Three Dots and a Dash Mug Giveaway


Three Dots and a Dash is one of my favorite places to go to for cocktails – it’s also been named one of the 50 best bars in the world. The tiki themed cocktail bar is hidden away under Bub City and the entrance is through an alley. When you go down the stairs – […]

Chicago Favorites on my 7th Chicago Anniversary

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Seven years ago I arrived in Chicago in a UHaul carrying everything I owned. My parents might have thought that I was nuts to leave New York City, but when I visited friends in Chicago for a weekend I knew that I belonged here. Seven years, three apartments, and over a thousand blog posts later, I […]

Grilled Peach, Mozzarella, and Arugula Salad, inspired by Chicago Food + Wine

Grilled Peach, Mozzarella, and Arugula Salad

This salad had been on my mind for a while. Something similar was on the cover of Food & Wine in July, and every time I saw it on my coffee table I reminded myself to make it. Then at the Chicago Food + Wine Festival, Element Collective, the restaurant group that includes Nellcote and […]

Why You Need To Go to Chicago Food + Wine


I absolutely loved Chicago Food + Wine. The festival made it’s debut this year, and even though the weather refused to cooperate, I had an incredible time. The festival was an easy to manage size, and filled with incredible food and wine tastings, cookbook signings, and chef demonstrations. If you missed the fest yesterday, tickets […]

Lemon Garlic Chicken and Pasta Salad, and Crop Circles with Tessemae’s

Pouring Dressing

What would you do if your Mom’s salad dressing was so good that your friend stole it from your fridge? When this happened to Greg Vetter, he went to Whole Foods with a tupperware container of salad dressing and convinced their buyer to place an order. That’s how Tessemae’s All Natural got their start. I […]

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake French Toast Grilled Cheese

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake French Toast Grilled Cheese

Oh yeah. You read that right. And, you are welcome. Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake French Toast Grilled Cheese is the ultimate sweet brunch food, and the result of combining the most glorious things in the world: nutella, mascarpone cheesecake, french toast, grilled cheese, and strawberries. It’s two slices of brioche french toast, with nutella, sliced strawberries, with cheesecake […]

Drink Good, Do Good with Naked Juice


I definitely prefer drinking fruit smoothies over eating fruit. I love the mix of fruit flavors in fruit smoothies, and the fact they are an easy way to get my daily servings of fruit. So when Naked Juice asked me to write about their Drink Good Do Good campaign I was excited to do it. […]

Buzz Bait Taqueria

Buzz Bait Taqueria

Thank goodness someone finally did something about the lack of tacos in Old Town. Buzz Bait Taqueria opened on Wells Street on Friday delighting the neighborhood with a menu featuring tacos, rice bowls, sides, and cocktails. Buzz Bait is a joint venture by the somewhat unlikely duo of the Malnatis and the Kamehachi team, but it […]

Roasted Garlic, Goat Cheese, and Tomato Pasta

Roasted Garlic, Goat Cheese, and Tomato Pasta

I am convinced that roasted garlic makes everything better. Roasted garlic is one of those things that’s easy to make a lot of. I always make a whole head of roasted garlic at a time, and then add it to various recipes a few cloves at a time. Recently, I whipped up a quick Roasted Garlic, […]

Recipes to Try Before Summer Ends

Avocado Salsa

You might have noticed that the air has gotten a little more crisp this past week, signaling that Fall is on its way. Before sweater weather arrives, you might want to make these summertime dishes one last time: Now is the time to make Strawberry Peach Sparkling Rosé Sangria. Peaches are in season and this […]

Sparkling Lemonade with Blackberries


Did you know that today is National Lemonade Day?! It is such a fitting food holiday for the end of summer. To celebrate, I have teamed up with Equal to share this recipe for Sparkling Lemonade with Blackberries. It is the perfect balance of sweet and tart with a bit of effervescence. I am convinced that […]

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