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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 …

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 …

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 …

Lowell Fall Dining Guide 2017

It seems that the second Fall hits we all want soup, a nice warm drink and comforting food. Throughout the fall and winter in New England the flavors go between pumpkin to maple to peppermint to sage and any other myriad of seasonal combinations you want to make. In dining out, many restaurants come up with a fall/winter menu that complement the flavors of the season and this makes it super exciting for me as a food writer/blogger because I love trying new ways the flavors can be incorporated into new dishes. What makes the Canalway Cultural District a dining destination? The history in Lowell is rich and along with eating a great meal you can take in some of the surrounding sites such as the Whistler House Museum of Art, The New England Quilt Museum or the National Streetcar Museum. Because Lowell is a walkable city the restaurants and things to do around them make for a great day outing or a full weekend trip. Some great new restaurants have opened up recently and …

Sofra Bakery & Cafe – Cambridge, MA

On a cozy corner in Cambridge there is a delightful cafe called Sofra Bakery & Cafe and I am in love. With  unique flavor combinations influenced by Greece, Lebanon & Turkey and a warm atmosphere, Sofra takes cafe dining to a different level. Everything I had from beverage to dessert was delightfully fresh and so delicious. They also sell ready made to go items such as meals, spices, jams and more. On their website they tell you the reasoning behind their name which I thought was so beautiful. In roaming around Turkey and asking people what “Sofra” meant to them it brought smiles to their faces- “Sofra” in Turkish means a picnic, a special table preparation of food or a small square kilim rug used for eating. Although small, we were still able to find a seat quickly after placing our order. Shout out to the gentleman  at the cash register who suggested beverages and gave us some insights on flavors. Everyone was super helpful even though it was incredibly busy when we went on …

Church St. Coffee at Connector Cafe & Grill

I had the opportunity to check out an incredible pop up this past weekend at Connector Cafe & Grill a local favorite cafe of mine. As you all know by now coffee is my go to for just about anything, not only does it give me a push to start my day off right but I really just love the flavors of coffee and always look for different kinds I can check out. Church St. Coffee Company specializes in cold brew coffee & nitro cold brew coffee – what is cold brew you may ask? Well it’s coffee that is never exposed to heat and the steeping process is a bit different than a normal hot brew. Denis Toomey, owner and founder of Church St. explained to me how it works, what they do with their own coffee, where it comes from and then of course I had several samples and had a full cup of their original brew. For a little history, Church St. started back in 2015 and was named after a street …

Spicy Noodle Challenge- Twelve Hours

Twelve Hours in Brighton, MA is one of my favorite restaurants and ever since I had been there this Spring I had been wanting to go back. After seeing them post about a mega spicy dish they have on Instagram I decided to challenge myself to try to eat it. I live streamed it on IG and did my best but in the end it conquered me. It’s not very often I write twice about restaurants unless I have such unique dining experiences that I just have to- which in this case I did. This time we brought some friends and we ordered lots of appetizers, and just had such a pleasant meal. Although the spicy noodles conquered my tastebuds and I everything else was incredible, fresh and so tasty. Twelve Hours redefines Asian Fusion by providing unique mash-ups with traditional food dishes and they keep exciting your tastebuds. From Blueberry Crab Rangoons (remember those from last time) to Curry Duck & Avocado you are sure to find something to excite the senses and enjoy …

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! …