Archive for October 2012

A Children’s Books Themed Baby Shower for a Book-Loving Family

A Children’s Books Themed Baby Shower for a Book-Loving Family
This past weekend, I threw a baby shower for one of my good friends. My co-conspirator planner and I had such a great time planning the shower, both because the shower was a (successful!) surprise (mom-to-be thought it was a later weekend and a much smaller affair), and because we came up with the perfect... Read more »

East Coast Peeps...Be Safe!

East Coast Peeps...Be Safe!
To all my friends and family, including my little sis in Manhattan without power and cousins in NJ, be safe, stay dry, and keep warm! Thinking of you!

When You Go to Girl and the Goat, You Get the Whole Goat

When You Go to Girl and the Goat, You Get the Whole Goat
Girl and the Goat.  It is so dang hyped. Everyone loves it. Everyone loves Stephanie Izard. Blah, blah, blah love fest. Well, there’s a reason for it, my friends, and that’s because Girl and the Goat is freakin’ amazing. Totally off the charts, worth-all-the-buzz spectacular. Not only is the food top-notch, but the service is... Read more »
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My First "Belly" Encounter

My First "Belly" Encounter
Anyone who pays a modicum of attention to the Chicago restaurant scene has heard of the “Belly” restaurants: Urban Belly, Belly Shack, and, now, BellyQ. Just 8 weeks old, BellyQ, located in West Loop in the old One SixtyBlue space, aims to put a modern twist on traditional Asian barbecue, educating its customers in the... Read more »

The Savoy: A Fresh Take on the Raw Bar…and Absinthe

The Savoy: A Fresh Take on the Raw Bar…and Absinthe
I don’t often rave about a restaurant. One, it would be disingenuous, and two, it would be annoying. But newly opened Wicker Park raw, seafood, and absinthe (legal) bar, The Savoy, deserves an unabashed rant. It is excellent. And reasonably priced. So here goes…. Executive chef Brian Greene (who could not have been sweeter when... Read more »

Chicago Marathon: A View from the Gatorade Lines

Chicago Marathon: A View from the Gatorade Lines
Yesterday I had the opportunity to volunteer at a little race called the Chicago Marathon. Though I’ve run my fair share of races, I’ve never volunteered…so when I saw that volunteers were still needed (on the blog of fellow ChicagoNow blogger Erin at Eri-thon), I jumped at the chance. The morning started well before 6 am... Read more »
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Get Your Raw Bar On at King Crab

Get Your Raw Bar On at King Crab
There’s something inherently satisfying about eating oysters at a dive bar. It feels properly gritty and somehow truer to its ocean origins than dining on oysters elegantly displayed over perfectly shaped ice at some fancy restaurant. Not many places do this right, but King Crab Tavern and Seafood Grill in Lincoln Park/DePaul definitely does. Decorated... Read more »

Dinner Parties: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (whew...I was busy!)

Dinner Parties: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (whew...I was busy!)
One of my very favorite things to do is have a dinner party. It’s actually why I went to culinary arts school – I think few things bring people together like food……and wine(!) – and I wanted to feel comfortable in the kitchen so I could throw a party sans stress. I held my first... Read more »