good eats.

October 29, 2008

Clandstino is an underground supper club based in Chicago. The whole thing is put together by Chef Efrain and his wonderful crew. They put together dinner parties in various places around the city.

Here’s how it works: you sign up for their mailing list {it’s a safe one, no worries}. When a new party is planned, the folks at Clandestino let you know what’s on the multi-course menu, and the general area of the city where it will be held. A few days before the event, you are told the location! It’s byob, really casual and has fabulous food. Artists and musicians are featured at each event too {all local indie minded folks}.

Here’s why I love it: First, the food is amazing. Just amazing. I love that the dishes are made with seasonal, locally raised and grown food. I love the eclectic mix of people that attend…and I love supporting a young, talented chef. {the photos above were taken at an event that we hosted. It was amazing.}

Click here to learn more about the process on the Clandestino site. If you aren’t in Chicago, there might be something similar in your neck of the woods Kill the Restaurant has some info about it too.

get hot and heavy.

September 3, 2008


This post isn’t about the cute and girly. It has nothing to do with accessorizing or finding the most adorable things. Nope. This one, people, is about my hubby’s newest business. It’s totally shameless self-promotion.

Chicago Brick Oven is the brainchild of my husband, and our neighbors Bill and Carm. The three of them love to cook {we have the best block parties ever}. A couple of years ago they decided that they wanted to buy wood fired ovens. When they did research, they found almost all of the ovens were manufactured overseas. So, they decided to design and manufacture residential ovens here in the states! Crazy, I know…but let me tell you how yummy the food {especially pizza!!} is when it’s cooked in the oven {I have eaten more pizza in the last year than I care to admit}.

Check out their new website…and pass the word on to your fellow foodie friends!

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“have a nice cup.”

August 27, 2008

I love love love Herb and Ginger teas. They are another one of my favorite gifts to give…perfect to have on hand for the hostess-with-the-mostess. The teas are delicious, and the packaging is adorable (do they have the cutest logo ever?!). It’s almost the time of year to cozy up with a good book and a hot cup of tea (though theirs tastes great iced too).

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gain 50 pounds.

June 17, 2008

I’m a food snob. That’s right. I’ll admit it. So, I’m not sure what prompted me to order cupcakes from Bangerang Bake Shop on Etsy of all places. Maybe it was the near-pornographic pictures of each bite of cake and frosting! I love the little cakes packaged in re-useable glass jars. Baked in a fully licensed bake shop (here in Illinois!), without preservatives, and using the best ingredients…these cupcakes are absolutely scrumptious!

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