top spots: part 2

I’m back with the second post of “top spots” around Burlington! (See the first post here).

To kick things off, MLC Bakeshop in Winooski is my new go-to for coffee and a quick breakfast to-go on my way to the WellWed office for my internship. This week I grabbed a ham & cheese croissant with my typical large cup of coffee (pictured below), and it was perfection. If you haven’t been, or are just looking for a new cafe/bakeshop to frequent, I would definitely recommend it!


This past Friday night, I went into town with my housemates Cara, Emma and Galya (below) for the opening of a new gallery exhibit at Burlington City Arts (right on Church Street)! This is a great option for getting downtown and doing something a little different (aside from the usual shopping and dinner routine)…


However, there’s always a need to grab great food while we’re in town! Radio Bean/Duino Duende (they’re connected) is my absolute favorite spot around. Duino Duende features a menu of international street food (my favorite is the Cubano sandwich), while the connected Radio Bean (pictured below) is a small, live music venue with local drinks (21+!) and a really cool, eccentric vibe. Check it out next time you’re in town – you’ll probably see me there! 🙂


I definitely mentioned Our House Bistro in my last “top spots” post, but it’s completely worth another mention. I mean, let’s talk about this chicken parm mac + cheese (pictured below)…



Cara and I topped off this past weekend with an afternoon of skating at Cairns (where the hockey teams play). This public skating was completely paid for by St. Mike’s – such a great extra little opportunity to get off campus, AND this crosses figure skating again off my 2015 bucket list! Even if you don’t really skate, it’s a must-do winter weekend activity.




Inspired by alums

Hey guys!

As you might know, St. Mike’s has some really cool alums – from Tom Freston (one of the founders of MTV) to Jonah Kessel, a NY Times visual journalist.

Jonah has spoken to two of my classes here at St. Mike’s, and just recently I came across some of his work that really sparked my interest in capturing style…

(Check out the video here)

As an MJD major, but with a concentration in print journalism, I’ve always been interesting in writing about fashion and style, but never took it to the point of capturing it visually. Just this summer, I started a style blog to document my own personal style, and then pitched my own style column to run in every issue of The Defender.

I love the fact that St. Mike’s alums are so inspiring and have really had an impact on me and what I do here on campus…

Make sure to check out my “SMC Style Files” column in The Defender if you get a chance – here, here, here and here.

And, I strongly recommend looking into the work that alums are doing, or even contacting them if they’re doing work that you’re interested in…you never know how they can help you, whether with just inspiration or actual job connections, after we leave our pretty little campus up here in Colchester.

Also, here are a few pictures I’ve taken for my style column!

Catherine Vu – modeling the pastel trend:


Lauren Carter – modeling the velvet trend:


Melissa Osgood – modeling the leather trend