About Gourmet Rambler

I eat. I drink. I travel. I write.

Happy Hour: Bloody Mary

I love savory cocktails. Anyone who knows me will tell you that. And a good Bloody Mary is usually at the top of my list. It’s easy to make and goes great with my favorite meal, brunch.

Recently I had a few friends over for brunch, and a pitcher of Bloody Marys was in order. […]

By |October 17th, 2014|Happy Hour, Home Bar, Spirits|0 Comments

Ghost Pepper, Tacos and Beef Jerky

I am no stranger to cooking with jerky. It is one of my favorite protein packed snacks. You can read all about my recent attempt at jerky chili in Jerky Chili Challenge. So when my friends from House of Jerky threw down the gauntlet with their new Ghost Pepper Jerky, I jumped at the challenge […]

By |October 15th, 2014|Cooking, Ingredients, Recipes|0 Comments

Fall is Here and It Smells Like Smoke

Fall is here. Leaves are turning, air is crisp and it smells like smoke. Whether from fireplaces or burning leaves or tailgate parties, it seems the smokey perfume is everywhere this time of year. It’s only right that you would find it on your restaurant menus as well. On chilly evenings we crave comfort […]

By |October 8th, 2014|Chicago, Restaurants, Specials|0 Comments


The last few weeks went by in a blink of an eye and a flurry of activity. Much was going on in the gourmet world. I attended a trifecta of events, tailor made to suit my tastes. Whew! I may need a twenty four hour nap. Or three. Let me give you the summary.

Bon […]

By |October 7th, 2014|Chicago, Events, Festivals|0 Comments

Go Slow

With crisp temperatures arriving and chilly rainy days ahead, the time of light fare is over. A salad just won’t do. Comfort foods and long-simmered stews are making their way onto the restaurant menus and onto our dinner tables. Hearty, soul warming dishes are just what the doctor ordered in this fall weather.

The task […]

By |October 3rd, 2014|Cooking, Cookware, Recipes|0 Comments

Sparkling Wine and St-Germain: A Cinderella Story

“City girls are just country girls with cuter outfits.” ~ Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

Ahhhhh, champagne… Left to my own devices (and unlimited budget!) I would drink great champagne every day and three times on a Sunday. But while in my dream world great champagne is an every day occurrence, no one can deny […]

By |October 1st, 2014|Bubbly, Drinks, Spirits|0 Comments

Jerky Chili Challenge

While I am a big fan of refined food, in the crisp fall weather I am no stranger to rustic, hearty fare. I tend to cook more in the cooler months just because the kitchen is always the warmest place to be on a cold night. And everyone knows I would never shy away […]

By |September 29th, 2014|Cooking, Food, Recipes|0 Comments

C is for Cookie

Nothing has the power to instantly turn us into children faster than a chocolate chip cookie. All is takes is one whiff of the warm cookie straight from the oven, and we are transported to the family kitchens of our youths. We are there in a flash, melted chocolate smeared on our faces and […]

By |September 26th, 2014|Baking, Dessert, Food, Recipes|0 Comments

Go Unscented

Any room, however humble, is brightened up by beautiful flowers. And anyone, and I mean ANYONE, looks great in candlelight. Flowers and candles are fixtures of any occasion, and rightfully so. However, if your occasion includes delicious food and delicate wines, consider your choices carefully.

Fragrant centerpieces and scented candles can ruin the most talented chef’s […]

By |September 24th, 2014|Entertaining, Etiquette, Tips|0 Comments

The Gospel According to Tony

I love to read, and as any good food writer would, I read a lot of food-related books. A while back it was culinary world’s favorite foul mouthed bad boy Anthony Bourdain’s Medium Raw. I love reading his books mainly because he doesn’t pull any punches. He tells it like it is. Nothing is […]

By |September 22nd, 2014|Personal, Quotes, Skills|1 Comment