Chicago Restaurant Week – Resevations Open!

Image via choosechicago.com

Image via choosechicago.com

Chicago Restaurant Week – January 24 – February 6

The restaurants participating in the 2014 Chicago Restaurant Week were announced yesterday and online reservations are open! It’s a great list so good luck making a choice.

All menus are prix fixe and start at $22 for lunch and either $33 or $44 for dinner. This a great way to eat at some of the more expensive restaurants for less during this week.

There is a handy Chicago Restaurant Finder on choosechicago.com with information on cuisine, neighborhood, menus and links to make reservations.  Go now because tables will go fast.

My reservations (so far…):

Lunch at GT Fish & Oyster – Lobster Roll, enough said.

Dinner at Sepia – Menu coming soon but you can have fun checking out the remix of “God Bless the Child” on their website.

Dinner at Summer House Santa Monica – First dessert choice is Chocolate with Chocolate, sold.

Dinner at Tortoise Club – Hand-Cut NY Strip Steak Tartare, Turtle Sundae…

Chicago Restaurant Week – Choose Chicago.

It’s Here! The Best Foodie Gift Guide via Chicago Food Bloggers!

Chicago Food Bloggers Gift Guide Cover

It’s here!

Check out the Chicago Food Bloggers holiday gift guide for the foodie in your life or to give yourself some items for your own holiday list. 100 pages full of treats, kitchenware, gadgets and many items from local Chicago shops. This is *the* foodie Holiday Gift Guide.

Including 4 of my holiday picks! Happy Holidays!

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Great Italian in Berlin|Mädchenitaliener in Mitte

Mädchenitaliener Chalkboard

Image via Mädchenitaliener Facebook

Image via Mädchenitaliener Facebook

Mitte is a bustling neighborhood in Berlin full of bars, restaurants and close to attractions like Alexanderplatz, Brandenburger Tor and museums. Schönhauser Strasse is a wonderful street with boutiques and cafes with a cozy Italian corner restaurant called Mädchenitaliener.

We happened upon Mädchenitaliener before going to see the Eisbären Berlin play (Berlin’s professional hockey team). The space is cozy and intimate with big round twinkling lights, chalkboard menus and photos with a chrome filter lining the walls. The menu is Continue reading

Italian Food Lover’s Dream – Ciao, Eataly Chicago!

Eataly Chicago Cheese Counter

Mario Batali’s Eataly opened on Monday and is basically Disneyland for foodies. Remember when Whole Foods opened up their store in Lincoln Park and you felt like you could spend hours in there? Well this feels like Whole Food times ten. Two levels full of all the groceries, wine, food, cookbooks and kitchenware you could ever want. Add to that a Nutella bar, wine bar, brew pub, eight restaurants and nine cafes and you can see how easy it is to feel like you could spend days inside this Italian wonderland.

Eataly Chicago 2nd Floor EntranceEataly Chicago Bull

Come along with me on my trip to Eataly –> https://videos.tastemade.com/v/kDP1RePwR0KTHT9XCQbnlQ

You are not going to see, do, eat, buy everything you want in one trip so look at Eataly as a multi trip destination. Each of the restaurants and cafes are categorized by the type of food it focuses on, bread, fish, meat etc. Here’s the restaurant round-up from their website: Continue reading

It’s Christmas Market Time in Hamburg & Erfurt, Germany

Hamburg Town Hall Christmas Market People

Christmas markets, known as Christkindlmarkt and Weihnachtsmarkt, have been held in Germany since the mid 1400s and are very popular today. Millions of people visit the markets throughout Germany to celebrate Advent and spend time with family and friends. My first Chistkindlmarkt was in Chicago in Daley Plaza and I loved it. I had heard stories of how beautiful and grand the markets are in Germany so was very excited to attend a genuine Christmas market in two different cities, Hamburg and Erfurt.

Hamburg Town Hall Christmas Market

The Christmas market in the Rathausmarkt, the Town Hall Square, is considered one of Hamburg’s best markets. It’s easy to see why Germans love to go to these markets again and again throughout the holiday season. The atmosphere is so festive with lights, a colorful carousel for the kids, hand crafted goods and of course the Glühwein (mulled wine) and food!

It can get cold standing outside so the warm mulled wine called Glühwein is not only tasty but serves a purpose by keeping you warm. It tastes like Christmas. Don’t worry about going hungry because Continue reading