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How do we contractor?

We are buying a house -yay! But the house needs renovation work done - eek! While we have previously owned a house, it was 10 years ago, in another state, and never had any major renovations. We are scheduled to close on April 30, so we are trying to figure out what kinds of professionals we need and how to find/hire them. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on Mar 30, 2014 - 15 answers

Subletting in Cambridge and DC

I will be subleasing my room in Cambridge (MA) and subletting in DC this summer. I know next to nothing about subleasing/subletting in either place and have many questions, including how to price my somewhat strangely set-up room. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Feb 20, 2014 - 6 answers

ISO creamy Greek salad dressing

I'm looking for a tried-and-true recipe for creamy Greek salad dressing. When I lived in the Boston area, the Greek salads I got from my neighborhood Greektalian pizza places (like Aram's #2), as well as from the small local pizza chain Upper Crust, came with a wonderful creamy, tangy dressing. Here in California and everywhere else in the country as far as I can tell, Greek salads come with a vinaigrette-type dressing, and searching for Greek salad dressing recipes returns nothing but vinaigrettes as well. I've spent some time experimenting with ingredients, but I'm hoping someone here is familiar with this type of dressing and has a good, tried-and-true recipe. Are you? Do you? I'm looking for recipes only, please, not suggestions for what might be in the dressing.
posted by rhiannonstone on Aug 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Science Fiction Book set in Boston/Cambridge Involving a Volcano Crater

Help me find this science fiction book set in Boston involving a volcano crater. A long time ago, I read the first chapter of a science fiction book set in Boston and Cambridge where the premise was that the greater Boston area was located on an extinct volcano crater. For the life of me, I can't remember its title, and Google is failing me. [more inside]
posted by deanc on Jul 29, 2013 - 4 answers

Where around Cambrigdge, MA to aquire a better physique.

For the longest time I have been doing some kind of lifting or mild strength training (benching or pushups, curls, etc. mostly free weights) and am in fairly decent but skinny shape. At the moment I am regularly running 5 to 8 miles every other day and, without access to a gym, doing my darnedest to wing it with the free weights I have and pushups. I am looking to put on a good amount of muscle and am willing to put in the time and effort if I can find an approachable and worthwhile gym. Some googling suggests Total Performance Sports might be worth a look. I am a male in my 20s and I'm hoping to do a couple weeks of personal training to help get a routine down. Any suggestions, Hivemind?
posted by sendai sleep master on Jun 30, 2013 - 5 answers

Where to get a good chop?

Bostonians/Cantibridgians/Somervillagers: Know anywhere to get a WICKED AWESOME haircut for around 60 bucks? Bonus points for being near inman. Not looking for anything crazy-fashion, just something easy to take care of, chic, doesn't require blowdrying, bonus points if it has a slimming effect. (if you have anything specific to suggest along these lines, send me a picture!) Don't mind waiting a bit for an appointment, but probably not more than a month.
posted by Calicatt on Jun 29, 2013 - 11 answers

Startup tees in Boston?

Have any recommendations for a quality t-shirt screen printer in Kendall Square? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Apr 17, 2013 - 1 answer

How to ask my roommate if I can break the lease before it ends?

I live in Cambridge, MA and share a two-bedroom apt with one roommate. We are women in our early 30's. I've been in the home for 2.5 years, with a different roommate each year. I loved my first two roommates. I invited my current roommate to move in this past Sept (met her through Craig's List) and we're a good fit. I have a sudden, burning urge to move into my own (1 bedroom) apt. Do I ask her permission, or just tell her I'm moving? [more inside]
posted by AlmondEyes on Feb 12, 2013 - 14 answers

Boston: Now What (Redux)

I have NYC-Boston down to a science. Now please help me figure out the other end of my trip to the suburbs in a sane fashion. [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari on Jan 14, 2013 - 23 answers

Any homey bars in Boston or Cambridge?

I'm a recent transplant and need a new local haunt. Does anyone know of any good homey bars in the Boston or Cambridge area? [more inside]
posted by FatRabbit on Oct 15, 2012 - 13 answers

In search of a flower nail

Where can I buy a flower nail in the Boston/Cambridge area? [more inside]
posted by wondrous strange snow on Jul 19, 2012 - 4 answers

What are the hidden secrets of renting?

We know how to buy, sell, and own a house in the burbs, but what are the secrets to renting and living in an apartment in Boston? [more inside]
posted by Quizicalcoatl on Jul 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Silly question re: dress shopping in Boston

I live in Boston/Cambridge, late twenties of average height and weight. I usually go dress shopping in the sales rack at Banana or Ann Taylor or, for more casual wear, places like Marshall's or Macy's. But I'm looking to go on a special-occasion shopping trip for a special-occasion dress (the event being a spring wedding in London and the excuse being to reward myself for when/if I lose 10+ straggler lbs.) [more inside]
posted by lovingkindness on Jun 4, 2012 - 22 answers

Things to see & do in Cambridge, MA before you die, aside from the education bit

Farewell, Boston & Cambridge! (What to see/do before I go) [more inside]
posted by smirkette on May 9, 2012 - 22 answers

Watching Boxing in Boston

Best place in Cambridge, MA to catch the Cotto Mayweather fight tomorrow night? [more inside]
posted by wrok on May 4, 2012 - 2 answers

Can you recommend a good and affordable relationship counselor in the Boston area?

Can you recommend a good and affordable relationship counselor in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 15, 2011 - 4 answers

Looking for an inexpensive dry cleaner in Cambridge, MA.

I recently moved to Cambridge from DC and I'm looking to find an inexpensive dry cleaner. [more inside]
posted by mhaw on Nov 15, 2011 - 2 answers

Where can I find good and affordable dental care in the Boston area?

Where can I find good and affordable dental care in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Oct 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Tell me about Boston.

Potential move to Boston coming up. What's the area like? Its personality, its cost of living aside from rent? Is commuting via car/motorcycle awful? What are some safe, quiet neighborhoods with good schools near(ish) Cambridge?* [more inside]
posted by moira on Aug 31, 2011 - 25 answers

Places to stay in Boston/Cambridge, May 19-22?

Places to stay in Boston/Cambridge, May 18-22? [more inside]
posted by speicus on Apr 27, 2011 - 9 answers

What's so cool about Beantown?

Help me get excited about moving to Boston/Somerville/Cambridge area. What are some cool things that go around in these places that you only really know about once you live there? [more inside]
posted by carmel on Apr 4, 2011 - 44 answers

Where to study French in Boston/Camberville as an adult learner?

I'm looking for someplace to study French in the Boston area (I live in Somerville near Davis, but am at least willing to consider anything that's transit-accessible.) Adult learner, just for fun, looking for something reasonably inexpensive. [more inside]
posted by Kosh on Mar 30, 2011 - 3 answers

"I'm Gettin' Gray From Bein' Blue"

Recommend me a salon or hairdresser that excels at semi-unnatural hair coloring in Cambridge/Medford/Somerville/Boston Metro North-West! My life has been the stuff of bad country-westerns the past month - [more inside]
posted by noxetlux on Feb 28, 2011 - 3 answers

Need a Boston area women's tailor

Recommendations for a Boston / Cambridge area tailor focused on women's clothing? [more inside]
posted by darsh on Feb 15, 2011 - 2 answers

Help us pick an insurance agent.

How do I pick a company for renter's insurance in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by explosion on Dec 10, 2010 - 15 answers

Therapist recommendations in Somerville/Cambridge/Boston?

Looking for a therapist in or near (ranking order of preference here): Porter Square, Somerville/Cambridge/Boston on the Red Line, Cambridge/Boston on other subway lines. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 5, 2010 - 3 answers

Seeking good CBT therapist in/near Boston

Hi All, I'm looking for a CBT (cognitive behavioral) therapist in Boston. I'm interested in talking about relationships, my goals, my career, etc. I have a history of dysthymia/mild depression. My insurance is Harvard Pilgrim HMO. I'm open to other varieties of therapy around the CBT vein, dialectical behavioral therapy or whatever, as long as the person is good. If you have a suggestion of someone who doesn't take Harvard Pilgrim, or you don't know, please list them anyway. Thanks!
posted by anonymous on Jul 29, 2010 - 2 answers

Indoor hamster wheel?

Cambridge/Boston MeFi runners: where can I run on an indoor track in the winter? [more inside]
posted by teragram on Jul 27, 2010 - 5 answers

Finding my dream apartment (or close enough) in Somerville (or nearby) from a distance

Incoming Tufts grad student looking for lots of advice on long-distance apartment-hunting in Somerville/Cambridge area (or beyond?). [more inside]
posted by naoko on May 3, 2010 - 19 answers

Cambridge, MA Water Supply

Why does Cambridge, MA have a separate water system from the rest of the metro Boston area? [more inside]
posted by 6550 on May 3, 2010 - 3 answers

“In Boston they ask, how much does he know?"

I'm moving away from home-sweet-home Boston in two months. What should I make sure not to miss before then? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Apr 26, 2010 - 22 answers

What should I do with a half-day in Boston?

I'll have what's more-or-less equivalent to an eleven hour layover in Boston on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from around 6am to around 5pm. I'll be on foot and starting from the Boston Sheraton/Prudential Center. Bearing in mind that I'll either be pulling a carryon or need somewhere to stash it, what should I do with my time there? Note also that I'm an undergrad elsewhere, so if there are any neat events going on on campus (especially MIT or Harvard), I probably wouldn't stand out TOO much attending. I'm also up for meeting local MeFites. Thanks!
posted by jdherg on Feb 15, 2010 - 12 answers

Snow! Sledding?

Where should we go sledding in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville? [more inside]
posted by teragram on Dec 20, 2009 - 12 answers

Best practices commuting from south of Boston (Quincyish) to Cambridge?

[Boston Filter] Potential new job across from MIT - best place to park daily? Best commute path/plan from Abington (south of Quincy)? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector on Dec 8, 2009 - 8 answers

Please help me find a good Boston-area dermatologist who can tell me within a month if this is cancer or a mild annoyance.

Freaky-looking unpigmented spots have appeared on my arms. Mass General Dermatology has no appointments until January. Please help me find a good dermatologist in the Cambridge/Boston area who knows the difference between "sometimes skin just looks like that" and "skin cancer." [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Oct 5, 2009 - 13 answers

Stitch 'n' Bitch party of one? I hope not!

Can a novice in Boston turn casual crafting into a social outlet? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Sep 25, 2009 - 9 answers

Because nobody likes airplane food

What is the ideal food to welcome someone home with after a long flight, keeping potential delays and an long commute from the airport in mind? Bonus points for late-night Boston/Cambridge delivery recommendations! [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Sep 11, 2009 - 27 answers

Seeking Cambridge Big Screens to Watch Serena Et Al

Boston/Cambridge US Open Filter. Dear neighbors, I'm getting into watching the US Open and would love to watch the upcoming final matches on a big screen at a pleasant local saloon. Any suggestions for a bar that shows -- or is likely to show -- the matches? I'm in Inman, so prefer Cambridge, but am also feeling open-minded. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Sep 8, 2009 - 3 answers

(Where) should I get a sports massage in Cambridge, MA?

Sports massage in Cambridge, MA? [more inside]
posted by teragram on Aug 24, 2009 - 3 answers

Help Me Do OK in Cambridge

Advice wanted for a strange stay in Cambridge from natives, exes, current residents, former visitors, and anyone else with an opinion. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2009 - 21 answers

Good gifts from Boston?

Looking for ideas for interesting gifts/souvenirs/foods that I can buy in the Boston area and bring to friends and relatives in other parts of the country. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Jul 22, 2009 - 21 answers

Recommend a very experienced tailor in Boston/Cambridge area to make my suite look awesome on me.

So I just bought this suit from MACY's. I already have a tie and pocket square in mind to match, and I want to meet with someone who can take my measurements and make the suite bring out my best features. I'd also like to have them suggest the size French cuff shirt I should wear as well. [more inside]
posted by seanmhobson1988 on Jul 14, 2009 - 12 answers

Ready to Date Again

Seeking advice on where a woman can meet a man in the Boston/Cambridge area. [more inside]
posted by dreamphone on May 15, 2009 - 9 answers

Therapist in Boston area?

Can you recommend a therapist in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville? More details of what I need help with inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2009 - 4 answers

Seeking fashion, covetousness, wine, and French coffee

Going to Boston/Cambridge for few days (April 2-7th) and wondering what I should see, do, or eat ... [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Mar 31, 2009 - 17 answers

Subway to Boston from where?

Place to stay on the outskirts of Boston? [more inside]
posted by starman on Jan 6, 2009 - 17 answers

Looking for a good tax preparer in the Boston area

Looking for a good tax preparer in the Boston area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 9, 2008 - 6 answers

Will trade cow for magic beans

CoffeeFilter: Where I can find good flavored coffee beans in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole on Jul 16, 2008 - 8 answers

What is that clumsy, fat guy doing in my yoga class?

Wanted: Boston area beginner's yoga class. Difficulty: Male, heavier and a novice. Where? [more inside]
posted by Any Moose In a Storm on Jun 25, 2008 - 9 answers

What bank and wireless provider should I use in and around Boston?

Moving from the 519 to the 617. Please help a Canadian moving to Boston plan his banking and wireless services. [more inside]
posted by KevCed on May 16, 2008 - 17 answers

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