A few weeks ago, I spent the week exploring the beautiful Hawaiian island of Kauai! Kauai is my favorite of the Hawaiian islands because its small, less touristy, and extremely lush and gorgeous.
|Sunset Over Hanalei Bay|
Moloaa Sunrise Fruit Stand
|Moloaa Sunrise Fruit Stand|
|Moloaa Sunrise Fruit Stand|
Art Cafe Hemingway
|Breakfast at Art Cafe Hemingway|
|Plate Lunch with Roasted Pork|
|Kauai Juice Co.|
|Ono Ono Shave Ice|
Of course I had to try some fresh fish, including tuna poke, sushi, and fish tacos.
|Rainbow Poke at Eating House 1849|
|Rainbow Roll at St. Regis Princeville|
|Seared Cajun Ahi Taco at Island Taco|
I also saved room for my FAVORITE ice cream in Hawaii, Lappert's! Their macadamia nut ice cream is to die for!
|Lappert's Ice Cream|
On our last night in Hawaii, we enjoyed a traditional luau complete with roasted pig. It was a great experience!
This year's birthday celebration was as delicious as ever! From tuna tartare and lobster rolls at Fish Bar, seafood salads and pie at Joe's, and glasses of sparkling rose at Cindy's atop the Chicago Athletic Association, to Mexican comfort food at Estrella Negra and a delicious birthday cake from Sweet Mandy B's, I had a wonderful birthday celebration. And, did I mention, I went to Schwa for the official big birthday bash dinner (more on that meal in a later post)?!
|Tuna Tartare at Fish Bar|
|Lobster Roll at Fish Bar|
|Cindy's at Chicago Athletic Association|
|The View from Cindy's|
|Guacamole at Estrella Negra|
|Empanadas at Estrella Negra|
|Tamales at Estrella Negra|
|Sweet Mandy B's Birthday Cake|
|Seafood Chopped Salad at Joe's|
|Fried Chicken at Joe's|
|Peanut Butter Pie at Joe's|
Beer and seafood lovers should get excited because Shaw's Crab House recently released its SOB Ale (SOB stands for Shaw's Oyster Bar...get your mind out of the gutter!). The beer was developed in collaboration with San Francisco's Anchor Brewing. I visited Anchor Brewing when I was in San Fran in April, and it's a pretty amazing place!
Shaw's SOB ale is perfect with a variety of seafood plates including oysters, boiled shrimp, tuna tartare, and stuffed clams. I know because I tried them all together! Check out the SOB Ale at the Shaw's Chicago oyster bar!
Side note: I'll be at Shaw's 26th annual Oyster Fest this Friday slurping away...come join me!
|Raw Oysters at Shaw's|
|Tuna Tartare at Shaw's|
|Boiled Peel & Eat Shrimp at Shaw's|
|Stuffed Clams at Shaw's|
Fit Foodie Run
This Saturday I will be participating in Cooking Light and Health's Fit Foodie Run 5K as a race ambassador! The race weekend is the ultimate celebration of food, fitness, and fun!
I would love if you'd join me out on the course for a nice 5k run or walk, followed by great eats and drinks in the finisher's village! The post-run celebration includes celebrity chef demos and tastings, fitness demos, beer and wine tastings, and giveaways!
Use code FITFOODIEFRIEND when registering for FREE entry!
|Photo Credit: The Fit Foodie 5K|
|Fit Foodie 5K|
Food Adventures with Buick
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of testing out the 2015 Buick Regal. For one week I was cruising around the streets of Chicago in comfort and safety. I don't have a car in the city so it was awesome getting to explore parts of the city I don't typically visit. Have you seen those Buick commercials where people don't recognize that the car is a Buick ("That's not a Buick!")? Well, it's true, this isn't your grandpa's Buick. The car was sleek, modern and fully equipped with safety features, GPS, OnStar, Pandora and XM radio, in-car Wi-Fi, and a rear-view camera, to name a few features. I don't drive very often so it was nice having those extra safety features, especially when trying to parallel park.
|2015 Buick Regal|
Photo Credit: Buick
Hot G Dog
|Hot G Dog|
|Hot G Dog|
|Atomic Sausage with Pepper Jack & Guajillo Sauce at Hot G Dog|
|Spicy Chicken Sausage with Cilantro & Chipotle Sauce, Roasted Red Pepper & Hot Habanero Cheese|
at Hot G Dog
|Biscuit Sandwiches & Chocolate Pecan Pie at Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits|
|Catalonia, Secret Chord, Shrinebuilder & Whiskey & Wine at The Whistler|
|Roasted Garlic, Olive Oil & Balsamic at A10|
|Housemade Focaccia at A10|
|Shaved Apple & Kohlrabi Salad with Manchego, Walnut & Mint at A10|
|Spinach & Feta Roman Pizza with Olives & Parsley at A10|
|Basil Rigatoni with Lamb Bolognese, Green Garbanzo Beans & 4 Year Gouda at A10|
|Bass with Pepper, Chimichurri and Heirloom Tomato at A10|
|Ice Cream at Kilwin's|
Note: Buick provided me with a loaner vehicle to facilitate this post; however all opinions expressed herein are my own.