My brunch experience at Maggiano’s: When life gives you lemons, you make lemon ricotta pancakes!

Glorious cranberry raisin focaccia, with a crunchy crust, pillowy inside and fruity goodness galore. Supple and wholesome veggie frittata, with fresh tomatoes screaming sun, summer, adventure. Decadent eggs Benedict, covered by a velvety blanket of Hollandaise sauce, light and caressing like a midsummer night’s dream. And, last but by no means least, the lemon ricotta pancakes, self-assured and deliciously addictive. I tried them all at the recent brunch event I was invited to attend at Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant on Clark & Grand in downtown Chicago. What a brunch, what a Sunday! Keep Reading

The Good Food Festival and the International Home+Housewares Show recap: from blenditarians to social robots… and back!

Metropolitan Farms reps at The Good Food Festival: loud and proud about the urban agriculture movement!

It’s not often that I get the chance to attend two food-related shows in one day, but when it happens – oh, what a joy! Such was the occasion recently, when The Good Food Festival ended the same day the International Home+Housewares Show began, and attending both was an opportunity I simply couldn’t miss. What do these expos have in common? My answer: a desire for innovation complemented by an awareness of the need for sustainable growth, as well as a respect for customers and the environment. Fortunately, sustainability is here to stay 🙂

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What’s in a naan sandwich? A story of flavors, decadence and… trends

Did you know naan pizza is one of this year’s hottest food trends according to Pinterest? I’m not surprised: we have been using naan to make pizza quite a bit lately. We are big fans of classic thick pizza dough, but sometimes we want something different and light, and this is when naan flatbreads come in handy. With their wholesome flavor and smooth texture, naans have captured our hearts and minds, and they are here to stay. Overload them with veggies and homemade sauces and dips, use them as canvas for pizzas and sandwiches, and they are sure winners – in our household, at least 🙂 Keep Reading

When Graeter’s Ice Cream came to Winnetka: a world of delicious treats awaits!

The ice cream pictured above is dangerous – it really is! 🙂 I can’t remember the last time I had to work so hard to exercise restraint when eating ice cream. In the end, the delicious pint of decadence was gone within an hour – my family and I simply couldn’t resist it.

It all makes sense if I tell you this is strawberry cheesecake ice cream, the mystery flavor which was revealed to the world by Cincinnati-based ice cream maker Graeter’s only a few weeks ago. I got the chance to try this delightful frozen concoction at the newly opened Graeter’s store in Winnetka IL, the second of this kind in the Chicagoland area, and I can confidently say this ice cream was definitely worth the wait… and the hype! Keep Reading

My review of ROOF on theWit’s new menu: what a view, what a flavor journey!

This is downtown Chicago at night: a city of enticing lights, hidden treasures and sophisticated meanings. A world of secrets, which lay there to be discovered by inquisitive minds. A city like no other, that’s for sure. I experienced it all – the stunning view, exquisite food, the overall trepidation of the night – recently, when I was invited to celebrate the newly revamped menu at ROOF on theWit in downtown Chicago.

A glamorous escape set 27 stories above the vibrant city streets, ROOF on theWit has been rated one of the top 3 rooftop bars in the world by Travel+Leisure magazine, earning international praise for its stunning design, private event spaces and entertainment options. A hot nightlife destination needs a menu which keeps up with culinary trends and satisfies a demanding clientele – and the new menu at ROOF on theWit is right on point in both respects. It is a menu which provides the opportunity to escape to renowned foodie destinations and to undertake an unforgettable journey through flavors. No time to travel to Spain? Now you can bring Spain closer to you – at ROOF on theWit 🙂

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A touch of green, a lot of flavor: my St Patrick’s Day sandwich

Happy St Patrick’s Day, everyone! I hope your day is progressing nicely and you are surrounded by friends and family – and lots of green, of course! 🙂

The sandwich below is an ode to great Irish culinary symbols, such as corned beef and Cashel blue cheese. I wanted to include such ingredients in the recipe below, while also allowing the sandwich to accurately reflect my family’s tastes and preferences. What has resulted is a creamy, dreamy, delicious bite: the crunchiness of the green apple plays nicely with the overall smoothness of the sour cream-based coleslaw, while the beefsteak tomato adds freshness and gains an assertive edge thanks to the blue cheese right on top of it.

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