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Weekend Planner: April 11-13

By Scott Kearnan
April 11, 2014

Friday.  Looking to score some coveted Sox tickets? Stuff your face. Today kicks off a creative promotion between three North End eateries, dubbed the "Triple Play," that rewards diners for sampling the "signature dish" at each establishment. Here's the deal: order two traditional cannoli at Modern Pastry, the three-pound Giambotta pizza from Regina Pizzeria, and the 14-oz lobster roll from Pauli's. Save your receipts, mail them back - and you'll get a pair of tickets to an upcoming Red Sox game. You'll also gain four pounds, but it's a small price to pay. (The promo runs through the summer; more details promised here.)

Sunday. This will probably be the most guacamole you've had in one sitting since Super Bowl Sunday. On Sunday, April 13 at 3 PM, The Painted Burro will host its annual "Guac Off," a somewhat rudely named event that will lay out a spread of guacamole recipes submitted over previous weeks by guests with a lot of confidence in their avocado-smashing skills. The winner, determined by a panel of expert judges and the voting masses, will earn some Burro bucks - and more importantly, see their winning version featured on the restaurant's actual menu. Suggestion: wear something stretchy.

Sunday. Actually, you'll want to leave on those fat pants if you  head to the Lamb Jam, which runs from 3-6 PM at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge. The epic tasting event will bring together meaty tastings from about 20 chefs: including Jamie Bissonnette (Coppa and Toro), pictured, Michael Scelfo (Alden & Harlow), Cassie Piuma (Sarma), Peter Davis (Henrietta's Table) and Daniel Bojorquez of the upcoming La Brasa - so maybe you'll get an early taste test of what that Somerville spot has in store. Also expect suds from a dozen local breweries, butchering demos and more. Tickets ($60) are here.

Sunday. Mad Men fans will be glued to the TV on Sunday night for the season premiere. You might as well welcome the return of Don Draper & Co. in appropriate environs. So first, check out this "50 States" feature that rounds up our favorite Mad Men-style experiences from coast to coast. And take note of two viewing parties worth checking out: on Sunday night the sultry cocktail lounge Noir at the Charles Hotel will host a premiere party, airing the show on a big drop-down screen while guests tipple - and partake in a costume contest. There will also be a fete at Social Restaurant & Bar in Newton, featuring a menu of show-inspired cocktails like Betty's Basil Gimlet (vodka, Kafir lime, agave, lime and basil) and The Dapper Draper Maple Manhattan (Bullet bourbon, maple liquor, and cherry bourbon).

Places Mentioned

Regina Pizzeria

Pizza • North End

Food24 Decor17 Service20 Cost$14
 
 
 
The Painted Burro

Mexican • Somerville

Food20 Decor22 Service19 Cost$31
 
 
 
Toro Restaurant

Spanish • South End

Food28 Decor24 Service23 Cost$43
 
 
 
Sarma Restaurant

Middle Eastern • Somerville

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Alden & Harlow

New American • Cambridge

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Henrietta's Table

New England • Cambridge

Food25 Decor21 Service23 Cost$39
 
 
 
Coppa

Italian • South End

Food28 Decor21 Service24 Cost$40
 
 
 
 
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