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XOCO, Chicago, Illinois

Xoco sign

Rick Bayless’s XOCO is just around the corner from his other restaurants, Frontera and Topolobampo. While the other two are essentially variations on the same restaurant, XOCO stands a little bit apart and offers a more unique dining experience. The restaurant is a quick service eatery – and was recently named the greenest restaurant in Chicago – where you order at a counter and the ... Read More »

Topolobampo, Chicago, Illinois

Topolobampo Horchata Dessert

When I started to plan a recent trip to Chicago, there were quite a few restaurants that I wanted to eat at, but I really wanted to make sure that I had a chance to get into one of chef Rick Bayless‘s well known Mexican restaurants while I was there. Bayless, who has actually be described as the “father of modern Mexican cuisine” is well ... Read More »

Baking Bites in Kenya

Leopard

I recently got back from a long and fantastic trip to Kenya, where I went on a safari for nearly two weeks! The trip was one of those bucket list trip-of-a-lifetime adventures and it was amazing. Unlike some of my other travels, like to Napa,  Seoul, South Korea and Andalucia, Spain, this trip was not particularly focused on food. Most of my time was spent ... Read More »

Kitchen Stores to visit in Napa, California

Spices at the CIA

All of the restaurants in the Napa Valley area of Northern California make it a great vacation destination for food lovers, but if you’re like me, you probably still want to do some cooking when you get home from that vacation instead of just going out to eat! One of the great things about Napa and the surrounding areas is that there are lots of ... Read More »

A tour of the Bouchon Bakery, Yountville, CA

Baking bread for TFL

The Napa Valley is a hot spot for foodies due to the high concentration of top notch restaurants ad wineries in the area. But in with all the big names are lots of smaller places that are easily worth a stop. I have to include the Bouchon Bakery in this list because, although the bakery is one of Thomas Keller’s eateries, it is often overlooked ... Read More »

The French Laundry, Yountville, California

TFL 9

The French Laundry is one of the most iconic restaurants in the Napa Valley and one of the best restaurants in the world, with three Michelin stars to prove it. The restaurant belongs to Chef Thomas Keller, who has been serving a beautiful nine course tasting menu there since 1994, when he bought the building (formerly an actual French Lanudry, but operated previously as a ... Read More »

Morimoto, Napa, CA

Morimoto Fish

Masaharu Morimoto is the highly skilled Japanese chef who has been featured on Iron Chef and Iron Chef America. He is highly skilled, but you might not know that he has several restaurants where you can actually taste some of the food that he has prepared in culinary battles on the show (as well as lots of other tasty dishes). The newest of his restaurants ... Read More »

Yodels at Sweetie Pies Bakery, Napa, California

Sweetie Pies' Yodel

Sweetie Pies is an adorable bakery on the Napa riverfront that specializes in American classics, like cheesecakes, cupcakes and cream-filled whoopie pies. The place is busy and if you sit inside for more than a few minutes, you’ll see quite a few people come through the doors and leave with goodies. One of their signature items is the Yodel. A Yodel is a cream-filled chocolate ... Read More »

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