Badassery Magazine Launches Book

Badassery is a relatively new term. It means taking control and female empowerment. Founders and co-editors Samantha Parker and Kathy Rasmussen have expanded their message in a new book “Badassery Style Community”

On July 11th, Chicago will get to meet these two extraordinary women at their book launch at The Livingroom located at 2423 North Ave, Chicago IL. Attendees will get the opportunity to purchase the book, network, sip and snack, and more.

For more info and to RSVP go to http://badasserymag.com/chicago-party/

 

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PERRY’S Steakhouse —where you are treated like royalty

Everyone deserves a little pampering . We all work hard, do chores around the house and give their partner emotional support. We all want to be appreciated, take a night off away from the kids, and just relax. Maybe you and your co workers just want a place to have some drinks and just relax after working hard all day. Well not far from the busy city of Chicago, we found the perfect place.

Oakbrook Center has become a shopper’s mecca. It seems sometimes with all of the designer stores , that someone came along and moved Michigan Avenue to the burbs. Shoppers can buy top drawer items like Michael Kors, Burberry, and Brooks Brothers and then sit down to five star dining. Perry’s Steakhouse can offer the discriminating gourmet and the foodie an experience that they will not forget.

Dining out should be an event, and that is exactly what they do at Perry’s Walk in, and you are surrounded by atmosphere. Live music comes from the lounge while diners sip cocktails as they wait for their table. When we sat down, I was welcomed by a flight of their signature cocktails. Each drink had its own personality. My personal favorite was the Peachy Glen. It tasted like a light fruity delight with its use of peach nectar and captured that summertime feel. Loved the garnish with the edible orchids.

Perry’s also prides itself on inventive starters. Fresh seafood and finest cuts of meat mingle to entice the diner and allow them to have a sneal preview of what is to come. We got a taste of two favorites, the Perry’s signature fried asparagus and beef and bleu. It was a great way to get me to eat my veggies. Fresh crabmeat was piled on top of the asparagus spears to make a veggie treat . The beef and bleu were tender cuts of meat and large chunks of aged bleu to allow the most discriminating gourmet an enjoyable dining overture.

Summer is definitely salad time. We all want to fit into those swimsuits and Perry’s has salads for those who are health conscious. It also makes for a light lunch after a morning of shopping. I liked the wedge salad with the homemade buttermilk dressing.

Jen ordered the Butchers Blend burger and that is the way that a burger should be served. The burger also came with a condiment tray which allowed her to put exactly what she wanted on it. The burger also came with the crispiest Cajun fries that was not too spicy , seasoned just right. I was treated to a taste of the fine examples of Perry’s cuisine. The pork was tender and juicy because of the curing and the salmon seasoned to perfection with the lemon dill butter on the side.The pork was accompanied by a dollop of homemade apple sauce , complete with chunks of apple in it. I was taken back to my mother’s kitchen and the apples she would cook to put in jars.

A fine dinner should come to a dramatic ending and the nutty dangelo definitely provided that. The flames not only entertained us, but the group next to us as well. The nuts , brown sugar , and brandy fused together to make a delightful treat. The vanilla ice cream added to the mixture and allowed to cap our evening with a sweet summer treat.

.Now you can treat yourself to a small sampling of one of Perry’s award winning dinners. Perry’’s celebrates five years at the Oakbrook location and you can be part of the celebration. They are offering four courses for forty four dollars. You can dine on some of the favorites that were mentioned here. Pair that with a glass of Perry’s special reserve wine and you can have a five star evening. But hurry, this offer expires on July 31. For more info go to their website. Why not treat you and a loved one to a night of fine dining? After all, you deserve it.

Perry’s Steakhouse is located at 5 Oakbrook Center in Oakbrook Illinois.

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Kerry Knows How to Handle Beauty

For seven years, Kerry Washington has embodied power and beauty in her portrayal of fixer Olivia Pope on “Scandal.” She has also been a shining example of beauty and style as she accepted awards and walked Red Carpets. Needless to say, she has learned a little bit about beauty.
With this knowledge, Kerry has designed make up that “empowers women and shows off their natural beauty.” This collection consists of just two palettes.

The one is for the cheeks and the other is the for the eyes. Kerry’s swears by these in her own bag. “It is basically all you need “ she said. Gone are the gawdy blue shadows of yesterday. The cheek colors boast shades that enhance the skin and give that glowy skin. With the freaky weather that we have had this year, it is definitely needed to push us into summer. Kerry really has put her mark on these shades. Each shade is named after a quality that Washington values rather than the usual colors. These include grateful, captivating, and elegant for the cheeks. They blend easily which is one feature I like as well.

With my hazel eyes and blonde hair, I thought that her eye palette was absolutely perfect. The colors are rich and are the perfect addition to add anytime of the day. The eye shades range from a champagne ivory to a deep brown. This allows you to make that all important change from day to night with just one palette. The palettes are perfect for travel too.
The place to find these beauty treasures is at ULTA and they are reasonable priced . The eye palette is priced at 12.99 and the cheek palette is only 9.99.

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The Cabin’s Picnic Basket

received_10159980303335577.jpegSummer may be months away, but recently Jen and I got to go on an honest to goodness picnic. Right here in Chiberia, you can eat comfort food and be transported back to those carefree days of summer and camp. Situated between Irving Park Road and N Pulaski is the Cabin and its sister bistro appropriately named The Cabin’s Picnic Basket. One of the owners of this charming little bistro is Sherill Bodine. This is a new venture for Sherrill . She has authored many books, is a known fashionista, and a Chicago socialite and philanthropist. Partnering with brother and sister, Harry and Maria Nyholm . she has the perfect place to just a grab a nosh. Sherill had added that she has always felt how important family has been to her. “I just wanted to have a place where families could sit together and enjoy a meal and each other.” She smiled in her stylish way.

Entering the Picnic Basket , you don’t sit at an ordinary table. You sit and eat your food at honest to goodness picnic tables. Sherill told me that the tables were designed by an artisan from Kentucky. The walls are designed with a log motif that transports you to the dining hall from summer camp. The food is simple but good. The meats are quality too, coming from places like the original Manny’s Deli in the loop. “We tried many combinations and recipes to arrive at the current menu.” Sherill said.20180201_133832.jpg

Each sandwich is put together individually and there is a variety of condiments and breads to chose from. Cheese lovers rejoice because as well as getting choices on the sandwiches, you can also order a cheese tray for those mellow afternoons . Sip some wine and then have some brie or gruyere paired with crackers and fruits. Since it was a typical Chicago day, we were enjoying a soup and sandwich combo. Jen gave the mac and cheese a thumbs up. (Not easy to come by) The chili was mostly meat, hardly any beans which I like.

20180201_135110.jpg20180201_135133.jpgThe sandwich I enjoyed the most was the signature. It was hearty and reminded me of the kind of sandwich that you would make at home. The marble rye bread made it and they definitely don’t skimp on the meat.I got to warm up with one of my favorite winter soups, a nice thick, cheesy broccoli and cheddar soup. Even the potato salad was something special, it had the right amount of spices that mixed together to create a delicious accompaniment for the sandwiches.20180201_135211

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20180201_135802.jpgNo detail is overlooked and you will get that homey feeling as the staff takes care of you . In the spring, the menu will also include ice cream to add to that family feel. If you want to have a sandwich with that old fashioned touch , come to 4102 N Pulaski Road . They also put together some great party trays as well for your next function. Oh and you can also get pizza from nearby Eastside Café as well. They are also open seven days a week.20180201_142653.jpg

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For a Red Carpet Experience –CMX Treats You Like a Star

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There is nothing like going to the movies. You may just enjoy just watching a DVD at home or on your device, but it still doesn’t compare to the experience of putting yourself in the theatre. With sophisticated sound systems, cushiony seats, and custom menus, there is nothing like it.

Last week, Jen and I had been invited to experience the CMX Cinema at Old Orchard Mall in Skokie. First we decided which movie to see. Looking through the selection of movies, we selected the Oscar nominated movie , “The Post” Upon arrival, we were greeted and given a tour of the theatre. Everyone was super nice and helpful.
The seats were just like a dream. I don’t even think in first class, they are this comfy. You can actually kick off your shoes and prop up your feet and enjoy your movie.  There are places to stash that purse, shoes, and shopping. You can also charge your phone while you watch. 20180213_181250.jpg

When these people say VIP treatment they mean it. You don’t have to leave your seat, just press a button and your server will take your order from their extensive beverage and food menus. The menu has something for everyone from entrees to the kids menu. The prices are very reasonable too.  The Stone Bar has trained mixologists to make any cocktail and also to create something you will enjoy.  Wanting to escape the cold, I chose a wine slushie with a rose and vodka mix. Took me to the tropics with its fruity garnish and taste.20180213_181736.jpg

We also munched on the cheesiest nachos while we waited for our entrees to come. Jen chose a mammoth cheeseburger with fries and I indulged by getting the filet mignon. That steak was so tender and juicy. I can’t believe they prepare everything there. It was paired with herbed potatoes and crunchy asparagus spears. Delicious !20180213_184101.jpg

20180213_184121.jpg20180213_182136.jpgFinishing up the meal, we pushed the button by our seats and ordered dessert. Jen had a huge chocolate chip cookie that was nice and warm and it was covered with vanilla ice cream. Cheat night was so easy with goodies like my triple chocolate milk shake and get ready for this, they will also make you shakes with liquor in them.  That shake was so thick and chocolatey.20180213_192900

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With so many choices on the menu, you can theme your meal to your movie. You can also shop following or before your VIP experience. So take a break and treat yourself to a movie and more at CMX Cinema in Skokie.20180213_174549.jpg

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Take Some Time for Yourself –Courtesy of  Neutrogena and Kerry Washington 

We all have very stressful lives , whether we are at home or being a lady boss.  The stress and trying to fix our lives and our loved ones as well, can take a toll. Sometimes,  you just have to put your hand up and say Stop!  That is the time to say  “It’s me TIME!”  This is especially the case at this time of year.

Neutrogena has paired with that ultimate fixer, Olivia Pope, aka Kerry Washington, to bring a special limited edition of Neutrogena’s own Rainbath shower and bath gel.  Whether she is on set , directing for the first time,  being a mother, or just being Kerry, she stresses that she needs some “Me” time. I love the purple packaging and the plum smell makes you want to eat it. It has that rich and sophisticated feel to it.  The product softens and conditions the skin. It is also great for using for shaving as well. Hey, you can even use it in your bath water for the ultimate pampering experience.  It also makes a great holiday gift for your favorite gladiator.

Kerry knows about pampering. So does Olivia.  Running the world, being Command of B613, and keeping her Presidential boyfriend happy take their toll. Olivia can use her Neutrogena products in the shower by herself or with a friend. 

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“Cooking Should Be Fun” says Culinary Council Star – Bill Kim

                    

There is no need to panic when you  have to cook for holiday guests.  You can throw together a unique and tasty meal and you don’t even have to have stress out about it. Last Friday, foodies gathered on the seventh floor of the State Street  to learn, to laugh, and to taste the cooking of Celebrity Chef, Bill Kim. Kim is the owner of the popular Chicago restaurants , Urbanbelly and Belly Que . He is a graduate Kendall  College and has worked at many restaurants . He has also worked with the late Charlie Trotter. He is also considered a pioneer for making casual cuisine more gourmet.

With his young assistant, Kim started out the demonstration with the 7 Flavors Sangria Punch Bowl Mocktail  . The punch contained many different juices and fruits, including apple, grape, and the non traditional Asian lychee and pear.  Next , he continued with a lively shrimp dish where the shrimp was poached with a special sauce. The appetizer was served on top with an endive leaf and some of Kim’s sauce to add a little kick.

 The star of the party was the Simple Asian and Latin Holiday Pork Loin. Kim pointed out that it could be done with basically any kind of meat. Recently, he made the sauce with his Thanksgiving leftovers and it was a big hit. 

The finale was a festive Korean Milk Chocolate Pudding  that had cinnamon in it to give it that special taste. It made it a little too spicy for my taste. It was very rich though and chocolatey.

Attendees could meet and greet with Chef Kim following the event. Macy’s also had some of his sauces for sale and offered a special deal with purchase. 

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