Its marathon weekend in Boston and because of last year’s bombings it seems like the rest of the world will turn their eyes to Boston come Monday. It feels strange not to be in the city this weekend which I would imagine is quickly filling to capacity. Typically the Boston Marathon draws more than half a million spectators and more than 25,000 runners, but this year is anything but typical. This year the Boston Marathon has an estimated 36,000 runners, and I would assume even more spectators.
If you are in town this weekend be certain to check out the Boston Marathon Sports & Fitness Expo at the Hynes Auditorium (Friday 12-7 pm; Saturday 9am – 7pm; and Sunday 9am – 6pm. Nearly every athletic, fitness and nutrition firm you can imagine sets up booths to educate and sell their products. Vendors have special sales for the expo and there are usually some pretty cool freebies.
Late last year it was reported that Caffe Nero – a London-based chain that operates 650 specialty coffee shops would open their first US coffee shop here in Boston’s Downtown Crossing this spring.
Rumors are now being whispered that Caffe Nero is also looking at space in the South End. If you’re a coffee lovah like me, the proliferation of coffee shops in the neighborhood is a welcome break from seeing a new bank opening every other week. I’ll circle back with more info shortly.
Apparently our UPS delivery guy cannot read. He has posted three notices to different residents that he “tried” to deliver their packages. He failed to read the message that asks all parcel carriers to bring all such packages to the management office.
If this was a Tweet I’d hashtag it #DumbAss.
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Tomorrow night Ryan Landry and his Gold Dust Orphans will open with their latest production, “Snow White and the 7 Bottoms”. This fairy tale, takes you on a twisted trip that features new songs, dances, fabulous costumes and gorgeous sets. The show which opens tomorrow, Friday, April 18th will run through Sunday, May 18th before it closes and presumably reopens this summer in Provincetown so get your tickets while they last because this will definitely sell out.
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Governor Deval Patrick is shaking things up with the economic bill he shared last week that aims to make doing business in Massachusetts easier.
The big headlines include his desire to eliminate noncompetes and creating a “global Entrepreneur in Residence” program to allow foreign students to work at Massachusetts start ups as a way to work around the restrictions associated with H-1B visa program.
However, I was more excited to read that Deval Patrick’s plan also give cities and towns greater control over the number liquor licenses in their communities by ending existing statutory limits. This is long overdue and I hope it is successful. Now we just need the MA Sate legislature to pass these initiatives so Patrick may sign them into law.
What a sad commentary on the direction the Republican Party is heading. When I first read this headline I thought I was reading The Onion, a satirical online website, but sadly this is all too true.
Yesterday, in an op-ed published by the Christian Post, Phyllis Schlafly — the founder of the Eagle Forum — suggested that increasing the pay gap will help women find suitable husbands when she wrote, “The best way to improve economic prospects for women is to improve job prospects for the men in their lives, even if that means increasing the so-called pay gap.” You can read more here.
This sort of thing really makes me mad. Feminism isn’t an ugly word. I’ve included the deliciously handsome PA State Rep, Brian Sims, who like me considers himself a feminist and supports equal pay. I’m sure I speak for Brian too when I say I’d like to tell Ms. Schlafly to close her mouth and go away, but I doubt she’d listen to me (or Brian) so I’ll just use my corner of the internet to point out that equal pay for equal work shouldn’t be an issue and the fact it is really irritates me.
If variety is the spice of life, then it appears this couple is quite spicy.
Visiting Lisbon and the Azores from Boston just got a heck of a lot easier thanks to the fact that SATA Airlines is offering daily service between Boston to Portugal, starting this month. From June to September SATA Airlines will also offer daily nonstop flights to the Azores, Ponta Delgada with flights continuing on to Lisbon. SATA will offer weekly direct flights from Boston (on Wednesdays) to Terceira Island.
FYI – Lisbon Gay Pride information can be found here and earlier in June you can check out Lisbon Bear Pride. More details about SATA’s service from Boston to Lisbon and the Azores here.
Fig & Olive has six locations (3 in Manhattan alone). The restaurant’s menu is inspired by cuisine from the Riviera and coastal regions of the South of France, Italy and Spain. When you first enter the 5th Avenue location you notice beautifully packaged olive oils available for purchase next to a long, white marble bar that seemed more like something out of Southern California than NYC. The upstairs dining room has large, beautiful potted olive trees and rosemary plants. The name and first impression gave everyone high hopes for dinner and while I enjoyed my meal, I was the only one to leave satisfied, which makes me wonder about the consistency of the kitchen.
Our server was very attentive and brought over a sampling of olive oils and thinly sliced focaccia bread after we had ordered a bottle of some delicious full bodied, Italian red wine. I started with the Fig & Olive Salad for $19 that was plated with romaine lettuce figs, sliced apples, manchego, sweet gorgonzola, tomato, walnuts and dressed with a lip smacking fig balsamic and olive oil (of course). I thought the salad was one of the best I’ve had in recent memory and could eat this every night.
A second bottle of the same wine was ordered and arrived as our main dishes were served. I had opted for the Fig & Olive Chicken Tajine for $27 which included side plates that contained couscous with cilantro, toasted almond and harissa. The chicken and the sauce accompanying the main dish was incredibly flavorful and enhanced by the wine selection (much thanks to my colleague who selected it).
I think the reason I may have enjoyed my meal so much more than my colleagues was the fact that I intentionally ordered items the waiter recommended. One of my colleagues thought the meat she ordered lacked flavor; another who had pasta described it as ‘goopy’ and thought it overcooked. My only disappointment with the dinner was the fact that my colleagues didn’t feel the same as I did about my meal.
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I love Anderson Cooper and stories like this just make me love him even more. Last week Derrick Gordon who plays for the University of Massachusetts basketball team came out as the first gay player in Division 1 men’s college basketball.
After Anderson Cooper tweeted a congratulatory message to Gordon, disgraced Canadian sports anchor Damian Goddard, who was fired back in 2011 for anti-gay comments, tweeted Anderson.
I love it when Anderson gets all sassy.
Earlier today Boston Pride announced the five musical acts will headline the Boston Pride Festival on Saturday, June 14th from noon to 6pm at Boston’s City Hall Plaza. This year’s entertainment includes: Mary Lambert, A Great Big World, Alex Newell, JD Samson & Men , and Jeanie Tracy.
4/15/2014 Update: I was contacted by an employee of The Trophy Room who confirmed the Saturday Block Party will indeed take place as in past years outside the Chandler Inn.
With Fritz no longer at the corner of Chandler and Berkeley, I’m wondering if the unofficial block party that typically follows the parade on Saturday will still take place there. Last year AIDS Action Committee (the beneficiary of the Saturday block party) merged with Fenway Health so I’m unsure of the status of that event. Anyone happen to know?
Later this week Go Out Loud will host a dance party tribute at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed as your favorite 1960s sitcom character or styled in your favorite look from the era to fashion for a chance to win prizes!
Thursday, April 17th – Starting at 6:00 PM at the P.E.M.
The retro dance party that pays tribute to over-the-top icons of television will have music spun by my buddy and DJ, “Gay” Jim Clerkin and Joslyn Fox. The fun starts at 6PM and more details about the evening are available here.
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Check out this adorable video of Leah, a two year old, having a discussion with her great-grandma (bisnonna). Thanks for sharing Mom.