Monthly Archives: January 2012

Something to listen to

Chairlift released a pretty solid major label debut with Something yesterday. The album opens with one of my favorite tracks, Sidewalk Safari – a poppy little number about vehicular manslaughter that makes me miss my car. Check out the borderline-way-too-cheesy I Belong In Your Arms and the synth’d out Amanaemonesia for some fun tunes. Gotta love that silver spandex’d dance number with the video, too.

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The Salty Pig

Her take:
So today, we had a positively delightful brunch with some wonderful new friends. We went to the Salty Pig in the South End right near Copley Square. The restaurant is super cute and cozy…great design and ambiance. The table ordered a “board” where you first choose from a selection of cured cuts of pig, then your cheese, and finally some sides. It’s presented on a small wooden cutting board. Then everyone ordered their meals. As a vegetarian, I was limited with options since the menu is so meat based, but I enjoyed an arugula salad with Vermont goat cheese, roasted parsnips, beets and squash. But perhaps the best part of the meal was the amazing Iggy’s bread. Our server brought out some cranberry pecan rolls with brown butter. SO GOOD.

the Salty Pig

His take:
Whenever I hit up a BevMo, I love cruising through the craft beer selection and admiring the label designs. Every once in while, I’ll buy a beer based on the artwork wrapped around the bottle.

What can I say -I’m a sucker for good design, which brings me to The Salty Pig.  I was initially drawn to this restaurant by its sweet signage and unassuming name. Crystal and I usually like to read reviews before trying any new restaurants so luckily we liked The Salty Pig’s brunch offerings as much as I liked their design aesthetic.

I ordered a Bloody Maria, which had a jalapeno-infused tequila, that I gulped down with the quickness. Soon after, my Pork Belly Hash was dropped off and ready to be consumed by my inner breakfast monster. It came with two eggs served to my liking, two strips of bacon, and country fried potatoes. I finally washed it all down with a Sixpoint Bengali Tiger IPA.

Oh, they also have their restrooms plastered with The Far Side comics. Great reading material.

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Los Campesinos

So on Friday night, we hit the Paradise to see some live music…one of our favorite things to do! We saw Los Campesinos. Neither of us are too familiar with their music but dabble on the album once in a while. Typically we always enjoy seeing shows, but for some reason this particular band didn’t resonate with either of us. I was yawning and Rick was bored – it seemed no amount of beers could make the evening more interesting. We almost left early but decided to stick around to the end. Ultimately, they’re a great band! Fun music – good for dancing – but possibly too angsty for our taste. Shows at the Paradise are usually 21+ but this show was 18+ so there were mostly “kids” in the crowd. Overall, they’re worth a listen…but Rick and I just might be getting too darn old.

Los Campesinos

Crystal

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Tanlines in the winter?

I have to share this awesome piece of musical genius by Tanlines. I wasn’t hip to them when they released an EP in 2010, but I’ll be looking forward to their debut album, Mixed Emotions, in March.

Feast your ears!

Rick

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More Snow in Boston

We had a bit more snow last night as Rick and I were stumbling home from the Boylston bars, so we decided to snap a few more photos. Note: hailing from California, snow is still a novelty.

Stairs to the T

Parking Meters

Makin' Tracks

Rick felt the need to make “skier tracks” the ENTIRE way home from the T. He was really dedicated.

Mo' Snow

Crystal

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New Favorite Ice Cream Topping Alert!

Bacon bacon bacon – people go ape-shit for bacon. Bacon has been mixed and mashed into a myriad of unsuspecting foods and drinks like chocolate, vodka, and even mints. Well good news for bacon lovers in Boston because JM Curley in downtown lists bacon as one of the toppings available in their concretes (whipped vanilla ice cream). I ordered one of these creamy conconctions last night and paired it up with porter from the tap. The concrete comes with some chocolate chips for good measure and the ice cream and bacon combo hits that sweet and savory sweet spot inside the delicious pit of your soul.

Give it a shot if you’re feeling bacon-y. Just don’t go to JM Curley if you’re thinking about acting like a douchebag. Douchebaggery is strictly prohibited at this establishment.

Rick

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FREE Outdoor Ice Skating

Via BostonTweet: FREE outdoor ice skating located in Harvard’s campus plaza. Visit anytime every Tuesday-Sunday from noon-9pm. Skate rentals and hot chocolate available onsite. For more info, read here.

Harvard Skate

Sounds like something me and Rick with definitely be doing during these cold winter months. Pictures sure to follow!

Crystal

Snowfall in Boston

At long last!! Boston has had its first snowfall (aside from the freak snow storm back in October). Rick and I just got back from playing in the street…

Snow in Boston

Our street

Kenmore T Stop

In the Alley

For more fun pics, visit my Lightbox page.

Crystal

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Breaking Bad

So Rick and I are JUST now starting to stream AMC’s Breaking Bad on Netflix. This show is CRAZY. We’re only two episodes in but we’re already hooked. Basically, this is what we’ve become…

Who else watches Breaking Bad? Isn’t it the shit?

Crystal

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Gaming on at Game On

The Giants and Packers were playing for the right to face the Niners in the NFC championship so naturally, being the huuuuge football fans we are, C and I hit up Boston’s finest sports pub for some food and brews – Game On.

I can’t say I’m a huge fan of sports pubs (or sports), but I’ll be damned if I said I didn’t like Game On. The place is home to my favorite loaded nachos in Boston and also one of my favorite burgers – the Pretzel Burger. The Pretzel Burger is a bacon cheeseburger buried deep inside a cocoon of pretzel bun magic. They also serve it up with a couple sides of mustard.

I was thinking “I’m young and I have a lot of life to live” so I decided to get crazy and switch things up a bit so I ordered a plate of hot wings. I was pretty stoked about it since everything I’ve ever ordered from Game On has been pretty awesome for pub food, but these wings let me down. They were saltier than the tears of a saltine cracker. I think I consumed about 40,000 mg of sodium per wing.

I’ll probably be back on Sunday, anyway.

Pro Tip #459: Check in twice on FourSquare and get yourself hooked up with a free appetizer. Just stay away from those salty-ass hot wings.

Rick

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