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Certified Neapolitan Pizza @ Posto

9/29/2011 10:04:00 PM 0 Responses
You're about to learn WAYYYYY more about pizza than you ever knew.  And then immediately go to Posto to check it out.  That's my plan.  

Executive Chef/Owner Joe Cassinelli is excited to announce that Posto in Davis Square has just been certified by the AVPN -- Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, as an “official Neapolitan pizzeria” – the only such restaurant to pass and receive certification in New England, including Boston.

This past month, Giulio Adriani, travelled from Naples, Italy to ‘inspect’ Posto Chef Cassinelli’s technique and execution of Neapolitan pizza. After some serious and grueling tests, it was determined that Posto would in fact pass the certification process --the very first in the area!

"Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana" ("True Neapolitan Pizza Association"), which was founded in 1984 and only recognizes the Marinara and Margherita verace, has set the very specific rules that must be followed for an authentic Neapolitan pizza.

These include that the pizza must be baked in a wood-fired, domed oven at 485°C for no more than 60 to 90 seconds; that the base must be hand-kneaded and must not be rolled with a pin or prepared by any mechanical means (i pizzaioli — the pizza makers — make the pizza by rolling it with their fingers) and that the pizza must not exceed 35 centimetres in diameter or be more than one-third of a centimetre thick at the centre. The association also selects pizzerias all around the world to produce and spread the verace pizza napoletana philosophy and method. 

Congrats to Posto!  Save me a slice.

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2nd Annual Filmshift Festival - Starts 10/1

9/29/2011 09:58:00 PM 0 Responses
The folks at Filmshift are back again this year for the 2nd Annual Filmshift Festival starting this weekend - 10/1. 

The 2nd Annual Filmshift Festival, screening at the Somerville Theater takes place this October 1, 2, 8, 9. Somerville Local First, Improv Boston, Mass Movie Mavens, and Cambridge Naturals are local sponsors again and we are featuring a number of local Boston films this year.

Filmshift was created to support local/green businesses, the art of film, and our local charity, Christopher's Haven, an organization that provides housing for families of children receiving cancer treatment in the Boston area.

Some of the films include “Marwencol” an award-winning documentary about a man who creates his own imaginary world to cope with a brutal beating, “Burden,” a special effects-heavy sci-fi short that features the voice of “The Transformer’s” Optimus Prime, and “Orbiting Texas,” an intimate look at the seminal 90's Boston band, Orbit, by a former WFNX DJ Mike Giosha. Other local films this year include a film about the Somerville Road Runners and the award-winning "Baystate Blues."

Click (here) for more info.

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Vote for Me! Vote For Me NOW!

9/28/2011 08:40:00 PM 0 Responses
Just got this in the mail today:  

Hey There Beantown Bloggery -

We wanted to let you know that you have been nominated for a 2011 Nightlife Awards for BEST NIGHTLIFE SCENE WRITER/BLOGGER.  You can vote - and have your fans vote - at


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Music: Ellis Ashbrook @ Church - 9/30

9/28/2011 08:35:00 PM 0 Responses
So I'm going through a bit of a dry spell ...... musically.  I can't remember the last time I've been to a concert.  I think it may have been Kings of Leon a really longgggggg time ago.  How sad. 

I just received word that Ellis Ashbrook (a once local band) is going to be in town this Friday.  I hadn't heard of them before, but I checked out their website and youtube vids.  Pretty cool sound.  A lil rock, a lil loungey - and I like the singer's voice.  Check it out. 

Ellis Ashbrook. The exploratory rock band will be performing at Church (69 Kilmarnock St, Boston) this Friday, September 30th. The band actually got its start in the Boston area before relocating to Brooklyn, NY, so this show is a bit of a homecoming for them.

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Presale: Comics Come Home 17 - Starts Tuesday!

9/26/2011 09:49:00 PM 0 Responses

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1000 Words: Dessert Showcase 2011

9/25/2011 10:18:00 PM 0 Responses
I don't eat a whole lot of desserts, but there are a few things I have weaknesses for.   For instance, I eat chocolate covered pretzels like it's my job.  And then there's bread pudding ...  MMMmmMMMM bread pudding.  I was relieved when Bloggery media rep Sara graciously agreed to go to the Dessert Showcase (here), cover the event, and save me from a bout of early onset type II diabetes.

Being a self-proclaimed chocoholic, I was so excited to attend the New England Dessert Showcase put on by the Anthem Group. Although I didn’t happen to see the world’s biggest Boston Cream Pie, I was quite impressed by the over-ten-foot-long cannoli being displayed in the center of the event room.

Some of the most unusual desserts featured at the showcase ended up being my favorites, such as the
colorful Singaporean pastries from Kueh. Their desserts highlighted numerous textures and flavors, and I particularly enjoyed the sticky rice cake with coconut. Another favorite were the hand-made superfood bars from BudiBar. Made with almonds, Chia seeds, dark chocolate, coconut, and more, these bars were a delicious and filling snack that were both sweet and healthy. Lastly, I especially savored the traditional warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream, chocolate drizzle, and heath bar bits from the Chart House – trĂ©s delish!

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Sting: Baack to Bass - On Sale 9/26 @ 10am

9/25/2011 10:04:00 PM 0 Responses
Good thing they added a 2nd show.  I'm pretty sure could fill up TD Garden, let alone the Wang.  Tickets for the 2nd newly added show go on sale 9/26 at 10am.

Click (here) to get tickets.

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Internet Busted ... Talk Amongst Yourselves.....

9/22/2011 09:33:00 PM 0 Responses

20% off at Kiehls

9/20/2011 09:01:00 PM 0 Responses
Those who know me, know that I am a big fan of Kiehl's.  Therefore, everyone enjoy!

You should probably click on the image to blow it up to it's original size before you print it.

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1000 Words: Dancing Under the Stars

9/20/2011 08:55:00 PM 0 Responses
Anyone else swing by the Dancing Under the Stars event a couple weeks ago (here)?

If not you've got two more chances (here).

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EVOO Ice Cream @ Emack & Bolios

9/19/2011 08:44:00 PM 1 Response
I've heard good things about olive oil ice cream.  So I'm definitely interested in trying this.  Hop to it, you've only got 10 days.  

You scream... I scream... we all scream… for olive oil?

We know your readers depend on you for the insider scoop on all things epicurean in the Boston area. So we’d like to let you in on a little secret (for sharing, of course!). For the next 10 days, only in Boston, your readers can experience gourmet ice cream made with the finest extra virgin olive oil!

California Olive Ranch, producers of premium, delicious extra virgin olive oil, is partnering with Emack and Bolio's, the ice cream shop for the ice cream connoisseur, to bring Boston an exclusive, limited time only flavor: EVOO, California Olive Ranch Miller’s Blend!

This unexpected extra virgin olive oil-flavored ice cream is only available Tuesday, September 20 through Friday, September 30 at the following Emack and Bolio's Boston-area locations:

o 290 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
o 100 City Square, Charlestown, MA
o Porter Square Shopping Center, Cambridge, MA

Some tasting notes: the delicious California Olive Ranch Miller’s Blend EVOO has a fruity beginning that is balanced with a warm lingering spice. Combined with the cool sensation of ice cream, it is the perfect fall treat!

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Festival: So Good - The Boston Song - 9/22

9/18/2011 09:05:00 PM 0 Responses
WHAT: "So Good: The Boston Song" Music Festival
LOCATION: Faneuil Hall Marketplace, (West End Promendade), Boston
DATE: Thursday, Sept. 22 from 5PM-10PM (Rain Date: Sunday, October 2nd, 1PM-7PM)

"So Good: The Boston Song" performed multiple times beginning at 5:30pm.
A variety of other performances throughout the evening.

5-5:10 announcement/dedications
5:10-5:30 Doug Trasher
5:35-5:50 Shea Rose
6:00-6:25 Alicia Lemke
6:30-7:30 Sugarbabies Set 1
7:35-8:00 Me vs. Gravity
8:05-10:00 Sugarbabies Set 2

"So Good: The Boston Song" represents the courage to think outside the box, innovate, and represents something one believes in. "We took this project on as an experiment to see if we could apply a certain songwriting system to a new objective - essentially writing a jingle for a city. Boston has been the most influential city on both of our lives, so it felt good to write about - this is home now. We hoped to write a song that everybody in Boston could identify with and appreciate, no matter what age, ethnicity, or social status. Bottom line is, it's just a fun, feel-good, song about an amazing city, that we hope everyone will enjoy!" Eytan Nicholson & Vincent Sneed

Click (here) for more festival info.

Click (here) to download the Boston Song.

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Life is Good Festival - 9/24 & 9/25

9/14/2011 09:48:00 PM 1 Response
Every year the folks over at Life is Good put on an awesome festival.  This year it happens to be out in the 'burbs, which makes it a little harder to get to, but thank goodness for Zipcar.

Life is good® is excited to announce that musicians from the Boston Pops have signed on to play at the 2011 Life is good Festival. World-class musicians from the Pops’ string and brass sections led by guest conductor Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) will join Brandi Carlile and The Levon Helm Band for portions of their individual sets on Sunday, September 25, 2011.

Set to take place September 24-25 at Prowse Farm in Canton, MA, a suburb of Boston, the two-day music and fundraising festival is hosted by Life is good®, a Boston-based company that spreads the power of optimism through its colorful collection of apparel and accessories and through its social mission to help kids overcome life-threatening challenges.

Adult single-day tickets are $65, and $120 two-day tickets are also available. Tickets for children ages 2-12 are available for $20 for a single day ticket and $35 for a two-day ticket. Children under 2 are admitted free of charge. Prowse Farm is fully accessible via public transportation, with all-day shuttles to and from the nearby Rte. 128/University Avenue train station. A large number of free parking spots are also available. 

I was walking to work today listening to one of my favorite classical cds (Yo Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone) and I realized that it's been too long since I've heard the Pops. 

Click (here) to get tickets.

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Summer Fordcast Tour - 9/17

9/13/2011 09:53:00 PM 0 Responses
I went out of town this weekend and had to rent a car.  I have to admit.  I kinda miss driving.  But I don't miss the car payments, insurance, and ridiculous price of monthly parking downtown.  Speaking of cars, the folks over at the Fordcast Tour are coming to Boston for the upcoming MixFest event and South Boston Street Festival, both taking place this Saturday (9/17.  

If you are unfamiliar with the Fordcast Tour, it is an awesome summer-long tour created to celebrate the launch of the new 2012 Ford Focus. The Fordcast team has been making stops all across the northeast at music, sports and food festivals and they only have two weeks of the tour left.

At the MixFest event, the Ford Fotobooth will available for you to strike a pose in! We should also mention that there will be 2012 Ford Focus vehicles on-site for attendees to check out in person. This vehicle has everything someone would want in a car – MyFord Touch capabilities that include voice commands and a rear-view camera, heated seats for those cold winter nights and best of all; it gets 40 miles per gallon!

Ok, so 40 miles a gallon sounds pretty impressive ... considering my old Yukon Denali got me about 13 in the city.  When I took it out on road trips I could actually see the gas needle physically moving towards 'Empty.'  It was horrifying.

Click (here) fore more info on the Summer Fordcast Tour.

PS.  They're also running a contest for a $5000 dream vacation.  Given, the precedent that has now been set for Bloggery readers winning contests on other sites.  I would say that you should enter, win, and then take me with you.

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Bloggery Readers = Winning

9/13/2011 09:43:00 PM 1 Response
Too late in the game to still be using Charlie Sheen catch phrases? 

Well, I just wanted to give a shout out to Bloggery Reader Daniel L.  I was just notified that he ended up winning the Tickets for Charity Red Sox giveaway I posted about a few days ago (here).  Just another reason why you should read the Beantown Bloggery.

Congrats to Daniel.  Thanks for reading!  And enjoy the game!

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Book Signing - Debra Samuels - 9/17

9/12/2011 10:10:00 PM 0 Responses
It's really sad.  I never cook anymore.  But that doesn't stop me from collecting cookbooks.  I have all of Thomas Keller's books, the Joy of Cooking, and numerous other cocktail party, ethnic, etc cook books.  Might be time to add one more to the mix. 

You are invited to meet Debra Samuels at KitchenWares on Saturday, September 17th from 1:00 to 3:00pm!

We are pleased to host at KitchenWares local MA cookbook author, Debra Samuels on Sat., September 17th from 1:00 to 3:00pm for a book signing and cooking demo for her new cookbook, My Japanese Table. She will be making sushi two ways plus a surprise dish...she would cook up a storm if time and space permitted but we are limited in this capacity!

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Stuff Party: Fall Fashion @ Howl at the Moon - 9/18

9/12/2011 09:54:00 PM 0 Responses

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Contest: TFC Red Sox Tix Giveaway

9/11/2011 09:36:00 PM 0 Responses
The folks over at are giving away a pair of Red Sox tickets to the game this week against Tampa Bay on 9/15.  Contest ends Monday night, so get cracking. 

Watch the Boston Red Sox from premium seats as they take on the Tampa Bay Rays this September 15th, 2011 - and be wined and dined by two of TFC sport's team staffers!

Just click here to submit your email address and enter for a chance to win two seats at a Right Field Roof Deck table.  Be sure to include the name of the blogger you follow with your email entry! Entries will be accepted until Midnight on Monday, September 12 and the winner will be notified on Tuesday, September 13.

PS.  Sorry for the late notice, but I now officially get more emails a day than I can read, so I have a backlog that is just steadily growing.  It's gettin out of control.

Click (here) for a link to the contest

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Dancing Under the Stars at Seaport - Tonight!

9/09/2011 01:08:00 AM 0 Responses
WHAT: Beginning September 9th, the Seaport Boston Hotel & Seaport World Trade Center will begin hosting ‘Dancing Under the Stars at Seaport’ on Friday evenings. This event is for anyone who loves to dance or wants to learn! Come ballroom and Latin dance under the stars on the bridge connecting the Seaport Boston Hotel and the Seaport World Trade Center, surrounded by spectacular views of downtown Boston, the Seaport District and Boston Harbor!

Seaport will be partnering with Ballroom Dance New England (, operated by some of the world’s best ballroom and Latin dancers. Ballroom Dance New England will offer a half an hour class from 7:30-8:00 PM, and will be available for tips throughout the evening. Dance hosts will also be available for those without partners. Tasty treats and beverages created by Seaport’s culinary team will be available to sustain the dancers.

Well-known ballroom and Latin DJ’s K&S Music will be spinning tunes. Their musical selections will show that ballroom and Latin dance can be done with traditional music but you can also Tango to Rihanna, Cha Cha to JLo and do an unforgettable Samba to the Black Eyed Peas!

WHO: Dance lovers of all ages

WHERE: On the upper level between the Seaport Boston Hotel and Seaport World Trade Center

One Seaport Lane, Boston

WHEN: Beginning Friday, September 9, 2011, 7-10pm

TICKETS: $25 per person; includes parking in the Seaport Hotel Garage, food and non-alcoholic beverages; cash bar available.

Click (here) to get tickets.

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Leaving The River Opening Reception - 9/8

9/06/2011 10:27:00 PM 0 Responses
After I received this email, I went on wikipedia to look up the West End. I have to admit, I didn't know much about that area and now that I've read about it, it strikes me as a locale that I don't really frequent very often. Therefore, of course, I'm intrigued to see Evelyn Berde's new exhibit at The West End Museum.

On September 1st, the West End Museum will premier a new art show featuring works of Boston artist Evelyn Berde. "Leaving the River" is a multimedia art installation which explores the impact the government-ordered condemnation and destruction of Boston's thriving West End neighborhood in the late 1950's and early 1960's had on its residents, including Berde's family, and, ultimately on the artist's life and artistic development.

Leaving The River
An Installation of Art
About Loss and Healing
by Evelyn Berde

September 1st – October 8th, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 8th
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The West End Museum
150 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114

Click (here) for more info

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Students: 15%-20% Off @ Bliss

9/05/2011 08:41:00 PM 0 Responses
Got this in my email today.  This one's for the students.  Hope everyone had a good Labor Day weekend.

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