the kitchn: Getting Into a Relationship with Someone Who Loves Food

With Valentine's Day rapidly approaching, it's hard to not get into the mood. Starbucks has added little hearts to their cups. People are playing love songs in the office. There are chocolate hearts and roses everywhere. And the new 50 Shades of Grey movie comes out this weekend.

I stumbled upon an awesome article on The Kitchn called, "10 Things You Should Know Before Getting Into a Relationship with Someone Who Loves Food." It's amazing. Be sure to head over to their site to check it out in full.

10 Things You Should Know Before Getting Into a Relationship with Someone Who Loves Food:

  1. Treat their knives with respect and they will respect you.
  2. Saying "I don't care" when asked about dinner plans is not an acceptable answer.
  3. Just because someone loves eating a raw kale salad doesn't mean they won't like eating a late-night tub of ice cream, too.
  4. Trust begins with salt.
  5. Come up with a plan for who washes the dishes as soon as possible.
  6. You'll come to know the time and dates of your local farmers market. Learn to embrace this knowledge.
  7. Do not be alarmed by the amount of cookbooks in their home. Do not suggest they "get rid of a couple."
  8. Share your meal, share your soul.
  9. Don't be afraid to show your emotions about the foods and dishes you don't love.
  10. Your communication skills will be tested with grocery lists.

Note: Thanks to The Kitchn for this awesome article and picture.

Buzzfeed: What a Cup of Tea Looks Like


Admittedly I am more of a coffee guy, myself, but every once in a while a nice cup of tea really hits the spot. From time to time, I find myself going for a cup of decaffeinated tea in the afternoon in an attempt to curb my caffeine addiction.

Articles like this one from Buzzfeed have been running rampant across the internet in the past year, but I love getting a little peak at what the rest of the world does when it comes to food and beverages. Take a look at this article and see what a cut of tea looks like in 22 different countries.


Whole Food Favorites

This past Wednesday Whole Foods opened their newest store in Streeterville, Chicago. Being that it is only two blocks from my office, I have without a doubt already been to the store multiple times. Now if I only knew how to save money while shopping here... Here are a few of my Whole Foods Favorites:  

chicago food blogger whole foods favorites
chicago food blogger whole foods favorites

Salad Bar |Aside from being healthy, I love having complete control over what I put into my salads. Some days I want protein such as fish, other days strictly veggies will do.

Avalon Organics Peppermint Soap |When I worked at the advertising agency in New York City, this is the only soap that we used in our office. I've been hooked ever since.

Freshly Ground Nut Butters |I always find that almond butter is a hit or miss when it comes to the different brands that I have tried. However, every time that I have had the freshly ground nut butters from Whole Foods, I am a born-again believer.

Sparking Water |I've been making a conscious effort lately to cut back on the sugary drinks that I consume. While tap water is great, I really enjoying mixing things up with sparkling water.

Produce | Variety, variety and even more variety! Whole Foods is the one store that I can count on to have amazing produce year round. Whether you want 100% organic or standard run of the mill produce, Whole Foods is the perfect place to go.

Mojito Fruit Salad

Here is my view for this morning's post...

Door County

Weekend one is done - my sister and family are back home, my dad is back in Illinois for work and it is just the three amigos - my mom, brother and myself. (Until my grandma comes up for a few days that is.) I am grateful to be able to stay up the entire week. So often do we go on a quick weekend getaway and before you know it, the weekend is over and it is time to go back to work. It is going to be nice to have the chance to unwind and relax. With a pile of books and magazines, my typewriter in tow, and the lake a few hundred feet away, chances are it is going to be a great week.

My sister sent me this recipe via Pinterest the other week and I quickly pinned it to my food + beverages board. I have the tendency to pin like crazy but not always follow through on trying the recipes I find. Part of this may be I read a lot of cooking blogs and cookbooks and prefer pulling inspiration from those avenues. But when I saw this recipe, I knew it'd be a hit at our 4th of July party.


Fruit salads are a summer classic. No matter what summer party you attend - there is sure to be a fruit salad sitting at the buffet. They've been done time and time again. Some may say not to touch a classic. My opinion? Turn the status quo upside down and make it your own. This salad is easy to make and refreshing on a hot summer day. It will last a few days in the refrigerator, but be sure to drain it of any juices that accumulate in the bowl.


The mint and lime juice in the salad add an extra kick of flavor to this dish that make to soar about the normal. My nieces were hesitant at first of the green stuff (the mint), but once tried it, couldn't stop devouring the berries.

Do you have any variations of a classic fruit salad that you love?

Mojito Fruit Salad Recipes from Iowa Girl Eats

Ingredients: 4 cups chopped watermelon 1 lb strawberries, chopped 6 oz raspberries 6 oz blueberries 1/4 cup packed mint, chopped (NOT 1/4 cup chopped mint) 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 3 limes) 3 Tablespoons powdered sugar


  1. Add watermelon, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and mint in a large bowl.
  2. Stir together lime juice and powdered sugar in a small bowl then pour over fruit and berries.
  3. Gently toss with a spatula then let sit in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes before serving to allow the natural juices in the fruit to start coming out.