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…

Red Robin Set to Open at Marketplace Mall

Red Robin gourmet burger restaurant will soon be opening on Marketplace property outside the mall. The News-Gazette first reported they are aiming for an August opening date. I’m always seeing those commercials, Red Robin…Yummm! Now I can finally try one of the yummy burgers I’ve been teased with for so long! There is talk of…

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…

Baxter’s American Grille is Headed to Champaign

Yet another new restaurant is headed our way this summer! A small, independent restaurant located in Bloomington has decided to spread their wings and build a new location right here in Champaign. Baxter’s American Grille will be moving into the old Prairie Fire building at 100 Trade Center Drive. The owner, Rod Burchett, told The…

Cactus Grill

I had never eaten at the locally owned and operated Champaign restaurant Cactus Grill, but I was curious. This afternoon after my hubby got back from a long run he was craving something fresh and hearty. I suggested Mexican food and that’s when he mentioned Cactus Grill. We glanced over the menu and decided to…

Alabama Vacation: Portabella’s

It was valentine’s day afternoon and even better it was just the two of us. My hubby and I walked hand in hand as we enjoyed the sublime feeling of Gulf Coast winds and warm sun on our faces. We were in search of a local eatery to appease our growling stomachs. We had almost…

Girl’s Breakfast at Sam’s Cafe

It finally happened! I was able to host a girl’s night without having to reschedule because of my son, sickness or some other type of “life” issue. My friend Angela and I had a fabulous night of DIY face masks and conversation without any interruptions. The next morning, after sleeping in like teenagers (9:30am), we…