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#KINDBoston: What’s Your Vision for Making Boston Kinder?

KIND photo 1 What’s your vision for making Boston kinder? Is it topping off parking meters, putting out water bowls for dogs on a hot day, or surprising busy commuters with a free Charlie Card? It’s these ideas – and more – that are the inspiration for KIND’s new #KINDBoston campaign. I was lucky enough to be a guest at the Red Sox game on Tuesday, July 29, where KIND launched this initiative with the help of a little star power.

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On the Town: Rosé By-The-Glass Menu at Eastern Standard

Photo Courtesy of Eastern Standard

I feel like a broken record because I constantly say that summer in the city of Boston is like no other. That’s because it’s true! Between long strolls or jogs along the Charles, the multitude of sidewalk cafes, patios and roofdecks, Boston truly comes alive during the summer.

Another reason Bostonians cherish summer in the city is the abundance of fresh cuisine, innovative cocktails and chilled vino. Lately, I’ve been looking at the city through rosé colored glasses courtesy of delicious rosé wines. One of my favorite Boston restaurants, Eastern Standard, introduced a great rosé by-the-glass menu back in June and I jumped at the chance to speak with Wine Director Colleen Hein.

I certainly don’t pretend to be a wine expert, but Colleen was great with explaining the differences in rosés to me. She’s very knowledgeable and a delight to speak with, so definitely ask for her the next time you’re in if she’s available!

As a frequent guest at Eastern Standard (one of my top 5 patio’s in Boston), I asked Colleen to share three of her favorite food and rosé pairings. Here are her recommendations:

1) 2010 Chateau Commanderie de Peyrassol ($11 per glass) is described as a quintessential Provencal rosé and pairs perfectly with lighter faire, including grilled seafood and freshly shucked oysters (note: ES has a great raw bar!). Colleen mentioned that this was one of the first rosé wines to come in and it’s absolutely delicious. So magical, apparently, that it could make you think that you’ve actually left Boston and arrived in Provence. Sounds good to me!

2) 2010 Domaine Magellan Cinseault Rosé “Le Fruit Défendu,” ($8 per glass) is a touch sweeter, Colleen said, with a lift of wild strawberry as well as an herbaceous note of garrigue — a term used for a variety of herbs that sprout wild along the roadsides of Southern France. For this reason, it is perfect to order with grilled jumbo prawns, or dishes that feature pesto, as the flavors compliment the herbaceousness of the wine. From the sounds of it, I’d imagine that ES’s Moules Provençale would be good with this rosé.

 3) 2010 Margerum Rosé ($12 per glass) is the newest addition to Eastern Standard’s rosé list. Interestingly, this rosé is a more complex, deeply flavored wine and it pairs well with heartier dishes. Colleen recommends ordering this rosé  with ES’s Steak Tartare, or Charcuterie board (which changes daily at the restaurant). I adore a great charcuterie board, so this rosé is very tempting to me!

Eastern Standard’s Rosé By-The-Glass menu is available through October 10, 2011. I highly recommend scoring a spot on their coveted patio while enjoying a leisurely meal with friends.



Guest Post: Highlights From My Fenway Park Tour

I’m excited to share the following guest post from my friend John. John and I recently took part in a Fenway Park tour while he was in town visiting from Minneapolis. As a first time visitor, I really enjoyed reading John’s observations on the ballpark and think you will too. So, without further ado, here’s John’s SavvyBostonian debut!
“If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there are men on base.” ~Dave Barry


Initial Impressions:

As Mr. Barry states, baseball is an important part of our national consciousness. Although I do not have a historian’s view of the hotly contested rivalry (baseball and otherwise) between Boston and New York, nor a rooting interest in the home team, stepping into Fenway Park is a huge rush.

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Monday, January 17: Free Open House at the MFA

MFA Art of the Americas Wing Interior

Ah, long weekends.  I don’t know about you, but I cherish that extra day off and always look to enjoy it properly by doing something special.  This long weekend, I’m envisioning catching up with friends while soaking up a little culture.  Lucky for us Bostonians, on Monday, January 17, the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is openings its doors to the public for free in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Made possible courtesy of the Citizens Bank Foundation, the MFA’s free open house runs from 10:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. and is an excellent opportunity to check out the museum’s new Art of the Americas wing.  As if the new wing and free admission weren’t incentive enough, the MFA has also organized a variety of special programs that celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., including concerts from musicians at The Berklee College of Music and interactive art activities.

Much better than spending your day in an office, right?

The Museum of Fine Arts is located along the Avenue of the Arts at 465 Huntington Avenue in Boston.  For more information, please visit the MFA’s website: