How in the heck is it April 2nd? Anyone else feel like we just celebrated New Years Eve? Now the days, weeks and months are flying by and I’m suddenly typing 4/2/2016 and yet no surprise, it’s snowing in Chicago. Ahhhh, spring!
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
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
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 … More My Favorite Moments of 26
Remember that time I was invited to a restaurant to sample gourmet mini hot dogs? If your memory is as bad as mine (or you’re new to Bytes), let me provide you with a refresher. It was about a year ago when my cousin and I stopped by Bull & Bear for mini dogs, massive beers and mighty fine sweet … More Hot Diggity Dawgs: One year later…
My affinity for brunching began when I was living in New York. If I had the rare treat of a Sunday morning off from work, there was no question what the plans of the day included because they always, without question, included brunch. I’m not talking about some fancy meal between breakfast and lunch – … More Public House Brunch
I’m not one to turn down food. I could be walking home from an 8-course tasting menu in total agony, completely stuffed to the brim, moments away from falling into the street and crawling into the fetal position to cry – when, if someone offered me a free sample of yoghurt or pizza bites or … More Hot Diggity Dawg!
First things first, I hope you guys had a joyous 3rd (and 4th) of July! I know I did. You know it’s bad when you need a weekend to recover from your weekend. Yes, the party was a big-time success. Tons of tasty bytes that included jumbo hot dogs, burgers dripping with cheddar and brownie … More Spaghetti gone social
Imagine a place where all your dreams come true. Where mounds of artisanal cheese are stacked to perfection and the cheesemonger just happens to be a cute 20-something with thick-rimmed glasses and a sheepish smile. Where you can get made-to-order buttery crêpes filled with vanilla lavender cream. Where pomme frites come overflowing in a homemade piped wrapper. … More The day I discovered the French Market
Lately, I’ve been having this recurring dream that I’m on Top Chef. Unfortunately, something must be off, because I keep losing. “Allana, please, pack your knives and go.” Suddenly, I wake up in a furious daze, sweat dripping down my face, heart beating super fast. I find myself confused. I swerve around my room, grabbing for … More Sable Kitchen