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2nd Annual Gingerbread Trail

Last weekend I had the opportunity to walk the Gingerbread Trail in Lowell. This is the second year of the trail and it was wonderful to see the businesses come together and share the creativity with the community. Last year I walked the trail with my mother and I remember it as a wonderful memory. These types of activities make the holidays fun, and teach us more about the community we live in, I enjoyed learning new things, finding new places and exploring this great city even more. Each house had a theme,and  each business put their own twist on their houses. With details, colors, art and delicious treats I wanted to take a bite out of. Another great part of this trail was the ability to support local; I could walk into businesses and see what thy had to offer, from art galleries to boutiques. Take a look at these pictures from the trail and make sure to check these places out!   Made in Lowell/COOL – “Welcome Home” Humanity Boutique – “#loveforhumanity” Cobblestones – “Cozy …

Celebrating 32 Years in a Winter Wonderland

The CMAA is close to my heart for many reasons, what they do for the community , the people who work there and the wonderful events they have every year. Earlier this year I had the opportunity to collaborate with them on their annual fashion show and it was a night to remember. Please join them on December 8th for a wonderful Winter Gala and see all they have done for our community. Check out the official press release below as well as the links to buy the tickets 🙂 Lowell, MA – As we come to the close of an impactful 2016, the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell (CMAA) will hold its 32nd Annual Event with a special focus on community strengthening across all generations. The annual fundraising celebration will be held on Saturday December 3rd at Sompao Meas Hall, 450 Chelmsford Street in Lowell at 6:00 p.m. and will feature community recognition, a five course meal, live entertainment by members of the youth programs and Angkor Dance Troupe. Since 1984, the …

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 …

Summer Kick Off Weekend- Made in Lowell – Lowell, MA

This event hosted by Made in Lowell was so much fun; over the course of Friday and Saturday I had the opportunity to roam around Downtown Lowell to take part in the Summer Kickoff 2016! First stop was Lucy Larcom Park in Downtown Lowell, where there was a DJ, food trucks, vendors,  fun sidewalk chalk art, beer garden, life size checkers board  and more. The weather was perfect and this was the best place to start the summer off. As people milled through and stopped at the different vendors and food trucks there was a real sense of community of people coming together. The kids were dancing in the middle of the walkway and tossing around a soccer ball, families were sitting together eating at the tables set up right next to the canal and the life-size checker board and Jenga at the end of the walkway were such a blast. I enjoyed myself immensely! 🙂 Of course, it helped I had Truffle Mac & Cheese from The Roving Lunchbox food truck… 🙂 Chalk art …

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 …

Foodies at The Farm Market

Today I went to another event at Mill No. 5 called “Foodies at the Farm Market…so as a Foodie I just had to go! I love finding new things to implement into my recipes and into my cooking and events like this bring local businesses together and let me meet new people to network with and learn new ways to incorporate flavors. I love that Mill No. 5 hosts Bazaars and  Farmers Markets to bring this to us which has normally been in other cities and not as easily accessible as this one is. Hope you enjoy the different items purchased and hope next time they do this which is December 13th, next Sunday you will go out and support them all. There were so many more I didn’t have a chance to check out but these were pretty great and I cannot wait to incorporate into some flavorful recipes. Thanks to all of you for all your help, explaining everything and suggestions! Lyndigo Spice I got an amazing Pineapple Chutney that would be perfect …

Lowell Gingerbread Trail & Shop Small

Yesterday was a fun day. I had the opportunity to go on a mini adventure with the owner of Little Delights Bakery in Lowell, MA , walking around local businesses and looking at all the Gingerbread Houses for the 1st Lowell Gingerbread House Trail. Our local businesses put their best artistic hands forward and created some amazing houses. I felt like a little kid as I took in all the fun details, items they used to create their houses and the fun themes.  I was so happy to be a part of this new event and look forward to having it again next year! I want to take a moment to give props to Lee, from Little Delights Bakery, she moved us all in the right direction and took matters into her own hands to push for this fun event. Out of the 22 houses we managed to see  19 and I want to share with you the Magical wonderlands that they were. I am also going to share tidbits from the day from each place …

Plaid Friday

So today was Plaid Friday, an event to support local business and that Mill No 5 was holding. We also went downtown Lowell and bought some Thai Tea from Little Delights Baker and I bought a cool sweater from Humanity Boutique! We found some really cool vintage pieces from Serpentine Books & Collectibles, two Time magazines, one from September 4, 1939 featuring Winston Churchill and the other from June 9, 1941 featuring Benito Mussolini, Ken the owner had some awesome pieces to note, a Cosmopolitan Magazine from 1889  (AWESOME), many historical books and magazines from all over, many religious books, old bottles including a Heinz Ketchup bottle from the early 1900’s. It was a really cool, unique shop right within Mill No. 5 on Jackson St in Lowell. We also went to Red Antler Apothecary where I stocked up on soap and lip balm, if you haven’t seen their new, larger set up go and check them out. We stopped at Coffee & Cotton and I got one of their amazing iced teas! I always …