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There are several drinks that are only known in very limited parts of the world and  Bhang is one of them.  It is very popular beverage consumed largely by the people of India and Pakistan. It is considered a delicacy in these countries but rarely recognized anywhere else.  Bhang is made from cannabis and while most of us know we can smoke or cook with it, consumed as a beverage is far more popular in this part of the world. Read more…




Belize, the tiny Central American country, wedged between Guatemala and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, is blessed with virgin beauty. Vast, white-sand beaches host translucent, azure waters bearing the largest barrier reef in the world, after Australia. Two hours inland, dense rainforests and remote rivers shelter endangered species, many indigenous and unique to Belize, and conceal rich, historical Mayan sights. From the astonishing array of marine life to its dazzling display of jungle life, the Caribbean way of life completes the allure. Read more…


Raising spirits with Clique


Few holidays inspire such creative cocktails as Halloween.  It’s a time for mischief and fun, the more outrageous the better.  Sure you could throw some gummy worms into a red fruity martini and call it a night but where’s the fun in that?  Our friends at Clique Vodka sent some festive holiday suggestions from the deliciously twisted mind of Tara Shinn – Clique’s Directory of Mixology.  They’re surely to make your Halloween one to remember Read more…


The Rockit Burger Bar Brunch Experience


Chicagoans take their brunches very seriously. Rockit Burger Bar is no exception.

I recently had the opportunity to indulge in this Wrigleyville hot-spot’s popular weekend brunch. Having dined at their River North location for years, I knew this place was no stranger to downright delicious grub. But just how far they take their brunch experience was what really impressed me. Read more…


Siena Tavern: Italy to Chicago via Top Chef Viviani


You know his face from Top Chef. Now it’s time to get to know his food. And let me start with this: it’s good. Really good. Read more…


New J. Rocco Nails Old-School Italian


Chicago is undoubtedly a hub for gastropubs. Small plates, little-known ingredients, and pretentious service have defined most of the recent restaurant openings in the Windy City. However, with the new J. Rocco Italian Table Bar, we just might be on to something completely different: hearty, original Italian cooking. Read more…


TerrePURE: The Science in Your Bottle


Developed initially for experimentation with traditional bourbon whiskey, Terressentia is a company with a private label focus who has essentially revolutionizing the “age” in barrel aging. Read more…


Summer Style Secrets from Maxine Salon

Maxine Salon reception

In the Gold Coast of Chicago, there lies one of the most respected, reputable salons in the entire city: Maxine. Opening its doors more than 25 years ago, the tri-level salon is home to many of the most photographed fashionistas and celebs such as Kristen Cavallari. Their stylists’ work has been featured in Allure, Vogue, InStyle, and several other beauty and style magazines. Read more…


House of Glunz – “The True Tavern Experience”


Nearly a decade ago, in the late afternoon, a brick came crashing through the front window of the House of Glunz, Chicago’s oldest purveyor of wine and spirits, and the damage was severe. I was in high school at the time at Walter Payton College Prep, a southbound stone’s throw from the Wells-Division intersection, and the misguided brick-tosser was a classmate of mine. Perhaps he was unaware of the shop’s history – that Westphalia, Germany native Louis Glunz had opened it in 1888; that since the 1893 Columbian Exposition, the family had supplied Chicago with Schlitz and other private-label beers and spirits. Or perhaps he was perfectly aware, sticking it to Old Man Glunz down the block in a calculated act of Millennial angst.

Whichever it was, my friends and I didn’t care. (We hardly cared that it happened at all, to be honest. We were just glad it didn’t happen to Quizno’s.) And from that day on, for us local students, a ho-hum mystique enveloped the House of Glunz. The Boo Radley to our Scout Finch, the Mr. Mertle to our Sandlot gang, except the Glunz name neither frightened nor tempted us with a lifetime supply of baseballs. We took twisted pleasure in being persona non grata because we were shy, studious kids and because they had nothing we wanted that our bum ally couldn’t purchase at the corner store. Not much changed even as we grew up. That is, until recently. Read more…


Embeya Restaurant: The Dark Horse of Randolph Street


Very few restaurants calling their “Progressive” actually deserve. Embeya is one of them. Read more…