Essential New York Bagels Brunch Bakeries

Weekends in New York are not the only time to enjoy some comfort food.  To be sure, every day is a good day to indulge in some iconic delights associated with The Big Apple.  As a native, it is my pleasure to offer up the following list of Essential New York Bagels Brunch Bakeries for you.

Russ & Daughters Cafe 

The cafe was the long overdue addition to the landmark Russ & Daughters appetizing delicatessen around the corner.  This is where you want to come to get your lox, whitefish, sable and matzo ball soup.  The sweet side of the menu has Continue reading

5 Best Chicago Vegetarian Restaurants

Chicago vegetarian options are on the rise and while I don’t consider myself a vegetarian or a vegan, I try to avoid eating meat most of the time.  When a craving for beef, veal or lamb hits me, I allow myself to indulge.  The body wants what the body wants.  Luckily, those meaty cravings don’t happen too often.  Chicago has several restaurants which offer vegetarian and vegan dishes on their menus. Lifestyle changes and sensitive diets seem to Continue reading

17 Best Chicago Tacos Accessible Via Mass Transit

Hola, mi gente!   After careful research, I give to you my picks for the “17 Best Chicago Tacos Accessible Via Mass Transit.”  That’s a lot of hot sauce and napkins, folks!  It was my pleasure. Enjoy!

*Click on the links provided for full blog reviews and directions.

[Editors Note:  This post was originally published on October 27, 2015.  This update includes 6 additional taco recommendations which bring the total to seventeen.  Those are highlighted in RED].

 

Carnitas Uruapan  

 

Carnitas is the specialty here and it’s the best you will find in Chicago.  Buy it by the taco or by the pound and don’t forget the chicharrones! 

 

 

Best Chicago Tacos Carnitas Uruapan specialsValue Meal for $6.50 is a great way to go!

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How I Ate My Way Through Barcelona: 50th Birthday Celebration

It had been 25 years since I visited Spain.  My memories of Madrid, Toledo, Costa Del Sol and Cordoba are still quite vivid.  The sights, the smells, the food.  Yet, I had an overwhelming need to correct a wrong.  I never made it to Barcelona.  On May 11th, I would be celebrating my 50th birthday (yikes!) and I thought it appropriate to do so in style and with great food.  Here’s how I ate my way through Barcelona.

 

 

Barcelona
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Where to find the best restaurants in Pilsen

Pilsen is a fabulous section of Chicago which is rich in Mexican-American history.  Perhaps, no other neighborhood in Chicago reminds me more of the Latino neighborhoods in Queens where I spent most of my life.  Walking through Pilsen is a sensory experience of colors and smells that will make you hungry, so I have  Continue reading