B&G Oyster Festival

•May 4, 2009 • Leave a Comment
This guy went through 1100 oysters by 5pm.

Yesterday Patty and I completed the weekend by doing what we do best. Eating oysters. I mean all the oysters. B&G Oysters held their annual oyster festival on Sunday and there was a serious amount of shucking getting done. I have to say the event was crowded and I did overhear staff talking about how they had to turn people away but crowds or no crowds it was a lot of fun. It was an event in which everything about it screamed The South End. I mean who has a DJ at an oyster festival. I know the one in Wellfleet usually has some sort of folk band or something. People were really well dressed to be eating oysters without napkins and there were very few flip flops but hey who am I to judge I had a great time. Everyone attending the event was friendly and even though the weather spit on us a few times no ones attitude seemed to be affected. So I ate too many oysters, had too many harpoon’s and had a really good time. Oh yeah I saw Frances Rivera there and she is much hotter in person than on TV. (Yes it is possible) The greatest part of the day came when we had already left the restaurant and Patty got a phone call informing her that she had won the grand prize in the raffle, a private tour of the Harpoon Brewery for 80 people!!! Keep in touch with Patty or I if you want invites since the tour does include a free tasting.

Patty loves oysters...and beautiful men

Patty loves oysters...and beautiful men

Yes it was a little tight inside.

Yes it was a little tight inside.

Check these links out:

http://www.bandgoysters.com/

Seriously good seafood.

http://massoyster.org/

Pretty cool non-profit who are trying to repopulate the Boston estuaries with oysters to help off set waste run off and sewage run off that goes into our rivers and then harbor. Pretty neat stuff. Don’t know if I would eat a Charles River Oyster though.

http://www.rhodyoysters.com/

The founder of Matunuck Oyster Farm Perry Raso was at the event and hooked Patty and I up with Oysters pretty consistently and their brimmy taste with a sweet finish were my unexpected favorites.

Happy place

Happy place

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Volvo Ocean Race

•May 4, 2009 • Leave a Comment

dsc004631So Patty and I went to the Boston stop of the Volvo Ocean Race on Saturday. This is the only American stop over on a round the world shit crazy race on boats that cost more than my entire neighborhood. Who says the economy is slumping? For some reason Volvo and Puma and the rest of the race sponsors wants to host this event in the most beautiful part of Boston, on the long forgotten Fan Pier. Upon arrival at Fan Pier one must navigate the desolate parking lots filled with trash and chain linked fencing. Really a beautiful area for a sailing venue right? But after braving the walk through the lots you come upon the actual venue itself which is on a very nicely landscaped extension of the harbor walk from across the channel. Of course the area was filled with fun filled marketing presentations but over all it was actually pretty cool. The boats were amazing and the giant Volvo television played videos filled aboard the ships while they raced which reminded me of my favorite TV show Deadliest Catch. You couldn’t really help but to be swept into the excitement and the desire to talk about sail boats like you really knew what you were talking about. One of the race sponsors Puma has built what it calls a city but is more like a bar/store out of shipping crates down (see Pictures). While ordinarily I would have shunned such an obvious ploy for them to steal money from me, I found myself with a Narraganset in hand buying clothing. Surprisingly the store was reasonably priced and the multitude of college kids working there were actually pretty helpful. Oh yeah and the Narraganset’s were only 5 bucks for the big can, that helped.

Puma Shoe boat. I thought Allie would like it.

Puma Shoe boat. I thought Allie would like it.

They work on the boats at every port. It is costing the sponsors much more then they originally intended.

They work on the boats at every port. It's costing the sponsors much more then they originally projected.

Makes you wonder why Fan Pier isn't developed. Yet.

Makes you wonder why Fan Pier isn't developed. Yet.

The boats split in two. Its pretty cool.

The boats split in two. Its pretty cool.

The Bar

The Bar

Puma drink and shop.

Puma drink and shop.

By far the sexiest paint job.

By far the sexiest paint job.

you can fix your hair in the reflection.

you can fix your hair in the reflection.

I am emailing Puma to see if they will make me a ski suit like this.

I am emailing Puma to see if they will make me a ski suit like this.

Volvo made a car for Patty, it sees tail lights and stops on its own.

Volvo made a car for Patty, it sees tail lights and stops on its own.

By far the nicest boat in Boston Harbor. The dock is also new and was built for the event.

By far the nicest boat in Boston Harbor. The dock is also new and was built for the event.

Definitely watch the movie below, it will make you want a sail boat. These guys who sail these things are shit house crazy and the videos make for some pretty good entertainment.  Also check out:

http://pumaoceanracingblog.blogspot.com/

http://www.volvooceanrace.org/

Mare

•May 3, 2009 • Leave a Comment

There is nothing like fresh fish in New England. The thing that surprises me about this city is that while there is a few restaurants which take advantage of this fact by serving fish, fresh fish isn’t always the center piece of their menus. There should be a restaurant on every corner where the only thing served is fish and an abundance of it with little or nothing else with it or on it to take away from it. There is one such place I have found in the North End, and if you love fresh fish the way it should be made then Mare is place for you. It is a very upscale place with a relaxed attitude. On Friday a a group of six of us went for a late dinner, which meant we had had a “few” cocktails before hand. While we a bit on the rowdier side the staff was friendly and joked with us all night. The waiter was terrific made excellent suggestions to members of our party who didn’t know what they would want or where unfamiliar with such an extensive menu. The menu itself is filled with things that I often always look for when I go to restaurants so it appealed to me immediately. The menu is filled with fresh fish selections served with little or nothing on it to take away from the quality of the fish which the restaurant ensures is the freshest and of the highest quality . The restaurant also claims the menu is 93.95% (or something like that…) organic or line caught fish and that’s great but it means nothing if not prepared correctly. It’s a good thing that preparing fish is Mare’s forte. Everything was perfect, as mentioned earlier the staff was easy going and knowledgeable and tolerated some light hearted joking  like when we asked him about ordering chicken fingers or steak tips for my Irish friend. When dinner was over Patty pretty much summed up all of our experience at the highly awarded restaurant. “It’s nice to go to a restaurant that supposed to be really good and it lives up to the hype.” So the next time you want fresh fish unspoiled by breading and heavy sauces I would highly recommend Mare.

It has a cool color changing wall, very Miami

It has a cool color changing wall, very Miami

The twins... No we didn't plan this...

The twins... No we didn't plan this...

Mare is Patty's new favorite.

Mare is Patty's new favorite.

Victory Garden

•April 26, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Well Target, I would like to apologize to you for my negative attitude towards your one dollar indoor garden plants. We now have growth in all eight pots. I love the smell of oregano in the morning, it smells like victory.

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Spring has Sprung

•April 25, 2009 • 2 Comments

Warm weather has come to Boston and I would rather be skiing. This doesn’t mean that I don’t like anything about the warm weather. Each year there when summer comes to Boston there is a few things I really enjoy and can’t really picture my life without. Here is a list of things that make my life somewhat bearable between ski seasons.

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1. College Girls in skirts– I mean this is a no brainer. Seriously if you don’t know then you will never know and you shouldn’t know.

“That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.”

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2. Seafood Yes you can eat seafood year round but its the best to eat nasty deep fried seafood from a seasonal clam shack at a picknic table. This is one of those things you should have done many times if you live in the Northeast and if you feel like I feel you are jones for some fried clams and onion rings right now. The best part about seafood shacks is that they often serve soft serve ice cream or creamies or frosties or whatever the hell you want to call them. I prefer to call them soft serve happiness. Again you can get soft serve year round but should only be enjoyed in the summer.

fenway_park3. The Red Sox- Again goes without saying but I feel compelled to make sure they are on the list due to the awesome game lat night. A seemingly meaningless early season match up between the Yankees and the Sox unites everyone in  the city in feeling that they are a part of something bigger than their day to day lives.  And yes walk off homers like the one last night that are better at Fenway than at any other ball park, so blow me Wrigley field. The excitement and the passion of the fans is the reason why anyone who has ever lived in Boston or went to college here have become sox fans and why not matter where you go in life you will always be a sox fan. Its like a cult and once you drink the cool aide its all over.

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4. Outdoor drinking- Yes they have outdoor drinking in every city but restaurants in Boston seem to try to do everything in their power to setup outdoor drinking and dining. Almost every restaurant will petition the city to allow them to put 8 tables on the 4ft. x 4ft. piece of sidewalk outside there restaurant. The restaurants and the people know that in Boston warm weather and the time you can drink outside is limited so people here take advantage as much as possible usually to the detriment to themselves and the city at large. Plus you never really black out when day time drinking, well at least that’s what I can remember…

cimg57375. Concert Season- Boston is a good town to see some shows and the concert season is shaping up nicely this year. Already I have tickets for 6 shows so far this summer and will probably be getting more. Some of the best bands in the country play here and Boston has some of the most intelligent music fans in the country. I don’t understand why the city of Boston has never put on a full out music festival like other cities with large populations of young people have done. (example South by South West…) come on mumbles get on that already.

Please help continue the list…or at least email pictures of college girls in skirts.

K’nann

•April 20, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I have recently started listening to the 4th release from an artist from Somalia named K’naan.The album is called Troubadour. K’naan’s music is socially minded hip hop which focuses on the troubles of Africa without being overly hippy hip hop like so many other “positive hip hop artists.” (There is almost nothing as bad as hippy hop, damn dirty hippys)  It kinda seems like when listening to an artist who grew up in Somalia during so much turmoil which most of us watched on television, that you would expect him to write music about the plight of Africa and would be disappointed if he didn’t sing about his experiences in Africa. K’naan not singing about Africa is kinda like Bob Marley not writing songs about Jamaica. Its the world he knows, its his frame of reference. It also seems more relevant that K’naan writes music about Africa being that he is someone who lived it instead of someone who is just wants to talk about it like Mos Def or Kanye West or someone like that. (Funny that I mention Mos Def because he is featured on the latest album, “Troubadour”, on one of the best songs) You should check out his music, it raises a bit of social awareness without being overly preaching and for a musician that takes on topics with so much weight his music is surprisingly upbeat and fun and easy to listen to.

Photo by James Minchin

Photo by James Minchin

http://www.myspace.com/knaanmusic

Suggested Songs for Beginners- Waving Flags and ABC’s.

Best Ski Movie Ever

•April 20, 2009 • Leave a Comment

This is the funniest thing I have seen in a while.

“I’m a marginal rider
Your shit might be tighter
But my friend’s a pro”

They will perform the song live. Check out the link below for more details.

http://www.myfriendisapro.com

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