Author: maven101

Milkweed – Boston, MA

Last Sunday was pretty darn cold, “freezing your fingers off” cold so I was really looking forward to a nice, warm brunch in good company. Milkweed, located in the Mission Hill area of Boston was this and so much more. From the second I walked in until I left, I felt so welcome in this vibrant little spot. The same team that brought Dorchester the Blarney Stone brings all their combined experience into this new venture: one of flair and imagination. The menu is extensive but not overwhelming with detailed flavors throughout. The layout of the restaurant itself is so fun, with a bar area in front of where the cooking happens, a bar area facing the windows and then open area seating. My friend Ani, a downtown boutique owner came along with me to see what Milkweed had to offer and we were both so impressed by the food, the friendliness of the staff and the coziness of the restaurant. While they have a menu ranging from breakfast to dinner we settled on a brunch …

Fortunato’s – Woburn, MA

Italian food is one of my many weaknesses, but I am incredibly picky. After traveling to Italy with my hubby last April and experiencing the culture and the food there I have really been looking for places that are similar or close to what I had. Fortunato’s in Woburn MA is the spot, with a focus on rich and flavorful dishes this place is so authentically Italian that it reminded me of my last meal in Milan. (You all remember that one right? Check it out here) Its hard to impress us, Roosevelt was born and raised in Italy and I have been perfecting my homemade pasta sauce for years. But this place did on every level and really made us nostalgic for all things Italian. Not only did we have an incredible meal but we have the lovely pleasure of getting to know Fortunato who was so welcoming and made sure we had everything we needed. What more can you ask from a restaurant that not only delivers delicious food but also makes sure …

La Cocina de Arismendy – Lawrence, MA

I had the pleasure of visiting La Cocina de Arismendy, a recently opened restaurant in Lawrence, MA last week. Exploring restaurants and writing an honest review is literally one of my favorite things to do because I can share all my experiences with you all and you can then check these places out!  Let me tell you now, this Dominican restaurant will definitely become a local fave. From the moment we walked in until we left everyone was so incredibly nice. It’s a great, large space with all the attention to details given. I really loved the table centerpieces with the mini cutting boards, candles & flowers. 🙂 So let’s get down to the food, shall we? Boasting an incredibly large menu with everything from appetizers to yummy juices to mofongo we had our pick of so many delicious flavors. Also, did you know they are the only restaurant in the area to boast the amazing “Tri-fongo”??? What is that you ask? Well keep reading and I’ll tell you all about it. Such a large …

Spiced Mini Maple Waffles

I am a breakfast food person. On all accounts. Waffles and pancakes being my favorite. I recently got this adorable mini waffle maker that has made my life infinitely easier because the mess is smaller, I have these perfectly portioned out  little waffles and I feel less guilty in indulging in more than one 🙂 I made these for an early Christmas eve -eve brunch that I had for the family and everyone really loved them. The flavors of the spice really showed through and the Cultured Maple butter (Ploughgate Creamery) I bought from Mill City Cheesemongers shone in this creation. These are a definite must try if you want something quick yet super yummy. This Maple Butter & Maple Syrup were heaven! They looked so cute and perfect! Such a great stack of waffles Print Spiced Mini Maple Waffles Ingredients 1 Cup All-Purpose King Arthur Flour 1 Cup Milk 2 Tbsp Melted Cultured Maple Butter 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar 1 Egg 2 Tsp Baking Powder 1/8 Tsp Ground Cloves 1/8 Tsp Allspice 1/8 Tsp …

Livia’s Dish: A Unique Dining Experience – Worcester, MA

Breakfast on the weekends is one of my favorite meals. A long weekend makes that even better. I decided to go on a mini adventure on Black Friday to Worcester to see my good friend and fashion designer Warlene of Warlene Rene Handmade. I found Livia’s Dish after doing some research and finally settled on them to meet her there for breakfast. When I walked in I really loved the homey atmosphere and the way everything was set up. They have a two level dining area separated by a few steps with a bar on the second level. The menu was extensive and they also had several delicious flavors of Mimosas. The Peach Mimosa pitcher was enough for the two of us and we each had three Mimosa’s- great value! I ordered the “Not Quite Eggs Benedict” dish while she ordered the Shrimp Omelet and we split the Stuffed Apple Pancakes. Everything was quite delicious and afterwards we went to the Compton Collective which was nearby to do some shopping 🙂 Extensive Menu along with …

The Beauty of Puerto Rico lives on

I am from a small town in Puerto Rico called “Ceiba” (Say-bah) which is on the east coast about forty five minutes from San Juan. Locals are called “Los Come Sopa” or The Soup Eaters and while there isn’t a specific reason why they are called this, lore does say that since there was no local meat market they had to travel to find meat and supposedly ate soup a lot. (I love that my hometown has a food name, makes me wonder if this food stuff is in my genes 🙂 ) I love Ceiba, I have many memories there from when I did live there and over the years things of course have changed but I still felt the same way every time I went. Then Hurricane Maria happened this year and devastated the Island. I remember all the emotions in my head drowning out all the practicality because my grandparents and uncle were on the Island; I was worried. I didn’t speak to them for weeks and I remember finally being able …

Easy Apple Cider Overnight Oats

Some of you may know that I am particular about my apples. I like a crisp, tart fruit with a hint of sweetness and honestly, it’s not always easy to find this perfect flavor combination. But alas! Autumn Glory Apples fit this bill in every way. They boast a natural, sweet caramel and cinnamon flavor while remaining crispy regardless if you bake, roast, or cook them. This, of course, means that creating yummy and easy recipes is a walk in the park. I wanted to create a recipe that was easy to make; perfect for those of us always on the go and one that was still rich in flavor. Health is always important to me but I also never like to compromise on flavor; Autumn Glory Apples made it easy to keep the flavor profile I wanted, but also gave me a healthy recipe that I could enjoy at any time of the day. Apple cider is a New England favorite once fall hits and all the local farms have Apple Cider Donuts, Mulled …

Double Chin – Boston, MA

On a corner in Chinatown, Boston I was introduced to some of the best late night  food I have ever had. Double Chin is the name of this joint and not only do they  take “Asian Fusion” to a whole other level they do it in a fun, inviting environment that makes you want to stay all night. From Adult Capri “Funs” to a Strawberry Donut Bomb, literally every craving I could have possibly had was checked off in one trip. I am an adventurer, sometimes I just take random trips to Boston to eat… Plus I love Chinatown- the smell of the fresh baked goods oh yes and those Dumpling houses (that post will come later) 🙂 The second we walked in we were quickly ushered to the table. My mind went in a million different directions after taking just one look at their HUGE menu. I mean literally it was so large that whatever you want to eat will probably be on the menu. We decided on the following items for the two …

Stepping out in Style with Two Stylish Sisters

“Jewelry is like the perfect spice, it always compliments whats already there.” – Diane Von Furstenberg In a recent sit down with Aubrey & Nicole from Two Stylish Sisters I had the opportunity to revel in gorgeous, handmade jewelry and get to know them a bit more. Based in Massachusetts they have recently opened up a shop in Western Ave Studios a local spot for artists to come together and showcase their wares. It was a Sunday afternoon filled with laughter, good conversation and a glass of wine (or two) 🙂 They have set up their shop beautifully, with care to details such as vintage jewelry boxes that came from their grandmother or wooden pieces that were handmade by Aubrey’s husband that compliment the displayed pieces perfectly. From making sure their customers who come in are always made to feel welcome, to crafting their jewelry these two boss ladies have taken the meaning of “small business” to a new level, keep reading to hear what they had to say… Question: What inspires each of you? …

Apple-Pumpkin Bars

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching (and Christmas right behind it) I wanted to share a recipe with you all that I delighted in making and will absolutely be a kicker in all your holiday functions.  I had the opportunity to attend a brunch with some other amazing Boston area (super talented) bloggers that was sponsored by Autumn Glory Apples and was hosted by fellow blogger Hunger Thirst Play. We all made different dishes featuring some pretty great apples and had a jolly old time. I decided to go with a sweet, slightly spicy dish in these bars. Often we see two components of this dish together but not all three and I loved how the kick from the gingersnap cookie crust just went so well with the caramelized apples. With apples, pumpkin and gingersnaps how can you go wrong? I hope you all will venture to make these and let me know what you think. Also check out the blog post that Hunger Thirst Play just posted up about our delicious brunch and a recipe for …