In This Issue.* Markets believe RBA is dovish. * A$ gets sold on markets belief. * Markets await Brazilian Gov’t. * Japanese yen to fall to 150?.And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts!U.S. Files Complaint Against S&P.Good day. And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! Well, I do believe it will turn out to be a Tom Terrific Tuesday because I hit all the stoplights on the way to work, on green! So, see. it really is the little things that puts me in a good mood! Today is National Pancake Day. the people over at the local IHOP are giving away free pancakes today. The IHOP by my house ALWAYS has a line out the door, so they must be giving something away free every day! HA!Well. the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) did keep their rates on hold, as I suspected they would, last night, but. the markets seem to have read something in the statement that I didn’t see. The markets seem to believe the statement was dovish, although I thought it to be neutral or balanced. The RBA talked about how the global economy was looking better, and that domestic data was better than expected. On flip side, falling inflation is giving the RBA the courage to talk about cutting rates in the 2nd QTR of 2013. Who knows, by then things could be completely different in the world. And if I were running the RBA I wouldn’t be talking about rate cuts!So, with the markets seeing something in the statement that I didn’t, the Aussie dollar (A$) has slipped back below $1.04. Having the Chinese put the governor on the renminbi, because of the Japanese yen weakness, as caused some concern for the A$ investors. They see China’s placing the governor on the renminbi / yuan as a sign that their economic recovery isn’t as strong as previously thought. But that’s not it at all! China is merely reacting on a competition basis, to the weakening yen.For instance, China’s economy grew at 4.7% in December alone! The domestic demand in China has really taken hold, folks. And just in time too!Speaking of yen. did you see that well respected analyst, Dennis Gartman, called for yen to call to 150? WOW! Now. that’s quite a fall! When I began my career in foreign exchange yen traded around 130. And in the Asian meltdown of 1997-98 yen reached 147, so to reach 150, yen is going to have to fall far and fast. But I don’t doubt it could get that weak folks. It’s what happens when a country paints itself in a corner with debt coming out their ears, multiple implementations of Quantitative Easing, Budget stimulus, and zero interest rates. That last description of what Japan has done to paint itself into a corner, sound just like what has happened here in the U.S., eh? Oh, yes it does! Back around 2004 & 05, I kept telling you that the U.S. was turning Japanese, yes, I really think so. And now years later, you can hold the list of things the two countries have done to spark their economy, and they are identical. if this were a classroom, these two would be accused of cheating!The IMM Futures positions last week, showed the dollar shorts positions narrowed, led by a huge decline in Canadian dollar / loonie longs. That followed a dovish Bank of Canada (BOC) meeting, as well as a weak Canadian inflation report. Japanese yen came in second in net short positions, and even the darling of the futures crowd, the Mexican peso, even pulled back on their net longs. So, as we entered the weekend last week, the futures guys and gals were feeling better about the dollar.But that was all before the Jobs Jamboree last Friday, left the markets wondering if they should be long dollars after all.Late last week the Brazilian real dropped below the psychological level of 2 (real is a European priced currency so as the price drops, the greater return VS dollars). The last time real fell below 2, it didn’t last too long, as the Brazilian Gov’t made sure of that! But now it’s been a few days, and the real is looking healthier. And the reason is being tied to the rising inflation in Brazil. the markets smell blood here, and think the Brazilian Gov’t and the Central Bank of Brazil will have no choice but to raise rates to quell the rising inflation..You may recall that higher interest rates in Brazil is what provided the underpinning to the real, which was the best performing currency in 2010. before the Brazilian Gov’t started to play games with the currency. Brazil’s Central Bank issued a report after their last meeting in Jan. saying that “the outlook for inflation is getting worse in the short term.” I say, be careful here, folks. we all know what the Gov’t is capable of when they put their mind to making the real weak. but the recovery is impressive!Yesterday, I told you about the political fears in Spain and Italy, causing bond auction yields to rise, and the euro to lose gained ground from Friday. Well, an article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) says that the honeymoon for the euro is over. The writer believes that while the immediate threat of a sovereign default has passed for now, there are still plenty of risks in the Eurozone. The writer doesn’t believe in the economics of the Eurozone or the politics.I don’t think there’s anything new here, for Pfennig readers, as I’ve told you all that the Eurozone and the euro wasn’t out of the woods because of all these things. But, there’s something that the WSJ writer is missing here, and that is. the dollar and euro are offset partners. So, do the fundamentals in the U.S. look better? Apparently, the markets don’t think so. But, I think it’s important to not let the recent run in the euro, begin to blind us with science. and fail us in biology! HA! How about some Thomas Dolby for you 80’s music fans!For the money. I saw some financial institutions calling for the euro to hold steady Eddie for a bit, and then resume its rise. So, this is good. we’ve got two different opinions on what the euro is going to do near term, which always makes for a good market! I’d rather have it like this, then to have everyone on the same side of the boat.. At least investors can pick which opinion suits them, and invest! You’ll know when everyone is on the same side of the boat, when you get in a taxi and the taxi driver talks to you about the investment! Or when your neighbor stops you in the driveway, and substitutes his usual good morning, good afternoon, or good night, with a “hey neighbor, I just bought “X”.And the price of Gold is stronger this morning by $6. while the price of Oil continues to be in the high $90’s both anti-dollar assets are champing at the bit to move higher VS the dollar. Yesterday, I talked about the limited supply of Gold & Silver. I received quite a few emails from people telling me there’s a hoard of Gold under the sea. Hmmm. Interesting.Then There Was This. Well, it finally happened. a Ratings Agency has been accused of knowingly understating the credit risks of bonds and derivatives that were central to the financial meltdown. The U.S. Justice Dept. filed a complaint yesterday in Los Angeles, accusing McGraw Hill and Standard & Poors (S&P) of three types of fraud. This is the first federal enforcement action against a credit-rating firm for alleged illegal behavior related to the crisis. Apparently, the U.S. Gov’t and S&P, which is owned by McGraw Hill, were trying to settle this behind closed doors, but when the U.S. asked for $1 Billion and an admission of wrongdoing, S&P balked. So, now the Gov’t is left filing a complaint.Both Chris and I have wondered for over 5 years now, why the credit agencies got to go Ollie, Ollie, Oxen free, from any association with the financial meltdown. Here’s where it will get sticky. S&P responded to the case being filed with this statement: “A DOJ lawsuit would be entirely without factual or legal merit. It would disregard the central facts that S&P reviewed the same subprime mortgage data as the rest of the market, including U.S. Government officials who in 2007 stated that problems in the subprime market appeared to be contained.”Chuck again. Yes. remember that? Oh, to be not on tape saying that, has got to be what the U.S. Gov’t is thinking right now. Not to pick at an open sore here, but I also remember Big Ben Bernanke saying that “All that said, given the fundamental factors in place that should support the demand for housing, we believe the effect of the troubles in the subprime sector on the broader housing market will likely be limited, and we do not expect significant spillovers from the subprime market to the rest of the economy or to the financial system.”To recap. The euro holds steady Eddie, but the A$ gets sold on what the markets believe to be a dovish statement by the RBA last night. Yen continues to slide, and now Dennis Gartman believes yen will fall to 150. And the Brazilian real is on a ride right now, as the markets test the waters of a real below 2.Currencies today 2/5/13. American Style: A$ $1.0385, kiwi .8425, C$ $1.0025, euro 1.3545, sterling 1.5740, Swiss $1.10, . European Style: rand 8.8850, krone 5.4770, SEK 6.3265, forint 215.75, zloty 3.0825, koruna 18.93, RUB 30.01, yen 93.45, sing 1.2385, HKD 7.7535, INR 53.13, China 6.2305, pesos 12.66, BRL 1.9890, Dollar Index 79.58, Oil $96.62, 10-year 1.99%, Silver $31.88, and Gold. $1,674.20That’s it for today. Well. football is over, and now college basketball gets attention. but the real meat can be found about a week out, when pitchers and catchers report to spring training! YAHOO! Yes, baseball gets an even earlier start this year, as this spring the World Baseball Championship games will be played. I received my tickets to the spring training games last week, I opened the package and saw the tickets and said to myself, “self, let’s go now!” Calm down Chuck, it will be here soon enough. I’m back to having to get my feet up during the day, as the infection in my leg is back. No worries, though. and with that, I thank you for reading the Pfennig and hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday!Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 www.everbank.com
Justin’s note: On Saturday, our in-house commodity expert Dave Forest explained why nickel needs to be on your radar. Today, he shares another reason why the metal is about to shoot higher from here. As you’ll see, this is a unique circumstance… and the time to position yourself is now… By David Forest, editor, International SpeculatorIt was a short, almost random, meeting.I’d stopped in San Francisco on my way to South America. The goal was mainly to visit a friend in the hedge fund industry, just to say hi and check in.I wasn’t expecting to talk about natural resources. This friend runs the kind of fund that invests in manufacturing companies or real estate – the kind of person for whom mining is a vague footnote in the world of business.But I was wrong. When I met my friend, all he wanted to discuss was mining.We sat down in his plush office in the Ferry Building overlooking the bay. He told me that he was looking at mining projects around the globe – and was focused on one relatively obscure metal.I was shocked. My friend had clearly been dedicating all of his considerable brainpower to analyzing the mining business and mining stocks – for the first time ever in his long and successful career.What had happened?In between his excited tirades about the potential for this one particular metal, I probed to find out what had fired him up so suddenly.He said simply, “Elon was talking about it.”That, of course, meant Elon Musk. It turned out that my friend had seized onto an offhand comment by Tesla’s CEO during an interview – which he believed signals a revolution coming for one badly needed metal in the electric vehicle (EV) industry. Click here Recommended Link America on Verge of Third Power ShiftThe Wall Street Journal says, “The way humans get energy is set to fundamentally change.” The biggest power shift in the last 100 years is happening now. A new type of energy is taking over. It will power our businesses, our homes, and our automobiles. To learn why this expert predicts it will have such a profound effect on Americans… — During this interview, Musk said that he wants to add 33% more of this metal to each Tesla vehicle battery. The move reduces manufacturing costs overall for its batteries – but creates a huge new source of demand for the commodity I’m talking about.That intrigued my friend. Even though he’s not a mining investor, a 33% increase in demand in any market is enough to tweak his radar into looking for big investment opportunities.“You need to hear this,” he said. He called in one of his coworkers, an analyst who specializes in both U.S. and Chinese markets.The fellow joined us to talk about how he’d just been on the phone with Tesla. During the conversation, the Tesla reps noted that they’d created an entire position within the company dedicated to identifying supplies of this game-changing metal around the world – and making sure that Tesla had access to enough to feed its battery mega-factories.Then, he turned the conversation to China.“Every company I talk to is following Musk’s lead,” he said. He’d been digging in with Chinese manufacturers of EV batteries, and found they were all executing similar plans to Tesla – upping the amount of the same metal in configuration with their batteries.“It’s happening,” he said. “Not five years away – but right now.”I left feeling extremely encouraged. When big, mainstream investors are suddenly getting excited about a small corner of the commodities world like this, it can drive huge gains in metals and the associated stocks. It happened with uranium in 2005 and 2006, when hedge funds started buying – and drove metals prices from $20 per pound to $140.So what is this particular metal?• I’m talking about nickel…The metal flashed onto a lot of investors’ radars when Musk said that the batteries used in Tesla’s EVs are really reliant on nickel, and to a lesser degree, graphite.That comment galvanized people like my friend in San Francisco, especially when Musk said that he wants to add as much nickel as he can to batteries going forward.Specifically, Musk wants to add 33% more nickel into each battery, coming at a time when overall demand for EV batteries is going through the roof.Between 2014 and 2018, worldwide battery manufacturing for EVs more than doubled, rising 150%. That’s an incredible rise. But what’s happening today is even more shocking: By 2020, global battery output is expected to double again.And it doesn’t stop there. Projections are that, between 2020 and 2037, global manufacturing of batteries for EVs and other new energy applications will rise tenfold.Remember, nickel is the primary input for many of these batteries… and Musk is leading the charge to put 33% more nickel into each and every EV battery.Here’s the kicker as to why this could be the perfect setup for nickel and associated mining stocks. — Click here now to learn how to profit from their growth, before the secret is out Could your next on-demand ride lead to your next investment vehicle? A ride to the airport… A designated ride home… A ride during your business trip… Available in more than 70 countries, the tech behind the fastest-growing company in history is set to go public…This could be the biggest IPO in history… Recommended Link • Nickel is a particularly difficult metal to find…Unlike gold or copper, which are more or less the same wherever you find them, nickel has distinctly different forms in different places on the planet.About 60% of known nickel resources are in a form called “laterite.” It’s a kind of crumbled rock that forms in tropical countries, where heat and rain chew up the landscape.The thing is, nickel laterite is not suited to making batteries… and converting it into the nickel sulfate end-product that battery makers need requires specialized processing facilities which cost billions of dollars to construct.What battery manufacturers really need is a rarer type of nickel known as nickel sulfide. Nickel sulfide deposits come with a chemistry that’s much easier to convert into input products for batteries.But there’s a catch. Nickel sulfide is only found in a few places on the planet. The biggest source is the Sudbury District in eastern Canada – a geological freak of nature that geologists believe was created when a giant asteroid smacked into the Earth there, melting the crust and creating huge nickel sulfide deposits.• As you can imagine, that kind of unique circumstance doesn’t pop up in many places…Western Australia is a significant producer of nickel sulfide. But aside from Australia and Canada, the only other place on Earth with big nickel sulfide deposits is Russia – a source that could be cut off from the rest of the world by international sanctions.So we have a hard-to-find metal, with one of the world’s largest supplying countries potentially being lost to most buyers – at the same time that demand is set to explode. The chart below shows what this means for the market.Today, there is already a shortage of nickel. There just isn’t enough nickel being mined globally to meet demand.You can see how demand (black bars) is running ahead of supply (green bars)… and the shortfall is going to deepen as the EV market continues to grow.The blue line shows that the supply shortfall is projected to grow larger with every coming year – reaching a total yearly supply shortfall of one million tonnes by 2025.And going forward, the situation gets even more dire. There simply aren’t many new mines on the horizon that can meet the surging demand for nickel in batteries – especially as people like Musk cram even more of this metal into each unit.That supply crunch means the potential for big runs in the nickel price – the kind that will cause a spike in nickel stocks.If you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to add some nickel exposure to your portfolio.Sincerely,David Forest Editor, International SpeculatorP.S. The first electric car metal to hand early investors a fortune was cobalt. Its price spiked 3x. In turn, cobalt mining stocks soared as high as 7,163%. Then came lithium, which surged 10x. Lithium mining stocks saw gains up to 13,300%.Now, thanks to a breakthrough in electric vehicle tech, nickel sulfate will be the next to spike. And one tiny company could benefit most from it. I just released a brand-new video with more on this story. Details here.Reader MailbagAre you already investing in nickel? Are you betting on other metals? Let us know which ones you believe will benefit the most during the electric vehicle revolution at email@example.com.
You’ve all heard the saying like father, like son.District 21 State Sen. Gerald Allen walked away from last night’s primary with a huge win over his opponent, once again securing the Republican nomination for the office he’s already held for two terms, but that’s not the only win his family is celebrating.“It’s going to be a joy and a privilege to serve with my son,” Allen said. Wes Allen, Gerald Allen’s son, won the GOP nomination for District 89’s state representative.But they still have to beat their respective Democrat opponents before they’re a father-and-son Alabama political duo. Gerald Allen faces Rick Burnham, and Wes Allen faces Joel Lee Williams in the Nov. 6 election.But Wes Allen said he’s wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps for quite some time.“Watching Dad for years and years, you know I could see he had a heart for people and he wanted to make his district that he represents and the state of Alabama a better place,” Wes Allen said. “If we make it to November and are successful with these campaigns, it is going to be a really neat time to serve with him.”
To reduce opioid overdose deaths, North Carolina lawmakers want to crack down on the people who distribute them.A pair of bills introduced in the state House and Senate would impose new penalties on people who illegally give a controlled substance to someone who died as a result of taking it.The idea is controversial. Some think it would deter people from calling 911 if someone they know is overdosing, several local media outlets reported.But Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, a Jacksonville Republican and co-sponsor of one of the bills, promoted it in the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 9.”North Carolina last year was second in the nation in overdose deaths,” Brown told the committee in opening remarks.Overdose death rates have increased in recent years as Americans have abused prescription painkillers and street drugs, such as heroin. Appalachian states are some of the most affected. As PolitiFact North Carolina has previously reported, statistics at one point showed that an average of four North Carolinians die from an overdose every day.PolitiFact NC knows there’s a problem, and we won’t pass judgment on whether the bill is warranted. But we wondered if Brown’s claim about North Carolina’s ranking is accurate.Turns out, he’s off.NOT EVEN CLOSEThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a federal government agency, is the leading authority on mortality in America.According to the most recent CDC data, which analyzed 2017 stats, North Carolina isn’t even in the top 10 for states with the highest drug overdose death rate.That year, North Carolina had the 19th highest drug overdose death rate in the country and the 10th highest total number of overdose deaths.West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and New Hampshire had the highest drug overdose death rates in the country. Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, California and New York had the most drug overdose deaths.The Kaiser Family Foundation, a health research organization, uses data from the CDC and National Center for Health Statistics to track opioid overdose deaths, specifically.Like the CDC, Kaiser’s most recent information is from 2017. That year, North Carolina didn’t rank among the 10 states with the highest rates for opioid deaths or total number of overdose deaths.KFF reported that North Carolina in 2017 had the 16th highest rate of opioid overdose deaths in the country and the 20th highest overdose rate from all drugs (not just opioids.)WHAT BROWN SAIDContacted by PolitiFact, Brown said he misspoke.He meant to say, “In 2017, North Carolina had the second highest increase in the country in overdose deaths,” he said in an email, emphasizing the word increase.Brown cited a story by Charlotte-based radio station WFAE — “NC’s surge in rate of drug overdose deaths second highest in the U.S.” — as his source.Multiple media outlets, including the News & Observer, reported the CDC’s prediction in August 2018 that 2017 data would show North Carolina had the second-highest increase in drug overdose deaths that year. The CDC often reports provisional (or predicted) data before it finalizes the completed data.In North Carolina’s case this time, the prediction turned out to be slightly off.A CDC report of complete 2017 numbers found that NC had the fourth-highest increase in drug overdose deaths between calendar year 2016-2017. (The Kaiser review of 2017 also found that NC had the fourth-highest increase in drug overdose deaths, as well as opioid overdose deaths.)And the most recent CDC data paints a rosier picture for North Carolina. Again using limited data, the agency reports that NC isn’t among the states with the highest reported overdose deaths or the largest increase in deaths between August 2017 and August 2018.The CDC webpage, “Provisional drug overdose death counts,” shows the percent change (increase or decrease) in reported drug overdose deaths between August 2017 and August 2018. The report shows Nebraska, Kansas, Louisiana, Delaware and Hawaii as the states with the largest increases in drug overdose deaths.OUR RULINGTo promote a controversial bill, Brown said North Carolina “last year was second in the nation in overdose deaths.” That’s not true, and Brown said he misspoke. But even what he meant to say — that NC had the second-largest increase in total drug deaths — is based on an outdated stat. We rate his claim False.This story was produced by the North Carolina Fact-Checking Project, a partnership of McClatchy Carolinas, the Duke University Reporters’ Lab and PolitiFact. The NC Local News Lab Fund and the International Center for Journalists provide support for the project, which shares fact-checks with newsrooms statewide. To offer ideas for fact checks, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Norman Rokeach, CEO of Marquis Health ServicesJoin the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) as they welcome Norman Rokeach, CEO of Marquis Health Services, to their next monthly meeting. He will discuss their anticipated plans as they begin full operation of the Nursing and Rehabilitation facility on Fulton Street and welcome questions from the audience.Please attend the meeting at the Nazzaro Center at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10th to participate in this important discussion. If you have any questions and/or concerns, please contact NEWNC on Twitter and/or Facebook. You may also contact NEWNC president John Pregmon directly at email@example.com.
Sign up for The Feed. The latest on the city’s restaurants scene.* 6/7/2018, 1:56 p.m. Devoted foodies and restaurant newbies love The Feed. Sign-up now for our twice weekly newsletter. Chef Allen Campbell. / Photo by Omar CharcousseAh, late spring, that time of the year when bikini season is looming—but who wants to ditch those dinner plans? Well, here’s a solution to those perennially competing interests: Two Boston-area restaurants have just rolled out new health-focused menus.At ArtScience, Tom Brady and Giselle Bündchen’s former personal chef Allen Campbell has created several healthy dishes that will be part of the forward-thinking Cambridge restaurant’s menu going forward.The plant- and performance-focused chef will offer four to six seasonal “AC” options at any given time. Examples include fava beans and spring radishes with raw crackers as a bar snack and quinoa walnut cannelloni for lunch.With his new “partner chef” title, Campbell is working alongside ArtScience’s newly minted executive chef Ben Lacy (formerly of En Boca, Bondir, and Ten Tables) and founder David Edwards. He will also be regularly hosting discussions and dinners at the restaurants for those looking for a deeper look into his food philosophy.“We [David and I] both have a profound desire to reinvent the food experience,” Campbell said in a statement.Meanwhile, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse has partnered with Massachusetts-based Awaken 180° Weightloss to serve meals within the program’s guidelines.Available at lunch and dinner at all nine Davio’s locations, including the Boston flagship, the menu features reasonably portioned protein- and vegetable-based meals. Think seared salmon with cucumbers and tomato-parsley salad; filet mignon with spicy cauliflower rice; and oven-roasted chicken with grilled zucchini and summer squash.There are also appetizer (tuna tartare, beef carpaccio) and dessert options. All of the vegetables and fish are cooked in olive oil, grilled, or steamed.Rumor has it, Davio’s owner Steve DiFillippo has lost a lot of weight on the program himself.So, no excuses. To cancel your dinner reservation, that is.ArtScience, 65 E. Kendall St., Cambridge, 857-999-2193, cafeartscience.com; Davio’s, 75 Arlington St., Boston, 617-357-4810, davios.com; and other locations. Check Out the New Health-Conscious Menus at ArtScience and Davio’s Including dishes from Tom Brady’s former personal chef. By Jenna Pelletier· 1501152 Print
Billy Shore, founder and executive chairman of Share Our Strength, provides introductory remarks to guests as the dinner program commencesJamie Bissonette, chef and partner of Coppa, Little Donkey, and Toro Boston, adds the final touches to one of three courses prepared for his table of guestsEach table of guests receives a different menu crafted and prepared tableside by one of more than 20 recognized Boston chefsGuests enjoy cocktail hour before the dinnerThe chefs who prepared three-course, tableside meals for the dinner guests 11/29/2018, 3:35 p.m. Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! Party Pics Photos: No Kid Hungry Dinner Check out scenes from the October 3, 2018, event at Cyclorama – Boston Center for the Arts. By Julia Kacmarek· Sign up for Weekender. Arts, events, pop culture, and more.* On October 3, 2018, Cyclorama – Boston Center for the Arts hosted Boston’s No Kid Hungry Dinner presented by Citi, an exclusive multi-course event to benefit No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America. The dinner featured nationally renowned guest chefs all united around a single cause: making sure all children in this country have the healthy food they need every day.Photoography by Michael Diskin Print 000
909 Read all about the latest gym openings, healthy events, and fitness trends in our twice weekly Wellness newsletter. Wellness The Best Gyms, Healthy Food, and Places to Get Outside in Fenway Use our healthy neighborhood guide to stay fit in this neighborhood. Sign up for Health & Wellness newsletters. Everything you need to stay healthy and fit.* By Tessa Yannone· CorePower Yoga at Fenway / Photo by Cindy M. Loo / The Boston Red Sox.Before you head to Fenway for a Red Sox game and savor pre-first-pitch brews at Bleacher Bar, why not try switching your routine up for something, let’s say, a little more wholesome? Okay, maybe this is more for the residents and commuters of the fever-pitch neighborhood but it doesn’t hurt to try to healthify your pre (or post) game ritual either. Here are the best spots to grab healthy food in Fenway, break a sweat, and breathe in some fresh air.Where to Work OutThe Handle Bar: This local spin studio, which has quite the fan following, will deliver a dance club feel while you’re working out. Get sweaty in a dark room with blaring music, punctuated by sudden moments of pure darkness, where you can focus on nothing but yourself and your bike. Complimentary shoe rentals are offered for those who don’t have their own, but don’t expect lockers or a changing room—the three different locations (two others are in Harvard Square and South Boston) were meant as neighborhood hubs for people to get in and out. Small cubbies and restrooms are available. 141 Dorchester Ave., Boston, 617-451-1270, handlebarcycling.com.CorePower Yoga: Whether you’re a newbie on the yoga mat or a seasoned pro, CorePower yoga has an array of classes suited for every level of yogi. They’re most known for their approach to yoga being a little more fitness-forward and challenging, as opposed to relaxing and rejuvenating. Drop in for a Yoga Sculpt class that combines free weights with sequencing and cardio movements from the CorePower Yoga 2 class to intensify each move. You’ll mix squats, lunges, and bicep curls with down dogs and warrior poses for an integrative and sweat-inducing workout. 20 Bond Dr., Boston, 617-925-5570, corepoweryoga.com. BodyScapes: Swing by this all-inclusive gym if you need one-on-one personal training, a high-energy group class, or a spot to drop in and get a quick lift in during lunch. Located in the Longwood Medical Area, it’s easily accessible by the Orange or Green Line and within walking distance of basically everything in Fenway. They have free day lockers and towel service as well as a fully equipped free-weight room, treadmills, stair climbers, and bikes. Group classes include BodyPump, Zumba, yoga, and more. 77 Ave. Louis Pasteur, Boston, 617-738-9229, bodyscapesfitness.com. Where to EatCava: We’re not saying that this Cava location serves the most over-flowing bowls of all the Cava locations, but we’re not saying that it doesn’t either. This mediterranean fast-casual joint prepares bowls and pitas chock full of greens, hummus, and proteins of your choosing. The food is completely customizable to your palate, and no matter what toppings you reach for among their speciality dips and spreads, you can rest easy knowing they don’t contain any artificial additives or preservatives. 669 Boylston St., Boston, 617-286-8927, cava.com.Saloniki: Settle into this little Greek kitchen built on filoxenia, traditional Greek hospitality, and try everything from salads piled high with mixed greens, Greek olives, fresh herbs, and feta to traditional souvlaki, which are locally-sourced, marinated, and chargrilled skewers. Or try one of the classics, which can be made into a pita or served as a plate, like the lemon-oregano grilled chicken, tzatziki, secret sauce, greens, tomato, onion, and fresh herbs. Just make sure to split the addicting (but delicious) Greek fries. 4 Kilmarnock St., Boston, 617-266-0001, salonikigreek.com. Photo provided.Honeygrow: This national chain, with locations from Philly to Chicago, is nestled on Boylston Street right between The Viridian + The Verb Hotel and CorePower Yoga. The fast-casual joint prepares stir fry dishes full of locally-grown and sourced ingredients, and you can choose from suggested stir fry options, such as spicy garlic or red coconut curry, or make your own. Try the exclusive-to-Boston stir fry with Maine lobster, freshly made egg white noodles, lobster-tomato broth, fennel, bell peppers, red onions, peas, and herbed bread crumbs. 1282 Boylston St., Boston, 857-991-1647, honeygrow.com. Where to Get OutsideKelleher Rose Garden/Emerald Necklace: Escape for a stroll among more than 200 different varieties of roses (during peak season) in the Kelleher Rose Garden. Apart of the Emerald Necklace, the park has stone dust pathways for easy navigation, as well as benches, cherubs, and a fountain for sitting and enjoying the warm sun on particularly nice days. It retains a “secret garden” feel despite the bustling city around it and will leave you feeling grateful for the quick-access we have to so many green spaces. Kelleher Rose Garden, in the Fens by Leslee_atFlickr on Flickr/CreativeCommons. Print 11/29/2018, 4:38 p.m.
1/31/2019, 4:40 p.m. Arts + Entertainment The Best (Not Lame!) Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day in Boston, According to Boston Magazine Staffers Here’s where to bring your date, your pal, or even yourself. Keep your weekends full of the coolest things to do around Boston with our weekly Weekender newsletter. 1690170 Print Sign up for Weekender. Arts, events, pop culture, and more.* If you ask us, the stakes are always too high on Valentine’s Day. There’s immense pressure to have an amazing time, yet a lot of the events happening around town feel so…lame.Instead of striving for perfection, relax and savor the day—and night—Boston magazine-style. Our writers and editors know how to have a good time in this city like nobody else. Ahead, find recommendations from eight staffers on ways to spend Valentine’s Day in Boston.Photo by bujcich on Flickr/Creative CommonsNothing says romance like the library. (I mean it.) A Valentine’s Day well spent starts with the Boston Public Library’s art and architecture tour. Stroll through one of Boston’s best buildings for an hour, learning about the genius of two very different designers: Charles Follen McKim and Philip Johnson. The tour also points out some of the BPL’s jaw-dropping art that’s hidden in plain sight. (Did you know there are works by John Singer Sargent adorning the walls?)Either before or after the tour, it’s imperative to order two hot chocolates at the Map Room Café. They’re best enjoyed in the courtyard, so bundle up. If you’re feeling fancy, there’s also the option to sit for high tea in the Courtyard Restaurant. Romantic, indeed.—Madeline Bilis, Associate EditorPhoto by Heather PasquazziWhile I waited three hours for Insomnia Cookies to deliver an ice cream sandwich to my doorstep last year (only to be let down by a soupy mess), this Valentine’s Day I’ll be sitting in the audience of an Improv Asylum show. The troupe’s Main Stage performance promises 90 minutes of improv and sketch comedy and a whole lot of laughs. Be warned: This is not the place to romantically nestle up against your significant other (after all, you are in a basement under Hanover Street’s CVS). If you are one for PDA, don’t be surprised when the cast mockingly bases their final sketch off of you and your partner. Afterward, I’ll head down the street and brave the crowds at Mike’s Pasty to order a gelato. No melted treats or bowls of disappointment this year!—Michaela Quigley, Associate Research EditorPhoto by Jonathan BeckleyI’m not one to crow that Valentine’s Day is an artificial “Hallmark holiday.” It sounds too bitter, like the heart-shaped chocolate boxes that still linger on clearance-sale shelves in late February. But let’s be real: Unlike personal anniversaries, V-Day is indeed pretty contrived—so it’s most fun to celebrate with tongue planted firmly in cheek. (Your own or someone else’s.) Subvert humdrum heteronormativity with a drag show at deliciously dive-y Jacques Cabaret—or, this year, with “Heartbreakers & Heartthrobs: A Drag Kings Valentine’s Day” (starring Throb Zombie and Whorey Feldman, among others), the latest installment of a sporadic drag series at the Museum of Science planetarium. Also titillating: Unleashing your inner Bettie Page with a burlesque lesson—Burlesque Boston has ‘em—or grabbing a seat for “Tap That: Swipe Right on Rogue Burlesque,” the tassel-shaking troupe’s dating game-inspired show at gay bar Club Café on Saturday, Feb. 16.—Scott Kearnan, Food EditorPhoto courtesy of La VoileMy plan this year is to skip the crowded, overly pricey prix fixe dinners and enjoy a leisurely Valentine’s lunch instead at La Voile on Newbury Street instead. The classic French brasserie is cozy, romantic, and makes a mean duck à l’orange. In the past, my husband and I have also picked up dry-aged steaks from Savenor’s and sea scallops from New Deal Fish Market and cooked up the ultimate surf-and-turf feast at home.—Brittany Jasnoff, Executive EditorPhoto by Lisa WeidenfeldGrab a cup of coffee and walk around one of the city’s fine cultural institutions. There’s a bounty of options here, whether you want to make faces at some funky fish at the Aquarium (which is where Ron the sea lion lives, by the way), browse the vast array of taxidermied critters at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, or opine on the latest modern works at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Wherever you end up, you’ll find plenty to talk about, and best of all, you can check out of the “book dinner at the hippest restaurant in town” rat race.—Lisa Weidenfeld, Senior Digital EditorPhoto by Rachel KingMy wife and I have tested the limits of the you-can-sample-anything-in-the-store policy at Allium Market in Coolidge Corner recently. So it’s the least we can do to show up and support what is, in our opinion, the best cheese et cetera shop in Boston on Valentine’s Day. We’ll be there at Allium’s ticketed chocolate, cheese, and wine class, where you allegedly get to eat and drink five varieties of each and also take some home afterward. It’s romantic, there are snacks, and there’s no twinge of guilt for excessive taste-testing. That’s amore, folks.—Spencer Buell, Staff WriterPhoto by Emily SotomayorIt’s completely possible to have a special, elegant, sit-down dinner on Valentine’s Day in Boston. I’d simply advise making a reservation, keeping in mind that the restaurant is likely to be busier than usual, and tipping well. Enjoy! But, my partner’s and my preferred V-Day speed is a casual, low-key dinner—I’m thinking Eventide Fenway for oysters, Oxbow, buns, and a brown butter soft-serve to share—followed by a rock show at the Sinclair, Great Scott, or the ‘Dise. To us, nothing says romance like fancy bar food and noisy music.—Jackie Cain, Deputy Food EditorPhoto by Amanda LewisÀ la Leslie Knope, I’m all about Galentine’s Day. For those who are unfamiliar, the holiday is best described in Knope’s own words: “Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.” Instead of paying a visit to Pawnee’s famed JJ’s Diner, though, we’ll hit up The Breakfast Club, an ’80s-inspired dining car in lower Allston with the fluffiest, tastiest pancakes around and sprinkle-rimmed milkshakes that are a true work of art.—Rachel Kashdan, Staff Writer
14118 By Spencer Buell· Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Print 5/30/2019, 4:44 p.m. Sports A New Map Shows Basically the Whole Country Hates the Bruins Only a handful of states outside New England know what’s what. Map via sportsbettingexperts.comNew England sports fans are not exactly known for giving a rat’s ass what the rest of the country thinks of our teams, so gonna go out on a limb and guess this won’t bother any of you. But a new map sourced from social media data shows that when it comes to the Stanley Cup, the vast majority of states are rooting against the Bruins.The potentially legit gambling website sportsbettingexperts.com crunched the numbers on 40,000 tweets, comparing the number of tweets in favor of Boston—for example, tweets with the hashtag #gobruins—to those that showed preference for the St. Louis Blues, like #weallbleedblue. A spokesman tells me the website used the social media-scraping tool Trendsmap to reach its conclusions.Outside of New England, which is decidedly Bruins country, apparently only a handful of other states are siding with the B’s: California, Hawaii, Louisiana, South Carolina, and North Dakota. The other 39 of these United States are bleeding blue.Quick shout out to the North Dakotans, by the way: For whatever reason, our buddies in that wildly random state seem to love being on Boston’s side. Ahead of the 2018 Super Bowl, North Dakota was allegedly the one and only state that sided with the Pats.Is there some anthropological reason that landlocked North Dakotans, at least the ones who spend time tweeting about sports, feel an allegiance to the City of Champions? I don’t know and am not going to investigate it any further than that, so once again what’s up Roughriders?