Kate Stahl | November 28, 2011 8:00 amBooks are always a go-to gift for me, and when they're packed full of amazing recipes or tidbits from some of my favorite Chicago chefs, all the better. Wrap up one of the four Chicago-centric books shown here with the cutest, ode-to-the-city plate ever, and you'll be sure to be invited back for New Year's.
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Kate Stahl | November 23, 2011 9:00 amThanksgiving's tomorrow, and we're taking the day off to eat too much, drink some wine, and enjoy some family bonding, but we wouldn't leave you hanging without some tips for this week's other holiday: Black Friday. Here are 10 things to know before you hit the streets with the rest of America for some mad shopping.
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Kate Stahl | November 22, 2011 1:20 pmBefore the turkey, before the stuffing, and definitely before that annual family hounding session (sure, you'd like to know when you're going to get married/get a new job/move closer to home, too), you need a drink . . .Read More
Rebecca Taras | November 21, 2011 8:30 amWe love the excitement of a new restaurant opening, yet there is a reason we revisit our tried and true faves: great food. Take a peek at some of the fresh eats that some of the more established restaurants on the scene are offering on their menus right now!
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Rebecca Taras | November 16, 2011 8:30 amHaving never dined anywhere else for Thanksgiving other than my parents' house (consistently delicious every year), I never spent the time to navigate through Chicago's culinary scene for turkey day offerings. So upon my research, one thing's for certain: there is more than one way to serve a bird. Take a tour through some of the top dining options around town and make those resos!Read More
Rebecca Taras | November 14, 2011 8:00 amWelcome back to our new series "L" Eats, where we explore accessible (and delicious) restaurants just steps away from Chicago's CTA train stops. Last time we covered the Brown Line, which included new (Farmhouse), old (Bistro Campagne), and soon-to-be open (Slurping Turtle) dining destinations. This time, we're headed down the Red Line.Read More
Rebecca Taras | November 9, 2011 8:30 amI just returned from a blissful 10 days in Italy, Greece, and Turkey, and I'm already having a hard time getting back to reality — and that's not including the jet lag! While sites like the Acropolis, the Roman Forum, and the ancient ruins of Ephesus will forever change my perspective of the world, the food I ate — and libations I drank — have definitely impacted my palate. Being exposed to the real McCoy of international flavors and textures really comes down to one simple formula: fresh ingredients and simple preparation.Read More
Kate Stahl | November 1, 2011 8:00 amWelcome back to Pop 5! This week we're wrapping up our sweet series (check out our past picks for the best fro yo, artisan candy, and cupcakes in town) with the best pies in town. News just broke that much-loved Uptown Pie Company is closing on Nov.Read More
Kate Stahl | October 27, 2011 9:30 amChicago's most stylish interior designer, Kara Mann, has gained national notoriety for her edgy-chic aesthetic, which translates just as beautifully to her residential projects as it does on her petite frame, which is most often enhanced by a pair of sky-high Loubs. In short: the girl knows how to dress, both a room and herself. Since opening her design firm in 2005 — the Kara Mann showroom (119 W.Read More
Rebecca Taras | June 24, 2011 10:00 amI remember training for my new job as an esthetician at the Peninsula Chicago (108 E. Superior St., 312-337-2888) 10 years ago. It was Summer, and we took over a few of the hotel rooms to learn about the new skin care lines we'd be using.Read More