MAKE: Basil Pesto

I planted a bunch of basil this summer because I looooooove pesto. A basic pesto just takes a few simple ingredients–basil, garlic, nuts and olive oil. I normally add parmesan cheese but this batch is for a vegan pal so no cheese. If you make this a few times it’s easy to adjust to your taste.… Continue reading MAKE: Basil Pesto

EAT: Radiance Tea House & Books (New York, NY)

My business trips to New York always seem to dictate staying in Midtown. On my last trip, I discovered Radiance Tea House just a couple blocks away from the hotel. The lunch menu (PDF) includes variety of soups, salads, dumplings and combo meals (above). I appreciated the vast tea selection but had difficulty distinguishing between all… Continue reading EAT: Radiance Tea House & Books (New York, NY)


Last week, I went to New York for Forrester’s Forum For Customer Experience. While I was in town, I grabbed dinner with a friend at THE SMITH (Midtown). Dinner was great! Service was excellent from the time we walked in. We had reservations but the place was crowded and they were unable to seat us right… Continue reading EAT: THE SMITH / NYC

EAT: M. HENRY / Andersonville/Edgewater

In Andersonville, everyone talks about M. HENRY. Look at the photos and you’ll see why. Two different trips– cinnamon french toast the first time. And, quiche for the most recent visit. Service is friendly and while the restaurant was clearly busy, we didn’t feel rushed — a brunch must-have. Already looking forward to the next… Continue reading EAT: M. HENRY / Andersonville/Edgewater


Attended the Glenwood Ave Arts Festival in Rogers Park and happily stumbled upon (thanks to my Yelp app) the very fabulous UNCOMMON GROUND restaurant. Complete with rooftop organic garden, Uncommon Ground “uses seasonal, locally produced, family farmed & organic products whenever possible.” I thoroughly enjoyed the bacon wrapped meatloaf (shown above) with Q7 farms beef, gunthorp farms… Continue reading EAT: UNCOMMON GROUND / Rogers Park

MAKE: One Very Fancy Barbeque

Go fancy (easily!) for your Independence Day barbeque by elevating your must-have condiments: 1. EMPIRE White Truffle Mayonnaise 4 oz. jar, $8 2. MCCLURE’S Garlic Relish 9 0z. jar, $8.50 at Dean & Deluca 3. BALAKIAN FARMS Organic Tomato Sauce Various flavors, $10-14 Complete the set with Sir Kensington’s scooping ketchup

BUY: SIR KENSINGTON Scooping Ketchup

Think all bottles of ketchup are equal? I used to. Then I happened upon SIR KENSINGTON Classic Scooping Ketchup at Sur La Table. (image: Sir Kensington) Using vine-ripened pear tomato puree instead of tomato concentrate and swapping out high fructose corn syrup with a blend of agave, honey and raw brown sugar makes one hell… Continue reading BUY: SIR KENSINGTON Scooping Ketchup