Sepia has a new baby sister who lives next door. Her name is Proxi. Open for dinner, Proxi serves contemporary street food-inspired dishes in Chicago’s West Loop. Proxi bar Proxi […]

Flora Bar

Located in the basement of The Met Breuer is the latest restaurant venture by business partners Thomas Carter and chef Ignacio Mattos. Flora Bar serves tapas style small plates influenced […]


We know that vegetables are better for you than Twinkies. We’ve heard about Superfoods and how blueberries provide more benefits than apples. What happens when you explore this concept further […]


Elevated Mexican food in a casual setting. Cosme Open space dining room and bar at Cosme. Communal restroom sinks Egg Sope, Chorizo, Refried Black Beans, Mushrooms, Queso Fresco ($24) Uni […]

Don Antonio (Keste)

    A few years ago in New York, I had a Neapolitan style pizza with an incredible pistachio pesto sauce. Lo and behold, the same company had an outpost […]

Sixteen Chicago

Dinner at Sixteen Sixteen offers tasting menu options for dinner with a wide variety of options. Choose one item from each section to build a 3-course dinner Order the set […]

Maple & Ash

Maple & Ash recently started serving Sunday buffet brunch. It’s posh, it’s fun and it’s $40 for unlimited filet mignon. Brunch There are two to four items at each station offering […]


Sepia offers both lunch and dinner in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago. Their wine program has received numerous accolades on the national level and the restaurant has received a […]

Xerta Restaurant

Chef Fran López trained in Barcelona then went to Paris for a three-month stage for Alain Ducasse at Plaza Athenee. He ended up working there for three years. He and his brother opened El […]

Publican Tavern | Chicago

If you’re flying through O’Hare, you can squeeze one more Chicago restaurant into your itinerary by dining at Publican Tavern which is located in Terminal 3. Info Publican Tavern | O’Hare International […]


My oldest son Brody will graduate from high school tomorrow and the both of us are pretty relaxed about it. In fact, I still have to find a restaurant that […]

El Camello Jr | Tulum

El Camello Jr is an open-air restaurant in downtown Tulum frequented by tourists and locals. Known for their seafood tacos, ceviche and fried fish. Big portions. Small prices. My friends […]

Taqueria Honorio

In the town of Tulum, Mexico, there is one restaurant that a lot of people will tell you to go for tacos. However they don’t serve dinner and if you plan on […]

Mayan Ruins of Tulum

The Mayan Ruins in Tulum were built in the 13th century as a seaport where turquoise and jade were traded. What makes the Tulum Ruins unique, is they are the only […]


  Hartwood restaurant in Tulum, Mexico makes every effort to reduce wasteful practices. Food waste is broken down and turned into compost. Solar energy powers the music and lights, Kerosene […]

Taqueria La Eufemia

Info Taqueria La Eufemia | Tulum, Quintana Roo | 01 984 169 5353 Follow Me Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Flickr

Alaya Tulum Hotel

Alaya Tulum is an eco-conscious, beach hotel in Tulum, Mexico. Their products are biodegradable and the A/C is turned off during the day. The rooms have large windows which allow […]

Five Days in Tulum

Just south of Cancun along the beach, is a tiny town named Tulum. Over the years it’s attracted those who wanted to move by the beach and slow things down. […]


Tasting Menu Beverages Info Oriole | 661 W Walnut St, Chicago IL | 312 877 5339 Follow Me Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Flickr

Three Dots and a Dash

The James Beard Foundation Awards are awards that recognize top culinary industry professionals in the United States. Category winners include: writers, media, chefs, service, beverage, restaurant designers and culinary educators. It’s an exciting […]

Boka Backyard BBQ

Boka hosted Shake Shack, Milk Bar Bakery and Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits for a backyard barbecue the week of the James Beard Awards ceremony. Guests feasted on pork tacos served […]


I was familiar with David Posey’s cooking talent from when he was chef de cuisine at Blackbird restaurant in Chicago. Back then, I didn’t follow restaurants or knew who was creating my dishes. […]

Quiote | The Mezcal Bar

Finding a good place to eat is always a challenge. Everyone has to agree and there are too many places to decide. Finding a good place open on a Monday night […]

Dana Hotel and Spa

Dana Hotel and Spa in Chicago’s River North neighborhood is unique in that they have an in-room wine reserve collection, reasonably priced snacks and mini bar, 24-hr fitness and sauna and […]


Acadia is a restaurant in Chicago where you can order a tasting menu that is 5, 10, or more courses long. But what’s special about Acadia is you can also sit in the […]

Café Marie-Jeanne | The California Clipper

Café Marie-Jeanne Café Marie-Jeanne is an easy-going bistro serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, drawing its inspiration from Montreal, Quebec and Paris. The California Clipper The California Clipper Lounge is a bar […]

Extraordinary Desserts

San Diego cafe selling flower-topped pastries, coffee, ice cream, cookbooks, chocolate, candy and food-related accessories. Info Extraordinary Desserts | 2929 Fifth Ave, San Diego CA | 619 294 2132 Follow Me Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Flickr

Emerald Chinese Cuisine

Dim sum lunch with my friend from boarding school. Info Emerald Chinese Cuisine | 3709 Convoy St, San Diego CA | 858 565 6888 Follow Me Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Flickr


Puesto serves upscale Mexican street food with an emphasis on freshness. The open air space (La Jolla location) is colorful and lively with views of the kitchen along the back […]

Ken Sushi Workshop

Modern Japanese restaurant with sushi bar Info Ken Sushi Workshop | 11375 El Camino Real, San Diego CA | 858 793 1200 Follow Me Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Flickr 11375 El Camino Real #120, San Diego, CA

George’s at the Cove – Ocean Terrace

George’s at the Cove has two distinct restaurants, George’s Modern offering fine dining and Ocean Terrace which serves a casual menu. Chef Trey Foshee also has a restaurant at a different location […]

La Jolla Cove Hotel and Suites

La Jolla Cove Hotel is in an excellent location. It’s an easy walk up the hill or steps to the downtown shops and restaurants and directly across the street from […]

San Diego | La Jolla

We took advantage of the two days off from school and went to visit three San Diego colleges. We arrived at our hotel at 10:30pm then had three mornings in a […]


A show so nice. I saw it twice. Pre-show dinner was at The Dearborn. Hamilton was spectacular the second time around. Now I’m going to try for lottery tickets to see […]

The Dearborn

Theater district dining open for lunch, brunch and dinner. The Fish and Chips are fantastic and their gnocchi are like pillows. Info The Dearborn | 145 N Dearborn St, Chicago IL | 312 […]

Mirai Sushi

Mirai Sushi – Gold Coast Location The Bar at The Peninsula Chicago Info Mirai Sushi | 990 N Mies Van Der Rohe Way, Chicago IL | 312 280 9100 The Peninsula Chicago […]

NoMI Kitchen

Fresh wasabi is something I don’t see often in Chicago. Roka Akor was a lovely recent dinner where I had it. I was looking for more sushi spots that have fresh wasabi and […]

Oyster Bah

Lettuce Entertain You’s New England-inspired casual seafood restaurant. Info Oyster Bah | 1962 N Halsted St, Chicago IL | 773 248 3000 Follow Me Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Flickr


A show so nice. I saw it twice. Italian Village After dinner at Revival Food Hall, we headed over to the the bar at Italian Village. My friend’s godfather is THE Vinny, […]


Boka serves creative, contemporary American food using seasonal Midwestern ingredients in an elegant but non-formal setting. There are different dining sections, a bar area, and a cozy back patio open […]


I had always imagined Cajun/Creole seafood boil restaurants as hyper, boisterous places where you get messy. Lowcountry was relaxed, happy, bright and clean and the sound level was surprisingly quiet. […]

Freehand Chicago

Freehand Chicago is part of a US hotel chain that has hostel features in a boutique hotel environment. There are laundry facilities, a kitchen, large lounge and cafe and bar […]

3 Greens Market

3 Greens Market is several of the Hogsalt Hospitality restaurants rolled into one. Besides the Small Cheval burger and Chilaquiles (weekends only) from Au Cheval, there are Doughnut Vault donuts, […]

Roka Akor

Roka Akor is a Japanese sushi, seafood and steakhouse with two locations in the Chicago area and also in Scottsdale and San Francisco. Our server was quick and upbeat and the dining room […]

Revival Food Hall

Revival Food Hall is a food lover’s “dream team” food court. This place is massive, it’s busy, the selections are varied and it could take me weeks, maybe months to […]

Architectural Artifacts

I used to want spend my life building a home slowly over the years filling it with things I created, painted, put together, found or collected from around-the world travels. In […]

Andersonville Galleria

Andersonville is a charming, low key neighborhood with unique independent businesses including vintage furniture shops, a toy store, a candy shop, the Swedish Museum, bookstores, music stores and some restaurants I really […]

GT Prime

GT Prime is elegant and beautifully designed. It’s modern and glamorous but doesn’t feel intimidating. The seating is comfortable but upright enough that you want to sit up straight and look your best. The lighting […]

Warwick Allerton Hotel

The kids and I stayed home for their winter break so we took a few nights to enjoy Chicago. Parking in Chicago Chicago overnight parking with in and out privileges […]


Boka Chicago hosted Michael Tusk of 3-star Michelin restaurant Quince for a collaboration dinner highlighting black and white truffles. My friend and I were the first to arrive so it was nice to […]


Seasonal, chef-driven menu. Dinner Dessert Way Back When Info Entente | 3056 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL | 872 206 8553 Follow Me Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Flickr


There is a $25, 3-course prix fixe menu in Chicago that is a fantastic value for this level of cooking, service and ambience. The always reliably incredible, Blackbird. Lunch: 3-course tasting menu […]

Thanksgiving After Loss

American Thanksgiving is a serious tradition. We spend days planning everything to be just right and go to great lengths to be surrounded with family and close friends. Most families […]

The Modern

Lunch options at The Modern include a la carte dining in the bar area or tasting menus in the main dining room. The Modern serves refined, contemporary food in a bright […]

Gramercy Tavern

On weekends, Gramercy Tavern serves brunch in the bar area and offers tasting menus and a la carte items in the main dining room. It was Sunday so we opted […]

Momofuku Ko

The Restaurant Most of the seating encircles the finishing kitchen located in the center of the restaurant, with a few tables along the window and a few seats at the bar. The walls […]

Le Coucou

I first heard of Daniel Rose’s cooking from his restaurant Spring in Paris. Daniel is originally from the North Shore of Chicago so I was intrigued and finally had a chance to […]

Xi’an Famous Foods

There are 10 varying-menu Xi’an locations in the New York City area. I’m not sure I can fit in having these noodles again before my visit to NY is over, but […]