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Milano, Day 1

My first time overseas has been one enormous adventure. There is so much to see, feel, touch and eat and honestly I am experiencing it with my love and his family in every way possible. From visiting family in different parts of Italy to seeing some of the most historical places in the world; Italy has so much to offer. Our first day in Milan was one of taking it all in and experiencing some things that were within the vicinity of our Airbnb. I want to share these with you all in the best way I know how; by writing about them and sharing pictures of these wonderful areas. The first place we walked to was Il Duomo,  a Gothic style cathedral that started construction in 1386 and was finally completed in 1965. It is the fifth largest cathedral in the world and it’s a wondrous beauty. You can walk all around it and still keep seeing things you haven’t seen before. All around the area, there are Cafe’s, restaurants, places to shop and …

The Nooks & Crannies of Rockport, MA

This past Saturday I took a day trip over to Rockport with my bestie and even though we weren’t there all day we managed to visit some really cute shops, roam the streets and eat some really yummy treats. Sometimes, just sometimes it pays off to go even an hour away from your regular stomping grounds, to take in some sea air and be lulled into relaxation by the quiet ebb and flow of the water. Places visited: Red Skiff Restaurant Bella & Harvey Bakery Tucks Candy Factory Ubuntu Helmut’s Strudel Bearskin Neck Country Store Lula’s Pantry Rockport Pier Our first stop was the pier, where we took some pictures and waited for some space at the restaurant we were going to eat breakfast at. We took some really lovely pictures, everything around us was so peaceful. We loved the boats! Another shot of the boats The Harbor 🙂 Afterwards we went to Red Skiff which is right around the corner from there and had an incredible breakfast which included Crab Cake Eggs Benedict, Challah …

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 …

Tourists in Atlanta – Day 2

Roosevelt & I became tourists the second day we were in Atlanta. We did as much as we possibly could in very little time and saw some historical landmarks, visited an amazing Zoo (one of four US Zoo’s to house Giant Pandas) and the largest Aquarium in the Western Hemisphere. Along the way we had good food, met great people and walked thousands of steps exploring Atlanta. We started the day off in a little cafe across the street from Zoo Atlanta called Grant Park Coffeehouse, we had some healthy sandwiches and some yummy coffee. Cool cafe with an upbeat vibe, great place to relax and have a bite to eat. Interior of the cafe Healthy sandwiches Conveniently, the Zoo was right across the street so we took a quick walk over. This zoo is enormous, with different forests all which have a theme from different parts of the world such as ” African Plains”  and “Asian Forest”. Of course one of our favorite animals to see were the Giant Pandas, who were all asleep …

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 …

Lowell Folk Festival – Friday Night

The 30th annual Lowell Folk Festival this year kicked off with a bang. The weather had just cleared up enough that the afternoon and evening were clear and sunny and made the start of the folk festival breezy and beautiful. I went downtown Lowell straight after work to catch a performance, eat some food and roam the streets to see what I could find. I started on Merrimack St, which is full of shops, restaurants and took some pictures of the street in motion, people were slowly milling throughout the area and getting to know their surroundings. I then headed over to French street where a bunch of food tents were up and a performance was about to start at Boarding House Park. Merrimack Street John Street Opening remarks, Boarding House Park Crowds at the park Savoy Family Cajun Band, link to video here Close up The Friday Night Skies Jamaican Beef Patty Fun Characters- Lowell Makes City Hall, Sunset After roaming around a bit and taking in that fun performance I headed further up …

Travelling Around York

Last weekend my mom took me to York, ME to continue my birthday celebration and it was beautiful and relaxing. From Nubble Lighthouse to Old Historical York we managed to see quite a bit in an eight hour span. There is an incredible amount of activities to do in this area and I was so glad to be able to experience it and have a perfect day for it. We started off our day at Nubble Lighthouse on Cape Neddick, and you are able to drive right up and gaze at the ocean and the lighthouse from the rocks. There is a cute little gift shop that has all sorts of fun items as well as gorgeous paintings of the lighthouse to can buy to take home. There was also a historian on site who was giving unique and interesting information to all those who stopped by his table. After the lighthouse we made a pit stop at Bagel Basket because I heard it was one of the best places to get bagels. It was …

The Lowell Food & Wine Festival 2016

It’s barely July and I am bursting with excitement about this year’s Food & Wine Festival hosted by Made in Lowell and taking place in our very own Lowell, MA. With a myriad of events going on around the city t is an event you just can’t miss! This year as part of the planning committee for the festival I am looking forward to collaborating with the team at Made in Lowell and other individuals who are providing their services and efforts to make this event happen. The energy and vibes that I get when going to events in our city to help our city, local businesses and sustainable local business from other parts of New England makes each second spent working and planning towards it worth it. From wineries to breweries to restaurants the time spent at this festival will be chock full of exciting things to experience. From signature events to the new winemaker cellar series event this year promises to be the best yet. I have included the listing of the events …

Littleton, NH & Franconia Ridge State Park

This past weekend found me, Roosevelt and our friends in the White Mountain area. The weather was perfect for a climb and though we weren’t able to finish it because it was much too difficult we enjoyed some waterfalls along the way took some great pictures and boy did we ever get some cardio in. (I can still barely walk!) 🙂 Once we finally got back down we wanted to head to the hotel to get refreshed and to eat. Seeing as we just had a grueling workout and hadn’t eaten much save for trail mix and a protein bar and lots of water. Thayer’s Inn This historic Inn was established in 1843 and several presidents and other people of importance stayed here. Ulysses S Grant and Richard Nixon both stayed here. Bette Davis was also said to love Littleton, NH and went there a lot. The rooms were comfortable, the service fantastic. The water hot. After a long day that was all I needed.  They also had a wonderful Patio area that we all …

Puerto Rico Day 3: Defense at El Morro San Juan

In all my years as a Puerto Rican and having been born in PR and lived here and visited  I never went to Old San Juan and never visited El Morro. It is one of the older European settlements established back in the 1400{s and was used as a defense to outside ships. This place is truly beautiful. History as always been something I love and everything time I step foot in a place like this I get taken back. Looking out the towers, roaming the grounds, looking at the prisons where they kept the enemy soldiers it was truly fantastic. Old San Juan or Viejo San Juan was beautiful as well. Cobblestoned streets, vintage buildings, street plaques with names, old little shops. This place was teeming with adventure. I came here with my mom and my cousin and we had an outstanding time. They have so many restaurants and so many nifty places to go shopping you can get lost. My advice if you go is to go early, explore and get lost. Find …