Natalie in Miami

Taken in Miami. Ha ha... sorry!

I just spent a week in Miami covering the South Beach Wine and Food Festival and would you believe I nearly starved? The lines are long, portions are tiny and surprise, surprise – America’s top chefs are not concerned with being veggie-friendly. I did manage to find a pretty killer grilled cheese joint called MLT that sustained my life for my last two days in Miami with their truffle fries and over-the-top sandwiches, but other than that, I was a bit lost. (Full disclosure: I was so tired one night I ate French fries in the bathtub to save time so I could go to bed as quickly as possible.)

Thanks to my Florida-based friends I did find up one or two places that hit the spot, and I also spent a lot of time telling Miami vegetarians I ran into where they should eat when they come to Chicago. In fact, I have an email saved that I update and send to people whenever they ask me about things to do when visiting my fair city. After a quick poll of my Facebook fans, I decided to run some “Best of Chicago” posts here to hopefully make your visit to Chicago less hungry and crabby than my visit to Miami was. You’ll find them all categorized as Chicago’s Best on the right hand side of the site once I start posting them.

Here’s what I have planned so far – Chicago’s best:

  • Veggie Eats
  • Sweets & Snacks
  • Stuff to Do

What else do you guys want to see? Leave your suggestions in the comments and I’ll randomly choose one of you (with a US address) to win a care package containing my Internet-famous whoopie pies! I’m choosing a winner 3/6 so think fast!