Chicago Northshore Restaurant Month
How many of you know about North Shore Restaurant Month? If you don't...you're missing out. It's Chicago's Restaurant Week on steroids! Ask my family as we've been reaping the benefits since the beginning of February. It's not only applicable to fine dining but also many fabulous family establishments making it fun for the kiddos, too!
During the entire month of February, diners can take advantage of 15% off meals, free apps or dessert, prixe fixe menus + more. Find all the deals at www.northshorediningdeals.com
And for our Valentine date night, we licked the plates clean @ Boltwood. What a great menu; ask for the complimentary dessert! One of the tastiest dinners and we didn't leave feeling like we had to unbutton our pants. Bonus!
These great culinary offers are available February 1–29 from participating restaurants. Simply show your server your mobile device or print your dining certificate here and present it to the waitstaff to receive your offer.
There is not one of my girlfriends who isn’t juggling a million balls in the air. Whether they are an entrepreneur, a creative, a FT mom…they all have one thing in common: they are HUSTLERS. These women manage their homes, their families, their businesses, feed everyone and still manage to look like a total fox at all times. That takes tremendous talent. Trust in this.
I consider myself somewhat of a Trader Joe’s connoisseur. I almost shop exclusively there and for many good reason. The primary being pricing, produce and unique products or dinner hacks that simplify my life during the work week. You can find healthy, gluten free, organic product at TJ’s no different than anywhere else.
By now, you know that Woodfield is my mall of choice. I’ve essentially grown up going there. I’ve seen the changes over the years and this year was no different. The roll out of the uber, sleek Dining Pavilion has made this mall a destination for families, date night, girl’s night and just about every other occasion.
What's the biggest challenge you face when it comes to family night? For me, it's undoubtedly finding a place that will make the entire family happy. Somewhere that will keep the kids occupied while feeding the hubby something with substance. Tough, right?
Let me start by saying that I am not a physician. Not even close. But I can say that for almost 37 years I struggled with food, digestion and the feeling it left me. I have a great relationship with food. I love it and I love to try new things BUT gluten and I were never meant to be friends and that epiphany hit roughly two years ago when I grew tired of the bloat, the gas, the bathroom issues and the overall appearance of looking like I was in my second trimester 24/7.
Today I am sharing a super simple recipe that you can whip up in minutes. I stumbled upon it by accident and within an hour we had a healthy recipe that was equally delicious. It's perfectly Fall with something to satisfy your sweet tooth which I am currently battling. <thank you Halloween...cough, cough>
Give it a spin and let me know what you think!
This recipe was shared with me by a dear friend after she learned that we had a successful apple picking adventure. It's simple, straightforward and deliciously Fall. Thank you Desa!
I asked my kids to participate with me but they were more interested in the finished product but the house smelled AMAZING!
This dip could not be easier to whip up. A total of 10 minutes prep time and a little refrigerator action is all you need. I made it for the first time yesterday and it was a crowd pleaser.
WARNING: this is not a healthy recipe. But hey, that's what Sundays are for...Fall + Football!
Despite the 90 degree temps, we're feelin' Fall in a major way. I also see 60 degree forecasts ahead so don't put those sweaters away just yet!
Last week I had the pleasure of collaborating with Chicago Parent in sharing our favorite pumpkin inspired recipe. There are SO many pumpkin recipes out there - it's enough to make your head spin and I truly prefer the less sugary, artificial taste that so many beverages leave you with. Yick! Instead, we create a new spin on our morning smoothie. I'd love to share it with you!
Sunday dinner is an event for us every weekend. As it should be. We run around like crazies all week long and it's our first real opportunity to relax and chat. Outside of this one hour it's birthday parties and errand running and special events...like every family in America. While we do spend a lot of time together as a family, it's not until a delicious dinner is in front of us that we actually pause and have conversation. Kind of crazy that it takes six days to get to that but I suppose that will be our new norm.
Cucina Paradiso is home to some of the best, authentic Italian cuisine here in Chicagoland.