Mariano’s in Lakeview

A few weeks back, I was invited to check out the latest Mariano’s store in Lakeview East. I’ve always been a huge Mariano’s fan and usually frequent the store on Chicago Ave in UK Village. However, the newest (38th location!) in Lakeview at 3030 N. Broadway has been a long time coming for the neighborhood and it’s definitely … More Mariano’s in Lakeview

Carrot Cake with Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting

I am currently sitting in a coffee shop, sipping tea, freezing my behind off because mother nature blows and I didn’t dress appropriately for this 49 degree weather on May 17th. Spring is the pits! Speaking of this lovely season we’re having, one highlight so far was making carrot cake for the first time! While cooking is my … More Carrot Cake with Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting

Homemade Pasta Dough

I’ve always been one of those people who is freaked out by their own voice.“Yikes! Is that what I sound like?” Whether it’s reading my work out loud, watching home videos or being on speakerphone, I instantly cringe upon the realization that the voice in my head doesn’t match my voice IRL [in real life]. So, when … More Homemade Pasta Dough

Sweet Potato, Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Stuffed Shells

It’s been a very exciting few days around here at allanabytes! My first published article in Edible Vineyard was posted online [the hard copies should be arriving any day!] and the episode I filmed for Jewel Osco “Chi Town Stories” was also posted online. I knew both of these things would be happening around early November,  but I … More Sweet Potato, Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Stuffed Shells

Milk & Honey’s Avocado & Smoked Gouda Sandwich

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 … More Milk & Honey’s Avocado & Smoked Gouda Sandwich

Red Wine Spaghetti

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 … More Red Wine Spaghetti

Restaurant Spotlight: Via Veneto

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 … More Restaurant Spotlight: Via Veneto