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Bruno Mars Tickets on Sale Friday!

2/27/2013 08:41:00 PM 0 Responses

Bruno Mars 
with Fitz & the Tantrums
Wed, Jun 26
TD Garden

On Sale: Fri, 3/1 10am

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Contest: Pour the Perfect Pint @ Dillons

2/26/2013 10:46:00 PM 0 Responses
St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and Boston is ready to kick it all off with the help of the legendary Irish beer, Guinness. This Thursday, February 28 from 6:00-8:00 p.m., you’re invited to join Guinness in saluting local firefighters by raising a pint. We’re inviting some of our favorite local media to participate in a “Pour the Perfect Pint” competition. The winner will have $2,000 donated in their name to a local firehouse of their choice.

Event Details:

Who: Local firefighters from the Boston area, top media competing in the “Pour the Perfect Pint” competition

What: Guinness Happy Hour and media “Pour the Perfect Pint” competition to benefit local firehouses in Boston

When: Thursday, February 28, 2013; 6:00-8:00 p.m.

BOSTON , MA 02115

Why: This St. Patrick’s Day season, GUINNESS is teaming up with the Leary Firefighters Foundation (LFF) to honor, recognize and support local fire fighters who continually put their lives on the line for others. The money raised will help provide the necessary equipment, technology and training to America’s bravest.

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Free: Uburgers, Fries, and Drinks Oh My - 2/27

2/24/2013 06:43:00 PM 0 Responses

Come and Get It! Free Burgers, One Day Only
at UBurger’s New Faneuil Hall Location!
Celebrate UBurger’s newest location with free food, fashion, and fun!

What:                   UBurger, is celebrating the opening of its fifth location by giving you a FREE UBurger, fries, and drink. This fast and fresh event will feature a one-of-a-kind, UBurger inspired, couture dress stylized by Lori Kyler Christensen, owner of Boston-based designer label Venni Caprice.

When:                  February 27, 2013.
                              4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Where:                UBurger, Faneuil Hall
                             16 North Street, Boston               

About UBurger

UBurger embodies the ideal of “Above All Burgers” – freshly ground, high quality hamburgers that are never frozen and always made with 100% USDA natural beef.   At UBurger, all food is cooked fresh to order, including an All-Star line up of famous burgers, hand-cut French fries, real frappes and more.  UBurger has five Boston locations: 636 Beacon Street in the heart of Kenmore Square; 1022 Commonwealth Avenue, across from Agganis Arena on the BU West Campus; 140 Tremont Street, near the Park Street MBTA Station; in the Curry Student Center at Northeastern; and 16 North Street at historic Faneuil Hall

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Contest: Name a Cow, Go to Switzerland

2/19/2013 08:30:00 PM 0 Responses

swissbäkers BOSTON 


swissbäkers, the authentic, family-owned Swiss bakery and cafe which is currently located in the train depot at 32 Lincoln Street in Reading, Massachusetts is expanding to Boston this month, and the family wants YOUR help in naming their newest family member -- a giant red cow.  swissbäkers is family owned and operated by husband wife team Helene and Thomas Stohr and their two sons Tobias and Nicolas.  The giant red cow, which will find its home atop the new swissbäkers location, at 168 Western Avenue in Allston, is an important emblem representing the Swiss nation.  

The giant red cow will be a landmark for all to see when they arrive at swissbäkers and it embodies all that swissbäkers stands for-- fresh, authentic, foods and a friendly, grandchild sustainable, community business. 

The red cow‘s name will be determined through a contest at the grand opening on Thursday, February 28th.  For the duration of the event, which runs from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. there will be a massive bowl to toss a name idea into. The winner will be chosen at the end of the event, between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m. The winner of the contest will win a stay for two in Switzerland for one week. 

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Fashion Show Fridays @ Brasserie Jo

2/18/2013 09:52:00 PM 0 Responses
 Boston Designers Spice up the Runway This Season
During Brasserie JO’s Fashion Show Fridays

Description: Brasserie Jo 009

Boston -- Feb. 14, 2013 – Fashion-forward Bostonians are invited to view the latest styles from local designers this winter and spring with the return of Fashion Show Fridays at Brasserie JO. Located in The Colonnade Hotel, fashion shows will take place on select Friday afternoons from 12 noon. – 2 p.m. Guests can indulge in an afternoon cocktail or French fare from Brasserie JO’s mouthwatering lunch menu pre, post or during each show.

Fashion Show Friday Lineup

Feb. 22:          Feminine looks with tribal inspiration by “Project Runway” alum David Chum

March 15:       Couture designs by Candice Wu

March 22:       Modern styles from Evan Michael

April 19:         Glamorous gowns and dresses by Kinda Touma

May 3:             Fun fashions by Marcel Plante

Brasserie JO is located at 120 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA. For reservations or more information, please call 617-425-3240 or visit            

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1000 Words: Miss Boston & Miss Cambridge 2013

2/17/2013 07:58:00 PM 0 Responses
I'm channeling my inner Psy, "Heyyyyyyyy, sexy lady!" Just kidding. Congrats to Morgan Berg and Carrie Sunde.  

Morgan Berg and Carrie Sunde Crowned
Miss Boston and Miss Cambridge 2013
UMass Student and Charlestown Resident to compete in the
Miss Massachusetts Pageant in June 2013

Morgan Berg was crowned Miss Boston 2013 and Carrie Sunde crowned Miss Cambridge 2013 at the 2013 Miss Boston and Miss Cambridge Pageant held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel on Sunday, February 10. Both Miss Boston and Miss Cambridge will compete for the title of Miss Massachusetts in June 2013. The Miss Boston and Miss Cambridge Pageant is an official Miss America preliminary.   The new title holders are the recipients of over $8,000 in academic scholarships and prizes. During their year of service, Morgan and Carrie will travel across Greater Boston, speaking to government officials, business leaders, and community groups about their platform issue.

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El Planeta's Powermeter 100 Nominations

2/17/2013 07:24:00 PM 0 Responses

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Audition: SYTYCD Season 10 - 2/21 & 2/23

2/14/2013 07:39:00 PM 0 Responses

Open-call auditions for the next season of FOX’s hit series SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE are coming to Boston!

Thursday, February 21
Potential callbacks are on Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24

Doors open at 10:00 AM on Thursday

Boston Opera House
539 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111

All registration information and official entry requirements can be found on

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The XX & Grizzly Bear - 6/8

2/12/2013 08:01:00 PM 0 Responses
I'm not a huge fan of Grizzly Bear, but I will go anywhere, anytime to go see The XX again.  I WANT TO GO TO THIS!  Tickets go on sale: Friday, Feb 15 at 10 am!  

The XX and Grizzly Bear
Bank of America Pavilion, Boston, MA
Sat, Jun 8, 2013 07:30 PM

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PSA: Clean Up Efforts Underway

2/10/2013 10:33:00 PM 0 Responses
Posting this verbatim.  Hope everyone is doing ok!

Clean-up Efforts Underway in City of Boston

Boston Public Schools Closed Monday, February 11
Parking Ban & Snow Emergency Remain in Effect
40 Additional Pieces of Equipment Secured through MEMA, Private Contractors

Mayor Thomas M. Menino visited neighborhoods throughout the City of Boston this morning to assess damage left by this weekend’s historic storm. Boston Public Schools will be closed tomorrow as clean-up efforts continue, with the primary focus being placed on clearing residential side streets. The Parking Ban and Snow Emergency will remain in effect.

“Our number one priority today is getting to the side streets,” Mayor Menino said. “Residents have been very patient as we work to recover from the fifth largest snow storm to ever hit the City of Boston. We are doing everything we can to get additional pieces of equipment into residential areas, including coordinating with MEMA to get federal and state resources. As our crews work, I’m urging drivers to continue to stay off the roads.”

The City’s Office of Emergency Management and Department of Public Works are coordinating with MEMA and private contractors to secure additional equipment to clear residential streets, thus far securing 40 additional pieces. The primary need for equipment is front end loaders, backhoes and dump trucks, to remove the large, heavy piles of snow blocking roads. Twenty pieces of equipment, including front end loaders and 10-wheel dump trucks, have arrived from the State of Vermont; local contractor Mario Susi & Son, Inc. has provided 7 additional pieces of equipment, including backhoes, front end loaders and Bobcats; and other private contractors have come forward to offer additional support to complement the full deployment of equipment by the Department of Public Works. MassDOT, Massport and the Boston Convention and Exposition Center have also lent equipment to the City.

Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) will have four community centers open Monday for parents who need a safe place for their child to spend the day. Children must be over age 6 and any child under 12 needs to be dropped off with a parent to fill out a short form before they leave the child. The centers will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Open BCYF centers are:
·         BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South Street, Jamaica Plain
·         BCYF Hyde Park Community Center, 1179 River Street, Hyde Park
·         BCYF Paris Street Community Center, 112 Paris Street, East Boston
·         BCYF Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont Street, Mission Hill

The City is asking residents to continue to stay off the roads when at all possible. Drivers should continue to proceed with extreme caution if they must drive, paying special attention to increased numbers of pedestrians. Side streets are extremely narrow, making the passage of two vehicles traveling in opposite directions problematic. Large piles of plowed snow at intersections also present visibility issues.

The Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline is fully staffed and continues to experience heavy call volume, receiving more than 20,000 calls since the start of the storm. Residents with storm-related questions or concerns should call the Hotline at 617-635-4500. Residents can also request services and find snow information online at

Snow Emergency

While a snow emergency is in effect, parking is prohibited on all major arteries in Boston. Mayor Menino urges everyone to use public transportation when traveling. Residents are reminded to remain at home throughout the duration of this snow event and businesses tomorrow should consider asking employees to work from home.

Mayor Menino also reminds residents of the following:
·         Older residents or those with health conditions should refrain from shoveling this heavy snow.
·         During a Snow Emergency, parking is prohibited on all major arteries in Boston. These streets are posted with “Tow Zone - No Parking During Snow Emergency” signs.
·         A listing of major arteries and alternate parking can be found at
·         On streets other than major arteries, do not park within 20 feet of an intersection or further than one foot from the curb, as this impedes access for both emergency vehicles and snow plows.
·         Parking space savers must be removed no more than 48 hours after a snow emergency is lifted. The City’s Department of Public Works will remove space savers left out beyond this period.
·         Do not throw snow back into the street. “Throwbacks” force the city to remove snow from the same street twice.
·         Shovel out fire hydrants, catch basins and pedestrian ramps close to your home.
·         Property owners are reminded to shovel snow from sidewalks that abut their homes and businesses and any handicapped ramps close to your homes or business.
·         Please check on elderly neighbors and others in need.
·         For additional snow and cold weather safety tips, please visit

During declared snow emergencies, discounted parking is available at several parking lots and garages to cars that display Boston resident parking stickers.  Residents are encouraged to use the City’s “Know Snow” program for access to other important storm-related information. For more information, visit

The City's Shelter Commission asks that any resident who sees a potential medical emergency involving a homeless person dial 911.

To receive notifications about emergencies from the City, register for the Alert Boston network at  You can also follow @NotifyBoston on Twitter.

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Good Luck with Nemo!

2/08/2013 01:02:00 AM 0 Responses
Good luck to everyone tomorrow and this weekend.  Let's hope we make it through relatively unscathed.

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Presale: Vampire Weekend @ Agganis

2/06/2013 10:19:00 PM 0 Responses
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Leah Mennies' Asian Supermarket Picks

2/05/2013 10:58:00 PM 0 Responses
Boston magazine’s Food Editor Leah Mennies, explored Boston’s Asian dining scene as part of the February issue’s “Winter Dining” feature.  We connected with Leah and she shared with us additional details on her discoveries.  And here they are:

Leah Mennies Shares Her Must-Haves from Asian Supermarkets

For February issue’s “The Complete Guide to Asian Cuisine,” I spent quite a bit of time in Asian supermarkets like Ming’s (in the South End) and H Mart (in Burlington). Here are my must-have items:

Chinese black vinegar: Similar to balsamic and perfect as the base for a dumpling dipping sauce.

Hot sesame oil: Adds a spicy kick to soups, stir-fries, and salad dressings.

Brown rice cakes: These sliced rice cakes have a texture similar to a flattened piece of gnocchi and they’re a great (and gluten-free) alternative to pasta.

Pocky sticks: Chocolate-dipped biscuits that are a (relatively) low-calorie, sweet indulgence.

Dried mushrooms: Soak in lukewarm water for about ten minutes, drain and squeeze, and chop up for stir-fries, soups, or fried rice.

Yu-Choy: If mustard greens and broccoli rabe had a baby…it would be this.

Fried shallots: Works on everything—basically, a skinnier, less puffy version of French’s fried onions.

Oyster sauce: Adds a salty, earthy depth of flavor to sauces.

Fish sauce: Go for the Three-Crabs brand, perfect in Thai-style salads.
I don't even know where I'd begin if I had to make a list.  

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Jaleel Shaw at Cafe 939 for NPR's The Checkout - 2/7

2/04/2013 07:21:00 PM 1 Response
So apparently my building decided to cut off AND REMOVE the physical cable carrying tv/internet into my building because they thought no one was using it anymore.  WTF!  So now I've enabled my iphone as a hot spot and am pretty pissed off about it because now my cell phone bill is even more ridiculous.

Until further notice, blog entries are going to be short and sweet and will be based off of whichever email is at the top of my inbox.

The Checkout – Live at Berklee presents saxophonist Jaleel Shaw on Thursday, February 7, 8:00 pm at The Red Room at Cafe 939 (939 Boylston St). Shaw has released two solo albums and is a member of the Roy Haynes Quartet – featured on Haynes’s Grammy-nominated CD, Whereas. He has also performed with Christian McBride, Jason Moran, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Cobb and others, and received two ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards. Shaw, a Berklee alumnus, will be performing with fellow alumnus pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Boris Kozlov, and drummer Johnathan Blake.

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Welcome Back to America

2/03/2013 06:13:00 PM 0 Responses
This from my roommate when I got back late last night.

"Welcome back, the tv and Internet is down because the maintenance guys cut the wire by accident. Oh, and the washer is broken too....."

I should have stayed on vacation. Will either try to blog from an Internet cafe this week or post a few more vacation pics while I wait for the Internet to be repaired.


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