Roasted Squash and Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Roasted Squash and Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich – Taking advantage of my favorite fall foods to make a sweet and savory grilled cheese sandwich.

This is my favorite time of year. I love the slight chill in the air, being able to wear sweaters and boots (I mean, fall fashion is just the best!) and of course, the food! Apples, squash, soup, all so good. When I was young, my Mom would take me to the local apple orchard and we would pick apples, shop the farmer’s market and enjoy hot cider.

When it comes to the apples themselves, everyone has an opinion.… Read more

LuxeHome Chill 2017: Food, Wine and Kitchen Design

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LuxeHome Chill 2017: Food, Wine and Kitchen Design – a delicious recap of my experience at the International wine and food festival led by 50 Chicago Chefs.

What could be more fun than attending an event with the top 50 chefs in Chicago, access to more than 150 premium international wines and located in the most beautiful interior design showrooms around with the goal of raising money for three important Chicago charities? Not much, if you ask me!

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The 10-year celebration of LuxeHome Chill, in partnership with LuxeHome and Wine Spectator Magazine took place this past week with an estimated 2,500 guests.… Read more

Rumi Spice Saffron Risotto

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Rumi Spice Saffron Risotto – Learning about the origination of Rumi Spice, it’s founders and how to harvest and use saffron in recipes like Saffron Risotto.

When you hear that a spice company was created by 4 military officers with Harvard and West Point backgrounds, what would you imagine the product is? If I told you that the company, Rumi Spice, works with Afghan farmers to bring the highest quality saffron to us, would you realize that their mission is to cultivate peace in Afghanistan? You would be right if you said yes.Rumi Spice Saffron Risotto kimberly jung keith alvarezI had the distinct pleasure of being invited to a dinner held at The Blanchard Restaurant in Chicago to learn about the company’s origination and more specifically how to use saffron in your dishes.… Read more

Chicago Gourmet Turns Ten

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Chicago Gourmet Turns Ten – Celebrating ten years, attendees enjoyed bites from prestigious Chicago restaurants, chefs, wine and spirit brands at festival.

The HOTTEST event of the year, both literally and figuratively, took place in Chicago’s Millennium Park September 23-24. Chicago Gourmet, celebrating its 10 year anniversary, opened to a weekend of soaring temperatures, blue skies and big crowds. The 94 degree temperatures made an already warm and welcoming group of people even more so. Chicago Gourmet Turns 10

Opening ceremonies for this momentous occasion included Illinois Restaurant Association president and CEO, Sam Toia, Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a wealth of Chefs from near and far.… Read more

Villa del Palmar: The Hidden Gem in the Baja Peninsula

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Villa del Palmar: The Hidden Gem in the Baja Peninsula – Luxury resort, history and sapphire waters found at the Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto

When you discover a vacation spot that is so magical, do you tell everyone? Do you share this seemingly private place that offers a type of beauty that comes from nature itself? In a world where traveling is somewhat taken for granted, it is at the Villa del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa in Loreto, Mexico, that you will learn how mountains, sea, desert and water come together to bring you a sense of peacefulness like no where else.… Read more

Visit Brazil in the Garden at Chicago Botanical Garden

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Visit Brazil in the Garden at Chicago Botanical Garden – Explore the robust colors and textures of Brazilian modern landscape architect, Roberto Burle Marx.

Vibrant colors. Gorgeous tropical landscape. Brazilian designer. Beautiful artwork. Equals a glorious walk through “Brazil in the Garden” on the grounds of the pristine and expansive Chicago Botanical Garden in Glencoe, Illinois.

Visit Brazil in the Garden at Chicago Botanical Garden


We know that design comes in many formats. In this case, we are talking about modern aesthetics that Roberto Burle Marx, famed Brazilian modernist landscape architect and artist, inspired. Perhaps he is best known for his plan for the boardwalk along Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach, which continues his modern design using stone pavers.… Read more

LuxeHome: Premier Interior Design Resources For Your Home

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Need inspiration for your home build or remodel, then visit the Merchandise Mart – LuxeHome: Premier Interior Design Resources For Your Home

Here’s my truth. I love looking at home design. Walking through showrooms, looking at magazines and of course, my addiction to HGTV episodes. If I could redecorate every room in my home, I would do that. I think that is such a cool part of the job of an interior designer. They don’t just have one room in a house to design but have lots of clients who each have their own style that they need to consider. I am fascinated by the talent that designers have to take a blank space and create the environment that reflects someone’s personal taste.… Read more

7 Chicago Restaurants and Rooftops to Visit

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7 Chicago Restaurants and Rooftops to Visit – Sharing new restaurants and long time favorites in Chicago’s exciting and ever evolving restaurant world.

Summer in the city is fast moving when you live in a four season climate. We take advantage of every moment of warmth, sunshine and opportunity to enjoy the outdoors without having to be dressed in a heavy coat and snow boots. I have been to so many great places this summer that I want to share them all with you. So, gather your friends and stop by some of the delicious restaurants and rooftops in and around the city.… Read more

Food Network Invades Villa Del Palmar Kitchens

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Food Network Invades Villa Del Palmar Kitchens – Celebrating Celebrity Chef Week as they take over the kitchens of luxury resort, Villa del Palmar, Loreto, Mexico.

When you are a food blogger and you receive an invitation to attend Food Network Chefs’ Week at the beautiful and luxurious Villa Del Palmar resort at the Islands of Loreto, you grab your bag and go. No second thoughts. Just anticipation of what will be a week of delicious food and gorgeous scenery.Food Network Invades Villa Del Palmar KitchensOur first meal welcoming us to the resort included these shrimp tacos that were so good, I ordered them several days in a row!Read more

Tropical Kefir Chia Pudding with Mango and Coconut

Tropical Kefir Chia Pudding with Mango and Coconut

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A Recipe for Lifeway Kefir Chia Pudding

We are halfway into the year. We made that resolution to eat healthier this year. But how exactly do we do it? If you give everything up you love, your odds of staying on track may be challenging. My feeling is to go one step at a time with eliminating and altering your food choices. While I don’t have a solution to every question on this issue, I am looking for foods and recipes that focus on a healthier way of eating. Which is why I am sharing a new find but one that has been around Eastern Europe for a very long time.… Read more