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reviewed Ideya. February 28, 2011
When in NYC a couple of weeks ago, my good friend suggested we meet for drinks and dinner. She always picks the best restaurants - places with great ambiance, tasty ethnic fare and fun drinks. This time …
reviewed Gild Hall. February 28, 2011
Gild Hall
A couple weeks ago I was in NYC on vacation. I had looked at quite a few hotels on Priceline, Hotwire, Travelocity and Hotels.com. I’m always torn between location and value when looking for …
reviewed Washington Square Bar & Grill. February 08, 2011
posted in Twin Cities Talk
Washington Square Bar & Grill
Washington Square Bar & Grill is a cozy neighborhood restaurant nestled right off of White Bear Lake. I love the area during the summer when the residents (and visitors) are there to sail, boat and …
reviewed Tango Sur. February 08, 2011
posted in Windy City Secrets
Tango Sur
In two weeks I’m heading to Chicago for a couples shower being thrown in my honor. Beyond the excitement of seeing my good friends, I’m also looking forward to showing my fiancé the …
reviewed Caribou Highlands. February 01, 2011
Caribou Highlands
The second part of my New Year’s journey (see my Solglimt review for the first half) and our final destination was the Caribou Highlands Lodge in Lutsen, Minnesota. Located only a hop, skip and …
reviewed Solglimt Bed and Breakfast. February 01, 2011
Solglimt Bed and Breakfast
On our way to the northern edge of Minnesota for a New Year’s celebration, to a ski town called Lutsen, my fiancé and I made a pit stop in the city of Duluth. It was late on a Thursday night, …
reviewed 45 Degrees. January 18, 2011
posted in Twin Cities Talk
45 Degrees
The winter months in Minnesota can be unbearably long and cold. The only way to combat the weather and winter blues is to brave up, battle the cold and get outside for some refreshing seasonal exercise. …
reviewed Nat & Helen's. December 28, 2010
posted in Windy City Secrets
Nat & Helen's
In the last four months I’ve found out that four of my close friends are pregnant. I’m thrilled to say the least, but it did send me into a bit of tizzy thinking about finding creative and …
reviewed Won Kow. December 28, 2010
posted in Windy City Secrets
Won Kon
After living in Chicago for nearly five years, I finally made it to Chinatown. Excited to explore, with really no game plan or recommendations on where to go or what to eat, I stumbled upon Won Kow (the …
reviewed The Bluma Project. December 06, 2010
posted in Social Good
The Bluma Project
I found this colorful, ethnic jewelry line while perusing Anthropologie.com for holiday gifts. Of course the chunky statement pieces instantly drew my attention, but when I read about the company that …
reviewed SniqueAway.com. November 02, 2010
Travel + a good deal = my idea of heaven. So I was excited to get an invitation to a new travel site called SniqueAway. SniqueAway is an invitation only, sale travel experience. Each week you receive …
reviewed Harvest Fest. October 19, 2010
posted in Twin Cities Talk
Harvest Fest
One of the highlights of my Fall is Harvest Fest in my home town of Stillwater, MN. Located right on the St. Croix river, Stillwater is as picturesque and charming as any East coast town. Every October …
reviewed Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon 2010. October 06, 2010
posted in Twin Cities Talk
Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon 2010
This weekend I had a chance to participate in the Twin Cities Marathon… as an observer (you were about to be impressed with me though, weren’t you?).  I had the pleasure of watching …
reviewed Chefs Gallery. October 06, 2010
posted in Twin Cities Talk
Chefs Gallery
If you’re a foodie, aspiring foodie, wanna-be chef, a professional chef, or just enjoy standing in your kitchen admiring your pots and pans, then Chefs Gallery is your must-shop spot for all things …
reviewed Cafe Cravings. September 28, 2010
Cafe Cravings
The name of this restaurant says it all. The menu is packed with all of the comfort food and decadent desserts you could ever want or desire. And what's lovely about this restaurant is that it is …
reviewed Artful Belongings. September 28, 2010
posted in Twin Cities Talk
Artful Belongings
My home décor style sways between modern and funky to vintage and rustic. Having eclectic taste can make it hard to shop in the standard Crate and Barrel stores of the world (hello, overly expensive …
reviewed Irazu. September 21, 2010
posted in Windy City Secrets
A couple years ago I vacationed in Costa Rica, and though I quickly learned giant spiders and unidentifiable lizards weren’t my thing, the trip did solidify my love affair with Costa Rican cuisine. …
reviewed Red and White. September 21, 2010
posted in Windy City Secrets
Red and Wine
The first leaves of Fall are starting to drift to the ground and I’ll admit that I’m secretly giddy.  This summer was full of dinners out, concerts, travel and socializing, but Fall …
reviewed Junk Bonanza. September 21, 2010
posted in Twin Cities Talk
Junk Bonanza
  In retail and in life I’m always looking for a unique decorating find, something that looks a bit out of the ordinary, has a funky style, would make a great home accent piece or store display, …
reviewed Athena Greek Restaurant. August 30, 2010
posted in Windy City Secrets
Athena Greek Restaurant
  A couple of years ago I lived with a roomate who was Greek. Every couple of weeks she made the most scrumptious spanakopita. It was so delicious, that I would beg and plead for her …
reviewed Crosell and Co.. August 30, 2010
posted in Windy City Secrets
Crosell and Co.
A shop that specializes in home and life design,  Crosell and Co. is one of the cutest stores in Bucktown. I adore this shop for dinnerware, fine china and general home decorating.   …
reviewed Grow. August 20, 2010
posted in Windy City Secrets
Some of my friends have started having babies, which I'll admit, wast a total mystery me at first. Granted, they're a couple years older than I, but nevertheless,  the “how …
reviewed Bullfrogs and Butterflies. August 20, 2010
posted in Windy City Secrets
Bullfrogs and Butterflies
If anything makes me crave childhood, it's the multitude of children's birthday parties I've been to this last year. I enviously discovered that kids toys, games and outfits just …
reviewed Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach. August 18, 2010
Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach
I was recently whisked away for my birthday to one of my favorite Mexican resorts, the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach. Situated outside of downtown Los Cabos on the western side of the tip …
reviewed W Chicago - Lakeshore. August 18, 2010
W Chicago - Lakeshore
   I was recently at a friends wedding in Chicago and the reception was held at the W Lakeshore. Those who have been here before know that this is a swanky, Asian design influenced hotel with …
reviewed Lollapalooza 2010. August 11, 2010
posted in Windy City Secrets
Lollapalooza 2010
   Imagine a three day outdoor concert/dance party with 250,000 of your closest friends in the middle of downtown Chicago. Sound awesome? Welcome to Lollapalooza! I was lucky enough to participate …
reviewed The Allerton Hotel. August 10, 2010
The Allerton Hotel
I was in Chicago last weekend for Lollapalooza. When booking this trip, I found most of my go-to hotels were either booked or outrageously marked up for the weekend.  I decided rather than gouge …
reviewed The Sutton Place Hotel. July 20, 2010
The Sutton Place Hotel
One of my favorite neighborhoods in Chicago to take visitors is the Gold Coast. Not only did I live there for my first year in Chicago (and thus is has special history), it’s also a peek into the …
reviewed Eclipse Soundtrack. July 06, 2010
Eclipse Soundtrack
As an admitted Twilight fan, I was not only enthused to see the latest movie, Eclipse, but also curious about the soundtrack. After reading a couple fellow Lunch reviews on how great the soundtracks were …
reviewed The Painted Lady. July 06, 2010
posted in Windy City Secrets
The Painted Lady
After years of sampling Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, and William Sonoma, I've grown tired of the same standard couches and coffee tables available for home furnishing. Not to mention their muy …
reviewed Encore at Wynn Las Vegas. June 29, 2010
Encore at Wynn Las Vegas
Okay, so my previous reviews on Vegas hotels were through the eyes of one there for work. I can now say I've been to Vegas for fun and share a different side of the hotel story.      …
reviewed Relentless: A Novel. June 29, 2010
Relentless: A Novel
Somehow in my years of reading hundreds of mystery books, I had neglected to read a Dean Koontz novel.  Perhaps my love for my favorite who-dunnit heroine, Kinsey Malone, had steered me away from …
reviewed Le Dress. June 16, 2010
posted in Windy City Secrets
Le Dress
It’s summer, aka the season of bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners and weddings galore.  Amidst ringing bells, floral processionals, champagne toasts to questionable best-man speeches, …
reviewed People Lounge. May 31, 2010
posted in Windy City Secrets
People Lounge
Chicago is filled with cool restaurants and sizzling scenes. One of those hot-spots (and a favorite) is People Lounge. People Lounge combines an internationally influenced ambiance with tasty Spanish …
reviewed Letizia's Natural Bakery. May 31, 2010
posted in Windy City Secrets
Letizia's Natural Bakery
After a long winter in Chicago all I really want to do is be outside. But of course I have to make some concessions that take me away from the summer sunshine (i.e. I have to work, eat, sleep, meet up …
reviewed Jerry's. May 31, 2010
posted in Windy City Secrets
Picky eaters drive me a bit crazy. By picky I mean won’t eat red meat or chicken, hate condiments, tomatoes, onions and mushrooms and don’t drink beer. It’s especially challenging when …
reviewed W Minneapolis. May 21, 2010
W Minneapolis
When my friend invited me to her wedding in downtown Minneapolis I decided to check into the W Minneapolis – The Foshay for the event.  In typical W style, the hotel is dark, sleek and sexy, …
reviewed Tidewater Inn. May 21, 2010
Tidewater Inn
Visiting Maryland's Chesapeake Bay in June was one of the more beautiful East Coast getaways I've ever experienced. We flew into Baltimore Airport, rented a car, and were crossing the Bay Bridge …
reviewed Ocean Reef Club. May 11, 2010
Ocean Reef Club
If you've ever wanted to see how the “other half” live you need to check out the Ocean Reef Club on Key Largo, Florida. The resort comprises thousands of acres on the northern side of …
reviewed Graves 601 Hotel. May 11, 2010
Graves 601 Hotel
One of my favorite hotels in the Twin Cities the Graves has got it going on. The epitome of a unique, boutique hotel, the Graves has location, style, and luxury on its side.      …
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