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04 May 21:36

Ceramic garden fairies

by adamg

Lower Mills so basically milton. it is so cute it kills me. Icecreamsmith is the best.

Welcome to Dot reposts a query from the Lower Mills Nextdoor group:

Anyone know of a local ceramic shop or thrist store where I can find ceramic fairies?

I know it is a weird request, but I really need a few for the neighborhood kids.

The few I had in my front yard broke over the winter, and at least 3 little girls in the neighborhood feel a real loss because the fairies are missing. One 6 year old girl gave me some seeds to attract new fairies.



04 May 15:58

Police hunt Allston butt grabber

by adamg

Watch out, RS!

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 01:00

Boston Police report they are looking for a guy who came up behind two women and grabbed their buttocks around 1 a.m. Saturday on Gardner Street.

The female victims were walking with two other friends when they were approached from behind by a male suspect who simultaneously groped their buttocks. The suspect then quickly fled between nearby houses in the direction of Ashford Street.

When caught, the white man, 6' or 6'2" and the owner of "boot-style shoes," will face charges of indecent assault and battery, a felony.

Free tagging: 



04 May 01:48

Diaphanous sculpture going up above the Greenway

by adamg

I saw this today. It was rad

Nick Barber shows us Janet Echelman's statue, being erected above the Greenway today.

29 Apr 18:53

How Gamergate started in Dorchester and keeps playing out in Dorchester District Court

by adamg

wut? dismay

Boston Magazine details an idiot savant's obsession with a woman who broke up with him and how it led to a national wave of death threats and other forms of harassment against women in the gaming industry.

28 Apr 21:42

On the Street…Reflection, Paris

by The Sartorialist



28 Apr 21:42

On the Street…After Dries Van Noten, Paris

by The Sartorialist



28 Apr 21:40

On the Street…Oxford St., London

by The Sartorialist



27 Apr 21:53

Spring brings turkeys to Dorchester, Turkey in the Straw to South Boston

by adamg

Turkey as indicator of gentrification

Welcome to Dot reports these turkeys crossed Granite Avenue today:

The Brooklinization of Dorchester continues.

In South Boston, Eileen Murphy spotted the first ice-cream truck of the season:

Ice cream truck in South Boston
27 Apr 21:09

Allston is losing its grit

by adamg

Fields Corner still has grit, trust me

The Boston Business Journal ponders the Brooklynization of Allston now that people are paying $2,000 for a one-bedroom in a LEED-certified building and a neighborhood bro bar is being turned into an upscale market with a cutesy name.

27 Apr 17:54

Houseplants Do Double Duty In This DIY Centerpiece

by Samantha Weiss Hills

just say no to copper pipe menorah

We're teaming up with Squarespace for a week of inventive DIY centerpieces, from classics with a twist to totally wild takes. We invited a few of our favorite designers and stylists to participate, so join us as they share their tips and tricks—and scroll down for a code to get 10% off a yearlong subscription to Squarespace.

Today: Designer Megan Pflug teaches us how to create a leafy, whimsical hanging centerpiece for your dinner table using common houseplants. Megan uses Squarespace—check out her site here.

Inspired by her favorite houseplants, Brooklyn-based home decor stylist and designer Megan Pflug dreamed up this leafy arrangement using ivy clippings, fern fronds, and begonia leaves. She tells us that when she uses common houseplants to create an arrangement, a summery green centerpiece is never out of reach.

Pflug loves finding ways to incorporate hanging arrangements into her table settings. (They leave plenty of room on the table for food and wine.) Her design is easily adapted to adorn any type of lengthy hanging object or chandelier—here, she used a copper-pipe chandelier that she made over the winter—and suggests that a small branch would work just as well.


First, she prepped her materials by cutting a couple of lengths of ivy off her plant and wove it around the bottom of the chandelier. "I found that the vines stayed in place on their own, but you could easily use a little bit of thin wire to help hold things in place," she explains.

Letting a few of the vines brush the tabletop created romance in the centerpiece, she adds. She then tucked 2 to 3 fern fronds into the ivy for more texture, and then finished off the look by adding begonia leaves for a little extra color.

And because centerpieces look better with a few friends along for the ride, here are some of Megan's favorite ways to use clippings as place settings:




Photographs and videos by Biz Jones. Follow Megan at @mepflug.

This article was brought to you by Squarespace. Use code FOOD52 to get 10% off a yearlong subscription to Squarespace.

27 Apr 17:47

In Brookline, the heating repairmen may be worse than the turkeys

by adamg


Because at least the turkeys don't urinate all over your laundry-room floor.

Wicked Local Brookline reports a repairman from Roslindale is charged with doing just that and rummaging around the cabinets while using his customer's clothes to mop up his micturition - after which he allegedly stole her husband's Red Sox tickets.

20 Apr 18:37

15 Recipes to Celebrate Ramps

by Laurel Randolph

Ramps can be a bit mysterious. With a short spring harvest, they're not quite a scallion or a leek; neither garlic nor onion. But ramps are fresher, more pungently scented, but sweeter and more mildly flavored than their fellow alliums. They get along especially well with butter, and pair nicely with pork, eggs, toast, and all sorts of other stuff; and we've got 15 recipes to prove it. Read More
20 Apr 15:33

Toward a Shoe AbstractionArtist Ellsworth Kelly’s studio...

by breathnaigh

Toward a Shoe Abstraction

Artist Ellsworth Kelly’s studio shoes–appear to be camp moccs, much like this you can buy from makers like Quoddy. In addition to being a celebrated artist and OCBD wearer, Kelly dabbled in clothing design

h/t Parker


20 Apr 15:20

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

by Vicky Wasik

sexy gif

This week, we made fully loaded cemitas, filmed a promo for our upcoming Food Lab video series, and colored fresh pasta. See it all in the slideshow!

VIEW SLIDESHOW: This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

20 Apr 14:20

On this Patriots Day, service on the Red Line is pretty bad, riders say

by adamg

my commute was awesome. for realz

Around 9:30 a.m., Kevin Slane reports, a Red Line train that just sat there at Central Square, quietly expiring for about 10 minutes, was pronounced dead and riders were ordered off.

19 Apr 23:39

Newbury Street 3D-printer store closes doors

by adamg

how is Danger!Awesome! doing?

Makezine reports MakerBot shut its three retail stores, including the one in Boston, and laid off 100 workers.

19 Apr 23:38

Bird is the word in Downtown Crossing tonight

by adamg

turkey knows millenium tower will hit the market soon

Jamie Walsh reports this turkey was just ambling about Temple Place around 7:50 p.m.

Craig Caplan reports she spent some time hanging out next to jm Curley - fortunately for her, wild turkey was not on the menu tonight.

In 2013:
Mumbles the Turkey tours downtown Boston.

18 Apr 01:08

The new Red Line cars seem a tad cramped

by adamg

Green monster is clearly the Death Star, yes? (I work near them)

Flea took a look at one of the new sculptures outside 100 High St. - just down the street from the MBTA's main operations center.

The Red Line poké ball and a similar Green Monster ball are the work of sculptor Lars-Erik Fisk, who loves him some spherical art (more examples).

15 Apr 18:57

Save with Amtrak’s 3-Day Sale, Routes from $20

by Ryan

seems nice

Now through April 16 for travel between May 19 to June 11, 2015, Amtrak is running a sale with routes starting as low as $20 each way in the Northeast.

With this offer, you can travel to/from NYC to New Haven; Providence; Boston; Baltimore; and Washington, DC, making this a great deal if you’re looking for a quick away and don’t want to hassle jumping on a plane.

Amtrak is currently offering a 3-day sale on several of their routes.
Amtrak is currently offering a 3-day sale on several of their routes.

Taking a look at a sample date in May, I was able to find availability between Boston and New York for $37, for a one-way trip, making this not a bad option if you’re looking to hop around the Northeast the next few months.

Head from Boston to New York for $37 one-way on the Amtrak.
Head from Boston to New York for $37 one-way on the Amtrak.

If you’re looking to transfer points to Amtrak, the Guest Rewards program itself has several partners that allow you to accrue Guest Rewards points, and is a 1:1 transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, so you can transfer points from cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Ink Plus into your Guest Rewards account. You can also transfer in points at a 1:1 ratio from Starwood Preferred Guest as well.

Terms and conditions:
Offer is exclusively available at Valid for sale April 14 – 16, 2015. Valid for travel May 19 – June 11, 2015. Blackout dates: May 22 and 25, 2015. Valid for travel on the Northeast Regional train service between the following select city pairs only: 1. New York, NY – Washington, DC. 2. New York, NY – Baltimore, MD/BWI Thurgood Marshall airport station, MD. 3. New York, NY – New Haven, CT. 4. New York, NY – Providence, RI. 5. New York, NY – Boston, MA (South Station/ Back Bay) and Route 128, Westwood, MA. Offer does not include travel to/from any intermediate cities. Once purchased, tickets are non-refundable; exchanges are permitted prior to the original travel date. Seating is limited; seats may not be available on all trains at all times. Fares are subject to availability. Discounted one-way fares are valid for all adult passengers; no additional discounts apply. Valid for Coach seats only; no Business class upgrades permitted. Not combinable with any other discount offer. In addition to the discount restrictions, this offer is also subject to any restrictions, blackouts and refund rules that apply to the type of fare purchased. Fares, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Once travel has begun, no changes to the itinerary are permitted. Other restrictions may apply. 

15 Apr 16:11

Your New Favorite Way to Eat Bacon

by Hannah Petertil

I know I'm supposed to be over the bacon trend, but this looks pretty yummy

It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.

Today: Meet bacon jam, the black horse of the meat aisle and your new favorite condiment.

The story I want to tell is one of years of stoic veganism that met its demise to one beautiful batch of bacon jam—but that wouldn't be the entire truth. I never really ate animal products; I avoided them growing up and completely cut them out of my diet when I went to college. Then, on a fateful trip to Chicago, I broke my veganism with a deep-dish pizza. But it was bacon jam—the store-bought kind—that inspired me to head to the meat aisle to voluntarily cook up a batch of this irresistable condiment.

Buying store-bought bacon jam can become an expensive habit—it is the kind of food that gave Whole Foods its paycheck-related nickname. Making it, on the other hand, is easy and affordable. Once you start cooking up your monthly batch, as I'm sure you will, it will only be a matter of time before this underrated condiment finds a permanent place on your dinner table.

Bacon jam can be used to add depth to just about any food: Spread a little on your breakfast sandwich, add it to order-in pizza when you don't want to splurge on extra toppings, or eat it by the spoonful. Want to add a smoky-sweet bite to your soup? Bacon jam! Want to bake next-level beer bread? Bacon jam! Think your mac n' cheese needs an upgrade? Add some salt... just kidding: Add some bacon jam!

More: Cooking perfect bacon is still an important life skill

Bacon jam changed me, as I'm sure it will change you. Before, I only indulged in Bac~Os, which—don't be fooled—contain no bacon (as a matter of fact, they're vegan). Now, I finally understand why people wax poetic about this cut of pork. Bacon jam made me a believer, a bacon-based poet. Now, it's time for you to join me on the bacon train:

Homemade Bacon Jam

Makes 1 1/2 cups

10 ounces bacon, maple-smoked and nitrate-free
heaping cup chopped onions (about 2 small onions)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
cloves garlic, pressed
tablespoons maple syrup
1 to 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup milk stout or malt beverage

Note: If using malt beverage, use only 1 tablespoon of brown sugar; if using milk stout, use 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.

Making bacon jam is better if you measure all of your ingredients before cooking for two reasons: Once you get cooking, it all happens pretty quickly and, more importantly, once you have measured out your 3/4 cup of milk stout or malt beverage, you can drink the rest as you cook. For your mise en place, everything should go into its own little bowl. If you don’t have eight little bowls, the vinegar and beer can go together, as can the maple syrup and brown sugar.

Start by chopping your bacon into 1/2-inch strips so that the pieces cook quickly and evenly. Heat a medium-sized skillet over medium heat and add your sliced bacon. Move the bacon around with a wooden spoon, making sure it cooks evenly and does not stick. Let it get crispy if you like texture in your jam, which I highly recommend.

Once your bacon is cooked, remove it from the heat and place it on the paper towel-lined plate. Transfer the excess bacon fat to a disposable container to either throw away or reserve for another dish, leaving a thin coating along the bottom of the pan (about 1 tablespoon) for cooking your onions. Dump your onions into the pan and cook them until they're translucent, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Now it is time to add the paprika and garlic to the onions. First, turn the heat down to low. 


Stir a few times to evenly distribute the garlic, then add the maple syrup. If using malt beverage, use only 1 tablespoon of brown sugar; if using milk stout, use 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Cook until the brown sugar has dissolved and the liquid has thickened slightly: When you pull a spoon along the bottom of the pan, the liquid should slowly move back into place.


Add the vinegar and beer to the pan, turn the heat back up to medium-high, and bring your mixture to a boil.

As soon as it has reached a boil, reduce the heat, add the bacon back into the pan, and let it cook at a gentle simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the liquid is slightly reduced.


After 15 minutes, test your jam by running your spoon along the bottom of the pan: It should should leave a trail, indicating that the liquid has thickened (as shown in the photos directly below).


Turn off the heat and let the jam sit for 10 to 20 minutes, then pour the bacon jam into a blender or food processor.

Pulse for 1 to 2 minutes, until the desired consistency is reached. I prefer the consistency of chutney over that of jelly, but this is your bacon jam so pulse it to your heart's content.

Refrigerate the jam for about an hour before eating so it solidifies a bit. But don’t worry if you can’t wait—it also tastes greats warm. 

Store it in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 1 month.

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photos by Bobbi Lin

15 Apr 01:56

On the Street…Piazza Affari, Milan

by The Sartorialist


14 Apr 21:14

Buy: Handmade Pajamas

by Nara Shin

I mean, this looks nice. But I am not sure I want to sleep in it

Handmade Pajamas
For those who have been wearing the same T-shirt to bed for the past few years, upgrade your sleep style with these handmade pajamas from young Istanbul collective Poplin Homewear. With a focus on lightweight, pure fabrics—like sheer voile—many of......
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14 Apr 20:24

On the Street…Via Solari, Milan

by The Sartorialist

oh god, it's a trend?


14 Apr 13:16

Link About It: Facebook and Unhappiness Explained


I knew there must be a reason I always feel terrible

Facebook and Unhappiness Explained
For all the time we spend on Facebook, is it really making us any happier? A team of researchers at the University of Houston set out to better understand our psychological connection to the social network by tracking the behavior of Southwestern University......
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14 Apr 13:15

Cambridge councilor wants parking, traffic fines tied to income

by adamg

Let's get nordic

Cambridge City Councilor Nadeem Mazen thinks the cost of motor-vehicle infractions unfairly burdens low-income residents - and lets the well off just laugh off infractions - so he's proposing the city start basing fines on drivers' income.

The council considers Mazen's request at its meeting tonight, Robert Winter alerts us.

13 Apr 18:54

You Snapchatted Us Your Best Suit Looks—Here Are Our Favorites


click through for some very punchable faces


Now that GQ's inaugural Suit Week is finished, we've rounded up our favorite looks that you, the readers, sent us via Snapchat. Each is jam-packed with useful knowledge for how to get your suit-game GQ-approved. See them all here.

13 Apr 18:45

To get the Red and Orange Lines ready for next winter, the T will shut them on nights this summer

by adamg

The State House News Service reports interim T GM Frank DePaola told legislators he had to choose between making riders wait for a shuttle bus on a July night or a February night.

03 Apr 18:34

kentwang:Rickshaw Cart pocket square $45Illustrated by Jed Henry...


Attn: MtS, RS, otters, etc.


Rickshaw Cart pocket square $45

Illustrated by Jed Henry as part of his Ukiyo-e Heroes series.

The top cartouche phonetically reads “Ma-ri-o”, and the bottom cartouche means “Beloved friends, dear rivals”. 

The design of Bowser is based on the legendary dragon turtle from Chinese mythology, a chimeric creature with the body of a turtle and the head of a dragon. Later period ukiyo-e artists such Utagawa Kuniyoshi often depicted such monsters and anthropomorphic creatures in their fantastical woodblock prints. Jed now brings this millennia-old motif full circle by merging it with art inspired by both the 19th century and 20th centuries.

03 Apr 15:26

The case for keeping Mark Wahlberg far, far away from any movie about the Marathon bombings

by adamg

Wahlberg Dorchester Racist Assault Autoshare

Eileen McNamara argues that "Dorchester’s most famous former racist thug" is the last person who should direct a movie about the bombings and that Ed Davis should have resisted the urge to get involved.

03 Apr 13:13