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La Cocina de Arismendy – Lawrence, MA

I had the pleasure of visiting La Cocina de Arismendy, a recently opened restaurant in Lawrence, MA last week. Exploring restaurants and writing an honest review is literally one of my favorite things to do because I can share all my experiences with you all and you can then check these places out!  Let me tell you now, this Dominican restaurant will definitely become a local fave. From the moment we walked in until we left everyone was so incredibly nice. It’s a great, large space with all the attention to details given. I really loved the table centerpieces with the mini cutting boards, candles & flowers. 🙂 So let’s get down to the food, shall we? Boasting an incredibly large menu with everything from appetizers to yummy juices to mofongo we had our pick of so many delicious flavors. Also, did you know they are the only restaurant in the area to boast the amazing “Tri-fongo”??? What is that you ask? Well keep reading and I’ll tell you all about it. Such a large …

Holiday Cheer at Humanity Boutique

It’s that time of year again, when it gets cold, the Christmas trees are up and lights are all over the city. It’s that time of year where we can make a difference in people’s lives, that time of year when we can shop small, support families and its that time of year to just be together. Together as a community; a family  bigger than us all. The Holiday season for me is one of excitement and togetherness. I love dressing up and going to parties, getting together with friends for fancy dinners or hosting a New Year’s Party decked out in festive wear. This year I want to highlight a business that’s close to my heart. In everything, Ani does for her shop and her community she promotes love and acceptance. She provides a place, not only to shop but a place where other entrepreneurs and small businesses can come together and showcase their ideas. I was super excited to showcase her new holiday wear and had the opportunity to do a photo shoot with …

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 …

Boston Comic Con 2016

This past weekend was filled with costumes, celebrities, good food, great friends and so much more. This year for Boston Comic Con we decided to dress up on Saturday, spend some time taking pictures and catching up with people and then take Sunday to help our friend over at Givewave Studios run his booth in the new Cospace area. Saturday started off with us roaming around, taking pictures with people and meeting up with friends. This year some new things were introduced at the Comic Con, a new “Cospace” area where makers could showcase and sell their wares away from the regular vendors. I appreciated the fact that there was a space completely dedicated to the art of cosplay. So many people don’t understand how much time and effort goes into certain aspects of being a cosplayer especially when you hand make, hand sew, construct and assemble all your own costumes. Our friend Givewave Studios had his booth set up with a myriad of items including many Pokemon Go items that he was selling and …

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 …

Foodways, Lowell Folk Festival 2016

I distinctly remember being a little girl and my Abuela cooking my favorites in her kitchen in Puerto Rico. So many of us have memories of our mother’s or grandmother’s cooking and sometimes certain smells remind us of when we were children. A big part of why I love food and love to cook today is because of her and my mom. The Folk Festival this year, celebrating their 30th anniversary has this wonderful food event going on where you can watch different foods being made from different ethnic groups. I thought this was such a cool thing to be part of this year, and I can’t wait to go experience these different foods and the different cultures they are from, including my own! This will be happening Saturday & Sunday, July 30th & 31st from noon to five. Schedule below along with a background on each food group! Noon – Dottie Flanagan, Polish Pierogi A Pierogi, also known as a “Varenyky” is a dumpling of East European origin. Made with unleavened filled with a …

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 …

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 …