All posts tagged: travel

5th Annual Massachusetts Cheese Festival

I love cheese. It is the one thing I refuse to give up in my mostly healthy lifestyle because cheese is a universe of flavors with the ability to wake up the senses and make you experience things you haven’t before. 🙂 Huge shout out to my local cheese monger ( Mill City Cheesemongers). I say all of this to talk about my amazing experience at the 5th Annual Massachusetts Cheese Festival which took place a couple weekends ago and how much of an experience it was for me. This festival is run by the MA Cheese Guild (make sure  to check them out) and this year the festival was overflowing with people from all over who wanted to experience different cheeses, wines, classes and more. There was an incredible amount of things to do and every table I went to was engaging and informative. This bread was so good- sourdough based- Check out Nashoba Brook Bakery These were so unique and delicious: Westport Rivers Winery Refreshing and a bit fruity: Notch Brewing  The first …

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 …

What I learned on my Visit to the Acadia Region

I remember going to Maine almost every summer when I was a kid to go to camp and chill out by the lake. Once I grew up I didn’t go as often and really wanted to go back to have some new adventures and experiences. This last visit up to the Acadia Region was incredible, despite having a day with not so great weather. Maine has the ability to literally take your stress and throw it to the wind. From the mountain views, rolling hills and serene cabins in the woods it is everything you need to de-stress. We had a wonderful little cabin which we found through Airbnb and it was smack in the middle of the woods on almost two acres of land. It was around 15-25 miles away from everything we wanted to do which was perfect because we saw some amazing scenery on all of our drives. I hope you enjoy this post and everything there is to see and do and check out the tips…. Places Visited: Sullivan, ME Bar …

Getting to know Hull

My wanderlust for exploring little towns up and down the coast of New England never stops. Especially after coming from overseas and feeling the need to constantly explore and see everything I can, this was a great opportunity to take a couple days and explore the small coastal town of Hull, MA. We had come here this past winter with a special deal but wanted to try coming again when we could do more and see more. Our weather has been so odd lately; between always raining and being cold to random bursts of sunshine. Regardless the time spent there was lovely and we did quite a bit of exploring. Nantasket Beach Resort which is right in front of Nantasket Beach was where we stayed. We had a room with a beautiful ocean view and this hotel has many amenities right on site. For instance, we arrived late Friday night and while most dinner places were closed on the little peninsula, the Hotel restaurant, Paragon Grill was open and they had good food served very …

Remnants of Rome

“Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.” Giotto di Bondone (Italian painter and architect. Died 1337) Rome had been calling my name long before I arrived in Italy. With its ancient architecture and immense beauty everywhere I looked, the calling was finally satiated. There is so much to see in Rome, and we had just a little under a day to walk around and search for history and art. In this short amount of time we managed to visit the Colosseum, St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, Caffe Vicere, Cin Cin Bar, a war memorial, Museo Nazionale del Palaco di Venezia, & Vatican City. Each location different than the last and each having its own beauty set in a specific time period. I was so awestruck by Rome, it will stay with me for the rest of my life. I’ve said it before and Ill say it again this trip changed my life and Rome had a part in that. Living in the US all these years and only …

Getting lost in Venice

“To build a city where it is impossible to build a city is madness in itself, but to build there one of the most elegant and grandest of cities is the madness of genius.” – Alexander Herzen We got lost in Venice, it’s pretty easy to do. The bustle of crowds, the bridges, the canals- Venice is a Maze of a city built entirely over water. I completely and utterly fell in love with this city, there were so many nooks and crannies that it would take months to find them all. Once you get into the heart of Venice (past the train station) you can’t use cars, there are no buses or other public transportation except Gondola’s or Water Taxis. This was our view when we arrive in Venice A couple beautiful shots of some of the larger canals, with gondolas and other boats Couple shots of us, with beautiful scenery 😀 I absolutely loved this canal, the houses, the reflections-everything Gondoliers waiting for customers and a quiet little square we found with no …

Walking around Milano

When you decide that you are hungry in Milan you find a small place to grab a bite to eat. Usually a brioche or healthy breakfast along with an espresso. We roamed around a bit before we settled on a place called Berni which was in a quiet, beautiful area of Milan. It was a neighborhood place so it was cool to watch people running in and out saying, “Ciao” and having conversations with the lovely people behind the counter. We ordered brioche, espresso, whole grain bread and marmalade with fresh squeezed orange juice. The counter and the beautiful, fresh brioche The wine on the wall was a cool touch, and this brioche was tasty and lightly sweet The marmalade here is so good, and this espresso was just right We then decided to just walk around, we didn’t ask for directions we just wanted to explore some more before we had to check out of our Airbnb. We stumbled upon the Arco de Pace which is right at the entry way of Parco Sempione. …

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 …

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 …