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Calories: Quality Not Quantity

By: Michele Gelman

August 18, 2014
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I am going to do something radical here for all you girls living in fear of a muffin top — I am going to tell you to STOP COUNTING CALORIES. For years, we have been told that calorie intake minus calorie expenditure equals calories stored. So the solution is to use more willpower, eat less and exercise, right? But this advice just doesn’t work, and Americans are getting hungrier and fatter. Of everything we eat, highly refined and rapidly digestible (high glycemic) carbohydrates (which are all forms of sugar) produce the most insulin. Insulin acts on your brain to increase appetite, especially for sugar. If we make too much insulin, it drives …  Read more

The Cheekiest Combo in Town: Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken

By: Dana Hartung

August 18, 2014
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Are you ready to indulge in the world of gourmet donuts? Trust us when we say the answer is a definite YES! Satisfy your morning sweet tooth at Do-Rite Donuts’ second location, Do-Rite Donuts and Chicken, in Streeterville across from Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The new Do-Rite Donuts and Chicken, like the original spot, will make Chef Francis Brennan and Jeff Mahin’s famous handmade donuts in small batches every day. The fresh donuts are packed full of flavor and offer the perfect balance between taste and texture. Signature feature recipes include the Buttermilk Old Fashioned, Maple Bacon Cruller and Valrhona Chocolate Glazed donuts. The two creative donut connoisseurs met while working together at …  Read more

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