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.
Del Friscos Double Eagle Steakhouse, which just opened its newest location in the Back Bay neighborhood, is an upscale restaurant offering unique cuts of meat, seafood, and more than 12,500 bottles of wine. Menu options include a variety of meat ranging from prime ribeye and filet mignon to bone-in filet and prime porterhouse, plus dry-aged and wagyu steaks. You’ll also find seafood — in many cases locally sourced — like stone crab claws, broiled lobster tail, and crab cakes with Cajun lobster cream sauce. Sides include Lobster Macaroni & Cheese, Brussel Sprouts with bacon and caramelized onions, and Potatoes Au Gratin made with aged cheddar. Del Friscos has a sleek interior with hanging chandeliers, a large bar, public and private dining spaces, and a glass wine cellar to house its vast wine selection. Relax and enjoy your meal at funky lime green booths as well as a variety of tables
The Boston Tea Party was a turning point in the relationship between Great Britain and its then-colonies in North America. It was a major act of defiance, a peaceful protest against recently imposed tariffs. It set the stage for the Revolutionary War and the colonies’ eventual independence. Learn all about the historic event at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. Each hour-long guided tour takes guests back to the day that the Tea Party unfolded as you actually climb aboard the restored 18th-century ships. Costumed actors recreate the major players of the day at an interactive town meeting, after which guests actually get to dump some tea and tour a museum filled with artifacts. Head to Abigail’s Tea Room after your tour to try one of the five teas that were tossed overboard that fateful day in 1773.