Sumaira Flower

Sumaira Flower

August 31, 2011

Farewell Boston...

I was a wide-eyed 18 year old when I first moved to Boston. I hadn't experienced much. May have had one or two glasses of wine. Never fell in love. Only had a high school diploma to my name.

Today, I am leaving as an educated, smarter, more experienced woman ready to take on the world. It is here where I got drunk for the first time. Made life-long friendships. Lost friendships. Fell in love. Experienced heartbreak. Learned about the real world.

Boston will always be my first love no matter how amazing New York City is. (Trust me, I am a dedicated lover. ;))

Thank you Boston for teaching me the 3 most important things in life - living, loving, and learning. I love you and will miss you indescribably.

To lighten the mood, I have added some pictures from some unforgettable nights I had in Boston. Enjoy!...

Boston's Theme Song: Move For Me by Kaskade & Deadmau5

August 30, 2011

Eid Mubarak!

A very, very happy and healthy Eid Mubarak to everyone celebrating! Wish I could be in New Jersey celebrating with family and old friends. Instead, I am moving today. GRR.

Peace & Love.

August 24, 2011

O'leary's, Beacon Street

So, everyone is talking about this crazy earthquake that happened yesterday in the east coast. To be honest, I didn't feel it because I was coming up the elevator from my lunch as it happened.

Probably 10 minutes after learning about what had happened, our building had to be evacuated. So, we waited outside for a good hour and a half before we [my colleagues and I] decided it would be a marvelous idea to get drinks across the street until the building cleared.

We ventured off to O'learys which is conveniently located across the street from my office. I had passed by this little joint millions of times but never once thought I would ever go inside. The day of the earthquake, I found myself in O'learys.

I tried to go in there with an open mind but let's be real, I am not your dive bar kinda gal. The only reason why I was able to semi-enjoy myself there was because I was with great company. But other than that - that place is a complete dump!

Why anyone would subject themselves to that kind of environment is BEYOND me! It is dirty, smelly, grimey, and straight up gross. Sorry if you like going to O'learys but I have never been so skeeved out by a bar before.

Anyway, thought I would share my tidbit about my earthquake experience and O'learys.

August 20, 2011

La Voile, Newbury Street

A few nights ago, I went to a restaurant I had been very curious to learn about for a long time, but never made the effort to check out. This particular restaurant is none other than La Voile.

Every Saturday, during my routine strolls on Newbury Street, La Voile always catches my attention because it legit looks like a restaurant in France - I guess that is the point after all.

So I finally went to La Voile the other night and purposely went in with zero expectations as I really did not know what to expect. I walked into the maze-like entrance and felt as if I was teleported to Cannes, France. Interestingly enough, this La Voile was originally set up in Cannes until the owner decided to pick up and bring his entire team to Newbury Street. Cannes hold a special place in my heart because I follow the film festival every year and hope to attend one time in my life lol...

The food was amazing! With the exception of Petit Robert Bistro which is so-so, I have never really eaten proper French cuisine. But boy oh boy was it something else! Every dish appeared so tiny but was so filling and full of flavour!

I was fascinated by the prominence of French culture. Every server had an accent (lol), all the patrons were downing glasses of wine, enjoying French delicacies, laughing and having such a relaxed time. I truly felt like I was in France. The music was simply icing on the cake. Talk about creating a unique environment and experience on Newbury Street! I haven't left a restaurant feeling so content with everything in a long time!

In all, I had a lovely dining experience here and recommend La Voile to everyone interested in French cuisine or simply a good time. Makes me want to visit France again. Sigh. A tout a l'heure mes amis!

Theme Song: La Valse D'Amelie from the Amelie Soundtrack

August 13, 2011

Sorellina, Back Bay

Hier soir, I took my 3 bosses to Sorellina located in the Back Bay for a bittersweet dinner.

From the time I moved to Boston up until now, I have always wanted to go to Sorellina but was saving it for a really special occasion. I thought a farewell dinner with 3 special people was the appropriate occasion.

There are so many wonderful things about Sorellina.
1. The location is obviously amazing. The restaurant is located in the heart of my favorite neighborhood.
2. The atmosphere is breathtaking. From the minute you enter the colossal venue, you feel like you're in restaurant heaven. The decor, dimmed lighting, exceptional guest services and especially interesting black and white backdrop all combined create an enchanting ambience.
3. Food is PHENOMENAL! Everything from the bread to the Kobe Meatballs to our secondi dishes (I ordered scallops... YUM!) was so flavourful and mouthwatering!
4. The soundtrack playing included my favorite artists - Thievery Corporation, Stephane Poumpougnac, Telepopmusic, Bitter:Sweet etc.

I have to say, on the whole I am so pleased with my decision to come here with my bosses. I was so elated that I got the table I had requested (only the best table in the house) even though my party did not have enough people for the seating requirements.

The only downfall about Sorellina which isn't really the restaurant's fault but more so consumer demands... the televisions airing sports events. WHY PEOPLE? WHY? Why must you ruin an almost magical experience but blasting sports games? Anyway, just a minor detail.

I am in absolute awe of Sorellina and really recommend this restaurant for premium quality food, service and location. It is a little pricey but you are getting exactly what you pay for! Ciao bellas!

Theme Song: Union Square by Stephane Pompougnac

August 12, 2011

Eastern Standard, Kenmore Square

Sorry for these mini hiatuses - have been so occupied gearing up for my move to the Big Apple!

Two nights ago, I went to Eastern Standard, located in Kenmore Square, with two of my favorite boys. I have only come here for drinks in the past, therefore, I was really looking forward to eating dinner there.

As always, the place was packed! Bostonians were enjoying some mid-week fun and deliciousness. Love how most of the men are suited up - YUM!

I will keep this post short as there is not much to bitch about. The food was lovely, drinks were good, environment was energetic as per usual, and our server was so incredibly kind. Eastern Standard & Island Creek Oyster Bar have the same owners therefore I couldn't expect anything less than exceptional customer service.

I have always recommended Eastern Standard and now that I have enjoyed the food, I recommend it even more. I am simply in love with the decor and ambience of this restaurant. For some reason, I feel like I am in the 20's... Ciao!

Theme Song: Aphrodite's Dream by Nicola Conte

August 07, 2011

On an aside...

I will be the first to admit that I hate reading. I don't know if that makes me seem less intelligent, but it's the truth. I am more of a writer than a reader. I basically only enjoy reading "chicklit" books (i.e. chick literature) This summer I have been trying to read more to expand my horizons...

I picked up Chelsea Handler's My Horizontal Life and let me just say, it has officially kicked Memoirs of a Geisha's ass as my new favorite book! This book was incomprehensibly funny and honest. I lived vicariously through Chelsea as I am definitely not nearly as gutsy as she is.

I highly, highly recommend this book to women AND men for some humor, wit, and maybe even some advice!

August 01, 2011

Happy Ramadan!

Today marks the 1st day of the month of Ramadan. Here's wishing everyone a peaceful, joyous, and healthy Ramadan. Wish I was in New Jersey so I could eat my mom's delicious Iftaar food (Iftaar is the meal during which one can break their fast) To those fasting, good luck... :)