Mindy’s HotChocolate


Mindy Segal is a rockstar Chicago pastry chef, and the brains behind Mindy’s HotChocolate. The restaurant is favorite for locals as well as a destination for tourists. As the name suggests, the eatery makes hot chocolate that is purely magical, but they also serve up lunch, brunch, and dinner with menus filled with creative, seasonal, and […]

A Day in Nice, France


Pastel painted buildings, the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, an abundance of pastry shops – Nice is almost too pretty to be real. I couldn’t stop taking photos the entire time I was there, I wanted to capture the city’s magic. Nice is just a quick 18 minute train ride from Monaco, and it’s also the location […]

Pumpkin Monkey Bread

Pumpkin Monkey Bread via The Kittchen (horizontal)

Pumpkin Monkey Bread is the perfect breakfast to make ahead to serve on Thanksgiving morning. Each ball of dough is filled with a spoonful of pumpkin filling, and a bit of cream cheese. These balls of dough are stacked together and then topped with walnuts and a maple glaze. The glaze adds a touch of sweetness […]

Bourbon Eggnog

Bourbon Eggnog via The Kittchen

Eggnog is the ultimate holiday season treat. It’s so rich and creamy, and this Bourbon Eggnog also has a little kick of booze. It’s a great indulgence to serve at a party. Plus the fact that so few people have had homemade eggnog before makes it extra special. Homemade eggnog is thicker, creamier, and more flavorful […]

Preparing for House Guests with Minted


Today I am sharing a little look into my home! My husband and I moved a year and a half ago, and we took our sweet time settling in, which is why it has taken me so long to post photos. Over time, we slowly purchased new furniture we loved, replacing older items and things that just […]

Bar Siena


Fabio Viviani has joined fellow Top Chef contestant Stephanie Izard on Randolph Street with his new two-story eatery Bar Siena, located just across the street from Izard’s Little Goat. Bar Siena is dishing up top notch Italian food in a casual space. I have visited Bar Siena a few times since they opened their doors and […]

Exploring Monaco


Last week on The Kittchen we checked into Le Meridien Beach Plaza in Monaco, where we ate our hearts out. The next day, we were ready to explore Monaco, and walk off some of the calories from our indulgent meals. Monaco is just a couple of miles long, so it’s a country to be explored on […]

The Appetizer Guide

Meatballs on a Stick

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Christmas is on the horizon. It’s that time of year when everyone is throwing parties and going to parties. I figure you might want to add a couple appetizer recipes to your arsenal, so I have created this appetizer guide. It’s a list of 18 of my favorite […]

Perfect Pairing, Holiday Parties and Le Medaillon

Le Medaillon

This post was sponsored by Le Medaillon, and the opinions expressed are my own. For most people, this is the busiest time of year. Our calendars fill up with parties and travel, and somehow there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. If you are short on time, but still want […]

Thanksgiving Timeline: How to Manage Food Preparation

Thanksgiving Dinner

Wondering how to manage your time when it comes to preparing Thanksgiving dinner? I have created an outline that will take the stress out of planning. By starting to prepare food two days before the holiday, you will be able to sit back and enjoy Thanksgiving with your guests. I singlehandedly prepared a full Thanksgiving […]

Chicago Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner and Offering To Go

Bub City Thanksgiving

Don’t want to cook Thanksgiving dinner? Lucky for you there are lots of Chicago restaurants serving Thanksgiving and/or offering Thanksgiving take out! And just because I love my readers, I rounded up a list for you! Restaurants Offering Thanksgiving To Go (so you can potentially pretend that you made it all yourself) Chicken Shop is […]

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