Love People. Feed Them.

September is National Hunger Awareness month. Help someone by providing them with a meal. You may change their life.

I grew up in the former Soviet Union in an underprivileged family. My parents’ monthly salaries combined at that time wouldn’t even amount to an equivalent of five dollars. But even if we had more money, […]

By |September 17th, 2014|Charity, Chicago|0 Comments

Poof! It’s Gone…

We have all been there… Cocktail party. Room full of boisterous people, mingling. You try to stay out of the way, but inevitably, you get bumped and jostled. Someone runs into you, and your red wine goes cascading out of your glass right onto…your white dress, your date’s freshly pressed shirt, the host’s cream […]

By |September 15th, 2014|Best Kept Secrets, Tips|0 Comments

Great Cake Rebellion

Wedding season is in full swing, people! BUT… I don’t like wedding cake. That is no secret (see my previous article Let Them Eat Tarts!). I can hardly be alone in my aversion to run-of-the-mill wedding cake, right? So, I looked into it. By the power vested in me by the Almighty Google, I do […]

By |September 12th, 2014|Entertaining, Tips|0 Comments

Do-Ahead Brunch

Lately it seems that everyone has brunch on their mind. Most people I know are scrambling for last minute brunch reservations. Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to go out for brunch with friends (see my previous article Brunch is Sacred). However, why not host brunch instead?

Make your own brunch fun! Have some folks […]

By |September 10th, 2014|Brunch, Cooking, Entertaining, Tips|0 Comments

Getting Crabby

Sometimes you just gotta go for the exotic. When jet setting around the world isn’t an option, where do you go to satisfy your craving for adventure? I tend to seek out ethnic Chicago neighborhoods and obscure eateries where no one speaks English. Lucky for me, my fair city offers plenty of choices. When […]

By |September 8th, 2014|Chicago, Food, Hidden Gems, Restaurants|1 Comment

Happy Hour: Moscow Mule

The summer drinking season is here, and all the libations taste better outside. Alfresco cocktails vary from ever-present sangria to mojitos to ice cold beers. Pretty much anything refreshing is a welcome sight in the summer heat. However, this year, I believe, will be the summer of Moscow Mules (now appearing on cocktail menus […]

By |August 13th, 2014|Drinks, Happy Hour, Spirits|0 Comments

Take the Party Outside

With hazy summer nights flying fast, it seems everyone is headed outdoors. Now is the sweet spot of summer: the weather is mild, the humidity low, and the bugs aren’t so bad. So, when I receive party invitations this time of year, I am always hoping for an alfresco soiree.

Taking the party outdoors, provided […]

By |August 11th, 2014|Entertaining, Etiquette, Tips|0 Comments

Classic Revisited

“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” ~ Humphrey Bogart in the movie Casablanca
A classic by any other name is still a classic. Casablanca will never get old. Tolstoy’s War & Peace will never get abridged. Mozart will never stop being melancholy. A classic […]

By |August 7th, 2014|Chicago, Food, Local, Restaurants|0 Comments

Twilight Zone Tour

Ever had that feeling? Like you have landed in The Twilight Zone? Like you took a step through the looking-glass into the world that is backwards and nonsensical?  Nothing looks different, yet everything is completely out of whack? I took the tour of The Twilight Zone on one of my romps around New York City. Now, […]

By |July 17th, 2014|Hidden Gems, New York, Specialty Shops, Travel|0 Comments

Crashing Crush

“I like to think about what was going on the year the grapes were growing; how the sun was shining; if it rained. I like to think about all the people who tended and picked the grapes. And if it’s an old wine, how many of them must be dead by now. I love how […]

By |July 15th, 2014|Illinois, Travel|0 Comments