<![CDATA[NBC Boston - The Scene]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcboston.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcboston.com/designimages/clear.gif NBC Boston http://www.nbcboston.comen-usMon, 23 Oct 2017 13:09:27 -0400Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:09:27 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Nutritionists Rank Halloween Candy from Better to Worst]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:47:15 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/AP_070930054765.jpg

Some Halloween treats are trickier than others when it comes to sugar and calories. Here's a better way to dip into your kids' candy stash.

NBC News worked with experts to size up the nutritional labels of some of the most popular Halloween candies, with a strong focus on calories, portion size and sugar content, so you can make better choices in the lead-up to Oct. 31. (To keep things in perspective, the American Heart Association recommends limiting added sugar intake to 37 grams for men and 25 for women per day.)

Top Picks

Nutritionist Pick #1: Trolli Sour Bit Crawlers 

One serving — eight pieces — of these brightly colored gummy worms comes in at 100 calories and 14 grams of sugar.

Nutritionist Pick #2: Snack-Size Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

A single peanut butter cup has 110 calories and 11 grams of sugar.

Nutritionist Pick #3: Charms Blow Pop

Although this lollipop with gum in the center has 13 grams of sugar, it’s only 70 calories.

The Best and Worst of the Rest (In That Order)

Snicker Miniatures

Twix Caramel Cookie Bars Mini

Kit Kat Minis

Twizzlers Strawberry Twists

Tootsie Roll Minis

Brach's Candy Corn



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<![CDATA[All Natural Cosmetics Store Opens in Boston]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:43:24 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/All_Natural_Cosmetics_Store_Opens_in_Boston.jpg

Credo, a new beauty store in Boston, specializes in clean products that are eco-friendly, cruelty free and organic.

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<![CDATA[See Inside: Sting's Palatial Central Park Penthouse Sells for $50M]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:50:28 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/sting+penthouse.jpg Sting's stunningly unique duplex penthouse on Central Park West is now off the market, having sold for a whopping $50 million, according to Page Six. The legendary musician poured more than a bit of his own character into the design. Take a look inside. See more homes for sale with Sotheby's International Realty here.

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<![CDATA[$1,000 Bagel Is Back in New York City]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:52:02 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/WNYTS-Bagel-4.jpg

The $1,000 bagel is back in New York City.

The Westin New York hotel in Times Square is offering the extravagant bagel for a limited time next month, 10 years after it was first introduced on the menu.

The bagel, from New Yorker Bagels, will be dressed in Alba white truffle cream cheese, topped with goji berry-infused Riesling jelly and flaked with golden leaves.

Pound for pound, the white truffle is the second most expensive food in the world, after caviar, according to a spokeswoman for the hotel. The delicacy is grown in the Alba region of Italy beneath certain oak trees, and trained dogs or pigs are necessary to locate them.

Production of the truffles is extremely limited, and they're in season from late autumn to winter. The spokeswoman says the Alba white truffles are the "star" of the bagel creation and the main contributor to the four-digit price tag. 

Tax and tip are included in the $1,000 bagel, which is available for order via 24-hour room service or at the hotel's Foundry Bar during breakfast hours. 

A spokeswoman for The Westin says ever since the $1,000 bagel made its first brief appearance in the fall of 2007, "requests for this over-the-top bagel have come in yearly without fail." 

"Considering how pricing has risen in the past decade (try buying an apartment for the same price as it was in 2007), this bagel at its introductory cost is nearly a deal," says the hotel. 

But the bagel buyers needn't feel too bad about such a lavish expense -- 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen.

The $1,000 bagel will be offered from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15 and must be ordered 24 hours in advance. 



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<![CDATA[Reign Drink Lab]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:47:44 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Reign_Drink_Lab.jpg

Even if you're not a coffee lover, you might want to check out Reign Drink Lab in Dorchester.

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<![CDATA[Neiman Marcus Launches 2017 Fantasy Gifts Catalog]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:11:53 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/2017-nm-fantasy-gifts.gif

Neiman Marcus launched their annual Christmas Book of fantasy gifts for the 2017 holiday season on Tuesday, with the least expensive item being an Omy Coloring book for $9 and the priciest a private New Year's party for $1.6 million.

Company officials revealed this year's catalog at Park Place Premier Collection dealership in Dallas, saying the items were curated from hundreds of submissions.

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“These gifts will exceed expectations through exceptional experiences and one-of-a-kind objects that only Neiman Marcus can curate,” said Jim Gold, president and chief merchandising officer for Neiman Marcus Group.

The 300-page 2017 Christmas Book features more than 780 holiday gifts. Nearly 50 percent of the items are under $250.

The most expensive fantasy gift is a private New Year's party for you and 299 of your closest friends atop New York's Knickerbocker Hotel, with $80,000 of the $1.6 million price tag being donated to charity.

This year's catalog also includes "an aerial photo session with Gray Malin, a pampering experience in Paris with Sisley, and a bespoke handbag collection and Parisian experience with Olympia Le-Tan."

The “Yours & Mine” Fantasy Gift is a pair of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited-Edition Dawns in two color options.

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First published in 1926 as a 16-page booklet, the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book was initially intended as a Christmas card to the store’s best customers. Through the years, the book has maintained its personal touch while evolving into a legendary source for alluring and mystical gifts.

"There’s something that creates that wit and whimsy that only Neiman Marcus can create for our customers. We work all year round with a team of our associates to come up with and create these experiences like none other. Something that will really surprise and delight our customers," said Vice President Neiman Marcus Corporate Communications Mimi Sterling.

Among this year's fantasy gifts is one promising to give back 100 percent of its proceeds. Dallas based Paper for Water's origami ornaments are $50, which its young founders say can provide water for someone for a lifetime.

“Without water you can’t live. You can’t work. It also enables kids to go to school because they don’t have to spend their whole day hauling water. They try to position the wells so that nobody has to walk more than 30 minutes to get clean water. That’s just a huge time saver, and it enables people to start businesses and try to get out of poverty,” said Katherine Adams.

A portion of all other fantasy gifts will be donated to the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation, which provides art education for kids.

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<![CDATA[Harvesting Honey in Boston's Seaport District]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:37:49 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/Harvesting_Honey_in_Boston_s_Seaport_District.jpg

It is no secret Boston's Seaport District is buzzing, but it's not just from the construction and foot traffic. One hotel's rooftop is home to 1 million bees.

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<![CDATA[Arby's Rolls Out Venison, Elk Sandwiches]]> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 06:18:36 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/arbAP_16300617472964.jpg

Arby's announced Wednesday that it will be selling its venison sandwich at all 3,300 restaurants nationwide starting on Oct. 21, after releasing it in five states last year.

The sandwich features a thick-cut venison steak marinated in garlic, salt and pepper and cooked sous-vide for three hours, "Today" reported. The meat is then topped with onions and a juniper berry sauce, all served on a toasted roll. The sandwich will only be available while supplies last.

The nationwide rollout comes after Arby's sold it in 17 locations — most of them  in popular deer-hunting hot spots like Wisconsin, Tennessee and rural Pennsylvania — last fall.

Arby's also will be selling an elk meat sandwich in just three locations in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.



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<![CDATA[Smithsonian Accepts Donation of 'The Walking Dead' Artifacts]]> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 20:29:03 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*213/ET2017-14025.jpg The Smithsonian National Museum of American History has accepted artifacts from AMC’s award-winning television series “The Walking Dead." Cast members, including Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Andrew Lincoln and Lennie James, attended the donation ceremony and presented some props that viewers may recognize from the past seven seasons.

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<![CDATA[Former Cop Finds Massive Success With Donut Shop]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:37:23 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000009602159.JPG

A former full-time police officer is finding massive success with his donut shop "Donut Love" in North Hampton, New Hampshire. His donuts usually sell out in hours.

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<![CDATA[See Inside Jennifer Lopez's $27 Million Penthouse]]> Mon, 09 Oct 2017 21:49:57 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/JLO+NYC+PAD+THUMB1.jpg Jennifer Lopez has put her $26.95 million Midtown penthouse on the market. See what realtors have listed as a "crown jewel" duplex.

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<![CDATA[The Scene: Live Production of 'PJ Masks' in Boston]]> Fri, 06 Oct 2017 17:08:34 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/The_Scene__Live_Production_of__PJ_Masks__in_Boston.jpg

Kids show sensation PJ Masks comes to Boston. Jackie Bruno goes behind the scenes with two young fans to see how the show makes a difference in their lives.

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<![CDATA[New Massachusetts Brewery Has Old World Feel]]> Wed, 04 Oct 2017 13:00:31 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Silvaticus+Brewery.JPG

Silvaticus Brewery just opened in Amesbury, Massachusetts, but already it's a huge hit!

"It's not an accident that we’re here. Amesbury is a beer town. I’ve always said a beer town without a brewery — that’s not the case anymore," said Mark Zappasodi, one of the co-founders.

Zappasodi started the new brew house with his long time beer buddy Jason Bullen. Both shared a love of European influenced beers, specifically traditional pilsners, farmhouse ales, and lagers.

"We want to have a more old world feel," said Bullen. That feel also extends to their brewery design. There are no TV's in the brewery on purpose.

"We wanted to take that away and force people into conversation a little bit more," said Zappasodi.

The brewery doesn’t have a full kitchen, but they do offer small bites. Everything from locally sourced cheeses, meats, soft preztels, and whoopee pies.

You won't find Silvaticus beer in stores yet, but customers can take home "crowlers" canned in house. They're 32 ounces of beer, which are overfilled to ensure a tight seal, and freshness.

Silvaticus Brewery is located at 9 Water St. in Amesbury.

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<![CDATA[White House Turns Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month]]> Sun, 01 Oct 2017 22:32:42 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/PinkWH.jpg

The White House lit up a bright shade of pink Sunday night to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

First lady Melania Trump tweeted a photo of her hot pink view from inside the White House, saying, "In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month we lit the @WhiteHouse pink!"


In a statement, Trump encouraged women to talk to their doctors about mammograms and what they can do to reduce their risk of getting the disease.

"More than 250,000 American women and 2,000 men will likely be diagnosed with some form of breast cancer in 2017. Because of early detection and improved treatment options, deaths from breast cancer have decreased significantly in the last decade, but there is still work to be done," read a statement from the White House.



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<![CDATA[Beyoncé and Jay-Z Buy $26M Mansion on Long Island]]> Sat, 30 Sep 2017 16:11:28 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/JAYZ+BEYONCE+HOME+EAST+HAMPTON.jpg Take a look inside the historic, 12,000-square-foot home music-mega-couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z reportedly bought in East Hampton for $26 million.

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<![CDATA[Night Shift Brewing a Heavy Hitter for Local Beer]]> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 10:23:14 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/NBC_Boston_beer.jpg

It's one of Massachusetts hottest breweries. Night Shift Brewing only started five years ago, but they are already a heavy hitter when it comes to local beer. NBC Boston's Jackie Bruno went to try Tap Room in Everett. Night Shift Brewing now attracts thousands of beer fans to their Everett location every year, but just a half decade ago, this local brewery started with three friends in a Somerville kitchen.

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<![CDATA[Doug Flutie Says His Legacy Goes Beyond Football]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:41:50 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Doug+Flutie+092217.JPG

Doug Flutie is a local sports legend, best known for his Hail Mary pass at Boston College and for his years spent as a quarterback in the NFL. However, the Natick, Massachusetts, native says he believes his greater legacy will be his work helping families affected by autism.

"This will be something that will be 50 years of my life instead of just the 20 year window of playing sports," Flutie said. "I think when it's all said and done, this will be the bigger part of my life."

His son, Doug Flutie Jr., is now 25, but when he was under the age of 3, he was diagnosed with autism. Shortly after, the Flutie family started the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation. Since then, they've helped countless families get access to care, technology and special camps. Their goal is to help people with autism and their families live life to the fullest.

A member of one of those families is Sandra Leone, a Natick mom whose daughter Nina has autism, among other medical complexities.

"The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation has helped us every time Nina's gotten out of the hospital after weeks or months — they've always been the first people on our doorstep, guiding us, helping us financially, emotionally, physically, sending people to our home to help."

It's support the Flutie family knows people need. Doug says while his son Doug Jr. is "the happiest kid in the world," he also pointed out that "He's very low-functioning as far as autism is concerned. He doesn't have speech. He's non-verbal."

However, he added, Doug Jr. "Loves getting into the water and playing. Our life kind of revolves around what we're doing with Dougie that day and what his school hours are. It can be restrictive, but it's our life and has been for a long time now. We love every minute of it."

Flutie will be back in his hometown of Natick on Sunday, Oct. 1 for the Flutie 5k. For more information on how to help their fundraising efforts, go to www.flutiefoundation.org.



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<![CDATA[New Restaurant Opens in Historic Building]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:33:52 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/New_Restaurant_Opens_in_Historic_Building.jpg

After half a century of being shuddered, the ground floor of the masonic building in Boston has been transformed into Explorateur, a new restaurant.

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<![CDATA[Oreo's Latest Limited-Edition Flavor Is About to Hit Stores]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:32:48 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/OREO+Cookie+Butter.jpg

Oreo is about to release a limited-edition cookie butter flavor in time for the fall season. 

"Today" reports the Cookie Butter Oreos will be available in stores nationwide beginning Monday. 

The actual cookies are graham-flavored, and the cream filling is cookie butter-flavored. 

"Today" notes the popularity of cookie butter has skyrocketed in the past few years, particularly among the Trader Joe's set addicted to cult-favorite Speculoos Cookie Butter.

(Trader Joe's, incidentally, has its own version of the cookie butter cookie.) 

A listing for Cookie Butter Oreo sandwiches on sites like Target confirm the existence of the cookies -- though they're not available to order just yet. 

In the meantime, Oreo's fall favorite flavors are still being sold: apple pie, pumpkin spice, mocha, red velvet and even orange-flavored Halloween. There's are also the salted caramel and coconut Oreo thins. 



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<![CDATA[Fall Denim Trends to Look For]]> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:25:37 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/WEB_The_Fall_Denin_Trends_to_Look_For.jpg

Fall is right around the corner and the latest fashions are already in stores. NBC Boston's Jackie Bruno breaks down the fall jean trends at Injeanius.

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<![CDATA[Boston Band Gets Patriots Fans Pumped at NFL Kickoff Concert]]> Thu, 07 Sep 2017 18:11:50 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-634608996.jpg

The musical act at the NFL's kickoff concert celebrating the New England Patriots in a downtown Boston park changed shortly before it started.

Guster performed at the "2017 NFL Kickoff Driven by Hyundai" concert at Christopher Columbus Park Thursday afternoon.

The Boston-based band replaced Grammy-winning artist Miguel, who had to decline performing due to an illness.

Gates opened at 10:30 a.m. The show was a first-come, first-serve event. Those attending were asked to enter the event at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Richmond Street.



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<![CDATA[Game Day Eats for the Patriots Season Opener]]> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 16:38:33 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000008808602.JPG

Football season returns Thursday with the Patriots live on NBC Boston, so it’s time to start thinking about your game day menus.

The Cunard Tavern in East Boston has only been open for two months, but they’re ready for their first season of Patriots football. 

We caught up with Chef Anthony Pino in the kitchen to find out what people should make for their game day menu. 

Cuban Spring Rolls 

1 Pound Boneless Pork Butt

1 Pint of your favorite Beer

4 oz diced smoked ham

4 oz diced dill pickles

8 oz shredded swiss cheese

3 dozen egg roll wrappers

6 oz clover honey

10 oz Whole Grain Mustard

1 oz cider vinegar

1 tablespoon cumin

1 tablespoon coriander

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

4 cloves fresh garlic chopped

Salt and pepper 

Directions:

Place the pork butt in a braising pan and rub with spices and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Pour in a pint of your favorite beer and cover tightly.

Place in a 300 degree oven and braise for three hours or until tender.

Let cool slightly then shred pork with two forks. (You can use store bought pulled pork if you do not have the time to do the previous steps, just try to buy one that is just braised or smoked and not mixed with an overly sweet sauce) 

Place pork with pickles, ham, and cheese in a large mixing bowl and combine thoroughly. 

Place one ounce of pork mixture into the center of each eggroll wrappper. Wrap and seal edges with cold water. Deep fry in 350 degree oil for four to six minutes, until crispy on the outside and hot in the center. 

Combine vinegar, honey, and mustard in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.

Serve egg rolls with honey mustard sauce on the side for dipping.


Cider Glazed wings 

32 oz Fresh Apple Cider

3 canned chipotle peppers chopped

1 oz cinnamon

1 oz chili powder

4 oz cider vinegar

2 each fresh apples sliced thin

2 Pounds Jumbo Chicken Wings

8 oz flour or cornstarch

Salt and pepper

Oil for frying

Directions: 

In a saucepan pour cider, vinegar, spices and chipotle peppers, bring to a slow simmer and reduce until syrupy in consistency then remove from heat.

Toss wings in your choice or flour or cornstarch, depending on if you want them to be gluten free or not, or just fry wings naked if that is your preference.

If using a turkey fryer, you can fry all the wings at once, if not fry in small batches at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Remove wings from oil, drain excess oil, while still hot toss in a mixing bowl with thinly sliced apples and cider glaze to coat the wings. Mix in the bowl with a spoon or just toss them.

Serve on a plate with some fresh crisp green as garnish. 



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<![CDATA[Gearing Up For Football: Patriot Place Hot Spots]]> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 09:32:19 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Patriot+Place.JPG

The Patriots home opener is only days away and that means thousands of people will be descending on Foxboro. If you haven't been to Patriot Place in a while, there's some hot spots you should check out.

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<![CDATA[NFL Announces Singer for Kickoff Event Celebrating Pats]]> Tue, 05 Sep 2017 18:11:09 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/188*120/GettyImages-815192462.jpg

Grammy-winning R&B singer Miguel will reportedly perform live Thursday in Boston ahead of the New England Patriots' first game of the season.

Billboard reports Miguel will perform as the culminating act of the NFL's "Random Acts of Kickoff" Boston event at Christopher Columbus Park.

The gates will open at 10:30 a.m., and access for the general public will be on a first come, first serve basis, according to The Boston Globe's Ben Volin.

The event is serving as a celebration in the city of the Patriots' fifth Super Bowl win last season against the Atlanta Falcons.



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<![CDATA[Mario Gets Help in 'Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle' Game]]> Fri, 01 Sep 2017 20:11:21 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/MRKB_Screen_Explo_Ang_E3_170612_215pm_1497264516.jpg

In video games, Mario, the intrepid princess-saving plumber, does not usually pair up with anyone outside of the Mushroom Kingdom.

There are exceptions for special events, like Mario teaming up with Sonic the Hedgehog for the Olympics, but generally, the most iconic video game character doesn’t use backup.

Until now.

The Mushroom Kingdom is in danger from an outside force in “Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle,” a new video game for the Nintendo Switch gaming console. Mario and friends are getting help from the Rabbids, crazy rabbit-like creatures who speak in gibberish, yelling "BWAAAH!" very often, from another gaming company, Ubisoft.

Creative director Davide Soliani said he and his team wanted to bring something to the Mario universe of games that no one had seen before, and using the Rabbids and their penchant for chaos and slapstick violence provided the perfect injection of new ideas for a bold take on Mario. He said there is a familiarity in the overall look and feel of the game, but surprises are waiting around every corner.

“We used these contrasts as a focus to bring new ideas, new game mechanics, new environments, and that’s why you are in the Mushroom Kingdom, but it is twisted,” Soliani said.

“Mario is very well known as a hero, a brave guy. And the Rabbids are quite the opposite, quite different. How cool it could be if Mario, throughout the game, teaches to the Rabbids how to become heroes? And Mario learns from the Rabbids how to crack a joke, to take it easy.”

Mario is joined by his friends Princess Peach (no rescuing needed this time), Yoshi, and Luigi. They team up with four Rabbid heroes who mimic their Nintendo idols, taking costumes to look like the original gang. In the campaign, these characters will form teams of three to find a way to fix the Mushroom Kingdom by visiting different worlds and battling enemies.

“We wanted make something that Mario players would recognize, like jumping and stomping,” Soliani said. “But at the same time, we were using the Rabbids to inject in those mechanics new ways to spice up the combat, new ways to spice up the Nintendo characters as well.”

The development team at Ubisoft specialized in tactical and strategic games. Making a new game with such beloved characters presented challenges, but Soliani said a turn-based strategy shooter made the most sense to maximize the divergent ideas of gameplay and abilities in the game.

“We should try to stay true to the Mario universe and mix tactical phase, combat phase, which is more in line with the Mario world,” he said. “Finding treasure chests, collect coins to buy new weapons, meet new heroes and be challenged by new enemies.”

When he came up with the idea for the mashup, Soliani knew he would have to not only convince his own company, Ubisoft, he would have to sway Nintendo to allow him to use their characters. He met with Shigeru Miyamoto, the man who created the Mario character, originally called Jumpman, in the classic video game “Donkey Kong” in 1981.

Solaini said presenting his idea to “the most legendary game designer in the world” was intimidating.

“When we first presented the game to Miyamoto-san, we had only three weeks in-house to come up with a prototype. When we presented the prototype to Miyamoto-san, he was surprised that we had, in our prototype, Mario and Luigi.”

Miyamoto asked how Solaini got the character designs for Mario and Luigi in the prototype. Solani told him his team made them from scratch for the presentation, impressing the Nintendo game designer.

Early reviews of the game have been very good, mentioning the different elements of gameplay and the creativity used to bring Mario and the Rabbids together. The style of combat is reminiscent of another turn-based shooter, X-COM, with a variety of weapons and the use of cover for defense.

However, Solaini said their inspiration came from another popular game.

“I’m a big fan of X-COM, the original one from Julian Gollop and the new one from (Jake) Solomon,” he said. “But our reference was not X-COM but Mario Kart. We wanted to bring the dynamics, the surprise that you have in go-cart racing to our combat system in a strategy game.”

With delightful and recognizable characters, whimsical environments and dialog, and a battle system that combines movement and shooting into strategic combat, Solaini and his team were proud of what they accomplished.

“Those were the basic foundations that we built up for the rest of the game. When we did that, we said, OK, I think we have something very strong, something that we should explore even more.”

He invited all fans, including diehard Nintendo fans, to experience something different.

“Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle” is available now for the Nintendo Switch. It is rated E+10 for everyone 10 years of age or older due to cartoon violence, comic mischief, and mild language.



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<![CDATA[Doretta Taverna and Raw Bar]]> Fri, 01 Sep 2017 14:35:54 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Doretta_Tavera_and_Raw_Bar.jpg

This Boston Back Bay restaurant is a feast for the senses thanks to the locally sourced food and contemporary art adorning the walls. NBC Boston's Jackie Bruno reports.

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<![CDATA[Vegan Nail Polish May Be New Alternative to Gel Manicures]]> Tue, 29 Aug 2017 19:43:28 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/New_Nail_Polish.jpg

Are you looking for a natural alternative to gel manicures? There's a new vegan option you may be impressed with.

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<![CDATA[Cyndi Lauper Drops Asking Price for Stunning Stamford Home]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:25:07 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Cyndi+Lauper+and+house+1.jpg Cyndi Lauper appears to have dropped the asking price for her gorgeous home in Stamford, Connecticut, from $1.25 million to $935,000, according to the updated listing.

The French Country Colonial-style estate sits on the 1.58-acre property. The 3885-square-foot home's interior was designed by Howard Kaplan, and includes three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms and three fireplaces.

Designer Vince Camuto, founder of Nine West, built the house in 1975. Then, the house was assessed at $601,290. See the listing.

The French Country Colonial-style estate sits on the 1.58-acre property. The 3885-square-foot home's interior was designed by Howard Kaplan, and includes three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms and three fireplaces.

Designer Vince Camuto, founder of Nine West, built the house in 1975. Then, the house was assessed at $601,290. See the listing.

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<![CDATA[New Resort Transforming Gloucester's Waterfront]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:05:55 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/New_Resort_Transforming_Gloucester_s_Waterfront.jpg

Gloucester, Massachusetts, often thought of as a working waterfront, is a great spot for a summer getaway. And NBC Boston's Jackie Bruno found a luxury resort that is shaking up the seaside scene!

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<![CDATA[How to Make Apartment Living Work for You and Your Pup]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:39:51 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Bergs-dog.jpg

Living in an apartment with your canine companion isn’t much different from living with a human roommate: They don't clean, they don’t pay for groceries and you're starting to suspect they don't even have a job.

But canine roommates present additional, unique challenges.

Arguably the biggest challenge for dog owners in apartments is having to escort their furry friend outside for all exercise — and all bathroom — breaks. That means rain, shine, sleet, snow, 6 a.m. or 3 a.m. or 11:30 p.m. — buddy, you’ve got to put on your pants.


"If you’re living in an apartment with a dog, first and foremost the onus is more on you to get the dog out for all of his or her needs," says Mike Kaviani. Kaviani is the Director of Lifesaving Operations at the no-kill shelter Austin Pets Alive! in Austin, Texas, and he says apartment living can in some cases actually benefit your pup.

"As long as the owner is committed to getting the dog out for fun outings, the dogs actually end up getting more activity and more outings and more time with their person," he says. Kaviani knows from personal experience: He lived in a studio apartment with the first dog he owned as an adult, and he recalls having to "leash him up and go out there."

"As long as you're willing to do that — I mean, he had so much activity." With multiple daily outings, Kaviani realized he and his pup were both getting more activity because of their apartment lifestyle.

"So, I actually think it can be a real win for the dog," he said.

Anthony Newman, a canine behavior consultant in New York City, echoes Kaviani on the activity level of house dogs versus that of apartment dogs.

"Often, in fact, I find dogs in suburban areas suffer from 'suburban dog syndrome,' lacking adequate socialization, exercise and leadership due to lack of regular daily owner-led walks, obedience work and daily off-leash social play in dog parks," Newman says.

He says he noticed his family's dogs, while growing up in the suburbs of St. Louis, had behavior issues stemming from lack of discipline and socialization.

"City dogs can end up being the calmest, most social, peaceful and obedient dogs around," Newman noted.

No matter how committed you are to your apartment dog, however, you're going to have to leave him or her alone sometimes. And since apartments do not have doggie doors, your pup can't just stroll outside for business purposes.

If you know that you won’t be able to get back to walk your pup at the usual time, that’s fine — you can hire a professional or convince a trusted neighbor to come by to walk your dog.

There is likely a dog-walking service of some kind in your neighborhood — research online and ask other dog owners in the area to find a service that works for you. Try to meet the person who’ll be walking your dog if they’re going to be doing so on a regular basis.


You should also give a trusted person in your building a set of your keys; if you’re away and the building needs to be evacuated for any reason, you’ll want someone to help get your pup out, too.

Speaking of neighbors, they present another significant difference between apartment dog life and house dog life.

You should make an effort to introduce your dog to your apartment neighbors, especially those who live on your floor and those directly above you and below you. It’s also a good idea to introduce yourself to anyone in your building with young children — you can let parents know whether your dog is cool with kids. Make clear to your neighbors what your dog's boundaries are, and be consistent in your interactions with them.

Another thing about apartment neighbors is their physical proximity to you.  

It's important to remember that dogs are not silent. Barking is not the only noise dogs make — they like to play, to run around and toss and catch. And it’s fine to play those games indoors with your dog, but if you have people below you, just keep in mind what time of day or night it is when you break out that hard plastic toy your dog likes to throw against the floor. If your floors aren’t carpeted, getting an area rug (probably not an expensive one) will help muffle noises for people below and will also help protect hardwood floors from scuffing.

If your dog reacts to your absence by barking herself hoarse while you are gone, this is a problem (unless you never leave, but that actually sounds like a different kind of problem). Not only will this incessant row irritate your neighbors — maybe enough to complain to your landlord — it’s also a sign that your pup isn’t able to relax when you go out to do the human stuff you have to do.

"Separation anxiety," says Newman, can be a problem for your nervous pet, and then for you and even your neighbors — some dogs bark, or whine, to express their anxiety.

To help curb some of that separation anxiety, Newman emphasizes the importance of creating a calm, relaxing space for your pup within your apartment. If she views the apartment as the place where you and she play around and have fun — and not as the place where you do that AND the place where she hangs out and sleeps in her own bed — "when you leave, [s]he barks and tears the place up. Also guarding, digging, chewing, and other destructive behaviors" can present as symptoms of separation anxiety.

Newman says to help your dog get accustomed to chilling solo in a new living environment, it's best to make sure your pet's "exhausted and fulfilled mentally, physically and socially, and feeling comfortable at home with her bed, toys and chews" before leaving her alone in the place.

Kaviani recommends teaching your dog new tricks or providing them with brain-stimulating puzzle toys indoors to keep them entertained in the smaller space.

So, if you've got an apartment but want a dog, or if you've got a dog but want to move into an apartment, you should start by considering your dog's needs and temperament, Kaviani says. "If the dog can handle being in an elevator with strange people, and sometimes strange dogs," he shouldn't have an unusually rough time adapting to apartment lifestyle.


"Where it can go poorly, or where you’ll find some challenges, though, would be if the context or living environment isn’t conducive to the dog’s needs," says Kaviani. He cautions that if you have a dog with some shyness or some fearful behavior, they may not be comfortable hopping in and out of elevators or winding their way through crowded hallways and staircases. You should do your best to find a living space that won't cause too much additional stress on your pet. 

But, he says, "don't overthink it."

"Dogs don’t need a mansion to live in. They don’t need a certain amount of square footage to meet their standards. Really, when they’re home, they just want to chill with you, their person." The living arrangement would only become a problem, he says, if your work or life schedule isn't "conducive to spending a good amount of time with your dog."

Apartment living with your dog requires a more serious commitment than living with your dog in a house with a fenced-in yard. 

Anthony Newman's tips for moving yourself and your dog(s) to a new apartment:

  • Establish a plan to exercise and socialize your dog multiple hours a day from the get-go. Call and interview walkers, walking services and/or daycares. Do research on the local dog parks. When moving in, especially the first few weeks, exhaust your dog mentally, physically and socially, so he can start to condition the new home positively.
  • When moving in, set your dogs’ beds down (the more the merrier!) as a first item of furniture. Work the "go to your bed" command early and often. Experiment with "long rewards", e.g. Kongs stuffed with wet food and chews like bully sticks.
  • When you initially enter your new home, keep your dog on leash and lead her around to every room. You lead and introduce to minimize marking and other destructive behaviors.
  • Be careful of the first few times you leave her home alone to minimize separation anxiety. If you start the ball rolling, it will worsen; so get off to a good start by having your dog exhausted and fulfilled mentally, physically and socially, and feeling comfortable at home with her bed, toys and chews, before you leave her alone in the place for the first time. Then, leave very briefly and return soon. Repeat as needed, leaving for gradually longer periods. After a week of conditioning, most dogs should be fine being left alone for a few hours.



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<![CDATA[The Luxurious Lifestyle of New York's Poshest Pooches]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:57:06 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/1LK_3334_NYCDogs_WEB.jpg

Ashley and Cooper get a taste of the high life, New York style. From a five-star hotel exclusively for dogs to a puppy pool party in the Hamptons, it's clear that NYC really has gone to the dogs!

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<![CDATA[Places to Spoil Your Dog in Boston]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:52:59 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/WEB_Places_to_Spoil_Your_Dog_in_Boston.jpg

It's no secret that Bostonians love their dogs. And now, more and more businesses are catering to dog owners. NBC Boston's Jackie Bruno checked out some hot spots that are "dog friendly."

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<![CDATA[Beth Stern, Katie Lee Talk Clear the Shelters and 'Pethood']]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:53:25 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/215*120/Katie+Lee+Beth+Stern.jpg

Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive to help animals in need finding loving homes, will take place on Saturday, August 19.

This year's event hosts, celebrity chef Katie Lee and Beth Stern, stopped by the "Today Show" to talk about the initiative.

They also brought along a few rescues from North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington, New York, who are in need of forever homes.

Stern advised potential pet parents to assess their lifestyle before going through with an adoption, noting "pethood is hard."




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<![CDATA[6 Free Apps for Pet Owners]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:47:05 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-77541854.jpg Nowadays, caring for your pet has never been easier and more enjoyable. From finding a pet sitter and setting up play dates to handling medical emergencies and training your pet, there’s an app for that. Whether your looking to better fulfill your pets needs or find resources to help you with yours, these free pets apps have you covered.

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<![CDATA[One-on-One With NKOTB's Jordan Knight]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:37:49 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/WEB_One_on_One_With_Jordan_Knight_Two.jpg

You probably know Dorchester's Jordan Knight from New Kids on the Block, but have you been to his restaurant in Milton? NBC Boston's Jackie Bruno met up with Knight at Novara to talk boy bands, food, and performing at Fenway Park! The restaurant is hosting a benefit on Saturday at 8 p.m. to raise money for the Tour De South Shore.

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<![CDATA[Let's 'Clear the Shelters' on Saturday, August 19!]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:46:13 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/2017+CTS+Collage+TopLine+2083x854%5B1%5D.jpg Every summer, animal shelters and rescues are filled to the brim with new spring litters and homeless pets. Shelters run on all cylinders to match pets with new forever families. Their efforts result in many pets finding new loving homes, but unfortunately some pets are left behind and live in shelters for months or even years until they are adopted. Inspired by a North Texas pet adoption effort led by our Dallas NBC and Telemundo stations, all of our NBC and Telemundo-owned stations decided to step up to the plate to help their local animal shelters and communities 'Clear the Shelters' every summer.
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<![CDATA[Hundreds of Pikachus Parade Through Yokohama, Japan]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:58:06 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/pikachuparade.jpg

More than 100 Pikachus, a character from the game Pokemon, paraded through the streets of Yokohama, Japan, on Aug. 14.

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<![CDATA['SNL' Alum Rachel Dratch Gets 20-Year-Old Parking Ticket From Chicago]]> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:50:55 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Rachel+Dratch+2007+Tribeca+Film+Festival+Bryan+Bedder.JPG

Former "Saturday Night Live" star Rachel Dratch posted a photo on Twitter of a 20-year-old parking ticket she received this week from the City of Chicago.

"Chicago does not f around," the New York City-based comedian wrote on Twitter. "I received this parking ticket in the mail today. Look at date. It's from TWENTY years ago." 

The ticket was issued on Dec. 8, 1997 — right around the time Dratch was a member of the Second City cast in Chicago.

Sure enough, the "offense location" is listed as 150 W. North Ave., just a block from the historic comedy club in the city’s Old Town neighborhood.

NBC 5 asked the City of Chicago about the ticket's authenticity and whether there is a statute of limitations on parking violations. 

A spokeswoman for the City of Chicago’s Office of Budget and Management and Department of Finance, which is responsible for collecting parking and red light ticket fines, responded. Here's what she said:

"The City sends at least five separate notifications to motorists regarding parking violations before referring a ticket to collections. Once a ticket is in collections additional notifications are sent, and it can be re-referred to a separate collection agency to work to identify new or updated mailing information. We followed the same process in this instance."

While a 20-year-old parking ticket sounds like it may be a plot line from Dratch's iconic "Debbie Downer" sketches, the actor will have to pay a real $73.20 fine to the city, unless she contests it.

Dratch performed on Second City’s main stage from 1995 through 1998, alongside fellow 'SNL" alum Tina Fey, according to her bio on the theater’s website.

She then went on to star on "SNL" from 1999 to 2006, and has appeared in several films and television series, including Fey’s "30 Rock," "Bob’s Burgers," "Inside Amy Schumer" and more.


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<![CDATA[What Kind of Dog Best Fits Your Lifestyle?]]> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:03:37 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Dogs-GettyImages-180680638.jpg

There are a million reasons why people love dogs. They make great companions, provide a slew of the health benefits and love unconditionally.

Yet, there are lots of valid reasons why some people opt out of bringing home a furry friend. From cramped living quarters, to allergies, to busy work schedules and social lives, caring for a dog is a huge commitment, so it’s important to make sure your lifestyle is compatible with your four-legged friend’s.

Fortunately, dogs come in all shapes, sizes, personality traits and energy levels, and chances are there’s a pup who’s right for you.

Use the filter above to see what kind of dog could potentially match your lifestyle:

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<![CDATA[Tips for Traveling Safe With Your Pet]]> Wed, 09 Aug 2017 16:28:21 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-454008386.jpg

One of the most stressful parts of pet ownership is what to do with your four-legged companion when you travel. While some pet owners opt for boarding, others choose to bring their furry family members along.

If you’re looking to hit the road or fly the skies with your canine companion or feline friend, American Kennel Club the has some tips to make the trip as smooth as possible.

Health Checks: Bring your pet to the veterinarian for a check up before going on a long journey trip. Make sure all vaccinations are up to date and obtain a record showing proof of up-to-date vaccinations. Health certifications are required for airline travel.

Ask the vet about potential health risks at your destination, like Lyme disease, and what the necessary preventive measures your pet needs to take.

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Crates: If traveling by car, pets should be confined to a crate or carrier in the back seat. This will prevent distractions as well as protect the animal in the event of a collision. It can also keep your pet from getting into trouble in a hotel or at your host's home. Airlines also require that pets travel in a carrier or crate, whether they are flying in the cargo hold or plane's main cabin. Contact your airline directly for information on their pet policy. 

Crates are available from most pet supply stores. Look for these features when purchasing and check out these crash-tested options:

  • Large enough to allow the pet to stand, turn and lie down.
  • Strong, with handles and grips, and free of interior protrusions.
  • Leakproof bottom covered with absorbent material.
  • Ventilation on opposing sides, with exterior rims or knobs to prevent blocked airflow.

Have Proper ID: In the event that your dog or cat slips away during the trip, you significantly increase the odds of recovery by making sure they can be properly identified.

  • Make sure your dog has a sturdy leash and collar. The collar should have identification tags with the dog's name, your name, and your home phone number, as well as proof of rabies shots.
  • Mark your pet's crate with your name, contact number, destination phone number, and photo of your pet. You should also carry a picture of your pet.
  • Consider a permanent form of identification, such as a microchip.
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Traveling by car: Bringing your pet along for a road trip requires more than just throwing a crate in the back seat, especially for long distance trips or if you plan on being away for a long period of time. 

  • Get your pet geared up by taking him on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car.
  • Bring food, a bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and first-aid, and any travel documents. 
  • Be sure to pack plenty of bottled water, and avoid feeding your pet in a moving vehicle. Traveling on a full stomach can also cause pets to become car sick.
  • Keep the car well-ventilated. If the dog is in a crate, make sure that fresh air can flow into the crate.
  • Don't let pets ride cars with their heads outside the window. Dirt and other debris can enter their eyes, ears and nose and cause injury or infection.
  • Make frequent stops to allow your pet to go to the bathroom and get some exercise. Be sure to clean up after your pet. 
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Traveling by plane: Most airlines have their own set of rules for canine air travel. Call ahead for information and make arrangements in advance of your trip.

  • All airlines require health certifications and proof of vaccinations.
  • Federal regulations require pets to be at least 8 weeks old and they should be weaned at least 5 days before flying.
  • Try to book a nonstop flight and avoid plane changes when possible. Some airlines will not transport animals when it is extremely hot or cold. 
  • Dogs must be in an airline-approved crate when transported as cargo. Some airlines allow certain breeds and sizes to travel under the seat in a crate or carrier.



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<![CDATA[Starbucks' Latest Frappuccino 'Inspired' by Horchata Drinks]]> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:24:38 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*128/starbucksfrap0809.JPG

From unicorns to horchata. 

Starbucks announced Tuesday its new Horchata Almondmilk Frappuccino is now available in participating U.S. and Canada stores, in a move that is getting a mixed reception from horchata fans. 

Starbucks’ beverage features a combination of almond milk, cinnamon dolce syrup, coffee and ice. It also includes whipped cream, cinnamon, sugar sprinkles and a swirl of caramel on top. The company said their drink was inspired “by the popular Horchata beverages, which vary by culture and region.” 

“The creamy and cool texture-ideal for warm August days-is complemented by sweet caramel and warm spice flavors of cinnamon which hint that fall is near,” Starbucks’ release said. 

The drink was first offered in U.S. and Canadian stores on Aug. 8, a Starbucks spokesperson said. While it is the first frappuccino that uses almond milk as a default milk, the drink is not dairy-free because it is topped with whipped cream and other dairy-filled products. 

Eater.com notes that Americans are most familiar with the Mexican version of horchata, a rice-based drink that is also made with cinnamon and vanilla. 

In fact, Starbucks first offered the Horchata Frappuccino in Mexican outposts in the summer of 2013.

But versions of horchata in Spain are made with tigernuts and horchata drinks also vary across Latin America. 

In El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Costa Rica, jicaro seeds are ground with rice and spices for a drink called semilla de jicaro. 

Horchata de ajonjolí in Puerto Rico is made with ground sesame seeds. Sesame seeds are also used for a version of horchata in parts of Venezuela.  

The drink’s debut hasn’t gone unnoticed among horchata aficionados, with some contrasting the drink to the Unicorn Frappuccino. 

“Starbucks has a new Frappuccino. If you like horchata, it might make you angry,” blared one headline on Miami.com

“The horchata is not some mystical, purple-haired unicorn,” the post's writer Chloe Herring said. “It’s a real ass drink. It wasn’t broken and it didn’t need Starbucks’ sugary adaptation or ‘fixing.‘” 

Latin culture site Remezla.com featured a handful of tweets that ranged from curiosity over Starbucks’ offering to predictions of being underwhelmed by the product. 

“We imagine Starbucks is riffing off of Mexican horchata and that this new drink will appeal to many taste buds, but we also believe many will stick to the horchata they already know because it’s already perfect,” the site’s writer concluded.

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<![CDATA[A Taste of Southern California in Dorchester]]> Tue, 08 Aug 2017 19:39:06 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/A_Taste_of_Southern_California_in_Dorchester.jpg

The flavors of southern California can be found at a new hot spot in Dorchester, Massachusetts. NBC Boston's Jackie Bruno sampled the tacos and fried avocados at Yellow Door Tacqueira.

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<![CDATA[Affordable Dream Boat Abode?]]> Mon, 07 Aug 2017 20:07:29 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Quincy+House+Boat.JPG

When it comes to real estate, usually the closer to the water, the higher the price tag. But NBC Boston's Jackie Bruno found some water-front property in Quincy, Massachusetts, that might just be in your price range.

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<![CDATA[For Sale: House That Inspired Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary']]> Mon, 07 Aug 2017 19:35:31 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/stephen-king.jpg

In the market for a haunted house? The Orrington, Maine, home that inspired Stephen King's "Pet Sematary" is currently on sale for $255,000, 'Today' reported.

King came up with the idea for the novel in 1979 while renting the two-story house, which features wood floors, two fireplaces and new paint.

The book and subsequent movie adaptation were inspired by real events: when King's daughter's cat was run over by a truck, he buried the animal in the woods, where local kids had created a makeshift cemetery for other slain pets.

The house sits on a three-acre plot, and many rooms have a wall of windows that let in plenty of light.



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<![CDATA[Moscow Mules in Copper Mugs Won't Kill You: Officials]]> Mon, 07 Aug 2017 19:31:34 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/moscow-mule-copper-mug.jpg

Don't worry, Moscow Mule fans: Those solid copper mugs often used to serve the popular alcoholic drink probably aren't going to kill you.

Contrary to reports last week that Iowa was banning copper mugs entirely, a state official said that restrictions apply only to restaurants and bars, who may not serve acidic liquids -- like the lime juice in Moscow Mules -- in unlined copper vessels.

"It's not that if you drink a Moscow Mule from a copper cup, you're going to die," said David Werning, a spokesperson for the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.

Most commercially available copper mugs are lined with tin or stainless steel, making them safe to serve any beverage, including the popular cocktail's mix of vodka, ginger beer and lime.

The controversy began after a routine inspection of the Hy-Vee Bar and Grille in Ankeny, Iowa, when restaurant inspectors found unlined copper mugs behind the bar, according to an inspection report provided to NBC.

Because the mugs were tarnished and pitted, Werning said, the Iowa Alocholic Beverages Division issued an advisory July 28 to restaurants in the state, eventually drawing national attention.

While the advisory tells business owners that that a state code "prohibits copper from coming into direct contact with foods that have a pH below 6.0," such as fruit juice, it lacks any kind of restriction on individual consumption at home.

"The food code only governs licensed food establishments. I know for a fact in my own family there are some copper cups," Werning said. "What you want to do in your home kitchen or home bar is up to you."

Iowa's state code follows a model code prepared by the Food & Drug Administration -- one that has generally been adopted in every other state, Werning said. An FDA spokesperson referred NBC to this code and declined to comment further. 

Werning added that he does not recommend that people consume Moscow Mules out of unlined copper mugs, given "the science behind the food code" and the beverage's 3.5 pH.

For every kilogram of their body mass, someone would need at least 0.01 milligrams of copper in order to face a potential health risk, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A 220-pound person, for example, would need to consume one milligram of copper to experience health effects.

It's unclear how many many Moscow Mules it would take to ingest a significant amount of copper, or how long the drink would need to sit inside an unlined mug to actually leach the metal.

Ingesting high levels of copper can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, while very high doses can lead to death, according to the CDC.



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