Thursday, June 22, 2017

Don't You Just Love a Bargain?

Don't you just love a bargain? A jingle most New Englanders know from the legendary Christmas Tree Shop commercials. You may find lots of great deals at places like this well-known store but if you want to get outdoors this summer and truly hunt for a bargain--we've got just the thing for you. Check out the best flea markets across Massachusetts to visit this summer!

Derby Square Flea Salvage Art

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This monthly vintage market features vendors of consignment and up-cycled furniture and fashion; collectibles, antiques, salvage, as well as jewelry, art and handmade goods by local artisans. Derby Flea takes place on the third Saturday of the month from May through September from 10am-5pm in Derby Square located in the heart of Historic Salem, MA. There is no admission fee. This market is a collaboration between Derby Square Flea Salvage Art and the City of Salem.

Wellfleet Flea Market

Find great bargains at Wellfleet Flea Market

Every summer, many spend their nights watching movies under the stars at Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre. But there’s another reason why thousands visit Cape Cod over the summer and that is the Wellfleet Flea Market. The biggest flea market down the Cape features over 200 vendors selling a wide variety of goods from food and new items to memorabilia and antiques. Make sure you stop by on your way home from the beach!

Douglas Flea Market

Discover hidden treasures at the Douglas Flea Market

Located in the historic Dutch Hoop Bosma Barn, the Douglas Flea has been serving the community for more than 30 years. Bargain hunters will surely be delighted to navigate the market filled with antiques, vintage items, memorabilia, collectibles and so much more. The market is open every weekend, all year round and admission is free. You can't go wrong spending a day at this beautiful barn!

Dudley Do Right Flea Market

Have a blast at Dudley Do Right Flea Market

Dudley Do Right is one of the most popular flea markets in New England. With tons of antiques and collectibles in their front room and general flea market goods in the back, there’s always something for everyone. The market also hosts special events throughout spring and summer like antique and classic car shows, motorcycle and bike swap meets, Sci-Fi conventions and a lot more. Don't miss out on all Dudley Do Right Flea has to offer!

Grafton Flea Market

Strike a bargain at Grafton Flea Market

For over 40 years shoppers have been flocking to Grafton Flea. It is considered to be one of the oldest and best flea markets in New England. This outdoor and indoor flea market is open every Sunday from April to December. Every item, whether antique or gently used, is affordable and they truly have something for everyone at this incredible market!

Do we need to say it again: don't you just love a bargain?! We hope your new summer mission will be to devour the details of the best deals and steals at these amazing Massachusetts flea markets. Happy hunting!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wedding Wednesdays: All That Glitters and Sparkles

Are you a princess bride? Do you dream of a fairytale wedding with all that glitters and sparkles? Don't be ashamed of incorporating what some consider a childhood art supply into your décor. From escort card displays to grand exits, there are so many ways this DIY essential can shine on your wedding!

Accent Petals

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Having petals dropped down the aisle by your flower girl? Consider adding some sparkle with glitter spray paint. An elegant touch sure to shine!

Cocktail Accessories

Pink And Green Cocktails With Gold Glitter Heart Drink Stirrers

As if a tray full of cocktails wasn't eye-catching enough, add a bit of glitter with some decorative drink accessories to really impress your guests!

Edible Dust

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Top off your sweet treats with some edible glitter dust! Your dessert table is sure to shine (in more ways than one)!

Picture Perfect

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Create the most amazing photo opp with a glitter toss for some perfect wedding pictures with your whole crew!

Illuminated Linens

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The way the light hits these beautiful linens, they are sure to illuminate your reception space! Consider using these glittery drapes for your sweetheart table.

Bridesmaid Dresses

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Let your bridesmaids shine with these stunning and sparkly dresses! The glow from the gowns are the perfect compliment next to every bride!

Mesmerizing Manicure

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Getting a sparkly manicure really enhances your beautiful wedding ring. Shine bright like a diamond on your big day with these fabulous glitter nails!

Sensational Shoes

Gold glittery high heel wedding shoes

Sparkle from your head to your toes on your wedding day with some sensational shoes! Who says that all things that glitter are not gold?

Devour the details of all that glitters and sparkles with these fabulous elements sure to make you shine on your wedding day!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sunrise Yoga at the Colonnade Hotel

Namaste in bed? No, not this summer! Sunrise yoga atop the Colonnade Hotel—overlooking the Boston skyline and the hotel’s rooftop pool—has returned for the fourth summer in a row. Get ready for some work-week positivity!

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The Back Bay stay is bringing back Boston yogi and mindfulness expert Rebecca Pacheco every Wednesday morning beginning June 28. Pacheco will lead the moderate-level, vinyasa-style yoga classes, good for both beginners and regulars, from 6:45AM to 7:45AM. Classes are $20 and include a sweet smoothie afterward. For a total of $40, you can buy a ticket to the class and admission to the pool for the day (which usually costs $45 alone). Or if you'd prefer a work-week getaway, both the class and pool access are free to hotel guests.


Pacheco, who has been teaching yoga for 17 years, said that the scenery is one of the most important parts of the class. She often instructs her yogis to look around as they’re exercising and take in the skyline. The surreal "on top of the world" feeling at this out-of-the-ordinary oasis is the perfect way to start your day! Don't believe us? Check it out for yourselves!

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You can preregister for the class on Eventbrite, but it’s not required. The Colonnade will have mats available for those who don’t bring their own. We can't wait to try it ourselves! Find your morning flow with the help of Rebecca Pacheco and devour the details of a soulful summer.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday Mashups: Our Favorite Frosés

As you may know, the Rosé craze is still alive and well! Especially now that summer has hit, this vino is flying off the shelves. It's definitely one of our favorites...especially when it's frozen! (Do we own a pair of slip-ons that express how we feel about the pink drink? Yes, yes we do.)

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So today on this fine Monday Mashup, we bring you a few recipes that will enhance your beachside sippin' by taking Rosé to Frosé in no time. (Caution: a brain freeze or two may ensue since you won't be able to put these perfect pink drinks down!)

Rosé Sorbet

15 Recipes to Prove That Frosé Is *the* Chill Drink Trend of Summer

Ingredients:
1 750mL bottle dry Rosé wine
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
Fresh mint for garnish

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is boiling, then remove it from the heat. Let the liquid cool completely, then place it in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, add the mixture to your ice cream make and churn according to directions (for about 25 minutes). Once churned, add the sorbet to a freezer safe container and freeze for at least 4 to 6 hours.

Serve with a garnish of fresh mint if eating alone, or drop in glasses of champagne or wine. Perfect way to cool down poolside!

Watermelon Frosé

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Ingredients:
1 bottle of your favorite rose wine
1 cup of watermelon, cubed
Handful of ice cubes

Directions:
Pour your wine into a large container, one that will allow you to easily pour it out once it partially freezes. Do not keep it in the wine bottle because it is too hard to remove it from the bottle once it starts to harden.

Freeze for 6 hours or more until it's mostly frozen. It won't 100% freeze due to the alcohol content. Add all items, wine, watermelon and ice cubes, to a blender and crush.

Place in freezer to harden more if you like, or serve immediately. The refreshing bursts of watermelon make this the perfect frozen treat on a hot day!

Pink Lemonade Frosé

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Ingredients:
1 750 ml bottle dry rosé
3 oz simple syrup
3 oz fresh lemon juice
4 lemon twists, to garnish
Vergano Americano Chinato (you can substitute in Campari if you can’t find it)
Directions:
Freeze the rosé into cubes overnight.

Blend rosé cubes with simple syrup and lemon juice just until smooth.

Pour into glasses, garnish with lemon twists, splash the chinato over the top and serve. Your gal pals will love this one!

Keep cool this summer and devour the details of a perfect Frosé with the help of these fabulous frozen recipes!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Shippin' Up to Boston

If you're from New England, you know this anthem...


Get ready to play the legendary tune all weekend long. Why you ask? Because the tall ships are sailing into the city this Saturday, June 17 for the first time in 17 years!

For their only visit to the United States this year, more than 50 majestic ships from all over the world will sail into Boston Harbor Saturday morning in what is known as the Grand Parade of Sail, and millions (yes, millions) are expected to attend. Visitors will also be able to board the ships on Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday, though security will be tighter than it is on the Esplanade on the 4th of July. Beyond Saturday and Sunday, the ships will be in Boston until June 22. For a full list of events, check out the Sail Boston website!


Sail away with us and devour the details of a weekend well spent shippin' up to Boston!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wedding Wednesdays: *Trend Alert* Colored Smoke

Happy Wedding Wednesday! Today we're sharing a new trend making its way into wedding photos across the globe. Dubbed "smoke bombs", these billowing clouds of color will only enhance the sweet moments captured by your photographer. Check out these amazing shots and consider adding this creative element to your wedding photos!

The smoke can consume you, just like your love for one another.

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Make it a celebratory moment with your bridal party!

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Let love surround you on your special day.

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Change up the landscape with a cloud of color smoke.

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Your future together is colored brightly!

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Seeing the world through rose-colored glasses.

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Absolutely stunning! And don't worry brides, the colored clouds will not damage your gown! Get inspired and devour the details of a colorful photo shoot on your wedding day with the help of these smoke bombs!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A Slice Under the Sun

Do you love pizza? And when the summer months hit, do you also love firing up the grill? We know we do. That's why today, we're bringing you some recipes that combine our love for both! Check out these five fantastic grilled pizzas you can enjoy a slice of under the sun.

Roasted Corn Pizza

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Sweet summer corn and salty prosciutto top this flavorful charred pizza. Drizzle the top with a zesty cilantro-lime sauce and serve more on the side for dipping. This will become your summer favorite!

Watermelon Pizza With Herb Pistachio Pesto, Mozzarella and Honey

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Pizza doesn’t need to have a doughy crust to be delicious. This grilled watermelon pizza is topped with pesto, fresh mozzarella and honey, making it a perfect summer appetizer or snack. A refreshing take on pizza!

Avocado-Barbecue Chicken Naan Pizza

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Naan bread is a great choice for grilling because it’s already cooked. That means you don’t have to worry about struggling with flimsy dough, and you can worry more about the scrumptious barbecue chicken you’re going to put on top. We can't forget about the avocado! Once grilled, it melts in your mouth, adding the perfect amount of creaminess to this pizza.

Apple and Blue Cheese Flatbread With Arugula Pesto

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This pizza is packed with mouthwatering flavors! With ingredients like spicy arugula pesto, blue cheese and Granny Smith apples, this pizza is worthy of any bistro menu. Serve with your favorite glass of Chardonnay and a simple side salad to highlight all the different flavors.

Easy Spicy Italian Sausage Flatbread Pizza

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If traditional Italian pizza flavors are what you’re after, this one is for you. It’s topped with Italian sausage, salami and olives, transporting you straight to the Amalfi Coast. A nice slice of Italy. Yum!

Find your favorite or try all five this summer and devour the details of a slice of pizza pie under the sun!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Three Lawn on D Events You Won't Want to Miss This Week

Lawn on D began as an experimental event landscape that brings together different communities, audiences and area residents for innovative programming and events in the epicenter of the South Boston Waterfront and South Boston neighborhoods. Recognized for its unique design and Instagram-worthy illuminated swings, this venue grew from what organizers thought would be a one-time-thing to a full-blown permanent fixture in the Boston community. With events throughout the spring, summer and fall months, there is something for everyone at Lawn on D. Today we bring you three lawn happenings you won't want to miss this week!

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Bowery Boston presents: Lawnfest featuring St. Paul & The Broken Bones with Shovels & Rope
Sea of Noise, the second full-length album by St. Paul and the Broken Bones, marks a quantum leap in sound and style for the high-voltage Birmingham, Alabama-based band. Produced by Paul Butler and recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium, the group’s sophomore effort features an expanded eight-piece lineup of the widely praised soul-based rock unit. Longtime members Paul Janeway (lead vocals), Jesse Phillips (bass, guitar), Browan Lollar (guitars), Andrew Lee (drums), Al Gamble (keyboards), and Allen Branstetter (trumpet) are joined by Jason Mingledorff (saxophone, clarinet, flute), and Chad Fisher (trombone) making up a unique concert you won't want to miss. Be sure to drop by between 7 and 10PM to catch these guys in action.

Citizens Bank Weekly Cornhole Tournament
Want to warm that arm up for backyard BBQ and beach season? Join Citizens Bank for their new weekly cornhole tournament at The Lawn On D! The game starts at 6:30 pm and the first eight teams of two will compete for some fun prizes. You can sign up for free at the Citizens Bank kiosk beginning at 5:30PM!

New Belgium Brewing: Tour de Fat (ticketed)
Get your tickets before they’re gone! New Belgium Brewing’s “Fat Tire presents the Tour de Fat,” featuring AWOLNATION, is coming to Boston Saturday, June 17. A mix of musicians, performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, and comedians will also perform. Doors open at 4PM, costumes are encouraged and everyone 21+ can enjoy year-round beers from New Belgium including Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale, Voodoo Ranger IPA and Citradelic Tangerine IPA. Attendees will also get to try Fat Tire Belgian White Ale before it launches this August. Tour de Fat’s Boston stop benefits the Boston Cyclists Union. Not a bad way to kick off a Saturday night out!

Take some time to swing by Lawn on D and devour the details of these three events you won't want to miss this week!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Get Out & Explore This Weekend

More than 2,000 former railroad routes across the country have been transformed into biking and running trails for public use. They’re called rail trails, and New England has some of the best in the country, according to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. There's even a converted path right here in Malden where we live! Today, we're bringing your three rail trails in New England we recommend trying this weekend. Now that the weather is warmer, it's time to get out and explore all nature has to offer!

Minuteman Bikeway in Massachusetts

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The Minuteman Bikeway, billed as “America’s Revolutionary Rail Trail” and called one of New England’s most popular trails by the conservancy, is a nearly 10-mile trail that stretches from Alewife Station in Cambridge to the South Road intersection beside Bedford Depot Park in Bedford. We've always admired this trail going to school in Arlington and making many trips up-and-down Mass Ave. parallel to the bikeway. The route takes visitors through where the Revolutionary War began in April 1775 on the Lexington Battle Green and past Spy Pond and the 250-acre Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. The historical aspects make it a desirable 10-mile walk!

Island Line Rail Trail in Vermont


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This 14-mile Vermont trail, the former Island Line Railway route, runs from Oakledge Park in Burlington to South Hero. It winds through Burlington, as well as green spaces like Leddy Park, which has restrooms, playgrounds, and picnic areas. Visitors can walk, run, or bike more than three miles out onto Lake Champlain and enjoy sweeping views of the lake and New York’s Adirondack Mountains in the distance: #views. There’s a 200-foot gap in the causeway called “the Cut” that bicyclists and pedestrians can cross to South Hero using a ferry service. So much more than just a rail trail, this 14-mile expedition is a true adventure!

East Bay Bicycle Path in Rhode Island


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The 14-mile East Bay Bike Path runs from Thames Street in Bristol to India Point Park in Providence, and connects eight Rhode Island parks, including Independence Park in Bristol, Veterans Memorial Park in Barrington, and Burr’s Hill Park in Warren. Much of the scenic path, the former rail bed of the Providence and Bristol Railroad, passes along or near the shore of Narragansett Bay. All of that means there are plenty of opportunities for side excursions when you need a little break. Visitors can also stop at the Rhode Island Audubon Society’s Environmental Education Center, located off the trail in Bristol, to visit a natural history museum and aquarium. Sounds like a jam-packed way to spend a day!

Hit the trails this weekend and devour the details of all nature has to offer this summer! Don't forget to bring you camera or make sure your phone is charged-up for all of the beautiful photo opps along the way!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Wedding Wednesdays: Ballin' on a Budget for your Bachelor Party

Are you and your groomsmen on a tight budget? So what! You can make the best of any situation with your closest buds by your side. Check out these four fun Bachelor party ideas for ballers on a budget!

Baseball Game
Looking for something virtually free to do in the great outdoors? Why not head to your local park for a ball game? Bring a cooler of beer and your gear. After you're finished playing, head to your local pub or back to the best man's pad for more fun.

Bachelor Bowling
Bowling alleys are on and poppin' these days with the upscale atmosphere and service provided at places like King's, Lucky Strike, and Splitsville Luxury Lanes. Up the stakes and divide the guys into two teams—losers have to pay for the pitchers. Don't forget about the bragging rights!

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Video Arcade
When's the last time you set foot in an arcade? We promise you'll be frequenting them more often after this night out. Depending on how good a player you are (as in, how long your games last), you'll need either loads of quarters or practically none. Setup a challenge to see who can get the highest score. The winner buys a round of shots! Try out places like Dave & Busters and Bit Bar for endless game play and adult beverages!

Karaoke Night
Nothing rivals the potential embarrassment factor of a karaoke performance. Have a fiendishly fun time by getting the groom properly ready with spirits, then take him out to a nearby karaoke night—snapchats or it didn't happen! Check out LimeLight in Boston for the ultimate on-stage experience.

These inexpensive ideas are sure to keep you under budget! Devour the details of an epic bachelor party that doesn't break the bank and celebrate your last night as a single man with all your groomsmen in tow.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Treat Yourself Tuesday: Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream

Avocado Ice Cream? Sounds odd, right? We promise, this frozen concoction is the best way to treat yourself this Tuesday...and all summer long. It’s rich, creamy and mouth-wateringly chocolatey, with a hint of cinnamon and smoky chipotle. Did we mention, it’s healthy and also very easy to make?! Check out the process below and get creative with some avocados today.

Easy low carb chocolate avocado ice cream recipe. Paleo and vegan too! Dairy free.

Ingredients
  • 1 15-ounce can full fat coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup Swerve Sweetener
  • 1 tsp espresso powder (optional, boosts chocolate flavour)
  • 3 ounces sugar-free dark chocolate, such as Lily's, chopped
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 medium California Avocados
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 to 3/4 tsp chipotle powder (depending on how spicy you like it. Alternatively, you can use chile powder but it is more mild)

Instructions
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the coconut milk, sweetener, and espresso powder until sweetener has dissolved. Bring to a simmer.
  • Remove from heat and add chopped chocolate. Let sit 4 minutes until chocolate is melted, then whisk until smooth. Whisk in vanilla extract.
  • In a blender or food processor, combine avocados, chocolate mixture, cinnamon, and chipotle. Puree until smooth. Refrigerate until cool, at least 2 hours.
  • Transfer mixture to an ice cream maker and churn until consistency resembles soft serve ice cream (this takes less time than custard based ice creams). Serve as soft serve or transfer to an airtight container and freeze another few hours for a firmer consistency.

Delicious low carb dairy free chocolate avocado ice cream recipe

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this healthy take on dessert and devour the details of treating yourself free of guilt all summer long!

Monday Mashups: Shark Week 2017

ICYMI: Shark Week has been announced, and with what has got to be one of their best commercials of all time. Check it out...


To prepare you for this epic event, we are sharing a cocktail with a bite as big as a shark! Try out this Shark Attack frozen drink while beach-side with friends or parked on the couch in front of the TV. Either way, this adult beverage is the only way to celebrate Shark Week!

Get the recipe for this shockingly good shark attack cocktail...:

Ingredients:
  • 1-ounce pineapple juice
  • 1-ounce orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ ounce mezcal
  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 1-ounce dark rum
  • 1-ounce lime juice
Instructions:
  • Blend all ingredients with ice except the Bacardi 151 proof rum.
  • Pour into a collins glass. Float the Bacardi 151 proof rum on top.
  • Garnish with a fruit slice, sprig of mint and a cherry.
Shark Attack cocktail recipe via Claire Thomas of The Kitchy Kitchen:

Stay away from the deep waters when sipping on this treat and devour the details of another epic Shark Week! Cheers!

Friday, June 2, 2017

It's the Weekend!

Since we missed you Monday, we're doing a Friday post this week. Happy weekend folks! Hope the 4-day work week hasn't been too tough on you. We also hope the sun stays out all weekend long for you! Especially since we have some great events to tell you about going on this weekend in and around Boston. Bring on the sunshine!

BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational
Before craft beer became a multibillion-dollar industry, there were microbrews: small-batch beers whipped up by curious hopheads in garages and basements around the world. Beer review site BeerAdvocate shines a light on the little guys with its annual Microbrew Invitational, which will take place at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center this weekend. We can't forget about how some of our favorite adult beverages got started! Around 70 microbreweries will pour more than 250 varieties of beer, cider, kombucha, mead, and sake during three different sessions, many of which will feature beverages never sold in stores before. Sip into summer this Friday, June 2 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 3 from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

Yoga and Pilates at Rose Kennedy Greenway
If you want to get zen before another long week in the office, this event is just what you need! On Saturday, North End Yoga will host its annual Summer in the City event at the portion of the Rose Kennedy Greenway bordering the intersection of Cross Street and Salem Street. The morning will start with a Pilates fusion workout and finish with a vinyasa flow class. While both classes are free, organizers recommend reserving a spot on their website. Don't miss out on this restoration!

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Free Admission to New England’s Historic Estates
New England is full of incredible historic properties, each with its own exquisite architecture and fascinating backstory that dates back hundreds of years. On Saturday, 33 of the 37 mansions owned by Historic New England will waive their admission fees, including 18 in Massachusetts. Highlights include the Otis House (1796), the last remaining mansion from Boston’s razed West End neighborhood, and the Codman Estate (c. 1740) in Lincoln, home to five generations of the influential Codman family. If you're an architecture buff, this tour was made for you! Enjoy getting on this weekend and learning more about your surroundings a these historic estates.

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National Trails Day at the Neponset River Greenway
Saturday is American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, and the Appalachian Mountain Club will mark the occasion by hosting a 7.5-mile hike along the newly renovated Neponset River Greenway. You won't want to miss this stunning views! Drive to the Haslett Street entrance of Pope John Paul II Park in Dorchester before 9:30 a.m., when guides will head out along the trail toward Hutchinson Field in Milton. Keep an eye out for the Mattapan High Speed Rail, which runs alongside the river, as well.

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Enjoy the weekend and devour the details of the beginning of summer at these great events!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Seltzer Summer

For those of you who love Polar Seltzer, we've got some news for you. Not only has the Worcester-based beverage company produced limited edition flavors for the summer, they've also been making their way onto drink menus at local restaurants near you. Yes, you've guessed it! Mixologists and bartenders alike have picked up Polar to create one-of-a-kind spiked seltzer cocktails you'll want to sip all summer long. Our favorite concoctions thus far have come from an Italian-inspired restaurant in Central Square, Cambridge known as Viale.

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The five limited edition flavors for this summer — pineapple grapefruit, raspberry rosé, strawberry sunrise, mango berry, and watermelon margarita — became available at the beginning of May. The latter two are repeats from last summer. Oldies but goodies! Viale’s Polar Seltzer cocktails ($11 each) will run as a seasonal series. The restaurant plans to showcase each one for two weeks a time, debuting a new drink every other Thursday. Let's check out the cocktails:

Green Hill Collins (Available June 1)
This cocktail is mainly made with strawberry sunrise Polar Seltzer and is a crowd favorite amongst Viale's employees. Its other ingredients are gin, strawberry syrup, and fresh lemon juice, served over crushed ice in a collins glass and garnished with half a strawberry; making the concoction not too sweet and not too tart.

Burncoat Mule (Available June 15)
The intention behind these drinks was to keep the influence of a particular traditional cocktail in each recipe. Your tastebuds get a little classic, a little local, and a little seasonal experience in every sip. For example, this cocktail is not your average mule; it’s made with pineapple grapefruit Polar Seltzer, vodka, ginger syrup, and fresh lime juice, served over crushed ice and garnished with a lime wedge.

Salisbury Spritz (Available June 29)
This mango berry Polar Seltzer cocktail tastes like summer. It incorporates aperol, blueberry-infused Cocchi Rosa, and Prosecco, and it’s served over ice in a wine glass and garnished with an orange twist. We think this would for sure be our favorite!

Hopeville Margarita (Available July 13)
Made in Cambridge, but reminiscent of somewhere far warmer, this watermelon margarita Polar Seltzer drink includes tequila, mint syrup, muddled cucumber, and fresh lime juice, and is served over ice in a salted double old-fashioned glass. It's 5 o'clock somewhere, right?

Quinsigamond Sangria (Available July 27)
For this drink, Viale mixes raspberry rosé Polar Seltzer with literal dry rosé wine, plus cognac, apple brandy, and fresh grapefruit and lemon juices, then serves it all over ice in a wine glass and garnishes it with fresh berries. This might be a close second to the Salisbury Spritz for us. Can't wait to try them all!

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And if you're wondering about the food that will be accompanying these drinks, Viale has that covered! Their rotating menu showcases seasonal pasta dishes, appetizers, and entrees; simple grilled pizzas, and meats perfectly charred on a wood-fired grill. All major ingredients are locally sourced, meaning the shellfish, meat, and produce are procured by the chef from some of the finest farmers and fishermen of New England.

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Get ready to sip into summer with Polar Seltzer and Viale's one-of-a-kind cocktails and devour the details of two thirst-quenching months of adult beverages!