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Sydney is such a seductress

Sydney HarbourAs I was perusing Facebook yesterday I stumbled upon this breathtaking photograph of the Sydney Opera House at sunset.  It reminded me how much I loved Sydney (and all of Australia) when Sergio and I visited back in November and December of 2009. I wrote about that trip quite a bit.  Here are two posts you may find interesting if you share my fascination / love of Australia, An Americans’ observations about Australia and Seductive Sydney.

Much thanks to Marc Keeper who posted this on his FB page. It made my evening.

Time for neck stretches

Neck StretchesBe sure to take a break today.

Joyful Noise Friday, August 1st

sisters of perpetual indulgenceTomorrow night The Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are performing a cabaret review called Joyful Noise to promote local talent and raise funds for the Boston Sisters’ Community Grant Fund.

Staying in Boston this weekend and looking to do something different? Join the Sisters and their friends at the Oberon Theater in Harvard Square. Doors open at 8:00 PM. Table seats are $30.00 and standing room tickets are $10.00. You can buy tickets ahead of time here.

Stata Center sunset

Sunset over Stata Center at MITLast night @hopelandry posted this photograph of the sunset.  For those not from the area, the Stata Center is an academic complex designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Frank Gehry for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I think the image is beautiful.

Travel tip when visiting Paris

J'aime ParisParis is one of my favorite cities in the world so when I read a recent article on Huffington Post Travel, I knew I wanted to share it.

While I love the view of Paris from the Eiffel Tower, I think when Sergio and I next visit, we’ll likely skip the inevitable long line and head out to Tour Montparnesse; a massive skyscraper less than two miles from the Eiffel Tower that has an open air terrace on the 56th floor – some 650 feet above the city’s skyline. Follow my link to check out the amazing view you may appreciate (and photograph) when you visit Paris – wicked awesome view.

Feel the sin in Ogunquit this weekend

Seth ForneaNo plans for the weekend and want to get out of town? Check out Ogunquit’s Sinner’s Ball.

Friday, August 1st, Seth Fornea will be hosting Maine Street’s Uniform Party. Then on Saturday, my good friends, Dirk Caber and Jesse Jackman will host the Leather, Rubber and Sports Gear Party.

Can we please turn off their microphones

Conservative CommentatorsThere are a number of conservative commentators who continue to receive a fair amount of mainstream (and left-leaning) media attention, virtually every time they open their mouth and I’m left scratching my head to wonder why. Their views are documented, no longer shocking and frankly uninteresting.

Shy of them saying they believe in science, nothing they say is either surprising or newsworthy anymore so don’t pretend it is and stop giving them the attention they crave. It is annoying.

I firmly believe that if they were no longer given air time (aside from that already provided on their talk radio shows and other conservative outlets like FOX News) they would quickly fade into obscurity. Whatever they once were, they are now essentially ratings whores looking for attention and saying whatever they think might create outrage and get them on major news networks. So can we just stop talking about them – that goes especially for left-leaning sites like MSNBC, Huffington Post, etc…

Thank you


PahkingFor all of you who don’t happen to be from the area let me translate.

If you happen to leave your vehicle in this area it will most likely not be here when you return because it will have been towed.

Now do you understand why we find it is just easier to say No Pahkin?

Restaurant review: Jack the Horse Tavern

Diniing in BrooklynLast week I was able to have dinner in Brooklyn Heights and a friend who grew up in the neighborhood took me to Jack the Horse Tavern. I was taken with the converted storefront from the moment I stepped inside; exposed brick, comfortable seating and a warm buzz coming from the neighborhood bar come together to create a fantastic vibe.

The menu includes approximately a half dozen salads and starters ranging from $9-$13 and a protein rich menu that is evenly balanced between land and sea options ranging from $16-$26.

Jack the Horse Tavern BrooklynI started my dinner with the Green & Red Baby Lettuce which included Manchego cheese, marinated plums and a Riesling Vinaigrette & Rosemary croutons. The salad was light and refreshing which was exactly what I wanted.

Jack the Horse Tavern BrooklynAfter our first course was cleared, I was served the house duck plate which came highly recommended by our waiter. The meal didn’t disappoint and I’d strongly recommend it to anyone who likes duck.  The duck was served on a  bed of farro with dried cherries almonds and leeks. Every fork was laden with farro and duck dipped in the sweet cherry-almond coulis.

Jack the Horse TavernSince my colleagues all indulged in dessert, I opted to join them with another glass of the delicious Italian red we were sharing, Acquagiusta(I’d never heard of it previously but I’ll be asking my local wineshop – Brix – about it) and ordered the cheese plate. I wish I had taken notes when the chef came out to tell us about the five cheeses but I was still thinking about he duck I’d just finished. However, the meal ended equally satisfactory and my dessert became a communal plate that everyone tried and enjoyed.

Jack the Horse Tavern is located at 66 Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights. It is worth venturing out from Manhattan to try.  After dinner stroll along Brooklyn Heights Promenade to ward off the inevitable self-induced food coma.
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Hunks in Trunks at Manhunt Mansion on Saturday

New England ValkyriesThis Saturday the New England Valkyries are hosting their annual fundraiser at the Manhunt Mansion from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Admission to the pool party / fundraiser is $30.

Want to learn more about the New England Valkyries? Check out and “Like” their Facebook page here. You can purchase tickets to this Saturday’s pool party here.

Below are a few photos from past pool parties at the MH mansion.

Manhunt Pool Party MenManhunt Pool Party Men 5Manhunt Pool Party Men 6



Temptation Tuesday

Temptation TuesdayPast Temptation Tuesday Posts

Free Friday Flicks: Men in Black 3

Free Friday FlicksThis Friday, Free Friday Flicks, will be showing, Men in Black 3, in HD down at the DCR Hatch Shell.  This free movie series is very popular and people arrive early to claim a patch of grass and set up picnics to enjoy a night under the stars watching movies.

WHEN: Friday, August 1,  6:00 pm

Bastille Kitchen opens today

Bastille Kitchen BostonC’est magnifique! Bastille Kitchen in Fort Point Channel officially opens today.  The 240 seat bistro has been eagerly anticipated in a neighborhood that seems to have a trendy restaurant opening every other week.  Curious to check out this new French restaurant by chef Adam Kube? Head over to Bastille Kitchen at 49 Melcher Street.

Realm health and fitness tips with Kyle

Realm Health and Fitness Tips by Kyle

Bored with long strenuous sessions on the treadmill? Try Tabata.

Tabata training is based on a 1996 study performed by Izumi Tabata where participants performed 20 second bouts of intense cardio, followed by 10 seconds of rest. This showed to be more effective at gaining anaerobic capacity than a steady cardio (the energy system used in strength training) and improved participants Vo2 max (fat metabolization potential or endurance).  Today this is practiced in group fitness rooms and gyms across the country because IT WORKS. It is also a fun and effective alternative to monotonous treadmill sessions.  Here are a couple variations to try and enjoy!

This can be done on a rower, recumbent bike, or treadmill. Try the following sequences based on your fitness level. Use a timer and be strict on the work and rest periods. The “work” period should be challenging and hard to maintain, while the “rest” period should be considered “active recovery” or something easy to maintain.

Beginner  One minute of “work” 2 minutes “rest”

Intermediate  30 seconds of intense “work” 30 seconds of “rest”

Advanced  45 seconds of “work” 20 seconds of “rest”

Kyle at Realm FitnessKyle is a nationally certified personal trainer, certified nutritionist, and lifestyle motivator out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been training for 5 years and has experience working with top-tier celebrity and executive clientele. When he’s not in the gym, Kyle is reading philosophy or writing poetry.

Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

same sex marriage in virginiaToday a federal appeals court panel struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage.  The decision is significant because it also means similar marriage bans in North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia (states also part of the 4th Circuit) are considered unconstitutional.

Today’s ruling also impacts NC, SC and W VA.

This marks the second time an appellate-level court has ruled on state marriage bans and it sets the stage for a showdown in the US Supreme Court to consider state-level laws.

More information here.