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Megy Karydes

Writer

Chicago, Illinois

Megy Karydes

Lover of food, travel, adventures and, oh yea, writing. Best part of my life is when I get to merge all of those loves together.

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The Classic Chicago Dive Bars You Have to Visit

Each of Chicago's 77 neighborhoods has its own identifiable cultural landmark or characteristic, be it a statue, museum, or local dive bar. Some residents find a neighborhood becomes a true community when they locate their no-frills watering hole. If you want to truly drink like a local, then these are the pubs to know.
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6 Last-Minute Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day In Chicago

Valentine’s Day always seems to creep up on us, even though the date never changes. Thankfully, Chicago makes it easy for 11th-hour Romeos (and Juliets) to celebrate the holiday of love. Here are some of the best ways to spend a romantic February 14 in Chicago without making it seem like you...um...forgot.
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7 Chicago Bars We're Secretly Obsessed With

Some of Chicago’s finest bars live underground. Others sit high in the sky or hide in dark alleys. Here are seven of our favorite out-of-the-way places to imbibe, whether we’re looking for a post-work drink or a swanky date night. RM Champagne Salon Glittering lights in a secluded alley lead the way to RM Champagne Salon in the West Loop.
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Lynnette Marrero on Competitions, Women in the Industry and the Romance of Rum

Ask Lynnette Marrero what she does and you might get any of these as a response: cocktologist, spirit guide, philanthropist, cocktail evangelist or co-founder of Speed Rack. Still, she doesn’t understand why calling out women in the industry might be perceived by some to be unnecessary or anti-feminist (as if to imply that women can stand on their own merit and not need to be called out for their gender).
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How to Master a Detox in Chicago

The new year has many people wondering how to reset their body and mind from this holiday's vices. These Chicago businesses have made it easy for anyone to take the first step. Chicago's weather doesn't do its residents any favors when it comes to health and wellness resolutions at the start of the new year, since the city is usually fighting snow or sleet and the sun sets early in the evening.
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'Duck Shit' Tea Is Taking the World by Storm

“Duck Shit Aroma (or Ya Shi Xiang) is part of the revered Golden Phoenix family of teas that come from Phoenix Mountain in the Guangdong Province of China,” he begins. “Classically, teas from that mountain are plucked from a single grove or bush, producing hyper-local characteristics. Rumor has it that the farmer behind Duck Shit (which doesn’t truly smell or taste like duck shit) didn’t want anybody to discover the secret to his cultivation so he gave it an unattractive name (indeed, compared to ‘honey orchid,’ ‘orange blossom,’ or ‘almond’) and it stuck.”.
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Cheers, Bourbon Women

Two-fifths of bourbon drinkers are women. Why are women suddenly drawn to America’s native spirit? According to Susan Reigler, president of the board of directors of Bourbon Women, the rise in interest in women isn’t exactly sudden. “I grew up in Kentucky,” says Reigler. “Women have been drinking bourbon for a very long time.”.
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The Superior Sparkles of Italy's Prosecco Superiore DOCG

Growing up, Countess Ninni Collalto used to take friends visiting from nearby Venice to the most damaged and scary parts of her castle, telling them horrible stories of ghosts and prisons filled with headless crocodiles. “Our game places were the magnolia trees and the walls were used to build secret shelters and organize big clashes between gangs,” she recounts fondly.
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The Millennial Wine Market

In 2014, the United States held its lead as the world’s top wine consumer of table wine, according to the Beverage Information Group, which supplies research and data analysis to the alcohol industry. Each wine-drinking adult enjoyed an average of 3.14 gallons as part of an estimated 302 million cases consumed, an increase of 1.2% from the previous year.
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Has Jagermeister Grown Up?

One would be hard-pressed to visit a college campus bar on any given weekend night and not find someone doing a shot of Jägermeister. “I think most people have fond memories of doing jager shots with their buddies in college,” admits Pamela Wiznitzer, creative director at recently-opened Seamstress in New York City.
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How Some Craft Breweries Are Greening Your Beer -- Without You Knowing It

There are many ways California’s punishing drought is affecting the entire country, even if we can’t see or feel it. This includes craft beer which uses roughly five to six pints of water to brew one pint of beer. Some savvy and eco-conscious breweries like Stone Brewing Company, based in Escondido, California, just north of San Diego and nestled among gentle rolling hills and avocado and citrus groves, use about 33 percent less water.
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Indulge in inventive takes on eggnog

Americans love their eggnog, to the tune of roughly 122 million pounds consumed from the week before Thanksgiving through Christmas all the way to the New Year. The popular holiday beverage, which consists of eggs, milk, cream, sugar and an assortment of spices and spirits, has a fuzzy lineage, but that doesn't stop folks from enjoying it straight up or with a twist.
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About

Megy Karydes

Megy Karydes established Karydes Consulting in 2007 to offer professional writing, marketing and public relations services to publishers, media outlets, organizations and individuals working for positive social change as well as to support women-owned businesses.