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Chinatown

Boston Chinatown Market Tour
Saturday, November 15
10:00 a.m. - 12noon
$49 (includes tip) (reg. $54)
Chinatown, Boston, MA
Purchase by October 30

A great adventure awaits you on this walking tour through one of the oldest Chinese communities in America. Learn how and why the Chinese eat the way they do, and how Chinese-American dishes developed. In a traditional herbal pharmacy, discover the differences between hot, warm, neutral, cool and cold foods, yin and yang, the five elements, and the all important flow of “Qi.” Be privy to secret specialties and ingredients from tiny shops unknown to tourists; from the best Chinese bakery and Cantonese deli, to a hidden street food stall, to a market overflowing with exotic produce, fabulous seafood, and an endless array of spices. Sample the flavors and discover the traditions behind the food. Step through the Chinatown gate and enjoy the fantastic sights, cacophonous sounds and culinary delights of this little sliver of Hong Kong, right in the heart of downtown Boston!


Ira Glass

Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes, and Anna Bass in “Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host,”
Sunday, January 25
3:00pm
$48/mezzanine (reg. $55)
Citi Shubert, Boston, MA
Purchase by December 19

This American Life host Ira Glass has been working with Monica Bill Barnes & Company to invent a show that combines two art forms that, as Glass puts it, "have no business being together—dance and radio." One is all words and no visuals. One is all visuals and no words. The result is a funny, lively and very talky evening of dance and stories that brought down the house in its first test run at Carnegie Hall. "What makes it work," says Glass "is a shared sensibility. As dancers, Monica and Anna are these amazingly relatable and funny storytellers without words."


Newport Mansions

Newport Mansions at Holidaytime
Saturday, December 6
$65/pp/adults (includes round-trip transportation, and visit to both the Elms and Marble House Mansions)
Purchase by November 14

Bus leaves Linc. Lab, Lexington at 7:00am; and Hayward Lot, Cambridge at 7:45am; returns approx. 8:00pm. Step back in time to the Gilded Age and tour two magnificent mansions adorned in Yuletide finery ~ the Marble House and the Elms Mansions. The houses will dazzle with “glitter of gold and the sparkle of silver” celebrating Christmas at the Newport Mansions. The Marble House, built between 1888 to 1892 at a cost of $11 million, was designed by the architect Richard Morris Hunt and inspired by the Petit Trianon at Versailles . It was "a social and architectural landmark that set the pace for Newport's subsequent transformation from a quiet summer colony of wooden houses to the legendary resort of opulent stone palaces." The Elms, built between 1898 to 1901 at a cost of $1.4 million, was designed by Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer to design a house modeled after the mid-18th century French chateau d'Asnieres (c.1750) outside Paris. It is home to a collection of Renaissance ceramics, 18th century French and Venetian paintings, and Oriental jades.,and elaborate Classical Revival Gardens. After touring the Mansions, spend the afternoon (12noon-3pm) in downtown Newport browsing/walking/window-shopping (lunch is on your own). The route home will include driving along the picturesque Ocean Drive in Newport.


Northend Tour

North End Tour: Mangia - Mangia
Monday, January 19
10:00am - 12:00noon
$49/pp (reg. $54.00)
North End, Boston, MA
Purchase by December 31

A great culinary adventure awaits you on this award-winning walking tour through one of the oldest Italian communities in America. Take a walking tour that is like a cooking class on foot: learn about how Italians eat; glean insider cooking tips; gain resources and knowledge on how to identify and where to buy the very best ingredients. Discover the pasticceria, the greengrocer, the deli, an enoteca, and spice and confection store that stock the ingredienti that can make your meals memorable. Enjoy the colorful sights, tantalizing aromas and authentic tastes of pastries, cured meat, cheese, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, the freshest seasonal produce, and a little liquori in this old-world community. As you will see, gli ingredienti veraci – authentic ingredients – are the key to la bellissima cucina italiana.


Skywalk Observatory
$11 (reg. $16/adult; $13/senior; $11, children under 12)
Prudential Center, Boston, MA

Located in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay, the Skywalk is located at the pinnacle of the Prudential building on the 50th floor. Experience Boston's only sky-high vantage point for sweeping 360 degree views of Greater Boston & beyond. An awe-inspiring, breathtaking panoramic view of Boston! Ticket includes a self-guided Acoustiguide, Dreams of Freedom Museum, and a Multimedia Movie Theatre featuring the exceptional film, “Wings Over Boston.” Tickets valid anytime and do not expire.


Taza

Taza Chocolate Tours

$3 (regular $5) Saves money on ALL AGES (infants included)
Somerville, MA
Valid any time, No expiration date

Taza Chocolate Factory in Somerville has just opened up its doors for regular public tour offerings! Please join us for a behind-the-scenes, guided tour of Taza Chocolate's manufacturing facility and chocolate making process. You will be able to sample chocolate, learn about cocoa beans and see the amazing machinery used to make traditional stone ground chocolate in this artisan bean-to-bar chocolate factory. The tour is approximately one hour long.



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