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breakfast and brunch • mexican food • pizza • nightclubs • value for money
What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm a business data analyst at DraftKings, Inc. It's a pretty high-paced environment, but it maintains the startup feel very well. I have a lot of autonomy and I'm surrounded by people with similar interests to mine. I get to talk and think about sports all day and still have a good work/life balance!
What are the best TV shows of all time?
Scrubs, Chuck, Archer, The Office, Sherlock, Community, Game of Thrones, House of Cards
Name some spots in Boston that are good for a Tinder date.
There aren't that many that are bad. If you're trying to be classy, Central Kitchen or The Smoke Shop. Trying to have some fun, go to anywhere with Stump! Trivia that night. Trying to save some cash, Jacob Wirth or somewhere in Chinatown. That's assuming you want dinner, of course. There's also Improv Asylum and Limelight for comedy, AMC and Regal for movies, a bunch of theaters for shows. There's cooking classes in the South End and Paint Nites all around the city. Take your pick; you'll probably do fine.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Honestly, not here. I love this city, but I don't love sales tax and I do love outlet stores. That said, there are some good options. You want class, go for the east end of Newbury Street or the Copley Mall. A bit more casual, check out Downtown Crossing or the west end of Newbury.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Most of Dorchester or Roslindale, but that's mostly because I take the T (local slang for the subway) everywhere and there's not good access to those areas.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Stay out late. Due to some outdated laws, bars and clubs all close by 2:00 am, and public transportation closes by 1:30. On rare occasions you may find a place open later or be at a house party, and those are nights to cherish. When we go out in Boston, we start the night by 9:00 to make sure we've got time to enjoy it all!
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Boston that you particularly like?
Drink! It's in Seaport and its signage isn't great so it can be hard to find, but it's an amazing place, especially if you don't know what you feel like that night.
What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Boston? How much did it cost and what did you get there?
Top of the Hub. No question. It's probably got the best view of any restaurant in the city; it's hard to beat 50 stories up. But they hit you in the wallet for it. The food is good but you're definitely paying for the view too. I don't remember what I got, but I neither found it the best ever, nor did I complain about it.
Where can you get the best cocktail in Boston? Which one do you like?
Drink. I can't tell you which one I like because I don't know their names. But go there and give them a vague idea of what you want (my friend once said "punch me in the mouth with ginger") and they'll get you something amazing.
Where would you take your partner in Boston if you wanted to really pamper them?
STRIP for dinner by the Public Garden, and then one of the shows in Boston's fantastic theater district.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Boston?
Harpoon Brewery. The beer hall is cool, sure, but there are other, smaller breweries with better beer and smaller crowds.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Boston?
Downeast Cider house. It's a bit out of the way, but it's the best hard cider I've ever had, they give you free tastings, and if you book ahead, a free tour. Buying the cider to bring home is cheaper than at any store in the city, too.
What are the Boston spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Fenway Park, hands down. If the Sox are playing, find a way to make a game. You can often get tickets for less than $20. If you're here on the weekends, hit Haymarket for wicked cheap fruits and veggies on Saturday, and SoWa for a craft farmer's market on Sunday. Get to the Common and the Public Garden to ride a swan boat, if you can.