5 Baking Tips From a French Chef

5 Baking Tips From a French Chef

(Photo source) Local cooking classes and demonstrations are a great way to learn the tricks of the trade from master chefs. The classes are often small and the chefs seem more relaxed in a teaching setting, as opposed to a stressful restaurant kitchen. Tonight, I was fortunate enough to attend Continue reading

A True French Bistro in the Heart of Chicago

A True French Bistro in the Heart of Chicago

As a travel and food writer, I often eat at new restaurants in Chicago and other major cities around the US. Every once in a while, I come across a restaurant where I am torn when writing my review. When you have a fantastic restaurant experience, sometimes you can't help but tell everyone you know. Continue reading

Healthy Indian Cooking in Chicago

Healthy Indian Cooking in Chicago

One of the best ways to appreciate different cultures is to learn how to prepare their foods in the traditional style. This weekend, I experienced the traditional style of Indian cooking at Bombay Spice Grill & Wine in Chicago. To be honest, I had never given Indian food much of a chance, aside Continue reading

12 Ways to Order Espresso

12 Ways to Order Espresso

When my husband recently started drinking espresso (via our Nespresso), I tried to explain the difference between the many "fancy" espresso drinks - mocha, cappuccino, macchiato, etc, most of which seemed to have originated in Italy. Even this weekend, as we dined in our hotel restaurant, I found Continue reading

Seasonal Cooking With Seasons 52

Seasonal Cooking With Seasons 52

One of the hallmark traits of a French girl is her love of cooking with the seasons. In Winter, she will savor her potatoes and parsnips in casseroles; Spring, she prepares lovely soups with peas or asparagus; the Summer, she may focus on tomatoes, peppers, and juicy fruits; and in the Fall, she Continue reading

The Grand Cru of Chicago Gourmet

The Grand Cru of Chicago Gourmet

Whether you're a wine connoisseur, enthusiast, or an all-out snob, Chicago Gourmet aims to please when it comes to the art of wine tasting. From the informative seminars to the elite Grand Cru, this year's event pulled out all of the stops (or should I say corks?) to please discerning wine Continue reading

A Taste of Chicago Gourmet 2012

A Taste of Chicago Gourmet 2012

If you want to challenge, delight, and expand your palate all in one setting,  look no further than Chicago Gourmet, the Windy City's annual celebration of food and wine. Earlier this week, I gave an overview of the 5th Anniversary of Chicago Gourmet, including a glimpse of the food, wine, and Continue reading

Chicago Gourmet 2012: Wide Eyes & Eager Palates

Chicago Gourmet 2012: Wide Eyes & Eager Palates

Chicago is one of the hottest foodie cities in the US, if not the world. On any given day, you can visit everything from a posh dessert bar to a retro French bistro to a true culinary Chicago landmark - all that seem to have put the Windy City on the map for highbrow eats. This key dining power is Continue reading

Canadian Adventure Day 2: Bonjour, Montreal!

Canadian Adventure Day 2: Bonjour, Montreal!

Bonjour from Montreal! As part of my Canadian vacation, we stopped in Montreal for two days for a true French experience outside of France. After checking into the lovely Hotel Le Crystal (big rooms and great location), our first stop in this French Canadian city was Old Port in Old Montreal. In Old Continue reading

A Gourmet Mexican Adventure

A Gourmet Mexican Adventure

As part of my "day job", I occasionally get to entertain out of town guests, which often times, includes dinner at fancy smancy restaurants. Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend a business dinner at Frontera Grill in Chicago. Now, for anyone who is a foodie or is familiar with Chicago, you Continue reading

Walking the Dog in Baltimore

Walking the Dog in Baltimore

I am not a huge beer drinker. However, if there is one beer that I enjoy, it is Newcastle Brown Ale. From the slightly sweet, slightly bitter taste, to the rich color and smooth finish, this English beer is one of the best. I first tried Newcastle many years ago upon my first trip to England. I Continue reading

Flavors of Disney World

Flavors of Disney World

Bonjour! I recently returned from a trip to the happiest place on Earth...Disney World! You may wonder why I seem to make Disney an annual trip. Well, I like Disney for many reasons...including that it is quite a nostalgic place for me. I worked at Disney World over 10 years ago, in the Magic Continue reading