“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.
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
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
The month of September means many things to many different people. In my world, it means too many #PSLs on twitter, baking with butternut squash, a month till the big 2-6, breaking in my new ankle booties and of course, all the good television is back! I can’t tell you how relieved I am to … More Mini Mac & Cheese Bytes
July 24th was both one of the best days of my life but also one of the worst. I woke up that morning having barely slept, so full of excitement that I’m pretty sure I galloped out of bed into the shower. The reason behind my ear-to-ear grin was because I was going to be … More Why Mama needs a drink.
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
Today is the best day ever. July 3rd! 3rd of July! America, my celebration for you begins a day early. Slip into your red, white & blue party clothes people – we’re makin’ moves.
Studying abroad in Italy taught me many things. It was there where I learned how to haggle with feisty Italians over leather goods, how to gesture swear words with my hands and how cool you are when you celebrate your 21st birthday at a bar aptly called “21.” Upon reflection though, I think the most … More Nutella Mousse
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