Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Puma City

So I checked out Puma City this past Sunday afternoon (after stuffing my face with tasty vittles at Victoria's Diner). I did not know what to expect, apart from a large Puma Store constructed out of several shipping containers, all painted that trademark Puma Red/Orange color. I also learned that Puma International is headquartered in Boston (who knew?) nearby in the Seaport District's Design Center.

The back story is that this is a huge marketing/advertising exercise called the Volvo Ocean Race, that includes sailboats sponsored by Puma, along with Volvo, Ericsson (their team), and a few others I was unfamiliar with at the time. So here are some pictures I snapped with my phone. It was quite the par-tay on the deck in the Puma Store (with very slow bartenders), as everyone awaited the 1st sailboat's arrival.

Not the best shot--I've seen better other have take on Flickr. But still, this is it.

The Ericsson tent had a monitor set up to see how far out the sailboats were from Boston Harbor.

The interior of the Puma store's upper floor was quite the nightclub.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Warm Weather Gourmet

No judging, I'm not a chef, but this quickie salad of tomatoes, cucumber, Parmigiano-Reggiano, red wine vinegar, a small amount of olive oil, plus kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper made my lunch today quite nice in the now-warm New England.

And yes, I'm *trying* to grow tomatoes on my porch.

80 Degrees out means time for Bubble Tea

FINALLY it's warm, some may say hot, in Boston! I took a stroll around the neighborhood, and realized that it's now appropriate to get a bubble tea! Go to Bubble Tea Zone on Dot Ave.

I caught someone ringing the chimes at Kendall Square

Sitting, waiting for the T two days ago at Kendall Square, I caught this fella ringing the chimes on the outbound side of the station. I'm not a regular at this T stop, so it made me wonder how often does someone really crank the handle. Honestly, I think it's unique, very much something I associate with this T stop--truly local spice.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Lily Allen at the House of Blues

I went to the Lily Allen concert this past Sunday at the ugly Boston House of Blues. I love Lily. The above picture was the best one my iPhone could do. The HOB Gestapo quickly noticed my handy Canon snappy camera while waving their metal detectors all around my body, and made me check it with my coat--and only to have Lily Allen herself announce during the concert that she never made any request to not allow photos. So big ups to Ms. Allen for allowing those who were able to sneak their cameras in to take pictures--we're the ones buying the tickets and the music!

So the concert was great! She sang plenty (not all) of her songs, and even wore a cute Boston-inspired outfit (see above) with a Red Sox hat. I was definitely "that guy" who knew all the words to all the songs. She wore these very sexy red stockings that proved quite the wardrobe malfunction, so she had a roadie tape them up onto her thighs. At the encore she changed into a very cute knit dress with a huge lobster on it--also very cute.

Monday, April 13, 2009

My Barack Obama Chia has a mullet

My Barack Obama Chia Pet just can't seem to evenly sprout!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

31 Spooner Street

Sitting here watching The Family Guy in my apartment, and I was just curious about the mythical Quahog, Rhode Island.  Assuming Mr. MacFarlane is depicting the fabled Providence, I searched for the address 31 Spooner Street, and I found this Google map and this City of Providence link.  While Google says there is a 31 Spooner Street, the City of Providence does not have this address in their tax assessor records.  Still, it's interesting to know that there is, in fact, a Spooner Street in Providence--and I love Providence.  And speaking of Providence and Seth MacFarlane, one of the best stores to check out is the RISD store, now located in their awesome museum, so fyi.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Some idiot's Big Fat Greek Portico

If you own a beautiful masonry bay windowed building fronting Beacon Street (or any street, anywhere!) do not attempt to mix what is an iconic architectural style with some sort of faux Greek Revival portico.   So to whoever you are out there, I'm calling you out on it, it's bad.  I work/deal with architects on a daily basis, and no sort of archibable from anyone could possibly convince me this looks good.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Chia Obama sprouting!

My Barack Obama Chia is now sprouting! It's admittedly uneven at the moment, so we'll see if the seeds continue the upward growth pattern. Still, it's awesome.

Zaftigs now serves bad food.

Zaftigs now serves bad food. This fact was first observed by a trusted and fellow foodie friend several weeks ago, but I wondered if she just had one specific bad experience. (This stuff happens, right?) NO! I went there last weekend. It was a pretty typical Saturday hauling myself out from Dorchester to Brookline's storied Coolidge Corner: the Red to the Green, then waiting for the C, put your name on the list for 30-45 minutes (sometimes more), grab a coffee at Peet's or browse the Booksmith, then it's time to eat.

Ritual aside, which I actually don't mind, the main event is the food. My requisite latkes with applesauce and sour cream were pretty good. It was the main dishes ordered at the table which upset us. One dish, a cheese/apple/bacon omelette was sent back to the kitchen with the waitress, while I somehow ate my Eggs Benedict (with wholly cooked eggs, btw), and left the hard-as-a-rock homefries on the plate. Bottom line, the place just isn't what it has been in the past, and sad to say, it's just not worth the wait anymore.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Tavern in the Square deems the season is now warm enough to eat outside.

Warm(er) weather is on the way! In my own act of defiance I have put away my heavier wool coat, insisting that now is supposedly spring in New England, but it's not quite flip flop weather, yet. Regardless, seeing Tavern in the Square setting up their sidewalk seating made me happy, so I snapped a picture to share.