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Lowell: A melting pot of great tastes & diverse cultures

Lowell, Massachusetts is a city thriving in culinary diversity. You could name a place and we more than likely would have cuisine from there. From Cambodia to Venezuela, Lowell has got it all.  Lowell prides itself on creating a rich, cultural experience that is not only shown through its food but through its vibrant artists and lively city life. Imagine being able to live in a place where you can experience the world at your fingertips, Lowell does this and it thrives in this great environment that promotes and supports local businesses. Highlighting the different cuisines of Lowell has always been one of my favorite things to do and in reading this post I hope you will feel as drawn to this city as I do. With this article, I introduce you to five local, vibrant restaurants and their chefs/owners; showcasing their work and passion both on a culinary level but also their passion for the city. Please click the following links to learn more about each restaurant and all that they offer. Mill City BBQ …

Craft Vines Festival at Mill No 5

I am super excited to share this event with all of you. As most of you know I worked with Noel over at Aaronap Cellars when I covered his micro winery on my blog. This festival is organized by him and held at Mill No 5, a wonderful, historic mill that holds several shops and a farm market every Sunday. As we head into the fall season and it gets chillier it is the perfect setting for an event like this and I am thrilled to share some details about the event with you. So what can you do at the Craft Vines Festival? Well you can sample wine, mead, cider from all locally owned businesses. Aaronap Cellars La Cantina Winery Pony Shack Cider Harvard Cider Company 1634 Meadery of Ipswich That isn’t all either, not only can you taste and sample these awesome beverages but you will also have the opportunity to taste local, gourmet treats and goodies… and get this there is even an option for gourmet doggie treats so you can bring …

Chopped Competition – The Lowell Food & Wine Festival

Judging the 2nd Annual Lowell Chopped competition was an opportunity I couldnt pass up, both as a help to Made in Lowell and because it gets my creative juices flowing as far as cooking and flavors. Along with the other judges, I was able to taste delightful, savory, sweet and unique dishes done by four incredible chefs. An experience that won’t soon be forgotten and I am excited to share with you all. Think for a moment, think of rich Greek sausage (which was the secret ingredient) being made in  four different ways, by four different and talented chefs in four very different dishes. Think of Thai Basil Pesto and homemade pasta, of crunchy, tart asian slaw topped with a voluminous scallop, of tostadas topped with scallops and a pomegranate molasses glaze and of crunchy vegetables topped with a juicy steak, impeccable crema & slighty spicy salsa. These were the flavors that greeted my palate at Derby Park on Middle St in Downtown Lowell. The four chefs were: Chef Joe Gatto, author of “Seriously From Scratch” …

Grand Tasting – The Lowell Food & Wine Festival

As a volunteer/food blogger this year for the Lowell Food & Wine Festival I was able to experience a different side of the event. Setting up, helping our vendors, and seeing the crowds get excited as it became closer to event time were all a wonderful way to show me how things are behind the scenes. This year we had a larger number of vendors, and many wineries and breweries. I tried my best to eat every single thing, from every single vendor because I wanted to get a sense of all the different flavors many of our local restaurants provide so I could share my experience fully with all of you. In the middle of all of this I was setting up for the Lowell Chopped Competition which I was judging (a later post) and super excited about because this year we had four chefs instead of two but more on that later. Middle St is one of my favorite streets in Lowell, cobblestones line the street and is reminiscent of an old Lowell and …

Food Truck Madness/ Tacos & Tequila – The Lowell Food & Wine Festival

Friday night I had the opportunity to attend both the Food Truck Madness which was held at Kerouac Park in downtown Lowell and Tacos & Tequila which was held at the Umass Lowell Inn and Conference Center. Purple Carrot Bread Co. Cocorays Crowds and vendors Food Truck Madness this year, while held at the same park was a lot larger. More food trucks, more flavors, more vendors, and many new faces. It was exciting to see Galleria Cafe and Purple Carrot Bread Co. there this year, two locals newer to the Lowell food scene who have grown rapidly over the last few months. Melissa at Red Antler Apothecary & Ani from Humanity Style Alaina and I in front of the Purple Carrot booth Christa buying some goodies at the Galleria Cafe booth The wonderful Naychelle & I – Made in Lowell women! Two Stylish Sisters , a wonderful duo of sisters who make the most amazing jewelry had some custom clips ready for me to pick up at the event so as you can imagine I was …

Opening Reception – The Lowell Food & Wine Festival

Last night was the Opening Reception for the Lowell Food & Wine Festival held at Gallagher & Cavanaugh, a local law firm in Downtown Lowell. This was my first time attending the opening reception and it was so incredibly delightful. Small, intimate with jazzy music being played live while people milled around munching on small appetizers and drinks. The setting on a rooftop deck with small tables, muted lighting, and benches was a perfect way to start the festival. Warm and inviting, Gallagher and Cavanaugh was the perfect location and I was incredibly honored to be invited. Kudos to Made in Lowell for kick starting another great festival with an amazing year behind them and more to come! Stay tuned for the upcoming blog posts surrounding the festival and if you are going to be attending have fun!!   Dressed by the lovely Ani at Humanity Style (Photo taken by Ani) Arriving! Bar area, lovely wines, beers and cider Appetizers, band in the background It’s wonderful bumping into friends Loved this roof top The woman behind …

Chicken & Waffles – Atlanta Day 3

You can’t go wrong when you start your day off with Chicken & Waffles in Atlanta. This was my first time having real, authentic chicken & waffles with syrup. I am hooked, if the the perfectly fried chicken is this juicy all the time with the perfectly soft but not too soft waffles and just a bit of syrup is the same then I can eat this for brunch every weekend 🙂 . We started off the day at the Atlanta Breakfast Club in downtown ATL. Very wide open spaces, bright decor and fantastic music. I ordered the above mentioned Chicken & Waffles and promptly fell in love. I also had some of the best biscuits and chicken sausage gravy ever. Coffee was also good and service was stellar. Definitely will go back next time. This was everything!! Super yummy biscuit with chicken sausage gravy Another shot because it was just that good! Wall of Chalk art in the restaurant 🙂 After a filling breakfast we walked over to Dragon Con to check out a …

Gormley’s Cafe – Lowell, MA

Gormley’s Cafe reopened under new ownership this past February. I had never been there before and I was anxious to try it, but I kept missing the opportunity until this weekend. Located on E. Merrimack Street in Lowell right outside of downtown, Gormley’s Cafe has a 1950’s diner vibe going with an eclectic mix of artwork; some from local artist like Flourish Cafe and other vintage pieces. The second you walk in you feel welcomed and the feel is an all around clean and fresh atmosphere. After yesterday’s visit with my husband, I also came today with friends because I just can’t get enough of their amazing food. With Joanne and Craig at the helm of this place, they are sure to be around for years to come. What a welcome addition to Lowell; fresh food, just right prices, incredible specials and two lovely individuals that get what Lowell is about. Yesterdays’ meal consisted of the Duck Eggs Benedict with Homefries and a blueberry pancake. The eggs benny consisted of a Portuguese sweet roll, topped with bacon, …

Lowell Folk Festival – Sunday

Sunday, the third and last day of the 30th Annual Lowell Folk Festival was extremely relaxing. I had feared because of the rain I wouldn’t get to do too much, but by the time I headed out the rain had stopped and the day was turning out to be just fine. We quickly stopped at Brew’d Awakening for some amazing iced coffee and then headed on a search for some yummy Folk Festival food. We chose Nigerian food, being sold by the Nigerian Association of the Merrimack Valley and it was amazing. It felt like we had stepped out of Lowell into Nigeria.  Roose and I had different types of rices, stews and then the famous Nigerian “Puff Puff” my absolute favorite. A fried dough puff that is slightly sweet and will appease anyone with a sweet tooth. Arriving to the 3rd day, so excited! Jollof Rice, Plantains, & Fowl Stew White Rice, Black eyed beans, Goat Stew & Plantains Afterwards we headed over to Lowell Makes where Givewave Studios was showing off his custom …

Lowell Folk Festival – Saturday

What an incredible day I had on this past Saturday, the second day of the 30th Annual Lowell Folk Festival. I started off the day around noon time and headed straight into downtown to walk along Merrimack Street. The crowds were excited, milling around to see all the booths, vendors, and events going on everywhere. Shop owners were having sales and had an influx of festival goers in each of their stores. Local restaurants had yummy goodness to eat along with the folk festival ethnic food vendors that were incredibly enticing. I was so much to take in and admire, the hustle and bustle, the noise, the different types of music everywhere. It was a sight  for sore eyes for sure! I stopped at the first vendor I noticed Crose Nest, whose store is located at Mill No 5 and sipped on some yummy Hibiscus tea. I then walked over to Rosie’s booth (Rosie’s Cafe) and she made me an amazing Salted Caramel iced coffee, and there I was set to go and explore some more so …