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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


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!



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

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tessa @ Amazing Asset June 15, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Booo I’m sorry to hear your experience was a bit sub par! But I think giving it another try is a great idea, it might have just been bad luck that night where you were sitting? Seems kind of strange but ya never know!
Loveee your new hair! It’s a great change and you look fab my dear 😀


2 Alaina June 16, 2011 at 7:41 pm

It was really strange because we were invited there as concierge so I was hoping that they would “wow” us and it turn, we would want to send guests there. I hope they are able to redeem themselves!

Thanks Tessa! I’m loving it so far although I’m always blowing the bangs out of my eyes. Haha.


3 Holly @ The Runny Egg June 15, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Ugh — I would be put off by that server too. But maybe for some reason he didn’t know that is what you should do? If the food was good I’d give it another shot.


4 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 15, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Your hair looks so cute! I love the bangs :)


5 Stephanie June 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Love the hair cut. You get to go to the coolest places to try out. I really need to try some of these so if you ever want to go back i’m your gal!


6 Alaina June 16, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I am always looking for dining buddies. :-) I’ll contact you for the next one!


7 Ameena June 16, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Regardless of how good food is, if the service is terrible (as yours was) I can’t seem to give the place another chance.

I had an a-ha moment when I finally stopped being cheap and had my hair dyed professionally. Sure it’s not quite my natural color but at least it’s all ONE color, right? :)

Your hair looks fabulous!


8 Alaina June 16, 2011 at 7:39 pm

I’m really hoping that it can redeem itself because the food really was good. The restaurant just opened too, so we’ll see. :-)

Thanks dear! I’ll bet your hair looks fabulous too. 😉


9 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate June 16, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Good food can never make up for bad service.


10 Michelle June 16, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews about Red Lantern and I’m interested to hear what a return visit will be like for you!


11 Jayme @ Runner-n-Spice June 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Hey – I’m heading to Maine for holiday next week… And going to Boston (staying at a hotel in back bay) for a couple days! I noticed urban spoon cited here and smiled – I’ve made reservations for us as aragosta bar and bistro, as well as citizen pub – all bc of urban spoon reviews!

Love the hair style. For me, it’s always tricky repeating the style myself :/


12 Alaina June 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Oh fun! Where are you staying in the Back Bay?? That’s where I work. :-) And Aragosta is supposed to be so good! Let me know when you’re in town! E-mail me at joggingconcierge (at) gmail (dot) com.


13 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic June 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm

That sucks that your table didn’t get the same food as the other tables. I hate it when that happens.

Cute new hair style!


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