It would be easy for a chef to rest on his laurels after winning a coveted Michelin star. But not Shin Thompson. After receiving the award at his Logan Square spot Bonsoiree, he shuttered the restaurant, changed the concept and reopened as the Alpine-inspired Table, Donkey and Stick. He followed that by teaming with Ryan O’Donnell (Gemini Bistro, Rustic House) to open Kabocha, Chicago’s first Japanese Brasserie.
If you had told a 14-year-old George Kotsiopoulos that in 30 years, he’d have a hit show on E!, a new book on the way and a cameo in summer’s biggest blockbuster, “Iron Man 3,” he wouldn’t have believed it. “It’s crazy!” Kotsiopoulos says of his success. “Not in my wildest dreams would I be an author, and even this cameo — I’m in there for a nanosecond, but it’s the coolest thing.”
Dear Jenny: My wife and I have been together for 15 years. When we married, we were both in great shape and considered a healthy lifestyle a priority. Since then, she has gained at least 50 pounds. We have two beautiful children together, and I understand pregnancy is difficult and can take a toll on a woman’s body. However, it has been several years since the birth of our youngest and my wife has still not lost the baby weight. I try to encourage her to eat healthy, do Weight Watchers or exercise with her friends or me, but she is unwilling to do anything to help lose the weight. She is a wonderful mother and person, but frankly I have lost all sexual attraction to her. How can I help her to get healthy again and be the woman I fell in love with? —Steve from Chicago
This has been a hot topic among my circle of friends lately. We all have kids entering this hormone-driven stage of life, and we all have different feelings on when that right time is to talk to our kids about the birds and the bees. Is there even such a thing as the “right time?”
I’ve always been very open when talking about sex. I’m not sure why, but I do blame most of it on being a Scorpio. Our main trait is sexuality. It could also be the fact that I went to Catholic school and felt stifled during those years, and now feel free to talk about it.