Last Minute Valentine's Day Ideas

It’s not too late to show your Valentine some LOVE!  Whether you are celebrating tonight or planning a romantic weekend, my Valentine’s Day ideas are simple, chic, and everything can be found at your local grocery store.  Show that “special someone” some love with easy homemade touches.  Eat Well, laugh often, and share the love! Bistro... Read more »

Tis The Season - Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafter

While walking the snow covered streets of Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood make sure you stop in to Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafter and pre-order their Buche de Noel for Christmas.  This whimsical pastry specially designed by Chef Renaud Hendrickx is available  in almond and hazelnut joconde biscuit with your choice of  Belgian dark chocolate, mocha, or salted butter... Read more »

Cookies for Santa!

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Christmas time is by far my most favorite time of year!  I love how the streets, buildings, and windows of Chicago transform with lights, decorations, and magical displays.  Williams-Sonoma Lincoln Park has once again opened their doors and invited me to cook in their gourmet kitchen.  On the menu this time around are goodies Santa and his little helpers are sure... Read more »

A Rustic-Chic Thanksgiving - Not Your Average Recipes & Ideas

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I wanted to share with you my favorite recipes, tips, tricks, and decor ideas to help make this holiday a memorable one!  Whether you are having a quiet dinner for two or a house full of people, follow these posts for a little-assembly-required Thanksgiving day.  Best of all, each... Read more »

Crate & Barrel - Garnishes Demonstration

Happy Friday Chicago!  I am so excited to share that I will be at Crate & Barrel on Michigan Avenue Saturday November 16th from 1pm to 4pm in their main window demonstrating how to create lovely food garnishes to decorate some of your favorite dishes this holiday season!  The demonstration will focus on autumnal leafs... Read more »

Is There a "Perfect" Menu for the Holidays?

Don’t let the stress of planning the “perfect” menu for the holidays prevent you from hosting a fabulous dinner and celebrating these magical times with friends and family!  Having hosted hundreds of soirées throughout the years I have taken careful notes along the way.  I’m excited to share them with you in hopes you too... Read more »

A Last-Minute Halloween Party

A Last-Minute Halloween Party
Yikes!  Halloween is today!  I have heard from so many people that they “intended” to have a little spooktacular celebrattion with a few friends and some fun and festive Halloween-inspired goodies.  It’s not too late, I promise!  Here are my top 5 ideas for some delicious nibbles and whimsical decor that will come together so... Read more »

Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafter - Perfect Patisserie

Chef Renaud and Dominique - Owners of Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafter
If you have yet to saunter into Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafter on Walton in Gold Coast, your “foodie” life hasn’t yet begun.  Opened in 2010 by partners Chef Renaud and Dominique—who happen to be two of the most lovely and warm people I have ever met—this authentic Belgian bakery is filled with an amazing collection... Read more »

Crave Café and Lounge - A "Sloop" Newbie!

Crave Café and Lounge has been welcomed with open arms by the South Loop neighborhood.  Located at 1250 S. Michigan Avenue it is fast becoming a popular café and coffee lounge by day and a place to grab a cocktail and nibble by night!  The menu provides diners with soups, salads, and sandwiches while the... Read more »

Kurah Mediterranean Tapas - A Food Adventure

1355 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 624-8611
Have you ever been to a restaurant that upon walking through the doors you instantly knew you were about to take a food adventure?  That the experience of just the décor and fragrant air was so special that you could not wait to be seated?  Or your taste buds watered and your tummy growled as... Read more »
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