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Debbie Donato

Foodie, Certified Intl Food & BBQ Judge, Amateur Photographer, Brunch Lover, Interviewer of Debbie Dishes With series & Founder of @Taste_Explorers

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My weekend getaway included this culinary surprise.....turkey, spinach, strawberries, bacon, and poppy seed cream cheese. So simple and yet soooooo good! I will be attempting to recreate this at home. Oh and it was enjoyed with a strawberry ice tea 😃 Thanks @openwidetheworld for suggesting @innkeeperscoffee in Galesburg. . . . . . #visitillinois #visitgalesburg #innkeepers #innkeeperscoffee #tasteexplorers #wrap #turkeywrap #foodies #myweekend #foodieinfluencer #foodiegram #foodielife #culinaryexperience #culinarytravel #willtravelforfood #willtravelforbacon #turkey #eatinghealthy #healthyeating #yum #nomnom #eeeeeats #instafood #getinmymouth #whatiate #buzzfeast #feedfeed #delicious #eatingfortheinsta #eatingwell
What a delicious time....judging appetizers like this crab meat tower during the Midwest Foodservice Expo for the ProStart program/high school students. Would you order this appetizer if you saw it on a menu? . #appetizer #appetizers #appetizerideas #culinarycompetition #foodcompetition #tasteexplorers #crab #crabmeat #seafood #seafoodtower #crabappetizer #yum #chicagogrammers #tuesdaytastes #seafoodlover #foodjudging #foodjudge #whatiate #tbt #milwaukeefood #mfe2019 #prostart #prostartwisconsin #delish #delicious #yahoofood #bhgfood #eeeeeats #instafood #instagood
Anyone else missing summer corn like me? What other summertime food are you missing this winter? This fantastic/delicious sweet corn maque choux side dish was from @chicagoqbbq last summer. I enjoyed this before the @defleppard concert at Wrigley Field. . #tbt #chicagoq #tasteexplorers #feedfeed #dishroulette #chicagoqbbq #corn #sidedish #sides #yum #nomnom #goldcoast #goldcoastfood #eeeeeats #eaterchicago #chicagogrammers #chicagoeats #312food #zipkick #foodphoto #foodiepic #fridayfoodstuffs #tastytuesday #summertimefood #summercorn #bbqsides #getinmymouth #whatsheate #tastethis #foodlover
The horrible weather outside has me looking at pictures on my phone of a time in my recent past (beginning of January) when I was warm and did not worry about icy roads, shoveling, or starting my car minutes before departure.  To you this picture is just another sushi dish, to me I see so much more...I see a dish that has great lighting since the indirect sun gave me the assist, all while I enjoyed the warm breeze that swept across the restaurant as I sat there is my sundress enjoying my first sushi with a teriyaki BBQ sauce. #sushi #sushitime #tasteexplorers #chicagogrammers #alwayshungrychi #culinarytravel #healthyeats #eatrealfood #instasushi #foodgawker #foodography #feedfeed #eeeeeats #seriouseats #foodieinfluencer #foodie #instafood #lunch #puntacana #eatingfortheinsta #foodism #fridayfoodstuffs #tastytuesday #culinarytravels #eatfamous #seafood #trynewfoods #travelfoodie
Happy belated New Years.  I have been MIA for a while concentrating on living life, big work project, being present with those I am hanging out with, and eating hot food vs. trying to capture every moment to share socially. This picture shows the view from my room on my recent trip to Punta Cana where I was enjoying this cup of tea on my last day.  Even on vacation I only supported others socially vs. posting since I wanted to relax and enjoy my 4 night stay @ParadisusPuntaCana.   Best part of the Reserve section hands down was the pool area as the grounds, furniture, and tranquil setting were perfect for relaxing....oh and BIG PLUS is they have plenty of chairs, so no need to wake up early to save seats by the pool :) I know social media is a complicated beast, however in 2019 instead of trying to follow new tricks for followers, likes, and what to do with hashtags I am just going to do what is easy and feels right to me.  Plus, in the past I would try to post a picture in my feed as soon as possible, so others could see in real time, but that just does not happen anymore (unless someone could tell me how to change my settings to see everyone I follow in real time....like the good ol days). I recently was waiting to hear an exciting announcement from an account I was following and just 2 days ago I saw that they made the announcement mid December and I was just getting the news :( Wish I could support more of you that I am following, but I know it is not me...but rather your posts not showing up in my feed and that saddens me.  However, I know the reverse also happens for people seeing my posts.  Therefore, I am grateful for those of you who do follow/support me and hope you will continue to follow me along on my adventures as I eat, drink, and travel in 2019.
So nice when others make you a homemade food gift.  However, it is a blessing when it tastes amazing (like these strawberry thumbprints cookies, I received from a neighbor). QUESTION, is it rude or ok to ask for a recipe when you receive a food gift that you enjoy? . #cookie #cookies #instacookie #thumbprintcookie #yum #nomnom #amazing #grateful #homemade #holidaycookies #christmascookies #santagrammers #chicagogrammers #tasteexplorers #dessert #eeeeeats #tastytuesday #foodpost #foodstyle #foodgasm #chicagofoodie #sweet #foodgawk #tistheseasonsunday #homemadecookie #foodies #homemadecookies   #foodiegift
Butternut squash spiraled salad @usatodaywinefood was the perfect addition to my white wine, rose wine, and pina colada tasting at the United Club inside @soldier_field. Other pics give you a behind the scenes look as to what else I drank, ate, and saw. . #chiwfe #wineandfoodpairing #wineandfoodfestival #tasteexplorers #salad #butternutsquash #butternutsquashrecipes #chicagogrammers #unitedclub #myweekend #foodieinfluencer #foodiegram #foodielife #behindthescenes #foodevent #culinaryexperience #culinaryevent #willtravelforfood #food #instasalad #312eats #chicagofoodie
Flash Back Friday...when I recently enjoyed this fresh French Baguette from @lynfredwinery.   Did you know this bread is served in their tasting room?  Plus, they have numerous types of bread available for purchase.....so go in for your wine and bread needs, you won't be disappointed. 🍞 and 🍷 . #frenchbaguette #baguette #tasteexplorers #bread #breadlover #ourdailybread #artisanbread #lynfredwinery #onthetable #heresmyfood #realbread #homemade #foodie #breadofinstagram #roselle #forksupfriday #chicagogrammers #breadgram #friday #fbf #breadporn #chicagofoodie #eeeeeats #instagood #delicious #bakedgoods #culinarytravel #chicagobreadclub
A few weeks have passed and I am still dreaming of these Pop-tart-tins (back fat pastry, braised apple, maple bourbon glaze with triple smoked bacon candy sprinkles) from @Chef_JWFoster @vermillionroom at the epic Grand Cochon event held @citywinerychi.   JW a Toronto native, has led culinary teams in iconic hotels from Dallas to San Francisco, Shanghai to the Rocky Mountains. His passion is local and sustainable cuisine as he connects with farmers and ranchers.  Even though this plate of food was porktastic the #QueenOfPork goes to @katomlinson as announced by @Cochon555 Founder, Brady & the master of ceremonies @billyharris #tasteexplorers #grandcochon #cochon555 #cochon555ustour #food #eatbetter #pork #porkdishes #pork #chicagogrammers #foodie #foodieevent #yum #delish #whatiate #forkyeah #foodporn #foodcompetition #porklover #foodjudge #tastethis #foodlover #eatingfortheinsta #chicagoevents #recap #forkyeah #culinaryexperience #drinkeatjudge
Did not take long to finish this delicious bottle of wine, Oktoberfest from @lynfredwinery with our charcuterie board during our recent stay at their B & B. Yes, I also got 2 more bottles I purchased to enjoy at home during the fall months. #lynfred39 #lynfredwinery #tasteexplorers #chicagogrammers #sundaysipping #foodies #oktoberfest #wine #instawine #winegram #chilledwine #lynfredwine #myweekend #drinkthis #winephoto #winetime #saturdaysips #saturdaysmashup #chicagofoodie #midwesttravel #staycation
Lard brioche doughnut with sanguinaccio, candied orange, and cocoa nibs (made with the leaf lard & blood). This is one of the Grand Cochon competition dishes from 4 x James Beard award semifinalist....David Uygur, Chef/Owner of @lucia_dallas . On the evening of September 30th, ten chefs and their teams traveled to Chicago @citywinerychi from across U.S. and Canada to compete in the ultimate culinary competition @cochon555 spotlighting independent family farmers raising heritage breed pigs. The date also marked the 10 th anniversary of Cochon555’s first whole-pig competition in Atlanta. Since 2008, the tour has hosted more than 460 events in 28 cities, engaged over 15,000 chef participants and contestants, worked with 560 hog farmers, applauded 93 regional winners, and crowned nine national champions. The kick-off event to the Tenth Anniversary tour announced Chef Karyn Tomlinson @katomlinson of Corner Table in Minneapolis​, Cochon555’s first-ever “Queen of Pork” since the tour began in 2010. All told, more than 30 dishes were served to a sold-out crowd of 860 pork-loving epicureans and 30 celebrity judges who voted on the best menu. . #tasteexplorers #cochon555 #grandcochon #piggybankorg #doughnut #foodcompetition #foodsport #culinarycompetition #foodlove #tbt #judge555 #cochon555tour #instadought #donut #doughnuts #delicious #peoplemakingadifference #porklover #behindthescenes #eatfamous #chicagogrammers #foodie #foodbloggers  #tastethis #tastebudtuesday #sweet #sweettreat
A few weeks ago I had the sweetest adventure....being a gelato judge along with my fellow foodie friend @inspiringkitchen for the Chicago stop of @gelato_festival_america @chipremoutlets.   The gelato was made fresh that morning in the worlds largest gelato laboratory trailer, that is making it's way across America.  The winning gelato for the Chicago stop of the tour was the Salted B.C. Cherry Cheesecake gelato from Eric @bellagelateria and the runner up was a Eli's Strawberry Cheesecake gelato from Angelo @verocoffeegelato.   However, this is just the beginning of the journey to becoming the gelato champion of the world in Italy 2021.  This 4 year tour of sweetness will cover gelato competitions in 5 continents... will you be able to attend one of these events?  Check in with gelatofestivalamerica.com for dates and more information 🍨 . . #tbt #gelatofestival #gelatofestivalamerica #gelatofestival2018 #tasteexplorers #chicagogrammers #foodies #gelatolovers #fortheloveofgelato #gelato #chicagopremiumoutlets #italianfood #gelatoevent #onceinalifetime #willtravelforfood #foodjudge #foodcompetition #foodsport #chicagogrammers #gelatomania #eatingfortheinsta #gelatotime #foodiefun #foodiepic #foodielifestyle #foodieofinstagram #foodiegram #foodieadventure #foodieexperience
Sunday brunch on this beautiful sunny day in Chicago. Grateful this frittata not only was made for me, but I also learned the recipe and technique to cook it for myself and family in future.
Ok, so I received this foodie gift a few weeks ago from my dear friend @openwidetheworld who not only purchased me this unique donut (Mexican Hot Chocolate from @holeymoley in Milwaukee) but also dropped it off to my home, so I could eat this donut in its freshest state. That is what I call a true foodie friend. Yes, I enjoyed with a cold glass of milk (this donut flavor totally needs milk in my opinion) and I used my @certine_flatware to help savor each bite. For the record she has a page on her website dedicated to donuts 😋 What foodie gift have you ever gotten someone? #tasteexplorers #holeymoley #milwaukeefoodies #milwaukeefood #foodies #foodiessupportingfoodies #truefriend #donut #instadonut #gift #foodiegift #giftoffood #doughnut #donutlove #donutlover #tastethis #travelblogger #follow #foodiechats #openwidetheworld #mke #eeeeeats #eatingfortheinsta #eatfamous #milwaukeeeats #eatdessertfirst #donutmagazine #donutfriend
Ughhh I saw Halloween decor at Menards and pumpkin flavored food at Jewel in the last 48hrs :( Therefore, looking to hold on to summer somehow even if it is only looking at summer trip photos. This sunset was from July when visiting Holland, Michigan and going to a beach to watch the sunset fade away on Lake Michigan. Still surprises me how fast the sunset happens once the first bit of sun touches the horizon. Where is your favorite place to watch a sunset? . . . . . #tbt #hollandmichigan #hollandmi #westmichigan #chicagogrammers #thursdaytherapy #sunset #greatlakes #michigansummer #puremichigan #getoutstayout #optoutside #michiganlife #summervacation #beachsunset #sunsetmag #ig_sunset #sunsetgram #ilovesummer #summertime #summertimefuntime #lifewelltravelled #cooltravelpix #lakemichigan #midwestbloggers #mwtravel #missingsummeralready
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