Video: 3-Year-Old Gives Amazing Tour Highlighting Jamaica Plain!

A young boy (and his mother) made an incredible one-minute video highlighting all of his favorite things about Jamaica Plain -- the restaurants, train stations, barber shop, libraries, bicycles, karate classes -- and more! Holding a toy train to start, Santiago Arroyo begins in front of the Egleston Square mural across from the T and makes his way to the Egleston Community Garden, and then moves on to restaurants by highlighting the original Chilacates, JP Licks (what kid doesn't like ice cream?), Pikalo, and Exodus Bagels. He shouts out all the bicycles to ride, neighborhood libraries and playgrounds, mentions he takes karate classes with his mother and grandmother(!), and talks up the firefighters of Engine 28. Then he really gets into the action -- by getting a trim at Flaco's Barber Shop, and a teeth cleaning at the Brookside Community Health Center. He ends by showcasing JP's T stops.

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Full-Service Chilacates Restaurant Replacing Burger Spot

A third Chilacates restaurant is coming to Jamaica Plain. But the new one is going to be a little different. It will have a full-service restaurant, an expanded menu, and libations. Owner Socrates Abreu told Boston Magazine that he is remaking The Joint burger spot, and changing it to Chilacates Cantina. Abreu opened The Joint (605 Centre St.) last year after taking over for Grassfed.

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Yum! 23rd Annual Taste of Jamaica Plain on Nov. 15

Blue Nile, Chilacates, Café Beirut, FoMu, The Frogmore and Tres Gatos are just some of the participating businesses in the 23rd Annual Taste of Jamaica Plain on Nov. 15. This year's Taste of Jamaica Plain has a new location at Our Lady of Annunciation Church on the West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain border. In recent years the Taste of JP has been held at the Franklin Park Zoo. While the event is moving inside this year, it will still benefit a good neighborhood organization, Ecumenical Social Action Committee (ESAC), its senior home programs and youth opportunity collaborative.

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Calling All Gourmands: New Tour Highlights Jamaica Plain Food

A new tour with a Jamaica Plain foodie focus is making its way through the neighborhood while encompassing history, dessert, beer and delicious food. "We truly believe JP has the freshest, yummiest food in town," said Lizzie Bell, co-owner of Off The Beaten Path Food Tours and Experiences. With her husband Sam Schlussel, the duo launched the tour company, which has featured food tours in Harvard Square, Davis Square and Union Square. They launched their Jamaica Plain tour in March, and it's given on weekends. "Time and again, I found myself visiting Jamaica Plain because there is an incredible food scene here with lots of unique stories and history as well as a strong, neighborly culture that shines through," said Bell.

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Chilacates Second Location Open on Centre Street

Rejoice, Mexican street food fans: Chilacates taqueria opened its second Jamaica Plain location on Centre Street on Saturday night. Owner Socrates Abreu exuberantly handed out menus to passersby peering through the windows of the restaurant at 658 Centre St. Saturday afternoon, Feb. 25, while standing beneath a colorful "Bienvenidos" shingle welcoming diners to his taqueria's newest home. "This is the first place that I really wanted to open [a restaurant]," Abreu told Jamaica Plain News.

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