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.
Time to get up and get moving.
This past February I wrote about cooking cauliflower in this post. This past weekend I picked up cauliflower and decided I’d experiment with trying to make a version of mashed potatoes but in lieu of using the spud, I’d swap it out with cauliflower. The ingredients I used included: one head of cauliflower, one clove of garlic, 7 oz of plain Greek yogurt, skim milk (sorry – I didn’t measure), 1 tablespoon of butter, salt and pepper to taste.
The first step included chopping the cauliflower and roasting it alongside a head of garlic in the oven for 30 minutes at 400 F. I let the cauliflower and garlic rest for about 10-15 minutes to cool then I added them along with the remainder of the ingredients in a blender.
In hindsight I should have used my little Cuisinart because the blender was too deep but after a bit of cursing I was able to get everything to work and puree the ingredients. It was at this point that I added the skim milk to try and help with the blending process.
While I’m relatively happy with this cooking experiment there are a few things I might do differently. My mother suggested that I steam the cauliflower because it will add moisture. I’m inclined to agree and will try that next time. Do you have a recipe for something similar? Tell me about it by emailing me or leaving instructions in the comments section.
Just a few blocks from the South End in Roxbury (near the Ruggles T station) is Feldco Development’s, Tremont Crossing. The large mixed use development spans 8 acres near the Melnea Cass Blvd / Tremont Street intersection.
The project includes nearly 1 million square feet (SF); 438,275 SF of retail, 300 residential units, 200 hotel rooms, 233,784 SF of office space, 37,520 SF of museum space and 1,502 parking spaces. I’m not sure when construction begins but this is a massive project. The space has yet to secure a hotel but last week BJ’s Wholesale announced that they would lease 90,000 SF at Tremont Crossing. If the lease is signed BJs new store (and I believe the first in the city) would open in the spring of 2017. I’m curious to see who else might come to this development as it could make for a viable alternative to the overly congested South Bay shopping center.
More about Tremont Crossing here.
I bet his other half is busy making him breakfast in bed. Hint, hint Sergio.
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Last week I posted one of my all time favorite Sarah Silverman YouTube videos so it only seemed appropriate to follow up this week with Jimmy Kimmel’s response to her cheeky clip. I hope you enjoy this 2009 video.
Have a great Saturday night.
Much thanks to David over at WGB for sharing this photo earlier this week. I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw the sign. It actually made me think of this photo from March 2013, First Date.