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Enjoying winter in Boston has never been easier as hotels, restaurants and others divert attention from cold, inclement weather with warm up cocktails, tasty treats and more. The week ahead brings a Monday holiday, Martin Luther King Day, and the Museum of Fine Arts offers free admission, special programs and activities for the whole family. At Faneuil Hall, there's a program paying tribute to Dr. King with readings from his works and music, starting at 1 p.m.

The Aquitaine Group will serve a prix fixe Monday/MLK Day Brunch all day for just $9.95, starting off the holiday with your favorite brunch items.

At Coda Boston, new Executive Chef Kyle Stamps launches a monthly tribute to an old neighborhood gathering place, Tim's Tavern Tuesdays on the last Tuesday of each month with a special menu inspired by that longtime neighborhood favorite as it transforms into an "old-school diner" with Motown, soul and funk from that period. Separately, Ken Oringer's Clio in the Back Bay will welcome New York's Gramercy Tavern Chef Michael Anthony on January 29 to celebrate The Gramercy Cookbook from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. for $135 per person, The event includes a seven-course meal and signed copy of the book, exclusive of tax, gratuity and beverages,

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel presents comforting cuisine as guests cozy up to the fireplace at Asana 's Lobby Lounge with sizzling skewers, or sip seasonal cocktails in M Bar & Lounge. The hotel offers its first 2014 Pop-Up, Yakitori at MO, Jan. 27 through Feb. 21 with bite-size grilled meats on bamboo skewers and a Ponzu dipping sauce, and a sesame seaweed salad. Specialty skewers of chicken, shrimp, chicken and pork and seasonal grilled veggies round out the menu.

The pop-up is available from noon to 1:30 and late night at M Bar from 9 until midnight.

Separately, Asana's 5-course Winter Tasting is available showcasing fresh seasonal items such as Yellowtail Crudo served with grapefruit, scallions and Darjeeling tea; Ameraucana Hen Egg with wild mushrooms, soft polenta and prosciutto; and Pan Roasted Rib-Eye with oxtail, potatoes, Swiss chard and shallots. The Winter Tasting Menu is available for $90 per person or $115 per person with wine pairings.



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