Drink and Dine for St. Patrick’s Day in C-U

Only one more sleep until St. Patrick’s Day! If you need some last minute ideas for drinking and dining Irish Style, you have come to the right place. Here are my top suggestions for where to celebrate this special holiday right here in the Champaign-Urbana area: Desthil This local gastro pub has created something fantastic…

Sweet Food Truck Rolls into Champaign

The food truck scene here in Champaign just got a whole lot sweeter! Leslie Till and Matt Doyle have teamed up to bring you the locally owned, Oh, Honey Pie food truck. On weekends they will be parked around Champaign and at local farmers markets serving up thier cute little mini pies for $6-$7 each,…

Red Bicycle Ice Cream

I was browsing my Twitter feed a while ago and came across a very exciting tweet written by Visit Champaign County. There’s a new ice cream shop opening in Urbana today! It’s called Red Bicycle Ice Cream and the owner is dedicated to using fresh local ingredients.  I have quite the sweet tooth so I’ll…

Caribbean Grill’s Soft Opening

Let me start by saying how thrilled I was to get an email invitation to the highly anticipated soft opening of local gem Caribbean Grill. They’ve been around Champaign-Urbana for 7 years. They started out at Taste of Champaign then began catering, lunch carry-out, and for the past two years they’ve run a popular food truck….

Dinner with Prairie Palate

A few weeks ago my husband and I headed over to Silvercreek Restaurant to check out thier much talked about Spring Bash (this post is long overdue). It was a celebration of the beginning of deck season and boasted live music, a special beer pairing menu and beer tasting. I invited my new friend, and…

Hamilton Walker’s: Sneak Peek Dinner

The night of the HW Sneak Peek dinner did not go as we had planned.  Everything turned out wonderfully delicious in the end, but the journey to get there was a cold one. My husband Corey and I had picked out our 40’s style outfits and got in the car with plenty of time to spare….

Slim Chickens in Champaign

The other evening I took my family out to eat at the newest chain restaurant to hit the area. I admit this particular restaurant had peaked my interest. They not only boast fast food, but they also offer one of the best dishes ever created (in my opinion). My favorite sweet and savory combo of…

Soul Food Sundays at Caribbean Grill and more BIG NEWS…

Our local Caribbean Grill food truck is known in C-U for their flavorful rice, beans and tender jerk chicken, but starting this Sunday, December 4th, they’ll be serving up a new soulful menu. This Sunday it will feature buttermilk fried chicken and waffles, collard greens, candied yams, baked mac and cheese and peach cobbler for…

Hamilton Walker’s: A Sneak Peek

Today was a very exciting day for me. You know what, exciting doesn’t even come close to touching how amazing my morning was. I had the chance of a lifetime to, again, see inside the much talked about Hamilton Walker’s Steakhouse. I fought the wind as I headed down Neil Street to the location of the…

Hamilton Walker’s Opening Approaches

The much anticipated Hamilton Walker’s steakhouse, opening in Champaign Fall 2016, is well on its way to opening day! The restaurant will be a 40’s inspired steakhouse built in the heart of Downtown Champaign. The history behind Hamilton Walker’s is just as rich as the decadent food. It was once Walker’s Opera House and was…

Johnsonville Big Taste Tour

Do you love brats and all things grilled? Well you’re in luck! The world’s largest touring grill is headed into town. This 65′ long, 53,000 pound monster will be at County Market, 331 East Stoughton, in Champaign on Saturday from 11am-4pm. It can grill 750 brats at once. That is 2,500 brats per hour! I…