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The Fern & The Feather – Humanity Style

“Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back.”  The celebration of new business adventures was what we came together to do last Thursday at Humanity Boutique in Downtown Lowell.  Melissa  of Bohemian Beads and Bangles and Rebekah of Rebekah Hope Design came together to create a brand called “The Fern & The Feather a new pop up at Humanity. With beautiful jewelry and softly scented candles the brand is reminiscent of boho style with a splash of femininity  and fun. This private event was the kick off of this beautiful brand and between the gorgeous displays, amazing women and delicious snacks & drinks we had a great time. Empowering one another to reach our goals and succeed at accomplishing the dreams we all have was a big part of this event. Rebekah and Melissa have been friends for an incredibly long time and this was the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. Ani, owner of Humanity provided an outlet for them to display their wares but …

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 …

Atlanta, Georgia called my name…

For months now we had planed our trip to Atlanta for Dragon Con 2016, what we didn’t realize was how much there was to see and do in Atlanta outside of the convention. In the time we spent there we ate some of the best food, met some great people, encountered new places and lived it up as much as we could. It was simply a trip worth repeating over and over and I hope you enjoy the next few posts detailing my trip, where you should eat if you are in the area and what you should experience. Day one was an early flight out of Boston, and though we were exhausted landing in Atlanta mid morning we started living it up the second we landed. We took some pictures of the  “forest” in the airport (yes this airport had themes), had some of the best breakfast I have ever had in my life and then set out to experience the convention along with some other great food choices. Riding the “Plane Train” at the …

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, …

NoLo Bistro & Bar at Stonehedge Inn & Spa – Tyngsboro, MA

It was my birthday on Monday and we went to NoLo Bistro & Bar which is at Stonegedge Inn & Spa in Tyngsboro, MA. This is a beautiful area and the Inn just recently underwent a large renovation project which included a revamping of the eatery. I was excited to try it and I was not disappointed. When you drive into the Inn you get this feeling of total privacy and seclusion even though its right off of the Boulevard.  Walking in, seeing the ambient lighting and cozy tables as well as modern, contemporary decor made me feel  at home.  We were seated at a nice table near the window that had a small candle that created a lovely romantic atmosphere. After perusing their extensive wine list, I settled on a 2014 Selbach Riesling. It was a great choice for someone like me who loves white wine but likes to mix it up a bit. It had a fruity, citrus flavor and was a perfect compliment to the rest of the meal. For the appetizer …

Wham’s Cafe – Lowell, MA

I passed by this gem many times and finally dropped by this past Saturday afternoon. Nestled on a corner of Lakeview and Aiken Wham’s Cafe has an upbeat but homey vibe. The way the menu works is that they have different specials every day but also have staples they sell every day.  Lucky us that when we went the special of the day was Beef Stew with either Chapati, a type of flatbread or Coconut Rice. I got the Chapati and Roose got the Coconut rice, both were outstanding. The Chapati was thick, but not overly heavy, and full of flavor with just a hint of sweetness. The coconut rice was perfectly cooked with an abundance of coconut flavor. I put some of the rice in the stew and it was heavenly. We also ordered some samosas that were just a bit spicy and full of flavor. Each bite hit my palate in different ways and made me want more. Afterwards to finish off my Chapati I ordered some lattes, these were incredibly good, some …

3rd Annual Fashion Fundraiser – CMAA Lowell, MA

Last night was an evening for the books. I had the opportunity to join other guests for a night filled with fashion, food, memories and most importantly a night dedicated to raising money for an incredible organization located on School St in Lowell, MA. The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association has been around since 1984 and has been dedicated to helping Cambodians and other minority groups in education, culture, economics and other social programs throughout this time. Many of the individuals on the board at CMAA and in the crowd last night were children or grandchildren of those who had lived through the Khmer Rouge and came to the United States as refugees; organizations like the CMAA helped these individuals flourish and become who they are today. Writing about organizations that help our community is so different to me than writing about anything else. Being part of the community in Lowell is rewarding on so many different levels and I have had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people who are working hard so that …

6 Degrees of the Acre – Saint Jean Baptiste – Lowell, MA

The fundraising event I attended last night for Coalition for a Better Acre was phenomenal. The first of its kind for the CBA, it was a resounding success and I was incredibly impressed with the format, the set up and of course the food! What is Coalition for a Better Acre? They are a membership based community development corporation dedicated to resident empowerment and sustainable community revitalization for current and future residents of Lowell and the Merrimack Valley.  There are many programs that they offer for the community and I was so honored to be part of their first fundraiser, “6 Degrees of the Acre” . The Saint Jean Baptiste Cathedral that it was held in was gorgeous, with beautiful architecture and the food from the six different restaurants who donated their time and cuisine for this event were outstanding. The performances were lovely from the “Acre Girls” to the “Angkor Dance Troupe” and I learned so much about the people of Lowell from all different backgrounds and cultures. Last night was also a mini history …

Summer Kick Off Weekend- Made in Lowell – Lowell, MA

This event hosted by Made in Lowell was so much fun; over the course of Friday and Saturday I had the opportunity to roam around Downtown Lowell to take part in the Summer Kickoff 2016! First stop was Lucy Larcom Park in Downtown Lowell, where there was a DJ, food trucks, vendors,  fun sidewalk chalk art, beer garden, life size checkers board  and more. The weather was perfect and this was the best place to start the summer off. As people milled through and stopped at the different vendors and food trucks there was a real sense of community of people coming together. The kids were dancing in the middle of the walkway and tossing around a soccer ball, families were sitting together eating at the tables set up right next to the canal and the life-size checker board and Jenga at the end of the walkway were such a blast. I enjoyed myself immensely! 🙂 Of course, it helped I had Truffle Mac & Cheese from The Roving Lunchbox food truck… 🙂 Chalk art …