Toast to Taxim!

They say Mediterranean and Greek food is the healthiest cuisine there is – thank goodness! Because that allows one to gorge oneself at Taxim guilt-free, no? The thing is, Taxim in Chi-town’s hipper than hip ‘hood, Wicker Park, offers so many ga-ga worthy Greek dishes that you’re going to wish you had five stomachs.

Touted again and again by the press for its over-the-top deliciousness, each and every plate is seriously delectable. The names may give your mouth a work out, try spitting out: Sparágia me avgó pápias – young asparagus, duck egg, wood-grilled no-knead garlic bread, but your tastebuds will reap the benefits. Melt-in-your-mouth lamb, Amish chicken, mouth-watering sea bass and a whole slew of veggie options, the menu is a people pleaser.

Of course, knowing its location too, Taxim certainly doesn’t skimp on the decor. The chic interior is warm, sexy and cozy enough to cuddle up and enjoy a night cap post din-din. Opa!

Dovetail Restaurant

Dining out is delicious at this lovely little oasis nestled on the Upper West Side. Muslin-covered walls and exposed brick set an elegant ambiance for patrons with a passion for extraordinary eats. There’s a sherry cellar downstairs that dually serves as a private dining room, and the main dining area seats 75. Come for brunch, lunch, or dinner and prepare to be dazzled!


Eat at Atmosphere for an elegant ambiance and incredible French cuisine with a modern twist. Feast on amazing appetizers like Escargot or sink your teeth into something substantial like the Boeuf en daube (translation: Beef Short Ribs Stew). Choose a wine to accompany your exquisite meal; the list is endless!


MaxMara is a luxurious brand at a great price point.  It is the perfect combination of value and luxury found in chic and easy to wear silhouettes that can be accessorized to fit everyone’s style. MaxMara is known worldwide for their confidence-inspiring neutral and tonal separates and their great fit.  These are garments women rely on to be chic and relaxed in all occasions.

Elements Will Outfit You in the Hottest Threads

Lucky Magazine named Elements as the store with the best selection of hip labels in Dallas, and, quite frankly, we agree! Browse the racks for designer duds by M Missoni and Catherine Malandrino or explore some of the European designers in stock. Take your pick from jeans, dresses, and all manner of fashionista-fitting threads. Count on this store to outfit you for any and every occasion!

Rockit Bar And Grill

Executive Chef James Gottwald has taken the traditional bar and grill concept and given it a contemporary culinary twist. The Rockit Burger has won major acclaim, including Good Morning America calling it the top in the nation. The menu also features such other casual cuisine as signature pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and entrees. Plus, the stylish setting here was designed by Oprah fave Nate Berkus himself, so you’ll be sure to dine in style. Open for lunch, dinner, and Saturday & Sunday brunch. And now, they’ve just opened a second location in Wrigleyville!

8,000 Square Feet of Designer Joy at Forty Five Ten

Picture 26Ever wonder what your favorite Hollywood types fill their closets and homes with? Look no further than this 8,000 square foot store for the answers. Housing a mix of fashion, accessories, and homeware, it has attracted a celebrity clientele that ranges from Laura Bush to local Angie Harmon.

Boasting a huge collection for both men and women, the range goes from Fragments jewelry designer Mallary Marks to chic menswear from Tom Ford to funky designer Commes des Garcons to elegant Givenchy to Murano glass specialists Venini to (gasp!) menswear’s Michael Bastian.

If taking in all this fabulous fashion gets too much for one day, refresh and relax at the chic lunchspot T-Room. Forty Five Ten puts a new meaning on the expression of having everything- and eating your cake, too!

Sleek Brow Shaping at Zaibees

Madonna, Cher, Prince- all these stars are so big they only need one name. Picture 50Now, meet Zaibee. Her eyebrow shaping technique is so exquisite and in demand, she has no time for walk-ins anymore. Here’s how it works: Zaibee bites down on one end of a thread, while uprooting brow hair with the other, follicle by follicle. Yes, Zaibee specializes in the ancient Indian threading, which is the hot alternative to eyebrow waxing.

If your arch doesn’t need any touching, Zaibees also specializes in skin, hair, and nails needs. In keeping with the unique Indian theme, you can even come out with an authentic Indian henna tattoo in the middle of Texas.

High Tea or a Night Cap at Alice’s Tea Cup

At Alice’s Tea Cup the air seems to be filled with ferry dust and sweet dreams. It’s actually just glitter and the scent of freshly baked cupcakes but when you are here in one of the exquisite tea rooms, the magic of Alice In Wonderland takes over and even the grumpiest adults can become kids again over the famous Pumpkin Scones and a pot of Birthday Tea. Or if you are more adventurous try the Chocolate Mint Tea, that’s Indian black tea with mini chocolate chips and peppermint leaves, and Alice’s Hamburger, it comes with Lapsang and Rooibos tea infused sauteed onions and mushrooms – yum! For the grown-ups in the group there is also the inventive menu of “Mar-tea-nis and Such” serving up creative libations like the Admiral’s Mar-tea-ni which is Rooibos tea, Kahlua, and Kettle One. You can’t go wrong with the restorative powers of tea and the ancient effects of liquor all in one! Now with three uptown locations serving a huge selection of teas and beverages, tea sandwiches and soups, treats and cakes, and other delights you should have no problem fitting a little afternoon tea into your afternoon.

Cookshop for Farmer Comfort

Cookshop is an eco-fabulous gem by the same owners as NYC East and West Village favorites Five Points and Hundred Acres. Located on 10th Avenue in Chelsea’s Historic District, Cookshop is surrounded by quaint New York brownstones and The Highline Park…perfect for walking off dessert. This elegantly comfortable eatery boasts all sustainable, farm fresh food. Cookshop masters down-home cooking with a complexity of flavor not out of just any kitchen.

Find The Ultimate Cheesesteak at Tony Luke’s

The cheese fries are great, the rib eye is superb, and the cheesesteak is out of this world. Home to the The Ultimate Cheesesteak, there’s always a line at Tony Luke’s, where sandwiches are the specialty. If you manage to eat the intimidating five pounder cheesesteak, your legendary status will be cemented with a picture on the Tony Luke Wall of Fame. The food is prepared with the freshest of ingredients and will have you dining in cheesy delight!

Strip House

Who knew a steak house could be so chic? Understated lighting, a seductive décor, and scrumptious cuisine to match – Strip House knows how to serve. Your every need will be met by a wait staff that is both attentive and personable. We don’t know what’s more alluring, the sleek ambiance or the mouth-watering Rib eye!

Blind Willie’s Cures the Blues

Head to Blind Willie’s for a real dose of the blues. Live music sets a riveting yet relaxed tone, and the blues memorabilia lining the walls is testament to the bar’s legendary status. Whether you’re dancing or enjoying the ambiance from a corner table with a beer, you can’t help but feel the soul of this vibrant venue.

Figure It Out at the Museum of Design Atlanta

Acquaint yourself with the way things work at this museum that showcases and celebrates the design of our every day instruments. Check out exhibits on architectural, industrial, and product design. If you count yourself as part of the savvy set, brush up on the furniture, graphics, and fashion design expositions.

Go Gaga at Club Dada

Dallas’ lovers of live music always go to Dada to hear the coolest bands. This club is at the center of the Dallas music scene and has featured bands from Cheap Trick to Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians to burgeoning local bands. With three music stages, you can count on quality entertainment at anytime in the night. Dance, drink, and (if you’ve had enough) sing along to your heart’s content at this Deep Ellum hotspot.