Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Boo! -- Best Boston Area Activities for Halloween

Halloween is this weekend! If you are looking for something spooky to do in preparation, look no further than the Boston area. We've got you covered.

Boston Ghost and Graveyard Tour
7 nights a week until 10/31 (tours start at 7pm)
A two hour tour: half in the "Trolley of the Doomed" and half walking through two of the oldest burying grounds in Boston. Learn more about Boston's most sinister historical figures and which ones supposedly still roam the city. Scary!

Halloween on the Harbor
Friday, October 31, 7pm-10pm
A costume party crawl around South Boston Waterfront for those 21 and older. A $5 ticket gets you rides on a Boston Duck shuttle to all the Halloween parties at Blue Dragon, Jerry Remy's, Whiskey Priest, Atlantic Beer Garden, and more top spots along the waterfront.

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror
Friday, October 30, 8pm
Eight Berklee College of Music students are collaborating with Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart to reimagine the 1922 silent horror film "Nosferatu." They have reworked the score and will be presenting it at Symphony Hall in what will truly be a one of a kind experience.

Cirque of the Dead
October 28-30
Rock out with Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band as they provide the soundtrack to the Boston Circus Guild high-flying circus act. The show blends acrobatics, aerial and burlesque with humor and gore. Don't forget about the costume contest so come wearing your Halloween's finest.

"Scared for Good" Halloween Organ Concert
October 30, 7:30pm
Hosted in the Old South Church, musician Harry Huff will be performing creepy classics from The Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, The Exorcist, and more. Costumes are encouraged as well as donations -- this is a free event but all donations benefit the Allston-Brighton Food Pantry.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

10 Delectable Dessert Spots in Boston for National Dessert Day

We're never one to shy away from sweets, so this post is a piece of cake! And as a cherry-on-top, 6 of the 10 are a quick walk from Clarendon Square which means a pit-stop on your way back to the Inn!

J.P. Licks in Jamaica Plain
659 Centre St. - Jamaica Plain - Boston, MA
I scream, you scream, we all scream for J.P. Licks. There are many locations throughout Boston, but we recommend making the trip to Jamaica Plain for the original experience.

Mike's Pastry
300 Hanover St. - North End - Boston, MA
Be prepared to wait - and the wait is definitely worth it! You will never forget the cannoli and will be coming back for the lobster tail!

Modern Pastry Shop
263 Hanover St. - North End - Boston, MA
It's all in the name...pastry. Rows and rows of pastries! It's hard to choose just one and we don't blame you if you walk out with a whole box of them!

513 Tremont St. - South End - Boston, MA
The pizza will get you in the door, but their ice cream selection will make you never want to leave. With offerings changing daily, we recommend mixing it up with two different scoops to make the perfect dessert!

Blackbird Donut
492 Tremont St. - South End - Boston, MA
The newest dessert bird on the block! They open at 7 am and close when they run out of donuts, so this is a dessert for lunch...or maybe breakfast? Why not!

Café Madeleine
517 Columbus Ave. - South End - Boston, MA
A French bakery tucked right in Clarendon Square's backyard is a gem not to be missed. And get there early as they sell out of their more popular items quickly. The chocolate ganache is not to be missed!

Flour Bakery and Café
1595 Washington St. - South End - Boston, MA
With lots of locations around Boston, and two within walking distance to Clarendon Square, dessert is a must when getting lunch here. The sticky buns are the best around!

Max Brenner
745 Boylston St. - Back Bay - Boston, MA
A chocolate shop that serves lunch, dinner...and wine? Yes, please! It's a good excuse to "go out to dinner" when all you really wanted to begin with was the chocolate fondue.


37 Bowdoin St. - Beacon Hill - Boston, MA
Now here's a place to get a delicious Italian dinner outside of the North End, and the cherry on top is the dessert. You will absolutely need to save room for one of their many sweets.

Lolita Cocina and Tequila Bar
271 Dartmouth St. - Back Bay - Boston, MA
A tequila bar that has an amazing array of dessert? Cotton Candy- lots and lots of Cotton Candy. Isn't that enough to get you there?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Oktoberfest Recipes to Bring Germany Into Your Kitchen

We've compiled a list of our favorite German recipes so you can celebrate Oktoberfest without having to leave your kitchen! 

Sweet and Sour Cabbage - This warm cabbage dish makes the perfect fall side, especially with the taste of apple.

Sweet Pretzels - Satisfy your savory cravings with this warm and salty treat.

Sauteed Pork Chops with Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage - The richness of pork is lightened with tangy cabbage for a hearty German-style meal that seems made for autumn.

Creamy SauerKraut Gratin with Duck Confit -The fat of the confit tempers the sharpness of the sauerkraut, which in turn is smoothed out by the creamy custard perfumed with juniper.

German Spaetzle Dumplings - Traditional German dumplings.

Beer Glazed Bratwurst and SauerKraut - German flavors with an American twist.

German Potato Salad - Perfect side dish for a bratwurst.

German Curry "Ketchup" - A traditional topping for your bratwurst.