Tag: Wine

Host a BaconFest Party

Host a BaconFest Party
January 3, 2016

Mmmmmm, bacon. One of my favorite food groups! It is a separate food group, right? Given this thought pattern shared between my sister and me, we thought, “Let’s host a BaconFest party.” I’ve been to parties based around food themes before such as Mexican or Italian foods but never one based solely on one ingredient.   The idea of a bacon-themed party started with BaconFest Chicago. When I moved to Chicago a few years ago, the festival was in its inaugural years. It has since grown to a […]


How to Do a Seward Pub Crawl

How to Do a Seward Pub Crawl
September 22, 2015

  “What do you want to do today?” I asked my friend who was based in Seward, Alaska. She is an outdoorsy-type of person so I assumed she’d want to go hiking or somesuch like that, much to my non-hiking sensibilities. I was wrong!   How to Pub Crawl in Seward Start off with a delicious lunch at Chinooks Restaurant. Yes, I said lunch. We started this pub crawl early. Try their house special Chinook Burger topped with caramelized onions, bacon, and parmesan cheese and a load of […]


Birthday Celebration in Homer

Birthday Celebration in Homer
September 7, 2015

After cresting the hill, I gazed upon the beauty that is Homer. This small fishing town sits at the bottom of Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. It is surrounded by the bluish-green waters of Kachemak Bay. Homer is known as the Halibut Capital of the World or at least that is what their sign told me. Based on the numerous boats and pictures of fishermen hefting enormous halibut, I tend to agree. Initially, I did come here to fish. Nah, not really. I don’t fish but I was willing to […]


Minneapolis Dining Tour Part 2

Minneapolis Dining Tour Part 2
July 9, 2015

Sleeping in and lounging around in a large comfy hotel bed with a remote control, a large screen TV and cable was top priority on day two of my Minneapolis adventure. Not a very auspicious start to a short stay in a big city but it was exactly what I needed. At home in Chicago, I lived in someone’s apartment where I rented a room, a very small room that barely fit a twin bed. Ok, it was more like a closet than a bedroom. The idea of […]


A Day at the Oregon Coast

A Day at the Oregon Coast
April 13, 2015

In March, my lovely sis and her husband trekked out to visit me in Oregon. After spending several days exploring Portland, we drove to the coast to see the ocean per my brother-in-law’s request. What a fabulous day we had! My sister, being a foodie and a chef, wanted to tour Tillamook cheese factory. So glad she did because we drove through a part of Oregon we would have missed if we had taken our original route to the beach. Our drive went through Tillamook State Forest. The […]


Seattle Highlights

Seattle Highlights
March 15, 2015

When I first started thinking about moving away from Toledo, I wanted to live in Seattle. Since I’m in Mt. Hood, Oregon, it would be ridiculous of me to not take a side trip up to Seattle to check it out. So I booked myself a bus ticket and took off for a 3 day trip. After asking numerous people for suggestions of places to visit and eat, I made my list of Must Sees. 1. Space Needle The Space Needle offers fantastic views of the city. I […]


Pinots in Portland

Pinots in Portland
January 22, 2015

While in the Portland area, my plan is to try as many Pinot Noirs and Pinot Gris as my wallet will allow. While in town last week, I dropped by Thirst to try their Pinot wine flight. $17 for 4- 2 oz. pours. Biggio Hamina ’11 – meh. Light. Not so much flavor David Hill Estate ’10 – yummy. Heavy. Spice. Leather. Bold. Will try it again Purple Hands ’13– oh so good, completely opposite of the David Hill. Light, fruity, bright. A definite taste again Hayden Road […]


Chicago Wine Bars

Chicago Wine Bars
December 7, 2013

I love wine.  Can’t deny it in the slightest way.  I love it. Wino! I would rather have a glass of cheap wine than an expensive martini or craft beer any day. So the thought of going to a place that labels itself “a wine bar” makes me swoon.  Unfortunately, I have only made my way to two of the many wine bars in Chicago: Bin 36 and Eno.   Bin 36 339 N. Dearborn Ave. I’ve been here twice. Pictures are from my first experience. My friend […]