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…

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…

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…

Bayern Stube

Back in 2006 I spent some time living with my brother in Düsseldorf, Germany. He let me crash in his small but efficient apartment in the lovely neighborhood of Oberkassel, located on the west side of the beautiful Rhine River. During my time there I worked, made friends for life, drank the best beer in the world…

EL Oasis

This past Father’s Day weekend was a scorcher! We headed to the park to get some early play time in for the boys. After an hour of enthusiastic play, my guys started to get really hungry. Despite a few tense moments of trying convince my oldest that it time to leave, we all excitedly hopped in…

An Afternoon in C-U

The more time I spend here in Champaign-Urbana, the more I grow to love it. We are so fortunate to have most everything the big city has right at our fingertips. We have University of Illinois sports, the Krannert Art Museum, The Virginia Theatre, and luckily for me, a thriving food scene that shows no…

Sun Singer Wine & Spirits

It was a beautiful midwestern evening with just a hint of spring in the air. I’d finally gotten away for some girl time and we had just finished our 2 mile run. (There may have been a little walking in there too.) We hopped in the car and opened the windows to let the last…

Watson’s Shack & Rail is Finally Here!

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the soft opening of the elusive Watson’s Shack and Rail on Wednesday evening. I’m sure many of you were beginning to think this night would never happen, but it has come, and it was delicious! After anxiously waiting to try this food I had high hopes. I…

Nando Milano Trattoria-Champaign

The cold night air nipped at our ears as we moved briskly down the dark street to get to my birthday dinner. I’d been looking forward to this night for a month! The new restaurant that I’d been wanting to visit was now open and tonight, we had reservations. A warm and inviting light spilled…

Miga

Rain, Rain, Rain! That’s what I woke up to on the morning of our fancy anniversary dinner.  I look forward to our special evening every year. I was a little bummed but no less excited for what the evening had in store. We again narrowed our choices down to a couple of restaurants. It was…

Escobar’s: Nuevo Latino Cuisine

Here in the Champaign, Urbana area we are spreading our wings when it comes to dining out. When I was a little girl I remember the city only offering a few places to dine for special occasions. Now as an adult I am happy to say that, that has all changed. I adore looking for…