Monday, January 28, 2013

College Hockey At Its Finest! The Boston Beanpot Tournament!

While Clarendon Square tries to offer a peaceful and relaxing oasis for guests visiting Boston, nothing quite says Boston like an old-fashioned hockey tournament. The Boston Beanpot Tournament takes places at the TD Garden just outside the
North End and features the all star hockey teams of Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University and Northeastern University.

This hockey tournament has been a Boston tradition and celebrated its 60th anniversary last year with The Boston College Eagles defeating the Boston University Terriers 3-2 in overtime. Recently, women’s college hockey has also been included in the Beanpot Tournament. Boston University has won more Beanpot championships than any other team with nearly 30 wins over the last 60 years, but Boston College has been creeping up and has won the last three years. While the NHL lockout has finally ended, the skill and intensity in these games will rival any professional team in the league. Players from these prestigious schools often go on to play professionally and continue to set the standard for outstanding student athletes. Matt Gilroy and Chris Drury, both BU Terrier captains went on to win the Hobey Baker award, college hockey’s MVP, and were then drafted into the NHL. Chris Drury was in the NHL for over ten years and ended his career as captain of the Original Six team: the New York Rangers. Mike Mottau, a Boston College Eagle, also won the Hobey Baker award in 2000 and is now a member of the Boston Bruin’s hockey club.

Ticket information as well as dates can be found here. The TD Garden is an easy commute from the Inn on the Orange T line. After your night of nail biting excitement, come back to the south end and relax in our rooftop hot tub, the perfect way to end a night of exciting college

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Museum of Fine Arts Presents: Mario Testino (at last!)

The guests at Clarendon Square can often be found strolling through the South End, taking in the small boutiques and unique art galleries tucked away on side streets far from the loud hustle and bustle of downtown Boston. While the South End offers its own expansive art varieties, guests are encouraged to venture over to the Museum of Fine Arts and have a look at one of the newer exhibits. Mario Testino has finally come to Boston!

Mario Testino, of Lima, Peru, is one of the world’s most renowned portrait
photographers. His famous faces include Kate Moss, Brad Pitt, Madonna and royalty from England to Jordan. He has published several photography books and has held exhibits all over the world. He is one of the few living artists that has been offered the opportunity to exhibit his work at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid in 2010 and has received Peru’s top honor, the Grand Cross of Merit. Testino was also awarded the Gold Medal from the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute for his philanthropy work trying to build strong relationships between Spanish speaking nations and the United States. Mario Testino is a visionary in the art world and his vision can now be seen on exhibit in our own backyard. While at the MFA, walk through the halls of other exhibits such as Jewels, Gems and Treasures and Art in the Street: European Posters. All three exhibits and many others run through the spring and into the summer. More information can be found here.
After spending a morning, an afternoon, or even beeter, the whole day at the MFA, stroll back to our bed and breakfast in the South End and grab a cup of afternoon tea. Mosey on over to one of the fabulous restaurants right outside your door and continue your day of enrichment by trying a new dish, a new wine, or introducing yourself to a new face. Try Masa for delicious latin inspired food, an homage to your Testino education!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

See, Swirl, Sniff, Sip, and Savor at The Boston Wine Expo

Boston’s South End neighborhood is home to many great restaurants and bars that offer exquisite wine from all over the world. Why not attend the Boston Wine Expo this February and then test what you’ve learned at Toro or Sibling Rivalry!
The event takes place February 16 and 17 at the Boston Seaport World Trade Center. The Grand Tasting will feature almost 2,000 different wines, along with food samplings and other wine related products. Some of the wineries being showcased include the Alexander Valley Vineyard from Sonoma County and Roncolato Antonio of Italy. The grand tasting also offers tens of lifestyle and food exhibitors like Brix
Chocolate and Fianco a Fianco.

Brix Chocolate specializes in chocolates to be paired with wine. Each of their chocolates has been specially blended to pair perfectly with different wines and bubbly. Fianco a Fianco specializes in different biscotti and the wines or other beverages they are traditionally paired with. This New York couple found themselves living in Genoa, Italy and developed comfort and satisfaction by exploring classic Italian cooking methods and flavors. Their first biscotti was Biscottini al Pesto and pairs well with white wine as a pre- or post-dinner treat. Now, they have expanded to ten different flavors and will be sharing their passion for Italian food at the Wine Expo. In addition to the grand tasting, seminars are also taking place and offer classes such as Wine 101 with Wine Spectator's Director of Education. In this class, you can learn how to taste wine like a pro. Gloria Maroti Frazee will teach you about
different wine styles, tasting techniques and grape varieties. This class is great for novice wine drinkers as well as seasoned wine connoisseurs. Other classes feature different cheeses, wine regions and history of wine culture. Tickets to the Grand Wine Tasting as well as the seminars can be purchased online. Visitors can choose to attend seminars alone, the Grand Wine Tasting alone or a combination of both. More information including pricing and times can be
found here.

After a long day of sipping delicious wine and tasting other fine food from all over the world, head back to our bed and breakfast and put your new education to the test! The many restaurants in the South End provide the perfect atmosphere for an initmate dinner for two or great surroundings to meet new people.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Toro's Tapas Still Steal the Spolight in the South End

While Boston in winter can be incredibly, beautiful with snow, lights lining the buildings and beautiful wreaths hanging on doors and handrails, some may fear it too chilly a destination to visit. Lucky, just steps from our Boston bed and breakfast we have something to keep you warm and lure you out. What better way to warm your bones than enjoy a delicious meal and cocktail in a South End restaurant? Just a short walk from Clarendon Square Bed and Breakfast lies one of the city's most popular restaurants: Toro, a unique tapas style restaurant helmed by renowned chef, Ken Oringer.

Ken Oringer was voted most likely to succeed upon graduation from the Culinary Institute of America in 1989. And boy has he proven everyone right! Ken opened his first restaurant, Clio, in 1997 and in 2002, opened Uni, a sashimi bar within Clio. Chef Oringer was nominated four times for the James Beard award for Best Chef Northeast and finally won in 2001. Clio was named one of the top 50 restaurants according to Gourmet Magazine. Jamie Bissonette is the chef at Toro and if the name sounds familiar, then you have probably eaten at his other restaurant, Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square, where he was the opening chef. The Improper Bostonian namedhim “Rising Star Chef “ and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Bon Appetite, and the Boston Globe and was voted people’s choice Best New Chef in Food and Wine Magazine for his colloborative work with Ken at their restaurant Coppa, also in the South End.

At Toro tasty dishes like salt cod fritters with lemon rings and aioli, premium cured Spanish ham and fois gras with fig jam and candied walnuts fill the menu. The Mediterranean spices and cozy environment will warm and welcome everyone from local regulars to world travelers. Perhaps you want to stop by on your way out downtown for a drink. The unique cocktails will certainly get you ready for a night out on the town if they don’t convince you to stay put and enjoy a dish or two! Drinks such as La Granada, a bubbly cocktail with Reyka vodka, pomegranate juice and a twist of lime, will quench your desire for something delicious and refreshing and leave you wanting more. It is no secret that they over the best Tapas in Boston.

As you can see we love dining at restaurants in downtown, it is one of our favorite things to do in Boston. The convenience of Toro’s location and stellar reputation leave you no reason miss out on the incredible eats and drinks. If the comforting warmth from the food and drink wears off by the time you get back to the Inn for the night, consider a dip in the hot tub before bed. What better way to unwind after a fun-filled day than letting the jets massage your muscles as you take in a view of the city during the peaceful night.