A New England television personality for over 40 years, Frank Avruch is Boston born and bred. He had an ongoing love affair with the city...a mixture of the old and new, a burgeoning restaurant scene, a thriving theatre, music and arts mecca, Frank covers it all. Bostonman.com is a counted-on-source for the oft-asked questions: "What's new", "What's happening" and "Where should we go?", he lists many of the events that make Boston a choice destination for tourists and residents alike.
Herb Ritts back at the MFA with a new show, now through November 8
Featuring 15 recent acquisitions from the Herb Ritts Foundation, the new exhibit is a sort of modified reprise of a popular 1996 retrospective of the photographer’s work at the museum.
Second Annual Boston Design Week-a 10-day citywide festival March 19-29, 2015 Participating organizations, businesses, sponsors and individual designers are offering offer 80+ design events, competitions, exhibitions, speakers, receptions, behind-the-scene tours, and other activities throughout greater Boston. Most events are free and all are open to the public. Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh has proclaimed March 19-29 as “Boston Design Week”. A complete calendar of events is now online at www.BostonDesignWeek.com.
The new galleries include masterpieces from the collections of the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler Museums, with works of art from the ancient world to the present, including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, drawings, and photographs from the Americas, Europe, North Africa, the Mediterranean, and Asia..
Frank's Recent Restaurant Choices
Caffe Bene - 333 Massachusetts Ave, Boston
The South Korean mega-chain’s first coffee franchise in New England has turned into a go-to stop in the Symphony Hall area. There are a variety of tempting coffee drinks, teas, smoothies, frappes, pastries, gelatos, and hot sandwiches, like the savory Korean-style spicy chicken. Feeling adventurous? Try the misugaru latte, made of sesame seeds, black beans, brown rice, and barley.
Chef Chang's - 30 Massachusetts Ave, Boston
When the owner's of Chef Changs took over the wine cellars Mass Ave space, they opted to keep the fondue spot's festie frescoes of the French country-side. It's a bit of cognitive dissonance to dine on the fiery, deeply flavored dishes of the Sichuan province and northern China while gazing at views of Provence, but it's a quirk that only makes the place more charming. Kick off a meal with the Shaanxi style "hamburgers" ($7) - palm sized flatbread sandwiches filled with sweet sour ground pork - before moving on to the judiciously spiced "Bashu-flavored" fried chicken ($17), stuffed into a cornucopia-shaped basket. Chewy, cumin-laced Xinjian-style flat noodles sauteed with beef and vegetables ($13) will offer some relief - and more warmth on a freezing night than a crock of Gruyere could ever hope to.
Juniper - 13 Central Street, Wellesley
Owner Dave Becker, long known for Needham’s Italian eatery Sweet Basil, goes a bit more upscale and Greek/Mediterranean at Juniper in Wellesley: entrees of lamb Bolognese and chicken tagine. It’s an excellent spot for appetizers and drinks, with the full bar that Sweet Basil lacks. But Juniper doesn’t take reservations for parties of fewer than seven, so get there early.