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Best of Boston: Food

The Boston Globe recently released its picks for the 53 best places in Boston to get your grub on and purchase your provisions.

Here are a few:

The old Globe headquarters on Washington Stree...

The old Globe headquarters on Washington Street (part of the Boston Advertiser s building can be seen just to the right). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Bogie’s Place

This crimson-walled Downtown Crossing steakhouse in the back of jm Curley is a swanky lair for dedicated eaters who crave strong drinks and serious meat. Couples should get the new prix fixe “Casa Blanca” for two: a wedge salad, a 20-ounce bone-in rib eye with a side, and dessert — a steal at $58. Try the bone marrow with jalapeno chimichurri and Texas toast. Logically, cocktail flights are named for Humphrey Bogart films.

25 Temple Place, Boston, 617-338-5333,

Barcelona Wine Bar

One of the hottest additions to Brookline’s Washington Square area, this restaurant, which also has locations in Washington D.C., Georgia, and Connecticut, is hopping virtually every night of the week. Barcelona offers an adventurous spin on tapas served by a friendly, informed wait staff. With a big bar and a long list of Spanish wines and sherries, it’s great for an after-activity drink, too.

1700 Beacon Street, Brookline, 617-264-8900,


Expectations were high for the first solo venture from Tim Maslow, the young chef who turned his father’s Watertown sandwich shop, Strip-T’s, into a dining destination. Ribelle in Brookline doesn’t disappoint. The cooks turn out rigatoni with octopus, fennel, and smoked tomato, ricotta gnudi with green crab veloute, aged duck breast with cranberry, and more. Inventive and inspired, it doesn’t taste like any other restaurant in town.

1665 Beacon Street, Brookline, 617-232-2322,

You can read the full article here.


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More Wicked Good Examples of Boston English

Last month, we brought you entries from Gaffin’s Wicked Good Guide to Boston English.

As we wrote then: Compiled by the brilliant Adam Gaffin and hosted on Boston University’s website, the Wicked Good Guide to Boston English is a wonder to behold.

Gaffin writes:

Everybody knows about pahking cahs in Hahvuhd Yahd, but there’s a lot more to Boston English than that, despite what Hollywood would have you believe. We have our own way of pronouncing other words, our own vocabulary, even a unique grammatical construct. Journey outside the usual tourist haunts, and you just might need a guide to understand the locals…


English: This picture shows a panorama of Bost...

English: This picture shows a panorama of Boston (USA). Deutsch: Das Foto zeigt ein Panorama von Boston (USA). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are some more highlights from the guide:


Boat shoes, i.e., Keds.


Where somebody is, for example: “They’re down the Cape today.” Sometimes prounounced “downna,” as in “Wanna go downna Boston with me?”


The donut shop on the corner.


The numbah aftah thirdy-nine.


A traffic circle. One of Massachusetts’ two main contributions to the art of traffic regulation (the other being the red-and-yellow pedestrian-crossing light).

Westa Wihsta

Terra incognita; beyond the bounds of civilization (some Bostonians will argue that that boundary is actually Rte. 128 or, if you really want to stretch it, Rte. 495).


A general intensifier: “He’s wicked nuts!”



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Boston Fourth of July Survival Guide at the Esplanade

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular draws nearly a half-million people to the banks of the Charles River. An additional seven million tune into the broadcast.

The experience can either be memorable or miserable, depending on how you prepare.

Here’s the Boston Fourth of July Survival Guide at the Esplanade.

As the Boy Scouts say, “Be Prepared”

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US Navy 090704-N-3271W-163 Three local sailors sing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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Best Beaches in Massachusetts

Dune on Cape Cod near Provincetown

Dune on Cape Cod near Provincetown (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s almost summertime, and Colonial Auto wants to help you find the best beaches in Massachusetts!

Massachusetts has some of the best beaches on the east coast. There’s an abundance of sand ripe for sunbathing on Cape Cod, south of Boston, and along the North Shore. Given the wealth of options, it’s difficult to know where to set up your beach chair.

Fortunately, at Colonial we’re happy to share our local knowledge about with you.

Here’s Colonial Auto’s guide to the best beaches in Massachusetts.

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