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A Birthday Wish and Some Advice [May. 7th, 2007|01:42 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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I am SUCH a whiner. Whine whine whine. Boo hoo hoo. Pfffttthhhhbbbbppppt.

But that's not what I came here to talk about today.

Today, I wanted to remind ya'll that it is Alicia's birthday. So, if ya know the Pacific Bell, you should drop her some happy wishes. And if you don't know her... well, be extra nice to a librarian in her honor.


My birthday is in a week. Normally I don't talk about it (unless someone asks directly), cuz it feels like fishing for love. But I want to do something for it, and yet am stumped as to what that should be. So I turn to you, my LJ friends.

I don't feel like throwing a party. I can't skate, no matter what sort of skates. I'm not particularly crazy about bowling. I'll probably break my no-booze rule, but I don't specifically want to go out and get smashed as I don't much like bars unless there are story-telling aliens involved. And sitting at home getting drunk alone seems pathetic (though it has a certain appeal).

Also, I'm looking for recommendations for excellent restaurants in the Boston area for me and the BF to try when we go out to celebrate (my birthday and our anniversary, which is nine days later). Over the years, we've been to Radius, Top of the Hub, EVOO, Gargoyle's, No. 9 Park, Dali, Elephant Walk, Chez Henri, Upstairs on the Square, and L'Espalier (plus others I'm forgetting, I'm sure, but those are the most memorable). I don't like steak or onions, so steakhouses and onionhouses are out (and most South American menus rely a bit to heavily on onions for me). I love Japanese cuisine, but there must be something simple and meaty for the BF (so sushi places with nothing but sushi are out, unfortunately). We both enjoy the cuisines we've tried, including French, Italian, Chinese, seafood, Cuban, Asian-fusion, Vietnamese, Thai, Czech, Indian, tapas, and most American dishes (including regional variations). We are always willing to try something new.

So, what Massachusetts restaurant or restaurants really blew your socks off? And in what way? (Feel free to link back to a review in your LJ or someone else's.)


[User Picture]From: gothtique
2007-05-07 07:37 am (UTC)
There is a fabulous restaurant at the Marlowe hotel in Cambridge. Had a FABULOUS meal there.
here's the link:

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[User Picture]From: kimberlogic
2007-05-07 07:51 am (UTC)
I'm so happy that you want to celebrate your birthday this year! I can see how skating or bowling might not be quite the thing ;) - perhaps a movie & cocktails foo? picnic? going to an improv show with a bunch of folks? As for restaurants, you've named a bunch that I think are the best- Evoo, L'espalier, Radius, Dali. I've also enjoyed Blue Ginger, Tantra & Bistro. Fugakuyu in Brookline has great sushi and Japanese cuisine plus enough cooked items that might work for Pat.


love you!

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[User Picture]From: gilana
2007-05-07 09:47 am (UTC)
No great ideas for celebrating your birthday, but I'd love to do something. Maybe a comedy club?

I don't think I have La Bell's email address -- could you give it to me? Haven't been in touch with her in way too long, this would be a lovely excuse.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-05-07 04:05 pm (UTC)
She remains Alicia at the almighty apocalypse.
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From: selkiechick
2007-05-07 10:12 am (UTC)
The Ethiopian Restaurant in Central was really nifty. The food was very tasty, and they have good meaty dishes there, but it's not quite in the "blow my socks off"category, like say... Dali. But... fodd good, and it's nice with a couple of people, and I have heard can be riotous fun with a bigger group... and you get to eat with your hands.

As for party... with the weather warming up, maybe a picnic... with kites? Frankin Park is supposed to be good for that sort of thing!
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From: frotz
2007-05-09 09:41 pm (UTC)
Sadly, The Ethiopian Restaurant lost their lease a couple of years back. The owner said he'd reopen somewhere, but no sign of it yet.
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From: selkiechick
2007-05-10 09:38 am (UTC)
We may be thinking of different places.

I was there two months ago- I have forgotten what it is called, but it's quite near the 1369 coffee house, not quite accross from the Post Office.

looked it up- Asmara Restsurant 739 Mass. Ave.
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From: frotz
2007-05-10 12:03 pm (UTC)
Ahh, OK. There was a place that was actually called "The Ethiopian Restaurant", also in Central, which I thought you were referring to since you'd capitalized it. Asmara is indeed a different place and is still open.

For another entrant into the market, Addis Red Sea (a long-established Ethiopian place in Boston) is opening another branch in (or relocating to, depending on who you ask) in Cambridge at 1755 Mass. Ave.
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[User Picture]From: gdaniels
2007-05-07 11:29 am (UTC)
Yay birthdays! In addition to the other ideas, what about mini-golf? It's indeed that time of year, and a trip out to Kimball Farm might be fun for putting and ice cream....

Re: restaurants, don't get me started. :) If you haven't yet tried Mistral, that's a perennial fave of mine. And their new sister restaurant Sorellina is stunning - both to sit in the gorgeous room and to enjoy the amazing food. For a really exotic treat, try Tangierino in Charlestown - it's Moroccan food (they grind all their own spices, and the food is terrific) in a romantic, funky, and beautiful place that really feels like you're in the Middle East somewhere. April and I went there for our 1yr anniversary and had a fantastic time - you can also try the hookah lounge after dinner (make sure to tell your server as you're sitting down so they can put your name in), and sip mint tea while smoking yummy flavored tobacco (neither of us had ever smoked tobacco before but we really enjoyed it - we got grape :)). Another amazing and oft-overlooked place is Pigalle, whose food is just luscious. I'll stop there for now, but always happy to talk restaurantage!
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[User Picture]From: candle_light
2007-05-07 12:06 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I like gdaniel's suggestion of miniature golf and/or ice cream. Kimball Farms in Westford additionally has bumper-boats (http://www.kimballfarm.com/location_directions.html).

Or what about a gathering at the Super 88 food court?

Please let us know what you decide to do and if you want company, we'd love to help you celebrate.

I haven't been yet, but I've heard really good things about Bistro 5 in Medford (http://www.bistro5.com/).

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[User Picture]From: lillibet
2007-05-07 12:17 pm (UTC)
I'd second a number of the recommendations you've gotten so far, especially Sorellina. But you will make me jealous if you get to Salts before I do--they keep slipping my mind at the moment I get to choose.

Craigie Street Bistrot is also quite the amazing place and I recommend their Chef's Whim menu.

Another off-the-beaten-track place is Quince, in Needham, where they do a "Your Favorites" menu--the chef comes out and talks to you about what you like and don't like and what he's got in the kitchen that didn't make it onto the mentu that night and then whips up a several course meal, just for you. That seems like a very special sort of birthday treat, to me.
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[User Picture]From: lionsburg
2007-05-07 01:08 pm (UTC)
One thing you could do in the day is head over to The Four Seasons hotel and have afternoon tea. Sugary pastry thingies!
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[User Picture]From: tcb
2007-05-07 02:20 pm (UTC)
The Boston Harbor Hotel also has a great tea, reasonably priced, and with a great view!
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[User Picture]From: drwex
2007-05-07 02:12 pm (UTC)
If you haven't already tried Bistro 5 in Medford, I recommend it. I haven't been there recently myself, but we used to live up the street from them and I've only heard good things since we moved.

And happy birthday.
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From: frotz
2007-05-09 09:44 pm (UTC)
Oishii Too in Sudbury has a fairly wide-ranging menu, though what I go there for is indeed the sushi, which has blown my socks off at every opportunity.

I can't recommend the original location in Brookline, though. Not for the quality, but for it being a loud overpacked broom closet.
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