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 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…

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…

Slim Chickens Coming to Champaign

Slim Chickens is a southern food restaurant specializing in…you guessed it, chicken. The first location was opened in Fayetteville, AR. by founders Greg and Tom. After opening their first place they had so much success, that they now have locations all over the nation. One of their newest places will be right here in Champaign. They’ll…

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…

Hamilton Walker’s Steakhouse Coming to Champaign This Summer

When my husband and I were out to dinner the other night, I noticed the very large empty space at 201 North Neil Street. It used to be the Chicago Title Company building. It’s where my husband and I finalized the purchase of our home. Now it’s completely empty, but that night, there was a…

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…

Watson’s Shack & Rail to Open in Downtown Champaign

Watson’s Shack & Rail will be opening in Downtown Champaign this fall. They’ll be taking over the space at 211 North Neil Street formerly known as Boltini Bar and Lounge. Watson’s will be serving up Nashville hot chicken, fresh biscuits, tomato pudding, smashed potatoes smothered in their house made gravy, just to name a few….

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…

Birthday Bread

My birthday was in January and I had a fabulous birthday feast with friends. After the festivities ended life got back to normal and I was again another year older. All of that self pity and sadness melted away the day that my birthday bread arrived! I remember opening the box and unwrapping the sweet…