Happy. Happy.  Joy. Joy.  I love when I have moments in life where I utter those words. I try to find a happy, happy, joy, joy moment every day.  It could be when a friend shares good news or when something happens wonderful at work for my husband.  It can be when a restaurant serves you an amazing steak or treating yourself to a cappuccino after a long shopping trip.  It can be a happy ending in a movie or any other kind of happy ending. (Wink. Wink.) I was in the kitchen the other day and had the best happy, happy, joy, joy moment. Read More →

When I moved to my small town in Indiana almost 18 years ago, it was an adjustment.  I missed my friends, family and job.  I had to adjust to a town that was not near everything (and by everything I meant shopping and my usual restaurants).  It was a learning experience and not always easy. I was lucky and made a lot of new friends to add to my batch of Illinois friends.  My family remained a phone call away and there are members of my husband’s family who love me like I’ve been part of the group my whole life.  And as for myRead More →

This February has been VERY popular for competitions.  There was the Super Bowl.  (But I think more people watched the Puppy Bowl.)  The Winter Olympics are in full force in Sochi.  (Speaking of puppies, wouldn’t Sochi be a good puppy name?)  And then there was Foodies Show Heart this past Sunday at RA Sushi in Lombard, Illinois. In case you are behind on your Felt Like a Foodie blogs,  RA Sushi in Lombard had asked local food writers/bloggers (I was one of them) to each create a one-of-a-kind sushi roll as part of the first “Foodies Show Heart” charity competition Sunday afternoon. From 1 toRead More →

There are things we all enjoy doing during our weekends in the fall.  There are those of us who like to hang out at football games and there are others who like to observe the fall colors while hiking in the woods.  There are even people who really like to rake leaves.  (I was never convinced as a child that this chore was “fun.”) But for me, a cool Fall day begs for a cooking class. If you remember I had signed up for Shaw’s Crab House’s “Sushi School” this August with my first class in sushi basics.  I, unfortunately, missed the second class onRead More →

I am giggling, giggling from pure happiness.   It is almost uncontrollable like a hiccup but it feels much better.  The main reason for this spontaneous jocularity is that I had an absolutely fabulous lunch yesterday at Tokio Pub (1900 E. Higgins Road) in Schaumburg, IL. Have you heard of Tokio Pub?  It is conveniently located in the Streets of Woodfield right next door to its big sister, Shaw’s Crab House.  (Everyone knows where Shaw’s is located!) Tokio Pub takes the finesse of fresh Japanese cooking and adds their own unique twists by incorporating classics and fusing the flavors of Japan and Latin America.  And like your favoriteRead More →

As someone who loves to spend time in the kitchen, I am always challenging myself to learn new techniques or to finesse some old ones.  So when I found out that RA Sushi in Lombard, Illinois was offering a Sushi 102 class, I was ecstatic at the thought of learning a few new tricks.  (And eating some sushi!) A compliment to their already successful Sushi & Sake 101 class, Sushi 102 is the class to take when you want to master sushi making techniques, etiquette and learn some neat sake pairings.  (And eat sushi!) Now I hadn’t taken the Sushi 101 at RA but luckilyRead More →

“How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.”  I am not sure what kind of love Elizabeth Barrett Browning was talking about but if it were about food she would have counted 157.  Bistro 157 (157 Lincolnway, Valparaiso, Indiana) to be exact! Chef (and owner) Nicole Bissonnette’s passion for Bistro 157 is pure poetry.  There is her devoted presence in every aspect of the restaurant. Her gracious staff  highlights the warmth in the atmosphere. (Hi Marlene!) And like a perfect poem each dish she creates exemplifies Chef Bissonnette’s love and devotion to food. Oh did I say food? The best way to describe the flavorsRead More →

The only thing I love more than eating sushi is talking about sushi.  (Picky People don’t stop reading yet, I may entice you.)  Over the years it has become one of my favorite foods.  I don’t know if it is the artistry that is involved with each piece or the expansive flavors the chef (itamae) incorporates in each bite.  Either way, it is probably one of the foods I am most passionate about eating. If you have never had sushi, I have a ton of recommendations for you to make your first experience a pleasant one.  First, don’t buy the stuff sold pre-packaged at theRead More →