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You’re pretty, Chicago

Chicago view

(even if you are just 45 degrees in late April) Continue reading

“Why so quiet, Chicklette?”

It was quiet around here last week on the blog. Hopefully your reaction was “where is she?” and not “oh, thank goodness!”

In recent weeks I have been away more than home. 


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Five great things I ate (and drank) recently

1. Charcuterie at Il Buco Vineria. Probably the best I’ve ever had.

2. Gorgonzola cremificato at Murray’s Cheese. Molly and I arrived early for our class so we went two doors down to the cheese bar. Yep, we had more cheese plus charcuterie…before a cheese class.

3. Banana tiramisu at Saranello’s outside Chicago. The chef said it was inspired by his mother’s banana pudding. Italians might scream ‘sacrilege’ but it was so delicious that I can’t make myself care.

4. Fennel sausage pizza at Nellcôte. Diandra and I got ours sans mushrooms.

5. I can’t stop thinking about this wine I drank during the class at Murray’s Cheese. It was so unusual and wonderful that I’m tempted to buy a case!

Twitter Spotlight: Diandra Asbaty

When I say the words ‘professional bowler,’ what comes to mind?

I doubt you pictured my friend Diandra Asbaty, but a pro bowler is exactly what she is.

Diandra grew up in a family full of bowlers, and both she and her sister bowled collegiately. Through bowling, she even met her now-husband chef John Asbaty. Expect their adorable toddler son Madden (cutie!) to carry on the tradition.

When she isn’t training, competing and coaching, you’ll find Diandra hanging out with her family and enjoying Chicago.


OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@DiandraAsbaty: Driven. Hilarious. Nice teeth. Nice hands. Sarcastic. Intelligent. Abundantly loving. Nice to his mother. Continue reading

I went to Chicago (in the summer for once)

Chicago in summer, even when it’s a little too hot, is gorgeous. All of my Chicago trips to date had been during winter so this visit was a revelation.

I need to spend more time in this wonderful city, to tour its parks and walk the shores of Lake Michigan.

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