designer number one, Crystal Noe, showcased her spring designs. If her vision is any indication of what’s to come, we can expect flirty designs, bright colors, floral prints, and bold jewelry this spring. After seeing the work of all of the night’s featured designers, we deemed Crystal Noe’s “Lizzie-tish” collection to be our favorite.

The second designer Eileen Apelian featured styles that reminded us of a cute 1950s pin-up full of polka dots, red, white, and black, and designer number three Julie Kontos, showcased designs with more of a funky, rock and roll edge. Although they have very different styles, each designer impressed the audience with their unique designs, intricate detail, and keen flair for fashion.

Overall the colorful fashions and warm crowd at Friday night’s event definitely got me in the mood for springtime. Although fashion might not be for everyone, few ladies wouldn’t fit in with the martini-sipping crowd full of fabulous women and men alike. The Leap into Spring Fashion event was perfect for any girlie girl in Boston, not to mention, an entertaining way to support a good cause, The March of Dimes.

If you’re interested in donating to the March of Dimes, an organization supporting healthcare coverage for moms and babies, please click (here).

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Davide on Kitchen Nightmares Last Week

2/28/2011 12:32:00 AM 0 Responses
Soooooo, did you guys happen to catch last Friday's episode of Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares?  Davide in the North End was the featured restaurant and I had the distinct pleasure of attending a viewing party at Davide to watch the episode and also try some of their new menu items.  

Congrats to owners Anthony & Frank Gesualdi and their families. The episode was great and so is the new menu.  You guys will have to bear with my fuzzy iPhone 3G pics for another month or so until I can upgrade to a better phone.

Below is some butternut squash soup, a sample of their new ribeye dish and their new filet mignon dish.  Scrumptious!  I should have had more pictures of the pastas and other dishes but I scarfed them all down before I remembered to snap shots. 

I highly recommend that you watch the episode online and then head to Davide to try out their new menu!

Click (here) to watch the episode on Hulu.

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25% Off Coupon for Bob's Stores - Starts 2/27

2/25/2011 01:59:00 AM 0 Responses
I've never shopped at a Bob's Stores, probably because there doesn't appear to be any downtown.  But for those of you that do like to shop there, they just sent me a 25% off coupon to share with you guys.  Here it is, Happy Shopping!

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Battle of the Cabs @ WineConnextion - 2/26

2/25/2011 01:55:00 AM 0 Responses
So many things to do tomorrow.  Stalk Shakira in Harvard Square?  Try out to be the new Purina Cat Chow Spokesperson?  Or maybe head to the Wine Connextion for their Battle of the Cabs wine tasting.

I'm not sure if I ever mentioned it to you guys but for the last couple of years, I had quit my job and spent my time working on a couple of my own start ups.  Needless to say, a lot of my luxury spending went to zero.  One of the things I had to give up was wine.  Now my little sister knows more about wine than I do.  How embarrassing.  Here's a few of the wines that I've been told they'll be tasting:

Heitz Cellar's Napa Valley 2005
Paul Hobbs Cross Barn Cabernet 2007
Beaulieu Vineyards Rutherford Cabernet 2007
Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet 2008
...and more.

The Wine Connextion, 117 Main Street in North Andover, MA

I've had the Caymus on several occasions.  It's delicious.  A couple of my other favorites are Cake Bread and Silver Oak.  Yum.

Click (here) for more info.

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Casting Call: Purina Cat Chow Correspondent - 2/26

2/25/2011 01:45:00 AM 0 Responses
Hmmmm, at the rate my job hunt is going, maybe I should swing by PetSmart in Everett this Saturday to see if I can be the next Purina Cat Chow correspondent.  I like to travel, and I could definitely use the 50K.  Now if only I was actually a cat lover ......

Who: Calling All Cat Lovers (21 yrs old & up)
What: Purina Cat Chow is hosting an Open Casting Call to find the first-ever Purina Cat Chow Correspondent.
When: Interviews will take place Saturday 2/26 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Online applications are being accepted until March 28, 2011 at
Where: PetSmart Store located at 5 Mystic View Rd., Everett, MA 02149

Calling All Cat Lovers! Purina Cat Chow is hosting an Open Casting Call in Boston as part of its nationwide search to find the first-ever Purina Cat Chow Correspondent, an individual who will travel the country and connect with fellow cat owners about how they nurture well-being in their cats. The Purina Cat Chow Correspondent will earn a one-year, $50,000 compensation and will share his or her experiences on and Purina Cat Chow’s social media channels.

The Purina Cat Chow Correspondent should be a passionate and knowledgeable cat owner with a vibrant personality and interest in learning and sharing about the cat-owner relationship. No formal training or expertise is required to apply!

Click (here) for more info.

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Agrippina Costume Talk at the BPL - TODAY!

2/24/2011 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
Anyone interested in checking out the costumes that are going to be used int the Boston Lyric Opera's upcoming production of Agrippina?  There's going to be a mini-performance by countertenors as well.  Event is today at the Boston Public Library.

In Agrippina, Handel’s insidious satire of the fall of the Roman Empire, the roles of Ottone, Nerone and Narciso are often cast as “trouser roles,” young male characters sung by women. But BLO’s upcoming production features the rare combination of three young countertenors in these roles – Anthony Roth Costanzo, David Trudgen and José Álvarez, all making their Company debuts.

Join audience favorite Liz Perlman of Somerville’s Costume Works for a discussion on trouser roles and the elegant costumes of Agrippina, the tale of the ultimate stage mother’s desperate plot to push her spoiled son Nerone onto the Roman throne. Perlman will preview the show’s glamorous creations by Tony Award-winning costumer designer Jess Goldstein and discuss their path from shop to stage. Dazzling pieces on dress forms will decorate the stage as Perlman leads a lively, fashion-friendly audience Q&A. Performances by Costanzo, Trudgen and Álvarez will bring the production to life!

Thursday, Feb 24, 7 to 8 p.m.
Rabb Lecture Hall at the Boston Public Library,
700 Boylston Street, Boston

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Shakira Coming to Harvard - 2/26

2/23/2011 10:58:00 PM 0 Responses
I was big into Shakira my sophomore year in college.  That's when she had that "Wherever, Whenever" song right?  Or maybe it as the one about how her hips don't lie.  She's coming to Boston (Harvard in particular) later this week on Saturday - 2/26 to receive the Artist of the Year Award from Harvard. 

Shakira will be honored with the Harvard University 2011 Artist of the year award. The presentation will take place on February 26 as part of Harvard's annual Cultural Rhythms award ceremony.

S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation, says in a statement: "The students and faculty of the Harvard Foundation are honored to present multi-platinum artist Shakira with the 2011 Artist of the Year award."

Congrats to Shakira!  I may wander around Harvard Square just to see if I can catch a glimpse of her.

Click (here) for the article.

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Dealpop Boston Launches Tomorrow - 2/24

2/23/2011 12:00:00 AM 0 Responses
Dealpop - which launches tomorrow, Thursday 2/24, is another social buying site (like Groupon, Eversave, Livingsocial), designed to save us money.  To celebrate their launch, they're giving Beantown Bloggery Readers a 20% off coupon to try out their site once it launches.  

I just wanted to give you a heads up that WhitePages will be launching its social buying site called DealPop in Boston on Thursday, February 24. Similar to group buying coupon sites like Groupon and Living Social, DealPop offers huge discounts of up to 70% off at great places to eat, shop and have fun in many Boston neighborhoods ranging from Allston to Back Bay to Cambridge.

We would like to offer your readers an extra 20% off for the first month that DealPop is live, you can provide them with the following code: BOSTONROCKS20. This will start working on Thursday and is valid through 3/22.

If you ask me, the more sites the better.  That means more discounts for us to choose from.

Click (here) to check out Dealpop.

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Free Stuff: Dunkin Donus & Amex Trolley

2/22/2011 11:23:00 PM 0 Responses
Dunkin Donuts and American Express are teaming up to give away free stuff this week - started yesterday and runs through Thursday 2/24.  

As part of the month-long Dunkin’ Donuts and American Express “SweetLife Sweepstakes,” which automatically enters Dunkin’ Donuts guests who use their American Express® Card at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants a chance to win prizes, the SweetLife Express trolley will stop at select Boston locations during its three-day tour from Tuesday, February 22 – Thursday, February 24.

Dunkin’ Donuts and American Express SweetLife Express trolley

Free Dunkin’ Donuts product samples
Additional giveaways including: Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards, T-shirts & scarves

Tuesday, February 22 – Thursday, February 24
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Exact times are subject to change

Prudential Center, 8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
Copley Square, 9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
State House/Boston Commons, 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Harvard Square, 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Faneuil Hall, 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
North End, 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.
Faneuil Hall, 2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
State House/Boston Commons, 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

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Boston Cookie Takedown - 2/27

2/21/2011 10:09:00 PM 0 Responses
I love cookies, so I'm pretty excited about the Boston Cookie Takedown that's being held this weekend at Great Scott.  My favorite used to be the cookies they had at The Garden of Eden (now Stephanie's on Tremont)  I lived in one of the apartments above the restaurant so, believe me, I ate a lot of those cookies.  Details on the Cookie Takedown in the flyer below.

Click (here) for more info.

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2011 Oscar Nominated Shorts @ ICA

2/21/2011 10:01:00 PM 0 Responses
I hope everyone enjoyed their 3 day weekend (that is if you got one).  I have been laid up with a cold, unfortunately.  I've been sucking down zinc lozenges like there's no tomorrow, so hopefully my symptoms don't get worse and I start recovering soon.

That being said, I've been watching lots of tv while recovering, and once I'm well enough to not be contagious, I'm thinking about checking the Oscar shorts out at the ICA. 

Back by popular demand, the Institute of Contemporary Art presents 2011 Academy Award-nominated short films in two separate programs: Animated Shorts and Live Action Shorts. Each program will include the nominated short films from their respective category, offering film buffs a rare opportunity to see all of the nominees.


This program is suitable for anyone age 7 and up.

Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage, France/11 min., Director: Bastien Dubois
Let’s Pollute, USA, 6 min. Director/Writer/Producer: Geefwee Boedoe
The Gruffalo, UK/Germany, 27 min. Directors: Jakob Schuh, Max Lange
The Lost Thing, Australia/UK, 15 min., Directors/Writers: Andrew Ruhemann, Shaun Tan
Day & Night, USA, 6 minutes, Director/Writer: Teddy Newton (Pixar)
URS, Germany, 6 minutes, Director: Moritz Mayerhofer
The Cow That Wanted to Be a Hamburger (highly commended), USA, 6 min. Director: Bill Plympton

Animation Program Schedule:

Monday, Feb. 21, noon and 2 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 24, 9 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 27, noon and 2 p.m.
Thursday, March 3, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 5, noon
Sunday, March 6, noon and 2 p.m.


The Confession, UK, 26 min. Director: Tanel Toom
Wish 143, UK, 24 min., Director: Ian Barnes
Na Wewe, Belgium, 19 min., Director: Ivan Goldschmidt
The Crush, Ireland, 15 min., Director/Writer: Michael Creagh
God of Love, USA, 18 min., Director/Writer: Luke Matheny

Live Action Program Schedule:

Monday, Feb. 21, 4 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 27, 4 p.m.
Thursday, March 3, 9 p.m.
Sunday, March 6, 4 p.m.

Click (here) to get more info.

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Happy President's Day

2/21/2011 01:44:00 AM 0 Responses
Hope you've all got a day off today and are enjoying it. 

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Leap Into Spring @ Sanctuary - 2/25

2/17/2011 12:42:00 AM 0 Responses
The folks at Anthem throw some pretty great events.  I've been to a number of them over the nears.  Coming up next week is their 4th Annual Leap Into Spring event at Sanctuary - 2/25.  You can get discounted tickets through tomorrow, otherwise they will have some at the door. 

Anthem Entertainmen is pleased to announce its fourth annual “A Leap Into Spring Fashion” event at Sanctuary. Proceeds from the event will benefit the March of Dimes. Multiple fashion shows throughout the evening will feature the latest styles from local designers: Jenille Howard-Taylor, Crystal Noe, Eileen Apelian and Julie Kontos. There will be superb raffle and auction items, passed hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar for all. Come support a great cause at this high energy, high class event that is sure to be a spectacular

Friday, February 25th, 2011
7:00PM – 10:00PM

189 State St.
Boston, MA

The event is open to the public. Limited tickets will be available at the door. VIP: $10 until 2/18, $20 @ door.

Click (here) to get tickets.

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Presale: Rihanna & Cee Lo Green @ TD Garden - 7/24

2/17/2011 12:33:00 AM 1 Response
I saw Rihanna perform a couple of years ago when she opened for Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige.  That was a great concert.  It's actually been a while since I've been to a concert - going thru a little bit of concert withdrawal.  The last one I went to was the Kings of Leon.  Although if I had to choose one of the two, I think I'd prefer to go see Lil Wayne & Nicki Minaj versus Rihanna & Cee Lo.

For those of you who disagree.  The presale for Rihanna's "Loud Tour 2011" with Cee Lo Green starts today at 10am EST.

Rihanna Loud Tour 2011
with Cee Lo Green

Sunday, July 24
TD Garden

Presale starts: Thu, Feb 17 at 10am
Presale ends: Thu, Feb 17 at 10pm
Use Password: keys
Public Onsale: Fri, Feb 18 at 11am

Click (here) to get tickets.

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Donate a Toy, Get A Ticket to See Disney on Ice - 2/18

2/15/2011 11:24:00 PM 0 Responses
Just got a press release about a way to donate a toy and get a voucher to see the upcoming Disney on Ice show for free.  Here's the details (I'm bolding all the important ones):


WHAT: Stars from Disney On Ice presents Disney*Pixar's Toy Story 3 will hit the ice for a special mini performance at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace Winter Ice Rink on Friday, February 18 at 12:00 PM.

This sneak peek is free and open to the public.

Those who bring along a NEW, unwrapped toy to the performance at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace Winter Ice Rink between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM on Friday, February 18 will receive a voucher for one FREE ticket* to see Disney On Ice presents Disney*Pixar's Toy Story 3, which opens at the TD Garden at 7:00 PM on Friday evening (2/18) and runs for 18 performances through Sunday, February 27.

All new, unwrapped toys will be donated to local daycare facilities.

WHO: Stars from Disney On Ice presents Disney*Pixar's Toy Story 3

WHEN: Friday, February 18, 2011 at 12:00 PM
**Performance will last about 4 minutes - get there early!

WHERE: Faneuil Hall Marketplace Winter Ice Rink

WHY: Its opening day for Disney On Ice presents Disney*Pixar's Toy Story 3 at the TD Garden. To kick off February vacation week, stars from the show will visit the all new Faneuil Hall Marketplace Winter Ice Rink and put on a FREE mini performance for the general public. This all new production from Disney On Ice will be at the TD Garden for 18 performances from February 18 through February 27.

*Vouchers must be redeemed for hard tickets at the TD Garden Box Office - good for weekday shows only. Please see voucher for additional details.

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Gipsy Kings @ Wang Theatre - 2/17

2/15/2011 11:10:00 PM 0 Responses
I love the Gipsy Kings.  I wonder how this slipped past my radar for so long.  If anyone's interested, they're in town this Thursday 2/17 at the Wang Theatre.

Click (here) for more info.

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Casting Call: Here Comes the Boom II - 2/18 & 2/19

2/15/2011 12:59:00 AM 0 Responses
Here's the casting call details pasted directly from an email I got from Boston Casting:


Boston Casting is hosting 2 Open Calls for the upcoming Kevin James Film  

Boston Casting is looking for people with real MMA experience for these roles.  Ages 18+.  Bring a photo and MMA resume to the open call.
Date:  Friday , February 18th
Time:  10am- 5pm
Location:  Boston Casting Inc.
                 129 Braintree Street
     Suite 107
                 Boston, MA 02134

Directions can be found at 

Boston Casting is looking for actors ages 18-22 who look young for both principal and extra roles as a core group of high school students throughout the film.  Men should be clean-shaven.  Everyone should look and dress as young looking as possible.  Bring a headshot and resume to the audition.

Date:  Saturday, February 19th
Time:  10am- 2pm
Location:  Boston Casting Inc.
                 129 Braintree Street
                 Suite 107
                 Boston, MA 02134

Directions can be found at 

If interested and cannot make the open call, email photo and contact info to   A general open call for all types will be held in a few weeks. People should only attend these open calls if they fit the descriptions.

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Tiesto @ Royale - 4/5 & 4/6

2/15/2011 12:54:00 AM 0 Responses
DJ Tiesto has been my favorite trance dj for many, many years.  I do have to say though, that Armin van Buuren has my favorite song of the moment.  Tiesto is coming to Royale in April and tickets must have sold out so fast for the first show, that they added a 2nd one.

As of right now, it looks like tickets are only available for the 2nd show on Wednesday 4/6.

Click (here) to get tickets.

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Casting Call: Biggest Loser Season 12 - 2/19

2/13/2011 09:54:00 PM 0 Responses

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Wendy Kopp & David Gergen Discuss Education Reform - 2/15

2/13/2011 09:48:00 PM 0 Responses
Everyone keep your fingers crossed for me, I have a job interview this morning.  Hope it goes well.  On to the post!

WHEN: Tuesday, February 15, at 6 p.m.

WHO: Teach For America CEO and founder Wendy Kopp discusses her new book, A Chance to Make History, with David Gergen, CNN senior political analyst and director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

WHAT: Through engaging stories of dedicated educators on the front lines of the achievement gap in America, A Chance to Make History explores the lessons we can learn from the success of a growing number of classrooms, schools, and districts in economically disadvantaged communities. Kopp draws on the experiences of Teach For America’s 28,000 corps members and alumni who, driven by passionate belief in their students’ potential, have set out to accomplish what most think impossible.

Boston Public Library – Main Branch
Rabb Lecture Hall
700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA

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Casting Call: Here Comes the Boom Extras - 2/11

2/10/2011 12:30:00 AM 0 Responses
A few days ago, I blogged about Kevin James's new movie that's filming in the area (here).  I just got an email from Boston Casting - they've started casting extras.  Here are the details for the casting tomorrow - 2/11.

Boston Casting is hosting an open call for the upcoming film “Here Comes the Boom” starring Kevin James.

We are looking for the following:

Latino Male 18-22
Latino Male 40-60
Ethiopian Female 30-50
Asian Male 40-60

This open call is only for the roles listed above, we will be holding another open call for general background work in a few weeks.

Open Call is Friday, February 11th between 3-6pm at Boston Casting. 

Scripts will be available when you arrive- please come 15 mins early to review.

That's all the info i have.  If you've got questions, direct them to the folks at Boston Casting.

Click (here) for the Boston Casting site.

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Free: Tix to The Boston Globe Travel Show

2/09/2011 12:29:00 AM 1 Response
Thanks to my good friends at Callanan & Klein I've got a code for you guys to get free tickets to the Boston Globe Travel Show this weekend 2/11-2/13.

With plenty of snow so far this winter, more than 20,000 people are expected to explore exotic winter escapes at the 2011 Boston Globe Travel Show on February 11-13 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. This major three-day travel event will feature exhibitors showcasing travel destinations around the world, great show-only travel deals, cultural and culinary presentations, trip giveaways and much more.

We can offer your audience this code for free tickets- all they need to do is go to , click on the Get Tickets Icon and use this special code BOSPR11.

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Winner: Two $25 Seamless Giftcards

2/08/2011 12:45:00 AM 0 Responses
Thanks to those of you that entered my latest giveaway for one of two Seamless gift cards (here).  Of the people who entered, you guys drank anywhere from 0 cups to 5 cups of coffee per day.  One person didn't quantify their coffee intake, but rather just said "a lot."  The average amount of coffee that folks drank was a little over 2 cups per day.

In terms of where folks got there coffee, the two most popular answers were:  home & starbucks.  I was surprised.  I expected more dunkin donuts coffee drinkers.

On to the winners.

Congratulations to:

Jack P.
Thomas F.

I will be sending your email addresses to the folks at Seamless who will then email you your $25 gift cards/codes/whatnot.

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Contest: Build the Boston Burger

2/08/2011 12:38:00 AM 0 Responses
One contest ended, but I just got word of another one being sponsored by 5 Napkin Burger in NYC.  Here's the details:

Do you have the beef and the brains to discover Boston’s next burger? New York’s famed burger restaurant 5 Napkin Burger poses this important question to Massachusetts Residents as it prepares for its Boston opening. To celebrate, 5 Napkin Burger is challenging Bean Town to concoct the best Boston Burger in the first-ever “Build the Boston Burger” Challenge for a chance to win $1000 in burger bucks!

Launching February 1st through February 22nd, go to to submit a concept, a recipe, a sketch, a video or any format that best describes the Boston Burger and you can win a cool one thousand dollars worth of 5 Napkin Burger dining. Our chefs will taste test your creation and the winner will have their burger featured as a special on the opening 5 Napkin Burger menu.

I love burgers.  But I like mine pretty normal:  lettuce, tomato, onion, and cheddar cheese.  But, I'll definitely try to think of something.  $1000 worth of burgers?  YUM.

Click (here) for more info.

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Last Chance to Win A $25 Seamless Gift Card

2/06/2011 11:07:00 PM 0 Responses
Congrats to the Packers for winning the Super Bowl last night.  I'm still a little bummed that the Pats weren't playing.  There's always next year.  At least Tom Brady received the distinction of being the first MVP chosen by the AP by unanimous decision.  But I digress.

For those of you that haven't entered yet.  The contest to win one of two $25 Seamless gift cards ends tonight.  So if you want to enter, now's your chance.

Click (here) for the original contest page.

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Movie Alert: Here Comes the Boom!

2/06/2011 10:59:00 PM 15 Responses
Ok, looks like we have at least two movies filming in the area for the next few months.  Hopefully we get a few more.  Remember one of my posts from a couple months ago about a potential Kevin James movie where he plays a mixed martial arts fighter (here)?  Looks like it's go time - and the movie is currently called "Here Comes the Boom" and they're filming in Quincy.

The city has reached an agreement with Columbia Pictures to rent out the old Quincy High School building for a movie shoot.

The deal, signed by Koch and Columbia Pictures Industries Inc. of California, calls for the city to receive $80,000 in rental fees for use of the old high school from Feb. 2 until Aug. 26. Koch will earmark the $80,000 to benefit the school department’s music program, Walker said.

I couldn't find anything on the movie in IMDB, but I pulled this from my Dec post

According to The Wrap, “James will play a physics teacher whose school is facing drastic budget cuts. In order to earn money to save his best friend’s job and the music program that his students hold dear, he moonlights as an MMA fighter, and ultimately winds up doing battle in the UFC.”

Sounds amusing.  Perhaps it'll end up another surprise hit like Paul Blart did.

Click (here) to read the Patriot Ledger Article.

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Gisele Makes Askmen's 99 Most Desirable Women List

2/03/2011 10:16:00 PM 0 Responses
Gisele is number 34 on Askmen's 2011 99 Most Desirable Women list. My internet is really slow tonight, so I did not make it through all 99.  I was too impatient to scroll through 99 individual webpages. 

Just an excuse to post a pic of Gisele.  =)

Have a great weekend everyone. 

Click (here) to see Askmen's list. 

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Charity: OMG Red Velvet!

2/03/2011 10:03:00 PM 1 Response
Yum.  Red Velvet, my favorite.  Who's up for cupcakes in the name of charity?

Cozy up with some of the best chefs and sweets-makers in Boston and their awesomely original red velvet concoctions at Flour Bakery. With paper hearts, giveaway prizes, and red cake galore, this party will warm your heart faster than a first-crush Valentine.

Participating chefs include:

The Chocolate Tarte
Flour Bakery
Hungry Mother
Poe's Kitchen
SoCo Creamery
Susu Bakery
Sweet Cupcakes
Union Bar + Grille
Will Gilson

Headquartered in Brookline, MA, Lovin’ Spoonfuls is a 501c3, non-profit organization that facilitates the recovery and distribution of perishable and unserved foods that would otherwise be thrown away and wasted.

Tuesday, February 8th. 8:00PM - 9:30PM
Admission: $40 at the door; $30 in advance

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Mila Kunis, Mark Wahlberg, and Bears. Oh My!

2/03/2011 01:42:00 AM 2 Responses
Ok, they're still not making as many movies in Boston as I'd like, but this one is going to be awesome. Especially because I'm not-so-secretly in love with Mila Kunis. So apparently there's a new movie being directed by Seth Macfarlane (Family Guy) that is going to be filmed in Boston soon featuring Mila Kunis and Mark Walberg. Movie is called Ted.

Actress Mila Kunis will reportedly join the cast of the new Seth MacFarlane film, "Ted." The new movie is a comedy written and directed by the "Family Guy" creator, and also stars Mark Wahlberg. Both of these actors could be award-winning actors by the time the film is making its rounds.

The movie is about a young boy who makes an interesting Christmas wish, for his teddy bear to come to life and be his best friend. However, years later the bear has become a "cursing, smoking, delinquent" who is preventing the boy (now a man) from fully maturing. That boy who grows up after making the wish will be played by Mark Wahlberg, while Mila Kunis will play the role of his adult girlfriend. Seth MacFarlane will voice the bear character in the comedy.

Some filming will take place in February, to get footage with snow, while the bulk of the filming will likely start in April or May.

That's what I've pieced together so far. Anyone know more?

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Free Boloco Burrito - TODAY!

2/03/2011 01:35:00 AM 0 Responses

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Video: Joanne Chang on the Today Show

2/02/2011 12:20:00 AM 1 Response
Joanne Change was on the Today Show last week.  I just found a copy of her segment on youtube.  Here it is below.

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Nabewise Says Davis Sq is the Trendiest Neighborhood

2/02/2011 12:12:00 AM 0 Responses
So I was contacted by Nabewise a couple of weeks ago and finally got around to checking their website out.  According to their users, Davis Square is the trendiest neighborhood in the Boston area?  Agree?  Disagree?

The NabeWise website helps people who are moving to a city pick the best neighborhood for them. It can also assist travelers in figuring out exactly what part of a city they want to book a hotel in or visit. On our site, users can review and rate neighborhoods in Boston (and a bunch of other cities, too).

The south end is all the way down at #9?  I find that a little surprising.  I'm also surprised Central Sq beat out Harvard Sq.

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Charity: Not Your Average Idol - 2/3

2/01/2011 01:02:00 AM 0 Responses
Two things have me really excited about this event.  First of all, the food tasting features some of my favorite restaurants in Boston.  Second of All, Chester from Linkin Park is going to be there! 

Ken Casey and Dropkick Murphys, Jordan Knight, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, American Idols Ayla Brown and John Stevens, Ahmir, Entrain, comedians Mike O’Malley, Lenny Clarke and Tony V. These are some of the individuals who will perform on February 3, 2011 at Not Your Average Idol, a benefit for Youk’s Kids, a foundation started by Boston Red Sox player Kevin Youkilis.

Not Your Average Idol will take place on February 3, 2011 at the State Room in Boston. The event will feature musical performances, comedy and much more, all to support Athlete’s for Heroes, a new initiative from Youk’s Kids. In addition to the performances, the event will feature a silent and live auction as well as food tastings from many of Boston’s top restaurants, including Avila, Big Papi’s Grille, Blue Ginger, Davio’s, Eastern Standard, The Fireplace, Toro, Island Creek Oysters and more.

I wonder if Chester will get mad at me if I tell him that I like their older stuff way more than their new (more mainstream sounding) stuff.

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Got Any Luggage/Suitcase Recommendations?

2/01/2011 12:54:00 AM 5 Responses
Before I start, I have an amusing thought for you:  I've always wondered why there are luggage stores at the airport. How late for a flight do you have to be where you're like, "F*ck it - just grab a pile of sh*t; We'll get a bag at the airport."

I bring this up, because I'm currently shopping for some new suitcases.  The ones I bought a few years back are falling apart.  The handles that extend out for rolling don't extend anymore.  And some of the wheels are breaking off.  Question for readers who would like to put their two cents in.  Do you prefer soft suitcases, or hard ones?  I'm leaning towards soft because I can always cram a little extra stuff into them and it won't matter if they bulge.  Whereas with a hard case, I wouldn't be able to do that.  But, I'd assume the suitcase would be sturdier.  Thoughts?

Anyway, if you will recall, I bought a Shun knife (here) from CSN Stores a little while ago.  And I have to tell you, that knife is badass.  Since CSN is local to Boston and they have a few luggage stores as part of their family of websites, I've been checking them out first.

Oh also, if you have suitcase brand recommendations (that won't cost me an arm and a leg), let me know.  Typically I've just bought ones from a department store when the sets go on sale.

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Recycle Studio - Indoor Cycling Studio

2/01/2011 12:37:00 AM 0 Responses
One of my buddies and frequent guest bloggers on the Beantown Bloggery - DanDan - told me a couple weeks ago that he's decided to start training for triathlons.  So this post is for him.  

Recycle Studio, Boston’s premier indoor cycling studio, opened its doors for business in the South End on January 3rd. The studio will start off with a light schedule of classes which mostly consists of 45 minute rides but also an intro to cycling ride for those who are new to it and a 90 minute endurance ride for those looking to escape the cold during training.

In February, more classes will be added to the schedule with the intention to eventually have five daily classes during the week and three on weekends. The studio’s website says, “A good sweat is the best way to start or end your day” so the schedule will cater to this belief by offering morning and evening rides.

Much like a yoga studio, class styles will vary by teacher which will make it ideal for all levels. Some more traditional classes will be taught to classic rock while others are geared towards endurance with tracks from Florence + the Machine taking you through the “hills”.

Personally, I've been to a couple of spin classes when I used to belong to the Sports Club LA and both times, it felt like my heart was going to leap out of my chest when I was through.  Probably a sign that I got a good workout in, but not my cup of tea.  I've decided that if I do end up getting a job that doesn't require me to travel anymore, I'm going to look back into doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu again.

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