BDCWire Staff

Alexa DiBenedetto Correspondent

Alexa Di Benedetto is a correspondent for Boston.com's AE section and a student at Northeastern University. She spends most of her time writing, eating, or writing about eating. Her favorite past times include fantasizing about exotic vacations, naps, and wine. She's more productive than she sounds. Sort of.

Stories by Alexa DiBenedetto

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Just another number? Going on a date with the guy behind One Hundred Dates
Dating

Evan Barden didn’t go on his first real date until he was 25. Sure, he’d spent a year in a relationship, but playing the dating game? It was time to try it. He wasn’t looking for romance. He simply enjoyed experiencing new people, finding people with whom he had a mutual attraction. But he felt that dating wasn’t what it should be — fun. And that’s how the Winchester native became a dating expert. More

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Hate the US Olympic outfits? A history of bad Olympic fashion
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The US Olympic team’s new gear, designed by Ralph Lauren, has received quite the variety of reactions. While some consider the outfitting classic and patriotic, others call it gaudy. John Doyle, a television columnist at The Globe and Mail in Toronto, calls it “eye-poppingly awful.” The sweater and turtleneck combo might be a little too reminiscent of the Polo ads you’d find at your local Macy’s, but they aren’t terrible. Not when you compare them to some of the unbelievably bad Olympic get-ups from years past. Here’s a look at the most befuddling and odd team uniforms. More

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Wanna be bad? Sinful comfort foods for Boston’s cold weather
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Whether you think of snow-covered Boston as a winter wonderland or frozen hellscape, there’s one thing to look forward to about these dreary, cold days: throwing that summer diet out the window and eating warm, melty, sugary food like it’s your job. It’s time to bust out your stretchiest pants and anticipate a mixture of guilt and triumph. Here are Boston’s most indulgent and decadent comfort foods, from savory to sweet. More

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6 fashionable looks for ladies to survive winter in style
BDCWire

Ladies of Boston, you’re familiar with the winter struggle: One day it’s warm and then, seemingly out of nowhere, the cold hits you like a hard slap in the face (this week is a bitter reminder). Dressing yourself becomes a dreary task — your Ugg boots are tempting and you begin to ponder the social repercussions of wearing your onesie in public. Faced with these conditions, your interest in dressing well often conflicts with your disinterest in hypothermia. In years past, I’ve opted for coats so big that they swallow me whole or the waddle-inducing “tights under leggings under pants” scenario, neither of which are very fashion conscious. This year, I’m determined to use the season’s trends to my advantage. Here’s how to survive and stay warm during a Boston winter while standing out. 
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Fixing Boston’s egregious fall fashion faux pas
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Boston has long been ridiculed as a poorly-dressed city. GQ went as far as calling Boston “America’s Bad-Taste Storm Sewer,” where “all the worst fashion ideas from across the country flow, stagnate, and putrefy.” Whoa. We do have our dignity. Still, there’s no denying that Boston could use some help in the style department. Here are some common fashion faux-pas seen on the street and ways to solve them. Let’s repair that schlubby reputation. More

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Boston-area brunches for hangovers, hot sauce, day-drinking
Social planning

Brunch is where it’s at. When else is it acceptable to sleep in until noon, show up in your PJs, eat fries with your eggs, and recount the previous night’s adventures (or misadventures) – all while getting your drink on? Luckily for us, Greater Boston features some top-notch brunches for whatever you’re craving. Even anti-brunchers will find these hard to resist – just think of it as a really spectacular late breakfast. Because, uh, that’s what it is. More