The Chicago Food Lovers Gift Guide

Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer-I have this guy and it's great for any sort of baking endeavor you may come across! I also made my very first bread ever using this!
People often ask me what they can get their food-loving friends for the holidays. So this year I put together a list of a bunch of items that I personally would love to get as a gift (or I already have and love) and I think the foodie in your life will too! I’ve broken... Read more »

Huevos Rancheros in Fifteen Minutes

Huevos Rancheros in Fifteen Minutes
There are only so many days (and ways) one can eat turkey, sweet potatoes and green beans without getting burnt out after Thanksgiving. With a fridge full of leftovers, Taste Tester #1 and I both felt guilty going grocery shopping when there was more than enough food for both of us. This little creation was... Read more »

Holiday Food Events in Chicago

Holiday Food Events in Chicago
Chicago is a city that loves to be festive, and the holidays are a great excuse to check out the many great eating and drinking events happening all around the city. I know that as soon as the temperature drops below freezing Chicagoans tend to hibernate, but save that for January and February! I’ve put... Read more »
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5 Fall Ingredients-Ignore the Winter Weather

5 Fall Ingredients-Ignore the Winter Weather
Despite Chicago’s bone-chilling temperatures, my calendar reminded me that winter doesn’t actually start until December 21st. That means that we technically have a full month of autumn left to savor all the great fall flavors that are still in season. Last week I attended LuxeHome’s CHILL Food and Wine festival at the Merchandise Mart for... Read more »

Little Goat Bakery Launches New Sweet Menu Items

On Monday night I attended a happy hour of a different sort to celebrate the change of Little Goat Bread to Little Goat Bakery. The full bakery unveiled an expanded line of sweet treats like mini pies, cakes, and custom creations. Our intimate cookie and cake hour was a great way to get some one-on-one... Read more »

Tippling Hall Chicago

Tippling Hall Chicago
On a wintry Friday night, I’m typically quite content to be snuggled up on my couch with carry-out and reruns of Anthony Bourdain’s, No Reservations. This Friday I left my slippers at home to try out Mercadito Group’s newest concept, Tippling Hall. Packed to the gills of both groups of eaters and drinkers, this new... Read more »
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Chicago’s 2015 Michelin Bib Gourmand Winners in 59 Photos

Arami
Today Michelin released its coveted list of Chicago’s Bib Gourmand restaurants and this year there are 59 on the list. Chicago was sadly down 10 restaurants from last years list, but what is great is that 11 new comers were added. They are: A10, Parachute, Azzurra EnoTavola, Beatrix, Carriage House, The Dawson, Duseks, Herb, Table... Read more »

Made in America: Cheese

Made in America: Cheese
I discovered Pastoral at my first job working at a PR agency, as the shop was just around the corner from my office. I would save up my little entry-level salary in order to every so often splurge for a delicious sandwich (the Pig and Fig is still my fave) and perhaps a salted caramel... Read more »

6 Easy Recipes for Halloween Finger Foods

Back when trick-or-treating after dark was still acceptable, before cell phones, and when dressing up meant wearing something actually scary, Halloween on a Friday was one of the greatest things that could happen as a kid. All of the children in the neighborhood dressed up, grabbed our pillow cases and set out for the yearly... Read more »
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Chicago Gourmet Recap

A view of the beautiful Millennium Park filling up with foodies
Each year the beginning of fall in Chicago is marked by one of my favorite culinary events, Chicago Gourmet presented by Bon Appetit. This year the weather couldn’t have been better for a day of wining and dining through the well groomed lawn of Millennium Park.  More than 150 Chicago chefs along with wine, spirits,... Read more »