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Verb Hotel offers $99 room, but only if you party

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Boston, MA — The Verb Hotel, a dynamic reimagining of a classic mid-century motel in the heart of Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, is offering a $99 room rate for guests who book a holiday party with Hojoko. You really will want a part in the restaurant, which comes courtesy of James Beard Award-winning owners Tim Cushman and Nancy Cushman. In short — the food is superb. The playful sake selection doesn’t hurt either.

Hojoko can accommodate groups of up to 175 with entertainment possibilities for DJs, live music and karaoke.

Whats more, the package is good though to February — Valentine’s party anyone?

The “Party All The Time” package is valid November 19, 2016 through February 28, 2017. For more info visit: http://www.theverbhotel.com

Revere Hotel Boston Common

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Location Situated on the corner of Stuart and Charles Street South, the Revere Hotel Boston Common is a few minutes walk from that historic green space — Boston Common — and is actually in the city’s theatre district. It is also close to Chinatown and the Back Bay’s shopping and dining. Still, both the Common and the Public Garden are a couple of blocks walk away. To the rear of the building are brick-lined streets and row houses, and a taste of old Boston. Also, Jacques, a drag cabaret that’s been a nightlife staple for decades survives the city’s ever-changing modes. Most of downtown Boston is an easy walking distance away, even the now busy Seaport area.

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Lodging The Revere Hotel Boston Common was created from a former Radisson — quite a transformation indeed! Enough of a change to gain the hotel AAA Four Diamond status in 2012, the year it opened. Not only is the hotel in the theater district but it has its own theater — Theatre 1 — tucked to the rear of the forecourt. The property includes 356  guest rooms and suites, a clubby bar called Emerald Lounge, a play on a Wizard of Oz theme adopted by the property.  In the summer, Rooftop@Revere lounge offers drinks and small plates, and amazing views of the city. The rooftop lounge is adjacent to the small dipping pool and adopts a beach atmosphere with cabanas. A buffet breakfast is served in the Atrium, a pleasant conservatory type space with lots of windows giving full street views.

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Revere Hotel, Boston, 2012 Designed by Amy Jakubowski, BBG BBJM, NY

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View of a Room 922 This king bed guest room is spacious with retro mod furniture and a good size desk. Still, working from the giant houndstooth day bed is a comfortable option, too!

There is a narrow balcony which is mostly taken up by the AC unit and doesn’t really offer a good view.

The bathroom is bright with white marble and fittings. The hotel uses local spa Shoah’s products and cuts plastic waste with refillable full size bottles. Two robes are provided, along with an in room coffee maker.

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Revere Hotel Boston Common

200 Stuart St. 

Boston, MA 02116

617-482-1800

http://www.RevereHotel.com. 

Le Diner en Blanc, Boston style

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Boston, MA — It was quite a sight: 2,000 people gathered in front of the Boston Children’s Museum’s waterfront terrace, eating and drinking, and all dressed top-to-toe in white. This was the Hub’s annual Le Diner en Blanc, part of a worldwide culinary spectacle, launched nearly 30 years ago in Paris. Le Diner en Blanc is a fun, elegant summer event, now held in over 70 cities in more than 25 countries around the world.

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The location remains a secret and isn’t announced until 4 p.m. on the day of the dinner. This year’s  location by Fort Point Channel, away from the massive development that has pretty much eradicated views of Boston’s harbor and with lovely views of Boston’s city skyline was perfect.

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Photo credit: Tricia McCormack

 

Absolut Oak checks into the Taj Hotel, Boston

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Boston, MA — Absolut — you know, the vodka people — took over the Taj Hotel’s rooftop for an event launching Oak, a flavorsome oak barrel rested vodka.

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The new concoction was shaken and stirred into cocktails and even combined with fruity syrups for snow cones. Or as Absolut put it, Snoakones…

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Photo credit: Absolut/Chris Anderson

Take a Tour of Space-age Strega Steakhouse in Boston’s Park Plaza Hotel

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Boston, MA — Tucked inside the venerable Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, Strega Steakhouse adds quite the contrast in style. Its modernist lines and sleek white decor is counterpoint to the Park Plaza’s early Twentieth Century gilded opulence.

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Take a tour of The Verb Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts

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Boston, Massachusetts — Is this the most rock and roll hotel ever? Could just be. The Verb Hotel echoes Boston’s Fenway neighborhood’s not too distant past, back when this part of Boylston Street was all about music. Rehearsal spaces and recording studios once sat where condos now tower above the Verb. Fact: Keith Richards recorded at the legendary Woolly Mammoth studio across the street! And Tony Bennett is among many artist who once stayed at the Verb’s predecessor, the Fenway Motor Inn.

 

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Take a tour of Boston’s Hotel Commonwealth’s new Fenway Suite

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The Boston Red Sox face the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts on June 6, 2015. (Photo credit: Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

Boston, MA — Just in time for the 2016 baseball season, the Hotel Commonwealth’s Fenway Suite debuts with a wealth of memorabilia, both culled both Fenway Park, just around the corner, and collected from auctions.

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Brunch at Committee in Boston gets a snowy, but yummy start

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Boston, Massachusetts – As spring snowstorms hit Boston in early April, Seaport restaurant Committee introduced its new weekend brunch service, brightening up many a Bostonians wintry weekend. The Greek influenced Committee’s brunch menu includes Consulting Chef Diane Kochilas’ breakfast favorites with a Greek twist, Greek style lunch entrees, and some tasty brunch beverages from Committee’s Beverage Director, Peter Szigeti.

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Committee’s brunch menu includes a selection of breakfast pies (Pites) inspired by Greek street food, including bougatsa, a cinnamon flavored custard filled phyllo pastry; kolokithopsomo with summer squash, feta, and Greek yogurt; and tyro pita, a savory phyllo pastry with feta, kasseri, vlahotiri, and rigani. Each is served in (fake) newspaper.

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Dishes include creamy baklava oatmeal with toasted walnuts, Kalamata figs, honey, shredded phyllo pastry, and cinnamon, allspice, and clove spices. A twist on French Toast made with Greek tsoureki, an egg enriched white flour bread, is flavored with cinnamon, scattered with fresh berries, and finished with maple whipped cream.

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Favorites from Committee’s weekday lunch menu will be also be available, including the artichoke moussaka and a grass-fed beef burger.

Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 3pm in the Committee dining room and on the patio — once it stops snowing!

www.committeeboston.com

Boston’s Liberty Hotel renovates to the tune of $11 million

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Boston, MA — The already remarkable Liberty Hotel, set in the city’s former Charles Street Jail, just became more dashing. An $11 million refurbishment of the guest rooms has elevated this Starwood Luxury Collection member to another level of comfort — and fun: the design riffs on the jailhouse theme, and include safes as bedside tables in each room. Guess what? That’s where you’ll find the real safe!

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Take a tour of the newly renovated Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common’s Presidential Suite

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Boston, MA — Just in time for Lincoln and Washington’s birthdays, the Ritz-Carlton gave Hotel Junkie a tour of its reimagined Presidential Suite. Firstly, there is the amazing view, complete with a new coat of snow (above). Then there is a chandelier made of mock bi-focals, recalling the suite’s muse: Benjamin Franklin. (True, Franklin was never a president.)

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Many such fittings are bespoke, including a reading chair and daybed, which is placed for maximum views by the window.

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And get the TV over the tub — every home should have one!

For more information: Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common

Take the Presidential Appeal package at the Ritz-Carlton, Boston

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Boston, MA — Valid through November 30, the Ritz-Carlton Boston’s Presidential Appeal package includes accommodations for two in the luxurious Presidential Suite, access to the Ritz-Carlton Club Level lounge for two, an in-suite dining experience for two prepared by the hotel’s chef, and a 24 Karat Gold Signature Facial for two at The Spa at Equinox Sports Club, adjacent to the hotel. Also, includes a $1,000 shopping spree through the designer boutiques on Newbury Street and curated tours of Boston for two including:
    • A private tour of Fenway Park, home of the world champion Boston Red Sox who were cheered on by fans like U.S. Presidents John F. Kennedy and FDR
    • A tour of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate
    • Private sedan transportation from hotel for both tours
    • A copy of John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage, the Pulitzer Prize-winning volume of short biographies describing acts of bravery and integrity by eight United States Senators.
    • Airport transfers

The package starts at $15,000 for a two night stay (taxes not included). For more info: click here.

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Just Steps away from The Envoy Hotel… The Barking Crab

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Boston, Mass. — Just steps away from The Envoy Hotel, the Barking Crab has graced the Boston Harbor for more than two decades. Who knew this casual seafood restaurant and local bar hang would be one day be surrounded by high end hotels, corporate HQs, and swanky restaurants. As Boston’s harbor is developed further, with new buildings blocking the water views that were wide-open even ten years ago, the Barking Crab is a last bastion of the salty old harbor, where fish catches was once the focus.

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Fresh fish is the name of the game at the Barking Crab: dishes are reasonably priced, simply put together, and cooked with care. Local oysters are always a must-have and the old pot bellied stove turns them into a winter treat.

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The perennial New England favorite, the lobster roll, served with fries, is another popular Barking Crab dish. And, unlike many places in the harbor these days, it is served with a water view.

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The Barking Crab

Address: 88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210
Website: barkingcrab.com

 

Celebrated Boston Chefs present Baby it’s Cold Outside charity event at The Envoy Hotel

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Boston, Mass. — Executive Chef David Verdo of Outlook Kitchen & Bar at The Envoy Hotel and Chef/Owner Rachel Klein of RFK Kitchen unite fora pop-up dining event, Baby it’s Cold Outside, February 2, Proceeds go directly to the New England Center and Home for Veterans, a downtown Boston facility dedicated to ending homelessness for veterans.

A local DJ will spin and spirits and wines by the glass from top sponsors Perrier-Jouët, United, Papa Pilar Rum, and Tito’s will flow.

The event is 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tickets are $48.47 including tax & gratuity and can be purchased via Eventbrite.

See in 2016 at Boston’s Envoy Hotel

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Boston, Massachusetts — This New Year’s Eve, The Envoy Hotel offers the best seats in the house — twice over. Start the final evening of 2015 in Outlook Kitchen and Bar, enjoying a three-course chef’s tasting menu from Executive Chef David Verdo. Follow it by a festive Champagne toast at the top floor Lookout Rooftop Bar while watching the fireworks burst over the city.

Highlights from the New Year’s Eve Chef’s Tasting menu include:

  • Butter Poached Lobsterwith caviar, Moët & Chandon Granita
  • Sunchoke Soupwith morels, candied hazelnuts & melted leeks
  • Pineland Farms Filetwith oxtail ragout, chanterelle mushrooms, enoki, black truffle & pomme puree
  • Peppermint Patty Gateau with chocolate cake, peppermint cream, dark chocolate glaze & pomegranate seeds

Complete the New Year’s Eve experience with an overnight package including overnight accommodations for two, a bottle of Champagne upon arrival, dinner for two at Outlook Kitchen and Bar featuring the chef’s tasting menu, Perrier Jouet Champagne toast at Lookout Rooftop Bar, New Year’s Day brunch for two at Outlook Kitchen and Bar. The package also includes overnight, valet parking and a late check-out at 2 p.m. Pricing starts at $629.

For more information: The Envoy Hotel

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Photo credit: Eric Levin/The Envoy Hotel/Hotel Junkie

The Envoys Exactly Like Nothing Else Package Means Seats at the Chef’s Table

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Boston, Massachusetts — The recently opened boutique hotel, The Envoy Hotel, introduces a special package for foodies. The Exactly Like Nothing Else Package unites guests with Executive Chef David Verdo, who oversees the hotel’s Outlook Kitchen and Bar.

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The package includes:
A visit to the new Boston Public Market with Chef Verdo to source and select ingredients to be featured in the evening’s meal.
Participate in a one-hour teaching and demo session with Chef Verdo.
Dinner reservations for two at the Chef’s Table to enjoy a four-course signature menu with wine pairings.
Take home recipe cards for the dishes prepared

Oh and you even get to have your photo taken with Chef Verdo!

The package is valid through September 15, 2016. For pricing, contact: The Envoy Hotel

Happy Birthday Catie and Carly Copley

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Boston, Mass. — It might be one of Boston’s most refined and luxurious hotels, but it is also one of the city’s most dog friendly. And, every year in December hotel doggie guests and neighborhood hounds head in to say Happy Birthday to the hotel’s beloved black labs, Catie and Carly. At 14 years old, Catie is in retirement now, but she lit up at being back in the Copley Plaza, where she once graced the lobby as a young lady. Carly, who was adopted from the Animal Rescue League of Boston, now lies in Catie’s bed, keeping up the tradition. The birthday event benefited the ARL via bags of toys and useful pet items brought in by guests. Oh, and the birthday cake made by Boston’s Polka Dog bakery was a huge hit!

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The Boxer, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Location The Boxer is situated in Boston’s lesser known, but revitalized West End neighborhood. The area was pretty much obliterated in the late 1950s when homes were razed to make way for Boston’s oft-maligned Government Center, which sits on the land formerly occupied by Boston’s infamous burlesque and bar laden Scollay Square. The Brutalist style design of the self-explanatory Government Center, which lies right in front of The Boxer, took decades to become appreciated, but, while few would call this behemoth pretty, it is a fascinating piece of architecture. The “urban renewal” ripped the guts out of the neighborhood for decades, but just when the West End looked like fading into history, it saw revival in the 21st century and is now home to a growing population again. The West End Museum has preserved much of the area’s history. There are several bars nearby the hotel and the massive sports and entertainment complex, commonly referred to as The Garden, is within walking distance. The Garden is home to the Boston Celtics and the Bruins, and was once known for its professional boxing matches — hence, the hotel’s name. Boston’s restaurant packed “Little Italy,” the North End, and the wonderful cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill are both adjacent to the West End. Faneuil Hall is just a short walk via North Station.

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Lodging  The Boxer inhabits one of the West End’s most distinguished buildings: the city’s triangular Flatiron Building. Originally constructed in 1904, The Boxer may be named for pugilistic pursuits at the nearby Garden, but it tips its hat to a whimsical canine theme of boxer dogs. It is a true boutique property: small, individual, and although it is part of the Independent Collection group, there really are no hints of it being a chain. The lobby’s windows over Merrimac Street and the rear of Government Center, an acquired taste when it comes to views. Past the comfy couches in the lobby lies The Finch bar and restaurant, which has a casual menu and an eclectic bourbon program. The Boxer sits within what is known as the Bullfinch Triangle—named for Boston native, architect Charles Bullfinch. There is a fitness center in the hotel’s basement, plus the hotel is partnered with Boston Sports Club. The hotel has bicycles for guests’ use.

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View of a Room 902 Because of The Boxer’s natural triangular shape, this room is wonderfully angular. Windows give views all the way to the Hancock Tower and even the the State House’s gold dome. Look down and there is the drab colored, but still interesting Government Center’s manicured concrete. The king bed has a gray fabric upholstered bedhead. A well-stocked mini bar tray holding drinks, nuts, and candies, is placed dangerously close to the bed. making resisting that Toblerone while you’re watching TV all the harder.

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A natural wood and metal work desk, upholstered bench seat, and a metal framed hall stand that doubles as a closet complete the furnishings.

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The bathroom has a marble tiled shower and L’Occitaine toiletries — the latter a signature Independent Collection amenity. (Nothing local? Or American?) Two robes — why do so many hotels only offer one, even if two guests check in? — are thoughtfully provided. The room’s rich gray base color is accented by a pink line drawing of a girl on a bicycle leading a boxer dog. There is also a a painting of a boxer with pinned ears, a terrible, cruel practice, adorning the wall. The drawing depicts a boxer with natural ears though! Still, despite that food for thought, the overall design of the room is tasteful and calm.

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The Boxer Boston

107 Merrimac Street

Boston, MA 02114

Telephone: 617. 624.0202

Website: theboxerboston.com

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Avery Bar’s Hot Cocoa Bar warms up Boston for the holidays

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Boston, Massachusetts — Every Saturday through December, the Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common‘s Avery Bar offers its Hot Cocoa Bar. Create your own hot cocoa with your choice of toppings, such as homemade orange blossom marshmallows, candy canes, mini gingerbread men, cinnamon sticks, toasted coconut flakes, Oreo cookies, chocolate shavings, heath crunch pieces, whipped cream and dulce de leche — and pair with Pastry Chef Kerry Meister’s special holiday sweets. 3-5 p.m. Dec. 12, 19, and 26. $36 adults, $28 children. Reservations recommended: 617-574-7184. 10 Avery St., Boston. Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common

Photo Credit: Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common

The Envoy Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Location In 21st century Boston, massive scale development in the city’s Seaport District has brought towering buildings to what is now known as the South Boston Waterfront. Slowly, instead of wide open views of the harbor, a new urban skyline has been created, and every square inch of what was once railway sidings, and then as rail declined, parking lots, has become offices, homes, and bars and restaurants. The Envoy Hotel is situated just off Seaport Boulevard, steps from the Financial District, which lies just over the Evelyn Moakley Bridge, traversing Fort Point Chanel. It is also right by the designated Harbor Walk, which leads to either South Boston or the North End, depending on whether you go left or right from the hotel. Since development picked up, the city dubbed the area the Innovation District and se about luring start-ups and tech companies, where once there had been artists and open space. Nearby, are the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Children’s Museum, and the Tea Party Museum, the latter honoring one of Colonial Boston’s most notorious acts: the dumping of tea into the harbor in protest against taxation and British rule.

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The Hotel The Envoy is a small, boutique proper, and part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection. No two Autograph Hotels are alike, and the Envoy’s design honors location and contemporary mores. Reclaimed wood and shots of yellow — the Envoy’s signature color — warm a mostly white color scheme. The lobby’s ornate chandelier is a sculpture of reclaimed materials, including sunny yellow phone cords, and like many of the art pieces and fixtures, represents ocean life. There is lots of comfy seating in the lobby, whose floor-to-ceiling windows add a TV eye on the passing world.The hotel has 136 guest rooms, including two suites and 19 rooms with double queen beds. WiFi is free throughout the property. There is a fitness center on the second floor. The hotel is pet-friendly and offers valet parking.

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View of a Room 406: Just off the fourth floor elevators, this room overlooks Fort Point Channel and the old Northern Avenue Bridge, and also the Barking Crab and James Hook Lobster Company, two casual, venerable Boston seafood spots. The king size bed takes central place in the room, and a desk and chair, and a rendition of a sea chest flank the bed’s top and bottom. Handy electrical outlets with charging points are located in the bed head.

 

The ladder shelving holds locally made organic snacks and water, all for purchase. The TV stand is custom-made from an old bicycle frame. The bathroom is a glass walled cube, accented with marigold yellow. The glass wall and sliding door are etched with copies of  old maps of the harbor and coastal area.

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The room is minimally furnished, yet includes much that you need: robes, slippers, and a bathroom stocked with Fresh toiletries and such niceties as cotton pads, cotton buds, and even nail polish remover. It is well-designed and unfussy.

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Restaurants and Bars The Envoy boasts The Lookout Bar on its rooftop, which looks out, ahem, to the Financial District and gives amazing views of the glittering city at night. On the ground floor, just off the lobby, the Outlook Kitchen and Bar is an open-plan restaurant focussed on dishes using locally produced ingredients. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.The glass walls gives views over the channel and in clement weather its patio on the barely-trafficked dead end street is a nice, quieter spot in an ever-busy area.

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Info

70 Sleeper Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02210

617-338-3030

theenvoy hotel.com

Aha! moment at the Envoy Hotel

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Boston, Massachusetts — The brand spanking new Envoy Hotel doesn’t stint on room amenities. But you might have to hunt out some stuff, like the safe and ironing board. Both are neatly hidden: the former in the bathroom drawer and the second in the closet cupboard! It’s all part of the hotel’s clever Mod, minimal design.

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Envoy Hotel offers view of old Boston harbor life

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Boston, Massachusetts — This is the sun soaked view from The Envoy Hotel, looking over Fort Point Channel and the old Northern Avenue Bridge. The legendary channel, once home to one of Boston’s best known rock clubs (named The Channel, and a salty place by all accounts), and the rusted old bridge (currently closed due to the massive development in the area), are a corner of old Boston before the century’s massive construction along Rose Kennedy Greenway and the Seaport District.


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There was even a fisherman moored by the bridge, behind the venerable bar and diner, the Barking Crab, tending his gear before heading out into the harbor.

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Boston Harbor Hotel’s bar features liquid Bond homage

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Boston, Massachusetts — Tucked away in Boston Harbor Hotel, the Rowes Wharf Barpays homage to the new Bond film, Spectre, with a James Bond-inspired cocktail menu. General Manager Kerem Benyamini is a Bond buff and designed nine cocktails inspired by James Bond’s personal favorites, popular drinks featured in the books and films, and cocktails reflective of different film’s time period.

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The James Bond cocktail menu will be available at Rowes Wharf Bar from November 1-15 for $15 each. Here’s what Kerem came up with:

 Vesper Martini

The Vesper Martini is the “true” Bond Martini. The cocktail was the first mentioned (and the one that he claims to have invented) in Casino Royal

Vodka Martini

Besides Champagne, the Vodka Martini is the drink most often consumed by Bond (over 20 times)

Scotch & Soda

The mixed drink Bond is mentioned drinking most often in the books (a total of 21 times)

Vodka Tonic

In 1958, Fleming allowed Bond four Gin & Tonics in Dr. No and by 1963’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service the tone had switched to four Vodka Tonics in the novel.

Americano

This is the first drink mentioned in Casino Royale but it wasn’t until From a View to Kill that we learn when Bond feels the Americano is the more appropriate drink

Old Fashioned

Between Diamonds Are ForeverLive and Let Die and Thunderball, Bond’s Old-fashioned count builds up to four, often with a meal or before that occasional sleep of his – and it’s almost always a double.

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2002’s Die Another Day – and is a possible reflection of the popularity of the cocktail at the time.

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It is not only his favorite to share with Tiffany in the Diamonds are Forever novel, but in Thunderball, it is paired with coffee at the Nassau Casino bar.

Black Velvet

In Diamonds are Forever, Bond and Bill Tanner stop by the famous Scott’s in London for “dressed crab and a pint of black velvet.

Rowes Wharf Bar is located inside the elegant Boston Harbor Hotel at 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.  617.439.7000. www.bhh.com

 

DoubleTree by Hilton Boston’s Stay with the Kennedys package celebrates two Kennedys

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Boston, Massachusetts — The DoubleTree by Hilton Boston’s “Stay with the Kennedys” package, giving access to the life and legacies of both John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his younger brother, Ted. Both served their country and community as President of the United States and Senator, respectively.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Boston’s package includes:

  • Overnight accommodations in a standard guest room at either the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston – Downtown OR the DoubleTree Club by Hilton Boston Bayside
  • Two adult admission tickets to the new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate
  • Two adult admission tickets to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

The package is available through July 31, 2016, but guests must book one week in advance. For rates and to book:

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Langham, Boston adds Express Spa Treatments

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Boston, Massachusetts — It’s amazing what you can achieve in 45 minutes. How about deep cleaned, rehydrated skin, or knotted muscles soothed? The Langham, Boston hotel’s Chuan Body + Soul spa now has Express Treatments lasting 45 minutes, which means busy people, both local — the hotel is in the city’s Financial District — and visitors, can experience a relaxing treatment during lunch break. Though all are welcome, the Express Treatments are aimed at business travelers and are only available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 11 am-5 pm.

The four treatments on the new Chuan Body + Soul Express Menu are:

– Express Source Marine Facial is designed for dehydrated skin that is occasionally subject to flakiness and tightness. This 45-minute treatment uses a specific mask made with active marine ingredients and vegetal milks to improve texture and leave the skin feeling soft and silky. $99.00

– Express Oxygenation Facial is a 45-minute booster treatment that oxygenates, revitalizes and brightens the complexion, resulting in a radiant, healthy glow. It’s the ideal remedy for tired, sluggish skin, polluted by stress and a busy lifestyle. $99.00

– Express Swedish Massage is a superb 45-minute massage that includes soothing scented oils which are worked by hand into the muscle and soft tissue to induce a deep sense of calm. $99.00

– Express Deep Tissue Massage is a 45-min western-style massage that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and very deep strong finger pressure on the contracted areas. $112.00

For more information: Langham, Boston

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The Colonnade Hotel’s Brasserie JO takes a tour de France

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Boston, Massachusetts — It’s not too late to enjoy Brasserie JO’s Tour de France menu. This wonderful French bistro inside The Colonnade Hotel will offer Executive Chef Nick Calias’s changing plat du jours inspired by  the regions of France the riders cycle through.

 

Here are the menus for rest of the month:

Normandy July 7th-9th

Watercress Soup, Mussels—10.95

Sole Meuniere—22.95

Clafoutis aux pommes á la normande—9.95

 

Brittany July 10th-12th

Oysters, Cider Mignonette—14.95

Monkfish in Sauce Armoricaine—23.95

Crepes, Hazelnut Chocolate Sauce, Strawberries—8.95

 

Midi-Pyrenees July 14th-18th

Pan Seared Duck, Foie Gras, Currents—27.95

Pan Seared Scallops, Piperade, Spinach—23.95

Basque Torte -8.95

 

Rhone, Alps July 19th -22nd

Fondue, Baguette, Apple, Potato, Broccoli—14.95

Eggs Meurette, cooked in red wine—13.95

Chicken Fricassee, Aged Vinegar—22.95

Mille-feuille, Walnut Verona Chocolate Mousse –10.95

 

Paris July 23rd -26th

Chicken Liver Mousse Pate-12.95

Entrecôte, Pommes Frites, Béarnaise—37.95

Sole Bercy-24.95

Assorted French Macarons—9.95

Brasserie JO Boston Entrance

 

Catch it while you can: Boston’s Via Matta closes May 30

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Boston, Massachusetts — After 13 years, one of Boston’s best Italian restaurants, chef and cookbook author Michael Schlow’s Via Matta, closes May 30. Hurry along for exquisitely prepared pastas–the wild mushroom mezza luna with truffle in a creamy sauce is unmissable–and Italian classics, such as crispy eggplant parm topped with shaved parmesan, cherry tomatoes, and pungent basil.

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Although this stylish restaurant, tucked between the Public Gardens and Park Plaza Hotel, will be sadly missed, Schlow plans to open a new Greek styled restaurant in the spot in September. A menu of Via Matta classics, which will be in place until it closes.

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Chef Schlow is on hand to chat with guests and say goodbye to Via Matta.
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For more info: www.viamattarestaurant.com

 

 

 

Boston’s Hotel Commonwealth unrolls its one million dollar facelift

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Boston, Massachusetts — Hotel Commonwealth, which opened 12 years ago in Boston’sKenmore Square, recently debuted its redesigned lobby. The renovation represents the second stage in an overall expansion for Hotel Commonwealth, which will be completed in November 2015, and features the addition of 96 new guest rooms, a designated Fenway Park Suite overlooking the nearby Green Monster, two additional suites with Fenway facing balconies, 6,000 square feet of meeting space, and 2,000 square feet of outdoor space overlooking Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.

The new lobby swaps the traditional check-in desk for two free-floating pods that allow for a more customized, interactive check-in experience. At check-in, guests will also have the option to purchase snack boxes with hand-selected, locally sourced items from Olives & Grace, an award-winning artisan shop in Boston.  Additionally, NINE Dot ARTS®, an art consulting firm based in Denver, curated works from local artists that play off of local themes, including a wall featuring artworks of Boston Terriers.

For more information, please visit www.hotelcommonwealth.com, or call (617) 933-5000.

InterContinental Boston takes part in Earth Hour and saves menu for Earth Day

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Boston — For the fourth consecutive year, the InterContinental Boston took part in the World Wildlife Federation’s Earth Hour, a worldwide grassroots movement to take action for the planet by turning off non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about climate change. Let’s face it, hotels love their non-essential lights. Still, let’s not leave the burden of change to hotels: SOS — switch off something at home.
So, on March 28 at 8:30 p.m., the lights were dimmed and switched off where appropriate and the InterContinental Boston was bathed in a soft, calm twilight. So relaxing as many guests ordered Chef Iain Falconer’s three-course, sustainable dinner in the hotel’s pretty Miel Brasserie Provençale. It didn’t hurt to try the signature Earth Hour cocktail – the Blue Tahoe, made with tequila, blue curaçao, and Champagne.
The good news for those who missed the feast is that the hotel will reprise the menu for Earth Day, April 22.
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On this cold, snowy — what’s new, it’s Boston’s snowiest winter on record –spring night, the menu included a warming

Butternut Soup with Roasted Hazlenuts and Pecorino, and for the spring thinking forward,  a crisp apple, pear and fennel salad with baby kale.
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Entrees included a wild mushroom and faro risotto with asparagus, sweet potato and a Parmesan cream; and a Georges Bank caught cod with roasted purple and white cauliflower, sweet pea puree, and creamy honey (from the hotel’s rooftop apiary) emulsion.
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For dessert, the kitchen prepared berry creme brûlée and a white chocolate and pecan tart.
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In 2014, over 162 countries and territories and 7,000 cities and towns came together to break records with the largest movement in human history by creating a magical lights off moment on every continent of the globe.
For more info: InterContinental Boston
Photo credit: InterContinental Boston