Monthly Archives: March 2010

I finally made it to l20 on Saturday and it was everything I had heard it was.  Often, going to (over) hyped restaurants I’m let down, at least in some little way, but that was not the case with l20.  It’s in the Belden-Stratford Hotel, however the decor of l20 couldn’t be more different than that of the hotel’s.  l20 is small, sleek and modern.  The interior was perfect, at least for my tastes.

And the food, seafood-focused, was just as perfect.  We did the 4 course prix fixe meal; I got the medai, followed by kampachi, teriyaki, salsa verde tempura and for my main course I had their steelhead salmon, baked in clay with North African spices, grits and dates.  For our dessert option, we could choose between a cheese plate or something sweet.  I went for the sweet with their praline souffle.  The souffle was amazing, but it’s the first souffle I’ve had so I have nothing to compare it to.   Overall, it was the best seafood I’ve had in Chicago.  Check out some pictures of l20’s food and you’ll discover that it’s just as beautiful as it is delicious.


These 3 face mask recipes are all easy and cheap to make – and vegan to boot (so you get your good karma points for the day)- but each mask is meant for a different skin type so pick the one that suits your skin best.  I got these from one of my favorite vegan cookbooks, How it all Vegan, and I’ve tried both the normal and dry skin masks and the parsley skin toner and liked them all.  My skin is too dry for me to use the oily skin mask, so let me know what you think if you try it out.

Normal Skin

1/4 cup mashed, cooked or canned chickpeas

1 tbsp olive oil of flax oil

*In a blender or food processor (a fork would work as well), blend all ingredients into a creamy texture.  Apply the mixture to your face and leave on for 15-20 minutes.  Rinse with warm, then cool, water.

Oily Skin

1/2 cucumber, chopped

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp fresh mint

*In a blender of food processor, blend together the cucumbers, lemon juice, and mint until well mixed.  Refrigerate for 10 minutes.  Apply mixture to your face and leave on for 10-15 minutes.  Rinse with warm, then cool water.

Dry Skin

1 avocado

*In a blender, food processor or with a fork, blend together the flesh of the avocado into a creamy texture.  Massage into your face and neck.  Tissue off after 10-15 minutes with warm water and ten apply a toner.

Parsley Skin Toner (to go along with the dry skin mask)

1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped

1 cup boiling water

*In a medium bowl, place the copped parsley and cover with boiling water.  Allow to cool completely.  Strain and pour into a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid.  Apply to skin with a cotton ball.


I’ve been extra excited for this weekend because I’m going to l20 for my first time on Saturday.  I’m also going to start looking into things to do and places to eat in NYC.  B and I are going for just a weekend, so I’m trying to pack as much as possible into 2 days in the city – send your suggestions my way!