Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fleur Irisée's Tweets (October 2010)

October 2010
Tweets on Twitter by Fleur Irisée
  • 10/31/2010 HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Headed to @Bond around 10pm for #Yelloween tonight
  • 10/30/2010 Support local Boston candy makers like #NECCO Be sure to AVOID: Nestlé has issued a voluntary recall for their #Raisinets
  • 10/29/2010 Dinner @Menton tonight - Somehow I don't think #menton is the right spot to celebrate National #Oatmeal Day - perhaps my late night snack!
  • 10/29/2010 Celebrate the 3rd #Armenian Film Festival of #Boston @ICAinBOSTON - 3 days of visually dazzling film Oct. 29 - 31
  • 10/29/2010 Some #goth clubs to party the 31st at: in Boston - in Cambridge - in Northampton
  • 10/28/2010 An #absinthe evening @The_Fireplace - who knows what you'll see! Try this potent liquor this Sat
  • 10/27/2010 For Fun: Ancient Celts believed spirits roamed the land #Halloween night, so they wore masks & costumes to avoid being recognized as human
  • 10/26/2010 Dress up your pets: #Yappier Hour - Halloween Costume Contest is tomorrow (Wed.) at 5:30pm in The Yard @LibertyHotel
  • 10/25/2010 Just celebrated today's National Greasy Foods Day with Wendy's #6 combo. Even though it tasted good, I'm regretting it already!
  • 10/24/2010 RT @IncMagazine Tool of the Day: Employment Application Form
    10/23/2010 Atlas Liquors #Scotch Tour this Mon. Sample hundreds of different spirits incld. Cognacs, Tequilas, Vodkas. Tickets
  • 10/23/2010 Happy National #Boston Cream Pie Day. Stop by the Omni #Parker Hotel's Parker restaurant for the original
  • 10/22/2010 2-day 46th Head of the Charles #Regatta starts tomorrow. Enjoy at the Esplanade, or buy a ticket to the Eliot Bridge @HOCR1965
  • 10/22/2010 Don't miss getting a late night sugar high at the Four Season's weekly Viennese Dessert Buffet (every Sat. evening at #Bristol Lounge)
  • 10/21/2010 Back at the #Cyclorama: Second Glass - #Wine Riot Opening Night this Friday w/250 wines from around the globe
  • 10/20/2010 Duxbury #oysters are delicious right now. Maybe some will be at Turner Fisheries' Vodka & Oysters special tomorrow
  • 10/20/2010 Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, w/Christmas being the 1st - I'm a sucker for both w/Valentine's Day a close 3rd $
  • 10/18/2010 For Fun: Rumor has it, if you see a #spider on #Halloween, it's the spirit of a loved one watching over you (put your slippers down & smile)
  • 10/17/2010 It's National #Pasta Day & Month. Of course I think of our #Italian North End spots & home meals
  • 10/13/2010 A shopping trip to #Saks #Boston is setup for tomorrow ... sticking to my list of "necessities", like winter tops, is not guaranteed! @saks
  • 10/13/2010 The 10th annual Wellfleet #OysterFest is this weekend in #Wellfleet, Cape Cod - #oysters are best served cold!
  • 10/13/2010 Another reason for men to wax & #manscape: "Signs of a #werewolf, aka lycanthrope, are bad breath, a unibrow, & hairy palms w/long fingers" about 13 hours ago via web
  • 10/13/2010 A good scary: #Gargoyles were created by medieval architects to ward off evil spirits. For more history
  • 10/12/2010 Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the Roman harvest festival that honors Goddess #Pomona
  • 10/11/2010 Trying to figure out what to do with all the apples I picked yesterday @Brookdale Farms - Send me #apple #recipes!
  • 10/10/2010 - I found my #pumpkin!
  • 10/8/2010 American Film Institute #AFI has classic mystery & sci-fi movies to get you in the mood for a heart-pounding Halloween
  • 10/7/2010 I'm so excited to finally try #Noche (RIP #Icarus) Cucumber Gimlet & Golden Crown are on my to-drink list. @NOCHEBoston
  • 10/5/2010 Eco-Friendly Video Discussion by Eben Bayer: Are #mushrooms the new plastic? @TEDGlobal
  • 10/4/2010 #Halloween Fun: "Jack o’ Lanterns" started in Ireland, using hollowed-out turnips w/lit candles to keep away spirits on the #Samhain holiday
  • 10/4/2010 Who says #tacos and #vodka don't go together well? Celebrate today's National Vodka and National Taco holiday in harmony. Salud!
  • 10/3/2010 A New England #Pumpkin Patch Guide: Pumpkin Picking, Recipes and More!
  • 10/3/2010 Sept. #ViaMatta Review - not as good as I'm used to :( @ViaRadius
  • 10/3/2010 I had a great lunch today at #Hawthorne Tavern! I really want to come back for the Sunday Jazz Brunch @HawthorneHotel
  • 10/1/2010 This Somerville studio, #AirCraft Aerial Arts, offers silk, trapeze, & hoop aerial lessons - Cirque here I come!
  • 10/1/2010 It's World #Vegetarian Day (Oct 1st). Visit #NAVS organization to find ways to support/celebrate this movement.

YTD TweetsOctober 2009

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Puff the Magic Bar Review

Puff the Magic
My Opinions: I adore this establishment and its owner ... David is always working when I go in, and he makes you feel welcomed. The walk-in humidor has a great selection of cigars, loose tobacco and cigarettes, then their counter is complete with pipes, lighters, cutters, etc. You can get all your smoking needs met here. They don't serve food, but they do host a full bar that includes  (but not limited to) wine, tequila, and cognac.

The atmosphere is friendly with piano music, comfy seating, and games to play while you can unhurriedly enjoy your drink/smoke - there's even a front porch to sit on in the nice weather.

When you visit, don't forget to look up and appreciate the unique ceiling that makes you wish you could lie down on it!

Patronage Inclination: Frequent

Most Recent Visit: 10/18/2010
Amount Visited: 30+
Experiences: Humidor, Bar

Address: 649 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601
Website:  Phone: (508) 771-9090
Social Networking:  Facebook /Puff the Magic Cigar Lounge

Previous PostsSeptember 2010  -  August 2009

Friday, October 15, 2010

Troquet Restaurant & Bar Review

My Opinions: I went for a cheese plate desert here tonight and sat at the downstairs bar. It was great fun, and their newest bartender was friendly and accommodating. Though this bar is small, it offers great people-watching since it's by the front window.

If you like cheese plates, this is one of my first suggestions. They do an impressive job hosting a wide variety to choose from, and I've found that they know how to store it well, so the Formaggio Kitchen-procured cheeses doesn't loose their quality and texture.  Some places either over-chill the cheese or they dry out. [Other restaurants in the area that offer great cheese plates are Marliave and Menton.]

     Try:  Black Sea Bass - Short Rib Canneloni - Cheese Plate
     Skip:  Pig

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

Patronage Inclination: Occasion

Most Recent Visit: 10/15/2010
Amount Visited: 50+
Experiences: Dinner, Bar

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

Older Troquet PostsMarch 2010  -  September 2009

Sorellina Restaurant & Bar Review

My Opinions:  I was glad to see this place hopping on a Thursday evening - go Sorellina!

My meal tonight started with some fairly-priced champagne and oysters on the half shell (Duxbury) that were fantastic.  I was disappointed that they took my favorite appetizer/side, the eggplant gratinata, off the menu, but the roasted beets were delicious!  The filet was fresh and flavorful, but their duck dish was rather tough and, I hate to say it but, a bit dry. This is not the norm here, so perhaps it was an unlucky cut.

This has been one of my favorite restaurants in Boston for years. The service and food is top-notch, and the atmosphere is airy, attractive, and clean (the large black/white photo by the wine wall reminds me of Opus One in Napa, CA). The bar is small to mid-size and can be fun, but the scene does vary.

     Try:  Filet Mignon - Oysters on the half shell - Roasted Beets
     Skip:  Duck - Zeppole

Some Food/Drink Tasted: Oysters - Roasted Late Summer Beets - Foie Gras – Arugula – Carpaccio - Insalata - Verdure – Maccheroncelli – Filet Mignon – Ribeye – Chicken – Duck - Eggplant Gratinata – Ciambelle – Cioccolato – Semifreddo - Tiramisu - Zeppole

Patronage Inclination: Frequent

Most Recent Visit:  10/14/2010
Amount Visited: 100+
Experiences: Dinner, Bar

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

Older Posts: March 2010

M Bar Review

M Bar at the Mandarin Oriental
My Opinions: They have started a great happy-hour offering M-Th here (buy two signature cocktails and get a free small pizza). I tried their chicken pizza, and it was good! This is a great after-work spot now that the colder weather is upon us. The weekends are still quite busy with people dressed up and ready to flirt.

I also got to see my favorite bar manager, Ari, again. I've had a great time working with him on signature cocktails for several private party events already.

M Bar offers quality brand beers and liquors that you don’t commonly find. The bartenders are great, knowledgeable and friendly. Cheers!

Some Food/Drink Tasted: VeeV Acai Mixinations

Patronage Inclination:  Occasion

Most Recent Visit: 10/14/2010
Amount Visited: 40+
Experiences: Bar

Address: 776 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199
Website:  Phone: (617) 535-8800
Social Networking: Twitter @MO_Boston  -  Facebook /MandarinOrientalBoston

Older M Bar PostsJuly 2010  -  March 2010

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Hawthorne Tavern Restaurant & Bar Review

Hawthorne Tavern @ Hawthorne Hotel
My Opinions: You know what's not spooky? ... this place! Today was my first time here, located just off of Salem Common, and I felt comfortable right away. I absolutely loved the seating, the friendly staff, the crackling fireplace (and the food's delicious and affordable too!).

I hope to come back and try more of the menu; I really want to experience the Sunday Jazz Brunch.

Some Food/Drink Tasted: Hot Artichoke and Sundried Tomato Dip - Turkey Burger

Most Recent Visit: 10/02/2010
Amount Visited: 1
Experiences: Bar

Patronage Inclination: Occasion

Address: 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970
Website:  Phone: (978) 744-4080
Social Networking: Twitter @HawthorneHotel

Friday, October 1, 2010

National Food Holidays (October)

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.
  • October 2: National Fried Scallops Day
  • October 3: National Caramel Custard Day
  • October 4: National Taco Day
  • October 4: National Vodka Day
  • October 5: National Apple Betty Day
  • October 6: National Noodle Day
  • October 7: National Frappe Day
  • October 8: National Fluffernutter Day (FAVORITE!)
  • October 10: National Angel Food Cake Day
  • October 11: National Sausage Pizza Day
  • October 12: National Gumbo Day
  • October 13: National Yorkshire Pudding Day
  • October 14: National Chocolate-Covered Insects Day
  • October 15: National Chicken Cacciatore Day
  • October 15: National Roast Pheasant Day
  • October 16: National Liqueur Day
  • October 17: National Pasta Day
  • October 18: National Chocolate Cupcake Day
  • October 19: National Seafood Bisque Day
  • October 20: National Brandied Fruit Day
  • October 21: National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
  • October 22: National Nut Day
  • October 23: National Boston Cream Pie Day
  • October 23: National Canning Day
  • October 24: National Bologna Day
  • October 25: National Greasy Foods Day
  • October 27: National Potato Day
  • October 28: National Chocolate Day
  • October 29: National Oatmeal Day
  • October 30: National Candy Corn Day
  • October 31: National Candy Apple Day

    Peapod Service Review

    Peapod by Stop & Shop

    My Opinions: I have come to trust and appreciate this food delivery service since moving into a Boston apartment where close parking is hard to come by. It's difficult for me to carry heavy bags, and I don't like to make multiple trips, so this is a perfect service for me.  They bring everything up to my apartment, and not just to the front door of my building.

    I was initially concerned with ordering fresh items like fruits and vegetables because I was not there to pick out the freshest looking ones, but they have done a nice job. I have never gotten anything that was bruised or expired. I also like their customer retention program, product information, online specials, and discounted delivery times.

    My only hope is that they continue to add to the on-line inventory of items they typically have in stock at the store. I recommend giving this a try (don't forget to tip the delivery person!).

    Website:  Phone: (800) 573-2763
    Social Networking: Twitter @PeapodDelivers  –  Facebook /Peapod Delivers