Author: Tracey

Teatro, Tremont Street, Boston

  “Jamie Mammano’s Theater District stop draws a young, hip crowd with its big portions of rustic Italian fare…”   “What started out as buzz about Mistral chef Jamie Mammano’s perfect little Italian restaurant has risen to a dull roar. Be prepared to fight throngs of hipsters for a table. They’re here for the fantastic food—a to-die-for antipasto, the thinnest pizza this side of a cracker, and entrées including veal scaloppine and spaghetti carbonara—along with beautiful people, reasonable prices, and a trendy location in a converted synagogue…” I was chatting to Rob about where I could go with my friend and work colleague, I try to think of fabulous, fun places we can go to.  Rob and I went down a whole list of restaurants and basically what my mood was.  We talked about so many places but when he said Teatro, my thoughts went to… hmm, yes, Teatro – why not. Upon arrival the place was packed out.  I didn’t make a reservation.  Nevertheless, the hostess was lovely and said we could be seated within 10-15 minutes, or sooner and did we want a drink at the bar.  We did end up sitting at the tiny, at the most 10 seat bar for dinner. Teatro is a former bank – I think.  High ceilings and a cavernous, loud atmosphere. This is another one of those places where if you want a quiet dinner, this is...

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The Social Girl on Weightwatchers Dilemma

I knew it going in… I had a long talk with myself about how difficult it was going to be, given my lifestyle and doing Weightwatchers – or any sort of diet for that matter.  What can you do with 18 points a day – not a lot, that’s what! As an example, I had dinner with my friend Erin last night at Gaslight.  I only had 7 points left of my 18 point daily allowance.  I was determined to have one 2 point glass of wine and then a 5 point dinner – hahahaha… wait, I give me a minute to stop laughing before I continue. Firstly, Erin thought I was bonkers going on Weightwatchers during the holiday season – she has a fair point.  Secondly, the second I looked at the menu I was done for.  I decided to go with the Moules frites and I was going to ignore the frites part – right, because that is incredibly easy to do with their yummy, skinny, salted just right fries. I should have told them to hold the fries! But then, Erin ordered fried artichokes, so I tried one and then another and then perhaps a third – I stopped counting.  They were only small but very deeply fried.  Then they brought over their signature warm, crusty French bread and butter, and then of course my Moules Frites, and yes I did eat the frites.  Oh, and...

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Welcome Guest Blogger – Jaimee

  Jaimee and I met back in 2003 when she started to work for the same company as myself.  We became friends very quickly and then sadly J moved to San Francisco – and who wouldn’t!!!  I mean its right next to Napa Valley and Sonoma – what else is there?  Of course, I did have to make a few trips to see my good friend.  It, of course, always involved a trip to either Sonoma or Napa or both! Anyway, J is now back on Boston soil and is to be my very first “guest blogger” – how exciting. Over...

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The Social Network

Of course I had to go and see this movie.  I mean this man, Mark Zuckerberg, went from Harvard undergrad without two pennies to rub together and is now worth 25 billion dollars!!!!  The youngest billionaire in the world.  And, I am of course a Facebooker myself. I am not sure how much of the movie is true to actual events but it was entertaining and you do really get into the characters.  In fact, I believe it is only loosely based on the book “The Accidental Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich. My book club read it a while ago to very mixed reviews, even though it is a fascinating read.   I did dislike Mark Zuckerberg from the beginning of the movie right through to the end.  I thought he was an obnoxious, self-centered, socially inept ass.  Is he in real life – I actually can imagine he is?   The actor, Jesse Eisenberg, who plays him is quite brilliant.  Sean Parker, of Napster fame, played by Justin Timberlake, portrayed a paranoid genius who may have the claim of taking Mark’s creation to world-wide phenomena.  Is that true? Most of the film takes place by showing flashbacks from two separate lawsuits.  One from the Winklevoss twins who were suing Mark for stealing their idea, and the other from his partner and CFO, Eduardo Saverin, who you cant help but feel sorry for throughout the movie, as he seemed to have been...

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Catfish Keep the Cod Agile

I watched 20/20 last night about the new controversial docu-movie “Catfish.”  This movie was a major hit at Sundance and is highly talked about right now.  I was actually about to go to bed when I did my usual of remote in hand channel hopping and got totally sucked in – it was so unbelievably fascinating.  The life of a woman who made up a whole persona on Facebook and MySpace.  The persona she made up started with her posting her paintings on her website as an 8-year old girl called Abby. The movie follows a photographer called Nev who lives in NY.  One of his pictures was painted and published by the “8-year old Abby.”  After his photograph was published he started to communicate with her via Facebook and sending more of his photographs to Michigan for Abby to paint.  He then starts communicating with Abby’s family, most specifically Abby’s older sister, Megan.  Nev starts a love affair via Facebook, texts and phone calls.  This whole “affair” was filmed by Nev’s brother and friend, who are avid documentary film-makers, so that they could document Nev’s story unfolding with Megan.  After a while he started to find inconsistencies in Megan’s story – such things like taking credit for songs from other people she claims to have performed herself.  After that the three guys decide to head to Michigan to see Megan and get the truth. I have not seen the movie but...

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