The Portuguese Francesinha: The delicious sibling of the French Croque Monsieur

This year, my family is out to “eat the world” by enjoying 52 different ethnic cuisines within 52 weeks. We were glad to start this mission with visits to Lisbon and Porto in Portugal – and the chance to try many new Portuguese foods. So, we were delighted when our AirBNB host in Porto listed... Read more »

Our New Year’s resolution to eat around the world - 52 countries in one year

My family has a big goal for the New Year. In 2018, we’re going to eat around the world. For 52 weeks, we’re going to eat 52 different ethnic cuisines. At first, I wondered if that was even possible. But, my husband rallied our sons to brainstorm the type of cuisines we’ve tried or could... Read more »

Lycee French Market returns to Chicago on Nov. 11 and 12

Holiday shopping in Chicago gets a French twist this weekend when the Lycée French Market opens at the Lycée Francais de Chicago. The 13th annual event takes place a few weeks earlier this year, allowing you to get your holiday shopping started – before Thanksgiving! Located at the French international school’s Lincoln Square campus, the... Read more »
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Chicago families can explore global cultures at first-ever Global Kids WorldFest on October 21

Living in a diverse city like Chicago, it often feels like you can explore different cultures just from driving from neighborhood to neighborhood across the city. But, there are those special moments when cultures converge in one place, creating a diverse world cultural microcosm where you can seemingly span the globe just by walking from... Read more »

Ways people respond to sneezes around the world

When I was younger, I thought people said “bless you” after someone sneezes because your heart momentarily stops with each “achoo.” I don’t know who told me that tale, but it stuck with me. And, it turns out it was wrong. The origin of bestowing a verbal blessing on someone after they sneeze can be traced... Read more »

Chicago Cares Serv-a-thon brings Chicagoans together for the city's largest day of volunteering

All of us have the power to help others when we give of our heart, our minds and our time. Yes, taking a few hours out of our normal daily routines and giving of that time to organizations in need, can have a ripple effect that’s felt by an increasing amount of people. All it... Read more »
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Yes, Americans need to learn English before traveling to London

Whenever we visit new countries, we try to learn at least a few words to use in our daily interactions with the people we meet and encounter. Whether it’s “hello” when walking into a store, “pardon me” when moving past people on the sidewalk, or “thank you” when being served a meal, it always adds... Read more »

Four lessons families can learn from watching Hamilton: An American Musical

Like many families, mine has Hamilton fever. My husband and sons sing the song lyrics in the car. My older sons sings from Hamilton: The Revolution while he waits for us to leave for school. And, of course, we saw Hamilton: An American Musical on stage in Chicago. Recently, we had the pleasure of seeing... Read more »

5 reasons why a hotel breakfast buffet is always a good idea

Whenever my family stays at a hotel, we always select the room option that includes breakfast – if that means we get to indulge in a breakfast buffet. No matter if we’re in Athens, Greece or Sofia, Bulgaria, we’re always ready to select and enjoy the breakfast buffet. And, we’ve never been disappointed to start... Read more »
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Family travel: Coming to terms with choosing to eat at chain restaurants

At home in Chicago, my husband and I are always on the search for new, local restaurants to eat at with our family. We seek out ones offering new ethnic cuisines. We seek out ones in new neighborhoods. We seek out ones with healthy, local fare on their menus. So, when we travel, we often... Read more »