Thursday, October 6, 2016

New Boston Restaurants That Are a Must Try This Fall

Fall in Boston is one of the most magical times of year for our fair city. Celebrate everyone's favorite season by treating yourself to a meal at one of Boston's newest restaurants.

Haley Henry Wine Bar - Downtown Crossing

Located in Downtown Crossing, Haley Henry has already become a fast favorite in Boston with its extensive and unusual wine list. For the food half of the menu, their specialty is tinned fish but we love the charcuterie and cheese boards.

Porto - Back Bay

If you love Trade, you'll love Porto, the latest Jody Adams venture. The menu is comprised of high-end, Mediterranean inspired dishes. With options like the seafood stew and lobster ravioli, Porto will have you coming back for more.

Saltie Girl - Back Bay

MET's Kathy Sidell has opened your new go to seafood spot. This tiny Back Bay restaurant is full of tinned seafood from places like Spain and Portugal. Other menu highlights include fried lobster and waffles, lobster bisque, and snow crab toast.

Kava Neo-Taverna - South End
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Located about a 10 minute walk from Clarendon Square, Kava is a very welcomed addition to the South End neighborhood. Kava's simple and fresh small plates are unlike any other Greek restaurant in the city. Pair their delicious dishes with a Greek wine from their extensive list. We are perpetually craving their octopus.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Activities to Keep You Busy in Boston Through the End of Summer

The slow fade to gray and cooler temperatures is on the horizon, but it is still summer in Boston with plenty of late season activities to enjoy!
St. Anthony's Feast Opening Night
Boston’s North End aka “Little Italy” hosts wonderful feasts and festivals all summer long, but the most popular ones happen in August. Saint Anthony’s Feast is one of the largest festivals in New England. Generations of Boston Italian-American families celebrate alongside tourists, the curious, and innocent passersby in this 100+ year tradition.  Go for the music, food, and parades: leave stuffed with good Italiano cuisine and culture!

Labor Day weekend brings fireworks over the Boston Harbor with gorgeous water views and refreshing sea breezes.  Enjoy the festivities over dinner and drinks at Pier 6 in the Seaport or other restaurants in the area. Be sure to make a reservation as tables go quick!

Baseball season is in full swing and the Red Sox spend most of August playing on the home field. Catch a game at Fenway Park, enjoy a hot dog, and cheer on the home team!

If you prefer sport of a slower pace, then don’t miss the Deutsche Bank Championship New England PGA Tour 2016 Sept 1st – 5th. Held at TPC Boston north of the city and voted by Golf Digest magazine as one of the “Top 10 Best New Private Clubs in the U.S.” when it debuted in 2002, gather your golf shoes and whale printed pants and catch some of the premier golf payers as they compete for an $8.5 million prize to benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation and other New England charities.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Upcoming Must-See Shows in Boston

Most people assume you need to go to New York City to experience a show but you can have the theater-going experience without ever leaving Boston. We've rounded up some shows coming to Boston within the next few weeks.

Everyone associates Boston with the television show "Cheers." Visitors flock to the Cheers bar on Beacon Street every day to get a glimpse of the bar where "everyone knows your name." Well now Cheers is coming to the stage with a live show based off the first television season. The show will be running from September 9 - 18 at the Citi Shubert Theatre.

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Running from October 14 - 30, the José Mateo Ballet Theatre begins its 31st season with "Impelling Forces," which is three Mateo original ballets set to Mozart, Beethoven, and Philip Glass. Shows will be performed at the Sanctuary Theatre in Cambridge.

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"Company," the 7 time Tony Award winning comedic musical about modern relationships is being presented by Back Bay's Lyric Stage Company. This smart comedy sheds a light on everything from marriage and relationships to life in general. Shows will be performed from September 2 - October 9.

The Boston Lyrical Opera starts its 40th anniversary season with a bi-coastal premiere of "Carmen." This production is co-produced by the San Francisco Opera with the goal of bringing opera back to the Boston Opera House. "Carmen"  will run from September 23 - October 2.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Must Try Summer Cocktails to Quench Your Thirst

Summer is in full swing which means longer days and warm nights. These summer inspired cocktails will keep you cool all season long.

Summer Breeze - Savor summer with a pleasantly pink cocktail of pineapple and grapefruit juice with gin.
Summer Breeze

Summer Fruit Sangria - A pitcher of sangria made with white wine, fruit, and liqueur will get the party started.
Summer Fruit Sangria

Watermelon Cucumber Cooler - Nothing screams summer quite like a pretty pink watermelon cocktail.
Watermelon-Cucumber Cooler

Cherry Beer - Cold beer on its own is just about perfect. But teamed with a fruity mixer, it becomes the life of the party.

Honeydew Granita Spritzer - Seltzer enlivens this effervescent drink, which consists of sweet honeydew melon puree and mouth-puckering lime juice. Add vodka for a little kick.
Honeydew Granita Spritzer

Watermelon Tequila Cocktails - When watermelon is in abundance, this is a great way to use it.
Watermelon-Tequila Cocktails

Tabernacle Crush - This light and refreshing cocktail is as reminiscent of the American South as it is of the South of France.
Tabernacle Crush

Strawberry-Lemon Mojitos - The addition of strawberries sweetens up this classic cocktail.
Strawberry-Lemon Mojitos

Mango-Peach Sangria - This lightly sweet sangria is perfect for a warm summer night.
Mango-Peach Sangria

Manhattan Ice Cream Float - An adult version of the ice cream floats you enjoyed as a kid.
Manhattan Ice Cream Float

Monday, July 11, 2016

These Events Will Have You Busy in Boston All Summer Long

A Boston summer brings a bevy of wonderful can’t miss events and activities. We've compiled a list of events that have become beloved summer traditions.

Starting in June and running through the end of August is the WBZ Free Friday Flicks at The Hatch Shell on the Charles River. Come sunset the lawn becomes a sea of picnic blankets and beach chairs full of big and small movie goers. Don’t forget to bring your favorite snack to munch on!

Another event not to miss at the Hatch Shell is the Landmarks Orchestra Classical concerts. The orchestra founded in 2001, by conductor Charles Ansbacher, is a collation of some of the finest professional musicians in Boston. Running through July and August on Thursday nights, the free concerts began in 2007 and have seen attendance grow every summer.

Boston’s waterfront is a cool respite of sea breezes and sail boats. The Harborwalk beginning in Charlestown and winding south towards Carson Beach covers beaches, public art, historical sites, wharves, and museums. It’s along the walk that you will find the Boston Harbor Hotel. Every year the hotel presents its Summer in the City entertainment events. Tuesday through Thursday bands take over the floating barge (yes, barge) and delight audiences with Pop, Rat Pack, or Blues (depending on the day). On Fridays and enjoy a classic movie on Friday evenings at dusk.

An absolute favorite among locals is Harborwalk Sounds in conjunction with ICA Free Thursday Nights at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Running June 30th through September 1st, the ICA offers live music of all genres from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Visitors sit and relax on the steps of the museum’s Grandstand, drink in hand, listening to Berklee College of Music’s plethora of talent. The tunes are infectious, the food is delicious, and the spectacular Harbor view is the perfect dessert!

Boston takes care of its literary enthusiasts as well. If the boring beach paperback in your bag isn’t cutting it for you and you crave linguistic substance, Shakespeare is your answer. Since 1996, The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company puts on full productions in the Boston Common July through August. This year’s production of Love’s Labour Lost begins July 20th.

No matter what you prefer, Boston has an event for everyone!

Friday, June 17, 2016

How to Spend the Fourth of July in Boston

The Fourth of July is right around the corner and if you plan on spending it in Boston, we've got you covered on what to do.

25th Annual Boston Harborfest Celebration – this family friendly celebration includes hundreds of activities over July 1 – 4. Proudly the country’s largest Fourth of July Festive, enjoy historical reenactments, Freedom Trail walks and much more!

Boston Pops Firework Spectacular – Dating back to 1929, the Boston Fourth of July Celebration is a festive way to celebrate the holiday with music from the Boston Pops and a magnificent fireworks display. Concerts take place on Sunday, July 3rd and Monday, July 4th with the fireworks being on Monday only at 10:30 PM.

Reading of the Declaration of Independence – at 10:00 AM on July 4th, the Declaration of Independence will be read, just like it was back in 1776. Relive history and grab a treat afterwards at Faneuil Hall.  

Visit the USS Constitution and take a tour of “Old Ironsides.” - She’s not in water right now, so you might even get to see the “Chipping Away” demonstration, showing the progress of the USS Constitution’s restoration. A must-see for all ages!

Top of the Hub on July 4th – looking to enjoy the fireworks from a different view? The Top of the Hub in the Prudential Tower pipes in music live from the Boston Pops Concert! Reservations are required in advance, call the Top of the Hub to request a seating: 617-536-1775.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Try these easy recipes for your cookout this weekend!

The weather in Boston is supposed to be gorgeous this weekend! Take advantage with these easy recipes that will have all your cookout guests talking.

Juicy Slider Bar - Decisions, decisions! This recipe is fun for entertaining friends (or your little ones) outdoors…compete to see who creates the most unique combination and then enjoy your creations.

Red Pepper Gazpacho - Soup in the summer doesn’t sound too appealing…but Gazpacho in the summer is just right! This easy to prepare recipe is great for dinner and saving the leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch. (Your colleagues will be jealous!)
Red Pepper Gazpacho

Summer Chicken Salad - Not your average salad, this pairing of grapes and avocado is surprisingly refreshing…and you’ll feel good about it, too – it’s packed with essential vitamins!
Chicken Salad with Grapes, Avocado, and Almonds over Spinach

Grilled Tuna Skewers - Looking for a simple yet healthy meal? Tuna is great on the grill and this will take you less than 30 minutes. We’re in!
Grilled Tuna Skewers