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

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

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

Hot Diggity Dawg!

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!