Restaurant Review: Crīo

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Last week, I got the chance to finally check out Crīo after months of drooling over their delicious (and hilariously funny) photos on Instagram. To be honest, since I'm surrounded by great food all the time, it's very rare that a restaurant's Instagram will lure me in. Well, I'm glad it did. If you haven't had the chance to try Crīo in Chicago yet, then consider this your wake-up call. Although this place says it has "The Best Latin American food in Chicago", I'd go as far as saying it's one ... [ Read More ]

Honey Soy Crunch Chicken

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Real talk...this honey soy crunch chicken taste even better than it looks (if that's even possible). This ooey gooey, crunchy masterpiece is my new go-to recipe any night of the week. I developed this last week when I wanted to make dinner for my friend Chloe. It was her birthday, and a home-cooked meal is one of her favorite things on earth. I decided it was time to invent a new chicken dish. I was in the mood for something different and have been tired of the same old recipes lately. Since ... [ Read More ]

Caramelized Garlic, Spinach & Cheddar Tart

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As most of you know, 99.9% of the time, I create my own dishes. It's very rare that I even see a recipe and decide to follow it step by step without changing something along the way. While most people find it comforting to follow a recipe, I just seem to find it stifling and frustrating. However, this weekend, I stepped outside of my comfort zone when I saw this incredible recipe for a caramelized garlic, spinach and cheddar tart in Bon Appétit magazine. Instead of just sending you to the ... [ Read More ]

Erica’s Magic Mac and Cheese

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Did you know that in the time it takes to make a box of mac and cheese, you can actually make a homemade one (and it will taste a whole lot better)? For those of you who know me (or follow along with my blog), you know I'm not a huge fan of store bought boxed products. The problem is, they usually have so many gross additives, colorings and preservatives, that you end up not knowing what you're eating. Mac and cheese is a prime example of this major issue. Today, I'm going to help you rid ... [ Read More ]

Chicago’s North Shore Restaurant Month has Arrived!

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Last night, I was driving home from O'Hare airport after a long trip and I was starving. The traffic was awful (what's new?), so I decided to jump off the highway and find a restaurant nearby before I got super "hangry" and did something I would regret. Let's face it; we've all been there. When I took to Google to research somewhere nearby, I saw that Chicago's North Shore Convention & Visitors Bureau was putting on a restaurant month during February.  I noticed that they were featuring ... [ Read More ]