It’s been a busy week for the postman, postwoman, UPS and FedEx drivers (forgive me if I’ve forgotten someone). Between delivering packages to my Bloggie Secret Santa recipient — so glad you liked everything, Jenny! — and bringing me my own bit of Christmas cheer, it’s been a good week so far. For all of you ladies (and gents?) who came over to my little blog from Peanut Butter & Jenny…HI! I look forward to getting to know each of you since I already know that Jenny is a beautiful person, inside and out. I have a feeling she keeps good company
I’m going to spread the love to all of you with a giveaway…but we’ll come back to that in a bit 😉
This place was a big ol’, family friendly place with a long and detailed menu.
Everything on the menu looked so good that it was nearly impossible to choose. But I decided to go with my gut — thinking with my stomach is always the most delicious move — and ordered a “black cow,” also known as the root beer float.
Yes, this thing was massive (like the Santa mug in the background? Mara gave it to me! Does she know me or what?) and I decided that there was plenty of love to go around, so I shared it with my dinner date. We both agreed that it was tasty!
There was also some deliciously doughy bread and olive oil to start the meal off right.
After much deliberation, I decided to go with what the restaurant is “known for” and ordered a brick oven pizza. My choice? The melanzana — wood-roasted eggplant, zucchini, roasted peppers, mozzarella, goat cheese and tomato sauce. Couldn’t go wrong there and believe me, it lived up to all its expectations. The creaminess of the goat cheese melted on top of the pizza was seriously out of this world. I have never had a more flavorful pizza in my life — and that’s saying something here in Chicago!
I ended up eating half that night and saving the other half for dinner the next day. I nearly bounded to the refrigerator when I got home — I was that excited to eat it again Two thumbs way up!
Of course, Mara and I had to take the requisite photo after our meal:
I think I wear that scarf every day now. In the winter you’ll always find me wearing a coat and scarf indoors…it’s a funny habit. ANYWAY — I had a lovely time chatting with her in more detail about her beautiful wedding and upcoming honeymoon. It had been way too long since we’d seen each other.
In very similar news, I have the best blog friends. The holidays are a FUN time to be a blogger, especially a foodie one Not only do you have the chance to eat delicious, once-a-year dishes with family and friends — you also get to share the “wealth” and deliciousness with other bloggers who you can call friends, even if you live miles apart. It’s truly amazing to me and I love every minute!
No words needed her, friends. I’ve tried at least two of everything and am freezing the rest to enjoy once I return from home for the holidays. That’s the way to ring in the New Year 😉
Karla was also kind enough to send me a super cute set of mugs and tiny spoons!
Does that girl know me or what? I really appreciate all of my cards and gifts. As I’ve said numerous times before, I love this community and am so grateful for all of you!
This leads me to my next order of business…
Have I lost you yet? Corny jokes aside, the company really is called Knock Knock You know I’ve been waiting to do that…
Shelli from Conversify — great company, by the way! — recently contacted me to see if I would be interested in receiving some Knock Knock products. The company’s slogan is, “We put the fun in functional,” and I couldn’t agree more. They have notepads, organizers and list makers for almost every occasion imaginable! Shelli offered to send a Plan-A-Meal Bundle that includes an “All out of” pad, a “What to Eat” pad, and the Take Out Menu organizer. According to Shelli, the bundle was designed to help any/every foodie plan, shop, and cook the perfect meal (or resort to awesome take-out if all else fails). Sounds like a great holiday gift item, no?
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Just in time for Christmas — or any holiday that you may be celebrating! — I have one Plan-A-Meal Bundle to give away to a lucky reader!
Knock Knock Holiday Giveaway!
**This giveaway is for U.S. residents and Canada residents with a P.O. Box only. Sorry to inconvenience anyone!**
Here’s how to enter:
- Visit the Knock Knock site and leave a comment with your favorite product
- For an extra entry, tweet the following: “Visit @EatingBender for a chance to win a @knockknock Plan-A-Meal Bundle: http://bit.ly/6MKMQQ” Then come back and leave a second comment telling me you tweeted!
- For a third entry, leave a third comment with your best tip for planning a meal
I hope that sounds like fun! Since I’m going to be out of town next week, this will be an extended giveaway that runs now through January 3 at 11:59 p.m. I will choose and announce the winner the morning of January 4. The winner can ring in the new year with revived dedication to planning and cooking their meals — aannnndd that may or may not just be my goal with this product. Fingers crossed because don’t we all know that I definitely need that motivation?
Have a very merry Tuesday, everyone! 2 days until Christmas Eve! If you could send some positive vibes Chicago’s way so that it does NOT have icy rain/snow/wind forecasted on the day I’m trying to fly home to my family, I would appreciate it very much I’m getting a little nervous.