Chicago restaurants
Chicago, IL

Chicago: A “Hidden” Treasure

Bandera is one of those great restaurants that seems to be “hiding” in plain sight. It’s in the middle of downtown Chicago right on Michigan Avenue and it has a huge sign that you almost can’t miss and yet, until about 3 years ago, I’d never ventured in. It took …

Chicago, IL

Magnificent Mile

Staying downtown Chicago for work? One of my favorite things to do when I’m in the Windy City and find a spare moment or two is to walk down Michigan Avenue’s “Magnificent Mile.” I love to wander into the three story, sports-themed NikeTown, or the open, airy Apple Store (one …

Baltimore, MD

Get Your Irish On

The James Joyce Irish Pub, is in the growing Harbor East neighborhood of Baltimore and has a very cozy and authentic Irish Pub atmosphere (or what I assume is authentic as I’ve never actually been to Ireland…yet) Typical “pub grub” is bountiful (burgers and fries, sandwiches and wraps) but the …

Baltimore, MD

Little Italy in Baltimore

Cafe Gia’s is right on the edge of Little Italy on the East side of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The food is good and the prices are moderate which makes it a great option for business travelers. But it’s the bright, fun atmosphere including huge murals of old-fashioned Italian posters painted …

New York, NY

Bon Apetite!

La Bonne Soupe is a cozy little bistro in mid-town – just perfect for solo dining or a casual dinner with a colleague. You walk down the stairs into a small dining room that’s bursting with energy. (Note: There’s seating upstairs too with choice seats on a small balcony outside …

New York, NY

Walk Through Bryant Park

Bryant Park is a lovely Mid-town Manhattan oasis between 5th and 6th Avenue and 42nd and 44th Street. It’s lovely to just walk through, or there are numerous tables and chairs scattered throughout the park if you want to unwind with a goody from one of the 4 ‘wichcraft kiosks …