WARNING: I AM ABOUT TO MAKE YOU REALLY HUNGRY. DO NOT STOP. GO DIRECTLY TO IMPERIAL LAMIAN TO SATISFY YOUR HUNGER. I’m not sure of the exact timeframe but last year I started stalking a restaurant before it even opened. I started noticing their posts on social media and each one was better than the last. They would show these pictures and videos that just made my mouth water and my stomach grumble with hunger. I anxiously awaited their opening and am happy to say I FINALLY got myself to the city last week to try Imperial Lamian (6 W Hubbard St., Chicago, IL) TheRead More →

Oysters. People seem to love them or hate them. I wasn’t always one of the people who loved oysters. Their looks intimidated me. They smelled like the ocean. And I was seriously concerned that I was going to choke on a pearl. (I also can admit that I’m not always very bright.) I tried my first oyster about 5 years ago and I finally understood why there was so much fuss made about them. The love of them comes from the excitement of a beautiful tray placed in front of you. The oysters are usually nested in a bed of ice and have tasty accoutermentsRead More →

Yesterday night we blew into Chicago to enjoy the Ninth Annual CHILL event presented by Luxe Home in the Merchandise Mart. (For those of you who don’t live in Midwest, we were having 30-40 mile wind gusts so we literally blew into the city!) This was my fifth year enjoying the event that benefits The Lynn Sage Foundation, Respiratory Health Association and Saturday Place and I must say this was year was one of the best. (Okay, I say that every year but that means it gets better and better!) Each boutique we walked into seemed like a new adventure. There were mariachi bands, fantasticRead More →

When I walk down the streets of Chicago, my imagination goes wild. I look at the different buildings and wonder what unhidden treasures lay beyond the walls. I try to figure out if the structure is a residence, business or BOTH! It seems like you could walk past one building and realize it is composed of many different things. So when I was invited to go have dinner at Maxwell’s at the Club, which is just IN the East Bank Club, (500 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago) I was perplexed. I thought the East Bank Club was a private sports/fitness complex. I didn’t think there wasRead More →

Part of the amusement of going to an event like Chicago Gourmet for me is seeing all the characters. Like I mentioned last week, the whole adventure each year gives me that feeling of giddiness like a little kid going to their favorite theme park.  (Hmmm, could this be Gourmet Land?) Do you ever remember chasing a guy dressed up like a character just so you can get a picture with them?  When I’m at Chicago Gourmet, I feel that way when I see the chefs.  I get the same feeling I got when the first time I walked up to Mickey Mouse at theRead More →

Ooooo.   Aaaaahhhh. OOOOooo. Aaaaah. Did you make a lot of those sounds this weekend as you watched fireworks? I love Ooooo and Aaaaahhh moments. They are moments that not only light up your eyes but they light up your heart. I had an Ooooo/Aaahhhh moment last week that had nothing to do with fireworks but it is one of those days that I won’t forget because it lit up my world. I spend considerable time reading about chefs. I like to read everything from where they started to where they are today. (I sound like a stalker but I’m not….really…I’m not!) One chef that IRead More →

When do you have the urge to go to a steakhouse? Do you like to take your sweetie on your anniversary? Or maybe they are your go-to place for birthdays? Do you only consider going to a steakhouse on a special occasion? Or maybe you only go for dinner? I have a new theory. Isn’t every day a special occasion? Can we just start celebrating waking up and having great people in our lives? Life is short. Mark every day with a moment or two that makes you happy and warms your heart. With that said, whether you are celebrating, working or just hanging outRead More →

Chicken. Spicy Chicken. Those are words that make my mouth water. Now add the name Nando’s PERi-PERi Chicken to those words and I’m asking “Where? Where?” Have you eaten at Nando’s PERi-PERi before? Nando’s PERi-PERi is known across the world for making delicious African Portuguese chicken. (When I say worldwide, I’m not kidding. There are around 1200 restaurants everywhere around the globe.) Luckily, Nando’s PERi-PERi will be opening 3 new restaurants in Chicagoland. (West Loop, 953 W. Randolph, opened this week, Lakeview, 670 W. Diversey Parkway, will open this summer and Lincoln Park, 1500 N. Clybourn Avenue, is due to open in September.) Now whatRead More →

One of my favorite parts of spring is getting my tomato plants into the ground with the anticipation of a garden full of sweet tomatoes. There is nothing better than grabbing a tomato off the vine and enjoying it in your meal. Speaking of which….have you ever been to the restaurant Sweet Tomatoes? They call themselves a Salad Buffet but after eating there I thought of it more as a Café-teria. I chose that description because the items offered were far from the options I usually see at either a salad bar or buffet. Instead, Sweet Tomatoes had some really fun dishes that reminded meRead More →

Do you ever have a place where you just feel a sense of comfort? It could be the familiar smells of delicious food or maybe just the surroundings are something that brings you happiness. It could be the faces you look forward to seeing or maybe it is just a setting that is warm and inviting. For me the event called CHILL presented by LuxeHome on Thursday, November 13, at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago gives me that sense of comfort and joy. This was the eighth year of the event (my fourth) and I want to say it was one of the best onesRead More →