You’ll Never Go Thirsty in Bloomington, Indiana

Bloomington, Indiana, is a town that’s so easy to fall in love with. Right around 75 minutes south of Indianapolis, the close-knit community is rich with arts, culture, and culinary offerings- including locally made wine, craft beer, and spirits. It’s quintessential essence of the Midwest makes it a fun day trip away from Indiana’s capitol city or a leisurely way to spend a few days. My visit to Bloomington this summer found me on a giant bus with other travel writers that love the taste and smell of the liquor…

Ruby Foo’s in Times Square: Manhattan Asian Fusion

Since I was introduced to Asian style food in elementary school, I have been a giant fan from the first bite. My daughter has never not known the flavors and textures of traditional Asian cooking, and Mr. Locke just adores it, too.  So, when we visited Manhattan last month, it only made sense to head to Times Square and try Ruby Foo’s. The restaurant has expertly melded the cooking styles and flavors of Thai, Chinese, and Japanese food, and in doing so has three new fans that cannot wait to…

Craft beer and Pittsburgh: PA Brew Tours

After our fabulous Rust Belt Tour with Pittsburgh Tours & More, it was a no brainer to hop on the next PA Brew Tour. Mr. Locke loves craft beer and I love that he loves craft beer.  Our tour of top brew spots was in our big city, Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Brew Tour features three bars and restaurants that serve craft, as well as local, beer favorites. We hit popular areas of town, tried some really good craft beer, and made 17 new beer aficionado friends.  Did you know that…

Bill’s Bar & Burger: Deliciousness in the New York City Meatpacking District

Yeah, that’s a beauty of a burger right there. On our last visit to Manhattan we headed down to the Meatpacking District and had lunch at the original Bill’s Bar & Burger– and we’re already looking forward to a return visit! The atmosphere is laid back and very cool (suits the location in Manhattan perfectly), the staff fun and knowledgeable, and the burgers- delish! Bill’s has sold nearly two million burgers since the first location in the Meatpacking District opened in 2009. The chain has been named one of the…

Atria’s Restaurant: A Pittsburgh Tradition with Modern Dining

When you ask a Pittsburgher if they’ve heard of Atria’s, they’re undoubtedly going to say “Yes!” with a smile. I, myself, have been asked if I had ever visited and, until last week, I had not. And I’m really sorry I waited so long. Atria’s has been around since 1930 when it was a mom and pop restaurant. Still based on family-style dining, Atria’s is such a success that the restaurant chain now has eight locations with new ones opening in the next couple of months. So, I know you’re…

Dos Caminos Restaurant: Mexican Food Done Right

When we visit Manhattan, it’s easy to walk up to the nearest hot dog vendor and woof down our lunch or dinner or grab a bite to eat at a deli. Most times, however, I want to visit a restaurant that I cannot visit in my local area. Enter Dos Caminos Mexican Restaurant. The ambiance is stunning, the food better. And there’s over 100 types of tequila. Curiosity piqued? I thought so. Where is Dos Caminos Restaurant? Happily, Dos Caminos has four locations in Manhattan: Meat Packing District : 675 Hudson…

Hops and Hocking Hills: Ohio Brew Week

Put yourself in my shoes. I have a husband that loves craft beer. Wait, that wasn’t filled with enough emotion. I have a husband that looooves craft beer. When I met him years ago, he was a Rolling Rock fan. Now, as he is maturing, so is his taste for well-made, craft beer from regional breweries. He peruses our beer stores like I shop for clothing. If someone mentions a local brewery, he’s heard of it and on the rare occasion he hasn’t, he wants to know everything about it-…

Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh: A Night in Photos #CosmoPGH

Holy cow, what a fabulous time Mr. Locke and I had at Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh on Friday night! In between watching performances, trying the tasty culinary offerings and cocktails, and making new friends, we snapped a few photos of the event. With the creepiest, coolest circus theme, I was in my element. Here’s some of my favorite highlights via my iPhone and Twitter: Candy for days! Blueberry Gazpacho snow Cones from @dbman707 #CosmoPgh #foodie #foodporn #nomnom pic.twitter.com/vLuyrBNq6R — Karyn Locke (@karynlocke) July 10, 2015 Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s creepy cool big top…

Sinful Sweets at Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh #CosmoPGH

I felt like a kid in a candy shop at Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh last night! Presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the creepy cool circus theme was wall to wall oddities with a big top take. At 9pm they rolled out the decadence including chocolate truffles labeled Sinful Sweets (great name!). After a night of delicious food from top Pittsburgh restaurants (make sure you check out my post with some of my favorite Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh culinary offerings next week!), cool music, and amazing company, a candy and treat table was the…

Eating My Way Through the Pittsburgh Rust Belt

When you think of Pittsburgh, do you immediately think of great food? I know it’s on my top three reasons to visit the city. Actually, I think about the culinary offerings from Pittsburgh quite often. I mean, Primanti Bros. is all over the Food Network, Pamela’s Diner in The Strip has been visited by President Obama, and DeLuca’s always has a line out the door and down the street. Why? Because Pittsburgh has amazing food. From the homemade meals and dishes at the local churches to the swanky restaurants that…