mondays at empire

From the restaurateur behind Red Lantern in the Back Bay and Shrine in Foxwoods comes Empire, another upscale Asian Restaurant and Lounge located in the Seaport District. The space is old-world China with a twist of modern and sleek decor that greets you from the moment you walk up to the door.  

Empire recently launched their new Kasai Monday Menu with mouthwatering bar bites. They also offer unlimited sushi on Mondays starting at 5pm. Of course, Gu and I were there to check it out.  

We started with their Pot Stickers; Traditional Pork Dumpling, Caramelized Shallots, House Made Chili Garlic Sauce. I love pot stickers so I almost refused to share with Gu.

We started with their Pot Stickers; Traditional Pork Dumpling, Caramelized Shallots, House Made Chili Garlic Sauce. I love pot stickers so I almost refused to share with Gu.

Gu went for their Unlimited Sushi.

Gu went for their Unlimited Sushi.

For entree, I tried their Kimchi Steak Fried Rice with Fried Egg because.... I love steak and I love fried egg! This bowl is bigger than it looks and flavors were coming from left and right. 

For entree, I tried their Kimchi Steak Fried Rice with Fried Egg because.... I love steak and I love fried egg! This bowl is bigger than it looks and flavors were coming from left and right. 

Sushi and rice are very filling. Despite all of that, we made sure we saved room for dessert. We ordered the "Campfire" Fried Ice Cream; Torched Marshmallows, Graham Cracker, Caramelized Milk, Chocolate Ice Cream. It was to die for! 

Sushi and rice are very filling. Despite all of that, we made sure we saved room for dessert. We ordered the "Campfire" Fried Ice Cream; Torched Marshmallows, Graham Cracker, Caramelized Milk, Chocolate Ice Cream. It was to die for! 

Located in the Seaport District area, Empire also offers a lively night life on the weekends, with live dj and amazing cocktails to enjoy with friends.

lion's tail

Named as one of the hottest new restaurants in Boston, Lion's Tail is a speakeasy-style spot that opened its doors to the public in December of 2016. The vibe is very chill and the decor is cozy, more like an upscale pub with leather bounded seats and great lighting in their bathroom. A few nights ago, Gu and I had the pleasure of having dinner at Lion's Tail and we can't rave enough about our experience.

I asked Jarek to make me the prettiest cocktail and he made me the New York Streets Swizzle; caramelized pineapple-infused plymouth gin, alessio bianco, quinquina, fino sherry, mint syrup, mint and lemon. It was absolutely delicious and I'm all about light and refreshing drinks in the Summer.

I asked Jarek to make me the prettiest cocktail and he made me the New York Streets Swizzle; caramelized pineapple-infused plymouth gin, alessio bianco, quinquina, fino sherry, mint syrup, mint and lemon. It was absolutely delicious and I'm all about light and refreshing drinks in the Summer.

We started off with the Steamed Littlenecks with crispy pork belly crumbs, tomatoes, corn, arugula, lemon cream and grilled bread that's perfect for dipping in the lemon cream. Great to share or if you don't like sharing, like me, have it all to yourself! (But of  course, I shared with Gu)

We started off with the Steamed Littlenecks with crispy pork belly crumbs, tomatoes, corn, arugula, lemon cream and grilled bread that's perfect for dipping in the lemon cream. Great to share or if you don't like sharing, like me, have it all to yourself! (But of  course, I shared with Gu)

For entree, I originally wanted the salmon but since they get their products fresh early in the morning for the day, they ran out. I decided to go for their Hanger Steak. Served with collard greens, potato salad, crispy onions, and coke-bourbon BBQ sauce. I can't even really begin to the describe how delicious my dish was. Each item complimented each other perfectly and it was the right amount to satisfy this tummy of mine. 

For entree, I originally wanted the salmon but since they get their products fresh early in the morning for the day, they ran out. I decided to go for their Hanger Steak. Served with collard greens, potato salad, crispy onions, and coke-bourbon BBQ sauce. I can't even really begin to the describe how delicious my dish was. Each item complimented each other perfectly and it was the right amount to satisfy this tummy of mine. 

Gu was beyond fulfilled with his Grilled Octopus. Served with warm fennel, quinoa and arugula salad, confit potatoes and lemon. I didn't get to try any of it because he devoured it 2 minutes after the plate touched the table. 

Gu was beyond fulfilled with his Grilled Octopus. Served with warm fennel, quinoa and arugula salad, confit potatoes and lemon. I didn't get to try any of it because he devoured it 2 minutes after the plate touched the table. 

For dessert, I ordered their Vanilla Bean Coconut Flan.I love flan and coconut, I think it's the Filipino in me. It was very smooth and served with strawberries and drizzled with caramel sauce. 

For dessert, I ordered their Vanilla Bean Coconut Flan.I love flan and coconut, I think it's the Filipino in me. It was very smooth and served with strawberries and drizzled with caramel sauce. 

Gu went for their other dessert option, their Ice Cream Sandwich. Fresh vanilla ice cream smacked between 2 chocolate chip cookies and drizzled with chocolate ganache.

Gu went for their other dessert option, their Ice Cream Sandwich. Fresh vanilla ice cream smacked between 2 chocolate chip cookies and drizzled with chocolate ganache.

A restaurant that's super affordable and serves unique dishes, Lion's Tail is spot that I will be sure to dine in again.

Located at the Ink Block area on 300 Harrison Ave. Boston, be sure to ch-ch-check it out!

Alison Désir

You guys know Alison Désir? No? Well, you should. With all these social changes happening, now more than ever, women need to stick together. I've heard about Alison and her movement through Insta-friends from New York and thought to myself that this woman is who everyone should look up to, not those who are famous for having big asses and sex tapes. Believe it or not, I met her at mile 14 of the Boston Marathon. We were both running and I recognized her from pictures and introduced myself, yes, while struggling one mile at a time.

From then on, I've been following her journey of raising HELLA money for Planned Parenthood and starting Run 4 All Women to continue the initiative success of raising money for PP. I honestly cannot rave enough about how awesome Alison is and it's all coming from a genuine background, absolutely nothing fake about it.

Read on to get to know more about one of our modern-day activists...

When did your interest in running come about?

"I started running in 2012 when I was going thru a period of depression; my boyfriend was cheating on me, my father was suffering from Lewy Body Dementia and I was unemployed.  I spent all day at home, on social media, feeling hopeless and without purpose. Luckily, I saw that a friend of mine was training for a marathon and raising funds for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and that sparked my interest. I was drawn to the way that running was changing his life and helping him to create connections and, honestly, I knew needed a drastic change in my life. With nothing to lose, I decided to follow his footsteps and signed up to train and raise funds for the same organization. Running transformed my whole outlook on life and what I thought was possible. I ended up raising over $5,000 for the organization and, within a year, started Harlem Run to share my experience with others in my neighborhood. Harlem Run has since grown into a movement that is inspiring people around the world to use running a vehicle for personal transformation and social change."

Tell us more about Run 4 All Women...

"Run 4 All Women was an initiative I launched in January in response to the results of the election and the threat of Planned Parenthood being defunded. My idea was to run from Harlem to DC and raise  $44,000 for Planned Parenthood; what ended up happening was far bigger than that. Hundreds of people joined me on the run along the way and we raised over $100,000 in less than 30 days. Due to the massive success and energy around using running as a form of protest and engagement, I decided that it was important we keep the momentum going. With the help of dear friends, I launched an ambassador program for women to similarly create events rooted in our newly formed guiding principles - empowerment thru fitness and advancing the conversation on women’s issues. Those 23 ambassadors come from around the US and Canada and have been powerful change agents over the past 8 months. This weekend, there will be 5 events - in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, California and NJ - led by our ambassadors that are all raising funds for their local Planned Parenthood affiliates; the events have raised $30,000 to date. For more information: crowdrise.com/Run4AllWomen."

How has being a brand ambassador for Under Armour impacted your life?

"Working with Under Armour has been incredible and life-changing; UA has really amplified my voice and my story, allowing my message to resonate with women everywhere. I’m currently featured alongside American Ballet Theatre® principal ballerina Misty Copeland, world champion sprinter Natasha Hastings, professional stuntwoman Jessie Graff, and Chinese taekwondo champion and actress Zoe Zhang (Lanxin Zhang) in Under Armor’s latest global campaign, Unlike Any, which celebrates and honors the unprecedented achievements of female athletes that rise above gender comparisons and stand on their own as marvels of athletic prowess."

Any recent projects we should be on a lookout for?

"I just launched the podcast Finding Meaning (on the RUN), available on iTunes, Google Music, SoundCloud and Stitcher!  Find Meaning (On the RUN) offers conversations with powerful and inspiring people in the world of sport and beyond, uncovering how they find meaning. The show demystifies what makes people tick and, as a result, how they achieve greatness. My first episode features my fiance, Amir Figueroa (@alacrityamir); and yes, I’m still basking in my engagement, less than a month ago!"

What is your day to day look like?

"My day to day is hard to describe; no two days are alike! I am thankful to be able to work from home and really create my own schedule. I spend a lot of time planning for future events, answering emails, hosting runs, connecting with Harlem Run leaders and Run 4 All Women ambassadors. My schedule allows for a lot of collaboration and creativity, which I think are the foundations of success."

 

This Sunday, August 13th, a few women will be running from Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester to Thomas Park in South Boston in an effort to raise awareness for PP. Total Mileage: 50 miles. Everyone is encourage to join in on the run or welcome back runners at the end point in Thomas Park.

For more information and to donate, CLICK HERE.