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 →

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 →

One of the best things about blogging about food is that there are opportunities to learn around every corner.  It doesn’t always have to be about food, it can also give you an experience to learn a little bit about yourself by meeting legends in the industry. On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, I was invited to join Olives from Spain  for an intimate reception hosted by…..wait for it….José Andrés!!!!!! “Named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People,” awarded “Outstanding Chef” and “Humanitarian of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, television personality, humanitarian and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup.” ThereRead More →

Today will be my last preview of Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week but luckily it won’t be your last chance to make reservations during  February 23-March 4 (Click here for participating restaurants.)  For me it is like counting the medals for each country as I remember all the different courses I devoured.  (For the record I stopped counting after my 5th appetizer, 7th entree and 3rd dessert) My last Winter Olympic event occurred at Gaylord Fine Indian Cuisine (555 Mall Drive Schaumburg, IL) and I will say with all honesty it was probably as life changing as an Olympian performing in their first ski event. Imagine theRead More →

Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week preview continues today and if you read my Monday post on Birch River Grill, you will know that I’m trying to give an Olympic Spin to this year’s event.  (Remember to check out the menus and make some reservations during February 23-March 4 Click here for participating restaurants.) Speaking of spin, throughout the Winter Olympics there isn’t a sport that is more popular than figure skating.  I thought of this a lot during my preview week after I went to Cooper’s Hawk Winery ( 798 W Algonquin Rd, Arlington Heights, IL).  From the minute you walk into the restaurant, you areRead More →

Are you ready?  Do feel like your own personal torch is lit and you are running gleefully as the world watches?  Is this the one event you’ve been waiting for all winter?  No, I’m not talking about the 2018 Olympics…I’m talking about Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week coming up on February 23-March 4.  (I’m giving you a heads up early this year so you can get your reservations in and peruse the menus at your leisure.) To me Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week is a lot like the Olympics….it is a huge event and there is a lot to cover.  (If you’ve never heard of a RestaurantRead More →

Happy Friday.  It is hard to believe it was just last week that I went to Schaumburg, IL to try some new favorite restaurants as part of a super-preview of Meet Chicago Northwest Restaurant week. (Check back on their website soon to see the participating restaurants.)  I’ll remind you again that the dates are February 23, 2018-March 4, 2018 so you can make sure you plan a trip to the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. The final restaurant for this Foodie Fun Day was Chicago Prime Italian (1370 Bank Drive, Schaumburg, IL).  If you are thinking the name is awfully familiar to my last post, it isn’tRead More →

My Meet Chicago Northwest Restaurant week (did you remember to mark your calendar for February 23, 2018-March 4, 2018) foodie fun day super-preview continued with a magnificent dinner at Chicago Prime Steakhouse (1444 Algonquin Road, Schaumburg, IL). As I was starting to write this post the one word that kept popping into my head was “WOW.”  It was the word I repeated over and over after I finished my meal.  Does that have you intrigued…..well keep reading……. Chicago Prime Steakhouse is the destination for every occasion.  If you want an intimate dinner with your sweetie in the main dining room, a little after work relaxationRead More →