We took the bus down from Madison, Wisconsin this morning to spend the day wandering around Chicago. We stopped at Union Station, dropped off our luggage in storage and then wandered the Magnificent Mile, the city, and across a few bridges. I love that the skyscrapers are scattered amongst the tall carved, older buildings, right … Continue reading The Chicago Bean + deep-dish Pizza.
I met an awesome couple on my birthday – Dan and Larkin are Edward’s friends, and they are currently working on Larkin’s sisters Maple Farm. The invited us up to Westby for a day to play around on the farm, learn about maple syrup production and head out for a day of work tapping trees. … Continue reading A day on a Wisconsin Maple Farm.
Last day in Madison today – so I head over to Williamson st, or ‘Willy’ st as the locals call it, to check out some of the food businesses that supply all the top restaurants. I had tried a number of Underground Meats at Merchant last night, and a number of restaurants use Madison Sourdough … Continue reading The Underground Food Collective, a lunch meeting over shrimp & grits + Wisconsin Cheese.
Packed up and checked out of my hotel today, as I was moving to the Hampton Inn by Hilton downtown. Once I’d moved out, I wandered the main street to all the little boutiques. I got a cute little mug! Stopped in for lunch at Roast Public House for BBQ brisket on a roll with … Continue reading Brisket sandwiches, sledding in the snow + pear cinnamon cocktails.
Today was a full work day, and by a full work day I mean that the lovely folk at Visit Madison had organised a full day of meeting chefs, owners and eating at a number of Madison’s top dining locations. I rugged up against the cold and started the walk downtown to Marigold Kitchen, where … Continue reading Blueberry orange pancakes, mac ‘n’ cheese pizza + the finest farm-to-table dining.
I arrived in Madison, Wisconsin last night from New York at close to midnight. I had been travelling all day and made it in to my fancy hotel thanks to Visit Madison, and made my way up to my gorgeous big suite. It was lovely to sink into my big bed after a day of … Continue reading My 25th birthday in Wisconsin, cheese curds + an official birthday restaurant.
Last day in NYC today – I’ve had a killer (but fattening) time. Brooklyn is a lot bigger than I realised. When I organised to stay down south on 68th, I didn’t realise how far it was from Williamsburg, the hip place to be in Brooklyn. It was ok though – I like where I … Continue reading Moroccan tagines, soul food + crack pie and cereal milk soft serve at Momofuku Milk Bar.
I stayed in my hotel room until midday. My feet hurt. I needed to paint my nails, sort out my luggage, get myself re-centered. And to be honest, I just needed a sleep in. New York is so ever-bustling and busy, it was nice to sit 13 floors above it all in the quiet and … Continue reading White girl gets a fork, best pancakes ever, a rice pudding cafe + an urban high-rise park.
Today was the day I was to get up at 6AM and take the subway down to Dominique Ansel’s Bakery in SoHo, to line up for two hours for a taste of a Cronut from the place they were invented. If you haven’t heard of them, Cronuts are a worldwide sensation at the moment – … Continue reading The invention of the Cronut.
Today was my first full day in Manhattan, to spend as I pleased. I had no plans, no-one to meet up with, no one to see. I could just do and go wherever I wanted. So I did. I set out, rugged up against the New York snow and cold air, with my pack and … Continue reading Magnolia Bakery, Broadway musicals, squirrels in Central Park + burgers at Shake Shack.