Sumaira Flower

Sumaira Flower

April 28, 2012

Zenna Noodle Bar, Brookline

By Guest Blogger
Timothy Cormier

I had the pleasure of joining Flower at the highly-recommended Zenna Noodle Bar in Brookline for a square meal yesterday evening. 

For some reason, I've never liked the atmosphere in Thai or Vietnamese haunts because everyone is whispering and no one is allowed to laugh. Depressing, right? Zenna was much the same but we ignored everyone else and brought the funk. Our server chuckled at my pronunciation of Singha Beer and throughout the meal, Flower bellowed albeit mostly at me. The service made me feel like I was the King of Zamunda and came with smiles aplenty. 

For starters, we ordered the chicken crepe, which I took one bite out of and then couldn't stop eating it until I devoured the whole thing. Oh yeah, Flower had a few bites too ;) Then came the noodle session. Flower ordered the steamed tofu spicy drunken noodle and I chose the other noodle dish (with shrimp) that Flower originally had her eyes on. 

When the steaming dishes came out 10 minutes later, Flower immediately had what I like to call post-order regret because mine was better looking and inevitably better tasting. There was little talking and mostly just scarfing noodles that took place over the next 15 minutes. Pretty damn good. I was content, but Flower had to take it to the next level and order the fat kid supreme: coconut fried ice cream dessert. One small taste let to an all-out assault and the next thing I know I'm spoon-scraping every last drop of that goodness. Check PLEASE!

On the way out, the motherly hostess motioned me over to ensure that our meal was good. Nice touch, tranquil old woman. Notwithstanding the awkward church silence, the fare at Zenna was delicious and the service warm. Until my next blog spash, thanks Flower!    

April 25, 2012

Public, Chicago

Thanks to my boss's devotion to GQ Magazine, this past weekend we got to stay at one of Chicago's trendiest hotels - PUBLIC. PUBLIC is an Ian Schrager hotel which to hoteliers means nothing but extraordinary. The atmosphere from the outside all the way into the closet is consistent - sexy, trendy, and modern. The music blasting in the lobby is right up my alley. The handsome men and beautifully dressed women are simply ornaments to this beautiful hotel. Take a look at these pics just so you can experience a fraction of how beauteous PUBLIC actually is. If you have plans to go to Chicago, stay here if you can get reservations! If I go back, I'll stay here if I can afford it! LOL. Ciao lovas! PS. I love what the male staff get to wear - a button down shirt, black vest, dark denims & cute kicks. How adorable!

Theme Song: Ballet Lane by Underworld

April 22, 2012

Weekender: Chicago Edition

This past weekend, I ventured off to Chi Town for a work conference. This was my first visit and boy let me tell you this city did NOT disappoint! Don't tell Boston, but I may have an innocent crush on Chicago! Shhh...

I also recently discovered Instagram (I know I am about a year late) but it looks like Facebook and I both recognized this awesomeness around the same time... they just bought the 12-member company for $1B CASH MONEY! 

In any case, enjoy these photos I took in Chicago... though they don't do any justice! XOXO ciao ;)

April 18, 2012

Al Wadi, West Roxbury

If you know me well, then you know that I am so fascinated with the Lebanese culture. My favorite part about the Lebanese is their food. There is nothing better than a falefal kebab with pita bread, hummus, and baba ganouch - YUM!

Last Wednesday, I went to Al Wadi located on VFW Parkway in West Roxbury with some work folks. I am going to keep this post short because I really have nothing to complain about in terms of food, decor, and service.

1. FOOD WAS DELICIOUS! I ate raw meat which I still cannot believe I didn't get sick from. Go figure! We ordered in traditional Lebanese fashion which means you share everything. I was a-okay with that! After all, sharing is caring :) Everything was so colorful and scrumptious. My favorite was the simplest little appetizer. It's a dipping sauce called zattar made of thyme, sesame seeds, and oil. You dip pita bread in it and end up eating about 1,000 pieces because it is so good LOL. PS. I'm not a red wine drinker but Lebanese red wine is OFF THE CHAIN!

2. DECOR: I assume that the decor of Al Wadi was that of a typical Lebanese restaurant - gold, shimmery, and obnoxiously grand. I wish the music was louder because I LOVE Arabic music... oh well. Since it was a Wednesday, the place was pretty empty. Apparently, this place is super happening on weekends. Now I know where I am going next Saturday night so I can find my future husband. ;)

3. SERVICE: The service was good. Our waiter was very cute and polite, hehe. I just got mad at him because I was the only one he carded at the table. However, he quickly redeemed himself with his charming smile. HAHA I crack myself up.

Anyway, all in all, it was a good experience. I loved the food. I am really eager to come back on a busier night. Check it out! XOXO

Theme Song: Yamaa by Amr Diab (MY FAVORITE ARABIC SONG!)

R.I.P. Toshi

The reason behind my hiatus from blogging is a tragic one... Toshi my devoted laptop has passed away. As I was blogging about my fabulous Easter weekend, Toshi had a seizure and just died.

Five long, great years we were together. He's been through college, parties, viruses, blogging, all nighters in the library... ugh, it hurts. I'll miss you...You have been so good to me even though I put you through so much verbal and physical abuse.

Rest in peace and I hope you land up in technological heaven.

April 07, 2012

Abeo Med Spa, Shipyard

Abeo Medspa is the newest addition to the historical Shipyard neighborhood in Hingham.

Abeo offers a number of services and products that leaves every client that walks through its doors rejuvenated and beautiful. Services include medical grade facials, microdermabrasions, laser hair removal, Botox & fillers etc. They also carry really high end facial care to maintain baby bum type of skin.

I love Abeo Medspa because everyone who works there is so professional, polite, and pleasant. The gentle aestheticians make even the most uncomfortable procedures seem seamless. Not to mention, your confidence is instantly boosted with how knowledgeable they are. (Trust me, I have been to med spas where the aestheticians seem like they are treating a client for the first time - SCARY!)

The ambience of Abeo maintains utmost serenity and relaxation. ( A perfect place to
go after a hectic week at work!) I had such a positive first-visit experience here. It's too bad I don't live closer otherwise I would probably be a regular. Gotta take my Zipcar and go again! If you live or work near Hingham, DEFINITELY check this place out! Even if you don't, still worth checking out. You will not regret it!

PS... Take advantage of their current promotions and... tell them I sent you! ;)

April 04, 2012

OSAKA, Coolidge Corner

There are always two sides to a story... same with Osaka.

Osaka is the newest sushi & hibachi house to join the Coolidge Corner neighborhood. Weirdly located on a side street off of Harvard St, Osaka still manages to make it's presence known with its vibrant outdoor lighting.

Osaka has 2 sides you could choose to sit. On the right is the subdued, traditional sushi restaurant side where food is brought to you quietly. The other side is the hibachi side where the chefs are screaming crazy things at you! LOL. Considering it was a Tuesday night and I was not the happiest camper, I opted to sit on the more conservative side.

The food was spectacular. We ordered edamame, eel&avocado, nobu roll, spicy scallop maki, california maki, Alaskan maki etc. All were mouth watering and gone in seconds. (I can't control myself in front of sushi) Shockingly, everything was so inexpensive! I was expecting the tab to be double what it actually was. Nice surprise :)

In any case, I recommend Osaka in Coolidge Corner for its quality food, pleasant environment, and affordable menu. It's not quite Fugakyu but it's definitely an upgrade from Mr Sushi! Next time, I'll have to check out the cooky Hibachi side! Ciao for now!

April 02, 2012

The Grand Canal, North End-ish

If you have been here before and know me well, you are probably wondering as you are reading the title of this post : "What the heck were you doing there?!" I wondered the same thing as I walked through the doors of The Grand Canal at 1:30 am Friday night...

I won't lie - I have been here before. Two summers ago, my ex-boyfriend and girlfriends came here for a masquerade party. I walked in blindly not knowing what to expect but tried to keep an open mind. After my experience there that night, I promised myself I would never come back here. Little did I know that two years later, I would find myself here - the only girl there sipping on my pinot grigio shaking my head in disgust at what was happening around me...

In a nutshell, we walked into a dance bar, ready to shut down, adorned with the trashiest, chubbiest, yuckiest girls I have EVER seen in my life. If I didn't know any better, I'd think they were street workers. Now, don't get me wrong - I have nothing against women with a little extra padding on them, but I found it weird that almost everyone there was HUGE!

In any case, we were mildly entertained. Twenty minutes later, we were kicked out as they were closing down. I didn't just write this post to judge The Grand Canal but mainly to warn anyone interested in going. Maybe The Grand Canal is a different place in the daytime, but the two times I've been there at night, have been interesting to say the least.

Time for bed... bon soir! XOXO

Legal Test Kitchen, Seaport District

Oh man, it feels like I haven't blogged in forever. Well that's probably because I haven't. My apologies but I assure you, now that the weather is intended to get warmer, Flower will be back in action - in full throttle!

This past Friday, a few friends and I headed to the Seaport District for some apps and drinks. We arrived around 11:30ish expecting the area to be packed with Boston yu

ppies and SP's (salt and peppas!) NOPE! What a shocker that the Seaport was empty! Morton's closed their kitchen as well as stopped serving alcohol at 12. What kind of bull s^&t is that? It was FRIDAY NIGHT!

Ugh, anyway we then ventured over to Legal Test Kitchen - a branch of the celebrated Legal Seafoods chain. LTK was the only place that was serving anything after midnight. Thank goodness for that - we were starved.

LTK is a very chill, laid back restaurant/bar perfect for what we were looking for - a relaxed environment where we could eat and drink without anyone rushing us
out. We ordered nachos, rosemary parmesan french fries, grilled chicken burgers, and of course wines to wash down the munchies. :)

I dare not say anything bad about LTK as like I said, it was our only option in the area at that point in time. The atmosphere and decor are not bad. Anything with red makes me happy. The food was appropriate and pricing was reasonable as well.

If you go to the Seaport District on a Friday night after midnight and are starved, LTK is your best bet.

PS.. My friend is convinced that Tabatha from Tabatha Takes Over was there that night! Good thing I didn't recognize her - I would have been obviously horrified by her awful nose job and paper mache face!:O SCARY.