foodie break: @CommunityTavern

When you think about Chicago cuisine, the obvious highlights come to mind: deep dish pizza, hotdogs, Italian beef sandwiches… What may not come to mind is a French-inspired steakhouse. But when said steakhouse is voted one of Chicago Mag’s Best New Restaurants 2015, it’s easy to pass on the deep dish and head to the Portage Park neighborhood for dinner at Community Tavern. Historically one of Chicago’s biggest Polish neighborhoods, Portage Park is located on the northwest part of the city and a quick 15-minute cab ride from downtown. Since mom and I spent most of our time on Friday exploring the River North neighborhood,  we were happy to travel a quieter, more residential neighborhood for…

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foodie break: toni patisserie & cafe

I have a confession to make: I have a new favorite city, and her name is Chicago. I have plenty to tell you about my three days in the Windy City, but know that the general themes center on what I ate and where I ate it. First up, Toni Patisserie & Cafe, a little slice of Parisian heaven located in the heart of “The Loop.” For Chicago first-timers like my mom (or shall I say, ma mère) and I, we learned quickly that “The Loop” refers to the neighborhood and business district in downtown Chicago bordered by the Chicago River to the north and west and by Lake Michigan to the east. Home to…

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foodie break: @CioppinoSF

Since most of our first day in San Francisco centered around the SoMa and Union Square neighborhoods, we knew we wanted to spend our second and final day exploring. And by exploring, we normally mean eating and drinking, which is TOTALLY NORMAL and perfectly acceptable way to acclimate to a new city, ok? Many of our meals up until this point had featured local northern California ingredients and freshly caught seafood, and we have to say, we were hooked (see what we did there?). Why not get ourselves closer to the action and head to Fisherman’s Wharf, the historic waterfront neighborhood known for its Italian heritage and cuisine? Cioppino’s, a fourth-generation family run restaurant, is one…

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foodie break: three buoys, isle of wight

After our first day exploring the Isle of Wight — and despite the fact that we had already inhaled the Seaview’s famed crab ramekin — we were pretty ravenous once dinner rolled around. Enter: Three Buoys. The pug was, again, fully welcomed, if not revered. I’m telling you, if you DON’T bring a dog to the Isle of Wight, they might not actually let you onto the island. Anyway! Dinner! It was, unsurprisingly, delish. You know how sometimes you can just look at a website and know a restaurant is gonna be good? Three Buoys has one of those websites. Owned by a born & bred local, the restaurant is named for the owners’ three…

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foodie break: festive afternoon tea at @ConradLondonSJ

With less than ten days until Christmas and the winners of our #LTholidays giveaway announced, it’s safe to say we’re fully immersed in the holiday spirit. We’re also both living in brand new cities this year, which gives us the perfect excuse to find the latest and greatest places to celebrate the season! Though there’s something to be said about the tried and true holiday attractions — like Winter Wonderland in London’s Hyde Park or the Light Show in Philadelphia’s Wanamaker Building — the crowd-hating, semi-claustrophobic versions of ourselves also appreciate a quieter celebration away from all the hustle and bustle. Enter: Festive Afternoon Tea at the Conrad London St James. Located a short walk…

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