There are only three weekends left to finish your holiday shopping and planning. To help you with this feat, we’ve put together a list of three arts, crafts, and food festivals you won’t want to miss this weekend, Dec. 6-8.FULL ENTRY
Mayor Menino's annual food drive, bostonCANshare, ends this week with "The 5 Days of #bostonCanshare."FULL ENTRY
If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, you may be dreading cooking and preparing meals while you could be spending time with your loved ones. Here are a few local restaurants and stores that will do all that work for you – these spots are offering Thanksgiving meals you can buy, bring home, and feed the family.FULL ENTRY
All across the country this week, Americans will be celebrating Food Day.
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Lobster rolls? Fried clams? Stuffed quahogs? You'll find all that and more at the Boston Seafood Festival.FULL ENTRY
Yogurtland and CBS are teaming up to celebrate eight of the network's comedy series. For the month of September, the Harvard Square location has been taken over with CBS branding and special flavors inspired by shows including "The Millers," "Mom," "The Big Bang Theory," and "How I Met Your Mother."FULL ENTRY
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Starting this week, frozen yogurt aficionados can indulge at yet another location. Pinkberry is opening in Somerville's Davis Square, and the shop is partnering with the Somerville Homeless Coalition to help raise funds for the non-profit. The grand opening features free frozen yogurt and toppings, giveaways, and a DJ. Grand opening celebration Sept. 5, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Shop officially opens for business Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. Pinkberry, 263 Elm St., Somerville. 617-623-3338, www.pinkberry.com
With summer winding down, we need something to cheer us up. Restaurant Week Boston always does the trick. More than 190 eateries serve up prix fixe lunches and dinners at bargain prices, which makes this a perfect time to try out a new restaurant and enjoy old favorites. What's your pleasure? Peruse the website and the menus for yummy choices like truffled ricotta ravioli (Upstairs on the Square), prosciutto-wrapped blue cod (Lucca), apple-stuffed duck breast (Grotto), and roasted white chocolate mousse (Harvest). Aug. 18-23 and 25-30 at participating restaurants in Boston and beyond. Prix fixe three-course dinners $38.13, three-course lunches $20.13, two-course lunches $15.13. Prices are per person and exclude beverages, tax and gratuity. www.bostonusa.com
Two of the best things about August are sweet corn and juicy tomatoes. Verrill Farm celebrates the popular crops at its annual Corn & Tomato Festival, featuring tastings of multiple varieties of tomatoes and corn, music by Monadnock Blue Grass, hayrides, and pony rides. Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $8.50, $4.50 kids under 10. Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Rd., Concord. 978-369-4494, www.verrillfarm.com
Ben & Jerry's on Newbury Street becomes "Sene & Jerry's" for an afternoon when Revolution players Saer Sene and Jerry Bengtson scoop to benefit The One Fund Boston. 50 percent of sales and 100 percent of tips will go straight to the fund which benefits people affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. Stop in to cool off with some ice cream, take photos with Revs players, score Revolution gear from team mascot Slyde, and sneak a peek at Sene's new limited-edition bobblehead. Aug. 15, 4-6 p.m. Ben & Jerry's, 174 Newbury St., Boston. 617-536-5456, www.revolutionsoccer.net
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When it comes to post-weekend dinner ideas, we often find ourselves at a loss. Here's one that makes things easy for you, and helps others at the same time. The monthly Celebrity Roller Series at Anna's Taqueria invites local luminaries in to make West Coast-style burritos for a charity of the roller's choice. For the August edition, Tavern Road executive chef Louis DiBiccari and Lovin' Spoonfuls founder Ashley Stanley roll to benefit Lovin' Spoonful's efforts to feed the hungry in underprivileged communities. Aug. 12, 6-8 p.m. $10 per burrito. Anna's, 446 Harvard St., Brookline. www.annastaqueria.com
Fro-yo on a hot day -- we've been doing that a lot this summer. There'll be another place to indulge when a new Pinkberry opens its doors in Boston's North End. Before the official opening on Friday, you're invited to come on in Thursday for free swirls and toppings. Aug. 1, 4-7 p.m. Pinkberry, 285 Hanover St., Boston. 617-248-0110, www.pinkberry.com
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Picnics are fun, but if stocking the basket doesn't fit into your schedule, no worries. You can still enjoy the fun of an outdoor dinner on a summer evening at a Pop-Up Picnic. Kendall Square hot spot The Blue Room and food truck Bon Me are collaborating on a four-course fusion menu that includes chicken galantine with slaw, chilled cucumber soup shooters, sandwiches with sweet and spicy Chinese sausage, and forbidden rice pudding. Vegetarian or gluten free choices are available, e-mail email@example.com in advance for options. And don't worry about packing the blanket -- it's provided. July 31, 6-9 p.m. Rain or shine. $30, $25 advance. Rings Fountain, Milk and India St., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. http://picnicpopup.brownpapertickets.com/
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With this heat wave hitting Boston, we're pretty sure you want to stay far away from the hot stove and oven (and we don't blame you). To help you avoid the kitchen, we have included various websites that provide hundreds of options for take-out or delivery.
This platform works with various delivery services in the area, including Dashed, Dine Valet, Let's Eat, and MixMenu, which gives this site some of the most restaurants to choose from. If you become a regular user of this site, you'll reap the benefits that come with Foodler Bucks. The more you order, the more points you get, and the more discounts you can take off your meal.
Pros: You can search by user ratings, cost, delivery fee, or distance. The restaurant choice is extremely diverse, and the points go a long way.
Cons: The interface is not as user-friendly as the other sites out there.
This name fits the service: Ordering really is, well, seamless. Your favorite orders are saved. The app is extremely easy to use, and the website also has an easy-to-use, attractive layout. If you are a creature of habit and have a go-to order, this site may be your best bet.
Pros: The design of the site is excellent, and the number of steps needed to place an order are minimal.
Cons: Because Seamless is new, the restaurant selection is smaller than the other sites. And because of its newness, there aren't as many reviews or ratings of the restaurants as compared with other delivery sites.
Because this service is so widely used, there are many user reviews to sift through. If that isn't enough, GrubHub also provides Yelp reviews for each restaurant. If you're using the app, be sure to check out the tracking option provided for a select number of restaurants. .
Pros: It's easy to use, has a great mobile app, and according to the website, has more than 200 restaurants available from which to choose.
Cons: It's hard to gauge how expensive the restaurants are. Other sites have a price point listed; GrubHub does not. This site is ideal for delivery as it requires an address to search for restaurants.
Are you looking to serve a large group of people and a large pizza won't do? DIningIn lets you search by places that will cater, saving you time and energy from finding the meals for large parties.
Pros: The catering option is extremely useful. (Yes, you should definitely throw an ice cream social and cater from J.P. Licks.)
Cons: The format isn't as easy to use and the sorting options for restaurants are limited. Ideal for catering needs.
Do you tend to order in during the summer months? What are some of your go-to restaurants? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
When chef George Pinzino started cooking up the famous bar pizzas at Brockton's Cape Cod Cafe in 1982, the price of a cheese pie was $3. Thirty-one years later, the South Shore institution is celebrating a major milestone by rolling the prices of those same pies back to $3 for dine-in customers on Wednesday night from 5-9 p.m.
What sparked the special occasion? Pinzino himself. The pizza master has crafted 10 million Cape Cod Cafe pies. Yes -- 10 MILLION.
The "Phantom Gourmet" Andelman brothers will be in attendance to honor Pinzino and to hand out free Phantom Gourmet BBQ Beach Party tickets, as well as the Phantom's 2013 Restaurant Guide (while supplies last).
Check out footage above from the "Phantom" trip to visit Cape Cod Cafe, a Main St. landmark which is still run by the Jamoulis family who purchased the restaurant in 1947.
Cape Cod Cafe - Brockton location
979 Main Street
Jonathan Wiggs, Globe Staff
The growing season is here, and farmers markets are opening. All through the summer, they'll offer fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, baked goods, jams and jellies, honey, cheeses, eggs, meat, fish, and flowers. You'll have to wait a bit for peak produce offerings, but there's still plenty to choose from at the markets which are already underway, including the Boston Copley Square Farmers Market. Stop by on Tuesday or Friday and check out vendors including Crystal Brook Farm (try their Australian Ginger or Lemon & Lavender goat cheese), Sofra Bakery, and Nella Pasta. The Central Square Farmers Market offers grass-fed meats, free range eggs, and lots more. The vendor list for the Davis Square Farmers Market includes Matt's Amazing Smokehouse, Bug Hill Farm, and Danish Pastry House.
Copley Square Tues and Fri, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Along St. James Ave., Dartmouth St., and Boylston St.
Central Square Mon, noon-6 p.m. Parking Lot #5, Bishop Allen Dr. & Norfolk St., Cambridge.
Davis Square Wed, noon-6 p.m. Day and Herbert Sts., Somerville.
For a comprehensive list of markets all over the state see www.massfarmersmarkets.org
Chefs Ken Oringer and Ming Tsai, the Red Sox, Gov. Patrick, Mayor Menino, and Aramark are the brains behind Boston Bites Back. The event raises money for The One Fund and celebrates Boston's spirit and resiliency in the face of the Boston Marathon bombings. Blue Ginger owner Tsai says, "Food is our common ground, a universal experience. This event is an occasion for Bostonians to reconnect over food, mingle with chefs and honor our city's inspiring resilience. It's an opportunity for Bostonians to literally 'bite' back." You're invited to eat, drink and socialize at Fenway Park, where 100 chefs including Jody Adams, Todd English, Tiffani Faison, and Jamie Bissonnette serve their creations from concession stands and tables. If you can't make it to the event, you can still show your Boston spirit by participating in the online auction. May 15, 6-10 p.m. $200 general access; $1,000 VIP. 21+. Fenway Park, Boston. www.bostonbitesback.org
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Did you know May is National Burger Month? To celebrate, The Place is offering their signature Angus Burger for a buck on Thursdays. The quarter-pounder, which comes with lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles, is part of a new culinary program focusing on fresh ingredients. A visit also allows you to check out the skull-laced wallpaper, black jewel-toned chandeliers, and other highlights of the locale's recent renovations. Thursdays in May, 4-8 p.m. The Place, 2 Broad St., Boston. 617-523-2081, www.theplaceboston.com
Several restaurants have been closed since the Boston Marathon bombings. Here's a list of some of today's re-openings. Head to Back Bay to enjoy a meal, and free parking courtesy of the city.
Back Bay Social Club, 867 Boylston St., Boston. bar opening at 4 p.m., kitchen at 5 p.m. www.backbaysocialclub.com
Towne Stove and Spirits, 900 Boylston St., Boston. Opened at noon. www.towneboston.com
L'Espalier, 774 Boylston St., Boston. Opens at 5:30 p.m. www.lespalier.com
The Capital Grille, 900 Boylston St., Boston. Opened at 11:30 a.m. today. www.thecapitalgrille.com
Pat Greenhouse, Globe Staff
We've been Boston Strong, now it's time to be Boylston Strong. That means heading to the Back Bay to enjoy and support the area's restaurants and businesses. Courtesy of Mayor Menino, you'll get a free pass for parking. The mayor's office sent out a press release this afternoon quoting the mayor: “As of today, these businesses that have been off limits since Marathon Monday are open and are looking forward to receiving and serving their customers once again. To support the efforts of our local businesses through the end of the weekend, the City of Boston is offering free parking at meters on Boylston Street and throughout the entire Back Bay.” That includes all Boylston Street meters, meters on Back Bay streets between Arlington Street and Mass. Ave., and meters adjacent to the Public Garden.
It's time for that one last meal with the family in the Boston area. Are you given the responsibility of finding the restaurant for graduation dinner, which means find a reservation, accommodating large groups, and above all, hoping everyone will be pleased? Here are some ideas for celebrating the big occasion.
LARGE GROUP: Cinquecento
Of course every aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew will want to be a part of the celebration. Cinquecento is a spacious Italian restaurant with fancy decor and an impressive menu. You can also make reservations online. 500 Harrison St., Boston, 617-338-9500, www.cinquecentoboston.com
TRENDY: West Bridge
Egg in a jar. Yes, they have a dish that involves an egg. In a jar. If you have people to impress, the unique dishes and the easy location (there is even a parking garage near by) makes this spot a crowd-pleaser. And another bonus: There is a wine bar, a brewery, and an Irish pub steps away. Reservations can be made through Open Table. 1 Kendall Sq., Cambridge, 617-945-0221, www.westbridgerestaurant.com
PRETTY: Island Creek Oyster
People who visit Boston often think seafood. Avoid the names we all know and try this spot. Not only does the restaurant have a central location in Boston, the decor makes it one of the most beautiful venues in the city. If someone in your party isn't in the mood for a fancy dish, don't worry, fish and chips are also on the menu. 500 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-532-5300, www.islandcreekoysterbar.com
PIZZA FANS: Area Four
Have picky eaters in your group? Well, who doesn't love pizza? Here's a bonus: You'll be able to order some pies away from the cramped North End and in a tech-y neighborhood. Grads, you may end up getting a job in Kendall Square, so why not start by getting a meal in your possible future 'hood? Area Four takes reservations, but requires a credit card number. Large groups welcome. 500 Technology Sq., Cambridge, 617-758-4444, www.areafour.com
LAID BACK: Publick House
Do you have beer fans in your family? Ok, maybe mac 'n cheese enthusiasts? Although the Publick House is known for its impressive beer list and gothic furnishings, the cuisine is some of the best comfort food you'll find in Boston. Note: They don't take reservations. 1648 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-277-2880. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
OFF THE BEATEN PATH: Elephant Walk
For those of you graduating from Cambridge schools, move away from the direct vicinity of Harvard Square and venture down Massachusetts Avenue for some Cambodian and French cuisine. If you have people who are vegetarian or gluten-free, there are plenty of options available. You can make reservations here. 2067 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-492-6900, www.elephantwalk.com
As temperatures start to increase, so do cravings for ice cream. Go ahead and indulge at Baskin-Robbins Guest Appreciation Days, offering deals on a wide selection of flavors including Jamoca, Rocky Road, Cherries Jubilee, and Daiquiri Ice. While you're enjoying your sweet deal, don't forget to participate in the Scoops for Charity initiative to benefit non-profit organizations supporting the hungry, safety, and children's health. April 23-25. $1-$3 for signature menu items. Participating shops at 1 Broadway, Cambridge and 1 Bow St., Cambridge. Also in Belmont, Lexington, Harvard, and Raynham. www.BaskinRobbins.com
Here's a sweet way to end your Thursday -- stop by the new Pinkberry location in Chestnut Hill for some free frozen yogurt. The evening before the store officially opens for business, you can get a creamy treat, groove to tunes spun by a DJ, and try your luck at winning a year's supply of free Pinkberry and other goodies. April 4, 6-9 p.m., free swirls. Opening day April 5. Store hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun-Thurs, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri-Sat. Pinkberry at The Street, 49 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill. www.pinkberry.com
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Fans of Shake Shack were eagerly awaiting the opening of the 3,000 square foot eatery on Boylston Street in Chestnut Hill since plans were announced last May. The burger joint, which calls itself a "modern day roadside burger stand," is not only famous for its milkshakes, burgers, and custard, but also for its long lines at its several New York City locations.
Some fans got a sneak preview of the location Tuesday:
Right place. Right time. Ethan & AJ stopped by Chestnut Hill during training & got to sample the goods on us. twitter.com/shakeshack/sta…— SHAKE SHACK (@shakeshack) March 19, 2013
Why is this spot so popular, you wonder? It may be the Shack sauce, a mayo-based specialty, or (my personal favorite) custard flavors that change daily.
The Chestnut Hill menu is now available online, and has some special items for the Boston crowd, including a "Lobstah Shell" and a custard called "Revere's Tracks."
Even though it's still freezing outside, Shake Shack may be just the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of a hopefully wonderful, warm season.
Shake Shack is located at 49 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill.
Take a look at photos of the new spot.
By Matt Juul, Boston.com correspondent
Get excited food fanatics: it’s National Noodle Month!
Here are five tummy-rumble-worthy ramen joints that have us waiting with eager chopsticks:
Guchi’s Midnight Ramen Pop-Up: Widely credited as the catalyst for Boston’s recent ramen craze, Guchi’s Midnight Ramen is one of the more popular noodle tickets in town. Guchi’s, a side project of O Ya chefs Yukihiro Kawaguchi and Mark O’Leary and alum Tracy Chang, features a signature bowl of house-made noodles in rich pork broth that’s quickly become one of the most sought-after dishes in town. The catch: this mouth-watering ramen is only served during specific events at some of the city’s chicest locations. Keep up with Guchi’s Twitter page if you want to get a ticket to the next tasting event as they sell out extremely fast.
Sapporo Ramen: In Porter Square, this Cambridge noodle house offers ten different takes on the dish -- from your typical house ramen to spicy miso ramen, a blend of spicy ground pork, corn, scallions, and simple noodles in a warm bowl of broth. Sapporo also keeps things affordable, with each dish hovering in the $8 range.
1815 Massachusetts Ave.
Yume Wo Katare: A more recent addition on the ramen hot spot map, Yume Wo Katare (pictured) has helped turned Porter Square into the unofficial hub of the delicious Japanese dish in Boston. Chef and owner Tsuyoshi Nishioka serves nothing but ramen from this Cambridge counter, but the dish is so delectable that patrons are known to loyally brave the lengthy lines that stretch down the block.
Make sure to get there on time, though, since the restaurant is only open between 6-11 p.m.
1923 Massachusetts Ave.
Myers + Chang: This hip Asian fusion spot in the South End serves up a combination of shrimp and tofu with super skinny Kyushu-style noodles. Their $12 bowls of ramen are only available on the restaurant’s lunch menu, so get there early!
145 Washington St.
Myung Dong 1st. Ave: While ramen is considered Japanese cuisine (even though the meal hails from China), this Allston kitchen puts a Korean twist on the noodle dish. The restaurant offers three types of ramen for around $7. These bowls feature additions like sliced carrots and egg drops.
166 Harvard Ave.
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UBurger? Free burger! The Boston-based burger chain has opened its fifth location in Faneuil Hall, and to celebrate, the burger joint will be giving away free cheeseburgers, fries, and a drink today.
Head to the new location at 16 North St. and help mark the grand opening on Wednesday, from 4-7 p.m. Local designer Venni Caprice and live music from DJ Mario will join the festivities. The 60-seat restaurant opened its doors on Feb. 12.
The burger joint first opened shop in Kenmore Square in 2006 and catered to both Red Sox fans and students alike. Other locations include Park Street, the Boston University campus, and the Northeastern campus.
So bundle up, venture to Faneuil Hall and score some free grub. If you're in the mood, we recommend grabbing a pint at a nearby Irish pub, such as Green Dragon Tavern or Clarke's. Bon appetit!
UBurger offers several burgers on their menu, as well as fries, chicken sandwiches, salads, and frappes. Burgers are made daily and fries made to order, according to the website.
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Yes, we all know how you feel about Mondays. But during the month of February, there is a reason to look forward to the start of the week. The Blue Room in Kendall Square is introducing Spaghetti Western Mondays.
From 9 p.m.-1 a.m. on Feb. 4, 11, 18, and 25, the restaurant will offer up some action-filled adrenaline on screen by showing a Spaghetti Western, or an Italian Western film, every week. That's not all -- to add some local flavor, Boston-area bartenders will duel and serve up their best specialty cocktails with the help of Bully Boy Whiskey.
Don't worry, you won't be drinking on an empty stomach. The Blue Room chef Robert Grant will create bar bites for each showing. Cocktails and bites will be served à la carte and range from $9-$13.
So there you have it -- it's time to perk up about Mondays with the help of westerns and whiskey.
Here is a list of bartenders and films for each Monday:
Feb. 4: "A Fistful of Dollars" with bartenders John Henderson (Scholars) and Tyler Wang (No.9 Park)
Feb.11: "For a Few Dollars More" with bartenders Katie Emmerson (The Hawthorne) and Fred Yarm (Cocktail Virgin Slut)
Feb. 18: "The Good the Bad and the Ugly" with bartenders Noon Inthasuwan (Moksa) and Sam Treadway (Backbar)
Feb. 25: "Once Upon a Time in the West" with bartenders Evan Harrison (Brick & Mortar) and Ted Kilpatrick (No. 9 Park)
The Blue Room is located in One Kendall Square in Cambridge. If you make it out, be sure to check out free s'mores at Belly Wine Bar next door.
Joanne Rathe, Globe Staff
Salsa, guac, carnitas, and cheese - isn't it romantic? With Valentine's Day coming right up, a burrito joint just might be the perfect place to meet your sweetheart. Anna's Talkeria is a speed dating event that begins with mix-and-mingle over burritos, specialty tacos, and Mexican drinks. Timed mini-dates follow. Feb. 5, 6:30-8 p.m. $20, proceeds to Casa Myrna Vasquez. Anna's Taqueria, 446 Harvard St., Brookline. http://annastalkeria.eventbrite.com
Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Milva DiDomizio and June Wulff's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend.
HAPPY MARDI GRAS Eat, drink, and be merry during three weeks of revelry in honor of Fat Tuesday. A mega Mardi Gras Celebration features gumbo, jambalaya, and crawfish served while the music plays, provided by the Hot Tamale Brass Band, David B and the Hot Shots, Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers, Joe Moss Band, and others. This weekend features Rosemary’s Baby Blues (Jan. 25, 9 p.m.) and the Love Dogs (Jan. 26, 9 p.m.). Jan. 25-Feb. 12. Smoken' Joe's Barbeque, 351 Washington St., Brighton. 617-254-5227, www.smokenjoesbbq.com
TAKE WINGS Who makes the best chicken wings in Boston? At King of the Wing, Game On!, Kings, Cornwall's Pub, Jerry Remy's, and others compete for top honors while you eat, drink brews by Sam Adams Lager, and check out the Fenway batting cage. Proceeds to Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. Jan. 25, 6 p.m. $30, $25 advance. Game On!, 82 Lansdowne St., Boston. www.bgcdorchester.org
CAST OF CHARACTERS We move through the hum drum of daily life, but Roz Chast interprets it through her New Yorker cartoons and editorial illustrations. Chast sold her first cartoon to the New Yorker in 1978, and her most recent collection, "Theories of Everything," is a 25-year retrospective. New Yorker editor, David Remnick, has describesd Chast as "the magazine’s only certifiable genius." Jan. 25, 8 p.m. $30 and up. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org
MUSICAL, GLORIOUS MUSICAL Our favorite song from the musical version of Charles Dickens's novel "Oliver Twist" is also one of our favorite things. "Food, Glorious Food" is among the tunes when Wheelock Family Theatre presents "Oliver!," the tale of a young boy trying to survive in the slums of Victorian London. Jan. 25-Feb. 24. Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat-Sun 3 p.m. Vacation week matinees Feb. 19-22, 1 p.m. $20-$30. Wheelock Family Theatre, 180 The Riverway, Boston. 617-879-2300, www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org
NORDIC BLAST In the heart of winter, Cuisine en Locale presents Once in Valhalla, an event combining locavorism and lore in a four-hour food fest featuring eats, music, and theatrics. The Viking-themed event features all-you-can-eat-meat and wintry fruits and roots in a 10-course Nordic feast. Jan. 25, 7-11 p.m. $100. Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. www.cuisineenlocale.com
ENGLISH ROYALTY Henry Purcell's influence is far, wide, and diverse. Fans of the 17th-century English composer include Benjamin Britten and the Who's Pete Townshend. The Handel and Haydn Society presents Purcell's last major work, the semi-opera "The Indian Queen" with the Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus. Jan. 25, 8 p.m. (Jan. 27 at 3 p.m.; pre-concert talks one hour before curtain). $20-$78. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston (Jan. 27 at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge). 617-266-3605, www.handelandhaydn.org
MOON MOVIES On the day of January's full moon, Belmont World Film presents the Full Moon Festival, a mini-fest of movies for kids exploring that mysterious, magical orb in the sky. Screenings of "Lotte and the Moonstone Secret" (10:30 a.m., for ages 3-8) and "Moon Man" (1 p.m., for ages 7 and up) are followed by snack time (half moon cookies) and astronomer-led discussions of the phases of the moon. Jan. 26. $5-$12. Studio Cinema, 376 Trapelo Rd., Belmont. 617-484-3980, www.belmontworldfilm.org
HOME SWEET HOME Winter is the perfect time to focus on your digs. Get tips, attend lectures, shop, and watch demonstrations by the pros at the Boston Home Show. Bargains await at the Boston Design Center's Red Tag Sale (1 Design Center Pl., Boston). Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Jan. 27 until 5 p.m.). $10. Black Falcon Pier, 1 Black Falcon Ave., Boston. 800-533-0229, www.thebostonhomeshow.com
MAY-DECEMBER ROMANCE Masha, 17, marries Sergey, 36, in Tolstoy's "Family Happiness." And since it's Tolstoy, there's trouble in paradise when the former gets bored. Performed in Russian with English subtitles by Theatre-Atelier Piotr Fomenko. Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. (Jan. 27 at 2 p.m.). $45-$125, 20 percent student discount when purchased in person (recommended for ages 12 and older). Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St., Boston. 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.org
EBERSO TALENTED When this actress says "Oh, hi," Broadway addicts go ga ga because they know it's the start of "The Revolutionary Costume for Today" from "Grey Gardens." Christine Ebersole won the 2007 Tony for Best Actress, and while we don't know if this song is on her setlist at An Evening with Christine Ebersole, you can bet she has many tunes up her revolutionary sleeve (the Broadway baby will be 60 next month). Jan. 26, 8 p.m. $30 and up. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org
PLAYING TOGETHER Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s collection of poems, "West-Eastern Divan," is the namesake for the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. It all began in 1999 when conductor Daniel Barenboim and the late Palestinian literary scholar, Edward Said, formed a workshop for young musicians from Israel, Palestine, and several Arab countries. The program is Beethoven's Symphony No.2 in D major, Op.36 and Symphony No.3 in E-flat major, Op.55 "Eroica." Jan. 27, 3 p.m. $30 and up. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org
NOIR AND NAUGHTY Former Disneyland performer, Bremner Duthie changes things up when he performs "Jazz Noir" in Act One of Lo-Fi Lowdown. Songs from the Film Noir era will be followed in Act Two by the "naughty" one-woman radio detective spoof, "Radio Star," performed by Boston native, Tanya O'Debra. Jan. 27, 7 p.m. $18. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.americanrepertorytheater.org
As temperatures approach below freezing levels this week, here's a delicious and fun way to stay in the winter weeks to come: free s'mores!
Kendall Square's Belly Wine Bar keeps an open top fireplace burning outside the restaurant daily and customers often hover around the flames with their libations on cold winter nights. But on Sunday and Monday evenings, a plate of ingredients to make s'mores make a guest appearance in the mix.
These aren't your standard s'mores: the marshmallows and graham crackers are custom-made by the chef, and the chocolate varies from chocolate shavings to chips to bars.
Nick Zappia, one of the owners of the wine bar, recommended Amaro Montenegro, a digestif, as the ideal liquor to pair with the dessert, stating that the bitterness of the alcohol combined with the sweetness of the treat make for an ideal combination.
But why s'mores? Zappia's answer was simple: It's a "fun thing for us to do and fun for the guests that are here."
What activities do you take part in to keep you warm during the harsh winter months? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
Check out Belly Wine Bar at One Kendall Square in Cambridge.
John Tlumacki, Globe Staff
After a long Monday at work, head over to the lounge at Rialto for the return of $1 Oyster Mondays. The restaurant teams up with Island Creek Oysters and Cisco Brewery for the kick-off event, where 1,000 oysters will be shucked for your eating pleasure. Wash 'em down with Grey Lady, the featured tropical fruit and spice-tinged brew from Cisco. Nov. 5, 5:30 p.m. Rialto, 1 Bennett St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-661-5050, www.rialto-restaurant.com
Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Milva DiDomizio and June Wulff's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend.
FRENCH SPIN French DJ Cedric Gervais started his career early, persuading his father to petition the French courts to allow him to leave school at the age of 14. At 15, he relocated to his current home of Miami. His 2012 track “Molly” has gotten noticed by Madonna, Pete Tong, and Radio One. Oct. 12, 10:30 p.m. $20, $30. 21+. Proper dress. Estate, 1 Boylston Pl., Boston. 617-351-7000, www.theestateboston.com
FREEDOM RINGS It’s election night, and results are being announced. It’s also the night that photos of the gay son of the favored presidential candidate go viral. Everyone scrambles to do damage control in “Now or Later,” Christopher Shinn’s political drama about freedom of expression. Presented by the Huntington Theatre Company. Oct. 12, 8 p.m. (through Nov. 10). $25 and up, $5 senior discount, $25 under age 36, $15 students and military. Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-266-0800. www.huntingtontheatre.org
TOWNSHEND IN TOWN If The Who had been called The Hair -- like Pete Townshend wanted -- it would be weird to call it “The Hair’s Tommy.” In his new memoir, “Who I Am,” the singer, songwriter, and guitarist of The Who says that he wasn’t fond of that “drawling dope” Elvis. Townshend will be interviewed and will perform four songs. Oct. 12, 5 p.m. $32.50 (includes a copy of the book). Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261. www.berkleebpc.com
NOTHING AVERAGE ABOUT EITHER The San Francisco Bay area was fertile ground for bands in the late 60s including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Journey, and Tower of Power. “Soul And The City” is the latest release by the soul and funk Average White Band, the other half of the Wilbur gig. Oct. 12, 8 p.m. $50-$62.50. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-2000. www.thewilbur.com
CLASH OF THE FOOD TRUCKS Boston and New York go at it again at the Food Truck Showdown: Boston vs. New York City. Seven trucks from each city compete for the title of Best Food Truck. Boston contestants are Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Bon Me, The Cookie Monstah, Staff Meal, Mei Mei Street Kitchen, Lobsta Love, and Kickass Cupcakes. Celebrity judges include Mayor Thomas Menino and Jenny Johnson from NECN’s “TV Diner.” Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Free admission. Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Boston. 617-223-7070. www.foodtruckthrowdown.com
VISIT FROM THE QUEEN Here’s what Adele had to say about Wanda Jackson: “She’s like my rockabilly Etta James. I love her, she’s so brilliant. I don’t think ‘Rollin’ in the Deep’ would exist if it wasn’t for Wanda Jackson.” “Unfinished Business” is the new record by the Queen of Rockabilly. Oct. 13, 8 p.m. $28-$54.68. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Davis Sq., Somerville. 617-776-2004. www.johnnyds.com
DOWN PAT “This Belongs to You” and “Then and Now” are two tracks that got our attention on the latest release by the jazzy Pat Metheny Unity Band. The line-up is Chris Potter on sax and bass clarinet, Antonio Sanchez on drums, Ben Williams on bass, and Metheny on guitar. Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. $35, $45. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-3161. www.berkleebpc.com
SING IT There’s a lot more than beer at the Carmina Burana Oktoberfest, an open sing hosted by Metropolitan Chorale. Chorus members and artists-in-residence soloists invite you to join them in singing Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” (“O Fortuna” is used at Patriots games). Beer, wine, popcorn, and scores will be available (musical, not football).Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. $10. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-739-5182. www.coolidge.org
THEY'RE THE TOP There’s a local musician at Sunday’s live taping of NPR’s From the Top. The program by 15-year-old Shrewsbury pianist Vanessa Meiling Haynes includes Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 (“Appassionata”). Pianist Christopher O’Riley hosts this opportunity for up-and-stunning classical musicians. Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. $25-$35. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-585-1260. www.frommthetop.org
Joanne Rathe, Globe Staff
Thursday, October 4 is National Taco Day. Here are ways to celebrate in Boston.
Tour de Taco Yes, it's a Mexican staple, but it varies by region. Olé Restaurant Group chef Erwin Ramos takes diners on a tour of the country's cuisine with tacos featuring shrimp, steak, pork, and a variety of peppers. Oct. 4. $18 covers four tacos and sides. Reservations recommended. 5-9:30 p.m. at Olé Mexican Grill, 11 Springfield St. Cambridge. 617-492-4495. 5-10 p.m. at Zócalo Cucina Mexicano, 35 Stanhope St., Boston. 617-456-7849. www.olerestaurantgroup.com
National Taco Day/Read for the Record It's not just National Taco Day, it's also Jumpstart's Read for the Record, when millions read a pre-selected book to bring attention and awareness to the early education achievement gap. This year's book is "Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad." Anna's Taqueria locations will display copies of the book, and donate a portion of proceeds from all taco sales to Jumpstart's mission of supporting quality early childhood education to children in low income communities. Oct. 4. Anna's Taqueria. Locations in Brookline, Somerville, Cambridge, Boston. www.annastaqueria.com
Macho Taco If you like to celebrate in a big way, Margaritas is the place. Their foot-long Macho Taco weighs in at just shy of two pounds. Available Oct. 4-8. Locations in Medford, Revere, Lexington, Waltham, Weymouth, and Framingham. www.margs.com
Wendy Maeda, Globe Staff
There's more to the fall harvest than apples and pumpkins. Consider peagreens, purslane, and new potatoes. On Mondays, Beacon Hill Bistro executive chef Josh Lewin stops at the Central Square Farmers' Market on his way to work and picks up whatever produce strikes his fancy, then uses it in a Market Monday Special. At Flora Restaurant, chef Bob Sargent offers Farmer's Market Monday Dinners, featuring a three-course meal made with ingredients grown by local farmers.
Does the end of summer make you sad? Here's an antidote: all-you-can-eat chocolate. The Chocolate Bar at the Langham Hotel's Cafe Fleuri returns for the season with a mind-boggling array of desserts. Cupcakes, truffles, brulees, bread pudding, crepes, whoopee pies, and other delights are created with various varieties of chocolate. September's offerings include lemon madeline with ivoire cremeax and strawberries, and caramelized white chocolate torte with banana and sesame. There are chocolate cocktails too, made with ingredients like raspberry vodka, dark chocolate Godiva liqueur, and Frangelico.
Chocolate Bar 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays at Cafe Fleuri at the Langham Hotel, 250 Franklin St., Boston. $40, $55 with two chocolate cocktails, ages 5-12 $28. 617-451-1900, ext. 7125. www.boston.langhamhotels.com
That new (or old) restaurant you've been wanting to try? Now is the time. More than 200 area restaurants offer prix-fixe dinners and lunches during Restaurant Week Boston. Fresh seafood, yummy tapas, al fresco dining -- there are so many choices. Browse the menus and make reservations at the official website. Restaurant Week Boston Aug. 19-24 and 26-31. Three-course dinner $33.12, three-course lunch $20.12, two-course lunch $15.12. Prices are per person and exclude beverages, tax, tip. www.bostonusa.com
Chef extraordinaire Julia Child would have become a centenarian this week. She may not be here to join us, but we can still celebrate with the things she loved so much -- good French food and wine. Cambridge mainstay Upstairs on the Square is dedicating their Restaurant Week menus to Julia Child while Harvest is hosting a Tribute to Julia Child at 100. More local chefs, foodies, and wine purveyors will offer the following specialty menus and events:
A Tribute to Julia Child at 100 Chef Mary Dumont honors Child with a special four-course dinner with wine pairings that includes Salade Nicoise (with quail egg), Heirloom Tomato Provençale, Caneton aux Peche, and Queen of Sheba Cake. Aug. 15-16, 5:30-10 p.m. Aug. 17-18, 5:30-11 p.m. $44, $15-$25 wine pairings. Harvest, 44 Brattle St., Cambridge. www.harvestcambridge.com
Happy 100th Birthday Julia Start off with passed hors 'doeuvres then move on to a four-course seated dinner with wine pairings featuring some of Child's most beloved recipes. The menu includes Heirloom Tomato Provençal, Bourride, Saddle of Lamb, and Baked Alaska. Aug. 15, 6:30-10 p.m. $165. Menton, 354 Congress St., Boston. www.mentonboston.com
Teen Julia Child cooking class Create a Cook in Newton will host a teen cooking class on Aug. 23 where aspiring chefs can learn to make some of Julia Child's classic dishes, like Poulet Sauté aux Herbes de Provence, Crepes De Pommes De Terre, and Tomates A La Provencale. Aug. 23, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $80. Create a Cook, 53 Winchester St., Newton. www.createacook.com
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BACK IN ‘HELL’S KITCHEN’ PARTY: Former “Hell’s Kitchen” contestant Jason Santos is hosting a viewing party at his restaurant Blue Inc on Monday in honor of the chef’s guest appearance on the show’s current season. There will be a special three-course prix-fixe menu from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. prior to the show’s start at 7 p.m. After the episode, DJ Dolo will keep the party going. Aug. 13, 7 p.m., $10, Blue Inc, Boston. 617-261-5353. www.blueincboston.com
The forecast says it's going to be 90+ degrees and humid on National Watermelon Day. That sounds like perfect weather for indulging in cool, sweet, juicy refreshment courtesy of the big green melon. Here are ideas for celebrating the fruit in and around Boston.
Watermelon Fizz This skinny drink (under 100 calories) features watermelon, cilantro, tequila, and a splash of lime and soda water. Haru, 55 Huntington Ave., Boston. $13. 617-536-0660, www.harusushi.com
Cool Watermelon & Rhode Island Feta Salad The Fireplace's take on the classic watermelon and feta salad combines regional cheese, drizzled balsamic, pickled red onion, chick peas, and chopped parley and mint. The Fireplace, 1634 Beacon St., Brookline. $11. 617-975-1900, www.fireplacerest.com
Watermelon Frozen Yogurt Cool off with this pale pink, creamy, subtle treat. Get it swirled at Pinkberry, or buy a cucumber-flecked version by the pint at the Porter Square Berryline. Pinkberry, 800 Boylston St., Boston. See website for other locations in Boston, Cambridge, and suburbs. Cone prices vary. www.pinkberry.com; Berryline, 1668 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. $3.80/pint. 617-492-3555, www.berryline.com
Photo by David Giral
You've heard of a flash mob -- those impromptu, choreographed dance parties that happen out in public -- but what about a flash feast? On Aug. 16, diners across the city will converge at a yet-to-be-released location for an impromptu outdoor picnic event called Le Diner en Blanc. These public picnics have already happened in places like New York, Montreal (above), Sydney, Mexico City, and Paris -- the event on Aug. 16 will be the first in Boston. Those looking to take part in the fun can purchase tickets for $25-$35 prior to the event at the Diner en Blanc website, and will be assembled at various "rallying points" before organizers escort them to the exact location. Participants must pack all the ingredients for their feast with them -- food, tables, chairs, silverware, white linens, etc -- and must dress all in white (Diner en Blanc means "dinner in white" in French). Aug. 16, 6:30 p.m., $25-$35, 21+ boston.dinerenblanc.info
We don't need an excuse to sip on a tangy, refreshing margarita, but just in case you do, here's one -- National Tequila Day. There are plenty of creative choices in Boston. For ideas, check out our gallery on Mid-Summer Margarita Madness. Olé Restaurant Group observes the occasion with Tacos & Tequila, featuring a prix-fixe pairing menu. For a really sweet way to celebrate, go to Kickass Cupcakes and indulge in a Strawberry Margarita Cupcake. The confection is made of vanilla cake with a tequila-infused strawberry center, strawberry tequila icing, and (of course) a pinch of kosher salt.
Tacos & Tequila July 24, 5-11 p.m. $25. Olé Mexican Grill, 11 Springfield St., Cambridge. Zócalo Cocina Mexicana, 35 Stanhope St., Boston. www.olerestaurantgroup.com
Kickass Cupcakes 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 378 Highland Ave., Somerville. www.kickasscupcakes.com
The Boston Harbor Hotel has opened another outdoor space perfect for after work gatherings and a quick bite. The Alley Bar features craft cocktails, beer, wine and savory items such as chilled grilled shrimp, New England Clam chowder, and smoked salmon bruschetta. The restaurant is nestled in the alley between the harbor and Atlantic Avenue. Open Monday-Friday, 4-10 p.m. Rowes Wharf, Atlantic Avenue, Boston. 617-748-1857
Today is the first day of summer and the heat is officially here. The mercury is rising and temperatures could soar well into the 90 degree mark today. In an effort to help people keep cool, the folks from Mix 104.1 will be at Downtown Crossing today at noon handing out free Turkey Hill ice cream. Happy first day of summer, indeed!
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