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You’re headed to Paris, gastro capital of the universe. You loved Hemingway’s A  Movable Feast, belong to your local wine society and routinely julienne with visions of Julia Childs hacking legumes flitting through your head. You become anxious. How can you capture the culinary essence...

Yes, there have been multiple terror attacks in France. And strikes. And financial malaise. Which, of course, does not make such an appetizing tourist scenario. And, can almost make you forget the abundant charms of France: the cheese, the wine, the pastry, the way golden...

It was a slight bitch to get there, an early morning flight, connection, customs. But, when I arrived at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula,  84 degree temps and a welcome margarita put the kabosh on irritation. At first glance, I was in...

David Burke’s Primehouse at The James Hotel is known for massive steaks and classic, gut expanding sides. But, for summer, the restaurant veers from its meat and potato repertoire with a super cool ice cream program, a Friday afternoon Pop Up ice cream shop located...

  Now that the weather has changed, it’s all about enjoying the great outdoors. Here are five excellent activities to take advantage of this June! AL FRESCO DINNER Expat 118 N Green St. Element Collective’s groovy al fresco pop-up restaurant on a sidewalk on Green Street features fresh,...

    sAs an expert for Travel + Leisure, I get to do a lot of very cool test drives: chocolate tastings in London, cooking classes in Paris, spontaneous hotel reviews and more. But, writing this story about Chicago’s best rooftops was one of my favorite projects....

        Her father may be fashion royalty. But, Dylan Lauren’s singular achievements in the sweets sector have cemented her status as America’s Confectionary Queen. With her just-opened Dylan’s Candy on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, Ms. Lauren has gobstopper sized plans for the Midwest. Not only is it her...

My morning coffee in Provence was not a minor detail of the day. It was a highlight. Why? A Provencal petit dejeuner is epic. Presentation is everything. Details as minute as the placement of a teaspoon (it is leaning upon a mini pot of local...

Beyonce’s youthifying skin serum. Clooney’s shades. J-Law’s fave cold pressed juice. Star sanctioned products offer big time buzz to a brand. But, in the UK, there is an imperial nod of approval that puts an entertainers’ endorsement to shame. It’s called the Royal Warrant. And, it’s...

Why Chicago Needs Another Steakhouse     You wont find a caesar salad in Jose Garces’ new Argentine steakhouse. Or, creamed spinach. Not even that sacred of sacred sides, the blue cheese coated tomato wedge. Broiled T Bone? Nope. No way. No how. The Iron Chef is not dissing...