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Chicago Gift Guide for the Foodies

The Top Chicago Foodie Gifts for this Holiday Season!

December 8, 2014
Chicago Foodie Gift Guide
Kaleigh Glaza

Some of the best parts of the holiday season revolve around food (Thanksgiving turkey, hot chocolate, Christmas cookies and more). So we’ve put together a gift guide for those Cheeky gals who truly love to cook and eat! With a focus on Chicago brands, this gift guide will have your mouth watering and provide ideas for seriously delicious gifts. For the Java lover: TOMS Thankful Blend Put a boost in your morning with a tasty drink for a great cause! You can write what you’re thankful for on the bag, and you’ll also be providing clean water for a week to someone in need with every purchase. For those with Chicago pride (like us!): Pastoral’s “Best …  Read more

Afternoon Tea in the City

Ditch the Noisy Bars for Tea Time: A Must-Do During the Holidays

December 2, 2014

Sometimes I think I’m part British–I’m absolutely lost without my morning Earl Grey tea latte. I have a small but much loved collection of tea pots. Downton Abbey is one of my favorite shows, and going out for an elegant afternoon tea in Chicago is a must-do during the holidays. As much as I would love to serve a proper afternoon tea at my home for a group of cherished friends–and of course the veddy proper Dowager Countess from Downton–who has time to prepare all those exquisite tea sandwiches, crumbly scones, delicate cookies and pastries? It’s so much easier to go out, and of course, great fun to get all dressed …  Read more

How to Drink Wine on a Diet: Sip Like a Pro

The Wine Rules to Sip Smart

November 4, 2014
The Cheeky Wine Guide

So you’ve made a vow to eat less. Perhaps, just perhaps, you’ve made this particular promise to yourself more than once. I’ll confess that I have. If you are anything like me, your resolution to cut the calories coincides with an event–first day of the month, holiday coming up, the “oh, I ate way too much”–just passed. In any case, you’ve set the goal. And whatever diet plan you’ve selected (this time), you know you are in for a bit of, shall we say, deprivation? And, it does seem oh so unfair not to be able to have a bit of a sip when you’ve been good all day avoiding …  Read more