Pretty sea of blue Wafting slowly past my eyes Ebbing up and down A roar of pure emotion With a cheer of Go Cubs Go Today will be anything but a food blog (I did brush up on my poetic tanka skills). It is just purely a post of a lifelong Cubs fan. It is not that I am the kind of baseball fan that can rattle off stats, name line-ups or even know who is National League or who is in the American League. I can’t match jersey numbers with players or sometimes even know their field positions.  Like most Americans, I grew upRead More →

“Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got. Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot.” Lately it seems like there are things stressing me out everywhere I look. I can’t turn on the news because the stories on bullies, crazy clowns and election antics keep freaking me out. (Some of you may think that sentence was redundant but I was talking about 3 different topics.) I see why people drink. (I don’t…maybe one mimosa a year…but that is about it.) Before you think I’m going to tell tales about my beer drinking days in a little barRead More →

Do you have a wingman (or wing person)? You know that person who helps you out when you just can’t do it on your own. It can be a guy in a bar who enchants women for his shy pal.   It can be that person who helps you with your kids when you go to an amusement park. Heck, it can be your sister in law who diverts you away from your in-laws to protect you from awkward conversations. (That never has happened…my friend told me she does that…yep…a friend.) How about in cooking? Do you have that sauce or mix of spices you goRead More →

How do you get things done? Do you just do it? Are you a procrastinator? What is your motivation? I recently have figured out that I can get just about anything done if I offer myself a reward. It makes me feel better, kind of like getting a smiley face sticker on homework or a pat on the back for a job well done. On the same note, if it doesn’t get done, I punish myself. Now so you don’t think I live in some weird masochist world. (Wait, masochist is a sex thing….maybe not the right word…because I don’t….that is weird…those handcuffs were aRead More →

One of my favorite things about the 9th year of Chicago Gourmet is the fact that I learned so much. By tasting so many wonderful dishes, my mind was opened even more on how to intermingle texture, flavors and cultures. (In case you missed it, click here to see some of my favorite bites this year.) The education goes beyond “just” eating for hours. Over the years, I have enjoyed numerous enlightening cooking demonstrations. (I think there were 23 this year not including the wine seminars!) This year I went to five of them. I thought instead of writing a long, drawn out post onRead More →

Do you remember having a substitute teacher in school? Depending on the class, this imposter would come in and either be the coolest person in the world or a complete nightmare. They could be funny and laid back or be the kind who wants to quiz you on things you haven’t even learned again. Maybe no one can ever fill the shoes of your teacher so it doesn’t matter who subs in. I am kind of like that with food substitutions. I’m not talking about doing something easy like subbing ground turkey for ground beef or fettuccini for spaghetti. I’m talking about really out ofRead More →

Close your eyes. Smell the saltiness of the ocean in the air. Feel a spray of water hit your face as a mental wave splashes on the shore. Can you feel where you are? If you stop long enough, I bet you can almost feel the rhythm of the tide under your feet. This is how I felt on Friday, September 30 (3PM-10PM), when I went to Shaw’s Oyster Fest in Chicago. The smell was that awesome oceaniness (not a word but it should be) of fresh oysters, the splashes were itty bitty rain drops that Mother Nature decided to release (it set the mood)Read More →