Bohemian House – River North, Chicago

Boho Chicago Sign

Bringing some Germans to Bohemian House seemed like a good idea to gauge the Czech, Austrian and German inspired food. The first thing you notice about BoHo is the homey decor that mixes equal parts rustic and elegance.

Lively (bordering on loud), attentive service and comfortable atmosphere give you the feeling you were invited to a really big dinner party. My favorite small plate was the salt & vinegar chips served with horseradish-onion dip. Silver dollar pancakes sized chips with a nice crunch, zing of vinegar and topped off with crispy parsley.

BoHo Chicago SALT & VINEGAR CHIPSThe deviled eggs were pretty to look at and the beef pierogi were the fanciest presentation I have seen in a while.

The pork schnitzel served with German potato salad, dill sauce and charred lemon was received well. I asked if there was any difference and they noted that schnitzel in Germany is served thinner but they liked the “Chicago take.” The grilled chicken paprikash is a generous portion with an interesting mix of flavors and textures with pickeled sweet peppers, braised kale and Czhech potato dumplings.

I ordered the Spätzle with pork belly, smoked corn, leeks and peppers. For what could be a heavy dish this was surprisingly light, not counting the pork belly, I’ll get to that in a moment. Our server poured some pork broth over everything and I got to work. The corn provided a nice crunch to accompany the soft and light spätzle. The peppers were pickled and added a nice acidic note to the richness of the sauce and a visual punch of red. The Germans were a bit aghast at the pork belly and its size. I let them know this was how we do it in Chicago.

Boho Chicago Spatzle

BoHo offers a  good selection of Czech and German beers to wash down the food. The Bohemian Bee is a good cocktail for gin lovers, served with honey, lemon and a sage leaf. Every sip provided an extra sensory experience with a whiff of sage from the delicate leaf floating in the glass.

There isn’t much variety in dinner options in River North and the Bohemian House offers a nice break from norm with its Midwest take on Eastern European food. It’s also a great place to have a drink, nibble on small plates and relax in a beautiful room.

Boho Chicago Bohemian Bee

Up Your Romantic Dinner Game at Terrazza Brunella – Capri, Italy

Image via terrazzabrunella.com

Image via terrazzabrunella.com

Walk the Bougainvillea lined streets of Capri to Terrazza Brunella sitting atop a cliff overlooking the Marina Piccola. This really is one of the most romantic restaurants with a break taking view. Fresh caught fish and produce grown right there in Capri fill the menu. Try the branzino fish and octopus carpaccio. Friendly service and comfortable atmosphere, reservations recommended.

You must check out the view, here!

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Lemon Ravioli with a View! Arienzo Beach Club – Positano, Italy

Feast your eyes on the beautiful view, crystal clear water and delicious food at Arienzo Beach Club – Check the video to get a peek inside the Arienzo Beach Club!

Amalfi Pano

Arienzo Beach Club Positano, Italy

Arienzo Beach Club Positano, Italy

Hop on the Arienzo boat from the main dock in Positano and take the quick ride to the chill Arienzo Beach Club. If you’re feeling adventurous you can walk there and climb down about 300 stairs to the beach.

Our ride to Arienzo Beach Club - Positano, Italy

Our ride to Arienzo Beach Club – Positano, Italy

Crystal clear water, comfy chairs, pristine beach and a magnificent view are just some of the things that make Arienzo Beach Club a great place to relax and catch some sun. The Continue reading

Dinner on the Amalfi Coast at Osteria Angelo Masuccio – Salerno, Italy

Welcome to the Amalfi Coast, breathtaking views and amazing food – see for yourself!

Osteria Angelo Masuccio Salerno Italy Window

Osteria Angelo Masuccio is a tiny authentic Italian restaurant in Salerno. I discovered cannolicchi and the best homemade pasta with truffle shavings! Salerno is an affordable option for a base to check out the different towns along the Amalfi Coast. The restaurant prices are some of the best you will find and Osteria Angelo Masuccio’s food is just as good (and sometimes better) than many places I tried in Amalfi and Capri.

Osteria Angelo Masuccio Patio

Sit on the small patio on the narrow pedestrian cobblestone street to enjoy the people watching and the nice summer breeze. The ground floor of Osteria Angelo Masuccio consists of the dining room and the kitchen is upstairs.

The vegetarian and seafood antipasti is constantly changing depending on what is available and in season. This night we had the seafood with raw slices of salmon, mussels, cannolicchi and mussels. I am not a fan of clams and I admit the cannolicchi kind of scared me but I fell in love after the first bite.

Angelo Masuccio Salerno Italy Seafood Antipasti

Also known as razor clams Continue reading