What’s your beef?

418301_370888029648504_1154367939_nWho loves Italian beef? I do!! MaMa D’s in Lemont, Illinois (western suburbs of Chicago) is truly the best beef you will ever try! If you don’t live in the area- It’s worth the trip!  It’s homemade everyday.. the perfect blend of spices and salt.  I don’t like things too salty and I am obsessed with this beef. OBSESSED is most likely not a strong enough word.  I want another one right now! The juice is the absolute best! I get my beef wet with cheese and sweet/hot peppers.  If you like your beef dry, I would get some juice on the side to dip it in.  It’s so tasty!  I need all the fixings on my beef! It’s incredible and I am telling you that you will not be disappointed.  Stop in and tell them Fancy Flops sent you! I love so many other items on the menu. When you go in, be sure to look at both sides of the menu. They have so many items to choose from. The Greek chicken on pita is also one of my favs (I get it with gyro sauce).. But out of all the menu items.. the homemade Italian beef is the best in the world! My favorite item on the catering menu is the lemon chicken! Check out their Facebook page to read reviews, see pictures, etc.


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The Best Ribeye of Your LIFE

Ribeye.jpgAre you like me? You want a mouth watering steak every once in awhile?  Truthfully you don’t have to search because Ruth’s Chris has the best I have ever eaten in my life! I recently stayed at the Renaissance Chicago North Shore (A Marriott Lifestyle Hotel) in Northbrook, IL. It’s definitely one of my favorite hotels in Chicago.  I love it.  We got dressed and ready for our evening dinner.  Ruth’s Chris is right now stairs.  No drive or uber, just walked right now to our mouthwatering ribeye.  We walked in greeted by amazing hostesses.  The manager went around to the tables to say hello and our server was outstanding!! She truly was one of the best servers.  So kind, attentive and on top of everything! I had salad which was divine and honestly so fresh tasting.  I enjoy a good salad.  For my side, I got the cheesy hash and it was delicious, but very heavy.  It was HUGE.  He had a wedge salad and said it was the best one he’s ever eaten. We ordered a bottle of Pinot Nior which was delightful and of course we both ordered steaks.  I got the ribeye, which was and still is my favorite steak in the world.  Anyone that has ever said you can’t get a good steak from a chain-restaurant has never eaten at Ruth’s Chris.  I finished off my dinner with some raspberry sorbet.  Ruth’s Chris is by far my favorite steak place.  I have yet to meet it’s match.  Looking for a great dinner?



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So Kind & Sweet

Kind barEver hear of KIND snacks? They are oh so good for you and super tasty as well.  They even have a 20% sale going on now.  The snacks are good, simple and whole ingredients.  My two favorite bars are the dark chocolate nuts with sea salt & the blueberry, vanilla and cashew bar. The dark chocolate nuts with sea salt is one of their best selling bars. It’s a simple blend of Brazilian sea salt sprinkled over whole nuts and drizzled with dark chocolate. With 5g of sugar, it’s a satisfying, nutty snack that only seems indulgent.

The Blueberry, Vanilla and Cashew bar is pretty amazing as well. It has creamy cashews and the slight touch of vanilla and honey, this is a wholesome snack you can take with you anywhere, anytime.  I love the bars because they are healthy and they honestly are filling.  There are far too many snacks out there that don’t fill me and I am hungry 10 minutes later.

They have new pressed bars and I have tried the chocolate and banana ones.  I like them, fresh fruit and deliciousness.  They pressed bananas, apples and dark chocolate together into a delicious bar for a convenient, tasty way to add 1/2 cup serving of fruit, so it’s a pretty incredible bar. Did you know Americans eat more bananas per year than apples and oranges combined? I was surprised to learn this.  I love bananas, but I honestly thought we ate more apples.  The pressed bars are a softer bar.  Kind has something for everyone.  Whether you like soft or crunchy, they have a healthy snack for everyone!  I can’t wait to try their fruit bites.

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Fabulous at Fat Rosies

Fat Rosies 3.jpgIf you’re looking for a great Mexican place to eat at, I have your next spot.  Fat Rosies in Frankfort is the place to be!  It’s right in the perfect spot of downtown Frankfort, IL. I have been there about 5 times in the last few months and it’s the place to be! Great food! Great Service and .. even better margaritas. The margaritas are my absolute favorite!

On my first visit to Fat Rosies, I had to know where the name came from.  On a trip to Mexico after the owner opened his first couple of restaurants, Chef/Proprietor Scott Harris met a wonderful old Agave farmer with a dedicated pet donkey. This man’s steadfast donkey had worked alongside him in the Agave fields for over 20 years! While most would disregard their work animal, the old farmer treated Fat Rosie as part of the family. They had a rare and inseparable bond that had formed through the many years of hard work, sweat, and tears. Scott admired the love and care that this old man had for his trusted donkey. He admired it so much in fact, that one night after many shots of tequila he promised the old farmer he would one day open a tequila bar and name it after the beloved donkey, Fat Rosie.  What a great story!

Now onto the food.  App recommendations- The guacamole is truly amazing.  So fresh, a tad bit of a kick, but tasty and amazing on chips or your taco! Now for entrees-  Enchiladas en Mole is my favorite! It is grilled chicken enchiladas with queso Chihuahua, mole Negro & sour cream, served with rice & beans.  If tacos are your thing, don’t leave without trying the veggie taco made with crispy cauliflower, tomatillo jam, toasted almonds, red onion, cilantro & queso fresco, served on corn tortilla.  My runner up favorite is the al pastor which is grilled pork shoulder, grilled pineapple, guajillo pepper, onions & cilantro, served on corn tortilla.

FatI had my family gathering here recently and the staff was great and the food was outstanding as always.  Over my last five visits, I have tried a handful of margaritas, but the classic is still my favorite.  The drinks are delicious.  The atmosphere is amazing and the place is jumping on the weekends.  If you are looking for a great place to eat for date night or a girls night, make your reservation now! Love it there!

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Grilling Delicious

I recently stopped off at Grill House in Northbrook, IL and so glad I did! Does anyone like spanakopita? Or what others say spinach pie?  Well, let me tell you that is by far the best spinach pie I ever ate! The salads and the spinach pie were my absolute favorites!

It’s the perfect lunch spot.  Clean, nice and fast service.  Have the kids? No problem.  It’s definitely a family friendly environment.  You walk up and place your order, take a Grill Housenumber and it’s done within minutes.  They have other menu items like hot dogs and hamburgers, but the owner Nick stated that salads are one of their top sellers.  I know why- they are delicious! I had the Greek salad and to be honest it didn’t even need dressing.  The ingredients were so fresh and it was large enough to split if you get another meal/side. It has a generous amount of peppers, olives, feta cheese, red onions, tomatoes and cucumbers.  It was perfect.  I honestly can’t wait to go back and try another salad with spinach pie again.  Check out their full menu here! Super excited!

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Spring Market for Mom

Wondering what to get mom for Mother’s Day?  Come out the Spring Market this May.  A non-profit organization in Mokena, IL Renewal is hosting a Spring Market! Save the date! You won’t want to miss it. Renewal is a 501c3 non-profit agency that offers free emotional support to individuals with disabilities and their families through our programs. It’s going to be May 11th and 12th right in Mokena, IL. Who doesn’t love shopping for a great cause! Come out for the fun!  More information can be found on their Facebook page.


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Tap Into Something Delicious


I recently went to Taphouse in Wheeling, IL and I am SO glad I did.  From walking in to walking out, the staff was attentive and our server MaryAnne was so amazing and sweet. Taphouse in Wheeling is attached to a hotel and under some renovation, but honestly you would never know.  It was so delicious.  What began in the fall of 2005 as a dream of bringing together fresh, made from scratch “addictive” food alongside a large selection of local “creative” handcrafted, exclusive and rare beers on tap is today a reality at Tap House Grill.

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We started out with drinks.  I had the Watermelon Berry Press drink.  It was so fresh and delicious.  It truly was one of my favorite drinks ever! Go grab one.  You won’t be disappointed.  They also have over 50 beers on tap! My recommendations? App- the quesadillas.  They were ummm the best ever!! Double decker of heaven is what I think it should be called.  The peppers were a perfect touch! I got the margarita flatbread.  It was good, but truthfully, I could eat the quesadillas as a mean.  The burgers are also mouth watering and all the ingredients are so fresh and complement each other perfectly.  Check out a picture of the soup below.  Hearty ingredients and so delightful!   Now, let’s move onto the desserts! The homemade Kit-Kat bar was my absolute favorite!! Must have on your next stop there!

Tap House Grill currently operates 8 locations including Wheeling, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Lemont, Oswego, Palatine and St. Charles. They have different specials throughout the week.  Definitely check them out.  $5.99 burger night is a great deal and I truly haven’t had something I didn’t like.

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Gluten Free can be FABULOUS

27751643_1574274649315067_3605377857373327627_nDo you have to eat gluten free for your diet or health reasons? Why not check out the expo of the year with all the gluten free yummies!!  The GFAF Expos are the largest and fastest growing special diet consumer events in the US. Started in 2007, the events are professionally managed and have expanded from one to eight cities throughout the United States. In addition to meeting the needs of the Celiac community, the Expo welcomes those with gluten sensitivities, auto-immune/inflammatory diseases and autism. I have gone before and the expo is truly 27971960_1574273512648514_6093782989021623711_nincredible. So many vendors and so much education.  You don’t want to miss it.  You can buy your tickets here!

Looking for a gluten free recipe that is the bomb? Look no further! banana-71718_960_720Gluten free banana bread:


1 ¾ cups Brown Rice Flour
¼ cup Potato Flour
¼ cup Coconut Sugar
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
3 small Bananas (mashed)
½ cup apple puree
3 tablespoons Maple Syrup
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit/175 degrees Celsius. And line a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with non-stick parchment paper.
  2. Place all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until well combined.
  3. Pour all wet ingredients on top of the dry and gently mix through until just combined. Don’t over mix.
  4. Pour batter into the loaf pan and bake in middle of oven for approximately 45 minutes. Check that the centre is cooked by using a skewer or chop stick, making sure that it comes out clean. If not bake for 5 or 10 minutes longer.
  5. Gently remove from loaf pan and turn onto a wire cooling rack. Leave for about an hour until it has completely cooled. This will make it easy to cut so the loaf does not fall apart.


Now who wants to WIN something gluten free and fabulous? Win a ticket to go to the Schaumburg, IL Gluten Free Expo.  Comment below with your favorite gluten free item and winners will be chosen on April 2, 2018.  Have a fun and fabulous gluten free day!

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Recipe above credit: cookingwithplants.com/recipe/gluten-free-banana-bread
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Family Getaway Just Around the Corner

19437758_10215401410773360_8983056275182426718_nLooking for a fun weekend getaway? Pack the bags, load up the snacks and grab the kid’s bathing suits for a great weekend.  Pheasant Run Resort and Spa in St.Charles is the place to be! Arrive at our 250-acre retreat and you’ll never need to leave. Whether you’re here on vacation, for a lakeside wedding, or a business conference in our Expo Center, Pheasant Run Resort is a welcoming enclave that provides everything you need right onsite. Awaken with a Bourbon Street Breakfast Buffet every Sunday, then seek balance with a soothing massage treatment at Spa Vargas Wellness. Tee off with 18 holes of championship golf just outside your door, or go for a swim in our indoor/outdoor pools. With five restaurants to choose from, a lively indoor replica of New Orleans’ own iconic Bourbon Street, a theater, and comedy club, there’s plenty to do before the night’s over. When it’s time to recharge, retire to your own private bi-level suite with magnificent views of the Fox River Valley.

I took a 6-year old overnight, my adorable Goddaugther and she had the time of her life! We went to the pool that had an amazing waterfall.  Think it’s too cold to swim? Think again! The pool is open and it’s an inside and out pool.  You can swim underneath and go outside and even the 6-year-old loved it.  There are two different pools to enjoy swimming in.

We stayed in the Tower part and the hotel rooms are a good size with a beautiful view! The hotel has 293 spacious rooms and suites across 16 floors, you won’t find a more diverse selection of lodging in St. Charles than here at Pheasant Run Resort. Guests with romance on their minds are invited to settle into the whirlpool baths of our unique Bi-Level Suites. Each of the rooms were clean, comfortable with captivating views from the top.

Worried about going to a restaurant with a bunch of kids? No problem!  You can order delicious pizza and eat it in the room or any of the seating areas.  We woke up Sunday morning and had brunch at Pheasant Run and it was oh so fabulous! Jambalaya restaurant is the spot to be for Sunday morning! The Bourbon Street Breakfast Buffet, featuring home-cooked breakfast favorites like Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Breakfast Potatoes, French Toast, Pastries, Yogurt, and Fresh Fruit.  They had red velvet waffles that were to die for!

They even have crafts for the kids and she loved it! She had so much fun.  The craft center staff was so kind and attentive.  So next time you are looking for an overnight spot for the family, check out Pheasant Run!

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Gliz, Glam & Baby

Looking for some of the cutest onesies you have ever seen in your life??!?!Looking for a cute onesie without a $40 price tag?  Look no further.  NorthWest Bellas has the cutest onesies you will ever see.  And they are all around $9.50/onesie.  Where can you find a better deal? Look at some of these:


They are handmade with love and every baby needs this one for their first Easter:

One of my favorite things from them are the headbands.  The headbands are handmade (with love) and they won’t dig into your little girls’ head.  They are lightweight, ever so cute and perfect for every baby girl. Looking for a great item for the Easter basket or a baby shower? Here are some great ideas:


Go to NorthWest Bellas Etsy page and use FANCYFLOPS2018 for 10% off by 3/31. Gliz, Glam and the cutest onesies you will ever find!

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