The Rundown v. 34

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After a quick weekend trip to Nashville, we are soaking up the last bits of summer at home in Chicago. I have been catching up with friends over food, working out, and writing lots of blog posts. Plus, I have just finished a couple freelance projects and I am excited to tell you all about […]

Strawberry Cake

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Savor the last bit of summer with this Strawberry Cake. This from-scratch cake comes together easily using classic ingredients that you might already have in your pantry. The fresh strawberries are roasted to intensify their taste, and they flavor both the frosting and the cake itself. It’s sweet but not overly sweet, and it tastes […]

Picnicking with West Elm and Snap Kitchen

Snap Kitchen and West Elm Picnic

When Snap Kitchen asked me to host a picnic in Oz Park, I instantly said yes because I am a huge fan of their so-delicious-you-don’t-even-realize-it-is-healthy food. When they mentioned that West Elm was providing decor, I didn’t quite expect it to involve dining room tables and the most elegant tablescapes I have even seen. Let […]

Where to Eat in London

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I know that the British aren’t exactly famous of their contributions to the culinary world, but London has a fantastic food scene. We ate traditional British pub grub along with Indian, Peruvian, and Israeli food during our time in London. We also celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary with an indulgent high tea. Let me tell […]

Boeufhaus Roast Beef Sandwiches

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This isn’t your ordinary roast beef sandwich. It has the ultimate flavor combination of fresh medium rare roast beef, golden caramelized onions, French blue cheese, spicy mustard, and baby spinach. Instead of using grocery store roast beef, I went to Boeufhaus, a new French/German fusion restaurant in Ukrainian Village which Bon Appetite named one of the […]

Be the Chef at Benihana

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When Benihana approached me about collaborating, it was an instant “yes.” The teppanyaki-style restaurant is an equally delicious and entertaining dining experience. I recently went to the Benihana in Lombard to experience their “Be the Chef” program. How could I resist the opportunity to learn how to make an onion volcano?! I loved the Be […]

White Wine Pasta Skillet with Cleverona Fry Pan

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Just the other day I took a look at the old and tired skillets in the cupboard and told Charles that we really needed to invest in new ones. Later that week Cleverona contacted me. Perfect timing. Not only did they offer me a new fry pan – it was so much nicer than the old […]

Peach and Ricotta Naan Pizza

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This Peach and Ricotta Naan Pizza is the perfect 5 o’clock on a Friday snack after a long week at work. It’s so easy to make, so satisfying, and it tastes so wonderful with a glass of rosé. Did I mention that it only takes 5 minutes of preparation time and 15 minutes total time? Eat […]

Exploring Shoreditch London

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I love London. After 5 visits, it is the European city I have visited the most (considering the fact my husband is British, this makes perfect sense). London somehow manages to feel big and small all at the same time. Go to Piccadilly Circus and you are surrounded by a big bustling city, but stroll through […]

Strawberry Rosé Slushies aka Frosé

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Last year rosé was the drink of the summer. This summer, it’s back and it’s frozen. In Chicago, we tend to use the term rosé slushies, which was popularized by Expat, the genius sidewalk bar beside Nellcote that made them their specialty. Elsewhere, people have adopted the term Frosé. Whatever you choose to call it, […]

Shedd BLU 2016 Recap

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Charles and I spent Saturday night at the 10th annual Shedd BLU at the Shedd Aquarium. It’s one of our favorite events of the summer. This was our third year attending and it seems to get better and better each year. On top of being an incredibly fun party, money is raised for the Shedd […]

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