Life Without Rosie Dickens

We have enjoyed our holiday break.  We hope that your holidays were all that you wanted.  The new year is off to a start and we've got lots to do even this weekend.  You might catch us at a Chicago Wolves game or even at the Travel & Adventure show in Rosemont.   However, … [Read More...]

Top Brunch With The Cherry Pit Cafe

cherry 5 Brunch is a big deal in the city, yet you will realize that you have been settling for brunch.  Why have a subpar version of breakfast and lunch when you can choose what you really want?  We were lucky enough that one of our friends brought to light the Cherry Pit Cafe.  The Cherry Pit Cafe is a diner that serves only breakfast and lunch.  Located in the heart of Deerfield at 808 Waukegan Road, you will find this place that looks straight from your perfect idea of a diner.  With counter seating and tables all themed red and white, you won’t know whether you like the atmosphere or the food more. cherry 3
From sweet to savory, not only will find you something you craved but something you didn’t even know you wanted.  The Cherry Pit has specials and even secret menu items.  Ranging from a waffle banana split to a cactus scramble, the variety is big for a small town vibe.  With 30 years in the business, the chefs and staff now own the diner outright.  The only real change is that the menu has become extremely artisan.  Where else can you find an egg white cactus scramble? cherry 1

Most of their menu items will sell out.  Just another nod to quality over quantity.  From coffee pancakes to ahi tuna benedict, you will find something to crave.  The sweet menu items come topped with a cherry.  A wild favorite is the triple berry crunch toast.  Basically the perfect french toast with a great crunch that blends with fresh berries.  

cherry 8 Beyond typical diner fare, there is a spicy Mexican theme.  You can find chicken tamales or chilaquiles so hot, you wished it wasn’t mid June because when you finish that plate you will still feel the heat.  To enchilada skillets with a sauce that doesn’t lose out to poached egg yolks.  

cherry 2 One of our favorite items is the pancake taco.  That’s right.  Pancake tacos, a dish so ingenious we were wondering why we’d never seen it before.  With two pancakes each topped with bacon, an egg over easy and american cheese, all topped with maple syrup.  How can you go wrong? You didn’t even know you wanted them but now you do.  

cherry 7 To be honest, everything was phenomenal.  To the point where when we got around to ordering, we were all jealous of each other’s choices.  That is something that rarely happens in a restaurant.  With plans to innovate the menu with seasons as well as with the chef’s whims you can expect great dishes from the Cherry Pit Cafe.  They are open Monday through Sunday from 7AM to 3PM.  You can find more details at their website.  

Nissan FIGHT2FEED Mother’s Day Mission

path 16 Nissan graciously lent us a brand new 2017 Platinum Pathfinder during the week of Mother’s Day.  Why? We had a mission to feed 500 people on Mother’s Day.  The Pathfinder is perfect for such a mission.  With all that ability to store ingredients for 500 meals.  All while giving you the same ride as a lazy day cruising the sights.  

With room for 7, the Pathfinder also has a stow and go in the back.  As well as extremely easy to fold down seats.  This came in handy as we fit a few hundred pounds of raw ingredients inside. With an easy open trunk, we can worry less about the doors and more about how to stack the food.  Normally, we have to play tetris with our supplies.  With the Pathfinder, we just had to fold down the seats and stack everything inside.  

path 24 The built in navigation is a breeze.  Of course, you must stop to use it for your safety.  However, no longer are we lost navigating underneath Lower Wacker Drive and Lower Michigan Avenue.  Places that we know our hungry friends might be.  These places are scattered so being able to drive without having to worry about gas is a relief.

path 27 The camera come in handy when you are needing to turn around in a tight space.  You have a full 360° view of your Pathfinder.  Extremely handy when you know your hungry friends are walking around distributing the meals to each other.  

path 15 We did not take a lot of photos with our hungry friends.  However, we did take some great photos with some of our chef partners.  These chefs volunteer their time and expertise to help us cook meals.  They will help us plan meals with rescued food.  

path 14 Rescuing food is easy in the Nissan Pathfinder.  When we rescue food, it can be at the last minute.  We know where to take the food on behalf of others.  With the Pathfinder, we didn’t have to worry because no matter what it was we could fit it inside.  We were able to fold down a few seats so that we didn’t have to create precarious stacks of hot dishes.  

path 1 With easy to control air conditioning we can keep the food fresh for longer.  Or prevent a special donation of chocolates for Mother’s Day from melting on a hot day.  All of this is easier with a Nissan that is built with all the details in mind.  We never had to say no we can’t with the Pathfinder.  The answer is always yes we can.  

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Something in part instilled by the joy of driving the Pathfinder.  Never once did we lose our cool while driving around.  While we love doing street mission with FIGHT2FEED, you never know what to expect in Chicago.  With the Pathfinder we could never be lost.  We would never feel uncomfortable.  We always felt safe even as we hand delivered meals out the windows.  

Pathfinder Your Way Through Chicagoland

Recently we got a chance to have a Platinum 2017 Nissan Pathfinder for an entire week!  This is something that we have secretly dreamed about.  A brand new car that is loaded with all the technology that makes our job even easier.  Being able to link to the Pathfinder from your phone, means never having […]

Culinary Fight Club: Taco About It

While I do need to recap, Culinary Fight Club: Taco at Cesar’s Killer Margaritas.  I do have great news about upcoming fights.  There is a lot of fun to be had with Culinary Fight Club across the country.  However, let’s get back to Chicago.  We witnessed the crowning of Jed Swartz with Holy Taco as […]

Splurge With Fleming’s $100 Margarita

Thanks to The Network Niche today’s post is sponsored by Fleming’s Steak House & Wine Bar. $100 Margarita will conjure up the image of gold flakes and you wouldn’t be too far off base.  There is gold involved in the creation of this margarita.  Gold sugar coats a sparkling diamond cut highball glass made by […]

Culinary Fight Club: Bacon King Edition

In case you haven’t heard there is a new bacon king of Chicago.  His name is Chef Lance Avery, creator of Big Fork Bacon Sausages.  He won the title at our Pork Fight in March at The Chop Shop in Wicker Park.  Serving up a savory dish with mushrooms, pasta and bacon, he managed to […]

Spring Into El Tapeo For Tapas

El Tapeo is a long time feature on our blog.  I am not sure how many seasons we have spent with them, but each one is as delectable as the last.   Their Spring into Tapas had a few new additions to their spring menu.  They are a hidden gem in Oak Brook inside Le […]

Knife & Tine Is All That

Knife & Tine is headed by a chef that we have featured on our blog before.  Chef Paul Caravelli has competed in Culinary Fight Club and finally clinched a victory.  Consequently, we’ve tasted his food numerous times.  His restaurant has been our list for some time.   Finally, we made the time to go in […]

Savory Chocolate: A Culinary Fight Recap

Savory Chocolate is something not everyone likes. The iconic chocolate is sweet. However, even as someone who likes the sweeter side of chocolate, I had trouble rating my favorite taste!  There were 4 chefs competing last month.  One of them a dual header with a 2 chef team that clinched victory.   So, I gave […]

Chicago Heats Up at Roof on theWit

Those of us in Chicago know how great our choices are when it comes to restaurants.  These days we want not only good food but a great atmosphere as well.  Roof on theWit is another rooftop spot that promises you everything you want from a night out.  Their new menu works with the atmosphere to […]

Tony’s Cinnamon Frosted Flakes

We have exciting news!  We met not only Tony the Tiger but also Elise Swopes!  These 2 have been running around Chicago with the new Cinnamon Frosted Flakes.  Yes, they taste as good as they sound.   I’m guessing you’ve had a bowl of the original. Most of us grew up on Kellogg’s cereals.  Every […]

Nintendo Switch: Yeah, You Want It

Zelda.  Need I say more? Probably not, but you know the series.  We grew up playing as Link and saving that Princess Zelda.  All the fun of solving problems.  Shared amongst my siblings as we all tried not to cheat, but yet wanted to get ahead in the game.  I remember trading my own turn […]