Friday, May 20, 2016

Taste of Chicago Celebrity Chef du Jour Tickets On Sale Today! (Chicago,IL)





  It has been said that Nando's PERi-PERi's spicy flame-grilled chicken is addictive. (It might have been us who said it.) And now there are more reasons than ever to feed your healthy PERi-PERi addiction. Today, in honor of its one-year anniversary in the Chicago market, Nando's is introducing more than a half dozen new menu items that are sure to get you craving.

Beyond the classics, Nando's fans in Chicago, Naperville and Oak Park can now choose among the All New Menu Items lowres300Thigh and Mighty Sandwich, the Quinoa Salad, Chicken Skewers, Chicken Thighs, and Roasted Vegetables. And just in time for warm weather and picnic season, there are two new specialty beverages, too-Pineapple Lemonade and Blood Orange and Mango Lemonade. Talk about your big decisions.

The Thigh and Mighty Sandwich features two succulent, flame-grilled boneless PERi-PERi thighs stacked on a toasted Portuguese roll with arugula, tomato, pickled red onions and PERinaise. It's a mouth-watering addition to Nando's famous offerings.
Quinoa Salad is tailor-made for flavor fanatics. It comes loaded with roasted squash, generous chunks of avocado, cherry tomatoes and black quinoa. It's served on lightly dressed greens with crumbled goat cheese and roasted seeds.
Chicken Skewers are succulent kabobs of flavor. Skin-on flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken alternates with onions and roasted red peppers on skewers.
Nando's Chicken Thighs are tender boneless PERi-PERi thighs, flame-grilled with the skin on.
Roasted Vegetables include chunky mixed peppers, red onions and zucchini lightly tossed in a rich tomato dressing. Braised Brussel Sprouts, too, when in season! 
Pineapple Lemonade is a batch-made blend of caramelized pineapple, lemon and lime
Blood Orange and Mango Lemonade is a refreshing concoction of mango, blood oranges, lemon and lime

Nando's PERi-PERi, the South African-Portuguese restaurant known worldwide for its spicy flame-grilled chicken, has built an intensely loyal following by providing fresh food in a relaxed atmosphere with friendly service. PERi-PERi, or African Bird's Eye Chili, is the heart and soul of the Nando's experience.

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"We marinate our chicken in PERi-PERi for at least 24 hours, so the flavor goes right through to the bone," said Burton Heiss, CEO of Nando's PERi-PERi USA. "Then we grill it over an open flame it and baste it with PERi-PERi sauce to our customers' preferred spice. That's what makes our chicken so addictive."

Every Nando's is painstakingly designed and completely unique, with earthy textures and bright colors that reflect its sunny African-Portuguese heritage. With thousands of pieces of original works of art that are a constant reminder of where the restaurant came from, Nando's has become the largest collector of South African contemporary art in the world. 
Nando's first Chicago location opened in May 2015 on West Randolph Street in the West Loop and was an instant smash hit. Other locations quickly followed and today there are Nando's in the West Loop, Wabash, Lakeview, Clybourn Corridor/Lincoln Park, Naperville and Oak Park. 

About Nando's PERi-PERi
The first Nando's restaurant opened its doors in 1987 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since then, the Nando's flame has spread to 23 countries on five continents. Nando's is known worldwide for its succulent PERi-PERi chicken, marinated for 24 hours, flame-grilled to perfection, and basted to the customer's preferred flavor and spice. It's equally renowned for its spicy PERi-PERi, the Bird's Eye chili pepper that indigenous Africans introduced to the Portuguese centuries ago.

Nando's PERi-PERi made its U.S. debut in 2008 with the opening of its first location in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, DC. Nando's PERi-PERi now operates 31 restaurants in and around Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia and Chicago. For more information, please visit, follow @NandosUSA on Twitter or Like Us at Nando's PERi-PERi USA.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

A Stunning Coloring Book for Women to Relax, Recharge, and Unleash their Creativity

It's been a long time since I picked up a coloring book.I'd say at least 9 Presidents ago to be almost exact.
I had some down time backing up my computer and deciding to step away from social media for a few days.Perfect timing to receive a copy of,"Inkspirations for Women: Color Your World Happy – Inspiring Designs to Nourish Your
Heart and Renew Your Spirit" by  Marci Shimoff, #1 NY Times Bestselling Author,
With original art by Judy Clement Wall.

Crayons didn't come with my copy but I had a box left over from a photo shoot several years ago.
I enjoyed reading the quotes on the opposite page and letting out my inner 5 year old to take a play date.What did I come away with? About as good of a relaxation session as meditation and  a few new ideas of things I'd like to do.
So,if your looking to kick start a mind-body relaxation technique,this coloring book just might be the key that opens your creative door.

  Celebrating millions of women worldwide, Inkspirations for Women (HCI Books -- $10.95) encourages women to leave the demands of the day behind for a much-needed boost of happiness, creativity, and relaxation. As the largest audience for adult coloring books, women are uplifted in Inkspirations for Women. This adult coloring book helps women unwind and rediscover their inner artist with an eclectic mix of gorgeous designs to color and customize.

Believe it or not, scientists have studied coloring, and they've found that it quiets your mind, calms your thoughts, reduces stress, and allows you to simply be. Research shows that coloring can induce a kind of 'flow,' or active meditation, during which you lose your sense of time and your brain waves fall into a calming rhythm. As a result, worries fade away and creative blocks can become wellsprings of ideas.

Inkspirations for Women offers:

•    Inspiring quotes and motivating mantras from the New York Times bestselling author and happiness expert Marci Shimoff on love, hope, gratitude, dreaming big, and more.

•    More than 30 intricate designs from illustrator Judy Clement Wall, everything from flowers and fauna to meditative mandalas and more.

•    How-to section by artist that guides readers in how to customize the art or to take their interest further by doodling or patterning within the pages.

•    Thick stock paper, allowing readers to use colored pencils, markers or watercolors, and perforated pages encourage framing or sharing finished pieces.

•    Perforated pages for easy tearing and sharing.

The readers of Inkspirations for Women are invited to take a break from the busyness of life with this book's captivating collection of exquisite original art.  After spending a moment with this adult coloring book, women will come to see the world is their canvas to make some beautiful marks!

About the Authors:  

Marci Shimoff is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a world-renowned transformational teacher, and an expert on happiness, success and unconditional love. She's authored the international bestsellers, Love for No Reason and Happy for No Reason, co-authored six titles in the Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul series, and is a featured teacher in The Secret. She currently co-leads a global online program called Your Year of Miracles to help people live more miraculous lives. Please visit:

Judy Clement Wall is a freelance artist/illustrator, writer, and intrepid doodler. In addition to her commissioned artwork and illustrations, Judy creates unique cards and original artwork that celebrates life and inspires creativity. To see more of her art and read her published work, visit her web site at:

Ask us about our private labeling program for an Inkspirations coloring book designed personally for your organization. Thank you for blogging about Inkspirations and liking, sharing, and pinning us on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!

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Available wherever books are sold or to order directly from the publisher:
or (800) 441-5569
Inkspirations for Women
Color Your World Happy—30 Inspiring Designs to Nourish Your Heart and Renew Your Spirit
By Marci Shimoff
Judy Clement Wall (illustrator)
ISBN: 9780757319235
$10.95 – March 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

CineYouth Winners Announced - $2,500 in Prizes, Scholarships