Im really excited for two things this fall:

My Bestie just reminded me today that the W Boston (100 Stuart St, Boston MA) opens its doors tomorrow October 29, 2009. This means we are headed to the new restaurant  Market. Acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has created a menu of French, Asian and Italian inspired food. All dishes are split into sections of Simply Raw, Fish, Meat and a Market tasting menu. This fusion may intimidate some but I think it will create a new buzz in the foodie world. After this Halloween party weekend, my first stop will be Market.

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 Familiar with the Delano or The Shore Club in Miami? Well The Morgans Hotel Group welcomes a new baby, the Ames Hotel www.ameshotel.com. Right here in Boston. To say that Im excited would be an understatement. Im interested in the ambiance, style, and service that it will have. What will the rooms, lobby, bar/restaurant look like? My first visit will be Woodward (a Seth Greenberg creation)a bar/restaurant, that is described as a modern-day tavern. Opened 7 days a week, it will serve breakfast, lunch and signature dinner items. Not to mention, the Woodward Ale an exclusive brew that will capture the hearts of many. The combination of 7 day a week service, late night dining and exclusive brew, will spell out TROUBLE for some. Anyway, it’s located at 1 Court Street, Boston. I’ll be there, will you?

Cheers

PS- Sorry for my absence but Im back!

Sometimes in relationships, people  get into a routine… routines become comfortable and both parties forget what its like to be romantic. Small surprises turn the romance dial way up and a box of truffles is a perfect surprise.  Buy your significant other, girlfriend/boyfriend, wife/husband, sweetheart…(whatever you want to call them)  truffles on a random Wednesday. Don’t wait till Valentine’s Day to surprise your sweetie with savory truffles.  

Champagne flavored Chocolate Truffles from Teuscher of Switzerland (located 230 Newbury St Boston) are heaven on earth. Priced at $12-$168 depending on the size, it’s whatever you want. Rich and creamy, bite  into one and before you know it, the box will be empty. Im not really a chocolate person but I go out of my way to stop in the store and buy six at a time.

There are Teuscher locations all over the world but we are fortunate to have one in our backyard. So the next time, you want to surprise him/her buy a box of truffles, I guarantee some good romantic lovin.

Friday night was breezy and a bit cold. For anyone who knows me, knows for me to travel to Charlestown to hang out or eat…it must be the best thing since sliced bread. So Friday I turned right on Main street in Charlestown, MA  and walked on some cobblestone …there it was Koullshi Lounge. Sweet smelling aromas filled the air as I walked downstairs. Loud chatter and laughter echo but the atmosphere was laid back and cozy. Rich fabrics, eclectic table stands, Middle-Eastern music, throw pillows distracted me for a bit until I sat down to see the menu.

Double apple and sweet melon mixture was the consensus. If you havent guessed already Koullshi is a Shisha Salon and Cigar Bar. What better way to spend a Friday evening.   As I inhale and exhale the smoke, relaxation comes over my body and my body is swaying to the music. Sipping on my peach margarita, gives me a good balance of relaxation and pleasure.  No dance club or dive bar for me tonight but something different and classy.

As I walked out for the night the bouncer said,  “this lounge is cool, its grown and sexy”  and I couldnt agree more.

my fav bar.

On Congress Street, below Sportello Restuarant. http://www.drinkfortpoint.com/

3 stations with waiters/waitresses open floor plan, chic and modern yet simple. Different from every bar in Boston;  for the night you have a relationship with your bartender. No cocktail or wine menu but your wish to mix, taste and experiment comes true. What do your taste buds want? A waiter/waitress creates each cocktail from scratch.

 I had a taste for something sweet. I was asked “citrus or berry”, i said “berry”. All of these drinks are mixed with fresh fruits and vegetables not processed syrups and juices. Watching  my bartender all night made me realize that there is  an art to creating cocktails and remebering  the ingredients to each patron’s drink.

Drinks average at $10. Try these.

-Mojito- mint, sugar cane… delicious

-Tennessee - if you like whiskey

-Big Red- berry…berry…berry

-Negroni-care for gin? I don’t but try this if you do.

-Sazerac-whiskey, strong, sweet tasting at the end

-Rain- fruity taste mixed with vodka

Cheers to Drink, my new favorite bar!

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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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I told you that I would blog about entertainment in Boston. So here’s something to do this weekend: July 30-August 2 2009. There are plenty of films to choose from, great venues to view the movies and all at a great price.

http://www.roxburyfilmfestival.org/new/

For starters: I absolutely love Mexican food…salsa, guac, cilantro, etc… Ive been to the Cactus Club more times than I can count. One of my besties and I would frequent Cactus Club senior year, high school.  Fast forward years later…I was there this past weekend.

On the corner of Boylston and Hereford St, Cactus Club(939 Boylston St, Boston MA) is vibrant and lively. There are two rooms, the bar and restaurant area which separates patrons but not the noise. This isn’t a bad thing but if you are looking for a quaint romantic place, this is not the place to go. Bring your outside voices and drinking hats. I’ve been to the Cactus Club  after bikram, on a date night, lunch on a summer day and dinner on the patio…noise level is almost if not the same. But its always a good time.

Prices are reasonable: main courses average at $15 and margaritas  average $7. Both food and drink have generous portions.

I usually order a Margarita, there are a ton to choose from. Drink 3-4 Margaritas, sitting down you feel fine but when you stand up, OH BOY….lol. This past weekend I had a Blackberry Margarita; if you enjoy a sweet Margarita, this is something to try.

 Don’t rush to order an appetizer; chips and salsa are served (which are so addictive, I cant stop eating them).  I ordered the fajita with chicken for my main course. Served on a sizzling platter, the chicken includes fresh red and green peppers, onions and corn. To compliment the platter; guacamole, salsa with cilantro, cheese and sour cream are also served. With all of these delicious ingredients; I made my fajita according to my liking. Filling each fajita with so much, it was spilling everywhere…quite hilarious. I only had 2 fajitas, not because I didn’t want more (because I am greedy when it comes to Mexican food) but I was stuffed. No dessert this time around..my stomach couldn’t take anymore. 

Cactus Club is one of my favs in Boston..for the food/drinks and great memories.

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