Leah Nolan gives travel tips on visiting Costa Rica on the Chicago Chic.

Pura Vida, Costa Rica

I find it utterly unhelpful when I search for travel tips to destinations in which I’ve never been before, and the number one tip, the tip the author has deemed most important is, “bring sunscreen.” Even though it is a …

Chicago based catering company, Paramount Events is reviewed by Food Culture Writer, Leah Nolan.

This Picnic is Paramount

You know that really bad food you had once at a wedding, with which you now associate the word “catering”? Well, it’s time to change your perception. Paramount Events serves the opposite of that food. Their dishes are made fresh …

Italy Is Closer Than You Think

In Italy two things reign supreme: family and quality ingredients. If there aren’t quality ingredients then there won’t be good food and if there isn’t family (friends and animals count in this scenario too) then there isn’t anyone to enjoy …

Paint the Town Pink

There are no words to properly express how horrific cancer can be. I have had more people in my life than I can count on my fingers affected by this cruel disease. Most of them have survived, and some have …

The Veggie Machine

We all have preconceived notions about what kind of food is in a vending machine. And whether you think these snacks are disgusting or delicious (beauty is in the eye of the beholder), I think we can all agree that …

Cooking for Life


You can never be too educated, especially when it comes to what you’re putting inside of your body. Food can be really confusing, sometimes things that sound like they are good for you actually aren’t and let’s be honest, sometimes …

A Gourmand’s Playground

A place where spectacular wine and elevated snacking reigns supreme? This gourmand’s playground takes form inside of Lush Wine & Spirits. Truthfully, I’ve driven past this place more times than I would care to admit, never realizing it wasn’t just …