Snapped this photo at Matt’s gig a few weeks ago but forgot to post.
Useful instructions for those who both a) choose to consume the food (namely the pu pu platter) at All Asia and b) choose to consume the scorpion bowls at All Asia and run the risk of thinking the sink is the toilet.Filed under Greater Boston (General), Greater Boston Restaurants, Photos | Comment (0)
The parking situation there is getting out of hand. No matter when I go, no matter what time of day, parking is an absolute nightmare. It’s worse and worse each time I go. Today I wound up parking down the block on Washington Street and walking through two puddles of dirty slush. All because I wanted Trader Joe’s frozen breaded chicken! (they’re delightful on top of Trader Joe’s spring mix salad)
At first when I saw how bad parking was there, I contemplated driving to the Mem Drive location, because if I went there I could buy some wine and/or beer.
It’s not so bad during the other 3 seasons of the year, because this Trader Joe’s location is only about 9 blocks away from my home, so when the weather is good, I walk…but during slush or ice or unshoveled sidewalks, I’d much rather take the car then run the risk of breaking eggs.
The West Newton Trader Joe’s should either move to a bigger location (replace that mediocre Auburndale Star!) or they need to open another one in the area. The West Newton one serves most of Newton, Watertown, Waltham, and Wellesley, and their parking lot probably fits less than 20 cars, although some people run the risk of being towed and park in the spots for the offices that are above Trader Joe’s.
Anyway, I got my chicken, my spring mix, and also some Hansen’s diet root beer, baby carrots, lasagna, and crustless quiches with chorizo. But my snow boots failed me and my feet are wet.Filed under Greater Boston (General), food, shopping | Comment (0)
In spite of spending his whole life in California and Massachusetts, Matt is somehow a Falcons fan. Whenever the Falcons play, Matt wears a Falcons jersey for good luck.
On a recent Sunday that the Falcons played, we were on the Pike exiting in Cambridge, and Matt got smack talked by the tollbooth worker! He said something about his fantasy team and that he hoped the Falcons would lose.Filed under Greater Boston (General) | Comment (0)
I kind of wish I never wrote that previous post, but I guess it’s too late now, especially with all the comments that wound up on Universal Hub. Sometimes I wish I wouldn’t open up my big trap, but then what else is this blog for? :-)
In other news, Turkey Day is the day after tomorrow. Let’s discuss that instead. Mashed potatoes, yams, pie, etc.Filed under Blogs, Greater Boston (General), food | Comment (0)
I like to write reviews on Yelp. It’s a hobby of mine. I’ve written almost 300 good reviews, 58 mediocre reviews, and 78 bad ones.
When I felt ripped off by the smoothie I bought at the Clear Conscience Cafe in Central Square, I Yelped. I gave it two stars and said that for a whopping $6, I thought the smoothie was sub-par, too sweet, and small.
First, I got a scathing message from an owner of the Clear Conscience Cafe. I was LIVID. I lowered my rating to one star, and then today, I got another message in response to my Clear Conscience Cafe review from someone who I imagine is also an owner saying:
“you sound like a very snotty person. have you ever considered the fact that you are, in the end, completely wrong about everything you believe to be true? it’s a helpful exersize.”
I messaged them back telling them to NEVER contact me again and I reported them to Yelp. I also received a message from someone else saying that they also received harassing messages from people about his negative review of the Clear Conscience Cafe.
This whole situation is surreal. I certainly don’t think it helps their cause. I have gotten contacted by business owners in response to a negative Yelp review before, but usually they’re asking for my opinion on how they can better serve me or apologizing for any bad experience I’ve had. I think that’s wonderful. But sending out nasty messages to people who don’t like their service? Highly inappropriate.Filed under Greater Boston (General), Greater Boston Restaurants, food | Comments (8)
A few years ago, Matt and I went on Boston’s Ghosts and Gravestones Tour. It was silly and totally not scary, but it was a good time and the tour guides were hilarious. It also turned out to be somewhat educational…
…or so I thought.
We were fed misinformation on the Ghosts and Gravestones tour! While visiting the Granary Burying Ground, the tour guide pointed out some famous people’s graves, such as Mother Goose, Sam Adams…and Benjamin Franklin. Ben Franklin, cool.
But when doing the whole Liberty Bell tourist thing in Philly, we saw Benjamin Franklin’s grave.
Didn’t we see Ben Franklin’s grave in Boston? Someone is lying to us!!! Who was the liar: Boston or Philadelphia?
Turns out, it was Boston. Wikipedia says. Our tour guide was wrong. It was not Benjamin Franklin’s grave, but it was probably a relative of his. How disappointing!!Filed under Greater Boston (General) | Comment (1)
Today I got an iced tea from Dunkin Donuts and I noticed there was a little peel-off sweepstakes thing on the cup. It was called Bases Loaded and I got a little code thing and it said to go to http://dunkindonuts.com/basesloaded, so I did, but it just rerouted me back to the main page, and there’s no info on the homepage about it. The contest doesn’t expire until 9/30, so what’s the deal?
I usually don’t even care about these types of contests but for some reason this is driving me absolutely batty. I’ve tried it four times today. It’s so annoying.
At least I have a $1 coupon for one of their flatbread sandwiches…not that I’m all that eager to try it after ordering one of their breakfast sandwiches in 2004 and finding it to be frozen solid in the middle.Filed under Greater Boston (General) | Comments (13)