Beatnik on the River

Prior to my departure, I was able to sneak in a few great, Chicago meals, and they started with Beatnik on the River. My colleague/friend offered for fun, boho, Mediterranean or stuffy seafood. So, you can imagine how we landed here with those simple descriptions. Don’t get me wrong, I can get down for some…

Swiss Miss Status Activated

Hi Friends! It has been just a minute! Not for lack of missing you all and this cuddly little blog, but because I’ve been working my bum off so that I could pick up and move…to Switzerland! I’m here in the country and it still feels surreal to write that I’ve moved abroad. I’m not…

The Edinburgh Grand

After spending a few evenings at The Hawskmoor Edinburgh and having drinks at the property’s fourth floor, Register Club, it was time for a proper stay at The Edinburgh Grand. The Grand sits at the far end of St. Andrew’s square and is in nice proximity to the train station, shops, and restaurants. The Register…

The Westin Great Southern

Last week I visited the old hometown of Columbus, Ohio. So much has changed – new hotels, restaurants, shops, commons areas. All the things. This meant that the only thing that translated to a work budget was the old nice spot of the Westin Great Southern in downtown Columbus. My colleague and I had hoped…

Biga on the Banks

After touring a number of event spaces and restaurants for a couple events I was planning in San Antonio, all roads pointed to Biga on the Banks. My colleague and I loved the space, vibe, and planner. We decided it was in everyone’s best interest if we had a nice dinner. First up, we tried…

La Panaderia

Never much for boring hotel grub, I opted to seek out some local flavor, starting with brekky at La Panaderia in San Antonio. I’d read their menu online and had pre-selected an egg white avocado combo that sounded delightful. I didn’t realize I’d have to have the self control to walk past a wall of…

Radici

Radici in the Stockbridge neighborhood of Edinburgh was my favorite meal that I’ve had in the city since probably my schmancy, company dinner at Christmas. The concierge at my hotel recommended it as one of his favorite neighborhood gems. His wife is Italian so I had to take the recommendation for my last night on…

Tigerlily

Are you in Edinburgh and totally starving and haven’t eaten literally all day? (Because you can’t afford food in Copenhagen anymore and you had to have a mani (and champs) for lunch). I’m sure this happens all the time and is exactly why Tigerlily instituted their two course menu for 15 GBP. Yes, yes, yes….

Thompson Chicago

Ah the Windy City, my home a decade or so ago. The food scene is so much better now, but other than that, it feels like not much has changed. My lovely bff lives in town so it quite literally is home. Well, her home is my home, right? After a few days crashing at…

Wedgwood Edinburgh

Let’s jump back to Edinburgh for a meal or two and discuss how wonderful the “Wee Tour of Scotland” menu was at the Wedgwood in Edinburgh. This gem continues to win all sorts of awards for service and dining and the experience that I had certainly delivered on both. From the charmingly sarcastic hostesses, to…

Panda and Sons

Edinburgh is such a charming city! I’m so glad I was able to sneak in a last-minute trip the charming medieval town full of adorable, modern shops, bars, and restos in these gorgeous old building. Absolutely divine! The food and drink were no joke either. I legitimately put on five pounds from this stint across…

Sheraton Grand Edinburgh

The last stay on my last-minute European adventure was the Sheraton Grand Edinburgh. While, I’m not usually one for big, chain properties, this hotel was awesome. The staff was so friendly and helpful in answering questions, ordering cars, storing packages, and recommending restos. Apparently, there was also a lovely spa with what looks to be…