What to do this Winter When the Patriots Aren't Playing
By Mackenzie Cummings-Grady| January 11, 2017 |
We face it every year, when the end of the New England Patriots season and long cold winter days collide. Even with the Super Bowl less than a month away on February 5, Pats fans must grapple with the idea that football season will, inevitably, come to an end. We compiled a list of things to do in January and beyond when the Patriots aren’t playing.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston launches a multi-sensory wellness experience on January 23. The Spa’s Himalayan Singing Bowl, a form of sound therapy, uses vibrations to re-balance you by harnessing your natural energy flow. The experience is sure to relax and rejuvenate anyone needing to de-stress...say after a stressful sporting event. Arrive early or stay late to use the spa's facilities including a quartz crystal steam room and vitality pool. 776 Boylston St., 617-535-8888
Outlook Kitchen and Bar, located inside the Envoy Hotel in the Seaport, has launched a winter music series. Starting January 9, from 5-8 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, Outlook will be stacked with acoustic crooners of all types. 70 Sleeper Street, 617-530-1559
Ambreen Butt, an Artist-in-Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, will pay tribute to Mukhtar Mai, and explore the ways women struggle to find and use their power. Her work, “I Need A Hero,” will be unveiled on January 11, 2017 on the Museum’s Anne Fitzpatrick Façade. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 617-566-1401
Daniel Bruce will host the 28th Annual Boston Wine Festival this winter. The nation’s longest-running wine and food festival begins on January 13, 2017 and continues through March 31 with events like Meritage Madness on January 25, the valentine’s day Dinner Dance on February 11 and a host of dinners including Opus One on March 1. Boston Harbor Hotel, 617-439-7000
Davio’s Winter Wine Dinner with Halter Ranch Vineyards
Join Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse in Chestnut Hill as they host an exclusive wine dinner on January 31 at 6:30 p.m. The five-course dinner features a custom menu by Executive Chef Steve Lazdowsky, along with selected wines from Halter Ranch Vineyards. Tickets are $125 per guest. 55 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, 617-738-4810
The ICA presents the U.S. debut of Ashes, a video installation by British artist (and the director of 12 Years A Slave) Steve McQueen. The work tells the tale of a young fisherman from Grenada, and his unexpected fate. The viewing begins February 15, and will continue through July 9. 25 Harbor Shore Dr.
The sleek urban bar and restaurant will offer weekly Sunday Brunch beginning on January 15. From 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Executive Chef Diego Orsorno has an eclectic menu that includes dishes such as Bourbon Butter French Toast and Pork Belly Benedict. 354 Harrison Ave.
On January 18, meat-lovers will rejoice as Craigie on Main hosts their 8th Annual Whole Hog Dinner. For $108, customers will have a traditional Maws “head-to-tail” dining experience. The epic six-course meal will include Baja Kampachi Sashimi, boar heart sausage, and Serrano ham pasta with caviar and Parmesan. 853 Main St., Cambridge
On January 24, Coppa will host a GoodFellas inspired Italian dinner. For $55, guests can enjoy a four-course pre-fixed menu of Italian cuisine inspired by the cooking featured in the popular mob flick. The film is a favorite of co-chef/owner Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette. 253 Shawmut Ave.
The fourth annual Shellabration at B&G Oysters will feature a different regional specialty every Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evening beginning on January 15. The cuisine will feature Crab Boil from Maryland, as well as a Peruvian Ceviche Mixto. The family-style dining will last until March 7, and will cost around $49 a person. 550 Tremont St.
The Boston Center For Adult Education Hosts Bartender Tainah Soares
Channel your inner bartender at the Boston Center for Adult Education and learn how to make your own sodas and tonics from expert bartender Tainah Soares of Trina’s Starlight Lounge. Soares will share her own tips and tricks on January 31 from 7-9 p.m. 122 Arlington St.
Yoga For Bad People will do their second event on January 25 at 6 p.m. Katelin Sisson, co-founder of the company, will lead class. Juice Press is sponsoring adult and “behaved adult” beverages following the class, with snacks provided. 551 Boylston Street, 617-658-3421
Super Hunger Brunch
Go home happy while helping others avoid hunger thanks to the annual Super Hunger Brunch on January 28 and 29 to benefit The Greater Boston Food Bank. Various restaurants in the Boston area will all offer a pre fixe brunch menu, with proceeds donated to The Greater Boston Food Bank.