Friday, July 20, 2018

The Craftsman by Two Brothers


It's been a busy summer but my husband and I always make time for a weekly date to focus on us. Our recent date was a jaunt out to Naperville, Illinois. It's an area we aren't familiar with so it was great to explore together!

We enjoyed practicing on our golf swings at TopGolf (which is a lot of fun, if you've never been!) followed by taking a leisurely stroll throughout downtown Naperville. After a couple hours and a number of full shopping bags later, it was time for dinner and headed out to The Craftsman by Two Brothers. This is a unique establishment that's broken out into 3 floors, each with it's own identity.

Located on the first floor of The Craftsman, the Two Brothers Market Cafe is a true marketplace, offering something for everyone at any time of day.
In the morning, choose from a vast selection of pastries and sandwiches from our onsite bakery, including breakfast bowls, egg sandwiches, parfaits and more to pair with your specialty-grade coffee from Two Brothers Coffee Roasters or a fresh-pressed juice or smoothie. Wine and Two Brothers award-winning beer is also available at the café bar.

The second floor Modern Tavern offers farm-to-table dining, reflecting the Two Brothers commitment to creating “real” food, with a from-scratch kitchen.
An ever-rotating menu, created by executive chef Tommy Michel and his team, will feature gourmet entrees including filets and pastas, freshly-prepared salads, appetizers and delectable desserts.
Open for dinner seven days a week and lunch Monday through Friday, the Modern Tavern offers an artisan brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm.



I loved the sleek interior and how it combined both the communal dining experience and traditional tables. That said, it can accommodate intimate dinners and large groups easily. 

The menu is simply stated - one page with a variety of offerings from appetizers, soups/salads and entrees. Even more impressive is that The Craftsman Modern Tavern sourcing all its ingredients within a 200-mile radius whenever possible.

We started off with some drinks - The Two Brothers Ebel's Weiss Hefeweizen (husband) and the Moscow Muddler. Both were especially refreshing on a summer day...


We also ordered the Charcuterie Board which included homemade crackers, 3 house cured meats, 3 cheeses, honey, spiced almonds, whole grain mustard and cornichons. I highly recommend this and it's the perfect starter any time of year...

We knew we had to save room for dinner and we both went for the Butcher's steak. The steak cut varies depending on whatever is sourced for the day and with our luck, it was our favorite cut the night we dined - a bone in Ribeye. It was a hefty 12oz, served with an herb butter and accompanied with au gratin potatoes and crispy brussel sprouts. It was delicious and so well executed...

Not sure how we managed to find room after our entrees, but we simply could not pass up desserts. I opted to end things on a sweet note with their summer berry galette, served with vanilla bean gelato. My husband was drawn to the ever-popular, Adult S'mores. Both were outstanding and I was pleased to know that they have an in-house pastry chef...


After our amazing meal, general manager, Matthew Mitroff, gave us a tour of the establishment's three distinct floors. We learned more about the Two Brother's mission of sourcing ingredients locally and how they strive to expand the Two Brothers brand beyond their beer roots to coffee roasting and even wine listings.
The Third Floor cocktail bar, with a private access from its own entrance, features high-end, handmade cocktails, Two Brothers beer, wine and artisan small plates.
Enjoy premium cocktails and elevated appetizers like beef, chicken and crab cake sliders in a comfortable and intimate lounge setting or on the outdoor roof deck (weather permitting).


Overall it was a wonderful experience and I encourage those who are local or even those visiting the area to stop on in. There's something for everyone among their three floors, at any time of day! For more insight, check out the video below....




Wednesday, May 30, 2018

May Monthly Recipe Round Up

May is one of my favorite months of the year because our family has so many celebrations all month long. From three family member birthdays to Mother's Day to a couple of friend birthdays and ending things with Memorial Day weekend, it's definitely full of reasons to celebrate with great food! This month we had our fair share of delicious eats and I have quite a few recipe round ups shared all month. If you missed any of them, I have all the links listed below for May's Monthly Recipe Round Up. Stay tuned for more culinary adventures in June!...



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Strawberry Fest Round Up!






Ice Cream Round Up!









Monday, May 28, 2018

BBQ Round Up!

Let's face it - BBQ or Bar B Q or Barbeque can have all sorts of various definitions, depending on who you ask. In some parts of the country, it's practically a religion or even a sport. Others, it's merely a flavor or style or referred to as a type of sauce. Regardless of what BBQ means to you, I've dug up some BBQ recipes... which are dishes that incorporate BBQ sauce, BBQ flavors, or even a BBQ style. So whatever triggers you when it comes to BBQ, hopefully you can find something that just might inspire you as we kick off the unofficial start of summer this Memorial Day holiday! Here are 20+ BBQ inspired recipe links for you to check out...

Peach BBQ Pork Ribs


BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad


Honey BBQ Wings


Shredded BBQ Pork Sandwiches


Chinese BBQ Spareribs


Smokey BBQ Ribs with Spicy Sriracha Sauce


Skillet BBQ Pork Chops


BBQ Ranch Chopped Salad


Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs


BBQ Chicken Flatbread


BBQ Beef & Chorizo Tacos


Buttermilk Brined BBQ Pork Chops


BBQ Pork Chops with Corn Relish


BBQ Chip Chicken Strips


Memphis BBQ Baby Back Ribs


Asian BBQ Pork Chopped Salad


Smoky Mesquite BBQ Meatloaves


Bourbon BBQ Baby Back Ribs


BBQ Roasted Salmon


Peach BBQ Chopped Pork Sandwiches


BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese


Honey BBQ Beef Ribs



Friday, May 25, 2018

Memorial Day Round Up!

Memorial Day Holiday is just around the corner - what will you be serving up?! This year, I'm happy to let my Instant Pot do all the hard work so I can focus my time of spending it with family. Don't underestimate the Instant Pot and limit recipe ideas to cold weather dishes like soups, stews and comfort food. In fact, the Instant Pot can make some great additions to your holiday table that are perfect for summer weather! Check out the following recipe ideas to kick off summer...


Instant Pot: Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches




Instant Pot: Loaded Bacon Deviled Eggs