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      Blog :: 07-2012

      Our favorite eateries on wheels

      One of the newest fads to hit the Boston food scene is food trucks. We're not talking about your standard falafel truck parked outside your favorite nighttime hangout- take a look around while strolling the city streets this summer and you're sure to spot one of many gourmet food trucks on the road. For a cheaper (and tastier) alternative to your normal lunch break from work, stop by one these eateries on wheels. Here's a list of our favorites.

      The Taco Truck- This New Jersey-based company has given Boston's Mexican food scene a new spin this summer with their "unique fast-casual authentic Mexican taqueria concept". Serving up some of the freshest, most delicious and unique tacos around, any fans of Mexican food should definitely check them out. We suggest their Pescado taco, made with crispy catfish and topped off with a Mexican tartar sauce, pico, and red cabbage.

      Roxy's Grilled Cheese

      Roxy's Grilled Cheese- Since it's opening in March 2011 by Emerson College graduate James DiSabatino, Roxy's has some of the best grilled cheese sandwiches out there. We're not the only ones who think so, they made it to the final three competitors on the second season of Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race.

      Bon Me- This Vietnamese-inspired food truck sits outside the Pru near the Christian Science Center. For just $6, satisfy your tummy with a choice of either a rice bowl, noodle salad and of course, a Vietnamese sandwich.

      Momogoose- Specializing in "gourmet, healthy Southeast Asian cuisine", they offer a variety of Vegan, vegetarian, and non-vegetarian options with flavors from Korea, Vietnam and Japan.

      Roxy's Grilled Cheese

      Clover Food Lab- Clover Food Lab offers possibly one of the best vegetarian sandwiches in all of Boston, Try their delicious Chickpea Fritter Sandwich. Served in a whole wheat pita and stuffed full with homemade hummus, Israeli salad, sliced pickles, homemade chickpea fritters, pickled vegetables and topped off with tahini mixed with lemon juice, it's quite possibly one of the most delectable vegetarian sandwiches in all of Boston.

      Lobsta Love- With a menu resembling that of a traditional seafood shack you might find beachside at Cape Cod, this food truck will hit the spot for any seafood lover. Feigning for seafood but not hungry enough for a whole meal? Try a "shot" of their clam chowder or lobster bisque to satisfy your craving.

      Our favorite places around town to grab a drink outdoors

      It's 6pm, you've had a long day at work and you are ready to let loose. What better way to celebrate the end of a stressful work- day than to grab a drink or two with a few co-workers or friends? After a long day, cooped up inside an office, who wants to sit inside? Keep in mind you'll have to order a bite to eat to accompany whatever it is you're sipping on since city law doesn't allow for bars and restaurants to serve liquor on their patios without also serving food. Here's a list of a few of BIRE favorite spots to unwind outdoors and, if you're lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the sunset.

       

      The Terrace at Avenue One

      RTP at the Colonnade Hotel- For a brief escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, try the RTP Bacardi Mojito for a little taste of the tropics after work.

      The Terrace at Avenue One

      Legal Harborside- The third floor offers a wine bar cocktail lounge atmosphere with some of the best views of Boston's skyline and harbor.

      Splash Ultra Lounge- Enjoy partying throughout the day as well as the night? Splash offers its Recess party every Saturday between 3 pm and 7pm.

      Atlantic Beer Garden- For a mix of sunshine and sea breeze, head over to the waterfront Atlantic Beer Garden. Can't seem to find your favorite brew on their extensive beer list? You can always submit a beer suggestion.

      Whiskey Priest- Head over to this waterfront pub for a taste of Boston's Irish heritage where they offer over 100 different types of whiskeys well as an expansive beer list.

      Rattlesnake Bar- Order a drink or grab a bite to eat at this Boylston street hotspot. They serve food until 1am every night.  Just keep that in mind.

      Ristorante Fiore- A visit to this North End roof deck could make you forget you're in Boston and have you feeling like you're sitting

      The Terrace at Avenue One

      at a cafe in Italy. Pair one of their numerous original cocktails with some of the best Italian food Boston has to offer.

      Market- Right outside of Faneuil Hall, offering some pretty reasonably priced drinks compared to most places in Boston, head on up to the rooftop to end your day or begin your night.

      The Landing- Make your way to The Landing, for a place to enjoy a refreshing cocktail right on the Boston Harbor.

      The Terrace at Avenue One- Perhaps a bit quieter than most of the places aforementioned, go to The Terrace to chat with friends over some tasty bar food.

      BIRE and The Realmadrid Foundation join forces

      Three members of our BIRE team, David Paez, Alfonso Bigeriego and Antonio Revilla, spent last weekend in Houston joining

      David Paez, Alfonso Bigeriego, Iker Casillas and Antonio Revilla

      forces with Iker Casillas, goalkeeper of the Spanish national soccer team. They invited over 100 children from surrounding Houston neighborhoods to a "soccer clinic" kick off for Casillas' Sports and Achievement Academy. The academy, operating as a pilot after-school program for students of Houston's Eliot and Rust elementary schools, will provide underprivileged youth of disadvantaged communities neighboring the BVVA Compass stadium, a place where they can escape the challenges of their communities. The Sports and Achievement Academy, is aimed at improving students' academic performance by providing coaching in key subjects and social support. BIRE is proud to join efforts with The Realmadrid Foundation and BBVA Compass to provide the children of some of Houston's most poverty-stricken neighborhoods with a place to go for support and nurture, thus, opening doors to these children for years to come.

      The Realmadrid Foundation, a worldwide initiative with over 200 schools around the world, is partnering up with the International Studies Foundation to bring social-sporting schools to the United States. September 2nd of this year, two schools will open in Worcester, MA and Arlington, VA. Come January 2nd, Houston will house two more schools like The Sports and Achievement Academy.

      Here at BIRE, we know the importance of bridging the gap from client to friend and from less empowered to more empowered. The BIRE team excels in fostering relationships with clients in order to provide personalized service of the utmost caliber with any needs one might when moving to a new city. It is this excellence in fostering relationships that has inspired BIRE to unite with The Realmadrid Foundation.

      We are honored to have been sought out by one of the world's most recognizable brands, The Realmadrid Foundation, to assist in a project that allows us to give back to the community with the same level of commitment that we provide our clients from across the globe. Together BIRE and The Realmadrid Foundation are building social-sporting schools throughout the US where children of less-fortunate walk of life can form life-long relationships with mentors. Through their engagement in the activities provided, they will cultivate true feelings of empowerment, preparing them with the skill sets and confidence they'll need to achieve whatever their life goals may be.

       

      The biggest (all-white) dinner event to hit Boston this summer

      Dîner en Blanc in the Cour Carrée at the Louvre in Paris

      Next month one of the most opulent, world renowned events will be making a stop in Boston. On August 16th, the international organization Dîner en Blanc will be hosting its Boston debut.

      What began as an all white dinner party organized by François Pasquier with a guest list of 100 of his closest friends twenty-four years ago, has become one of the most anticipated worldwide phenomenons of the most elegant caliber. The annual Parisian Dîner en Blanc held last month at the palace of Versailles had a total of 12,000 guests.  Perhaps what makes the event so alluring is that right from the get go it emanates such a sense of mystique.

      Dîner en Blanc in the Cour Carrée at the Louvre in Paris

      Minutes before the dinner is set to take place, guests lucky enough to have received an invitation, convene at different meeting points around the city to follow Dîner en Blanc organizers to the event's secret location. Thousands of people, all dressed head-to-toe in white, embark for an evening of elegance and tasteful fun at a "chic picnic" held at one of the city's most picturesque public spaces.

      Initial invitations are available by connections only but anyone interested in taking part can sign up on the wait list in hopes of receiving their own invitation. Guests can bring either their own meals or choose to purchase

      Dîner en Blanc in the Cour Carrée at the Louvre in Paris

      from a variety of wine and food packages available online to be delivered on site at the event. In true picnic style, guests provide their own white picnic tables (or white tablecloths) chairs and table settings. Don't be surprised if you see a candelabra or two as many guests choose to enhance the picnics aesthetic adding touches of classic French debonair to their tables.

      Entertainment is provided throughout dinner, so rest assured there will never be a dull moment all throughout the event, the inaugural year featuring sounds by band C'est Si Bon. After everyone's hunger has been quelled and dinner has concluded, guests throw their garbage away in white trash bags and head home making sure the location is left just as it was before. Leaving nothing behind, there is no sign of what has just taken place. If you're interested in taking part, be sure to sign up on their waiting list at http://boston.dinerenblanc.info/waiting.php

      Space saving ideas for your first apartment

      Moving into your first apartment is arguably one of the most exciting milestones in someone's life. Unfortunately though, your first

      Cabrio In Bed

      apartment probably won't be anywhere near as spacious as your parents' home. Whether you're moving into a studio, one bedroom or sharing an apartment with roommates, here are a few space-saving ideas you might want to look into when designing your new digs.

      A great way to conserve space is to find a bed that doubles as something else. While the term "Murphy bed" at first may make you cringe, there are actually a number of stylish options out there you might want to check out. Take the Cabrio In bed, for instance, available at www.bonbon.co.uk, it is the perfect combination of a bed and a desk. If you are looking for cool furniture on a budget, take a look at the loft beds and day beds at http://www.ikea.com/us/. Of course, you can also consider a futon which doubles as a sofa and a bed http://www.target.com. When you're finally done with all that studying, just pull down your bed and get some rest.

      Now that you're settled in your own place it's only natural for you to invite guests to stay over for the night. The problem lies when your slumber party's guest list requires more than just your bed and sofa. Even though you want everyone to stay over, no one wants to get stuck sleeping on the floor. Thankfully, there are some

      Cabrio In Bed

      options out there to help avoid that morning backache. The Doc sofa for example, available at www.bonbon.co.uk transforms a comfy couch into a bunk bed. Ikea offers a pull out bed that fits under their day bed http://www.ikea.com/us/. Your guests will not only be impressed by your hospitality but your furniture as well.

      Another way to save space is by finding an expandable table. There are coffee tables out there that open up and can fit as many as six table settings. Chances are your apartment isn't big enough for a living room and dining room. Serving as an everyday coffee table, you can also host the occasional dinner party and not have to worry about someone not having a place to sit.

      Luis Barragán: One of the foremost architects of the twentieth century

      Cuadra San Cristóbal, Mexico City 1966-68

      True architecture is far more than just the arrangement and framework of a structure, it is an art. An architect is no less an artist than a painter or sculptor; in fact, architecture is debatably the most expressive medium of all.

      Unlike a painting, a home must reflect more than just the personality and sentiments of the artist, but also of those commissioning the work. Furthermore, the design must not stray too far from the general disposition of the natural canvas the architect is given to work with.

      Luis Barragán

      Cuadra San Cristóbal, Mexico City 1966-68

      Luis Barragán is one of the foremost architects of the twentieth century. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1902, the architectural protégé revolutionized design throughout his career. Barragán traveled extensively around Europe, finding inspiration in all that he encountered. His pioneering designs were influenced in part by the Moorish architecture of southern Spain and the domestic architecture of the Mediterranean. He had a gift for complementing landscapes with architecture which spawned in part from his visits to sites including Granada's Generalife and Ferdinand Bac's gardens.

      photo from designmuseum.org

      Cuadra San Cristóbal, Mexico City 1966-68

      While his initial works fall under the category of International Style, from 1945 onwards, Barragán's  design style transformed into something never before seen. It is in his later works where a true manifestation of his own personality emerges. Drawing inspiration from his many visits to Europe and his sense of Mexican regionalism, Barragán went on to produce his own unique interpretation of architectural modernism. His works preserve true vernacular Mexican roots in their vivid colors, angular designs and textural contrasts, harmoniously accentuating the beauty of their natural surroundings. It was for his proof that bold use of outdoor space is as important as the physical structure being built that won Barragán the prestigious Pritzker Prize for architecture in 1980.

      Cuadra San Cristobal 1966-68

      Cuadra San Cristóbal, Mexico City 1966-68

      As you can imagine, original Barragán homes rarely surface the real estate market. Fortunately, if you're looking for a home that doubles as a work of art, his Cuadra San Cristóbal equestrian estate located in Mexico City has just been listed for an asking price of 10,000,000 Euros.

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          $1 Oyster Specials around Boston

          Here at BIRE, we love a good raw bar. While oysters prove to be some of the tastiest delicacies salt water has to offer, leaving a restaurant with your tummy full could easily do a number on your wallet. Thankfully, there's a number of restaurants around Boston that offer $1 oyster specials, so even on a college student's budget, you'll be able to get your fix. Here's a list (broken down by location) of ten places where you can feast till your heart (and your wallet) are content:

           

          BOSTON:

          Canary Square                                                                                      Marliave

          Daily 5-6 pm                                                                                             Daily, 4-6 p.m. and 9-10 p.m.

          435 S Huntington Ave                                                                            10 Bosworth Street

          Boston, MA 02130                                                                                   Boston, MA 02116

          (617) 524-2500                                                                                        (617)-422-0004

          www.canarysquare.com                                                                        marliave.com

           

          Les Zygomates                                                                                        Turner Fisheries Bar

          Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.                                                                           Friday 5-10 p.m.

          129 South Street                                                                                        10 Huntington Ave

          Boston, MA 02111                                                                                     Copley Westin

          617.542.5108                                                                                              Boston, MA 02116

          www.winebar.com/                                                                                     (617) 424-7425

          turnersboston.com

          The Lansdowne

          Monday-Wednesday 4-8 p.m. (not available on Red Sox game days)

          9 Lansdowne Street

          Boston, MA

          (617)-247-1222

          landsdownepubboston.com

           

          CAMBRIDGE:

          Dante                                                                                                         Russell House Tavern

          Daily, 4-6 p.m. in the bar and lounge                                                   Daily, 11 p.m.-close

          40 Edwin H. Land Blvd                                                                            14 JFK St

          East Cambridge, MA                                                                               Harvard Square

          (617)-497-4200                                                                                        Cambridge, MA

          restaurantdante.com                                                                               (617)-500-3055

          www.russellhousecambridge.com/

          Rialto

          Monday 5:30-10 p.m. at the bar

          1 Bennett St

          Harvard Square

          Cambridge, MA

          (617)-661-5050

          rialto-restaurant.com

           

          BROOKLINE:

          Cognac Bistro                                                                                       Lineage

          Daily, 3-5:30 p.m. (based on availability)                                         Daily, 5-7 p.m. at the bar

          455 Harvard Street                                                                               242 Harvard Street

          Brookline , MA 02446                                                                           Brookline, MA 02446

          (617) 232-5800                                                                                      (617)-232-0065

          www.cognacbistro.com/                                                                      lineagerestaurant.com

          Just another eerie church? Nope.

          photo from zillow.com

          Mount Auburn Village, Watertown, MA

          "In 100 feet you will reach your destination." Imagine picking up a date for the first time and your car's navigation leads you right outside a church. Some of you might turn right around, but no, contrary to what you think, you're not about to star in the next Stephen King thriller. Quiet the contrary, your date could be living in one of the most unique and historic lofts you'll ever come across. If you like open rooms and ridiculously high ceilings then take a look at some of these converted churches for sale around the Boston area.

          Photo from zillow.com

          Mount Auburn Village, Watertown, MA

          The old First Methodist Church in Prospect Hill, Somerville, was originally built in the 1860's but converted for residential use in 2006. It is currently on the market for $915,000. What does that get you? This three bedroom, two and a half bathroom comes equipped with a state of the art SieMatic kitchen, exposed beams, parking for two and of course dramatic stained-glass peaked windows.

          Photo from zillow.com

          Mount Auburn Village, Watertown, MA

          Over the river in Cambridge, St. Hedwig Church, located between Northpoint and Kendall Square is once again on the market. Originally built in 1939 and converted in 1998, the church was first deemed "home" in September of 1999. This three bedroom, two and a half bathroom has surfaced once again. The 2,017-square-foot triplex complete with indoor and outdoor terraces, skylights and towering arched ceilings could be yours for an asking price of $750,000.

          A little further outside of the city, in Watertown's Mt. Auburn neighborhood, another converted place-of-worship is on the market. The location of Watertown's First Baptist Church, now renamed Mount Auburn Village, is comprised of ten condominiums and two two-family town-homes.