Neighborhood Week in Harvard Square

By now you guys probably know how much I love a good deal.  Or coupon.  Or saving.  Read on…

Did you know that BuyWithMe is celebrating Harvard Square by giving away a few offers each day this week through Sunday October 9th for different businesses in the area?  5% of all proceeds from Neighborhood Week will be donated to the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter in honor of the Harvard Square Business Association’s 100th anniversary.

When I found out about Harvard Square Neighborhood Week, I was thrilled.  Harvard Square is one of my favorite city spots to walk around and hang out in.  It’s pretty, historical, fun, and a quick bus ride from my apartment!  Plus, they have soooo many good restaurants and bars.

Check out some of the deals BuyWithMe has offered this week – it’s not too late to purchase them!

John Harvard’s Brew House
This deal is $20 for $40 worth of food and non-alcoholic beverages to John Harvard’s Brew House.

With this deal, $10 gets you $20 worth of food and European espresso coffee drinks to Zinneken’s.

City Wine Tours
Normally a $56 value, one admission to a Harvard Square, North End, South End, or Back Bay City Wine Tour can be purchased with this deal for $30. 

Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre
There are a couple options with this deal to the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre.  You can either pay $24 for one ticket to see Broken Shadows on October 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 27th, or 28th at 8pm or October 16th or 23rd at 4pm (normally $38), or you can pay $50 for a 10-class card for drop-in Elementary and/or Intermediate Open Ballet Classes that never expire and are normally a $100 value. 

Fire & Ice
This deal will let you pay $22 for a dinner or brunch for two plus a shared dessert up to a $43 value at FiRe+IcE.

The Regattabar
Located in Harvard Square at The Charles Hotel, the Regattabar is offering the following options as part of this deal:

  • $9 for a ticket to Battle of the Saxes at 7:30pm on 10/12 ($15 value)
  • $9 for a ticket to Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra at 7:30pm on 10/18 ($16 value)
  • $12 for a ticket to Jack Donahue at 7:30pm on 10/21 ($20 value)
  • $12 for a ticket to the Sugar Ray CD Release Show at 10pm on 10/22 ($20 value)
  • $10 for a ticket to the Jose Conde CD Release Show at 7:30pm on 11/1 ($18 value)
  • $12 for a ticket to Rudresh Mahanthappa at 7:30pm on 11/3 ($20 value)
  • $9 for a ticket to Pierre Hurel at 7:30pm on 11/10 ($15 value)
  • $15 for a ticket to Djanjo Allstarts at 10pm on 11/11 ($25 value)
  • $12 for a ticket to Sophie Milman at 10pm on 11/16 ($22 value)
  • $15 for a ticket to Regina Carter at 10pm on 11/25 ($25 value)
  • $15 for a ticket to Regina Carter at 10pm on 11/26 ($25 value)

You can get $55 worth of food and non-alcoholic beverages with this deal to Nubar.  And you only have to spend $25.

Tommy Doyle’s
With this deal, $15 gets you $30 worth of food and non-alcoholic beverages to Tommy Doyle’s.

American Repertory Theatre
This deal gets you $35 table seats to The Donkey Show Octoberfest Special at the American Repertory Theatre’s OBERON.  This is normally a $55 value for one of the following Saturday 10:30pm shows:  10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, or 11/26.

Boston Chocolate Tours
Boston Chocolate Tours usually charges $48 for a 2.5 hour tour of 8 Harvard Square landmarks.  This deal gets you the tour for $29 on October 9, 16, 23 or 30, November 6, 13, 20 or 27, or December 4, 11, or 18.

I’m not sure if there will be more places added to the lineup over the next couple days, but I’ll definitely keep my eye out for you guys!  So far, I bought the deals for John Harvard’s, the Wine Tour, and the Ballet Classes.  Very excited!

Question of the Day – What’s your favorite place in Harvard Square?

Boston Local Food Festival

Morning, folks.

Wanna know another thing I love about fall/October?

There are so many fairs & festivals going on.

This past weekend Tim & I went to the Boston Local Food Festival on the Boston Waterfront at Fort Point Channel.

From the website:

The Boston Local Food Festival, which will overlook the historic Boston Harbor, is an outdoor autumn celebration of the many virtues of locally grown and produced food. The Festival will showcase the wide diversity of our local and New England food system, by spotlighting local farmers, food businesses, local food and health organizations. The intention is to inspire the growing and eating of Massachusetts grown food, with a special emphasis on fruits and vegetables.

The most important objective of the Boston Local Food Festival is to increase accessibility and availability of healthy local food for all. Massachusetts eaters of all ages, races, and socioeconomic levels will see, taste, and appreciate the variety of healthy, delicious food choices that local specialty crops and products make available to them in their own back yard. This unique festival will bring Massachusetts farms together with individuals and families from diverse backgrounds, organizations, businesses, and local food advocates in an informative and fun way.

This was totally up my alley.

We spent the afternoon sampling so many different things!  Milk, veggies, hummus, jams, bbq sauce, fruit, pita chips, seaweed, hand lotions, cider – you name it, we tried it!  There were exhibits about gardening, nutrition, health, cooking, and exercise.  Several stations gave away recipes – I collected so many and am so excited to try them (and of course blog about them).  There were cooking and butcher demonstrations held throughout the day.  At the one we watched, we learned how to cut up a whole chicken!  The music and entertainment was really cool too.  We caught some belly dancers, martial arts demonstrations, and a live reggae band.  There was also a beer tasting, but the tickets sold out for that before we could check it out.

And of course I collected every single pamphlet, business card (potential blogging connections!), and free magazine out there.  Tim is a SAINT for dealing with this:

Free stuff just makes me happy!  Clearly.

Some picture highlights:

Look how much sugar each of these products has! Gross!

For the full collection of photos, you can click this link and check them out!

This was a great time, and I’m so glad I ended up going.

Question of the day:  Do you have any favorite fall fairs/festivals?  Share!