What the world needs now is love. . .

If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent the past week-and-a-half in despair, rage, disbelief, shaken to the core (and, if I am honest, wanting to shake people by the shoulders until some sense is knocked into them). I still feel that way, but in an effort to shine a little light back into the world am trying to find ways to be a helper. Sharing the below food drive information is a good start, as it’s a delicious initiative to help local women. If I can use this blog to highlight ways we can help and get that information to a few hundred or thousand more people, I think it’s worth keeping around.

Please feel free to spread the word and the love!

“Spread the Love” Food Drive with Bon Me and Rosie’s Place

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“Spread the Love” Food Drive with Bon Me and Rosie’s Place

Local Food Truck and Restaurant Company announce Valentine’s Benefit for Women’s Shelter

Bon Me, a food truck and restaurant company, is encouraging customers to “Spread the Love” for Valentine’s Day by holding a food drive at all their locations between February 1 and 13 benefiting Rosie’s Place, the oldest women’s shelter in the country. The food company will be rewarding those who donate with free “Extra Meat” on their entrees.

Bon Me’s mission is to make a positive impact in the communities they call home by providing living wages to their employees and by supporting local organizations.

The company’s commissary is located just blocks away from Rosie’s Place, a women’s shelter located in the South End neighborhood of Boston.

“We feel that as a successful local food company, we should find a way to help feed those less fortunate,” said Owner and Co-Founder Patrick Lynch.

“We are very thankful for the ability to give back to Rosie’s Place, a historic shelter in our neighborhood.”

Additionally, Bon Me has a proud history of female empowerment within the company, with over 50% of management and supervisors being female. Rosie’s Place makes a logical recipient for a local food drive.

The list of acceptable donation items are as follows:

Canned fruit (no added sugars), Canned vegetables (low sodium), Canned soups, stews, sauces (low sodium), Canned tuna and chicken in water, Dry beans, Peanut butter, Brown rice, Whole wheat pasta, Oatmeal packets, Cereal (corn flakes, Cheerios, Special K, Raisin Bran), Granola, 100% juice, Shelf-stable milk.

Customers who wish to donate food and receive free “Extra Meat” on their order are able to do so at any Bon Me location, truck or restaurant, between February 1 and 13.

All donations will be delivered to Rosie’s Place in the week following.

 

Local Food Truck and Restaurant Company announce Valentine’s Benefit for Women’s Shelter

Bon Me, a food truck and restaurant company, is encouraging customers to “Spread the Love” for Valentine’s Day by holding a food drive at all their locations between February 1 and 13 benefiting Rosie’s Place, the oldest women’s shelter in the country. The food company will be rewarding those who donate with free “Extra Meat” on their entrees.

Bon Me’s mission is to make a positive impact in the communities they call home by providing living wages to their employees and by supporting local organizations.

The company’s commissary is located just blocks away from Rosie’s Place, a women’s shelter located in the South End neighborhood of Boston.

“We feel that as a successful local food company, we should find a way to help feed those less fortunate,” said Owner and Co-Founder Patrick Lynch.

“We are very thankful for the ability to give back to Rosie’s Place, a historic shelter in our neighborhood.”

Additionally, Bon Me has a proud history of female empowerment within the company, with over 50% of management and supervisors being female. Rosie’s Place makes a logical recipient for a local food drive.

The list of acceptable donation items are as follows:

Canned fruit (no added sugars), Canned vegetables (low sodium), Canned soups, stews, sauces (low sodium), Canned tuna and chicken in water, Dry beans, Peanut butter, Brown rice, Whole wheat pasta, Oatmeal packets, Cereal (corn flakes, Cheerios, Special K, Raisin Bran), Granola, 100% juice, Shelf-stable milk.

Customers who wish to donate food and receive free “Extra Meat” on their order are able to do so at any Bon Me location, truck or restaurant, between February 1 and 13.

All donations will be delivered to Rosie’s Place in the week following.

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Truth be told, I wasn’t going to blog about our last visit to Ashford Castle. It’s a place I have had the true pleasure of visiting many times, and I’ve already blogged about it a couple of times.

But, truth be told, I am disgusted with the state of our country right now, and looking at photos of places I love is one escape that seems to lower my blood pressure and soften the rage at the people who have sold out our country to a maniac.

So, this Travel Tuesday, in my blog and in my mind, I am at the majestic Ashford Castle, on the shores of Lough Corrib in County Mayo Ireland. Both Ashford Castle and the little village of Cong where it is located are well-worth a visit if you ever head to Ireland.

On our last Ireland trip, we decided that a stop at Ashford on the way home from Achill Island would be a great way to break up the journey and give us a chance to have a snack and stretch our legs.

We arrived as the light of the day was starting to lower, casting a warm glow all over the castle and Lough Corrib.

Ashford Castle gin cocktail We were quickly brought to the lounge and seated with views of the lake, handed leather-bound cocktail menus to peruse.

My mother-in-law went with one of the castle’s imaginative gin cocktails, which had muddled blueberries, cracked black pepper, and grapefruit.

I have long been a fan of the Manhattan at Ashford, so I tucked in with one of those and a copy of The Irish Times. It was one of those lovely, cozy moments where we were all a little sleepy from Achill sunshine, so we just sat back and enjoyed the gorgeous surroundings.

Manhattan cocktail

Ashford Castle For lunch, the Smoked Salmon BLT was the obvious choice; I eat Irish smoked salmon and Irish bacon every chance I get, and this was one incredible sandwich.

 

smoked salmon BLT

Stuffed and in need of a bit of waking up, we did what we always do after a meal at Ashford; we took a long walk around the grounds. This is really one of my favorite things to do, and looking below, you can probably see why. Try to get there near sunset.

Ashford Castle Ashford Castle Lough Corrib

We didn’t expect to go to Ireland anytime soon, but it turned out the best rates to Italy this summer actually go through Dublin. This means I get to spend four glorious days in July in one of my favorite places. Having things to look forward to, big and small, are helping to keep me positive during these dark days.

Tell me, where do you go (even if just in your mind) when you need some uplifting?

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Sunday dinner makes those dark winter Sundays a bit more bearable. Add in a delicious Navarra Tempranillo, fun people, and a silly dog, and Sunday becomes positively joyful. It’s a tradition I highly recommend starting.

principe de viana reserva tempranillo

 

 

mashed butternut squash

 

roasted vegetables

 

red wine gravy

 

Sunday dinner    

The menu:

Slow roasted pot roast, seared first with garlic and onions, then popped into the slow cooker with a 1/4 cup of red wine, two shots of espresso, black pepper, sea salt on low for six hours

Red wine gravy, made with liquid from the slow cooker and a nice brown roux

Roasted veggies – parsnips, potatoes, and carrots, slow roasted in olive oil, salt, and pepper

Mashed butternut squash

Crusty baguette

Chocolate cake from South End Buttery

Príncipe de Viana Reserva 2011- One of the wines generously sent to me by Navarra Wine, this 100% Tempranillo was one I was waiting to share with some serious wine-loving friends. I knew a roast would pair really well with it, and Sunday dinner in itself is enough of an occasion to bring out the special wine, if you ask me!

Aged in oak barrels, with a deep garnet red color, this lovely wine had notes of cherry and smoky dark chocolate, full of flavor but balanced enough to not overpower our dinner. The menu went perfectly with it, from the umami flavors in the slow cooked roast to the earthiness and bit of spice in the roasted vegetables. The last few sips went to wash down dark chocolate cake, which only brought out the cherry characteristics of the wine. Really lovely.

In this fast-paced world we live in, there’s something so soothing about taking the day to prepare a meal and to share good wine with fun people. Slowing down on a Sunday is definitely one way of dealing with the Sunday scaries if, like me, they tend to dominate the day!

 

Thank you to Navarra Wines for sharing some of their delicious wines with me to pair with food and share reviews with all of you.

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