Lexington Betty Smokehouse

I first saw Lexington Betty Smokehouse featured on Chicago’s Best tv show.  Although they have two locations on the far West and South regions of Chicago, I was more excited to see that the owner was a black woman and was using a smoking technique to cook her food.  Plus the sides and desserts didn’t look bad too!  For my first visit I wanted to try everything, however their menu…

Surf’s Up South Shore

I generally don’t eat a lot of food from the South Shore neighborhood, but Surf’s Up South Shore appeared a few times in my Instagram feed so I decided to give it a try.   According to the website, the restaurant serves cajun and creole style seafood. As it’s lunch time and I need a quick bite before my next remote meeting, I go the catfish special.   Also featured on The…

Recipe: Crispy Southern Fried Chicken Wings

Fried chicken is one of America’s favorite food to eat, along with hot dogs, ice cream, and apple pie. There’s so many styles of chicken wings, bbq, grilled, sauced, or not sauced, but fried chicken wings are probably my favorite.  They’re easy to eat and you don’t have to worry about overcooking them like chicken breast, or undercooking them like chicken legs. Every year, there are multiple festivals in the…

Recipe: Deconstructed Peach Dumplings

I’ve been using a popular Peach Dumpling recipe I found on Pinterest for several years. Today, I decided to do something a little different – using part of the dumpling recipe but constructing it like a peach cobbler. For one, I don’t have to worry about unraveling the crescent rolls perfectly and then wrapping up the perfect peach slices.  That’s just too much work, and my family really doesn’t care….

Recipe: Creamy Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is my go-to meal for quick side dishes. It’s a holiday favorite with the family. You can’t have a barbeque or a Thanksgiving meal without it. While mac and cheese is supposed to be cheesy, it shouldn’t be that you’re eating all cheese. I’m not a fan of six to eight different cheeses in one meal.  Having a couple is enough for me. It’s taken me a…

Foodie Sheltering in Place during the Coronavirus

It’s June and during this time of the year, Chicago has many neighborhood food festivals to satisfy tastebuds. Unfortunately because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), all food festivals have been canceled in the Chicago area.  Yes, it’s been hard for this foodie. While many communities are sheltering in place, Chicago is slowly starting to re-open a lot of its restaurants for sit-down service. Although some communities have been awarded the opportunity…

Christmas Time at Museum of Science and Industry

I haven’t been at the Museum of Science and Industry since I was a child in grammar school on a field trip. This year I found a Groupon with an option to take a photo with Santa and get some milk and cookies! Wow did I have a great time! Going on a weekday meant less crowds and snotty nose kids.  

Recipe: Cajun and Lemon Pepper Salmon [Keto Friendly]

This salmon recipe is one of my favorite go-to meals on Sundays. It only takes about 17 – 20 minutes to complete. I usually serve the fish with pasta and sautéed cabbage or roasted asparagus. Plus if there are leftovers, I like to use the fish to make salmon croquettes! Quick and easy to make oven-baked salmon.