Good evening all! I decided, at the last minute, not to go to the NKOTBSB concert at Fenway Park this evening. The weather had rain in the forecast and the temperature was only in the 50s. Probably wouldn’t have been a happy camper despite seeing one of my favorite groups. I saw them last weekend and I am content with that. I’m sure my 14 year old self is screaming at me right now. Let me appease it with these photos from last year’s concert.
See how great that show was? Ok, much better.
But let’s back up to Friday because that was this post is all about! In the morning, I had been invited to a preview of the Brighton Collection that opened up at the Prudential Mall. They were letting patrons peruse their store while sipping on coffee or OJ and some pastries. I had a coffee, OJ, and half of a coffee cake muffin.
This was their first store in Boston and they are hoping to be successful. They are right next to the Vera Bradley so hopefully that will help them bring in the right demographic for the items that they are selling. Here’s a little snippet from the website about who the Brighton Collection is:
Brighton was launched in 1991 with a single collection of belts. Over the years, Brighton has become an accessory company with something for everyone. Handbags were added to the line in 1993, followed by small leather goods, watches, jewelry, home accessories, eyewear and most recently,luggage.
The company prides itself on the “Brighton Difference,” which is rooted in the philosophy that the difference is in the details. Brighton is one of the few remaining design houses where designers sketch each creation by hand and then follow the product from concept to fruition. It is a decidedly traditional process that seems more in keeping with the Renaissance era than the high-tech 21st century.
I was also informed by one of the managers that the company was founded by two high school sweethearts out in California and that they make about 55% of their products in the US. I took a look at what they have to offer and I was very tempted to pick up a small messenger bag and some sandals. The prices, however, steered me away. I’m sure it’s of high quality though but I’ve never been one to spend $200 on a bag. Their stuff is really cute though.
Work was same ol’, same ol’. We had a guest in house that was going to the Bruin’s game on Monday and his son had a little blow up Stanley Cup. Of course, we had to get a picture of it with Catie. Doesn’t she look happy?
That night, I was so excited because I was meeting up with my friend Steph at Trina’s Starlite Lounge! My bus goes by it every day but I had never been. And finally, we were able to get there (It’s one of her favorites. Next up is my favorite: Thirsty Scholar!) I had heard that this place had very good hot dogs so regardless of how good the whole menu looked, I was interested in a dog.
When we got there, thankfully it was easy to get a table. By the window. And it was a great night! For drinks to start, I had the Ommegang Abbey Ale. It was just the right balance of hops and it went down smooth. Very tasty.
For my entrée, I had the dog of the day which was a hot dog topped with provolone cheese and sautéed onions, and it came with a side of beef broth with onions for dipping in. Just like a French dip! Well, anything with cheese and onions is good in my book!
We also shared some fries which were just perfect. I love thick cut fries.
I also have to say that our waitress was awesome. She was attentive without being overbearing and she was just overall extremely pleasant. Plus, she had an Irish accent! I love it!
For a second cocktail, Steph had seen a drink called the Modern which had cilantro infused gin. The table next to us had ordered it and said it was delicious. Well that sealed the deal for us! We each ordered one.
Whoever came up with idea to infuse cilantro with gin needs to be kissed. Right now. This drink was so fresh and not too sweet. Just perfect for a summer night. The only mistake I made with this drink was that the red thing floating on the bottom? Yep, it’s not a cherry. And I had a feeling that since this drink was herby, that it wouldn’t be a cherry. It was a cherry tomato. And I ate the whole thing. It took a peppermint to get rid of that flavor. Blah.
But overall the evening was very enjoyable. Since I live so close to Trina’s, I’m sure I’ll get there more often. Especially with this girl:
Trina’s Starlite Lounge is located at 3 Beacon Street in Somerville, MA.
Have you ever had a cocktail that had interesting ingredients and turned out to be amazing?
What toppings do you like on your hot dog? I used to be all about the ketchup but I’m slowly getting into mustard.