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Pride & Prejudice at The Footlight Club

This community production of Jane Austen‘s Pride & Prejudice by The Footlight Club was chock full of laughter and surprise. I didn’t think there could be anything further to explore with the story considering the 1995 BBC version and 2005 film. But, I was wrong – so absolutely wrong.

As a Jane Austen fan who visited her home in Chawton and visited the British Library just to see her writing desk, I loved the play from beginning to end.

The cast all brought something new to these well-loved, iconic characters. I daresay that I preferred this production’s take on Mary, Mrs. Bennet, and…Mr. Darcy. Because of the focus on comedy, the actors and actresses were able to bring out the more endearing qualities of the characters. This was especially true of Mary, the middle Bennet sister who is often depicted as the third wheel and very one-dimensional – aka, annoying AF. But, in this play, Mary is…pretty cool. She’s definitely in her own world, but isn’t a complete asshole about it.

Along with the wonderful cast, the set was beautiful. That moment when the curtains parted to reveal the sitting room, amazed me. They were able to do so much with that one set. That is skill. Also, I couldn’t stop staring at the flickering lights of the chandelier. I wanted that chandelier and that lighting for my own home

The theater itself is a historic space. It’s America’s oldest community theater and was built not long after the novel was published – kinda makes the experience all the more memorable.

A well-deserved bravo bravo to the cast, crew and all the people who made this possible! Thanks to the husband for finding out about this play just in the nick of time because we caught the very last show on Saturday at 8PM.

Check out The Footlight Club Facebook page for more about the cast & crew – absolutely loved the Q&As and behind-the-scene photos.

The theatre transported me back in time. I loved the high ceilings, the creakiness of the wooden floor, and the old seats (which I found charming, but will be replaced with brand new ones very soon…apparently with arms this time).

PS. I’d like to give a shout-out to Jane Ko the stage manager because she wrote the most epic of profiles. Her Emma Stone burn was brilliant 🔥


7 Eliot St
Boston, Massachusetts
(Jamaica Plain neighborhood)

Adapted from the Novel by Jane Austen / Pride and Prejudice By Jane Kendall
Directed by Kristin Hughes
Produced by David J. Rodrigues

Cast
Anna Chensny as Elizabeth Bennett
Corey Exline as Jane Bennett
Katie Suchyta as Mary Bennett
Aiden O’Neal as Kitty Bennett
Shannon DeBari as Lydia Bennett
Andrea Giangreco as Mrs. Bennett
Jack Sinnot as Mr. Bennett
David S. Wright Mr. Darcy
Jimi McEvoy as Mr. Bingley
John Knight as Mr. Collins
Lauren Murphy as Ms. Bingley
Allie Meek as Charlotte Lucas
Mary O’Donnell as Lady Catherine
Catherine Verow Quintana as Lady Lucas
Matthew Harker as Mr. Wickham
Paul Campbell as Hill

Laughing Monk Cafe, Thai by Day & Sushi by Night

The Mister has been talking about the Laughing Monk Cafe for awhile now and, truth be told, I was a bit hesitant because although I find Thai food to be quite delicious, I never have a serious craving for it. It’s never a type of cuisine that’ll pop up first on my list. Besides, very few can beat out tacos/burritos and tater tots.

But, we went the other week. And…

o.m.g. It was absolutely amazing – a blend of Thailand and Japan. Who knew?

We opted for the omakase menu so that we could get a tasting of a variety of bites. It was a mix of traditional Thai dishes and really creative sushi. The dishes that stole our hearts? Chef Nick’s signature sushi creations in nigiri style – a lot of new, interesting flavors that will keep us going back for more.

Below were our favorites. We forgot what the rest of the sushi were but all we remembered was that they were delicious.

BBQ ribs were so tender

Chicken wings with basil

Dragon Seeds: salmon belly, spicy ginger, aiori, golden berry, and edible silver leaf. This was magical.

Laughing Monk Cafe is a Thai and Sushi restaurant in Brigham Circle. We offer a quick lunch and casual style full service dinner.
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For the sushi bar, Chef Nick Korboon acquires fresh ingredients every morning before starting his creations at the sushi bar. His masterpieces
may change based on the fresh vegetables or edible micro-flowers available on that day.

Our Thai kitchen is supervised by Chef Dacha, young man from E-sarn, the northeastern part of Thailand. – You can find his authentic Thai flavors in our Small Dish menu when spicy means spicy.

Special dishes from Chef Nick and Chef Dacha are reserved for dining-in only.

Adidas CloudForm Advantage Clean Shoes

These sneakers are…amazing.

Truth be told I haven’t worn any Adidas in a long while. But, the other day while I was looking through sneakers and Nordstrom Rack, I decided to try a pair of these on and it felt like I was walking on clouds.

Also, I was looking for an all-white shoe so this worked out perfectly.

I wish they offered this particular shoe in more colors because I love how subtle the look is – the iconic Adidas stripes are perforated so they’re not as in your face.

Clean court style with a feminine look. Perforated 3-Stripes accent these girls’ shoes. cloudfoam gives them an amazing step-in feel.

Linda’s Donuts in Belmont, MA

Linda’s Donuts were quite possibly the most delicious donuts I’ve ever eaten.

We got there later around noon, which is pretty late for a donut shop. Not everything was available, i.e. all the Boston Cream donuts were gone…sadness. But, what they did have, did not disappoint at all.

For the first round, we chose a sugar raised and the much-talked about chocolate covered chocolate donuts.

The sugar raised donut was my favorite – it was like biting into the fluffiest cloud. What I appreciated was how fine the sugar coating was and the fact that the donut wasn’t a sugar bomb – the donut itself wasn’t sweet, it was the coating that gave the sweetness. I could eat a dozen of these by myself.

 

The chocolate covered chocolate donut was a cake donut. Typically, they are not my fave because they tend to be dense and dry. But this one was like biting into a moist cake. It was pretty amazing.

We thought we were done, but I wanted just one more sugar raised donut. So we went for round two. Unfortunately, by the time we got back to the counter, Linda had sold out of all the sugar raised.

Instead, we picked a traditional jelly and a blueberry donut.

The jelly donut was pretty tasty. I wasn’t crazy about the jelly only because I don’t like eating mouthfuls of pure jelly. There’s always that point in the jelly donut eating experience where you’ll have to eat all-jelly else it’ll ooze out onto the table or your hands.

The blueberry donut… o.m.g. I am prejudiced in my love for this donut because I love blueberry everything. What made this even more amazing was biting into actual blueberries in the jam. It was perfect.

I’ll definitely be returning to Linda’s Donuts. Heck, I’ll even get up early.

**UPDATE**

We returned Saturday morning and just in time…


for a fresh tray of the Boston cream donuts! We thought we were late and we were, but just as we were next in line, they came out with a new batch to stock most of the sold-out donuts. And, Boston creams are my favorite!

I love how the chocolate frosting is drippy cuz I’m not a fan of how some of the hip donut shops these days are using chocolate that you have to bite into. The cream itself wasn’t overly sweet. Hands down this is the best Boston cream donut I’ve had yet.

Next, we tried the Bavarian cream. Again, pillowy soft with the same cream used in the Boston cream. I usually am not a fan of Bavarians but this one was 💯.

And then, we couldn’t resist – or, I couldn’t resist – getting a chocolate covered donut. We had no more room to eat it so we saved it for the next morning and it was just as delicious.

Linda’s Donuts has stolen my donut heart.


Linda’s Donuts
247 Belmont St
Belmont, MA 02478

My Favorite Everyday Glossier Products

My Favorite Everyday Glossier Products | by Lillian Lee

The only make-up I typically wear is lipstick. I never got into foundation, eye make-up, and cheeks/bronzer/etc. because the application process scares me.

But lately, I’ve been going down the rabbit hole of Youtube make-up reviews and tutorials which have made it seem not so daunting. It’s also through Youtube that I discovered the Glossier make-up brand.

I decided to give it a try after seeing how seemingly easy and no fuss it is. After trying out the products for a few weeks, there were a few definite winners and, unfortunately, a couple duds.

Here it goes…

The Winners

Generation G in Jam  ($18.00)
This blotted lipstick is perfect now that the weather is getting warmer, which calls for something more natural and light. I love the way this glides on – it’s super smooth and leaves a matte finish which I prefer over glossy. Also, there’s not much transfer. I’ve tried the blotted lip from Colourpop, but theirs is super difficult to get the color on – the stick is dry, which sucks because Colourpop costs only $5.00 vs Glossier at $18.00.

Boy Brow in black ($16.00)
I absolutely love this stuff. It gives enough color to fill in some of the lighter areas of my brow, but not so much that they look weird and unnatural. I have used this product every single day.

Stretch Concealer in light ($18.00)
This is not a full coverage concealer and can be used without foundation, which is perfect for me. I dab it under my eyes and around my nose where it gets red and then I’m good to go.

The…Not-Winners

Perfecting Skin Tint in light ($26.00)
I tried this out for a few days and it just never won me over. Did it even out my skin tone? Maybe…but it accentuated my dry skin. It left annoying little flakes on my nose which was not cute. If anybody has any suggestions on how to solve that, please do. I’d hate for it to go to waste.

Priming Moisturizer ($25.00)
I used this to give a good base to the Perfecting Skin Tint. It’s great for sensitive skin because I didn’t have any skin reactions to it (and I usually do). But, my problem with it is the “scent.”

There is no fragrance per say, but it has that unscented smell. Does that make sense? If it was void of any smell, I’d use it 24/7. As it stands, I will begrudgingly use it just because there’s so much of it left.


There are still a couple items I’d like to try though – the Cloud Paint blush and Haloscope highlighter.

All-in-all, I absolutely love the Glossier brand. It’s make-up but not make-up, which is perfect for a noob like me.

If you’re interested in trying out some products, I’ve got a 20% off coupon code!

Beantown Pastrami Pop-Up at Bone Up Brewing Company

Beantown Pastrami Pop Up at Bone Up Brewing Company | by Lillian Lee

We came for the pastrami but stayed a bit longer for the beer and a mean game of Exploding Kittens.

Beantown Pastrami Pop Up at Bone Up Brewing Company | by Lillian Lee

Beantown Pastrami with cheese and a side of potato salad, $14.

The Mister spotted a pastrami pop-up at the Bone Up Brewing Company, a brewery he’s been meaning to try so we decided to check it out.

The pastrami sandwich was good but…it needed a heartier bread. For $14, please give me good bread because if you don’t, I feel kinda let down even if the innards are amazing.

The beer however was delicious. The Mister chose Wasted Life because he loves IPAs and I chose the Black Witow which was billed as a light dark beer. Pretty tasty.

Beantown Pastrami Pop Up at Bone Up Brewing Company | by Lillian Lee

Playing a mean game of Exploding Kittens.

Since the group sitting next to us were playing Cards Against Humanity, we decided to pick up a game Exploding Kittens. Mixed in with all the board games, there was also an arcade and pinball machine.

It’s a nice cozy spot so it can fill up pretty quickly. The people are super nice and welcoming. There are snacks for sale – a lot of Skinny Popcorn being eaten – but if that isn’t enough for you, you can either bring your own food or have food delivered.

It was a good thing we went during a wonky hour – around 2:30 – because by the time we left, there was a pretty long line.


Bone Up Brewing Company
38 Norman St
Everett, MA 02149

Oisa Ramen Pop-Up at bisq in Inman Square

Oisa Ramen Pop-Up at bisq in Inman Square

It had snowed and rained the day before. But give it 24 hours because the following day it was so nice and warm. We were ready to bust loose from the apartment and the Mister found out about a ramen pop-up at bisq in Inman Square.

So, we decided to give it a go.

Oisa Ramen Pop-Up at bisq in Inman Square

Started off with the featured sake – Junmai Ginjo from Kikusui brewery.

Was it too early to drink? No. Plus, it was the featured drink. The bottle backed that up because it was the hugest bottle of sake I’d ever seen. And the sake itself? So super smooth.

Oisa Ramen Pop-Up at bisq in Inman Square

Chashu Chili Dog

For a starter, we chose the Chashu Chili dog, which was loaded with cilantro and scallions. I made a mess after eating it but there was no other way other than to go all in – lipstick on and all. It was pretty tasty, but I would’ve loved it more had the dog been griddled for little while longer. I need my dogs to have blistered skin.

Oisa Ramen Pop-Up at bisq in Inman Square

“Wicked” Shio Ramen

I ordered the “Wicked” Shio ramen. With a base of vegetable and lobster broth, I was expecting something more sweet with a deeper flavor. Unfortunately, I didn’t get that. However, the Mister appreciated the light touch a lot – so much so that we switched bowls…thank goodness.

Oisa Ramen Pop-Up at bisq in Inman Square

Smokey Shoyu ramen

The Mister originally ordered the Smokey Shoyu ramen. The pork literally fell apart as soon as it came in contact with the chopstick. That has never happened. Is that good? Bad? I don’t know.

I liked the flavor of this soup more because it was deeper…seasoned and salty. Again, I’m so glad that the Mister and I ended up liking each other’s dishes.

As you can see, we live by the mantra of never ordering the same dish when dining – unless it’s the Kafka salad from Falafel King.

Oisa Ramen Pop-Up at bisq in Inman Square

All-in-all it was a fun time, but…just between you and me? Santouka is way more delicious. I didn’t want to say it, but I have to say it.

Sushi Fest at Wegmans Chestnut Hill

Sushi Fest at Wegmans Chestnut Hill | by Lillian Lee

We got a little taste of Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market at the Wegmans in Chestnut Hill this afternoon during lunch. This special event offered unique cuts of fish prepared by Wegmans’ sushi chefs in partnership with Japan’s top fishmonger, Uoriki. It was crazy crowded but a delicious time enjoying blocks of tuna, some shabu, and Suntory whiskey…oh, and, of course donuts. I can NOT not have donuts when I visit Wegmans.

In the time-honored Tsukiji tradition, the show will feature whole, farm-raised Bluefin tuna, sourced from Kindai University and Takuyo in Japan, masterfully taken apart with a 6-foot knife and filleted in front of the crowd. The tuna is portioned and the final cuts are made into sashimi-style pieces called saku blocks, which are then packaged and carried out on trays for customers to purchase. Read more about the event.

Sushi Fest at Wegmans Chestnut Hill | by Lillian Lee

It was a thick piece of fish.

Sushi Fest at Wegmans Chestnut Hill | by Lillian Lee

It took a couple guys and long knives to chop through the tuna.

Sushi Fest at Wegmans Chestnut Hill | by Lillian Lee

Here’s the tuna head that was up for auction. We thought the auction was just for fun, but it was real. This went for $100.

Sushi Fest at Wegmans Chestnut Hill | by Lillian Lee

Chunks of blue fin tuna, fatty and even more fatty.

Sushi Fest at Wegmans Chestnut Hill | by Lillian Lee

Usually free samples suck, but this was good. Nice, sweet dashi broth and chunks of fish and vegetables.

Sushi Fest at Wegmans Chestnut Hill | by Lillian Lee

I had to try the square donut…along with the jelly and Boston cream.

 

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