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Posts tagged “Simple Truth Lounge

The Taj, Tea, & a Trip Back in Time

After a month of planning and anticipation, three of my girlfriends and I met for ‘Tea at The Taj.” Afternoon tea was served in the French Room of the Taj Hotel, where tea has been served since 1927. Even in good old Boston, it’s rare enough to dine in a restaurant opened before the Great Depression; which is notable because the room maintains the grandeur and opulence of ages past. The atmosphere transcends the modern world with grand chandeliers, a violinist, and the finest china. Looking around, we saw well-heeled patrons in every direction enjoying cucumber sandwiches. The ambiance provided a pretty afternoon among friends.

I am quite the tea drinker, I am the most frequent offender of making Stash teas at the Nespresso machine in the Simple Truth Lounge. The Jasmine Green Tea was fantastic– although I caution everyone to not drink the entire pot– as it is a big pot and quite caffeinated! I was delighted with the gluten-free accommodations the restaurant made. They offer gluten-free bread and a delectable creme brulee with chocolate dipped strawberries in lieu of glutenous petite fours and white bread.

The wait staff were lovely, accommodating our requests for a million group photos. Their patience is to be envied!

I enthusiastically recommend an afternoon to Bostonians and tourists alike. It is a real treat to dine in a luxurious setting, accompanied by the violin, sipping fine tea, enjoying beautiful little tea sandwiches! I cannot wait for the next excuse I have for tea at The Taj!



Posted by Laurie, Concierge at Hotel Veritas


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Festival at Harpoon Brewery

In the Simple Truth Lounge at Hotel Veritas, we feature primarily local spirits and beers.  One of our favorites is Harpoon IPA, an interpretation of the classic English style using hops and malt grown in the United States.

For years, we have enjoyed sipping IPA’s at the St. Patrick’s Festival at Harpoon Brewery.  This year’s festival takes place on March 2nd and 3rd.  In addition to wonderful beer and food, the bands are great: Joshua Tree (Boston’s U2 Cover Band), The Gobshites (Irish Pub Songs), Colum Cille Pipes & Drums (Bagpipes & all), Dicey Riley (Celtic Rock and Irish Pub Songs), “Howl at the Moon” (Dueling Pianos), and Dennis Sullivan and The Lads (Irish folk songs).

What is Harpoon St. Patrick’s Festival all about?

  • Kick off the St. Patrick’s Day Holiday season in Harpoon style!
  • What better place to begin the season than inside and outside the largest brewery in Boston?!?!?!
  • Food vendors selling Corned beef & cabbage along with other delicious food
  • Cash bars offering a selection of fresh Harpoon and UFO beer featuring Celtic Ale
  • Come dance the jig, enjoy Harpoon beer, and celebrate St. Patrick!

When will it be?

  • Usually the first weekend in March.
  • 2012 Dates: Friday, March 2nd and Saturday, March 3rd
  • Friday Hours: 5:30 to 11:00 PM (Doors Close at 9:30 PM)
  • Saturday Hours: 2:00 to 9:00 PM (Doors Close at 7:30 PM)
Where is it?
  • At the Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Downtown Boston.
  • Inside The Brewery amongst the tanks and outside under huge circus tents
  • Free shuttles from the South Station area. Departs from behind the Federal Reserve along the Fort Point Channel off Summer Street.  Look for the Shuttle Sign.
  • Public parking available for a fee at The Brewery in garage across the street
  • Take the “T” to the event aboard the new Silverline Bus. Visit http://www.mbta.com for schedules, rates and bus routes.Take SL2 or SL3 and get off at Harbor Street.

More details:

  • Cover charge $20.00 and includes a souvenir Pint Cup and one (1) drink ticket (does not include food or additional beers)
  • Cash Only
  • Must be 21 or older and have proper I.D.
  • Cash bars serving a selection of fresh Harpoon beer for $5.00 per 16 oz. cup
  • For more info call 617-574-9551 ext 3

Designated Drivers: Remember to plan ahead and figure out how you will be getting home. Harpoon supports a Designated Driver program at each Festival. All designated drivers should visit the Customer Service booth when they arrive at the Festival where they will receive complimentary non-alcoholic beverages.