Jerky Chili Challenge

While I am a big fan of refined food, in the crisp fall weather I am no stranger to rustic, hearty fare. I tend to cook more in the cooler months just because the kitchen is always the warmest place to be on a cold night. And everyone knows I would never shy away […]

By |September 29th, 2014|Cooking, Food, Recipes|0 Comments

C is for Cookie

Nothing has the power to instantly turn us into children faster than a chocolate chip cookie. All is takes is one whiff of the warm cookie straight from the oven, and we are transported to the family kitchens of our youths. We are there in a flash, melted chocolate smeared on our faces and […]

By |September 26th, 2014|Baking, Dessert, Food, Recipes|0 Comments

The Gospel According to Tony

I love to read, and as any good food writer would, I read a lot of food-related books. A while back it was culinary world’s favorite foul mouthed bad boy Anthony Bourdain’s Medium Raw. I love reading his books mainly because he doesn’t pull any punches. He tells it like it is. Nothing is […]

By |September 22nd, 2014|Personal, Quotes, Skills|1 Comment

Give Feedback

In my previous article Fame & Price Tag Are No Guarantee I wrote about my not so stellar experience at one of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in the world. I don’t live my life with regrets, and I do not regret dining there. But unfortunately one thought haunts me to this day. What would […]

By |September 19th, 2014|Etiquette, Tips|0 Comments

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|1 Comment

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