October 18, 2013 |
Jennifer Solberg had a good reason to reschedule our morning photo shoot at Rhine Hall, the West Town distillery she owns with her father, Charlie. She had to make an emergency trip to Michigan to pick up 7,300 pounds of Gala, McIntosh and Cortland apples from Bixby Orchards, load them into an 18-foot truck and make it back to Chicago before noon. If she didn't pick up the fruit, Rhine Hall wouldn't be able to distill any apple brandy that week. Solberg's willingness to do any job--even driving across state lines at 4 a.m. in a downpour--is indicative of the all-for-one work ethic that's turned her...
January 4, 2013 |
Poutine may be a Canadian invention, but Chicago certainly has embraced the gravy-and-cheese-topped French fry dish. So much so, in fact, that the city is welcoming its first Poutine Fest in February. Put on by three Chicago poutine enthusiasts, the Feb. 24 festival will bring together chefs from all types of restaurants - from gastropubs such as The Gage to fine-dining spots such as El Ideas - for an indulgent, gravy-soaked throwdown. "Having so many restaurants involved allows them to put their own spin on it," said one of...
February 14, 2012 |
If Valentine's Day isn't shaping up to be an affair to remember, you can always, well, have an affair to remember. More than 175,000 Chicagoans are members of Ashley Madison , a controversial dating Web site that caters to people in relationships interested in adultery. The service boasts more than 12.6 million members. The site experiences some of its highest membership bumps this week because Feb. 13 is Mistress Day (when cheaters indulge their mistresses because they are busy with their significant...
January 3, 2014 |
A few days ago, Kim Kardashian tweeted this: This video, a scrapbook of clips put together by something called " KimKanyeKimyeFC " is the video equivalent of when you used to write "Mrs. _____ _____" (Feel free to write in whatever longstanding crush-turned-guy who still lives at home in the blanks) on your notebooks and backpacks in middle school. It's a chronological look at the love affair of Kim and Kanye and is kind of ... sweet? Watch the vid below and check it out for yourself.
September 29, 2013 |
The cast and crew of "Betrayal" may be filming the ABC potboiler in Chicago, but it hasn't been all work for some of them. "It's crazy cuz every place stays open so late," Henry Thomas told me during a Sept. 23 premiere party at Vertigo Sky Lounge. "It's a real bar culture. It's a little too easy to go, 'Oh my God, it's 3 o'clock in the morning. I've walked across the bridge going, 'Oh no, we have to police ourselves.'" Thomas plays TJ Karsten in the series, which has the unfortunate premiere slot of 9 p.m. CT...
February 16, 2012 |
We get duel love stories in the next "Once Upon A Time. " Airing at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 on ABC, "What Happened to Frederick" finds David (Josh Dallas) being forced to decide between Kathryn (Anastasia Griffith) and Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin). He finally agrees to tell Kathryn about his affair with Mary Margaret, but an earlier promo for the episode shows Regina (Lana Parrilla) telling Kathryn the news. They're could be some slapping and hair-pulling in Storybrooke, folks. And also some flirting.