Seems like Boston is pretty keen on glamming it up these days… all spawning from the South End’s miraculous recreation, in my opinion. The air in the city seems to be changing as the South End - which used to be one of Boston's “scary” spots (whatever that means) - transforms itself.
- The Back Bay and all that old, boring money that went along with it
- Newbury Street and Lamborghini show-offs
- Prada-suit wearing self-proclaimed bigshots who spend $500 at Sonsie on a bottle of Champaign to entice pretty passer-bys
- Clubs that make you wait in the cold just so it looks like they have a long line
What’s new… and better
- The South End in all of its diverse glory
- Walking from point A to point B
- Inconspicuous restaurant owners who make a point of getting to know all of their regulars
- The sexy, sleek, and stylish bar scene
The past couple evenings have really glued the pieces together for me. I attended the MAP Boston Launch Party at The Other Side Cafe. This planner highlights non-chain, slightly off-the-radar venues in Boston. And as the DJ blasted old Ol' Dirty Bastard tracks, the party felt very non-chain. I like it.
I dined at Rocca on Harrison Ave. for the first time, and I love the spot. I wasn’t expecting such lively design and funky colors, and also Rocca seemed to attract non-South-Enders. That really makes me believe that this neighborhood can and will become the standard “it” location. And though people often criticize Rocca for the small portions, I think offering half-size plates is a smart move. Personally, I lose my appetite when a waiter shoves a huge hunk of beef or towering salad in front of me. Even Presidential hopefuls are pointing out that Americans fatter than ever… so maybe smaller portions is the wave of the future.
And who knew Boston had a Fashion Week? I partied at a Fashion Event co-hosted by LIT (a little Boston-based boutique). A cool and confident scene… and an excuse for me to bust out the tube top and do something interesting with my hair.
When it comes to different, diverse, funky, and fab, I'm taking cues from Boston and making bold moves. I mean, why not?