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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! …

My Food Tour Through Atlanta

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” -James Beard Atlanta, oh how I missed you! Full of warmth, hospitality and some the most incredible restaurants I have ever eaten in;  Atlanta is a city you don’t feel overwhelmed by because of how friendly the people are. All over the city, no matter where we went, we were welcomed and that is something I never forget and it’s why I keep going back. The last couple years we have been going because of the big convention that happens every year: “Dragon Con”. This convention brings thousands of people to the city during the labor day weekend. We had a blast this year exploring the convention but we also ate tons of food in many different places. I wanted to share my food experiences with you from this year and also mention last year’s gems so you could get a real look into the cuisine of Atlanta and everything it has to offer. Restaurants Visited: Thumb’s Up Diner Sublime Doughnuts Ginya Izakaya Desta Ethiopian Kitchen DAS …

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 …

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 …

Gustazo Cuban Restaurant & Cafe – Waltham, MA

This past weekend me and Roosevelt ate at this incredible Cuban restaurant in Waltham. I had bookmarked it a while ago and we had never gotten around to going. On Saturday night we decided to drive down and try Gustazo Cuban Restaurant & Cafe and so glad we did. It was worth the wait and the trip. A small cafe nestled into downtown Waltham on Main Street, you get the hustle and bustle while feeling transported somewhere else entirely. With an amazing wall of art and tables styled with old style art and newspaper elements I felt like I was on an island eating Cuban food directly from the kitchen of a home grown cook. Every dish was flavorful and rich with distinct flavors. With a modern flair, Gustazo takes Cuban Cuisine into another dimension and introduces flavors to your palate you didn’t know could exist. With a mixture of small plates/tapas which includes both vegetarian and meat options along with large plates, the options make it harder to choose what you want to eat.Make …