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Legal Oysteria hosts Argentinian wines, beyond Malbec

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Legal Sea Foods‘ concept ‘Legal Oysteria,’ tucked into a corner store jetting out toward the Charlestown bridge has welcomed Argentinian wines this season.

Throughout the city of Boston, though, there is a gap between the impressive quality of various wines that hail from Argentina other than Malbec. At many other local bars, the most popular wine would be the Alamos Malbec of Mendoza but not much more than that.

As the location was originally opened in the summer of 2014, the 4,400 square-foot nook features an open kitchen with old-world style brick. According to former reviews, the sixth brand in this chain can host up to almost 140 people in the dining room, 30 at the white marble island bar and then more populous parties in the private dining area.

Inspired by the Head Chef Rich Vellante’s warmth toward Italian osterias, which is authentic Italian spot that features wine and simple food, this Legal Sea Foods’ brainchild attributes small plates such as marinated olives and ricotta fritters as their main dishes. This specific approach in the historic town typically limits their wine selection to those imported from Italy, Spain and Portugal; but promotes assorted regions with rich wine selections.

Along with their sponsored collections, the brand advances their choices to considering wine flights for customers to try.

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“Beyond Malbec” Wine Flight


For the choice labeled as the “Beyond Malbec” wine flight, three wines at two ounces per pour cost $10.75 per flight, which include: Bonarda, Syrah and a Red Blend.

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By Twitter user @Winederlusting

The first was a Zuccardi “Serie A” Bonarda of Mendoza. Out of the three, this may have been the hardest to drink on its own but could still be enjoyable. It was smoky and had a slight taste of tobacco with blackberry hints. It would have been the type of wine that could have been ordered at a cigar lounge where it would have been further enjoyed alongside a vintage puff. However, it could also be paired well with grilled meats and black beans based off of the taste and smokiness.

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The second wine was the Luca Laborde “Double Select” Syrah of Uco Valley. It was fuller bodied and flared with typical red style with black pepper, dark chocolate and then a jammy finish. This would be a great wine to enjoy with beef, wild cheeses and mushrooms.

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By YouTube user Michel Rolland

However, the last wine was the easiest to drink and best on its own. The Clos de los Siete Red Blend, also of Uco Valley, was a blend of Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It went down quickly, felt medium-bodied and was refined with a tight texture. With its bright flavor, it was the type of flavor that you could drink not just with food, but also with just a relaxing atmosphere and good conversation.

The featured wine will last through June 10 at most Legal Sea Foods’ locations.

Portfolio Work

HERstory made: The win for women

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Glacial temperatures, forceful winds and gushing rain did not deter Boston pride that circulated from Hopkinton, MA to Boylston Street at the 122nd Boston Marathon. After debating on backing out of the race to the biting weather conditions, American winner Desiree Linden took the lead after the twenty-second mile and didn’t look back, as she told reporters at the finish line.

The two-time Olympian and Michigan native, Linden, who lost the Marathon in 2011 by a mere two seconds behind a man, crossed the finish line at 12:11 p.m. and became the first American woman in 33 years to win the Boston Marathon.

After 2 hours 39 minutes and 54 seconds,  the elite runner overcame grueling conditions and had captured the very dream of an American woman winning the Boston Marathon again, after a decades-long drought.

As Linden passed by fans on Boylston Street close to the finish line, a woman screamed “I see her!” as 7-year-old “Maddie” of North Andover, MA, who was held by her mother, said, “I could do it too, right?”

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As Linden rounded Coolidge Corner, the announcer told spectators on Boylston Street that her “face of concentration was unmatched.”

“Honestly, at mile 2, 3, 4, I didn’t feel like I was going to make it to the finish line,” Linden told reporters after Marathon officials and Governor Charlie Baker bestowed the gold-dipped crown on her head.

Linden had slowed after the sixth mile to wait for fellow elite and Nike-sponsored runner Shalane Flanagan for a bathroom break and told reporters that she told Flanagan she “might not make it.” According to Linden, it was there that she told Flanagan that she would help her with the rest of the race.

Linden, though, was not the only competitor who speculated on dropping out of the race. This year’s marathon had nearly 3,000 runners drop out prior to the race. Of the 26,948 who did start the race, 1,202 did not finish, according to the Boston Athletic Association (BAA).

Five of the six first-place runners were women in this year’s Boston Marathon.

With start-line temperatures in the high 30s the day of the Marathon, numerous elite athletes dropped out, unknown runners such as No. 2 and full-time nurse from Arizona Sarah Sellers, and the finishing times were the slowest of 40 years. Linden had told reporters at the finish line that she didn’t feel “her best” at the beginning of the race, and later told ESPN in an interview that she “found another gear” to fulfill her long-awaited goal of winning a major marathon after an already close call seven years prior.

Winning for America
Desiree Linden after she was named the first place winner of the 2018 Boston Marathon.

According to Linden, she felt “heavy legs” throughout the first few miles, tightness in her arches and her hands failed to catch the hydration bottles where she would spill water out of her hands and onto the front of her jacket which would make her colder. In addition, the racing began earlier than she expected, as she told an ESPN reporter.

“I thought everyone was just going to slog together for a really long time,” said Linden.

Chris Fama of WBZ described Linden as “Emerging through the fog, like a ship off of Cape Cod as she makes her way to the finish” in his report that day.

Helping hand

Fellow woman marathoner Flanagan had completed the Marathon in sixth place after being named one of the top contenders of the Marathon with predictions of her placing first. Prior to the race, Flanagan had announced that this would be her last Boston Marathon and wanted her last, as a Massachusetts native, to “be memorable.” After clinching seventh and undesirable weather conditions, the four-time Olympian told Runner’s World this week that she isn’t changing her mind.

“I don’t know what’s next, but for sure I think this was my last Boston Marathon,” said Flanagan in an interview this week with Runner’s World. “I think that’s it. This course is really hard. The conditions are really hard. And I’m not averse to hard things, but I think I’m good with Boston. I think that was it.”

Flanagan said that she would likely run another marathon, though, not Boston, even though she was “unsatisfied” with her own performance.

Twitter prophecy

However, Linden waiting for Flanagan during the sixth mile was not the first display of support these women marathoners had shown each other. After Flanagan won the New York City Marathon in November, she had earned both her first major marathon win and the first win for an American woman in that NYC race since 1977. Linden had tweeted: “In tears. Thank you @ShalaneFlanagan for giving us something to believe in. Congratulations!”

Flanagan’s response to Linden: “Now it’s your turn.”

Political & Media Commentary

The Pay Gap: From higher ed to doctors, it’s a problem

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After the near shock of now President Donald Trump scoring the Oval Office where the former businessman defeated qualified and experienced Hillary Clinton, women across the nation have run for political office more than ever before. For the 2018 midterm elections, 493 women are running for Congress- an unprecedented number for both sides of the aisle.

But the question stands: if they win, will they earn just as much as their male counterparts?

For some, Clinton’s defeat in the 2016 election indicated to them that despite the achievements of successfully voting in more women in the United States’ Senate, women could remain political “outsiders.”

During former President Barack Obama’s administration, he looked to help address the gap between white men and nearly everyone else where companies would be required to report how much they paid people as well as their race and sex.

This regulation was reversed by the Trump administration.

Even the Queen earns less

In Hollywood, two producers of the Netflix series “The Crown” exposed that Matt Smith, also known as ‘Prince Philip,’ made more than Claire Foy, known for her role as ‘Queen Elizabeth II’ throughout the first two seasons of the show.

Left Bank Creative Director Suzanne Mackie told Variety this past week: “Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen.”

But, as Foy will not play the part of the Queen in the upcoming seasons, that doesn’t help her.

For women across the nation, though, this type of headline is nothing new. Each year in early November marks the highlight of gender inequality as women begin to work for free. This flag should serve as a blunt representation of how women in the workforce are nearly treated as slaves.

Those who defend the status quo say there is one matter that could apply to women’s labor as part of a larger economic factor, such as the case of maternity leave.

For too long have some cried out for equal pay for equal work, and it truly does not sound unreasonable. Yet, those who defend the status quo say there is one matter that could apply to women’s labor as part of a larger economic factor, such as the case of maternity leave.

In nearly every industry there has been an issue of a pay gap, including higher education, in hospitals, in newsrooms, among other workplaces.

Go to college to earn a good living, they said

Administrative roles in higher education remain a “man’s world” in terms of positions and pay.

According to a recent report, less than 30 percent of top executives are women.

These women administrators now earn 80 cents to the man’s dollar, according to the study. This has only narrowed by a mere three cents since 2001, when women earned 77 cents on the man’s dollar, according to Inside Higher Ed.

For example, Suffolk University in Boston, which prides itself in celebrating diversity by consistently admitting a large international student population and appointing its second female president recently, also falls behind on appointing female executives.

According to the university’s 2016 990 form, the institution has six women on their list of highest compensated employees in comparison to the 13 men on that same list– the men overpowering the women in numbers by more than double.

Just down the green line on the MBTA stands Boston University, another school that hits the national charts for “Most International Student Population.” However, according to their 2016 990 form, the institution has three women on their list of highest compensated employees in comparison to the 10 men.

Behind the numbers

The gap can’t be boiled down to a neat and exact dollar and cents figure as it varies dramatically by job role and race, according to a new study from SmartAsset, which has aimed to clarify the gap and where it’s prevalent. The analytics company looked at data on earnings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to show which occupations had the largest and smallest gender pay gaps throughout the nation.

Throughout the findings, roles in the finance industry, which is seemingly male-dominated, present the largest pay gaps.

Female financial advisors make an average of 55% what their male counterparts do.

The report was clear: “Female financial advisors make an average of 55 [percent] what their male counterparts earn.”

Take my blood pressure

For female doctors, who have endured medical school and have withstood the same amount of years of rigorous training as their male counterparts in the United States, are earning 28 percent less than the male doctors in these same hospitals.

Women vs. Men Doctors

This gap makes up an average of $105,000 less per year. And the gap for these doctors is only growing wider, according to the results of a survey on the social networking platform for healthcare professionals Doximity.

According to multiple news reports, this already dramatic gap is set to widen for years to come.

Fair reporters receive less than fair equality 

In newsrooms across the United Kingdom who have recently published series on their own gender pay gaps, the difference is stark.

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For example, Guardian News & Media, there was a reported 11.3 percent pay gap between men and women. In a recent report, The Guardian published that 65 percent of their highest paid workers are men and 57 percent of their lowest paid are women. This pay gap is also similar to BBC, where women earn 10.7 percent less than their male counterparts. ITN in Wales reports a 19.6 percent gap.

What’s next for the women of America?

For many, there seems to be no progress in sight with a Trump administration in office. However, with the amount of women running for Congress this year, closing the gap could be on the horizon of policy.

See my next post on the pay gap and how it impacts young women today.

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