Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Fleur Irisée's Tweets (June 2010)

June 2010
Tweets on Twitter by Fleur Irisée
  • 6/25/2010 Leaving #NYC - had a fabulous time at the W Times Square and Ritz. Thank you Pinnacle Limo for the ride!
  • 6/22/2010 @VapianoBoston, I'm looking forward to your opening party today ... thanks for the invite!
  • 6/22/2010 Taste of #Cambridge, June 24, feat. delicious fare from all corners of the city in a beautiful outdoor setting -
  • 6/20/2010 "One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters" -George Herbert. Happy #Father's Day - enjoy your successes
  • 6/18/2010 Weekend guide to summertime in New England. #BWP #write
  • 6/15/2010 May be too early to get excited about this new build, but good food, dancing & ambiance in Kendall Sq.?! YAY:
  • 6/14/2010 Check out these #business tools: sample forms, job description templates, worksheets, spreadsheets & contracts
  • 6/12/2010 Around the world - it's International Cachaca Day!!! Drink up
  • 6/10/2010 I just had a lovely dinner at #Siros in Marina Bay - cold drinks, yummy food and fantastic company!
  • 6/10/2010 It's National Iced Tea Day & Snapple's doing their part to help you celebrate it. Buy 1-get-1 free coupon
  • 6/9/2010 RT bostonpride RT @BentleyPRIDE: it's Boston PRIDE week. what have you done to show your pride?!!! Join @BentleyU PRIDE in the Boston Pride Parade on...
  • 6/7/2010 Trying Oceanaire tonight for the first time! I hope it's good ... I already adore the bartenders and their generous pours :)
  • 6/6/2010 I still love #thunderstorms : the flash of light & boom above! But, I'm glad the Celtics play indoors b/c it should be a good game tonight!
  • 6/6/2010 Bay Laurel Culinary, Chef Chris Greenwald, was amazing: food, personality & work ethic were top notch!
  • 6/5/2010 Eat Local: Beacon Hill Bistro's chef Jason Bond makes an ever-changing, multi-course menu w/fresh seasonal products. Avail. Sun-Thurs nights
  • 6/4/2010 The #Sports Museum's proud to announce the honorees for this summer’s 9th annual “The Tradition” held @ TD Garden Arena
  • 6/4/2010 Triple the fun: today's National Frozen #Yogurt Day, National #Cognac Day and National #Cheese Day ... mmmmm Cheese is my favorite!
  • 6/3/2010 RT bostonmagazine Horses... in bow ties... at the Ritz? View more pics:
  • 6/3/2010 Who's going to the Annual Taste of #Somerville, June 8th? I want to win some restaurant gift certificates!
  • 6/1/2010 Today is National #Hazelnut Cake Day - I've been celebrating all weekend in CA - now I just want some veggies and sparkling #water - Detox!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Vapiano Opening Party


They did a great job with the opening party, so hopefully they will keep up with their marketing momentum and have a great 1st summer in Boston. The event was done right, with plenty of food in multiple sections of the place to avoid bottlenecks and keep the crowd circulating, their bartenders were confidant and didn’t seem like it was their first pour behind the wood, and the food was good – My “sixth sense” is that it won’t be successful unless they do seasonal marketing because of it’s size, location and menu offering. They need to keep their presence visible and capitalize on their outside seating during the warm season by promoting private parties.

I loved the fresh basil at the table! However, as we all know, I love my tequila on the rocks, so I hope they were just behind on stocking their bar since they didn't have any Patron or Milagro to offer. Todos necesitamos un buen tequila.

Some Food/Drink Tasted:  Pasta - Bruschetta - Skewers of Mozzarella & Tomato

Most Recent Visit: 6/22//2010
Amount Visited: 1
Experiences: Bar

Patronage Inclination: Fleeting

Address: 191 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116
Website:  Phone: (857) 445-0236
Social Networking: Twitter @Vapiano_USA  –  Facebook /Vapiano

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Il Casale Restaurant Review

Il Casale
My Opinions:  This is the first time I hosted a business diner here, and it exceeded my expectations. The service was great with a good pace and polite, not overly chatty, conversation - My free Business Development Advice: For places that don't have an active bar scene, patronage especially suffers during major sporting events, so it is wise for these places to cater to special events and offer some food specials and festively named cocktails (market it  3 to 4 weeks beforehand).

Some Food/Drink Tasted: Sfizis – Semplice – Ravioli – Funghi Trifolati – Bistecca - Carne Meatballs - Salumi Plate for Two - Petto Griglia

Most Recent Visit: 6/13/2010
Amount Visited: 10+
Experiences: Dinner, Bar

Patronage Inclination: Fleeting

Address: 50 Leonard Street, Belmont, MA 02478
Website:  Phone: (617) 209-4942
Social Networking: Facebook /Il Casale

Previous PostsFebruary 2010  -  December 2009

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Bistro du Midi Restaurant & Bar Review

Bistro du Midi
My Opinions: After my disappointing downstairs dining experience, I was back upstairs for another great dinner with attentive and polite service! I was pleased to see new barbajan flavors too, though I hope they bring the pumpkin back once it's in season - They're still doing the souffles, not bad but not my favorite desert, anyhoo ... don't worry about ordering them early, you can still order them when you're done with your meal.

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 - Eggplant & Olive Dip with Crostini - Croque Monsieur - Roasted Chicken Breast with Polenta - Chocolate and Pistachio Tart

Most Recent Visit: 6/11/2010
Amount Visited: 20+
Experiences: Dinner, Bar

Patronage Inclination: Frequent

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

Previous Posts: May 2010 - March 2010 - January 2010

Cigar Masters Bar Review

Cigar Masters
My Opinions:  Another fun night with great wine, smooth smokes (they even sell Nat Sherman cigarettes), and a handsome crowd (including the cocktail waitresses).

I like this unique experience since smoking indoors is so rare to come by. The bar scene is always fun and social. Since they only serve wine and beer, the locker storage VIP option is fantastic, so you can have your own personal products on hand.

The management and staff are very easy to work with for special events!

Most Recent Visit: 6/11/2010
Amount Visited: 50+
Experiences: Bar

Patronage Inclination: Occasion

Address: 745 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116 (multiple locations)
Website:  Phone: (617) 266-4400
Social Networking:  Twitter @Cigar_Masters  -  Facebook /Cigar Masters Boston

Older Cigar Master PostsFebruary 2010  -  January 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Siros Restaurant & Bar Review

My Opinions:  The outside dining must have distracted me, and I ordered the veal piccata - a dish I must remember not to order here. I do love my piccata's, but this is one of the few preparations that does not taste good to me ... something about the large olives and chewy pasta fall short - On the up side, the Frenched Pork Chop was delicious - savory, tender with a perfect crisp on the outside - To note: Siros' has a tasty marinara sauce - No surprise, it gets pretty busy in the Summer, so be sure to make a reservation - I am looking forward to trying their new restaurant that's replacing Skyline on the marina. It's set to open in the Fall/Winter 2010.

Some Food/Drink Tasted: Rolled Eggplant – Bruschetta - Mediterranean Salad – Wedge – Chicken Parmesan – Chicken Broccoli and Rigatoni – Filet Mignon – Tiramisu – Bread Pudding - Veal Piccata - Double Thick Frenched Pork Chop

Patronage Inclination: Occasion

Most Recent Visit: 6/10/2010
Amount Visited: 50+
Experiences: Dinner, Bar

Address: 307 Victory Road, North Quincy, MA 02171-3105
Website:  Phone: (617) 472-4500
Social Networking:  Facebook /Siros Marina Bay

Older PostsJanuary 2010 

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Oceanaire Restaurant Review

My Opinions: Veal is telling of an Italian Restaurant's quality, as raw oysters and crab cakes are of a Seafood Restaurant. The oyster bar and crab cakes are quite good here! - Bar is nice and spacious with stiff drinks and a more mature crowd ... perhaps due to being located by government center. You can certainly come here to eat solo, entertain a date or host a business meeting - Staff is attentive and friendly - I would come back here, but would not go out of my way because the menu is basic and the atmosphere doesn't offer anything special.

Some Food/Drink Tasted: Jumbo Lump Crab Cake - Oysters On The Half Shell - Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella Salad - Baked Stuffed Shrimp - Pan Roasted Button Mushrooms

Most Recent Visit: 6/07/2010
Amount Visited: 2
Experiences:  Dinner, Bar

Patronage Inclination: Fleeting

Address: 40 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108 (multiple locations)
Website:  Phone: (617) 742-2277
Social Networking: Twitter @Oceanaire_Bostn  –  Facebook /Oceanaire.Boston

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Caliterra Restaurant & Bar Review

Caliterra Bar & Grille at the Hilton
My Opinions: This visit was great, per usual, but a bit emotional because we celebrated one of Caliterra's irreplaceable bartenders, Elena's, last day. She is off to pursue her aspirations, so I am happy for her, and I look forward to visiting her at the House of Blues. As far as I know, Dragan will still be here to serve ice cold San Pellegrino with a smile and offer up great conversation - so all is not lost and I will continue to come here! - I still haven't gotten a chance to enjoy the buffet breakfast that they serve every morning ... maybe Elena and I will come in together to try it.

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: 6/04/2010
Amount Visited: 40+
Experiences: Dinner, Bar

Patronage Inclination: Occasion

Address: 89 Broad Street, Boston, MA 02110
Website:  Phone: (617) 348-1234
Social Networking: Twitter @CaliterraBoston 

Older Caliterra PostsMarch 2010 - February 2010 - September 2009

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Gaslight Restaurant Review

Gaslight, Brasserie du Coin
My Opinions: My visit here today was to attend Gaslight's Patio Opening Party.  I believe PR expert, Chris Haynes (no family relation), of CBH Communications worked on this event, and did a great job. Attendance was perfect for the space and the vendor set-up kept the crowd circulating - Every summer, I love coming to the patio for a light lunch that consists of a simple cafe menu with some French twists – The staff is great and the bar scene is friendly with a lot of locals.

Some Food/Drink Tasted: Croque-Monsieur – Gaslight Salade – Sandwich Cubano – Pâté De Campagne – Fondue Piemontaise – Molten Chocolate Cake

Most Recent Visit: 6/02/10
Amount Visited: 20+
Experiences: Lunch, Late Night Menu, Bar

Patronage Inclination: Frequent

Address: 560 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
Website:  Phone: (617) 422-0224
Social Networking: Facebook /Gaslight Brasserie du Coin

Previous PostsJanuary 2010

LuxLash Review


My Opinions: So for those who didn't know, I'm a "lash addict". I have very thin and short lashes, and I've tried everything from mascara to strip lashes but was never happy with the results, so when I found this solution I was hooked - They have a lovely and accessible storefront on Newbury Street and you always get friendly service - I am excited that they just started offering manis & pedis while you get your lash extensions applied because you're there for about an hour or so - Lash extensions last as long as your natural lashes do (so about 6 weeks) and you don't have to wear mascara ... I'm off to schedule my lash fill - see you there!

P.S. This is a great service to get done, especially a few days before a wedding or party! They offer  bridal packages, temporary lashes and lash extensions (what I have), waxing and even semi-permanent make-up. There are also products to support your quest for beauty secrets.

Experiences: Lash Extensions

Address: 232 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116 (multiple locations)
Website:  Phone: (617) 587-5274
Social Networking: Twitter @LuxLashBoston – Facebook /LuxLash, Inc.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

National Food Holidays (June)

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.
  • June 1: National Hazelnut Cake Day
  • June 2: National Rocky Road Ice Cream Day (FAVORITE!)
  • June 3: National Egg Day
  • June 4: National Cheese Day
  • June 4: National Frozen Yogurt Day
  • June 4: National Cognac Day
  • June 5: National Gingerbread Day
  • June 6: National Applesauce Cake Day
  • June 7: National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
  • June 9: National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day
  • June 10: National Iced Tea Day
  • June 10: National Black Cow* Day (*A root beer float)
  • June 11: National German Chocolate Cake Day
  • June 12: National Peanut Butter Cookie Day (FAVORITE!)
  • June 14: National Strawberry Shortcake Day
  • June 15: National Lobster Day
  • June 16: National Fudge Day
  • June 17: National Apple Strudel Day
  • June 18: National Cherry Tart Day
  • June 19: National Dry Martini Day
  • June 20: National Vanilla Milkshake Day
  • June 21: National Peaches and Cream Day
  • June 22: National Chocolate Éclair Day
  • June 22: National Onion Rings Day
  • June 23: National Pecan Sandy Day
  • June 24: National Pralines Day
  • June 25: National Strawberry Parfait Day
  • June 26: National Chocolate Pudding Day
  • June 27: National Indian Pudding Day
  • June 27: National Orange Blossom Day
  • June 28: National Tapioca Day
  • June 29: National Almond Buttercrunch Day
  • June 30: National Ice Cream Soda Day