Last week I posted What kind of wines do you prefer. Based on the feedback I received, I assume many of you are like me and love wine so I wanted to share this funny ‘wine flowchart’ that my brother shared with me last week.
I suppose the only question left in this flowchart is what kind of wine will you pour yourself? Since it is winter, I’ll probably grab a bigger red to cozy up with this evening.
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I ‘stumbled’ upon this chart while killing time on StumbleUpon earlier this month and thought this would be the perfect thing to share for a Saturday afternoon / early evening post.
Despite the fact that I’ve traveled through much of the US, I’ve not spent much time in the middle of the country so I didn’t know what to expect when work brought me to Kansas City, MO last week. One gets the impression that 100+ years ago K.C. was probably a very important and slightly lawless place that served as a crossroad for travelers.
I don’t see myself returning to Kansas City unless work brings me there but should you visit I would suggest trying one of their famous barbecue restaurants. K.C. loves their BBQ, and I had a fun meal at Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue, but there are so many just pick one close to your hotel.
On our third night my colleagues and I were hungry for a non-BBQ dinner and we found a good option nearby in the entertainment district at the restaurant, The Drop. Our waitress also gave us a great tip to check out Manifesto at The Rieger Hotel for a nightcap. The subterranean bar plays off its location’s history as a speakeasy that Al Capone use to visit. My favorite drink was a gin based cocktail called The Girl from Cadiz made with gin, sherry, lemon, mint, dried juniper berries and lemon grass for garnish. I’m going to dream about this cocktail for a long time.
Opus Affair’s January social takes place tonight at Park in Harvard Square at 59 JFK Street. This month’s Punch Bowl Fund will raise money for one of these three arts charities: Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, Meravelha, and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company.
Opus Affair at Park – Monday, January 27th at 6PM
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What is Opus Affair’s Punch Bowl Fund you ask? Think of it as a charitable drinking game where you are invited to contribute $5 (cash) to the fund. In return you recieve a drink ticket for a glass of punch and a ballot to vote for one of three featured arts organizations. At the end of the night, the organization with the most votes will get a donation for the total amount raised that night.
Who is Opus Affair? They are a community of artists and friends who get together each month for cocktails and to chat about the arts scene.
When people think of local brewers, Sam Adams most likely comes to mind although the region does have an excellent collection of brewers that deserve attention. Last weekend NPR reported that there is one more brewery out in Western MA that may be worth checking out if only for the novelty. Spencer Trappist Ale has started selling their ale in Massachusetts this week,
although I’ve not been able to identify where. UPDATE: In Boston, you can get this at Social Wines in Southie.
I associate the Trappist monks in Western MA with making delicious preserves so I’m intrigued. Apparently St. Joseph’s Abbey is only one out of ten Trappist abbeys worldwide to make ale and the only one outside of Europe. More about this story can be read here.
I’m not a Guinness drinker but I certainly do love their advertisements. I think this latest campaign is fantastic; unintended double entendre and all.
Opus Affair is a social group that likes to support local arts organizations and artists by hosting monthly cocktail parties around Boston. Some people come to Opus Affair events for networking, others come for fun, but each monthly gathering is informal and very social. No plans tonight? Check out Opus Affair’s monthly get together. This month they will be at MOKSA located at 450 Mass Avenue.
Monday, 25-November 6PM at MOKSA 450 Mass. Ave.
More details here.
Last week I mentioned that Back Bay Harry’s would open later this week in this post. Starting Friday at 5pm you can check out this place first hand but tonight I stopped in at the restaurant as Back Bay Harry’s welcomed a lot of industry types and media to check out this new restaurant on the corner of the Back Bay and South End. Below are some photos from tonight’s celebration. Let me know if you end up visiting Back Bay Harry’s and tell me what you think about the new space and Chef Santos’ food.
Chef Jason Santos was in good spirits while he directed the capable crew who were busy feeding a lot of hungry guests who had come out to see the new restaurant on the eve of its opening.
The friendly crowd was in good spirits and seemed to enjoy the opening party, while they drank from Back Bay Harry’s spacious bar. The photo below gives you an idea of what to expect from the newly designed dining room which has lots of booths that look very comfortable.Back Bay Harry’s 142 Berkeley Street – Boston, MA
Blind Tiger made news earlier this month when food blogs around the city shared renderings of the space currently being remodeled and announced an early December opening. Conventional wisdom suggests if Boston Nightlife Ventures (BNV) is targeting an early December opening, one might realistically expect this to open in early 2014.
Blind Tiger is a self-described “craft cocktail speakeasy”. The design shows a lot of dark wood, leather, red accents, and chandeliers. The look has more in common with the long-standing tenant, Icarus, that closed in this space in 2009, than the previous restaurant, Noche, that BNV first opened here.
The images above of Noche Boston were a marked departure from the old Boston feel of the earlier tenant and one of the reasons I feel the bar scene was so vibrant initially. Perhaps the change back with this redesign will have the same effect, but I prefer the sleek look of Noche to the speakeasy vibe, that was trendy 5-10 years ago but now seems a bit overdone in Boston.
I’m curious to see how this redesign turns out and wish BNV much luck. What are your thoughts on the redesign?
While Boston’s unfriendly reputation is sometimes deserved there are a number of groups that have made a concerted effort to help people connect – like Opus Affair. This group defines themselves as a “community of artists and friends” who meet monthly for cocktails around Boston and each month Opus Affair attracts a large, friendly group worth checking out.
Some come for networking, others come for fun, but each monthly gathering is informal and very social. No plans tonight? Check out Opus Affair’s monthly get together. This month they will be at Forum in the Back Bay on Boylston Street.
Opus Affair at Forum Boston at 755 Boylston Street @ 6PM
More details about tonight’s get together is available here.
Joe My God posted this photo from Penn Station earlier this week, and I have to admit I love the Visit Philly tourism banner. Maybe I need to book a trip to Philadelphia.
Earlier this month Eater Boston reported that restaurant space formerly known as, Noche in the South End on Appleton Street, will open as a new venue called Blind Tiger in late August or early September.
Today from 4 to 8 PM at dBar in Dorchester
Just a reminder that this afternoon dBar is hosting their summer tea dance with proceeds going to DotOut. DJ Gay Jim from Kiss 108 will be spinning the Tea Dance tunes. A $10 donation is suggested to benefit local Dorchester charities.
Never been before? Check out pictures from last year’s summer Tea Dance at dbar, here.
Today, At-Large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, filed a home rule petition to eliminate Massachusetts cap on alcohol licenses for restaurants.
Currently, new licenses issued cannot be transferred and must return to the City if the restaurant is closing but it will grandfather existing licenses so that current owners may retain the ability to sell their license in the future if they choose. Lastly, this home rule will close the loophole that ties a license to a location rather than a business.
“The time for legislative action is now; cities should have control over the alcohol licensing process,” Pressley said. “It’s time for us, not the state, to determine how to economically revitalize our neighborhoods.”
To this I can only say”Amen”. Previous efforts to increase the number of licenses under the cap have failed. This is the first time I’ve read about anyone trying to remove the cap.
Next Steps: The petition must be voted on by the City Council where it will hopefully pass and be signed by the Mayor. Following that, both the State Senate and House will need to vote before being signed by the Governor.
For more information: Jessica Taubner (617) 635-4217
The third Thursday of each month the Isabella Gardner Museum hosts their After Hours series that allows you to experience the Gardner Museum’s new wing, soak up the atmosphere, enjoy live music, and cocktails.
Courtyard Bar featuring Bellini | 5:30 pm-9 pm
Rumor has it that when Giuseppe Cipriani invented this cocktail, the color reminded him of a pink toga in a painting by 15th century Venetian artist Giovanni Bellini. We’ll drink to that!
Gallery Game: Italia! | 6 pm-8:30 pm
Try your hand at a lighthearted gallery game – focused on some of the exquisite Italian works in the collection.
Gardner After Hours costs $15 ($5 if you are a student). For more information about tonight’s After Hours or to purchase tickets link here.