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Party for the Blue Planet & Sea Bash After Party

Posted by Susie Callahan on Sat, Sep 26, 2015

"The New England Aquarium is celebrating the vast work being done around the world in marine conservation, ocean research, and marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation and locally with its educational programs in a Party for the Blue Planet against the backdrop of the breathtaking Giant Ocean Tank and underwater exhibits. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and strolling dinner stations will feature a menu created by Aquarium Executive Chef Laura Brennan. Afterward, outside along Boston Harbor and under the Harbor View Terrace Pavilion, there will be a Sea Bash After Party with local favorite, Eye to Eye, performing for dancing under the stars and libations served at Boston’s most beautiful waterfront location. 

Funds raised at the Party for the Blue Planet and the Sea Bash After Party will be directed to the Aquarium’s Education programs. You can learn more by visiting www.neaq.org/education. Cocktail attire is suggested. To purchase tickets, visitwww.neaq.org/blueparty or call 617-973-0295."

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5 Boston Parks You Need to Check Out

Posted by Susie Callahan on Wed, Jul 15, 2015

"According to ParkScore 2015, Boston has one of the best park systems in the whole country, ranking eighth out of 75 cities thanks to factors like "people per acre" (131) and "proximity" (95% of us live less than a 10-minute walk to a park)."

Here are 5, provided by Thrillist:

1.  Larz Anderson Park | Brookline

"In 1948, socialite heiress Isabel Weld Perkins bequeathed her 17th-century estate to Brookline, including the family’s collection of vintage vehicles now on display in the carriage house. The picturesque 64 acres feature barbecue areas, athletic fields, an ice rink, Putterham School (ca. 1768), the Top of the Hill, and the pondside Temple of Love (based on the one at Versailles, NOT the Sisters of Mercy song). They also put on a bunch of car shows year-round, like British Car Day and Swedish Car Day and German Car Day... you get the idea. Lot of cars."

2.  Franklin Park | Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury

"Boston’s biggest park is SO ginormous that it spans three neighborhoods: Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, and Roxbury. And it needs all 500+ acres to contain a zoo, the second-oldest public golf course in the US, tennis courts, baseball fields, lacrosse & soccer fields, playgrounds, cross-country courses, walking/biking trails, the playhouse, Ellicott Arch, Scarboro Pond, and Long Crouch Woods... wheeeeeeeew. Designed as a “country park” by Frederick Law Olmsted, Franklin Park is the largest and last component of the original Emerald Necklace."

3. Christopher Columbus Park | North End

"Opened on the bicentennial, CCP was Boston’s first waterfront park, and it’s now part of the ever-growing “way better than it was” Harbor Walk. The compact 4.5 acres are loaded with everything from a playground, rose garden, and statue of Chris C himself, to a spray fountain, the Beirut Memorial, and the wisteria-covered trellis that’s lit during the holiday season. However, this harbor-side urban oasis is best for chilling, picnicking, more chilling, and people-watching during the summer. Or for hitting one of the many festivals,summer movie nights, and art shows."

4. Rose Kennedy Greenway | Waterfront

"The Rose Kennedy Greenway is the amalgam of multiple parks sprouting from the much-maligned Big Dig project. You remember, the one that cost American taxpayers BILLIONS of dollars. Opened in 2008, it replaced the JFK Expressway (ironic) with huge lawns, fountains, gardens, rotating/permanent art, and that bitchin’ carousel. And she’s not just a pretty face, either. There’s the daily food truck rally in Dewey Square, the Saturday open market, farmers' markets four days a week, a concert series, yoga classes, and 300+ events (e.g. FIGMENT) every year. Major bonus: free Wi-Fi... enabling you to ditch the office and work outside."

5.  Castle Island | Southie

"No longer really an island, Castle Island joins Marine Park and City Point Park on the sandy three-mile loop around Pleasure Bay. The main attraction is the pre-Civil War-era Fort Independence (a pentagonal stone behemoth suitable for touring), but the panoramic harbor view is a close second. Outside the “castle,” sprawling lawns make for ideal picnicking, and the iconic Sullivan’s Castle Island has clam shack treats and burgers for your seaside feast. Bonus: pack your rod and reel and join the other anglers on the fishing pier."

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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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Music & Movie Fridays at the Boston Harbor Hotel

Posted by Susie Callahan on Thu, Jun 11, 2015

 Music and Movie Fridays are back! That means stop streaming your Netflix and HBO go and head to Rowes Wharf Sea Grille this Friday June 12. Movies start at sundown. Meals and cocktails from Meritage chef Daniel Bruce will also be available. If you can't make it this Friday, take a look at the schedule for the rest of June and July:

June 12: Kramer v. Kramer
June 19: Groundhog Day
June 26: The Princess Bride
July 3: Rocky
July 10: Big
July 17: African Queen
July 24: Young Frankenstein
July 31: Field of Dreams

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Brunch Outdoors

Posted by Susie Callahan on Sat, May 30, 2015

"What's better than brunch? How about eating brunch outside on a perfect Summer day as you enjoy the fact that it isn't August yet and you aren't sweating through all of your clothing? Why yes, that IS better. Here are a few great outdoor brunches to enjoy this weekend, thanks to Thrillist.

The Sinclair | Harvard Square

"The Sinclair has a killer deck and an equally killer brunch to go with it, starting at 11am (or whenever you should happen to wake up). An absolute must is the Bacon Bloody Mary with Fire Puncher vodka, roasted tomato, and house pickles... oh, and a bacon kebab on top. Food-wise, they nail both the sweet and savory ends of the spectrum (spicy eggs Benedict, baked french toast), but why not go for everything at once with the Waffle Burger: grass-fed beef on a buttermilk waffle bun appointed with shallot jam, applewood bacon, cheddar, a fried egg, and maple syrup, served with greens or tots. So, tots"


Stephi's on Tremont | South End

"Kick your useless belt to the curb on the well-shaded patio at Stephanie Sokolove’s Tremont outpost with her comfort-food-gone-mad creations and build-your-own Bloody Mary options (complete with clipboard). From 10am-3pm, chow down on the salty pretzel-crusted crab cake Benedict doused in whole grain mustard hollandaise. Or maybe try the stick-to-your-ribs meatloaf hash swimming in gravy and topped with fried eggs. Better yet, head way South for the arepa con chorizo."


The Living Room | Waterfront

"Every Saturday, Sunday, AND Monday (11am-3pm), Chef Edlbauer escorts you to your happy place with belly-busting fare and crafty cocktails. Enjoy people watching and tourist snarking at Columbus Park from the ample patio and treat yourself to chicken and waffles (self-explanatory), Buffalo chicken dumplings (also pretty clear), and a hefty order of loaded huevos rancheros served on a mod-style lunch tray... take THAT cafeteria lady."


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Cornhole Tournament

Posted by Susie Callahan on Fri, May 29, 2015


Saturday, May 30, 2015 11:00a - 

Boston Athletic Club 
653 Summer Street 
BostonMA 02210


"The 6th Annual Liam's Lucky Charms' Cornhole Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, May 30 at the Boston Athletic Club! 

Come play in one of New England's largest cornhole tournaments. Entry fee gets you into the tournament and all you can eat and drink for the day! Spectators are welcome as well. 

Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. and games will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m."


Buy your tickets here!


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5 Mother's Day Brunch Ideas

Posted by Susie Callahan on Fri, May 08, 2015

Treat your Mom to brunch at one of these great spots, provided by Boston.com:
Asana | Back Bay
"Asana is offering a brunch buffet on Mother's Day complete with a raw bar, hot and cold buffets, and an omelet station. The pastry team at Asana has also created a special selection of desserts to indulge in. Mothers will be given a special appreciation gift from the staff at Mandarin Oriental.
Beacon Hill Bistro | Beacon hill
"At this Beacon Hill spot, Mother's Day brunch will consist of a three-course prix fixe menu. Choices include poached eggs over house-cured salmon and toasted brioche."
BOKX 109 American Prime | Newton
"Executive chef Jarrod Moiles will prepare an expansive spread of brunch options including a raw bar, antipasto display, cured meats, and artisanal cheese. Dessert options include an assortment of mini cakes and cannolis." 
Cafe Fleuri | Waterfront
"At Cafe Fleuri in the Langham Hotel, dine on a buffet that includes a salad/antipasto station, a breakfast display, a seafood station, a special children's station, and dessert. The prix fixe buffet includes one mimosa or sparkling wine."
La Morra | Brookline
"At La Morra in Brookline, enjoy a three-course Italian brunch to celebrate with your mother. Diners can choose options like fresh-made doughnuts, seafood antipasto, Tuscan toast with berries and cream, crispy cornmeal polenta, and banana bread pudding."


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Penguinology at the Aquarium

Posted by Susie Callahan on Mon, Apr 06, 2015

Learn all that you need to know to become a "penguinologist" at the New England Aquarium's Penguinology exhibit. See below!

"Come visit the Aquarium to see penguins up close, peek into their burrows and find out what’s behind their underwater super speed. Learn all the tricks they have up their feathers when you pick up our Penguinology adventure guide! During your visit you will also have the chance to learn about these amazing birds, and how we can work together to help them survive in a changing world."

In addition to the penguins,you can view thousands of other amazing sea creatures - everything from seahorses to sea lions to the giant Pacific octopus! A trip to the aquarium is sure to be a fun and educational adventure for all!

For more information on the penguin exhibit, click here


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Huzzah! Tavern Nights

Posted by Susie Callahan on Thu, Mar 12, 2015

Experience a night of colonial festivities and get the opportunity to drink with the founding fathers!  The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum transforms into a real-life eighteenth century tavern for a few select nights until April 1st. Enjoy live period music and rustic food and beverage all while rubbing elbows with Bostons most notable historical figures - think Paul Revere, Sam Adams, and John Hancock.

As if a party with colonial figures wasn't enticing enough, Harpoon Brewery has also teamed up with the Boston Tea Party Museum to create a delicious, limited edition "Boston Tea Party Ale".  Fun fact: this beer is made with Souchong tea, which is one of the five teas thrown into the waters during the Boston Tea Party.


There's only a few Tavern Nights events left (Thursday, March 19th 7:00pm & Thursday, April 2nd 7:00pm.) So don't miss the chance to party like it's 1773! 


For ticket info, call (800) 599-8327

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2015 Boston Wine Festival @ the BHH

Posted by Hillary Waldron on Mon, Jan 05, 2015


Just because the holidays are over doesn't mean the festivities need to end. Grab your friends and check out the 2015 Boston Wine Festival! 

There are a ton of events for guests to enjoy. In January, the events include St. Supery, Hall and Walt and Meritage Madness. The Boston Wine Festival will be held at the Boston Harbor Hotel by the Waterfront.

"The 2015 season of the Boston Wine Festival will kick-off with the Opening Reception on January 9th and feature an all-star lineup of intimate winemaker hosted dinners, seminars and receptions taking place through March 27th."

Some of the events are already selling out. For more general and schedulingleing information, please click here

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