Sunday, October 30, 2016

PABU Boston Preview Party in the Millennium Tower

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Michael Mina's and Ken Tominaga's PABU Boston at the Millennium Tower is not your average sushi bar. Located in Boston's Millennium Tower, it fits right in with the posh, swanky ambiance there and takes Japanese cuisine to the next level. 

PABU is a welcome addition to the Boston dining scene, both for its staff credentials and location. Chef / Partner Michael Mina has earned countless awards and recognitions, including Michelin stars and a James Beard Award for Best Chef, and Chef / Partner Ken Tominaga is a Japanese cuisine legend best known for Hana in Sonoma, CA. If that weren't impressive enough, the venue is situated within the Millennium Tower, which is exciting in its own right as a brand new luxury apartment building in Downtown Boston.

I was lucky enough to attend the PABU preview party last week and can't wait to share the experience with you all! Read on to see the gorgeous decor and delicious bites offered at PABU (open to the public on 11/1).

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pabu boston michael mina ken tominaga

One thing I noticed was that the staff all seemed happy and got along, which created a fun and positive atmosphere right off the bat.

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Five men brought out a ginormous 650 lb tuna which was prepared for sushi in just 10-15 minutes! 

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pabu boston michael mina ken tominaga

pabu boston michael mina ken tominaga

It really doesn't get fresher than that! The tuna was perfect - it melted in your mouth and wasn't too chewy.

pabu boston michael mina ken tominaga

pabu boston michael mina ken tominaga

The hand rolls were some of the best I've had - the tuna was obviously super fresh, the seaweed was perfectly salty, and the rice was warm and soft. I think we ate about 5 of these each and we could have easily had more!

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Even the standard makimono - from California Rolls to Unagi (eel) Rolls are more delicious here. Everything is just such high quality and made to perfection.
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The Avocado Cucumber Hand Roll on the left is great for vegetarians, and the Spicy Salmon Hand Roll on the right was my favorite of the night! It had a kick to it, but wasn't too spicy.

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pabu boston michael mina ken tominaga

These Happy Spoons were another big hit - with Plymouth Rock Oyster, Ponzu Creme Fraiche, Tobiko, Ikura, and Uni. They had a multi-dimensional flavor profile, including salty seafood and bright notes.

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My sweet tooth loved this dessert dish! It was cranked out of a machine, and the texture is actually very light and airy layers of strawberry shaved ice. At the bottom are rice-based gummies which were so yummy! 

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pabu boston michael mina ken tominaga

pabu boston michael mina ken tominaga

pabu boston michael mina ken tominaga

pabu boston michael mina ken tominaga

Did I mention that I met the legendary Michael Mina and renowned Ken Tominaga? That happened! They are both super nice and humble. It was such an honor and inspiration to meet people who are so passionate about what they do, and are absolute masters of their crafts! 

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From the ultra-fresh seafood, to the posh decor, we felt perfectly wined and dined at PABU. It's safe to say that this was the most special sushi venue we've been to yet! Be sure to come see for yourself what is sure to be one of the top sushi and Japanese spots in Boston! PABU opens to the public on 11/1/2016.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Little Black Dress + Red with Bailey Blue Clothing

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Dress: c/o Bailey Blue Clothing | Bag: Forever 21 | Belt: Similar from Macy's | Heels: Similar here | Jewelry: Pink Blush Boutique

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With fall so filled with color, there's no better time to wear a classic little black dress. This piece is one of many cute LBDs from Bailey Blue Clothing! I paired it with a red belt and purse for a pop of color. 

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Dress: c/o Bailey Blue Clothing | Bag: Forever 21 | Belt: Similar from Macy's | Heels: Similar here | Jewelry: Pink Blush Boutique

I love the subtle detail on this dress. The outer layer is sheer and full of geometric design, making it a classic piece that also shows off your personality.

Luckily this shoot was during a little fall heat wave here in Boston so I got away with not wearing leggings, but it would be super cute with tights and ankle boots too! Be sure to visit Bailey Blue Clothing to see all of their cute dresses for fall, and use code "First 25" at checkout to get 25% off!


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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Ronsky's Pop-Up at the Street Chestnut Hill

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Allow me to introduce you all to James Beard Award-winning Chef Ron Suhanosky (*drumroll please*). Chef Ronsky is a big deal in the foodie world. He co-founded Sfoglia (which has locations in Manhattan's Upper East Side and Nantucket), not to mention his cookbook Pasta Sfoglia which won a James Beard Award for Best Cookbook in 2010. Bostonians may know him best for cooking at the delightful tapas restaurant Coppa in the South End. 

Chef Suhanosky reached a level of success that ironically pulled him further from what he loved to do - which was to cook and interact with his customers. So after a decade working as Chef / Owner of Sfoglia, he moved to Chestnut Hill to be closer to his children and opened the intimate pop-up Ronsky's! At Ronsky's he's back to cooking and being accessible to the customers. Ronsky's is located next to Star Market at The Street in Chestnut Hill, MA, and will run through the end of 2016! 

In addition to his caffe menu of paninis, zeppoli and baked goods (available 7 days a week), Chef Ronsky is now also hosting intimate private dinners! The coolest part is, to book a private dinner you can email him directly at chefronsky@gmail.com. Dinners include 4 courses and can be booked for Thursday through Saturday at 7pm or later for just $75 per person (excludes wine). I was lucky enough to attend a preview of this private dinner - read on to see how much we enjoyed our meal and getting to know Chef Ronsky!

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This table was Chef Ronsky's great-grandmother's table! Talk about history. Also, those paisley cloth napkins were the prettiest I've ever seen!

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We started with antipasti consisting of cured Italian meats and imported Italian cheeses. Everything was as amazing and fresh as you could imagine. We also had delicious green marinated olives on the table.

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This antipasti dish was made of pear, whipped ricotta, and honey bruschetta. The crunch of the pear was a great juxtaposition with the creamy ricotta!


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Antipasti continues with spicy nduja and burrata bruschetta. Spice lovers, this one's for you!

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The salad included baby kale, roasted delicata squash, and toasted pinenuts - such a perfect fall salad! The produce is hyper local, originating from just outside the entrance at the Green City Growers.

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This Umbrian minestrone soup was packed with healthy local ingredients like chard and kale.

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This hearty and earthy dish featured black truffle and roasted cauliflower. Ours was gluten-free so it was made with comforting beans, and others noshed on ricotta cavatelli.

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At this point we were getting pretty full, but everything was just so delicious! The next course was a halibut fillet, with wild chanterelle mushrooms and rosemary. This was probably the best halibut we've ever had - so fresh and scrumptious! The wine is from the Brookline Liquor Mart next door.

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I'm a sucker for roasted potatoes! This course offered roasted Tuscan porchetta bursting with flavor, fingerling potatoes, and the cutest little brussels sprouts.



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There's always room for dessert! My sweet tooth loved this Italian style hot chocolate pudding, macerated blackberries, covered in fennel with whipped cream. I loved the tart fruit with the sweet pudding!

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Our private dinner at Ronsky's was a magical meal we'll never forget. Chef Ronsky is truly humble and wants to get to know his customers. After the meal he even came to the table and talked with us about his life, his work and his passion for Italian cooking. 

The combination of the intimate setting with impeccable, gourmet dishes makes for such a special feeling. I could see this being perfect for a birthday, graduation, engagement celebration, or just a treat for yourself, friends and family. 

To book your private dinner and meet Chef Ronsky, email him directly at chefronsky@gmail.com. Dinners include 4 courses and can be booked for Thursday through Saturday at 7pm or later for just $75 per person (excludes wine).

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Navy Cold Shoulder Dress from The Pink Lily Boutique

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Dress: Pink Lily Boutique | Blanket Scarf: Similar here and here Ankle Boots 

While Boston is still trying to decide if it wants to be fall or not, I'm getting creative with my outfits. I styled this navy cold shoulder dress from The Pink Lily Boutique (less than $50), with an oversized orange and navy blanket scarf (see my post on how to style a blanket scarf)! 

Cold shoulder pieces are really big this season, and I love how the trend is continuing into fall. This stylish dress is high-quality, with thick material to keep you warm in the cooler months. I love the boho detail on the neckline and the bell sleeves - it's beyond comfy! 

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Dress: Pink Lily Boutique | Blanket Scarf: Similar here and here Ankle Boots 

This carefree cold shoulder dress is so cozy and boho-chic! It looks stylish with or without a blanket scarf and is perfect for fall. Be sure to check out The Pink Lily Boutique, they have a huge selection - from dresses, to sweaters, shoes and accessories!

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