Delicious DIRT. Feast Your Eyes on the Beauty That is One of One Jewelry

One of One Jewelry by Marc Klutznick

DIRT InsideOne of One Jewelry, Samantha Goldberg, House of Consignment, VH1, Corri McFadden, eDrop-Off, Windy City Live!, Spiro Tsaparas, Vicki Killingsworth, iRockit Clothing Line, Kristina McGrath, Mike McGrath, Korinna Isselhardt, Toni Canada, Dusty Stemer, Megan Taylor, Lynn McMahan, Renee Trikolas, Tarrah Cooper, Janet Davies

One of One by MBK

Remember when we got Dosed + One of One Jewelry gave us multiple eye-gasms? Now get this: VH1′s new show, House of Consignment, premiered Wednesday night with Delicious DIRT favorite rockin’ sex pot jeweler Sam Goldbergs jewelry line, One of One Jewelry front and center. House of Consignment is centered around another Chicago beauty we also adore, Corri McFadden, who owns eDrop-Off, a luxury consignment business. The entire show is shot and based right here in Chicago. Imagine our excitement when that beautiful sparkling necklace around Corri McFadden’s neck was none other than a kickass piece by our sexy love Sam Goldberg and her line, One of One Jewelry. Naturally, Sam’s jewelry is just like she is: incredibly chic, edgy, + glam. We love love loove busting out these show-stopping pieces on the regular. And YOU can too. Hint: follow One of One’s newly launched Twitter handle.

One of One by Megan Sontag

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Delicious DIRT. Oooohh La La

Fendi by MBK

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Delicious DIRT. One of One Jewelry Blows Minds. Ooohlaalaaaa

One Of One Jewelry

It’s fair to say we got DOSED hardcore. AND WE LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT.  Part 1 of  our full recap + photo tour on Dose’s HoliDose here

One of the best parts of getting Dosed was One of One. Delicious DIRT favorite rockin’ sex pot jeweler Sam Goldberg brought her line, One of One Jewelry to Dose Market for their HoliDose December event. Literally, it’s safe to say if our eyes could have orgasms, they’d have had multiple… We’re beyond excited to rock these chic edgy and oh so rad pieces on the daily.

Wanna get lucky? Check out our photo tour of One of One at Dose.  You’ll see tons of drop-dead gorgeous druzy necklaces, rings and more… Oh yea baby. Photos speak a million words…Need more info on a specific photo? Please email us @

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Delicious DIRT. Food Nerds Rejoice

Delicious DIRT got lucky Monday night when one of our favorite Chicagoans and loyal DIRT member, James Goeke, attended Food + Wine’s Entertaining Showcase at the MCA. Below is James’ food porn tour you’re sure to salivate over.

Next's Delicious DIRT by James Goeke

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Tribe by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

Their music shaped us.  Their music continues to inspire us – on the daily.  Tribe Called Quest truly kicks it like no other.  Because we’re so pumped to see Michael Rapaport’s just released documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, we thought we’d feel Bonita for hot minute. Rapaport aka Phoebe‘s boyfriend on our fave, Friends, makes his directorial debut with this much hyped documentary. Want a Taste? Just don’t leave your wallet….

Most of Tribe’s greatness, released in the 90′s, transports us right back to freshman year at Madison with a smile.  Then and now, we dance like no one’s watching and sing like no one’s listening. Can not get enough Tribe.  Ever. Classic moment – a few years ago, Q-Tip actually handed MBK the mic at HOB in Chicago.  Best shout out ever. Yes You Can.

Q-Tip Courtesy of PDS

Cause we know what it’s like to be stressed out, stressed out, check our fave Tribe compilation = The Anthology. It combines the best of the best Tribe: Low End Theory, Midnight Marauders, Beats, Rhymes & Life, The Love Movement + more.  Music truly does not get any better than hip hop masters Q-Tip, Phife and Ali. The Tribe most definitely Flies High Like A Dove. Though Tribe’s not kickin’ it at Lolla (we WISH), you might be able to taste their flavor when you’ll feel beats. FYI, Lolla is sold out. BUT, as always, you can get tickets on the scene if you’re smooth like butter.

Hot Sex On A Platter, Bonita by Grantsland

Delicious DIRT. Food Mafia FEED

Inside: Girl & the Goat, Tempo, Silver Cloud, Feast, 33 Club, Alinea, Bob San, D’Agostino’s, mk, Gibson’s, Toast, Bella Note, Wells Street Popcorn, Fifty/50, Il Molino, Topo Gigio, Hub 51, Boss Bar.

Originally posted 11/10 in Food Mafia’s Feed.

This is my first official Delicious DIRT post for Food Mafia’s Feed and I could not be more thrilled.  EYP client, Food Mafia, is the sexiest concept online for food nerds like myself. Created by genius entrepreneur, Food Mafia CEO + ultimate Godfather Stacy Johnson, Food Mafia is literally a one of a kind restaurant review community.  In case you’ve been living in a cave and still don’t know all the sweet juice about Food Mafia, the bottom of this post has all the essential Delicious DIRT.  Check it and check out my Food Mafia profile here.

To give you a little background on me, I grew up in the city of Chicago and I literally eat my way through the city to this day. Eating is one of my top four favorite things in the universe. I am down for the fanciest joints such as Alinea, as well as biggest dives, Boss Bar. I love local hot spots, Girl & The Goat, as well as good old standby favorites, mk and best omelet and grilled cheese around the clock at Tempo.  CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE

Omelets As Big As Your Face @ Tempo

Just so you know, I’m not one of those girls who won’t eat either. I literally eat everything and anything I want from Mac and cheese at 33 Club (sadly now closed) to extra crispy cheese pizza at D’Agostino’s (best sauce ever) to the heavenly enormous strawberry shortcake at Gibsons.

Gibson's Strawberry Shortcake = #DeliciousDIRT

It’s scary actually.  I mean, I should be three hundred pounds based on how much I actually eat.  But, my philosophy on food (and life), is carpe diem.  Life is too too precious and short not to eat isn’t it?   So I love to devour my  favorites regularly.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention some of my go-to Chitown favorites.  Because I’m such a huge BRINNER fan, I’ll begin with a few of my brunch loves.  My MUST EATS.  Let me give you some sunshine and start with the perfect Eggs Benedict (no exaggeration here). I am so lucky because I found this heaven at three Chicago spots each so diverse in their atmosphere, yet so similar in their perfect eggs Benedict- Toast, Gibsons, 33 Club (please reopen).  All use just the right amount of butter on their English muffins and toast them to perfection so they’re crispy and stay crispy throughout the entire meal. Did I mention the eggs are cooked perfectly and are runny to the exact right degree?? This is a hard science to master and to find a place that’s consistently cooking their egg yolks perfectly runny enough, yet the whites are cooked through, that’s a real find and a definite rarity I cherish! And to find not one, not two, but three spots in Chicago that you can regularly depend on this perfection is simply awesome. I have to mention the meat at 33 Club as well. I am not generally a ham fan, but 33 has some ham! After not having bacon or ham of any kind for eleven years, 33 Club’s was so special and delicious from its smell alone that I had to dive in! And I did not regret it. The hollandaise sauce each restaurant uses is not too heavy either. Toast’s is light and creamy enough, Gibson’s is the exact right consistency that I could literally down a gallon, while 33′s, you might even need to ask for more! DELIGHTFUL.

Breakfast Burrito @ Silver Cloud = True #DeliciousDIRT

Next let me delve into one of my other breakfast favorites, breakfast burritos! Two of my favorite local spots, Silver Cloud and Feast are my absolute go-to’s. Feast’s breakfast burrito is filled with some of my all time favorite guacamole, sour cream, the right amount of smooth and yet not too rich re-fried beans, some of the best gooiest pepper jack cheese, perfect egg whites (you have to specify that part – which they do charge extra for- but it’s worth it) and a great pico de gallo. On the side of the Feast breakfast burrito comes perfectly crispy potatoes with the exact right amount of salt. YUM! If you want to skip the potatoes, you can get a side salad and the dressing is a to die for balsamic that blends so well with the burrito if you like to mix it up like I do.

Silver Cloud’s burrito is quite different, yet just as delish!

Silver Cloud Breakfast Burrito

Their burrito is ENORMOUS!  It’s filled with  luscious cheddar cheese, a ton of plain and cooked to perfection black beans, sour cream, guacamole, eggs (white for me again) and topped with tons of shredded lettuce, pico de gallo and heavenly potatoes.  The way Silver Cloud includes the cheese in the burrito itself is simply divine. They roll the cheese inside the shell so in every bite you get just the right amount of cheese.  This is heaven for a giant cheese freak like me!  I get this burrito, and just about everything I eat, well done.  YUM!

Next posts will include my favorite Chicago Mac and cheeses, the lightest, most succulent salmon jalapeño sashimi appetizer from Bob San, pulled organic chicken nachos from Hub 51, amaze donuts, Australian lobster tail from Gibsons, cheese popcorn from Wells Street Popcorn, two delicious devilish rigatonis in Chicago: a la vodka at Bella Note and “the pasta al Topo Gigio” at Topo Gigio (my favorite since I was sixteen), and more galore.

Organic Chicken Nachos @ Hub = AMAZE #DeliciousDIRT

Go surf Food Mafia and let me know your thoughts and recommendations. What do you love about Chicago restaurants? What are your go to brunch spots? Your favorite dishes? I encourage you to comment here, on our EYP Facebook page and on Food Mafia’s Facebook page on some of your delights! Can not wait to see what conversations transpire. I’m looking forward to meeting you all and seeing you get Elevated on Food Mafia!!

Delicious DIRT. Food Mafia

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Delicious DIRT. California Style

Going going back back to Cali Cali….

This week, The DIRT team is in California folks!  Don’t fret, we won’t forget you and in fact, we’ll be bringing you some Cali love.  Stay warm, stay smiling and stay grateful.

Donuts Are The New Cupcakes

WEThe Donut Man in Cali… Each bite tastes even better than it looks…sugary, light, airy, sweet, and buttery = #californiaheaven.  The DIRT team dove into so many donuts Los Angeles Food Mafia style!

No matter how you spell ‘em, doughnuts / donuts are pure food porn we can not get enough of!

The Donut Man, Fresh Strawberry Donut

Lusciousness @TheDonutManCA = we #LOVE! @doughnutvault’s hefty competition is in CA! Fresh strawberry donuts = HEAVEN. #deliciousDIRT By: Elevate Your Presence

#Donuts are the new #cupcakes! When in #cali, DO NOT MISS @TheDonutManCA. #worththelbs #eatwell #carpediem #deliciousDIRT

The Donut Man, Fresh Strawberry Donuts

Sliced up Fresh Strawberry @ The Donut Man

Originator of the Fresh Strawberry and Fresh Peach donut. As see on Huell Howser and The Food Network = The Donut Man = 915 E Route 66, Glendora, CA 91741

We at Elevate Your Presence really LOVE when The New York Times features a growing neighborhood in the Chi. Wanna learn about what is soon to become your next hot spot? You’re in luck, yesterday’s NYT Travel Section hit on some of our go-to’s in Logan Square. Hopefully our fave local joints won’t get too slammed….

Featured are:

2657 North Kedzie Avenue
(773) 276-7110

Photo by Longman & Eagle

2700 North Western Avenue
(773) 235-2930

Owen & Engine by Owen & Engine

2323 North Milwaukee Avenue
(773) 227-2739

Photo by Revolution Brewery

3131 West Logan Boulevard
(312) 698-8685


So, Chicago has Restaurant Week in February,  Chicago Chef Week in March, and we had Chicago Originals Restaurant week last week.  Now…meat week?!   Yes, you read right: meat week– the best thing since sliced bread for the carnivorous eater. Beginning yesterday through Feb. 6, Meat Week takes place at seven different barbecue restaurants (and some of Elevate Your Presence’s FAVES- hello SMOQUE). Around the city, you can vote on the best, greasy, spicy, messy BBQ the city has to offer. Don’t fret if you missed yesterday at Honey One BBQ, the finale will be there Feb 6.  Get MEATY!

Ribs, Photo by Smoque

Pulled Pork, Photo by Smoque

Check out more details below as well as here and here.

Meat Week:
1/30  Honey One BBQ, 2241 N. Western Ave, 6 p.m.

1/31   The Smoke Daddy, 1804 W. Division St., 7 p.m.

2/1     Fat Willy’s Rib Shack, 2416 W. Schubert Ave., 7 p.m.

2/2     Smoque BBQ, 3800 N. Pulaski Rd., 7 p.m.

2/3     San Soo Gab San, 5247 N. Western Ave., 8 p.m.

2/4     Honky Tonk BBQ, 1213 W. 18th St., 8 p.m.

2/5      Pork Shoppe, 2755 W. Belmont Ave., 12 p.m.

2/6      Honey One BBQ (MEAT WEEK FINALE – BYOB) 1 p.m.


Not a lot better than a grilled cheese done well! Elevate Your Presence could not agree more with The Huffington Post in naming ♥ Bangers & Lace in their BEST list! Congrats to owners/ friends Jason Freiman & Nick Podesta. Fire ‘em up! Chicago Food Mafia will be on the scene soon…

Chicago’s Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches We turn into cold, grumpy, hungry hermits this time of year–and who could blame us? If the cold weather has you bummed as well, may we suggest a grilled cheese sandwich?

Today’s JUICE-

  • It does feel good to be high, doesn’t it?  The world’s tallest building is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. It is now home to the world’s highest restaurant, At.mosphere, a mere 122 stories and 1,350 ft up.

  • At graham elliot, there’s some shuffling going on in the kitchen. The grahamwich owner tweeted Merlin Verrier is the new executive chef, and that Brian Runge is stepping up as chef de cuisine. Expect continued yumminess to come out of this den of whimsical cuisine that Elevate Your Presence ♥’s so much.

  • Get this: Start saving up for a November trip to London; Eater National reports that Harrod’s and Thomas Keller are collaborating on a 10-day pop up resto (#trending) combining the glory of The French Laundry and Per Se. Sounds AMAZE!

  • We at Elevate Your Presence love a clandestine affair…and an affair with food is no different.  A little birdie (Eater Chicago, thanks Ari) told us that Hush Supper Club, a DC underground dining venture by Chicago native, Geeta, is heading west to our fair city. Geeta would like to establish roots where it all began for her. Hush, the roving dinner party, will serve up authentic Indian fare in various homes for parties of 12-20. If you don’t mind letting 20 folks that you’ve never met inside your home to eat delicious Southeast Asian cuisine, then contact Geeta here.

  • @gachatz tells us that a website accompanying his riveting, soon-to-be-released read, Life, On the Line, is up and active.

  • The Bocuse d’Or (aka: the culinary Olympics) is wrapping up today. We’ll see which team reigns as top toque…Keep you posted…

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