Wilde Greene is giving Whole Foods a run for its money.

Wilde & Greene is open continuously from early morning — for before work business and social meetings — through late-night as guests enjoy cocktails and small plate offerings at its beautiful rooftop patio during warm-weather months. Nutrition is a priority at Wilde & Greene, meaning healthy options such as vegetarian dishes are widely available for diners as they browse each of the 18 gourmet food and beverage stations featuring everything from French rotisserie and carving stations to Far East stir-fry and curry kitchen.

The Canadian based company has hit the states. Wilde Greene’s first location in the states set up shop in Old Orchard Mall in Skokie, IL just outside the city of Chicago.

I went to WG today for lunch for the first time. It was so overwhelming for us. We ending up getting 4 dishes which each item you order is enough for two. It is not considered a tapas, sort of sharing, place. However we love variety so let the ordering begin. Everyone dining is giving a gift card looking thingie which when you order something for different stations they swipe you card. when you complete your meal you bring the card to the cashier and pay for all your purchases.


Sandy Bum

     Wishing I was at the beach!

Buying + Under the Influence

(not really wine)

Call it what you’d like, sipping and clicking, BUI-buying under the influence. It may seam like harmless fun but turns out that drunk shopping happens more often than not and chances are many of your girlfriends have done it too! The great thing about shopping online is you can do it at any time.

I like to grab a glass of wine and lounge on the couch with some of my favorite trashy tv shows, Real Housewives New Jersey being one, and browse during commercials. I have always liked shopping online but have found it more gratifying to receive packages a few days later with my purchase.I don’t have to deal with parking or rude sales people. Shopping online has a higher inventory so they are more likely to have your size, color and preference. I get it, sometimes you need something the day of, but if you can click, purchase, and wait it so much more fun. One tip I like to offer is shop online at stores that offer both free shipping and returning. Another great thing about shopping online is a lot of sites don’t charge sales tax, which if you live in Chicago, IL or Aventura, FL that can be a hefty price. If you are anything like me I love to save on everything!!

Here’s a list of stores that offer FREE shipping and returns…

Beauty products:

Sephora.com (over $50 shipping)

Women’s apparel :



Do you sometime buy under the influence?

Use the HALT method: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired

GILTY Taste, Finger Limes

So I was browsing Gilt.com  tonight which I haven’t visited in a while. I first worked with Gilt Groupe three years ago. I met founders Alexis & Alexandra who are the nicest, smartest women I have met. When they told me the idea and concept of this site I thought it was genius.

If you have no idea what I am talking about cause either The Royal Wedding, Charlie Sheen, or Pippa have been flooding your internet then here it is….Gilt Groupe provides instant insider access to today’s top designer labels, at up to 60% off retail. Become a member and find something new every day for women, men, kids and home as well as exclusive local services and experiences, and one-of-a-kind travel packages. Sign in and see what inspires you today.

However I came across Gilt Taste which is FREAKISHLY AWESOME!!  I am obsessed with food and kitchen items. Just when I thought I had heard or seen every type of fruit and vegetable I came across Finger Limes.

Here’s what Gilt describes them as:

These rare, gherkin-size beauties charm with their elegant nickname (“caviar limes”) and an incredible texture: Split one open lengthwise and spoon out a few pearls. As with caviar, the tiny beads inside pop in your mouth, releasing a splash of bright, tart juice. Dazzle guests by using them as garnishes on ceviches, crudos, cocktails or your best Key lime pie. Gilt’s price is $32.95/pint plus $9.95 S&H.

various finger limes
various finger limes

Now that my attention is peaked I just had to look up when and where to use these new treasures in the kitchen. So I found some recipes on http://www.wildfingerlime.com/recipe.html

Yes Finger limes have their OWN website. Weird (cool)

1 fresh kaffir-lime leaf, sliced into thin strips
2cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into thin strips
1 red banana chilli, seeded and finely sliced
25ml Tamari or light soy sauce
Finger lime to serve
Place oysters in a 25sm bamboo steamer basket and top each with 1-2 pieces each of the kaffir-lime leaf, ginger and chilli.
Add 1cm of water to a wok and bring to the boil. Place steamer basket over wok, cover with a lid and steam for 1 minute 45 seconds. Remove basket from wok and place basket onto a serving plate. Drizzle with Tamari and squeeze finger limes over the oysters.
Serve immediately.