A Squared: The Tastemaker Top 10 with Lauren of Lakeshore Lady

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Tastemaker Top 10 with Lauren of Lakeshore Lady

The Tastemaker Top 10 is a collection of 10 questions asked by me and answered by some of my favorite bloggers. Here they will tell you a little bit about themselves, their blogs, and of course, their favorite foods and restaurants. Today we are talking to Lauren of the lifestyle blog Lakeshore Lady. Like me, Lauren loves to cook and share recipes on her blog (especially Italian food!) and she's also one of a handful of fellow Syracuse alums living in Chicago. Go Orange!

Name: Lauren Nolan

Blog: Lake Shore Lady

Location: Chicago, IL

In a few sentences, tell us a little bit about your blog: Lake Shore Lady is my food and fashion blog. It showcases my personal style, favorite trends, and other inspirations. My easy and (mostly) healthy recipes come with step by step pictures, so you an easily recreate the dishes at home. I like to think there's something for everyone!

Now, tell us about your...

1. Favorite meal, food, or cuisine:
I grew up learning how to cook Italian food from my Mom and Nana, so I think that will always win, no matter what.

2. Least favorite meal, food, or cuisine:
Red meat and I don't get along anymore, but if we are talking about foods I don't actually like... I've never been able to get on board with mayonnaise or cold cuts. I was that kid who got a PB&J instead.

3. Favorite restaurant in your city:
 There are so many great restaurants in Chicago, but I think I have to give it to RPM Italian. I'm pretty sure anyone who has ever met me has heard me talk about their Homemade Ricotta. Plus the Lobster Caprese, Brussels Sprout Salad, Bucatini Pomodoro... it's everything my dreams are made of.

4. Favorite restaurant outside of your city:
  Westville in New York City. I get a Market Plate there every time I go back to visit NYC. If you are a fan of vegetables, this place is for you.

5. Favorite food memory: Almost every Thanksgiving I make Stuffed Mushrooms with my Mom, and I make them with my Nana almost every Christmas. Even when I make them myself, the smell of garlic and mushrooms sautéing brings me back to both of their kitchens.

6. Favorite guilty pleasure food: New York Pizza! But since that isn't as readily available to me in Chicago, wings are also up there. They're the perfect thing to eat while cheering on the Blackhawks!!

7. Favorite ingredient (something you love to cook with, or something you see on a menu and know you have to order): Recently, one of my favorite ingredients to cook with is kale. It's so versatile and also so good for you! If I'm at a restaurant, it's probably mussels. I'm a sucker for a pot of mussels.

8. Favorite kitchen tool, utensil, product, etc.: My Julienne Peeler! I get (embarrassingly) excited when I make Zucchini Noodles.

9. Favorite recipe: My family's Vodka Sauce recipe is killer. It's my favorite comfort food and it's super easy to make for a group.

10. Five favorite blogs/blogs that A Squared readers should know about: As for food blogs, I never miss How Sweet It Is, Oh My Veggies, Cookie and Kate, The First Mess, and Love & Lemons.

Thanks so much for your thoughts, Lauren!

Do you have a blogger that you'd recommend to be featured on the Tastemaker Top 10? Or are you a blogger that would like to participate? Email me at aasquaredblog@gmail.com and let me know!

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