30 Jun

Uncommon Ground: Chicago’s original organic farm to table restaurant celebrates 25 years

Like many health-conscious Chicagoans, I’ve dined, and even seen a couple of live shows at Uncommon Ground in Wrigleyville over the years. I’ve always enjoyed the bright, natural ambience, attentive service, and loved whichever hopeful artist I chose to see, and of course, the food. It wasn’t until recently that

5 Feb

Roundup and Review: CrossTown Fitness, Q-BBQ and d’Vine Affair

This roundup and review includes an eclectic mix of personal experiences in Chicago from the month of January including: A kick-butt workout at CrossTown Fitness in Lakeview, a dinner with meat-lovers at Q-BBQ, also in Lakeview, and an incredible afternoon sampling wine and beer from around the globe at the

19 Nov

Two new restaurants in Chicago you can eat well and pay it forward at: Be Leaf Salad and Zoom Pizza Factory

I was recently treated to a meal at two new restaurants in Chicago; each of which has a plant-forward menu and fits in with the Ashley Gilday brand, “live well, eat well, pay it forward”. The first restaurant is a gourmet salad and grain bowl concept in the loop and

24 Jun

44 years of a Chicago tradition: Meet Marc Malnati of Lou Malnati’s

by Ashley Gilday This year marks the 44th year in business for Chicago-based deep dish pizzeria, Lou Malnati’s. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Lou Manati’s owner (and son), Marc Malnati, for a delicious (dairy and meat-free) pizza lunch at their newest Chicago location in Lincoln Square.

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