Hotel: Sheraton Grand Chicago
Would I stay again? Maybe. The location was not too convenient to where my client meetings were but the room was clean, I was able to grab a quick breakfast and bottled waters in the lounge and my room had a good view of the river.
Lunch: Frontera Grill
Would I dine again? Yes. I have walked by this restaurant so many times and always thought, I must eat here. Well, after 10 years of traveling to Chicago I did and it was great. It was a Tuesday so I ordered the pork milanesa lunch special – Crunchy-coated pork shoulder, roasted tomato-serrano sauce, black beans, pickled red onions served with an arugula salad. Delish!
Would I dine again? No. I was underwhelmed by my whole experience. The restaurant was empty, my meal- shellfish risotto- was just ok and there are too many other spots to try in this city.
Lunch: Tanta Chicago
Would I dine again? Yes. Yes. Yes. My lunch was fabulous and I think it is because I was able to order a sampler and try various dishes. Order the power lunch marino which includes criollo cebiche, calamari jaleita, and criollo rice and you will not be disappointed.
Hotel: Residence Inn Kansas City Downtown/Convention Center
Would I stay again? Yes. I was reserved at the joint Courtyard but they did not have any non-accessible king rooms left so they moved me “next door”. I did go into the room and they were clean which was good to know for next time. For me, the location was convenient and the Residence Inn gives you access to a nice lounge with breakfast or to use for a common area to work. I don’t love hotel breakfasts so I stopped in just for coffee. Room was clean and they upgraded me to a two bedroom which for one person checking in at 9pm wasn’t really an upgrade.
Dinner: Le Fou Frog
Would I dine again? Yes. My dinner was great. I loved that they had a whole second menu with specials and during cooler weather they had a great little outdoor section. We missed happy hour but the food specials looked good.
French Onion Soup
Veal Osso Buco
Hotel: Aloft Minneapolis
Would I stay again? Possibly. I booked late and that was the option closest to the event I attended within my allowed rate. I liked the location because Izzy’s ice cream was nearby and had I been there longer in better weather, there was a park behind the property. We did enjoy our walk home from dinner but I would like to explore another area next time.
Lunch: McKinney Roe
Would I dine again? Yes. Service was a but slow but the food was good. I opted for a burrata salad and added beets. It was the perfect meal after my flight.
Would I dine again? Yes. I needed a pick me up after a few hours of email so I walked around the corner to this ice cream shop. I tried the sampler which is five small scoops-blueberry cheesecake, salted caramel, cookies n’ cream, chocolate peanut butter and chocolate caramel. YUM!
Izzy’s ice cream
Dinner: Spoon and Stable
Would I dine again? Yes. We did not have a reservation but got lucky to score three seats at the bar. I started with the tempura baby squash and ordered the half portion of spaghetti Nero. My pasta was awesome!
Treats at the end of the meal
Hotel: Renaissance Cinncinati
Would I stay again? Yes. I was upgraded to a suite with a view and I had access to the lounge on the first floor. For me, the location is easy to walk to clients and lots of great restaurants.
Would I dine again? Yes. Great tapas restaurant walking distance from the hotel.
Snack(Columbus): Jeni’s Ice Cream
Would I dine again?
Yes. My favorite place. When road tripping from Cinncinati to Cleveland, you must make a stop at Jeni’s. We found a location in Dublin that was off the highway and gave us a good place to stop, stretch our legs and indulge!