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Halal in Cleveland

For a city not ranked as one of the largest in the U.S., Cleveland has a lot to offer in the way of halal foods. There’s an area on Cleveland’s west side that is home to a large Arab-American population, many of whom are of Palestinian descent and Muslims who seek out halal foods. Within … Read more

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: … 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 … 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 … 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 … Read more

City Hall Bake Shop: Home of “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. … 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 … Read more

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