Monthly Archives: May 2011

Say Hello to Your Mother’s…Day

If you’ve read this blog, you’re probably aware that most of my family is in Texas and Minnesota. While I personally am not able to take my mother out today, I hear Boston is a wonderful place to celebrate all the mama’s out there. Even though Mother’s Day is basically over, here are a few fun events or restaurants that I would recommend keeping in mind for next year, or investigate for other upcoming holidays (Father’s Day isn’t that far away).

Top of the Hub

This restaurant at the top of the Prudential Building is renowned for its few of downtown Boston. I’ve not been there yet, and I’ve heard mixed reviews about the food but its the view that makes this location unique. What I did notice is that they were hosting a special Mother’s Day menu today that looks especially delicious: Just be sure to make a reservation!

Stir Boston

Instead of going out to eat, why not take a cooking class? Stir describes itself as a “demonstration kitchen and cookbook library” in Boston lead by Chef Barbara Lynch and Wine Director Cat Silirie. Classes range in topic from basic stills to food flavors to themed events. It’s a really fantastic concept, and I’ve heard only incredible things. For more info, check out Stir Boston:

Winedays at the MFA

It might not be on Mother’s Day but Winedays is a wine tasting event at the Museum of Fine Arts held on the last Wednesday of every month. It’s a chance to try wineries in the area and $25 gets you wine tastings and hor d’oeurves. Plus, you learn about every wine – which includes the flavors, notes and suggested food pairings. If you like wine or want to know more about wine, this is a fun way to sample new flavors and take in some art. More details can be found on the MFA’s site:

The Great Urban Race

Want to spend some quality time with mom or just have a blast deciphering clues around the city? Check out the Great Urban Race Boston. This Amazing Race style event sends teams around greater Boston, solving clues and tackling challenges. While the Boston event just finished this weekend, the race is hosted in big cities all around the U.S. Mark your calendar now so you remember to check this out for next year:

With so many great restaurants and exciting events, it can be hard to keep up with Boston – especially when planning celebratory activities for someone as special as Mom. There is no way I’ll be able to do the city justice in one post, but I will leave you with my favorite new character on SNL who has his own suggestions for Mother’s Day activities:

Happy Mother’s Day!!

Somerville Featured in the New York Times

Are You Happy in Somerville?

In the Sunday edition of the New York Times, a recent poll from Boston suburb Somerville was featured as the city is inquiring as to its residents’ happiness level. City officials are reportedly using the data to determine whether policies and government efforts are being received well. According to the article, other countries in Europe use similar polling procedures though its a new thing for cities in the U.S.

Take a look at the article and tell us what you think! What other cities around Boston would you like to see a “happiness” measure put into effect?

Happy Sunday!