Last month I got an email from Julie Godar, the Managing Editor at BlogHer (yes, I felt very special). She said that one of her colleagues suggested she contact me (I felt even more special). Julie explained in her email that “BlogHer has a fun new partnership with a company called Gourmet Live – featuring local expertise a la Yelp, but with the focus on local eats. We’re supporting this effort with cool, clickable maps and other fun features. Gourmet Live is a part of Gourmet Magazine – yes, THAT Gourmet!”
Julie also shared in her email that they were targeting Chicago (where my family and I live) for their fifth local stop and invited me to “contribute a tip or two to help out.” She said that for the local bloggers, like myself, who chose to participate, that our tips would be “featured on BlogHer.com and/or the app developed by Gourmet Live – and you’ll receive credit with your name and your blog URL everywhere this tip appears.”
I was both honored and excited to be asked and jumped at the chance to participate!
A “Google Doc” was created for the local Chicago area bloggers who had been tapped with questions that we could choose to answer. They encouraged us to pick one or two questions and share our answers in the document. There was really only one question that I saw which I felt confident about answering. I don’t consider myself a “foodie,” by any means and didn’t want to do this unless I believed that I had a recommendation truly worth sharing.
So the question that I answered was:
“What’s the best brunch spot with a view?”
Yesterday the Chicago Food Guide: Tips from Local Bloggers was released both on BlogHer and as a part of the Gourmet Live app. Whether you live in the Chicago area or plan to visit here, you will find some great tips in this guide. If you want to find out where I think the best brunch spot with a view in Chicago is, you can go to iTunes and download the free Gourmet Live app!
You can also find some fabulous recommendations for other big cities across the U.S.A. featured as a part of the Gourmet Live and BlogHer Road Trip, including Austin, Atlanta, San Francisco, Washington DC, San Diego and New York City.