The Boston Globe’s annual restaurant tournament modeled after the NCAA’s spring basketball tournament bracket, brings together 64 restaurants that are divided roughly between contestants from the previous year and new entrants.
After more than a week, the 2013 Munch Madness has moved into the Final Four, pitting Craigie on Main vs. Hungry Mother and Gaslight vs. Oleana. Who will survive and go on to the finals?
Cast your vote today. Voting for the Final Four ends on Friday, March 29th.
The Boston Globe’s annual restaurants tournament, Munch Madness, modeled after the NCAA’s spring basketball bracket has started again. Sixty-four restaurants have been plotted in the Globe’s restaurant bracket but only one can win. Make your picks now – voting for round 1 starts today, March 20th and runs though March 21st.
This past Friday four of us drove from Boston to Albany, NY to spend the weekend with a couple who purchased and remodeled a beautiful home (I’ll talk more of that in a future post). While driving to Albany we nearly missed a head on collision with a car that was driving the wrong direction on Interstate-90 (The Mass Pike).
After being run off the road into the grassy median that separates the East bound and West bound highway, I frantically dialed 9-1-1 to report the incident. Unfortunately, the next day we learnt right after running us off the road, an 84-year old driving the wrong way collided head on with a 28-year-old man; both were killed. One can only assume guard rails and traffic prevented the young man from swerving like we did.
We were shaken after the incident and saddened to read about this the next day. My thoughts are with the families affected by the tragedy.
Boston.com recently posted a quick and easy survey that supposedly identifies the Boston neighborhood which suits your personality best. Are you a Boston resident? Contemplating a move to Boston? Or have you never visited and curious what part of town to book your hotel? Take this survey; it is all in good fun.
Thanks to blogger / friend Julian for telling me about this.
Rents and housing prices will never compete with those in New York City or even San Francisco, but sadly Boston does have a well deserved reputation for being a very expensive place to live.
An article that appeared in The Boston Globe on Tuesday about the unusually tight rental market in Boston points to a large influx of empty-nesters who are buying and renting properties as fast as they become available.
The Boston Globe story found that rent for a two-bedroom apartment ranges between an average of $1,237 per month in Dorchester to $2,857 per month in Back Bay. Let’s hope that more properties will be built and quickly so the market doesn’t add any more stress on young professional, couples and families who want to remain in Boston but are priced out of the market.
The NCAA Basketball tournament comes to Boston starting this week with some very high profile college basketball tournament match ups.
Couldn’t care less?
Me too, but one contest that I can sink my teeth into (so to speak) is Munch Madness. This is an event where foodies from all over Boston vote for their favorite chefs and restaurants. Not familiar with Munch Madness?
The Boston Globe creates a bracket of 64 restaurants (see photo above) and you get to pick your favorite restaurant as they go head-to-head with competing restaurants until a champion is picked. The first round starts today and runs through Thursday. On Friday check back to see if your picks survived so you can vote for them in the second round. The finals takes place at the end of this month and the winner will be announced on April 4th.
Each year The Boston Globe encourages readers to write a limerick in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Have you submitted a limerick yet? Get in touch with your inner naughty-poet and submit your own limerick to The Boston Globe here.
Here is a humorous submission from 2011, which was penned by Kari Pedersen from Medford, MA.
There once was a mayor from Boston
Who’d talk like his mouth’s full of cotton
He’d mumble and he’d fumble
And on occasion, take a tumble
But his laughable gaffes not forgotten
The Boston Globe is reporting that the $600 million laboratory and office complex for Novartis designed by noted architect, Maya Lin, in Cambridge’s Central Square has been approved and is expected to be completed in 2015. Architect buffs will recall Lin’s work was first recognized in the US after designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 1982.
This news comes on the heels of two other unrelated articles in The Boston Globe that addressed new projects underway across the river. First was the announcement in late October that a $500 million development to build a 1.7 million square foot science and technology campus for Biogen was proposed. That news was followed by M.I.T.’s announcement last week that it was preparing to spend $700 million to redevelop eight of its properties in Kendall Square in Cambridge.
For those not familiar with the area, Cambridge neighbors Boston and can be seen from across the Charles River. Central and Kendall Square are two prominent neighborhoods in Cambridge separated by just a few blocks.
The Boston Globe has an article in today’s business section about a significant mixed use development in Somerville to rejuvenate Assembly Row. Plans for this ‘mixed use neighborhood’ include condos, a hotel, a new IKEA, a new orange line metro station and more than 30 retail outlet stores. Typically outlet stores are not found so close to a downtown location, and this would be the closest concentration of outlets in Boston just a few miles from the heart of Boston.
According to the Globe article, Federal Realty has begun building roads and other infrastructure at the 45-acre site. They plan to begin construction on the first buildings early next year: a pair of apartment blocks with 450 units and street-level stores, being developed by AvalonBay Communities Inc.
You can read the full article on the Boston Globe here.
The Boston Globe has compiled a 2-minute video of Occupy Boston that I’ve included. Occupy Boston started as a sympathy or copy cat movement inspired by the protests in NYC called Occupy Wall Street.
The movement has garnered much attention locally and has been trending on Twitter for the past several days. Like all forms of civil disobedience now, the group relies upon and heavily uses social media including Twitter and facebook as well as maintaining a website, occupyboston.com. Local politicians like Boston’s Mayor have expressed sympathy for the protesters, acknowledging their frustrations while asking them to be respectful of the public space they are occupying.
Is Occupy Wall Street and the nearly dozen other copy cat protests in most major cities of the US the Left’s response to the Tea Party which energized the political Right? Time will tell but I’m glad that this movement is taking hold because its forcing a dialog that should continue.
Massachusetts is a more progressive part of the US and a relatively safe haven for the LGBT community so I was surprised to read The Boston Globe article on Monday, LGBT patients search for healing; an excellent article which features the Fenway Health Clinic.
Researchers say that LGBT people are more likely to experience a variety of health problems…The reason is largely that they don’t seek health care for fear of being stigmatized in the doctor’s office.
The article is illuminating because living here it is easy to assume such problems don’t exist. It also made me wonder if a place like MA which is welcoming to the LGBT community can still be frightening then what are the implications for those living in more isolated and intolerant places?
Despite the seriousness of the subject, I suppose I’m quite proud that The Boston Globe committed resources to report this story and it made me wish more mainstream media would follow suit.
I felt compelled to write about The Boston Globe’s article, Boston’s best pizza eateries. If I was only allowed to eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would probably be pizza. Its basic ingredients – bread, cheese and tomatoes are some of my favorite foods.
The photo above I would classify as food porn. Its a cheese pizza from Pizzeria Regina in the North End. However, one of the things I absolutely love about pizza is its variety. Chef and owner of Scampo at the Liberty hotel, Lydia Shire, makes a lobster pizza which is delicious (note: for some reason they cannot perfect this same pizza at her restaurant towne). If you are interested in what aficionados have to say about the local pizza scene, check out The Boston Globe article.
What is your favorite place to order a pizza? I don’t care where you live. I’ve eaten pizza everywhere; on the streets of Rome, Paris, NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Sydney and Melbourne and many places in between.
Its no secret that I don’t really care for football. I actually time my weekly grocery run for the second half of New England Patriots games each Sunday to avoid crowds. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m not attracted to and intrigued by Tom Brady and his supermodel/wife Gisele Bundchen. Both live in Boston for part of the year. I remember being surprised a few years ago when I saw them in the South End (they were only dating back then), and I like that they are often out and about enjoying time together or with their family.
Both Tom and Gisele are extremely attractive and apparently Boston readers agree with me, because earlier this week The Boston Globe included numerous photos of the two of them in and around Boston. The photo above is just one of the many they are featuring. If you are a fan or just plain intrigued you can see all the photos by linking here.
Tuesday, August 2nd, Men’s Warehouse is sending out a fleet of “attractive men, dressed only in boxers, dress shoes, socks and ties” for the first time into the streets of Boston with signage that asks men to donate their gently-used suits and accessories to local charities, as part of the fourth annual nationwide charity effort by the retailer.
I may just have to head to Downtown Crossing on Tuesday morning to ogle the models if they look like the hunk in white boxers photographed above in NYC from last year’s charity drive.
According to an article in today’s Boston Globe, Boston-area rents are hitting new heights with the median price recently reaching $1,665 a month and a vacancy rate of 4.4% (down from 6.2% one year ago). If you are looking for an apartment in the Back Bay the news is even worse with average rentals running $2,650+ for a 2 bedroom and a 1.2% vacancy rate.
Boston’s growing population of graduate students only exacerbates the problem. The Globe article points out that over the past decade 20,000+ graduate students have been added to the Boston area and new housing / rental units have not kept pace. These residents are only here a short time and the cost of living issues outlined serve as a serious impediment to many of these highly qualified, educated and skilled workers remaining in the area.
The city of Boston has long been aware that the cost of living and cost of rent / homes in particular are a huge issue. It would really be wonderful to see how Mayor Menino and other local politicians are working to make this less of an issue in the future so articles like this can quickly become part of our past.
If you would like to read the Boston Globe article, you can link to it here.
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