I adore exploring the diverse and booming restaurant scene in Chicago. There’s nothing quite like that moment when you realize you’ve found something special. It can arrive in a variety of ways, from the bustling atmosphere, a servers warm smile and accommodating nature, the first sip of a craft cocktail or even a pleasant surprise when the bill arrives. We all know that moment, it’s the moment when you remind yourself mentally (or via the notepad app in your iPhone) that you must return for a second time.
When I think back on past Valentines Day, I’m reminded of some hazy memories that involve myself, my couch, a box of chocolates and a big, fat bottle of red wine. While things have been slightly different this past year, I wanted to share a recipe that involves at least one V-day favorite: red wine. However, instead of … Continue reading Red Wine Spaghetti
I can’t say no to Italian food. Dipping warm bread in oil. The al-dente handmade noodles. Luscious red wine. The scent of sauteed garlic with onions. Anything with balsamic vinegar. I’m a sucker for all of it and completely embrace my Itali-obsession. So, you probably can understand my excitement when I was invited to try a local family-owned restaurant in the Lincolnwood … Continue reading Restaurant Spotlight: Via Veneto
My cravings for comfort food always seem to hit the hardest during the months of early November to late February. I tend to attribute it to the weather and my desire to stay inside, cozy up with blankets, a glass (or two) of red wine and usually, a big bowl of risotto. Growing up in an Italian household, risotto was a … Continue reading Roasted Sweet Potato Risotto
I remember the first whoopie pie I ever made. After reading up on what exactly a whoopie pie consists of (it’s the best kind of cross between a slice of cake in cookie form), I knew I wanted to try combining two of my favorite flavors: chocolate and mint. I followed a by-the-book recipe from … Continue reading Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Maple Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting
I’ve been 27 for a week now and am still basking in the birthday glow. There was something different about this years festivities. I barely slept the night before (no surprise there), tossing and turning throughout the night. Excited, overwhelmed, but mostly happy about the possibilities of what 27 could bring.
Tomorrow I turn 27…
As another birthday passes, I can’t help but reflect on the last year and all my favorite moments 26 has granted me. We all know how much I love birthdays (not just my own!), so I figured if there’s any day to get all mushy and nostalgic…today is the day.
Celebrate with me, won’t you? Grab a glass of bubbly, a slice of cake and enjoy what I’m sure will be a list full of pasta, smiling faces, wine, things with chocolate and probably “like the best burger I’ve ever had.”