<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston - The Scene]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcboston.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcboston.com/designimages/clear.gif NBC10 Boston https://www.nbcboston.com en-usTue, 25 Sep 2018 23:52:21 -0400Tue, 25 Sep 2018 23:52:21 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['New Amsterdam' Based on a True Story]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 23:39:27 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/_New_Amsterdam__Based_on_a_True_Story.jpg

The story of "New Amsterdam," a brand new NBC medical drama, rings true to the author of "Twelve Patients," on which it is based.

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<![CDATA['This Is Us' Returns for Season 3]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 19:48:39 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/_This_Is_Us__Returns_for_Season_3.jpg

The stars of "This Is Us" look ahead to Season 3.

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<![CDATA[An Inside Look at 'Manifest']]> Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:51:08 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/An_Inside_Look_at__Manifest_.jpg

"Manifest" is a new NBC drama about a plane that gets lost in limbo for about five years. Jackie Bruno sat down with the stars.

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<![CDATA[Tattoo Artist Brothers Compete on 'Ink Master']]> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:25:54 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Tattoo_Artist_Brothers_Compete_on__Ink_Master_.jpg

Two local brothers are competing against each other on the latest season of "Ink Master.

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<![CDATA[Waltham Native Magician Wins America's Got Talent]]> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:06:11 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Waltham_Native_Magician_Wins_America_s_Got_Talent.jpg

Magician Shin Lim was the winner of the 13th season of "America's Got Talent."

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<![CDATA[In Photos: Body Paint Artist Makes Models Disappear]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 17:59:03 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/bodyartthumbnail.jpg

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<![CDATA[Boston Magician Wins America's Got Talent]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 23:36:06 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Boston_Magician_Wins_America_s_Got_Talent.jpg

Magician Shin Lim of Massachusetts is the winner of "America's Got Talent."

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<![CDATA[Mass. Magician Hopes to Win America's Got Talent]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:46:47 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Mass._Magician_Hopes_to_Win_America_s_Got_Talent.jpg

Shin Lim, a magician from Massachusetts, is a finalist on "America's Got Talent."

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<![CDATA[The 2018 Emmys Highlights: From the Red Carpet to the Stage]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:32:13 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/emmys-thumb-update.jpg Stars walk the red carpet in preparation for the 2018 Emmy Awards. ]]> <![CDATA[Jackie Sits Down With Daily Mail Host Jesse Palmer]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:36:55 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Jackie_Sits_Down_With_Daily_Mail_Host_Jesse_Palmer.jpg

Fans of the Daily Mail can now turn to NBC10 Boston at 3 p.m. to get their fix. Jackie Bruno caught up with the host of the show, former NFL quarterback Jesse Palmer, to chat about the show, football, and whether the former Bachelor star will ever settle down.

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<![CDATA[Photos: Hello Kitty Cafe Opens in Southern California]]> Fri, 14 Sep 2018 23:33:32 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/JakobLayman.0818.HelloKittyCafe_012.jpg The Hello Kitty Grand Cafe -- the first of its kind in the U.S. -- opened Friday in Irvine, California. In addition to the supercute cafe area, the eatery boasts a hidden pink oasis in the Bow Room where guests can enjoy Afternoon Tea or evening Cocktail Service.

Photo Credit: Jakob N. Layman]]>
<![CDATA['Hamilton' Offering Digital Lottery for $10 Boston Tickets]]> Mon, 10 Sep 2018 12:52:33 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/3-9-17-hamilton-musical-tickets-orpheum.jpg

Don't throw away your shot at scoring tickets to see 'Hamilton' in Boston for a mere $10!

Lin Manuel Miranda's award-winning production will have a two-month residency at the Boston Opera House and as done in past cities, a ticket lottery will offer theater fans the chance to see the musical for a steeply discounted price.

A total of 40 seats can be purchased for $10 with the Ham4Ham digital lottery beginning Sept. 18 through Nov. 18. Hammies can enter the lottery using the official 'Hamilton' app or by visiting the site online.

The lottery will open at 11 a.m. two days before each performance and will close at 9 a.m. a day prior. Those trying their luck will be notified whether or not they won by 11 a.m. Winners can purchase their seats for $10 online from 11:01 a.m. to 4 p.m. a day before the production. Each winner can purchase two tickets.

You longer have to feel 'Helpless' can instead enter for your chance to win. For full details on the digital lottery, click here.

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<![CDATA[New Adult Snack Bar in Fenway Area]]> Tue, 04 Sep 2018 20:54:08 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/New_Adult_Snack_Bar_in_Fenway_Area.jpg

There are lots of restaurants to choose from in Boston. One local celebrity chef's latest venture is standing out with her creative concept. NBC10 Boston's Jackie Bruno checked out "Fool's Errand."

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<![CDATA[The Best Labor Day Deals (and When to Go In-Store Over Online)]]> Mon, 03 Sep 2018 10:01:22 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/AP_18142730689001-appliance-store.jpg

Labor Day weekend often sees major sales on big-ticket items like home appliances and automobiles, and NBC Better talked to some experts to help figure out the deals that are really worth it.

"If you're in the market for new kitchen gadgets and appliances, you'll find sales on refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, washers and dryers," said Chelsea Hudson, a personal finance expert at TopCashback.

She also pointed out that iPhones often start to be discounted in September, which is when new versions are typically announced.

Struggling brick-and-mortar stores are likely to emphasize deals on items you can touch and feel, like clothing, said Carnegie Mellon business school marketing professor Jeffrey Galak.



Photo Credit: Ted Shaffrey/AP, File]]>
<![CDATA[Spirited Sips at Disneyland Are Not Far, Far Away]]> Sat, 01 Sep 2018 17:47:23 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/ogc92384092384023fi-624x352.jpg

Like brave rebel spies attempting to determine where the First Order's secret schematics are hidden, "Star Wars" fans are poring over three words in the latest post on the Disney Parks Blog.

And those words are "libations for adults."

And the location where "libations for adults" will be served, at the Happiest Place on Earth?

Inside Oga's Cantina, inside Black Spire Outpost, inside Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, inside, yes, Disneyland Park, which is inside Anaheim, and not a galaxy far, far away.

The cantina element of the big reveal is full of fantasy and quirk, with accompanying artwork that speaks to a space-tastic "sip 'n sup" space that fans can expect to visit when the "Star Wars"-inspired land opens in summer 2019.

And the "libations for adults" part of the announcement, which was posted on the Disney Parks Blog on Thursday, Aug. 30, has fans chattering: Will this be the place to purchase a spirited drink, one made with alcohol, inside Disneyland Park?

Disneyland officials confirm that hunches are correct: You will be able to buy a grown-up beverage inside the world's best-known theme park, finally.

Well that "finally" is a bit soft, as alcohol is already served at Club 33 in New Orleans Square, a private club open to members and their guests.

And Disney California Adventure's Wine Country Trattoria is known for its nice vinos, while, over at Pacific Wharf, a brew buff can find a line-up of sophisticated suds.

Whatever you choose to quaff at Oga's Cantina, you can do so while listening to the musical stylings of RX-24, "... the former StarSpeeder 3000 pilot droid we first met in Star Tours, who has re-envisioned himself as the cantina's DJ."

Questions, intrigue, and mystery will continue to swirl around Oga's Cantina, like planets orbit a double sun.

After all, the establishment overseen by Oga Garra, an "intriguing alien prospector," already boasts a reputation as a "... smugglers' safe haven and a popular stopping point for those seeking to avoid the authorities."

Will the "unique vessels" that will hold the libations at the "notorious local watering hole" pay homage to the Cantina scene of "Star Wars IV: A New Hope"?

Will you spy patrons inside Oga's who look as though they've just rocketed in from Mos Eisley?

And will any of the drinks pay tribute to the blue Bantha milk from Tatooine, and the other sippables made famous in the film series?

Best go practice your light saber moves and wait it out, for there are more delicious reveals from Oga's Cantina, and the Happiest Place in the Solar System, still to roll out over the several months.



Photo Credit: Disneyland Resort]]>
<![CDATA[Public Art Project Features Painted Guitars]]> Fri, 31 Aug 2018 21:42:24 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Public_Art_Project_Features_Painted_Guitars.jpg

A sea of hand-painted guitars is on display in Norwood.

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<![CDATA[Fans Excited by Return of Tiger Woods to Dell]]> Fri, 31 Aug 2018 19:24:06 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Fans_Excited_by_Return_of_Tiger_Woods_to_Dell.jpg

The Dell Technologies Championship began Friday in Norton, Massachusetts.

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<![CDATA[Good Eats at the Dell Technologies Championship]]> Fri, 31 Aug 2018 17:09:39 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Good_Eats_at_the_Dell_Technologies_Championship.jpg

The Dell Technologies Championship golf event kicked off Friday in Norton, Massachusetts. With a record number of people expected to come out to watch golf for the weekend long event, many will also be hungry. NBC10 Boston's Jackie Bruno checked out the food at the tournament.

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<![CDATA[FAO Schwarz Store, and Its Iconic Piano, Returning to NYC]]> Tue, 28 Aug 2018 12:56:46 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/FAO+Schwarz+Piano.jpg

FAO Schwarz is reopening in Manhattan this fall — and you could land a job dancing on its iconic piano.

The fabled toy store, which closed its flagship store on Fifth Avenue in 2015, plans to reopen at Rockefeller Center in November, the Wall Street Journal reported.

As part of the relaunch, the store plans to hire “product demonstrators, magicians… men and women playing various costumed roles, including toy soldiers,” and performers to dance on the giant piano Tom Hanks danced on in “Big,” according to the outlet.

“We’re looking for people who can deliver that sense of theater,” the chief executive of ThreeSixty Brands, which bought the FAO Schwarz brand from Toys "R" Us in 2016, told the outlet.

FAO Schwarz will start auditioning people for the roles on Sept. 8, he said.

ThreeSixty Brands also plans to open an FAO Schwarz store in China in 2018 and at LaGuardia Airport this fall, according to the Journal.



Photo Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Photos: 19 of the Most Valuable Cars at Sotheby's Monterey Auction]]> Mon, 27 Aug 2018 19:22:22 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/193*120/monterey-auction-sothebys-1962-Ferrari-250-GTO-by-Scaglietti_0.jpg In August 2014, a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO became the most valuable car ever sold at auction when it crossed the block in Monterey, California, for $38 million. That staggering record was shattered in August 2018 by another '60s-era Ferrari with the famed GTO name.

Photo Credit: Patrick Ernzen ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's]]>
<![CDATA[Jurassic Park Ride Proposal Will Leave You With a Dino-Sized Smile]]> Tue, 28 Aug 2018 08:53:35 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/jurassic-propose-cover.jpg

Photo Credit: Universal Studios Hollywood]]>
<![CDATA[Kenny Chesney Hits Milestone With Show at Gillette]]> Fri, 24 Aug 2018 23:44:16 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Kenny_Chesney_Hits_Milestone_With_Show_at_Gillette.jpg

Country music star Kenny Chesney hit a major milestone with his performance Friday night at Gillette Stadium, where he has now sold one million tickets.

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<![CDATA[Savoring Summer on Spectacle Island]]> Fri, 24 Aug 2018 22:57:30 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Savoring_Summer_on_Spectacle_Island.jpg

Summer isn't over just yet, and a place minutes from Boston is a world away.

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<![CDATA[Savoring Summer With Street Performers]]> Thu, 23 Aug 2018 19:43:24 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Savoring_Summer_With_Street_Performers.jpg

If you are trying to savor what's left of summer, check out the street performers in Boston.

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<![CDATA[Savoring Summer in Plymouth]]> Wed, 22 Aug 2018 20:14:31 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Savoring_Summer_in_Plymouth.jpg

If you are trying to savor summer, a day trip to Plymouth, Massachusetts, has a lot to offer.

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<![CDATA[Savoring Summer With Frozen Treats]]> Tue, 21 Aug 2018 19:53:24 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Savoring_Summer_With_Frozen_Treats.jpg

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a cold, refreshing treat! NBC10 Boston's Jackie Bruno found three places that have extra special desserts you need to try.

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<![CDATA[Yoga on the Rooftop]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 20:22:56 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Yoga_on_the_Rooftop.jpg

If you want to do yoga while savoring what's left of summer, head onto a rooftop.

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<![CDATA[See Inside: Selena Gomez Drops Asking Price of Texas Mansion]]> Fri, 17 Aug 2018 11:37:45 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/182*120/selenaTLMDPORTADA.jpg Pop star Selena Gomez has dropped the asking price of her luxurious mansion in Fort Worth, Texas, from $2.99 million to $2.7 million.]]> <![CDATA[Blue Wine Is a Hit]]> Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:16:45 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/blue+wine.jpg A turquoise-colored chardonnay called "Vindigo" has been a hit at a Mediterranean resort in France.]]> <![CDATA[2 Mass. Contestants Compete on 'Americas Got Talent']]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:45:01 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/2_Local_Contestants_Compete_on_Americas_Got_Talent.jpg

The 2018 season of "America’s Got Talent" begins Tuesday night and two teenagers from Massachusetts are among the 36 contestants competing! Before the first live show of the season, NBC10 Boston's Jackie Bruno spoke with judge Howie Mandel about the show and the chances of winning.

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<![CDATA[This Photographer Helps Adoptable Dogs With Beautiful Photos]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:26:23 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/Spike+MSPCA.jpg

Kaylee Greer has found a way to do what she loves — and be successful.

The 33-year-old North Reading, Massachusetts, native is an internationally acclaimed canine photographer, traveling the world photographing dogs for private and commercial clients. 

Greer's talents as a dogtographer has even caught the attention of TV executives, scoring a reality show called "Pupparazzi" set to premiere on Nat Geo Wild this fall. 

Dog owners hoping Greer could capture their beloved pooch in one of her striking and whimsical photos spend two-years on a waitlist.   

However, her company Dog Breath Photography started as a pet project at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at Nevins Farm in Methuen. Greer was a volunteer at the shelter and would photograph the dogs.


"With my photography, it’s all about telling the story of that dog in a single image, capturing their personalities, their spirits, and their souls," she said.

She even adopted her own dog, Joshua, from the shelter. The fun-loving pit bull will also be featured in the reality show.

Greer continues to donate her time to photographing shelter dogs in need of forever homes. She said she hopes the photos help capture someone's attention and gets them to consider the dog.

"And hopefully that will then translate into them coming into the shelter and meeting the dog," she said. "And the dogs will take it from there." 

Greer's latest shelter photo subjects — Arvin, Spike and Bear — are available for adoption along with dozens of other pets at the MSPCA. For more information on how to adopt these animals, click here



Photo Credit: Dog Breath Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Shelter Dog-Turned-Model Is 'Living His Best Life Ever']]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 12:48:36 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Tuco-CTS-081218.jpg

Tuco the Japanese Mastiff mix may be a supermodel on the rise, but his life hasn’t always been glitz and glamour.

Tuco’s wags-to-riches story began in Texas at Arlington's Animal Services Center after he was found nearby, wandering the streets neglected and underweight.

"He was about 40 or 50 pounds, just skin and bones from the pictures they sent me," said Clay Hayner, who adopted Tuco last year. "You could see every bone on him."

Shelter staffers had a soft spot for Tuco, who was known for carrying his bowl around in his mouth and getting visitors to fill it with food, water and treats. After gaining some weight and recovering, Tuco was ready to be adopted.

Hayner, a professional photographer, went to the shelter in March 2017 looking for a four-legged companion, but it was Tuco who picked his two-legged comrade to take him home.

"He jumped up, gave me a big hug and he was like, 'Take me home.' I was like, 'You're the one,” said Hayner. "It just clicked. He knew what he was doing."

Tuco quickly became a focus in Hayner's photography.

"He's so easy going. He just sits there, he lets me decorate him, dress him up," Hayner said.

From a spider monkey Halloween costume to sporting hiking gear in New Mexico, and any number of hats that Tuco is able to endure, the camera seems to love the expressive pooch.

"He just lets me do whatever to him. So, anytime you get dogs in a shot — it just makes it better," Hayner said.

And advertisers agree. Tuco has been hired to model in photo shoots for clothing companies, lighting and ceiling fans, and even Hari Mari flip flops.

He will also soon be gracing the posters for Purina dog food. That modeling job came with an added bonus: extra bowls and dog food, which Hayner and Tuco decided to donate to Arlington's animal shelter.

Hayner said Tuco still carries his bowl around, “for attention” and treats.

The charismatic dog has a big social media following. His Instagram account @adventure_of_Tuco,  which showcases Tuco "living his best life ever," has made him insta-famous.

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Hayner said while he has given Tuco a new lease on life, the pooch has returned the favor in an even greater way, "unconditional love."

And Tuco isn’t Hayner’s only doggie model, the photographer also donates his time to shelters, taking pictures of pets in need of forever homes to help get them adopted.



Photo Credit: Clay Hayner photography]]>
<![CDATA[Thousands Expected as Boston Fan Expo 2018 Begins]]> Fri, 10 Aug 2018 20:32:19 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Boston_Fan_Expo_2018_Begins.jpg

Thousands of people are getting in the spirit this weekend for Boston Fan Expo 2018, formerly known as Comic-Con.

Friday night's big headline is that the cast of "Back to the Future" is at the expo, including Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson. Fans of all ages were lined up to meet them, including one father and son who lined up early for Lloyd.


At the expo, you can get up close and personal with your favorite stars and you can also dress like your favorite characters.

The event is a haven for collectors who can find countless booths filled with memorabilia, toys and posters. 

The expo is being held Aug. 10-12 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. 

For more information on hours or to buy tickets, click here.

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<![CDATA[Anna Kournikova's Former Miami Beach Estate Hits Market for $14M ]]> Fri, 10 Aug 2018 11:46:36 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Waterfront+of+Ana%27s+House.jpg The Mediterranean waterfront estate in Miami Beach that was once owned by former professional tennis player Anna Kournikova is hitting the market for $14 million.

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<![CDATA[McDonald’s Offering McGold Card, Free Food for Life ]]> Fri, 10 Aug 2018 08:06:45 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-953183602+edited.jpg

International fast food giant McDonald’s announced it was giving away the “mythical” McGold Card to one lucky person — granting them free McDonald’s for life.

The chain officially confirmed Thursday the ever-so elusive McGold Card “exists and only a handful of people have ever gotten their hands one.”

However, burger fans now have the chance to get their hands on one — the first time McDonald’s has ever given away a McGold Card in a sweepstakes.

For a chance to win free McDonald’s for life, customers in the United States need to download the McDonald’s app and place an order via Mobile Order & Pay from Aug. 10 through Aug. 24. According to the fast food chain, only one entry per day per customer is permitted.

“The winner of the McGold card will also be awarded with a customized 24-carat golden phone case to mark their membership into the history and mystery of McGold Card lore,” according to McDonald’s.

The fast food chain is giving away the McGold Card to celebrate the launch of Mobile Order & Pay within the McDonald's App.

At a ceremony introducing The Gateway Arch in 1965, McDonald’s gave out the first McGold Card to the mayor of St. Louis, Missouri. From that moment, a small select number of McGold Cards have been given out to notable figures — from the governor of Michigan to the king of Sweden.

For more information on the sweepstakes and how to enter, click here or download the McDonald’s App.



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<![CDATA[Odd Couples: Unlikely Species Form Heartwarming Friendships]]> Thu, 09 Aug 2018 08:25:49 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/dallyandspankypittypiggiessplitcts.jpg

When Kris Gamayo first adopted her pit bull, Moki, she knew easing her into life with her other animals — two guinea pigs — would be a process.

At first, she’d keep Frida and Pandora, the guinea pigs, separated from Moki, before she eventually eased into letting the pittie sniff and lick them while they lie on her lap.

"Three to four months after that, I started putting the piggies down on the ground and just monitored,” she said. “Moki would just sniff and lick them and lay down with them.”

And so began what some might see as an unlikely trio, and the stars of the Instagram account @piggiesandapitty.

“I think I got lucky because Moki is just a sweetheart,” Gamayo told NBC in a phone interview.

Moki was rescued from the streets in November 2015 after she and her owner became homeless. Unable to bring the pit bull with him to a homeless shelter, the man dropped Moki off at an animal shelter.

“He told them if you can’t find someone to adopt her in a month call the shelter and I’ll leave to take her back,” Gamayo added.

Moki was there for almost a month, and the shelter was prepared to call the man to pick her up, when she arrived to adopt her in the eleventh hour.

At the time, Gamayo already had both of her guinea pigs. Frida had actually been adopted earlier the same year from San Francisco Animal Care and Control. And while she was a little anxious at first about the idea of a “bully breed” living with her tiny cavies, Moki’s sweet temperament eased her worries.

“A lot of dogs on the street with their owners are really well behaved because I think they’re with them 24/7; they have a tight bond with them,” she said, attributing Moki’s calm disposition to her time on the streets with her previous owner.

As for the guinea pigs, Gamayo said part of the reason she wanted to adopt them was because she had followed the Instagram accounts of two guinea pig owners, and thought the photos of them dressed up was “so cute."

On adoption, Gamayo said, “I think it’s really important that you go to these shelters and you sit with them on different occasions.”

Before bringing home Pandora the guinea pig, she said she went to the shelter one day to interact with her for a while, then came back again to see her, “to make sure she wasn’t just having a good day.”

She said she did the same thing with Moki the pit bull.

And when it comes to introducing other dogs and guinea pigs, Gamayo said being conscious of their personality and behavior is key.

“I would just make sure that they are sure of their dog's temperament with other animals, not just humans, because that’ll give them an idea of how they’ll react,” she said. “Just always monitor them and take it easy.”

That advice was echoed by Francesca Carsen, the owner of another unlikely pair — Spanky the miniature pony, and Dally the Jack Russell Terrier.

Carsen rescued 8-year-old Spanky when he was two years old. At first, the mini stallion was pretty aggressive, Carsen said, but over time he changed.

“It took a while to train him,” she said. “Anybody that rescues an animal … It’s like dogs; you want to train them to be good citizens and be good with kids and other people.”

In the meantime, Carsen had adopted a 6-month-old Jack Russell Terrier who often watched her train Spanky at her ranch in Washington state.

Tired of being a spectator, one day Dally hopped on a step stool and jumped on Spanky’s back. Carsen had never trained her to do that.

“I was actually rather worried when she first jumped up on him because I thought he might buck her off, so I wasn’t too excited,” she said. 

But, instead, the incident helped bond the pair, and spawned the creation of a modern-day dog and pony show. Carsen taught Dally some commands and now she can jump onto Spanky’s back on call, and without a step stool.

Carsen takes her dog and pony show on the road, performing around the U.S., as well as Canada. They’ve also worked with charities like the Ronald McDonald House. And for those who can’t make it to one of their live shows, Carsen documents the pair's daily activities on their Instagram account @dally_and_spanky

They have books and there’s even a movie being made about the pair, Carsen said.

“Filming should start this fall, so we’re really, really excited about it,” she said. “I’m just excited for everyone to get to know about these amazing animals.”

The movie will be centered around Dally and Spanky’s life, she said — but the script isn’t quite done, so Carsen could not reveal any more details.

Along with Dally and Spanky, Carsen and her partner have cattle, two cattle dogs, several farm cats, 12 big horses and two miniature horses, as well as another dog, named Boots. 

But Dally is protective of Spanky, and barks when even Boots gets too close. "It’s her pony,” Carsen said. “And she loves being up there.” 

The dynamic duo isn't Carsen's only client. She also works with other horses and owners at the equine school Rother Horsemanship in Hunters, Washington.  

Carsen said it's important for people who are interested in adoption to research breeds, what they need and how that suits an owner's lifestyle. She also emphasized the importance of learning more about an animal’s history.

“Most all animals — no matter what’s happened to them — can be changed, for sure, with proper training,” she said.

And when it comes to different species living together, Carsen said she believes most can come to get along.

“I think that these guys really show us that species [that] normally aren’t designed to hang out together, can absolutely get on together,” she added.



Photo Credit: Francesca Carsen; Kris Gamayo]]>
<![CDATA[Portland Restaurant Scene Named Best of 2018]]> Wed, 08 Aug 2018 19:03:45 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Portland_Named_Top_Restaurant_City.jpg

Bon Appetit magazine is serving up some serious accolades to Portland, Maine, naming it the 2018 Restaurant City of the Year.

A spread in an upcoming edition highlights a long list of delicious restaurants to try, including fine dining, neighborhood taverns, Jewish delis — even a mobile sushi cart called "Mr. Tuna."

"Portland has one of the more vibrant, compelling food scenes, thanks in no small part to all that pristine seafood and craft beer," the article states.

The first mention in the magazine is Tandem Bakery on Congress Street. Head baker Briana Holt got a personal shoutout from the author, who wrote, "everything [she] whips up is brilliant."

"It's really awesome," said Holt.

There was barely any room to stand inside their coffee shop Wednesday morning, and the biscuits with jam mentioned in the article sold out by 9:30 a.m.

"We are definitely on the map right now," said Holt.

Other business owners expect to see a boost from Bon Appetit's award.

The Maine Foodie Tours organizes walking tours that help visitors sample the best of the food scene, giving them the opportunity to meet chefs while learning local history.

"They taste their way through town," said foodie tours owner Pamela Laskey.

Portland may be the smallest city to win Bon Appetit's award, but there are hundreds of restaurants and dozens of craft breweries to choose from — and the selection goes well beyond lobster.

David Turn, owner and head chef at David's restaurant, said Maine's largest city has all the right ingredients for a robust food scene: fresh, locally caught sea food; produce from local farmers; and an affordable cost of living to attract staff and entrepreneurs.

"Since 1992, we've seen the food scene just explode," Turin said. He thinks this latest article might might restaurants like his even busier.

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<![CDATA[Love Newport Mansions? Take a Tour Inside 3 on the Market]]> Tue, 07 Aug 2018 17:55:14 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Tryptich3.jpg

You may have visited the Newport mansions, but now you can own one!

There are multiple mansions on the market along Bellevue Avenue. They range in price from just under $5 million to just under $6 million.

It’s a dream for many, but you can still get a sneak peek inside. with our exclusive tour of three of them: Rockry Hall, Snug Harbor, and the Harold Brown Estate.

For more information on each property, see the links below:

Rockry Hall

425 Bellevue Ave.

Newport, Rhode Island

Snug Harbor

328 Bellevue Ave.

Newport, Rhode Island

Harold Brown Villa

459 Bellevue Ave.

Newport, Rhode Island

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<![CDATA[FOR SALE: 3 Historic Newport Mansions Hit Real Estate Market]]> Wed, 08 Aug 2018 18:36:36 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Tryptich3.jpg Love visiting the grand mansions in Newport, Rhode Island? How about owning one? Three mansions along Newport's famed Bellevue Avenue have hit the real estate market. Snug Harbor has the highest price tag out of the three as it's going for $5.95 million, while Rockry Hall and the Harold Brown Estate are selling for $5.75 million and $4.99 million, respectively. It's a dream for many, but you can still get a sneak peek inside these luxury estates.]]>