Monday, September 19, 2011

BosGuy is moving

Visit me at www.bosguy.com

Long story short, my time with blogger has come to an end. I appreciate everyone who has visited me here and hope you'll check out my new home online at www.bosguy.com.

If you're a blogger and have linked to this site, please update your link.

Thank you

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Is the end near?

I've had a really good run with my blog and have to thank Blogger for making it so easy to write and publish content. However, for all that is good about Blogger, I've had my share of frustrations. Top on that list is Blogger's random hijacking of my photographs. You may have noticed in some of my postings a mysterious black box with an exclamation point inside a triangle - that is a Blogger censor pulling down that photo because it is deemed inappropriate.

While I'll freely admit, I've repeatedly exhibited low-brow humor, shirtless men and often times bad taste, nothing on my blog is inappropriate or pornographic so I'm constantly left to wonder why Blogger does this.

Blogger really exasperated me when they pulled a photo of my friend Graham in my 9/11 post this year. The photo I originally had on my post was of him in a pool looking up and smiling. The only thing naked about Graham was his chest, but the photo for some reason was removed. I've since replaced it with a picture of him when he was in VT (hopefully flannel is not too naughty for Blogger's censors). That action by Blogger really touched a nerve with me, and now I'm left wondering if the end is near.

The thought of figuring out another platform such as WordPress and following up with all the very thoughtful bloggers who over the past few years have placed links to my blog seems daunting so my blog may go quiet for a few days while I figure out how to proceed. All are welcome to comment of course, but if there are bloggers who have some insights or suggestions, I'd welcome hearing from you. You can email me at bosguymail-AT-gmail-DOT-com.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Are you friggin' kidding me?

A few days ago I was asked to sit on a panel in Dallas as part of the 'wrap-up' for the training that has brought me to Texas. I was flattered to be one of five participants to provide my insights in front of my firm's sales and marketing team and readily agreed.

However, I was irritated tonight when two of the panelists who are a bit more of the "cheerleader" variety sent an email suggesting we practice a serenade complete with some basic choreography (think Glee) for the leadership team and audience. Now to be fair, through out the day videos were included with actors performing numbers similar to what you would see in Glee so I understand how they arrived at this idea.

I am greatly irritated that this (overly enthusiastic) suggestion was broadcast so unexpectedly with little room for a graceful exit, and more than a bit distressed to read the email from the head of Sales (the gentleman leading the panel) saying "Fantastic". After reading his email I sent a carefully worded email requesting that maybe I should not join the panel. Let's see what happens.

FML (you can Google that acronym if you're not familiar).

BosGuy in Dallas

I'm in Dallas this week. I actually arrived on Monday for a week of training mandated by my firm. Although I was not looking forward to the business trip, now that I'm here its not a big deal. On paper it sounded awful - 800 of my co-workers and peers stranded at one of the Dallas airport hotels, but the accommodations are comfortable and its really nice to see many people I work with remotely on projects through out the year.

My blogging may be pretty spotty this week as I juggle training, travel and additional work responsibilities. Hang in there and I'll be back to my usual self next week when I am back home. In the meantime, let me know where this cowboy may hang out. I see a lot of people here wearing cowboy boots but most of them are a bit overweight (being polite by saying "a bit") and do not resemble this guy in the least.

Photo from Great Looking Guys blog

Monday, September 12, 2011

US Open: Novak Djokovic

The US Open started two weeks ago and due to the heavy rains from last week the Men's Single Final - normally held on Sunday was moved to today. I've been posting a handsome photo of a male tennis player each day of play (with the exception of yesterday - 9/11) and it seemed fitting to conclude these posts with the world's no. 1 tennis player, Novak Djokovic.

Novak has had an amazing year winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and rallied against Federer this weekend in the semifinals of this tournament to come from behind and win. If he wins today in NY he will have won 3 of the 4 Majors in the 2011 - an amazing feat and in large part the reason he has the no. 1 ranking.

I love watching Djokovic play not only because he is so gifted, but he brings a lot of personality to the game of tennis. He's clearly a ham. In the past he's been known to mimic other tennis players (all in good fun of course) and this year at the Open he's been known to dance after his wins which only gets the already loud crowd in NY cheering even more.

If you'd like to find out more about this Serbian who's game has been flawless all year you can link here. If you'd like to find out more about this year's US Open you can visit the tournament's official website, www.usopen.org.

You can click on the photo to enlarge.

Men of Twitter

Each Monday I post #MenOfTwitter profiles of guys who catch my eye and whom I think you may enjoy following. As always, suggestions for profiles to feature are welcome. This week it has unexpectedly turned out to be a nod to Boston.

Check these guys out, leave them a nice comment and start following these guys if you like their profile and are on twitter.

Dan_SEAC – I’ve met Dan in person and I can assure you that his obvious good looks are matched by an equally appealing (and easy going) personality. Dan is a Mass. native who moved into Boston a couple of years ago to open the South End Athletic Co which is a great store you can buy athletic wear, accessories and sneakers. In October the store will celebrate its 2-year anniversary – details will be on its facebook page. Dan can be seen around the neighborhood (when he’s out of the store) enjoying many of the restaurants in the South End. He also spends his spare time running and surfing which is probably why he’s in such fantastic shape. #ProperBostonian

Iam420n – This twitter account is dedicated to collecting stories about people who are fans of 420. In fairness, I should let people know the person behind the concept and t-shirt designs also happens to be my partner. I won’t gush too much about this guy who’s originally from Brazil but now makes his home in Boston, but I wanted to feature him once he finally embraced Twitter. Grab a funny brownie and check out his site by visiting iam420n or follow and read his tweets. #Woof

Sorry to only have only two profiles for you this week – promise to have the usual three for you next week. BTW if you like this post, retweet it. If you love this post, follow me, @BosGuy.

Link here to see past #MenOfTwitter postings.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

My 9/11 tribute to my friend Graham

Its unbelievable to me that 10 years ago yesterday (September 9, 2001) I said good night to my friend Graham (pictured above). He was leaving for L.A. in two days, and we were to connect the following weekend so he could tell me about the trip which was a mixture of business and pleasure.

September 11th remains etched in my memory. I was unemployed at the time and at home so I actually saw the smoke from the first plane that had flown into the WTC, but my mind couldn't really process what I saw on the news. While showing live footage of the initial crash I watched the second plane (UA FLT 175 - the plane as it turns out Graham was on) fly into the WTC.

That morning was filled with calls from friends trying to remain calm but their voices betraying their panic urgently inquiring if I knew what United flight Graham was on and asking if my partner (a flight attendant for United Airlines at the time) was on the flight. My partner had been working that morning flight all month but was thankfully visiting family in Brazil.

Taken too soon and still missed today, Americans will mourn an attack on the nation that is for most fodder for political debate and indignation. For me the 11th of September is always about giving thanks that my partner was not working that flight and about the days that followed which included the unfortunate task of packing all of my friend Graham's belongings and shipping them to his parents in the U.K. who were too old to travel and too distraught to do anything - still reeling from the news that there son had died in such an unimaginable manner.

I won't be posting anything on September 11th. Its a day I chose to spend face-to-face with friends to remember how much I love and care for them. If you were impacted by the day or lost someone - you have my deepest sympathies.

US Open: Raphael Nadal

The US Open started last week, and the tournament is now nearly over. To celebrate the Open I've been posting a handsome male tennis player each day there is play.

Today, I'm featuring Spanish tennis player, Raphael Nadal, currently ranked no. 2 in the world. Nadal has been in the spotlight ever since the summer of 2005 when he won the French Open. Since then, he's been a regular at not just Roland Garros but at all four majors. He has an amazing game and was the guy who grabbed the no. 1 ranking from Roger Federer who had been ranked no. 1 an astounding 237 weeks.

Nadal enters the US Open Semifinals playing no. 4 Andy Murray. If he wins, he'll play either Roger Federer or the worlds current no. 1 Novak Djokovic.

If you'd like to find out more about this handsome Spaniard you can link here. If you'd like to find out more about this year's US Open you can visit the tournament's official website, www.usopen.org.

You can click on the photo to enlarge.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Zipcar and BosGuy

This summer I participated in a program from Zipcar called the "low car diet". The program Zipcar hosts in cities through out the United States and Canada encourages individuals to forsake their cars and seek alternative means of transportation for an entire month. I wrote about the program here, here, here and here.

Now they are having a contest of sorts and I'd appreciate it if you'd show your support for Boston (and me) by clicking on the link below and then selecting the "Like" icon under the video with me.

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US Open: Fernando Verdasco

The US Open started last week, and I can't believe the tournament is nearly over. To celebrate the Open I've been posting a handsome male tennis player each day there is play.

Today, I'm featuring Spanish tennis player, Fernando Verdasco, a former Top 10 player and a force to be reckoned with especially on clay.

Verdasco made it to the third round of the US Open where he lost to Jo Wilfred Tsonga - a tough competitor from France who is still in the tournament. As you can see Fernando has a killer smile to match his abs. He's yet another tennis player I wish they would let play without a shirt. I'm fairly certain the ratings would go through the roof.

If you'd like to find out more about this handsome Spaniard you can link here. If you'd like to find out more about this year's US Open you can visit the tournament's official website, www.usopen.org.

You can click on the photo to enlarge.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls Ice Cream

Inspired by one of my all time favorite Saturday Night Live skits, Ben & Jerry's is introducing for a limited time only Schweddy Balls Ice Cream.

Want to send your friends a "Schweddy Greeting Card" via Facebook - B&J's makes it easy to do, simply link to their facebook page dedicated to the new ice cream here.

According to the website this flavor is Fair Trade vanilla ice cream with a hint of rum and loaded with fudge covered rum and milk chocolate malt balls. Damn that sounds good doesn't it?

US Open: David Nalbandian

The US Open started last week, and despite the rain, the tournament continues (albeit in fits and starts). To celebrate the Open I've been posting a handsome male tennis player each day there is play.

Today, I'm featuring Argentinian tennis player, David Nalbandian, a player who just a few years ago was ranked as high as 3 in the world, but in recent years has seen his ranking drop and is currently 76 in the world.

This year David made it to the third round of the US Open where he lost to Raphael Nadal - last year's US Open Champion
. Nalbandian is now 29 and doesn't have the same game he did a few years ago, but he's still an excellent competitor who has a career to be proud of for certain. If you'd like to find out more about this handsome tennis player from Cordoba, Argentina link here. If you'd like to find out more about this year's US Open you can visit the tournament's official website, www.usopen.org.

You can click on the photo to enlarge.

NYC bound

Back on the Acela today to head to NYC for a quick day of meetings tomorrow. I'm hoping that the rain which has been falling since the conclusion of the holiday weekend on Tuesday will finally relent.

Have a happy and safe Thursday.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

BosGuy on Twitter

I'm terribly flattered that people come to my blog and read and even occasionally leave comments. As you can deduce from my weekly #MenOfTwitter postings each Monday, I'm also a bit addicted to Twitter.

The interactive and quick nature of Twitter has allowed me to chat real-time with people who read my blog and I have to say so far its always been a very gratifying experience.

If you too are on Twitter, say hello and follow me. My handle is twitter.com/BosGuy.

US Open: David Ferrer

The US Open started last week, and I'm posting a handsome male tennis player each day there is play.

Today, I'm featuring Spanish tennis player, David Ferrer, who is currently playing yesterday's "Tennis Tease", Andy Roddick. David is currently ranked 5 in the world and has a game to back up that ranking.

Although Ferrer is definitely more at home on clay courts (lets be frank all the Spaniards are), David's game is so strong you cannot count him out. However, whoever wins today's match will have a short lived victory as I fully expect Raphael Nadal to pull through and meet that player in the quarter finals.

If you'd like to find out more about this handsome Spaniard you can link here. If you'd like to find out more about this year's US Open you can visit the tournament's official website, www.usopen.org.

You can click on the photo to enlarge.

Boston Ballet Season 2011-2012

Last week I wrote about how many fantastic local theater companies there are in Boston in my post, 2011-12 season for local Boston theater companies. This week I wanted to encourage people to consider visiting and supporting the Boston Ballet. Many may not realize this but the Boston Ballet is considered one of the major ballet companies in North America and among the top companies in the world.

Ballet can sometimes be a tough sell for people unfamiliar with it, but it is an amazing dance form that beautifully blends athleticism and art. The Boston Ballet's 2011-2012 season starts in just a few weeks with Romeo & Juliet (Nov. 3-13), followed by The Nutcracker (Nov. 25 - Dec 31).

To see their full season or to purchase tickets visit their website www.bostonballet.org.

Chris Nogiec underwear shoot

Chris Nogiec lives in Boston and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Boston University in computational metabolism so he's got looks and smarts. Although we don't know each other, I featured him as a #MenOfTwitter back in April and we have a friend in common who speaks very highly of Chris.

Below is a behind the scenes video with Troy Phillips & Akimitsu Sadoi. While this 3-minute video pf Chris isn't exactly unsafe for work, I think its too racy to play in the office; mind you Chris is modeling some very sexy underwear so use your judgement, but certainly enjoy the clip.

You can learn more about this handsome Bostonian on his website, here.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Boston bike program "Hubway" is a success

More than 2,300 subscribers have joined Boston's bike sharing program called The Hubway combining for 36,600+ station-to-station trips in its first month according to an article in the Sunday Boston Globe.

Analysts say that within 3 months, the system could see 100,000+ station-to-station trips making it one of the most successful bike sharing programs in the country. By contrast similar programs of similar size in Denver and Minneapolis took 7.5 and 6 months respectively to reach the 100,000 trips milestone.

I will admit that its hard for me to go anywhere without seeing a number of people on these bicycles in the downtown neighborhoods. I hope that its popularity continues to grow, because I think its a fantastic concept. If they open a few more bike stations near my apartment I may opt to get rid of my aging bike and join the Hubway as well.

If you find yourself coming to Boston for a visit or a day trip, you may want to consider leveraging the Hubway as a less stressful and certainly more economical choice for getting around. With daily rates for $5 and 3-day memberships for $12 you are hard pressed to find a cheaper / better alternative.

US Open: Andy Roddick

The US Open started last week, and I'm posting a handsome male tennis player each day there is play.

Today, I'm featuring American tennis player, Andy Roddick, who will be playing David Ferrer later today. Roddick is a former Top 10 player and won the US Open back in 2003. However, he's 29 now and his game has slipped in recent years. Despite that fact, I can't help but pull for Andy and hope he can beat Ferrer (the second highest ranked Spaniard). You can cheer on Andy tonight 7PM ET on ESPN2.

If you'd like to find out more about Andy Roddick you can link here. If you'd like to find out more about this year's US Open you can visit the tournament's official website, www.usopen.org.

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Summer is over: back to the grind

With the passing of the Labor Day weekend, summer officially ends here in New England. Although weather will likely remain beautiful through September, fewer people will be taking time off and vacation will be mostly referred to in the past tense. The academic calendar begins anew and here in Boston the student presence is difficult to miss.

This summer I made several trips to Provincetown and enjoyed a quick trip with a friend to New York City as well as spending an overnight at my parents lake house up in NH for a family party. I've been very lucky. I hope this was a wonderful and relaxing summer for you as well.

Monday, September 5, 2011

US Open: Grigor Dimitrov

The US Open started this week, and I'm posting a handsome male tennis player each day there is play.

Today, I'm featuring a Bulgarian player named Grigor Dimitrov. Currently ranked 57, Grigor lost in the first round to the extremely physical Frenchman, Gael Monfils. However, he's still quite young at only 20 years of age and he has time to improve his game. Time will tell if he can, but in the interim, I enjoy watching this young man play.

What do you think about Grigor? If you'd like to find out more about him, you can link here. If you'd like to find out more about this year's US Open you can visit the tournament's official website, www.usopen.org.

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Men of Twitter

Each Monday I post #MenOfTwitter profiles of men who catch my eye and whom I think you may enjoy following. As always, suggestions for profiles to feature are welcome.

If you'd like to follow me on twitter, you can find me @BosGuy. Below are this week's #MenOfTwitter. Leave them a nice comment and start following these guys.

WillFennellis the beauty/grooming editor for DNA magazine, owner of the Will and Peta skin clinic in Sydney Australia, author and blogger. Aussies may remember Will as the grooming guy on Aussie Queer Eye. I’ll remember him because he’s so damn sexy. He claims he also gives “the best ball wax ever”… the very thought horrifies me so I’m going to take him at his word. Look for his first book to be released later this year "Beauty Manual / Autobiography" A story of boy in a women's world (the beauty business). Can’t get enough of this handsome guy from down under? In addition to stalking following him on Twitter you can check out his blog, www.willfennell.com.au #GroomingGuru
stekallee - Ste was born in Belgium, raised in Germany, but now calls the UK home and lives in Liverpool with his fiance, Paul. This guy has a heart of gold. Following in the footsteps of his mother, he works in autism care. Later next month he'll be getting married (the precise term is registering as a civil partner - what a mouthful) and honeymooning with the love of his life, Paul who you can also follow on twitter @cheeky2xist. #HeartOfGold
IvanPutra – This 20-something born in Indonesia and raised in Houston, Texas is more than a handsome face.He’s currently in college studying Business and Marketing and a freelance model. He’ll be strutting his stuff for Danny Nguyen Couture in Houston later this month. If you are a modeling scout in Texas give Ivan a second look. #HandsomeTexan
BTW if you like this post, retweet it. If you love this post, follow me, @BosGuy.



Link here to see past #MenOfTwitter postings.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

US Open: Arnaud Clement

The US Open started on Monday in New York City, and I'm posting a handsome male tennis player each day there is play.

Today, I'm featuring French player Arnaud Clement, a former top 10 player. Arnaud is one of the older players on the tour now that he's in his early 30s and in recent years he's had more success playing doubles although he and Lukas Dlouhy unfortunately lost in the Open's first round this year.

Standing at just 5'8", most players tower over this Frenchman. Despite his lack of stature, I think Arnaud looks like a handsome rogue and I love listening to him shouting in French... Even I can read lips that say "merde". Considering how many people who read this blog like facial hair, I know Arnaud will be a popular choice.

If you'd like to find out more about this Frenchman you can link here. If you'd like to find out more about this year's US Open you can visit the tournament's official website, www.usopen.org.

You can click on the photo to enlarge.


Saturday, September 3, 2011

The advantage of doing absolutely nothing

It seems to me that aside from health and happiness the thing people are most often short of is time. We make lists and check off each "to do", and we schedule personal dates with friends and family much like business meetings; busily tapping these appointments into our iPhone, Droid or Blackberry.

As the average work day / week encroaches into what was traditionally personal or family time, it seems like we have started to adopt behaviors from our work life for our personal lives. I see many friends killing themselves to make the most of their time out of the office; scheduling every minute to run errands, see friends, etc...

So here we are in the midst of a long holiday weekend in the US. The weather in Boston is spectacular - warm but not hot, sunny but with puffy white clouds and I'm enjoying doing absolutely nothing. My major achievement of the day has been devouring a hot fudge brownie sundae at PICCO - a local restaurant all of two blocks from my home.

Have you scheduled yourself into oblivion this weekend? Is your check list of errands so long that you'll need all three days to get through everything? I hope not because sometimes doing absolutely nothing ensures you'll appreciate the time most.

US Open: James Blake

The US Open started earlier this week in New York City, and I'm posting a handsome male tennis player each day there is play.

Today, I'm featuring American tennis player and native New Yorker, James Blake. Unfortunately he lost to David Ferrer in 3-sets on Friday. However, he's still quick and has a killer forehand, making him really fun to watch when his game is on.

I've long thought James Blake is one of the most handsome active players and I love this playful promotional photo for evian water. If you'd like to find out more about Blake you can link here. For more information about this year's US Open you can visit the tournament's official website,www.usopen.org.

You can click on the photo to enlarge.

Friday, September 2, 2011

US Open: Juan Martin Del Potro

The US Open started on Monday in New York City, and in honor of the Open, I'm posting a handsome male tennis player each day there is play.

Today, I'm featuring the super tall Argentinian Juan Martin Del Potro (nicknamed Delpo) who stands 6'6". Currently ranked 18 in the world, he beat fellow countryman Diego Junqueira today to move on to the third round. I don't expect Delpo to win the Open but he is a tough competitor.
I love this photo of him tossing his shirt into the crowd. Not sure I'd fit into something that can fit his frame, but wouldn't it be cool to have?

If you'd like to find out more about Del Potro you can link here. For more information about this year's US Open you can visit the tournament's official website,www.usopen.org.


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2011-2012 season for local Boston theater companies

In September many of Boston's local theater companies begin their 2011-2012 season. Many of these companies provide a more intimate setting than their counterparts in Boston's theater district; and prices for shows are certainly more affordable. Here are a few local theater companies I hope you'll consider supporting.


American Reportory Theater (A.R.T.) is technically in Cambridge and affiliated with Harvard University, but I'd be remiss not to include it. The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess is currently playing and received strong reviews. I've yet to see The Donkey Show in their Oberon theater, which is based on Shakespeare's Midsummer Nights Dream and has performances every Saturday. To see the full 2011-2012 performance calendar or to purchase tickets, visit their website at, www.americanrepertorytheater.org.

Company One is a resident theater company that shares space at the Boston Center for the Arts and is known for embracing innovative and socially provocative performances. Their 13th season will begin in October with In the Red and Brown Water. You can see the rest of their 2011-2012 line up or purchase tickets on their website, www.companyone.org.

Huntington Theatre in residence at Boston University with theater space on Huntington Avenue as well as in the South End at the Calderwood Pavilion has been providing Boston with excellent options to shows in the Theater District. A few years back I was able to see Nathan Lane perform in a production of Butley. Their 2011-2012 season starts in two weeks with Candide. More information about tickets is available on their website, www.huntingtontheatre.org.

Lyric Stage Company of Boston consistently has high quality performances. Last spring their production of Blithe Spirit was one of my favorites. Like many of the smaller theater company's there is not a bad seat in the house so to speak. Their season starts this weekend with Big River. Other notable shows included in their 2011-2012 season include Ain't Misbehavin' and Avenue Q. You can read more and purchase tickets from their website, lyricstage.com.

SpeakEasy Stage is a well-respected local theater company now entering it's 20th season. I have probably seen more productions from the SpeakEasy Stage than any other local theater company. Their 2011 season starts in just a couple weeks with Next Fall a Tony nominee for best play, but I'm intrigued to see their production of Xanadu later in the season. To see the complete line up for their 2011-2012 season and to purchase tickets to upcoming shows at www.speakeasystage.com.

Support Boston's local theater scene and reserve a couple of tickets to a show this September. I promise, you will enjoy yourself.

Dinner w/ Opus One winemaker Michael Silacci

Last week I was invited to join my friend at 40-something life blog for a dinner with Opus One winemaker Michael Silacci and France Posener, the winery's East Coast Sales representative at one of Boston's premiere restaurants, L'Espalier. I loved the Summer Degustation which we ordered. It included 4 savory courses, followed by their grand fromage, signature sorbet and dessert. All told the 6 plates each accompanied by a different wine took us approximately 5 hours to eat - if you'd like to read in more detail what we ate, please link to my friend Tracey's blog, here.However, I would like to write a bit about the dining experience, starting with the exceptional service and attention we received due to Michael Silacci's presence. The chef and proprietor of L'Espalier, Frank McClelland came over to meet us personally and chatted briefly with France and Michael. After seeing so many raging chefs on these quasi-reality cooking shows, chef McClelland's calm, polite demeanor was a welcome dose of reality. We were also well tended by the sommelier, Erich Schliebe, who poured a new wine with each course and freely joined in our ongoing dinner repartee. Lastly, the restaurant's Captain, Daniel Floyd, provided us with the most attentive service I can recall in recent memory. I know this was all for the benefit of the well respected winemaker to my right, but I enjoyed being privy to the opportunity.

One of the reasons Michael Silacci and France Posener were in Boston was to premier the Opus One 2008 vintage. It was pretty cool to be among the first to try this new vintage. They brought a bottle of the award winning 2007 and the new 2008 and poured both for us to try side-by-side. The picture to the left is of last year's vintage.

Between courses and wine, conversation flowed easily from start to finish. Michael is quite interesting and is equally comfortable talking about subject matter completely unrelated to his areas of interest or expertise. He is an attentive listener and has a dry wit. One of the things I really enjoyed learning about my dinner companion is that he's allergic to chocolate - it causes him to sneeze. He joked the better the chocolate the more he sneezes. I was able to witness the reaction first hand when dessert was served and it caused all of us to laugh (again).

Dinner was filled with both personal stories from each of us as well as some interesting insights into the Opus One winery. I started my dinner not knowing the two guests who were treating my friend and me to this decadent dinner but left with a deeper appreciation for the work and attention they bring to their wines as well as some interesting insights into what makes them tick.

Should you be interested in visiting the beautiful Opus One estate and winery, make a reservation today here.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

US Open: Feliciano Lopez

The US Open started this week in New York City. In honor of the Open, I'm posting a handsome male tennis player each day there is play.

Today, I'm featuring the first of what will be several Spanish tennis players. Feliciano Lopez (ranked 25 in the world) has made it into the second round of the US Open. Even if you don't know much about Lopez game, I can guarantee you he's worth watching. He's quick and like most of the Spanish players - very passionate about his game. Just like Ginepri (who I featured yesterday), I think Lopez might have a larger following if he was allowed to play his matches without a shirt.

If you'd like to find out more about Feliciano Lopez you can link here. For more information about this year's US Open you can visit the tournament's official website, www.usopen.org.


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Mass Brewers Fest 2011: Friday, Sept 2nd

Are you a beer lover? Will you be in Boston this weekend? You may want to consider checking out the Mass Brewers Fest over in the Seaport district on Friday, September 2nd from 6-9:30pm.

With more than 80 beers from nearly 2-dozen Massachusetts breweries this provides beer lovers an unique opportunity to try tough to find and new brews from companies like Clown Shoes, Mayflower Brewing, Wormtown Brewery and Gardner Ale House as well as from well known and respected breweries like Harpoon and The Boston Beer Company.

For more information about this event and to buy tickets link here.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Dishing some South End restaurant gossip

There's been a lot of whispering about several high profile vacant restaurant properties in the South End getting snapped up. While the rumors are still swirling, I figured I would share what I've heard in recent weeks.

CONFIRMED This has already been reported on other blogs, but it is worth repeating that the SouthEnd Buttery will be opening a second location this fall at 37 Clarendon Street in the space previously occupied by Tadpole. Thank you Richard for taking back a bit of the South End. I love the fact that a former toy store will be converted to a coffee shop. That area has been under served ever since the Nashoba Brook cafe and bakery closed on Columbus in 2008.

BUTTERY UPDATE: The original location on the corner of Union Park and Shawmut will temporarily close once the second location opens to undergo a remodeling to better use the space in the cafe.

CONFIRMED I first commented on the space previously occupied by Rocca at 500 Harrison Avenue this past May. While negotiations between GTI Properties and The Aquitaine Group took longer than expected, a deal was signed recently and the successful restaurant company which already owns and operates 4 South End properties will open their first Italian restaurant in the space formerly known as Rocca. There are no details to share about the name or exact opening, but a complete remodeling will occur. Look for the restaurant to open in early 2012.

RUMORED The space previously occupied by Pho Republique at 1415 Washington Street was of interest to neighboring Foodies Market so they could expand, but renovations may be more than the owners are willing to take on since construction will require significant work to bring this property up to code. However, the optimist in me still hopes if Foodies doesn't snap up this space then someone else will come in, remodel and open a great restaurant - preferably one with a fun lounge.

RUMORED Space previously occupied by banq and Ginger Park at 1375 Washington Street is of interest to Brian Piccini owner of dbar in Dorchester and Deuxave in the Back Bay. Word on the street is this would be a high end steak house. However, nothing has been signed and negotiations continue.

Have you heard anything about these or other properties? Let this South End foodie know.

US Open: Robby Ginepri

The US Open started on Monday in New York City. In honor of the Open, I'm posting a handsome male tennis player each day there is play at the US Open.

Today, I'm featuring my first American tennis player, Robby Ginepri. He has moved on to the second round at the US Open but is a long shot. However, I've always thought this guy not only has a great game, but is easy on the eyes. I think most will agree that tennis might have a larger following if guys like Ginepri were allowed to play matches without a shirt (who needs those pesky sponsors anyway).

If you'd like to find out more about Robby Ginepri you can link here. For more information about this year's US Open you can visit the tournament's official website, www.USOpen.org.

You can click on the photo to enlarge.

Moving day in Boston

I was once told that 1 out of every 4 apartment leases in Boston starts on September 1st. This may or may not be true, but what is true is most of Boston and it's surrounding suburbs will be in gridlock starting today and much of the day on September 1st as tens of thousands move into their new apartments.

The large number of September 1st rentals is a result of the college population moving back to Boston and getting ready to start the new academic year. I cannot think of another large metropolitan area that is so significantly influenced by the local college population. Within the metropolitan area there are more than 100 colleges and universities, and according to Wikipedia there are more than 250,000 college students in Boston and Cambridge alone. If that figure is correct then that means college students comprise more than 35% of the population.
Despite the fact that parking will soon become near impossible with tens of thousands of college students (many for the first time) moving into Boston, I look forward to their return. The soul of Boston is tied to the students who come here and make it their home (at least for awhile). Its partly why Boston remains one of the youngest cities in the US despite the Northeast having one of the oldest populations. The students and those who stay after graduating shape and influence this city as much today as the immigrants who are a part of this city's history or the large employers who have helped draw people here with good jobs.

Boston Trivia: name the college / university shown in the 2nd photo




Tuesday, August 30, 2011

2011 US Open: Dmitry Tursunov

The US Open started on Monday in New York City. In honor of the Open, I'm posting a handsome male tennis player each day the Open is being played.

Today, I'm featuring Dmitry Tursunov from Russia who is currently ranked 43 in the world. Sadly this handsome Russian is not participating in the US Open this year.

If you'd like to find out more about Dmitry Tursunov you can link here. For more information about this year's US Open you can visit the tournament's official website, www.USOpen.org.

You can click on the photo to enlarge.



Source: Tennis Served Fresh blog

Red Sox and Yankees play this week

The Boston Red Sox start a 3-game series with the New York Yankees tonight. This is the last time the two teams will face each other in Boston during the regular season. Last week I wrote a post, Boston Sports Bars, and I'm pretty sure that all of these locations will be busy through out the 3-game series. Will you be watching these games? If so, where?

Photo from the blog odd jack

Après Irene

Work on Monday kept me busier than anticipated and I did not have a chance to get to the gym so last night I went for a walk through the neighborhood as an excuse to get outside. Boston was largely spared from significant damage resulting from hurricane / tropical storm Irene.

Of course there was some flooding, random branches and trees that were toppled from Irene. A large tree near the corner of Union Park and Shawmut Ave came crashing down on a car during the storm and yesterday crews removed the felled tree. All that remains is this stump and the mangled walk way

We were lucky that damage was so minimal here. My thoughts are with those who weren't as fortunate.

Monday, August 29, 2011

2011 US Open: Roger Federer

The US Open (the last of the four tennis majors) starts today in New York City; concluding on Sunday, September 11th.

I've attended this tennis tournament in the past and it is an amazing place to see some of the world's best tennis players compete. I especially love the raucous night games. In honor of the start of play, I thought I'd post a tennis player each day.

If you'd like to find out more about Roger Federer you can link here. For more information about this year's US Open you can visit the tournament's official website, www.USOpen.org.

Men of Twitter

Each Monday I post #MenOfTwitter profiles of men who catch my eye and whom I think you may enjoy following. As always, suggestions for profiles to feature are welcome.

If you'd like to follow me on twitter, you can find me @BosGuy. Below are this week's #MenOfTwitter. Leave them a nice comment and start following these guys.

Guy_Interruptd – A.K.A. Kristian lives in South London and is described by friends as ‘the male Carrie Bradshaw’. He is also the author of the blog Sex Drugs and Sausage Rolls an hilarious blog about Kristian’s life in London. I think you’ll enjoy following this wild child who is on twitter nearly 24/7. Please be sure to wish Kristian well as he celebrates his 32nd birthday on Tuesday, August 30th. #UKHeartThrob

TheStyleWord Twitter fashionistas (and fashionistas-in-training) should follow Steve. A native New Yorker who divides his time between NYC and Miami, he is more than just good looking (although that certainly is a nice perk - isn't it?) Steve is a fashion writer and editor for well respected blogs. Want to know more about this blue-eyed twitter fanatic? Interested in fashion and fashion trends? Follow him on twitter AskMichaelCohen.com / MakingofaMogul.com #StylishlySexy

BostonTweet – If size matters to you then Boston Tweet (A.K.A. - Tom) matters. Anyone who lives in Boston and is on Twitter knows and follows Tom. Without a doubt he’s more influential for all things related to Boston than any other individual I can think of on twitter. The fact that he’s handsome and always suggesting food and drink only adds to his appeal. #ManAboutTown

BTW if you like this post, retweet it. If you love this post, follow me, @BosGuy.

Link here to see past #MenOfTwitter postings.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hit me with your best shot Irene

Hurricane Irene came and went and although it was pretty messy outside and killed the weekend, I think her bark was worse than her bite. Once people realized that Boston was spared from Irene's fury the bars that decided to open for business did quite well.

I started my afternoon with a couple of drinks with Sergio and a friend who came over then we headed over to my friend Ben's house. Ben was hosting a hurricane party. I have to admit his specialty apricot martinis were so good I found myself heading back to the bar again and again. All told about 20 of us ended up descending upon Ben's home. Thank you Ben!

Sorry the pictures aren't a bit better, but phone cameras leave a lot to be desired.




New cafe to open in Boston: Bourbon Coffee

Coffee lovers rejoice! A small, new coffee chain named bourbon coffee is rumored to be opening their third location in Boston very soon. Bourbon coffee currently has two locations in the US: Washington D.C. cafe @ 2101 L Street NW and New York City cafe @43 W 14th Street.

On my recent trip to NYC, I stepped in the coffee shop in the Village for breakfast. I liked it so much I snagged a card and chatted briefly with the helpful manager who indicated Boston was the next market they would be opening a coffee shop and the company's website confirms this.

About bourbon coffee:
Bourbon coffee is an international brand of specialty coffee and the first retail brand to originate from Africa. Our retail brand is built around the philosophy of producing great coffee from "crop to cup." By building the brand in this manner we are able to directly impact the value equation for coffee farmers in Africa.