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

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

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

Steak N’ Potatoes

Gosh, it feels good to be back. Between a new job, a family member’s surgery, apartment hunting, a vacation in Florida & that thing they call the “winter blues,” my blogging most certainly died down for a bit – and I apologize. Will you ever forgive me? Maybe this will make up for my absence.

Birthday Bytes.

“Allana loved her birthday so much she would start planning the next years party the day after her birthday.” Oh, it’s the truth. This is what we tell people when they ask what our birthday parties were like as kids. My brother Matt loved the presents, I loved the parties. Matt would rather get one … More Birthday Bytes.

Public House Brunch

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

My foodie first

  Last night, a friend and I were fortunate enough to attend the inaugural kickoff for Between Bites, a Chicago-based event centered around food & storytelling. The first of many took place at Two, a delicious beyond delicious restaurant in the West Loop and the speakers themselves were nothing short of extraordinary. We heard 6 “foodie … More My foodie first