dinner out

Sister Date: Nightwood

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on May 2, 2013

in dinner out, family

I’ve learned a few things about Chicago restaurants in my time life living here. For one, just because a restaurant is popular does NOT mean that it’s good. Case and point: Rainforest Cafe. Sometimes, little neighborhood places can be much more remarkable without the notoriety. Another thing I’ve learned: when my sister says that a […]


Celebrating Spring at Frontera Grill

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on March 24, 2013

in dinner out, Mexican/Latin

What do you get when you put two Spanish teachers and three band directors on a train to downtown Chicago on the first day of Spring break? Ok, that’s a really bad start to a really bad joke. Really though, to celebrate Spring Break, my friend and work teammate Matt, as well as the band […]

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A Birthday at Café des Architectes

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on March 5, 2013

in dessert, dinner out, family, friends

When Lizz and I were first living on our own, way back in 2003, we would treat ourselves every few paychecks to what we called “grown up dinner.” The requirements were simple: The restaurant had to be a sit-down place, complete with servers. There had to be at least one “OH MY GOSH SO GOOD” […]

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An Apple of a Day

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on October 2, 2011

in beef, dinner out, friends, pork, random

Fall in Chicagoland is marked by many distinctive things. The changing of leaves is one, as is the cooler temperature, and the obligatory pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks. In more recent years (since college to be honest) it’s not officially fall until I go apple picking. There’s something about grabbing fresh apples right off the […]


…On Sisterhood

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on September 8, 2011

in Baking, dessert, dinner out, family, weight loss

My sister Leigh turned 27 on Monday, which also happened to be Labor Day. I’m pretty sure her actual birth day was on Labor Day as well, but since I was 4 when she was born, I don’t really remember! What I do remember is knowing deep down that I was going to have a […]