Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Where to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Boston

Plenty of restaurants in Boston will be open this year for Thanksgiving. Although it means no week long turkey sandwiches, there will be no prep work or cleaning up!

The Beehive - South End, Boston
$55 for three-course prix-fixe; 11 a.m.-10 p.m

One of Clarendon Square's favorite jazz bars has jazzed out Turkey Day. Starters range from crab croquettes to roasted squash salad, as well as foie gras au torchon. In addition to turkey the sides are green bean casserole, caramelized onion and apple stuffing, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes, Mains include vegetarian Thanksgiving, rack of lamb, salmon, halibut, and a 12 oz New York Strip. The “leftovers” menu, offered from 9 p.m.-midnight, includes a turkey melt for those that still have room!

Deauxave - Back Bay, Boston
$85 prix fixe; 12pm- 8pm

We give Deauxave credit for including a turducken (a chicken stuffed inside a duck stuffed inside a turkey) on their Thanksgiving menu this year, and of course we can expect it to be cooked to perfection. Starters include spiced heirloom pumpkin soup with chestnut-apple purée, a pavé of duck confit with cranberry and forest mushrooms, and beet and chèvre salad with celeriac and spiced pumpkin seeds.

Grill 23 & Bar - Back Bay, Boston
$72 per person or priced a la carte; 12pm- 8pm

In this four-course prix-fixe, begin with cauliflower leek soup with crispy kale and chorizo oil, followed by an iceberg wedge dressed with maple labne, bacon, cranberries, and fried shallots. The Massachusetts turkey is pastrami-brined and served with pumpernickel-rye stuffing, Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, and gravy. Finish with grown-up pumpkin cheesecake, topped with pecan pie sauce, bourbon whipped cream, and graham cracker crumble.

Rialto - Harvard Square, Cambridge
$85 per person; $125 with wine pairings; $35 for children under 12; 1pm-7:45pm

Chef Jody Adams is making Thanksgiving at Rialto’s elegant but inclusive to all ages. There will be both a three-course tasting menu, as well as a smaller, simpler menu for the children at the table. Those adventurous can begin with a Jerusalem artichoke soup, a classic vongole, savory squash custard, antipasto, or salad, before moving into a selection of entrées, including the traditional bird with all the trimmings. Alternatives to turkey include gnocchi with chanterelles and preserved lemon, halibut with green olives and clementine, butter-poached lobster over squid-ink pasta, and pan-roasted duck breast.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Outside of the Box Thanksgiving Dishes

Thanskgiving is a traditional American holiday paired with the classic meal: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, squash, etc. We thought this year we would mix it up with some unexpected dishes and new twists on old favorites to add to the table this year. We've found a list of recipes from our favorite chefs/sites to share.

Vegducken - Move over turkducken, tofurkey, and regular turkey. This is a vegetarian option to rule them all.
Vegducken Hero / Photo by Chelsea Kyle, Prop Styling by Alex Brannian, Food Styling by Michelle Gatton
Mashed Winter Squash with Spices - Fragrant Indian spices--coriander, turmeric and black mustard seeds--are a wonderful accent for this vegan creamy mashed butternut squash dish. The squash can be roughly smashed until chunky, or thoroughly mashed until smooth.

Creamy Cauliflower Dip - Earthy and rich without being heavy or filling, this creamy vegetable dip is just the thing to whet the appetite without ruining it before a big holiday meal.
Creamy Cauliflower Dip- RECIPE IMAGE / Photo by Tara Donne, Prop Styling by Alex Brannian, Food Styling by Cyd McDowell
Cranberry-Cherry Compote - Dark sweet cherries and apple cider lend sweetness and depth to this bourbon-and-black-pepper-spiked cranberry sauce.
Cranberry-Cherry Compote / Photo by Tara Donne, Prop Styling by Alex Brannian, Food Styling by Cyd McDowell
Raw Butternut Squash Salad - There’s great pleasure to be found in feasting on autumn vegetables served raw, with a minimum of preparation.
Gluten Free Cranberry Curd Tart - If you are a fan of lemon curd or the classic French tarte au citron, you will love this cranberry version.
Stuffed Pumpkin - Step aside, jack-o'-lanterns. We've got another reason to carve a pumpkin.
Scalloped Oysters - Choose fresh, briny oysters that are small or medium in size.
Scalloped Oysters
Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Maple Cinnamon Sage Brown Butter - Infuse some Italian cuisine with traditional Thanksgiving flavors. 
Cranberry Old Fashioned - This drink marries bourbon and Thanksgiving's signature berry. It's strong, so you may want to add an extra tablespoon or two of water when muddling.
Cranberry Old-Fashioned

Monday, November 16, 2015

Boston based charities to support in honor of National Philanthropy Day

November 15 marked National Philanthropy Day which is the perfect reminder to give back to the community. Below, we've listed some local charities/non profits that give back to Boston everyday of the year.

Cradles to Crayons
155 North Beacon St.
Brighton, MA

Cradles to Crayons provides children, from birth to age 12, with the essential items they need to thrive and succeed at home and at school free of charge. They do this by connecting communities that "have" to communities that "need."
How you can help: You can provide funds, donate children's items, volunteer, or host a collection drive.

Franklin Park Coalition
2010 Columbus Ave.
Roxbury, MA

The Franklin Park Coalition serves as a voice for historic Franklin Park. They work to engage park users and community members through advocacy, programs, and restoration.
How you can help: You can donate or volunteer to help keep the park clean.

AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts
75 Amory St.
Roxbury, MA

The Action Committee is a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS. They advocate at the city, state and federal levels for fair and effective AIDS policies, conduct HIV prevention programs, and provide services to those already living with HIV.
How you can help: You can help in a variety of ways from donating money to working a shift at Boomerangs: a chain of thrift stores operated by the Committee.

Bridge Over Troubled Waters
47 West St.
Boston, MA

Bridge Over Troubled Waters is an organization dedicated to transforming the lives of runaway, homeless, and high-risk youth through safe, supportive, and encouraging relationships. It provides them with services that guide them toward self-sufficiency.

How you can help: You can donate, volunteer, or become a mentor.

359 Columbus Ave.
Boston, MA
Located right in our neighborhood, The South End Technology Center is a collaborative effort between The Tent City Corporation and M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). The Tech Center recruits and trains people in computer technology who have been excluded from the technological revolution, encourages community residents to use information technology, and help residents move from being consumers of information to producers and creators of knowledge.
How you can help: Contact director Mel King on their website on how you can help.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

National Candy Day in Boston

No matter the size of your sweet tooth, Boston has something for everyone on National Candy Day. We've rounded up some of our favorite candy spots in the city.

Felicity Sweets
579 Tremont Street

Located about 5 minutes from Clarendon Square, Felicity Sweet's is a neighborhood favorite. They only offer the best of the best, which makes shopping for your new favorite treat a breeze. The owner is almost always there to help you if need be.

Taza Chocolate Factory
561 Windsor Street

Move over Willy Wonka, Boston has it's own chocolate factory! While you can go and shop in the chocolate store, people travel from all over Massachusetts for the factory tour. You'll be able to have some education with your chocolate.

Lulu's Sweet Shoppe
57 Salem Street

Lulu's in the North End has all kinds of sweet treats from cupcakes to ice cream. But for today we are highlighting their retro candy collection. Stop by for some pop rocks, candy cigarettes, and several other classics!

Sugar Heaven
669 Boylston Street

A bi-level candy lover's paradise smack dab in the middle of Boston's bustling Boylston Street, Sugar Heaven has every candy you can imagine. They even have international candy brands. If you're looking for it, Sugar Heaven probably has it.

Hidden Sweets
25 Brattle Street

Take a trip across the river to Harvard Square and visit Hidden Sweets while you're there. They sell candy by the pound so it's the perfect place for someone with a large sweet tooth.

After recovering from a long, sugar filled day, come back and relax at Clarendon Square where you can enjoy the rest of your day's haul from our rooftop deck with city views.