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Mar. 27, 2017

Juicy Spot Cafe Serves Unique Thai Ice Cream for a Decadent Dessert

The first of its kind in Boston, Juicy Spot Cafe creates a unique ice cream parlor experience with hand-rolled Thai ice cream. Guests can choose tasty flavors from an expansive menu board and watch artisans pour the cream over sub-zero temperature metal plates. The cream is then flattened over and over again until it’s nearly frozen, then scraped into sweet little rolls and topped with delicious drizzles and crunchy garnishes.

Guests say the watermelon lychee at Juicy Spot Cafe is both fruity and refreshing, while the black sesame offers an uncommon zest found nowhere else. For a decadent dessert, visitors say you can’t go wrong with the cookie butter, and a ‘create your own’ option allows for patrons to get creative and decide each component of their treat. For those seeking something a little more filling, cafe options include healthy salads loaded with avocado, chicken, kale, and more.

Juicy Spot Cafe starts rolling up these artisanal Thai treats at 10 a.m. daily.

Mar. 13, 2017

Ever Been to a Speakeasy? Check Out Lion’s Tail for Some Old-Fashioned Fun

Lion’s Tail may have just opened several months ago, but this quiet cocktail bar has already managed to build a loyal customer base. Exquisite mixed cocktails and rotating drafts are the specialty here, and Lion’s Tail’s dark speakeasy atmosphere provides for an intimate space to catch up with friends or simply cozy up with a drink.

Food portions are generous at Lion's Tail too, and while some say the burger is a scrumptious pairing with a glass of wine, others say it doesn’t get any better than a beer and a Lion’s Tail churro. Although the only sign that you’ve arrived is a lionhead door knocker, waitstaff are beyond courteous once you’re inside, and consistently check in to make sure you won’t go thirsty. Don’t miss out on the empanadas and their signature house-made hot sauce, and if you’re curious for secret passwords that add to the fun, follow Lion’s Tail on Instagram.

Feb. 28, 2017

Get Exactly What You Want With Personal-Sized Pies at Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza

Calling all pizza lovers: if you haven't yet tried the newly-opened Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza on Stuart Street, you'll want to head over to this place the next chance you get! Yelp reviewers are already giving it good marks, and the fact that the pies here are individually-sized means that you'll always be able to get exactly what you want.

Regulars say that all of the kitchen's signature pies are very tasty, and what makes this place pretty special is that you can design your own custom pizza from the base up. You might go traditional with Italian sausage, roasted garlic, and mozzarella on a white cream sauce, or you can flex your creativity by combining toppings like applewood bacon, arugula, and zucchini with spicy barbecue sauce. Either way, in just a few minutes you'll get a brick-fired pizza that was made to order — what's not to like about that?

Feb. 15, 2017

Sample Peruvian-Japanese Fusion Cuisine at RUKA Restobar

Boston is fortunate to have a thriving and diverse culinary scene, but even so, restaurant veterans say that there aren’t many places like RUKA Restobar. It’s a Peruvian-Japanese fusion restaurant that serves food with a chic, artistic flair, and has been recognized among food critics as one of the area’s best new restaurants.

The menu is heavy on the seafood, with sushi and tiraditos (a Peruvian answer to sashimi), a bevy of oyster options, and signature dishes like octopus lomo saltado and seared striped sea bass. Yelp reviewers also love the custom cocktails and the lively atmosphere, which are just a couple of the reasons that RUKA Restobar has emerged as a popular happy hour destination for locals looking to relax after a day at the office.

Jan. 30, 2017

Find a Quick and Healthy Salad, Falafel or Quinoa Bowl at VERTS Mediterranean Grill

Have you been to Boston's VERTS Mediterranean Grill yet? It's only been open a little over a month, but if you haven't visited this new eatery yet, you might want to get a move on, because it's generating a lot of positive reviews.

Owners Michael Heyne and Dominik Stein opened their first VERTS location back in 2011 with the philosophy that preparing Mediterranean-style salad bowls from scratch, using whole foods, would yield delicious, healthy meals that would keep customers coming back again and again. The experiment worked, and now the two have opened more than 20 locations across the nation. When you visit Boston’s restaurant, you'll enjoy meals like mixed greens topped with falafel, cucumbers, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce, or you might go for a hearty quinoa base topped with grilled chicken, carrot and cabbage slaw, and feta crumbles. Either way, Yelp reviewers say it’ll be fresh, quick, and tasty.

Jan. 6, 2017

Stop In to the Brand New PABU Boston for Fresh, Flavorful Sushi

For a fresh sushi experience in downtown Boston, stop into PABU Boston. This exciting eatery opened just a few weeks ago, and is located less than a mile from The Kensington apartments. The restuarant is owned by well-known chef Michael Mina.

The inside of PABU is stunning, with impressive high ceilings, exposed wooden beams and modern décor. Oversized booths line the walls and lightly-colored wooden furniture decorates the space. A long bar has stool seating, where guests can watch chefs prepare fresh sushi dishes. The modern bar area is decorated with sleek furniture and accented with a ton of paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling. PABU's menu features sushi, small plates and a chef’s tasting menu option. Stop in for happy hour specials every Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., when all drink specials are less than $7. You can also take advantage of discounted process on bar snacks like oysters, edamame and friend chicken.

Dec. 13, 2016

Check Out One of the Area’s Newest Seafood Restaurants at The Hourly Oyster House

If you’re craving fresh seafood and live in Cambridge, head to The Hourly Oyster House in Harvard Square. Located just a 15-minute drive into Boston, The Hourly Oyster House is named after a rich part of Boston history, harking back the days of horse-drawn wagons. The restaurant opened just a few weeks ago and already has a steady flow of customers.

Inside, The Hourly Oyster House has an appropriate old-world feel, with antique accents like a vintage gold mirror and industrial-style lighting. The light blue walls keep the space feeling airy and classic upholstered booths make for a cozy place to sit and enjoy some fresh seafood. The menu has a lot to offer guests, with special features for lunch, dinner and brunch. The raw bar features fresh, local oysters, lobster and crab. The seafood is a constant throughout all of the menus, but if you’re not a fish person, there are still some options for you.

Nov. 23, 2016

Try a Flight of Craft Beers at Rock Bottom Restaurant

Rock Bottom Restaurant in Boston, just a quick walk from The Kensington, is a great, casual option for a night out. It serves typical American bar food, like pretzels, tacos and burgers, all for very reasonable prices. The big draw here, though, is the drinks; Rock Bottom serves up an extensive beer, cocktail and wine menu with an awesome special every Tuesday.

Every Tuesday, Rock Bottom offers a $4 beer flight with six beers of your choice. When you choose from their huge menu of craft beers, you can try a bunch at once. Go with a friend so you can try twelve different kinds! Regulars also recommend trying the Old Elk Brown Ale or the hibiscus wheat beer if it's on tap. Rock Bottom is great for all beer lovers, but also for anyone just looking for a fun night out.

Nov. 7, 2016

Cozy Up With a Coffee and a Croquet Madame at Tatte Bakery & Café

Tatte Bakery & Café is the newest addition to Harvard Square. With two stories of seating and a very bright and welcoming interior, it’s a popular new spot for Harvard students, locals, and tourists alike.

The bakery opened very recently and has already been dubbed as one of Cambridge’s best spots to grab a cup of coffee. Tatte serves breakfast and lunch daily, and it also serves brunch on Fridays and weekends. Regulars love the crimson berry tea, the croquet Madame, and the frittatas. The lunch options include sandwiches such as the BLAT (bacon, lettuce, avocado, and tomato) and fresh soups. Tatte is a great place to pull up a chair and cozy up with a good book, but it's just as great if you're looking for a coffee on the go.

Tatte Bakery & Café is open Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Oct. 20, 2016

Browse Three Stories of Bookshelves at Brattle Book Shop

Calling all book lovers, antique collectors, and those looking for gifts for the avid reader in your life – look no further than Brattle Book Shop, one of American’s oldest and largest book shops, located right here in Downtown Boston. Founded in 1825, Brattle Book Shop has been proudly selling a vast collection of literary treasures for almost 200 years.

This three-story shop offers an extensive collection of books both used and new, in an array of genres, along with rare and antique finds in beautifully-kept condition. While readers will fall in love at first sight, designers will also love Brattle Book Shop’s collections of leather-bound vintage beauties which will be the focus point of any home or office.

Along with a truly impressive book collection, Brattle Book Shop offers many community services and events, including author talks, book signings, and antique shows. Visit the website to learn more about Brattle Book Shop’s rich history, to browse the collections, and check out the calendar for special upcoming events that you won’t want to miss.