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More affordable homes being built in Boston

Bartlett Place in Dudley Square

Bartlett Place in Dudley Square

Could this be the sign of a new trend in real estate development in Boston?

The Boston Herald is reporting that nearly half (46%) of all new housing that started construction in Boston (January – March) is designated as affordable housing.

According to a housing report released from the city earlier this week these properties are designed for people who make between $50,000 and $95,000; that is an increase of 26% over the same time last year.

That translates into 745 units designated as affordable housing or middle-class housing as compared to 442 high-end or “luxury” units that began during the same time period.  An example of the housing under construction is Bartlett Place in Dudley Square which is a mixed use property that will have 32 of the 60 units designated as affordable.  For more information about projects like Bartlett Place visit courbanize.com.

I hope that this is a trend that continues to help make Boston a more affordable and diverse city welcome to everyone; teachers, social works, artists, etc… as well as engineers, lawyers and doctors. You can read the full article here.

American excellence?

American excellenceI love the United States and think it is a great place to live, but sometimes American hubris gets in the way of what the rest of the world sees / knows. This picture makes the US look like it is still stuck in the 1970s.

Restaurant review: Brunch at Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar

Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar South BostonMichael Conlon and Eric Aulenback who opened Lincoln to much fanfare in 2012 opened Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar on Broadway in Southie in January 2015, and this past weekend Sergio and I joined a group of friends to try their Sunday brunch. While Loco’s dinner menu serves a variety of tacos, ceviche, grilled fish, and fresh guacamole, the brunch menu adds some really delicious breakfast options worth trying and certainly unique to the neighborhood it calls home.

The brunch menu is divided into Desayuno – breakfast items; Tortas – sandwiches; and Tacos ranging from $9-$15.  We indulged in a couple of different homemade guacamole orders including one with pineapple ($12) and whipped ($12), while both were fresh, I preferred the chunkier texture of the pineapple guacamole.

Loco Brunch Southie

Omelet Con Tasso $12

Sergio opted for Loco’s Omelet Con Tasso which had cajun ham, oyster mushrooms, onions, goat cheese and was topped with pico de gallo and a side of warm tortillas. His breakfast was delicious and full of flavor, providing a nice spin on a traditional American breakfast.

Burrito de Chorizo $12

Burrito de Chorizo $12

I opted for the Burrito de Chorizo, which had two eggs over easy, potatoes, chorizo, cheese and hot sauce.  As with Sergio’s choice, my breakfast was incredibly flavorful. The runny egg and cheese combined nicely with the heartier ingredients in the burrito and paired well with the spicy Bloody Mary I ordered.

Budin de Pan $13

Budin de Pan $13

Lastly we indulged by ordering the Budin de Pan (Locos take on French Toast). This plate rocked my world and is something I will order when we next visit (because we will be back).  Two pieces of soft white bread are served crispy on the outside with cinnamon and vanilla custard, creamy cheese, fresh berries and dulce de leche, which is what you see atop this pile of decadence.

Loco Taqueria and Oyster Bar serves brunch starting at 10AM on Saturday and Sunday.  Reservations are strongly recommended.
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Pearl “Live” at Guilt Boston Friday, May 22

Guilt Boston RuPaul Drag RaceFriday night Pearl from RuPaul’s Drag Race will be making an appearance – complete with a VIP Meet & Greet from 10 – 11PM.

DJ BEGBICK will also be playing your favorite music so you can dance the night away in the Theater District.  Select the link below for VIP Ticket information and details about the party at Guilt Boston.

Friday Night at Guilt Boston with Pearl

Swoon: Jimmy Garoppolo of New England Patriots

Sharp Dressed ManFriends know that I don’t care for football and in the I fall arrange my grocery shopping each Sunday to coincide when the New England Patriots play so I can avoid the normal weekend crowds.

However, living in Boston, it is hard for even someone like me to completely avoid the endless discussions about Tom Brady’s recent fine and suspension.  I could not care less about the decision, but it has thrust the Patriot’s back up QB, Jim Garoppolo into the spotlight. I have to admit I had no idea who this guy was but I am developing a deep and abiding crush on this hunk.  Does Mr. Kraft have a casting couch for signing quarterbacks? Is it possible the New England Patriots have two of the best looking men in the NFL?  I think I’m in love.

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The price of marijuana in all 50 states

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You know that a drug needs to be decriminalized when Forbes Magazine writes an article detailing the price of marijuana in every state.

Forbes Magazine compiled data from an online survey and created this humdinger of a map of the fifty states, which they published last week.  My home state, Massachusetts is about $20 more than the national average of $324.  The cost of buying an ounce of high quality cannabis remains the most affordable in Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Alaska (all cost less than $300 per ounce).

Caption this photo

humor, handsome, hunk, abs, smooth, underwearThis photo is a bit more suggestive than my usual weekly caption post but I can’t help it.  Chalk it up to me being a dirty old man. Share a witty caption in the comments section for readers to enjoy.  I’ll get you started with my caption.

Settle down, we have to go to work now :(