Hello again ONEin3ers,
I’m here this time to recommend two restaurants in our tres chic Back Bay neighborhood (for those who may remember me, I recommended a Sunday Fun Day in the South End last month). Now, let me start by noting that I like a lot of places in Back Bay, so these two are definitely not being mentioned because they are better than others. I just like them for very unique reasons…
A Little Bit of Vegas Without the Slot Machines
A friend and I recently went to check out Red Lantern on Stanhope Street, which opened this past summer. Online reviews were mixed, so we decided to see and judge for ourselves. The website describes it as “a sophisticated, sensual and tailored Asian Restaurant and Lounge…” so we weren’t sure what to expect. Frankly, I won’t deny that the place is interesting, but I need to warn you that it tries hard to be a “scene.” It’s almost as if it doesn’t realize that it’s not located in Vegas (for example, the waitresses wear black, skin-tight corsets and the lighting is dim at best). However, because of this, it is definitely a place to experience at least once. There’s a separate bar and dining area, so you can choose what you’d prefer. If you order food, try the duck buns (with sake, of course)!
Right next door to Red Lantern, at 35 Stanhope Street, is my favorite Mexican restaurant, Zocalo (the official website is coming soon). Honestly, if you’ve never been, you must go! The atmosphere is cozy and the food is delicioso. I swear they have the best guacamole I’ve ever tasted (made right at your table) and I honestly “need a moment” when I first bite into the corn appetizer. Seriously.
Until next time…
P.S. Comments or other recommendations always welcome!
First off, let me clarify that I am not actually a socialite. I just wish I was one. Maybe if I were perhaps born a “Hilton” or had a ridiculously rich husband, then it would be all good. But no. For now I am just your typical young professional, working in Boston and trying to lead an active social life. As a proud member of the ONEin3 Boston community, I like to explore the city in my free time and frequent local establishments (seriously, did I just use that phrase?) and thought it’d be cool to report on my more interesting urban adventures…
So, this past Sunday I went to the South End, which may not seem that exciting to many, but let me preface this by explaining that I hardly ever leave Comm Ave, where I live AND work. If you’ve never been or just haven’t been in a while, I’d recommend getting brunch at Metropolis Cafe on Tremont Street (especially if you love pancakes), then browsing the SoWa Open Market (open Sundays from 10am – 4pm). The whole neighborhood is quaint in my opinion and full of hidden gems, but the SoWa is really a hip place to check out, full of local vendors and food trucks galore. And make sure you go soon–October 30 is the last day of the 2011 season.
Until next time…
It’s that time again—the weekend!
But, before we talk about our picks for the best events of the upcoming week, we want to talk about what happened last weekend: the 23rd Annual Boston Music Awards.
Among the big winners were Amanda Palmer (Artist of the Year), Peter Wolf (Album of the Year) and Kingsley Flood (New Artist of the Year). The Time Out Boston Editors’ Choice Award went to Mystery Roar, for the awesome album they put out this year, their continued support of the local music community, and their uncanny ability to turn any room full of people into an all-out dance party. (See the full list of winners here.) While we were there, we look a lot of photos. A lot. Check back at the site soon for lots of video, too!
So now, without further ado, see below for our picks for this weekend and next week: