A bouquet of red roses, a day at the spa, a framed photo of the two of you… Any of the above would make a fine Valentine’s Day gift, but everyone knows that the most direct way to someone’s heart is through their stomach! So if there’s one day out of the year to get in the kitchen, roll up your sleeves, and start whipping up something delicious for your S.O., it’s February 14. Below, find unique recipe ideas to help you craft the perfect Valentine’s Day menu. Spanning sweet to savory, heart-shaped to just plain hearty, these recipes are a delicious way to say “I love you” on the most romantic day of the year. Go with your heart. Any food can take on a Valentine’s Day theme when it’s shaped like a heart. You could treat your sweetie to breakfast in bed and serve them heart-shaped pancakes or French toast. And
Tired of the same old dinner and a movie? This Valentine’s Day, upgrade your celebration and take your date on a fun and fancy dinner cruise with Odyssey. As part of the three-hour cruise on Boston Harbor, you’ll get gorgeous views of the skyline and the waterfront. All the decks are climate controlled, so you’ll be comfortable and warm no matter what the weather is. You’ll receive a private table for you and your date, so you’re guaranteed to have some intimate one-on-one time. The plated dinner offers menu options like mushroom ravioli, oven-baked Atlantic filet, and braised beef short rib. You can also upgrade your ticket to include cocktails, wine, and beer as well as window table reservations. The cruise will also include entertainment from a professional DJ, who will playing romantic songs for you and your Valentine. The cruises board at 6 p.m. on Feb. 14 and 15
Visiting the New England Aquarium is like a mini vacation during the unforgiving winter, so consider a membership to make frequent visits. Being so close to the ocean, you can expect exhibits that are incredibly close to the real-life habitats of its hundreds of animal species. Don’t miss out on this local attraction for features like the largest shark and ray touch tank on the East Coast, plus the popular four-story ocean tank. That’s where you’ll find Myrtle the green sea turtle, along with loads of other Caribbean sea creatures. Also onsite is the Simons IMAX Theater, plenty of opportunities for animal encounters, and behind-the-scenes tour packages that make each and every visit a unique experience. Visit the website for a full list of ticket combination packages, or to get psyched for your visit when you preview the exhibits. The New England Aquarium is open daily from 9 a.m. to
Making a New Year’s resolution is easy—sticking to it is a whole lot harder! But with a little perseverance and a whole lot of planning, you can be on your way to making your goals for 2020 a reality, whether you’ve resolved to be more mindful of your budget, you’re seeking to stay active, or something else altogether. Read on for three tips to help you stick with your New Year’s resolutions. Start small. By breaking your resolution down into smaller, more actionable goals, you can make your overall objective a little less daunting. For instance, if you’ve resolved to save $1,000 by December 2020, consider putting away $83/month or $19.23/week into a savings account. Your weekly successes will help keep you motivated, especially as you see your bank account balance grow. Buddy up. If you’ve made a resolution to get active this year, enlist a friend or coworker to join you
They say it’s better to give than receive, but living up to the old adage can be expensive. This holiday season, keep your wallet full—and your stress level at a minimum—by going the DIY route with your gift-giving. You don’t have to be an expert crafter or pro chef to create a gift that’s memorable and meaningful, and these ideas are proof! Put together a gift basket. Who wouldn’t want to receive a beautifully presented gift basket during the holidays? You can customize a gift basket for every recipient on your gift list, from the foodie to the spa-goer. After deciding on a theme, grab a few inexpensive wicker baskets from the craft store, then fill it with goodies that follow the theme. For the home chef, for example, you could fill the basket with a dish towel, oven mitt, gourmet non-perishables, and a cook book. Whip up something sweet. The
For one of the most spectacular showings of The Nutcracker in the United States, you must go see the Boston Ballet’s rendition this season; we’re lucky to have this incredible show right in our backyard! This age-old holiday story truly comes to life on stage and with each sugar plum fairy and floating snowflake, you’ll be more in the holiday spirit. The show runs at Citizens Bank Opera House through Dec. 29, with plenty of shows to fit into your busy holiday calendar so you don’t have to miss it. Tickets start at around $40 and range to over $200 depending on when you’re going and where you’d like to sit. The interactive seat map will allow you to browse to find the perfect ticket for you and your group. Get ready to experience the magic of The Nutcracker and create holiday memories that will last a lifetime.