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A history of Food Blogs (and my 2 local favorites)

by Kristy

Great article on Saveur.com about the history of food blogging.  Did you know the term weblog was coined in 1997?  Me neither.

http://www.saveur.com/article/Kitchen/A-Brief-Food-Blog-Timeline

Two of my favorite local (Boston) food bloggers who were missing from the list:

1. Cheap Beets – a mostly vegetarian guide to eating well in the recession

2. The Food Monkey – Eat No Evil!

10 more great foodie sites:

1. Local Dirt

2. One Big Table

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Axe-murderers, Bad Art, and Old Beer

by Kristy and Kristen

We make good travel partners because we both like to (lightly) research weird things to do and then commit to them 100%. Inspired by the oddities of New England, we recently planned and executed a day trip that began in Fall River and ended in Boston.  Here were our picks:

If the tour leaves you wanting more, book a room!

1. Lizzie Borden House, Fall River 
Fall River, Massachusetts, is a depressed factory town with a telling motto of “We’ll Try,” although it honestly doesn’t feel like anyone has in quite some time. It is most famous for the 1892 murders of Andrew and Abby Borden, of the kid-friendly jump rope rhyme, “Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.” We took a tour of Lizzie’s home, led by what appeared to be a 16-year old girl with a heavy Boston accent and a to-go cup of soda she never put down. Don’t judge her! She is incredibly well informed on the history and mysteries surrounding the murders, and she is working on her mortician certification. So, we guess that answers the question of whether working at such a place leads one to odd life choices. During the tour we were encouraged to recreate the death scene in the living room, and to guess whether Lizzie really was the murderer.  If you haven’t had enough of the Borden saga, you can spend the night at the B&B, visit the cemetery where the Bordens are buried, or try to gain entrance to the historical society which contains many Borden-related relics.

Yes, this art is at the entrance to the loo.

2. Museum of Bad Art, Dedham and Somerville 
The Museum of Bad Art, or MOBA, asks tough questions such as “Are those ice creams or mountains?” and “What would Mary Todd Lincoln look like with poinsettias on her head?” We visited the Dedham location, which is next to the men’s bathroom in a local theater (the website claims, “the nearby flushing helps maintain a uniform humidity”). Whoever wrote the captions to the found and donated pieces in the collection deserves a Pulitzer.

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The Best Way to Spend a Day in Boston (and grow tired of Paul Revere)

By Kristy

If its your first time in Boston, and you’re here just for the day, or just for the night, here are my top picks for seeing all the city has to offer:

1. I won’t tell you to start with this (but you really should), just squeeze it into the day when someone can give you a ride to this out-of-the-way spot: free tour (and 3 free beers!) at the Sam Adams Brewery

Sam Adams - have a beer, and forget why hes an important historical figure

2. Where you really should start your day is Boston Common. Get a coffee (at Dunkin’ Donuts, if you must), and lounge or wander until you’re awake.  Then, follow the brick-line away from Boston common along the Freedom Trail (you may need a map/guidebook to do this effectively without getting lost, and without missing the pertinent historical stops).  When you reach Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, take a break.

Are you sick of hearing about Paul Revere yet?

3. Have lunch at the historic Union Oyster House.  Billing itself as America’s oldest restaurant, the Oyster House also features fantastic (albeit uninspired) seafood, and the booth frequented by JFK himself.  Around the corner from the Oyster House are other historic bars, The Bell in Hand and The Green Dragon.

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Posted by on April 14, 2011 in Boston, Kristy, Travel

 

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Best Old Timey Bars in Boston

by Kristy

Best Speakeasy Style:
Beehive (Cyclorama Bldg, 541 Tremont)
http://www.beehiveboston.com/

Eastern Standard (Kenmore Sq.)
http://www.easternstandardboston.com/

Drink (348 Congress St, Waterfront)
http://drinkfortpoint.com/

Prohibited (newest Speakeasy, password required and found via Facebook) – ACTUALLY THIS PLACE IS HORRIBLE
http://www.symphony8boston.com/prohibited-boston-bar

Other Old-Tyme bars or great offerings:
Chez Henri (French w/ Cuban twist) (1 Shepherd St, Cambridge)
http://www.chezhenri.com/

Alchemist (live music, cocktails) (435 So. Huntington Ave, JP)
http://alchemistlounge.com/

Deep Ellum (1900s Dallas Blues/Jazz themed bar, beers and cocktails) (477 Cambridge St, Allston)
http://www.deepellum-boston.com/

Jacob Wirth’s (Mahoghany bar, a throwback and a Boston fave since 1868) (31 Stuart St, Boston)
http://www.jacobwirth.com/

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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Boston, Food and Drink, Kristy, Travel

 

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