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Mar 14, 2016 >> Using Our Noodles with Imperial Lamian [VIDEO]

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Noodle crazy? Look no further than the newest outpost of Chinese cool: Imperial Lamian. And forget the ramen craze—we’ve got a new noodle in town that definitely should be on your food radar. Lamian—which literally means “pulled noodle”—originated in China in the 16th century and these delicious delicacies are slurped up in soups of varying broths or wok-fried to perfection. The process seems simple enough: start with a lump of dough. Twist it. Stretch it. Slap it. And then miraculously watch it pulled into even, meticulously measured noodles. In your dreams, you can pull the most perfect noodles. In reality, though, this is the farthest thing from the truth. Just ask Master Chef Wang Jun, Imperial Lamian’s executive Lamian chef. Yes—there is so much art to the act of pulling noodles, that the new River North restaurant dedicates an executive chef exclusively to it. Growing up in the neighborhood of Lanchow, China, Chef Wang has been eating lamian his whole life—and after graduating high school, went on to pursue the art form more seriously. But like any serious discipline, the journey is always continuing. READ MORE >>

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Feb 12, 2016 >> Modern Matchmaker with the Goodman

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Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. The February holiday is a divisive one: some lucky lovers canoodling with their craft cocktails and movie nights; the other side, well, it’s not as amorous. The Goodman Theatre is setting out to romanticize the single life in The Matchmaker, a jolly 1955 classic which set the foundation for the Broadway musical Hello, Dolly! (and you know how much we love musicals). The Thornton Wilder play mashes up curmudgeon widower Horace Vandergelder with larger-than-life matchmaker Dolly Levi and all the wacky and wild mishaps that happen in pursuit of L-O-V-E. In 2016, the idea of an old-fashioned matchmaker seems antiquated, but with a recent study by WalletHub ranking Chicago as one of the worst cities to be single—we came in a whopping 133 out of 150!—maybe some old fashioned love potion number nine isn’t the worst we could try.

We turned off Tinder, Grindr and any of our other dating apps ending in -er sounds, and instead turned to The Goodman’s The Matchmaker cast who are currently in rehearsal for the jovial play in hopes of getting some solid dating advice (and a little more info on the characters they play in the process). What we found? The Good, The Bad and The Sultry!

Role: Barnaby Tucker, the wide-eyed apprentice looking for adventure
Relationship Status: Single

Worst dating experience?
It was a blind date via Tinder and we were talking about the fact that we both have family in India. We found out that we knew a few of the same people and went to the same wedding when we were younger. Thanks to Facebook, we found out we were cousins and we clearly weren’t going forward with this.  READ MORE >>

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Feb 10, 2016 >> Punch Drunk Love with Buck’s! [VIDEO]

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It’s finally the season of love here at G&F and we’re totally falling for a punchy cocktail that gets us into the Valentine’s Day spirit. We stopped by Wicker Park’s newest southern-themed hangout, Buck’s, to create the perfect punch bowl for any V-day plans you may have. Buck’s Beverage Director Steve Fauser teaches us how to swizzle up a house favorite—The Birthday Suit—punch bowl style.

Before you whip up some serious cocktail chemistry, Steve recommends making a cranberry and lemon rum infusion that’s super easy and a delicious way to add even more flavor to the drink. In a large mason jar add one bag of lightly crushed cranberries, two lemon rinds, two tablespoons of sugar and three cups of your favorite rum. Steve uses Funky Rum, but mentions any rum will work for an infusion. Then just screw on the cap and keep at room temperature for at least four days, but can sit for as long as a few weeks, then voila!



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Jan 20, 2016 >> The Southwest Style Guide

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We picked the brain of uber-talent Janet Smith-Peterson of The Sundance Gallery. With over 30 years of experience buying, selling and collecting Native American art and jewelry, we turned to her to help us curate our very own collection. Read more here.


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Jan 20, 2016 >> Blue Corn Cupcakes? OK!

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In our latest G&F Travel feature—see the full trip here—we ran around with some of the most creative folks in New Mexico. One of the talented crew, Chef John Rivera Sedlar, shared a family recipe from his grandmother Eloisa that left us wanting lots—and lots!—more. Snag the recipe below:  READ MORE >>

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Dec 29, 2015 >> The Best of 2015!

We’re suckers for capital F-U-N. We’re totally, absolutely, undeniably mad for the stuff. Wherever we find it, we take it—or perhaps it finds us? Either way, we’re looking back on an entire year of it in the form of inspired travel, fantastic fashion and lots of signature G&F laughs.

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Dec 29, 2015 >> Winter Greens Reinvented!

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We invited design enthusiast Christine Janda to our Holiday Detox & Retox night—see the event here!—to help spread some extra holiday cheer. Armed with winter greens and trimmings that would make the Walnut Room jealous, Christine walked guests through a simple 101 on making the perfect floral crowns for the season. But what happens when all the presents are unwrapped and the winter green swag on your door starts to sag? We asked Christine a few ways to revitalize your happy winter greens and other oddball trimmings to usher in a brand new year of cool. Her answers? Uber creative, unfussy and oh-so-sweet—just like her. 


  1. Mix Your Metals with Pine: Snip a few branches off your fresh tree at Christmas. 
  2. Find a tall vessel, one that won’t tip. Strip the pine needles off of the lower half of the branch, to fit nicely into your vase.
  3. Spray metallic gold, bronze and silver paint onto your branches. Place inside your vase for a dramatic, gilded, New Years Eve centerpiece. 


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Dec 8, 2015 >> On set with Drury Lane’s White Christmas

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Want to see the magic of the Holidays come to life on the Drury Lane stage? Enter Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Directed by Drury Lane’s Artistic Director William Osetek and choreographed by Matt Crowle, this holiday mainstay follows two former Army buddies turned Broadway stars who follow a pair of starlet sisters all the way to a Vermont inn, where they’re set  to perform. From scenic design to creative costumes to explosive song and dance, Drury Lane’s White Christmas will engulf you in this timeless holiday tale.

But behind all the sequins and falling snow—Yes! Lots of falling snow!—there’s a whole lot more to this joyful production. Christmas nostalgia abounds with a stacked line-up of unforgettable tunes like Blue Skies, Count Your Blessings and, of course, White Christmas. And with every musical number, a more impressive and show-stopping dance follows suit.