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Yelp Elite Night Out: Storyville

by agirlandhermutt on November 10, 2011

My loud mouth and strong opinions have gotten me in trouble over the years. However, it also has gotten me into some really fun events. Thanks to the folks at Yelp.com, as an “Elite” Yelper I get the opportunity to attend some fun events around town every now and then.

We all know what that means, right? FREE FOOD AND BOOZE! 😉

Over the past few years I have attended a wedding, an early morning movie/bbq/beerfest, a chocolate factory tour, and other various events. Always interesting and always entertaining.

  

Last night Yelp was invited to the Halloween Hangover event at Storyville (formerly Saint), a night club in Back Bay. This club is advertised as having a speakeasy feel and pays homage to New Orleans’ Red Light District with its red lights, smooth couches, and seductive feel. They also boast of their “extensive dining menu of small plates” and “classic and craft cocktails”.

When we arrived (we=Megan & I), we were greeted by a flurry of Yelpers. We checked in and got our super cool name tags.

Side note: When I signed up for Yelp.com I didn’t want to use my actual last name on the site so I used a random initial. Now when I check in I always forget that I’m listed as Erin C. and this provides everyone about 5 minutes of frantic list checking for me under my real last name until I remember. Me=Jerk.

While I can agree that this new joint has a smooth feel, I wouldn’t necessarily call it a “speakeasy” except that it was downstairs. It had a cool club feel and there was some mood setting red lights happening though. I also wouldn’t have necessarily realized that there was a tie to New Orleans if I hadn’t noticed the big ol’ fleur de lys on the ceiling when I walked in. Apparently I am not nearly observant as I thought I was because after looking at pictures I realized they have them all over the place.

I think it is extremely hard to give a theme or vibe at a club when it is so dark. Is sweaty and random gropers a theme?! Most clubs I have been to have that theme. 😉  I liked the feeling though and I appreciated the cool seating and bar area.



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Once we started arriving the bartenders became totally overwhelmed. They had a drink o’ the night called The Winter Warmer, which was a punch of sorts, but they QUICKLY ran out of this. I’m always surprised when places that invite a huge group in for free drinks aren’t really prepared for them. But to totally give credit to Storyville and their EXTREMEMLY friendly bartenders, they started serving up whatever anyone wanted and nothing seemed to be off limits. Nice work bartenders! They were quick, they were talented, and they were friendly all at the same time. Honestly, this is kind of a rare trio of traits when it comes to Boston bartenders.

There was quite a bit of small bites floating around, but the Yelpers are a quick bunch and I only got a chance to try a few.  The bites were all tasty, but probably not the reason I would visit Storyville. Drinks are the way to go here.




*All photos with Yelp logo are from the photographer Tatsu. Amazing work!*

The DJ was cranking out some good beats and the drinks were more than satisfactory. I could see myself stopping by on another night.

If you are looking for a Saturday night out in Boston, grab a bite to eat around the area and then hop over to Storyville for a drink(s) and a little booty dancing.

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Are you a club person? Do you like going out dancing?

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Go Local! Boston Local Food Festival

by agirlandhermutt on October 2, 2010

I’m a local food nut. In 2009 I read Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and feel in love with the idea of being a locavore. Please understand…I don’t follow this idea 100% of the time. Heck, I’m striving for just 50% on some days, but I think its a smart and worthwhile way of life to strive for. One that I continue to focus on in my food philosophy and in my day-to-day life.

Today I got the opportunity to discover a whole plethora (I love that word!) of like-minded folks at at the first evah Boston Local Food Festival.

It was probably one of the nicest days that Boston has seen in quite some time. Perfect day for some outdoor festivaling with my pal, Karen, along Boston’s waterfront.

As we walked in we were greeted with some good ol’ music. Yep, its a one man band! Anyone who can play a harmonica is A-OK in my book.

There were TONS of vendors giving away samples, selling some of their foodie goods, and lots of information booths.

Taza Chocolate from Somerville, Ma. They offer tours! Any Boston folks interested in joining me on one?!

Grillo’s Pickles! My favorites. So fresh and tasty! Check out his cart by Park St T station or buy jars at Whole Foods.

The Food Project was out in full force letting kids dig up carrots and juice apples. Way to get the kiddies involved in the local movement.

Karen helped to make some butter. Just shake a jar of heavy whipping cream and call it a day.

She also agreed to play around with some seafood with me. FYI…I’m playing the part of an oyster.

We were given seeds and soil to grown our own kale. Kale chips here I come!

There were tons of farms offering their goods. Such beautiful veggies.

Straight out of Tewskbury, Dahliscious offered up some super yummy lassi!

Mango, Blueberry, Strawberry and Banana. Seriously fantastic! We all know I love my lassi. 😉

There were all kinds of fun beverages. I’m a beverages girl. I constantly have a water or a some type of drink on hand.

There were SEVERAL live cooking demos. The first one we happened upon was the butchering the pig demo. Oh God. Seeing that head just sitting there was just too much for me.

The Haley House, who serve a great purpose in our community, had my fave demo on how to cook greens.

Mmm…greens and cornbread.

Everyone was encouraged to bring their own water bottles in order to cut down on unnecessary waste. No bottled water was sold, but there was water provided!

The festival had a Zero Waste policy. Don’t even think about just throwing away your trash!

Throw away with a purpose.

Tons of local restaurants that serve dishes made with local foods showed up with some serious delish meals.

Karen and I had a fantastic time sampling our way through the festival but the most exciting part came right as we were walking out. We caught sight of a bus. BUT not any ordinary bus. A famer’s market bus! The folks at Enterprise Farms have the coolest set up.

Hop on the bus to pick from a huge selection of locally grown veggies.

Walking around the festival seeing all the vendors who support eating local was an awesome experience. I wish every day was a Farmer’s Market day!

Question of the day: Do you belong to a CSA? I’m dying to do one, but I’m afraid that it will be WAY to much food. Thoughts?!

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I’m on a boat!

by agirlandhermutt on September 23, 2010

The wind in my hair, the sun on my face, and the sails in full force. To  celebrate the last day of summer, The Scientist and I headed out on a tour of the Boston Harbor on the Liberty Fleet Tall Ship.

The Schooner Liberty Clipper sails up from Key West to spend the summer in Boston doing daily tours.  Apparently the crew actually lives on the ship. Its like a modern day Pirates of the Caribbean! At least that is what I envisioned in my head. 😉

We are on a boat!

After a brief introduction to the crew, we started our way out into the harbor. The sun was just starting to set and the view was beautiful. Did you know that one of my 30 While 30 is to watch a sunrise on the beach?!

Passengers have the option of helping to raise the sails. Our boat had a fun troop of boy scouts so we let them do all the work.

The boat doesn’t go very fast, but it was nice and windy so it made for some serious sailing.

The harvest moon was out and it was in all its glory.

It started to get dark and much cooler. It was around that time that I decided that I needed own a sailboat and just sail around aimlessly. I could easily be a pirate, if need be. My only issue is that I have a deep fear of needing to wear an eye patch at some point in my life. *#22 on Erin’s Irrational Fear List*

We spent the next two hours just cruising around the harbor getting great views of the city. It was totally dark when we got back and the view of the city with all the lights was fantastic. My camera taking a picture of that view? Not so much.

No matter what I do I just can’t get really good night photos. HELP! Any tips?!

This tour was totally worth the time, effort and money. There isn’t any history or guide talking, just enjoying the water and the view. Lovely!

After we got off the boat I had the urge to eat my arm off because I was so hungry. Instead we broke out one of my Groupons and headed over to The Savant Project for some dinner.

I should have just stopped at the front of this joint to chow down on my arm because it went all down hill from here.

After waiting for 10 minutes to be seated, we waited almost 10 more minutes to even get a menu. Seriously, I thought I was going to pass out from low blood sugar. Luckily just in time, some chips and salsa appeared.

When it was time to order we found out that 4 of the 8 main entrees were out. Seriously? 4? That is ridiculous! I went for the mussels to start and the veggie burger as my mail meal. Big surprise? Nah. I didn’t think so. 😉

Our mussels came out fairly quickly (the only think that was quick here) and I was surprised to see sweet potato fries on top. Kind of a nice touch!

My veggie burger came out shortly thereafter. I’m sad to report that it was like eating stuffing on a bun. There was no texture at all! Add to it that it had hummus on the bun and I felt like I was eating baby food. 🙁 I will say that the onion ring and feta was a nice touch. I was pleased with those!

I was even disappointed in my drink. I lived it up a little with a “Mangria” which was described as a white sangria with a touch of jalepeno infused tequila. Hello?! Doesn’t that sound delish?! Instead…it was a watered down margarita with no salt and even less taste. Blah.

Despite our crappy restaurant choice, we had a great time. I’ve decided that I’m going to live out my Sleepless in Seattle dream and move onto a boat. Who wants to come visit?!

Question of the day: Are you a water person? I love anything that involves a boat ride, including the commuter ferry!

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