Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Bud Bowl, Mean Joe Greene, the Bud frogs ... what do you think is the best ad ever to air during the NFL title game?
It's been the game within the game. The hottest topic other than what team won and why. And this year should be no different. Commercials during the Super Bowl tend to keep football-crazed fans glued to their TVs during timeouts. Not so much for the product, but for the genius writing and creativity. The hype really started with Coco-Cola's ad featuring Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Mean Joe Greene tossing his grimy game shirt to a young fan in 1980. Since then, we've been enthralled with talking frogs, animated beer bottles, the Big Brother-type ad when Apple announced the release of the Macintosh, and others. So I started to think about which commercials I thought were the most memorable. Here are my choices for all-time greatest …
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Free wireless internet in Watertown and Waltham
Panera – Sip on a gourmet sandwich or beverage while you catch up on some work at Panera Bread, located in Watertown at 321 Arsenal St. and in Waltham at 1096 Lexington St. Boston House of Pizza – If you’re looking for free wi-fi while you splurge on pizza, stop by Boston House of Pizza, located at 115 Galen St. in Watertown. Starbucks – Divulge on a latte or iced coffee drink while you surf the web at Starbucks, located in the Watertown Mall at 550 Arsenal St., as well as at 75 Mt. Auburn St. in Watertown. Café on the Common – Have some pastry and tea while you send emails at the Café on the Common, located at 677 Main St. in Waltham. Watertown Free Public Library (123 Main St., Watertown) and Waltham Public Library (735 Main St., Waltham…
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Here are some spots to beat chilly, rainy autumn days in Waltham and Watertown.
Plaster Fun Time – At “the plaster painting place where kids do it their way,” families can visit for an afternoon of fun and create pieces to take home. Stop by their Waltham location in the Colonial Shopping Center at 85 River St. in Waltham. Starbucks – Stop by your neighborhood Starbucks Coffee (75 Mt. Auburn St. in Watertown or 550 Arsenal St. in Watertown), for all your comfort fall coffee drinks on a rainy day. Waltham Public Library (735 Main St., Waltham) and Watertown Free Public Library (123 Main St., Watertown) are good options for catching up on a book or finding new reads. Waltham Museum – Learn Waltham’s history, from first watches to fine bicycles. The museum is located at 25 Lexington St. in Waltham. Arsenal Mall (485 …
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Check out our picks for all things autumn in Watertown and Waltham.
Pumpkins – If you’re scouring for a pumpkin to sit atop your stoop, try Russo’s Market at 560 Pleasant St. in Watertown. Also try the Waltham Farmers Market on Saturdays at Main and Moody Streets (Sovereign Bank lot) in Waltham for your picking. Foliage – The Upper Charles River Reservation is a good place for a stroll and to see the changing of the seasons. Start your walk from Prospect Street in Waltham or Watertown Square. Pumpkin beer – Looking for a seasonal brew? Stop by Watch City Brewery at 256 Moody St. in Waltham for a Pie-Eyed Pumpkin Ale. Cider – Apple cider is in season. Russo’s is a good bet for cider, located at 560 Pleasant St. in Watertown. You can also try your local supermarkets; Hannaford at 55 Russell St. in Waltham, …
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Here are some picks for a nice dinner and drink for under $25 per person.
Not Your Average Joe’s (55 Main St., Watertown) has many unusual creations which make for an affordable dinner. Try the Rosemary Skewered Scallops ($19.99) or the Cranberry-Teriyaki Chicken with Sweet Potato Cannellonis ($15.99). Top it off with a margarita ($6.99), or share a pitcher of your favorite beverage. Porcini’s offers Mediterranean faire in an upscale ambiance. Try the Margherita Pasta with Chicken ($17) or the Distrutto (penne with chicken, kalamata olives, etc. - $19). Add some wine (average $7/glass) or Sangria ($8.50). Stop by 68 School St. in Watertown. Watch City Brewing Co. (256 Moody St., Waltham) doesn’t seem to be messing around with house specialties Mia’s Mac & Cheese ($15.95, or $18.95 with grilled chicken) and beer …
Thursday, September 8, 2011
There are several things residents can do locally to reduce their carbon footprint. Check out some we found.
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Thursday, September 8, 2011
The Watertown Citizens for Environmental Safety (WCES), founded in 1979, advocates for sound environmental practices. The group holds events and task force meetings, allowing for residents to get involved in change. Watertown Gardens allows residents to organize and promote community gardens. Growing and eating locally is healthier and better for the environment. Green Rows of Waltham (GROW) provides the opportunity for community members to garden within designated plots at the University Of Massachusetts Field Station on Beaver Street. Hazardous product collections allow residents to properly dispose of hazardous products at designated times. On Saturday, Sept. 18, residents of Waltham and Watertown are encouraged to bring any such …
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Here are some good bets for back to school supplies and school gear.
CVS – Find the essential binders, folders, and protractors at CVS. Visit any of their locations: 27 Main St. in Watertown, 12 Harvard St. in Waltham, or 51 Linden St. in Waltham. Old Navy – For reasonable back to school looks, check out the specials at Old Navy, located in the Arsenal Mall at 485 Arsenal St. in Watertown. Target – You’re bound to find good deals on clothes as well as school supplies. Backpacks, anyone? Stop by their location in the Watertown Mall at 550 Arsenal St. Staples – Find a more extensive array of organizational and writing tools at Staples. Stop by 800 Lexington St. in Waltham or 11 Mt. Auburn St. in Watertown. Payless Shoe Source – Kids need new shoes? Got a few kids going back to school? If you’re on a budget …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Check out these ethnic dining options in Watertown and Waltham.
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Thursday, August 18, 2011
Here are some places to take a date in Watertown and Waltham.
Embassy Cinema – This Landmark Theater located at 16 Pine St. in Waltham shows your favorite classics, foreign, and independent films for a fun night out. Arsenal Center for the Arts – If you and your date both fancy the arts, check out a dance show, theater performance, or fine arts exhibit at the center at 321 Arsenal St. in Watertown. Grappa – If you’re looking for an intimate dinner, treat yourselves to some fine Italian dining at Grappa, located at 71 Elm St. in Watertown. La Casa de Pedro – If you want a unique Latin experience, try dining outdoors or indoors at La Casa de Pedro, located at 343 Arsenal St. in Watertown. Sip mojitos and enjoy authentic Venezuelan dishes. Upper Charles River Reservation – This is the perfect season for…
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Here are some picks in Watertown and Waltham to grab a classic or unique burger.
Wild Willy’s – This outpost at 46 Arsenal St. in Watertown makes “real burgers for real burger lovers” with certified angus beef. The most unique burger offering may be the “Stampede,” which is topped with steak chili. 21 Nickels Grille & Tap – This 21 Nichols Ave, Watertown dive claims to change up their menu frequently. Try to catch their Santa Claus burger, smothered with mac & cheese and onion rings. Watch City Brewery – You’ll find lots of unusual burgers at 256 Moody St. in Waltham. Offerings include beef, turkey beef, buffalo turkey, veggie, and lamb. Burgers come in many styles with spices and even battered. The Mad Raven – This Irish pub at 841 Main St. in Waltham strives to be unique like the raven. Their pub menu does that and …