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Unique Ice Cream Flavors Hit the Spot

I know, I’ve already posted about my gelato fix more than once this month,  but I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to tell you about my favorite ice cream place close to home. We try to take all our out-of-town guests here for a treat of unique ice cream flavors made daily with fresh, all natural ingredients. Rainforest Crunch: creamy vanilla with acai berry ... Read More »

Chicago French Market

When you live in a big city like I do, it doesn’t mean you always get a chance to see the touristy spots like visitors usually do. We are busy on weekends, working during the week and so most of the time the only real excuse we give ourselves to enjoy Chicago is when family or friends come to visit. ... Read More »

Gelato at Trattoria Oliveri

Do you ever just have a craving for a nice cold gelato after a long walk? Recently, after exploring our nearby forest preserves and parks (we have some great ones in Chicago) I thought a gelato would be a perfect way to end the walk and relax on a warm spring day. The only problem was finding one. We headed to downtown ... Read More »

A Staycation at the Chicago Botanic Garden

  One of the joys of living near a big city, in my opinion, are the public botanic gardens. Among my favorites in the U.S. are the Japanese Gardens of San Francisco and the English Gardens of Roanoke Island in North Carolina. If I ever go back, I’d love to take photos of the splendors there.  In Chicago, we have one of the nicest ... Read More »

City Hall Bake Shop: Home of “Cake Boss”

Italian Flag Cookies by Cake Boss

  Many visitors to Manhattan miss out on the great opportunity to visit nearby Hoboken, NJ.  I have done the same on past trips to The Big Apple, but my most recent trip afforded me the great pleasure and impetus to try visiting the bustling bakery of Buddy Valastro (a.k.a. “Cake Boss”) and his family. Cake Boss is a reality ... Read More »

Chez Colette and Breakfast Eggs with Smoked Salmon

On a cold, blustery winter day in search of some comfort food in a warm setting, we trekked out to a French-American restaurant called Chez Colette.  Actually, anything would have been warmer than outside at that time, but this place was especially inviting. Conveniently located inside the Sofitel Hotel in Rosemont, IL near Chicago’s O’Hare airport and the Rosemont Convention ... Read More »

Rosa Mexicano: Authentic Urban Mexican Food Done Right

  Restaurant recommendations can go a long way, but I always take them with a grain of salt. One never knows how another person’s taste buds are guided or what price range is acceptable to another. I like good recommendations, but doing a little research ahead of time usually gives me a bit of an idea on whether or not ... Read More »

A NYC Halal Cart Known By Its Street Address

53rd and 6th Halal Cart

I’ve been to New York City many times as a tourist and have even stopped just to eat at this halal cart in Midtown Manhattan late at night while on our way to Rhode Island.  As far as I know, the cart didn’t really have a name until it gained so much popularity by people describing it’s exact location: 53rd and 6th St., ... Read More »

At The Martha Stewart Show 1st Annual Pie Bake-Off

It’s been several weeks since I’ve returned from New York City and the Martha Stewart Pie Show. I still feel elated by just being there, as it was truly one of the most exciting things a foodie like myself could ever be invited to attend.   The moment I received the invitation to bring my own homemade pie to be judged by some of ... Read More »

Amish Country: Holmes County, Ohio

I had an incredible time visiting my family this summer in Ohio. Among those fond memories was a visit to Holmes County, home to one of the largest populations of Amish in the world. Although I had never really visited the heart of Amish Country, I feel as though I’ve known the culture, craftsmanship and food all my life. As a ... Read More »