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April 26, 2011

Pigmenta, Greater Boston Area

I had a very interesting evening. Tonight, I went to 231 Newbury Street where Julia Bowers, owner and founder of Pigmenta Permanent Cosmetics, performs her talent.

I have to say that I am truly inspired by what she does. Julia creates natural-looking tattoos for medical purposes - such as for those who are undergoing chemotherapy. She is a devoted artist to her craft and as cheesy as it sounds, a miracle worker.

In a matter of minutes, I watched as Bowers made a woman who initially felt incomplete without her eyebrow hairs transform into a woman who felt more beautiful than she ever has! It almost brought tears to my eyes to see the abundance of joy that Julia's work had brought to this particular patient.

If you are interested in permanent tattoos for eyebrows, eyeliner, lipliner, tattoo removal, etc, I HIGHLY recommend Miss Bowers. It is a quick, safe, and life-changing procedure that requires no downtime or pain. Visit Ciao Bellas!

April 24, 2011

Samurai, Boylston Street

Last night for dinner, a friend & I went to Samurai, a Japanese restaurant located on Boylston Street across the street from the Prudential Center.

Samurai is an upscale sushi joint with DELICIOUS sushi. I only have positive things to say about Samurai. Service is fantastic, food is mouth-watering, decor is super cozy, and there is a very attractive waiter there LOL.

If you want really yummy, quality sushi, go to Samurai. Every penny is worth it. I especially like Samurai because if you rearrange the letters, you can spell my name. HAHA I am so incredibly cheesy and easily amused :) Bon soir!

P.S. Nothing hits the spot better than some fried green tea ice cream. Hmmm....

Metropolis Cafe, South End

Ever since I came back from NYC, all I have been craving is brunch. So naturally, my girlfriend and I went for Sunday brunch earlier this afternoon in the South End - the cutest neighborhood in Boston! I wish I spent more time down in the South End because it is just such a lovely area.

Originally, we had intentions of going to Masa. Usually Masa is a hot mess and has nothing less than an hour wait, but we thought ok, it's Easter, people are probably at home eating with their families. Nope! Everyone and their moms were at Masa. Instead, we went to Metropolis Cafe down the street.

Metropolis Cafe is a small little diner-like restaurant that instantly transports you to Paris as soon as you walk in through the narrow doors. The food was delicious, the decor was cute BUT I have to point out 2 things. Which restaurant doesn't give you toast with any breakfast entree? Sounds petty but I was quite shocked. And B.) Our waiter was definitely baked out of his mind! LOL No joke, this guy was definitely on something. He took his sweet ass time with everything and looked annoyed when I asked him for sugar in the raw. IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK FOR? Sheesh!

I wouldn't say I was crazy about this place. I wish there had been better service and toast...xoxo

April 23, 2011

Lolita, Back Bay

Friday nightt, I went to one of the newest lounges in Boston, Lolita, located on Dartmouth in between Newbury and Boylston Street. I am instantly intrigued by any place that is called Lolita, so I was very much looking forward to it.

Lolita is situated where the old Paparazzi restaurant used to be. As soon as you walk into Lolita, you are greeted with sensuality in the air. The lounge oozes very dark and erotic vibes. These vibes are further enhanced with the black and red walls, furniture, and interesting layout.

In addition to the lounge having quite the stimulating ambience, Lolita also has a Latin undertone throughout. I especially appreciated the portraits of Antonio Benderas and Penelope Cruz on the gents' & ladies' rooms respectively.

Drinks at Lolita were very strong (which is a good thing, hehe), music was nice, crowd was so-so (predominantly a BU scene). I quite liked this place except for the one annoying thing that will never change in nightlife - such a long line to get in for a not so full venue. Oh well.

Anyway, I will probably come back in the summertime. Enjoy the track below! Ciao :*

Theme Song: Cada Vez Que Te Veo by Cafe Del Mar

April 21, 2011

Boloco, Greater Boston Area

Oftentimes, businesses have fishbowls for customers to leave their business cards so they win something grand. I always used to think they were bs BUT, I won TEN FREE BURRITOS (~$70 value) from Boloco this past week because my business card was selected from the bowl. How cool is that? I never win anything so I was wicked excited!

I am not a burrito kind of gal at all, but I have to say, that their selection of food is delicious. All the vegetables used are organic and fresh. Everything is pretty much healthy except for the giant cookies. I think this is a great little thing they have put together because I have talked about them on my blog (hehe) AND I kind of enjoy burritos now.

Bolocos are located all over the city. Boloco stands for Boston Local Company. Another interesting fact is that all of the beautiful neon colored painting you see in Boloco are by renowned Bostonian artist, Sean Boyce. I went to one of his art shows last Fall at his studio on Newbury Street. Truly beautiful and expensive work, but that'sbesides the point. Anyway, if you like burritos, eat @ Boloco and drop your business card in the fishbowl!(Sean Boyce painting)

April 17, 2011

Parlor Steakhouse, Upper East Side

Saturday morning, I enjoyed a delicious brunch at Parlor Steakhouse in the Upper East Side of New York.

First of all, I had no idea New Yorkers were OBSESSED with brunch. I am definitely not a brunch-er, but when in Rome..

Parlor Steakhouse is tres magnifique. Service was fantastic and the food was delicious. Each of us ordered from the prix fixe menu with which for only $25 you get a brunch entree, as well as bottomless coffee, mimosas, bellinis, or freshly squeezed juice.

The decor of the restaurant is simple but lovely. I had a very pleasant dining experience here. Something that really stood out was that the owner was making sure every patron in his restaurant was happy and taken care of. Now that is what you call great customer service.

Ava Lounge, Dream Hotel

Both nights in New York, my friends and I partied at the penthouse club of Dream Hotel - Ava Lounge. Ava Lounge itself is very beautiful. More importantly however, the view is absolutely breathtaking. Friday night was pretty empty. We met a group of Aussie boys who were cute until they opened their mouths. They all had anchovy breath that nearly killed me as soon as they said hello. Saturday night was definitely a lot more happening. Ava was filled with an eclectic group of people. Drinks are ridiculously expensive here but I assume pretty standard for hotel clubs in New York City. And I thought Liberty Hotel was overpriced for drinks! Great music and really strong drinks + amazing view of New York City = fabOOSH time!

Dream Hotel, New York

This weekend was easily one of the best weekends I have had in 2011. My girlfriend and I drove down to New York Friday after work for the long weekend. A mini-vacation that was very much needed!

I was visiting some dear friends from abroad in the city. I stayed at the Dream Hotel which is located at W 55th and Broadway. The first thing I noticed when I pulled up to the hotel was that the entire building was lit with blue lighting!

Dream is owned by Vikram Chatwal, therefore you can expect nothing less than a unique, sophisticated, innovative environment as soon as you step foot into the hotel. The room, lobby, lounge, hallways all make you truly feel like you're in a dreamworld.

Long story short, this is an awesome hotel to stay in New York City. It is really refreshing to stay somewhere with a cool concept that underlies every aspect of the hotel as opposed to the old-fashioned cookie-cutter hotels that infest the city. A lovely and different hotel experience to say the least!

PS. Rumor has it that Vikram Chatwal is seeing Lindsay Lohan LOL

April 12, 2011

Triple Points!

To all you shoppers... tomorrow is a day I have been looking forward to for quite some time now - TRIPLE POINTS @ SAKS 5TH AVENUE!

I am so incredibly excited! Happy shopping folks!

April 11, 2011

On an aside...

Ok, so this post has absolutely nothing to do with Boston and is so beyond random. Lately, my flowery little heart has been yearning to go far, far away. In particular, I would love to be in Paris right now, at a cafe, smoking a long cigarette with my white wine waiting to be sipped, typing away on my laptop as I people watch.

Enjoy these great Parisian(esque) tunes that make you feel like you're flying... ciao

April 10, 2011

Tapeo Restaurant & Tapas Bar, Newbury Street

Went to Tapeo on Newbury Street for dinner and drinks last night. Every restaurant with an outside patio on Newbury Street had nothing less than a 45 minute wait. Thankfully, we managed to get a table at Tapeo asap.

We ordered a pitcher of delicious sangria and other delectable items from the Tapas menu. I am sure other Bostonians feel the same way, but yesterday was a day we have all been looking forward to in months! There is no better feeling than drinking sangrias on the patio with the sun beating on your skin at 6pm.

I enjoyed the food and drinks here very much. If there is one complaint I have, it's that the chairs outside are wicked uncomfortable! My poor tuchus was not comfortable by any means. If I wasn't tipsy, I probably would have bitched about it to the waiter which would have gotten me nowhere except for a terrible reputation there. LOL

Anyhoo, hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday. Beautiful weather! xoxo

Vlora, Boylston Street

Yesterday, I went to Vlora on Boylston Street for brunch with my cousin. Vlora's menu consists of Mediterranean dishes. This was my second time here, and I maintain the same opinion as my first time - a truly underrated restaurant.

Not only is the brunch menu fantastic, but the decor of the restaurant is impeccable! The 2 times I have eaten here has been during the day with the sun shining through the sunroof. I would love to come here for dinner on a summer night with stars in the sky. LOL sounds too cheesy but for real... hint hint.

I ordered spicy shrimp with couscous and mushrooms - boy oh boy was it so good. Yum! The menu wasn't incredibly expensive considering the location and how nice the place is. I highly recommend this restaurant for all meals of the day or a place to host a party.

April 07, 2011

Publick House, Washington Square

Tuesday evening, I went out for some eats and drinks @ Publick House on Beacon St in Washington Square.

Let me preface this post by reiterating that I am NOT a pub kind of gal nor do I enjoy beer. That being said, I went into Publick House expecting to have a lame time - I know, not the best attitude to have. Anyway, it was everything I expected it to be except, the place was completely PACKED! Who knew Brookline residents actually come out for weekday fun?

I enjoyed my grilled chicken dinner while I hydrated myself with white wine. My alcoholic beverage options were limited as naturally, most of the drink menu included beer.

Generally speaking, it was not as horrible of a time as I had expected it to be. I was as always, in good company, and the food was quite appetizing. I would never waste a Friday or Saturday night here but it was pretty entertaining for a Tuesday. Not much more to comment on the place. I guess if you like European-style pubs and whatnot, this is the place for you!

On an aside...

As I was on my way to work this morning on T, I was reading Stuff magazine. I stumbled across an advertisement that made me nearly choke on my coffee out of shock. A magenta page with a cute, brown animated chick on it with a caption that read, "" Nothing else. Naturally, I was intrigued.

All day at work today, I wondered, what the hell could this be about? As some of you may know, I am currently enrolled in the Weight Watchers program and trying to drop some lbs. So anything that may motivate me to lose weight in a fun, efficient way is highly attractive!

I just visited It's basically a free website that offers advice on dieting, exercising, how to shed weight, and most importantly, how to keep it off! The site can definitely use some improvement, but the idea behind it is fabulous for people like myself. Besides updating the website so it doesn't look like it's from 1999, the ad in the magazine was very smart -definitely caught my attention. Heck, if someone if calling me a fat girl, then I would work extra hard to prove them wrong!

Anyhoo, will update everyone on Monday about how the weight loss is going. Ciao bellas! xoxo

April 03, 2011

On an aside...

Ahh... what a lovely Sunday I just had. I started my day having brunch with friends, had a killer workout + nap and ended with a scrumptious dinner and a movie.

DINNER: I am really trying to take this weight-loss, weight watchers thing seriously. So tonight for dinner I made a delicious AND healthy meal. I cooked chicken forthe first time in my life. Grilled chicken with herb-flavored couscous topped with sauteed portobello mushrooms, red & yellow peppers, onions and a side of house salad with balsamic dressing. Oh, and of course a glass of wine to wash it all down. Boy oh boy did I surprise myself. It was sooooooo good, filling, and healthy!

MOVIE: I watched The Town. I know, this movie came out so long ago but I just got around to watching it now. It is always so exciting watching movies that are filmed in the city you live in. I remember this movie being filmed my sophomore year of college. First of all, Ben Affleck is so foxy. His body, the accent, the bad ass demeanor, everything just makes me hope that a Bostonian townie will soon sweep me off of my feet. Also, I had NO IDEA that Boston was the "bank robbery capital of America" YIKES!

Anyway, I am off to snoozing land. Buenos noches. xoxo

Paris Creperie, Coolidge Corner

I am not really a brunch kind of gal, but I figured I would brunch it up today because it's SUNDAY FUN-DAY (and I am hungover).

My friends and I went to Paris Creperie on Harvard Ave in Coolidge Corner earlier today for some delicious crepes. When I say delicious, I mean freakin' delicious! I ordered a Nutella Canoli Crepe with fresh strawberries and brown sugar. MM MM GOOD!

The place was pretty packed but it wasn't the annoying kind of packed where you can't hear yourself talking. Space is limited but it's kind of nice. Makes you feel like you're in Paris - that's probably why it's called Paris Creperie. Anyway, I had a very pleasant brunch and might make this a Sunday ritual. I can't believe I am saying this, but I think I may have found a place where the iced coffees are better than Dunkin Donuts!

I highly recommend this cute little place. Hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful Spring weather!

Bond & W

Last night, my girlfriend and I went to Bond and then the W.

When we arrived at Bond, it seemed promising. Music was good, ok group of people, drinks were yum, and I was feelin' like a 10. However, as time passed, the scene kept getting trashier and trashier which is a shame because Bond is such a beautiful place. I finally convinced my friend to get outta there, so we left. Good call because this morning I heard there was a police chase at Bond shortly after we left. YIKES! We then hopped in a cab and went to the W which is almost always a good time. I told the cab driver me and my friend worked at Glass Slipper (local strip joint) for some reason. Oh alcohol and it's crazy effects. Anyway, it's nap time...

PS: I'd like to have my rehearsal dinner at Bond if I ever get hitched...

Theme Song: Lost Groove by Kaskade

April 02, 2011

Bar Lola, Back Bay

Hier soir, a bunch of colleagues and I went to Bar Lola on Commonwealth Avenue to say our good-byes to a former colleague.

I have to say that Bar Lola is one of the most underrated Tapas bars in Boston. The sangris are probably the best in the city, food is off the chain, the atmosphere is super cozy, location is amazing, and the service is fantastic! We reserved the back room for our party which was a brilliant idea. We had the entire space to ourselves, privacy, a little dance floor, and of course awesome company.

I think the reason why Bar Lola may not be as popular as it should be is because it's underground, which normally freaks me out, but in this case it's totally doable.

Anyway, I don't have too much more to say because for the first time I am not complaining or bitching about a place. I highly recommend Bar Lola for their sangrias, Tapas menu, and Salsa gatherings on Wednesday nights. Bar Lola is an amazing daytime lounge in the summer with their outdoor patio that looks over the beautiful Back Bay.

Ciao bellas!

Theme Song: Guajira by Yerba Buena