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Mixologist Dale DeGroff’s Holiday Drink Suggestion

Last night, bartenders and imbibers from around Boston gathered at Drink to celebrate renowned cocktail maker Dale DeGroff’s latest book, The Essential Cocktail. Small samples of Manhattans (made with rye whiskey or bourbon) and Cosmopolitans flowed freely as DeGroff worked…

Repurposing Your Halloween Candy

Plastic shopping bags full of snack-sized candy bars have been cropping up with alarming frequency at the Chowder offices since Halloween. Far be it from us to turn down free candy, but why not transform the extra goodies into yet…

Pumpkin Beer, Round II

Thanks to the infinitely patient staff at Sav-Mor Liquors, Chowder has been sampling additional pumpkin beers after the overwhelming response to our post two weeks ago. We assembled a six-pack of our confirmed favorites (Smuttynose) and some that readers suggested…

Berried Treasure

As the old adage goes, you eat with your eyes first. Chowder believes this doesn’t just apply to the dish before you, but also the ambiance. Some interior designs enhance the theme—take Redbones as an example—but even if a strategically…

Lofty Expectations at the Garden

Last week, Bostonista jumped at the chance to watch the Bruins-Maple Leafs game from The Lofts, part of a $4 million renovation project that was recently completed at the TD Banknorth Garden. After taking the elevator to the sixth floor,…

Chowder Loves: Pumpkin Beer

Unlike many summer-weary Bostonians, I hate fall. Not because I dislike crisp days or the crunch of leaves underfoot, but I hate what fall signifies. Before we know it, we’ll be sliding across icy sidewalks and shut in our apartments…

All the News That’s Fit to Eat

Keeping track of Boston’s dining scene can feel almost as daunting as finding a use for all those apples you picked this weekend. Chowder scours the Internet for the latest good news and monkeying around. Good News Esquire has named…

The Single Person’s Fiscal Lament

Couples are having a hard time dealing with the financial crisis. One member of the family wants to buy stocks while they’re practically worthless in the hopes of striking it rich on the next upswing, while their significant other feels…

The MBTA Drives Off in a Hyundai

Who knew the MBTA was feeling so lucky? The debt-strapped agency has decided to buy a fleet of commuter rail cars from Hyundai Rotem, a company that has never built commuter trains in the United States. What could possibly go…

Weekend Redux: What You Missed

Just because you spent all weekend raking leaves, it doesn’t mean the world stopped moving. We round up the notable stories you missed. Saturday The MBTA might not be raising fares in 2009, but they’ve got no problem jacking the…