All Reviews by josiebean87

  • B & G Oysters 550 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116 (617) 423-0550

    4 stars Posted on 05/09/2010 05:00pm

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    So I came here for the B&G Oyster Invitational two weekends ago (won tickets courtesy of Citysearch!) and it was fantastic. The space was perfect, though quickly packed and crowded, since most of the event was held outdoors and it was a gorgeous 80-degree day out. Inside is set up like a classy bar scene, where the food is all cooked right in front of you while you sip on cocktails/beer. Since this event was all about oysters, I can't give a real opinion on the full menu (though if you check out their Website it is a serious eyefull of yum). However I will say that their fresh as well as their fried oysters are absolutely delicious, and same for their fried Ipswitch clams and fried Point Judith calamari. Overall I would say that this place is definitely worth coming back to try an actual meal at (I'd say more of a lunch place or a casual dinner, since the place does run a little small).
  • New England Aquarium 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110 (617) 973-5200

    4 stars Posted on 04/29/2010 05:00pm

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    Oh the New England Aquarium, so many fond memories here. I remember taking multiple field trips here every year from like 4th through the 8th grade. You'd think by now I'd have gotten sick of it, but it's still a blast. I guess I'm just a big fan of aquatic life, but I really do love the set up of this aquarium. Sure, the animals stay the same but they're always entertaining. If you're a sucker like me for cute underwater sea creatures, then I'd definitely recommend this place for casual dates, taking your family (young kids always have fun here), our just being touristy. You can get here easily by means of taking the Blue Line train (the aquarium has it's own stop) and before/after you enter there's a great (albeit pretty dirty/dingy) view of the Boston Harbor. You can even take a whale watching tour - so much fun, but take a dramamine if you get sea sick! I learned the hard way...those boats are fast and extremely shaky. But luckily there were actually a TON of whales and dolphins out which made the trip worth it (some people said they went and never even got to see any, I guess you have to pick the right time of year). All in all, if you're looking for a fun, casual time with a date, friends, family, or really whoever, this is a great option. Oh and don't forget to ask for a student discount, and also check with your local library to see if they'll give out free tickets (just ask at least a few weeks in advance).
  • The Cheesecake Factory 100 Cambridgeside Pl, Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 252-3810

    4 stars Posted on 04/29/2010 05:00pm

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    I like this Cheesecake Factory location for when I'm already at the Cambridgeside Galleria doing my shopping and then need a hearty lunch/dinner. I'd say this is definitely the more casual location (sorry, but I think the Cambridgeside Galleria is really dingy/ghetto) so I'd prefer to come here for lunch rather than dinner. Their best lunches, imo, are their sandwich collection. Specifically, my favorite sandwich there of all is the Navajo - ""Warm Fry-Bread Stuffed with Grilled Chicken, Avocado, Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion and Mayonnaise"" is what they have on their Website, but I ask for no mayo, and it comes served with french fries or a green salad (as most if not all of their sandwich selections do). But the best part about any Cheesecake Factory is that they have a good selection of yummy appetizers and cocktails, but both options are pretty pricey for your standard chain food/drinks. I'd just recommending coming here with a decent sized group to share a couple of appetizers and save money :)
  • Salem Beer Works 278 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970 (978) 745-2337

    4 stars Posted on 04/29/2010 05:00pm

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    Somehow I've been the the Salem Beer Works a good number of times but never to the Boston Beer Works (and I'm always in Boston). I love this one though, even if I don't like to frequent Salem all too often, and if it's not too out of the way from where you live I would definitely suggest it. I don't really know since when, but Salem has become this little hipster scene where the square actually holds a lot of fun places to go on any given night (Thurs-Sat being most popular, obviously). The Tavern on the Square is about a block down from the Beer Works, and both are a good time. The Tavern just gets crowded really fast so I prefer the Beer Works, but most importantly for their microbrews. Pales and ambers are my favorite, so just ask the bartender/waiter for their recommendation if you're not sure what to get. Also, even though I really hate fruity beers, they apparently have a good selection of tasty blueberry and watermelon beers on season (if you're in to that stuff...). Also their appetizers are just fine, and given the fact that you'll want to come here in a decent to large sized group they're a good price (I like the nachos, pretty standard but they come in a large portion). All in all, if you love beer and love a good time, this place is just right.
  • The Cheesecake Factory 115 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02199 (617) 399-7777

    4 stars Posted on 04/29/2010 05:00pm

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    I really enjoy/much prefer this Cheesecake Factory location as opposed to the one at the Cambridgeside Galleria. Since this one is locations right inside the Prudential (take the green line to the Pru and you'll see it as soon as you walk in through the doors from up the escalator), you have the option of walking through the shopping area and browsing the shops before/after, or if it's a nice day out you can walk around outside the Pru by the water fountain (my favorite place to sit in the summer). But enough about location, this is a restaurant review so let's talk food! Since this is a more popular and slightly fancier area, I like coming to this Cheesecake Factory more for dinner as opposed to lunch (but either is fine). My top dinner choices would be almost any of the pastas. Seriously, let me name just a few of my favorites - the Pasta Da Vinci (which is described on their Website as ""Sautéed Chicken, Mushrooms and Onions in a Delicious Madeira Wine Sauce Tossed with Penne Pasta and Parmesan"" yum!); the Farfalle with Chicken and Roasted Garlic (""Bow-Tie Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Tomato, Pancetta, Peas and Caramelized Onions in a Roasted Garlic-Parmesan Cream Sauce""); or Evelyn's Favorite Pasta (""Penne Tossed with Broccoli, Oven-Dried Tomato, Roasted Eggplant, Peppers, Artichoke, Kalamata Olives, Garlic, Pine Nuts and Parmesan""). These pastas really do get filling though (even my bf has trouble finishing his plate sometimes), but not to worry because served as leftovers is still nearly as good. But don't forget to save room for dessert! This is the Cheesecake Factory after all. My favorite cheesecake options are hands-down the Fresh Banana Cream Cheesecake (""Banana Cream Cheesecake Topped with Bavarian Cream and Fresh Sliced Bananas"") and the Tiramisu Cheesecake. Also just so you know I am not at all a fan of cheesecake, but somehow this restaurant makes their cakes so fluffy and light (not heavy like most) that I can't resist :d
  • Wrentham Village Premium Outlets 1 Premium Outlet Boulevard, Wrentham, MA 02093 (508) 384-0600

    5 stars Posted on 04/29/2010 05:00pm

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    I remember first coming to the Wrentham Village Outlets with pretty much all the women in my entire family (mom, 2 grandmoms, 5 aunts, etc.). Now that I'm older, I can see why they hauled in all these women on one trip - the outlets provide a crazy amount of sales you can't get in any mall or galleria. There's like 100 different stores, half that look like endless warehouse spaces. You definitely need to clear out a full day for this type of shopping event. Black Friday is a biggie for the die hard shoppers, I remember 2 years in a row driving down at 5am the day after Thanksgiving with some gal pals (but you seriously need to know what you want and be prepared to wait in a heinous line for it). Any other day is still pretty crazy, which I find pretty strange considering Wrentham is a ways away from Boston. But the set up of the stores is great, just one really long strip of stores with adequate outdoor walkways. Basically, in the end you want to make sure you're visiting these outlets to find something specific, because you don't want to waste a long drive and leave with nothing (gotta pre-check those sales, people!) - and I mean this for men and women, because there's much more than just typical apparel stores here, there's electronics, houseware, toys, and really almost anything else you can think of.
  • Legal Sea Foods 800 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199 (617) 266-6800

    4 stars Posted on 04/29/2010 05:00pm

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    Oh the Pru. The funny thing about it is that it's connected to Copley Place, which is much more lavish and out of most people's price range. Though the Pru side is a bit more affordable, both areas kind of give up the wealthy, upper-class vibe. The more affordable stores located in the Pru include Aldo, Arden B, The Body Shop, Sephora, and a few others. It also contains a food court (filled with your everyday fast food chains) and restaurants like the Cheesecake Factory, PF Chang's, Wagamama, and Legal Sea Foods (but then there's also the super swanky and super overpriced Top of the Hub and the Skywalk, but those are pretty much reservation only). If you'd like to venture over the brigeway thingy and into Copley Place, you'll find more upper scale stores like designer brands Louis Vuitton and Gucci (among many others) and also pricey (but totally worth the splurge) restaurants like Osushi and Turner Fisheries. Either way, come here with a wad of money or prepare to be let down. Unless of course you like aimlessly window shopping, that's fine too, and the outside area is beautiful on a warm day.
  • Boloco 2 Park Plz Suite 205, Boston, MA 02116 (617) 778-6772

    5 stars Posted on 04/29/2010 05:00pm

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    I love Boloco. Ever since the store opened right next to Emerson I have been coming her during every class break. John Pepper, the owner, is also the nicest guy ever (he guest spoke to our class one day) and really cares about the company and catering to fans of the store. I mostly love that everything is certified humane and all the options - from classic to unique - are really delicious. My favorite is the Mediterranean (I prefer it in a bowl though) and the Bangkok Thai is also delicious. Also their smoothies are really tasty. I prefer the standard fruity ones (any fruit flavor is good, I've had most and never not liked one), but a big hit seems to be the Nutella shake (perfect for those with a sweet tooth). The prices are good and the portions always make you satisfied and not feeling weighed down by the grease of fast food.\r \r Lastly, for all your haters who like to trash talk the lack of Mexican influence in these burritos, the company addresses themselves that they are only 18% Mexican and never claimed to be authentic (they used to be ""The Wrap"" so technically they still are just glorified, and most importantly delicious, wraps).
  • Apple Store, CambridgeSide 100 Cambridgeside Pl, Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 528-7970

    2 stars Posted on 04/29/2010 05:00pm

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    So since this is the closets galleria to my hometown, I'd say it's pretty good. 3 floors of good, but then again pretty standard stores. I do like that their H&M (basically my favorite/only store I frequent) is 2 really big floors with a Men and Women's section, and is organized better than other H&M's. Beyond clothes they have a Best Buy, a Borders Book Store, and chain restaurants like the Cheesecake Factory and the California Pizza Kitchen. The only thing I don't like is that, for a shopping center, this galleria is pretty far away from the city/heart of the shopping district (it's also not even in Cambridge, which makes the title sound misleading). You have to take the green line to Lechemere, which is basically a crappy location for most people to travel to. The only other thing relatively close to the area is the Museum of Science. But all in all, a decent place to shop if you're tired of walking up and down Newbury Street and need cheaper alternative stores all in one location.
  • Lansdowne Pub 9 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215 (617) 247-1222

    4 stars Posted on 04/29/2010 05:00pm

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    This would probably be my pub of choice when going out in Boston. Thurs-Sat nights are obviously the most popular, and the place can get a bit crowded but it's usually a much cooler/laid back scene than most others (it's not a club but there is a small dance floor, so that's where the dbags might come out but whatever, they're everywhere). There's the typical floor space for dancing, kinda small and terrible when it gets over-crowded, but the music is my favorite part. Being a super Irish jig they have live bands (usually some decent/fun cover bands) who provide the classic rock, but then they throw in some mainstream pop/club hits for the ladies who enjoy their trashy tunes to get down to. Best of both worlds as I like to think! And as opposed to most of my friends, I'm still young enough to not get totally annoyed by the club scene, but when I want something a little more laid-back but still fun and dance encouraging I pick this place for sure.