A brief list of places we love that we know you will too…
FOOD & DRINK
Area Four Pizza: For quality pizza and pre-2000s video gaming. If you come in after 11pm, their slices are half off til they run out! [445 Somerville Ave., Somerville, MA 02143 617.764.4190]
Back Bar: Spicy caramel popcorn + homemade ice cream sandwiches + the lion’s tale [7 Sanborn Court, Union Square, Somerville, MA 02143]
Kirkland Tap and Trotter: The food always pushes the limits of what we believe we like – octopus and hummus, smoked loup de mer rillettes, and Maine mussels. We go early in the week to avoid the crowd and sip on the ever-changing list of house cocktails. [425 Washington Street, Somerville, MA 02143 857.259.6585]
Neptune Oyster: Go early and plan to wait. It is worth your while. So many beautiful raw oysters to choose from and trying them all side by side is half the fun. Scrumptious lobster roll for non-raw oyster eaters. [63 Salem St Boston, MA 02113 617.742.3474]
Sportello: One of Barbara Lynch’s many celebrated restaurants. Located above Drink. Lovely wine and fresh pastas in a sleek Fort Point location. [348 Congress Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02210 617.737.1234]
Trina’s Starlite Lounge: After a long day, a bucket of ponies and a mac n’ cheese made with love are all I need. [3 Beacon Street, Somerville, MA 02143 617.576.0006]
THINGS TO DO
The Harpoon Brewery Tour: Tours start Saturday and Sunday before noon and last less than 1 hour. Try many of Harpoon’s signature beers and enjoy a large, doughy pretzel in the beer hall while you wait for the tour to start. Get there early on the weekends and after grab lunch at a Fort Point spot. [306 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210 617.456.2322]
The Harvard Museum of Natural History: Located on campus not far from the T stop. The great mammal hall is my favorite, but many rotating exhibitions as well. Check their calendar for guest lectures. Harvard students and a guest get in free with an I.D. [26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 617.495.3045]
The Red Sox at Fenway Park: Nothing beats sitting in the stands on a summer or fall evening and watching baseball in one of America’s oldest ball fields. The Red Sox’s first game at Fenway was played on April 9, 1912, and fans have been cheering on the Sox ever sense. After winning the World Series in 2013, the 2014 season promises to be a special one for Boston’s home team. [4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215]
SkyZone: If you haven’t heard of 3D dodgeball, you need to click on this link. SkyZone may be a pre-teen birthday paradise, but the child inside Tom and I loves Sky Zone for offering dodgeball in a room of trampolines. Get a crew of 10 or 12 together, call ahead, and go out for a hour of dodgeball. [69 Norman Street, Everett, MA 02149 617.387.1000]
The USS Constitution: The 30-ish minute tour takes you two levels below deck and is led by a serving Navy soldier. See the hammocks where the crew slept and the kitchen and experience what it would feel like if all our homes only had ceilings that were 5 foot 6 inches tall. [USS Constitution, Bldg. 5, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA 02129]
Harvard Tour via the Mobile App: Much like the downloadable Freedom Trail app, the Harvard Tour app makes for a more robust, enjoyable tour around campus when friends and family visit and need some Harvard trivia. Free to download and easy to use.
The Cocktail Virgin Blog: Fred Yarm, a bartender at Russel House in Harvard Square, has created a blog to regular post on cocktails he has worked up or cocktails featured on the menus of restaurants in and around Cambridge. You can search his entries by location or ingredient. A fun connection for some of the drink lovers and foodies in the area.
Check back! More to come.