Foodie Friday: Marliave

Friday, August 23, 2013

The "Tres Curieux" cocktail -- potent and tasty, just how I like them.

The first stop for J and me on the Restaurant Week itinerary was Marliave, located near Downtown Crossing (10 Bosworth Street, to be exact). An interesting little place, tucked away at the end of an alley next to the Nine Zero Hotel. I had lunch here a few years ago so I already knew that the interior was basically a nod to an old-school train station of sorts with its white subway tile walls and black furniture and marble bartop. I knew that the French onion soup with short ribs was to die for. But what I did not know was that the rest of the menu, drinks included, was literally mind blowing. Prepare to drool...

First course -- Macaroni & Cheese. It was a Sunday, and what do you crave more on a Sunday than comfort food? And what qualifies as comfort food more than a big, soupy bowl of insanely delicious macaroni and cheese? Nothing. The answer is nothing. The house-cut ziti made this dish, hands down. It was perfectly al dente with a hint of black truffle. Tons of butter and cream and gooey cheese put this over the top (which in my humble opinion, is what mac & cheese should be every time.)

And because J and I can never get enough cheese, we ordered the Rarebits. Bacon, beer, and cheese melted in a skillet with toasted bread for dipping? Yes please!

Little confession to make: I'm kiiiiind of a glutton for punishment. I have that extra cocktail at the tail end of a girls night. I stay up a little later than I should during the week. And I order the French onion soup a la carte because apparently two heavy appetizers for two people isn't enough.

After the first course, I was convinced the rest of the meal would go downhill from there. How can you outdo what's pictured above? It seemed impossible. But sure enough, the second courses did not disappoint. Brick chicken on top of a bed of creamy risotto. Delicately crisped skin that exploded with flavor with every bite. My mouth is watering as I write this.

I went with the old standby: steak frites. But these were served with a nice dollop of Gorgonzola butter on top. The fries were house-cut and cooked to perfection -- you know, that hard-to-achieve crispy on the outside yet chewy on the inside kind of perfection. Now I must admit that (shockingly!) we were too full to eat our dessert so we had them box it up for us. J ordered the butterscotch pudding with candied ginger (YUM!) and I ordered the chocolate melting cake with homemade vanilla bean ice cream. A few hours after we rolled (literally) out of Marliave, I tossed the cake in the micro for a few seconds, topped it with the ice cream, and had the perfect ending to a rather gluttonous day. Ahh, if only I could eat like this all the time.

Until next time!

The Bag Lady

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Dress: ASOS (on sale!); Heels: Kelsi Dagger; Bag: Vintage Louis Vuitton Pochette Twin PM; Watch: Michael Kors; Bangles: Alex & Ani; Rings: Tiffany and vintage; Nails: Muchi Muchi

Restaurant Week is in full swing here in Boston and it's a great opportunity to try new spots at a good price. It's also a good time to wear the mumu and/or paper bag inspired dress that hangs so perfectly and makes any frame look svelte.

Thank you J for the wonderful pics!


Around Boston: Be Styled Blow Dry Bar

Monday, August 19, 2013

Let me set the scene for you: It was a warm Saturday morning. I stumbled into Be Styled Blow Dry Bar after a girls outing the night before. A fairly tame girls night, I might add, but still... I was not looking my best. I knew I was in good hands though, as soon as I walked in the door. The immaculately decorated space in Chestnut Hill was both welcoming and stylish; and everyone was SO friendly and accommodating. Instead of a typical chair-facing-mirror setup, you face one of the large TVs built into the wall. Watching a playful romantic comedy while sipping on a mimosa? Now that's my idea of a good Saturday morning. (I would have finished my mimosa had I not sworn off Prosecco a few hours before my appointment... so luckily they also had fresh juices, cappuccino, coffee and water to choose from.) I went with the "Be Soft" style from their blow dry menu. My stylist Jen gave me bouncy, voluminous curls. It's funny how a fabulous hairstyle can breathe new life into you. OK, I'm sure the nice little head massage had a little something to do with that too.

I got so many compliments on my hair that day and night. I even managed to make my blow dry last a few extra days by spraying a little dry shampoo at my roots and re-volumizing with my finger tips. 

If you're ever in need of a quick blow out, a relaxing day with the girls, or a hairdo for a special occasion, definitely check Be Styled out. They have a location in Wellesley and one opening this fall in Lynnfield. I'll be back soon


**I received a complimentary blow dry in exchange for this post. All opinions and photos are 100% my own.**


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Blazer: Zara; Tank: Zara; Jeans: Hudson via Rue La La; Heels: Zara (old); Necklaces: INPINK and Stella & Dot; Glasses: Vizio Optic; Photos by Stephanie Peterson

Today's post is a twofer. It's an outfit post AND a preview of the Vizio Optic Lookbook photo shoot that I participated in a few weeks ago. How amaze are the blue frames I'm wearing above? I actually need to schedule an eye appointment (oh, the joy of aging!) and am thinking about taking these beauts home with me. What do you think?

I had so much fun shooting with Stephanie and I cannot wait to see the finished product! I'll be sure to share it here on L's Fashion Dish as well.


Foodie Friday!

Friday, August 9, 2013

It's come to my attention recently that I've been seriously neglecting the "Dish" portion of my blog's moniker. In full disclosure, the kitchen in my newish apartment makes Carrie Bradshaw's look like a palace (side note: yes, I also store shoes in my oven). This minor detail makes it pretty hard to whip up yummy looking meals to post without turning my kitchen into a war zone. But I do miss writing about food, one of my other favorite things besides fashion and shopping, so I've decided to incorporate posts about my favorite restaurants and hidden gems in and around the Boston area. Alas, Foodie Fridays were born.

First up -- RF O'Sullivan's in Somerville. My foodie partner in crime "J" mentioned this magical place to me and I had to go. With a list of burgers as long as the Charles, it was hard to narrow it down to the ones we really wanted to try.

Burger #1: The Chinatown. Teriyaki sauce slow simmered with your burger. Savory, salty, perfectly cooked, it was certainly delicious but the onion rings stole the show on this plate. You can SEE the grease on these bad boys... you KNOW they're going to be good when you can see the grease.

Burger #2: The Red Roasted Toasted. Succulent roasted red peppers absolutely drenched in creamy peppercorn dressing. You will need a bib and a pack of wet-naps for this one but it's totally worth the mess. Again, this one was perfectly cooked to a nice medium rare. Each burger had a good crust from the grill which is essential [in my humble opinion.]

And last but certainly not least: burger #3 or as I like to call the Holy Grail. AKA The Bourson Burger. A large dollop of homemade boursin cheese tops this beast. Garlicky, herby, I sopped up every last bit of the cheese with french fries, bits of bun, any vehicle I could get my hands on to transport it to my mouth.

Overall score for this place? A-
The burgers were consistently well cooked. The steak fries and onion rings were delicious so that leads me to believe other apps and sides would be too. The beers are large and the price is right. The place is on the small side but it has a cozy feel to it. I can totally see J and I tucked in a corner here come fall... me noshing on a plate of jalapeno poppers while he watches the football game. We'll definitely be back for sure.

Have you found the best burger in town? I'd love to hear your input (and obviously add it to my list of places to check out.)


Business Casual

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Tee: c/o Skip n' Whistle; Skirt: J.Crew; Heels: Zara (old); Bag: Zara; Bracelets: Stella & Dot; Sunnies: Chloe

I love a good graphic tee. Especially when I can pair it with a pencil skirt and wear it around the office -- brings new meaning to the term "Business Casual". In the week I've owned this shirt I've also worn it with a flowy maxi skirt and denim cut offs. Talk about versatile! 



Friday, August 2, 2013

Crop Top: American Apparel; Skirt: Topshop; Heels: Miu Miu; Clutch: Vintage Dior (Borrowed from my fabulous friend Adriana); Necklace: Forever21; Rings: Stella & Dot, Etsy

Soooo it's my birthday. My last year of being in my 20s. I didn't think this would bother me but as I sit here typing this I can't help but feel a bit... old. The hangovers are worse, I can't eat what I want any longer, and my knee hurts when it rains. What gives?! But on the flip side I'm more confident than ever, have a career that I love and have finally figured out that it's not the quantity of people you surround yourself with, but more the quality. I'm thankful for all that this year has brought me and I can't wait to see what the next one has in store. PS learn from me and don't wear a crop top out for your birthday dinner. It's really hard to hide a full tummy that way. 


Orange & White

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Top: Viva Diva Boutique; Jeans: Vince via Rue La La; Sandals: Kelsi Dagger; Clutch: Alexander Wang; Watch: Michael Kors; Bangles: Alex & Ani; Sunnies: Chloe

It's Thursday, and I'm tired. And sore. And sometimes I just want to throw on my favorite pair of jeans, a flattering [read: loose but still looks like I've "tried"] top, and run out the door. That's exactly what my coworkers are getting today. Nothing more, nothing less. I love the way this top is cut -- it hits at the right spot on the hip and creates a slimming effect. Which I'm obviously always fond of.