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312 Dining Diva added 10 new photos — at Geja...

Dinner was a blast at Geja's Cafe Saturday. If you haven’t been in awhile, you should check it out for three reasons: 1. Who doesn’t love dipping fruit and cake and marshmallows in hot, gooey chocolate?! 2. It’s such a great deal if you love seafood and steak. There are not too many places in town where you can get lobster, shrimp, scallops AND beef tenderloin for $57. 3. Loved the guitarist. We somehow lucked up and got a table directly in front of his mini-stage. It was like he was serenading us. Photos by Matt Lowell

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Jan 14

312 Dining Diva added 19 new photos — at PR I...

Feast your eyes upon the delights we indulged Saturday at PR Italian Bistro. I love Italian cuisine, and Chef Stefano’s cooking is homestyle at the highest level. Highlights included shrimp risotto, short rib ravioli, black truffle oil potato pizza, and walnut-crusted halibut, which was perfectly flaky and flavorful. 📸 by Matt Lowell

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    Chef Stefano with wife/partner Juliana Montebello Roman
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Jan 11

312 Dining Diva added 13 new photos — eating ...

I should’ve known something was up when I casually attempted to make reservations at Proxi and the only times I could get were for 5:30 or 8:45. Of course, I had to pull some strings to score a better reso, and I’m so happy I did! Proxi is a masterpiece. It’s from the same team behind Michelin-starred Sepia, yet you’ll find a completely different concept, personality, flavor profiles and price points (Hint: It’s way less expensive). The globally inspired menu is broken down into three categories: vegetables, seafood and meat. Executive Chef Andrew Zimmerman gives each section equal justice. Tempura elotes and grilled sweet potato salad were huge hits, and offered Mexican and Mediterranean accents, respectively. Coal-roasted mussels and fried fish collars in a Thai garlic-chili sauce were inspired by Asian influences, of course. The duck dumplings and Thai beef salad of Wagyu sirloin were equally impressive. Finally, because it’s a #dryjanuary for me, I was so happy to see Proxi truly understand the concept of #mocktails. The bar team has thoughtfully considered this menu, which perfectly pairs with the cuisine. They’ve even listed the flavor profiles for each of the four drinks, from “fruity, spicy, tart” to “smoky, bitter, effervescent.”

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Jan 06

Happy New Year. 😒😒😒😒 “Hundreds of people spi...

Happy New Year. 😒😒😒😒 “Hundreds of people spilled into the street and broke into fights outside of a River North bar early Saturday, according to witnesses and police. “More than a dozen Chicago police officers flocked to 149 W. Kinzie Street at the Old Crow Smokehouse bar on the Near North Side around 1 a.m. to try to disperse the unruly crowd that spread across the block near Kinzie and LaSalle Street.”

    Fights erupted as large crowd spilled outside of River North bar
    Police worked to disperse an unruly crowd outside of Old Crow Smokehouse bar early Saturday
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Dec 30

312 Dining Diva added 23 new photos — at Flyw...

What started off to be an uncertain year turned into triumph as I reached my goal today at Flywheel Sports. I achieved more than 100,000 #powerup points—the official challenge was to get to 45,000. 😉 To be honest, I didn’t think I could do it. I seriously had doubts, but in the end, I persevered. I found the strength and faith to make it happen. I want to thank the incredible teams at the New York, Gold Coast and Old Town Flywheel studios. Without you, I would not have been able to pull this off! I’ve got incredibly ambitious new goals for 2018–professionally and personally—and this victory takes me into the New Year on a high note. As my favorite workout tank declares: NOTHING WILL STOP ME. Happy New Year, and be safe out there. See you on a bike soon! ❤️❤️ . . . . . . #312diningdiva #oldtownchicago #goldcoastchicago #flyfam #flybarre #flywheel #fitgirls #fitfamchicago #fitnesschick #fitnessafter40 #fitnessmotivation

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    312 Dining Diva, Chicago, Illinois. 2.8K likes. Chicago-based features editor/writer/TV presenter. Fitness and Dress Enthusiast. Wine and cocktail imbiber. I love a fabulous stiletto!
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Dec 19

312 Dining Diva added 19 new photos — at Barn...

More highlights from Culinary Fight Club’s annual #sipandbitechi, which was a roaring success as seven talented chefs throughout Chicagoland competed. Congratulations to PR Italian Bistro for taking home a big win. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit Fight2Feed, a national charity serving those desperately in need of some great nourishment. 📸 by Matt Lowell

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Dec 18

312 Dining Diva is at Barn & Company.

My first official event as Managing Editor for @reinhart_corp’s Restaurant Inc. Magazine! I’m one of three judges for the annual #culinaryfightclub. It’s at @barnandcompany with seven very talented chefs from all backgrounds. This is going to be GOOD!

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    My first official event as Managing Editor for @reinhart_corp's Restaurant Inc. Magazine! I'm one of three judges for the annual #culinaryfightclub. It's at @barnandcompany with seven very talented...
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Dec 18

“Chicago’s restaurant scene will lose a veget...

“Chicago’s restaurant scene will lose a vegetarian pioneer in less than two weeks. Green Zebra, which has served acclaimed, seasonal vegetarian, and vegan small plates for more than 13 years since it opened in 2004 at 1460 W. Chicago Avenue in West Town, will shutter after service on New Year’s Eve, chef-owner Shawn McClain writes in an email.”

    Vegetarian Pioneer Green Zebra to Shutter After 13 Years in Chicago
    Chicago's restaurant scene will lose a vegetarian pioneer in less than two weeks. Green Zebra , which has served acclaimed, seasonal vegetarian, and vegan small plates for more than 13 years since it opened in 2004 at 1460 W. Chicago Avenue in West Town, will shutter after service on New Year's Eve, chef-owner Shawn McClain writes in an email.
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Dec 16

312 Dining Diva added 14 new photos — eating ...

Highlights of dinner at Truluck's in the Good Coast Friday. Was thoroughly impressed by the live entertainment duo (sang Prince, MJ, Steely Dan, Whitney, Chaka, etc.!), Stone crabs, prime New York strip, king crab Mac and cheese, and, of course, the towering carrot cake. 📸 by Matt Lowell

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Dec 07

312 Dining Diva added 3 new photos — at WGN-T...

Back at WGN Morning News for a holiday-focused segment discussing top new spots for drinking and dining! It airs in the 9am hour. Hair: @albertmorrisonhair Makeup: @jennifergerstner Photos: Matt Lowell

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    312 Dining Diva, Chicago, Illinois. 2.8K likes. Chicago-based features editor/writer/TV presenter. Fitness and Dress Enthusiast. Wine and cocktail imbiber. I love a fabulous stiletto!
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Nov 27

312 Dining Diva added 8 new photos — at Logan...

Our Christmas tree is up. This year it’s a Very Merry Jimmy Buffett Tropical Xmas Tree! (Peep the margarita glass, sparkly sandal, disco ball ornaments, maracas and lais!) 📸 by Matt Lowell 🎄🎄🎉🎉🍹🍹🥂🥂

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    Peep the blinged out sandal (thanks, Dee Dee!), margarita glass and disco ball under the angel.
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Nov 19

312 Dining Diva added 20 new photos — eating ...

Bucktown newcomer The Delta serves an impossibly cool brunch. And I swear I am not exaggerating. “Delta af” is the catchphrase owners Eldridge Williams and executive chef Adam Wendt picked up during their many visits to the Southern region during the restaurant’s concept phase. They’ve got the authenticity down spectacularly, though their version caters to a hip, North Side crowd. First, I have to say how much I enjoyed the soundtrack. Gospel, neo-soul, vintage Delta blues and old-school hip-hop dominated the playlist, and we absorbed and appreciated every song that came on. It certainly complemented Chef Wendt’s modern interpretations of Delta-style cuisine. From a tartine of smoked catfish, Boursin cheese and deviled egg to spicy beef brisket red hot tamales, he cranks out sophisticated, yet simple eats. Photos by Matt Lowell

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    with owner Eldridge Williams and son
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Nov 16

312 Dining Diva is attending Escape to Margar...

This wasn’t a dining-related event last night, but when Jimmy Buffett hit the red carpet for the pre-Broadway opening performance of “Escape To Margaritaville,” there were plenty of margaritas consumed later! 😉😉🍹🍹Oh, and he performed two of his biggest hits at curtain call. 👏🏾👏🏾

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    This wasn't a dining-related event last night, but when Jimmy Buffett hit the red carpet for the pre-Broadway opening performance of "Escape To Margaritaville," there were plenty of margaritas...
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Nov 12

312 Dining Diva added 8 new photos — eating G...

Was fortunate enough to snag an invitation to the beautiful opening soirée for Booth One before it opens to the public next week. This gorgeous new eatery used to be the legendary Pump Room, an establishment attracting hordes of celebrities since opening in 1938. Booth One is now owned by Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants, and while it maintains a similar vibe as its predecessor, expect an inventive new menu under Executive Chef Rick Tramanto. I’m looking forward to returning soon. Photos by Matt Lowell

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    Of course I got a chance to slip into Booth One to get this prime photo opp!
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