There are lot of different excuses to love this time of year.  Whether you get excited about the upcoming holidays or cherish the sight of a light layer of snow, the transition from fall to winter is a fabulous time in the Midwest. I enjoy every part of this season from bundling up in cozy sweaters, listening to the wind blow and, of course, eating comfort food! One of my favorite meals to eat when it is brisk outside is a good Sunday brunch.  Brunch allows you the luxury of a little more cuddle time in bed without the worry of having to get somewhereRead More →

The doors open and greetings commence.  Whether it is a boisterous hello, a firm handshake or maybe pulling each other in for a hug, it says a lot about an experience if you feel welcome the minute you cross the threshold.  (Think of the feeling you have/had each time you went to you grandma’s house during the holidays.) As I sat this week waiting for the rest of my party to arrive at Nonnina (340 N. Clark, Chicago, IL), I watched the staff address each guest. It seemed they knew everyone and those they didn’t know were welcomed like they were old friends.  There was an energyRead More →

When I grocery shop and menu plan each week, I make a conscious effort to think of something “blogworthy” to cook during the week.  It can be anything from a new ingredient, a specific vegetable in season or even an old favorite. I visualize what story I want to tell with the recipe or how I might want to plate the dish so it looks good in a picture. This week I had it all set….I was going to write about little “pressed” potato cups…and then I realized….I wrote about potatoes LAST WEEK.  Can I write about potatoes two weeks in a row?  Are potatoes thatRead More →

Do you ever read something and feel as the words process through your brain that your life is about to change?  Maybe you received a letter of acceptance from your first-choice college or it is an email offering you an amazing job.  It could be a book that touches your soul or dare I say it might be a blog from a middle-aged housewife living in Northwest Indiana. The other day I read an article posted from Bon Appétitonline about “mindful eating.”  (You can read the whole article here.)  If you don’t know a lot about mindful eating, you are not alone.  After I read thatRead More →

Who do you love? I kept hearing the chorus of this rock n’ roll classic over and over in my head on from last Saturday and Sunday at the 11thannual BON APPÉTIT Presents Chicago Gourmet.  (A little fun fact….did you know Bo Diddley wrote “Who do you love” in the 1950’s?) Walking around this year’s event in Millennium Park, guests weren’t only excited about eating (my food favorites were written about earlier this week) but there is a “groupie” kind of mentality of getting to meet some of your favorite chefs who you love face to face. Whether you were searching for chefs seen onRead More →

I can’t say I’m a “Party like a rock star” kind of gal but I felt that way this morning after spending the weekend enjoying the 11thannual Bon Appetit Presents Chicago Gourmet. Taking place in Chicago’s very own Millennium Park September 29-30, the stage was set for an epic weekend where chefs were the rock stars and the food topped the charts. If you haven’t picked up on it yet, this year’s theme was “Rock the Fork”.  Chicago Gourmet had multiple “rockin’ events leading up to the big weekend with an Italian feast on the Symphony Center Stage, Blues, Booze & Bites at River Roast, aRead More →

There is one thing that writing Felt Like a Foodie has taught me over the years….no…it has nothing to do with food…..it has to do with the fact that I am wrong….a lot. Every time I start to think about a particular blog, I look up words for inspiration and to make sure I am using them properly in my work.  (I am laughing really hard right now…my work….like this is my art…seriously…I’m not that full of myself…well…I kind of am…but…I don’t usually let it show that much…do I?) Back to the story…I was going to write a post on how fabulously decadent my carbonaraRead More →

How often do you think of grammar, parts of speech or word origins? (If you are a regular reader of Felt Like a Foodie you are saying that I don’t think about it enough!)  Do you get excited when you see your favorite noun in a sentence?  Does it make your skin crawl if you see a missing apostrophe or comma?  Maybe you just smile when you conjugate a verb? I was walking the dog the other day and started to think about compound words.  (In case you need a refresher….compound words are when you put to words together and they form a different wordRead More →

I’m trying to make a decision if I have a bad habit, an obsession or something that requires therapy. When you enjoy something when does it become an addiction?  I’m seeing an issue and I’m not sure if it is an innocent behavior or a serious problem. It has to do with bowls. I think I wrote about this before but it is really getting out of hand.  I’m not to the point that I ask for a bowl at someone’s home or when I’m at a restaurant.  I don’t carry one in my purse (because that is where I carry my condiments.) I just like toRead More →

It is back to school time. For the past month, I smile each time I see the aisles of supplies in the store, hear the squeaking breaks on a school bus and seeing everyone’s first day of school pictures. (I’m also hearing a lot of complaints from my parent friends who get overwhelmed with their back to school task lists.) My mom had school days down to a science with her 3 girls.  I’m sure she probably complained too but it is not something that stands out in my memory.  She was (still is) one of the most organized people I know. We would get ourRead More →