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
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 … More 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 … More 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 … More My Favorite Moments of 26
Longest title ever, amiright? It may be a mouthful (literally) but that mouthful was the highlight of my weekend. After a long week, Friday finally made its appearance. I had an empty apartment and a hungry man coming over for dinner, so I knew salad was off the table. Earlier in the week, I had made a plan in … More Sweet Potato & Turkey Chili with Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread
It has been one whirlwind of a month. It’s a Friday at 2:00 p.m. towards the end of September, I’m sitting at my desk at home and it’s 73 degrees outside. Something seems off, right? And I’m not just talking about the temperature.
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…
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.
Some of the best feedback I’ve ever received on my blog was from my brother Matt. It came three days before my 23rd birthday (I’m now 26) in the form of a Facebook message: “Hey what happened to your blog? It really changed. You’re getting way too hipster.” Oh wait. It gets better. “Well if … More Brotherly Birthday Love.