Frank Avruch

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,  Bostonman.com expresses  the events and places that he thinks everyone should enjoy,particularly his theatre and movie choices. Have fun browsing and enjoy! 

Polartec Big Air at Fenway Park

 

Fenway Park will host a big air snowboarding and freeskiing U.S. Grand Prix tour event on February 11-12, 2016. "Polartec Big Air at Fenway" will feature a 140-foot high snow ramp, taller than the light towers at the ballpark, and bring in athletes from around the world including Olympic and World Champions.As a U.S. Grand Prix and part of the International Ski Federation's (FIS) World Cup tour, Polartec Big Air at Fenway will include many of the top big air competitors including Olympic slopestyle skiing gold medalist Joss Christensen, slopestyle snowboarding Olympic champion Sage Kotsenburg and Olympian Ty Walker.

Inside info:

Billy Joel will be playing at Fenway Park for the third consecutive summer. The Piano Man is set to play at the ballpark Aug. 18,  Tickets will be available to the general public at 10 a.m. Jan. 22 via www.redsox.com/billyjoel. This is the second show announced for Fenway.James Taylor and Jackson Browne are playing the lyric little bandbox Aug. 3.

College students (of which there are many in Boston; see above) can score a BSO College Card for $25 and attend most BSO concerts at no additional charge. Out of college, but under 40 years of age? Take advantage of the BSO's <40=$20 special ticket offer, which is available on a first-come, first-served basis for most performances.


Jazz fans and Pop music fans: Discover the latest performance schedules, event listings, news, and other info about the area jazz scene at the well-curated site, MassJazz. Major acts perform at huge venues such as TD Garden, but don't forget to peruse the schedule at clubs such as the House of Blues and Royale to experience your favorite bands in more intimate settings.

Ice skating at Boston Common's Frog Pond In full Swing til March 31

Open daily  from ten am,Mon to 4,Tues-Thur til 9pm, fri /Sat til 10, Sun til 9pm

Admission price based on skater's height,58 in. and over $5,under 58 in. FREE

Rental skates are $10 for adults, children  $5

 

 

New on the dining scene:

Novara

An modern Italian-style restaurant is opening this Thursday next door to its sister, Abby Park. The owners are unveiling Novara, which took over the former Milton Cinema in East Milton Square, starting out serving dinner from executive chef Tony DeRienzo.The menu features items like burrata, gorgonzola tortellini, pancetta-wrapped chicken, king crab scampi, homemade pasta dishes like butternut squash carbonara, plus brick-oven pizzas and salads.Novara also has a varied wine list, an assortment of craft beers, and craft cocktails. Designer Steve Todisco (who also did Abby Park and Davio's) worked to retain elements of the grandiose space. The 5,500-square-foot restaurant plays up the 23-foot theater ceilings, with an island bar at the center of the space, a visible kitchen, a courtyard, and a drop-down projection screen. A wine room onsite will be available for private parties.
556 Adams St. Milton
617 696 8400

Bon Me 

Bon Me began as a food truck, after owners Alison Fong and Patrick Lynch won the City of Boston's Food Truck Challenge in 2010. The two (who are married) expanded their idea and now operate six food trucks in the area, in addition to their restaurants and a location in the new Boston Public Market. The restaurant focuses on locally sourced ingredients for their assortment of sandwiches, noodle and rice bowls, and salads.Each meal has a create-your-own style series of options, with fillings that include roasted soy and paprika tofu, spice rubbed chicken, Chinese barbecue pork, and miso-braised pulled pork, plus a range of rotating selections. There are also sides (like deviled tea eggs) and drinks (such as Vietnamese iced coffee), and items can be made vegetarian or vegan.The Chestnut Hill location will be open Monday to Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Frank Pepe's 

Very big in Connecticuit, and New York, Pepe's has opened its first Mass operation with roughly 80 seats and an indoor patio.Started in 1925 by grandfather  Frank Pepe, the pizzas have a distinct crunchy and chewy crust a little charred. They'll offer salads and various toppings, the most popular is the white clams.You can't miss it with a huge sign on the Chestnut Hill Facade. If this one kakes off, they have pkans to open more in Mass.

Tiger Mama:

Chef Tiffani Faison's Southeast Asian restaurant in Fenway down the street from her barbecue place Sweet Cheeks. Drawing inspiration from Faison's travels.she told the Globe of the "unbelievable smells" she found while visiting Southeast Asia in 2008 The menu will break down into seven categories, according to the Improper Bostonian: "snacks, cold and fresh, crispy and spicy, broths and curries, rich and earthy, noodles and rice, and banquet."Faison said she planned to have familiar dishes like pad thai (kicked up a notch, naturally) along with unfamiliar features, like cha ca la vong, which will be a halibut-based dish flavored with dill, scallions, nuoc cham, and more. Had a chance to check it out and can predict Tiffani has another winner on her hands. It defintely is a winner!!
1363 Boylston St.
(617) 425-MAMA

Osteria Posto
Newly opened in Waltham, the grand-looking Osteria Posto is sibling to Somerville's Posto (along with Rosebud and the Painted Burro). Unlike Posto, Osteria Posto doesn't serve pizza — it's more of an Italian steakhouse vibe, with some hefty meat options complemented by an ample pasta selection. Executive chef Robert Fathman, most recently at Bel Ari and Les Zygomates, is no stranger to steakhouses — his Boston culinary roots date back to the early 1990s, when he worked at Grill 23 in Back Bay.
99 3rd Ave Waltham, MA 02451
(781) 622-1500

Playska
Tim and Bronwyn Wiechmann, the husband and wife behind T.W. Food and Bronwyn, have just debuted their Balkan-inspired sandwich shop in Inman Square. Located in the former Rosie's Bakery space, Playska appropriately features sandwiches made on fresh-baked breads, and other ingredients are also made in-house, including plenty of pickled things.

Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar
Michael Schlow shut down 13-year-old Via Matta and has just debuted a new concept in the space: Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar, featuring simple Greek food and decorated with art by his wife, Adrienne Schlow, whose family is from Greece. "I think it's time for just plain old Greek,, noting that there are lots of Mediterranean restaurants but not many that focus solely on Greece.
79 Park Plaza, Boston

12 Containers at The Innovation and Design Building

Mei Mei, Roxy's Grilled Cheese, and other local food purveyors have set up shop in a series of shipping container kiosks at The Innovation and Design Building, forming a perfect little food court of easy-to-eat snacks and meals. Whether you're looking for a bowl full of local meats and produce from Mei Mei, fresh juice from Jubali, or fish and chips from Yankee Lobster Co., it's all right there.
17-25 Drydock Ave
Boston, MA 02210

Bonapita
The old expression “great things come in small packages” holds true for my experience last night. at Downtown Crossing at 49 Franklin street to be exact around the corner where the new Millennium Tower is being built.  Tucked away in the former chapel space of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross,is one of the most unique restaurants you’ll ever encounter. .Bonapita  a take on the French “ bon appetite” could also aptly describe the “good pita” that is baked fresh daily . Unlike any pita you’ve tasted before, this Medeteranean-style eatery is also unique in that there is no printed menu.  It’s all in large letters on the wall and offers choices,such as.Grilled chicken  in a specially created sauce, delicious meatballs, Ground black beans and beets, mushroom lentils and fresh thyme,. Fill up your pita with your choice or have it on a plate. There’s varieties of hummus, chopped salad, and home made soup available as well.Three choices of tea with some scrumptious home-made desserts.It’s a find!  A one of a kind Don’t worry about the line out the door. It moves quickly They're open Monday- Friday from 11:30 to 4.
Bonapita
49 Franklin St, Boston
857-350-4606

BISq
Bergamot's kid sibling BISq finally opened in Cambridge's Inman Square a few months back, and it's full of charcuterie and recycled wine bottles. The cozy, lively space features a distinctive chef's bar, perfect for interacting with Dan Bazzinotti, especially if you want to talk meat. There's also an intimate back room with a bar and a hidden television. Now serving brunch!
BISq
1071 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Coppersmith
A massive space that will include food trucks parked inside, a rooftop raw bar, a cafe, and more. "We are not reinventing the culinary wheel," executive chef Chris Henry, a Barbara Lynch Gruppo alum, previously said via press release. "Exceptional seasonal ingredients, a focus on flavor, easy to understand dishes, but executed with precision and attention to detail. Just great food without pretense."
Coppersmith
40 West Third St., Boston (South Boston)

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Frank as Bozo

Get an autographed picture of Frank
as Bozo the Clown!

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