Category Archives: food

cupcake decorating


This past Wednesday, Dabble held a special event featuring two awesome classes back to back, the first being cupcake decorating. I gotta admit, I was really terrible at the decorating part, a girl mentioned her fondant rose looking more like a succulent than a rose, well, mine didn’t even resemble a plant of any sort. Ha! Nevertheless, the class was super-duper fun and the cupcakes, which our teacher Meg lovingly made, were pretty damn delicious.


I have so much respect for all you bakers and pastry gurus, Cake Boss makes it look so easy (ok, not really), but boy, decorating those yummy treats is not easy. I’m glad that I make up for my lack of cupcake artistry by being a champ at eating ’em. Yep, I’m pretty tough to beat in that department.


Oh and by the way, this class was held at Dabble’s new headquarters, a lovely office space in Enerspace Chicago, just look at all that lovely light and ample space! Congrats Dabble peeps, you guys rule! xo

kinfolk by birchhouse


images by birchhouse

Back in November, I mentioned attending the Kinfolk satellite dinner in Chicago with Anni and am so pleased that the talented photographers behind birchhouse have posted the lovely pictures they took of that night as they captured the magic pretty damn well.

Birchhouse, I love, love, love your work, I’m excited that you have a Chicago connection! Also, someone please, hurry up and host another Kinfolk satellite dinner because I’m itching for another night of good eatin’ drinkin’ and hanging with awesome people, especially my girl, Anni.


kinfolk-dinnerLast night, Anni and I had the chance to attend a Kinfolk Satellite Dinner at Floriole Cafe and it was such a lovely evening. Good food, good people and a great bottle of red wine that Anni and I had no problem polishing off. Oh and those cute moss planter place card holders (say that 10 times), were created by one of my favorites, Caitlin from Foxglove Studio.

Have a great weekend!

in the kitchen

Lunchtime goodies, noodles + peas + barbeque pork pieces and for good measure, a coconut.

what katie ate

all images by katie quinn davies

While on the search for inspiration for my next collaboration with Anni, I came across the food photography blog of Katie Quinn Davies and I am both inspired and super hungry.


co-op hot sauce

One of my bar regulars gave me a couple of bottles of co-op hot sauce for christmas and although I was thrilled by the minimalistic label design, it was the taste that sealed the deal for me. Check out the site and shop!

what’s cookin’ – a guest feature


Remember my what’s cookin’ feature? Well, it’s back! Today, I’ve got a super simple and super delicious hot cocoa recipe by Diana of our city lights. If you’ll notice she even included a healthier alternative as well and it’s just as yummy. This recipe will go hand in hand with this post of mine. Thanks Diana! I can’t wait to try this!

By the way, Diana just launched a very new project that is right up my alley, it’s called gadchick and it’s a gadget/techie site geared towards women. I’m so excited for her and am already drooling all over the gadchick blog.  Diana, I hope you’re ready for my million attempts at submitting articles for your site! Tee hee.