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Chicago: Giordano’s

130 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 616-1200
(Multiple Locations)


In Front of Giordano's

Have you ever flown to Chicago for the day just to get Deep-Dish Pizza? Well, I have and it was one of the best experiences of my life.


I’m obsessed with pizza and will go to great lengths to eat the world’s best pies.

Last year, my friend Carlos told me about some cheap flights to Chicago and how he was going for the day just to get Chicago-style pizza. He encouraged me to do the same.


So one cold October day, my sister, her girlfriend, Anna, and I hopped on an American Airlines flight to O’Hare to spend the day in Chi-Town.

We rode the L, saw The Bean at Millennium Park, enjoyed a few brews at Goose Island Beer Company, had an ice cream cone at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream (see my previous posts about Jeni’s and Goose Island), walked through Wrigleyville, viewed the city from the 95th floor of the John Hancock Building and most importantly, got to experience Chicago deep-dish pizza!


Now, I know everyone has an opinion about where the best pizza in Chicago is but I asked several trusty natives and they told me to go to Giordano’s. It was amazing!


The wait was about 30 minutes but totally worth it. We snapped some photos of the famous pizza joint and enjoyed a Goose Island Green Line Pale Ale while we waited. It only seemed appropriate to have a Chicago brew with our Chicago-style pizza.

Beers at Giordano's


Once seated, we ordered some of the Fried Mozzarella Triangles. They were lightly breaded and served with house-made marinara. It was the perfect way to curb our hunger while we anxiously dreamed about the arrival of our Giordano’s deep-dish cheese pizza.

Fried Mozzarella


The good news is the wait wasn’t that long! Giordano’s takes your deep-dish order when you reserve your table to ensure you don’t wait too long for a fresh pie. Genius!

Although the Fried Mozzarella was good, the magic really happened when the pizza hit the table.


It was a glorious pie with crunchy crust, ample sauce and some of the most beautiful cheese pulls I’ve ever seen. Giordano’s did not disappoint.


The pizza was so good we seriously considered buying a few of their refrigerated take-home pizzas to bring back to Florida in our carry-ons. (We didn’t end up doing it.)

But in case you’re wondering, it is completely okay to bring pizza through the TSA checkpoint. I may or may not have Googled it. 😉


You might think we’re crazy (and we are) for flying to Chicago for the day just to get pizza but I’d do it again 50 times over.

Chicago, we love you and your pizza! We’ll be back soon!

– JK



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West Palm Beach: Avocado Grill

Avocado Grill
125 Datura Street
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
(561) 623-0822
(Other location in Palm Beach Gardens)


Avocado Grill

West Palm Beach is my home turf. I’ve been here most of my life. With that said, I’d like to think I’ve got the lowdown on the best food here.

Avocado Grill in Downtown West Palm Beach is some of the best food. It’s brunch time perfection. (But really anytime perfection.)


My first date with Avocado Grill was in August 2016. I went to celebrate my friend Marc’s birthday. The food was superb and so were the drinks. It was love at first bite…and sip.


My sister and I were impressed as soon as we got our first taste from Avocado Grill’s menu. We shared the stuffed Zucchini Blossoms.

Zucchini Blossoms

If you’ve never tried a stuffed Zucchini Blossom, I suggest you get adventurous. (We used to eat Squash Blossoms as a kid, so we already had the intel.) They are exquisite and I get them every time I go here.

These bad boys are stuffed with goat cheese, walnuts and mint. They are served with an out-of-this-world tomato jam, it’s the perfect compliment to the blossoms. If you retain anything from this post, it should be that Crispy Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms are a must!


Another must is their AG Benedict. Sure anyone can make Eggs Benedict but this one is far superior to most. It tastes fresh and doesn’t skimp on flavor.

The AG Benedict has smoked salmon, sautéed spinach, avocado, and truffle Hollandaise sauce. The truffle Hollandaise is everything. Get a little of it on the breakfast potatoes that come this dish – it’s scrumptious. Sip on a glass of Rosé with this and it’s the best kind of Sunday morning.

AG BenedictRose


Speaking of drinks, if you like tequila, the Avocado Margarita is highly recommended by my sister, Kerri, and her girlfriend, Anna. (I tried a sip of Kerri’s and I can vouch for its awesomeness.)

It may sound atypical but the Avocado Margarita is a genius libation – a little tang, a little tequila, a little Avocado. So yummy.

Avocado Margaritas


I know it may be difficult with all the amazing bites and drinks at Avocado Grill but I urge you to save room for dessert.

Last time I brunched there, I managed to save a little room for dessert and it was fantastic.

Avocado Grill Desserts

If you like Nutella (who doesn’t!?) go for the Nutella Avocado Mousse. The decadent mousse is served topped with caramelized hazelnuts and espresso whipped cream. Honestly, I could just eat that whipped cream and live my happiest life.

The Dulce De Leche Lava Cake is a fun spin on the traditional lava cake. It’s packed with caramel flavor and plated atop a tangy raspberry sauce. You can’t go wrong with either dessert.


If your crew is looking for the perfect spot for brunch (or dinner), Avocado Grill is where it’s at. It’s South Florida al fresco dining at its finest.

Whether you sit inside or outside, your dining experience will be bright, airy and full of top-notch cuisine and drinks.

– JK



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New Orleans: Café Du Monde

Café Du Monde
800 Decatur St.
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-4544
(Multiple Locations)



If you’re planning a trip to New Orleans and ask for recommendations on where to go, I’m 99.9% sure you’ll be told to check out Café Du Monde. It’s basically a French Quarter staple.

From my experience, it truly is a NOLA trip must!

I am not big on pastry-type sweets (I’d rather save my calories for a big bowl of ice cream) but hot, fresh beignets are AMAZING!!! These little chunks of fried dough covered in powdered sugar are life-changing.


Although the process to obtain these treats is pretty straightforward; walk up and order or sit down and be served, I’d like to share a few pro-tips for doing Café Du Monde right.

  1. Bring cash. If you choose to sit down to enjoy your beignet, table service is cash only.
  2. As Café Du Monde is a New Orleans hot-spot, table-sharking is crucial. Be sure to keep an eye out for parties that are about to leave their cozy little table.
  3. Don’t make the rookie mistake of wearing black to the restaurant. These bad boys are generously sprinkled with powdered sugar and it gets EVERYWHERE!!!
  4. Ask for a to-go bag, beignets are TSA-approved! My sister successfully transported a bag of them back to Florida.
  5. Last but not least, enjoy! (See my sister, Kerri, enjoying below.)


Cafe Du Monde


If you make the trip to NOLA heed the advice of me (and everyone else) and treat yourself to some beignets. People will totally judge you if you go to New Orleans and skip this iconic stop!

– JK



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Austin: Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden

Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden
79 Rainey St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 386-1656



I’ve been back from my Texas trip for almost a month now and I still cannot stop talking about how awesome Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden is. I literally want to go back this very second.


It’s so cool for multiple reasons…

First off, the ambiance is chill. Banger’s reminds you of a backyard BBQ, only way bigger. There are picnic tables, strings of white lights galore, a stage for local musicians to entertain on and of course, good cooking and great beer.

Banger's Welcome Sign


The atmosphere even extends to fur-friends. As a dog lover, it’s pretty cool that you can bring your 4-legged best friend with you for grub.

They offer a Woof-Wurst with pork, beef and veggies for the pups. I know my chihuahua nephew, Tucker, would be excited about that!



Secondly, the food is so memorable.

My sister, Kerri, and I started our dining experience with a bang (pun intended) by ordering the Poutine.

As a self-proclaimed poutine connoisseur, Banger’s take on this fry dish was superb; the fries were crispy, well-drenched in gravy and amply covered in cheese curds.



Banger’s sausages are made in-house and they are long links of perfection. They have fun flavors like Buffalo Chicken, Rabbit & Mushroom, Jalapeno Cheddar Bratwurst and a vegetarian Shiitake Manchego. (My vegetarian sister loved it!)

Although the decision was difficult, I went kind of traditional with the plain Bratwurst served with sauerkraut and grain mustard.

To accompany my brat, I chose the ying to the bratwurst’s yang; the Hot German Potato Salad. It was warm and full of bacon-y flavor. It was like a gift from the food Gods to my mouth.

Bratwurst & Potato Salad


The third reason Banger’s is amazing is the beer.

Banger’s boasts the largest tap wall in Austin. And it really is big and banging.

My sister and I had trouble deciding on a brew but our server was so helpful in steering us in the right direction with their sour selections. Odell’s Pyrus and Prunus and Independent Brewing Company’s The Illustrated Man Dark Sour (both pictured below), were the perfect libations to go with our meal.


Lastly, the staff was top-notch. As mentioned above, our server, Clinton, was kickass at helping us pick out beers. He also answered all our questions about the menu and helped Kerri find vegetarian options. So much Southern Hospitality in this place.


I cannot say enough good things about Banger’s. My only regrets were that we didn’t get to try the Fried Cheese Curds (they were sold out  *insert tears*) and that we didn’t get to experience brunch and Manmosas. (Banger’s, if you’re reading this, maybe you could FedEx some cheese curds to Florida!?) Okay, that’s totally unrealistic.


I guess, I’ll just have to start planning another trip to Austin…

– JK



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Philadelphia: Chubby’s Cheesesteaks

Chubby’s Cheesesteaks
5826 Henry Ave.
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 487-2575


Chubby's Cheesesteaks

I recently took a 24-hour trip to the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia. With that said, in my limited time there, going for a cheesesteak was non-negotiable.

But choosing the right place to experience my first real cheesesteak was the tough part. So I consulted with my best friend, Vanessa, whom I was visiting and asked her where her go-to cheesesteak spot was. She told me we were going to Chubby’s Cheesesteaks.

Chubby’s is little diner in suburban Philly and they make a damn good cheesesteak!

Normally, I’m a chicken on a wheat sub with provolone kinda girl but since I wanted the authentic cheesesteak experience I did it the “right way.”


I got myself a huge, mouth-watering Cheesesteak with peppers, onions and Cheez Whiz. It was everything I hoped it would be. I even wrapped up half of it and put it in my backpack to bring back to Florida. (In case you were wondering, cheesesteaks are TSA-approved!)


People may tell you to go to Geno’s or Pat’s but you don’t have to brace the crowds to get a good cheesesteak, Chubby’s knows how to do it right!


PS – Do not call them “Phillys,” they are Cheesesteaks. I learned this the hard way after Vanessa corrected me about 20 times.

Also, putting Cheez Whiz on your hoagie is not the “right way.” Word on the street is that this is a common debate amongst Philly-natives.

– JK



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Washington, D.C.: Founding Farmers

Founding Farmers
1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 822-8783
(Multiple Locations)


Founding Farmers

If you have never been to Washington D.C., you’re missing out because it is one of the coolest cities. There’s so much history, iconic monuments, great restaurants, clean public transit and the Smithsonian museums.

Last February, my mom and I went on a little getaway to D.C. As always, I did some thorough investigating for our trip itinerary. In my search, I came across a cute restaurant called Founding Farmers.

We waited until the last day of our trip to check it out because we were a little directionally challenged. We underestimated how close to Founding Farmers we actually were. It was located on Pennsylvania Avenue, about a 10 minute walk from where we were staying.


We went there on a Monday during lunchtime and the place was popping. My Mom and I ended up snagging seats at the bar.

The bar itself was pretty cool, fully stocked with unique spirits and the bartenders were ready to make craft cocktails. There was hip vibe all around.


Speaking of drinks, I enjoyed a refreshing Farmers Fizz. It was an exquisite mix of Beefeaters Gin, St. Germain, Orange Bitters and Sparkling Cava. It made for a nice afternoon buzz.

Farmers Fizz


For lunch, I had one of the house favorites – Fried Chicken and Waffles served with Green Beans and Mac & Cheese. Pretty much all my favorite things. I must say, Founding Farmers’ Southern cuisine was on point.

Fried Chicken
I’d like to think that we saved the best for last, ending our D.C. trip at Founding Farmers. It was truly the perfect send off!

– JK



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Austin: Fixe Southern House

Fixe Southern House
500 W. 5th St.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 888-9133


FixeIf I had to describe Fixe Southern House in one word, it would be EXTRAORDINARY! From the food and drinks, to the atmosphere and impeccable service – it was everything you’d hope for in a dining experience. In fact, I’m not exaggerating when I say it was some of the best food I’ve ever eaten.


When you walk in, it feels like you’ve entered either your best friend’s backyard gazebo or an upscale, antique shop. It’s rustic and homey, in the most perfect way. The restaurant is full of soft, white strings of light, beautiful woodwork, vintage parlor chairs and eclectic décor.




My sister and I decided to get a complete Fixe experience, from drinks to dessert.

As Fixe was the first stop on our trip to Austin, it only seemed appropriate to toast to our 5-day vacation. We choose to clink glasses of the Fixe 75. It was the perfect mix of fizz and tang; made with gin, lemon, housemade simple syrup and sparkling Rosé.

Fixe 75


Just as we were about to skip the starters and head right to the main course, our server convinced us that we HAD TO try the biscuits. After all, it’s what Fixe is known for.

We were soooo glad we did. They were hands down, the BEST biscuits I have ever eaten. (And my sister makes some damn good biscuits.)

I’ll tell you about them but I guarantee my description won’t do them enough justice.

The made-to-order biscuits were toasty on the outside and warm and buttery on the inside. They were fluffy and crispy and accompanied by an array of spreads. There was whipped Steen’s butter, homemade apple butter, local raw honey and a savory pork sausage spread. I truly could have died happy after eating these biscuits.



For the main event, we shared the Lobster & Crawfish Pot Pie and the Smoked Oyster Fried Rice. They were both rich in flavor and delicious in their own ways.

The Pot Pie was filled with juicy Maine Lobster, Louisiana crawfish, mushrooms and a sweet corn béchamel. The filling was made just right – flavorful without being overpowering, as seafood entrees can sometimes be. The crust was perfectly flaky.



The Oyster Fried Rice was a decadent blend of Carolina Gold rice, kimchi and lardo. It certainly wasn’t your typical Chinese take-out fried rice, it was full of crunch and unique flavor. In my opinion, the kimchi gave the dish a nice “pop”.



For the finale, we had just enough room left for Fixe’s Carrot Cake ‘Tres Leches.’

What a way to end the dining experience! The cake, made with a carrot jam, was appropriately moist. (Sorry, I hate that word too.) Alongside it was a candied pineapple and a scoop of creamy goat milk ice cream. It gave my taste buds all the feels.

IMG_0665Fixe Southern House really holds the bar high for Austin cuisine. About three hours in to being in Austin, I was already beyond impressed.


Now will you all please do me a favor and go eat some biscuits from Fixe!?



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New Orleans: District: Donuts.Sliders.Brew

District: Donuts.Sliders.Brew
2209 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 570-6945
(Multiple Locations)



Have you ever walked in the rain just for donuts?

Well, I kinda did. It was more like part walk in the rain, part Uber. But regardless, I did it and it was well worth it.



District: Donuts.Sliders.Brew in New Orleans is worth every calorie.


Although I wanted to eat all the donuts there, I gave a piece of my soul away to the Cookie Butter Brudder donut.

Oh. My. God. It was a piece of Heaven, if Heaven is smothered in cookie butter and topped with chucks of chocolate chip and straight-up chocolate cookies.



Donuts may be the signature item at District: Donut but the other menu items did not disappoint.

To accompany my donut (and add to my waistline), I tried one of their tasty Chicken Sliders.

I ordered mine with the fried chicken, sweet and spicy slaw and candied jalapeño nestled between two waffle fries. It was pure bliss!


I might have been soaked when I got to District: Donut but I certainly left there dry and with a stomach full of happiness.

– JK


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Chicago: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
3404 N. Southpoint Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 348-7139
(Multiple Locations)


I can’t exactly pinpoint where my love affair with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams started.

I think I stumbled upon an Instagram photo of an ice cream cone from one her scoop shops.

From there, I went to her website and looked it over as a puddle of drool painted my chin. The flavors Jeni’s offers are the stuff dreams are made of. Sweet Cream Biscuits and Peach Jam, Brown Butter Almond Brittle and Goat Cheese with Red Cherries – oh my!


Their social media guru got me. I needed to try this ice cream, like yesterday.


So I found the closest retailer to me, The Fresh Market, about 25 minutes from me. I scooped up my ice cream (pun intended) and it was love at first bite of Brambleberry Crisp.


Over the last year or so, my sister, Kerri, and I would fill up shopping baskets with Jeni’s, send pints to our home and hit up scoop shops if we were visiting a city that had one. We’re kind of obsessed.

Jeni, if you’re reading this, South Florida really needs some of your ice creamy goodness. *Hint Hint*


A few months ago, my sister, her girlfriend, Anna, and I took a trip to Chicago. Three days before the trip, the magical social media team for Jeni’s posted a picture on their Instagram of one of their Chicago scoop shops. I totally forgot they had scoop shops there. OH. EM. GEE. We’re going to Jeni’s!


We took the L to the South Port Scoop Shop.


It didn’t even matter that we were from Florida and it was like 34 degrees out. We had to get our cones!

I had a waffle cone with three scoops – Sweet Corn, Gooey Butter Cake (my all-time favorite) and Sweet Potato Eclair.

Although you can never have enough ice cream, the visit was enough to satisfy me until my next tryst with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.

– JK


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