Bourbon in February: The Hot Toddy

I have a confession to make about my time in Louisville. I had Manhattans, I had bourbon straight, I had chocolate balls of bourbon, pecan pies doused in it, Mint Juleps, you name it. But never once did I have a hot toddy. I made it for the first time this year because I live…

Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Part Two: Food for Thought

The Meatball A spoon with a hearty piece of a meatball dangled between the two tables. “You’ve got to try it,” the man and woman at the other table urged me. I gently protested to no avail. I glanced over at my boyfriend, his head deliberately buried in the bill. And so, with a full…

Recipes of Courage: Part Two

From the moment I step into Skokie’s Hungarian Kosher Foods, Lynn Kirsche Shapiro is on the move, with words flying from her mouth almost as fast as we’re walking. And for the next two hours, she doesn’t stop. She leaps from one story to another, telling me about the grocery her parents bought, about the…

More than Just Salad

It’s a resolution most of us make around this time of the year. “Next year, I’m going to make healthier choices.” Well, this year, I got a little early motivation for accomplishing my New Year’s Resolution, thanks to a visit to Just Salad in Chicago. Just Salad is a healthy, organic company with locations across…

Down the Rabbit Hole

Milwaukee may be where I found a way to express my love for food and drinks, but Louisville is certainly where it all developed. From the Bourbon Trail to the burst of new restaurants that emerged in NuLu and on Frankfort Avenue during my two years there, it was hard not to fall in love…

Coffee in the Capital

I’ll admit, I love my Starbucks card. I love seeing the stars add up in the little cup on my app, and racking up enough points for a free drink. I’m a total sucker for Starbucks’ tweets about its Pumpkin Spice Latte, and I made sure the Starbucks on Brady Street was my first stop…

Pictured Rocks

Picture this: a weekend getaway to one of the most beautiful shorelines among all the Great Lakes, complete with hiking, kayaking and a cruise along the shore. I spent this past weekend soaking up every possible second at the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising, Michigan. It was a perfect long weekend, but honestly, it…