Boston Blog Posts
If your looking for a good afternoon snack, stop by 5 Napkin on Huntington Ave. This is their menu plan for the unofficial happy hour. Massachusetts only ban Happy Hour for alcohol consumption, there's nothing wrong with having food as a happy hour:
Twice a day, 7 days a week! 4-7pm, and 9pm-close, in the bar area. $2 sliders (orig, veggie or turkey), 50-cent wings, $2 pork taquitos (4) and $2 hand rolls (spicy tuna & cucumber or spicy salmon & avocado)
Mass General Laws
Did you know that you could be fine for carrying a lighted match, cigar, cigarette or pipe on MBTA property? From the Mass General Laws C272 Sec 43a, which is posted on signs all around the MBTA Station:
Section 43A. Whoever, in or upon a railroad carriage, steamboat, or other public conveyance, or in a terminal or other facility of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, smokes or carries an open flame or lighted match, cigar, cigarette, or pipe shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than ten days or by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars, or both such fine and imprisonment.
I guess the MBTA is really cracking down on not just smokers but people that are holding smoking paraphernalia. In other words, you're a criminal for possessing a legal product in your pocket.
Icing on the Cake
If your looking for the best place in metro Boston to get a special occasion cake, you should check out 'Icing on the Cake' in Newton. This is certainly a hidden gem in Newton that has a huge fan base.
We have ordered from them many times in the past six years. Not only do we enjoy the delicious cakes, but we are amazed at the creativity that they put into each cake.
Icing on the Cake isn't a normal cake place, its for those special occasions when just any cake won't do. If your celebrating a 65th birthday, do you really want to get a cake from Stop and Shop or BJs?
When your ready to place an order, don't pick up the phone. Make a trip to the store Why? Because the store will inspire you will all sorts of ideas.
The friend staff will work with you to produce an awesome cake, that will taste as good as it looks. One of the cool things about the store is that they have refrigerators that display cakes waiting to be picked up by customers. Which is awesome to see what they can do. Also when you pick up your cake, and you think you have the best one, there's always someone else that has a better design.
Over the past six years have ordered all sorts of cakes, from a DisneyWorld Haunted Mansion cake to a birthday cupcake display with hidden Mickey's.
The cakes taste melts in your mouth, you can make the cake any way you want as each cake is made to order. I really like that the cake taste really good a few days after an event, which is all the more reason to order a size slightly bigger than you need.
On weekends they have some cup cakes that you can purchase too. Excellent way to treat yourself to some of their awesome frosting and cake.
The Icing on the Cake is on 230 Adams Street in Newton, They only accept checks and cash.
If your going to a Red Sox game this year, you could consider parking at the Prudential. They charge $16, which is one of the lowest parking price of any garage around the Fenway area. I believe the garage at 100 Clarendon is slightly cheaper, but adds about 10 minute walking time to/from Fenway.
According to the signs around the Prudential Mall, the walk to Fenway is only 10-12 minutes. However, using Google Maps, the walk appears to be about 20 minutes long. I guess it all depends on how fast one walks.
If you take the Mass Pike, then the parking at the Prudential is a good option, its really easy to get to the garage off the turnpike, and even easier to get back on the turnpike. After the game, instead of getting on the Pike at Copley, take the Mass Ave. exit. It's a little less traffic to maneuver around.
I took some photos this morning around the Back Bay with my iPhone, but I am unable to send them because 3G is not available in Boston right now.
The Prudential Tower and Shops are still without power, almost 38 hours since the transformer blew up. There are lots of power trucks all around the back bay, mostly in front of apartment and condos.
Coffee in the Back Bay
There are 5 unique places to buy coffee between the Back Bay T stop and Christian Science Plaza:
Dunkin Donuts (3 Locations)
- On Stuart Street, across the street from the John Hancock tower
- Inside the Shaws super market next to the Prudential Shopping Center
- Inside the Prudentail Center near the Hynes Convention Center
Starbucks (2 Locations)
- Inside the Copley Place Mall, near the Boston Marriott
- Inside the Prudential Shops, next to Barnes and Noble
Au Pon Pain (2 Locations)
- Inside the Copley Place Mall, near the Stuart Street entrance
- Inside the Prudential Shops, near the Hynes Convention Center
Paradise Bakery & Cafe
- Inside the Prudential Shops, in the food court
- On the corner of St. Botolph Street and West Newton Street
In Boston's BackBay there's a famous candy store called, "Sugar Heaven" which offers Bostonians a great place to stock up on their favorite candy. They have pretty much every type of candy in stock and lots of bulk candy to select from.
Sugar Heaven is located at 669 Boylston Steet, Boston MA, across the street from the Boston Public Library. Intrusting bit of trivia is that a Dentist office is right next door to Sweet Heaven. You can call the store at 617-266-6464 and see if they have your candy in stock!
If you are looking for another store for bulk candy check out Truffles Fine Confections in the Prudential Shopping Center. They have a smaller selection, but the selection tends to be unique to what Sugar Heaven has. The prices are a bit cheaper at the Truffles Fine Confections and they have yummy Truffles!
Truffles Fine Confections is located in the Prudential shopping center across from Legal Seafoods, near the Boylston Street entrance. Save time and call the store with your order at 617-536-2663!
So if your looking for Bulk candy for an event, it worth checking out both stores for a great selection!
On my train commute, I have been spending my time reading. I notice that a lot of commuters read on the train. The most common thing that I see people read is the 'Boston Metro.'
The Boston MBTA has a quiet car, but I have found that most of the train is pretty quiet with people busy reading books or doing some work on their laptop. Every once in a while you'll hear someone on the phone.
From Framingham to Boston is about 45 minutes, in which I read about 25 pages. The number of pages depend on the level of book. For example, it took longer to read the 'Brief History of Time' because the complex subject matter.
Here are the following books that I have read since October:
- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
- The Brothers Bulger: How They Terrorized and Corrupted Boston for a Quarter Century by Howie Carr
- 2020 Vision by Stanley M. Davis
- Inside the Tornado: Strategies for Developing, Leveraging, and Surviving Hypergrowth Markets (Collins Business Essentials) by Geoffrey A. Moore
- If it Ain't Broke...Break It!: And Other Unconventional Wisdom for a Changing Business World by Robert J. Kriegel and Louis Patler
- A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
- Moneyball by Michael Lewis
On the ground in front of the building on 116 Huntington Avenue in Boston is a plaque which reads:
The CARYATIDS that support the arch over the large
oculus of this building were designed by Boston Artist,
Syma. The figures reference the original sculpted
Caryatids who supported the pediment of the Temple of
Diana in ancient Greece. Diana was the Greek
Goddess of dance and dreams. Seven stars adorn each
panel, a reference to the Pleiades, which, according to
Greek Mythology, were the seven Caryatids or
priestesses of Diana who were places among the stars
by Zeus. Each of the stars has six points, a
traditional symbol of harmony and transformation.
The waves underfoot recall 19th century Back Bay,
once covered with water.
The distance from the Backbay train station to the Christian Science Center is a 1/2 mile. The quickest route is to go through Copley Plaza, take the Pedestrian overpass and then walk down Huntington Ave.
Cheap Copley Square Parking
If you are visiting the Copley Square area in downtown Boston, you should consider using the parking garage at 100 Clarendon Street. The parking garage is located near the John Hancock tower and the Back Bay T stop. You are within walking distance to the shops at the Prudential, the Boston Public Library and the Trinity Church.
If you check online you can find discounts that allow you to park for 6 hours for only $14. Which is a lot cheaper than many of the parking garages around Copley Square.
The Prudential Parking garage charges $35 for 2 to 10 Hours!
Seals at Chatham
If your looking for some Seals on Cape Cod, the best place to go is Chatham. Some people have seen the Seals on the beaches of Chatham Light during low tide, but the best place is Chatham Pier.
Located about a half mile from Chatham Light is Chatham Pier. This is where fisherman come in to send their daily catch to various places on the Cape. You can even purchase some fish right off the boat. Talk about fresh!
If your looking for Seals, head to the second floor and look straight ahead. Just in front of you will be lots of Fishing boats and a sandy island called Tern Island Sanctuary. During Low Tide, you'll see lots of Seals hanging around this island. Look around the boats and you may see seals playing around.
Some Inspirational/Motivational music that is on my iPod's Business playlist. Most of these can be found on iTunes.
- (I Wanna) Be Like Mike (Teknoe)
- Alone in the Universe (Seussical)
- Back in the High Life Again (Steve Winwood)
- Champion (Queen Latifah)
- Dream On (Aerosmith)
- East Bound and Down (Jerry Reed)
- Heart Of A Champion (Nelly)
- I'm Still Standing (Elton John)
- Im Alright Theme (Kenny Loggin)
- Its Possible (Seussical)
- Live Like You Were Dying (Tim McGraw)
- Theme From "Greatest American Hero" - Believe It Or Not (Joey Scarbury)
- Up! (Shania Twain)
Four key restaurants to try in Boston
84 Beacon Street Boston, MA 02108-3421
This is the original Cheers restaurant that the NBC Cheers! TV show was based on. To get the best experience at this restaurant, ask the host that you want to be seated in the main bar area. Well worth the wait!
11 Thacher St Boston, Mass
Once of the Original Pizza places in the North End. On Friday and Saturday nights you'll see long lines of hungry Bostonians waiting to go inside.
340 Faneuil Hall Market Place
This is one of the oldest restaurants in the City of Boston. You'll find a lot of classical New England dishes here.
Union Oyster House
41 Union Street, Boston MA
Great Raw Bar! Worth stopping in to check out the historic raw bar and try some wonderful New England seafood.
82 Lansdowne St, Boston MA
If you're a Red Sox fan, this is a great way to see Fenway Park! You can dine on some great food while you have a centerfield player's view of Fenway park. The restaurant has great photo memories all the wall to remind you of the good old days.
Boston Places to SeeThere's lots of good places to checkout in Boston, Massachusetts, here are five little known places to check out:
Swan Boat on the Boston Garden
Take a nice relaxing ride on the Swan Boats in the Boston Garden. There really isn't much to see on your short tour, but it's a nice relaxing way to spend the afternoon. A fun thing to do is see if you can find the hidden swan boat symbol someplace around the swan boat pond. Hint: Try looking up.
On Marshall Street near Fanuel Hall Marketplace is where you'll find the historic Boston Stone. This stone used to mark the center of Boston. There's nothing to do but take pitures with you and the Stone and walk on historic Marshall Street which is a cobblestone street.
Mysterious Grave in the Boston Commons
In the Boston Commons, near Tremont Street and Boylston Street, lies an old graveyard. William Billings is buried someplace in the graveyard. There is a sign just outside of the gate letting you know about the mysterious grave.
Museum of Science
The Boston Museum of Science is a great place to spend a day, but there are two exhibits you may not know about. On the third floor there is a library filled with all sort of science books, and a live bees nest. Yes, a live Bees nest! Just inside of the library is where you can see and hear the bees. Bonus: Ask the librarian about the Owl display. That's a secret display on the fourth floor. You can only get there if you are a Museum of Science worker. If you ask nicely someone may show you the display.
Boston Marathon Finish Line
Right in front of the Main Entrance of the Boston Public Library on Boylston street is the finish line of the Boston Marathon. You can see the Finish line almost any time of the year.