Weekend Pick: 2014 Chicago Beer Festival at Union Station

Admission is $40, and tickets are only available online. If you plan on eating, drinking, and playing at the festival until you're just drunk enough, the Chicago Beer Festival has partnered with Uber to get you there or back home for free. Just use the code CHIBEERFEST14 to get up to $25 off your first ride.

What: 2014 Chicago Beer Festival at Union Station

When: Saturday, March 22nd, 1pm

Where: Union Station, 210 S. Canal St., Chicago, IL

Two Sticks of Gum, Some Lint and a Library Card

If two sticks of gum, some lint and a library card reads like an inventory of your wallet then you might be wondering how to get some time with the owner of last weekend's phone number. Do not despair, for you live in the city of dreams. There are a plethora of options that will spare the embarrassment of a McDate. Few however are as good as Caracas, the Venezuelan style arepa bar.

Caracas is certainly no secret, but in case you haven't tasted its glory just yet ,allow me to lay some enlightenment on you. Imagine deep hearty stews with exciting Latin flavors and sharp cheeses and other delicious accoutrements stuffed into what I describe as the love child of an English muffin and a pita. The huge variety of stuffings have only one thing in common, which is how amazingly well they taste with an ice cold beer.

2011 Fashion Resolutions: Dress the Age

Countdown...10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 ,1 Happy New Year!!!!

I would like to start this year out with a little known fact in fashion demographics. You got your kids, your juniors (ages 15-24), men's, women's and so forth. Although identifying with a sex and body type is hard enough, now you've got to factor in your age when it comes to picking out that perfect ensemble for a night out on the town. Now, I'm not saying that once a person reaches a certain age that he or she must surrender to the younger fashionistas and dashing gents of this millennium and fade into obliivion, but what I am saying is this. It is at that moment you must take your style into your own hands and listen to the Great Stylist from Beyond (the GSB).

A Carnival Called Eataly

The renowned Broadway has been famous for theatre, its inclusion in songs, Time’s Square and well, just being Broadway. Now it seems it has a whole new claim to fame with the opening of Eataly in the flatiron district. The 50,000 square foot (yes. fifty thousand!) market includes multiple eateries, each with a different focus and a surplus of Italian groceries, produce, and wines.

The architectural details alone are a marvel in their own right, but the inclusion of a fishmonger, a butcher, and an oyster bar really push this place over the top. Eataly seems to be similar in concept to the Chelsea market with the benefit of being new.

It can be a challenge to accomplish much, however, due to the sheer volume of people that hurtle through the doors every day (parallels have been drawn with the subway at rush hour.) Nevertheless Eataly is a great new place to grab lunch, a bottle of wine, or groceries!

Wangs an' Thangs

Do you ever get tired of those same old buffalo wings that haven't changed in years? No? Neither have I, but that doesn't mean there aren't new ways to spruce up the most delicious digits of our poultry pals. Try adding a new touch with this Herb Buffalo Wing recipe from Sandra Lee.

1 1.6oz package garlic and herb buffalo wings seasoning mix
1/4 vegetable oil
1 tsp hot sauce
16 whole chicken wings (3lbs)

Put seasoning mix, vegetable oil, and hot sauce into a ziploc bag with the chicken wings and shake until everything is mixed evenly and the wings are evenly coated. Let the wings marinate for ten minutes then place on a wire rack and sheet pan. bake at 375 degrees for twenty minutes with the skin down then increase temperature to 425 degrees and turn wings over to bake for an additional 25-30 minutes. Once the wings are done shove liberally into face.

A Little Taste of Feminine Franco

Sorry Ladies! You might need to prepare yourselves for this!

James Franco, who recently starred in "Eat, Pray, Love" and "Milk", dressed up as a drag queen for the upcoming cover of a transgender publication, Candy Magazine. Everything from the lipstick, to the blue eyeshadow, to the heart shaped earrings just doesn't look right!

Franco has played homosexual characters in movies and supported LGBT groups. There has been confusion over his sexuality, but this picture just throws us off even more!

We can only hope that he is just trying to make a statement and not crossing over to the other side!

Maple Glazed Pumpkin Coffee Cake

According to the Pre-Climate Change calendar fall is here and of course that means a whole new bevy of maple and spice confections at the corner coffee shop. As great as the coffee may be, or however nice the baristas are, it is no substitute for biting into a warm gooey treat fresh from the oven. So treat yourself to some domestic bliss this weekend with this sumptuous maple glazed coffee cake from


1-1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Eat, Pray, Love This Restaurant

Once upon a time a charming chef met a pretty promoter, chemistry blossomed and one thing lead to the next... Bam! A baby was born.

The child was named EAT and it is a reflection of everything San Francisco.

EAT is now over one year old and has goals: to socialize, hang out, drink specialty cocktails and nosh on farm to table dishes inspired by California's slow food movement.

EAT wants to bring the culinary arts to the front door of Nightlife while serving locally-inspired dishes like Parisienne Gnocchi with Heirloom Tomato, Broccoli Rabe, Zucchini, Oregon Bay Shrimp, Lemon, and Chile.

You can find EAT at some of the most trendy venues in the city: