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Penang Restaurant is located on 685 Washington St, Boston MA  http://www.penangusa.com/index.html-in the heart of Chinatown. Its specialty is Malaysian cuisine. Malaysian cuisine is spicy, distinctiveand well-seasoned. Many dishes are prepared with curry,flavorful sauces,seafood and fruits: scallops, squid, shrimp, pineapple and mango.

Penang’s bamboo exterior stands out from the rest of the neighborhood. The bamboo theme is the same for the interior. As a diner walking in, I felt curious and adventurous. I was ready to try something new.

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The menu is broken down into appetizers, noodles, casserole, soup, rice, chicken, pork, seafood and not to mention specialties. Yes, there is so much to choose from.

Try:

Appetizer: Home Made Roti Canai (Indian Pancake)- for those who enjoy Indian or Trinidadian food , you must try this. To say its “good” is an understatement. I would’ve been satisfied with just this.

Main Course:

CHOW KUEH TEOW- Noodles with shrimp, bean sprouts and egg. This is a good side dish, not spicy and the noodles are filling.    

Crispy Golden Fried Squid- Squid mixed with hot sauce, peppers and onions. This is a famous dish and a must try.

Mango Shrimp- Shrimp with sweet and sour sauce, mango slices in a mango shell. This dish was refreshing and tasty. (I’m getting hungry thinking about it)  

Drink: Malaysian Ice Tea or Ice Coffee. Sweet drinks and great for summertime.

Price is on par with other Asian cuisines such as Thai and Japanese. A little more expensive than the other restaurants in the area but it brings something else to the table-Malaysian food. love it

P.S- Penang has a locations in Philly and Upper West Side, NYC.

 

 

Cheers

Looking for a classy bar? What about an after work spot? A place to go with your girls? Want to grab a drink with your significant other?  Cuffs  is located in The Back  Bay Hotel (formally known as Jury’s, I like that name better). 

Ive been to Cuffs on many occasions..birthday celebration, after work fun, grabbing drinks with my boyfriend. Last Friday, one of best friends and I went for a drink before the club. Stylish and contemporary, located int he middle of the city you can stop by quickly or stay all night. A patio and open floor plan allows people to move around and enjoy conversation and music.

There is a cocktail, wine and food menu. Prices start at about $8 and go on up. Cocktails average at $14. 

Try these

Cocktails: grapefruit vodka, grapefruit juice and berry. I believe it was called Grapeberry

Wine: There isn’t a large selection but if you like Pinot Grigio-try it here

Food- Mini Burger Sliders ( I only eat burgers at cookouts) But this burger is exceptional and worth it.

Cheers 

We can all agree that last Saturday was very hot and sticky. I’m not complaining because summer has been nonexistent this year. On hot and sunny days (like Saturday), I enjoy walking around the Newbury/Boylston street area. Sometimes I get in trouble with shopping but this time I was really good. 

 Newbury Street  is popular for shopping …Valentino, Burberry, Urban Outfitters, Zara ( i know its a recession) Newbury Street is also popular for eating…Capital Grille, Cafeteria, Tapeo, Charley’s

The most popular establishment on Newbury Street:  Stephanie’s on Newbury. On Saturday, I took the time out to visit Stephanie’s again..OK I was hungry and didn’t feel like thinking too hard about what restaurant I would try or how far was the walk to so and so restaurant.

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Stephanie’s reminds me of a restaurant in the South of France…not because of the food (its American) but the patio is specifically for people to sit down and “people-watch” and in return people “watch those sitting on the patio”. At times, its quite funny watching people take themselves so seriously.

Lunch or Dinner, Stephanie’s has a diverse menu. On Saturday I had dinner inside the restaurant. Walked in, the host was friendly and immediately sat us at a table that was private and comfortable. The waiter was accommodating and attentive to our needs.

For an appetizer we ordered, spinach and artichoke dip with pita chips. Too many bread crumbs and large chunks of artichoke; not prepared well at all. For$15.95, I would’ve skipped the dip and chose something different. 

For the main course we chose lobster quesadillas and sea bass with risotto topped with grilled pineapple. The lobster quesadilla was average, pretty plain in seasoning but there was a large amount of lobster. But the sea bass with risotto was out of this world. WOW ! The sea bass was fresh, it melted in my mouth. It was seasoned well and the pinapple complimented the bass. The risotto was perfect, it had pineapple as well. I ate the entire dish. To sum it up, its been a while since I’ve had a superb seafood dish and this dish was indeed superb. Thank you Stephanie’s.

 No dessert, I was too full to even think about it. In fact when I walked out the restaurant, I felt like I was wobbling not walking…lol

 Great customer service mixed with an impressive seafood dish reiterates why I enjoy Stephanie’s and will continue to dine there for years to come.

Cheers.

Trying to find a parking spot by 361 Boylston st  is almost impossible. Traffic clogs the street at all times of the day and night and for some reason there is always construction going on in the vicinity. For those who know me well,  I get very frustrated and irritated when swerving around non-drivers, looking for parking spots and getting quarters for the meter to avoid city tickets. So for me to go through all of that, Parish Cafe and Bar must be a slam dunk.  

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There is always a wait to get a table at Parish Cafe, this is the only bummer. Grab a beer, relax and WAIT. Once seated the cafe/bar is packed with people, loud, and at times you can’t even hear yourself think. Not a bad time, after all it is a cafe/bar.

The concept of the menu is so cool and it changes pretty often. Restaurant Chefs from various places including Flash’s Cocktails, Tremont 647, and L’Espalier create specialty sandwiches/main courses for Parish specifically. So looking at the menu, underneath some course offerings there are the names of the Chefs and Restaurants. I never get tired of the menu. Needless to say, when looking at the menu there is a high expectation of the food.    

I’ve had the: Regal Regis, Sean’s Meatloaf Club, The Blue Ginger

All sandwiches are EXCELLENT!  The portion is way more than I can handle and I may be small and skinny but I CAN EAT. I can almost guarantee you won’t finish the sandwich either. My favorite is the Sean’s Meatloaf Club. Im not a meatloaf lover but I’m in love with this sandwich. The chipotle mayo and chipotle meatloaf are a great match and the side of mashed potatoes and gravy make the sandwich all the better. (I’m getting hungry thinking about it)

$12-$15 for sandwiches and main courses, you definitely get your money’s worth!

Hand’s Down: Best Sandwiches in the City. I sound like an advertisement…but go to Parish Cafe and Bar, you will thank me.

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