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Windy City Blogger Wednesday: The Kitchen Sink

Originally published at Gapers Block: Drive Thru.

This week I would like to introduce you to one of the first food blogs that I really fell in love with (and we are lucky enough that Kristin lives in Chicago): Kristin of The Kitchen Sink!

What brought you to Chicago?
I went to college at Northwestern, where I fell in love with both Evanston and Chicago—not to mention my husband, whose family lives here, too. We spent a couple years in Washington, DC after college, but we’ve been back for about five years.

What do you do when you aren’t blogging?
Well, I’m a lawyer by day. Beyond that, I love wandering, in this city and other cities and in the wilderness, too. My family is in Minnesota and I try to get up there as much as I can. Beyond that, I’m usually cooking or eating or scouring the markets (farmers’ and otherwise) for food. So, I suppose I’m never that far from the stuff that ends up on the blog. Continue reading

Windy City Blogger Wednesday: What’s for Dinner?

Originally Published at Gapers Block: Drive Thru.

This week I would like to introduce Mara who writes the blog “What’s for Dinner?”

Mara Pic.jpgWhat brought you to Chicago?
I was born and raised in Skokie, IL, and with the exception of the 5 years I lived in Peoria for college, I’ve stayed in the general area. I lived in 3 very different neighborhoods in the city over the course of 4 years, and now live out in the NW Suburbs.

What do you do when you aren’t blogging?
I’m a middle school Spanish teacher, so much of my time is spent planning/grading, but other hobbies besides cooking and blogging include crocheting, photography (of things besides just food) and, my fiancé’s least favorite hobby: shoe shopping. Continue reading

Windy City Blogger Wednesday: Lottie + Doof

Originally published at Gapers Block: Drive Thru

This week, I have to pleasure of introducing one of my favorite Chicagoland food bloggers, Tim from Lottie + Doof.

LittleDoof1.jpgWhat brought you to Chicago?
Birth. I was born near 59th and Kedvale and have spent most of my life in the city. I went to DePaul’s Theatre School as an undergrad and Northwestern for grad school so I have lots of ties to the city.

What do you do when you aren’t blogging?
I work at a university during the day but my free time I spend with friends eating good food and enjoying the city. I like antiques and we recently bought our first place so we are spending a lot of time searching for things for our home. Continue reading

Windy City Blogger Wednesday: Happy Jack Eats

Originally published at Gapers Block: Drive Thru

You may have noticed last week that I introduced you to Food Loves Writing on Friday, but I have decided to move this weekly feature to the middle of the week when you might need a little inspiration or a new distraction in the work week.

This week I want to introduce another one of my favorite Chicagoland Bloggers, Jacqui of Happy Jack Eats.

Jacqui.jpgWhat brought you to Chicago?
I’ve always lived in the Chicago suburbs. I grew up in the Waukegan, and after college I moved to Lisle. Now, I work in the Loop as an editor, and even though the commute can be hell, nothing beats strolling through the farmers market on my way to the office and having lunch in Millennium Park. Winters, on the other hand, I could live without. But I suppose you’re not a true Chicagoan until you’ve survived one or two or twenty-five of those.

What do you do when you aren’t blogging?
I’m an Internet junkie. When I’m not eating or cooking or writing about eating and cooking, I’m reading other food blogs, browsing Flickr, or loitering around Twitter. I’m one of those people who surfs the Internet while watching TV (hooked on Lost and Dexter). Blogging has also sparked an interest in photography, and I’m currently accepting donations for a new digital SLR camera. Continue reading

Windy City Blogger Wednesday: Food Loves Writing

Originally published at Gapers Block: Drive-Thru

I have started contributing to a Chicago based web magazine called Gapers Block by writing on their food blog. I have started a weekly series there to highlight some of my favorite Chicagoland food blogs and I thought that I should also share them with my readers, in case I can introduce you to another gem in the Food Blog land.

First up, Shannalee at Food Loves Writing

FLWshannaleeparty.jpgPhoto by Rebecca Brogan

What brought you to Chicago?
The Chicago area is where I grew up and where my family is from, and, excluding four years of college, the only place I’ve ever lived. I’m a big believer that home is where you make it with people you love, but, at least for now, I’m glad that’s here.

What do you do when you aren’t blogging?
I love to explore new places, whether that means a weekend in Maine or a Saturday in Oak Park, and I’ve started really getting into antiquing—have you ever looked at vintage aprons or cake stands? It’s like history you can use! Other stuff: Enjoying my first experience with a CSA, finding ways to stay outside and watching entire series of television shows online. Oh yeah, and I have a day job—as an editor/copy writer.

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