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Red Lantern and a Lightbulb

by Alaina on June 15, 2011 · 14 comments

As impressed as I was with the food and the inventive cocktails at Red Lantern in the Back Bay, I was less than impressed with the concierge “reception” that they had put on this past Monday night.

Usually when an event invites concierge, there are, well, concierge there. I saw about half a dozen people that I knew and the rest, I did not. It wouldn’t really pose a problem but I love these events because I love getting together with my concierge buddies. It was also not much of a reception because they had us sitting down at tables and were served food. It seems that our table got the shaft. I saw skewers, rice/noodle bowls and sushi going around to other tables and we only got a bit of sushi and one noodle bowl. We even asked for skewers, twice, and they never came. Very disappointed.

But what I did eat was delicious. I’m starting to enjoy sushi and I loved every roll placed in front of us. We had a spicy tuna roll, California roll, Philadelphia roll and a Philadelphia roll without cream cheese. The noodle bowl we received was also very good. And I’m starting to master chopsticks! Smile

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I was a big fan of the cocktails they had too. They were very inventive and different. I got the grass-fed mule which was lemongrass infused Grey Goose citron, fresh lime and ginger beer. I loved the sour, herby and spicy kick that this drink provided. I enjoyed two. But, this leads me to another thorn in my side about the service. One of the guys sitting at my table ordered a Mai Tai type drink which is usually a sweet drink. His drink was not sweet, but rather more spicy, like mine. He inquired about this with our server and the server said that he was 100% sure that what he ordered is what he got; he saw the bartender make it himself. I’ve been a server for years and regardless if you think that the bartender made the right drink, you apologize and have the bartender make another one. I was just put off about how he handled the situation. Maybe it was just the server in me coming out.

Anywho, I would really like to give this place another chance. The food was really good and the ambiance is casual yet fun. The location is tough but it’s an Asian restaurant that I think the neighborhood could really use. And hopefully the service will be a bit better next time too.

Red Lantern is located at 39 Stanhope Street in Boston’s Back Bay

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I also had quite the light bulb moment this week too!

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It wasn’t that I had a brilliant idea of sorts but it seems that so many things are starting to fall into place. One of my goals for June was to try and get into a routine so that I would feel like my days were more productive. And they are finally starting to feel that way!

  1. Monday morning I went to the YMCA and had a great tempo/interval run on the treadmill. As much as it’s a pain to get to the gym, I felt so good getting the workout done. I really need to take advantage of the free membership.
  2. Yesterday afternoon, I had an interview for a part time job while David is away. For a while, I wasn’t sure if another job would fit into my schedule but when this position opened up, I realized it worked perfectly with my existing schedule so I’m hoping it works out. I won’t say where the job is yet but I do have a follow up interview tomorrow!
  3. I had scheduled an appointment at my salon to get my bangs trimmed but once I got there, I realized that I really needed to get a style to my hair. It was getting long and the ends needed some attention. So at the last minute, I decided to go for a new look.

Before                                                      After (please excuse the under eye bags)

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Have you had any moments recently that you just went “A-ha!”? (aka: your light bulb moment!)Smile