Over The Counter Culture

4 Reasons You’ll Love “Boston by Brittany” if You Hate Everything Else

 By: Jamie Iannace

Hailing from an era of digital transience, I’ve experienced firsthand the big bang of the blogosphere. Both a heaven and hell for writers, blogs have revolutionized the way we view the art of writing. On one hand, writers have an unprecedented ability to get their work out into the world. On the other, their work could downright suck and they just uploaded it for everyone on the Internet to endure. For these bloggers, their eternal salvation is the lack of blog reviews, a.k.a lazy people on the Internet who don’t care enough to tell writers to stop publishing bad writing. And I just can’t take any more unprofessionally designed blogs describing how to properly fertilize soil with a flower as the cursor.

Once blog publishing servers like Blogspot caught on, the Internet suddenly became everyone’s personal place to complain or display pictures of their weight loss on a daily basis, To these bloggers, your personal journey to psychological nirvana is great, but I, along with most other people, just really don’t care. Brittany Fischer understands this. Her lifestyle blog is beautiful and easily navigable, making the whole experience for the reader as lovely as possible. Her points are concise and hilarious, a truly refreshing take on the art of reviewing. The entire aesthetic deserves five stars.

____________________________________________________________________________ #4. She’s Sassy

I don’t know how many blogs I’ve read that are written with a timid, indiscernible voice. But fear not, dear readers, Brittany Fischer is all voice, all the time. She’s not afraid to call a girl out for not knowing anything about the Patriots, yet sporting all their gear in a local Boston bar. In fact, that’s what makes her blog great. You actually feel slightly uncomfortable reading her posts, wondering “…is she talking about me here? Yep, that’s definitely me.” But that’s exactly why you should keep reading.

Fischer doesn’t appear to censor herself at all. Consequently, her audience needs to be able to take a joke, because this blog is created for fellow cynics and she’s not going to be PC just to accommodate you. This is not a blog for middle-aged conservative mothers. It’s a blog that tells it how it is, good or bad

____________________________________________________________________________  #3. She Hates Exercise (almost as much as you do)

Brittany Fischer doesn’t pretend that she enjoys working out every day. In fact, she complains about it in most of her posts regarding exercise and fitness. Because, let’s be real, almost no one actually likes going to the gym. By complaining about exercising, Brittany positions herself as highly identifiable. She doesn’t emit the “holier than thou” persona that accompanies most fitness blogs, but rather displays an ideology that many more follow: “If you don’t go, you’ll get fat”. In her posts, she provides alternative ways to work out, such as getting involved in Boston’s November Project or going to Hip-Hop Yoga.

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The November Project: 1,147 steps of hell

Instead of merely telling the reader to stop being lazy, she puts exercise in a perspective that the younger generations can understand. She prompts the question of if we’d rather wake up hung over from a night at the bar, having eaten more than we can remember, or if we’d rather forgo the reckless weekend nights and actually get to our morning workouts and achieve a body of the Gods. Point made, Fischer, point made.

____________________________________________________________________________ #2. Drinking. She Does It Right.

Maybe it’s a reflex from being in college, but whenever alcohol is mentioned, I tend to roll my eyes and stop listening. Luckily, so does Fischer. She asserts “for the youngins, the definition of paradise is likely a venue wherein one can scream, ‘OH MY GOD I’M SO DRUNK’ and be considered ‘cool’ for it.” She’s right, of course. But she’s not exactly condescending about it either. This is one of those times that the reader needs to be able to laugh at himself or herself.

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“I’ve had three very sexy-looking martinis in my lifetime, and each of them took me at least two hours to finish. I now call them Mount Everests.”

Fischer fleshes out new Boston hotspots that cater to your every need, whether it be a decent sports bar or a swanky winery in up-and-coming locations. She even reviews a place that gives you the option to paint and drink at the same time. What more could you possibly want?

____________________________________________________________________________ #1. She Likes Eating (exactly as much as you do)

“The six-layer lemon cake is…absolutely necessary to consume.” Truer words have never been spoken. If lemon cake had been around in the time of Aristotle, he probably would have abandoned the Greatest Happiness theory and written about lemon cake. Fischer describes her experiences with local restaurants, giving the reader an in-depth analysis of décor, alcohol selection, and food. She keeps the review moving with witty quips pleading certain restaurants to try putting sauce on anything at all. She details the atmosphere and the typical demographic of the venue, explaining which places to avoid during Red Sox games and where to go to evade the dreaded undergrad crowd.

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“Call me judgmental, but if you subscribe to the belief that food is ‘just fuel’ then I subscribe to the belief that you are a douchebag.”

What I found most refreshing about Fischer is that she takes a very pointed stance in all of her reviews. All too often I read reviews and I’m left still unsure of how I feel about the subject. Fischer literally hurls her opinion at you, whether you want her to or not. But it’s her “in your face” attitude that makes her blogging special. She’s self-effacing, often times rant-y and always sarcastic, which makes her a perfect match for the Blogosphere. She’s a survivor in a sea of sinking blogs.

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This entry was published on April 18, 2013 at 11:16 pm. It’s filed under Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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