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LM opens Brasserie at Essex hotel Downtown Chicago

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I was honored when the owners of LM asked me to consult with them on the decor of their new restaurant.  Located at 800 S. Michigan inside the Essex hotel. My photographs will hang proudly on their wall in just a few days. Check back for a separate post on the decor. I was treated to a special event tonight for Friends and Family. I invited one friend and one family member to dine with.

For more information about the LM restaurants click here

If you have ever eaten with me you could easily define me as picky and a bit of a food snob. After my many trips to Paris I LOVE French food. I have my favorite restaurant that is my go to in Paris. Living in Chicago I am always in search of my favorite French restaurant to have my fix. I will admit I have not dined with the LM group until this evening. I will tell you that tonight’s dinner was fabulous!!

Here are a few photographs from this evenings dinner:

The photo is a little strange because I took it from above. We ended up getting a Charcuterie plate and a cheese plate and combining them. The cheeses were out of this world and the fig spread on the side was a great compliment.

We each got the Muselin salad with goat cheese. The goat cheese was on the bottom of the plate. My favorite! This is what I order in Paris and it was right on point.

Mussels and Fries

Sausage with mashed potatoes underneath

Hanger Steak with frites. Carmelized onions on the steak. This was my dish and was great!

Chocolate Mouse and Creme Brulee. Yes, we still managed to save room for dessert.

Thank you Stephan and Nicole for an amazing dinner! Brasserie by LM will have seating for 80 outside. You will find me here in the summer working and enjoying some of the delicious food. I would say Bonne Chance … but I don’t think LM needs it!

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LM opens new French Restaurant in Chicago – Troquet

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I am so excited to announce that the owners of the French restaurant LM is opening a new bar/restaurant with my photography on the walls!! You can read the article about the two new restaurants opening by LM here

If you look up on the walls there will be 11 12×12 photographs hanging on the wall. I can’t wait to go back and try the food. The restaurant opens March 8th at 5pm!

Here are a few of the photographs that will be hanging on the walls

Paris cafe in the Marais

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I came across this cafe in the Marais. There are so many reasons why I love it. Inside there is a back room that is quaint with coffee table books and a huge bookshelf. You could spend hours in here! On the outside you can grab a chair outside and enjoy the people watching. Park your bike and stay a while!

Marais Cafe in Blue

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I passed this cafe in the Marais in the pouring rain and its blue cafe chairs and decor caught my eye. They were just setting up for the day but I hope to return when they are open for a coffee and an outside seat at this adorable decorated cafe.

Paris in love

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I can’t think of a more Romantic city than Paris, France. If I could spend Valentine’s Day in Paris here are a few ideas!

Stop by many of the street vendors in Paris throughout the week or weekend and you will find flowers of all types you can buy them individually or by the dozen.

A an early morning walk by the Louvre is one of my favorite places. Pack a picnic and a blanket and park yourself on the grass. Its a great people watching place.

The Romantic streets of Montmartre. A great place for an afternoon stroll

“Love Park” found in Montmartre this huge mural says I love you in over 300 different languages.

Paris in the rain. A magical romance!

Stop in a cafe for dinner and people watching. This one has fantastic seafood

Finish the romantic day with a climb up to the top of the eiffel tower. The sunset from the top is breathtaking! You can even share a toast to the one you love with a glass of bubbly at the top.

Winter Wonderland in Europe

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When I was invited to stay in Switzerland my first impression of what it would be like would be lots of snow!! It was going to be January. I had this idea that it was cold and just snowed for days on end. Well 4 weeks into my trip and we didn’t really have any snow in Baden. I was a little surprised. Then this week it started snowing and didn’t stop for 2 days. The pathways were not cleared and the streets were filled with snow. My flight to Vienna was delayed because the runways could not be cleared. This is what I was hoping Switzerland would be like. It has been extremely cold here in Europe. The cities I have visited over the past week Paris, Vienna, Baden, and Zurich have all been around -12 C. Yes, I am from Chicago but its freezing if you are outside photographing! So here is a quick look at Europe under the deep freeze.

Photographs from Vienna, Austria coming soon!

Paris Cafe in St Germain

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Grab a seat at this classic Paris, France cafe for some great people watching in the St Germain de Pres area. This restaurant is known for their great seafood. Close your eyes and imagine the Parisians passing by.

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