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Eataly Chicago

Eataly is now open in Chicago! I could have spent all day there…

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The World Is Your Oyster!

Turn a dream of roaming the gastronomic world into a reality. This book will show you how to do it anywhere on earth.

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I Left My Heart In…. Seattle

A great cookbook that celebrates the culinary bounty of Washington- and also a delicious recipe for some football food to enjoy while watching the Seattle Seahawks in the upcoming Super Bowl!

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Clementine Paddleford: Vintage American Menu Covers

Vintage American Menu Covers from the Clementine Paddleford collection, 1940’s to 1960’s.

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On “The Hunt”

Everyone knows that one must buy tickets for the theater, opera, or symphony, but how about for a restaurant?  Chef Grant Achatz’s restaurant “Next” is like nothing you will ever experience in the world of fine dining.  Located in Chicago’s meatpacking district just west of downtown, Next is not your traditional restaurant.  The menu changes every four […]

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Is This Libertyville, Illinois or New York City?

When my daughter Kara flew in for my birthday this past weekend from her home in New York City, we decided to have dinner one night at our newest restaurant in Libertyville, Shakou Sushi.  As I mentioned in an earlier blog, our little downtown has become quite the restaurant row in our area north of Chicago […]

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A Michelin Star Meal with Cuisinart

What could be better than an evening at Michelin-starred restaurant Acadia in Chicago with hosts from the Cuisinart company and table mates being cookbook authors and magazine editors?  Talk about lively conversation!  Sometimes I have to pinch myself that I am able to attend these amazing events.  My daughter Kristina and I had another one of our food […]

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The Taste of My Hometown

My hometown of Libertyville, Illinois, about 35 miles north of Chicago, was named by CNN as one of America’s best small suburbs due to the vitality and ambiance of our downtown along with its strong sense of community  and historic appeal.  There are many things to brag about in Libertyville – our beautiful parks, downtown activities, great schools,  […]

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