bfresh Grocery Store Opens in Allston

bfresh is an Allston Grocery Store near Boston University

For families in the Allston, Brighton, Brookline, and Boston, grocery shopping just got a boost of awesome in the form of bfresh, a new grocery shopping experience located at 214 Harvard Avenue in Allston near the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue. Bfresh is founded on the concept of fresh foods and smart value. The store offers more natural and organic options than a typical market plus plenty of vegan, gluten-free, and foods from around the world.

I was invited to take a sneak peek of the store right before they opened. I was so impressed. This is certainly a welcome addition to the surrounding neighborhoods, but it’s also a fun destination if you don’t live near the store. Firstly, it has its own parking lot!

bfresh has an innovate prepared food offering in their “Little Kitchen.” Little Kitchen is a fresh-on-the-spot experience that offers made from scratch, always fresh, seasonal meals. Menus change daily, showcasing simple recipes made with fresh ingredients. All food prep is done right in front of you, no hidden backrooms. Menu items include fresh smoothies, salads and pizzas plus asian stir fry, breads, desserts, coffee, and more.
Also, the bakery is from-scratch with baked goods made fresh every day.

The first thing you notice when you walk in the store is the super fresh produce section. The produce looked amazing and fresh. Lots of exotic fruits and veggies. A great place to help your little ones explore new foods. And the prices were fantastic. Bfresh also carries a variety of “regular” brands (over 10,000 products stocked) making it a perfect one-stop-shop.

There’s a good selection of items too for a fairly small store. Look at the varieties of Immaculate Baking Company cookies they have!

immaculate baking company cookies in boston grocery store bfresh Allston

bfresh is a great place to bring the family for a quick meal and would be an excellent place to pick up food for a picnic in the city.

Here’s a little photo tour of the store.

If you go:

214 Harvard Avenue
Sunday to Thurday: 7 am to 9 pm
Friday and Saturday: 7 am to 10 pm
bfresh on Facebook

Disclosure: I was invited to a sneak peek event for media and received a small bag of samples. All opinions, as always, are mine.

Marlborough Labor Day Parade

The Marlborough Labor Day Parade is in its 64th year and is scheduled for 12 noon on Monday, September 7, 2015. There will be floats, marching bands including the Middlesex County Volunteer Fife & Drums, and more!

The parade begins at Pleasant and Lincoln Streets and proceeds west onto Lincoln Street, south onto Broad Street, east onto West Main Street and continues onto Main Street, turns south on Maple Street and ends at the intersection of Route 85 (Bolton Street).

The Patch has all the details on parking and road closures.

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Free Family Friendly Soccer Celebration in Boston August 20th

New England Revolution Event in Boston

Santander Bank, the New England Revolution, and The Esplanade Association will host a free and open-to-the-public Soccer Celebration featuring a New England Revolution Academy public clinic, with a skills and drills demonstration and instruction from athletes and coaches at Boston’s Ebersol Field on the Charles River Esplanade.

The Santander Soccer Celebration will include the chance to meet a host of Revolution players, including star forward and New England native Charlie Davies; ticket giveaway opportunities, FIFA on Xbox with the New England Revolution Battalion; interactive inflatable soccer games; refreshments and more.

The Santander Soccer Scholars program recognizes the academic achievements of New England students. For a chance to participate in the Santander Soccer Scholars program, parents are invited to submit up to 100 words highlighting their child’s finest academic accomplishments from the 2014-2015 school year at now through October 1, 2015. Each winner, selected at random, will receive four tickets to a designated home match, one parking pass, and a photo opportunity with Charlie Davies. Depending on their ages, winning children will also have the chance to serve as an Official MLS Ball Kid, be the ball carrier or participate on the Revolution Dream Team, where they will walk onto the field with the Revolution starting lineup and stand with the players during the national anthem. Rules and regulations are also included at the site linked above.

Just in time for back-to-school, the event will also offer parents and kids the opportunity to learn more about the Bank’s Santander Soccer Scholars program, which recognizes the academic achievements of New England youth with an opportunity to win a VIP match day experience throughout the season. Davies serves as the champion and official face of the 2015 Santander Soccer Scholars program and will be signing autographs for fans.

The Details:

Thursday, August 20, 2015
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

On Ebersol Field at The Charles River Esplanade
Embankment Road, Boston, MA 02114

Play Minecraft In A Theater Along With The Big Screen

minecraft-competition-big-screen-bostonDo your kids love Minecraft? Would they love to play on a giant screen? This is happening in just over a week thanks to Super League Gaming, and we’re happy to partner with them to let you know about the fun.

Super League Gaming is the first in-theater gaming league set inside major movie theaters across the country where gamers can socialize, move around the theater, and compete in a recreational setting.

They will have 6-week, after-school leagues that start in the fall, but these tournaments are up first – and soon, so grab your tickets! Tickets are $20 (parents can sit for free) and can be purchased on the event web site (links below). You can answers to common questions like what the kids need to bring here.

Here are the Boston Area Dates and Locations:
Aug 17 Boston AMC Boston Common 19 – Get Tickets!
Aug 18 Boston AMC Braintree 10 – Get Tickets!
Aug 19 Boston AMC Liberty Tree 20 in Danvers – Get Tickets!

TIME: 4pm-5:35pm
WHAT: Come Play Minecraft in a Movie Theater, Along with the Big Screen!

  • Prizes to top scorers
  • Gamers bring their laptops, but we also have some for use.
  • Parents can sit with their gamers for free

Looking for a Minecraft event like this in other towns like Indianapolis, Philly, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio — click here for a list of Minecraft Tournament Events.

Disclosure: This article is courtesy of a compensated editorial partnership with Super League Gaming.

Family Fun at Northeast Comic Con – Shriner’s Auditorium Father’s Day Weekend

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Kapow! Northeast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza is back at the Shriner’s Auditorium for a pop culture expo for fans of comics, movies, TV and nerd culture. Featuring Adam West, the original Batman celebrating the 50th anniversary of his first TV episode, this Father’s Day weekend event takes place Saturday June 20 and Sunday June 21, 2015 at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, Mass. (99 Fordham Road). General show hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; VIP experiences are at 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday night, June 19th and 20thand early bird admission is available online.

This year’s event features a 40,000 sq. ft. entertainment experience for all nerds and the people who love them. Highlights include cosplay for all ages with “Create-A-Hero/Villain/Character” contests and Cosplay Death Match and Cosplay Dating Game, free-play video game arcade and tournaments, workshops forK!DZ, and celebrity autograph signings and panel sessions. Guests can shop at 150 vendors of vintage and modern toys, comic books, collectibles, art, jewelry, fashion and pop cultural artifacts. In between Father’s Day shopping, guests of all ages will enjoy music, contests and entertainment to marvel at between sessions and booths.

On Saturday, June 20, fans of the legendary Adam West, the original Batman (and now on Family Guy), can celebrate the 50th anniversary of the star’s first episode with a VIP event at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 20th at the Shriner’s Auditorium Fez room. The $100 VIP ticket provides fans with a chance to get their photo with West and then screen the first episode of the 1966 “Batman” TV program, introduced by West himself. This VIP experience includes free gaming play on the exclusive Starship Horizon bridge simulator as well as live entertainment, free soft drinks and snacks and a cash bar.

Visit the Northeast Comic Con Cosplay Stage, featuring puppetry, mask presentations, a Cosplay Dating Game, Create-A-Hero and Villain contests, a Cosplay Death Match, and “pose-off” contests for kids and those costumed as specifically as characters from Marvel Universe, DC Comics, Anime, Disney, Doctor Who, and even Video Game Characters.

NECC KIDZ can participate in a variety of activities hosted by comic book artist Emily Drouin, featuring imaginative facepainting with Sheri Sharkey of Chamillion Colors, get cartoonized with our caricature artist, participate in coloring contests and mask making, make your own monster, and listen a story, and even learn how to make your own comic book.

On the Fez Room stage, adults and kids will enjoy a host of performances and interactive games. Test your TV knowledge with TV Trivia with Morgan White Jr., with topics ranging from Star Wars and Movies to comics and cartoons, including Disney. Listen to musical performances by Emmarie and The World is Square, and laugh along with 20 stand up comics throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday.

Other stars expected: Jim Steranko, Gigi Edgley, Julie McCullough, Vivek Tiwary, Jeff Kline, Philo Barnhart, Chalet Lizette Brannan, Noel MacNeal, and dozens of talented artists and illustrators; see website for full details on all convention special guests.

With free parking, regular Northeast Comic Con admission ticket prices are among the lowest in the industry. Advanced tickets are now available for purchase online; tickets are available at the door as well at a slightly higher price. Children are free when accompanied by an adult.

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