Beef at its best

A couple of Saturdays ago, I dragged my cooking club ladies down the paleo rabbit hole---with quite astonishing results. We gorged ourselves on shepherd's pie, shrimp cakes, lettuce wraps, bacon-wrapped dates, meatballs, key lime pie, chocolate banana pie and last but not least, insanely rich, beef short ribs---bursting with flavor and piled high atop rosemary and bacon-studded sweet potatoes. Dave eyed the feast from afar, then dove in for the kill as the ...

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Me + g.e.b. = good Combos

The gourmet-ification of classic snack food is a trend I can really get behind. That's why, when presented with the opportunity to have lunch at Graham Elliot Bistro (g.e.b.), sample his take on Combos (of cheddar cheese and pretzel fame) and interview the man himself (culinary dynamo and all-around badass), I jumped at the chance. On a noble quest to differentiate between a bad combo and good Combos, we sampled some ...

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A new look (albeit a year late, a blog post short)

So, it's been a while. What can I say ... I've let this little blog fall by the wayside in favor of a wedding, a new apartment, a lot of work, a little bit of travel and this little piggy: His name is Merle, and he's even more insatiable than I am. If anyone is still reading, here's my official declaration that I'm back---with a new look and a new last name. ...

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You have exactly eight days left to pig out at restaurants you couldn’t otherwise afford/get into. Go.

Yup, that's right, it's Chicago Restaurant Week again. Bloggers who inexplicably end up on the media contact list for the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau (yours truly) and hangers-on (Dave) had the pleasure of attending the Chicago Restaurant Week press kickoff event last week at the Chicago Theatre. It was nothing short of fantastic---but then again, give me free food and good champagne and filing my tax return would be enjoyable. My favorites: Berghoff's ...

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Backblogged

I won't be one of those bloggers that pretends to have thousands of clamoring fans that didn't know what to do with themselves when their favorite blogger went on hiatus. That being said, for the three of you out there who actually care, sorry for depriving you of dry humor and french toast recipes. It's been an insanely busy summer, but I'll spare you the excuses and get straight to the ...

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Saying “I do” to our caterer

Three cheers for the winning caterer!!! We've chosen Berghoff---a candidate we almost overlooked because we assumed they were all about beer and brats (although, as you can see from the menu, they go far beyond that). Thanks to an event at our gorgeous venue, we  were able to sample a few of the preferred caterers---including Berghoff. We also came to find out that one of Dave's former high school classmates worked ...

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Tailgate touchdown

This Saturday we enjoyed some good, old-fashioned tailgating and college-football fun courtesy of Greg and his parents Patsy and Greg Sr. The little Pace, John Henry, is the starting long snapper for Northwestern and they happened to be playing Dave's alma mater, Miami of Ohio. As usual, I'm a little more focused on the food than the football---although I should mention that Northwestern won. The families of Northwestern players take their ...

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Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: Five years of love, laughter and fabulous food

Dave and I have been together five years this month. We've had some great times, travelled to some amazing places and are closer and more in love than ever. But enough with the mushy stuff---you don't really want to hear about that anyway---let's get to the good part: the food. I'm a part of this month's Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24, and I decided to do a five-course anniversary meal---celebrating each year of our ...

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Double the Bayless

What a lucky girl I am---I got to eat at Frontera and Topolobampo (and came thiiiiis close to getting my first taste of XOCO) in the same month. Topolobampo for a not-so-friendly-on-the-wallet (but well worth it) bad-economy brunch a few weeks ago, and Frontera was last week for Dave's mom's birthday. Don't ask about XOCO---it's too traumatic to recount. OK, fine, if you're gonna twist my arm about it ... I went there ...

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