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 Tour
Koval Distillery Liquer
Koval Distillery Liqueur
Very excited about the new Stephanie Izard restaurant, Duck Duck Goat! It’s slated to open later this summer. Take a look at the teaser video.
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.
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
Walking in Rogers Park neighborhood on the morning the blizzard hit. February 1, 2015 in Chicago, IL.
Funny Valentine cards from Etsy
His and Hers highball set. Cheers!
Via Kate Spade – His and Hers Hiball Set
Valentine’s Day macarons, who doesn’t like to receive sweets? RM Champagne Salon will send the Chef’s favorite macaron flavors to that lucky someone. Delivered by RM or you can pick-up.
Forgot to make dinner reservations? Check out what is still available in Chicago. You can also go a little rogue and see if your favorite restaurants have openings on Friday or Sunday instead. You might get to skip the obligatory Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu if you opt for a different day.
So you want to steer clear restaurants here are some ideas for cooking at home. A decadent menu and a casual menu.
Image via Bon Appeit
The Tinkerlab has a nice round-up of 30 Valentine Activities for Kids.
Drink some beer at the Brew of Hearts. The Chop Shop will host several brewers such as Soma Ale Works, Goose Island Beer Company, Transient and more.
The 9th Annual Hideout Makeout Party. Drink, laugh and maybe…makeout.
Yesterday was Chicago’s 5th largest blizzard in history and it was something to see! I captured what the storm and waves up close from the balcony of my mom’s apartment which is literally feet from Lake Michigan.
Momofuku Dining Room
Momofuku Bun Station
I fell in love with Momofuku’s ramen during a trip to NYC about ten years ago and still think about that steaming hot bowl and have been searching Chicago for something that lived up to what I had at Momofuku. (Wasbi comes close)
There is almost always a line but the turnover is pretty quick and it’s worth the wait not to mention some good people watching. The bar on the kitchen is great if you are as fascinated as I am watching what seems like chaos come together to a beautiful bowl/plate. My favorite is the Spicy Miso Ramen. This baby comes with smoked chicken, poached egg, sesame, nori and thin springy noodles. It has a nice kick to it and is full of umami but still has a lighter taste compared to the Momofuku Ramen.
Momofuku Ramen & Spicy Miso Ramen
The pork belly and pork shoulder give the Momofuku Ramen Continue reading
Beautiful green water of Surin Beach at the Catch Beach Club on the Andaman Sea in Phuket, Thailand. More to come on this slice of paradise in an upcoming post.
La Madia has a really great lunch special, salad and a pizza for as little as $12! Check out the Tastemade video to see the deliciousness for yourself!