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Another butterbeer at Hogsmeade, please

August 29, 2010

If you are a Harry Potter fan, you really need to get to Universal Orlando’s Harry Potter theme park, if just to taste butterbeer – a magical sweet butterscotchy concoction with beer-like foam that keeps growing as you sip it! You can get in in roadside kiosks or at the Hogs Head pub in the Three Broomsticks.

Explore the castle, dragons, ghosts and grounds in fabulous multimedia ride – The Forbidden Journey or try the Flight of the Hippogriff – a quick little roller coaster ride.

Pick some Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans at Honey Dukes, check out the extended ears at Zonko’s or let the wand choose you at Ollivander’s.

I became a child at what is for me Universal’s most unique and exciting theme park. I cannot think of anything that has thrilled me more than walking around Hogsmeade, seeing the Hogsworth Express, Hagrid’s hut, the ghosts of  Hogsworth and the smashed up blue car today. It truly was as realistic as the book or the movie – and completely magical. Now my only problem is, how can I get butterbeer back home?!

We ended with lunch at what is slated as the best of theme park restaurants – Mythos.

The atmosphere was funky and the food good. I enjoyed my crabcakes and tried some of their signature dish the pepper crusted pork – pretty good. All the other stuff, ranging from pad thai to topped flatbread, looked pretty good too.

We ended with mouthwatering Cauldron Cakes bought from Honey Dukes earlier.

You could also grab a roasted turkey leg off a stand in the nearby Jurassic Park!


Newton wine store moves to Brookline

August 13, 2010

They call themselves Boston area’s most innovative wine shop, both online and in-store and soon moves to Beacon Street according to this Brookline TAB story.

Vinovido promises affordable and highly acclaimed wines for every occasion with a varied selection and expert recommendations.

Their current recommendation is the Muscadet, a dry white.

The 2008 Muscadet Sevre et Maine Cuvee Harmonie hails from a single parcel, and represents one of the finest expressions of Muscadet we’ve tasted. This limited production wine is perfectly suited to these hot August days, and will pair beautifully with grilled shellfish.

Special deal
Regular price: $15.50
1-5 bottles: $14.73, that’s 5% OFF.
6+ bottles price: $13.95, that’s 10% OFF.

1669 Beacon St.
Brookline, MA 02445.

Leisure Station – my pick for boba tea in Boston

July 27, 2010

I waited until I tried them at least three times and so far, I haven’t been disappointed.

If you love boba/bubble/pearl tea (like me) prepare to be wowed by this new find. Even if you don’t, this might be the tea that wins you over.

Leisure Station
625 Kendall St., Cambridge, MA 02142

Milk tea with pearls, jasmine tea with lychee jelly, honey citron fruit tea with aloe vera, peppermint milk tea with rainbow jelly – they are all exceptional at Leisure Station in Kendall Square. In fact, nowadays I just look for an excuse to head there in hopes of grabbing one of the teas on the way.

It’s apparently the first of it’s kind in the region with a concept and boba secrets imported straight from Taiwan.  And you can order your tea online and pick it up curbside. Their fusion rolls are pretty hot too – if a tad expensive. (See my review at the Chronicle).

I even went to Chinatown this weekend to try the new tea place folks are raving about and was pretty disappointed with the less sweet and harder boba and the overly bitter jasmine tea.

Beans and baristas

March 19, 2010

For a person who rarely drinks coffee and certainly not withoutdollops of sugar, I was pleasantly surprised to taste a competition-level cappuccino today.
It was frothy, smooth, creamy and not at all as bitter as I expected.

Coffee-lovers should definitely check out the bustle and brews at the Northeast Regional Barista Competition being held at the Somerville Armory this week, March 18-21.

Some of the competitors include area favorites like 1369 Coffeehouse, Diesel Cafe and J.P. Licks.

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