Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Fleur Irisée's Tweets (November 2010)

November 2010
Tweets on Twitter by Fleur Irisée
  • 11/30/2010 It's National Mousse Day (My fav. is dark chocolate w/thick whipped cream). Besides bakeries, where can you get a #mousse desert in #Boston?
  • 11/26/2010 I have officially avoided "running-of-the-shoppers" this #blackfriday (besides, the online world is so much more civilized ... just click!)
  • 11/26/2010 How do you celebrate National Cake Day ... #Konditormeister is a great place to start your #cake blitz (sweet!) http://www.konditormeister.com/
  • 11/25/2010 Today's National #Parfait Day, but I think I'll celebrate Thanksgiving with pumpkin pie, apple pie and some football - HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
  • 11/24/2010 For Fun: Asked to write a letter entitled, "What I'm thankful for on Thanksgiving," little Kim wrote, "I am thankful that I'm not a turkey"
  • 11/24/2010 Party Pleasure: Holiday #parties & long dinners can bring along bad breath - Ginger, basil, mint, & parsley are wonderful chit-chat savers!
  • 11/24/2010 For Fun: The tradition of #football on Thanksgiving started 100+ yrs ago in the northeast. Informal turkey-day games are called Turkey Bowls
  • 11/23/2010 Good morning to all: It's National Espresso Day. I am a @Starbucks fan for #espresso drinks (mmmm Eggnog Latte). Tell me where you go!
  • 11/22/2010 I'm seeing Harry #Potter And The Deathly Hallows tonight (cool!) - I know it's going to be a cliff hanger! http://harrypotter.warnerbros.com/
  • 11/22/2010 Happy National Cashew Day! Salted #cashews are among my favorites (e.g. pistachios & hazelnuts) Here's a nut-indulgent site http://www.fastachi.com/
  • 11/22/2010 Island Creek Oyster Bar was great, cool atmosphere & delicious #oysters! (RIP Great Bay) Call ahead for a table http://www.islandcreekoysterbar.com/
  • 11/20/2010 Delicious! Put down your Recees; it's National Peanut Butter Fudge Day - Maybe @HotelChocolat will have something special on their shelves?
  • 11/19/2010 Thanksgiving fun: #Turkey is among the top 10 foods for your eyes b/c it’s rich in zinc & the B-vitamin niacin protects against cataracts
  • 11/18/2010 It's National #Vichyssoise day (That's a French soup for all the ?-marks) - http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Vichyssoise-102030
  • 11/14/2010 It's National Pickle Day (I immediately think of Snooki when #pickles are mentioned). Go & enjoy some green salty goodness @MTV_JerseyShore
  • 11/13/2010 RT @HuffingtonPost Wines for Thanksgiving -- 10 Winemakers & Wine Experts Give Their Picks: http://huff.to/9uuD0e (from @HuffPostFood)
  • 11/12/2010 Can't wait for after-work drinks tonight @VLBoston I wonder what kind of bubblies they have by the glass ... #TGIF! http://www.vlboston.com/
  • 11/11/2010 It's National Sundae Day: to take the chill off I like to top mine w/warm marshmallow. A low fat pick Gigi (North End) http://www.gelateriacorp.com/
  • 11/11/2010 Nov.13th is TV Diner Platinum Plate Gala. Money raised in auction goes to Horizons for Homeless Children www.necn.com/pages/tvdiner2010gala
  • 11/8/2010 I am loving these gaudy & inappropriate holiday #sweaters @skedouch Make more designs!! http://t.co/NIaxlFK via @AddThis
  • 11/8/2010 It's National #Cappuccino Day. When I think of warm frothy drinks, I think of L.A. Burdick Chocolate in Harvard Sq. http://www.burdickchocolate.com/
  • 11/7/2010 Time to "Fall Back" - Don't forget to turn your #clocks back an hour b/c Daylight Saving Time ends today http://bit.ly/DaylightSavings2010
  • 11/6/2010 Saturday's a great day to celebrate National #Nachos Day - one of my favorite late-night snacks that I make with a sour cream-ranch sauce!
  • 11/6/2010 http://twitpic.com/34h93u - Thank you @formaggio for providing Menton restaurant with amazing #cheeses - A+ on the new additions
  • 11/5/2010 It's National Doughnut Day - somewhere Homer Simpson is celebrating! I'll be at @Menton (maybe they made a #doughnut desert!).
  • 11/4/2010 Nov. 4th is National Candy Day, but I'm still on a #candy sugar high from Halloween. Any good sugar-free substitutes??
  • 11/3/2010 Get your slices, condiments, and brown bags out - It's National Sandwich Day! How do you cut your sandwich (quarters, triangles, no crust)?
  • 11/2/2010 My Range's @ Jamaica Plain Auto Body. I had a great interaction w/them. Nice shop & painting booth. Fast turnaround http://bit.ly/jpautobody
YTD Tweets: November 2009

    Monday, November 29, 2010

    Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar Review

    Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar 
    My Opinions: Another nice restaurant addition to this area.  They did a great job with the layout. There is a nice amount of bar space, with standing room on one side and seats on the other, and dining room tables on the perimeter. The lighting is low and the vibe is friendly with a chic-casual crowd.

    I believe this is the first place I've found with a shot section on the drink menu. In the spirit of things, I had my first "pickleback" shot ... curiosity quelled. Next on my to-drink list is their punch bowl mixtures.

    This place has a nice variety of food, whiskey labels, and you can even book a pig roast. I guess roasts are not just for the summer time any more!

         Try:  Ribeye Roast
         Skip: n/a

    Patronage Inclination: Fleeting

    Some Food/Drink Tasted:  Baby Red Beets - Raw Oysters - Local Farm Vegetable Salad - Ribeye Roast - Sirloin Burger

    Most Recent Visit: 11/28/2010
    Amount Visited: 2
    Experiences: Dinner, Bar

    Address: 1310 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215
    Website: www.citizenpub.com  Phone: (617) 450-9000
    Social Networking: Twitter @CitizenPub  –  Facebook /CitizenPub

    Monday, November 22, 2010

    Jer-Ne Restaurant & Bar Review

    Jer-Ne Restaurant & Bar at the Ritz Carlton Boston
    My Opinions:  I came here for dinner before seeing a movie next door. It's such a convenient spot located just off of the Common.  They have good food and a decent wine list. The atmosphere is dimly lit and comfortable. The service is friendly, but not very formal. Also, the kitchen is a bit slow getting the food out, so plan ahead.

    The bar scene is typically a more mature crowd primarily consisting of locals mixed with some travelers staying at the Ritz Carlton. I really wish they'd revamp the menu more often.

         Try:  Burger
         Skip:  Grilled Rib Eye Steak

    Patronage Inclination: Occasion

    Some Food/Drink Tasted: Chicken Fajita - Ritz-Carlton Burger – Jer Ne Crab Cakes - Sweet Potato Hash - Egg White Omelet - Seasonal Soup - Chicken Club Sandwich - Chocolate Fondue

    Most Recent Visit: 11/22/2010
    Amount Visited: 75+
    Experiences: Brunch, Dinner, Bar

    Address: 10 Avery Street, Boston, MA 02111
    Website: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/BostonCommon/Dining  Phone: (617) 574-7176
    Social Networking: Twitter @Ritz_Carlton

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    Sunday, November 21, 2010

    Gari Restaurant Review

    Gari Japanese Fusion
    My Opinions:  What a nice lazy Sunday I had. We watched the Food Network (The Best Thing I Ever Ate marathon) and ordered lunch in.  I was pleasantly surprised that the food quality Gari put out on their delivery was just as good as what you get in their restaurant. It arrived soon after I ordered - the sushi was fresh and the hot foods were hot. 

    The luncheon specials are a great deal. I will definitely order from them again!

         Try:  Spicy Tuna Maki
         Skip:  Salads

    Patronage Inclination: Occasion

    Some Food/Drink Tasted: Miso - Shumai - Gyoza - Edamame - Mango Maki - Spicy Tuna Maki - Crazy Maki - Dragon Maki - Striped Bass - Scallop - TNT Maki - Luncheon Specials

    Most Recent Visit: 11/21/2010
    Amount Visited: 5+
    Experiences: Lunch, Dinner

    Address: 187 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
    Website: www.garifusion.com  Phone: (617) 277-2999
    Social Networking:  Facebook /Gari Japanese Fusion Restaurant

    Oak Bar Review

    Oak Bar @ Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel
    My Opinions:  It was really busy in the bar tonight with a nice variety of people from ages 35 and up.

    The service is formal, but slow unless you manage to finagle a seat at the tiny bar. There are plenty of table throughout the lounge - I like to sit by the windows. They sometimes have live music, but call to find out the schedule because there wasn't any this evening.

    The food is good at both the bar and in the restaurant but lately the restaurant hasn't been up to snuff, so I choose to dine elsewhere, but this is a great pre or post dinner spot. I do like the dining room layout and formal decor, so I hope the kitchen will pull it together in 2011.

         Try:  Chateaubriand - Artichoke Dip
         Skip: Lamb Lollipops

    Some Food/Drink Tasted:  Crab Cakes - Calamari - Beet Salad – Shrimp Cocktail – Baby Iceberg Wedges – Tableside Oak Room Chateaubriand – Club Cut New York Steak – Artichoke Dip – Panini – Center Cut Filet

    Patronage Inclination: Occasion

    Most Recent Visit: 11/20/2010
    Amount Visited: 25+
    Experiences: Dinner, Bar

    Address: 138 St. James Street, Boston, MA 02116
    Website: http://www.theoakroom.com   Phone: (617) 267-5300
    Social Networking:  Twitter @FairmontCopley  -  Facebook /Fairmont Copley Plaza

    Older PostsFebruary 2010

    Thursday, November 18, 2010

    Island Creek Oyster Bar Restaurant Review

    Island Creek Oyster Bar
    My Opinions:  What a great interior! I can't believe this is the same space Great Bay was in (RIP Great Bay). Be sure to get a close-up of the far back wall made up of all oyster shells.

    The newly elongated bar was packed with a great crowd, the lounge tables were full and the dining room was running smoothly. I experienced great service at the bar and then in the dining room. The raw bar is the best around and the food is good. To be fair, the two deserts I tried were not very good, a bit dry and flavorless, so save the calories or go somewhere else. And rounding out the offerings, they have a great wine list and cocktail menu.

    As long as oysters remain plentiful and fresh, I hope to see this place stay around for a long time. Go SHUCKING!

         Try: Oysters on the Half Shell
         Skip: Desserts

    Patronage Inclination: Occasion

    Some Food/Drink Tasted:  (Every) Oyster on the Half Shell - Salmon Carpaccio - Beet Salad - Iceberg Wedge - Lobster Roll - Lobster Roe Noodles - Atlantic Swordfish - Seafood Casserole - Hamburger - Cookies & Milk

    Most Recent Visit:  11/18/2010
    Amount Visited: 5+
    Experiences:  Dinner, Bar

    Address: 500 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
    Website: www.islandcreekoysterbar.com  Phone: (617) 532-5300
    Social Networking:  Twitter @HotelCommonwlth  –  Facebook /Island Creek Oyster Bar

    Sunday, November 14, 2010

    Clink Bar Review

    Clink @ Liberty Hotel
    My Opinions: This is a great spot for cocktails - especially if you're "single and ready to mingle"!

    The crowd is handsome, well dressed, and diverse. The opened circular floor plan is liberating. Tonight was no exception, the music was hot, the crowd was thick and the drinks were strong ... it's not nearly as claustrophobic as Alibi (I went in and out in about 5 minutes tonight). You can not go wrong coming here on the weekend, and it's even a safe bet during the week.  I'd still skip the restaurant though.  Eat downstairs at Scampo or somewhere close by if you're hungry.

    They do a good job hosting special events like art showings and fashion shows during the week to keep it interesting. Don't miss the Vuvee Cliquot menu, and I dare you to purchase the Key Cocktail ... it's bound to be memorable, so share your experience on my blog!

    Some Food/Drink Tasted: Sampler of American Charcuterie – Frisee Salad – Wild Boar – Pappardelle Pasta – Organic Chicken

    Most Recent Visit: 11/13/2010
    Amount Visited: 100+
    Experiences: Dinner, Bar

    Patronage Inclination: Frequent

    Address: 215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114
    Website: http://www.libertyhotel.com  Phone: (617) 224-4004
    Social Networking: Twitter @LibertyHotel - Facebook /Liberty-Beacon-Hill

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    Saturday, November 6, 2010

    Menton Restaurant Review

    Menton Restaurant 
    My Opinions: The last time I was here, the food was great per usual, but I was worried that the service was going down hill since we all felt a bit smothered. Tonight, it was back to normal ... attentive, but not overbearing. (Phew!)

    I still wish their "lounge" could feel more like its own entity (maybe a partition to hide the host stand), but the bar, Drink, is just next door. As far as Menton's interior goes, I love the frosted white glass lighting, and the generous space between the tables offered privacy - yes, the pre-fix pricing is not cheap, but neither is the food. They also have a delicious and comprehensive wine list to pair with the meal. I have yet to taste the add-on truffle option, so it's something I can try next time.

    From the amuse bouche to the cheese cart, the food is top-notch! I enjoyed the 4-course option again, plus an added cheese plate, and I was really impressed with everything ... I just hope they keep working on making tastier deserts. I'm looking forward to coming here again soon.

    Most Recent Visit: 11/05/2010
    Amount Visited: 5+
    Experiences: Dinner

    Patronage Inclination: Frequent

    Address: 354 Congress Street Boston, MA 02210
    Website: http://www.mentonboston.com  Phone: (617) 737-0099
    Social Networking:

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    Wednesday, November 3, 2010


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    Monday, November 1, 2010

    National Food Holidays (November)

    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.
    • November 1: National Deep Fried Clams Day
    • November 1: National Vinegar Day
    • November 2: National Deviled Egg Day
    • November 3: National Sandwich Day
    • November 4: National Candy Day
    • November 5: National Doughnut Day
    • November 6: National Nachos Day (FAVORITE!)
    • November 8: National Cappuccino Day
    • November 8: National Harvey Wallbanger Day
    • November 9: National Scrapple Day
    • November 10: National Vanilla Cupcake Day
    • November 11: National Sundae Day (FAVORITE!)
    • November 12: National Pizza With Everything Day
    • November 13: National Indian Pudding Day
    • November 14: National Guacamole Day
    • November 14: National Pickle Day
    • November 15: National Raisin Bran Cereal Day
    • November 16: National Fast Food Day
    • November 17: National Baklava Day (FAVORITE!)
    • November 18: National Vichyssoise Day
    • November 20: National Peanut Butter Fudge Day (FAVORITE!)
    • November 22: National Cashew Day
    • November 23: National Espresso Day (FAVORITE!)
    • November 24: National Sardines Day
    • November 25: National Parfait Day
    • November 26: National Cake Day
    • November 27: National Bavarian Cream Pie Day (FAVORITE!)
    • November 28: National French Toast Day
    • November 29: National Lemon Creme Pie Day
    • November 30: National Mousse Day