Chicago is one tough city. There is a certain sternness about its people. We are friendly, even helpful, but don’t ever take our kindness for weakness. My Grandfather used to call it being “friendly but not familiar”. Be friendly but don’t tell details of your life to strangers. Be friendly but protect yourself at all times.
Have you checked out the new Public Chicago? No?!?! Well, we have a deal for you!
Stay at Public Chicago through March 30, 2012 and receive special rates from $110 per night as well as guaranteed reservations to the reimagined Pump Room with new menus by award-winning chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and guaranteed access to the Pump Room and Library bars.
Last year, I was inspired to put together my top eats by fellow Food Editor Gourmet Rambler and our friend Genie Bae. In keeping with tradition, I am sharing my list for this year. You can also check out Genie’s list here and Gourmet Rambler’s first list from last week (see FOOD FRIDAY: Best of 2011 – Part I).
When I became unemployed in 2008 from my design job and made the decision to switch careers, it meant that I had to be frugal with where I ate. What is great about Chicago, is that there are plenty of options for delicious food without having to break the bank. Last year’s list reflected that as well as this year. There are some repeat favorites in respect to where I dined. This further proves that these chefs consistently turn out amazing food, while always improving their craft. So, here is my list (in no particular order):
My friend Paige is many things. She is a stunning Glamazon, a brilliant writer, an opinionated conversationalist, a lover of wine and food, Christmas and her boyfriend Tim. She is passionate and easily excited and fun and boisterous. But I think that one of her best qualities (and there are many!) is the fact that she is a total kid at heart. Life is just more FUN when you are a kid! Just look at Paige!
Holiday Benefit Extravaganza
hosted by Guerrilla Exhibit and Tenzing Wine & Spirits
It’s been wonderful having an extended autumn. As I write this, the winter wind whips through downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan’s whitecaps conjure up a snow-capped chalet scene. Color me Miss Summer… no, I did not miss being part of the Chicago snoweverkill last year! I adored chillaxin’ on my barefoot sunset champagne cruise on Christmas Eve. I appreciated many of the positive comments from friends while posting photos of Pacific Paradise. We’ll see what new images I come across this time. I agree with the studies that suggest enjoying inspiring images to de-stress and recharge on the go.