I traveled to Chicago to eat. Anyone but me ever do that? While I was living in Paris, I flew to Copenhagen to eat at Noma. You can't blame me for that, right? Chicago has some amazing chefs and fabulous restaurants opening, so I thought it was time to revisit the food scene and see what notable chefs like Rick Bayless, Stephanie Izard and Grant Achatz were cooking up.
Another day, another new restaurant on Abbot Kinney in Venice. Luckily there wasn't a lot of love lost when Feed Body & Soul closed earlier this year to make way for the opening of Greenleaf Chop Shop. After just one visit, I'd say that Greenleaf already appears to have a better shot at success on this popular strip of shops and restaurants.
Summer is finally here, so it's time to stock up on salad recipes. No doubt you'll be entertaining and going to picnics all season and salads are always a great dish to bring for the warmer weather.
Here's a dozen salads and salad dressing recipes to take you through the summer months. These recipes are all gluten free and dairy free. They can be vegan as well, or throw your favorite protein in the mix for a heartier dish.
Greenleaf Chopshop provides a healthier, casual alternative to dining on Abbot Kinney in Venice. A nice outdoor patio and large bar offer great opportunities for an affordable bite or drink any day of the week.
Los Angeles now has a robust selection of vegan restaurants that can satisfy both plant based eaters as well as carnivores who are open to inventive recipes with quality ingredients.
Bareburger Santa Monica's opening brings a healthy option to the burger restaurant category with a range of organic, grass-fed patties, including vegan and build-your-own choices.
This collection of a dozen gluten free, vegan salads and salad dressings should have you covered for all of your summer parties or weekday meals. Fresh, easy and healthy!
This salty and slightly sweet anchovy parsley pesto is stuffed inside an artichoke for a boost of flavor, as well as offering a great gluten free, dairy free dipping sauce.
This grain free cauliflower rice buddha bowl is chock full of filling vegetables, making it a healthy and delicious meal, perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It's paleo, vegan and gluten free.
Move over orange juice, there's a new Mimosa in town mixed with Prosecco, grapefruit and lime. Sip it for brunch or to kick off a great summer party.
France's Jura wines are for the wine enthusiast, eager to try something new. Prepare to be surprised and delighted by the large and unique variety sold at better prices than its Burgundy neighbor.
With French friends visiting, I found a few good spots in Napa Valley for a palate trained on Burgundy and Chablis. I even threw in some great views of Napa.
Chicago is home to many top chefs like Rick Bayless, Stephanie Izard and Grant Achatz, who are opening a variety of restaurants from high end dining to casual cafes and interesting takeaway.
Grant Achatz has brought his culinary creativity from hit restaurant's Alinea and Next and applied it to Chicago cocktail bar, The Aviary. The drinks are as good, if not better, than the food.
Chicago's Next Restaurant is acclaimed Chef Grant Achatz's playful outpost that serves a rotating seasonal menu that focuses on a different region or cuisine. I experienced his interpretation of Peru with modern twists.