All posts tagged: local

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 …

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 …

Aaronap Cellars – Westford, MA

I first met Noel  (Aaronap Cellars Winemaker) at Mill No. 5 during their Sunday Farmer’s Market. While I have always enjoyed a glass of wine here and there, this winery intrigued me because it was local and the wine was very good. My actual first taste of the wine was at a Yoga event at Humanity in downtown Lowell, someone had brought the Revolution Red which was a limited run and the flavors really came together for me. This is the first wine where I have tried to decipher the flavors  while drinking it and the aromatics for each wine I have had are simply amazing. Noel agreed to let me come by and see his processes and ask him a few questions on how he came to be in this business, how much the business has grown and what he hopes to accomplish in the future.  (Lucky ME) 🙂 He has been a wine enthusiast for many years, and what started as a hobby bloomed into a full blown wine making business with trips across …

Yoga & Food at Humanity Boutique-Lowell, MA

Last night was a fun filled night at Humanity Boutique in Downtown Lowell. The lovely owner, Ani provided the beautiful location and our beautiful teacher Christine who was just certified taught the amazing Yoga class. To collaborate is such an important part of being a local business and when you combine six strong women who want to better their communities in a myriad of ways you get an amazing night full of ideas, thoughts, relaxation and a bit of time to rejuvenate the mind and soul. Sutra Studio out of the Mill No 5 on Jackson St. in Lowell is where Christine goes often and it is a wonderful studio that offers a sincerely local feel and ambiance. After this class, I want to go and try out the different classes because no matter which stage you are in Yoga has proven to be relaxing and helpful to those wanting some stress relief and also builds incredibly lean muscles 🙂 After our hour long yoga session in which we learned a myriad of moves that …

Beards & Brews II

The hustle and bustle at Mill No 5 this year made for an eccentric, boisterous Beards & Brews event that brought the community together. As part of the event itself there were food samples, beer and cider samples, the beard competition and live music. The shops were open and lively and I made sure to stop by as many as I could while also enjoying the event with a friend. Some highlights of the night were the amazing cider’s from Rekorderlig (4 flavors!!) and Champlain Orchards Cidery, Yuengling, the brownies from Coffee & Cotton and the Oils from Cucina Aurora. The music from The Low in Between was energetic, lively and entertaining, perfect for this event. Milling around and shopping while sampling ciders and food has always been my idea of great fun. In almost everything I do, food is involved; it has become something to explain, to learn and to most of all enjoy. When events come around that include food and people I am always one to quickly jump into it and experience what …

Beards & Brews-Made in Lowell

This year started off right with a wonderful event hosted by Made in Lowell, “The Ball” which I had the pleasure of attending and writing about. Check out the wonderful blog posts from back in January here. They manage to always come up with these super fun events that involve our amazing community in Lowell but also bring in people from other places in Massachusetts. By incorporating in people that supporting local is what makes us stronger, it instills in each of us a strong sense of community and the potential for increased growth. This time I get the chance about this fun event coming up in a few weeks that will mix our love of craft beer with the fun competitive side of us all. Included below is all the information you will need as well as a link to purchase tickets.  Hope to see all of you there! Beards & Brews Tickets Tickets can be purchased online through the Made in Lowell website, link above Pre-sale tickets are $25. At the door, $35 …

Cool Times at Lowell Winterfest

Lowell Winterfest this year was beautiful, full of great fun, lively performances and events to do throughout Downtown with the whole family. I managed to catch some fire dancing performances, take some beautiful pictures of our lovely canals, eat my weight in chocolate and go around to local shops. Friday night I went with friends to see the fire dancing and to catch the lit up canals. There were crowds of people out on the chilly night but the atmosphere was so lively and connected you forgot it was as chilly as it was. The lights changing between hues of blues and whites to hues of pinks and reds just watching the canals themselves were a fun spectacle. Saturday ended up being a sun filled day reaching temperatures of almost 65 which made for a great event day. The chocolate festival was held at St. Anne’s right on Merrimack street and the Snowman trail which different businesses were participating in was up and down the streets of downtown as well as at Mill No 5. …

The Ball-Clothes & Accessories

As it gets closer to the arrival of this event presented by Made in Lowell, I am excited to write the next piece of my blogging for it. This clothing and accessories piece highlights some of the businesses in Lowell where you can get some nice style going for a night on the town, an event like The Ball, or any other time you want to add some touches to your personal style. Businesses I am highlighting in this blog post: Humanity Boutique GiveWave Studios Leocata Tailoring   Humanity Boutique, a clothing boutique in Downtown Lowell has a large selection of clothing, accessories and jewelry. You can buy fun jewelry, gorgeous purses and the clothing is always unique and beautiful. I had the opportunity to do a photo shoot and try out some of the different styles of dresses, purses and jewelry as I go on my adventure to get ready for the ball. If you haven’t already gone in recently,they have gotten in lots of new inventory in preparation for The Ball and the …

The Ball-Made in Lowell

I’ve been able to be a part of many events this year, many presented by Made in Lowell a wonderful organization whose mission statement is one I can’t but help to agree with. “To enhance the economic vitality of our community by promoting Lowell as a year-round culinary, culture and shopping destination by maximizing collaborative partnerships, efficiently transition Lowell stories into effective sales and marketing programs, and cultivating a world-class visitor experience.”   I now have the opportunity to collaborate with them for their final event this year and it is going to be another wonderful event full of all the great things we love about Lowell and why we want others to come here and see what they could and would become if they were apart of our city. This first blog post is for me to let you all know that I am apart of this event and to encourage all of you to follow my next blog post about my journey to “The Ball”. What does this mean  you ask? Well I …

Totally Bazaar III @ Mill No. 5

Soaps.Rings.Popcorn.Raw Juice.Vintage Sheet Music.Honey.Sweets You see that list up there? Yeah this and more was at Mill No. 5 today in an amazing array of colors, set ups and displays. So much to choose from, so many gift ideas, it was an amazing time. I made out like a bandit and bought some really cool gifts and pieces for myself…just cause. Holiday shopping locally brings me an immense amount of joy, I love supporting my city. Lowell has become an amazing city over the years and it excites me to know it continuously grows and expands its reach. The dedicated people who have their own businesses and fight for what they want to do out of life inspire me as well. Well done Lowell yet again. Well done small business. Well done. Check out all the cool items I purchased today and check out the links to their websites to check them all out! Red Antler Apothecary This place is my go to for moisturizer, lip balm, soaps and I credit them to curing my …