Think Globally, Drink Locally – Prairie State Winery

A few weeks ago, Mr. N and Miss A spent the night with their cousin at my parents’ house. As you can imagine the grandparents are soaking up every available second with the kids before our departure. My mom is convinced Mr. N will be shaving by the time we return and that Miss A will also grow beyond recognition. Continue reading

Chicago Gourmet and a GIVEAWAY!

Many have heard the famous quote attributed (albeit loosely) to Chicago’s master planner Daniel Burnham, “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood.” But there is another lesser known quote that I find perfectly Burnham, “It was Chicago with its World’s Fair which vivified the national desire for civic beauty.” Continue reading

The Windy City

We’ve lived in the Chicago area for most of our lives, with the exception of a few brief stints in Minnesota and an even shorter diversion in Arizona. With Millennium Park, the Mag Mile, a plethora of restaurants, the Cubs, it’s a place we’re proud to call home.  Continue reading

Snowy Peaks

Our visits to Estes Park, Colorado are filled with hiking, cooking, lively conversations, looking for wildlife and visiting the fun park (A running tradition for the last night of the trip, which is always followed by ice cream!). But to us, a vacation isn’t complete without a visit to a local winery, and we found the perfect spot in town. Continue reading

Joie de Vivre – Pleasant Valley Wine Company

In the Wine Bloggers Conference post, I mentioned I met one of my favorite people from the whole experience while on our Keuka Lake excursion. You might recall we were treated to dinner at the Pleasant Valley Wine Company, where we enjoyed a five course meal in one of the former cellars. Continue reading

Where the Wine and Words Flowed – WBC15

As regular followers of this blog know, we’re road warriors. Nearly every domestic vacation we take is by car. Mr. N and Miss A have each been in more than 25 states as well as three Canadian provinces. One of these days I should calculate the miles! Well, this past month we once again found ourselves on a road trip, this time back to the Finger Lakes region of New York, but by way of Colorado! Continue reading