Have Plate Will Travel : February 2017


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wordless Wednesday, 1, 2 or all 3 #WordlessWednesday

At Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, making a decision which shake to order is so difficult.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Experience La La Land at Warner Bros Studio Tour

The visually and lyrically stunning La La Land is a Hollywood dream. What if you could step into the film? Warner Bros Studio Tour is offering that specific experience.

Now through March 6, guests can step into a scene from La La Land. A portion of the movie, the Café Sur Le Lot, coffee shop set, has been reconstructed for the Warner Bros Studio Tour Hollywood. While Ryan Gosling may not be waiting for you, guests can sing and dance their way to a Hollywood inspired memory.

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood offers 110-acres of movie inspired experiences. From interactive soundstages to exhibits, guests will get a special view into the world of stage and screen. This tour has been a recipient of Trip Advisor's Travelers Choice Awards and has been named one of the Top 25 Attractions in the US.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood is open Monday through Sunday, 9:00AM to 3:00PM, with studio tours departing every 30 minutes and extended hours offered during the summer, spring-break and winter holiday seasons. Reservations are recommended and all children eight years or older are welcomed. Regular tickets are $62 per person and can be purchased online at www.wbstudiotour.com or by calling 818-977-TOUR (8687).

Fulfill your La La Land fantasy during a stop at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood.


Taste of New Orleans at The Chicago Firehouse

Are you ready to let the good times roll? The Chicago Firehouse is celebrating Fat Tuesday with a Taste of New Orleans experience.

With a menu filled with Louisiana style eats and music, everyone will be celebrating  Mardi Gras.

On February 28, from 5 -10 p.m., Chef John Caputo serves a wide variety of menu specials and libations. The special menu is listed below.

To make a reservation, please call 312-786-1401.

"A Taste of New Orleans" Menu

Classic CocktailsFrench 75 $12
Hurricane $12
Sazerac $12
Vieux Carre $12

Dinner SpecialsLouisiana Gumbo $5 cup/$8 bowl
Jambalaya $14
Voodoo Shrimp with Red Beans and Rice, Corn Bread $23
Oyster Po' Boy Sandwich $13
Chocolate Beignets with Bourbon Creme Anglaise $10
Bananas Foster with Vanilla Ice Cream $10

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wordless Wednesday, The Wand Chose Him

Like the movie, the wand chooses the wizard, the wizard doesn't choose the wand.
Very fortunate to be chosen at Universal Islands of Adventure - Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Love is in the cocktail for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day has been called the most romantic day of the year. From the flowers, chocolate and extravagant dinner, the celebration focuses on the romantic side of life. All the love in the air can transcend into Valentine’s Day cocktails as well.

While a luscious glass of red wine can get the hearts beating, a specially made cocktail can elevate the desires between the love birds. From a spicy cocktail to a sweet, bubbly libation, Valentine’s Day cocktails should appeal to the couple. To inspire this year’s Valentine’s Day celebration, a few spirits have created cocktails for the holiday. 

Which cocktail will you serve?

Tall, Dark and Stormy


  • 1 part Solerno
  • 1 part Flor de Caña 7
  • ½ part Averna Amarco
  • ½ part fresh lime juice
  • 3 parts spicy ginger beer
  • ¼ part simple syrup
  • Glass: Collins
  • Garnish: Lime Wheel

Shake ingredients except ginger beer with ice.  Strain over fresh ice in a Collins glass and top with ginger beer.  Stir to combine and garnish with a lime wheel. 

Tullamore D.E. W. ELEVENSES


  • 3 parts Tullamore D.E.W.
  • 2 bar spoons raspberry preserves
  • 1 part fresh lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 parts Irish breakfast tea

Add all ingredients to shaker with ice. Hard shake and strain over fresh ice in a Collins glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
The Raspberry Rose Royal


  • 1 part Hendrick’s Gin
  • 1/5 part sugar syrup
  • 1 fresh raspberry
  • Top up with champagne.

Combine raspberry, sugar and gin in cocktail shaker and shake briskly.  After just three strong shakes, finely strain into base of flute before. Perfect for a Galentine’s Day celebration!

Sparkling Rose Margarita
1 ½ parts Milagro Silver
¼ parts simple syrup
½ parts fresh lemon juice
¾ parts watermelon juice
2 parts rosé sparkling wine
Garnish: 1 lemon twist
Combine all ingredients, except sparkling wine, in a cocktail shaker and add ice.  Shake, strain, and pour into a champagne flute.  Garnish with a lemon twist. 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Dream big, Win $100 Cash to fulfill your travel dreams

For many of us, we have a bucket list. You know, the list of places, activities, or even dreams that we want to accomplish at some point in our lives. If you had $100 would you be able to cross an item off that bucket list?

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

#WordlessWednesday Wordless Wednesday - A Perfect Bite

A perfect bite, Sous Vide Venison, paired with butternut squash puree, pomegranate reduction, picked turnip, and juniper berry powder from Epcot International Festival of the Arts.