Interests

Cuisine: Siena Tavern

According to Fabio Viviani, Executive Chef and Partner of Siena Tavern, the concept for Siena was very carefully thought out. “It is rooted in Italy and raised in Chicago”, he says.  Sahar and I visited Siena for lunch on a… Read More ›

Cuisine: Chef Week in Chicago

This was originally posted by the lovely Audarshia Townsend of the Chicago 312 Dining Diva.  She provides wonderfully diverse and informative views into the Chicago restaurant scene.  It’s Time To Book Reservations For ‘Chicago Chef Week,’ Happening March 17-22   “Chicago Restaurant… Read More ›

Cuisine: Niu

Japanese Fusion in Rivereast Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge Location: 332 E. Illinois (at Grand Ave) Cuisine: Japanese Fusion Site: http://niusushi.com/index.html Price: $$ Food: Excellent Atmosphere:  Casual Elegance Service: Great Cocktails: Great Overall Rating:  Great Would I go back?:  Yes. Very, soon…. Read More ›

Monday: Talented

Akim Camara After stumbling across a YouTube video of German violin prodigy Akim Camara, I did a bit of research and found this article by Pop Conversation on the 5 Most Entertaining Violinist:  “The adorable little boy in this Youtube… Read More ›

One Thousand Pieces

ACT I My husband, Bernard, treated me to dinner at Tesori and a performance of One Thousand Pieces by the Hubbard Dance Company for my birthday. Here’s my take on the performance.  The Tesori restaurant review is coming soon.  When the curtain… Read More ›

The Charity Balance

Strategic Volunteering I am often asked for recommendations on how to balance professional and charity work.  I usually advise people that unless they have very few commitments and an abundance of resources, it’s best to practice strategic volunteering.  This typically means choosing organizations/causes which strategically… Read More ›

Boozy Desserts

I’ve always thought of boozy desserts as a sly indulgence that didn’t really pack a wallop.  Based on Amber Gibson’s experience, I’ve obviously been visiting the wrong establishments.  According to her, there are plenty of restaurants in Chicago that serve… Read More ›

Cuisine: MOTO Restaurant

I surprised my husband Bernard with a dinner at the world-famous moto restaurant for his birthday. We chose the 10-course tasting menu. Chef Cantu actually requires diners at the same table to select the same tasting menu. It ensures a smooth and communal dining experience.  Considering my experience… Read More ›