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Lanxang Star – Dracut, MA

I was introduced to this place by my Yoga teacher because it’s in the same little plaza. After a great yoga session we would go to Lanxang Star for a quick dinner. This past weekend I took my babe and our friends to eat dinner there and I wanted to share our experience. This Laotian/Thai restaurant while small, is run efficiently and the ladies behind the counter and in the kitchen always having a smile for their patrons. The aromas engulf you as soon as you walk through the door and the food has been spectacular every time I have gone in or ordered takeout. When we arrived it was quiet and we ordered our appetizers while waiting for our friends. I ordered the Crab Rangoon because this place has one of my favorite renditions of it and the Spicy Chicken Wings which were sweet, spicy and brimming with flavor. Both dishes came out quickly and I really wished there was more of it after we scarfed them down. For our main dishes we ordered …

Twelve Hours – Brighton, MA

Finding a gem in the food world is a thrill for me. Particularly one that is as cute and friendly as this one. Located on a corner in Brighton, MA  Twelve Hours is a lovely little restaurant that has a plethora of menu options to choose from in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We arrived late on Friday night craving something new and we were met with a menu that featured Asian fusion but more experimental than many places I have been. We started off with two appetizers, I had the Blueberry Crab Rangoon’s (yes you read that right, Blueberry) and the Dragon Ball Z appetizer which were fried meatballs. The options are beef or pork- we chose beef. Let me start with the Rangoon, the flavor was stellar. Sweet, tart and perfectly crispy on the outside. This came with a sweet chili sauce on the side for dipping. Superb Close up of the Rangoon’s The Dragon Ball Z appetizer was very good, smokey flavor- good texture. This was served with a red sauce that …

Main Street Gyro – Nashua, NH

“Good food is the foundation of true happiness.” – Auguste Escoffier This food adventure was even more exciting because it was not part of the original plan. My bestie and I were going to go eat Indian food after watching the incredible Beauty and the Beast movie but had to quickly change our plans because it was closed. We were close to Nashua, NH so I figured we could do some searching and find a good spot to eat. We searched and found Main Street Gyro, a total DT Nashua gem. They have an extensive menu including spreads, Gyros (pronounced “yee-ros”), falafel, dinners and side orders. We went with Chicken Gyros, Greek french fries, falafel and also ordered some Loukoumades, a Greek sweet. Our minds were blown; while they have the traditional Gyros with Tzatziki sauce, the Chicken Gyros came with a mustard sauce that was in a different league altogether. The meat was juicy and succulent, the pita warm, soft and full of flavor and the sides were perfection. I haven’t had a Gyro …

Artistry on the Green – Lexington, MA

“There is a difference between dining and eating. Dining is an art. When you eat to get the most out of your meal, to please the palate, just as well to satiate the appetite, that, my friend, is dining.” – Yuan Mei I had the opportunity to dine at Artistry on the Green for lunch during the Dine out Boston event. This restaurant is located within the Inn at Hastings Park in Lexington, MA surrounded by history and filled with New England charm. I met a dear friend who lives in the area and knows this restaurant well and she was excited to introduce me to the cuisine at Artistry. You could have your choice of one appetizer and one entree as part of the event for an excellent set price. While we both ordered off the menu, we then split a delightfully rich, but light dessert at the end of the meal that was not included in the Prix fix menu. Starters we ordered: Roasted Pepper & Tomato Soup– this was topped with a …

Rinato Bistro – Hull, MA

Going random places, even in the winter is something I love to do. It gets you out of the routine many people get into especially during the snow season here in New England when most of us just want to hibernate. I had planned an overnight trip with my hubby and our friends and of course, I found a restaurant I just had to try. There was a Groupon deal going on and I took advantage of that. I am so glad I did because our Friday night dinner was full of palate surprising flavors and decadent dessert. So this is where Rinato Bistro comes in, originally Bridgeman’s its located on a cozy corner off the main road. They have two dining rooms, one upstairs that is fancier and one downstairs that has more of a bar feel to it. The lighting is just right and the second-floor seating gives a wonderful view of the ocean. Our server Tekki was so fantastic, she made us feel welcome and catered to every request that was made. She brought us …

Saigon Noodles – Manchester, NH

On a recent adventure, I stumbled upon this Pho place that literally lit up my day. Unassuming on the outside, you don’t immediately think this is going to be on of the most heart and soul warming lunches you will eat. It was that and more and I wanted to share my experience with you all. When we arrived, the place was empty and our waitress who also seems to be the owner quickly got us menus and served us artichoke tea. Artichoke tea? Yes and on first sip, I was in heaven. She had put fresh ginger in it and somehow the mix made it taste like gingerbread cookies, I don’t know why but it did. Perfect Artichoke tea The menu is small, one page and mostly all Pho choices ranging from vegetable to meat Pho’s, a few appetizers and a few drinks. We decided on the eggrolls, and when they were served to us she said the proper way was to wrap the lettuce around the roll and dip it in the sauce. …

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 …

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 …

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 …