Velvet Taco: I’ll Have Tater Tots with My Tacos

Sandwiched right between two of Chicago’s best neighborhoods for food, shopping, and nightlife, Gold Coast and Near North Side, Velvet Taco fits right in with its trendy vibes and delicious food. Actually a chain in Texas, Velvet Taco Chicago is the only location outside of Texas (amazing!) and is a favorite for its unique, but delicious tacos. Velvet Taco has a really casual, but hip vibe, where … Continue reading Velvet Taco: I’ll Have Tater Tots with My Tacos

Tortoise Supper Club Creates Cocktail For a Cause This April

River North Restaurant & Lounge Raising The Infant Welfare Society of Chicago During the Month of April 2017. What if you could make the world a better place just by heading to a bar and ordering a drink?  Well, it’s a start. Chicago’s Tortoise Supper Club (350 North State St. in Chicago, IL.  ) is helping diners do just that through their Cocktails for a Cause … Continue reading Tortoise Supper Club Creates Cocktail For a Cause This April

Chicago 2017 Guide to Good Friday Service

This time of year is always reflective and transformational – especially when you take up lent. If you’re looking for a church service during Holy Week 2017, see some of the churches and parishes offering Good Friday and Easter Sunday service. This list is by no means exhaustive of Chicagoland churches and Holy Week services, but it’s a good start to your search. 1. The … Continue reading Chicago 2017 Guide to Good Friday Service

Restaurant Review on the Pasta Dishes at Trattoria Gianni in Lincoln Park

Homemade Pasta in Chicago at Trattoria Gianni

There’s nothing more upsetting to a chef than when you don’t eat the food when it’s hot. I was admiring the presentation of arguably the best gnocchi in town and mussels at Trattoria Gianni, an “authentic Italian restaurant” according to DNA Chicago in Lincoln Park (a little further north than NewCity ) when the owner, Gianni Delisi came up to me and insisted that I … Continue reading Homemade Pasta in Chicago at Trattoria Gianni

The Dessert at Grand Lux That’s Better Than Cake

I’m traditional and as much as I love cake for celebrations – I noticed that restaurants are now serving something a little off-kilter – a little more sophisticated – and that’s Warm Sticky Bun Bread Pudding. National Sticky Bun Day is Sunday, February 21st. If you’ve never heard of sticky buns, it’s a German dessert or breakfast similar to monkey bread or cinnamon rolls. To … Continue reading The Dessert at Grand Lux That’s Better Than Cake

Italian BYOB Valentine’s Day Dinner in Chicago: Trattoria Ultimo 

Romance is Italian food at an intimate restaurant with New York City flare and Parisian vibes. Add some flowers and some Beivuma wine because it’s BYOB. That place is Trattoria Ultimo in West Town.  I recently went to Trattoria Ultimo for a Galentine’s Day preview organized by one of my favorite Chicago bloggers, Once Upon a Dollhouse.  Antipasta: There’s a number of antipastas at Trattoria … Continue reading Italian BYOB Valentine’s Day Dinner in Chicago: Trattoria Ultimo 

Lone Star BBQ Bar: A Little Sauce, A Lot of Country in Chicago

I can smell something sweet and savory from the patio. It’s the post oak smokewood that Lone Star BBQ uses to marinade their meats. It’s the only oven in Chicago that doesn’t use electric or gas, just post oak smokewood (like the cowboys). My senses are already heightened as I sit down to a table with a roll of brown paper towels ready for me to spin … Continue reading Lone Star BBQ Bar: A Little Sauce, A Lot of Country in Chicago

Chop in the Roosevelt Collection 

The Roosevelt Collection has an answer for a casual place to take your thoughts after a movie. And that answer is surprisingly a steakhouse. I recently had a media dinner at Chop on a quiet Monday night. I love the Roosevelt Collection for its outdoor fire pits and expansive shopping , but unfortunately, without sustenance, we will shop till we drop. Restaurants come to the … Continue reading Chop in the Roosevelt Collection