Giordano's in Chicago, IL. I expected nothing short of pure deliciousness from the Restaurant City of 2017. From seafood to deep dish pizza our Chicago eats lived up to the title!

This post was made possible through collaborations with Choose Chicago and Smart Destinations. I also included sponsored links to delicious Chicago eats you don’t want to miss. Your belly will thank me! This post on my summer vacation in Chicago is all about the food. And with the city being named Bon Appetit’s Restaurant City of 2017, you know it will be good! I divided the entire trip into three sections, which you can find links to below. “When I Say First Things First, I Mean Food” is the section you’re reading now. You can also click to sections on navigating Chicago streets or the upcoming ChicagoRead More →

The Yelp Kansas City Spring Break Vacation Party was a night full of music, dancing, delicious eats, and fun games; set in the historic Brass on Baltimore.

On Thursday March 16, 2017 I found myself attending the Yelp Kansas City 2017 Spring Break Vacation Party. The event was a night full of music, dancing, delicious eats, beach themed cocktails, local brews, and games. This mini getaway from my norm, set in the historic Brass on Baltimore, was an enjoyable way to kick off the last few days of Spring Break. Yelp KC is a great source of real information about local places in Kansas City. The Yelp KC app occasionally features deals on restaurants and more. It gets even sweeter if you’re part of the Yelp Elite Community. Elite Yelpers have bonus access to meet-ups,Read More →

Kansas City Restaurant Week is the premier dining event in Kansas City! The 10 days of dining will spotlight local restaurants and support local charities.

Kansas City Restaurant Week (KCRW2017) presented by US Foods kicks off Friday, January 13th, 2017, with 180 participating restaurants across the metro area. The 10 day event, concluding with dinner service on Sunday, January 22nd, marks its eighth consecutive year in Kansas City. Kansas City Restaurant Week 2017 participants will offer lunch and dinner menus under two price tiers – $15 and $33. For the first time in KCRW history, the two prices are interchangeable. This will allow each participating restaurant to customize a lunch and/or dinner menu that best represents its dining experience. To browse menus or make reservations, visit You can alsoRead More →

Some of my best meals have been at La Bodega. Thinking back to a recent dining experience there reminded me of a story I heard on Christina Cooks, a Create TV cooking show. Christina Pirello, the host of the show, shared a story of a trip she made to Spain. While there, Pirello met a young man who struck up a conversation about the culture of American dining. He commented on how he shocked he was that Americans can simply eat anywhere including on the streets. (Picture grabbing a quick cheeseburger from the nearest food truck or scarfing down breakfast on the way to work.) NowRead More →

This post will kill two birds with one stone…as the saying goes. As you may know I’m on a challenge to dine at all 44 Kansas City Original Restaurants before the end of the year. My afternoon at The Roasterie makes number two. Secondly, this is the first in a new series called Take a Tour of Kansas City. In the series, I’ll share our experiences of tours you can take in Kansas City. Now on to The Roasterie Cafe Factory tour. The Roasterie goes to great lengths to bring its customers the best coffee. Complimentary tours give coffee lovers a chance to learn aboutRead More →

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