Sumaira Flower

Sumaira Flower

July 28, 2012

BrasserieJO, Back Bay (Colonnade Hotel)

Prime location - CHECK!
Critically-acclaimed chef - CHECK!
Valet parking - CHECK!
Colossal space - CHECK!
Outstanding wine collection - CHECK!
1st French restaurant in Boston - CHECK!

Given these amazing qualities that should equate to fabulous dining, I had the most DUD of an experience at BrasserieJO. 

Let me begin with the food. Not only was the bread cold, but it was so stale my teeth almost chipped. The food was oily from beginning until end. The escargot were completely tasteless. The entrecote was more of a roast beef than an actual entrecote (yet BrasserieJO boasts of being so authentically French - ya right!)

In my opinion, the atmosphere was anything but French. It was empty, quiet & music-less, and diner-like more than anything else. A French bistro wannabe is what it is! Considering it was a Friday night and such a happening location, I was shocked to see how empty the restaurant was. 

I imagine though, that the people who were there besides myself and friends, were tourists or first-timers who don't know what's good for them. The only thing this restaurant has going for itself is its catchy name and location in a classic Bostonian hotel. 

According to some reliable sources, the quality of food at BrasserieJO has significantly decreased. Decision makers at BrasserieJO, if you are listening, for your sake, please place more effort toward improving your food rather than folding your napkins oh so perfectly. You may have a chance of gaining your prestige and reputation. Sorry to say, but this was so disappointing... ciao. 

Trident Booksellers & Cafe, Newbury Street

How has it taken me 5 YEARS to check out Trident considering I'm always on Newbury Street like it's my job?

Trident Booksellers & Cafe is a one of a kind in Beantown.  It's a happening cafe amidst a book shop located at the beginning of Newbury Street if coming from Mass. Ave. It incorporates a unique theme of eating while reading. You walk in and instantly feel the energy of studious bookworms eager to eat their spinach omelets while memorizing the human anatomy. You can't help but get immersed into the intellectual environment. But I guess that's the whole idea... so you buy books too. 

Though the menu at the cafe offers standard American diner items, it's pretty delicious (such as the brie omelet...YUM!) Breakfast foods are options all day which is a HUGE plus! Seating arrangements are designed so that you can enjoy your grub while getting your biz done. The rustic, run-down atmosphere works for Trident as it makes you feel like you're in a library and but not a complete nerd! Hehe. 

I liked Trident so much that I came here twice in one week. I highly recommend this place if you are looking to get some work done but don't require dead-silence. Trident is an animated, engaging place where one can expect pleasure as well as productivity. Cheers! :D

July 23, 2012

Boston Bruff, Greater Boston Area

Now this post is nothing like any of my others, but I wanted to take a minute to showcase a friend's very cute company - Boston Bruff!. Boston Bruff! is a local dog walking company owned by 3 young, energetic, and dog-loving people: Chelsea, Kyle & Joe.

"Here at Boston Bruff! we know how important it is to make sure your dog gets all the love, attention, and exercise she or he needs! We also know how hard it is to leave your buddy at home during work hours so we make it easier by staying in constant contact with our clients through text message, our blog, e-mail, and phone calls. You’ll get photos of your dog during their daily walk and updates on what we did during the day. You will never be left in the dark about your dog’s day!

We’re very focused on healthy life styles for our dogs. That’s why we offer dog running and dog nutrition advice.

We also want to cater to our clients so if there’s something that you need and it’s not listed on our web site, let us know! We’re very flexible and want to meet any needs you have as a dog owner." (taken directly from

If you live in the greater Boston area and are looking for reliable and reasonably-priced dog walkers, contact Boston Bruff! and tell them I sent you!

July 22, 2012

Aquitaine French Bistro, Legacy Place

First things first, Legacy Place in Dedham is AMAZING! Legacy Place is a new shopping complex filled with tons of great eats and stores. If I were in high school living in Dedham or a neighboring town, this would be my hangout spot LOL. 

Last week, I went to dinner at Aquitaine @ Legacy Place. Aquitaine is a fancy franchise boasting of a French-esque menu and ambiance. If I had to sum up my dining experience in two words, it would be completely gratifying

The decor of the fast-paced bistro is nice. The music is fantastic (mostly Hotel Costes tracks). The service is impeccable. The food is mouth-watering. And the location is unbeatable. 

We sat outside on the patio while we sipped our soothing French wine and picked at sizzling seafood. It was such a pleasant experience which is shocking considering franchises usually tend to lose their focus on customer service. 

I highly recommend Aquitaine. Aquitaine excelled in all dining critiquing categories!

Theme Song: Summer in Paris 

Hi-Rise Bread Company, Huron Village (Cambridge)

Man oh man, what a summer it's been so far! I have been so busy wining, dining, and partying that I've neglected my blog! 

Last weekend, I had a delightful lunch at the ever so European-like Hi-Rise Bread Company. You walk in and automatically feel like you're in France. 

The atmosphere of this place is so happening with all of the cooking, baking, eating, chitter chatter. The menu items are fantastic and creative (though a little overpriced). The employees and clients all have pretty similar qualities - eclectic, kitsch, and perhaps a little "hoity-toity"... not a bad thing, just an observation! I love the layout of the cafe with its open bakery/kitchen. As a patron, you can watch all the magic that the cooks are preparing for you.

However, there is one thing I found very odd - you are constantly reminded to refrain from using your phone. There are signs at every corner telling you not to use your phone. In an age where technology runs our lives, especially smart phones, demanding no cell-phone usage is a bit ballsy! 

In any case, I really like this place for its unique ambiance in Boston. Check this place out for it's delicious, high quality menu.

PS. The atmosphere of Hi-Rise reminded me of this...

July 05, 2012

Figs, Beacon Hill

Pour le dejeuner on the 4th of July,  I dined with one of my girlfriends at Figs, located on the historic and beautiful Charles Street in Beacon Hill. Figs is a Todd English restaurant. If that means nothing to you...let me explain. 

Todd English is a celebrity chef and entrepreneur. One of his most applauded achievements is Olives - a famous restaurant located in Charlestown. He is nationally recognized for his unique culinary vision, TV show on PBS, and being the master chef for Delta Airlines.

In any case, Figs is a very intimate, cozy restaurant. I can honestly tell you that I've never been to a smaller restaurant. It has a very old world feeling to it. Despite its space limitations, Figs manages to leave a solid first impression. 

The food is wonderful (we picked at apple & walnut salads). Next time, I am totally devouring the zucchini pizza! Drinks are delicious. Prices are extremely reasonable. Ambiance is vibrant. It was a lovely experience. I have a very, very small complaint and that is that the service was slow BUT I realize, it was the 4th of July and people were hungry! (I won't take any points away for that ;)

You must try Figs not just for its food but for the location and lively atmosphere. Au revoir! xoxo