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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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Mystery Dinner in Chicago

Mikey Corona, bow tie-clad emcee for the evening, gives us a sly smile as he explains the dessert being set before us. “We’re having cornmeal pound cake with saffron whip, sweet tomato chutney and just a sprinkling of sal de gusano. Does anyone know what sal de gusano is?”. he asks, looking down the dining table for reactions.
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Can Space-Aged Tomato Seeds Save an American Food Desert?

Despite having three grocery stores within a mile radius, many students attending Carl Schurz High School in Chicago have never eaten a fresh piece of lettuce, much less know where their food is grown. This year, that’s changing for some with the construction of the school’s new food science lab. The lab allows them to grow everything from tomato seeds that have orbited through space to earthly micro-greens, arugula, and kale in a variety of different environments. “There’s a huge disconnect between environmental and food science education, the actual process of growing, and teaching students what that process is,” says Mitch Arsenie, an AP environmental science teacher at Shurz High School, which is located on the city’s northwest side. But he’s not starting out small. He’s starting with tomato seeds that have spent some time on the International Space Station (ISS).
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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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A Spot of Downton Abbey in Chicago

Try not to be tempted, as I was, to reach and touch the decadent velvet that Countess of Grantham Cora Crawley wore in an episode of Downton Abbey. The docents are watching at The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, home to Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times. This 19th-century Chicago mansion brimming with architectural features and antiques from the Gilded Age provides the perfect backdrop for more than 35 costumes from the British period drama that recently wrapped up its final season.
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Chicago's Best Weekend Getaways to Get You Excited For Spring

The Midwest's brutal winters provide ample inspiation for weekend trips when the warm weather hits. Here are some of our favorite getaways, in several nearby states. The main silver lining to Chicago's brutal winter months is the reward of a trip when the weather finally turns. Longer days, fewer layers, and more time outdoors has us plotting spring break trips.
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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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Nine Fresh Ideas for a Valentine's Day in Chicago

Romantics looking for new ways to impress can choose from tossing pizza with a James Beard Award-winning chef to learning how to dance. Ditch the standard candle-lit dinner and step it up with these fun suggestions instead. There's a time and place for a nice, romantic dinner, but most people like to do something a little different on Valentine's Day.
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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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Where to Get Dinner for Two in Chicago—For Under $50

Our picks for where to get a great meal without breaking the bank in the Windy City. Chicago's restaurant scene is as international and cosmopolitan as the city itself, with no shortage of award-winning chefs and restaurants with coveted Michelin stars. But that doesn't mean a great meal out needs to be a formal or costly affair.
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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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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.