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Make it Your Own at MAK

By: Debra Lipson

July 28, 2014
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Still searching for creative, go-to Chinese food in Chicago? Look no further than MAK! Opened in 2012, the fast-casual Asian fusion restaurant is carving out quite a name for itself in Wicker Park. Owner Tommy Wang serves up Chinese, Japanese and Korean-influenced fare peppered with a personal touch: Recipes are passed down from Wang’s family (his father owned Tien Tsin in the Northern suburbs) and meals are motivated by his cultural heritage. The MAK premise is an eastern riff on the Chipotle assembly line counter model; however it far exceeds a robotic point and pay experience. Order your meal at the register and a friendly MAK employee brings the searing dish to …  Read more

Downtown Dining Must: Terrace on Clark

By: Debra Lipson

June 30, 2014
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Restaurants in the loop tend to toe a thin line: Either they’re packed with power suits stuffing themselves on greasy grub, or they charge an exorbitant amount for miniscule portions. I finally found a middle ground between indulgent bites and healthy, hefty portions at Terrace on Clark! My bestie and I popped in to the 100-seat spot on a rainy Wednesday night. The all-day restaurant and bar was slowly filling up with the  usual happy hour crowd by 6 p.m. Sadly, the night’s torrential monsoon diminished our plans to lounge on the gorgeous outdoor patio (it’s one of the largest in the loop)! Definitely on our to-do list. Instead, we opted …  Read more

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Evolution Fresh Cold-Pressed Juices Available at Starbucks!

March 17, 2014

With spring right around the corner, juicing is all the rage. Why not grab that juice when you grab your coffee at Starbucks? Yes, that’s right – our beloved chain is bringing us Evolution Fresh cold-pressed juices, which are organic and non-GMO whenever possible. Cheeky chatted with Kate Schenk, MS, a certified nutritionist at Starbucks to get the skinny on these power-packed juices. Cheeky: What are the benefits of drinking cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juice? Kate Schenk: Drinking a cold-pressed green juice provides a great way to get nutrients from fruit and vegetables on-the-go. A single bottle of Evolution Fresh cold‐pressed 100% juice is made from one to two pounds of fruits and/or …  Read more