Friday, July 1, 2016

Luxurious brunch at the Taj Boston

For celebratory occasions (or if you just $86.00 to blow), the Rooftop Sunday Brunch at the Taj Boston is a must.  The all you can eat buffet is served on a higher level of the elegant hotel overlooking the Boston Public Garden.  The menu features quite the selection of charcuterie cured meats, cheese salad, sushi, raw bar, Indian and Western entrees.  There is also a made to order omelet station as well as a Belgian waffle station.

We were a group of girls in Boston for a bachelorette/birthday party and we all love to eat! The rooftop Sunday brunch perfect for us.   I was so excited to be greeted by the raw bar station! There were crab claw, oysters and colossal shrimp. Screw the pastry offerings nearby, I was diving into the seafood offerings.

Taj Boston Rooftop Sunday Brunch
 The oysters were a bit on the skimpier side and the crab claws seemed like they had been prepped hours or days in advance but it was still good.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Mexican Lunch for under $6.00 bucks in Woburn

My coworkers and I were talking and the average lunch will set you back more than $10.00 for a sandwich, chips and drink at most deli shops or take out joints.  We stumbled upon Xtapa Cantina Mexican Restaurant in Woburn Center and decided to give it a try.

Similar to most other Mexican restaurant, warm complimentary tortilla chips were served and each guest had their own cup of salsa. I loved that I didn't even have to ask because I sure do love to double dip! The chips were nice but the salsa was a bit on the watery side.

The $5.99 lunch menu was pretty extensive. There were tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and taco salads. Each meal was served with rice and refried beans.  For protein choices, there was chicken, pork and beef.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Sizzling Kitchen in Downtown Lowell

I've been meaning to try Sizzling Kitchen in the old T&M Vietnamese spot since it opened its doors late last year.  I've heard good things and that they serve macaroons, pho and Italian pasta on the same menu????

The Mo and I finally made our way there on a weekday night and we were the only dining patrons at 7 PM.  Service was friendly and quick.

We started off with some traditional eggrolls (because you know how much I love eggrolls!) and their Signature Sizzling Kitchen specialty rolls. It featured teriyaki beef, rice, kimchee, scallions, and mushrooms.  It reminded me of bimbim bap in a rice paper roll. Tit was delicious but a bit overwhelming with the different flavors and textures.

Eggrolls (3) for $4.00

Sizzling Kitchen rolls (2) for $5.00

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Loui Loui Seafood Boil in the suburbs of Boston

The Mo and I haven't really been venturing out to try new restaurants much but we kept seeing Facebook friends pics and updates about this new seafood boil restaurant in Stoneham.

The restaurant opened back earlier this year and is located in a strip plaza. Parking is plentiful.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Good Happy Hour Specials at Lui Lui

One of the cons of living in Massachusetts is the restriction of booze related Happy Hour Specials.  Restaurants and bars can offer half off appetizer specials but they cannot discount anything alcohol related as a "special". Pricing has to be consistent throughout the day/week.

Luckily for us, we live 13 minutes from the New Hampshire border and Nashua has some great Happy Hour specials. Pizzico and the Billards has some great specials where you can imbibe without feeling broke.

The Mo and I were Nashua on a random Tuesday night and wanted to grab some food. We saw a sign by Lui Lui that read "All Day Happy Hour" on Tuesdays so we turned into the parking lot.  I haven't been to this place since HIGH SCHOOL! 

Since it was a week night, the place was pretty empty.

We were seated in a booth and the server brought over some menus.

Monday, April 18, 2016

I ran my FIRST 5K in the Good Times Running Series in Lowell

Last week, I bit the bullet and signed up for the Good Times Running Spring Series. I've never done a 5K before nor have I ever run outside before. I'm not sure why I signed up, I just did it.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Sok San Beach Resort in Koh Rong Cambodia

The Mo was adamant that we spend a few nights on the remote island of Koh Rong in Cambodia. At first, I was a bit apprehensive. I read that there was limited electricity, no AC and expensive food and drinks. What would we do all day?

After some research, I found Sok San Beach Resort, a Khmer style beach resort on Koh Rong Island with its own restaurant, beach bar and most importantly, AC!  Coincidentally, the crew of Survivor stayed in this resort while filming the popular reality TV show on the island.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Phnom Penh - Off the Beaten Path

If you've already done the Royal Palace, Wat Phnom, Tuol Sleng museum etc. (or aren't interested), here are 10 fun ways to pass time in the busy capital of Cambodia.

1.  Dinner & a Movie - VIP Style 
Deadpool was released in the states while we were in transit to Cambodia.  The Mo couldn't wait to come back to the states to watch the R-rated comic book film starring Ryan Reynolds.  We headed to Major Cineplex the new Aeon Mall by the Russian embassy in Phnom Penh

VIP tickets are $15.00 each and includes an alcoholic beverage and snack. There is a separate waiting area for VIP guests with plush couches and a bartender to serve the complimentary drink and snack for each guest.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Otres Beach 2 - the best beach in mainland Cambodia

Otres Beach 2
One can argue that Sokha Resort has the best beachfront location in Sihanoukville, but I beg to differ. Although the beach is nice, its limited to guests staying at the resort.  Therefore, it lacks the character of a Southeast Asian beach.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Infinity pool at Queenco Victory Beach Sihanoukville

To get from Siem Reap to Sihanoukvile, it was a short 45 minute flight.  The flight costs a little over $100.00 after all the taxes and fees but the Mo paid a little bit more and upgraded us to business class.

There are no jet way in Sihanoukville and everyone has to deplane using the stairs provided and walk into the airport whether you were an economy ticket holder or greater.