Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Fleur Irisée's Tweets (March 2010)

 
March 2010
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YTD TweetsMarch 2009

    Radius Restaurant & Bar Review

    Radius
    My Opinions: I came by just for an after-work drink and the bar was packed with a nice mix of professionals ... the warm weather will only enhance the experience. I'm definitely going back - A Boston-Classic in the Financial District, and one of my favorite restaurants to dine at - Service is impeccable with Food Quality and Flavors to match - I like the sexy room layout and simple/clean decor - I'm a big fan of Via Matta as well, a member of Michael Schlow's group of restaurants.

    Some Food/Drink Tasted: Maine Crab Salad – Sweetbreads – Foie Gras – Chilled Maine Lobster – Bass – Organic Chicken – Rib Eye

    Patronage Inclination: Frequent

    Most Recent Visit: 3/31/2010
    Amount Visited: 50+
    Experiences: Dinner, Bar

    Address: 8 High Street, Boston, MA 02110
    Website: http://www.radiusrestaurant.com  Phone: (617) 426-1234
    Social Networking:  Facebook /Radius Restaurant Group

    Older Radius PostsNovember 2009

    Morton's Restaurant & Bar Review

    Morton's
    My Opinions: I really enjoyed my time at the bar tonight ... and there were definitely more guys than girls here (ladies get in there!) - The bartenders were very nice and attentive - They have a nice wine list with the appropriate stemware (more restaurants with a notable wine list should follow this lead as it enhances the wine's flavors)

    Some Food/Drink Tasted: Lobster Cocktail - Sliced Beefsteak Tomato - New York Strip Steak - Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes - Chicago Style Bone-In Ribeye Steak - Jumbo Asparagus - Macaroni & Cheese

    Patronage Inclination: Frequent

    Most Recent Visit: 3/31/2010
    Amount Visited: 5+
    Experiences: Dinner, Bar

    Address: 2 Seaport Lane, Boston, MA 02210 (multiple locations)
    Website: http://www.mortons.com  Phone: (617) 526-0410
    Social Networking:  Twitter @Mortons  -  Facebook /Mortons

    Older Morton's PostsJanuary 2010

    Tuesday, March 30, 2010

    Caliterra Restaurant & Bar Review

    Caliterra Bar & Grille at the Hilton
    My Opinions: I had another great evening here and was thrilled to discover that they've started offering some bar bites (great cheese fries), and I finally tried the Cookies & Ice Cream desert (loved it) - It's a great place to come to as a single diner/drinker - The staff is great, especially Dragon & Elena the bartenders! - I haven't gotten a chance to enjoy the buffet breakfast that they serve every morning (yet)

    Some Food/Drink Tasted: Sliders - Cheese Fries - Spinach Tortellini Pasta - Chicken lettuce Wraps – Wild Mushroom Pizza – Pepperoni Pizza – Heirloom Tomato Salad – Filet Mignon Sandwich – Chicken Panini – Turkey Panini - Cookies & Ice Cream

    Most Recent Visit: 3/29/2010
    Amount Visited: 30+
    Experiences: Dinner, Bar

    Patronage Inclination: Occasion

    Address: 89 Broad Street, Boston, MA 02110
    Website: http://www.caliterrarestaurant.com  Phone: (617) 348-1234
    Social Networking: Twitter @CaliterraBoston 

    Older Caliterra PostsFebruary 2010 - September 2009

    Monday, March 29, 2010

    Restaurants & Bars to Avoid


    Restaurants & Bars to Avoid
    (my opinions as of March 2010)
    ... View Places to Enjoy!

    BOSTON & SURROUNDING
    DENVER & SURROUNDING
    Nothing to "avoid" yet

    LAS VEGAS
    Nothing to "avoid" yet

    MIAMI & SURROUNDING
    Nothing to "avoid" yet

    NEW YORK CITY

    Restaurants & Bars to Enjoy

    Restaurants & Bars to Enjoy
    (my opinions as of March 2010)
    ... view Places to Avoid!

    BOSTON & SURROUNDING
    DENVER & SURROUNDING
    LAS VEGAS
    MIAMI & SURROUNDING
    NEW YORK CITY

    Sunday, March 28, 2010

    Granite Links - (Updated) Golfing Days 2009

    I thought my golfing list seemed a bit light in my Golfing Days 2009 blog post - I left out Granite Links in early August!  This was one of the toughest courses I've played, but also one of the nicest in the Boston-Area. The courses were well-maintained and offered fantastic views.
    The first 9 of Granite Links Golf Club opened for play in 2003, and the second 9 opened in summer 2004, and I don't quite know when the final 9 opened, but they were available when I was playing. The rough is really dense. I believe I lost over 5 balls on this course (quite a lot for me!) ... if you find some Black Dogs those are mine!

    So, I actually played golf 19 times at 17 different courses in 2009.  My 2010 goal is still to play at least 25 rounds at over 20 different clubs!

    Here's my revised list with some extra fun facts.  You can assume that golf carts are available at all of the places I've played, because we all know that I am not walking the course!
    • 11/09/2009 - HICKORY HILL GOLF COURSE - 200 N Lowell Street, Methuen, MA 01844-1847 - (978) 686-0822 www.golfhickoryhill.com (Manny Francis Design)
      • 18-Holes - Public Course - 3 Sets of Tee Boxes - Driving Range Available
    • 10/20/2009 - HILLVIEW GOLF COURSE - 149 North Street, North Reading, MA 01864 - (978) 664-4435 www.hillviewgc.com
      • 18-Holes - Public Course - 3 Sets of Tee Boxes - Driving Range Available
    • 9/22/2009 - TIBURON GOLF CLUB - Ritz-Carlton Resort, 2620 Tiburon Drive, Naples, FL 34109 - (239) 594-2040 www.tiburongcnaples.com (Built in 1998; Greg Norman Design)
      •  27-Holes - Resort; Semi-Private Course - 3 Sets of Tee Boxes
    • 9/19/2009 - OLD CORKSCREW GOLF CLUB - 17320 Corkscrew Road, Estero, FL 33928 - (239) 949-4700 www.oldcorkscrew.com (Jack Nickalus Signature Design)
      •  18-Holes - Private Course - 4 Sets of Tee Boxes
    • 9/07/2009 - BRAINTREE GOLF, MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE - 101 Jefferson Street, Braintree, MA 02148 - (781) 843-6513 www.braintreegolf.com (Built in 1945; Sam Mitchell designed eleven new holes & redesigned the others in the 1960's)
      •  18-Holes - Public Course - 3 Sets of Tee Boxes
    • 8/30/2009 - NEWTON COMMONWEALTH GOLF COURSE - 212 Kenrick Street, Newton, MA‎ - (617) 630-1971 www.sterlinggolf.com (Donald Ross Redesign in 1920)
      • 18-Holes - Public Course (season tickets available) - 3 Sets of Tee Boxes
    • 8/22/2009 - HYANNIS GOLF COURSE - Rte 132, Hyannis, MA 02601 - (508) 362-2606 www.hyannisgc.com (Built in 1972 & Geoffrey Cornish & Bill Robinson Design)
      • 18-Holes - Public Course (memberships available) - 3 Sets of Tee Boxes - Driving Range Available - Open Year Round
    • 8/16/2009 - BUTTER BROOK GOLF CLUB - 157 Carlisle Road, Westford, MA 01886 - (978) 692-6560 www.butterbrookgc.com (Cornish, Silva & Mungeam Course Architect in 2003)
      • 18-Holes - Semi-Private Course - 4 Sets of Tee Boxes - Driving Range Available
    • 8/11/2009 - WILLIAM J. DEVINE GOLF COURSE at FRANKLIN PARK - 1 Circuit Drive, Dorchester, MA 02121 - (617) 265-4084 www.cityofbostongolf.com (Donald J. Ross Design)
      • 18-Holes - Public Course - 4 Sets of Tee Boxes
    • 8/03/2009 - GRANITE LINKS GOLF CLUB at QUARRY HILLS - 100 Quarry Hills Drive, Quincy, MA 02169 - (617) 689-1900 http://www.granitelinksgolfclub.com (Built between 2003 and 2004; John Sanford Design)
      • 27-Holes - Semi-Private Course - 4 Sets of Tee Boxes - Driving Range Available (night option)
    • 7/26/2009 - PINE MEADOWS GOLF CLUB - 255 Cedar Street - Lexington, MA 02421 - (781) 862-5516 www.pinemeadowsgolfclub.com
      • 9-Holes - Public Course - 2 Sets of Tee Boxes
    • 7/25/2009 - NEWTON COMMONWEALTH GOLF COURSE - 212 Kenrick Street, Newton, MA‎ - (617) 630-1971 www.sterlinggolf.com (Donald Ross Redesign in 1920)
      • 18-Holes - Public Course (season tickets available) - 3 Sets of Tee Boxes
    • 7/19/2009 - BROOKMEADOW GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB - 100 Everendon Road, Canton, MA 02021 - (781)-828-4444 www.brookmeadowgolf.com (Built in 1967 & Frank Simoni Design)
      • 18-Holes - Public Course - 3 Sets of Tee Boxes
    • 7/12/2009 - LAUREL LANE COUNTRY CLUB - 309 Laurel Lane, West Kingston, RI 02892 - (401) 783-3844 www.laurellanecountryclub.com (Built in 1961)
      • 18-Holes - Public Course (memberships available) - 3 Sets of Tee Boxes  - Driving Range Available
    • 7/6/2009 - VAIL GOLF CLUB - 1778 Vail Valley Drive, Vail, CO 81657 - (970) 479-2260 www.vailgolfclub.net (Ben Krueger Design in 1962)
      • 18-Holes - Public Course (passes available) - 4 Sets of Tee Boxes  - Driving Range Available
    • 6/27/2009 - HYANNIS GOLF COURSE - Rte 132, Hyannis, MA 02601 - (508) 362-2606 www.hyannisgc.com (Built in 1972 & Geoffrey Cornish & Bill Robinson Design)
      • 18-Holes - Public Course (memberships available) - 3 Sets of Tee Boxes - Driving Range Available - Open Year Round
    • 6/11/2009 - FOX HOLLOW - 13410 Morrison Road, Lakewood, CO 80228 - (303) 986-7888 www.lakewood.org (Built in 1993 & Denis Griffiths Design)
      • 27-Holes - Public Course - 5 Sets of Tee Boxes  - Driving Range Available 
    • 5/28/2009 - HUNTER'S CREEK GOLF CLUB - 14401 Sports Club Way, Orlando, FL 32837 - (407) 240-4653 www.golfhunterscreek.com (Lloyd Clifton Design)
      • 18-Holes - Public Course (passes available) - 5 Sets of Tee Boxes - Driving Range Available
    • 2/15/2009 - KISSIMMEE BAY COUNTRY CLUB - 2801 Kisimmee Bay Cir, Kissimmee, FL 34744 - (407) 348-4653 www.kissimmeebaycc.com (Built in 1990 & Lloyd Clifton Design)
      •  18-Holes - Semi-Private Course - 4 Sets of Tee Boxes - Driving Range Available

    Troquet Restaurant & Bar Review

    Troquet
    My Opinions: I got a chance to sit at the front downstairs bar for a while, and it offered some great people-watching ... the really friendly bartender helped make the stay enjoyable as well - When I went upstairs for dinner, I was thrilled to get the table I sat in last year, (the window seat shown in this blog's photo) - The food was as I remembered, delicious but a bit too salt-heavy - The server and atmosphere was great!

    Some Food/Drink Tasted: Black Sea Bass - Marinated Beet Salad – Ricotta Cavatelli – Crispy Duck Confit – Short Rib Canneloni – Roasted Sucking Pig – Veal – Hazelnut Mille - Sticky Toffee - Pistachio Souffle

    Patronage Inclination: Occasion

    Most Recent Visit: 3/27/2010
    Amount Visited: 30+
    Experiences: Dinner, Bar

    Address: 140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
    Website: http://www.troquetboston.com  Phone: (617) 695-9463
    Social Networking:  Facebook /Troquet and Le Patissier

    Older Troquet PostsSeptember 2009

    Friday, March 26, 2010

    Border Cafe Restaurant Review

    Border Cafe
    My Opinions: A Cambridge / Harvard Square staple restaurant that families, college kids and couples alike enjoy. I don't think I have ever seen this place empty in the years and years I've been dining here - The food flavors the air and tastes consistently good - The service is surprisingly good, go team go!, even when it's slammed - They have a large vegetarian section on their menu - And, if anything, you can experience some of the biggest soda/water glasses I've ever drank from.

    Some Food/Drink Tasted: Every Margarita offered! - Steak and Bleu Cheese Salad - Tostada Grande - Cajun Burger - Chili con Queso - Catfish New Orleans - Blackened Chicken - Cadillac Fajitas - Chicken/Beef Fajitas - Burros - Enchiladas - Quesadillas - Jambalaya

    Most Recent Visit: 3/25/2010
    Amount Visited: 100+
    Experiences: Lunch, Dinner, Bar

    Patronage Inclination: Occasion

    Address: 32 Church Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (multiple locations)
    Website: www.bordercafe.com  Phone: (617) 864-6100
    Social Networking:

    Thursday, March 25, 2010

    Rocca Restaurant & Bar Review

    Rocca 
    My Opinions: I finally tried the upstairs bar and it was better than I thought! I also got a chance to try their happy hour bar menu that I didn't know they offered ... it feels good to save money on delicious food. They got a new chef, but the food quality has not  been affected, so great work! - Don't miss the outside dining during the warm season.

    Some Food/Drink Tasted: Rocca Burger - Patatine Fritte - Pizetta al Melanzane - Arugula & Pear Salad – Arugula & Pomegranate Salad – Rigatoni Baked in a Pot – Pappardelle – Sirloin – Braised Short Ribs – Roasted Chicken – Smashed Almond Bark – Roasted Artichokes – Pacciugo di Portofino

    Patronage Inclination: Occasion

    Most Recent Visit: 3/24/2010
    Amount Visited: 30+
    Experiences: Dinner, Bar

    Address: 500 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
    Website: http://www.roccaboston.com  Phone: (617) 451-5151
    Social Networking:  Twitter @RoccaBoston  -  Facebook /ROCCA Boston

    Older Rocca Posts: February 2010; January2010

    M Bar Review

    M Bar at the Mandarin Oriental
    My Opinions: I had the great opportunity to meet with Ari, one of the newest members of the restaurant and bar management. He was very nice and polished, coming from the Four Seasons and being hired by the Mandarin, I wouldn't expect anything less.  I'm looking forward to working with him! - M Bar offers quality brand beers and liquors that you don’t commonly find – In their staff change over they too off the Billionaire’s Margarita …hmmm, I'll work on getting them to make one for me anyways!

    Some Food/Drink Tasted: VeeV Acai Mixinations

    Patronage Inclination: Frequent

    Most Recent Visit: 3/24/2010
    Amount Visited: 20+
    Experiences: Bar

    Address: 776 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199
    Website: http://www.mandarinoriental.com/boston/dining/m_bar  Phone: (617) 535-8800
    Social Networking: Twitter @MO_Boston  -  Facebook /MandarinOrientalBoston

    Older M Bar Posts: March 2010

    Sonsie Restaurant & Bar Review

    Sonsie
    My Opinions:  I like that you can come here and order some bar food late-night. (The burger pizza is always an easy choice) I was surprised that it was a bit quite for a Wednesday, but I have no doubt that it will be packed now that the warm weather is upon us - Sonsie's a Boston-Staple on the social scene that pulls a handsome crowd!

    Some Food/Drink Tasted: Oysters – Calamari – Mesclun Salad – Chop – Capellini – Gnocchi – Burger Pizza – Mushroom Pizza – Squash Pizza – Wagyu Burger Pizza – Chicken – Shirred Eggs – Shrimp Salad – Mee Krob – Red Velvet Cake

    Patronage Inclination: Frequent

    Most Recent Visit:  3/24/2010
    Amount Visited: 100+
    Experiences: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Bar

    Address: 327 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115
    Website: http://www.sonsieboston.com  Phone: (617) 351-2500
    Social Networking: Twitter @Sonsie_Boston  -  Facebook /Sonsie

    Older Sonsie PostsMarch 2010

    Wednesday, March 24, 2010

    Golfing Days 2009


    Last year, I played golf 18 times at 16 different golf courses.  In 2010, I'm hoping to play at least 25 rounds at over 20 different clubs - wish me luck!

    I recently played my first game of golf in 2010, and it's rekindled some fantastic 2009 golfing memories!
    • 11/09/2009 - Hickory Hill Golf Course - 200 N Lowell Street, Methuen, MA 01844-1847 - (978) 686-0822 www.golfhickoryhill.com (Manny Francis Design)
    • 10/20/2009 - Hillview Golf Course - 149 North Street, North Reading, MA 01864 - (978) 664-4435 www.hillviewgc.com
    • 9/22/2009 - Tiburon Golf Club - Ritz-Carlton Resort, 2620 Tiburon Drive, Naples, FL 34109 - (239) 594-2040 www.tiburongcnaples.com (Greg Norman Design)
    • 9/19/2009 - Old Corkscrew Golf Club - 17320 Corkscrew Road, Estero, FL 33928 - (239) 949-4700 www.oldcorkscrew.com (Jack Nickalus Signature Design)
    • 9/07/2009 - Braintree Golf, Municipal Golf Course - 101 Jefferson Street, Braintree, MA 02148 - (781) 843-6513 www.braintreegolf.com
    • 8/30/2009 - Newton Commonwealth Golf Course - 212 Kenrick Street, Newton, MA‎ - (617) 630-1971 www.sterlinggolf.com  (Donald Ross Redesign in 1920)
    • 8/22/2009 - Hyannis Golf Course - Rte 132, Hyannis, MA 02601 - (508) 362-2606 www.hyannisgc.com
    • 8/16/2009 - Butter Brook Golf Club - 157 Carlisle Road, Westford, MA 01886 - (978) 692-6560 www.butterbrookgc.com (Cornish, Silva & Mungeam Course Architect in 2003)
    • 8/11/2009 - William J. Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park - 1 Circuit Drive, Dorchester, MA 02121 - (617) 265-4084  www.cityofbostongolf.com (Donald J. Ross Design)
    • 7/26/2009 - Pine Meadows Golf Club - 255 Cedar Street - Lexington, MA 02421 - (781) 862-5516 www.pinemeadowsgolfclub.com
    • 7/25/2009 - Newton Commonwealth Golf Course - 212 Kenrick Street, Newton, MA‎ - (617) 630-1971 www.sterlinggolf.com  (Donald Ross Redesign in 1920)
    • 7/19/2009 - Brookmeadow Golf & Country Club - 100 Everendon Road, Canton, MA 02021 - (781)-828-4444 www.brookmeadowgolf.com (Frank Simoni Design)
    • 7/12/2009 - Laurel Lane Country Club - 309 Laurel Lane, West Kingston, RI 02892 - (401) 783-3844 www.laurellanecountryclub.com
    • 7/6/2009 - Vail Golf Club - 1778 Vail Valley Drive, Vail, CO 81657 - (970) 479-2260 www.vailgolfclub.net  (Ben Krueger Design in 1962)
    • 6/27/2009 - Hyannis Golf Course - Rte 132, Hyannis, MA 02601 - (508) 362-2606 www.hyannisgc.com
    • 6/11/2009 - Fox Hollow - 13410 Morrison Road, Lakewood, CO 80228 - (303) 986-7888 www.lakewood.org
    • 5/28/2009 - Hunters Creek Golf Club - 14401 Sports Club Way, Orlando, FL 32837 - (407) 240-4653 www.golfhunterscreek.com  (Lloyd Clifton Design)
    • 2/15/2009 - Kissimmee Bay Country Club - 2801 Kisimmee Bay Cir, Kissimmee, FL 34744 - (407) 348-4653 www.kissimmeebaycc.com (Lloyd Clifton Design)

    Sunday, March 21, 2010

    Sel de la Terre Restaurant Review

    Sel de la Terre
    My Opinions:  I am not a fan of Restaurant Week(s) for a few reasons  ... like not being able to get a table at a restaurant I frequent  because of the crowds that come out during this trend, and that  restaurants offer special menus that have dishes never offered on their regular menu ... what happens when the newcomer comes back for that dish and can't get it? Restaurants risk loosing the very people they just worked so hard to entice - Anyhow, I was just to dinner here and found myself ordering off their Restaurant Week menu! They did it right by offering their popular menu items with only slight changes, if any, to keep their price-point down.  Here, a Sel de la Terre-newbie can go back to the restaurant and feel like they are familiar with the space and menu -  The service is usually very good, but not this visit ... it was actually very disjointed and borderline-impolite.  I do not know what happened here tonight, but I am optimistic that this was just a fluke and service will be up to par on my next visit.

    Some Food/Drink Tasted:  Oysters - Mixed greens - Eggplant - Goat Cheese puree – Pork Pate – Beef Short Rib – Grilled Hanger Steak Frites – Grilled ham and Cheese – Brunch Breads – Brioche French Toast – Quiche - Chocolate Molten Fondant Cake

    Patronage Inclination: Occasion

    Most Recent Visit: 3/21/2010
    Amount Visited: 50+
    Experiences: Brunch, Dinner, Bar

    Address: 255 State Street @ Longwharf, Boston, MA 02109 (multiple locations)
    Website: http://www.seldelaterre.com  Phone: (617) 720-1300
    Social Networking:  Twitter @SeldelaTerre  -  Facebook /Sel de la Terre

    Older Sel de la Terre PostsNovember 2009

    Abe & Louie's Restaurant Review

    Abe & Louie's
    My Opinions: No surprise, I just had brunch (the best meal here) and noticed that they have setup the outside seating! Outside dining is a great way to enjoy the food here in the warm weather because it offers great people-watching – Exceptional Staff – Food quality is fresh and flavorful. My favorite part of their amazing brunch bread basket is the mini blueberry muffins -  The Back Bay Restaurant Group has an amazing circle of restaurants, and Abe & Louie's is my favorite out of all of them - Learn about their low-profile Preferred Guest Program, sign up and save money!
    Some Food/Drink Tasted: Fruit Salad - Crab Cake Benedict –  Steak Benedict - Lobster and Shrimp Omelette – Abe & Louie’s Salad – Filet Mignon – Boca Chopped Salad – Blueberry Pancakes – Fresh Lobster Salad

    Most Recent Visit: 3/21/2010
    Amount Visited: 50+
    Experiences: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Bar

    Patronage Inclination: Frequent

    Address: 793 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116 (multiple locations)
    Website: http://www.abeandlouies.com  Phone: (617) 536-6300
    Social Networking

    Older Abe & Louie's PostsDecember 2009

    Hotel Chocolat Boston

    Hotel Chocolat

    For everyone who thinks chocolate is exciting ...

    Hotel Chocolat offers quite a rush.  I've come in here a few times for gifts to other people, but I always seem to leave with something for myself too! The staff is so friendly and accommodating. They have a huge sample stash at the front desk that I always indulge in. And they are very clean, something I appreciate on a deeper level than most.

    I'm looking forward to hosting a tasting party in the back room, and I will likely ask for a wine pairing to be added on.

    Address: 141A Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116 (multiple locations)
    Website: www.hotelchocolat.com  Phone: (617) 391-0513
    Social Networking: Twitter @HotelChocolatNA  –  Facebook /Hotel Chocolat

    Friday, March 19, 2010

    Via Matta Restaurant & Bar Review

    Via Matta
    My Opinions: I can honestly say I have never had a bad experience here. Via Matta is consistently good all-round: food, service, ambiance and cleanliness - The food is fresh and very tasty with some unique flavors, but nothing too over-the-top that can make for an uncomfortable ordering and tentative first bite - Bar is very nice, but isn't consistently busy. Also, it is not a great spot for singles to meet and mingle - Outside seating is nice in the warm season - They offer a smaller function room at the front-left of the restaurant that has large windows and its own bar which is a nice touch for private parties/events - I'm a big fan of Radius as well, a member of Michael Schlow's restaurant family.

    Some Food/Drink Tasted: Burrata – Insalata Mista – Crunch Eggplant – Panini – Prosciutto Cotto – Duck Tortelli – Pappardelle – Veal with Lentils – Beef Sirloin – Brussels Sprouts – Apple Crostata – Cannoli

    Patronage Inclination: Frequent

    Most Recent Visit: 3/19/2010
    Amount Visited: 100+
    Experiences: Lunch, Dinner, Bar

    Address: 79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116
    Website: http://www.viamattarestaurant.com  Phone: (617) 422-0008
    Social Networking:  Twitter @ViaRadius  -  Facebook /Via Matta

    Fleming's Restaurant & Bar Review

    Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
    My Opinions: I finally got a chance to eat at the bar, and it was very good. The bartenders were attentive and friendly, so it's a great option for solo diners/drinkers –  They have one of my favorite Cabernets by the glass, Chateau Montelena, so I would definitely say that they offer a great selection of wines - The bar scene is great for after-work drinks as well.

    Some Food/Drink Tasted: Wedge Salad – Mozzarella & Sweet Tomato – Asparagus – Filet Mignon – Bone-in Ribeye – Turtle Pie - Macaroni and Cheese

    Most Recent Visit: 3/18/2010
    Amount Visited: 10+
    Experiences: Dinner, Bar

    Patronage Inclination: Occasion

    Address: 217 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116
    Website: http://www.flemingssteakhouse.com  Phone: (617) 292-0808
    Social Networking: Facebook /Felming's Prime Steakhouse

    Older Fleming's PostsNovember 2009

    Avila Restaurant & Bar Review

    Avila
    My Opinions: I started coming here for dinner, but as of late, it's become a great bar scene in the South End ... and it's staying power is even more proof that it still has charm.  With two bars (one in the front main room and one in the back), it pulls in locals with energy and an affinity for a good time!

    Some Food/Drink Tasted: Roasted Beet Salad – Butternut Squash Ravioli – Slow Braised Beef Short Rib – Filet Mignon

    Most Recent Visit: 3/18/2010
    Amount Visited: 20+
    Experiences: Dinner, Bar

    Patronage Inclination: Occasion

    Address: 1 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02116
    Website: http://www.avilarestaurant.com  Phone: (617) 267-4810
    Social Networking: Facebook /Avila Modern Mediterranean

    Older Avila Posts: April 2009

    Thursday, March 18, 2010

    NoRTH Restaurant Review

    NoRTH
    My Opinions:  This is part of FOX Restaurant Concepts, and true to their reputation, this didn't feel like a chain restaurant. The atmosphere was chic and spacious - The service was not very good, but the food was quite delicious - Wine list by the bottle was decent and their wines by the glass could have been better - Their mozzarella was gooey-fresh - For the area, the pricing was expensive - The outside tables were a nice option, and I would come back to experience them once it gets warmer.

    Some Food/Drink Tasted: Caprese Salad - Short Rib “Osso Buco” - Sea Bass - Chicken Parmesan - Nutella Desert

    Most Recent Visit: 3/16/2010
    Amount Visited: 1
    Experiences: Dinner

    Patronage Inclination: Occasion

    Address: 190 Clayton Lane, Denver, CO 80206-5675 (multiple locations)
    Website: http://www.foxrc.com/north.html  Phone: (720) 941-7700
    Social Networking: Twitter @debbieporterfrc

    Wellshire Golf Course

    Wellshire Golf Course
    My Opinions:  This was my first opportunity to play golf in 2010, so I was elated before I even got out on this course (for the first time).  The staff was very accommodating, friendly and charismatic, so I was off to a good start; and I had my mom along for the ride, so the company was great! The course is opened year round, and it still had its winter coat on ... grass was splotchy, tee markers were not out, trees were bare.  It's a narrow course, and with the sparse greenery, so I actually ended up playing on the wrong hole on the 4th (and I thought I was doing really well) ... ooops! I could see its potential though once the warm season emerged - They didn't have the beer cart that day, but you can stock up at their cute bar/restaurant at the club house - It was a Donal Ross design, and not the best I've played, but the staff was great, so I wouldn't mind coming back.

    Fun Facts: 18-Holes - Public Course - 4 Sets of Tee Boxes - Drink Cart Available Most Days
      Most Recent Visit: 3/16/2010

      Address: 3333 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80222
      Website: www.cityofdenvergolf.com/wellshire  Phone: (303) 692-5636
      Social Networking:

      Tuscany Tavern Restaurant Review

      Tuscany Tavern
      My Opinions:  This is a great restaurant in the unassuming town of Evergreen - The owners are a fixture, and their friendliness and energy sets a great tone for everyone else - The bar experience is just as nice as the dining room - I was able to enjoy St. Patrick's Day here this year, and, even though this is an Italian Restaurant, Tuscany Tavern did it right by offering some staple Irish dishes and green beer! - The service and food is consistently good - In the warm weather, there is a beautiful outside dining option - They recently opened up a larger function space next to the main restaurant to accommodate private parties and events ... I hope I have the opportunity to plan an event here.

      Some Food/Drink Tasted:  Bruschetta – Caprese Insalate – Apple Chicken Insalate – Chicken Piccata – Meatball Sub - Pizzas - Crab Cakes

      Patronage Inclination: Frequent

      Most Recent Visit: 3/17/2010
      Amount Visited: 20+
      Experiences: Lunch, Dinner, Bar

      Address: 32214 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen, CO 80439
      Website: http://www.tuscany-tavern.com  Phone: (303) 674-3739
      Social Networking:

      Tuesday, March 16, 2010

      Vesta Dipping Grill Restaurant Review

      Vesta Dipping Grill
      My Opinions:  I like the premise of this restaurant, offering a set menu of food that can change flavors with a large variety of sauces, but I didn't think the base meats were all that great. If a restaurant has a limited menu of entree choices, then I would hope that they'd be above average in quality, cuts and preparation .... unfortunately I did not experience that - Atmosphere is nice - Service is average - Looks like it would be a great bar and appetizer spot, but I don't plan on coming back for dinner.

      Some Food/Drink Tasted: Samosas – Grilled Beef Tenderloin – Madras Grilled Venison - Ice Cream Sandwiches

      Patronage Inclination: Fleeting

      Most Recent Visit: 3/15/2010
      Amount Visited: 1+
      Experiences: Dinner

      Address: 1822 Blake Street, Denver, CO 80202
      Website: http://www.vestagrill.com  Phone: (303) 296-1970
      Social Networking:  Twitter @VestaGrill  -  Facebook /Vesta Dipping Grill

      Sunday, March 14, 2010

      Stephanie's on Newbury Restaurant & Bar Review

      Stephanie's on Newbury 

      My Opinions: This is a classic Newbury Street Restaurant, and I've been coming here for years - Today, I braved the pouring rain and dangerous winds to have my Sunday wake-me-up-with-food here because I was craving Stephanie's Fruit Bowl ... it is so worth it! The large cuts of fresh chilled fruit and a sprinkling of granola is a great way to start off your meal. The pancakes were delicious too! (This is a nice break from Abe & Louie's brunch) - Stephi’s on Tremont, Stephanie's younger member of the family, has a similar brunch that's just as delicious.

      Some Food/Drink Tasted: Fruit Bowl - Chocolate Chip and Blueberry Pancakes - Frittered French Toast – Skirt Steak – Winter House Salad – Fried Calamari – Baked Spinach and Artichoke Dip – Open Faced Thanksgiving Sandwich – Fried Chicken Sandwich – Turkey Club – Classic Chunky Chicken Salad – Red Beet Salad – Pecan Crusted Warm Goat Cheese Salad – Pulled Chicken Pasta – Chicken Pot Pie – Oversized Stephi Burger – Macaroni and Cheese – Bread Pudding – Warm Chocolate Cake

      Patronage Inclination: Occasion

      Most Recent Visit: 3/14/2010
      Amount Visited: 100+
      Experiences: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Bar

      Address: 190 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
      Website: http://www.stephaniesonnewbury.com/  Phone: (617) 236-0990
      Social Networking: Facebook /Stephanie's On Newbury

      Previous PostsDecember 2009

      Union Bar and Grille Restaurant Review

      Union Bar and Grille
      My Opinions: I have been coming here since it opened, and I have been coming back ever since ... many of the neighboring restaurants have come and gone, but this place has never closed due, largely in part, to the quality food and fine people that come here (the cornbread doesn't hurt either) - Bar is fun complete with high tables and seats at the bar - Restaurant section is clean and sophisticated - Decent Wine Bottle Pricing

      Some Food/Drink Tasted: Risotto – Grilled Romaine Salad – Filet Mignon – Pan Roasted Natural Chicken – Seared Hanger Steak – Union Eggs Benedict

      Patronage Inclination: Frequent

      Most Recent Visit: 3/13/2010
      Amount Visited: 30+
      Experiences: Brunch, Dinner, Bar

      Address: 1357 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118
      Website: http://www.unionrestaurant.com  Phone: (617) 423-0555
      Social Networking:  Facebook /Union Bar and Grille

      Saturday, March 13, 2010

      Marliave Restaurant Review

      Marliave
      My Opinions: I had another excellent dinner here!  I was excited to hear they added a cheese menu, so I started dinner with an appetizer of cheeses, a choice meat selection, and a peppery imported dipping oil. The pecorino was my favorite! - I did notice that they have taken off the  expensive truffle cheesy macaroni that I had tried before - The staff is very knowledgeable and kind. They encourage you to sit and enjoy the atmosphere and food ... you almost forget you're in Boston -  Bar on the street-level floor was very good, and surprisingly busy. I probably wouldn't go out of my way to come to this bar, but it's nice to sit at before or after dining here - I cannot wait to come back!

      Some Food/Drink Tasted:  Lasagna - Cheesy Macaroni – Beets - Henry’s Soup – Yankee Pot Roast – Bistecca - Risotto - Mixed Greens - Cake and Ice Cream

      Patronage Inclination: Frequent

      Most Recent Visit: 3/12/2010
      Amount Visited: 5+
      Experiences: Dinner, Bar

      Address: 10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108
      Website: http://www.marliave.com  Phone: (617) 422-0004
      Social Networking:

      Older Marliave PostsNovember 2009

      Cities I've Been To

      This was a fun application I tried via facebook, and it helped me realize that I don't get out enough ... out of the country that is! Next stops on my list will be the Mediterranean, Italy, Southern France and Ireland.


        Friday, March 12, 2010

        Oishii Restaurant Review

        Oishii Boston 
        My Opinions: Food has always been delicious, fresh and of high quality - the Service is attentive, but not overbearing - the Ambiance is the best ... dark, swanky and minimalistic with a moderate to quite noise volume. It's a special restaurant good for dates, special occasions, and/or important business dinners.

        Some Food/Drink Tasted: Seaweed Salad – Duck Salad – Kobe Beef Carpaccio – Grilled Black Cod – Seafood Shumai – Beef Negima – Grilled Chilean Seabass – Green Tea Ice Cream

        Patronage Inclination: Occasion

        Most Recent Visit: 3/11/2010
        Amount Visited: 5+
        Experiences: Lunch, Dinner

        Address: 1166 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118
        Website: http://oishiiboston.com  Phone: (617) 482-8868
        Social Networking:

        Thursday, March 11, 2010

        Blu Restaurant Review

        Blu
        My Opinions: I recently had lunch here and it was so nice! Not only do you get to "bump into" a lot of familiar faces, it's nice to enjoy the daylight coming through the floor-to-ceiling windows. The salad portions were generous too - It wasn't very crowded, but that didn't impact my experience. Service is good, friendly staff, and they were attentive, but not overbearing – Food quality was very good – Ambiance is decent and fluctuates – Bar scene is good for singles, locals and pairs – If you’re a member of Sports Club LA you are privy to a discount off of your bill

        Some Food/Drink Tasted: Turkey BLT - Smoked Mozzarella Sticks – Poached Pear Salad – Seasonal Special Salads – Mixed Greens Salad - Roasted Chicken Breast – New York Strip Steak – Raspberry Dark Chocolate – “Angus” Burger

        Most Recent Visit: 3/09/2010
        Amount Visited: 50+
        Experiences: Lunch, Dinner, Bar

        Patronage Inclination: Occasion

        Address: 4 Avery Street, Boston, MA 02111
        Website: http://www.blurestaurant.com  Phone: (617) 375-8550
        Social Networking: Twitter @blurestaurant  -  Facebook /Blu

        Older Blu PostsJanuary 2010

        Wednesday, March 10, 2010

        Umbria Restaurant Review

        Umbria Prime 
        My Opinions:  I was excited about the reopening of their top floor dance club, and I had heard good things about their food, but I was disappointed once I had dinner  - If you have been following my blog, I am well versed with Braised Beef, and the short ribs I had here were mediocre ... the flavor was lackluster and the texture was a bit  rough/dry - The buffalo mozzarella was good, but not gooey-fresh, and the Jumbo Asparagus came drenched in oil and salt - Service was not friendly, nor was it attentive ... actually the best service I got was from the runner (not sure of his title), not from my waiter - Wine list was decent - I would come back to eat here, but I wouldn't be the one to suggest it ... especially with Radius, Caliterra, Meritage, Sel de la Terre, etc. so close!

        Some Food/Drink Tasted: Imported Buffalo Mozzarella - Pappardelle - Braised Beef Short Ribs - Jumbo Asparagus - Roasted Wild Mushrooms - Tiramisu

        Most Recent Visit: 3/09/2010
        Amount Visited: 1+
        Experiences: Dinner

        Patronage Inclination:  Fleeting

        Address: 295 Franklin Street, Boston, MA 02110
        Website: www.umbriaprime.com  Phone: (617) 338-1000
        Social Networking: Twitter @umbriaprime   –  Facebook /Umbria Prime

        Tuesday, March 9, 2010

        Sonsie Restaurant & Bar Review

        Sonsie
        My Opinions:  A Boston-Staple on the social scene ... I've been coming here since before I could hang at the bar. It's a place that's reliable, entertains a good looking crowd, and serves food a little later than most places in the area - Service is good, especially in the dining room - Food is fine,  they do a good job trying to change up the menu every so often, but it's really all about the atmosphere - The warm season makes it even better because they open up their large front windows that look out onto Newbury Street (Boston's Rodeo Drive) - They have a wine room downstairs, but the upstairs bar is really where to be!

        Some Food/Drink Tasted: Oysters – Calamari – Mesclun Salad – Chop – Capellini – Gnocchi – Burger Pizza – Mushroom Pizza – Squash Pizza – Wagyu Burger Pizza – Chicken – Shirred Eggs – Shrimp Salad – Mee Krob – Red Velvet Cake

        Patronage Inclination: Frequent

        Most Recent Visit:  3/08/2010
        Amount Visited: 100+
        Experiences: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Bar

        Address: 327 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115
        Website: http://www.sonsieboston.com  Phone: (617) 351-2500
        Social Networking: Twitter @Sonsie_Boston  -  Facebook /Sonsie

        Monday, March 8, 2010

        Savinos Grill Restaurant Review

        Savinos Grill
        My Opinions:  Good Italian and Mediterranean Cuisine that offers a small, but pleasing menu - Great restaurant layout with a semi-opened kitchen. You can find the owner working, hands-on, in the kitchen  until close (I love that!) - Very small bar you can sit at, but even singles can typically get a table if so desired - the Sundown Special offers a delicious tapas menu - They currently have Live Jazz on Thursdays

        Some Food/Drink Tasted: Tapas Menu - Spiced Pear – Spinach Salad – Lasagna – Steak

        Patronage Inclination: Occasion

        Most Recent Visit:  1/19/2010
        Amount Visited: 5+
        Experiences: Dinner, Bar

        Address: 449 Common Street, Belmont, MA‎ 02478
        Website: http://www.savinosgrill.com  Phone: (617) 484-3499‎
        Social Networking:

        Saturday, March 6, 2010

        Craigie On Main Restaurant Review

        Craigie on Main
        My Opinions: I have been to "this" restaurant when it was Craigie St. Bistro, and the new location has only improved the dining experience - I was in a large party for my latest dinner here, and we were able to all enjoy the pig's head (half a head). It looks true to form and comes complete with teeth and a puffed-up ear ... not for the vegan-friendly - The service was very attentive and efficient - Libations were excellent - The management was not easy to work with, nor were they accommodating, on setting up a reservation for a larger party, but the actual experience was stress free.

        Some Food/Drink Tasted: Pig's Head - Tortellini of Braised Pork Belly - Hirmasa Sashimi - Roasted Vermont Organic Squab - Peanut Butter Parfait - Double Chocolate Tart

        Most Recent Visit: 3/06/2010
        Amount Visited: 5+
        Experiences: Dinner

        Patronage Inclination: Occasion

        Address: 853 Main St., Cambridge, MA, 02139
        Website: http://www.craigieonmain.com  Phone: (617) 497-5511
        Social Networking: Twitter @craigieonmain  –  Facebook /Craigie On Main

        Noir Restaurant & Bar Review

        Noir at the Charles Hotel
        My Opinions:  Food is delicious and I really like their specialty cocktails menu - The bar is nice to sit at ,and on the weekends it can get pretty lively - The 5-4-3-2-1-0 Happy Hour is Fantastic - During the summer they offer outside seating (always an added bonus)!

        Some Food/Drink Tasted: Spinach Dip – Artichoke & Parmesan Dip – Butternut Squash Flatbread – Spiced Tomato Soup – Smoked Turkey Sandwich – Prosciutto with Fig Jam Sandwich – Spinach Salad – Chocolate Chip Cookies – Strawberries & Crème Fraiche

        Patronage Inclination: Occasion

        Most Recent Visit: 3/4/2010
        Amount Visited: 25+
        Experiences: Dinner, Bar

        Address: 1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
        Website: http://www.noir-bar.com  Phone: (617) 661-8010
        Social Networking:  Twitter @CharlesHotel  -  Facebook /Noir Bar

        Les Zygomates Restaurant Review

        Les Zygomates
        My Opinions: This is a great up-scale restaurant and wine bar that offers a great mix of food, wine and live music (on most nights) - I have been coming here for years and have enjoyed many of the Wine Tastings on Tuesdays - The Raw Bar is always fresh and visually appealing - the location is a bit outside my typical circle of restaurants, so it's a nice change of scenery.

        Some Food/Drink Tasted: Hummus – Raw Bar – Charcuterie – PEI Mussels – Peppered Veal Sweetbreads – Pâté de Maison – Salmon Filet – Lamb Shank – Organic New York Sirloin

        Patronage Inclination: Occasion

        Most Recent Visit: 3/04/2010
        Amount Visited: 25+
        Experiences: Dinner, Bar

        Address: 129 South Street, Boston, MA 02111
        Website: http://winebar.com Phone: (617) 542-5108
        Social Networking:

        Thursday, March 4, 2010

        POPS Restaurant and Bar Review

        POPS
        My Opinions: I haven't been back to POPS since they renovated their space to become more bar-like. I have heard that the bar service needs some tweaking (service quicker, mix better, develop manners) ... most are common problem for places in their first month of opening ... though this is a re-opening - The food has always been delicious - Service is typically friendly and unassuming - I will be visiting the "new" POPS soon to see how they've adjusted to their new layout and menu. I have faith they'll rise to the occasion.

        Some Food/Drink Tasted: Cheeseburger – Chicken Salad - Roast Beet Salad - Grilled Cheese - French Toast Monte Cristo


        Patronage Inclination: Occasion

        Most Recent Visit:  9/25/2010
        Amount Visited: 20+
        Experiences: Lunch, Dinner

        Address: 560 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02118
        Website: http://www.popsrestaurant.net/  Phone: (617) 695-1250
        Social Networking:

        Sorellina Restaurant & Bar Review

        Sorellina
        My Opinions:  This is one of my favorite restaurants in Boston.  The large black/white photo by the wine wall reminds me of Opus One in Napa, CA - The service is wonderful in the restaurant - They have an excellent wine list on their bottle menu - Food is delicious ... I like to start with the Eggplant Gratinata to dip my bread into - It's always kept clean and well organized- the Bar can be fun, but it does vary.

        Some Food/Drink Tasted: Foie Gras – Arugula – Verdure – Maccheroncelli – Filet Mignon – Ribeye – Chicken – Eggplant Gratinata – Ciambelle – Cioccolato – Semifreddo

        Patronage Inclination: Frequent

        Most Recent Visit:  3/2/2010
        Amount Visited: 100+
        Experiences: Dinner, Bar

        Address: One Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
        Website: http://www.sorellinaboston.com  Phone: (617) 412-4600
        Social Networking:  Twitter @SorellinaBoston  -  Facebook /Sorellina Boston

        Minibar Restaurant and Bar Review

        Minibar
        My Opinions: I love the atmosphere and decor, but the people scene hasn't really caught up to the setting. The white furniture and view of Copely is very attractive - Service if fine - Food is just okay, but  it can take a while to receive it, and your options are limited

        Some Food/Drink Tasted: Kobe Beef Dumplings - Filet Mignon - Dry Aged New York Sirloin 35 Days - Side Flight – Endive Salad

        Patronage Inclination: Frequent

        Most Recent Visit: 3/02/2010
        Amount Visited: 5+
        Experiences: Dinner, Bar

        Address: 51 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116
        Website: http://www.minibarboston.com  Phone: (617) 424-8500
        Social Networking:  Twitter @MiniBarBoston  -  Facebook /Minibar

        Wednesday, March 3, 2010

        Bistro du Midi Restaurant Review

        Bistro du Midi
        My Opinions: Delicious food, my favorite is still the pumpkin barbajans  and beef daube – Great service and excellent standards of cleanliness – Ambiance is better than Exclesior because it is a bit more relaxed while still being upscale – The bar scene is still very quiet and not as lively as Excelsior ... I wonder where all the Excelsior drinkers went to? – Dining room décor is a comfortable upscale feel with a nice view of Boylston Street.  The Fireplace is great, but don't sit too close – Don't worry about not ordering the soufflés before you're done with dinner, you can still order them when you're done ... besides, who doesn't want to relax and digest for a few minutes?  Enjoy!

        Some Food/Drink Tasted: Barbajans, Parmesan & Black Olive Shortbreads – Fried Artichokes with Aïoli – Chestnut Soup – Marinated Beet Salad – Filet of Beef – Classic Provençal Beef Daube - Trio of Sorbets - Grand Marnier Soufflé - Chocolate Soufflé - Anis Pot de Crème - Warm Chocolate Fondant w/ Nougat Ice Cream

        Most Recent Visit: 3/1/2010
        Amount Visited: 10+
        Experiences: Dinner, Bar

        Patronage Inclination: Frequent

        Address: 272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
        Website: http://www.bistrodumidi.com  Phone: (617) 426-7878
        Social Networking: Facebook /Bistro du Midi

        Bar 10 Restaurant Review

        Bar 10 at the Westin Copley Place Boston

        My Opinions: I just came here to drink, and it was one of my more fun visits! Whenever there is a big conference/event in  Boston, the bar is typically full and energetic - Service is slow, but professional – Food quality is good, but not exceptional – Ambiance is fun and relaxed (unless there is a conference in town, then it's fun and boisterous) – Bar scene is fun, and it’s nice to have the new mix of patrons that the hotel brings in – I enjoy eating lunch here the best - The mini-sized deserts are a great way to end a fun and sweet evening - I would really like them to get large bottles of sparkling waters in addition to their kid-sized bottles!

        Some Food/Drink Tasted: Seafood Tower – Artichoke Dip – Club Sandwich

        Most Recent Visit: 3/02/2010
        Amount Visited: 50+
        Experiences: Lunch, Dinner, Bar

        Patronage Inclination: Occasion

        Address: 10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
        Website: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin  Phone: (617) 424-7446
        Social Networking: Twitter @Bar10_Boston  -  Facebook /WestinCopleyPlace

        Older Bar 10 Posts: January 2010

        City Table Restaurant & Bar Review

        City Table at the Lenox Hotel
        My Opinions:  I just met up with a group of friends for drinks and the service was fantastic (again)!  I was disappointed that they had yet to get in their infused tequila. We all know I'm a huge tequila fan, so I've been wanting to try this on the rocks the last few times I stopped in ... at this point I'm not sure it actually exists - Food quality is great with a creative comfort-food menu – I love that it is conveniently located near a lot of other hot spots as this was our first stop for the evening, then we walked to minibar and Bar10!

        Some Food/Drink Tasted: White Cheddar Fondue – Fall Salad – Hangar Steak Tacos – Heirloom Tomato – Harvest Pasta with Braised Shortrib – Farm Vegetable Risotto – Open Faced Chicken

        Most Recent Visit: 3/2/2010
        Amount Visited: 5+
        Experiences: Dinner, Bar

        Patronage Inclination: Occasion

        Address: 61 Exeter Street, Boston, MA 02116
        Website: http://www.citytableboston.com  Phone: (617) 933-4800
        Social Networking: Twitter @CityTable - Facebook /CityTable

        Older City Table Posts: January 2010

        Tuesday, March 2, 2010

        Vinalia Restaurant & Bar Review

        Vinalia
        My Opinions: I've been coming here for lunch before it was Vinalia - the food is surprisingly good and it's in a great location for those working in the financial district - After work, the bar is fun and full of professionals looking to unwind - I have been to multiple events here, they are preferred host for local businesses, and they do a great job staffing the place and working with the host to make sure things are setup properly and run smoothly - Vinalia is currently closed for renovations, but plans to reopen in early Spring 2010.

        Some Food/Drink Tasted: Fried Goat Cheese Salad – Ham Flatbread – Filet Mignon – Tirimisu – Lava Cake – Cheeseburger – Roasted Turkey BLT

        Patronage Inclination: Occasion

        Most Recent Visit: ??
        Amount Visited: 20+
        Experiences: Lunch, Dinner, Bar

        Address: 101 Arch Street, Boston, MA 02110
        Website: http://www.vinaliaboston.com  Phone: (617) 737-1777
        Social Networking:  Twitter @VinaliaLounge

        Monday, March 1, 2010

        M Bar Review

        M Bar at the Mandarin Oriental
        My Opinions: The service in the seated lounge section can be spotty. I waited over 20 minutes for my check one time. The bar service, on the other hand, has always been excellent - Bar Scene is great on the weekends and pretty quiet during the week - They offer quality brand beers and liquors that you don’t commonly find – I love tequila, but have yet to try the Billionaire’s Margarita … it’s on my list of things to accomplish in 2010!

        Some Food/Drink Tasted: VeeV Acai Mixinations

        Patronage Inclination: Frequent

        Most Recent Visit: 2/27/2010
        Amount Visited: 20+
        Experiences: Bar

        Address: 776 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199
        Website: http://www.mandarinoriental.com/boston/dining/m_bar  Phone: (617) 535-8800
        Social Networking: Twitter @MO_Boston  -  Facebook /MandarinOrientalBoston

        National Food Holidays (March)

        MARCH
        NATIONAL FOOD HOLIDAYS
        Here are some national food holidays that you can celebrate which ever way you see fit. Pick you favorites and put them on your calendar to enjoy! If you are truly passionate about a food that doesn't yet have its day, our President has the authority to grant them, so get a petition introduced by a constituent, trade association or public relations firms and keep your utensils ready.
        • March 1: National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day
        • March 1: National Fruit Compote Day
        • March 2: National Banana Creme Pie Day
        • March 3: National Cold Cuts Day
        • March 3: National Mulled Wine Day
        • March 4: National Pound Cake Day
        • March 5: National Cheese Doodle Day
        • March 5: National Absinthe Day
        • March 6: National Frozen Food Day
        • March 6: National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day
        • March 7: National Crown Roast Of Pork Day
        • March 7: National Cereal Day
        • March 8: National Peanut Cluster Day
        • March 9: National Crabmeat Day
        • March 10: National Blueberry Popover Day
        • March 12: National Baked Scallops Day
        • March 14: National Potato Chip Day 
        • March 15: National Pears Helene Day (with Chocolate Sauce & Brandy)
        • March 16: National Artichoke Hearts Day
        • March 19: National Chocolate Caramel Day
        • March 20: National Ravioli Day
        • March 21: National French Bread Day
        • March 22: National Water Day (FAVORITE!)
        • March 23: National Chip and Dip Day
        • March 23: National Melba Toast Day
        • March 24: National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day
        • March 25: National Lobster Newburg Day
        • March 25: National Pecan Day
        • March 25: National Waffle Day
        • March 27: National Spanish Paella Day
        • March 28: National Black Forest Cake Day
        • March 29: National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day
        • March 31: National Clams On The Half Shell Day