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FREE STUFF ALERT! If you're in the Boston area today and interested in grabbing some free tickets on Jetblue, you might want to keep your eyes on Twitter today for a chance at 'em.
In celebration of their 10th Anniversary in the skies, Jetblue is doing just as they did in NYC a month ago by giving away lots of free tickets to the first-come-first-served people of Boston.
They'll be announcing their giveaway locations and any other details you need to know on their Twitter @Jetblue, so be sure to follow them! For hints at what to expect, we can tell you that in New York, they started in the business district and had three locations total throughout the day, asking the crowd to do things like bring them a birthday card, wear blue and bring an airplane-related item, and bring them a destination postcard. At each place, tons of people turned up, so don't expect them to hang out at the location for more than twenty minutes.
· @Jetblue [Twitter]
· Jetblue Celebrates Their 10th Anniversary With a Fresh Paint Job [Jaunted]
· Travel Contests [Jaunted]
Airfare Wars / Southwest / JetBlue / Boston / BOS / Airline News / LCCs / → All Tags
Now this is just getting silly. The dustup at Logan was already the most interesting battle in the airline industry, with Southwest turning the turf war into a bloodbath and pushing out major carriers like US Airways. JetBluewhich considers Boston home turfisn't going to be shoved aside as easily. They're retaliating by increasing their Boston flights by a full 30 percent.
Southwest recently broadsided JetBlue and AirTran by adding two daily roundtrips, for a total of seven, between Boston and Baltimore. That bumped up the total number of BOS-BWI dailies to 20. Given that 20 is probably way more than necessary, an outside observer might guess that Southwest was just trying to spite their rivals.
Airfare Wars / Southwest / JetBlue / Boston / BOS / AirTran / BWI / Airline News / LCCs / → All Tags
The outlook for the 2010 airline industry is unremittingly bleak, but you wouldn't know it from the way that Southwest is acting. The low cost carrier is adding 104 flights to its spring schedule. In the process they're turning the Boston turf war they started with JetBlue and AirTran into a full-blown bloodbath:
Gnome Travel / Travelocity / Travel Promotions / DC / Boston / Philadelphia / → All Tags
Travelocity’s cuddly/creepy garden gnome mascot is ready to hit the road again, and the travel website is asking fans to vote on where he should head next.
After hitting up Vegas (thanks to some voting from the crew over at Vegas Chatter!), the gnome jaunted down the west coast, hitting up Sedona and Arizona, but now he’s swinging back east. Thus, Travelocity has delved into the eternal Northeast travel battle: which city (after New York of course) is most worth a visit? Visitors to the gnome’s website are asked whether he should visit Boston, Philadelphia, or DC.
And so far, DC’s rumored Obama-era coolness is nowhere to be seen, as the district (14%) is lagging far behind Boston (46%) and Philly (40%). Cast your vote over at the gnome's website, and follow his travelswhere else?on twitter.
· Pick the Roaming Gnome’s Next Adventure [Travelocity]
· Travelocity Hides Rising Prices With Fancy Words [Jaunted]
· Tell Travelocity's Roaming Gnome To Come To Vegas, Baby, Vegas [Vegas Chatter]
Food Travel / Ice Cream / Ben & Jerrys / Desserts / Boston / → All Tags
Casual ice cream connoisseurs may get revved up about Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day, but real ice cream fanatics know the frozen dairy event of the year comes a little later in spring, at the Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl in Boston.
Food Travel / Restaurants / Little Italy / Pizza / Boston / → All Tags
Of all the Little Italys in the northeast, Boston's is probably the one least decimated by gentrification. That's not to say this nabe doesn't have its fair share of yuppie cafes and tourist traps, but they don't totally drown out the sweet sound of "uno cannoli, per favore."
You'll still find narrow cobblestone streets lined with hole-in-the-wall eateries, decades-old businesses which make up a part of an ethnic fabric and give the neighborhood a personality and attractions above tourism. Many of these places just happen to be amazing restaurants, and let's face it, you're really only going to come here for one overarching reason: the food. To ease the stress of deciding, we'll let you in on a few of our favorite stops:
Set on Harvard Street in the Brookline neighborhood, Zaftigs is one deli where you won't want to take grandma, because while they've got all the kosher classics, they don't keep strictly kosher.
The restaurant serves all the traditional offerings—potato pancakes, blintzes, smoked whitefish salad—along with a few Jewish fusion options like BBQ brisket quesadillas. It may perhaps be the first time you'll have ever had an opportunity to taste "Jewish fusion."
Breakfast, which is served all day, features banana-stuffed French toast and cheddar-apple omelets. Those not enough choices for you? Don't worry, you can always opt for a BLT, just don't tell grandma.
· Zaftigs [Official Site]
· The Best Jewish Delis in the World:: Katz's in New York [Jaunted]
· The Best Jewish Delis in the World:: Chicago's Ashkenaz [Jaunted]
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If you're of the variety that like to drink & bowl, then be sure to hit the lanes at Milky Way Lounge & Lanes in Jamaica Plain, Mass. They've got the 1950s-style bowling, candlepin, where the ball's a lot smaller and it's a lot harder to hit the pins. But the kitsch factor keeps it fun. Seven lanes are available for the taking, as is a full bar, to better improve your score.
The interior's a bit dim, and walls are even plastered with dusty magazine cut-outs, a la your seventh grade locker door, but the crowd's young and fun, and it's just $25 per lane to bowl for an hour, shoes included. If you're hungry, you get to order snacks from Bella Luna next door, where you can try the surprising dried cranberry and goat cheese white pizza and fresh salads.
Boston / Museums / Art / → All Tags
You've had it with class and grace. If you see another Monet you're going to have nightmares about killer water lilies. Why not cleanse your palate at the Museum of Bad Art outside of Boston?
Founded by Scott Wilson after he discovered a cache of bad art by the side of the road, the museum now owns some 250 cringe-worthy works and has a public gallery in downtown Dedham. Bet you can't look at just one! Too late -- you already did (above, "Lucy in the Field With Flowers"). And in case you've already been burned by high-price tickets to Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, cheer up: It's free.
Open Monday-Friday 2-10 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and Holidays 1-10 p.m. $0.
· Museum of Bad Art [Official Site]
Boston / Cambridge / Shopping / Malls / → All Tags
Might as well make it mini-mall week. The Garage, in Cambridge, MA, is a curious little place we've been attached to for a while. Its stranglehold on us might have something to do with the fact that the inside feels exactly like a Habitrail.
The Garage is, in fact, a converted garage near Harvard Square. It's perfect for wasting an hour while you're waiting for friends, or, in our case, for getting in touch with your inner hamster. Most importantly it houses a holy trinity of retail outlets: Ben & Jerry's, tattoo place, and a Newbury Comics. There's a sweet stack of free papers outside Newbury here, making it an easy-to-find go-to when you're stuck for something to do at night.
And yeah, there's a Starbucks too. Feel free to shoot us now for loving it.
· Guide to Cool Tokyo Record Stores [Jaunted]
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When faced with the worst floods in 70 years and eight consecutive days of hard rain, what do Bostonians do? They take refuge in knowing that there are other parts of the physical world where rain is currently less rampant. What better way to celebrate this than a field trip to the Mapparium.
Situated in the heart of the Boston Christian Science Center and every amateur cartographer/historian's wet dream, the three-story spherical globe was constructed in 1935 by Chester Lindsay Churchill and still boasts the original 1935 map of the world.
As a forewarning, be sure to take advantage of the acoustics in the room, which were renovated in the past decade. Standing at fixed points on the bridge, looking up and around at the world, your voice will sound exceptionally true-to-life. In the middle of the bridge, what you hear is the exact sound that other people hear when you talk. It's a surreal experience and one that no outgoing voicemail playback can quite encapsulate.
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Situated in the heart of boutique-y Boston lies a bookstore/cafe that seeks out the culturally astute making their way up Newbury street. Trident Booksellers & Cafe is an anomaly, a mecca for the culturally astute. Plus, on any given afternoon after perusing the eclectic bookshelves, you can take refuge at the bar and order up any one of their smoothies: Stress Reliever, Fresh Complexion (the most important for book-lovers), or Body Cleanser.
One of the greatest attributes of the Trident menu is their "Comfort Food" selection. How many bookstore cafes will serve you a chicken strip basket with a side of fries just to satisfy your late-night urges? We suppose that's where the Body Cleanser smoothie comes in handy.
For the cheap yet pretentious, Trident offers free Wi-Fi so you can sit at the bar and type away endlessly while sipping on your Cherry Bomb (Mango iced tea, cherries, vanilla ice cream, and bubble pearls) to get you mulling thru that essay/article. Also of note, Trident is open till 11:30, practically unheard of in Boston. Maybe Murph and Sully will stop by after a Sawx win and have a chai latte?