Our Family

About Us

We are a Midwestern, suburban Chicago family of four with a passion for travel, wine and good food. In 2011, we launched our blog in an effort to open our children to cultures and food from around the world by sampling recipes from around the globe, all while sharing our family’s kitchen adventures. Every month we select a new country, region or state from which to try new recipes and local cuisines. We also blog about our travel experiences, visits to wineries and life as a family of four. And beginning in 2016, we will embark on a seven-month family sabbatical throughout Europe, all the while sharing our new adventures with our readers and followers (#EatPlayWorld).

The Family

Mom (Kristy) – a 30-something with a nomadic soul, most often found in the kitchen with a glass of wine in hand. She’s a sushi and pasta junkie, and loves to make a good homemade pie or pastry dough. When it comes to wine she’s all about any dry red, but will enjoy a good Champagne, dry Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc. She has a constant need to travel, write and experience new things, and while she prefers visiting new places (especially those with wineries to explore), a few keep calling her back – Italy, Maine, Spain, Colorado and the Finger Lakes, to name a few.

Dad (Mike) – a little older than Mom, and loves to cook too.  He’s a wizard with the wok, and makes a mean gnocchi with vodka sauce. He enjoys learning about pairing wine with food, but when in doubt pairs it with Xtreme Cheddar goldfish crackers. He definitely prefers red wine to white, but is always open to new varietals. Cab Franc sits at the top of his list. As for his favorite travel destinations, Bora Bora, New York City, Madrid and Traverse City, Michigan definitely make the list.

Mr. N – a 12-year old traveler, actor and budding foodie. Mr. N will try any food at least once and loves to travel almost as much as his parents. He’s a road warrior and doesn’t miss a historical roadside marker. His favorite foods are pizza, spicy Asian dishes, blackberry cobbler and calamari. He likes to travel to Hawaii, the Finger Lakes region, Barcelona, Maine and Colorado.

Miss A – a 7-year old adventurist and harsh food critic. She is a bit more particular when it comes to trying new foods, but she has absolutely no reservations when it comes to anything involving traveling, running, jumping, skipping, flipping, or dancing (Miss A frequently engages in perpetual motion.). Her favorite foods are mozzarella, deviled eggs, sushi and fruit. Miss A likes to vacation to Paris, Barcelona, the Finger Lakes, Colorado and Hawaii.

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