Author: maven101

Wine & Connections

Last month’s mixer hosted by The Foundation Mixer and Tutto Bene Wine & Cheese Cellars was inspiring. Conversation accompanied by good wine is always a good mix and I saw many new faces this time. Over the course of the last few months, I can personally say that the mixers have been collaborative and I have been able to meet many new people. The very premise of mixers is to connect with people outside of your realm of comfort, it allows you to step outside your box and find new venues for your personal entrepreneurial goals or just to meet new people. These mixers also promote local business and one thing I truly appreciate is the ability talk about what I do and hear what others do in these local settings. Tutto Bene was no exception; with a Sommelier on site talking to us about the different wines we were tasting and an incredible assortment of wines from all over the world it was the perfect spot for a mixer. We had Presceia Cooper, Director …

Strawberry Feta Salad

I never used to be one for adding fruit to anything savory, I thought it would be weird and honestly never knew what I was missing. There are so many flavors that you can combine whether savory, sweet, tart, or earthy. The list is really endless and I have opened up my palate to experiment with these unique flavors. This week I have delighted to be spending a lot of time with my very good friend who is also a blogger and we have been collaborating on several recipes. One of them happened to be this amazing salad that is fresh, summery and has tons of flavor. Between the equal sweetness and tartness of the strawberry, the salty feta and the fresh parsley the combination was potent and made for a wonderful side dish to the main meal. Eating healthy should never be difficult and this recipe makes your life easy when you just want a different take on salad and makes for a wonderful main meal or side dish. Enjoy this fresh and summery …

Lowell Folk Festival 2017

“Whatever is good for your soul, do that.” The festival vibes this year were incredible. The community, the small businesses, the performers and even the weather- everything just meshed together and created a beautiful atmosphere all weekend long. I have to say it was the best year yet and no I’m not just saying that because I finally got to try the Filipino food booth šŸ™‚ My weekend started with Friday night- first day of the festival. While its a short night, the streets were closed downtown, food booths were set up and the festival hum had started. People were milling the streets checking everything out. My friends and I checked out the opening of Warp & Weft a new restaurant on Market street that will officially open later this fall, we went over to Boardinghouse Park to catch the sunset and had some yummy food and drinks. It was a beautiful evening filled with good times and almost every single downtown restaurant had something going on. It was great to see so many people …

Sneak Peak-Lowell Burger Company

Monday was a day filled with lots of food adventures including a trip to a secret menu tasting at the new Lowell Burger Company spot Downtown Lowell, MA. As we all know this was the old location of the much beloved Bishop’s Legacy Restaurant and while we were sad to see it go I am energized by this new restaurant that has taken over. Together Tobias Marx and Chef Nick Speros have created an incredibly welcoming space that is open and inviting with a clear sense of community. With just the small sliver we were given insight to, I know that this venture will prove to be a good one. With warm lighting, fun decor and incredible burgers, Lowell Burger Company has the ingredients to make this restaurant work. In speaking with the Chef, it was great knowing the food would be locally sourced and local farms would be supported. As you all know I believe that supporting local is a big deal and its important to retain that sense of community by building each …

Zesty Cajun Chicken

Testing out recipes is simply one of my favorite things to do. I enjoy working with flavors, texture and while it doesn’t always work out sometimes you get a gem like this in your repertoire that you can cook easily and can change to your taste depending on your diet needs. This dish is full of flavor and kicks you right in the taste buds. There are a few components of this dish that make it stand out such as the crispness of the cardamom and creaminess of the coconut cream. I was so happy I finally perfected this recipe- a big shout out to my friend over at Mom of the Twins Blog for suggesting cardamom! As side dishes I used fresh Avocado and Tomato along with brown rice. Perfect compliment to strong flavors in the chicken. Please try this recipe out and let me know the changes you make and how you modify it, I want to hear all about it in the comments!   Zesty Cajun Chicken Ingredients: 1 lb. Ground Chicken …

Trattoria Sabbioneda – Milan, Italy

“When you have the best and tastiest ingredients, you can cook very simply and the food will be extraordinary because it tastes like what it is.” -Alice Waters I’ve been waiting to write this for almost three months now simply because it was one of the best meals I had in my life and I wanted to give it the praise it deserved. I also wanted a secret for myself, a place we had found while roaming the streets of Milan on our last day in Italy and it was a beautiful secret which I now want to share with you. We almost didn’t stop and eat here, we almost went with what all the apps were saying or on what you should eat in the area we were in. We walked by this place twice before deciding on entering its small, yet homey interior full of jovial Italians who were eating delicious food with friends. This was Ā our best meal in Italy. Yes, I can say that. We had plenty of food in different …

Fruity Pebbles Treats

My childhood came through in this recipe, I remember absolutely loving Fruity Pebbles as a kid drenched in milk and then when all the cereal was gone I would drink up the milk. These days I go for more healthy options like Oatmeal or Avocado Toast but every so often I like to remember those sweet, childhood food memories. This recipe while incredibly simple speaks to those memories and made me realize that the original cereals will never get old. It got me thinking that maybe I would like to do a blog food series completely based on all the childhood cereals I used to devour. I had tons of fun making this and it’s totally versatile- whatever you want to top it with,Ā go ahead. Even just plain they are amazing! Get ready for the best sugar high of your life and crank some of these out!   Fruity Pebbles Treats 4 Cups Fruity Pebbles Cereal 1 10oz bag of mini marshmallows 1 1/2 Stick of Unsalted butter 1 Tsp Vanilla Pinch of salt White …

Creativity Meets Connection

“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable” – William Pollard The Foundation Mixer brought us all together once again last week for the second part of their art series connection events. This time the focus was on GiveWave Studios owned by a friend and colleague of ours . With a small business focused on creativity and design it has thrived over the last year and half into the costume and accessories go to for all your creative needs. GiveWave Studios is based out of Lowell Makes, a Makerspace based in Lowell, MA. This is an environment where creativity takes free reign and individuals who have a membership can do everything from woodworking to 3D printing. This is the perfect place to start a business based on creative design and has been the spot for people to come out and experience on their own. During this particular mixer, we were given a tour of Lowell Makes …

Model for a Day

“Clothes aren’t going to change the world, the women who wear them will.” – Coco Chanel Over the course of the last couple of years that I have been writing and sharing my adventures with you all I have been able to meet some really wonderful people within my community and beyond and it is because of those relationships that I have the ability to do things like this. I was asked to be a model by a community colleague of mine who was doing a project for her own business and I was so inspired by her I decided to go for it. Along with myself, there were two other women, one a mutual friend and the other a new designer in town who makes incredible clothing and is ready to put her mark in the fashion world. I wanted to share my experiences of modeling for a day and how exploring a couple different areas of Boston behind the lens made it so much more different than if it was just me without …

Cheesy JalapeƱo Cornbread Waffles

Cheese. JalapeƱos. Cornbread. Chicken Gravy. These are the starts to some very yummy cornbread waffles that remind me of Southern comfort food. While these are lighter and don’t have the calories that most waffles have they are still wonderful. I collaborated with my friend and fellow blogger, Mom of the Twins Blog on the gravy- originally from the South she makes wonderful homemade comfort food occasionally and last night when I perfected this recipe she was making this wonderful gravy you see in the pictures. I went out a purchased a mini waffle maker which makes the cutest waffles, and I am going to have fun this summer creating new waffles and sharing them with you all. For this recipe, you can change the amount of JalapeƱos or remove them completely if you do not like spicy food and just add some more cheese šŸ™‚   Cheesy JalapeƱo Waffles Ingredients: 3/4 Cup Stoneground Cornmeal 3/4 Cup Whole Wheat Flour (or all purpose) 1 Tsp Baking Soda 1 Tsp Baking Powder 1 Egg 1 Cup Whole …