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Right, my Favorite dish in the whole world.  Suan La Chow Show, available only at Mary Chungs in Cambridge.  Wontons on a bed of beansproats in a savory sauce.  Yum!!!
Boston, MA.

The Local Alternative Weekly is the
Boston Phoenix.  They have a great club links page.  They also publish a magazine you can find on the streets called stuff@night and you can find The Improper Bostonian (who have no web presence) and the Weekly Dig.  You can also check out Back Bay Beat for more local stuff.
There is a weekly and monthly mod party both run by
Cheap Thrills a gogo.
Discount Show tickets-
Bostix.
For Concerts check out
Mass Concerts.com.
Boston is another town where it is notoriously hard to find a public bathroom.  This site keeps a list of
Public Restrooms.
The Musuem of Bad Art hosts bad art displays at various locations.

Local art info on unusual art spots can be found at
Art Initiative.

The bars close early, especially in Cambridge, but there are still a few fun things to do there. But if you are a fan of spicy food, you MUST go to MARY CHUNGS on Mass Ave in Central Square, Cambridge. Its a few blocks down from MIT. They have an amazing dish called Suan La Chow Show, which are wontons on a bed of beansproats in a sweet, sour and spicy sauce. Also their Peking Ravioli (known elsewhere as pan fried dumplings) are excellent, and the dipping sauce that goes with it also comes with the Scallion Pancakes that are on the brunch dim sum menu on weekends.

Other Yum food and stuff
Redbones BBQ-55 Chester Street, Davis Square, Somerville, 617-628-2200-Moist tender bbq near the Davis Square Red Line Station.
Herrells Ice Cream-my Favorite ice cream in Boston.  6 Locations throughout the city including Newbury Street and Harvard Square.  My Favorite is the Malted Chocolate.  Mmm.
Pulled pork at the EAST COAST GRILL
Uncle Petes Hickory ribs, 72 Squire Road - Revere, 781-289-RIBS
Sunset Grill & Tap, 130 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134, (617) 254-1331-sunday, monday and tuesday nights with only a two drink minimum, they have a free amazing over the top food buffet from midnight to one am and at their other locations.
Speeds Dogs-Hot Dog truck serving dogs soaked in brown sugar and apple cider then grilled over charcoal and served on a bun with homemade chili, sweet cranberry relish, or other toppings. Boston Speed Dog: 42 Newmarket Square, Boston MA 02118

Right next door to Mary Chungs you will find the
Middle East club, which gets some great bands.

Also nearby in Cambridge, there is a great, huge thrift store called the Garment District.  They have a pricer, picked over section as well as a clothing by the pound section.  200 Broadway , Cambridge
(617) 876-5230

The Museum of Fine Arts 465 Huntington Avenue, (617) 267-9300, is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday until 9:45 p.m. (Thursdays and Fridays after 5 p.m., only the West Wing is open).  Fridays is a very big singles scene and the museum has bands and cocktails.  $12.

Boston has the most Starbucks I have ever seen in one city, which is good if you have to use the bathroom I suppose.  Boston and NYC are both cities where this can be a challenge so this helps.  Other places you can easily find restrooms without a hassle, bars and hotels.

People always rave about the No Name Seafood restaurant and Legal Seafoods.  I prefer Skipjacks for my seafood.  Try the crabcakes!!  199 Clarendon St , Boston

For a slight touristy diversion, you can take the blue like to Revere Beach.  Walk over to the water and you will find Kellys Roast Beef. Its not necessarily cheap, or necessarily good, but you can eat a roast beef or fried clams by the water.  It depresses me to go there because Revere Beach used to have an awesome amusement park like Coney Island right where those ugly buildings are.  Kelly's Roast Beef, 410 Revere Beach Blvd, Revere, MA  (781) 284-9129

Gibby of
Makeout Club spins weekly at a party called Start Boston. Currently it is on Hiatus..  Gibby also runs the Sunday night party at NYCs Lit.  The party of the moment is the Pill currently at Great Scott on Fridays

Live Music-
The Abbey-3 Beacon Street, Somerville-dive bar with bands
The Roxy-279 Tremont Street-Boston, MA 02116- 617-338-ROXY (7699)-Big club that sometimes features bands like Yo La Tengo.
TT The Bear's, 10 Brookline St., Cambridge MA  617-492-BEAR
Paradise Rock Club-classic club that closed its doors briefly but has reopened.
The Midway Cafe-3496 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 (617) 524-9038

Record Stores-
There are a million Newbury Comics stores around town.  They are very good indie/comic shops.
Mars Records, 840 Mass Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139


In Western Mass is an old road called the
Mohawk Trail.  You can drive it and hit all kinds of fun americana like:
A.L Avery&Son General Store:413-339-4915 
on the Mohawk Trail in Charlemont. Visit one of the few true general stores left in the East. since 1861. Experience one-stop shopping for hardware, groceries, custom cut meat and clothing. It's the perfect blend of old and new.
Monday through Saturday, 8:30 - 5:30

Main St., Charlemont, MA 01339
Franklin

Charlemont Inn -http://www.charlemontinn.com   413-339-5796
The last existing traditional country inn on the Mohawk Trail. Casual Dining. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lodging from $32. Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday. Route 2 in Charlemont
Seven Days all year round
Address: Route 2
Charlemont, MA 01339
Franklin


Famous Bill's Restaurant -413-773-9230
Restaurant at 30 Federal Street in Downtown Greenfield. Dining room, lounge, party room. Specializing in steaks, lobsters, seafood and other great food.
Daily Year Round, Lunch and dinner
Address:
30 Federal Street
Greenfield, MA 01340
Franklin

 
French King Motel & Restaurant
413-659-3328
charming 19 room motel adjacent to the French King Bridge & Connecticut River Gorge.  fireplaced lounge and candlelight dining. Hike the old stagecoach road to the Gorge. Swimming pool, mtn. biking, x-country skiing, fishing & nearby golfing.  413-659-3328

Gould's Sugar House 413-625-6170 

Watch maple sugar being made for your breakfast pancakes each spring!  family owned sugar house along the trail features on-sote maple processing and a family restaurant and gift shop.
Seasonal
Address:
Route 2
Shelburne, MA 01370
Franklin

 
Shady Glen Restaurant

Avenue A, Turners Falls, just over the bridge which crosses historic and scenic Turners Falls and the Connecticut River. Just two minutes from the Mohawk Trail. Get the Blueberry pie.
Open Mon. - Sat. 6am - 9pm, Sun. 6am - noon
Address: Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA
Franklin

 
Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters
http://www.ibuycoffee.com 
413-625-0116

Enjoy world class fresh roasted coffees, restaurant, sumptuous pastries, savory soups and more in a cozy country setting. Delicious snacks to light meals. Eat in or take out.
Open all day, every day.
1207 Mohawk Trail
Shelburne, MA 01370


 
The 1896 House
http://www.1896house.com 413-189-1896
Dinner house and tavern. We are where you want to be!People are raving. Rte. 7-Williamstown, MA 01267
Berkshire
 
The Old Mill
http://www.1761oldmill.com 
978-874-5941
Just off Rte. 2, exit 25, take 2A east 1/2 mile to Westminster. Built in 1761 as a sawmill on a country pond and run by five generations of one family. Now an elegant restaurant serving delicious Yankee food in a rural setting. Visit the Village Store and Christmes Shop.
Address:
Westminster, MA 01473
Worcester
 

Williams Inn -http://www.williamsinn.com  413-458-9371
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. New England fare and continental cuisine. Best Sunday brunch in the Berkshires. Full bar and meeting rooms.
Rtes. 2 and 7
Williamstown, MA 01267
Berkshire


Easthampton, MA

Art and Performance space-
Flywheel arts-2 Holyoke St. Easthampton, MA 01027-all sorts of interestings art and music events.

Framingham, MA
If you take the honky tonk route 9 instead of the Mass Pike, you will pass
Kens Steakhouse, birthplace of the supermarket salad dressings.  Prices are not unreasonable.  A lot cheaper than a Ruths Chris

Revere, MA
Revere Beach Eats-Kellys Roast Beef- 410 Revere Beach Blvd Revere, MA 02151 stand serving roast beef and seafood by the beach.  Easy to get to from Boston.  Don't get the seafood dude, though its good...

Ipswich, MA
Eats
Why, its the
Ipswich Clam box, of course.  And shaped like a takeout box.
246 High St-Ipswich, MA 01938
(978) 356-9707

Northhampton, MA
Music
Iron Horse Music Hall -20 Center Street , Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 586-8686

Gallery-
Gallery TK-114 main street
northampton, ma

Saugus, MA

Saugus has some of the best roadside architecture along US1 in the country with the Giant Cactus of
Hilltop steakhouse, Kowloon, the giant tiki themed chinese joint, and much more.

Eats-
Kane's Donuts, 120 Lincoln Ave, Saugus, MA 01906  (781) 233-8499-old fashioned donuts in a house. Doors open at 3:30 am! til 11 pm.  Famous for cake donuts, honey dipped, bismarks, sort of a cruller filled with fruit and whipped cream and a giant 32 oz chocolate covered cinnamon roll.  Whew.

SHREWSBURY, MA
Not far from Worcester, is the amazing store
Spags.  Worth a trip off the turnpike.  On Route 9.

SPRINGFIELD, MA

In Western Mass, about 2 hours from Boston is Springfield.

Amusement Park-
Six Flags New England-(Agawam, MA) Formerly known as Riverside Park, they have the great Cyclone and the amazing SUPERMAN Hypercoaster.

Attractions-
Springfield is home to the new
Dr. Seuss Memorial.  The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden is located at the Quadrangle, State & Chestnut Streets in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Waltham, MA

eats-
Jakes Dixie roadhouse-Not cool at all, but they have bands and bbq which is rare for this area. 220 Moody Street , Waltham, MA 02453 
(781) 894 - 4BBQ

West Springfield, MA

Eats-
White Hut-280 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, Ma
Cheeseburgers topped with standard American cheese and grilled onions preferably ordered on the side. If you say hamburger, the counter person will say, "You mean cheeseburger?"  Incredibly fast, very small, very good.




Worcester, Mass

Worcester has a version of the
Phoenix alternative weekly.

Other music info:
Wormtown

Eats:
The Corner Grille
806 Pleasant Street, Worcester, Mass.
Tel.: 508-754-8884.
Famous for their wrap sandwiches.

Live MUSIC clubs
Ralph's Chadwick Square Diner-95 Prescott St., Worcester
508-753-9543


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