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From a Red Sox Fan Cruise to non-messy putty

Red Sox cruise.

Red Sox cruise.


Escape next winter and hang out with former Boston Red Sox players and WEEI announcer Joe Castiglione in the Western Caribbean in January. Celebrity Cruises just announced a new partnership with the Sox, meaning you have a chance to win a vacation getaway at home games, get $200 off a Celebrity cruise that’s seven nights or longer, and score other giveaways. Or sign up for the seven-night 2014 Red Sox Fan Cruise on the Celebrity Silhouette, which departs Fort Lauderdale Jan. 12. Spend time with Keith Foulke and other former players on Celebrity’s private Haiti resort, and at the Lawn Club on the ship’s top deck. 855-222-7832,



A new food truck has hit Boston’s street scene, serving up a rotating lineup of Italian flatbreads, called piadini, from traditional to wildly creative offerings: Try the house-smoked Cape Cod bluefish with pickled onions and parsley or the braised grass-fed beef short rib and horseradish aioli. The menu also features pastries, hot dogs, and other selections that showcase local, seasonal ingredients. Chef Michael Leviton, whose first restaurant was the award-winning Lumière in Newton, created the A4 Truck and its mouthwatering menu. The truck offers breakfast and lunch, and makes stops at Dewey Square, Park Plaza, Rowe’s Wharf, Chinatown Park, the Boston Public Library, and the SoWa Open Market. 617-758-4444,



Children can savor comfort foods with a little twist and other creative healthy options at JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts nationwide. A new interactive menu, created by nutrition specialist Keri Glassman, is divided into three sections: Kids Nosh includes small snacks like carrot sticks and cucumbers with low-fat yogurt ranch dip; Big Kids offers turkey meatballs, grilled organic chicken, and other “mini adult” offerings; and This, That & the Other lists smaller servings that kids can mix and match to create their own meal, such as “fearless franks,” sweet potato fries, and organic apple sauce. Each children’s meal comes with an activity book, crayons, and a reusable cup. Price for any meal: $8. 800-228-9290,


Frank Lloyd Wright spent the first 20 years of his career in Chicago, where he remodeled The Rookery Light Court, an expansive atrium in one of the city’s early skyscrapers, and created prairie-style landmarks such as Unity Temple in Oak Park. See these and other famous structures and sites during the new Wright Around Chicago bus tour, which runs Wednesdays, June 12- Aug. 28. Tour the architect’s home and studio, and see his masterpiece, the Frederick C. Robie House in Hyde Park. Then enjoy a gourmet box lunch on the house’s terraces, which are not typically open to the public. Tour $125 (Preservation Trust members) to $150. 312-994-4000,


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Head to the Jersey Shore for a tropical escape beginning Memorial Day weekend, when Atlantic City’s new Margaritaville complex opens. Resorts Casino Hotel will unveil a 5 O’Clock Somewhere bar, a Margaritaville restaurant with nightly entertainment, a tiki bar, and a giant blender at the entrance, and the LandShark Bar and Grill, which will be the only year-round full-service bar and restaurant on the sand side of the Boardwalk. Grab a Cheeseburger in Paradise from the Margaritaville restaurant and then hit the 12 Margaritaville-themed table games and 160 slot machines. Or just hang out at the LandShark, where the retractable walls give you unobstructed ocean views. 800-772-9000,


If you’re a typical consumer, you have about four credit cards in your wallet, each likely offering a cash back, points, travel, or other reward for the purchases you make. A new mobile app, called Wallaby, helps you decide which of those cards to use whether you are buying flights, groceries, a rental car, or vacation souvenirs anywhere in the United States. Using geo-location technology, the free app “sees” where you are shopping, analyzes your rewards programs, and tells you which card to use for that particular purchase, so you can maximize your benefits. Available for Apple and Android users. 626-600-2604,


What is colorful, odorless, nontoxic, and able to provide hours of fun? Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty. This nongooey, nonsticky silicone putty has kept our 3-year-old entertained on many car and plane rides, and doesn’t get as messy as you would expect. Each metal tin comes with 1/5 pound (3.2 ounces) of putty that can be stretched, shaped, and molded into creatures and other creations. The putty comes in more than 35 colors and effects, from metallic and glow-in-the-dark to magnetic. The best part: It doesn’t dry out. $9-$14.95, or, no kidding, $250 for 24-karat gold. 866-578-2845,


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