Sumaira Flower

Sumaira Flower

July 31, 2011

Red Lantern, Back Bay

Last night I went to a place where I should have gone a long time ago - Red Lantern, located in the beautiful Back Bay on 39 Stanhope St.

First of all, this place is HUGE! The decor of the restaurant/lounge is infused with Oriental elements including eastern figurines placed all over, giant red lanterns (LOL, obviously) hanging from the ceiling which provided the perfect red hue on the gold, black, and wooden furniture and floors. The ornamentation of the place is so sleek and cultured. A very Buddha Bar-esque feel to the place which Boston has needed for a LONG time!

The main reason why I am truly obsessed with this place however is because of the music. For the past 5 years, I have become a devotee to lounge/acid jazz (Buddha Beats, Thievery Corporation, Gotan Project, etc) and I thought I was the only freak in the world in my age bracket who listens to "elevator music" on the regular until of course I learned about Buddha Bar. The music at Red Lantern wasn't exactly Buddha Beats but it was definitely up that alley. I love that there is a popular place in Boston that is dedicated to the entire theme of this genre of music. I felt right at home at Red Lantern.

To sum things up, Red Lantern was the last piece of the puzzle for me when it comes to Boston. The drinks were fabulous and definitely not ridiculously priced, the ambience was exotic and oozed sensuality, the crowd was awesome (I made some great connections) and the music was unquestionably good. After last night, Red Lantern has easily become my favorite place in Boston. I would love to come back here for some sushi before my big move to NYC. Ciao bellas!

Theme Song: Esserai by Cantoma (Buddha Beats)

July 28, 2011

The Elephant Walk, Audobon Circle

On this lovely summer day, I went to the Elephant Walk for lunch with my dear friend, Fart.

My boss always raves about this place, so I figured it would be awesome. The interior is definitely not what I thought it would be. It was a lot more "casual" than I had expected. In any case, I was keen on reading the menu options as the restaurant's specialties were Cambodian & French cuisines infused.

I ordered"Crevettes Amrita" which wasa shrimp curry dish. It was such a typical "Sumaira" dish. I imaginethe dish incorporated more of the Cambodian style than French - there was a perfect amount of salt and spices.

Fart on the other hand ordered something not so delicious. Not sure of the dish's proper name but Fart ordered cod with cheese and tomatoes. Not an expert on French food but I am assuming that this dish incorporated more of the French cuisine. Not so yummy.

Anyway, I wouldn't say I am crazy about this place. My dish was delicious but the atmosphere was so-so. I don't not recommend it but I am also not highly recommending it either. Mediocre. Meh. xoxo...

July 27, 2011

The Meat House, Coolidge Corner

After work today, a colleague and I went to "The Meat House" which is a modern-day butcher shop located in Coolidge Corner.

Normally when one thinks about a butcher shop, you're thinking nasty, smelly, "manly" places. I If this is normally the case, then The Meat House is your anti-butcher shop. As soon as I walked in, I was greeted by enthusiastic staff offering me cheese and sausage as well as a glass of wine.

Out of sheer excitement of how interesting this store was, I told the manager it was my first time there. As soon as he learned this, he ran over to the glass cases filled with various marinated meats and gave me free steak tips! I was like "Holy shizay - that is some amazing customer service!"

From there on, nothing could have made my Meat House adventures a negative experience. There were samples all around the store. It was so clean and didn't smell at all. Everything was so neatly displayed. Vino was everywhere, and you know how much I love vino. What also added to the innovative butcher shop was the groovy jams they were blasting. I actually felt like I was at a party at the butcher shop LOL.

Anyway, if you are looking for premium quality meat and ready-made type of foods, GO TO THIS PLACE! For the past 4 months, I have taken a hiatus from being a vegetarian and going to this store makes me want to eat meat everyday and potentially become a butcher. Ok, not really but you know what I mean! Bon soir lovas!

Deux Ave, Back Bay

This evening, I went on my second date with "Ed" to Deux Ave located at 371 Commonwealth Avenue in my favorite neighborhood - the Back Bay.

I had been looking forward to visiting Deux Ave ever since it happened and I thought tonight would be an appropriate occasion.

Deux Ave lacks ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Seriously, I haven't been this impressed by a restaurant / bar in Boston since Mistral. It is small, cozy, so incredibly elegant all piecing together a beautiful environment.

The location is phenomenal as well as the outdoor seating. If I wasn't such a whimp, I would have sat outside and enjoyed people watching in the Back Bay. Instead I opted for the inside which was equally, if not more beautiful.

Everyone from the hostess to the bartender and even the owner were nothing but sweethearts. Everyone was extremely accommodating and as a patron you could easily tell how great their team is at Deux Ave.

Although Wednesdays are typically not that happening in Beantown, there was a pretty good crowd at this hidden treasure. Deux Ave was on my list of places to veg out before I moved to NYC and I am so happy I got a chance to come this evening.

As far as Ed goes, he is very nice but it is so hard to communicate for obvious reasons! iTranslator can only take you so far. I experienced a few sentences where messages definitely got lost in translation LOL. Anyway, hope everyone has a great weekend - Thirsty Thursday begins tomorrow... woot! woot!

PS. This restaurant in real life is absolutely breath taking. I don't think that the pictures do justice but have a look below! xoxo...

Theme Song: Last Tango In Paris by The Gotan Project

Dating Circa 2011

So, I will be completely honest and come out in the open. For experimental purposes, my girlfriend and I put ourselves on (you know, the one that was in Britney Spears' music video?) to see if this online dating stuff actually works. PS I could only handle one week of it before I deleted my account.

During my short time on the site however, I did manage to find one guy up my alley out of the 250,000 something guidos. He asked me out on a date so I thought, "ok? Why not?"

Hence, last night I went to Bar Lola with this young gentleman who happened to be 10 times more handsome in real life although his photos clearly impressed me too. Let's call him Ed because I LOVE Ed Helms. Ed just moved to the US from a land very, very far away where English was not a required language to be learned. Needless to say, my date's English was a little rough around the edges.

Thanks to the iPhone however, my date and I had an enjoyable date. My date and I communicated via iTranslator on the iPhone and managed to say everything we wanted to! After I came home, I couldn't help but realize that technology in today's day and age can really make anything possible. Never did I think that I would go on a date and the only form of talking would be iTranslator.

Anyway, just thought I would share my tidbits on my experience with online dating and in-person iPhone communication. XOXO!

July 26, 2011

Birthday Mayhem 2011!

In my opinion, every birthday is important and special. This year however was particularly special for the very reason that it was my last celebration in Boston.

This past weekend, I celebrated my birthday at BIJOU which has became my favorite club in Boston. Every single one of my friends had an amazing time and the music was fantastic!

I had my makeup done by Chris Ciapetta of MAC who has been doing my makeup regularly for the past 2 years. He is so talented and I cannot wait until he becomes a celebrity makeup artist! My hair was done by a very adorable updo specialist at Persona Hair Salon which is located at 331 Newbury Street on the 2nd floor. My dress was from French Connection (I seem to only wear French Connection for my birthday bashes for some reason)

Anyway, this birthday was my favorite so far. I am so thankful to have such wonderful friends and colleagues who came out to celebrate with me. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Below are photos for everyone's viewing pleasure.

PS. I am posting so many days later because I just got over my hangover ;) Ciao bellas!!

(Preparty @ my apartment)

(BIJOU - Stuart Street)

(Updo by Persona Hair Salon located at 331 Newbury Street, 2nd Floor)

Theme Song: Mr Saxobeat by Alexandra Stan

July 17, 2011

Stella, South End

On this lovely Sunday afternoon, my hungover friends and I traveled to the scenic South End for some scrumptious brunch. As soon as I walked in to Stella, I honestly felt like I was one of the Sex and the City girls walking into their favorite breakfast place. I actually felt like I was in New York City. Stella is SO CUTE! I have never been to a place such as Stella in Boston. Everything from the decor, to the waitstaff, to the food was just perfect. The yellow and white walls, decorations, high ceilings and embellishments all contributed to a bright, friendly, and welcoming environment.

I am going to keep this post short just because I am running out of fabulous adjectives to describe Stella. HIGHLY, HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend Stella! This restaurant just makes me that much more excited to move to NYC baby!

Parish Cafe, Boylston Street

Good morning and happy Sunday. I have no idea why I am up this early blogging considering I didn't go to bed until 3:30am - I am probably still inebriated. If there are any typos or something doesn't make sense grammatically, you know why :)

Yesterday, on one of the most beautiful days that Boston has experienced so far this summer, my friends and I went to have lunch at Parish Cafe on 361 Boylston Street near the Boston Commons. How do I sum this experience up in one equation?

Great summer seating arrangements + delicious food + good crowd + RUDE WAITRESSES =
an ehh experience @ Parish Cafe

It's really amazing how what starts out to be a positive experience can easily be turned sour with unhelpful, rude, and miserable customer service. Perhaps she was stressed out or was just not having a good day, but don't show that to your customers. I was having trouble figuring out what I wanted to order from the menu and she probably came over 5 times and asked me if I knew what I wanted already without offering any help or suggesting anything to speed up the process. We couldn't get a smile out of her anything.

Other than that however, the food was tasty. I also loved how crowded it was both inside and outside. I do suggest this place for outdoor dining in the summertime. Hopefully you won't get stuck with an impatient server. That is all for now... ciao bellas!

July 10, 2011

On an aside...

So as I mentioned in my previous post, I went to the Seaport for the first time to party last night. Since I was so excited to go there, I decided to dress up. I found this beautiful, white, one-shouldered Grecian dress at H&M that I had to buy!

When I tried it on in the fitting room, I thought to myself, "Kourtney Kardashian would totally wear this!" (If you didn't already know, I really love her style!) Then, I remembered a billboard I saw in the Prudential Center and everything came together.

Although it's not exactly the same outfit... the idea is there. Have a looksie. It's too bad because I had an awesome outfit and a shitty night. Good thing no one took pictures because I can recycle the outfit!

PS She is so gorgeous! I hope I'm a hot mama like that one day too!

The Legal Harborside, Seaport

Last night, a few girls and I went to The Legal Harborside in Seaport. What a perfect night to be in Seaport. Not only is it absolutely breathtaking, but it was crowded with young people looking to mingle.

The Legal Harborside is just stunning. I almost felt like I was on a cruise. The place is humongous! I loved all the positive energy from all the patrons. I don't have too too much to say as I only spent an hour there before I headed over to Jerry Remy's to meet some other people. Perfect for a date in the summer time!

I would love to come back here when I am not in such a pissy mood. PS. I feel really bad for the poor guy who was telling me all about how he wants to work for Louis Vuitton in Paris one day and how much he loves buying expensive things. I spilled a Cosmopolitan on him... it was an accident I swear!

Anyway, enjoy the photos. They speak for themselves. Ciao!

July 05, 2011

Athan's European Bakery, Washington Square

On my walk home from the gym (ugh, dreadful), I stopped by Athan's European Bakery which I have walked past thousands of times, but never made my way in.

As soon as you walk in, you are greeted with the sweet aromas of hundreds of desserts. The decor is so lovely, I couldn't stop taking pictures with my phone!

You truly feel like you are at a European cafe/bakery. I do not have a sweet tooth at all, but the presentation and smells of the sweet delicacies made my mouth water!

I will definitely have to come back on another warm summer night to taste the Tiramisu flavored gelato. YUM! Check out the crazy chandelier!

Blossoming in the Big Apple

At the end of this summer, I will be moving to New York City. The decision was a very difficult one to come to, but I truly believe it will be good for me.

I love Boston - it is my first love. It will be hard to leave considering Boston has been the best boyfriend I've had so far. Boston showered me with love, happiness, an education and an amazing social life. My reasons for moving to the Big Apple are personal and completely irrelevant of how amazing of a city Beantown is.

As my move is slowly creeping up on me, I have realized that I still have so many more places to check out before I leave! Hopefully I get to bless them with my presence in the upcoming weeks. Have a looksie!

Guilt . Sorellina . Deux Ave . Sibling Rivalry
The Machine . Venu . Haru . Om Lounge
28 Degrees . Paparazzi . Clio . 95 Mass Ave
Mantra . Felt . Rattlesnake . Top of the Hub
The Living Room . Red Sky . Fritz . Underbar & more!

P.S. New York City has no idea what's about to hit them...Now I don't have to live vicariously through Carrie Bradshaw anymore! ;)

July 04, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

Today, I was fortunate enough to watch the famous fireworks from the 23rd floor of the Regatta residences in Cambridge. The view was breathtakingly surreal. Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy and Happy Birthday America!

July 03, 2011

On an aside...

Out of boredom this crappy Sunday, I decided to do my nails completely different than my usual french manicure. I have applied "Exotic Liars" from Essie which I must say is a great summer colour. Polishing my nails however struck a very random thought in my twisted head...

I paid $9 for this teeny, tiny bottle of nail polish. 9 frikken dollars... that's someone's pay per hour just for nail polish. I feel like there is like a caste system of nail polishes. You can go to CVS and get the cheapest - Wet N' Wild for a buck. Or you can move higher up the ladder and get Sally Hansen or Revlon polishes. Next level in the hierarchy are your Essie's and O.P.I's. And lastly, you have your obnoxiously-priced Nailtiques, Diors, MACs.

So my question is, does the brand of nail polish a person uses represent anything? Or are girls just retarded for wasting money on "designer" nail polishes that produce the same results as something from CVS? Hmm... I wonder, I wonder. Anyway, look at how cute my nails look! HAHA!

BIJOU, Theatre District

When you live in a small city like Boston, any new club/lounge/restaurant is a BIG deal. Such is the story with BIJOU which opened up two weeks ago in the Theatre District of Boston.

Last night, my friends and I wanted to go clubbing/lounging so we decided to try out Bijou. We arrive at our destination around 11pm. No line. I wondered.. hmm that's odd. $30 cover. Even more odd. I have heard of $25 cover which is what I was prepared for. But thirty bucks? Come on... there is a recession going on! I understand, as a club in the Theatre District, you need to set the bar and set yourself apart from the other but DAYUM! My girlfriend somehow managed to bring it down to $20, so we were on our way in.

To get to the club, you have to basically climb Mount Everest. Not so convenient when you're wearing 5 inch heels. But I'm a diva. I made it to the top LOL. We walk in to an empty but beautifully designed club. We make our way to the bar where I paid $13 for a small glass of vodka/cran. Sheesh! This place was raping me left and right. Whatever, I thought - it's probably strong and I'm a lightweight so I won't need much. I was wrong. I basically drank cranberry juice.

Anyway, to the good things. This place filled up minutes after I gulped down my first drink. Bijou brought me back to the days of Foundation. The music was so loud and orgasmic. The crowd made sure to represent every country in the Middle East. I loved it. The colourful lights that kept changing made me feel like I was on ecstasy - even though I have no idea what it's like to be on e. I had an amazing time an will definitely return at least one more time before my move to the Big Apple.

I highly recommend this place if you're looking to go clubbing without partying next to sleazy, trashy people. You MUST listen to the track below. I Shazam-ed it as soon as the DJ played it. Too good.

Joe's American Grill, Newbury Street

So yesterday, my girlfriend and I went to the famous Joe's American Grill on Newbury Street for lunch.

I hadn't been here in a while so I was looking forward to hopefully improved customer service. Luckily my friend made a reservation in advance otherwise we would never have gotten a seat. Just like Scoozi on a summer day, Joe's is a mob scene of Bostonians looking to wine and dine outside on Newbury Street.

I ordered a caesar salad with sauteed mushrooms. While it was good, it didn't have any wow factor to it. I know, I know, it is just a salad but when you're paying $16 for a salad, you expect something to jump out at you. What did jump out at me however was the awfully rude woman who was serving us. I get it - you work at a snooty restaurant on Newbury Street where all of your patrons are pretty damn snooty but dayum girl, flash me a smile or something. Why so serious?

Another thing I always notice about Joe's is that every time I walk past the indoor bar, it smells like a dirty rag. DISGUSTING! It is such a distinct and powerful smell. I smelled it two years ago and yesterday. Like WTF is that. Eugh.

Anyway, neither the food nor the service is anything special at Joe's. If you're going here, it's most probably because of the scene. You're paying for the location - nothing else. Not a fan. I do however like the semi outdoor seating.