Everyday People Cafe, Douglas, MI

David and I decided to celebrate spending half a decade with each other by going away for a romantic weekend in nearby Michigan. We stayed and a pleasant B&B in South Haven, but took a day to toodle around the surrounding area. One of their recommended restaurants was Everyday People Cafe in Douglas, just 20…

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Au Cheval

No particularly special occasion brought us to Au Cheval, a “diner” located just west of the Loop in Chicago. I’d been browsing for new and interesting spots to try out in Chicago, determined to get to know the culinary landscape for which this city is known. Although they didn’t appear to have a menu posted…

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Takashi, Chicago, IL

— November 2011, our four-year anniversary To celebrate our four years together (and that we also miraculously had the day off), we decided to try out a new restaurant, Takashi, in Bucktown. We were intrigued by the menu, with its French style fare with Japanese influences. So we bundled up against the blustery cold and…

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Bouchard Restaurant, Newport, RI

– October 2011 in New England for a friend’s wedding David and I flew into Hartford, Connecticut for a friend’s wedding, but stayed on for an extra day to take advantage of being in New England in the fall. We drove a somewhat meandering route from Southbury, CT to Rhode Island just for a day…

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Jake’s Famous Crawfish, Portland

Restaurant background: A long-standing Portland landmark, this restaurant was founded in 1892 by Jacob “Jake” Lewis Freiman and has served the likes of Humphrey Bogart and Jack Benny. The seeds for this business were apparently planted when Jake started serving crawfish at the Oregon Hotel in 1881 and spent years perfecting the art of seafood…

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Henri Restaurant, Chicago

Henri Restaurant background: A recently-opened French-influenced American restaurant on South Michigan Avenue, Henri is located in a 19th century building, which is part of the Gage Group of buildings, originally housing the Gage Millinery Company. The name of the restaurant is taken from Louis Henri Sullivan, a 19th century architect, who designed the ornamental façade…

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Viva Las Vegas!

What can you say about Las Vegas? A non-stop city of chaos and cocktails, where short skirts and sleazy guys abound…that being said, you are certainly spoilt for choice when it comes to food, with a plethora of French and Italian options, along with a host of American choices. I was there as part of…

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Quarter-century Extravaganza

So my 25th birthday came and went, but not without a little fanfare. There is nothing better at providing a very necessary reprieve from thesis-ing then good food and great company. My birthday festivities began with some pineapple pie freshly baked by mother (who, in preparation for the wedding, has been test running pies for…

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