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.

 

 

Mercat de la Boqueria in Barcelona

 

 

First off, let me say that Continue reading

Labeled: Barcelona · Restaurants/Bars
Chicago’s Best Brunches – Part 1

Brunch in Chicago is a big deal for many people.  It’s another reason to gather and be social over copious amounts of coffee, daytime cocktails and gut-busting portions of food.  But where are Chicago’s best brunches?  Since the weather is getting warmer and people are climbing out of hibernation, I’ve decided to curate a selection of some of the better brunches around town. Welcome to Chicago’s Best Brunches – Part 1:

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Batter & Berries:

 

This bustling BYOB brunch spot is always busy.  Don’t come here if you are in a hurry.  The wait can be Continue reading

Monteverde, Bohemian House | Orgasmic Dining in Chicago

My recent, decadent meals at the newly opened Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio and Bohemian House (BOHO) got me thinking about the intrinsic relationship between food and love…and lust.

“I have made a lot of mistakes falling in love, and regretted most of them, but never the potatoes that went with them.” – Nora Ephron

The late Nora Ephron was one of the greatest comedic essayists of our time.  She was also a brilliant screenplay writer.  There is no funnier, indulgent or iconic moment in cinematic history than Meg Ryan’s faked orgasm during the diner scene in When Harry Met Sally.  

Food, like love and lust, is part of our id.  It makes perfect sense that we Continue reading

NEW POST: Chicago’s 5 Best Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurants

By no means would I consider myself a vegetarian or a vegan.  I like an array of proteins in my diet.  However, lately, I am bent on living a mostly meatless existence.  In an effort to watch cholesterol and fat, 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 dictate how restaurants cater to its customers these days. Still, there are surprisingly few establishments which are dedicated solely to vegetarian and/or vegan cuisine.  Below are Chicago’s 5 Best Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurants in no particular order:  Continue reading

Weekly Roundup | Where I Got My Seafood Cravings Satisfied in Chicago

Howdy, folks!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Today, I have a roundup of some fabulous spots where I satisfied my seafood cravings last week.  All of the restaurants included in this post are located in Chicago.  Most people do not equate the middle of the United States with great seafood.  I would certainly agree that the coastal regions rightfully lay claim to having the best seafood in the country.  However, Lake Michigan and the other nearby Great Lakes are chock full of delicious fish, too.  In most cases, shellfish is flown in daily from the East and West coasts.  Of course, the crustaceans Chicago receives never taste as fresh as they do when they are plucked from the sea the same day that they are served in those locations. Still, many restaurants here do a mighty fine job at serving up the very best quality fish they procure.  

Here’s how my fish frenzy went down: Continue reading