Sunday, July 20, 2014

Paulyna Khmer Wedding Ceremony in Lowell

A couple weeks ago, the Mo's younger brother, Paul got hitched.  The couple chose to go the traditional route and had a Cambodian wedding celebration with multiple ceremonies throughout the day.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Taste of Cambridge

My friends and I attended the 12th annual Taste of Cambridge, a fundraising event that supports local Cambridge non profits within the community.  Over 100 restaurants within the area and vendors get together and provide samples and tastings of their food and beverages to sponsor the fundraiser as well as promote their business.  Some of the beneficiaries include Cambridge Camping, Transition House, Paine Senior Services, Margaret Fuller House and the Institute for Health and Recovery.

The General Admission ticket is $50.00 and includes entrance to the food tasting and (4) full glasses of beer and wine or specialty mixed drinks.  The VIP ticket is $75.00 (We paid $ 65.00 through a corporate discount) and advertised to include a raw bar, grills and craft beer and craft punches served by celebrity bartenders.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Brown's Lobster Pound: The Best Seafood in New Hampshire

The Mo and I try to get to Brown's Lobster Pound at least once a year.  The food is consistent and always taste fresh and good.  I hate eating fried food that tastes like its been cooked in oil that's 3 weeks old!

If we are leaving the beach on a late Saturday afternoon in the summer, chances are the wait is significantly long!  The New England favorite serves up seafood along with other summer time staples, hot and fresh off the grill.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Red Rose Restaurant: Original Cambodian Cuisine

Red Rose Restaurant in Pailin Plaza is one of the original Cambodian restaurants that is still open for business unlike other former restaurants that opened in the early 90's including Khemara Restaurant on Westfood Street and Mekong on Broadway Street.

Cambodian restaurant lowell
Red Rose Restaurant Lowell, MA
The restaurant is probably the most popular Cambodian restaurant among the older Cambodian community within Lowell as well as out of state Khmer people.  Every time I meet another Cambodian person out of Lowell, Red Rose usually comes up in conversation. "The last time I went to Lowell, we ate Ka tiev at Red Rose."

It was also the "Go To" restaurant for  my sister and out of state relatives for a hangover meal the morning after my wedding.  Coincidentally, they also bumped into our other friends from the wedding.

Monday, July 7, 2014

An Oceanside Wedding celebration at the Union Bluff

Amsi and I go way back... like 20 years back when I was in the 4th grade and we've become close throughout the years.  I couldn't be more excited to share in her and Tim's wedding celebration at the Union Bluff Hotel & Meeting House in York, Maine.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Yow Hon Cambodian Hot Pot at Senmonorom in Lowell

To conclude our fun filled wedding weekend celebrating "Paulyna's" matrimonial bliss, the Mo and I, (along with his siblings) sent off his father and brother with a Cambodian specialty meal, "Yow Hon."  We headed to Senmonorom Restaurant in Lowell where you may have read my previous post on Cambodian rural dishes.

Cambodian Yow Hon or Hot Pot, is served in special family gatherings and it involves cooking and sharing the meal together.  Every family makes the broth different but the main ingredients contain coconut milk and Chinese BBQ sauce made with dried shrimp, brill fish, garlic, chili and other ingredients.  Others get creative and add coconut soda, crushed pineapple and even beer. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Pad Thai, sandwiches, soups and more at Noodles & Company in Burlington

FINALLY, a place in Burlington that my coworkers and I can agree on for lunch.  Most of the time, someone wants to be healthy and get a salad, someone else gets a wrap and myself of course, always wants Asian food.  We usually end up at Fresh City in Woburn or grabbing lunch on our own and bringing it back to the office.

Noodles & Company Burlington

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Cambodian Wedding Reception at Pailin

My friends Angel and Bryan had their Cambodian wedding reception at Pailin in Lowell.  The restaurant is probably the most popular place to host a banquet in the Cambodian community.  So popular, that we are also attending two additional weddings at Pailin this year.

The restaurant has a nice Cambodian charm that is visible throughout the venue.  Apsara artwork is displayed on the walls.  The detailed crown molding and chair rail is painted in gold resembling temples and structures in the motherland.  The beautiful chandeliers add a touch of elegance to the dining room.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Del Frisco's Grille Grand Opening Weekend

If you've been keeping up with my blog, you would know that Del Frisco's in Boston is my FAVORITE steak house as well as my FAVORITE overall restaurant in Boston.  The Mo and I had dinner there on our "mini moon" and celebrate our anniversary there.  I'm also fortunate to have been extended many  invites to business dinners held at the waterfront location, during the holiday season where I can drink fancy wine by the glass-full.

I could not be more thrilled that the "Classic American Steakhouse" would be coming to Burlington. My boss, who is quite the food and wine connoisseur had to talk me down a couple notches, "Now, you know it's not the ACTUAL steakhouse like Boston right? It's the grille version, which is a little bit different."

"Really? Well, I hope they have the filet, actually they BETTER have the filet!"  I exclaimed.  I made dinner reservations for opening day via opentable and studied the menu.  Yes, they did have the filet for lunch and dinner!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Wishing lanterns and fireworks post Bar Harbor Wedding

And the fun continues!

After stuffing our face with filet, lobster and cake and dancing to N'SYNC, the party continued at the beachfront house the newlyweds rented for their guests.  Upon arrival, friends and family were treated to more drinks, hot dogs and burgers along with the staple sides.

The house was beautifully situated on beach nearby Bar Harbor.