Friday Foodie Feature

Long weekend! I have been waiting for this moment for a long time. I have a wedding on Saturday which should be a ton of fun, but Sunday. . . oh Sunday I am doing nothing. Beach, sun, sleep, wine, more beach, more wine, more sleep. And I have some new wine, since last night I did some wine tasting at The Urban Grape. Open only a couple of weeks, The Urban Grape is definitely my new go-to store for wine tastings, a high level of wine knowledge, and a completely friendly, educational, non-intimidating environment. You can see my full first review here. Last night was the first in-store tasting for The Urban Grape, and there was a great selection of wines. I was able to replace the Rosé that my cat broke :( and also added a few new wines to our collection. The hubs also took advantage of their growing beer selection to add some beers to our fridge.

This weekend marks my husband’s last weekend of Master’s work, minus the thesis part. That means his last exam will be turned in on July 4. . . independence from weekly assignments! He has until August 28 to turn the thesis in, and while that will be difficult it will be much more on his own time than regular classes. He graduates on Thanksgiving day in Galway Ireland, and I couldn’t be prouder :)

The Urban Grape wine tasting

So that’s my weekend, what are you up to? Any fun parties, barbeques, or fireworks? Do tell!

Today’s Friday Foodie Feature is Jess from A Fete for Food, a fellow MA girl, fellow Boston marathoner, a fellow UMASS grad, and all around wonderful blogger. She is a registered dietician and certified personal trainer which gives her an incredible insight on food, fitness, and health, and to boot she is a great writer who clearly loves what she does.


How long have you been blogging? I’ve been blogging for about 18 months now.

What is your favorite thing about blogging? Least favorite? My blog, called “A Fete for Food” roughly translated from French/English, means “A party or celebration for food.” That’s what food blogging is all about, right? Thus, my favorite thing about blogging is sharing my voice and love for healthy habits and healthy eating with others. I like to share recipes (when they work) and the stories behind them. My least favorite aspect about blogging is feeling like I need to update constantly. This has been a more recent frustration, as “life” (new job, longer commute, more rigorous training schedule) has made it difficult to update on a regular basis.

What has been your most fun blog post to write? My most fun blog post to write was the Boston Marathon post. I was SO happy to finish and SO happy to share my experience with others.

Where do you see your blog this time next year? Next year, my blog will be turned into a book about what not to do. No, just kidding, but eventually I’d like to use my experiences that I’ve documented or will document on my blog to turn into a best-selling food memoir. Dream big, right?

Is there anything else about your blogging experience you would like to share?
Like most everything else, it’s about telling your story. I see so many bloggers getting caught up in the numbers games and popularity contests; if that’s why you blog, you’re missing the point. Enjoy it for what it is, and then live your life offline!

Remember, I need a couple of guest posters as well as a Friday Foodie Feature for next week while I am tasting wine in Sonoma and Napa :). If you are interested, leave a comment or email me at traveleatlove (@)

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  1. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    I’m a UMASS grad too! Woo hoo! I love Jess’s philosophy about blogging. Getting caught in up freebies, contests, popularity is a waste of time. Blogging should be just part of your life, not your entire life.

    Have a fun time at the wedding and good luck to your hubby with his work this weekend! Happy 4th!


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      Yay UMASS! Have a great weekend!


    2. Simply Life’s avatar

      Have a great time at the wedding- what a perfect weekend for it!


    3. Jessica Maillet’s avatar

      Thanks for this foodie feature this week ;-) !!! We should have a food blogger meetup in Amherst for all those umass grads out there in the blogsphere


      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        That is SUCH a good idea! An Amherst food crawl. . .


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