Archive for January 2013

Sit Back and Relax at Owen & Engine

Sit Back and Relax at Owen & Engine
I am so excited to have Beth as a guest blogger today! She is a fellow ChicagoNow blogger who writes the insightful and always honest blog, Ups and Downs of a Yoga Mom, which I absolutely love. For her guest post, Beth has written a review of one of her favorite Chicago restaurants, Owen & Engine.... Read more »

Design Inspiration from Bocas del Toro, Panama

Design Inspiration from Bocas del Toro, Panama
One of my favorite parts about traveling is soaking in the art and design of the different places I am visiting. Perhaps it’s being away from the rushed routine of normal life, or perhaps it’s simply seeing things for the first time, but whatever it is, my mind always seems particularly open – and keen... Read more »

Ceviche, Johnnycakes, and Chocolate: My Three Panamanian Food Groups

Ceviche, Johnnycakes, and Chocolate: My Three Panamanian Food Groups
It should come as no surprise that, in a nation where over 75% of its borders are coastline, they eat a lot of seafood. While there is abundant grouper, snapper, and octopus, corvina is king. And the favorite preparation? Ceviche. Ceviche is a way of preparing fresh, raw fish by marinating (“cooking”) it in citrus... Read more »
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Panama: a fascinating little country with a whole lot going for it

Panama: a fascinating little country with a whole lot going for it
I didn’t know what to expect heading out to Panama on vacation last week. Of course, I knew of the Panama Canal. And I knew I needed to be very careful to pick flights to Panama City, Panama and not Panama City, Florida (that would have been catastrophic – can you imagine getting a week... Read more »

An Interview with Brian Greene, Executive Chef at the Savoy

An Interview with Brian Greene, Executive Chef at the Savoy
Brian Greene is a super chill guy, down-to-earth and incredibly personable. But don’t let that fool you. He is also, at the young age of 27, the Executive Chef at one of the best new restaurants in the city, the Savoy. Brian took the time to speak with me on a recent Thursday afternoon. The... Read more »

Does Very Good + Meh = Good Enough? A Dinner at Bar Toma

Does Very Good + Meh = Good Enough? A Dinner at Bar Toma
There was a lot of buzz surrounding Bar Toma when it first opened, but on a recent Friday night I was able to get in last minute – at 7:30 pm – with a table of 4. Don’t get me wrong, I was thrilled. I’d been wanting to try Bar Toma and didn’t have to... Read more »
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An Easy DYI for the New Year: A Stairway Composite

This new year there are several home projects that I plan to tackle: painting our guest bathroom in stripes (kind of scared of this one!), prettying up some book shelves with wallpaper, spiffing up our bedroom decor. However, one project has been ongoing in my apartment (in a fun add-a-pearl kind of way, not a... Read more »