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For an early Mothers Day celebration we took my mom to afternoon tea at the Lobby at the Peninsula in Chicago. I got coffee. Because I don't really like tea. But, as always, with afternoon tea, what I really was looking forward to was the food. And there was a lot of food, both savory and sweet. On the savory side there were delicate tea sandwiches: house smoked turkey with with cranberry chutney on pretzel bread, smoked salmon and asparagus roulade on marble rye, grilled seasonal vegetables and boursin on multi-gran bread. Plus there was a winter mushroom and fontina quiche. On the sweet...

Despite always telling myself not to, I left my Groupons until the last minute. Again. And frantically went to Volo for wine and food the last weekend it was good for. Twice. ...

I had breakfast at Pannenkoeken Cafe in the Lincoln Square neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois. Pannenkoeken, Dutch pancakes, are larger and thinner than traditional American pancakes and come topped with a variety of sweet (caramel apple, chocolate banana, strawberry) or savory (salami and cheese, chicken sausage and mushroom, veggie) options. I went for savory with a Bacon & Cheese Pannenkoeken: a large thin pancake with four strips of bacon cooked into the batter and topped with four strips of melted Havarti cheese. And I washed in down with a hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of syrup. As you...

I've been having a lot of meals with "strangers" lately. It's still kind of odd for me to put myself out there like that and meet up with someone, or multiple someones, I've never met. I'll be the first to admit that I'm incredibly shy and that my social anxiety makes it all very nerve-racking to do. Especially getting food. Because I don't like for people to see me eat, or what I'm eating. (Which I guess is ironic for someone entering an eating contest and for someone who posts photos of all the food she eats.) But these past...

I never in my life thought I would say this. But there might just be such a thing as too much bacon. I spent the latter half of my weekend with heart burn and a stomach ache and a general feeling of not ever wanting to move or eat again. It's not to say that it wasn't worth it. Because, really, If you're going to spend the second half of a weekend with heartburn and a stomach ache you might as well have had spent the first half stuffing yourself with bacon....

1. I made the best B.A.T. Sandwich (Bacon, avocado, tomato — I don't do lettuce) ever. Ever I say! It was made with toasted country bread, mayo, bacon, avocado, and fire roasted tomatoes. It was pretty amazing.   2. Brussels sprouts, potatoes, and bacon. Seriously, everything is better with bacon!   3. I had some frozen cod so I made a couple of dishes. I wasn't too happy with either of them. Cod might not be the best fish when it’s not fried and doused with vinegar...