The Bay House Restaurant

I’m really lucky because I got to escape what is hopefully the worst of this Chicago winter yet again by spending my time in Naples, Florida. One of my favorite restaurants so far is The Bay House Restaurant, which is hidden away in the mangroves on the Cocohatchee River. We started out sitting outside, where you have a sweeping view of the river and the birds catching fish from the river.

The Bay House

The Bay House outdoor seating view

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The Panorama Route

It’s been REALLY REALLY long since I last wrote, so I must say a belated Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Years! My New Year’s resolution should probably be to write more blog posts… In any case, at the end of 2014, my husband and I finally went on our honeymoon to South Africa! Towards the beginning of our trip, we took a drive along the gorgeous Panorama Route just west of Kruger National Park.

Blyde River Canyon, near Bourke's Luck Potholes

Blyde River Canyon, near Bourke’s Luck Potholes

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Bottlefork

Bottlefork balances its bar and its kitchen perfectly in the heart of River North (Chicago) with charcuterie plates, a wide selection of drinks (especially beers), and appetizers that satisfy your taste buds before you even get to the larger plates. Plus, this favorite Rockit Ranch restaurant is often featured on Tablesavvy, which gives you an extra 30% off your bill on day-of reservations!

Parma prosciutto and nduja (spreadable)

Parma prosciutto and nduja (spreadable)

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Komaneka at Tanggayuda, Bali

With a possible polar vortex creeping up on us in Chicago, you may want to start planning your winter getaway to a warm, exotic place… like Bali, Indonesia! Last February, we spent some days in Bali, and while there, we stayed at Komaneka Tanggayuda. And that’s where we had our own private villa, which included an infinity pool and cabana overlooking the rainforest.

Our private villa at Komaneka Tanggayuda

Our private villa at Komaneka Tanggayuda

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Azzurra EnoTavola

When Azzurra first opened, we went and ate our hearts out with our friends.  It was very impressive, and I needed to go back again.  So when the opportunity came up to go with some other Chicago Food Bloggers, I immediately signed up.

Market corn bruschetta

Market corn bruschetta

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Michigan apple picking

IMG_9480 MichiganDuring this rare, gorgeous autumn weekend in the Midwest, we headed over to Michigan with some friends to pick ripened apples at Big Dan’s U-Pick’em and check out the leaves changing from green to an entire palette of colors! Continue reading

Wasabi

The other night, we headed out to Wasabi in Logan Square, and I was thoroughly impressed with everything they placed in front of us, especially for the price!  We sat at the brightly lit bar that faced an enticingly drawn prawn.  Below it, those words apparently mean “Wasabi”.  Keeping the shrimp in mind, we started out with a pork belly spring roll.  This appetizer was pretty much every texture all wrapped up in one dish!  The flavors were bursting with intense savor and sourness.

Left: Wasabi sign Right: Pork belly and kimchee spring roll - berkshire pork belly, kimchee, glass noodle, microgreens, house tartar sauce

Left: Wasabi sign
Right: Pork belly and kimchee spring roll – berkshire pork belly, kimchee, glass noodle, microgreens, house tartar sauce

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Pleasant House Bakery and a stop in Maria’s

I FINALLY have time to write now that I am officially married!  Although I have a backlog of places to write about, I must introduce Pleasant House Bakery, an eatery that features Great Britain inspired savory meals and sweet snacks.  They aren’t exactly located next to an El station, but this family-owned shop is definitely worth a visit!

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