Category: Restaurant

Weekend Fun

My sisters came over this past weekend, which is always nice, since we’re all so busy it’s hard to plan a time when we’re all free to see each other. So we decided to go out! We started off with dinner at GEM in the financial district:

Hamachi & Tuna Tartare with Grated Maui Onion Soy, Crispies

Penne Bolognese – Ragù Of Beef & Boar, Cream, Pasta

Pressed Crisp Chicken with Marsala Jus

Prime Rib Eye, Garlic Butter, House Fries

Of course I forgot to take pictures of a few of the appetizers! Everything was delicioso. Then it was time for more cocktails and fun! We ended up at BOND Restaurant | Lounge at The Langham, Boston. FYI – BOND was originally the member’s court of the first Federal Bank Reserve in Boston. Kind of cool, huh?

I LOVE a giant crystal chandelier

We were all mostly useless on Sunday but it was worth it. What did you do this weekend?


Jonathan and I went to the opening party for the Big Night Entertainment Group’s newest restaurant on the waterfront, Empire, a couple weeks ago, and decided to head there for dinner the other night. Empire is a massive restaurant/lounge, specializing in pan-Asian cuisine. The Mr. is obsessed with Asian food, so he was very happy to go. We decided to order a bunch of small plates to share. But I don’t want to get ahead of myself – first things first – I have show you what we ordered to drink.

For me – The Dancing Geisha…

…and a Royal Saketini

For Jonathan – The Emperor’s Mule

All the drinks were delish but I especially loved the Dancing Geisha. Definitely fruity, and slightly sweet, but not to the point where it’s overpowering. The vodka, Lillet Blanc, pomegranete and lime worked really well together – Dangerous though – you could have four and not even realize it.

Next came food:

Crab Rangoons and Lobster Rangoons

Rainbow Roll, Chicken and Mushroom Dumplings

Beef Teppanyaki on Cedar

Yaki Udon Noodles

Warm Steamed Buns stuffed with braised Shiitake Mushrooms

All in all – everything was delicious. The Lobster Rangoons and Beef Teppanyaki were my favorites. The rangoons were drizzled with a sweet soy molasses that was so unique – the sweetness of the molasses combined with the saltiness of the soy was perfection. I need to get the recipe for it. The Teppanyaki was marinated in what was called a ‘soy tare.’ It had a similar consistency to the rangoons sauce, sticky and thick, but it was slightly less sweet, and was a great complement to the wagyu beef.

It’s a great place to go with a large group for dinner, or just to hang out in the bar/lounge area.

We’ll be back again soon. I absolutely recommend making a reservation if you plan to go (especially on a weekend night), they were booked solid when we went.

Empire is located at:
1 Marina Park Drive,
Click HERE for more info

Lake Winnipesaukee

Jonathan and I decided to get away for a few days of sun and beach at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. I’ve always had an affinity for Lake Winnipesaukee- it’s a really easy drive from Boston, and since it’s near the mountains, there’s always something to do, even if you’re not in the mood for laying out.  We decided to stay at the Inns at Mill Falls in Meredith- gorgeous property made up of several hotels- we chose Church Landing.

Our room was wonderful – had a very lodge-feel to it. Très appropriate for New Hampshire.  Whenever we go away, I always look for a room with some sort of balcony, etc. This time, our room had a really large deck overlooking the lake, complete with rocking chairs. Coffee out there in the morning was THE BEST.

First up: day-drinking with our friends Nicole and Dennis, who have a place up at the lake. I’m a huge fan of a drink or three (or four) in the afternoon. There’s this little place called The Town Docks that transports you to the Caribbean. It’s appropriately built on some docks overlooking the lake. Drive up via car or boat- your choice. The floors are sand, the music is fun and the drinks are fruity. We ended up stopping by this place up almost every day.

A very happy and massive watermelon daiquiri for two

We went to a few local places for some delicious dinners, and literally EVERY time we were on our fourth bite, I’d remember that I wanted to take pictures! No one wants to see a half eaten entrée. Oh well – I’m getting better and won’t forget next time.

I have to say though- the absolute BEST parts of Church Landing are the private beaches.  During the day, lay out and get a tan, swim to the dock in the middle of the lake when you’re hot, and wait for a waitress to bring you something cold. But the best time is at night – head down to the beach with a bottle and take in the most beautiful view.

The length of Church Landing

I highly recommend staying at Church Landing if you ever venture up to New Hampshire. It’s a beautiful property, and there’s so much to do.

Somewhere deep inside this girlie-girl is a nature-lover (albeit buried very VERY deep).

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