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5 Beer Bars You Need to Visit

Posted by 365 Things Boston on Fri, Apr 15, 2016


5200218267_2215c03778_o_1.jpgCheck out one of these bars in Boston for some of the rarest and best beers around:

1. The Tip Tap Room | Beacon Hill

"Brian Poe’s exotic chop house is best known for its kangaroo steaks and rattlesnake dishes. But with 46 craft taps and 50 different bottles to choose from, it’s also one of the top beer bars in town. The classic dark wood interior and thoughtful cocktails make it perfect for anything from brunch with grandma to a pretty serious date."

2. The Lower Depths | Kenmore Square

"Just a stone’s throw from Fenway, this underground (cash only!) temple of beer geekery keeps track of everything you drink so you never have to break out the beer journal. Why do the bartenders keep track? Because, if you manage to make it through the 30 taps and over 150 bottles, you get your own congratulatory mug. Gimmicky? Maybe. But with nine Flemish sours on the menu, the beer list certainly isn’t.  "

3. Stoddard's | Downtown 

"One thing Downtown needs is more decent watering holes, and Stoddard’s certainly delivers.  Walking in the door feels like stepping on to the set of a film noir, complete with a dark wood bar, stainless steel taps, and vintage furniture. The selection includes 25 rotating casks and drafts and over 90 craft bottles both domestic and international. It has a perfect pub atmosphere, and the kegs to back it up." 

4. Lord Hobo | Cambridge

"Lord Hobo is a beer bar through and through, with over 30 unique bottles and an enviable draft list that includes everything from the Lord Hobo brewery in Woburn, plus a wide array of microbrews from across the US. Rotation is so frequent that extremely rare beers crop up on tap every now and then, and the staff is very good about steering customers towards the ones they’ll love (the menu includes full descriptions of each beer, too). This place has a great neighborhood vibe, and the fact that the pub food is reliably un-boring also makes it a must try. Go for the Hobo Chili, which is made with steak, pork, confit, and veal."

5. Russell House Tavern | Harvard Square

"Russell House is a great all-purpose restaurant with a solid beer program. Each of the 13 taps represents a local craft brewery, and most are rotating, with two dedicated to interesting nitro and cask selections. The fresh-obsessed will be happy to know that a brand new cask is tapped every Thursday at 5pm in time for the weekend. In addition to an extensive bottle list, the restaurant also serves growlers of hard-to-find beer. Be sure to stick around until 11pm when oysters are $1 each."


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Cambridge Winter Farmers' Market

Posted by 365 Things Boston on Fri, Jan 08, 2016

Head to the 5th Annual Opening Day of the Cambridge Winter Farmers Market at the Cambridge Community Center! They will be open every Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm from January through April!

The opening day will feature local food and drinks, live music, an art project hosted by the Riverside Gallery, a photo booth, and face painting.

Vendor list for opening day:

Valicenti Pasta Farm Winter Moon Roots Copicut Farms Jubali BirchTree Bread Company Marblehead Salt Co. Sweet Lydia's Apex Orchards El Recreo Estate Coffee, Inc. Fungi Ally Freedom Food Farm Levend Bakery Chickadee Farm Silverbrook Farm Narragansett Creamery The Soup Guy Honeycomb Creamery Kitchen Millie Lilac Hedge Farm Dan's Power Plant Moose Cup Samira's Homemade Just Add Cooking Soluna Garden Farm Jennifer Lee's Gourmet Bakery.


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3 Places to Ice Skate Outside in Boston

Posted by 365 Things Boston on Mon, Dec 28, 2015

Winter is officially here! Embrace the season by skating at one of these outdoor rinks.

1.Ice Skating on Boston Harbor // Rink: $10, Rentals: $10 // 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA

"This winter, Bostonians, visitors, and adventurers big and small can can enjoy all the pleasures of a New England winter—outdoor skating under the rotunda, joyous celebrations, breathtaking waterfront views, and timeless winter classics."

2. Community Ice Skating at Kendall Square // Rink: $10, Rentals: $10 // 300 Athenaeum St, Cambridge, MA

3. Harvard Skate // Rink: FREE, Rentals: $5 // Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA


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Harvard Square Holiday Fair

Posted by 365 Things Boston on Wed, Dec 09, 2015

Holiday Fair"This is not your average craft fair - it's more like a party where you can buy stuff!

The Harvard Square Holiday Fair, one of the oldest and most popular fairs in Boston, will celebrate its 30th season in 2015. This year the fair moves to two new locations;

+From December 11 - 13, the fair will be at 50 Church St, 4th floor, with some vendors outside in the courtyard on the corner of Church St. & Mass. Ave.
+From December 18 - 23, the entire fair will move to the lower hall of St Paul's Church at 29 Mt Auburn St. (corner of Bow St. & Arrow St.).

The fair is juried and includes a changing mix of New England craftspeople and world travelling importers featuring many wonderful gift items. There is always a great selection of beautiful, original and affordable gifts. Talking to the craftspeople who make what they sell gives shoppers a connection to what they are buying that is just not possible at the mall, through a catalogue or online.

It's a high energy alternative marketplace with a great soundtrack, where people see old friends and make new ones - a taste of the old Harvard Square. Admission is free."


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Hub Week - Your Brain on Art

Posted by Susie Callahan on Mon, Oct 05, 2015

"How Does Light Influence Our Creation and Perception of Images?

How does light help and inspire artists to create visual stories about places, moments, or experiences? What happens inside people’s brains when they admire art? Do all people perceive the same thing when they look at a painting or a photograph?

Neurobiologist Margaret Livingstone, Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, and photographer Sharon Harper, Professor of Visual Art, Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, will explore these questions and illuminate the science and art behind seeing, perceiving, and creating images. The lecture is part of a series of cross-disciplinary events co-organized by the Harvard Brain Science Initiative, the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, and the Harvard.

This event is free! Click here to register


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Kendall Square Farmers Market

Posted by Susie Callahan on Sun, Sep 06, 2015

"Kendall Square’s annual summer Farmers’ Market opened Thursday, June 4th and runs weekly through October. This season’s market is better than ever with an emphasis on fresh and local grab-and-go lunch options, in addition to baked goods, artisan crafts, coffee, tea, fresh juices, cold summer treats and flowering plants. This year, Kendall Square welcomes back some of its favorite vendors, while introducing a new group of local merchants bringing fresh and local treats to the neighborhood. 

For the first time, in addition to local community organizations, well-known food authors will join the weekly market for book signings, recipe sharing and tastings. 

The Kendall Square Farmers’ Market is introducing new vendors Guru the Caterer, Abigails, Canteen + Co., Dads Treats, Sweet Art, Evy Tea, Mother Juice, Popcorn Reborn, New England Ice Lollies, The Kendall Flower Shop, Chica De Gallo, Scoopsies Ice Cream, Vintage Tea & Cakes, 7ate9 Bakery, Powerhouse Juice and Red Garden Pottery, while welcoming back local favorites Chicken and Rice Guys, Swiss Bakers and Fazenda Coffee Roasters. "

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The 2nd Annual Cambridge Jazz Festival

Posted by Susie Callahan on Sun, Jul 26, 2015

 "Enjoy a summer afternoon of listening to FREE, Grammy-Award-Winning JAZZ in the green sculpture gardens of University Park at MIT. There will be jazzy FOOD & DRINKS…a BEER GARDEN…and ARTS & CRAFTS for all to enjoy… 

 …and a stellar lineup of PERFORMERS including Cambridge native Nnenna Freelon in a tribute to Billie Holiday with the Ron Savage Trio, piano legend JoAnne Brackeen, percussionist Eguie Castrillo and his Latin Jazz Connection, the innovative Laszlo Gardony Sextet, and the smooth jazz sounds of The Tóth Brothers."


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3 Lobster Rolls to Try This Summer

Posted by Susie Callahan on Wed, Jul 08, 2015

lr"Seriously, what’s better on a summer day than sipping a cold one and chowing down on a bun piled high with lobster salad? Answer: seriously nothing. Stop looking for other answers." Try these three, recommended by Thirllist:

1. Yankee Lobster Co

"This internationally known fish market makes a locally beloved lobster roll that you need to eat. Soon. Light mayo and tarragon complement the claw/knuckle meat and griddled bun, and for a slight variation, order the lobster club -- it’s got bacon in the mix. (Bacon + lobster + you = happiness.) Food blogger Fiona Coxe puts the entire scene in perspective: “Like being on vacation in the middle of the city, Yankee Lobster offers that island vibe, a stuffed lobster roll, and beer­ -- ‘cause everything is better with beer.”

2. Alive and Kicking Lobster

"Even though plenty of locals know about Alive & Kicking’s lobster salad sandwiches (not rolls!), those beauties still feel like a well­-guarded secret. This no­-frills Cambridgeport nook keeps its “roll” equally no­-frills with just light mayo, salt, and pepper for seasoning, while two pieces of toasted scali tie the whole room together. Restaurateur Beau Sturm reflects, “It’s simple and delicious, served on buttered scali bread and barely dressed in mayo. The people who run the place are so nice, and the food is just as great as the people.”

3. James Hook + Co

"A sunny stroll along the waterfront should always include a stop at James Hook for their award­-winning lobster roll. Always. It’s a basic set-up (light mayo, celery, toasted roll), but one that allows the straight-from­-the-ocean lobster meat to take center stage. And it’s a showstopper. For cookbook author Dan Whalen, Hook’s roll is tops: “Fresh lobster, light mayo, buttered toasted roll, and that’s it. Amazing big chunks of really fresh meat. Also, it’s affordable.” ($15 for a small, $18 for a large.)"

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City of Cambridge Dance Party

Posted by Susie Callahan on Wed, Jun 24, 2015

"Stately Cambridge City Hall provides the backdrop for the annual neighborhood boogie bonanza on Mass. Ave. between Prospect and Bigelow Streets. Shake it with thousands of your closest friends while DJs spin dance hits from old school Motown to ‘80s/’90s party classics. (Parachute pants are optional.)"

"Join thousands of Cambridge residents and visitors who will gather in front of Cambridge City Hall for this annual, FREE dance extravaganza on Friday, June 26 from 7pm-11pm. Celebrate summer with an evening of community and music. After dark, colorful lights will be launched, adding to the magic of the evening.

Mass Ave, between Prospect and Bigelow Streets, will be closed to traffic during the event, but open for dancing!! 

Attendees are strongly encouraged to take public transportation to the event."

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Saturday BBQs @ Formaggio Kitchen

Posted by Susie Callahan on Fri, Jun 19, 2015

Kick off Father's Day weekend by taking your Dad to Formaggio Kitchen for their Saturday BBQs:

"Each year as the weather warms up, we roll out our massive Weber grill to finish house smoked meats and a variety of sides to satisfy a long line of die hard fans. Our 2015 season kicked off on Saturday, April 4th and will continue into October.

Check out our 2015 BBQ menu and call us at 617-354-4750 with your pre-order. We are happy to take smaller pre-orders up until 4pm on the Thursday before the barbecue. If you’re serving a large group of 8 or more people, you must place your pre-order prior to Wednesday by 12 noon. Please be aware that pre-orders will not be warmed up on the grill at time of pickup. Hot dogs, sausages and other items that require “finishing” on the grill are not available via pre-order.

Each week, our work begins in earnest on Thursday as we start prepping and smoking the meats. We smoke our brisket, chicken, lamb and pork shoulder using a variety of woods, and we put a healthy dose of dry rub on the pork ribs. We also cook up a heaping batch of baked beans, caramelized onions, and coleslaw to provide the trifecta of killer sides.

On Saturday morning, we roll out the grill and get the fire started with hardwood lump coals as a line of customers starts forming. We love the laid-back, welcoming atmosphere, and so do others: In 2007, we were voted Best Street Food by Boston Magazine, and in 2009 we were named one of the top ten best new BBQ spots in the US by Bon Appétit. Most importantly, we have a following of devoted regulars who make it all worthwhile. So stop by and join us for some great barbecue!"

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