The Rundown v18


Saying that is has been a busy fews weeks is a massive understatement. The James Beard Awards arrival in Chicago set off a flurry of activity adding to my usual itinerary of blogging events and nights out with friends. You know those times when you are completely exhausted, but so content because you had so […]

Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Chicago


Sullivan’s Steakhouse is an elegant restaurant in Chicago’s River North worth visiting. Part of the Del Frisco’s Group, Sullivan’s serves up superb steaks and seafood, and majorly impressive side dishes. Last week, Sullivan’s generously hosted 40 members of the Windy City Blogger Collective for mini wine pairing, mixology, and cooking demos followed by an indulgent […]

10 Recipes for a Summertime Party


Memorial Day weekend is one of my favorite weekends of the year. Not only is it a three day weekend after a far too long stretch without holidays, it marks the unofficial start of summer. The weather has finally warmed up by the end of May, and the summer ahead always seems so full of […]

Roasted Garlic and Jalapeño Guacamole

Roasted Garlic and Jalapeño Guacamole

Guacamole is something that everyone loves, it can be thrown together quickly, and it’s a great appetizer to bring to a party. Recently when my friend Laura invited me to an impromptu sangria party, I made this Roasted Garlic and Jalapeño Guacamole. I used my basic guacamole recipe, and then added lots of roasted garlic, […]

Caramel Doughnuts

Caramel Doughnuts

Doughnuts became Chicago’s big food trend a few years ago, and it is only gaining steam. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that I completely on board with this trend. Inspired by a story assignment from ALDI, where I was asked to share a Chicago recipe, I decided to tackle this […]

Bohemian House Brunch

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Brunch on a weekday. Doesn’t that sound indulgent? On a recent Wednesday, I was invited to River North’s Bohemian House for a preview of their new brunch menu. I, along with some of my favorite food bloggers, was treated to almost half the menu. Food blogging in tough work! (Ok, not really). Bohemian House serves […]

A Chat with Chef Tim Graham of Travelle


Chef Tim Graham is the Executive Chef Travelle at the Langham Hotel, and a familiar face at Chicago’s many food festivals. Most recently, he was serving up roast pork at the Rioja Wine and Tapas Festival. I got a chance to talk to him about his love of Rioja wine, his favorite food pairing for Rioja, the […]

How to Make Gravy from Pan Drippings

How to Make Gravy from Pan Drippings

If you are making roast chicken, you should definitely be pairing it with gravy made from the pan drippings. Chicken needs to rest for at least 10 minutes before carving (this locks in the juices making the meat more tender), and you an easily prepare gravy during this time. My Dad taught me how to make […]

Travelle, Chicago

Travelle, Chicago

Travelle isn’t what you might expect. When I hear that a restaurant is in a hotel, my expectations automatically readjust. I expect a sterile unwelcoming space beside hotel lobby. You will be pleased to learn that Travelle at the Langham Hotel is none of these things. It feels like a restaurant, not a hotel restaurant. […]

10 Minute Mushroom Goat Cheese Pasta

10 Minute Mushroom Goat Cheese Pasta

  Is it just me, or are Mondays always a little bit more hectic? I feel like I spend my Sundays trying to prepare for the week ahead, but sometimes when Monday rolls around I still feel behind. Does this happen to anyone else? In the spirit of saving time, and making Mondays easier, I […]

The Rioja Wine and Tapas Festival


Chicago is home to many food festivals, but the Rioja Wine and Tapas Festival might be the most specific. This one day festival, benefiting the James Beard Foundation, celebrates Spanish wine, cuisine, and culture. It’s a chance to taste Rioja wine along with Spanish style cuisine from top restaurants from across the country. At the […]

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