Posts Tagged "restaurants"

Engagement Party at The French Bulldog 00

Engagement Party at The French Bulldog

Engagement Party at The French Bulldog

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My sister is getting married! April 2014 I will be out on the beach in Florida celebrating her exciting day and I cannot wait! In the meantime, there are plenty of parties to be had – including an engagement party. Earlier this month, Will and I traveled back home to Omaha, Nebraska for this wonderful celebration at one of Omaha’s most amazing restaurants, The French Bulldog in the heart of...

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Harvest Dinner with Alton Brown

Harvest Dinner with Alton Brown

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On Monday night I had the pleasure of attending an exclusive harvest dinner with James Beard Award winning chef and Food Network star, Alton Brown. Hosted by Welch’s, the dinner took place at Table Fifty-Two in the heart of Chicago. Restaurant owner and former personal chef for Oprah Winfrey, Art Smith cooked a brilliant southern dinner celebrating the Concord grape harvest season!...

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Taste of Chicago Weekend!

Taste of Chicago Weekend!

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A couple of weeks ago my whole family came into town from Nebraska to visit for the Taste of Chicago! They visited for an entire 5 days – we had so much fun! First stop upon their arrival, The Gage! We sat out on the patio and had a few drinks to start. My sister is getting married in April so we had all sorts of wedding planning to discuss! We ordered the infamous Scotch Egg and Cherries...

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Rick Bayless Garden Tour

Rick Bayless Garden Tour

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A couple weeks ago, my girlfriends and I went on a tour of the Rick Bayless garden! It was absolutely beautiful! Located on three adjacent city lots in Bucktown neighborhood, Rick Bayless’ private garden secretly grows organic lettuce, herbs, peppers and more organic for his local restaurants.   Check out all that lettuce! Most of the lettuces were actually recently harvested, but there was...

Printer’s Row Lit Fest! 00

Printer’s Row Lit Fest!

Printer’s Row Lit Fest!

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This weekend was Lit Fest here in Chicago! With Printer’s Row only a few block away from home, we spent Saturday afternoon browsing book sales! This was my very first time at Lit Fest and I had no idea what I had been missing out on all these years! Anyone that knows me knows that I love to read – fiction, cookbooks, food novels, you name it, I read it. I made a New Years resolution back in...

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Good Food Festival 2013

Good Food Festival 2013

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Back in March over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, I took my mom to the Good Food Festival at the UIC Forum! We spent all day walking around, consuming countless samples, and learning as much as we could from local farmers and vendors. While we arrived early to beat the crowds, the UIC forum quickly became a busy and happening place! We stopped by to see the Chefs at Play Demos and caught a...

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend 00

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

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My mom was in town last weekend for St. Patrick’s Day! While most Chicagoans were out boozing at local Irish bars, we were out shopping, dining, and enjoying the theater. On Friday afternoon, we lunched at Atwood Cafe on State and Washington. We’d been wanting to try this restaurant for years and finally got around to making reservations for lunch! We made it inside just before the rain...

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates 00

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

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The weekend has arrived! While I had planned a highly productive Saturday for myself with a whole list of things to get done, unfortunately almost none of it got accomplished and instead relaxation prevailed. After some work early this morning, we headed out for a crossfit workout. Saturday Team WOD = get your ass kicked before you relax for the weekend. Team WOD: In teams of 3, one person rows...

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Epic Burger

Epic Burger

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This weekend I had the opportunity to try out a few new restaurants around the Chicago area! First up, Epic Burger! Located in the south loop, Epic Burger is a casual burger joint that serves fresh, all-natural, hand-formed, cooked-to-order hamburgers using ingredients from local merchants . The menu is simple: choose your meat, bun, and toppings. Make it a combo with fries and a drink or...

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10/10/10

10/10/10

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Congratulations to everyone who ran the Chicago Marathon this morning! Unfortunately I did not run the marathon, but I am working on planning a destination half marathon with a group of friends at the beginning of next year! Onto what I did this weekend. Yesterday morning, the weather was beautiful, so I rode my bike to the Division Street Farmer’s Market between Clark and State street. I...

Ukai and Bittersweet Pastry Shop 00

Ukai and Bittersweet Pastry Shop

Ukai and Bittersweet Pastry Shop

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Tonight I went to dinner with a friend for sushi at Ukai Japanese Restaurant and then for dessert at Bittersweet Pastry Shop! The food was so delicious that we ended up ordering way more then we could even eat. We started off with some Pork Ramen (noodle soup with roasted pork tenderloin, pickled cabbage, spinach, fried egg in a special house broth), and then moved on the some sushi rolls ...

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CHEW Chicago Tour

CHEW Chicago Tour

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Yesterday’s CHEW Health and Wellness Tour of Chicago was amazing! I had such a blast and would recommend anyone and everyone to do it! The tour met at Green City Farmer’s Market in the heart of the Lincoln Park neighborhood. We stopped at Tiny Greens, a farm in Urbana, IL that sprouts greens and sells them to put on salads or sandwiches. They sell everything from sunflower and...