February 26th, 2009

Vurkey for my Valentine

This Valentine’s Day was the most humiliating of my life. I’ve been spending a wee bit of time with a certain dashing gent lately-we’ll call him Mr. Mortified-and V-day was to be our first official dinner party together. As all good New Yorkers know, foodies never dine out on February 14th; the menus are fixed; […]

11. Best Italian Accent: Falai Panneteria They brew Illy espresso—a favorite—and serve it signature black and white cups and saucers. In fact, everything here is pretty black and white: décor, tastiness, LES “cool” factor. This is a sexy spot to sip an espresso and share a “morning after,” rumpled hair, smudged eyeliner, aviator sunglasses kinda […]

February 12th, 2009

An Excellent Evening

Last December I was invited by CS Magazine (a.k.a. Chicago Social) to attend a very special dinner party at Charlie Trotter’s test kitchen in Chicago. Instead of sitting in the main dining room, twenty-two guests were invited to experience Trotter’s private kitchen where he films his PBS television series, The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter. Trotter attended the event, […]

For me, coffee is an everyday luxury. By “everyday,” though, I mean Simple. Pure. Uncomplicated. I don’t mean that it’s a daily indulgence. First, I can’t drink coffee every day because I love it too much. I need to ration, so as not to take it for granted. Gotta keep it special. Second, I’m too […]

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