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The best hidden secret in Watertown’s Arsenal Mall…

September 5, 2011

…is definitely Coffee Traders, a family-owned coffee and wrap/sandwich/salad business. Every time I go to the mall or am in the vicinity of the mall, I stop there for a mozzarella and basil wrap.

The mozzarella and basil are always super-fresh, and so are the tomatoes that are also included in the soft pita. I like how the pita is nice and thin, so you don’t feel too full after eating it. You can have them add whatever sauce you’d like (including ranch and blue cheese), but I always go for their staple sauce: olive oil, salt and pepper. Perfecto. Today I introduced my sister to this hidden gem.

I got my usual mozzarella and basil wrap:

And she got a buffalo chicken salad:

She got her salad with ranch dressing (and buffalo sauce of course), and loved it. According to her, it was nice having grilled chicken instead of the usual fried chicken. She felt nice and healthy, which is a big reason why I love this little joint. It’s definitely much healthier than the other eateries in this food court (including Regina Pizzeria, a Mexican place and Burger King). She also liked how the buffalo sauce was less spicy than what she’s accustomed to.

If you can, try to support this business! It’s nice knowing the money goes to a family versus a big corporation. And they have ice cream and a wide variety of coffee drinks.

Super Fitness in Watertown doesn’t put customers first

August 27, 2010

I keep complaining about companies, but this complaint is truly merited. Up until a couple of weeks ago I belonged to the Super Fitness gym in Watertown. I decided to end my membership as I was moving to Somerville, about a 20-minute drive from the gym.

I looked at a copy of my contract to make sure I could end my membership. Turns out toward the bottom of the contract there was a note about it being for two years. The only way I could get out of the contract is if I moved something like 25 miles away, or had proof I couldn’t exercise.

Neither of these conditions applied to me, unfortunately. I was angry at myself for having signed the contract, but also at my gym for the way it had represented the contract. I remember meeting with one of the gym’s employees, and telling him I would only sign up if my membership was a month-to-month commitment. He said it was, and that whenever I wanted to end it I could with no penalty.

Well, so much for that. Looking at my contract I realized he had lied. I went to my gym to see if I could end my membership anyway. I was given a phone number, and told to call “Shelly” in Quincy. I called her, left a message. and waited. She didn’t get back to me so I left another message and sent an email detailing my situation.

She finally called me back, and said I could end my membership early for $50. Normally she’d charge $100, she said, but because I had attended the gym for so long (a year and a half) she would give me the discount. I appreciated her offer, though I was disappointed she hadn’t apologized for her colleague’s misleading words the day I signed up for the gym.

I ended up sending Shelly my $50 check. I called and emailed her numerous times to make sure she had received it. No response. I ended up confirming she’d received my check by looking at my bank account.

Shelly had told me my membership would last until the end of August, as I had paid my monthly membership fee for all of August.

I went to the gym toward the beginning of August, and my card was rejected. The girl at the counter told me my membership was over. She said I’d have to call Shelly. I called her but received no call back (surprise, surprise). It’s like as soon as she had all of my money she didn’t care about helping me anymore.

I don’t know if any of this conduct merits a Better Business Bureau complaint. But at least I can use this blog to spread the word about the gym’s practices.

It looks I’m not the only one who’s experienced their poor customer service/was lied to about what I was signing.

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Moving to Somerville!

August 4, 2010

I’m in the process of moving from Watertown to Somerville, and very excited! I loved Watertown, but my boyfriend and I decided to get a place together. We looked for apartments in both Watertown and Somerville, and Somerville is where we found one we liked.

I look forward to exploring my new surroundings in the Cedar Street area. Our place is right near a “community path” that takes you directly to Davis Square (a 10-minute walk, I think).

Yesterday, in between moving a few boxes we stopped at the Highland Kitchen for dinner. My jambalaya was pretty good, though it definitely lacked pieces of Andouille sausage. My boyfriend’s meatloaf, collard greens and mashed potatoes were amazing (tried a few bites).

A spelling bee was taking place as we ate. It was kind of funny– I’ve never seen one in a bar or restaurant before. The place was jam-packed with people, possibly due to the special event.

More Somerville tidbits to come!

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Power in Watertown shut off at an inopportune time

July 12, 2010

My boyfriend and I were watching the World Cup final yesterday. The game was starting to get pretty good, with around 20 minutes left. And then, what do you know? The power shuts off! This was sometime between 4 and 4: 30 p.m.

I immediately called NSTAR to report the outage. Initially we were told the power would be back on around 5:30. But it didn’t end up being restored until 8 p.m. or so! According to an automated message from NSTAR, the outage was caused by “damage to high voltage equipment.”

Around 7:30 p.m. or so we took a walk to get some more information about the outage. We headed from my apartment on Mount Auburn Street beside the Cambridge border toward Coolidge Square. Lots and lots of people were on their porches, preferring the cool air outside to the stuffiness of their homes (resulting from no working air conditioning or fans).

We saw a crew working on a telephone pole in front of the Collins Gallery:

Power appeared to be out up until the intersection at Arlington Street. We ended up eating dinner at the Mount Auburn Grill, where our waitress told us she hadn’t heard the power was out down the street. On a side note, my beef shish kebab (served with onions, green peppers and rice) was very good. Strangely, though, no one else was taking advantage of the restaurant’s good food. We were the only ones there!

Luckily, my boyfriend and I ended up getting to see the rest of the World Cup game once power was restored. It was being shown again on a Spanish language channel:-)!

Guido’s in Cambridge is closing this week:-(

June 28, 2010

I found that out when I was there on Friday night. This is so sad– the bar/restaurant has existed at 13 Belmont St. next to the Cambridge/Watertown line since 1942.

According to staff, the landlord has raised the building’s rent and now it’s too expensive for the business to successfully operate there.

It seems like the bar has lots of regulars. I wasn’t one of them, but I was hoping to go there more often (my apartment is right across the street).

I wonder if anyone will move into this location with the higher rent. There’s already an empty storefront a few spots down.

European volcanic ash impacts Watertown resident

April 20, 2010

Haha, I thought I would write my blog post’s title as a typical newspaper headline.

So, yeah, I have been pretty affected by the volcanic ash in Europe. I mean, not as much as some people, but certainly in my own way.

My sister is visiting Ireland with her boyfriend, and is probably stuck there until Saturday. That’s a week later than she had planned on coming home.

This delay means I am stuck in Natick, Mass. for another week, dog sitting. Don’t get me wrong, I love Jack (her chihuahua), and love having a place to myself (normally I have roommates, as nice as they are). But gosh there are way too many strip malls around here. And watching a dog is hard work!

The toughest part, I would say, is having to take out the dog first thing in the morning. Because my sister lives on the fifth floor of an apartment complex, I must go down the elevator, down the hallway, and out to some green space on the side of the building.

It doesn’t take too much time to get there, but it’s so tough first thing in the morning. Ideally, when I get up the first thing I do is make my breakfast and eat it. It puts me in such a better mood.

But when I have to walk the dog first, that also involves getting dressed before eating. Call me selfish, but all this pre-breakfast work is tough!

Other than that I really shouldn’t complain. But I will be ready to go back to Watertown when the ash has subsided.

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Boston Globe to soon unveil Watertown site

March 22, 2010

I was surprised to see that the Boston Globe will soon be covering my town of Watertown, Massachusetts.

The Globe began rolling out its “Your Town” sites more than a year ago, and each time a new round of sites were unveiled, Watertown was missing from the mix.

I regularly read the Watertown TAB & Press (where I used to work) online for news about Watertown.

It”ll be cool to have another source for Watertown news, as I find the Globe doesn’t cover Watertown much now. And even if the Globe won’t be covering Watertown much more than it does now, at least its Watertown news will all be in once place.

Oh how I love The Danish Pastry House

March 1, 2010

This post is to recognize my favorite breakfast place in the greater Boston area. I have to hand it to The Danish Pastry House, which specializes in pastries, cakes, and breads, among other items.

I go to the bakery’s Medford location a couple of times a month on the weekend. I pick out a croissant, muffin, or scone, get some of their coffee, and read the Boston Globe.

Never am I disappointed. The pastries are delicious and so is the coffee. The staff is always friendly and the café itself is cute and comfortable.

If you want something different try their signature Danish pastry, the marzipan-filled kringle. It’s my favorite, though I generally opt for a healthier option. You should also try their spandauer (cheese Danish), their cinnamon puff pastry snails, and their almond croissants.

They sell a host of other products, like hearty sandwiches on baguette rolls, chocolates and pies. They cater events, and have a location in Watertown that primarily serves as a retail bakery. They have someone at the counter so you can stop by there to get a meal.

When I was still working for the Watertown TAB & Press, I made a YouTube video of the Danish Pastry Shop making pies for Thanksgiving at their Watertown location. Check it out if you’d like:

Cool ambiance at Asiana Fusion in Watertown

October 7, 2009

I checked out Asiana Fusion on Main Street in Watertown the other night.  According to the restaurant’s Web site, it combines “the best elements of Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Thai” favorites.

While my Kung Pao chicken was good, and so was the Pu pu platter my friends and I ordered for an appetizer, my favorite thing about the restaurant was its soothing ambiance. The lighting is low with the exception of candles and a few lamps. (more…)

You like good fried mozzarella– go to Grappa in Watertown

September 11, 2009

GrappaMy boyfriend and I went to Grappa, an Italian restaurant on Elm Street in Watertown for our 13-month anniversary this week. Wow, do I recommend it!

We started off with some amazing fried mozzarella. The breading was so light, unlike the mozzarella sticks restaurants typically serve. Not to mention, it was tasty!

For our main dishes I got mussels over linguini with a red sauce, and my boyfriend got chicken with shallots and spinach. Mine was good, but in my opinion it’s difficult to mess up mussels. What impressed me more was the tender, flavorful chicken.

If you go to Grappa I would recommend getting a meat dish. I think I will get veal next time.

For dessert we had a bomba. It is chocolate and vanilla gelato separated by sliced almonds with a cherry center. I think that speaks for itself.

The restaurant is tucked away in an industrial-zoned side street in Watertown. It’s kind of random. But when we saw the somewhat-hidden place was bursting with people we knew it had to be good.

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