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Posts tagged “Charlies Kitchen

Before Spring Break, You Deserve a Midterm Break!

It’s about that time of year, where students celebrate the half-way mark (!!!) of the Spring semester, by heading  home or on vacation for Spring Break! But students, don’t forget – you deserves a nice retreat from studying during midterms week!

Being inside a stuffy study room or library can be draining. Lack of exercise can make us sluggish. Stress increases the cortisol hormone to flow through your body and increases your appetite! So why not take a study break, get in a quick walk  for beautiful fresh air, and pick up a a delicious healthy treat along the way! May we suggest a smoothie and burrito at Boloco? A salad and horchata (an amazing mexican almond milk!) at Anna’s Taqueria? A custom made bowl of noodles and a fresh squeezed juice at Wagamama? Or, my favorite comfort food, the twin lobster roll and waffle fries at Charlie’s Kitchen. You get exercise, a change of scenery, a full belly, and new energy to conquer the next assignment!

If you need a change of scenery, but need to take your work with you, stake out a seat in one of the Harvard Square hideaways! Cafe Algiers is a beautiful two-story cafe. You can head to Algiers, start with a pot of tea and end the night with a glass of wine– without any of the disruptive bar crowd! Also, for a great cup of tea, and a pretty calm setting head to Dado tea! Between Dado’s two Cambridge locations, they have a wealth of teas and lovely desserts to hit the sweet spot!

Have a free afternoon or evening? Treat yourself to a massage– you do deserve it! We love Inman Oasis! They even have budget-friendly community hot tubs! Head to Inman Oasis solo or with ‘the crew’ and enjoy a relaxing soak!

Still bugging for some exercise? Skip the crowded gym and head to Karma Yoga Studios in Cambridge or Boston where you can exercise your student ID and reach shavasana at a discounted rate– what a bargain!?

Good luck!



Posted by Laurie, Concierge at Hotel Veritas


Bar Hopping in Harvard Square

I tend to bar hop a bit, and Harvard Square is ideal for this little hobby. This past Friday was a beautiful (and not too chilly) night to wander around the Square. We started early at the Russell House Tavern, one of our favorite local spots. Chef Michael Scelfo not only knows how to butcher a pig, but he’s kind enough to share pictures while he’s doing it. I recommend following his tweets. RHT serves Jack D’Or from Pretty Things, so I’m always happy there.

Next, we swung by the newly opened First Printer, on Dunster Street. New, as in a week old. The bartender was very nice and clearly excited to have the bar full. Enjoyed a bowl of Guinness Beef Stew. Of course, I’ll never judge a restaurant on one visit, especially during opening week – so I’ll definitely go back.

Thought we’d go visit our great friends at Upstairs on the Square, but they were closing early for a private event for Hasty Pudding. We could only enjoy one quick cocktail. They recently renovated and added a new bar and pizza oven and we’ll head over again soon to try those out.

Rialto was our next sipping spot. We love the bar here because the service is always wonderful and the cocktails tasty. Jody Adams is one of the nicest chefs we know and always incredibly generous. The patrons are quite interesting and you’ll never know which Nobel winner you’ll be sitting beside.

Last stop was Charlies Kitchen because I had a hankering for a double cheeseburger.

Posted by Benson Willis, General Manager of Hotel Veritas