International Home and Housewares Show is foodie's paradise

Being a foodie isn't all about the food. It's about the experience and the gadgets and products that make life in the kitchen a little easier or a little more luxurious. And at the International Home and Housewares Show, which just wrapped up at McCormick Place, you get a nice look at some of the cool products that are out on the market or are soon to be out.

This trade show is one that requires the walking shoes as there's a ton of ground to cover. Products to be perused might be local or international. They may include serving dishes for toddlers or fine glassware. The exhibitors and attendees represent a vastly diverse group - from restauranteurs to buyers to little ol' bloggers like me just getting a peek.

If you have an opportunity to attend next year, here's a tiny look and some of the fun stuff you'll find.