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Food Truck Madness – Kerouac Park – Lowell, MA

Last Friday I went to a super fun event hosted by Made in Lowell – Food Truck Madness, where a bunch of Food Trucks come out, vendors are set up, live music is playing and delicious drinks are served. This is the third year and honestly, it was my favorite so far. Put me in a place with food and I’m happy- add music, friends, and drinks? Even more happy and that s what so great about where I live. Local organizations that are about community engagement always inspire me and in turn help me become closer to my own local community. This event was no different and between trying out different food trucks and chilling with friends it was a great night. Have you been to a Made in Lowell event? check out the FB for more information on all their events and see how you can become engaged in your community. Check out the photos below of my food and other fun stuff 🙂 Pork & Bean Arepa from Galeria Cafe – with them sauces! …

Go Nuts for Donuts

“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy donuts and that’s kind of the same thing.” I will never tire of writing about donuts and hopefully, you all will never tire of hearing about them and going on your own little adventures. I had the pleasure of going on a #doughnutadventure with my best friend this past Monday and somehow we made it through five doughnut shops. From small homegrown mom & pop shops to artisanal, newer shops we tried all sorts of donuts. While in my own life I try to be as healthy as possible, I am a strong believer in splurging and enjoying the things you love. That just happens to be food for me (really anything about life) and every once in a while I love going on an adventure like this to check out what the world of sweets is doing now and what new flavor concoctions they’ve made. Here in Lowell, we have our very own Donut Shack which should be famous as far as I am concerned because …

Farmer’s Market at Mill No. 5 – Lowell, MA

Enough cannot be written about all the great vendors that flow through the Farmer’s Market that happens every Sunday at Mill No. 5. Every week or every other week when I go, I find more and more things that I love and that are great to eat, cook with and enjoy. Having a local market where everything from wine to cheese is sold makes my life easier. I can support local, which is very important to me and also have so much to experiment with on a weekly basis when coming with recipes for my blog or just in general. Over the last couple weeks I’ve tried sublime ice cream, decadent wine, farm fresh eggs, flavorful produce and herbs, the perfection that is bread, heavenly cheese and butter, and freshly made pasta. Even with all this, I still haven’t tried everything the Farmer’s Market has to offer. I wanted to share with you all the businesses behind this product and encourage you to try their products if you can. Produce: Mill City Grows Flavorful produce …

UnchARTed Art Gallery & Restaurant- Lowell, MA

When our plans changed my wonderful lady friends and I decided we would all meet up at UnchARTed a wonderful new and hip Art Gallery and Restaurant located on Market Street in Downtown Lowell. The minute you walk in the ambiance fills you with good vibes, warmth and hospitality that is so true to Lowell’s community roots. On top of being a wonderful place to hang out, you can also eat amazing food, drink different craft beers ,wonderful wines and be in the company of local community artists, musicians, business owners and food blogger’s (like myself of course) 🙂 The Artist on display at UnchARTed right now is Dan Rocha and his art is both a mix of edgy and eccentric with just a touch of bright vibes.  Check out the opening of the art show this Saturday at 4pm, their Facebook has all the details! Lets get down to business, in plain talk lets talk about the food. While their menu has a mix of pizza, salad, soup and sandwiches we focused primarily on the …

Double Chocolate Mini Loafs

Chocolate is that ever present food group that we all need a little bit more of and can never get enough of. When you can make it healthy it makes us, the sweet toothed people of the world extremely happy. 🙂 I made these loafs trying Garbanzo Flour for the first time, from Bob’s Red Mill. The texture is so close to that of baking with all purpose flour or wheat flour so you could barely tell the difference. Another recipe I am adding to my even growing repertoire of Gluten free recipes and I keep sharing as I know there a lot of people out there with Celiac Disease or who choose a gluten free diet for other health reasons. Enjoy this and share! Gluten Free Mini Chocolate Loafs 1 Cup Garbanzo Flour + 3 Tbs 3/4 Cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Mega Chunks 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder 2 Tbs Egg Whites 1 Tbs Almond Extract 1/4 Cup Honey Pinch of Salt 1/4 Cup Boiling Water Instructions: Preheat Oven to 300 …

Meatballs!

Yesterday was National Meatball Day. Yes, that is most definitely a thing and even if it wasn’t I would still devote a day towards it. I thought of flavors all day and decided I would use some of the new Apple Infuse Balsamic Vinegar I bought  to marinate the meat with along with some herbs and spices. Turkey is known for obviously being less juicy and having less flavor than let’s say a pork/beef meatball so I am always looking for ways to make it better. I also fried them  quickly in Basil infused olive oil before pouring the homemade red sauce I made over them and letting them simmer for 25-30 minutes. The end result was a bright, juicy meatball in a wonderfully rich red sauce.  It was a fun experiment and super yummy and I can’t wait to eat leftovers! Enjoy!   Turkey Meatballs (Gluten Free) 2 Cups Ground Turkey (I used 93% lean) 2 Eggs 1/4 Cup Apple Infused Balsamic Vinegar 3 Tsp Dried Basil 2 Tsp Minced Garlic 4 Dashes Sea …

Donut Shack- Lowell, MA

I woke up this past Sunday morning completely unaware that anything drastic had taken place, until I went to my Facebook page and saw a post by the shop owner from Mill No. 5.  A Doughnut post about an apple doughnut, which at first I thought could be from Top Donut or some other random chain doughnut shop in Lowell. No, it was from Donut Shack, a tiny shop located on Westford, St in Lowell, a place I have lived around the corner from for almost seven years and a place that is now near and dear to my heart because of the fresh, fluffy donuts I happened to have on this past Sunday. I ran to the shop at about 10:15 fearing there would be no donuts left, because their hours are 5-11:30 am. As soon as I walked in , five or so people walked in behind me. I ordered a dozen, and told the woman behind the corner to give me a mix of everything. She did and as I paid and walked …

Puerto Rican Food Lovin

This past weekend I had the pleasure of cooking a few Puerto Rican dishes for some friends and while I cook Puerto Rican food occasionally these dishes really stood out and the flavors really came through. In this post you are going to be able to read a bit about the history behind some of these things and of a certain plant we put in our food that gives it an intense flavor and wonderful aromatics. As a Puerto Rican woman I pride myself and making sure I know how to cook certain Puerto Rican dishes, anything I don’t know I ask my mom or I google. I try to be as authentic as possible while still experimenting with the way I like to cook to share with others my love of my Island’s great cuisine. Recao or as it’s known here “Culantro” is a flat, wide leaf. Extremely aromatic and extremely potent. I remember as a child when I lived in Puerto Rico going out back to pick some for my Abuela’s cooking. Until …

Gluten Free Mini Blueberry Cakes

I can’t believe its already the end of February it has flown by and March is quickly approaching. This means spring is around the corner… WOOO! We have had a relatively wonderful Winter, with temperatures reaching up to 65 degrees and the sun shining. I can’t complain, it makes me happy knowing how many adventures are coming this year and how I need to prepare for them. One plan is to get healthier; I have made several posts about healthy eating centered around going Gluten-Free and low  to no sugar in my day to day meals. This has backfired many times, but it is much easier to pick back up once you’ve been doing it for some time and this is no exception. I had a pint of blueberries I had bought and wanted to experiment with some Gluten Free baking and these mini cakes are what came from it. Almond flour would take some getting used to, for someone who is used to white flour or even whole wheat flour. It doesn’t take much …

Grazie Wood Fired Grille-Dracut MA

Authentic Italian food is always something to look forward to if you can find it without going to the North End in Boston or taking an overseas trip to Italy. In Grazie we found this authentic food and so much more. The ambiance, the people, the location; all worthy of a second look. I have mentioned in the past that Roosevelt is from Italy so when we eat Italian food we are probably more picky than most. When he looked at the menu he said” this is definitely Italian and the chef is either Italian or was taught in Italy”. The menu was impressive with a vast array of food choices. The wine list was extensive and carefully selected. I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures and what this place had to offer. It’s worth a visit and I am so glad we went tonight and had an amazing meal. Riesling Focaccia w/Red Sauce Agnello Fritto: (Lamb) Truffle Aioli, Agrodolce & Pistachio Cream Another shot Parppardelle al Cinghiale: house made parppardelle, braised boar and …