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Limey’s Pub

October 3rd, 2010


Last night Ethan and I went to check out the newly opened Limey’s Pub.  I’ve been looking forward to this place opening because it’s in walking distance of my house and it’s something new and different for downtown. 
Inside they’ve done a great job with remodeling.  It’s not the dark (although kind of dim) shady atmosphere that Sampan was and it had a laid back and yes, “pubby” feel to it.

We started off with a couple pints of Guiness

and then Ethan got the shepherd’s pie and I got the fish and chips:


 The pie was really good.  A traditional mixture of beef and lamb with vegetables, mashed potatoes and cheese.

and the fish was perfectly light and flakey:

The fries were really great too.  The service was friendly and attentive, as you’d expect it to be during their first week open but I think it is just the kind of place that will always make you feel welcome and treat their customers well.
I’m so glad this was a good experience with good food because as we know, downtown needs some good places to go to. I really wish them well.
No website yet and if you google them, there’s not a lot of information like a phone number or anything but I’m guessing it’s because they’re just so new, but they’re at 101 Concord Street (where Sampan’s used to be). 

Zaftigs West coming!

September 1st, 2010


It’s been a while since posting, I’ve just been so busy doing non-blogging stuff and getting the kids ready for school, it’s just been crazy.  Okay, I don’t have any kids but for some reason posting has not made it on the list of things to do but maybe things will simmer down in the fall.
Also, this post is Natick related but still, it’s so gosh-darn close to the Framingham line and pretty exciting news I thought I’d post about it. A very nice reader sent me a note about Zaftigs Deliof Brookline opening another place in the former Joan & Ed’s spot in Sherwood plaza.
It is mentioned at the bottom of the Board of Selectmen article here: http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/top_stories/x2001473683/Natick-may-have-3M-left-from-2010-budget
I’m so excited, this place is great and I’m glad they thought of expanding to the metrowest area!

Registry services for AAA members

July 8th, 2010

According to the MWDN, the AAA office next to Walgreens on Rt.9 will be offering RMV services to their members.  This is great since Ethan and I signed up for AAA last year and this great to know we can avoid going to the Mass Pike location in Natick to get license renewals.  Currently the old RMV downtown still remains vacant 🙁

Framingham History Center Website Wins Award

July 2nd, 2010

The New England Museum Association runs an annual publication competition in several categories.  The Framingham History Center won the Judge’s Choice Award in the “Websites, Budget under $750,000” category.
I’m not just happy because it’s where I work, but also that my husband Ethan was the web designer who created the site.  So, it was nice to have him get some kudos too!
Click here the MWDN article about it, and the FHC site, and Ethan’s web design site.

Five Guys Burger and Fries

June 23rd, 2010


I was coming home From Target tonight when I saw that the former Quizno’s shop will soon be a Five Guys!
I love their fries, they have good burgers too but I think their fries really are the star of the show.
I took this picture at their Marlborough location.  I couldn’t find an opeing date for the Framingham location on their website but it will be at the “food mall” at Rt. 30 and Caldor Rd.  Can’t wait till they open!

Savers coming to 500 Cochituate Rd.

May 2nd, 2010


I got an email a few days ago from Savers thrift stores saying they are coming to Framingham!  As some may know I’m a thrift store junkie and I love hunting out little treasures to add to my collection of useful and useless items.  I’m so excited because it’s become my favorite thrift store since I found it last year in Woonsocket.  As much as I’m always looking for a reason to visit Woonsocket (and I mean that, I’d love to make a thisiswoonoscket.com) I’m really looking forward to having Savers right here in the ‘ham.  Their selection of vintage housewares and electronics are fantastic. I recently got some lovely items like:
a never-used coffee pot/plate warmer:

crockette in excellent condition:

mint condition baking dish and set of side plates:


Occasionally I’ll buy something that isn’t brown but for the most part this place is a gold mine for me and Ethan actually always finds a nice record to bring home – some of his finds:

Not only will this be great for shopping but according to their press release, it will create 50 jobs for this store. 
For more information you can visit their site at http://savers.com

Carpenters giving for a good cause

March 29th, 2010


Today someone stopped in at work who was looking for old pictures of the Shoppers World soldiers being built because he is part of a carpenters union volunteering their time to build replicas off the soldiers.  The town is providing the materials and workspace while these generous men are donating their skills and effort.  The town asked them to make 6 soldiers to better balance the amount of soldiers displayed throughout town during the holiday season (most soldiers are placed downtown and around the southside)
I was kindly invited to the shop to check out the progress and as you may know from reading this blog, I was a big fan of the original Shoppers World so it was a real treat to get to see this project in action.

There are two original soldiers that they’ve taken apart to investigate all the support beams and angles.  These guys are replicating every inch of the interior and exterior to make them look and hold up just like the originals.
Here are some pictures from my visit.
A dissected original soldier:

Four pairs of new legs

Almost completed new soldier:

Dismantled original:

Upper half of an original next to legs and feet of a new soldier

Thanks to Charlie Ryan and the members of Carpenters Local 475 for taking the time and effort to take on such a noble task.

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