🦃 Do Friendsgiving like a local

Plus: The Snowport is back.

Happy Friday, Boston.

☔ Heads up: Expect some rain and gusty winds tonight courtesy of the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole. And another round of 70-degree weather, because of course.

My sinuses are praying Mother Nature will just commit to one climate after this weekend.

👀 What’s on tap today:

  • See how your town voted on Question 1

  • The Seaport becomes The Snowport

  • Pickle ice cream

Up first…


Friendsgiving three ways

Gif: Friends via Giphy, Illustration, Katie Cole

Controversial opinion: Friendsgiving > Thanksgiving. You don’t have to explain why you’re not married yet, you have complete control over the menu, and it’s an annual excuse to feast with your friends — what could be better?

So here are three ways to have the best Friendsgiving while supporting some of your favorite local businesses.

🍗 For the friends who swear by cooking a turkey, at least save yourself some hassle by picking up some side dishes and desserts.

Order the mac and cheese and the broccoli cheese casserole from Sweet Cheeks Q in the Fenway, and get a chocolate bourbon pecan pie from Petsi Pies in Somerville (they also do the classics like pumpkin and apple, too). Also need to plug the honey-glazed biscuits from Buttermilk and Bourbon.

🍽️ For the friends who can’t be bothered to cook, book a spot at The Broadway’s Friendsgiving Community Supper in Southie.

For $45, you get a three-course meal featuring pumpkin soup, squash and sausage ravioli, a turkey roulade, and for dessert, a slice of spiced apple cake. Spend an extra $20 to have each course be paired with a wine or a wine-based cocktail (which is a steal).

And all the proceeds will go toward the Greater Boston Food Bank to provide Thanksgiving dinner to local families.

✨ For the friends who want something cozy and low-key, consider taking an afternoon trip to Bow Market in Somerville for the Feed Your Soul event this Sunday.

This event is co-hosted by Boston While Black and celebrates the comforts of the season as we head into the winter months. There will be food, live music, and vendors from Black-owned businesses and creators in the community.

You can also reserve a fire pit table in the general courtyard for $5 a person to keep the hygge vibes going.


Quick & Dirty Headlines

Image: Daigo Fujiwara/Globe Staff, Illustration: Katie Cole

🤑 Did your town vote “yes” or “no” on the ‘millionaires tax?’ Take a look at this map from The Boston Globe to find out. Question 1 passed earlier this week with just 52% of the vote, setting a new, higher tax on all income over $1 million come 2023. Boston, Somerville, Cambridge, and Western Mass. were a solid “yes,” whereas suburbs north of Boston (like Stoneham and Woburn), the South Shore, and the southeastern and central parts of Mass. voted more toward the opposition.

❄️ The Seaport becomes The Snowport today, complete with an extensive holiday market, outdoor games, a tree market, and more. The holiday market will feature 120 small businesses; many both local to New England and woman- and minority-owned. And don’t forget about the 19 food and beverage options serving a range of classic bites and drinks. The Holiday Market will run seven days a week starting today through February –- you can check out the hours here.

💸 This North Quincy resident didn’t win the Powerball jackpot, but he did win $1 million. Richard Lavery got quite the consolation prize for losing, as the first five numbers on his Quick Pic ticket matched all but the Powerball. According to the Massachusetts State Lottery, Lavery “does not have any immediate plans on how he intends to use his winnings.” Cannot relate on that front.


An out and about weekend

Gif: SNL via Giphy, Illustration: Katie Cole

🍺 Sip craft beers (for free!) at Beer Fest by Time Out Market. Local makers are giving out samples of their brews, no tickets required. | Nov. 12 and 13, 1 to 5 p.m.

🍁 Celebrate the season at Fall Fest in Cambridge with cider donuts, food trucks, and live music. The event is free, but registration is recommended. | Sat, Nov. 12, 6 to 9 p.m. | MIT Open Space

💪 Feel the burn at a free strength and conditioning class hosted by the City of Boston. The circuit style workout is suitable for all levels. | Saturday, Nov. 12, 8 to 9 a.m. | Harambee Park

🍦 Try the world’s best Black Raspberry ice cream at the Crescent Ridge stall in Boston Public Market. They just won best fruit ice cream at the World Dairy Expo so you know it’s legit.

😂 See John Mulaney and Jimmy Fallon perform at the ‘Comics Come Home 26’ charity fundraiser at TD Garden. Tickets start at $60.50 | Saturday, Nov. 12, 8 p.m.


Pickle ice cream?

Illustration: Katie Cole

With National Pickle Day on the horizon, J.P. Licks chose violence and partnered with Grillo’s Pickles to release a new limited-edition flavor: pickle ice cream. 

The creamy-and-vinegary treat will be available at all J.P. Licks locations starting Monday, Nov. 14 (National Pickle Day) and will last until supplies run out. Can confirm I will not be trying, so let me know how it tastes.

😴 Thanks for reading! My brain has been working overtime from Election coverage, so you can spot me binging The Kardashians this weekend to minimize any real thinking.

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