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JQ Louise

JQ Louise

Editor of Time Out Boston

JQ Louise is the Editor for Time Out Boston. 

As a lifelong New Englander, JQ has always been passionate about sharing her insider tips and tricks for visiting Boston and beyond. 

Prior to joining Time Out, JQ was a travel contributor for Forbes and the Food Writer for the Boston Herald. She is also the author of Boston Food Crawls (Rowman 2018).

She also loves bringing her followers around the world with her on social media, so be sure to follow her on Instagram @jqlouise

Articles (42)

The best things to do in Boston this weekend

The best things to do in Boston this weekend

Fall is here is Boston is hitting its prime! There is so much going on from concerts to art shows to Oktoberfest parties. Boston is the place to be this weekend. But if nothing on our list here strikes your fancy, take a look at our guides to the best cheap things to do and best free things to do in Boston. When all else fails, rally up all of your friends for a boozy night out at one of the best bars in Boston. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Boston

26 best Boston restaurants right now

26 best Boston restaurants right now

Fall is here in Boston, which means cozy fireplaces, warm drinks and thick sweaters are about to become hot commodities once again in the Bay State. It may be time to revisit your favorite steakhouse or swing by one of the best restaurant fireplaces in Boston this month as the nights get longer and cooler. And if you are looking for a little bit of spice be sure to check out Bostons best Mexican restaurants as well. We all may be missing the summer weather, but it is time to lean into what New England does best and that is fall! With the fall foliage starting to come back in full force all around New England, if you are visiting Boston there is no better time to discover our best restaurants in Boston. RECOMMENDED: Guide to Boston's Michelin-worthy restaurants

17 best steakhouses in Boston

17 best steakhouses in Boston

It’s time to get your steak knives in gear. When it comes to steakhouses, Boston’s diverse options range from mainstays that have been in business forever to newbies who have stormee the culinary scene. From a daintily sliced Wagyu to a hearty Porterhouse, there are plenty of steakhouses in Boston where you can really sink your teeth into a hefty cut filled with flavor. Whether baked potatoes sit sidecar to your beef, or you embrace the surf-and-turf concept, these restaurants fit the bill. After filling up on your favorite cuts, end the night at one of the best cocktail bars in Boston or best wine bars in Boston. Want a little more casual dining, check out the best burgers in Boston. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Boston

19 best vegan restaurants in Boston

19 best vegan restaurants in Boston

Years ago, vegans in Boston had only a couple restaurant options to choose from. But the times have changed, and Boston’s scrumptious culinary scene is chock-full of vegan and vegetarian-friendly options. In fact, you don’t necessarily even need to seek out the best vegetarian eatery or vegan-only spots here, as some of Boston’s most renowned restaurants now offer vegan dishes, along with different dietary accommodations like gluten-free and more. Check out our list of the best places to satiate your cravings from grilled cheese to ice cream, and everything in between. More than your standard tofu afterthoughts, you can get your fix of plant-based ice cream, pizza, nachos and even fine dining fare at the best vegan restaurants in Boston. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Boston

The best things to do in Salem, MA for Halloween

The best things to do in Salem, MA for Halloween

If you read our fall getaways guide you know we love Salem! If you want to really embrace spooky season, Witch City is the place to be. October may be the busiest time of year to visit Salem, but if you plan ahead, you will have the best time. Make sure you purchase tickets for events and experiences in advance and make dinner reservations as soon as possible. Read on to plan your perfect Halloween trip to Salem this October. But also check out the best places for pumpkin picking near Boston, the most haunted places you can visit in Massachusetts and the scariest haunted houses in New England for a true spooktacular season! Recommended: A full guide to the best things to do in Boston.

Best Halloween events in Boston

Best Halloween events in Boston

Halloween will be here before we know it, so we have started gathering the best ways to get spooky this year. However, if you want to avoid anything scary, check out our list of the best places to go pumpkin picking near Boston for a little wholesome fun. But if you want some fun ideas for the whole family, read our guide to Halloween in Boston for haunted houses and other fun activities. Once you’ve had your fill of candy and have gotten the frightful fun out of your system, keep the good times going by checking out the best Boston attractions, best free things to do in Boston, and best museums in Boston to enjoy Boston to the fullest this Fall.RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Boston

26 best bakeries in Boston

26 best bakeries in Boston

Do you dream of carbohydrate-induced bliss? If that’s the case, you’re in luck– Boston has some of the country’s most delightful bakeries that serve bread and baked goods straight out of the oven. You’ll find excellent baguettes, challah, Irish soda bread and sweet pastries at the best bakeries in Boston. Show up to a friend’s house with fresh breakfast treats, or sneak out of the office to grab a sandwich on a flaky, buttery croissant, paired with a large latte. If your bakery goals are more specific, check out our list of the best bagels in Boston and the best places for pie in Boston. For a more substantial carb-forward meal, try one of the best brunch spots in Boston. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Boston

15 best restaurants near Harvard Square

15 best restaurants near Harvard Square

Whether this if your first time or fifth time to Boston, Harvard Square in Cambridge always deserves at least an evening of your time. Bostonians love to remember how “things used to be” and Harvard Square evokes a lot of memories for so many people because it is a completely different place than it was 40, 30, 20, 10 or even 5 years ago. Sure, there are a lot more chain restaurants and coffee shops in the area now, but that also means that the students who live there have better access to affordable, healthy, diverse offerings. Regardless of who you ask, Harvard Square always pops up on the best places to eat out in the Boston area and for good reason. Read on to find the best Harvard Square restaurants, so you can discover this delicious slice of Cambridge. Make a night of it by pairing dinner with one of the best free things to do in Boston, or check out our guide to the best live music in Boston. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Boston

10 best haunted houses near Boston

10 best haunted houses near Boston

With pumpkins galore, crisp breezes, and leaf peeping, New England clearly settles into its own beauty in the fall. But as it’s also the season of spook, we’ll happily put down our PSLs for a good jump scare this time of year. No matter where you look, there are plenty of places around Boston for hair-raising Halloween thrills and chills. But these haunted houses, estates, and terror factories aren’t for the faint of heart. They ramp up the terror with extreme special effects, elaborate costumes, gory makeup, eerie fog, and spine-chilling sounds. If Hocus Pocus is more your speed, swap out the seasonal scares for the best Halloween events in Boston, or stay close to home decorating gourds from the best places to go pumpkin picking. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Boston

The best college bars in Boston

The best college bars in Boston

When your desire to go out far outweighs your budget, nightlife can be tough in a city known for expensive living and swanky cocktail lounges with $200 tabs. But holding court as a true college town (we’re home to 35 colleges and universities and about 152,000 students), there are a number of joints around Boston that cater to the 20-something set. Whether your goal is affordable drinks or late night clubbing (budget be damned), here are the best college bars in Boston. For more college-friendly spots, check out the best cheap eats in Boston and Boston’s best late night dining options. Looking for something more refined? The best cocktail bars in Boston will do the trick. RECOMMENDED: See the full list of the best bars in Boston

20 best Mexican Restaurants in Boston for Tacos & Burritos

20 best Mexican Restaurants in Boston for Tacos & Burritos

Whether it’s a simple plate of enchiladas and rice or tortillas wrapped around marinated Yucateca-style pork with a side of sweet plantains, there are plenty of eateries around Boston with true south-of-the-border flare. Restaurants are as varied as Mexican fare itself, with everything from traditional hearty entreĂ©s to the best tacos in Boston (spoiler alert: you don’t have to wait until Tuesday). Whatever you’re craving, the city’s best Mexican options are happy to welcome you. Wash it all down with a tequila drink as strong or frosty as you please. And if you start your feast by diving head first into a basket of chips and salsa, who are we to judge? These are the 20 best Mexican restaurants in Boston.  RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Boston

19 best breweries in Boston

19 best breweries in Boston

Whether you’re touring a brewery, tasting your way through a taproom, or enjoying the city’s seasonal beer gardens, one thing’s for sure: Boston’s thriving beer culture really raises the bar. With traditional European styles, experimental American styles, and every pour in between, there's something for everyone. For the sud savvy, there are unique opportunities to dive deep into new brews and clever crafts, or you can keep it simple with a classic frosty IPA. Beer not your beverage of choice? Explore more top-notch drinking options at the best cocktail bars in Boston or try one of the best craft ciders in Massachusetts.  RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best bars in Boston

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Faccia Brutta

Faccia Brutta

Chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette recently added an Italian-inspired restaurant to their fantastic local line-up (Coppa, Toro, Little Donkey), and we’re so glad they did. The seafood inspired menu utilizes fresh ingredients, including in-season produce from the Copley Square Farmers Market. The spacious Back Bay restaurant serves coastal delights including a half dozen crudos, grilled Scituate lobster and an excellent selection of spritzes.

Ducali Pizzeria & Bar

Ducali Pizzeria & Bar

4 out of 5 stars

The North End is home to many pizza places, and we all have our favorites, but Ducali Pizza is especially worth a visit because they have a full cocktail list. So not only can you enjoy lots of delicious and creative pizzas, but you can also enjoy a spritz or two as well. Only downside is they don’t sell slices, you have to buy a full pizza, but there are small personal sized pizzas starting at $10 each and large pizzas starting at $18 for cheese. 

Florina Pizza

Florina Pizza

4 out of 5 stars

Located at the foot of Beacon Hill, Florina serves up extra large pizzaa and sandwiches. Cheese pizza by the slice is $3.75 and a very hefty “That Sandwich”, which is made with breaded chicken, prosciutto, roasted red pepper & fresh mozzarella with white balsamic vinaigrette is $12.25. Barstool Sports, “El Pres,” said in his review on Barstool “it’s a very traditional” quality pizza and we have to agree. 

Next Door

Next Door

4 out of 5 stars

Next Door is another amazing speakeasy that opened this year in Boston. Located in Eastie, just a short walk from the Maverick T stop on the Blue Line, it is accessible no matter which neighborhood you live in. The entrance is just behind Pazza on Porter, and you must know the secret code to get in. Once you enter, you feel as if you have stepped back in time. The chic bar and over the top cocktails make it a wonderful place to spend an evening.

Wicked

Wicked

This is the last weekend that Broadway in Boston will present Wicked at the Citizens Bank Opera House. This classic cannot be missed! Please note that attendees are currently required to wear face masks except when eating or drinking. Show times: Friday 8PM Saturday 2PM Saturday 8PM Sunday 1PM

ICA Summer Sessions

ICA Summer Sessions

On select Fridays in July and August the ICA is hosting an evening of art and live music from 6-9PM. Admission to ICA Summer Sessions is included with a general admission museum ticket, and are always free for members to attend. And if you visit the museum during the day you can come back that evening as long as you keep your ticket!  This Friday July 22nd will feature music by Lilah! Get tickets here.

Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience

Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience

Boston Lights is an interactive experience at Franklin Park Zoo that is sure to impress visitors with more than 55 large-scale displays made up of hundreds of colorful lanterns. The lanterns create luminous scenes from the rainforest, whimsical ocean displays with creatures of the deep, glowing corridors of lotus and bamboo, traditional Asian lanterns and a stunning 66-foot-long rose corridor. There is even a stunning 82-foot-long “octopus tunnel” that is sure to surprise and delight guests of all ages.

Hecate

Hecate

5 out of 5 stars

Hecate is the coolest new bar that has opened in Boston proper in the past few years. Owned and operated by the same team behind Krasi, this underground speakeasy feels as if it belongs in New York City, rather than Boston in the best way. As you enter, your eyes slowly adjust to the darkness and the bartenders, who are referred to as your “spirit guides” whip up the stylish drinks in the background as you wonder who else has managed to snag a table at the coolest spot in town.

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Where to get the best Pumpkin Spice Lattes in Boston

Where to get the best Pumpkin Spice Lattes in Boston

October 1 is National Pumpkin Spice Day. Regardless of whether you were aware of that or not, I think we can all agree that October is the official start to all things fall one way or another. PSLs have been a huge flavor of fall since 2003 when Starbucks launched their version. But here in Boston there so many local places to grab a pumpkin spice latte this year. These are a few of our favorites.  1) Dunkin  Photograph: Courtesy DunkinDunkin's PSL Dunkin began celebrating fall early this year and has been selling PSLs since August 10th! 2) La Colombe Coffee Roasters   Photograph: Courtesy La Colombe La Colombe is releasing a Pumpkin Spice Oatmilk Draft Latte on tap for the first time ever on October 1.  The Oat milk Pumpkin Spice Latte will feature “real pumpkin” flavor and their creamy oat milk that you find in their other draft lattes. The PSL is part of La Colombe’s new rotating on-tap series where new flavors will be releasing each season on the 4th tap.  3) FRANK Photograph: Courtesy FRANK Head north of the city to FRANK for a truly handmade version of the pumpkin spice latte.  The latte features house made pumpkin puree from Pastry Chef Erin Barry. Of course, it is chock full of fall spices like cinnamon, cardamom and clove. Combined with espresso from Little Wolf coffee, the pumpkin puree is really the star of this craft coffee drink. Guests can choose their favorite type of pf milk to have steamed for the latte and then pf course add some sugar or honey for som

All the reasons why Nantucket is even better in the fall

All the reasons why Nantucket is even better in the fall

Boston is blessed with four seasons, and many agree that the interlude between the hot summer and the long cold winter probably tops them all. Fall is filled with beautiful foliage, cozy afternoons carving pumpkins and of course plenty of flannel and sweaters. But the insider secret is that our favorite summer destinations, are also exceptional fall getaways. Nantucket in the shoulder season is something special and we spoke with a local expert to get the scoop on all the reasons why a visit to the island should be on your calendar this season. Spencer Heydt is not only an agent at Fisher Real Estate on Nantucket, but also spent all her summers growing up on the island. So, it is safe to say that she has the local’s perspective when it comes to what Nantucket is like in the fall. Photograph: Courtesy Fisher Real Estate What is the biggest different in visiting Nantucket in the fall vs. the summer? Fall is such a wonderful time to visit Nantucket. You don't have the crowds that you see in July and August, but all the amenities are still offered, and there are lots of Fall activities worth visiting for all on their own. I love the arrival of the crisp fall air, which brings a more vibrant blue sky and spectacular sunsets. The idea that Nantucket is just a summer destination is a misnomer; you may not be plunging into the ocean but fall on Nantucket has a lot to offer. What are some of the unique activities visitors can take part in when they visit Nantucket in the Fall?  My p

Apparently, we love working from home in Massachusetts

Apparently, we love working from home in Massachusetts

The U.S. Census Bureau recently put out a report on the current figures of how many people across the country are working from home. The biggest finding was that the number of people primarily working from home tripled from 2019 to 2021. While this is not a surprise to most of us, what is a shocker is that in Massachusetts nearly 25% of all workers were primarily working from home last year. 23.7% of the Massachusetts workforce was primarily working from home last year. In fact, we were tied for fourth, alongside Colorado, with Washington and Maryland topping the list. And if you dig down to the individual town level, two cities in the state are also at the top of the list of municipalities who love working from home. Cambridge came in at number 15 and Newton is number 17, with 44% and 43% respectively. So, what that means is that in these cities, last year, nearly half of their entire working population was working from home rather than going into their offices. In a place like Cambridge this was extremely noticeable as restaurants and bars were much quieter throughout the year in 2021. However, we can see that the trend is declining as many of those same places are nearly back to pre-pandemic levels. Nationwide there were about 9 million remote workers in 2019 and last year there were about 27.6 million—a trend that we are all aware of, but the numbers are still quite staggering.   Photograph: Courtesy Eataly Boston Whether you are still working from home or not, we have

The Ultimate Meal: Grill 23

The Ultimate Meal: Grill 23

The Ultimate Meal is a new series where we share how to best enjoy Boston’s best restaurants. Whether you have been to these restaurants a dozen times or are trying to check off as many as you can from our “best of” lists, The Ultimate Meal is here to help you decide what to order once you have sat down at the table. This time around we are talking about how to have the ideal experience at Grill 23. There is no time like fall to remember why we love steakhouses in this country. The cozy interiors, the belly warming dishes and the big glasses of red wine, there is a lot to love about steakhouses. In Boston, we are lucky to have some amazing steakhouses, many of which we all grew up going to as “special occasion” restaurants, but thanks to elevated bar menus and cocktail programs have since grown into places worthy of a weeknight meal. I’ve always said that Grill 23 is my favorite steakhouse in Boston and every time I visit, I am proven right. When to go to Grill 23 So much about a restaurant depends on when you go in for a meal. I would say Grill 23 is best experienced during prime time, book a 7:30pm table any night of the week.  Who to bring to dinner If you have ever dined with me, you know that I am quite particular with where we are sat. Of course, your table location depends on how many are in your party and at Grill 23 one of the things that makes them great is that they do just as well with a party of ten as they do a table of two. However, steakhouses are a genre whe

Have you dined at Geppetto in Cambridge yet?

Have you dined at Geppetto in Cambridge yet?

Located steps from the Lechmere T stop, Geppetto was not given an easy start. With back-to-back Green Line and Orange Line shutdowns, the location that was supposed to be easily accessed, has not been for most of this year. However, with the T up and running again, this fall is the perfect time to venture over to Chef Will Gilson’s new Italian spot. Geppetto is worth the trek to Lechmere. Photograph: Courtesy Geppetto What is the space like at Geppetto? The space is sleek, cozy and spacious. The soft lighting and flow of the tables makes puts you at ease as soon as you sit down. On any given night you will see a combination of office colleagues, couples and families filling the dining room, which speaks to the effect the design of the space has, everyone is able to feel at home.   Photograph: Courtesy Brian Samuels Chef Gilson’s signature is that he takes local ingredients and gives them something extra—which you have hopefully experienced at his signature restaurant, Puritan and Company in Inman Square. How is the food? The menu does a great job guiding you through what to order. Starting with the breads, you have to choose at least one, but if you are with 4+ people go for both. Everyone deserves a bite of both the garlic bread and focaccia. Lovers of white bean dip will need to try the focaccia, while the garlic bread feels like a savory monkey bread in the best way. Photograph: Courtesy Geppetto After the bread course, move onto the cold starters. I love how crudo a

Voice of Boston: Mikko Nissinen

Voice of Boston: Mikko Nissinen

Voice of Boston is a new series where we interview local tastemakers on their favorite neighborhoods, restaurants and hangouts around the city. First up is Mikko Nissinen who has been the Artistic Director of the Boston Ballet since 2001. The Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker is a holiday staple, but Nissinen has done so much more in his tenure. Boston Ballet resumed touring after a 16-year hiatus, traveling to Paris, London, New York City, Spain, Korea, Canada, Finland and Washington D.C. in recent years. And in 2016 Nissinen established a long-term Company partnership with choreographer William Forsythe. Just before the new fall ballet season, Nissinen spoke with us all about his favorite spots around town and what he thinks of Boston right now.  Photograph: Courtesy Boston Ballet What are your favorite neighborhoods in Boston?   The South and North Ends have to be my favorite. Of course, the headquarters for the Boston Ballet is in the South End, which is such a historical area with the many Victorian row houses. But the restaurant scene combined with how central the South End is makes is very special. Where is your favorite place to go for a walk in the city?  The Esplanade. On an evening when you do have a show, where do you go for a late-night bite afterwards?  Usually, you will find me at the Artisan Bistro at the Ritz Carlton ordering a tuna tartare or another seafood dish. On an evening when you do not have a show, which neighborhood are you likely to go for dinner?  I a

You can stay in the Hocus Pocus cottage in Salem this Halloween

You can stay in the Hocus Pocus cottage in Salem this Halloween

This Halloween, you may be able to live out your witchy dreams with a stay at the Hocus Pocus cottage now on Airbnb. And if you are excited for all things Halloween check out our guide to Halloween in Salem for all the spooky-fun things going on in Witch City this year. The booking site is offering a two-night stay at the bewitching home in Salem, Massachusetts made to look like the Sanderson Sisters’ cottage from Hocus Pocus. It’s just $31 a night in honor of the September 30 Disney+ release of Hocus Pocus 2 but you’ll have to be first in line to book it on October 12 at 1pm. Inside the creepy cottage, which is located in the remote woods of Salem, there are potion-filled cupboards, creaky wooden boards that “groan under the weight of curious cats,” melting wax candles, dried herbs hanging from ceiling beams, a cauldron in the middle of the living room and other spirited accommodations. Photograph: Helynn Ospina, courtesy of Airbnb Those who sleep over will be able to channel the sisters and try out some enchantments from an ancient spellbook that “guided the sisters in all their mischief,” exploring the history of Salem with visits to some of the town’s most haunted properties and get a special screening of Hocus Pocus 2. "We all know that the Sanderson Sisters' story might not have ended when we turned to dust, nor did our shenanigans,” said Kathy Najimy, who plays Mary Sanderson in the beloved films. “What better way to celebrate the season than to host guests at the tr

You need to try these fall sweets at Time Out Market Boston

You need to try these fall sweets at Time Out Market Boston

Fall is certainly here in Boston. The mornings are crisp, the breezes are cool and the nights are longer. However, there is plenty to be grateful for, afternoons apple picking, weekends leaf peeping and of course all the chai, pumpkin and cinnamon flavors in our baked goods these days. And some of our favorite fall themed sweets can be found at Time Out Market Boston.   Photograph: Time Out Market Boston Head to Union Square Donuts at the market to find these seasonal goodies: Apple Cider Cake DonutChai Apple CiderCaramel Apple BarApple Salted Caramel Cinnamon RollGinger Apple Cruller Photograph: Courtesy Union Square Donuts And stop by our newest addition, the Urban Hearth pop up in the Test Kitchen to try: Pumpkin Spice BeignetsApple Bundt Cake with Hard Cider Glaze Photograph: Courtesy Urban Hearth Any of these sweets make the perfect accoutrement to your favorite cup of coffee. And whether that is a PSL or not, National Coffee Day is almost here, so perhaps this is the week to try out a few new pastries as well? Treat yourself to something delicious from our favorites at Time Out Market Boston. Photograph: Courtesy Nicole Melich Also, while you are at the market maybe also try our “Drink for a Cause” as well. Our October Drink for a Cause is the Pumpkin Pie Martini. For every one sold, $1 will be donated to Community Servings, a local organization working to provide scratch-made, medically tailored meals to individuals experiencing chronic illness or nutrition in

Candy corn is being recalled in Massachusetts

Candy corn is being recalled in Massachusetts

As we head into Halloween season, you may have started to see candy corn popping up at the grocery store or supermarket. However, one particular brand is going through a recall of the popular orange and yellow snack. Arcade Snacks issued a recall of its 15-ounce candy corn packages last week, per an FDA advisory. They discovered that the candy may contain an “undeclared egg”, as reported in the Boston Globe. The FDA has said that no illnesses have been reported so far.  The Arcade Snacks Candy Corn packages were being sold at a few stores in Massachusetts, including Foodie’s Markets, Donelan’s Supermarkets, Johnson Roadside Farm Market in Swansea, Fieldstone Farm Market in Marion and Windfall Market in Falmouth. If you have purchased one of these packages of candy corn, you will be issued a full refund if you return it to the original place of purchase. The only concern with the candy that has been reported is that there may be the presence of egg in the product, so if you or someone you know has an allergy to eggs, the product should not be consumed. Consumers with questions may contact Arcade Snacks at 1-508-832-6300.  Photograph: Shutterstock     While this isn’t the best way to kick off Halloween season, we can think of lots of ways that are! Check out our guides to Halloween in Boston and Halloween in Salem, MA for plenty of fun ideas! 

Where to celebrate National Coffee Day in Boston

Where to celebrate National Coffee Day in Boston

Bostonians love coffee, in fact some might say that we run on it! National Coffee Day is coming up on September 29 and there are lots of ways to mark the occasion in the Hub. Here is our ultimate coffee day itinerary around town. Photograph: Jaclyn RivasGeorge Howell Coffee's affogato Visit Say Coffee at Time Out Market Boston But before we start exploring around town, of course we have to mention that Say Coffee Co at the Time Out Market Boston is 100% worth a visit. Founded by Yeanie Bach and Phi Pham—the duo behind Phinista in The Fenway and Banh Mi Oi in West Roxbury—Say specializes in coffee, tea and crepes, all elevated with a touch of Vietnamese flair. Everywhere: Dunkin’ Photograph: Courtesy Dunkin Of course, the top of this list has to include Dunkin’. This year the popular brand is celebrating National Coffee Day by offering DD Perks members a free medium hot or iced coffee with any purchase. So maybe order a pumpkin donut and get your standard medium regular iced on Dunks? Seaport: Cocorico Photograph: Courtesy Cocorico Cocorico is the Seaport’s newest boulangerie. Located in the Omni Boston Hotel, visitors should stop by to try either their black drip coffee, iced lattes or anything in between. And be sure to pair your cup of joe with a few handmade pastries and breakfast sandwiches—some of the best breakfast sandwiches in Boston by the way! Back Bay: Cafe Landwer Cafe Landwer, which has several locations around town, but our favorite is the one on Boylston

Was the Orange Line shutdown worth it in Boston?

Was the Orange Line shutdown worth it in Boston?

The Orange Line was shut down for 30 days and is now open again. Students are back, families are back from the Cape and professionals are back in the office, the city is busy once again. Did the MBTA actual fix everything that needed fixing?  Shutterstock When was the Orange Line shut down?  Service on the Orange Line resumed on Monday, September 19. That is the good news, but how did everything get fixed? We all know it was chaos during the shutdown. This map details all the alternative options for navigating the route during the shutdown and it was not pretty.  Photograph: Courtesy MBTA As of September 6, the MBTA said that they completed more than 50% of the planned repairs. And now, post shut down it has been reported that crews replaced 14,000 feet of rail and nearly 3,500 feet of track, made repairs to Orange Line stations and eliminated six slow zones. "I think right now we're getting back into the groove of running the trains, trying to make sure trains are adequately spaced. As the slow zones come off, as we get back into the flow here, we shouldn't have those types of delays." said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak. "I understand there's a great deal of skepticism at times about the MBTA," he said. "We planned very intensely for this, we knew we had to come through for our customers. I'm very pleased with the results."  So if you are back to your normal commute and have some extra time in Boston, check out our best restaurants in Boston or our best cocktail bars

Last minute ways to celebrate Rosh Hashanah in Boston

Last minute ways to celebrate Rosh Hashanah in Boston

Rosh Hashanah starts at sunset on Sunday and continues through Tuesday evening. Traditionally, Rosh Hashanah is a time where Jewish people around the world gather with friends and family to celebrate the new year.    Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days leading up to Yom Kippur, which is known as the Jewish day of atonement. Rosh Hashanah represents the beginning of the Jewish New Year and celebrations typically include special prayers, meals with family, and more. If you are looking for some last-minute ways to celebrate Rosh Hashanah in Boston, here are a few ideas. Head to Clover Food Lab Photograph: Courtesy Clover Pick up one of the Clover Food Lab Rosh Hashanah Kits. The boxes are certified Kosher by Rabbi Dolinger, who helped Clover become Kosher. The box includes sweet potato and raisin kugel, “round” pita with honey marshmallow fluff and peanut butter, Moroccan carrot coin salad, potato leek soup, a Waldorf salad packed with sweetness and fresh apples from local farms. The kits are $65, feed 3-5 people, and are available in limited quantities for delivery. Order a feast from Mamaleh’s Photograph: Courtesy Creative Katz Mamaleh’s has a one stop shop type of catering menu for Rosh Hashanah this year. The packages even include Shabbat candles.The food items on the menu are: chopped chicken liver, sticky honey cake, braised brisket and potato latkes with apple sauce or sour cream. And if you go to the Cambridge location, guests can also orde