Sumaira Flower

Sumaira Flower

December 30, 2013

2014 New Year's Resolutions...

I’ve never been one to set New Year's resolutions because I always thought it was silly but I’ve always been one who regretted not having made any by the end of the year….

Everyone I’ve been talking to keeps saying “2014 is MY year” which made me start to think perhaps it’s my year too.

Before you know it, I compiled a list of attainable goals and habits. I want to share these with everyone so that I’m held accountable...

Category 1: Health & Wellness

1. Lose 20 pounds and keep it off

2. Convert back to Pescatarianism

3. Go to the gym & dance

Category 2: Finances

4. Bring lunch to work & cook dinner during the week (eat out on weekends only)

5. Go to CVS only when I actually need something (no more frivolous spending!)

6. Shop less and cool it with the online shopping

7. Use Uber less and ride the T more

Category 3: Travel (#8)

1. Harry Potter World

2. Puerto Rico

3. Spain

4. Dubai

Category 4: Career

9. “High Rise”- Film the pilot by Spring 2014

10. Improv

And lastly... become a Real Housewife. Just kidding!!! Kind of… ;)

There you have it. If you are a friend of mine and ever witness me violating these goals, you have my permission to punish me or make me feel guilty!

Wishing you all a year filled with good health, wealth, love and happiness.

December 15, 2013

Row 34, Fort Point

Friday night, I had the pleasure of visiting the newly opened Row 34 in the evolving Waterfront district. 

Row 34 is the latest hotspot brought to you by restauranteur and hospitality mastermind, Garrett Harker and company (owners of Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster Bar, The Hawthorne). 

Naturally, one would have high expectations of Row 34 given that Harker's other locations have become Boston landmarks. The verdict? Expectations were completely surpassed and how!

Let me start by saying Row 34 is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. The space is huge and filled perfectly. The high ceilings offer a very loft-y, New York feeling. The Sheffields (interior-design power couple) have done it again - the decor is flawless! Check out their work 

The menu satiates every seafood lover's appetite. Fresh oysters, succulent crab cakes, Pinot Grigio all served out of an open kitchen - what more could one ask for?

Row 34 is a fabulous place for wining, dining, and mingling. Legal Harborside is going to have some stiff competition with the opening of Row. The quality of service is not even comparable.

I highly recommend checking out Row 34, especially if you LOVE oysters like I do - you will not be disappointed! 

Ciao! xoxo

PS: If you're driving, park at the Stilling Street Garage around the corner - Row will validate for you!

Theme Song: Flutter by Bonobo

December 09, 2013

Gyu-Kaku, Brookline

On this nasty, snowy, rainy day, my lovely coworker and I decided we wanted to PIG OUT on Asian food. Lucky for us, there's an awesome Japanese BBQ place across the street from our office. 

Gyu-Kaku opened earlier this summer and is honestly the best thing that happened to Beacon Street in Brookline after Whole Foods.  

The menu is phenomenal! You can eat anything from edamame, to cooking your own steak, to my absolute favorite Bibimbap! Try saying that, it's too much fun :) Who doesn't love interactive eating! But the best part about Gyu-Kaku is that everything is SO cheap. We ate shrimp dumplings, skirt steak, sauteed peppers, kimchee, bimbimbap, spicy ramen, and green tea ice all for $35! You can't beat that. 

If you are looking to eat a lot of great Asian food with a fun atmosphere, please go to Gyu-Kaku. I have no complaints. My only regret is that I didn't order the banana caramel dessert ... YUM! Ciao!