Category Reviews (restaurant and other)

Gluten Free and Authentic Italian Food

August 26, 2014 Food Articles/ReviewsReviews (restaurant and other)Shopping Lists and Home Page Posts  No comments

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Peter and I used to enjoy heading over to Avanti Caffe in Mount Prospect, IL once in a while. That is, until I decided to embark upon the gluten-free journey.

I think our initial experience with Avanti’s food was at a friend’s housewarming party. Avanti catered the party and OH! The Giant Cannoli! -Filled with a plethora of delicious little cannoli for individual consumption. Obviously, that made an impression. So, off Peter and I went to Avanti – The Caffe. Not being huge fans of Italian food in general (believe it our not), Peter and I were both pleasantly surprised by Avanti’s offerings, especially their sausage pizzas and calzones. The sausage is “correctly” spiced. (I suspect it’s a fennel thing.)

Not wanting to punish my husband, who is not eating an entirely gluten-free diet and wh...

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Let’s Talk About Coconut Macaroons

August 12, 2014 DessertsFood Articles/ReviewsMake Ahead MadnessReviews (restaurant and other)Shopping Lists and Home Page PostsVegetarian  No comments


by Regan Olson

And why not? They’re sweet, succulent, and gooey balls of deliciousness. And, you guessed it, they’re usually gluten-free. 

Let’s begin our conversation knowing I’ve been pining after pins on (I’m building-up a showcase of wares, food related and otherwise, in conjunction with my new venture to support up-and-coming artists and designers worldwide.) While pining yesterday, I happened across a 2 ingredient recipe for coconut macaroons that left me dumbfounded.

Not one to allow myself to remain dumbfounded for long, I quickly transitioned to a state of baked-good deprived and drooling macaroon-a-maniac as I hearkened back to a trip to Milwaukee’s Public Market about a month or so ago. The bakery there (C...

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Gluten-Free Easter Brunch Chicago Area

April 21, 2014 Food Articles/ReviewsReviews (restaurant and other)Shopping Lists and Home Page Posts  No comments


By Regan Olson

Peter and I have been racking our brains when it comes to eating out gluten-free. We’ve been pleasantly surprised by the offerings of some restaurants, but going out for Easter brunch presented a higher level challenge. Take into account that Chicagoland price points for Easter brunch seemed egg-cessive, and I was starting to wonder if I should have hammed-it-up at the grocery store.

Instead, we scrambled off the egg-beaten path of  the wind whisked city, and headed north to Kenosha, Wisconsin and Twisted...

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The Second Best Pizza I’ve Ever Eaten…

August 9, 2013 Food Articles/ReviewsReviews (restaurant and other)Shopping Lists and Home Page Posts  No comments


Near Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, a popular day and weekend getaway for us Chicago peeps, Upper Crust Pizzeria is a convenient stop when we’re headed back to the thick crust city. Located on Highway H across from a farm, you’re going to be tempted to think the place is  just there to serve the locals and that it’s probably “ho-hum”, but trust me, the locals (and then some) know about the pizza there. 

Upper Crust Pizzeria specializes in Sicilian style pizzas; they have more seasoning and a lot more cheese on them then your typical pizza. The pizza’s crusts aren’t thin, but they’re also not too thick – which I appreciate – and they’re topped right. (Don’t try to mess with their topping combinations; they won’t let you...

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Non-solicited Food Related Commercial

May 20, 2013 Food Articles/ReviewsReviews (restaurant and other)Shopping Lists and Home Page Posts  No comments

Michigan (Upper Peninsula)

Guess I’m feeling a little homesick today: 

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Restaurant Review: Top BBQ Joint in Illinois

May 7, 2013 Food Articles/ReviewsReviews (restaurant and other)Shopping Lists and Home Page Posts  No comments

Really good BBQ available here.

Really good BBQ available here.


To reiterate, my husband (Peter) and I are bbq snobs – at least of the Illinois variety. Before you turn up your noses at us and say something along the lines of, “Illinois bbq has got nothin’ on Kansas City, Texas, or North Carolina,” consider the history of the award winning 17th Street Barbecue in Southern Illinois: place is an Epicurious (Bon Appetit) award winning barbecue restaurant. 

But we now may have a contender that can smoke 17th Street, an mind you, this “new” fangled place is also in Illinois. 

Bull’s Pit Smoked BBQ, located in Kankakee: is racking up not only excellent rib tips, (We almost always get the tips – due to good “...

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The Corn Festival

August 20, 2011 Reviews (restaurant and other)Shopping Lists and Home Page Posts  No comments

The Mendota Corn Festival comes around once a year in mid-August.  My husband and I try to make it there annually if we can manage it because we think it’s one of the best festivals on offer in Illinois.  Why prey-tell?  For several reasons, do you have “ears” to hear them?

First, it’s a great opportunity to get away from the city and suburbs of Chicago and experience a little bit of country – just for the day.  My husband and I find being able to do this invaluable.   Driving away from the noise and congestion of our suburb – that’s near the city, helps to keep us sane.  We leave mid-morning on Sunday to go to corn fest which enables us to get to Mendota in time for the parade at 1 PM.  So if you’re inclined to go to church or sleep-in on a Sunday, you can still make it to the parade...

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T-Bob’s Smokehouse: Excellent BBQ

May 10, 2011 Reviews (restaurant and other)Shopping Lists and Home Page Posts  2 comments

My husband and I are turning into BBQ snobs.  We have tried some of the best, including the barbecue down in Murphysboro, IL at the 17th Street Bar and Grill.

This past week we tried the new local, T-Bob’s Smokehouse in Des Plaines, IL.  It rivals the best.  My husband and I shared a plate of rib tips and then another plate of rib tips (as well as sides of homemade mac cheese and coleslaw).  These were meaty tips, folks.  And the char on the tips along with the sweet heat sauce – was exquisite on the palette.  For those of you who are loyal to the Carolinas and the thinner vinegar style sauce – no worries, T-Bob’s has a version of that too.  Their prices are moderate, the decor appropriate, and the service excellent.  It’s only a matter of time before they’re found out...

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Milwaukee Food Tour Review

November 23, 2010 Reviews (restaurant and other)  One comment

So, have you heard of the food tours that incorporate walking around a city neighborhood or town with a small group of people, with stopping at various eating establishments to hopefully enjoy some food?  My husband and I participated in just such a culinary and historical adventure this past weekend in celebration of my birthday.

We drove up to Milwaukee and participated in Milwaukee Food Tour’s, “Historic Third Ward Tour”.  First, let me say that I think most people who enjoy shopping in general will minimally enjoy browsing the shops of this neighborhood.  The businesses, mostly independently owned, cater to a higher end market.  (That of the third ward.)  However, unique items can be found there as well as Goodwill’s high end resale shop, “Retique”.

Our food tour began at The Publ...

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