Going Nutty! in Union Square, Somerville

I’m helping to put on a fun event this weekend in Union Square. Going Nutty! features nuts from Superior Nut being used by chefs from all over Boston (Flour Bakery, Kickass Cupcakes, Channel Cafe, Rocca, OM Restaurant, Bloc 11, and how2heroes) in some of their favorite dishes.

If you want to get nuts this weekend, come to Bloc 11 and Grand from 2-4 PM on Sunday the 4th. All proceeds benefit the newly founded Juniper Fund, which was formed to honor John S. Hall, bass player for local band Addison Groove Project, who passed away in 2004. To RSVP or for more info, check out the Facebook Page.

Going Nutty! in Union Square, Somerville

Hawks in Boston

Hawk in Boston

Another hawk sighting in the city. Along with imagining seeing that giant out on the fire escape and being freaked out that he’d eat me, I’m compelled to blog about hawks in Boston so I can link to one of my first blog posts after starting to blog again in 2004. I was sitting at my desk in Davis Sq when there was a flutter and thump outside the window and a hawk had caught a pigeon in mid-air and then smothered it right on the sidewalk… I went out to check it out, and it flew off thinking I was trying to steal his pigeon. I didn’t realize that happened in the city, but it does. And they attack people at Fenway, too.

Hawks in Boston

Hearing for Fluffernutter Bill

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Photo by Flickr user define23

Back in the beginning of February, I posted about bill H-2932 in the Massachusetts legislature. The bill aimed to make the fluffernutter the official sandwich of the Commonwealth. According to the Globe, there will be a hearing tomorrow to determine whether Marshmallow Fluff, Necco Wafers, and Charleston Chews will make the cut as state foods.

Massachusetts already has five official state foods, among the most in the country: the baked navy bean, corn muffin, chocolate chip cookie, Boston cream pie, and Boston cream doughnut.

After my initial post about this in February, I emailed everyone in both the House and the Senate, as well as several Somerville politicos. Only a few responded (but I’ll email everyone again regarding this matter) and their responses are below the fold. I’ll continue to add responses as they come in.
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Hearing for Fluffernutter Bill

What the Fluff Festival 2009 – Union Sq, Somerville

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Back for year number 4, Union Square Main Streets has their What the Fluff fest on Saturday, the 26th from 4-7PM. Lots going on including:

Vendors with lots of Fluff treats will make this a real party. You’ll find a wacky collection of times, from Fluff t-shirts to soaps that look like ‘smores, from savory barbeque to whoopie pies. Food vendors include: Kickass Cupcakes, Pao de Acucar, India Palace, Cantina la Mexicana and Somerville High School. Other vendors include: Union Square Main Streets, Groundwork Somerville, Neighborhood Health Plan, Grand, Yelp, Dirty Ass Soap.

What the Fluff Festival 2009 – Union Sq, Somerville

Somerville Shepard Fairey Mural Defaced, Repaired

I can’t believe it took me 2 months to get to this, but I’m kind of glad it did because of the happy ending. At the beginning of April, Union Square’s Grand came in to find their Shepard Fairey mural defaced and if you look at the pictures, not even in a creative way. Fairey had put up the mural and others like it all over Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, etc this winter in advance of his show at the ICA. While some of these murals, like the one on Grand, were officially approved, some were not, resulting in a legal storm with charges being added as quickly as they were dismissed. The police are so interested in adding additional charges, they recently came in to Grand to ask if the mural had been approved.
All this to say, that in the meantime, Fairey sent a local friend some replacement posters and the mural at Grand has been restored to it’s original design. This makes me happy.

Somerville Shepard Fairey Mural Defaced, Repaired

Chris Piascik Gallery Opening, Chorus Gallery, June 13

I was thinking it’s been a while since I posted one of Chris’s pictures and then I saw TV Vomit and I had to post it. Chris has an opening on June 13 at Chorus Gallery, which is part of Open Bicycle (which I like because it’s aound the corner). Check it out if you like good things.
Chris Piascik TV Vomit

Chris Piascik Gallery Opening, Chorus Gallery, June 13

Market Basket – Union Square, Somerville

Market Basket in Union Square, Somerville, is the best grocery store ever. You don’t often see reviews for a grocery store that talk about the adventure of shopping there, or referencing a charming chaos, but if I were to write one, those are the exact words I’d use. Speaking of reviews, here’s a good one.

Market Basket is dirty, crowded, and cheap. Because of how quickly it turns over, it has the best produce in Boston (except for maybe the garlic). If you can get in and out of there without having to drive or use a shopping cart, you’ll be totally fine. If you have to park, check out one of the side streets because the parking lot is a nightmare patrolled by police detail. If you need a shopping cart, go somewhere else because you’ll just slow everyone down and get frustrated.

In the “12 Items or Less” line, I’ve seen people with 14 items sent away. Around the holidays, these express lines are overseen by a 2nd police detail, while the aisle between the other checkout lines and the store is completely impassable. My favorite time to go is Sunday night about 25 minutes before closing. It’s still jammed, but not hopeless, almost as if everyone knows what they’re doing.

You can get incredibly obscure ethnic food items, but good luck finding them, because the products seem to change from week to week. Cold cuts at the deli are often $1-$2 less than other area grocery stores.

In my mind, Market Basket fits the personality of Union Square perfectly as well as complimenting the many nearby ethnic markets. Check it out if you think you can handle it.

Market Basket – Union Square, Somerville

Two Awesome Local T Shirt Companies

1. Print Brigade, or PRBR, has got just what you need for your body. That is, if you like wearing good looking T Shirts. (If you don’t believe me because they’re friends, would you believe Thrillist?)
I Like To Ride Bikes

2. Family Dinner for One, or FDF1, has got just what you need for your body. That is, if you like wearing good looking T Shirts. (If you don’t believe me because they’re acquaintances, would you believe The Boston Globe?)
Kittens

Both places have several designs, so if you don’t like bicycles or kittens, you can still have fun.

Two Awesome Local T Shirt Companies