Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Smorgie September Social

On Tuesday evening I attended the beta launch of a new website called Smorgie at Boston's W Hotel. No stranger to the upscale comforts of the W, but unaware of what exactally this foodie foucused site had to offer - I happily accepted Shakti's invitation to to attend. Over signature Smorgie cocktails at the hotel's intimate lounge, I familiarized myself with the group of attendes as well as the websites offerings.Among the new-to-me faces were Pam from Cave Cibum, Athena from Finance Foodie, Christine from CitySearch and Eric from Argyle & Gingham. Also in attendance were my pals Katie and Megan.
The Smorgie Cocktail created by the hotel's mixologist hours earlier is a sweet and refreshing blend of Chartreuse, Simple Syrup, Lemon, Pineapple and Basil.
The Smorgie website is a new tool for restaurant networking. Creating a profile gives you the ability to make lists and keep track of restaurants you've been to. Users can "Smorganize" or customize these lists, called Bite Books, using any category of their choosing, for example "Favorite Dinners" or "Best Brunch". Users can also create a list of places they haven't yet visited but would like to. From the girl who used to organize her Boston restaurants on an excel spreadsheet for fun (pre blog days), and who constantly has a running list in her head of places she wants to eat, this website was right up my alley! Not unlike Yelp or Foodbuzz - Smorgie also lets users “friend” each other. Friending another user allows you to see their restaurant recommendations and personalized lists.
Can you tell I loved photographing this cocktail?! I liked drinking it even more. While learning about what Smorgie had to offer we also munched on appetizers from Market.
We were served Edamame pilled with salt and some spicy peppery zestings.
I definitley enjoyed the uniquely seasoned version of this favorite soybean appetizer.
The Mozarella & Tomato Pizza was fairly standard.
But the Cheese Fritters were a unanimous favorite.
Battered and fried, these warm spinach and cheese balls were a gooey greasy bite of comfort.
The sophisticated lounge looks out over bustling Stuart and Tremont Streets through dramatic gray curtains. The plush couches lined with rows of pillows, modern chairs and sleek furniture provide a relaxing atmosphere to linger over cocktails and appetizers. Thanks to Shakti for inviting me to the event and introducing me to this fun new tool I can use to organize my restaurants!
Smorgie is still new to me and in its infant stages, so I am looking forward to navigating the site and discovering additional functions and features as the product expands.

P.S. Megan might or might not have persuaded me to pop into Market for dinner. Not that I required much persuading. After an excellent brunch there back in May, I was happy to oblige and try out the dinner menu. Review to follow....

17 comments:

  1. Had fun at the event with you. I really need to spend some time putting together a restaurant "wishlist" on smorgie, so I don't keep losing track of all the places I want to try. At least I was able to cross one off that list last night!

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  2. Great recap!! So fun seeing you last night. I'm loving all this meeting up! See you Sunday, brunch style!

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  3. that cocktail looks yummy, i could so use one right about now

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  4. It sounds like you ladies had a great time! I took the night off to head to the gym and unwind. I feel like I just unpacked my suitcase and now I'm packing it again to head to MV tomorrow for work!

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  5. You have energy like no one I've ever known! =)

    And you do the coolest things, too.

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  6. That looks awesome!! Market is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in the city. I tried to go back last week, but couldn't get a reservation :x I'm glad it's doing well though!

    Sues

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  7. Pizza and edamame sound like the perfect dinner to me!! You find the most amazing places Daisy!

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  8. Sounds like a great time. I love their decor!

    You're becoming quite the big deal in the Boston foodie scene!

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  9. wow, another fun event! how do you find out about all these? It always looks so fun!

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  10. Wonderful cocktails here and the cheese fritters look so good!

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  11. holy cheese balls. excuse me fritters. those are awesome!!

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  12. That cocktail looks great -- my boyfriend loves chartreuse!

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  13. I have to be honest, I am surprised you didn't think of Smorgie first!!


    Any drink with basil needs at least 10 photos :)

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  14. I miss edamame! I have to go to a japanese restaurant soon :)

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  15. Simply Life and anyone else interested in upcoming smorgie social events, please send me your details at shakti@smorgie.com! In the meantime please do check out smorgie.com (pref on Safari, Chrome or IE8). I'd love to hear your feedback. Looking forward to meeting more Boston eaters very soon. xx

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