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Although not the biggest mountain, it is one of the most convenient. Only 1hr 20 from Boston, Unlike the 2hr30 to Bretton woods, or almost 3 to Loon.
It's a decent sized hill with about 20 trails, (only two very average Black runs), and a very good terrain park with ramps, jumps and boxes
A Ski pass is about $30 for the day, and rental are about $40, so not too bad.
I went on the last friday of the school holiday, and got there at 8am for opening. The mountain was practically hours for almost 3 hours, then the hoards arrived, to the point where by lunch time, lines for the lifts were about 15mins.
If you do plan to go on a holiday or the weekends, get here early, and avoid the average blues and long greens, as they will be rammed with people.
huntington ave 51, Boston
First of all, great name for a bar that's attached to a hotel.
Mini Bar is attached to the Copley Square Hotel, just next to Copley T Station and down the road from the Prudential Center. It is a very sleek and stylish cocktail bar with awesome food.
We hit this place before heading out to the top of the hub, for some drinks and nibbles. They had an extensive wine list, as well as all the usual cocktails, but what really stood out were their appetizers. We got the Kobe Beef sliders with truffle and herb fries....which were incredible, and actually not that expensive
bowdoin 150, 02108 Boston
I was near Boston Common the other day meeting some old work colleagues for lunch, and they suggested 21s Amendment next to the State House.
For non-Americans, the 21st Amendment was the repealing of the Prohibition laws in the US...ie we can drink again! From what i understood, the place used to be an old speak easy. Behind the old heavy wooden door is, to all intensive purposes an old British pub. Low black beams fill the ceiling, nooks and crannys abound through out the place, and i believe i did see a fire place.
The food is classic bar and pub food, sandwiches, burgers, all cheap and very satisfying
Huntington Avenue 47, MA 02116 Boston
I never realized this before, but most major cities have Hotel 'Districts'. While looking for a place to spend valentines and my birthday in Boston, i was confused as to why a large proportion of hotels were in a 4 block radius of Copley Square.
A great thing i have noticed about hotels all being in the same area is that you get a fantastic cross section of establishments. So, not wanting to stay in your regular chain hotel, and not having enough money to stay at the Boston Oriental, we started looking for more boutique hotels.
The Copley square hotel is fantastic. By no means big, or overly decadent. But what it does, it does amazingly. The one thing i love about boutique hotels is the little things. The Copley had the wonderful idea of a 'Wine Down' from 5-6, where guests are invited to enjoy a few glasses of wine on the house.
Small things like this, free wifi and impeccable staff made this hotel a joy to stay in, and i will make this my regular when ever i need a hotel in the city
beacon street 15, 02108 Boston
I like going some special on my birthday, so i did alot of research, talking to Boston foodies for the best high end steak place in the city. A few were mentioned by numerous people, which included grille 23, Morton's and of course Mooo.
The deciding factor was location (moo is right off boston common, and next to the State House), and the fact that your eating at a place called Mooo. Its just awesome.
Mooo is sleek, modern and a very romantically designed restaurant. You never feel that you're too close to another table, and there is no overly loud background music.
I went with my Girlfriend, who actually wasnt feeling very well, and because of this, i have to give the wait staff of Mooo 5 star. My girlfriend tried to have something to eat, we shared an a stellar lobster bisque, which was equal parts butter and awesomeness. And for main, i had the Delmonico (also known as a cowboy steak) and she had the salmon. My steak was amazing, tender, flavorful and served with bone marrow butter. My girlfriend though was fading fast, her food came and was unable to eat it. The waiter got her a ginger ale and bitters to try and make her feel better, which i thought was a very nice touch. Unfortunately she didnt feel better, and the waiter did not charge us for her food.
I would definitely go back for the food and the service. Just remember, it is alittle pricey, so special occasion spot
galleria mall drive 2, taunton, 02780 Boston
Best Buy's can be really hit or miss. I know the should all be the same, selling the same items etc. And yes this is a given due to being a massive electronics chain.
However, what really makes a good Best Buy are the staff. I don't know about you, but when im going to drop some serious $ on a new piece of kit, i want to spend some time talking with someone in the know about what exactly i need, whats extra, and whats going to be outdated once i open the box.
I have many horror stories of disinterested sales clerks, or even worse, misinformed ones. My girlfriend bought a laptop a year ago on for the sole purpose of gaming, and the clerk reliably informed her that the item bought would kickass, however, it didnt, and never would, and the guy just didnt know what he was talking about.
The Best buy in taunton is much better. Its on the suburbs, so its alittle quieter, the people have more time to spend some quality time going over products, getting second opinions, and all the reasuring things you want when buying tech stuff.
I should be returning mid week to purchase a new laptop, armed with all the knowledge and tech help i need, i know i can make a reliably informed choice
Airside Terminal Three London Heathrow Airport, London TW6 1QG
I always thought that the whole point of chain restaurants was that you would get the same food and services wherever you were in the world. Its what you relied on.
This is why i m so disapointed with TGI Fridays at the airport in terminal 3. First of all, the prices are astronomical, 10 pounds for a burger! 15 pounds for rib! I know this is airside at the airport, but seriously, friday is supposed to be cheap.
So, you're not going to Fridays for the best of your life, however it always pretty tasty. Not here though, i ordered the ribs, and the were bland, dry and tough...and heres the stupid thing, they put the sauce on the side, so you could see the grey pieces of meat that you were about to tuck into.
I know you dont have much choice at the airport, but there has to be something better than this for less price. Come on food vendors of the world, lets hear those ideas
11 Bellevue Road, London SW17 7EG
I first went here in the summer while looking for somewhere that would break the bank for lunch on wandsworth common. I know, a tough call.
However, someone had told us about Cafe du Village, and their great lunch time specials. If memory serves, it was 7pounds for a beer/glass of house wine and a choice of 3 dishes, ranging from a very solid burger, fish and chip and other classic english fare.
The location is amazing, looking out over the common, and from what i could see on the menu, the other items looked great as well as reasonably priced
87 Rectory Grove, Clapham, London SW4 0DR
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Here's a rule to live by. If you sell any items that cost more than £5 you will provide card facilities to be able to pay for said items.
I couldn't believe that this pub ib the heart does allow cards....and it's a gastropub, so stuff ain't cheap!
Ok that little rant aside, the place is very nice, off clapham high st, with a massive back room for having your Sunday roast. It has a large bar with a good selection of beers.
All in all it's a decent pub
30 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1EE
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Very very average. I was thinking that I hadn't had a curry in ages. So it was a matter of find someone who would deliver Sunday evening. While looking around the house I saw a menu from dehli deli, and the prices weren't bad.
I got chicken tikka masala, rice and naan, which came to about £10. However i was extremely underwhelmed from the start. The tikka was dull and had no real complex flavours.
The naan was fine and the portions were very large, however I don't think I will be going back any time soon
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