Archive | April, 2013

Spring Festivities!

30 Apr

To celebrate Spring season, the City of Boston will be hosting many festivals and other outdoor events throughout the upcoming months. These free events are a great opportunity to take in the weather and enjoy the local fare that Boston has to offer. At these festivals,visitors can enjoy family entertainment, hands-on art-making activities and demonstrations, crafts, specialty foods and other festival fare. And, the free merchandise/samples don’t hurt either! 

This year, the 30th Annual Cambridge River Festival, is shaping up to be even bigger than ever. Hosted on Saturday, June 1; this free event will take place along the Cambridge side of the Charles River. This one-day celebration of the arts, attracting 200,000 annually and features jazz, folk, Latin and world music performances, dance, art demos, family art-making activities and over 100 specialty food services and craftspeople! 

This festival offers Cambridge-based visual and performing arts which extend along a mile-long stretch of Memorial Drive between JFK Street and Western Avenue. The Cambridge River Festival collaborates with many local organizations and programs to showcase multiple stages of live national and local jazz, folk, world music, dance, poetry and theater performances. So getoutside, sample the fare, and enjoy the day on Saturday June 1.



Fire & Wine (Glass blowing demonstration and wine tasting!)

29 Apr

Saturday, May 25 6:30p to 9:30p

Shake up your weekend routine with Diablo’s monthly Wine Tastings. We invite you to join us for an intimate glass blowing demonstration accompanied by a selection of great wines and finger foods. Cheese and crackers along with thin meats will be served in our lounge. Escape your routine and check out Diablo Glass School’s 2100 degree furnace. Solo or with friends relax and be mesmerized by the ancient practice of glass blowing. One lucky onlooker will leave with a special Diablo glass treasure. You deserve to have some out of the ordinary fun; we hope to see you there!

Call now to reserve your spot.

Phone (617) 442-7444
Price $35
Age Suitability 21 and up

Where to have graduation dinner

26 Apr

by Swati Gauri Sharma

It’s time for that one last meal with the family in the Boston area, the graduation dinner. Here are some ideas for celebrating the big occasion.

LARGE GROUP: Cinquecento
Of course every aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew will want to be a part of the celebration. Cinquecento is a spacious Italian restaurant with fancy decor and an impressive menu. You can also make reservations online500 Harrison St., Boston, 617-338-9500,

TRENDY: West Bridge
Egg in a jar. Yes, they have a dish that involves an egg. In a jar. If you have people to impress, the unique dishes and the easy location (there is even a parking garage near by) makes this spot a crowd-pleaser. And another bonus: There is a wine bar, a brewery, and anIrish pub steps away. Reservations can be made through Open Table1 Kendall Sq., Cambridge, 617-945-0221,

PRETTY: Island Creek Oyster
People who visit Boston often think seafood. Avoid the names we all know and try this spot. Not only does the restaurant have a central location in Boston, the decor makes it one of the most beautiful venues in the city. If someone in your party isn’t in the mood for a fancy dish, don’t worry, fish and chips are also on the menu. 500 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-532-5300,

Have picky eaters in your group? Well, who doesn’t love pizza? Here’s a bonus: You’ll be able to order some pies away from the cramped North End and in a tech-y neighborhood. Grads, you may end up getting a job in Kendall Square, so why not start by getting a meal in your possible future ‘hood? Area Four takes reservations, but requires a credit card number. Large groups welcome. 500 Technology Sq., Cambridge, 617-758-4444,

LAID BACK: Publick House
Do you have beer fans in your family? Ok, maybe mac ‘n cheese enthusiasts? Although the Publick House is known for its impressive beer list and gothic furnishings, the cuisine is some of the best comfort food you’ll find in Boston. Note: They don’t take reservations. 1648 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-277-2880. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

For those of you graduating from Cambridge schools, move away from the direct vicinity of Harvard Square and venture down Massachusetts Avenue for some Cambodian and French cuisine. If you have people who are vegetarian or gluten-free, there are plenty of options available. You can make reservations here. 2067 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-492-6900,

Remembering Sean Collier

25 Apr

Yesterday afternoon, 4,000 mourners paid their respects to MIT police officer Sean Collier who authorities say was ambushed in his cruiser by the Boston Marathon bombers. 

MIT students, faculty and staff, law enforcement officials from across the nation and Vice President Joe Biden gathered on the campus in Cambridge to pay respects.

The line of mourners stretched for a half-mile. They had to make their way through tight security, including metal detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs to attend the service.


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What are the riskiest meats?

24 Apr
By Deborah Kotz, Globe Staff

After examining more than 33,000 cases of foodborne illness connected to beef, pork, and poultry, a nutrition activist group concluded that chicken and ground beef are the most likely to make you really sick, while chicken nuggets, ham, and sausage pose the lowest risk of foodborne illness.

All meat should be fully cooked until juices run clear. And any meat that isn’t eaten right away should be kept in a warm oven or put immediately into the refrigerator so bacteria won’t have a chance to multiply.

Also, don’t use the same plate for raw meat and cooked foods—a particular problem during grilling season—and use separate cutting boards to cut raw meat products and vegetables. Washing hands with soap and water after handling any raw beef, poultry, or pork is also a must.

Happy Earth Day!

22 Apr

Earth Day is a holiday on which we are all simply meant to inspire awareness and appreciation for our environment.  It is a very light-hearted holiday, and common activities include planting trees or other plants, going on hikes, and enjoying nature.  So find a fun activity to do outdoors and enjoy Earth Day!

Boston Marathon Memorial Service

18 Apr

President Barak Obama and Michelle will be in Boston today to attend a memorial service honoring the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The president, along with Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas Menino, will address the public during the interfaith service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross (1400 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118) beginning at approximately 11am ET.

The cathedral can sit up to 2,000 people, and about half of those seats will be provided to the public on a first-come, first serve basis, organizers said. Some people arrived outside the cathedral at 6:30 a.m. today. This is an open service and all are welcome to attend and show solidarity in the face of Monday’s events.

Doors will open at 8am and state officials warn guests to prepare for ‘airport-like security’ at the event. Among the restricted items are bags, backpacks, sharp objects, liquids and signs.

After this interfaith service, the president is expected to meet with the victims’ families to offer his condolences and support.