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Olivia Vanni

Olivia Vanni

Olivia Vanni is the former food and culture editor for Boston.

Born and raised in the Boston burbs, Olivia has seen this city totally transform and continues to keep up with its still-changing food and beverage scene. With a knack for cooking and a frequent thirst for a stiff drink, Olivia holds our local restaurants and bars to a high standard—but she isn’t afraid to get down and dirty with some Ritz crackers and New England bean dip, steamers or bar pizza. She’s even known to drop her Rs when ordering a particular tequila-based cocktail (mah-garita)… and to add them when describing the apparatus used to sip said cocktail (straw-r).

She previously stalked celebrities as the Boston Herald’s Inside Track columnist and used to geek out as a startup and VC reporter for BostInno.

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15 best Boston brunch spots to try right now

15 best Boston brunch spots to try right now

Weekend brunch can be casual, it can be a special occasion, or it can be a routine. But no matter what, we can all agree that weekend brunch in Boston is a lot of fun. From folks seeking the classics (hello, bloody mary bar) to the connoisseurs looking to take their brunch to the next level (live music and drag, anyone?), everyone can find the brunch of their dreams from our extensive list. After sleeping in, a sustaining brunch is exactly what we all need after a long night spent drinking at the best bars in Boston, dancing at the best clubs or rocking out at the best live music spots. As Fall rolls into town, a brunch to kick off Saturday or Sunday can be just the cozy start to the weekend in Boston we all deserve. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Boston

10 best cheap date ideas in Boston

10 best cheap date ideas in Boston

Dating in Boston will usually hit the wallet pretty hard. Paying for pricey nights out and regular date nights can add up if you’re not careful. However, despite Boston’s expensive reputation, there are plenty of affordable options out there as well—you just need to know where to look. We’ve compiled a list of cheap date ideas that are thoughtful, romantic and all cost less than $30. But if you are looking to splurge be sure to check out our list of the most romantic restaurants and most romantic bars in Boston. And if you’re seeing someone for the very first time, peruse our suggestions for the best first date spots.  RECOMMENDED: Guide to the best restaurants in Boston

The best 10 beaches near Boston

The best 10 beaches near Boston

When it comes to sand and seaside around here, thoughts often turn to a day trip to Cape Cod. But the Cape isn't the only place to throw your towel down; Boston’s North and South Shores also boast picturesque beaches, all less than an hour’s drive outside the city (summer traffic withstanding). And for people without easy car access, the Hub itself has a number of urban sandbars perfect for relaxing or taking a refreshing dip in the ocean. We're giving you a slew of local saltwater spots you should get to this summer—just be sure to check out all of the regulations and pricing before you grab your sunblock. And if you're looking for other warm weather activities, take a look at our guides to the best summer activities, the best waterfront restaurants and the best cruises in Boston. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Boston

15 Boston restaurants with a view

15 Boston restaurants with a view

Want to take your dinner with a side of the city skyline? Or perhaps you’d like to sip that cocktail while gazing upon the glimmering harbor? Well, you’re in luck—look no further than these Boston restaurants with a view. From rooftop bars to eateries on the water, there are plenty of options when it comes to dining out with stunning vistas for you to behold. Romantic and cozy, bustling and lively...whatever vibe you seek, you can find at these local spots—in addition to those beautiful views of Boston, of course. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Boston

The 16 best waterfront restaurants in Boston

The 16 best waterfront restaurants in Boston

Name a city with better seafood and waterfront views, we’ll wait. Fortunately, you can’t, and there’s plenty of waterfront restaurants in Boston to get your fix of sun, sea and fresh salty air. Everyone knows food tastes better outside (as demonstrated by our best restaurants with outdoor seating), and a view of the harbor just elevates that experience. Below, find Boston’s best places to enjoy sparkling water views⁠—including our city's best seafood spots and finest oyster bars—all spring, summer and fall (with a little luck). RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Boston

The best outdoor bars in Boston

The best outdoor bars in Boston

Somewhere between New England’s frigid winters and its summer heat, we reach that sweet spot of practically perfect weather in Boston. This is the kind of pleasant warmth and stunning sunshine that translate to patio season⁠, when your daily dose of vitamin D goes hand-in-hand with conversation and cocktails. Head to one of these outdoor bars—from community beer gardens to waterfront patios—and you'll get your fill of sun, fun and al fresco beverages and snacks. To enjoy our lovely weather further, check out Boston’s best parks or go sky-high with a visit to a prime rooftop bars. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best bars in Boston

The best restaurants for outdoor dining in Boston

The best restaurants for outdoor dining in Boston

When New England’s weather warms, everyone in The Hub heads outside to dine because it’s basically a known fact that food tastes better when eaten on a patio Dining al fresco in the city is about to start picking up for the season, and we’ve found the best Boston restaurants with outdoor seating, great food and good vibes. From waterfront restaurants to rooftop spots to patio bars, we’ve got your sun-drenched socializing covered. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best food and drink in Boston

The best lunch dishes at Time Out Market Boston

The best lunch dishes at Time Out Market Boston

Whether you're still hunkered down at home working remotely or have already made your triumphant return to the office, you're going to need one thing: a lunch break. Fortunately for both Bostonian residents and out-of-towners here on business, Time Out Market Boston offers so many options for everyone's afternoon meal. From light bowls and vegetarian bites to hearty soups and satisfying sandwiches, there's a dish for any midday mood. Check out the best lunch dishes you’ll find at the kitchens of Time Out Market Boston and refuel with some food that’s sure to get you through the rest of the day. RECOMMENDED: The full food guide to Time Out Market Boston

The oldest bar in Boston: 10 historic spots that are contenders

The oldest bar in Boston: 10 historic spots that are contenders

It’s not surprising that as one of the America’s first settlements, Massachusetts has its fair share of historic taverns. But what's the oldest bar in Boston? Well, a number of local watering holes are surely up there, welcoming Colonial rebel rousers as they helped organize The Revolution—and many of them still stand today, in defiance to the rapid development surrounding them. All have their own stories to tell, and some of these hangouts also rank among the best Irish pubs and best dive bars in Boston. If you’re looking for something a little fancier and more modern, check out our list of the best cocktail bars in Boston. RECOMMENDED: See the full list of the best bars in Boston

The best cheap things to do in Boston

The best cheap things to do in Boston

Between the ever-rising rent prices and overall cost of living here, Boston is by no means a cheap city. While you'll struggle to find a cocktail under $13 and paying for parking here is just plain painful, there are still a number of ways to enjoy our little piece of New England paradise while sticking to a budget. Believe it or not, there are many free things to do in Boston, as well as plenty of activities and outings that will usually cost less than $12. When you want to save your dough, stick to our list of the best cheap things to do in Boston—from cheap eats to cheap activities—and then splurge on the best fine dining in Boston or Boston’s best shopping with all of that extra cash. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Boston

The best bars for whiskey in Boston

The best bars for whiskey in Boston

Whether you’re a serious aficionado or merely curious, Boston is brimming with some of the best bars where you can wet your whistle with whiskey. With extensive selections of the brown stuff, these spots offer the unique opportunity to sip rare and special bottles as you socialize. Even if you don’t know the difference between rye and bourbon, Scotch and Japanese, the knowledgable staff at these hangouts will be happy to explain. Looking for a guaranteed whiskey-friendly atmosphere with fewer frills? You can always check out one of the best Irish pubs in Boston. Prefer drinking your whiskey in a fanciful form? Head to one of the best cocktail bars in Boston. And if you’re looking to pair your whiskey consumption with some suitable eats, chow down at one of the best steakhouses or burger spots in Boston. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best bars in Boston

The best college discounts for students on a budget in Boston

The best college discounts for students on a budget in Boston

The sheer cost of living in Boston is enough to send any college newcomer into a state of complete sticker shock. While pricey aspects—like ever-rising rent prices and a total absence of happy hour deals—make our city slightly less student friendly than other places across the country, a number of local spots still have a soft spot for our university population. If you find yourself at one of the 35 or so colleges located throughout the Greater Boston area and want something to do, be sure to take a break from your studies—and partying at the best college bars in town—to take advantage of these special discounts. In need of more money-saving inspiration? Check out our list of the best cheap eats and free things to do in Boston—all perfect for folks on an academic budget. RECOMMENDED: Guide to the best things to do in Boston

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Take a bite out of June at Brato's supper club

Take a bite out of June at Brato's supper club

Brato will be serving up its Sunday best this weekend, when the Brighton brewhouse hosts its latest supper club—and this time, it’s celebrating everything June. The evening, whose food will be "an ode to open fire cooking," will start off strong with some welcome beers, before everyone sits down to a five-course meal commences. There will be an option for both an omnivore (think dishes like grilled bluefish with ratatouille, crispy potatoes and pesto) as well as a vegetarian feast (i.e. a charred watermelon gazpacho with feta, radish and cilantro). No matter which meal you choose, there will be beer pairings to accompany each course—and grilled strawberry and peach cobbler for dessert. Secure your spot by buying a ticket ASAP.

Have whiskey and waffles in Brookline

Have whiskey and waffles in Brookline

Have breakfast with a bang at vomFASS Brookline this Sunday for its Whiskey & Waffles tasting. This Coolidge Corner store will be serving warm, fresh Belgian waffles topped with primo Vermont maple syrup and/or homemade berry compote—and all alongside a flight of small batch whiskies that this gourmet grocer has procured from all over the world. This boozy breakfast event will be private, so be sure to secure your spot beforehand.

Get buff—and a beer—at Harpoon Brewery

Get buff—and a beer—at Harpoon Brewery

Earn that soft pretzel and a pint of IPA with this Sunday sweat sesh at Harpoon. The Seaport brewery will be partnering with B/SPOKE, having the local fitness chain host a HIIT class that’ll be crammed with strength, core and cardio exercises sure to get your heart pumping—sans bike. The workout will be held from 11am, and you can spend some time cooling down and rehydrating at Harpoon’s beer hall and tented patio. The event itself is free, but you still need to preregister to secure your spot.

Explore artists' open studios at SoWa

Explore artists' open studios at SoWa

SoWa is giving us more Sundays to love. The South End complex and artist guild is building upon its Second Sundays tradition, now opening its doors to the public every single weekend of the month. Just like before, folks will be able to head to the studios at 450 Harrison Ave (most of them, anyway) Sundays from 11am—4pm. Meet local artists, explore their latest works and buy pieces directly from them.

Be wowed by burlesque—with a side of humor—at The Rockwell

Be wowed by burlesque—with a side of humor—at The Rockwell

Head to The Rockwell for the 5th Anniversary of its celebrated Smoke & Shadows show. This burlesque and variety show takes over the stage at this Somerville venue each month, giving guests two hours of live music, dancing that's both seductive and bawdy, and plenty of comedy. Snag tickets beforehand and don’t forget to pop by this place’s adjoining, subterranean bar Saloon to pregame with craft cocktails and light bites.

Ned Devine’s Irish Pub

Ned Devine’s Irish Pub

Located inside Faneuil Hall, Ned Devine’s is a favorite amongst both tourists and young locals alike for more than a decade. It’s a modern Irish pub, serving fish and chips, award-winning clam chowder, corned beef, Guinness onion soup and other classic comforting dishes by day. The dining room and bar are expansive, offering ample space for out-of-towners to collapse, rest their feet and have a bite to eat—alongside a beer, of course—after exploring the Freedom Trail and other famous sites downtown. The seasonal patio is a popular choice, when weather permits. On the weekends, Ned Devine’s transforms into lively nightlife spot for college kids and recent grads, with rooms filled with live music and dancing.

Get your cards on at Big Night's Causeway Card Show

Get your cards on at Big Night's Causeway Card Show

Card enthusiasts rejoice because Big Night Live will be holding its signature Causeway Card Show once again this weekend. The music venue and club will be opening its doors to more than 100 card vendors, who’ll be peddling their highly collectible inventory on both Saturday and Sunday from 9am—5pm. While you may be totally tuned into buying, selling and trading cards, you can also expect booming tunes from the DJ booth, a full bar, live card breaks and special guests, including DJ Steve Aoki. Admission is $5, and tickets can be purchased ahead of time.

Mooncusser

Mooncusser

Mooncusser may have started as a fish house, but nowadays, this Bay Village spot has become so much more. Under the direction of Chef Carl Dooley, this restaurant has undergone a culinary makeover, with a new focus on offering four-course tasting menus. The prix fixe selection, which comes with optional wine pairings, changes every month, allowing guests to always discover new plates and fresh perspectives with each visit.Yes, seafood absolutely still plays a role here, but now fish dishes—like barbecue unagi or potato gnocchi with salt cod—share the spotlights with other, internationally inspired stars, such as Sichuan pork sausage consomme and venison with Hungarian dumplings. Perched above Stuart Street, folks can rest assured that the view from the dining room is just as delicious as the parade of edible delights coming out of the kitchen. Patrons looking for something lighter can visit the Moon Bar, and for those in a hurry, there's Cusser's, a street-level takeaway spot specializing in seafood and roast beef. (Or, to experience the latter eatery's greatest hits in a buzzy culinary-focused environment, stop by the Cusser’s at Time Out Market Boston).

Bar Enza

Bar Enza

Tucked inside The Charles Hotel, this Italian eatery is a culinary homecoming for renowned New York chef Mark Ladner (of Del Posto and Pasta Flyer fame). The Bay State native, who’s originally from Belmont and started his food career right here in Boston, is going back to his roots as he brings this playful osteria to Harvard Square. Sit down at the dimly lit bar for the perfect aperitivo with friends—order off the negroni menu and pair your amaro-heavy libations with satisfying snacks, like crunchy, cheese-filled saffron suppli, for the full effect. Guests seeking sustenance beyond just cocktail hour nibbles can post up at a marble table and dig into some more substantial fare. Dinner is broken down into traditional Italian courses, starting with an assortment of antipasti, before going into the carb-heavy primi and meat-centric secondi, finally ending on a sweet note with dolci. Each stage of the meal is Italian in essence but also shows that the kitchen doesn’t take itself too seriously, with unconventional versions of familiar favorites, like a giant meatball smothered in Smoke Shop BBQ and tomato sauce, and tuna carpaccio with salsa verde and onion rings.

Pho n' Rice

Pho n' Rice

If you’re looking for a bowl of pure, slurpable comfort at a no-frills spot, this Somerville joint is your place. Situated in the Spring Hill neighborhood, this relatively unassuming restaurant dishes out some of the finest Vietnamese food around—especially when it comes to the country’s famously alluring aromatic soups. The menu boasts a number of brothy, noodled beauties to behold, ranging from the straightforward yet so flavorful Pho Ga (chicken) and Bo Vien (meatballs) to the more complex Bun Bo Hue (a spicy, lemongrass-laced soup served with flank steak and tendon)—all of which feel like the food equivalent of a warm hug. Non-soup specialties include an array of authentic bun bowls brimming with vermicelli noodles and bright, fresh ingredients, in addition to plates from other Southeast Asian nations, like Laotian Larb and Pad Thai. No matter which dish you decide, be sure to start your order with the house short ribs, which are sliced into tender, Korean-style strips, marinated in homemade barbecue sauce and charcoal-grilled for a sweet, savory and smokey result.

Field & Vine

Field & Vine

Hidden away from the chaos of Union Square, Field & Vine is kind of like Somerville’s own secret garden. Wander down the alleyway between Bronwyn and The Independent, and you’ll find this New American eatery specializing in locally sourced farm fare—all prepared and served in small plate format. Given its laser focus on seasonal ingredients, Field & Vine has an ever-changing menu that offers guests items ranging from lighter nibbles (think raw oysters) to heftier bites (like squash loaded with bacon and feta), all prime for sharing. The Scandinavian-esque interior of sleek seating and light wood furnishings is filled with foliage and flowers (fresh blooms sit in bud vases atop the tables, while dried bouquets and branches embellish every other surface that can be seen). At the center of this spot, marked by a dramatic web of gnarled vines overhead, there’s an open kitchen that gives guests a front row seat to all of the culinary action while awaiting their parade of small plates. Sips of its curated beers and wines keep folks occupied in between amusing mouthfuls.

Salem Horror Fest

Salem Horror Fest

Horror film junkies rejoice; Salem Horror Fest is returning for its fifth year, once again giving us a whole schedule of scary flicks. The annual film festival will be screening a full lineup of feature films, “wicked shorts” and locally made pictures—all within the horror genre. In addition to in-person viewings, there will also be virtual screenings to stream from the comfort of your own home. It’s running the first couple of weeks in October, and you can buy badges online.

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12 rules for surviving Saint Patrick's Day in Boston

12 rules for surviving Saint Patrick's Day in Boston

It is no secret that Massachusetts is filled with people of Irish American heritage. But whether you have Irish blood in your veins or not, we are all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. And it is also no secret that there are lots of shenanigans every March 17. From the Southie Parade to saying sl​​áinte from sunup to sun, there are some rules that all Bostonians can follow if they want to have a fun, safe and successful St. Patrick’s Day each year. Whether you’re shipping down to Southie or posting up at your neighborhood bar, these 12 rules should help you survive St. Patrick’s Day in Boston. And for maximum fun, check out our list of the best Irish pubs in town and the best St. Patrick’s Day events going on this year. 1) Don’t drink anything dyed green. It may feel festive going down, but it’s like a scene from The Exorcist when it comes back up. 2) Don’t carry around open containers. The cops probably know that the soccer mom thermos you’re clutching doesn’t contain coffee, but it’s much less conspicuous than flagrantly taking a swig straight from the bottle. 3) If you want to party at an Irish pub, be ready to arrive as soon as the doors open and stay all day. Most places almost immediately reach capacity, and you don’t want to spend your St. Paddy’s Day waiting in line, staring longingly through the windows. Instead, plan ahead and pick a place to hunker down and plan to drink your Guinness in one location only. 4) Don’t fight with the bouncer. Nor that guy at the bar you didn

50 Boston slang words and sayings you should know

50 Boston slang words and sayings you should know

Even to our fellow New Englanders, Bostonians can sometimes sound like we are speaking a different language. Whether you’re a college student with four years ahead of you, you just married a local or are simply here for a vacation, everyone new to Boston could use a crash course on our local lingo. From our colorful terms of endearment to the nicknames we’ve bestowed upon our favorite neighborhoods, there’s so much more to Boston slang than dropping your “Rs.” So, when you ask for directions to the Freedom Trail or to the best Irish pub in town, listen carefully and you may be able to translate a few of our favorite Boston sayings. Bang a uey (v.): to make a U-turn, likely an illegal one because that’s just how we do. Bubbler (n.): a drinking fountain. B’daydas (n.): a term of endearment for potatoes. The Cape (n.): Cape Cod, where tourists and preppies flock during the summer months, causing hours of traffic delays south of the city.  Carriage (n.): a shopping cart that you use to get your groceries, most likely at Market Basket.  Cellar (n.): the basement; pronounced “cell-ah.” The Charles (n.): The Charles River, which is no longer flowing with its infamous “dirty water”... but you should still probably close your mouth ASAP, if you ever fall in.  Clicker (n.): the remote control; pronounced “click-ah.” Coogans (n.): where you get dollar drafts.   Comm Ave (n.): no one has time to say Commonwealth Avenue. Dollar Drafts (n.): see Coogans. Dungarees (n.): jeans (exclusively

La Saison Bakery is now open at Time Out Market!

La Saison Bakery is now open at Time Out Market!

We’ve got some pretty sweet news: La Saison Bakery is officially open at Time Out Market Boston! The celebrated bakery has been calling Cambridge home since 2020, after owner Soheil Fathi brought over the business from Tehran, Iran. Since coming stateside, La Saison has won the hearts (and stomachs) of Greater Boston with its remarkable selection of baked goods, many of which boast bold Middle Eastern flavors as a not-so-subtle nod to its beginnings abroad. Now, La Saison is bringing its freshly baked fare across the river, from Fresh Pond to The Fenway. From its kitchen at 401 Park Drive, the bakery offers all of the fan favorites you’d find in Cambridge to guests frequenting Time Out Market.  Most lauded for its loaves of bread, La Saison will surely keep the downtown masses satisfied with its array of sourdough hits, including its coveted fig and walnut, and yogurt varieties (amongst many others). Savory enthusiasts can rejoice over the shop’s famous feta-za'atar scones, as well as sheets of homemade crackers perfect for snacking. Meanwhile, sweet teeth will be equally as pleased, thanks to its wide selection of cookies–from brown butter chocolate chip to pistachio-rosewater–as well as cakes available by the slice or whole, fruity tarts and classic viennoiserie (kouign-amann, anyone?).  No longer will you have to trek literally all the way down the Red Line to get your La Saison fix; stop by its Time Out outpost weekdays from 8:30am⁠—4:30pm and weekends from 9am⁠—4:30pm to

Say Coffee Co. is now open at Time Out Market Boston!

Say Coffee Co. is now open at Time Out Market Boston!

There are some new things brewing over at Time Out Market Boston—all thanks to the arrival of Say Coffee Co. Now open within our Fenway space, Say is the most recent concept coming from restaurateurs Yeanie Bach and Phi Pham, a powerful pair who’ve already been wowing Bostonians with their Vietnamese drinks and dishes at both Phinista (also in The Fenway) and Banh Mi Oi (West Roxbury). With their latest addition, the duo is now letting folks get their caffeine fix—and accompanying bites—at 401 Park Drive with Say’s selection of coffee, tea and crepes.  Starting at 7:30am on weekdays and 9am on weekends, guests can swing by Say and snag any number of refreshing beverages. The new spot offers a whole section of colorful signature drinks featuring creative Vietnamese touches (i.e. ube latte and crème brûlée boba) for imbibers searching for something a little extra. Meanwhile, people hoping for more traditional, straightforward sips can also find beloved barista staples—from espresso go-tos like cappuccinos to purist javas like cold brews.  No coffee run is ever complete without grabbing a bite to eat alongside your cuppa, and Say delivers with an assortment of crepes and pastries. Its French pancake offerings come with sweet and savory fillings—like the fruit-forward Banana Sundaze or the Day at Say, which is crammed with bacon, egg and cheese—while baked goods include croissants, Danishes and muffins. No matter which item you choose, these treats will serve as the perfect pair

SOURCE's pizza has arrived at Time Out Market!

SOURCE's pizza has arrived at Time Out Market!

Let’s all raise a slice because SOURCE and its impeccable wood-fired pizza (one of the best pizzas in Boston) has officially opened at Time Out Market Boston! First opening its doors in Harvard Square during the pure chaos of the pandemic in 2020, SOURCE instantly won the hearts (and stomachs) of locals with its Neapolitan-style pizza—and it’s not too hard to figure out why.  The name SOURCE isn’t just some jazzy moniker here; owner Daniel Roughan and executive chef Brian Kevorkian have essentially established it as their motto. The seasoned duo have made it their mission to source fresh ingredients from local farmers and food purveyors for all of their dishes, and their pizza is no exception.  While the toppings that grace SOURCE’s selection of pies sing sweet symphonies of flavor, the true scene-stealer time and time again is their dough. Made everyday using their very own “sister” sourdough starter, their dough lends itself to perhaps the most spectacular crust found throughout Greater Boston: a creation boasting perfectly charred bubbles that’s somehow simultaneously crispy yet chewy.  Up until now, loyal downtowners have had to make the pilgrimage over The Charles and into Cambridge to get their SOURCE fix. However, now that this modern pizza pub has opened its outpost at Time Out Market, Bostonians and visitors alike will be able to find all of their favorites right here in The Fenway.  Photograph: Courtesy SOURCE Amongst the menu items that featured at 401 Park Drive

Take the Time Out Index survey and tell us what life is like in Boston

Take the Time Out Index survey and tell us what life is like in Boston

The global Time Out Index is back! In last year’s survey, 80 percent of people proclaimed that Boston was expensive, while another 80 percent sang our city’s praises as a great place for “taking a walk in a green space.” Now, we once again want to know how folks find The Hub—so why don’t you tell us?  We’ve just launched the Time Out Index 2022, our fifth annual poll of city-dwellers around the world, and we want to find out all about life in Boston post-pandemic. What’s the restaurant scene like? The bar circuit? How easy is it to date? To make friends? What do you think of the art and the nightlife here? Plus where, dare we say it, is the coolest part of town? How have things changed in Boston now that we can all detect the sweet smell of normality? For those of us who live in cities, that hint – still stronger in some places than others – of a return to the good times is a big relief. Doing stuff is why we’re here, after all. We came for the food, for the culture, for the nightlife. We came to find new friends or because our friends were already here. And many of us stuck around throughout the pandemic for all those very legit reasons, too. The survey only takes five minutes, and at the end we’ll tell you exactly how much you love your city. As ever, we’ll be using all your responses to come up with our annual rankings of the world’s best cities and coolest neighborhoods. So go ahead, do your city some justice – and take part in the ultimate stock take of city living in 20

19 ways to ride the T like a true Bostonian

19 ways to ride the T like a true Bostonian

Oh, the MBTA! Boston’s public transit is both the bane of our existence and the butt of our jokes. (Honestly, we try to laugh so that we don’t scream). Locals who have long endured the trials and tribulations of the T have, over time, learned the unwritten rules of the rails here. So it’s no surprise that when a novice happens to hop on our city’s subway system, they usually stick out from the crowd.  Whether you’re a college student who’s new to the area, a tourist bouncing around town for the weekend or simply someone who’s absolutely clueless, beware of our unspoken, underground code of conduct. The next time you’re riding the Red Line to Harvard Square or you’re bound for Fenway on the Green, here are 19 ways for you to handle the T like a local… and not piss everyone off in the process.  1. Don’t pay for a ticket using large bills. The machine will spit back a tsunami of $1 coins that you then have to haul around like you’re Scrooge McDuck.  2. When boarding, let people off first. You’re not a lineman for the Patriots.  3. The doorway is not a place for standing. Get in and then quickly move to the back of the car, we beg of you.  4. If the car is full, just accept that it is full. Don’t hold up an entire train trying to cram yourself into a nonexistent nook as the door repeatedly fails to shut on your obviously protruding body.  5. For the love of God, take off your backpack. No one wants to take a beating from your bag when they’re just trying to get to work.  6. Don’t

Boston's Great Lobster Roll Debate: Is hot or cold king?

Boston's Great Lobster Roll Debate: Is hot or cold king?

In New England, there are certain rivalries we’ve come to know since birth: Red Sox vs. Yankees; Dunkin’ vs. Starbucks; and—perhaps the most controversial of all—the cold lobster roll vs. hot lobster roll.  It’s fair to say that in The Hub, many of us would unequivocally scream “Yankees suck!” into a crowd of overly proud New Yorkers and would rather sip a regular iced coffee from Dunkies than some dinky venti drink any day of the year. However, it seems that the Great Lobster Roll Debate remains a point of contention in our city and has created a rift between us and some of our fellow Bostonian brethren.  So which is it? Does the Maine-style roll, served perfectly chilled and slathered in mayonnaise, reign supreme in these parts? Or is the Connecticut-style roll, in all of its warm and buttery glory, actually king around here, kid?  We decided to settle this deep-seated dispute once and for all, asking chefs and restaurateurs from some of the best seafood spots throughout the Bay State to sound off on this issue and share how they take their lobster rolls. Opinions vary—from the seemingly diplomatic to the clearly staunch—so read on to see where everyone stands… and be prepared to be wicked judgmental with some of their answers.  Jeremy Sewall, Chef-Partner at Row 34: I don't really have a preference. For me, the cold roll has a sense of nostalgia to it—it was the one I grew up eating. It is hard not to be transported back in time to the Maine coast every time I eat one. The

A taste of Kowloon is coming to Downtown Boston

A taste of Kowloon is coming to Downtown Boston

Want your Kowloon cocktail fix without having to trek halfway up Route 1? Well, now you can down some libations from this longtime Saugus institution right here in the center of the city. Moxy Boston Downtown is launching a 2Faced Tiki Pop-Up with Kowloon on the weekends, when it’ll be serving specialty drinks from the iconic suburban eatery. The Tremont Street hotel will be shaking up a selection of these fruity, rum-laced cocktails at its lounge and bar, Bar Moxy, between 7 and 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Amongst the available tiki beverages borrowed from Kowloon: a traditional Mai Tai, White Mai Tai and Scorpion Bowl for One. The only downside? You’ll have to sip those drinks sans those Saugus Wings (or any of the other cult classic bites from Kowloon, for that matter). In addition to these tropically inspired offerings, Moxy Bar will also be pouring playful, champagne-centric cocktails. These fun and fancy bubbly beverages will include options like the Make Lemonade (limoncello, Cointreau and prosecco, garnished with a lemon macaron) or the Watermelon Sugar (prosecco, Absolute Watermelon, lychee puree, cold pressed watermelon and lime juice, topped with watermelon Red Bull and cotton candy).  Word to the wise: Skip the brutal gridlock traffic up north and spend more time downing these boozy beverages in Boston. 

Meet Boston's best lobby dog: Cori Copley

Meet Boston's best lobby dog: Cori Copley

While Boston is peppered with a handful of pet-friendly businesses, none seem to be quite as amenable to our city’s four-legged population as the Fairmont Copley Plaza. Welcoming furry friends from far and wide as guests, the Back Bay hotel one-ups everyone else by also having quite possibly the goodest lobby dog, Cori Copley, greeting visitors and locals alike. “She’ll do anything for treats,” Joe Fallon, concierge at the Fairmont, says of his black lab, who serves as the luxury spot’s Canine Ambassador. “It’s very hard to keep her looking in good shape because her weight keeps going up because she gets too many treats from people,” he adds. Holding court from her bed right across from the front desk, Cori is the third Canine Ambassador at our Fairmont since the program started there in 2004, following her beloved predecessors Catie and Carly. Like both doggos before her, Cori was trained as a service dog for the blind, but didn’t make the final cut and instead found her calling in hospitality.  Now a few years on the job, this iconic pooch has settled into her day-to-day schedule, which includes activities both inside and outside the hotel.  “We have to go to Dunkin’s—I have to get my coffee in the morning,” Fallon says of his and Cori’s daily routine of duties. “We see all of the people that she knows at the Back Bay train station.” “One gentleman at the Back Bay train station—an MBTA police officer—that’s one of her best buddies,” he continues. “When she goes to the Back

A look at Boston's protests in support of Ukraine

A look at Boston's protests in support of Ukraine

Thousands of people gathered in Boston on Sunday to protest Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, voice their support for the Ukrainian people and call for peace. Organized by Northeastern University student and Ukrainian native Diana Zlotnikova, the demonstration brought crowds through the streets of the Back Bay. Folks—many of whom were carrying the flag of this currently war-torn nation (as well as signs criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin)—made their way from the Public Garden to the Common during the afternoon.  The march ended at the State House, where everyone stood and shared how this act of aggression has impacted them. People participating included Ukrainians who are fearful for their friends and family members back home, Russians who are criticizing their country’s government and other protestors from around the world.  Here are some of the best images giving a look into Boston’s march in support of Ukraine this weekend. While local voices were heard, there is still much more action to be taken to support Ukraine, so do consider these ways to help.    View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𝗠𝗔𝗝𝗢𝗥 𝗠𝗢𝗠𝗘𝗡𝗧 (@major.moment) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Julia Baranova-Faktorovich (@skin_insights) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Callie Krosin (@calliekrosin8) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Lasha Tsatava | DipWSET (@lasha.tsatava) View thi

7 classic Irish comfort foods to eat in Boston this St. Patrick's Day

7 classic Irish comfort foods to eat in Boston this St. Patrick's Day

There’s so much more to Irish food in Boston than just the obligatory corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day. While Eire seems to get a bad rap in terms of its culinary culture (a perception that’s been gradually changing over recent years), plenty of pubs around the Hub prove otherwise. Some dishes hailing from the island nation will always have a soft spot in our hearts, conjuring up feelings of comfort and nostalgia with every bite. Not to mention, they’re just begging to be washed down with a beer. We’ve scoured the city for these tried-and-true treasures to see who offers the best of the best—from a full Irish breakfast and soda bread to Guinness stew and Jameson-laced coffee.    Shepherd’s pie From Mr. Dooley's: We think more meals should be covered in mashed potatoes. Just put one forkful of the shepherd’s pie at Mr. Dooley’s and you’ll understand our sentiment. The kitchen at this beloved Broad Street establishment makes a masterpiece out of this simple classic. A medley of ground beef, veg, herbs and Irish brown gravy is lovingly topped with a cloud of creamed potatoes and baked ever so slightly to form that crisp crust. This ramekin of pure comfort is served with freshly baked bread—brown, of course—and pads of salty Irish butter to fully lull you into a food coma of bliss. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Mr Dooleys (@mrdooleys) Guinness stew from Emmet's: Why simply sip a Guinness, when you can eat it, too? The Irish know their wa

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