Friday, December 31, 2010

Fleur Irisée's Tweets (December 2010)

December 2010
Tweets on Twitter by Fleur Irisée
  • 12/31/2010 Handsome pairing, Kurt! I'm keeping it easy & contemporary too by wearing Alice + Olivia w/Louboutins. Happy New Years Eve! @kurtmalec
  • 12/31/2010 Happy National Champagne Day - I'm such a fan of the #bubblies that I never need a "special" occasion to pop a bottle, but today is a must!
  • 12/28/2010 Back in #Boston to welcome the New Year in the city I love!
  • 12/28/2010 It's National Chocolate Candy Day! I love going to Gourmet Boutique @ #Copley for luxurious treats @gourmetboutique
  • 12/27/2010 Thanks @Ellen: Funny Signs from Around the World Loved Cop Car #sign!
  • 12/27/2010 I'm on my way! I'm in lovely #Denver Colorado and, since we didn't get a white Christmas, I'd rather get a tan! @kurtmalec
  • 12/26/2010 It's National Candy Cane Day! I've already had a mini #candy cane, which is why I'm probably still up. @DylansCandyBar
  • 12/25/2010 Love & Light & Christmas Miracles - wishing everyone something extra special today :)
  • 12/24/2010 Perfect - It's National Egg Nog Day today! I am loving the seasonal @Hood flavors like cinnamon #egg nog - I even use it in my coffee :)
  • 12/23/2010 Just played #Taboo w/the family - I love creatively intelligent games! What a great family, friend or couples-night #game. (I totally won)
  • 12/22/2010 New: Free Software for Mac and PC 
  • 12/22/2010 Vote to make this nominee the BEST Veterinarians. Boston Veterinary Care: 
  • 12/22/2010 Vote to make this nominee the BEST Cakes. Konditor Meister: 
  • 12/22/2010 Vote to make this nominee the BEST Venue. Boston Harbor Hotel: 
  • 12/22/2010 Vote to make this nominee the BEST Wedding Planner. Fleur Irisee: 
  • 12/22/2010 Vote to make this nominee the BEST Flowers. Winston Flowers: 
  • 12/22/2010 Vote to make this nominee the BEST Flowers. Winston Flowers: 
  • 12/22/2010 Vote to make this nominee the BEST Invitations. Mia Carta: 
  • 12/22/2010 Vote to make this nominee the BEST Bridesmaid Dresses. Flair Bridesmaid Boutique: 
  • 12/22/2010 Vote to make this nominee the BEST Rings. Shreve, Crump & Low: 
  • 12/22/2010 Vote to make this nominee the BEST Wedding Dresses. L'elite Bridal Boutique: 
  • 12/22/2010 Vote to make this nominee the BEST Videographer. GENERATIONS cinemastories: 
  • 12/22/2010 "Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart." - W. Irving #quote
  • 12/21/2010 Dinner time - It's National Hamburger Day! I like to get my #burger on at the Bristol Lounge, Abe & Louie's and Jer Ne. Where do you go?
  • 12/20/2010 "Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall." - Larry Wilde #quote
  • 12/19/2010 #Christmas Fun: If you got all of the gifts in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" you'd get 364! Start creating your unique version :)
  • 12/19/2010 @Fleur_Irisee is going to the Boston Wine Expo Jan. 22, 2011 . I just got my Grand Cru #Wine Lounge pass! @bostonwineexpo
  • 12/19/2010 Today is National Hard Candy Day. Perfect for peppermint bits. What hard #candy are you going to celebrate with?
  • 12/18/2010 Today's National Roast Suckling Pig Day. I still remember how crazy-good the dish was at #Craigie @craigieonmain
  • 12/17/2010 I'll be wearing Narciso Rodriguez fasion for Beanstalk Interactive's #holiday party tonight in the South End! @beanstalkinter @kurtmalec
  • 12/15/2010 Tomorrow: Recording For the Blind & Dyslexic's Open House (Dec. 16th, 6:30) I'll be there! 
  • 12/15/2010 Highest #Massachusetts single rates - (Could be good b/c there's a lot of options OR bad b/c no one wants to commit!)
  • 12/15/2010 Speaking of # cupcakes! See @UrbanDaddy's latest Boston article on Isabelle’s Curly Cakes 
  • 12/15/2010 It's national cupcake day (a great way to accumulate winter lbs.). When I think #cupcakes, I think @kickasscupcakes 
  • 12/12/2010 Take a pic. in the Four Season's plush Teddy Bear Tree! It's adorable & for a great cause @FSBoston 
  • 12/12/2010 @ewbray lucky! I wish my job required more travel. Love #Denver - am going in 2 weeks. Enjoy! Larimer Sq. is always nice to visit.
  • 12/12/2010 @HotelChocolatNA : it's National Cocoa Day (Sunday) - a visit to Hotel Chocolat #Boston is in order! So ... how are you going to celebrate?
  • 12/10/2010 My new #tiffany #purse! The interior is awesome, and I love the over-the-shoulder strap too! 
  • 12/10/2010 Dear #Lolita, I'm coming to your opening tonight (btw, A+ drink list!). Good luck & save me some tequila @LolitaBoston 
  • 12/10/2010 #Lagers + cold weather = cozy! Today's National Lager Day. My top picks are Samuel Adams, Paulaner & Stella Artois 
  • 12/9/2010 Come to Recording For the Blind & Dyslexic Org.'s Open House (Dec. 16th, 6:30) I'll be there! 
  • 12/9/2010 Stop in the Taj Boston lobby to see the impressive #gingerbread construction (It smells yummy too)! @TajBostonHotel 
  • 12/9/2010 "Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end" -Scott Adams @ScottAdams #quotes
  • 12/9/2010 Embrace your Winter weight today w/some #pastries to honor National Pastry Day. @mikespastry is always sure to please 
  • 12/9/2010 I love the new #Tiffany&Co. #purse collection. I just got my first one! View them online, but go in to really fall in love 
  • 12/8/2010 A personal thank you to #USA "@nytimes: U.S. Committed to Defending S. Korea ". I hope #China will do the right thing.
  • 12/8/2010 Words of wisdom: "If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it - then I can achieve it." — Muhammad Ali #quote #MuhammadAli
  • 12/6/2010 Off on my last trip to Cape Cod for 2010! Maybe I'll get some #gazpacho since today's National Gazpacho Day 
  • 12/5/2010 off to the Wang to see the #Rockettes (Radio City)!
  • 12/4/2010 So ready to celebrate my friend's birthday tonight at the beautiful Foundation Room in #HouseOfBlues @HOBBoston 
  • 12/4/2010 How snackable - it's National Cookie Day! I love peanut butter #cookies w/dark chocolate. What's your cookie craving?
  • 12/3/2010 Amazing dinner @Mooo. Even though butterscotch pudding sounded great, I had caviar for desert & it was perfect! #Mooo
  • 12/3/2010 It's official - I am now a Board Member of #RFB&D ! @RFBandD I can't wait to start helping.
  • 12/2/2010 High end Mexican food anyone? The barely publicized Lolita Cocina & Tequila bar is due to open in Back Bay very soon 
  • 12/2/2010 RT @legalseafoods Doc Rivers at Copley Place yesterday and Paul Pierce at Long Wharf today for lunch...Celtics love fish! Go Celts!
  • 12/2/2010 I adore #Sorellina's Duxbury oysters on the half shell! They're cold & fresh. I went in last night for 2 plates. 
  • 12/1/2010 Happy Hanukkah! guide: "Celebrating #Hanukkah"
YTD Tweets:  December 2009

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Eastern Standard Restaurant & Bar Review

Eastern Standard
My Opinions:  I came straight here from my late-night flight back from Colorado and was thrilled to enjoy a hot quality meal ... a treat that truly warmed my heart after dealing with the holiday travelers and their "baggage" (ugh!).

The bar was busy per usual, with an extensive and (overly) creative drink list, a good looking mature crowd, and their ever-patient, professional and friendly bartenders. The food here is very good; I especially like coming here for lunch. Be sure to sit outside when you can to people watch - they even have heat lamps to help during the winter months.

     Try:  ES Cubano
     Skip: Seared Salmon

Some Food/Drink Tasted: Oysters - Steak Tartare - Eggs Benedict - Frisee aux Lardons - Chicken Chopped Salad - Cubano - Standard Burger - Foie Gras - Charcuterie Plate - Breakfast Breads - Grilled Cheese - Fried Calamari - Grilled Swordfish - Roasted Chicken Breast - Hanger Steak Frites -  Pear, Duck Confit Flatbread - Chocolate Hazelnut Terrine - Panna Cotta - Steak and Cheese Sandwich

Most Recent Visit: 12/28/2010
Amount Visited: 100+
Experiences: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Bar

Patronage Inclination: Frequent

Address: 528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Website:  Phone: (617) 532-9100
Social Networking: Twitter @ESKDboston  -  Facebook /Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks

Older PostsJuly 2010  -  October 2009

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Avenue Grill Restaurant Review

The Avenue Grill 
My Opinions:  I'm here visiting family for the Christmas holiday and, as a tradition, we try a new Denver restaurant each year. The Avenue Grill was quite a fine find.

I was first impressed with the interior - it was warm, inviting, and a bit fancier than I had imagined given the exterior (love that!). I did get a peak at the bar that looked like a fun time! Once seated, the service was excellent (friendly, attentive and knowledgeable) and the menu was enticing. Not only did they offer great food choices, many with a Thai flair, they also could make most dishes gluten free, they had a vegetarian option AND they had a late night menu!

The food tasted great and the cocktail menu was creative; I would definitely come back here. What a great Christmas Eve dinner!

     Try:  Ravioli - Filet - Grilled Salmon
     Skip:  Tiramisu Roll

Some Food/Drink Tasted: Fondue Style Smoked Cheddar - Chicken and Spinach Potstickers - Tempura Prawns - Wild Mushroom Ravioli - Charbroiled Ribeye - Grilled Salmon - Tiramisu Roll - Crème Brulee

Patronage Inclination: Occasion

Most Recent Visit: 12/24/2010
Amount Visited:  1
Experiences: Dinner

Address: 630 East 17th Avenue, Denver, CO 80203
Website:  Phone: (303) 861-2820
Social Networking:  Facebook /AvenueGrill

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Southwest Airline Review


My Opinions:  WOW - I just realized how much I like Jet Blue

I did not know that there were major airlines still in operation that employed the "don't-cut-the-line" approach to boarding, fight-for-your-seat assignments, no televisions, tight legroom, anti-handicap-sized bathrooms, and no food to purchase sustenance-program! (If you're rolling your eyes, then roll away, because I was starving.)

This was certainly one of my most unpleasant flight experiences that I can remember. It is family-friendly ... rather, family-heavy ... but the prices have risen to the point that any other airline I can think of will be my next go-to. Also, unless you are extremely particular to which tiny seat you want, paying their upgrade fee is ineffective. <DING!>

Website:  Phone: (800) 435-9792
Social Networking: Twitter @SouthwestAir  –  Facebook /Southwest Airlines

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

RumBa Bar Review

RumBa at the InterContinental Boston
My Opinions:  I've been coming here since it opened and it's a great place to drink and socialize with an attactive mix of successful Bostonians and visitors. You can trust there will be a decent weekend crowd, and expect a smaller local group during the week.

The main bar and lounge is attractive with a U-Shaped setup and lots of seating in the lounge. (I recommend not looking out into their pastel-like dining room, as it is a stark contrast to the swanky bar feel.) Though RumBa focuses on rum, they do offer a full bar of all the high-end spirits ... they even have sugar cane as a garnish for some of the cocktails!

I have yet to do an event in the red-themed Champagne Bar, but I would since the service is fairly good. I believe the private room is nice for a small group of 25-30 people.

Patronage Inclination: Occasion

Most Recent Visit: 12/21/2010
Amount Visited:  40+
Experiences: Bar

Address: 510 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02210
Website:  Phone: (617) 747-1000
Social Networking:  Twitter @InterConBOS  - Facebook /icboston

China Sky Restaurant Review

China Sky 
My Opinions:  Feels like home ... this is an unexpected find in my hometown of Winchester, MA. And it's still popular after all these years, so you know the food is good!

The service is informal, "You ready to order? What you want?" style, but it comes with a smile and you can always order slowly if you don't want your food to all come out at once.  Also, you should be aware that they don't have a full liquor license, so it's cordials, beer and wine only.

The appetizers and meals are of very good quality and flavor, but the maki was not. I have yet to try the sushi/sashimi, and, even though it was not a "bad" experience, I am not encouraged to do so. We'll see if I'm feeling curious next visit!

     Try:  Crispy Beef
     Skip:  Maki

Some Food/Drink Tasted: Fried Dumplings - Miso - Sesame Chicken - Crispy Beef - Maki - Scallion Pancakes - Tangerine Chicken - Lo Mein

Patronage Inclination: Occasion

Most Recent Visit: 12/21/2010
Amount Visited:  5+
Experiences: Dinner

Address: 27 Converse Pl, Winchester, MA 01890
Website: ??  Phone: (781) 729-6899
Social Networking:

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Towne Restaurant & Bar Review

Towne Stove and Spirits
My Opinions:  I told you I'd still come here for drinks even if the food didn't get a hold on me! Tonight was just that: Baja Breezes, and, given the snow storm, there was still a nice crowd in the front bar area.

The bartenders are great, and I had great service (again!).  The crowd is still hopping for after-work drinks, dinner and socializing, so come get your flirt on! You'll find that people here also frequent Abe & Louie's and Sonsie.  Speaking of, I came from dinner at Abe & Louie's to here, and I've actually been wondering how Sonsie's is doing ...

     Try:  Bacon Sandwich - Lobster & Corn Pizza
     Skip:  Foie Gras - Mosaic

Some Food/Drink Tasted: Iceberg/baby - Tuna Belly - Tartare - Crostini's - Lobster Popovers - Ravioli - Duck Crisp - Sausage & Pepperoni Pizza - Bacon Sandwich - Lobster & Corn w/Honeyed Ricotta Pizza - Foie Gras - Beet Carpaccio - Salmon - Peking Chicken - Beef Short Ribs Crisp Tender - Pavlova - Warm Dark Chocolate w/Cherry Gelato - Toasted Hazelnut - Baja Breeze - Frozen Vanilla Mosaic - Chocolate Pudding - Sorbet

Most Recent Visit:  12/20/2010
Amount Visited: 30+
Experiences: Dinner, Bar

Patronage Inclination: Occasion

Address: 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215
Website:  Phone: (617) 247-0400
Social Networking: Facebook /Towne Stove and Spirits

Older PostsSeptember 2010  -  August 2010

Abe & Louie's Restaurant & Bar Review

Abe & Louie's
My Opinions: Dinner was fantastic tonight. I really like sitting downstairs (you get to see all the bar action), and the management got me a booth next to the fireplace which made the meal that much better. It's the little touches that are so extra special!

I was introduced to a "signature" cocktail here tonight, the flirtini, and it was turning heads. It was very good (aka very strong) and, even though I'm not a fan of sweet drinks, it did taste delicious.

The cuts of meat have remained top-notch, the greens are crisp and clean, and the service is unwaveringly excellent. I can't wait to come have another meal here in 2011!

     Try:  Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes - Bacon Cheeseburger - Bone-In Filet Mignon
     Skip:  Boca Chopped Salad

Some Food/Drink Tasted: Clams Casino - Fruit Salad (no oil) - Iced Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail - French Onion Soup Au Gratin - Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Benedict –  Steak Benedict - Lobster and Shrimp Omelette – Abe & Louie’s Salad – Filet Mignon – Boca Chopped Salad – Blueberry Pancakes – Fresh Lobster Salad - Bacon Cheeseburger - Beef Steak Tomatoes - Sirloin au Poivre - Creamed Fresh Spinach - Fresh Asparagus - Sauteed Mushrooms - Chocolate Dipped Strawberries - Flirtini

Most Recent Visit:  12/20/2010
Amount Visited:  100+
Experiences: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Bar

Patronage Inclination: Frequent

Address: 793 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116 (multiple locations)
Website:  Phone: (617) 536-6300
Social Networking

Older Abe & Louie's PostsAugust 2010  -  March 2010  -  December 2009

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Caliterra Restaurant & Bar Review

Caliterra Bar & Grille at the Hilton
My Opinions: It's official, I truly feel like I'm the "Norm" of Caliterra - guess I will just have to embrace it! 

With the cold weather here, this hotel restaurant and bar is getting busier. They've had some change in management, and I hope it doesn't cause a big staff-turnover or cause stocking issues. I did notice they were out of a few items, so let's see if this works itself out.

The food here is still good, but my 2011 wish is for a menu revamp that changes at least 60% of the appetizers, entrees and deserts!

     Try:  Spinach Tortellini - Heirloom Tomato Salad
     Skip:  Filet Mignon Sandwich

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

Most Recent Visit:  12/18/2010
Amount Visited: 75+
Experiences: Dinner, Bar

Patronage Inclination:  Fleeting

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

Older Caliterra PostsAugust 2010  -  June 2010  -  March 2010  -  February 2010  -  September 2009

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Statler Lounge Bar Review

Statler Lounge at the Park Plaza
My Opinions:   I needed to preoccupy myself for a couple hours this evening while waiting for round-2 of my spa appointment (looong story), so I decided to go accross the street to the Park Plaza Hotel. 

This was my first time to try this hotel bar. It was nice and cozy, but is decidedly not a destination spot. I did like that they had a pianist, and that the wine list was decent, but what I didn't care for was their teeny-tiny bar menu. I was hungry and it did not offer up much, so I opted to go on an impromtu diet.

This hotel is rich in history, but is certainly not known for its food.  The afternoon tea is mediocre and we all remember how I felt about Pairings after my unimpressive dinner. It's a great atmosphere, and convenient hotel, but not a foodie haven in the least.

Patronage Inclination:  Only When Necessary

Most Recent Visit: 12/16/2010
Amount Visited: 1
Experiences:  Bar

Address: 50 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116
Website:  Phone: (617) 426-2000
Social Networking Twitter @BostonParkPlaza  -  Facebook /BostonParkPlaza

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Bristol Lounge Restaurant Review

Bristol Lounge at the Four Seasons
My Opinions: It's nice to see that Michael has not ventured far from his previous job at Asana and has now come work at the Bristol Lounge. Congrats on the move!

I have been coming here since I was little, but I don't remember ever enjoying the Teddy Bear Tea. This special tea is only done duing the winter holiday season and is wonderful. The Four Seasons collects donated teddy bears and then works with non-profits to deliver the bears to children in need. The tea is great too, especially for kids, because a "real" teddy bear comes out and walks around to their delight ... and mine! It should not be missed.

I should note that the food is just as delicious as always and the service is appropriately formal to match. I love to sit by the Boylston St. windows for people watching or lounge on one of their comfy couches. The  the bar scene on the weekend is still decent for professional, mature, singles to mix and mingle. 

     Try:  Bristol Burger
     Skip:  Creamed Spinach

Some Food/Drink Tasted: Oysters on the Half Shell - Jumbo Shrimp - Endive, Pear and Watercress Salad - Viennese dessert buffet – Pate – Bibb Salad - Sea Scallops - The Famous Bristol Burger – Oven Roasted Crispy Chicken – New England Striped Bass - Truffle Fries - Trio of Fries - Creamed Spinach with Parmesan Crust - Prime Filet Mignon

Most Recent Visit: 12/13/2010
Amount Visited: 100+
Experiences: Lunch, Dinner, Bar

Patronage Inclination: Frequent

Address: 200 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116 (multiple locations)
Website:  Phone: (617) 351-2037
Social Networking: Twitter @FSBoston - Facebook /FourSeasons

Older PostsJanuary 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

M Bar Review

M Bar at the Mandarin Oriental
My Opinions: This is a great place to come to after a day of shopping at Copley since you don't have to go outside to get inside this place.  It's also a popular after-work spot ... especially now that the colder weather is upon us. It can get crowded during the weekends, packed with a unique medley of people dressed up and ready to flirt.

The food here is good, but it's not the most comfortable place to eat when it's busy, so I recommend going into the lounge or the restaurant, Asana. I do like that M Bar offers more exotic brands of beers and liquors that you don’t commonly find around here. The bartenders are knowledgeable, friendly and very professional.

Happy Holidays!

Some Food/Drink Tasted: VeeV Acai Mixinations, Millionaire Margarita, Pizza, Bento Box, Tartar Trio

Patronage Inclination:  Occasion

Most Recent Visit: 12/8/2010
Amount Visited: 50+
Experiences: Bar

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

Older M Bar PostsOctober 2010  -  July 2010  -  March 2010

Taj Tea Review

Taj Tea at the Taj Hotel Boston
My Opinions: This is one of my favorite teas in Boston. It's held in the richly-adorned French room upstairs, and I always sit in the room with all the windows for the natural light and great view of Newbury Street.

The presentation is classic, the food is tasty, the drinks are refreshing, and the atmosphere is cozy. If I had to say a "con", I would say that the service could use some work to encourage more professional courtesies and quicker turn-around. I love the addition of live music - it's such a nice back drop to great conversations and relaxation.

P.S. Don't miss the fragrant holiday gingerbread-Taj in the lobby (It's huge and well done!).

Patronage Inclination: Occasion

Most Recent Visit: 12/8/2010
Amount Visited: 10+
Experiences: Afternoon Tea

Address: 15 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116
Website: Phone: (617) 536-5700
Social Networking: Twitter @TajBostonHotel  -  Facebook /Taj Boston

Taj Bar Review

Taj Bar at the Taj Hotel Boston
My Opinions: This has never been a spot I ever try to come to (as you can see by my 'amount visited').

Aside from it not being a fun spot, it is a bit oppressive even with all the windows facing the common, it doesn't have good service, and the staff has mentioned the food isn't done well (yikes!). Their mixed drinks are decent, and their wine list is average. If I had to say a "pro", the Taj Bar is a good spot for a business meeting because it's in an upscale place, is typically very quiet, and you are rarely interrupted/serviced by the staff.

With all the other places around, you can do better!

     Try: Cocktails
     Skip: Food

Patronage Inclination: Only When Necessary

Most Recent Visit: 12/8/2010
Amount Visited: 4
Experiences: Bar

Address: 15 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116
Website:  Phone: (617) 536-5700
Social Networking: Twitter @TajBostonHotel  -  Facebook /Taj Boston

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Foundation Room Review

Foundation Room at the House of Blues
My Opinions: They have great bartenders in this semi-private club. The atmosphere is swanky with comfy seating, lots of colorful fabrics and interesting nooks & crannies to explore. I love that they have a fireplace too!

They have a medium-sized food menu and a dining room. I've been to a few private events here, and they seem to do a good job with making sure everyone is taken care of. I have yet to eat here or work with the staff to host my own party, but I heard they're fairly easy-going. 2011 - it's a bet.

Patronage Inclination:  Occasion

Most Recent Visit: 12/4/2010
Amount Visited: 10+
Experiences: Bar

Address: 15 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA 02215
Website:  Phone: (617) 960-8372
Social Networking: Twitter @HOBBoston  –  Facebook /HOBBoston

Friday, December 3, 2010

Mooo Restaurant Review

My Opinions:  I've become an even bigger fan of this place over the years. The food has remained delicious and of excellent quality. The service here is great and the interior is pretty - a softer decor  from other steakhouses. The wine list has improved too!

I have never eaten lunch here or spent time at the bar, but it looks nice even if it's not very busy ... they also have different menus for both, so something new for me to try in 2011!

I saw their private dining room downstairs by the bathrooms and it was "okay". What truly turned me off was their standard event packet. It had a lot of rules and fees and was written with little thought for pleasing/attracting clients. I was surprised since they do such a nice job upstairs in the restaurant.

     Try:  Tuna Tartare - Steaks
     Skip: n/a

Some Food/Drink Tasted: Sushi Grade Tuna Tartare - Kobe Beef Dumplings - Filet Mignon - Dry Aged New York Sirloin 35 Days - Side Flight – Endive Salad - Heirloom Tomato, Creamy Blue Cheese, Bacon - Caviar - Exotic Mushroom Mix - Side Flight

Patronage Inclination: Frequent

Most Recent Visit: 12/03/2010
Amount Visited: 10+
Experiences: Dinner

Address: 15 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108
Website:  Phone: (617) 670-2515
Social Networking:  Facebook /Mooo Restaurant

Previous PostsJanuary 2010

Bar 10 Review

Bar 10 at the Westin Copley Place Boston

My Opinions: I like coming here when I'm looking for a semi-causal time. The food is decent, the servers are nice but a little slow, and the bartenders are friendly. The scene fluctuates since a lot of patrons are there because of another event, but it's never without a few locals!

The food prices are a bit steep for what you're getting, but the drinks are fair because they're potent and made well. The mini-sized deserts are a nice touch, but I would really like them to get large bottles of sparkling waters instead of their kid-sized bottles!

     Try:  Panini
     Skip: Tuna Carpaccio

Some Food/Drink Tasted: Seafood Tower – Artichoke Dip – Turkey Club Panini - Steak Burger - Toscana

Most Recent Visit: 12/02/2010
Amount Visited: 60+
Experiences: Lunch, Dinner, Bar

Patronage Inclination: Occasion

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

Older Bar 10 PostsMarch 2010  -  January 2010

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sorellina Restaurant & Bar Review

My Opinions:  I came here for a quick bite at the bar and ended up staying  until close - the staff here is amazing and so much fun!

I was able to enjoy their fresh Duxbury oysters on the very cold half shell (again). They are delicious! I have been trying to get the side of eggplant gratinata back on the menu, but to no avail thus far.

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. It's definitely going to be a 2011 staple.

     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:  12/1/2010
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 PostsOctober 2010  -  March 2010

Holiday Help

HOLIDAY HELP (... and beyond)

Party Planning: Fleur Irisee (shameless, I know! We can plan an unforgettable gathering for you, or simply assist you in the day-of management.)
Flowers: Winston Flowers (Holidays are the time to showcase arrangements that make an impact, be it hosting a party, surprising a loved one or impressing clients - these flowers are pieces of art and can compete with all the other holiday glitz.)
Memories: Generations Cinemastories (Capture your precious moments with this talented group ... you're sure to discover some missed moments or witness some funny unplanned follies that will entertain everyone for years to come!)
Fashion for Men: Macy's (They have a great selection of suits, ties, slacks and blazers at affordable prices - better still, they can tailor your outfits as well.)
Fashion for Women: Lord & Taylors and Saks (If you're not into boutique shopping, Lord & Taylors has a large variety of dresses to choose from, and Saks' shoe and accessory department is unbeatable!)
Gifts: The Little Pearl (Special times call for a special gift and caviar is a symbol of indulgence) and Cambria Cove (Has fun and reasonably priced gifts for co-workers and family alike.)
Dine: Menton, L'Espalier and O Ya (These are all impressive restaurants for a special occasion or romantic rendezvous.)
Donate: Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D) and Children's Trust Fund (Give a selfless gift that warms your heart and helps someone in need.)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

National Food Holidays (December)

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.
  • December 1: National Pie Day
  • December 2: National Fritters Day
  • December 3: National Apple Pie Day
  • December 4: National Cookie Day
  • December 5: National Sacher Torte Day
  • December 6: National Gazpacho Day
  • December 7: National Cotton Candy Day
  • December 8: National Chocolate Brownie Day
  • December 9: National Pastry Day
  • December 10: National Lager Day
  • December 11: National Noodle Ring Day
  • December 12: National Cocoa Day (FAVORITE!)
  • December 14: National Bouillabaisse Day
  • December 15: National Cupcake Day
  • December 16: National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day
  • December 17: National Maple Syrup Day
  • December 18: National Roast Suckling Pig Day
  • December 19: National Hard Candy Day
  • December 20: National Fried Shrimp Day
  • December 20: National Sangria Day
  • December 21: National Hamburger Day
  • December 22: National Date Nut Bread Day
  • December 23: National Pfeffernuesse Day
  • December 24: National Egg Nog Day (FAVORITE!)
  • December 25: National Pumpkin Pie Day (FAVORITE!)
  • December 26: National Candy Cane Day
  • December 27: National Fruit Cake Day
  • December 28: National Chocolate Candy Day
  • December 30: National Bicarbonate Of Soda Day
  • December 31: National Champagne Day (FAVORITE!)