As I have mentioned before, the main idea for this blog is to try to provide you with ideas for spending time together that are alternatives to the usual “dinner and a movie” theme. That being said, this does not mean that dinner (or any meal) cannot be included in your plans.
I like to eat. A lot. My nickname in college was “little hunger pain”. These days, if you look up the word “hangry” in the dictionary you might just find a picture of me. Just ask my husband. Or my college roommate (right, LeNora?). Or my kids. Or . . . the list goes on. I watch a lot of Food Network and other cooking shows (Top Chef is an all-time favorite). I also have a list of chefs whose restaurants I want to visit and I google “famous chef-owned restaurants” when we go out of town. I don’t cook at this level at home of course, so I like to treat myself when we go out. Because, while “dinner and movie” gets old after awhile, so does eating the same type of food or eating at the same restaurant.
Sometimes, eating can be a fun adventure into different flavors and eating concepts. Sometimes, it can be the whole activity for the day. Food Halls, Food Truck Festivals, and Food Tours are some examples of this type of culinary exploration. Chicago’s annual Taste of Chicago and Chicago Gourmet have a wide variety of foods to sample. You can also find flavor-specific festivals that highlight a culture (Italian, Greek, Mexican) or a food-specific one that showcases ribs, lobster, or burgers.
Whatever your dining preferences are, there is something for everyone. And I am here to gobble my way through Chicago and its suburbs to help you find the right food activities for you.