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 →

Can you believe it is already the end of October?  It seems like it was just yesterday that I was in Schaumburg, Illinois to help you find some new favorite restaurants during the Meet Chicago Northwest Restaurant week.  (Mark your calendar for February 23, 2018-March 4, 2018 and start your planning for next year’s event!) I had so much fun that we (the great folks at Meet Chicago Northwest and myself) wanted to share a few more restaurants this week. With the weather starting to chill off, what is the first thing you do?  (Besides curse the weatherman).  If you are like me, I giveRead More →

If you have been a long time reader of Felt Like a Foodie, you know this past weekend (September 23-24, 2017) was the event that a lot of us live for every year.  Chicago Gourmet, created by the Illinois Restaurant Association 10 years ago, showcases the very best of  Chicago’s culinary world in the beautiful setting of Millenium Park.  Having been recnently named the Restaurant City of the Year by sponsor Bon Appétit magazine, I knew this was going to be a delicious weekend. I not only learned where I want to eat this next year but how I may want to incorporate some of theRead More →

One of the best parts of spring is it seems to launch the food festival season. Whether you live in a huge city like Chicago or one of the smaller suburbs, odds are you will find a tasty outing within your reach. If you have never gone to one and are a little intimidated, it is time for you to get your feet (or is it fork) wet! The Taste of Michiana will be taking place Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 5-8 PM (Eastern Time) at the Century Center in South Bend, Indiana. (And for my Chicago readers, this is a great way to peruseRead More →

When you get up in the morning, do you ever think to yourself….Have I made a difference in anyone’s life? It doesn’t matter if you are the teacher of young minds, a doctor who heals, the barista with the perfect cappuccino or the housewife who greets everyone with a smile….you want to make a difference. I am a firm believer that we are all small pebbles capable of making ripples of waves in other’s lives….we just might not realize it sometimes. I woke up this morning thinking about this because I wanted to wish The Chopping Block in Chicago a Happy 20th anniversary. (The celebrationRead 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 →

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 →

Art.  I am not sure who said “Art is subjective, and means something different to every single person on earth” but I think the same can be said about food.  You can see artistry in everything from how a top chef plates a meal to the beauty of a rustic family tomato sauce cooking on the stove.  One person can appreciate the craftsmanship of a piece of sushi while another sees the same beauty in a hamburger with all the fixings.  We eat with our eyes and hopefully our palates can taste the artistry and love that goes into every bite. With that said, this year’s ninthRead More →

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 →