{Chicago} @ChicagoIdeas Week Urban Winemaking Lab at @CityWineryChi

Lifestyle, Travel
It’s the second year of  Chicago Ideas Week and once again it’s been a week full of amazing speakers, workshops, and labs held in various places of interest in Chicago where like-minded folks come together to well…share ideas and stories!Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) is about the sharing of ideas, inspiring action,...

{travel} @UrbanSpoon Names Top Fifty Restaurants To Dine With A Celeb

Lifestyle, Travel
Photo credit: Sunda ChicagoCatching a glimpse of a famous face while you’re grabbing a drink or a bite to eat can turn an everyday activity into a star-studded event for tourists and locals alike, but the trick lies in knowing where to go to increase your odds of a celebrity...

{food festival} @Buick the official vehicles of Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet

Lifestyle, Travel
This summer, I hit the road with Buick for the “Buick & Momma Cuisine French Market Tour“, and they’re back in Chicago in a major way as the official vehicles of Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet, a premier culinary experience to be held in Millennium Park September 29-30, 2012.The new models of...

{travel} Chinatown Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour w/ @ChiFoodPlanet

Parenting, Travel, Lifestyle
Staycations are all the rage these days as families and singles alike still want a fabulous time off, but may not have all the funds (or time) to escape to another city, state or country.In a metropolitan city like Chicago, seeing double-decker tour buses and a mass of tourists is part...

{travel} Contributor Post: Walt Disney World® Resort Travel Tips by @TravelbeCAUSE1

Parenting, Travel
You’re hoping for: quality family time and magical memories.But make sure you’re also prepared for the: long lines and crowds at meal times.Let me help your family focus on the magical part of your Walt Disney World® Resort vacation with a few of the hints and tricks that I share with...

Guest Judging the Kenmore (@kenmoreconnect) Best Sandwich Contest w/ Special Guest, @AdamRichman

Lifestyle, Travel
Photo courtesy of KenmoreYou know Adam Richman best as the funny host with a HUGE appetite of Man vs. Food on the Travel Channel. On June 6, 2012, (9/8C)  the Travel Channel and Adam Richman joined forces again for a new show called, Best Sandwich in America, where he visits various regions to...

{family travel} Luxury Staycation at Hyatt Regency Chicago

Travel
When planning a luxury vacation, I often flip through glossy travel magazines and look at places like the Caribbean Islands, London, Ireland, Paris, Virgin Islands and more. But for a typical family of five like mine, luxurious family vacations are few and far between. With rising airline tickets, expenses, and...

{Trib Local} #MenuTour at Midtown Kitchen + Bar (pics)

Lifestyle, Travel
On Thursday, February 16, 2012, the eve of Chicago Restaurant Week; Restaurants-America with Social Rev Up, brought Chicago lifestyle and food bloggers together for a #MenuTour of their four restaurants concepts in Chicago at Midtown Kitchen + Bar; located at 203 N. LaSalle.READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON TRIB LOCAL#MenuTour was hosted by Restaurants-America and SocialRevUp at Midtown Kitchen...

{Trib Local} Filming at the Green Earth Institute in McDonald Farm

Parenting, Travel, Lifestyle
As a sponsor of the Good Food Festival Chicago 2012, formally the Family Farmed Expo in March 15-17, 2012, I was invited by the founder of the Green Earth Institute to visit the farm and learn about their programs and what CSA’s are all about.Steve Tiwald is the founder of the Green...

{lifestyle} Guide to Shopping at Ethnic Markets

Lifestyle, Travel
As more and more people are now aware about their foods and finding ways to eat healthy without sacrificing flavor, many of the traditional big box grocery stores are falling flat in offering exciting ingredients many home cooks and food enthusiasts are looking for.Because of this, ethnic food grocery chains...

{lifestyle} Chicago Toy & Game Fair

Parenting, Lifestyle, Travel
Launched in 2003, by Founder Mary Couzin, the Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTag) is the only non-hobby toy and game show open to the public in the United States.Held in Navy Pier, one of Chicago’s main tourist attractions and on the same weekend as the Lights Festival on Michigan Avenue where...

{travel} Historic Hotels: The Mission Inn & Spa

Travel
According the Explore Riverside website, it states, With a population of more than 300,000, the City of Riverside is ranked as the 12th largest city in California and the 6th largest city in Southern California. The City is the seat of the 2nd fastest growing county in the nation and leads the region...

{travel} Labor Day Weekend, Chicago Staycation

Parenting, Travel, Lifestyle
What’s great about living in a city full of attractions is that you can never go to the same place twice and see the same things.Having moved from the city life to suburban life, like many families do, my husband and I often enjoy visiting our old neighborhood of Lincoln...

{review} Crowne Plaza Hotel - O'Hare

Parenting, Travel
On this Labor Day weekend, my husband and I decided on a staycation. With his knee injury that we’ve been nursing all summer, it has definitely made it diffucult for us to indulge in all the usual summer activities.We had accrued some United Mileage and decided to use it for a close...

{lifestyle} Kendall County Fair

Parenting, Travel, Lifestyle
The County Fair or local amusement park usually equals funnel cakes in my book! On Saturday, with my son off to a birthday sleepover, and my husband still recovering from a major knee surgery, I decided to take the two girls for an afternoon at the Kendall County Fair in Yorkville, Illinois.County...

Food Festival: Veggie Fest 2011

Parenting, Lifestyle, Travel
Food festivals are abundant during the summer months. Festivals celebrate great food and ingredients and anything goes from garlic festivals, bbq and rib fests, wine and cooking, strawberries and so much more. Veggie Fest held on the grounds of the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center on August 13 & 14,...

#RealMomsTalk Chat Discussion: Maintaining A Healthy Lifestyle on Thurs. Jan 28, 2016 at 7pm CST

Lifestyle, DIY & Tips
Kenmore Elite Blender with Single Serve CupLearn more about #RealMomsTalk here.

The Wasabi You Are Eating Is Fake

Lifestyle
Frog Eyes Wasabi is one of only a handful of American farms growing authentic, water-grown wasabi. Zagat visited the Oregon coast to find out how owners Markus Mead and Jennifer Bloeser are using gardening techniques from Japan to create a similar product in Oregon, and how chefs like Ryan Roadhouse...

Food News: Panera Bread Soup Menu No Longer Contains Artificial Ingredients

Lifestyle
Panera Bread Becomes First National Restaurant Company to Offer ‘Clean’ Soup MenuPanera Favorites Now Without Artificial Colors, Flavors, Sweeteners or PreservativesOn January 6, 2016  Panera Bread (NASDAQ: PNRA) announced that its entire U.S. bakerycafe soup menu no longer contains artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives on its No No List –...

Food News: Watch the Shake Shack opening in Tokyo

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