Dose Market – Chicago

Dose Market is one of my favorite markets in Chicago ––they feature a creative mix of local food, clothing, chefs, artists and designers. The market on Sunday was held during the FX Summit in the beautiful Chicago Cultural Center. It’s a fun way to spend your Sunday, meeting up with friends to discover the Chicago vendors Dose put together.

The next Dose is May 10th at the Soho House and is free for all. Go get inspired, eat delicious food and get a gift for Mother’s Day.


I Spy a Skyline Around the Bend – Lake Michigan

Spring day in Chicago


Bread & Wine, Chicago – Breakfast Bánh Mì

¡Buenos Dias! The delicious breakfast bánh mì from Bread & Wine with pork belly, rillettes, kimchi, eggs and hash browns. Fest your eyes:

Trip Down South – Husk, Charleston, SC

Husk Charleston

Husk Charleston

Husk sits regally on Queen street in downtown Charleston with its Victorian details dating back to the 1880s. The interior is modern while still distinctly southern. Next door is the equally charming but rustic bar.

Sean Brock (of McCrady’s fame) is a James Beard Award winning chef and puts his talents into utilizing all the bounty South and North Carolina farms have to offer. A huge board in the entrance displays where every ingredient is sourced.

Reservations are recommended and lunch is a great time to try the menu. See the deliciousness for yourself:

Everything was fantastic from the drinks, entrées, the bread to the service. The vegetable sides are equally full of flavor and depth –– I’m sure butter is a big factor but I say, “When in the South…” Definitely get the fried chicken, it’s crispy and juicy and the brussels, spring onions and smoky tomatoes on the side hold their own in richness and flavor.


Phang Nga Bay – Thailand

Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

Beautiful blues and greens of the water, rock and sky in the Phang Nga Bay in Thailand. The bay is within a protected area of the Ao Phang Nga National Park and is composed of about 42 islands with diverse bird, reptile and fish species.


Want to Attract More Readers to Your Blog? I Have the Answer


If you haven’t heard about Tastemade yet let me tell you a little story. Tastemade is the place where people come together to discover and share their passion for great food and travel.

I’ve been using it for almost two years and have gotten some great feedback from readers. It’s next level stuff and I really think you’ll dig it once you see it. It gives readers a chance to really see what it is like in the restaurant, hotel, event, shop, fashion, museums and more you are sharing on your blog.

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Tips and tricks on shooting

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Make Your Reservation Now for Momotaro – West Loop, Chicago

Momotaro has everything you could ever want in a Japanese restaurant, a sushi bar, robata station, izakaya and an extensive sake, wine and drink menu. Great attention is paid the interior design bringing Western influences from the mid-century and combing it with traditional Japanese. You can see this reflected in the furniture, fonts used for the wood-paneled drink board to the menus and inter-departmental mail envelope used to deliver the bill. Service is excellent and friendly.

Take the tour:

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