I've had a lot of pad thai around here, and pretty much all of it has been mediocre - kind of bland and flavorless. In comparison, I've had mind-meltingly delicious pad thai in Thailand (Chiang Mai and Koh Tao) that was bursting with sweet and sour and salty flavors all at once. I particularly remember the sweet cane sugar mixing with the sour tamarind in an intense, lovely way. Where can I get really really good, authentic pad thai in the Boston area? Ideally that would deliver to Davis Square. [more inside]
I'd like to purchase an antique map (or a good reproduction) as a Christmas present, and I'm having trouble figuring out where to shop. [more inside]
Visiting Boston this weekend, and asked my friends to take me to see MIT and Harvard, but they haven't been there either. What is there to see or do that'll mean having a good time? [more inside]
Cambridge, MA's Alewife MBTA station: how much does a monthly parking pass cost? The MBTA's vendor site has all the clarity and customer service that you'd expect-- I need to register and provide a credit card number before they'll tell me the price and I just want a number. Thanks!
I'm a recent Camberville transplant from a place that was more in the "trees that happen to have nearby houses" department rather than the "houses that happen to have nearby trees" department. I'm looking for pleasant places for, say, 3-10 mile rambles where I can forget for a bit that I am not cut out for city life. A few additional constraints within. [more inside]
Please introduce me to the institutions, places, publications, and other tips, tricks, and shibboleths that will help me to hit the ground running when I relocate to Boston. [more inside]
What newsletters do you subscribe to that are useful? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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?
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.
Have any recommendations for a quality t-shirt screen printer in Kendall Square? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Where can I buy a flower nail in the Boston/Cambridge area? [more inside]
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]
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]
Farewell, Boston & Cambridge! (What to see/do before I go) [more inside]
Best place in Cambridge, MA to catch the Cotto Mayweather fight tomorrow night? [more inside]
Can you recommend a good and affordable relationship counselor in the Boston area? [more inside]
I recently moved to Cambridge from DC and I'm looking to find an inexpensive dry cleaner. [more inside]
Where can I find good and affordable dental care in the Boston area? [more inside]
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]
Places to stay in Boston/Cambridge, May 18-22? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Recommendations for a Boston / Cambridge area tailor focused on women's clothing? [more inside]
How do I pick a company for renter's insurance in the Boston area? [more inside]
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]
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!
Cambridge/Boston MeFi runners: where can I run on an indoor track in the winter? [more inside]
Incoming Tufts grad student looking for lots of advice on long-distance apartment-hunting in Somerville/Cambridge area (or beyond?). [more inside]
Why does Cambridge, MA have a separate water system from the rest of the metro Boston area? [more inside]
I'm moving away from home-sweet-home Boston in two months. What should I make sure not to miss before then? [more inside]
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!
Where should we go sledding in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville? [more inside]
[Boston Filter] Potential new job across from MIT - best place to park daily? Best commute path/plan from Abington (south of Quincy)? [more inside]
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]
Can a novice in Boston turn casual crafting into a social outlet? [more inside]
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]
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]
Sports massage in Cambridge, MA? [more inside]
Advice wanted for a strange stay in Cambridge from natives, exes, current residents, former visitors, and anyone else with an opinion. [more inside]
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]
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]
Seeking advice on where a woman can meet a man in the Boston/Cambridge area. [more inside]
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