Beauty - "The Lovely" - Hair

Stylist Sarah Potempa and Aussie bring Unfair Hair to Chicago

May 28, 2013

By Summar Ghias Let’s be real: the luscious locks you often see in hair commercials can seem a little unfair. To bridge reality and our greatest fantasy, Aussie took to the streets this weekend to give local Chicagoans the opportunity to shine. That meant handing out a whole range of unfair advantages courtesy of the […]

American - Breakfast/Brunch - FOOD - "The Delicious"

Longman & Eagle in Logan Square, Chicago

October 10, 2012

By Summar Ghias I had long been intrigued by the farm-to-table Logan Square tavern Longman & Eagle for its triple threat status as buzzed-about restaurant, bar and inn. After several failed attempts at eating a meal there (on account of their ‘no reservation’ policy and my frequently impatient stomach), I was finally able to give […]

FOOD - "The Delicious" - Mexican - Spanish/Latin American

Antique Taco in Wicker Park

September 18, 2012

By Summar Ghias Chicago’s trendy taco scene may always be distinguished (and ruled) by late night favorite Big Star. But that doesn’t mean Chef Paul Kahan doesn’t have his fair share of competitors. Fellow Wicker Park joint Antique Taco serves up similarly scrumptious tacos packed with punches of unexpected flavors. Given that I’ve dined there […]

American - Breakfast/Brunch - FOOD - "The Delicious"

Waffles in the South Loop, Chicago

August 6, 2012

By Summar Ghias The concept is simple. In a world where brunch still reigns supreme, why not open a place that focuses solely on waffles? That place is literally called Waffles. We’ll knock off a few points for originality, but perhaps the intention was to be perfectly clear. The South Loop joint, which was voted […]

American - FOOD - "The Delicious"

Grahamwich in River North, Chicago

December 16, 2011

By Summar Ghias When the gourmet sandwich shop Grahamwich opened last year, buzz abound. Celeb chef Graham Elliot’s judge spot on the Fox show Masterchef and recent stint as Lollapalooza culinary curator had Chicago foodies chomping at the bit. Reviews on his new establishment, however, were conflicting; Time Out Chicago (my usual go-to magazine) was […]

American - Bakery - Coffeehouse/Cafe - FOOD - "The Delicious"

Punk Rock brekkie: Bleeding Heart Bakery & Cafe in Chicago

October 4, 2011

By Summar Ghias Brunch may just be my favorite pastime. But brunch well past standard brunch timings at a 24-hour café essentially morphs me into a kid in a candy store. You can only imagine my excitement at hearing about the new Bleeding Heart Bakery & Café, a welcome bright spot in Chicago’s otherwise dismal […]