Back Bay residents are in for a treat. Jaho Coffee Roaster & Wine Bar just opened another cafe in the area, and it brings the same high class food, drinks, and ambiance as their other popular locations. The Back Bay spot might be the most stylish one yet, with plenty of natural light, cozy seating, and a modern and fresh aesthetic. They have a premium selection of coffees, teas, and wines, as well as a food menu that’s more diverse than you may be expecting. Jaho Coffee Roaster & Wine Bar is equally as good for grab-and-go coffee and breakfast when you’re on your way to work as it is for a sit-down meal when you’re craving a nice drink and upscale food. This isn’t your usual cafe fare; the beautiful décor and fine food and drinks make up for the extra few dollars you’ll spend here. Jaho Coffee Roaster &
There’s a new fast casual option in the Financial District, and its savory blend of Mediterranean flavors will make it your new go-to spot. Aceituna Grill specializes in build-your-own rice plates, salads, and pita roll-ups topped with traditional shawarma meats and vegetarian falafel. Choose from a beef and lamb blend, or chicken (spicy or regular) marinated and then slowly cooked on the vertical grill. Portions are sliced off per order, and then finished with your choice of toppings like hummus, tabbouleh, fattoush, and more. The Greek sides are a highlight at Aceituna Grill, and are so fresh and flavorful you might just want to take home a few to stash in your fridge. Find Aceituna Grill on Federal Street between Sullivan Place and Matthews Street. Enjoy their indoor and outdoor seating Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Catering is available, and you can also order online directly from
The owners of Love Art Udon came up with the concept of their restaurant in response to the popularity of ramen in Boston and around the country. Jessica Chiep and Ronald Liu, who also own Love Art Sushi, wanted to bring more attention to udon, hoping to make the comforting Japanese noodle dish more prevalent. Since opening in the fall of 2018, diners have taken notice. It has a fast-casual concept: customers order at the counter, starting with a base bowl of udon noodles. From there, they can select a broth or a sauce, like the traditional soy dashi, spicy miso, or clam chowder, in an homage to the restaurant’s home. Diners can pair their noodles with shrimp or sweet potato tempura. If you dine in, you’ll get to enjoy the street art and anime-influenced mural that takes up a huge section of wall in the seating area.
Part theme park, part kids’ museum, LEGOLAND Discovery Center plays host to a variety of kid-friendly attractions. They all feature the colorful building blocks you remember from your own childhood, but reimagined in contemporary and creative ways. The Great Lego Race even incorporates virtual reality (VR) technology. Kids buckle up in futuristic-looking two-person carts to participate in a virtual race, which happens entirely inside of a pair of VR goggles. Once they pull the goggles down, they’re plunged into a cartoon world where they’re behind the wheel of a LEGO race car, and tasked with the job of navigating it safely across the finish line. Elsewhere in LEGOLAND, you can experience real-life adventures on fun rides, or check out pint-sized versions of Boston landmarks constructed entirely of LEGOS. There’s also a play zone and plenty of interactive LEGO activities to keep your little ones entertained.
Whether you have a celebratory occasion coming up, or simply want to break up the brutal Boston winter with a fun event, check out Boston Brew Tours by City Brew Tours. They have exclusive tours running seven days a week with access to local breweries, plenty of food, and best of all, a designated driver. Try their Original Brew Tour or After Hours Tour for up to 16 beer tastings at four locations, a meal pairing, and roundtrip transportation. If you’re short on time, try The Sip of Boston Tour for all the same fun in a half-day timeframe. They also do private events, so if you have a bachelor or bachelorette party, birthday, or corporate outing to plan, let City Brew Tours be your host and handle all of the logistics. Great local breweries like Night Shift Brewing and Bully Boy Distillers are just a few of the participating
You don’t have to be particularly skilled in the kitchen to enjoy a cooking class at Selfup. To the contrary, the classes cater to beginners. Long-time chefs lead the fun, informal cooking sessions, so they do most of the hard work for you. You just get to learn a few new kitchen tricks and enjoy a bite to eat after the main course. Every weekend, Selfup hosts the Italian dinner cooking class. You begin by crafting a simple salad and a classic pasta dish, then move on to the main event: tiramisu. Your instructor will walk you through the process of creating this layered confection, step by step, and then you get to enjoy a taste. Some classes only take place every now and then, like the "No Frills Dumpling" and the "Taste of Asia" classes. Gather a few creative friends and sign up for a cooking session at Selfup.