At the end of summer, I ventured to a beautiful place I hadn’t been to in a very long time – Massachusetts. My friend Diane, whom I’ve known since college, was getting married. A group of us made the voyage across the states for the event. After a smooth flight, my fellow travelers and I were ravenous, so our lovely hosts and friends, Jen and Keith, took us to an impressive restaurant in Cambridge called Abigail’s.
Situated on the first floor of a stylish apartment building in Kendall Square, Abigail’s stands out due to the dynamic orange umbrellas that adorn the dining patio.
The restaurant boasts a full bar with a choice beer and wine selection, gourmet food offerings including many BBQ specialties, and a raw bar. Their brunch menu also looks tantalizing.
As the night was beautiful and tranquil, we chose to sit outside. This was the view across the street from where I was sitting. Notice the healthy, thriving trees – a prime example of the wood element.
The vision in fuchsia above is the lovely Diane, whose wedding I attended later on in the week.
Dark and Stormy – This is one of my favorite beverages. Dark rum and ginger beer served over ice, with a lime wedge as garnish. A simple classic, but Abigail’s does it very well; I ordered two. The Moscow Mule is similar, except that it uses vodka instead of dark rum. Sweet and refreshing.
Seaweed Salad – A selection off of their Raw Bar menu, I had to try it. Unlike most seaweed salads, this rendition had pieces of edamame mixed throughout. Light and invigorating.
Fresh Ground Burger and Gouda Fries – American cheese melted onto a ground beef burger, with grilled onions, pickles, and iceberg lettuce on a delicious potato bun. Their special sauce is served alongside, similar to a savory aoili. Satisfying and filling. For $3.00 more, one can swap standard fries for Gouda Fries. Small pieces of bacon swim throughout a river of chicken gravy that cover thick-cut fries. Decadent and addictive.
Another item on the menu that caught my eye was a side dish called Summer Chi. In feng shui, we refer to positive energy as chi. Summer chi = summer energy. It turns out the chi dish is a medley of seasonal summer vegetables, which I found intriguing. (No one at the table ordered it, hence there is no photograph of said chi.)
Inside, a long bar extends nearly the whole length of the establishment. Cool bucket lights hang over the bar, while very industrial sconces take residence in front of the windows. I really like the metal energy the window fixtures encompass. Somewhat like a cage housing a rare light source. I’ve love to have two or three of these lining the balcony of my home in Los Angeles.
I was fascinated by this enigmatic art piece, which hangs near the main entrance. I love how the grays, blacks and yellows all mix together in a beneficial way. Earth, metal, and water elements harmonize here in thought-provoking fashion – an ideal example of good feng shui art in a highly modern style.
Shades of yellow and gray, with a little black here and there, are the main colors used throughout.
In feng shui, the color orange is a dynamic, cheerful shade symbolic of the west. There is debate as to whether it is representative of the fire element or the earth element. I would actually say it works for both. The hue is representative of creativity, fertility, organization, and social interactions. The color orange can be used in a variety of positive ways:
- Add some orange pillows or an orange throw to a living room sofa. This will foster a more social, creative energy in the space.
- Use as a paint color for kitchens, dining rooms, and children’s play areas. The color used in these rooms creates a warm, social atmosphere with good conversation.
- If one is trying to have a baby, add more orange to the bedroom. The walls can be a painted orange, but it should be an earthy or muted orange, or change some of the curtains or bedding to an orange shade.
- When used in small doses, orange is excellent for offices as it increases productivity and helps to establish an organized environment.
- To stimulate creativity, wear the color orange in any shade you desire. It should be an item you like that is comfortable and stylish. (I have a rust color cardigan that suits me perfectly.)
- Eat oranges! They stimulate one’s immune system with vitamin C and other healthy nutrients.
Personally, I consume a lot of oranges in the form of orange juice. (I can’t seem to get enough of it.) My next trip to the Boston area will hopefully be sometime next spring or summer. But one thing is definitely certain – I will be visiting Abigail’s again where I plan on eating some oysters underneath one of those vibrant orange umbrellas.
291 3rd Street, Cambridge, MA 02140
Hours: Monday – Friday 11:30 am – 1:00 am, Saturday 5:00 pm – 1:00 am, Sunday 11:00 am – 1:00 am
Note: Closed for lunch on Saturdays.