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Snowmaggedon 2015

by Alaina on February 17, 2015 · 0 comments

Four storms in the last four weeks. Two of them were blizzards. I’m crossing my fingers that this is the last of it. The forecast for the next 10 days looks innocent enough, but of course being New England, you never know.

Storm #1 – January 27th

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Storm #2 – February 2nd

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Left picture was from 6AM; right picture was from 6PM. I was living in a cloud!

Storm #3 – February 9th

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Storm #4 – February 14 | I always wondered what would bring Boston to its knees and I have to conclude that these storms have done just that. This past Sunday I was working the concierge desk, and due to the MBTA being shut down and the fact that the taxis were nonexistent, we had to come up with ways that guests could still get around. Unfortunately you could wait 2 hours and hope that a taxi would come by, or shell out some serious dough to have a private car take you to the airport. In my almost 5 years of working the desk I have never had to deal with such a lack of transportation. And I’m not one to just say NO; I have to find them an alternative. Thankfully I think it all went (relatively) smoothly and those that needed to get to the airport, did. And those that had to stay with us an extra night were able to get those accommodations. I myself was a guest from Saturday until Monday. The benefit of that, of course, was that I didn’t have to face the frigid –30* weather.

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The view from my hotel room. The wind was howling and the snow was falling wicked hard. Thankfully by the afternoon the sun was out. I left right after work and there was no traffic on my way home. It certainly helped that it was a holiday.

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I’M FREE!!! Smile with tongue out

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We’re going to have snow until April! Florida in less than a month…Florida in less than a month…

How are you dealing with all of this snow and/or ice?

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111 Chop House

by Alaina on February 16, 2015 · 0 comments

To get a fantastic steak, without breaking the bank, look no further than the 111 Chop House located on the outskirts of Worcester.

David and I have frequented this restaurant a few times and each time is an absolute delight. The steaks are cooked absolutely perfectly and while the prices aren’t necessarily “cheap” they are certainly better on your wallet than going all the way in to Boston. In addition, the valet is only $3 (and you don’t have to pull off to the side of a busy street.)

To start our meals, we were presented with a warm, fresh out of the oven loaf of bread (we arrived just as they opened at 4PM) served with velvety olive oil.

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No matter how much I try, I can never resist warm bread!

For a drink I had the 16oz Rapscallion which lasted me throughout dinner. David had a sweet red wine which he also enjoyed. For our starters, I had the garden salad with balsamic, which was delicious although just a bit overdressed, and David had the French onion soup which he deemed tasty as well.

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The piece de resistance of the evening was, of course, the steak. I ordered the filet mignon medium rare and it came out absolutely perfect. I opted for no sauce and it definitely didn’t need it. The outside was chargrilled, and cutting in to it was like buttah (I couldn’t resist Smile with tongue out). David had the sirloin, also medium rare, and he was all smiles while eating. We were so into our meals that we didn’t even want to share. For a side item, we had the asparagus in basil and olive oil.

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Just typing this up is making my mouth water.

Our server team of Mandy and John were also top notch. They were there when we needed them, without being overbearing, and our waters were always full.

We decided not to get dessert, since we were so full, but I would certainly go back to sit at the bar to have dessert and a drink. In addition to being a top notch restaurant, I can see it as a neighborhood hangout to get great food and great service.

111 Chop House is located at 111 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA.

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Valentine’s Day in Boston

by Alaina on February 12, 2015 · 2 comments

Even though we’re due for MORE snow this Saturday in to Sunday (Baring teeth smile) hopefully you’ll be able to get out and enjoy your Valentine’s Day. Below are just a sample of restaurants that will be offering special menus for the holiday. All information and ways to book are available through OpenTable

This information was solicited by OpenTable, however I was not compensated for this post.

Beehive | It’s Three Days of Lovin’ the Beehive way with lovely live music and superb food & libations ($65 prix fixe menu on Feb 14) & (regular menu with specials on Feb 13 & 15).

Bistro du Midi | For Valentines Day they are only offering Chef Sisca’s five course tasting menu with options for each course for $125 per person. An optional wine pairing is available for $75.

Da Vinci | They will be offering a $95 per person prix fixe menu ONLY. Please note that they will NOT have their regular menu available on this day. Cancellation policy applies.

Gather | Gather will be featuring a special menu Thursday-Sunday. Specials include Tuna Poke, Oxtail Agnolotti, Crispy Pig Ear Salad, Scallop Ravioli, Duck Cassoulet, & Bison Sirloin.

Post 390 | Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Post 390! They will be serving a 4-course prix fixe menu for $88 per person, including a toast with sparkling wine. Optional wine pairing is $32.

Tavern Road | Tavern Road will be offering a 3 course Prix Fix menu at $58.00 per person and an optional Vitner Pairing for $35.00 per person.

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In addition to dining, there are also several events taking place in and around Boston to celebrate Valentine’s Day. These events are catered towards the lovers, the haters and all of those in between. Hopefully ol’ Mother Nature won’t get in the way!

Boston Wine Expo | I was able to attend this event last year which was a lot of fun. Grab some tickets for Sunday and drink your way around the world.

Boston Center for Adult Education | The Boston Center for Adult Education is offering a a “welcome respite” from the holiday of love. It’s called “Single Awareness Day with Booze, Chocolate and Desserts.”

Children’s Museum of NH | They will host an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party, complete with Alice in Wonderland characters, tasty Valentine’s Day treats, tea or apple juice, and selected readings from the classic Lewis Carroll book.

The full list of events can be found here at Boston.com.

Do you have any plans for Valentine’s Day? David and I “celebrated” (we don’t really celebrate; it’s our least favorite holiday) this past Sunday by going to the movies to see Mockingjay Part 1 and having dinner at 111 Chop House (review coming soon) in Worcester.

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