Category Archives: Travel

cacio e pepe {and my honeymoon in Italy}

Cacio e Pepe

A month ago I became a Schmidt.  I’ve only legally changed my name with the social security office because there just hasn’t been time for all the other places (DMV, banks, credit cards, ARDC, etc).  I still haven’t totally mastered my new signature.  And just this Wednesday, I signed my old WM initials while signing a lease for a new! bigger! apartment {we move at the end of July and I can’t wait to share our new home with you!}.  But in the past month, I’ve mastered Cacio e Pepe. Continue reading

doughnut plant

Doughnut Plant

I couple weeks again I spent close to a week in NYC with no real itinerary in mind. Dave was in town for work and I tagged along to utilize the free (and incredibly) nice hotel room (LiLo ended up next to Dave’s boss in the Penthouse the last night which lead to some incredibly hilarious stories). Continue reading

sorry for the silence

San Diego

How rude of me!  I tell you how wonderful it is to have this space to share my very exciting news and then I disappear and ignore it for 12 days.  Well I had a good reason.  Just after New Years, Dave and I met his family for a vacation in San Diego.  What a week we picked to be in Southern California!  I think literally every other place in the country was freezing, even FL. And we did everything to enjoy it to the fullest. Continue reading

lets go yankees

Today marks the beginning of MLB Post Season and I just wanted to share some pictures from a trip to the New Yankee Stadium back in September. Deep down I will always be an Astros fan and I root for the Cubs (unless they are playing the Astros) but I am now an adopted Yankees fan. When Dave was little he figured out which ballpark was closer to his house in CT, Fenway or Yankee Stadium and Yankee Stadium was closer so he adopted the Yankees as his hometown team. After we started dating, I started to like the Yankees, especially since they had one of my favorite Astros pitchers, Andy Pettitte. Continue reading

refreshed

Well I am finally back. Both physically and mentally. As you probably know, I took a 10 day (very) much-needed post-Bar trip to Texas. I attended one of my favorite sorority sister’s wedding; drove over 1000 miles between DFW, Austin, Houston and various places in between; ate my body weight in salsa, queso, tortilla chips, tacos, BBQ and Blue Bell Ice Cream; continued the 100 year celebration by trying every imaginable incarnation of Shiner; in sum, I basically decompressed from the Stress of the past 3 years and specifically the past 2 months. It was just what I needed. But even as I was enjoying sleeping in to 8:30 AM [yes, 8:30 is now sleeping in for me; I am officially OLD] I was somewhat anxious to get back home to Chicago. I have missed 10 days of the farmer’s markets and I don’t know which fruit slowly slipped out of season or if Nichol’s has started to fill their yellow tubs which every type of little tomato imaginable. Needless to say, I am ready to get back into my summer routine. Thankfully this half will be without the added bonus of 28 pounds of blue BarBri books but rather a large stack of library books (including New Moon, Garlic and Sapphire, The Girl She Used to Be and much more). Continue reading

wordless wednesday

Texas Travel Edition

[We are having a great time. Texas is good for the soul.}

Kolaches

Within a few days of booking my flight home to TX, my March Gourmet had an article about Central Texas kolaches in Good Living: Road Food. I always knew about The Village Bakery in West, Texas (yes, the town of West not the directional region) because it was on the 1-35 route between Ft. Worth and Waco that I traveled many times sophomore year. But I had forgotten that the Czechs had settled in areas with the Germans in Central Texas, including La Grange where we were staying the night before heading south to Shiner. After mentioning to my friends that I was going to have to try out a bunch of Kolaches, I realized that Kolaches aren’t a commonly known thing in the Northeast (CT, PA) Georgia or Missouri. Who knew?

We first tried out the goods at Weikel’s Store and Bakery on the 71 bypass but we had heard from a local that theses were just not the best in town.

I tried a cheese, poppy-seed and cheery. The dough was just like I remembered a kolache tasting and I did enjoy the cheese. However, the poppy-seed was just a little odd in my opinion.

The next morning, we hit up the “better” bakery on the square surrounding the courthouse. Lukas was the real deal.

We decided to stock up on a bunch of their famous pigs in the blanket, which I currently have in the freezer for a rainy day. We also bought some homemade Krenek’s Bohemian Noodles which I will have to find a worthy soup to toss them in. But of course, we had to try the kolaches.

These were fantastic. They had a greater filling to dough ratio which made for a more satisfying treat. You could also tell that they used real fruit because they weren’t overly sweet and were more complex.

My favorite was the cheese. It was almost a cottage cheese with a healthy sprinkle of cinnamon. Fantastic.

Dear Gourmet, this is where you should go for kolaches in La Grange.


My Mom enjoyed the apricot. If you ever find yourself wanting to spend a day exploring La Grange and the other small towns in central TX, make sure to hit up Lukas Bakery for breakfast. You won’t regret it.