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
One of my most unique, beautiful and fantastically funny friends got married last Sunday. Congratulations, Mariya! This one is for you.
Please read beyond the break for the awesome wedding adventure of Mariya and Sergiu!
Six years ago, Jennifer Jasudowicz and Ed Kossman locked eyes outside the JCPenney at Orland Square mall amid a throng of post-Thanksgiving shoppers. This year, on Black Friday, before a few friends and family and dozens of total strangers, they married in the same place they first set eyes upon each other!