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To quote Homer Simpson: “the pig is a wonderful, magical animal” capable of being used for so much delicious meat. And nowhere is its versatility and deliciousness as prominently displayed as Cochon 555, a nationwide tour that has five chefs using five heritage pigs to prepare a variety of pork-focused dishes with guests choosing the winner. When it set up shop last month at the Four Seasons Chicago, a huge line had formed before the …
Your Go-to Spots for SummerJune 17, 2013
I have a secret. I am having a summer love affair…and I thought you should know. Floriole brunch is my obsession. It is Paris in Chicago, and I simply cannot make it through a single day without popping in for an inspired and soulful breakfast bite. My crush first developed over the years at Green City Market, on Wednesdays and Sundays in Lincoln Park. We loved waking up, riding our bikes down Clark Street to the park, and enjoying a delicious, chewy croissant or pastry for breakfast. Sadly, the market packs up right after lunch…so our time together was numbered. But now – oh boy – now it is a full-on love fest – errrr – … Read more
Grills Gone WildJune 16, 2013
We have all over-cooked grilled vegetables (myself included). I want to share with you my cooking tips, useful grilling tools and (now) proven methods. Zucchini/Summer Squash: Slice lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick planks Cook 8 to 10 minutes, turning once Lakesha Rose tip: the thickness of the planks keeps them from falling through the grates Asparagus: Cut or snap off the tough ends. Cook 5 to 7 minutes Lakesha Rose tip: the best spears to cook with are approximately 1/2-inch thick Baby Bok Choy: Halve head through stem; rinse but don’t dry Cook 6 to 7 minutes, turning once Lakesha Rose tip: the water left on the leaves will create steam on the grill, it will help the bok choy cook evenly Tomatoes: Round and plum, halve … Read more
Shred Your Body with Exercise and Healthy Food ServicesJune 12, 2013
Haven’t heard of Shred415 yet? Well, you should. It just so happens to be one of the city’s top workouts. Shred415 is an instructor-led, calorie-burning, high intensity interval training class designed to target all muscle groups. The 60-minute weight training and cardio class is composed of four 15-minute intervals (which explains the 415). Guaranteed to shred your body, expect to burn anywhere between 500 and 1,000 calories. Not a runner? No worries! Each class provides instruction for runners, joggers and walkers. Shred415 was first conceived when fitness professionals Bonnie Micheli and Tracy Roemer became neighborhood friends. Upon realizing they had 20 years of fitness experience between the two of them, they … Read more