Food, glorious food ... if you're looking for an excuse to pig out, June in Boston provides it. Here are just three food festivals scheduled around town this month (check out 10 festivals in June to see even more).
Bring your appetite for one (or all) of the following feasts.
For better or worse, Boston has had a reputation as a ho-hum, Cinderella city. But with the new late-night T service, we've started coming out of our collective shells to show that we can rival other world-class cities in terms of nightlife.
And speaking of coming out, our new late-night infrastructure should get put to the test with the upcoming Pride Week, particularly in terms of the week's parties. While I've already covered the family-friendly activities, here's what's on the docket just for the grown-ups.
In light of the MBTA's new fare increase and recent bad press (including last week's bus accident near Newton's Mass Pike overpass), you--or those around you--are probably grousing about the state of the T.
But it's not all bad news (I promise) - there are a few positive developments that have made the news cycle of late. So instead of adding to the griping, I thought I'd provide a few silver linings for those of us who regularly take public transit in and around Boston.
If you haven't been out to visit the revamped Assembly Square in Somerville (now rebranded as Assembly Row), you're in for a big surprise. The former ho-hum strip mall--which, admittedly, was more than a little depressing and a bit of an eyesore--is all spruced up, with even more improvements on the way.
Here are five reasons to check out Assembly Row this summer:
I've talked before about how Boston is a great city for walking - it's compact in size, full of interesting routes to explore, and well-connected with public transportation both downtown and in outlying suburbs. But increasingly, walking isn't just for leisure or exercise: WBUR reports that, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Boston had the highest rates for walking to work among large U.S. cities. Not to be outdone, Cambridge had the most residents walking to work among medium-sized cities across the country.
Think Seattle's Pike Place Market, or Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market, but right in downtown Boston: The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has approved plans for a new 45-vendor food market just off Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenway.
This is so overdue - according to the Boston Globe, Boston is only "one of a handful" of major U.S. cities without a daily public food market. And that's why this is so needed: The new market will be an every day, year-round source of fresh produce, baked goods, and other products from the region's plentiful farms and specialty food producers.
Building on the success of the 2013 season, Hubway has installed new stations in and around greater Boston, including locations at Day Boulevard in South Boston, Harvard University Housing at Soldiers Field Park in Cambridge, and Washington Square in Brookline, among other locales. Check the Hubway map to see current stations (140 in all at press time) and their available bikes and docks, as well as to submit a request for new stations in or near where you live and work.
We in Boston know that our restaurants are world-class - and now we've got further proof. Two of the city's most celebrated chefs, Barbara Lynch and Jamie Bissonette, have new national accolades: Both received James Beard Awards for 2014. For those working in the food and beverage industry, there is no higher honor than receiving a James Beard Award (think of it as the Academy Awards of chefs, sommeliers, foodies, cookbook authors, and the like).
Barbara Lynch of Barbara Lynch Gruppo (Drink, No. 9 Park, B&G Oysters, The Butcher Shop, Menton, Sportello, Stir) won the "Outstanding Restaurateur" award, which honors "a working restaurateur who sets high national standards in restaurant operations and ownership".
Next to Valentine's Day, there may be no busier day at Boston-area restaurants than Mother's Day. Whether you want to take Mom out for brunch or dinner (or both), there's a restaurant to suit her tastes. Just make sure you call for reservations early - on this always-popular day, tables will be going fast.
Here are a few special Mother's Day menus and perks at restaurants in and around Boston.
May is a fantastic time to be a Bostonian - the days are long, the weather is pleasant, gorgeous gardens are in bloom. You can walk around outside without all the layers of winter, and (hopefully) without April's umbrella. And the many university graduations mean that soon the city will be less congested (for the summer months, at least).
With all the graduations coming up, though, is one concern to prepare for: traffic (and lots of it). Think of it as a reverse to the related challenges in to September: Parents and friends are coming in for graduation ceremonies (e.g., more cars on the road). Students are moving out of dorms and apartments (e.g., more moving trucks blocking traffic). Around the same time, visiting-summer students are arriving for their respective terms (e.g., more people on the road, even more moving trucks on the curbs).
Here's a calendar for all the major graduations in and around Boston in 2014. Prepare for road closures and detours in or near each campus on its graduation day - although, given spillover between neighborhoods, it's a good rule of thumb to give yourself extra time throughout the whole month, regardless of whether you're driving or taking the T.