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Map your way to Food, Fun and Frightening Experiences

by Eric Glassoff

Boring destinations maps have transformed into specialized purpose maps - Google calls them custom maps. Anyone can make them. All it takes is a little imagination, time and a special purpose. Here are the most interesting ones I’ve come across to date.

The Haunted Houses in New England map points you to where you can have the scary experience that appeals to you and is age appropriate.    

This really IS a “super cool” map of the best restaurants near each T stop in Boston. It was created by Thrillist Boston. I do agree, they could have done a better job selecting local restaurants rather than a chain restaurant – Bertucci’s.


  This interactive map gives you a choice of searching by activity or crop along with location. You’ll find a place to get pumpkins, apples, eggs, vegetables and even turkeys.  There is so much information to choose from you could spend hours mapping out places for everything you’ll need for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

 

Intrigued with special purpose maps and interested in making one of your own?  Google makes it easy for you to do. Here is how to make one

 

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Dining in Boston

by Eric Glassoff

Top Chef Season 12 – Top Chef Goes to Boston, currently airing on the BRAVO channel, feature’s a chef from Coolidge Corner’s – Regal Beagle. Filming took place in Boston during the late spring and early summer.  Why did the producers decide Boston was a good place to film this season? Based on an article from the Boston Globe, Boston offers a unique landscape of culture and locations to challenge the chef competitors; creating dishes and dining experiences outside of their creative comfort zones. Even though you may have missed out being one of the shows guest diners, you can still experience a wide variety of delicious cuisines and culinary experiences in Boston.

 

Stacy Cogswell, executive chef of The Regal Beagle in Brookline.

If you are looking for a dining experience based on your location, cuisine, cocktails and type of restaurant in Boston or another city/town in Massachusetts, The Mass Restaurant Association will help you narrow down your selections quickly and easily.

The Boston version of EATER, gives the “restaurant obsessed” a place to get their fix on what is hot in Boston and what is being recommended by their featured “highly elite” of restaurant goers.

 

The “ultimate guide to Boston dining” can be found at Where to Eat Boston.  The best places to drink and dine are listed by neighborhood. You’ll even get a history lesson about each locale.  

 

Boston Online Magazine features Boston’s chefs, news, reviews, openings and trends. If you are a foodie, you’ll want to spend some time discovering the most recent trending foods in Boston.

 

Bon Appetite!

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Autumn, a time of apple harvests, pumpkin patches and changing leaves. New England is one of the best places to experience all of them. With so many places and a limited amount of weekends to have these autumn experiences it’s good to do a little web browsing before you hit the road.

 

Pumpkin Patches 

A full map of Massachusetts gives you a visual of where to find the best patches. Links to assorted pumpkin topics: how to choose one, carve one, eat one - in a pie, what to do with them after Halloween. It’s is one of the more entertaining autumn themed sites for adults and kids.

http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/MApumpkins.php

Apple Picking

Recently Boston.com published a list of 10 orchards located within an hour’s driving distance from downtown Boston. A Google map to plan your trip, and a listing of each orchard, which includes distance, contact information and rates, makes it easy to choose where to have your apple picking adventure(s) .

http://www.bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/blog/2014/09/19/apple-picking-orchards-near-boston/

Fall Foliage Viewing

With a map, weekly foliage reports and slide shows, this website has all the information for you to make your 2014 leaf viewing experience a magical one to remember. There is also a Kid’s Corner where you’ll find some very fun art projects using leaves. You’ll be able to enjoy the artistry of autumn long after the beautiful colors have faded.      

http://www.yankeefoliage.com/

Click here to preview what you might see in New England this fall.

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What's Happening in Boston - September 2014

by Eric Glassoff

Boston: a place where there is always something to do, go to and experience. But with so much going on, it's easy to miss out on some great events.

With this list, you’ll have the opportunity to see, hear, taste, laugh, learn about the life and happenings of Boston. It's the inside track to adventures that will fill your camera with plenty of memories.


Catalyst Comedy - BUMP shows every 1st and 3rd Friday

"Formed in an effort to help expand the improv scene in Boston. Owned and Managed by Ministry of Theater through Pablo Rojas , Operations Manager for Improv Asylum and LAUGH Boston, Catalyst Comedy focuses on providing a home for independent improv groups and comedy productions. A new comedy alternative for Boston. Friday is the launch of our Start-Up Comedy Series featuring an hour long performance by the comedy duo Autumn and Summar! Don't miss this one time special feature this Friday September 12th. Get $5 tickets with promo code CC14."  http://startupcomedyseries.eventbrite.com/

Boston Comedy Arts Festival -   September 10-14

"Boston Comedy Arts Festival covers multiple stages and brings together internationally-renowned improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy acts."


Brookline Day -  September 14, 2014

“Save the date for Brookline Day on Sunday, September 14, 2014 from 11:00am - 3:00pm at Larz Anderson Park. Come celebrate our great a community with a day of fun including live music, inflatables, pie eating contest, photo booth, rock climbing wall, local businesses, a Mini Town Hall, food trucks and so much more! Don't forget the 5K Road Race at 9:30am and the Kids 1K Mini Race at 9:00am. For more information, please visit www.brooklineday.org  or call617-730-2069.”


South Boston Street Festival - September 13, 2014

South Boston Street Festival features live music and dance on two stages, 100 artists and local merchants, fair food, and children’s activities on East Broadway between I and L Streets. Free.”


Allston Village Street Fair  - September 21, 2014 (12 to 6 p.m.)

Allston Village Street Fair offers activities for families, two stages of live bands, street performers, an artist and vendor market, international food, and an amusement area on Harvard Avenue in Allston. Free.”  


New Irish Festival in Boston -   September 26-28, 2014

iFest, Boston's newest festival, celebrates Irish culture, sports, food, and entertainment….  You'll get to experience traditional and contemporary music and dance by top Irish performers, watch top chefs prepare delicious Irish food, and visit an Irish sports bar.” 


Free Museum Day – Saturday, September 27, 2014

“Visit Boston museums for free as part of Smithsonian Magazine's nationwide Free Museum Day celebration. Free tickets:  Go to this special Smithsonian Magazine website page (link is usually active by mid-August), fill in your name and address, and download your tickets:  www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday


Food Festival - September 27, 2014

Let’s Talk About Food has cooking demonstrations, a gardening workshop, food talks and panels, samples, local chefs and nutritionists at Copley Square.”


Boston Concerts for September 2014

Alt-J - Blue Hills Bank PavilionSting in concert in Boston - Sept 13

City and Colour - Orpheum - Sept 14

Il Volo - Blue Hills Bank PavilionSting in concert in Boston - Sept 14

Sarah Brightman - Boston Opera House - Sept 18

Graham Nash - Wilbur TheatreLittle Feat at Boston's Wilbur Theatre - Sept 18

Steely Dan - Wang TheatreIan Anderson concert in Boston - Sept 24-25

Kid Cudi - Blue Hills Bank PavilionSting in concert in Boston - Sept 27

The Flaming Lips -Passion Pitt at Agannis Arena Agganis Arena - Sept 30

See more at: http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/boston-events-september.html#sthash.oaESiR2d.dpuf

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Sources:

http://www.events12.com/boston/september/

http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/boston-events-september.html

https://www.facebook.com/catalystcomedy

https://twitter.com/MischW

 

Looking at my calendar I realized it's been a few weeks since I’ve given you a list of the most interesting links I’ve come across. This month I’ve put together a list with a diverse content, a little something for everyone: home improvement, mortgage rates, staging your home, buying and selling real estate for seniors and notable Boston events.

 

Mortgage Rates


Currently rates are at a 52 week low.

http://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2014/09/04/average-us-30-year-mortgage-rate-holds-steady

 

 

 

 

As summer winds down, signs are pointing to a slight drop in the rates.

http://realestate.msn.com/blogs/listed-homerefinancing.aspx?post=533d5466-2818-4448-847c-be3e406170fd&ocid=vt_twmsnre

 

 

 


 

Staging your Home

 

Staging is more than just cleaning and getting your home ready to sell. 

http://www.coldwellbanker.com/real_estate/learn/what_is_home_staging_and_how_might_it_help_sell_my_house

 

Tips on how to showcase your home’s best features.

http://www.hgtv.com/decorating-basics/15-secrets-to-selling-your-home/pictures/index.html

 


 

Home Improvement

 

Update and organize your home office.

http://www.homedit.com/11-tips-to-a-more-organized-and-stylish-home-office/

 

Doing DIY (do it yourself) projects safely and economically

http://www.coldwellbanker.com/real_estate/learn/factors_to_consider_in_diy_projects

 


 

Buying and Selling Real Estates for Seniors

 

As a senior, consider these points when it comes to buying and selling real estate

http://www.bankrate.com/brm/news/real-estate/20050310b1.asp

 

Why use an SRES?

http://www.seniorsrealestate.com/why-use-sres

 


 

Notable Boston Events

 

Third Annual Brookline Day - Sunday, Sept 14. Road Races, Family Fun. Don't miss out!

http://www.brooklineday.org/
 

There will be quite a few new restaurants opening up this fall in the Boston area. Here are some great descriptions of the food they'll be serving.

http://www.zagat.com/b/boston/bostons-8-most-anticipated-fall-restaurant-openings

 


 

Have an interesting link related to events, restaurants or news in Boston?

Send it to me,and it just might end up in a future edition of "Interesting Links".

I’ll also list you as a contributor.

 

 

Interesting Links - Real Estate, Homes, Communities, Cities

by Eric Glassoff

Over the past few weeks, I’ve come across several interesting links about cities, communities, real estate and unique homes. Each one contains such a great deal of information along with beautiful photography; so I’m listing them all in one place. If you are looking to re-locate or just want to dream about the possibilities of where you could re-locate or live, these links will give you many great insights, ideas and information. I’ve highlighted the links which contain information about New England and the Greater Boston area.

1. Ten of the Healthiest Places to Live - Boston IS one of the healthiest!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/06/healthiest-places-to-live-in-america_n_5648452.html

Boston Skyline

 

 

 

 

 


2. Best Cities for Work Life Balance

 http://onforb.es/1stz5cx



3. Top Ten States for Foreclosures - http://on-msn.com/1uwotLd


4. Tiny Homes – Small but big on style and comfort​

http://on.mash.to/1r0GIe6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


5. Glass Houses for Sale - Every room was a phenomenal view!

http://realestate.msn.com/10-of-the-best-glass-houses-for-sale

 


6. Best Places to Live for your Lifestyle - Brookline made this list!

http://bestplaces.coldwellbanker.com/best-places-to-live/


7. Snobbiest Small Cities – Don’t be fooled by the title. Take a look at the criteria used to construct the list.

http://bit.ly/V8xQUJ


8. Tiny Lake Houses

http://realestate.msn.com/10-tiny-lakehouses?ocid=vt_fbmsnre


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