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Restaurant Week Summer 2013 

Having lived in Boston for more than four years now, I finally had a relatively “free” week to take full advantage of Boston Restaurant Week. The experience has been incredible so a huge thank-you to all the wonderful restaurants in Boston! Mistral, Sorellina, Top of the hub, Elephant Walk and Union Oyster House.

So the first restaurant I visited was The Elephant Walk on Beacon street. I didn’t know Restaurant Week was on until I saw the menu! So folks, subscribe to the newsletter! I didn’t have my DSLR with me then so Instagram it is! The Elephant Walk (Boston)

My choices:

  • Salade de Pêches Jaunes et Fromage Frais aux Amandes Thinly sliced fresh peach salad with red onion and lemon vinaigrette over baby arugula; served with all natural local farm cheese with toasted slivered almond and dried cranberries. No photo sadly :(
  • Fillet de Pollock d’Atlantique au Basilique Local pollock filet pan-roasted with a basil-garlic butter sauce; served with sautéed sweet local corn, shallot and cherry tomatoes
  • Le Péché au Chocolat A rich, creamy, chocolate truffle cake perfectly paired with raspberry sauce

I was particularly impressed with the pollock entree. The fish was well-cooked and flavorful. The sweetness of sauteed corn and cherry tomatoes with the hearty butter sauce complemented the fish perfectly!

The next restaurant was Top of the Hub! Decided to go there for lunch out of the blue and made the reservation through Opentable.

The first thing about Top of the Hub (as the name indicated) is the magnificent view! Boston has never looked so spectacular! Even though this was my second time dining at Top of the Hub, the view still took my breath away! 

View of Boston from top of the hub by Linh Vương on 500px.com
View of Boston from top of the hub by Linh Vương

View of Boston from top of the hub by Linh Vương on 500px.com
View of Boston from top of the hub by Linh Vương

View of Boston from top of the hub by Linh Vương on 500px.com
View of Boston from top of the hub by Linh Vương

Top of the Hub by Linh Vương on 500px.com
Top of the Hub by Linh Vương

Now back to the food. My choices:

  • Petite Shrimp Ceviche Crispy Plantain Sticks, Green Tomato, Avocado, Cilantro
  • Pan Seared Scallops Fresh Peas, Summer Ratatouille, Yellow Tomato Broth
  • Caramel Crème Brûlèe Fresh Seasonal Berries, Whipped Cream

The scallops were seared to perfection and the garnish complemented the scallops really well! The Crème Brûlèe was JUST sweet enough, which is fantastic! The ceviche could have been better though!

Pan Seared Scallops by Linh Vương on 500px.com
Pan Seared Scallops by Linh Vương

Caramel Crème Brûlèe by Linh Vương on 500px.com
Caramel Crème Brûlèe by Linh Vương

My friend went with Grilled Flat Iron Steak Olive Oil Smashed Potatoes, Horseradish Cream and she said it was delicious!

Grilled Flat Iron Steak by Linh Vương on 500px.com
Grilled Flat Iron Steak by Linh Vương

The next restaurant on the menu is Sorellina! I saw the menu and decided I had to visit. 

"Chef Owner Jamie Mammano presents a modern take on regionally inspired Italian-Mediterranean cuisine. Featuring a unique wine list of hidden Italian gems, sophisticated service, and a warm-modern aesthetic, Sorellina offers a true feast for the senses."- Sorellina Boston

The deco of Sorellina is really classy and lovely (definitely a great place for dates!) 

Sorellina Boston by Linh Vương on 500px.com
Sorellina Boston by Linh Vương

Appetizer: salmon tartare, lightly smoked, crème fraiche, toasted ciabatta. 

Salmon tartare Sorellina Boston by Linh Vương on 500px.com  
Salmon tartare Sorellina Boston by Linh Vương

The fattiness of that salmon? Divine!

Main course: ribeye steak, heirloom tomatoes, radish, mountain gorgonzola

Ribeye Sorellina Boston by Linh Vương on 500px.com
Ribeye Sorellina Boston by Linh Vương

The steak was perfectly seasoned! The tomatoes and gorgonzola definitely added dimension to the dish (Even though the steak was more well-done than what I wanted, it’s still really good!)

For dessert, I went with cioccolato, chocolate and spiced caramel cremeux, vanilla bean chantilly, chocolate shortbread. It was so inviting that I forgot to snap a picture! 

For the next restaurant, I decided to go old-school . And what’s more old school than Union Oyster house, “the oldest restaurant in Boston and the oldest restaurant in continuous service in the U.S. — the doors have always been open to diners since 1826.” I love the cozy, homey ambiance of the place!

Union Oyster House by Linh Vương on 500px.com
Union Oyster House by Linh Vương

Calamari Union Oyster House by Linh Vương on 500px.com
Calamari Union Oyster House by Linh Vương

Lightly fried oyster Union Oyster House by Linh Vương on 500px.com
Lightly fried oyster Union Oyster House by Linh Vương

The ultimate comfort food: Fried Calamari Tossed with Spicy Pepper Rings and Oysters Lightly Fried Served with French Fries & Homemade Coleslaw

And to end restaurant week, I gotta go out with a bang! Presenting Mistral Boston!

"Gracious. Sophisticated. Seductive. Located in Boston’s stylish South End, Mistral showcases uncomplicated French cuisine, highlighted with the season’s finest ingredients. Inspired by the wind that sweeps through the south of France, our decor is reminiscent of Provence, with hand picked pottery and arched windows that evoke warmth and sophistication."- Mistral Boston

Mistral Boston by Linh Vương on 500px.com
Mistral Boston by Linh Vương

The quality of the food photos suffered a bit because the place was a little dark! Nonetheless, the food was delicious as expected!

Appetizer: Ragoût of Duck Confit, Sweet Summer Corn & Chanterelle “Vol-Au-Vent”, House Cured Bacon. The duck confit is to-die-for

Ragout Duck confit Mistral Boston by Linh Vương on 500px.com
Ragout Duck confit Mistral Boston by Linh Vương

Entree: Grilled Pork Chop with Sweet Corn & Summer Peach Panzanella, Aged Sherry Vinaigrette. Cooked to perfection!

Grilled pork chop Mistral Boston by Linh Vương on 500px.com
Grilled pork chop Mistral Boston by Linh Vương

Dessert: Milk Chocolate Pot du Crème, Bitter Sweet Chocolate Crumble, Raspberries

Milk Chocolate Pot du Crème Mistral Boston by Linh Vương on 500px.com
Milk Chocolate Pot du Crème Mistral Boston by Linh Vương

So that’s my restaurant week journey! Thank you again, Boston restaurants!



girly stuff

Review of Rouge G lipstick by Guerlain

I got this lipstick at Debenhams! It was soooooo pretty i couldn’t resist. And then the promoter whispered to me ( I don’t know why she did but probably not to upset other brand promoters hahaha) :” Guerlain invented lipsticks. Especially, this lipstick is just to-die-for, the texture is so smooth and it moisturizes your lips”

AND OMG, she is right. Like during winter, my lips are always I SAID ALWAYS chapped and i always forgot to apply lip balm. So i tried the lipstick on and holy mother of god, MY LIPS ARE SO SMOOTH/MOISTURIZED and the color is amazing! :) it’s this pink-orange shade. gorgeous. love!!!!! :) and guess what, after 2 days, my lips still feel very nice!!!! weeeeeee

A definite must-buy



it’s that time of the year again

MIT early action trends

Man, I am not looking forward to applying to med schools, and looking at the stats…..


sorry for the laziness

man, i haven’t blogged for ages!!!

BUT I HAVE A VERY BIG PLAN BLOGGING WISE…. SO WAIT FOR ME! IT’S STILL IN THE PREPARATION STAGE!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, sneak peek of traveling during michaelmas break with my mommy and friends

in camden, a very artsy area of london

double decker for u :)

uncanny resemblance

Me and mommy in front of kings college in cambridge

St John’s cambridge

Emmanuel :)



glamorous asia?



xoxojennyy:

Salmon sashimi from Sushi Garden, soo good. :)


wonder…

I have been asking myself so much lately: why is it taking me so long to fit into the new environment here in Cambridge

I feel really tired, emotionally: as if the traveller in me needs a little break

I don’t know whether people are not letting me in, or whether i am blocking them. Somehow i have a feeling it’s the later. which is not good i suppose.

I talked to some old friends today and that felt good.  

Goal of next week: figuring out why I am so “not myself” lately, figure out what I want to achieve here in Cambridge

Also

i am currently fascinated with ramen check out this blog!

http://www.ramenadventures.com/

and i am craving for some salmon sashimi



DSC_9416.jpg by macduckston on Flickr.

beautiful ramen photo… I think ramen is such an art. :) thank you ramenadventures



-cityoflove:

Madrid, Spain via Andrés Valdaliso


something new…

So… I am currently living a new life. new friends, new types of food, new classes, new education system, new sleeping pattern, new appreciation for tea-time…

From my experience living abroad, for almost 8 years now, I believe it takes about a year, or may be even 2 years to completely integrate an individual into a new living environment

Like, you may be hanging out with people all the time. sure. But to be truly happy and to be feeling at home, that takes a lot more than a few weeks, or a few months

And I am only here in cambridge for 1 year. So i gotta speed up the process. 

But I am currently in the homesick period

I miss MIT: I miss my friends, my SUPER INTENSE classes when i regularly have to pull all-nighters, my ballroom dance teammates, the occasional screaming and hugging when i see my gal pals.  

I miss my parents: who cook me SUPER AWESOME FOOD and tell me that everything is going to be okay 

oh man

I think we should move on to something more cheerful

LIKE MY NEW ROOM

i call this my writer’s desk. It’s such an old-school british desk. The view outside my window is pretty nice. Me likey.

Okay this is one thing I don’t get. WHYYYYYYY ISSSSSS THEEEEEE BEDDDDD SOOOO TINYYYYY? I mean english teenagers  young adults are NOT THAT SMALL!

The whole thang!!!!!

Okay, peace out y’all. I don’t have a camera now so no pretty pictures of cambridge yet. sad face. soon.soon


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