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Actress Carla Abruzzo: From Melrose Park to Hollywood

by Maryann Pisano on August 4, 2017

Where did you grow up and go to school? I grew up in Melrose Park. I went to Trinity High School. I graduated from Columbia College Chicago. I graduated with a degree in fine arts and a concentration in fashion design. What part of Italy is your family from? They’re from Sicily and Calabria. I […]

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When did Domenica Insieme begin? Pat: At least 20 years ago. How did it begin? Pat: When I was 15, I started a band called Diamanti. Since I’m in a band, I found it easy to communicate to people. I did a commercial with Mona Lisa Boutique, which is my wife’s boutique, for a radio station. […]

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I Had the Ultimate Summer Love…

by Maryann Pisano on July 13, 2017

A few years ago, my family wanted to go to the Bahamas for two weeks. At first, I didn’t want to go. I wanted to work my part-time job, earn some money and spend evenings with my friends. My parents insisted a long get away would be good for me. I had taken all AP […]

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Cheers to Summer!

July 13, 2017
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Rose’ Wine Cocktail 1-2 lemon wedges 1-2 slices of grapefruit Ice 6oz rosé wine 1 1/2 oz gin 1/2 oz simple syrup, to taste Instructions Muddle the lemon wedges and grapefruit in the bottom of a glass. Add in the ice, rosé, gin and stir well. Add in the simple syrup to your desired sweetness. […]

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Vinny Ventiera Talks Reality TV and Plans for the Future

July 5, 2017
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  Where did you grow up and go to school? I was born and raised in Long Island, New York. I went to high school in Long Island and I graduated in 2005. I moved to South Florida. What part of Italy is your family from? Can you speak Italian? My great-grandfather was from Northern […]

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Julianna Conenna: Taking the Fashion World by Storm

July 2, 2017
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Where did you grow up and go to school? I grew up in Elk Grove Village. I went to Conant High School. Then, I attended DePaul University. I majored in public relations and advertising. I minored in Italian and marketing. Do you speak Italian? I do! I’m more of a conversationalist in Italian. Where do […]

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Chicagoland St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

March 13, 2017
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Chicagoland St. Patrick’s Day Events Aliveone Friday, March 17 $4 to $12 drink specials 2683 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614 The Owl Friday, March 17 $8 Irish stout and Jameson shot combo 2521 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647 St. Patrick’s Day Prep and Recovery at IVme Wellness + Performance Friday, March 10 through […]

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Chicagoland St. Joseph’s Day Tables — 2017

March 13, 2017
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March 14 Justinian Society of Lawyers DuPage County Clara’s (Woodridge) cocktails — 5:30 p.m. dinner — 6:30 p.m. $70 March 15 Columbian Club of Chicago Venuti’s (Addison) cocktails — 6:30 p.m. dinner — 7:30 p.m. $75 March 18 Alta Villa Banquets (Addison) 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Adults — $60 Children (4-10) — $35 Our […]

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Yum! Enjoy Raspberry Pink Champagne Floats this Valentine’s Day

January 22, 2017
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  Ingredients: 2-3 scoops raspberry sorbet 1 cup pink champagne (I used Barefoot Pink Moscato) fresh raspberries for garnish Instructions: Place scoops of sorbet in large wine glass. Pour champagne over the sorbet. Top with raspberries. Allow to melt while you sip or eat with a spoon, either way works! Enjoy! Source: thecookierookie.com

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Valentine’s Day Red Wine Chocolate Cake

January 22, 2017
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INGREDIENTS 2 cups all purpose flour 2 cups sugar ¾ cup Dark Cocoa powder 2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 2 large eggs 1 cup buttermilk 1 cup vegetable oil 1 tsp vanilla 1 cup Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot INSTRUCTIONS Combine all dry ingredients and mix Add in wet ingredients and […]

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