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 […]
Sometimes you just gotta go for the exotic. When jet setting around the world isn’t an option, where do you go to satisfy your craving for adventure? I tend to seek out ethnic Chicago neighborhoods and obscure eateries where no one speaks English. Lucky for me, my fair city offers plenty of choices. When […]
“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” ~ Humphrey Bogart in the movie Casablanca
A classic by any other name is still a classic. Casablanca will never get old. Tolstoy’s War & Peace will never get abridged. Mozart will never stop being melancholy. A classic […]
Ever had that feeling? Like you have landed in The Twilight Zone? Like you took a step through the looking-glass into the world that is backwards and nonsensical? Nothing looks different, yet everything is completely out of whack? I took the tour of The Twilight Zone on one of my romps around New York City. Now, […]
“Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!” ~ Dom Perignon, at the moment he discovered champagne.
One hot, dusty evening I round the corner away from the busy bustling restaurant strip, where fancy cars are being valeted in throngs. I walk further and further away from the hustle and bustle of fashionable people jockeying for the best […]
I love flowers. No, really. I LOVE LOVE LOVE flowers! No easier way to brighten up anyone’s day than with a few stems of happy color. Whether a special occasion or just because, a thank you or a “Get well soon!”, flowers always seem to convey just the right message. It is impossible not […]
Summer is here. So, we head outside to savor every single moment of sunny weather. In my neighborhood, the air is perfumed with the scent of BBQ smoke. We love alfresco dining and entertaining.
When it comes to grilling, I have a reputation for being “better than a man”. While I am not sure if […]
I love eggs. The egg just maybe the world’s most perfect food. It’s great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack. It is packed with nutrition. And more importantly, it is delicious. I love eggs scrambled, fried, poached, shirred, hard-boiled, over easy, sunny side up, baked into a quiche, beaten into a salad dressing, stirred […]