Showing posts from May, 2019

The 6 Best Chocolate Shops in Northern Illinois

When you think of Illinois cuisine, Chicago delicacies tend to get all the love and attention. Granted, there’s a ton of choices and plenty of talented people creating delicious food in the city. However, there are great things happening throughout the Chicago tri-state area. Today, we’re focusing on the sweeter side of things. Our list includes chocolatiers residing in the suburbs—discover six of our favorite chocolate shops in northern Illinois. Ethereal Confections 113 S. Benton St. Woodstock, IL (in the historic Square) Upon visiting Ethereal Confections, yousample their delicious pastries, chocolates, and unique beverages—all made from scratch. They don’t cut any corners here, especially when it comes to their own unique creations such as melting chocolate and mixing it with cream to make a wonderful “drinking chocolate.” Riverside Chocolate Factory 2102 W. IL 120 McHenry, IL Shaped like the top of a medieval castle, this shop is located across from wh

5 of the Biggest Celebrity Chefs in the World

We love to watch them dash back and forth in the kitchen and create amazing food fusion. But celebrity chefs do more than serve up our favorite dishes—they entertain us with their antics, wit, and larger than life personalities. Gordon Ramsey The hot-tempered, foulmouthed Scot has made a name for himself with his Michelin starred restaurants and fiery behavior on his hit TV shows. Ramsey began making a name for himself when working for his mentor and fellow hot-head, Joel Robuchon. Since, he has forged his own cooking empire and now teaches people how to cook, saves failing restaurants, and runs his own businesses. Rachel Ray Ray started off teaching people to cook 30-minute meals at a specialty foods store in New York. That led to a weekly spot on a local news broadcast, which led to her first cookbook, 30-Minute Meals by Rachael Ray, and th

10 Summertime Chicagoland Food Festivals in 2019

Winter is done, spring has sprung, and it’s time to venture outdoors to hit some parties and eat good food. All summer long, Chicagoland food festivals will whet your appetite. Check out this list of 2019’s food festivals in the area. Taste of Chicago Grant Park, Jackson St. & Columbus Dr. Chicago July 10-14, 2019 Still one of the biggest and best food festivals, the Taste of Chicago celebrates its 39th year. Dozens of restaurants, food trucks, and pop ups will serve tasty treats from all over the world at this free event. Ribfest in Naperville Knoch Park, 724 South West St. Naperville, IL July 3-6, 2019 This west suburban party is known for awesome musical acts and piles of rich, savory ribs. Listen to Flo Rida, Billy Idol, Brantley Gilbert, and others while you munch on delicious ribs before the fireworks. Taste of Polonia 5216 W. Lawrence Ave, Chicago (Copernicus Center) Aug. 30-Sep. 2, 2019 The largest Polish festival in the U.S. will be back in Jefferson Park wi

5 Vegan-Friendly Dessert Shops in Chicago

Below, we share five vegan-friendly dessert shops in Chicago. Because no matter your dietary needs, you deserve to have sweets! Defloured Located just minutes from the Red Line in Andersonville, this gluten-free bakery has an amazing mission: to make dessert accessible to everyone. Vegans and those who live with food allergies or Celiac disease can enjoy sweets from Defloured knowing they’re free of any unwelcome ingredients. The shop uses soy-free butter and flax eggs to create their delectable desserts. Customers can choose from a wide selection of delicious vegan goodies, including cake pops, cookies, dessert bars, pies, and whoopie pies. Loving Heart Loving Heart is a small cafĂ© with an impressive plant-based menu. In addition to handmade salads, soups, wraps, and other savory menu items, they also serve decadent, 100% vegan cakes. These desserts are made with mostly USDA-certified organic ingredients, so th

7 of the Best Seafood Boil Restaurants in the U.S.

The magnificence of a seafood boil should never go unnoticed. Chow down on the wonders of the sea and enjoy an explosion of flavor—whether that be Cajun, Thai Chili, or Lemon Pepper. Delve into delectable dishes full of potatoes, your choice of seafood, sausages, and more. You won’t want to miss out on visiting these incredible American seafood boil restaurants. Best Seafood Boil Restaurants in the U.S. 1. Skull Creek Boathouse Hilton Head Island, South Carolina This landmark waterfront restaurant has all the seafood boil necessities. Choose from a boil with snow crab legs, shrimp, mussels, clams, and oysters, or keep it simple with their Lowcountry Boil which relies heavily on excellent shrimp flavors. They offer a wide variety of seafood plate options as well if you want to switch it up. 2. The Boil New York, New York At the Boil, guests can experience authentic Cajun flavor in New York. Playing with various old-fashioned Creole cooking styles, they craft ev