Dos Amigos: Food, Friendship and Family

It’s almost a guarantee that any celebration you attend will involve food. But sometimes, food is the reason for the celebration. That was the case this past weekend, when my parents and I ate a delicious dinner at Dos Amigos Mexican Restaurant in Libertyville, Illinois. Dos Amigos opened in February 2017, the brainchild of co-owners Sergio Casillas…

A Taste of Peru in Rogers Park

It’s 11:30pm as we trudge back to my mom’s car, our stomachs full. We sit in silence for a moment or two, soaking in all the food and stories we heard over the last four hours. Four hours. My mom finally speaks. “It’s like he’s lived five lives,” she says in amazement. I nod, thinking…

Recipes of Courage: Part Two

From the moment I step into Skokie’s Hungarian Kosher Foods, Lynn Kirsche Shapiro is on the move, with words flying from her mouth almost as fast as we’re walking. And for the next two hours, she doesn’t stop. She leaps from one story to another, telling me about the grocery her parents bought, about the…

More than Just Salad

It’s a resolution most of us make around this time of the year. “Next year, I’m going to make healthier choices.” Well, this year, I got a little early motivation for accomplishing my New Year’s Resolution, thanks to a visit to Just Salad in Chicago. Just Salad is a healthy, organic company with locations across…