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Where to Eat at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)

Legal Sea Foods (in various guises): You're never very far from a Legal in Logan, and the many permutations of the chain are all reliable choices for raw bar, lobster, fish & chips, and so forth. The most interesting of the lot is the Legal Test Kitchen, where you'll find the occasional exciting flourish. [Legal Test Kitchen, post-security, terminal A, gate A5; Legal C Bar, pre-security, terminal B; Legal Sea Foods, post-security, terminal B, gate B8; Legal Sea Foods, post-security, terminal C, gate 12, and a new location in the new terminal B connector at gate B26]
Stephanie's: Opened in 2014, this 120-seat sibling of Stephanie's on Newbury, Stephi's on Tremont, and Stephi's in Southie features a full bar. [Terminal B connector, gate B24]

Harpoon Tap Room: A satellite of Boston's Harpoon Brewery, the Tap Room serves standard pub fare including chowder, sandwiches, and fish & chips. And of course, there's beer — up to ten locally-brewed draughts, including limited batches. [Post-security, terminal A, gate A20]
Cisco Brew Pub: Like Harpoon, the Cisco Brew Pub is a safe choice for beer and full-service pub food (burgers, lobster rolls, and the like). [Post-security: terminal B, American Airlines departures]

Todd English's Bonfire: Celeb chef Todd English got his start in Boston, and, for better or for worse, Bonfire has remained an outpost of his now sprawling empire (and with Olives done, it's one of his last Boston outposts.) Steaks with South American and European treatment are the main fare, along with tacos, tapas, and, what the heck, a Kobe beef hot dog. [Post-security, terminal B, gate B36]
Dine Boston: Periodically, different guest chefs from prominent local restaurants create a new menu that pays homage to seasonal ingredients. Chefs have included Andy Husbands of Tremont 647, Jose Duarte of Taranta, and Alberto Cabre of Casa B. There's a full-service restaurant and a cafe. [Pre-security, terminal E, level 3]

Potbelly Sandwich Shop: This Chicago-based chain serves cookies, shakes, and salads in addition to the restaurant's best-known item: toasted sandwiches. Though it's a sandwich chain in an airport, it's a sandwich chain in an airport with a cult following. And at some hours, it may be your only option, open from 5 a.m. until the last flight comes in. Potbelly has recently added three Boston-area locations — two downtown and one in Porter Square — and they've been fairly well-received. [Post-security, terminal C, gate C11]
Vino Volo: A restaurant and wine shop with small plates and entrees organized by red and white. For instance: smoked salmon and crabmeat crostini (white). [Post-security, two locations: terminal E, gate E6 and terminal A satellite, gates 13-22]

L Sreet Brownies Take Their Annual Plunge

Are they crazy . . . or just incredibly fit and brave?

Ever since 1904, the L Street Brownies celebrate the New Year by plunging into the icy waters of Dorchester Bay and raising money for local charities. If you're visiting Boston and want to have a true "insider" experience of our real culture - head to Carson Beach/L Street Beach for this famous Boston event on January 1.

Between about 500 and 1,000 swimmers participate in the New Year event. Irish bagpipers usually play until they also jump in the water. A large crowd of friends and onlookers cheer the swimmers on while passing around towels, vitamin C, and flasks.

Many of the L Street Brownies, a polar bear swim club formed in 1902 and named after the L Street Bathhouse in South Boston, swim here daily throughout the year. Although most members appear to be 50-something or younger, a number are in their 80s and 90s and attribute their strong immune systems to the daily exercise and icy water.

When: Friday, January 1, 2016 at 9:30am (Registration for those making the plunge starts at 8am)

Where: L Street Bathhouse at Curley Community Center (617-635-5104), 1663 Columbia Road, Carson Beach, South Boston
Closest T station: Red Line/JFK-UMass Station; walk half a mile to the Curley Community Center. Alternately, take the T Red Line to Broadway Station and transfer to the #9 or #11 City Point bus.

Note: MBTA subway and buses run on a holiday schedule in New Year's Day; expect more of a wait than usual

Parking: Available along Day Blvd

Cost: Free


1. There's a huge stone from... well, no one's quite sure

Faneuil Hall Hiding in plain sight along Marshall St (near The Green Dragon) is the Boston Stone, an object of disputed origin and significance. It’s 2ft in diameter and hollow, and was most likely used as a small millstone circa 1700. Local lore suggests that surveyors used it as the epicenter of Boston, but math and history nerds think otherwise. Spoiler alert for National Treasure Part 8: the inscribed date (1737) is also a mystery!!!

2. You can walk around inside a giant stained glass globe

Travel back in time to 1935 inside this giant stained glass globe at the Mary Baker Eddy Library. Funny thing... one minute you’re just walking around, and then suddenly you’re inside the Christian Science Mapparium -- a 30ft diameter sphere painted with a world map from pre-WWII. So long, Belgian Congo, we hardly knew ye. Bonus: there’s a light show.

3. This museum is full of dead bodies

Longwood Chubby Vern said it best: "You guys wanna go see a dead body?" If you do (sicko), The Warren Anatomical Museum has plenty, but they’re all in really... umm... unconventional shapes. For the squeamish, this collection of bizarre bodily oddities is probably not your preferred museum experience. Check out the preserved skull of Phineas Gage, that 1800s railroad worker who lost his left lobe (when a tamping iron shot through his skull) AND LIVED. They also have the tamping iron.

4. You can raise your hands to the heavens and thank... cod

Beacon Hill A lonely 5ft painted, sacred wooden fish swims in the air above the House Chamber, reminding us in perpetuity that we should thank cod. They kept the Puritans alive, and then fueled our early fishing industry. Plus you can’t have fish 'n chips without them. Just sayin'.

5. You can spy on all the saints in a secret alleyway

There’s a patron saint for just about everything (even hardware stores), and they’re all represented here in All Saints Way, a private North End alley (all except the The Boondock Saints, that is). Peter Baldassari lovingly curates his shrine to the divine, a collection of the canonized that began in his youth. The gate is usually locked, but you can still get a good look at the rotating gallery.

6. You can hang out at the birthplace of anesthesia

Beacon Hill Two men enter, one man leaves! Just kidding, Master Blaster. In 1846, William T.G. Morton knocked out Edward Abbott with ether (in front of a LIVE studio audience) at Mass General’s premier surgical amphitheater. Then the docs removed Abbot’s neck tumor while he slept. Dude didn’t even flinch. And that’s how anesthesia (and the name "The Ether Dome") was born.

7. Your next pair of shoes is behind a Snapple machine

Go through a non-descript convenience store at 6 Clearway St, open the Snapple vending machine, and enter Bodega: Boston's footwear/apparel mecca for cool kidz. It’s like Narnia AND Wonderland, filled with shoes and sweet gear (but no pesky talking animals.)

8. This "Skinny House" was built out of spite

North End This is your typical Hatfield-McCoy scenario, but with only two brothers squabbling over some co-inherited land in the North End (and no hillbillies or guns). While one brother fought in the Civil War, the other jerk put a huge house there. The soldier returned and built this 10ft wide "spite house"... thus setting the trend for geometrically awkward North End apartments.

9. You can visit the tree where George Washington started America (basically)

It seems that George Washington slept pretty much everywhere, but he only took command of the Continental Army in one spot: under a stately elm tree in Cambridge Common. This is one of those "probably-not-true" historical myths, but nobody seems to mind. George and the boys camped here, so there IS a good chance he gave an inspirational speech about how one day there will be freedom and NASCAR.

10. There's a sculpture devoted to a puppet

Harvard Square You've walked past it a bazillion times in Harvard Square (near the EMS), and you’ve probably never even noticed it. But you should, because it’s sorta famous. Noted Russian artist Konstantin Simun sculpted this memorial to fellow countryman and local street puppeteer, Igor Fokin. It’s a bronze statue of a Fokin puppet named DooDoo. True story.

11. There's a secret garden on top of a parking garage

C’mon, you know you loved The Secret Garden. There’s another one waiting for you at the 4 Cambridge Center parking garage. Find the entrance on Broadway that says "Roof Garden" (duh) and head for the top to find a well-manicured urban oasis. If you work anywhere nearby, ditch your cube at lunch for fresh air and sunshine. Trust us, they’re good for you.

10 Hottest New Restaurants in Boston

1- Little Donkey

Chef-duo Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette (Coppa, Toro) team up at this cool Central Square spot offering inventive, globally-inspired small plates that cull and combine inspiration from myriad cuisines, plus unique raw bar eats and a beverage program highlighting craft beers, small wine producers and creative cocktails. The open, airy room features floor-to-ceiling streetside windows and plenty of exposed brick and slatted wood furnishings.

2- Porto

Star chef Jody Adams helms this Mediterranean seafood restaurant in Back Bay, culling inspiration from regional coastal cuisines to create an array of crudo, seafood stew, whole fried fish and pastas. It's all served from an open kitchen in a blue-hued space adorned with scalloped tile, imported marble, netted crystal lighting and a ample-sized seasonal patio.

3- The Smoke Shop

Chef Andy Husbands, who travels the country on the competitive BBQ circuit, mans the pit at this 'cue joint in Kendall Square where diners gather for trays of classic smoked ribs and brisket, whole hog meals, East Asian–inspired barbecue sandwiches and Southern sides, matched with a substantial whiskey selection. The rustic digs have an Americana feel and a spacious patio that hosts live music performances.

4- Bar Mezzana

Colin Lynch, previously executive chef for star restaurateur Barbara Lynch's empire, branches out on his own with this sparkling coastal Italian gem in the South End's Ink Block development turning out fresh crudo, handmade pasta, and modern large plates. The airy, midcentury-meets-Amalfi dining room features a large bar and seasonal patio.

5- Wink & Nod

With a nod to the Prohibition era, this South End speakeasy pours craft cocktails in festive glassware paired with Eclectic cuisine-hopping eats from the latest inhabitant of a culinary incubator program that offers temporary residency to roving pop-up concepts. Rendered in reds and golds with snakeskin-backed seating, black leather banquettes and zebra rugs, the sensuous setting is equally transporting.

6- Tapestry

Two concepts cohabitate at this eclectic eatery in the Fenway neighborhood: the beach house-inspired front room, dubbed the "expo kitchen," slings wood-fired pizzas, fresh-shucked oysters and creative small bites, while the rear "club room," suggests a Cuban lounge serving more refined fare around a four-sided glass fireplace. Tiki cocktails anchor the beverage menus, and there's a small seasonal patio, too.

7- Kava neo-taverna

Tucked on a quiet corner in the trendy South End, this chic little number, a sophisticated taverna swathed in stone and reclaimed wood, serves up a small plates–focused array of Hellenic cuisine made with imported ingredients, and stocks its bar with unique Greek wines and spirits.

8- Stoked Wood Fired Pizza

A popular food truck has spawned this Brookline brick-and-mortar with a loose music motif (founder Scott Riebling hails from the band Letters to Cleo), where creative pies are crisped quickly in a massive oven and sides like spicy chicken wings push the menu beyond the confines of the mobile original. Also on offer: A curated collection of draft cocktails, craft brews and affordable wines.

9- Juliet

This minimalist European-style neighborhood cafe in Union Square combines a youthful hipness with refined culinary techniques showcased in breakfast, lunch and (early) dinner plates available for grab-and-go or seated service. A redwood counter with six seats facing the open kitchen offers exclusive options like breakfast prix fixe menus that highlight rotating global cuisines and custom matcha tea service.

10- SRV

In the style of a Venetian bacaro, or wine bar, this South End Italian keeps the vino flowing and the small plates (including sophisticated house made pastas) coming to guests gathered in the hobnob-enabling dining room, outfitted with drink rails to encourage mingling, or on the cloistered rear patio.

10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Boston and Cambridge

1 Freedom Trail

Perhaps no other city in America holds as much history of the colonial and Revolutionary War era as Boston. It's not surprising then that its main sites have become a pilgrimage trail for Americans and for others who hope to get a sense of that history. But more than that, the Freedom Trail is a good introduction to today's city, connecting or passing close to some of its best loved tourist attractions. Boston is easy to navigate on foot, as its major sights are relatively close, and America's first subway system, the T, connects its important neighborhoods.

The three-mile Freedom Trail leads you past - and into - 16 of the city's principal historic monuments and sites. It's easy to follow, by the line of red bricks in the sidewalk and by footprints at street crossings. Begin by picking up brochures on the attractions at the Visitor Center in the Boston Common before heading to the State House. The trail will take you to Old Granary Burying Ground (where Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock are buried), King's Chapel Burying Ground (Boston's oldest cemetery with the graves of Governor John Winthrop and two Mayflower passengers), Old South Meeting House (where the ringing speeches of patriots spawned the Boston Tea Party), and the Old State House. This is Boston's oldest public building and the site of the Boston Massacre.


2 Faneuil Hall

Known as the "cradle of liberty," Faneuil Hall was built in 1740-42 by Huguenot merchant Peter Faneuil as a market hall and presented to the city on condition that it should always be open to the public. The ground floor is still occupied by market stalls; on the upper floor is a council chamber, which in the 18th and 19th centuries was the meeting place of revolutionaries and later, of abolitionists. On its fourth floor is the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Museum, with weaponry, uniforms, and paintings of significant battles.

Address: Faneuil Hall Square, Boston, MA

3 Boston Common and Public Garden Swan Boats

In the heart of the city is Boston Common, America's oldest park and the start of the Freedom Trail. In this large green space, which is much used by locals year-round, are various monuments and the Central Burying Ground of 1756. You can rent skates to use on the Frog Pond from November through mid-March, enjoy the spring blossoms and fall foliage colors reflecting in its surface, and in summer, watch youngsters splash about in the wading pool.

Address: Public Garden, Boston, MA

Official site: http://swanboats.com

4 Beacon Hill

One of Boston's most beautiful neighborhoods and right in the center of the city, the south side of Beacon Hill has traditionally been the home of Boston's "old money" families, known locally as "Brahmins." Well-kept brick homes in Federal and Greek Revival styles line its tree-shaded streets, and at its heart is Louisburg Square, where homes face onto a leafy private park. Author Louisa May Alcott lived here from 1880 to 1888. The Nichols House Museum, a Federal-style home by Boston architect Charles Bulfinch, shows how Beacon Hill's upper class residents lived and is filled with collections of 16th- to 19th-century furnishings and decorative arts. At the western foot of Beacon Hill, Charles Street is lined with boutiques and shops that have traditionally catered to the neighborhood and are popular with visitors as well. Beyond Charles Street, facing the Public Garden, The Bull and Finch, established in 1969, inspired the popular television program, Cheers.

5 Harvard Square and Harvard Art Museums

Harvard University, founded in 1636, is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and is widely considered one of the world's leading academic centers. Go to the Harvard Information Center to take a spirited and entertaining free walking tour of the campus guided by a student who will share history, Harvard lore, and personal perspective. Or you can download a tour from their website. Harvard Yard sits right in Harvard Square, a lively hub for students, "townies," and visitors, filled with shops, bookstores, and allegedly more places to buy ice cream than any other U.S. city.

Address: 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

6 Harvard Museums and the Glass Flowers

Although the four museums that make up this complex contain treasures such as the artifacts brought back by Lewis and Clark, for most people, the highlight is the more than 3,000 models of 830 species of flowers and plants, some with insects, and all so realistic that you will have trouble believing they are made of glass. Created between 1887 and 1936 by artisans Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, the flowers are unique in the world, and their secret process has never been replicated. These are part of Harvard's massive research collections, shown under one roof in the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, the Mineralogical Museum, the Museum of Comparative Zoology, and the Botanical Museum.

Address: 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA


7 Copley Square

The main square of the Back Bay area is surrounded by both old and ultra-modern buildings. Its architectural highlight is Trinity Church, a red sandstone building designed by architect Henry Hobson Richardson in his distinctive style, known as Richardson Romanesque. Trinity is widely considered to be his finest work. The murals, frescoes, and painted decorations inside are by John La Farge and much of the fine stained glass is by Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris. Facing it, across a grassy lawn where you can enjoy a picnic lunch with neighborhood office workers, is the Boston Public Library founded in 1848 as the first publicly funded lending library in the country. Architect Charles Follen McKim designed the present building in 1895. Go inside to see the library's Renaissance Revival architecture and murals by John Singer Sargent and Edwin Abbey.

8 Fenway Park

Known as "America's Most Beloved Ballpark", Fenway Park is one of the most fabled sports complexes in the country, and even if you're not a sports fan, a tour of it is both fun and interesting. The home of the Boston Red Sox looks much the same as it did when it opened on April 20, 1912. One of its most recognizable features is the Green Monster, the 37-foot green wall in left field, and the park still maintains some of the remnants of "old time" baseball such as the hand-operated scoreboard. It also has the lowest seating capacity in the Major Leagues holding only 33,871 spectators (a fact that makes tickets exceedingly scarce).

Address: 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA

9 Museum of Fine Arts Boston

One of the leading art museums in the country, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts excels in its collections of Impressionist paintings, ancient Egyptian treasures, Asian and Persian fine arts, and works from ancient Greece and the Middle East. But its newest and crowning achievement is the construction of an entire American Wing to house, integrated in chronological order, outstanding collections of American paintings, furniture, decorative arts, folk art, silver, glassware, and design dating from pre-Columbian arts to the Art Deco and Modernist eras. Highlights elsewhere include a 12th-century lacquered-wood sculpture of a Buddhist Bodhisattva and Korean painted screens, the ivory and gold statue of the Minoan Snake Goddess from 1500 BC, and a statue of the Egyptian pharaoh Mycerinus and his queen from 2548-2530 BC.

Address: 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

Official site: www.mfa.org

10 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Set in a building its eccentric creator modeled after a 15th-century Venetian palace, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum displays its collections in rooms surrounding a four-story central courtyard filled with flowering plants and fountains. The priceless 2500-piece collection of paintings, sculptures, furniture, tapestries, decorative arts, books, and manuscripts reflect the personal tastes and considerable expertise of Mrs. Gardner herself, whose own flamboyance further adds to the charm of the museum.

Address: 280 The Fenway, Boston, MA






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