Lavelier HydroTherm Collection

Over the past year I have really started to take a serious look at my skincare routine. I have always struggled with acne breakouts (the awful cystic kind) I am ready to find products that not only combat my acne but help minimize my pores, reduce the redness I get in my cheeks and of course prevent wrinkles! While I have had some success with a whole slew of products I recently partnered with Lavelier to give their HydroTherm collection a try. The goal: get my face ready for all the fun I have planned for spring and summer. I really want my skin to look and feel its best during these warm New England months!

The HydoTherm Collection consists of three products – face mask, serum, and cream. When reading about the brand I learned that the secret behind their products from from Corallina officinalis (aka red coral seaweed) which is said to energize and rejuvenate the skin as well as contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Lavelier has many products and collections so if you are looking for anything from anti-aging to rejuvenation along with more balanced, even tone there is a collection for you!

How beautiful and luxurious is this packaging?? I am obsessed with the rose gold detailing!

 

 

HydroTherm Intense Masque

What intrigued me most was the first product of the collection that I tried – the HydroTherm Intense Masque. This mask includes ingredients such as Kaolin Clay, marine botanicals and aloe vera. It is different than any other mask I have ever used because of its unique heat-activated properties. I could feel it warm up as soon as I put on my skin! This product is not as thick as your usual clay mask and stays wet compared to others I have used which dry out while using them and tend to make my skin feel tight. I kept it on for 1o minutes and then washed with cool water. I LOVED IT. And the bottle will go a long way since it is recommended to use once a month.

 

 

HydroTherm Sauna Serum

Next up was the HydroTherm Sauna Serum and I used this product in two ways. First I put a few drops on my fingertips and massaged into the HydroTherm Intense Masque. The serum helps to intensify the mask’s warming effects and it feels oh-so good! Second I use another few drops directly on my skin at night after cleansing my face and applying my toner. Again, a little bit of product goes a long way with this and it really absorbs well into the skin and doesn’t make my skin feel like there is any residue on it. The serum has ingredients such as anti-aging vitamins and seaweed extract.

 

HydroTherm Completion Cream

The last product from the collection that I tried was the HydroTherm Completion Cream. This cream has a nice thick texture and contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin A retinyl palmitate and other botanicals which help to minimize signs of aging, fine lines, and pores while plumping the skin and improve overall tone, texture, and contour. I have been using this every night after applying the HydroTherm Serum and my skin instantly feels so hydrated!

 

 

In the couple of weeks I have been using these products I have noticed that my redness in my cheeks has been significantly reduced, my pores appear smaller, and my skins feels hydrated and looks bright. I also haven’t experience any acne breakouts! So I am extremely excited to see my results with continued use. My only downfall with this product is the price – it is way out of my budget! However, I will continue to use these products while I have them and report back on how it is going while I still have the product for those of you who are interested in following along!

 

 

Love Art Udon

This past week I was invited to Love Art Udon for a VIP  tasting event prior to their grand opening later this month. From the people behind Love Art Sushi‘s delicious sushi and poke bowls, Love Art Udon‘s menu is filled with you guessed it – udon noodle bowls! And lots of tasty tempura. All made from scratch in-house with the freshest ingredients.

 

Located in Packard’s Corner on Commonwealth Ave in Boston I was immediately drawn in by the pink Tasty Noodz glowing sign. Anything insta-worthy like this just totally sucks me right in!

 

 

The staff working the counter service style restaurant were so friendly and knowledgeable. They walked us through the entire menu of different broth and noodle choices. I was completely in love with the gorgeous gold bowls the heaping portions of steaming hot soup were served in. I need these for my house!!

 

 

All of their udon is made from scratch in-house and I chose the seasonal special matcha udon in the original broth. The original broth consists of a soy dashi sauce and smoked fish broth with been and onion topped with tempura flakes and scallions.

 

Holy wow those noodles!!! They were the perfect thick texture and the matcha gave them such a nice flavor and I loved the green color.  The portion was large and filling and the broth had a deep flavor that was warm and comforting.

 

Original Broth with Matcha Udon Noodles

 

My friend opted for the miso broth with original udon noodles and also topped hers with beef, onion, tempura flakes and scallions. She gave me a taste and hers was just as warm and comforting as mine and definitely a bowl I will want to order during a future visit! The miso bowl can be made vegan as well if you order without the beef and onions.

 

Udon Noodle Bowl
Miso Broth with Original Udon

 

To go along with our udon bowls we split a bunch of tempura and sides. I loved how light and fluffy the tempura batter was and I was blown away at how much I enjoyed the tempura kale!! It had such a unique and addicting flavor I kept going back for more. It was the clear winner for our favorite side dish!

 

Various Tempura
Pumpkin, Zucchini, Sweet Potato, Shrimp, and Kanikama (crab) Tempura

 

Kale Tempura
Kale Tempura

 

Seaweed Salad
Seaweed salad with sesame, vinegar, chili, and sweet inari tofu skin.

 

Pickled Vegetables
Lightly pickled bean sprouts, shredded carrots, and cucumbers

 

To see the full menu of udon soups, tempura, sides and beverages check out their full menu here. I know the NE Chowdah Udon is a MUST GET when I go in for my next visit!

 

And don’t forget to check out all of the gorgeous wall art from Japanese Artist Hayato Kawaii that stretches the entirety of the bar seating area. Keeping consistent with the Love Art style you will find small “Easter Eggs” about the owners and the company in an eye popping street art/anime style.

 

 

Love Art Udon

1024 Commonwealth Avenue A

Boston, MA 02446

 

 

50% off eyeglasses and sunglasses at GlassesShop.com

I have had the same pair of prescription sunglasses for almost 4 years now. They are a nice pair of aviators but I have always wanted to be able to switch up my look with different frames but all of the glasses I saw at my eye doctor were really expensive. While I wanted to change up my look I did not want to break the bank doing so.

When I stumbled upon GlassesShop.com I was really excited to see a really wide variety of eyeglasses, sunglasses, and prescription sunglasses at really affordable prices ($20-40 range). I knew I wanted something that looked totally different that what I currently wore and I was immediately drawn to this cat eye black and gold frame:

 

This was my first experience with finding eyeglasses online and I cannot share enough with how simple and easy it was! And I honestly would have never bought this style of frame from my eye doctor because of price since it is a look and frame style I don’t typically wear. I wasn’t going to spend a big chunk of change on a look I wasn’t sure I would like but with the price points at GlassesShop.com it makes it much easier to be a little bit more adventurous in your look and try something new!

 

 

This will definitely NOT be my last time I shop for prescription sunglasses or eyeglasses online. With easy to use search filters and even a super fun “Try On” feature where you can upload your picture to see how you would look in different pairs you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for!

I am excited to be able to offer my readers 50% off any eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses of your choice (sale frames excluded)!! Use promo code  GSHOT50 at checkout to redeem.

 

 

And make sure to share a picture of you rocking your new frames on Instagram and tag me {@emilyjgoodman} and GlassesShop.com {@glassesshop_com} so we can see what style you chose!

 

 

New England Fishmongers

Did you know that fish have seasons just like fruits and veggies? This is because different fish migrate in and out of the area throughout the year so knowing what fish is currently available is going to give you a fresher, and more cost-effective product!

Check out this full fish and shellfish availability chart that can be found on the mass.gov website! It is super helpful:

  • Dark Blue = Landed and available in Massachusetts
  • Medium Blue = Limited landings and availability in Massachusetts
  • Light Blue = Out of season or extremely limited availability

 

In my opinion, when it comes to fish and shellfish there is no better place to get it from than local New England fishmongers. Today I am excited to share with you about New England Fishmongers, a group of fishermen (fisherwomen??) on the NH/Maine seacoast that work hard to catch and sell top-quality fish to some of Boston’s best restaurants!

Fishing is a passion for Tim Rider and Amanda Parks. During their 15 hour+ excursions off the cost of Maine each fish is reeled in by hand, a way of fishing that only a handful of fishmongers still practice today. Bringing in around 800lbs of fish per day this rod-and-reel way of fishing brings in no bycatch, doesn’t cause harm to the ocean floor, doesn’t contribute to overfishing since the operation is small-scale. Modern fishing technology that includes use of trawls and gillnets does cause these problems.

 

 

New England Fishmongers was started because to avoid having to put their high-quality fish in with the rest of the catch at open auctions, where buyers bought at a low cost yet sold at hight prices. But cutting out the middleman they are able to work directly with the restaurants and provide them with high-quality fish just hours after being caught.

You can find New England Fishmongers at the following restaurants:

 

You can also check out Amanda Parks this Saturday, September 17th at the Boston Local Food Festival where she will be taking part in The Seafood Throwdown!

 

This cooking competition features head to head competition and a secret mystery fish ingredient!

 

 

Don’t forget to stop by the Boston Local Food Festival on September 17, 2017. This event is FREE to the public and you will have the chance to meet with some of the very best local farmers, vendors, artisans, and restaurants!

To learn more about the festival and the participating vendors check out www.bostonlocalfoodfestival.com!

 

 

 

5 tips for shopping and cooking local

When it comes to the food I buy and cook for myself my focus is always QUALITY. In the past decade, if not longer, we have seen a huge shift away from processed, chemical laden food to a desire for more whole, nutrient-dense, locally grown food. Not only does your food spend wayyyy less time in transit to get on your table guaranteeing fresher ingredients, but you are supporting the livelihoods of local families and businesses and giving back to your community. Sounds like a win-win to me!

It can be extremely overwhelming at first but with a little bit of research and knowledge you will soon become a pro at navigating your local food scene.

I am excited to be joining forces for yet another year with the Boston Local Food Festival happening September 17, 2017 on The Greenway to help support the growth and development of local farms and locally owned food-related businesses. This festival is near and dear to my heart and to kick-off my series of posts over the next few weeks I am going to share my 5 tips when it comes to shopping and cooking local!

 

 

1. Know what is in season

Produce is cheapest (and the most flavorful) when it in season. This seasonal food guide will help you find seasonal foods where you live and you can use that information to help guide you in your meal planning to ensure you are getting the best of the best for the current time of year!

 

2. Find your local Farmers Market

This may seem extremely obvious but your local farmers market is the best way to connect and buy from your local famers and food artisans. Here in Boston we even have Boston Public Market, a year-round, self-sustaining market with over 40 New England famers and vendors.

By connecting with your local farmers they can help you understand their different products and share with you exactly how the food was grown.

 

 

3. Join a CSA

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and you can find one near you (along with local farmers and famers markets) through Local Harvest. A CSA is a way that you can buy local, seasonal, and fresh foods directly from the farm of your choice.

Each farmer offers a select number of “shares”aka a subscription or membership which consists of a box of produce and sometimes meat and dairy depending on the farm that either ships to you or you pick up on a weekly or monthly basis. Ingredients will vary with the season and it is a great way to get your hands on new food items you may not have purchased in your local grocery store.

 

4. Buy in bulk and learn to freeze or can your leftovers

This is an inside joke with my friends because they know my passion for buying in bulk. Not only does it save you money if you are buying what is on sale and in season, but if you learn how to properly store or freeze what you buy it can last you for many meals to come. And save you that hard earned cash because you will have less food waste.

I love to buy fresh herbs (one day I will have a home and have a garden #agirlcandream) and those tend to come in larger quantities than I need. One herb I buy a lot is basil and I always use my leftover basil after I make my recipe to whip up a batch of pesto. I freeze the pesto in small quantities in an ice cube tray and then keep in a freezer safe ziplock bag and use the cubes in future stir fry or pasta dishes. Pesto is a great option for leftover arugula too!

 

 

5. Adopt a Zero waste policy

How many of you have cut an onion, or celery, or carrot and automatically just toss those root ends or leafy stems right into the trash? How about a cheese rind? While those parts may not be edible they make excellent scraps to add to soups and stews.

Do you have leftover chicken bones? Toss them in a big stock pot with your leftover scraps, a bay leaf, and seasoning of your choice, cover with water and simmer away for a flavorful chicken stock. This is great to make even if you don’t plan on using it right away because it can be frozen easily!

 

 

I hope to see you at the Boston Local Food Festival on September 17, 2017. This event is FREE to the public, how cool is that?!

To learn more about the festival and the participating vendors check out www.bostonlocalfoodfestival.com!

 

 

 

What to eat at the Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest

The Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest is coming up THIS week and while there will be many great beers, ciders, and artisan drinks to quench your thrist let’s not forget about all the food that will be there as well!

Here are some of my favorite local vendors and restaurants that you will find this weekend at the event!

 

Fox Point Pickling Co.

This small batch company from Providence, RI handcrafts their own pickled vegetables.  Ingredients are sourced from local farmers and they are proud to say their products are sugar free, fat free, naturally gluten free, and contain no additives. Their products are the perfect addition to any barbecue, antipasto platter, or even to top off a Bloody Mary! I think this will be such a tasty snack to pair with all of the beers and ciders to be tasted at the Brewfest!

 

 

Q’s Nuts

I cannot pass up a bag of freshly roasted Q’ Nuts any time I am shopping at the Boston Public Market. OMG THAT AMAZING SMELL. Get’s me every time!

This family-owned & operated artisan nut company was started by husband and wife team, Beth and Brian “Q” Quinn in 2000 and each small batch is crafted using wholesome ingredients. All of their original recipes are vegan as well as gluten, soy and dairy free and use raw organic cane sugar, as well as organic chocolate, pure spices and natural flavors in all of their roasts. They have an array of flavors including savory, sweet (Bananas Foster Pecans anyone??), and exotic (like Key Lime Ginger Almonds) and they continue to experiment and bring in new flavors to their product lineup.

This might just be the perfect snack to dig into while walking around the Brewfest.

 

Alex’s Ugly Sauce

This hot sauce has the best name ever. This artisanal hot sauce is made using all-natural ingredients with unique combinations of flavor and heat that is sure to kick any of your favorite dishes up a notch. No matter what level of heat you are looking for Alex’s Ugly Sauce has just the right match for you. This makes for  a perfect take-home gift from the Brewfest!

 

 

Koy (Fusion restaurant)

Koy is a fusion restaurant and bar located in Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall. With a menu that blends old-world Korean cuisine with fresh international flavors I am excited to see what they bring to the Brewfest – I hope it is their cheese steak dumplings with pastrami, swiss, Kimchi, and spicy mayo!

Dine in at their restaurant located at 16 North Street, order delivery to dine at home, or set up catering for a special event and I guarantee their menu won’t disappoint.

 

 

Red Lentil

Serving exclusively vegetarian and vegan food since 2009 their menu is creative and built around produce that is currently in season in New England and take pride the attention they pay to special dietary needs. Their menu offers gluten-free, raw, and macrobiotic selections and they even have special equipment for these menu offerings. Their dessert line is baked in-house to ensure freshness and includes a wide range of vegan and gluten-free dessert choices.

Check them out at the Brewfest or head in for lunch and dinner Monday – Friday and brunch and dinner Saturday and Sunday!

 

Just Add Cooking

Just Add Cooking is a meal kit service who will be dishing out tasty samples at the Brewfest. They supply the fresh high-quality ingredients and recipe to follow. You open up the box and cook. Within a half hour you have a tasty and nutritious meal for two or four depending on what size box you select. Each meal kit contains only the freshest local ingredients, grown by New England farmers and caught by New England fishermen.

Some of their mouthwatering recipes include Bacon Wrapped Monkfish with Sunchokes, Chicken and Dumplings, and Dijon Cod with Orange Beurre Blanc.

Check out these amazing food vendors during the Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest June 9th and 10th at The Armory in Somerville.

This annual tasting fundraiser is presented by the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN). Come taste unlimited samples and support local, green, and faire economy and support the Boston Local Food Program in the process!

 

Brazo Fuerte Artisanal Beer

Being a non-beer drinker I am on a mission to find a beer a really enjoy and the upcoming Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest is going to be me go-to resource to try and learn about as many local craft beers as I possibly can!

One specific brewer that will be at the festival that has caught my eye is Brazo Fuerte Artisanal Beer.

 

 

Founded by local Massachusetts resident Beverly Armstrong and named after her nickname “Brazo Fuerte” given to her from her ruby teammates Brazo Fuerte Artisanal Beer was created to be the perfect “post-game” session beer.

A term “session” does not actually relate to any specific flavors or aromas of the beer and session beers can actually be placed into almost any beer style category. Session refers to beers that are purposely brewed to contain less than 5% alcohol by volume (ABV) and are known for being drank for refreshment and drinkablility, and not for knocking you right out of your barstool – aka beers you can drink for a long “session” at a time!

 

 

All of Brazo Fuerte Artisanal Beers are made in the Great Boston Area using the best local organic ingredients and sustainable brewing methods. With an array of different beers including Chara British Golden Ale (named after an adorable Golden Retriever named Chara), Pony Rye’d Pale Ale, Green Tea Pale Ale, Big E Session IPA, and K-Wags Chocolate Coconut Brown Ale there is something for everyone.

I have my eye on the K-Wags since it is made with toasted organic coconut and chocolate malt!

 

 

Check out Brazo Fuerte Artisanal Beer during the Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest June 9th and 10th at The Armory in Somerville.

This annual tasting fundraiser is presented by the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN). Come taste unlimited samples and support local, green, and faire economy and support the Boston Local Food Program in the process!