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.

It’s very easy to use and they do all of the editing for you. Including music and font options. I created this Fat Rice video in minutes! For any fellow Chicagoans I can meet up with you and help you shoot your first video so feel free to get in touch.

Download the app, here. (It’s free!)

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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Hiking from Deià to Port de Soller, Mallorca, Spain

View From Hike To Port de Soller‏

View From Hike To Port de Soller‏

It’s a dreary day in Chicago so I wanted to bring some sunshine in with this picture taken mid-hike from Deià to Port de Soller in Mallorca, Spain. It’s a lovely 2.5 to 3 hour hike along paths dating back several centuries that wind through Mallorca’s back yards filled with olives trees.  You might run into a donkey here and there as well.


Warm Up With a Whiskey – Koval Distillery Tour in Chicago

Koval Distillery Whiskey Barrels

Koval Distillery Whiskey Barrels

Escape the cold with a Koval Distillery tour! Koval is Chicago’s first craft distillery since the mid-1800s and the tour takes you through the distillation process while educating you on the history and current whiskey trends. You’ll also get to sample over 10 whiskeys and some of their liqueurs that come in flavors like chrysanthemum & honey and coffee.

Check out my Tastemade video for some tour highlights:

Grab your whiskey enthusiast friends and get out of the cold for some drinks. Leave with not only a slight buzz but some serious whiskey knowledge! You can also pat yourself on the back for drinking all organic. Koval also produces gin, vodka and brandy.

Koval Distillery Chicago Whiskey

Koval Distillery Chicago Whiskey

It’s Gumbo and Paczki Time! Fat Tuesday in Chicago

Big Jones serves gumbo ya-ya, “It all begins with the roux, made in the traditional Cajun style, with our andouille sausage, chicken, pork, and aromatic Arkansas rice.” See the gumbo in my Tastemade video.

Shaw’s Crab House has seafood gumbo full of fish, okra and fresh vegetables.

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You Should Check Out Blackbird for Chicago Restaurant Week – #CRW

Blackbird Chicago Dining Room

Blackbird Chicago Dining Room

Minimalist in design with a nice play between steel, wood and glass in this intimate restaurant. Having a Michelin star and winning many a James Beard Foundation awards does not make a cheap meal this is why I suggest the prix fixe lunch menu and this week the Restaurant Week menu for $22.

Excellent service with immediate seating, jackets taken off our hands, hook for my purse and amuse bouche delivered to the table. The celery root soup has a wonderful heartiness complements of the charred endive, a velvety crème fraîche and a dash of sweetness from the grapes and hint of tart from the sprinkling of sumac. Continue reading