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...]

Chicago Heats Up at Roof on theWit

rtw 1a 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 provide an easy space for sharing not just your night but your food as well. With a focus on the Mediterranean flavors, Chef Nathan Sears is turning up the heat.  rtw 5

We could use some heat even in the middle of April, which is when the new menu officially launches.  April in Chicago has seen snow and ice. So, we are not afraid of taking on that extra heat and warmth to get through our days.  Luckily, the Roof on theWit promises a new menu with dishes that will allow you to relax without booking a vacation.  
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Coming highly recommended by us are the slow cooked lamb with garlic tahini and the confit beet baba ghanoush with dukkah, mint and naan.  The slow cooked lamb really gives you an idea of what differs in the flavors Chef Sears chose.  You are probably familiar with lamb growing up in the Midwest, so having it served in another way is a great way to learn to love Mediterranean cuisine.  Basically, I’m saying lamb tends to be delicious, but even more so like this.

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Also, I’m a sucker for a beet dish.  When you choose the size of the beet you are deciding upon the sweetness.  The smaller the beet the sweeter the taste.  If you aren’t a fan, then all you need to do is try this baba ghanoush.  Seriously, beets alone have a bad reputation, but paired in this way I think you’ll be shouting from this Roof on theWit.   rtw 2

The drinks are equally important from a bar.  So, I had to test them out.  One has a spiciness that might just kickstart your evening into high gear.  This is our favorite. Aptly named the Spanish Mistress is a lady we would all line up to taste.  rtw 6

The Roof on theWit opens April 13th. You can maker reservations and find out more here.  I expect you to see an entirely new view from the 27th floor this spring.  Hopefully you and I, will both look forward to more photos featured here courtesy of Jon Zuluaga Photography.  Until then keep eating and we will keep finding new places in Chicago to feast.

Tony’s Cinnamon Frosted Flakes

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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. 

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Every one of us thought we were winning, when we convinced our parents to buy Frosted Flakes over anything else.  Not knowing that they were really not just tasty but good for us.   We’ve always thought we were more clever in tricking our parents into buying that sugar cereal.  Yet, the real trick has been to get us to eat a wholesome breakfast every single day.   

So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that when fans wanted to taste cinnamon with Frosted Flakes, Kellogg’s made it happen.  All that loyalty to the original Frosted Flakes and Tony the Tiger, a celebrity in his own right, brought out Cinnamon Frosted Flakes.  A cereal I am delighted to say is delicious just like french toast only with a lot less work involved.   tony 2

Yes, I poured myself a second bowl full during our breakfast.  Nothing better than seeing Tony the Tiger give you the thumbs up approval.  Not to mention Elise is down to Earth.  She has the luck of being BFFs with Tony this month.  Having grown up in the Chicago area, she told us one of her favorite spots is the 360 observation deck at the Hancock. This just goes to show you that location matters for your photos.  Elise knew that taking a photo in front of the windows was a no-go.  That backlighting washed out everything, but it’s not something I’d think about until I tried the spot.   tony 4

We, at Rosie Discovers are not professional photographers.  We know some basics, but without our fancy lenses we would just be average.  So, I am more motivated to play around with our camera.  Elise told us that she does do most of her editing on her iPhone.  There are a few upsides to using an iPhone for photos.  My slightly outdated android setup has a camera without exposure control.  The best way to combat your camera’s limits is with apps and experience.  The more you take those photos the more you learn how to work the light that you have.  

So, while you may come to our site expecting recipes, we can’t always provide a fresh one every single week.  We want to keep up our quality.  Cinnamon Frosted Flakes are helping us stay on track.  Some mornings we don’t have all the free time to cook.  On those days, I will be the first to grab that golden box.  My breakfast of choice on days when I need to get going is Cinnamon Frosted Flakes.  

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 […]

Hyundai Giving You The Ultimate Hatchback #SheBuysCars

The Elantra GT 2018 has everything you want.  I can’t claim to understand all the fine details of car design, but I can tell you that we were impressed. We’d seen the unveiling of the first Elantra.  This version is even sportier and promises all the cargo room you crave with the drivability you’d expect […]

Culinary Fight Club Pro Series

Once again, I have exciting news regarding Culinary Fight Club.  We got to witness the first Black Box Challenge.  We’re talking a mystery box instead of a pantry for the Pros.  This means only the top executive chefs can compete. At the usual Culinary Fight Club, all competitors are welcome to compete.  They just want […]

Culinary Fight Club: Chocolate Edition

That is correct!  This month’s Culinary Fight Club is themed around chocolate.  No matter what your opinion is regarding that holiday on the 14th, all that matters is that you enjoy chocolate!  So far, I’m hearing that 4 chefs have signed up to serve you savory chocolate dishes.  The heated battle will take place February […]

First Look For Charity 2017

For the past few years, I have been lucky enough to attend the preview for the First Look For Charity Gala.  I get to learn about which charities are benefitting this year and taste everything.  Every year this event raises around $2 million for local charities.  Last year they met the goal of $2 million […]

Pure Spoon For Perfect Carrot Cake Muffins

I’m here to tell you about Pure Spoon, a line of organic purees for kids!  Normally I don’t cover food for kids, but this seemed way too perfect to pass up.  My niece and nephew are nearly 2 and 4.   Sometimes I spoil them with toys, but I know that their parents and I […]

Counting The Last Year

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, mostly […]

The Bottled Blonde Serves Up Culinary Fight Club

This month’s fight had it all.  Sips and bites!  Along with a large crowd that came to watch a brutal battle of chefs and mixologists.  100% of the proceeds from December’s fight went to Fight2Feed.  I am really here to tell you about Culinary Fight Club, but I can say that we cooked and fed […]

Holidays With Sullivan’s Steakhouse

We’ve all done the rushing around.  The crazy amounts of preparing the perfect gifts.  Wrapping the presents just so with bows and ribbons.  Stocked up on butter and flour and sugar, or is that just me?  Anyway you describe it, you have worked hard for your holiday to be flawless.   So, of course you […]

Blackberry Hazelnut Sweet Rolls

Cooking seasonally can be a challenge, however you might just find what is plentiful pairs best.  You might be thinking blackberries aren’t in season, but we’ve been finding them on sale left and right.  All the stores in our area have gorgeous ripe berries.  Our favorite kind that used to grow wild in our backyard. […]