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Wine + Takeout = A Girl’s Best Friend

Top 5 Wine Pairings for Comfort Food

November 3, 2014
Lakesha Rose

For the nights when you just want to relax and order in your favorite comfort food, lifestyle expert Lakesha Rose put together the ultimate guide to takeout and wine pairings. She also recommends Twitter for its massive wine community and says it’s a great place to go if you need expert advice. Follow @LakeshaRose or accounts like @winematcher and @winewiseguy, or tweet with #winepairing or #winewednesday to join the conversation and get real time pairing tips. 1. Grilled Cheese with Banfi Chianti Classico Comfort food pairs really well with Chianti. I recommend a “grown up grilled cheese” with Banfi Chianti Classico–the wine’s delicious ripe cherry and spice are perfect with the richness of the …  Read more

Let’s Brunch: Ceres’ Table’s Mid-Morning Affair

Indulge in a Sweet and Savory Fall Brunch

October 20, 2014
Italian Toast
Samantha Nelson

I was last at Ceres’ Table in 2012 for a dinner where chef Giuseppe Scurato was showing off his love of Skuna Bay salmon. Since the, the restaurant moved from Uptown to Lakeview, so when it added brunch service this summer, I decided it was a good time to check out the new place. Our bubbly server was quick with recommendations, encouraging us to mix up some sweet and savory dishes. We followed his advice, opting for the blueberry ricotta pancakes, lobster benedict and hanger steak. It was hard to pick a favorite between the first two dishes. The pancakes were incredibly fluffy and loaded with slightly tart fruit, while the …  Read more

Train Your Brain to Not Overindulge in Holiday Sweets (Now)

Get Ahead of the Holiday Dessert Trap With These Three Sugar Detox Plans

October 8, 2014
Lisa Payne

Living in Chicago, we know that between summer and winter lies a short season we know of as fall. It’s often a blissful time where we get to wear our favorite knee-high boots, tailgate with the boys and enjoy a warm pumpkin latte on a walk outside. However, it is also in fall where we create habits that will carry us through winter. And when Mom is already taunting you with making decadent holiday desserts, now is the time to turn that sweet tooth off! Here are three sugar detox plans to help you stand strong: The 21-Day Sugar Detox by Diane Sanfilippo They say it takes 21 days to make or …  Read more