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Nutrition Knowledge – Ready, Set… Go! Revving Up Metabolism

Nutrition Knowledge – Ready, Set… Go! Revving Up Metabolism

One of the biggest questions that I am often asked is “How can I increase my metabolism?” Metabolism is the overall process of taking the calories we ingest and burning those calories for energy for all our body systems. The “metabolism” dilemma is one that usually deals with weight loss, or with someone that continues…

Teen’s Taste – Kiku Japanese Steakhouse

Teen’s Taste – Kiku Japanese Steakhouse

This month we celebrated Brad’s birthday and went to Kiku Japanese Steak House and Sushi Lounge. Kiku is located at 2764 Aurora Avenue. Hours are 11:20AM to 2PM Monday – Friday lunch and 4:30 to 10PM Dinner; Noon to 3PM Saturdays lunch and 4:30-10:30PM dinner; and Sundays lunch 12:30 – 3PM Sundays lunch and 4…

Heaven on Seven decked out for Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday

Heaven on Seven decked out for Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday

The hospitality team at Heaven on Seven in downtown Naperville again has decorated the New Orleans-style restaurant in anticipation of Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 17. Stop by any day to see what’s streaming in green, gold and purple. Meanwhile check out the Second Tuesday of the Month Beer Dinners in January and February….

Teen’s Taste – Rosebud Italian Specialties & Pizzeria

Teen’s Taste – Rosebud Italian Specialties & Pizzeria

My next dining adventure took me to a popular Italian restaurant, Rosebud Italian Specialties & Pizzeria, located at 22 East Chicago Ave. They’re open 11AM-10PM Monday-Thursday and Sunday, 11AM-11PM Friday and Saturday. I was very impressed with the décor and atmosphere. It was loud, but not in a bad way, in a way that made…

Raise Your Play IQ – My Colorful Plate & Young Children: Encouraging Healthy Food Choices

Raise Your Play IQ – My Colorful Plate & Young Children: Encouraging Healthy Food Choices

In recent years the United States Department of Agriculture has moved from the Food Pyramid to MyPlate to help guide our portions and food choices. MyPlate is a new generation icon that prompts consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times. The new MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein foods,…

New diner opens in Naperville

New diner opens in Naperville

For a very long time, Wilma’s Cafe was a popular diner-type breakfast joint at the southwest corner of Washington at Jefferson in downtown Naperville.  Ken and Wilma knew all the regulars by name and welcomed everyone to the good-value meals they served across the counter and in the booths that ran along the wall. They…

Nutrition Knowledge – The Twelve Tips of Christmas

Nutrition Knowledge – The Twelve Tips of Christmas

Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas will be here before we know it. Parties and gatherings are filling our calendar and that means many opportunities for eating and drinking. Here is a fun way to remember some healthy tips for the holiday season: On the first day of Christmas, my dietitian said to me… Bring One…

Nutrition Knowledge – Thankfulness is giving

Nutrition Knowledge – Thankfulness is giving

Happy Thanksgiving! One of the best ways that we can express our thankfulness is by giving back to others that are in need or are less fortunate than we are. “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” –Albert Einstein Food insecurity is defined as “a person not being assured of three daily…

Teen’s Taste – Golf scores high with good food

Teen’s Taste – Golf scores high with good food

This month’s dining adventure brought me to a new restaurant called Tap In Pub & Carvery, located at 2155 CityGate Lane in CityGate Centre. What made me choose this restaurant was the concept of golfing while I enjoyed some good food. As it begins turning cold outside, the Tap In Pub has a state-of-the-art high…

Downtown Naperville welcomes a taste of Frost with its grand illumination on Nov. 7

Downtown Naperville welcomes a taste of Frost with its grand illumination on Nov. 7

By the time all the twinkling white lights begin to glisten in downtown Naperville at 6PM on Fri., Nov. 7, Frost Gelato will be well into its grand opening day. Frost opens at 11AM at its new location in Main Street Promenade East along Van Buren Ave. in downtown Naperville. During a busy equipment move-in…

Naperville’s Quigley’s welcomes patrons to ‘Raise Your Glass’ for Casey and Kinney

Naperville’s Quigley’s welcomes patrons to ‘Raise Your Glass’ for Casey and Kinney

UPDATE, Oct. 23 / With a pub packed with well-wishers, Ray Kinney and Dan Casey were called to the stage area at Quigley’s with notes in hand shortly after 8PM Oct. 23. Each of the two active community leaders had been directed to fete the other one. Longtime friends of the duo thought perhaps the…

Nutrition Knowledge – Fall’s Bounty

Nutrition Knowledge – Fall’s Bounty

This time of year is wonderful for taking advantage of the many types of fall vegetables that are overflowing at the market. They are great for making soups and stews, as well as other dishes. Squash is the vegetable group that we typically think of in the fall. It can be a wonderful base for…

Teen’s Taste – Kuma’s Asian Bistro

Teen’s Taste – Kuma’s Asian Bistro

A nice stroll in downtown Naperville brought me to my next dining adventure. Kuma’s Asian Bistro is located at 216 S. Washington Street. Their hours are 4-9PM Tuesday – Thursday; 11AM-10PM Friday – Saturday; 11AM –9PM Sunday. The restaurant is very calming and soothing and they play nice music. The building itself is one of…

Nutrition Knowledge – Back to School Healthy Snacks

Nutrition Knowledge – Back to School Healthy Snacks

We are a couple of weeks back into classes, which is very exciting. Our children have new teachers, new classes, and many new things to learn. With that comes school lunches and also packing that all-important healthy snack. Lunch times vary by grade and school so a healthy snack is important to keep children alert…

Nutrition Knowledge – Gardening all year long

Nutrition Knowledge – Gardening all year long

Is it too late to start growing some of our own vegetables? Well, yes and no. Traditional planting of tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, etc. would have needed to be planted earlier than now in order to harvest soon. But there are several ways that we can still plant vegetables and herbs in order to reap our…

Your Table is Ready – Lou Malnati’s Pizza

Your Table is Ready – Lou Malnati’s Pizza

Since this is our 50th Positively Naperville review and, since we love pizza, we decided that we’d review a “pizza place” that we’ve frequented many times over the years – Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria. Established in 1994 in the old Naperville Firehouse on Jefferson Avenue, Lou Malnati’s serves its unique style of Chicago deep dish pizza….

Teen’s Taste – Share a spicy dinner

Teen’s Taste – Share a spicy dinner

Another favorite summertime place to sit outside and enjoy downtown Naperville is Potters Place Mexican Kitchen & Cantina, located at 29 W. Jefferson. We enjoy sitting out on their large back patio. In the evenings from Wednesday through Sunday during the summer, they have live entertainment. They have an extensive list of talented artists that…

Farmers Market at St. John’s celebrates National Farmers Market Week

Farmers Market at St. John’s celebrates National Farmers Market Week

On Wed., Aug. 6, the Farmers Market at St. John’s, located at 750 Aurora Ave., will be one of many farmers markets across the country celebrating National Farmers Market Week. Grilling demonstrations, recipes and tastings will feature products from some of the market vendors, such as Drover’s Trail Natural Farms, Papa’s Natural Honey, Six Generations…

Naperville Ale Fest draws nearly 5,000 patrons

Naperville Ale Fest draws nearly 5,000 patrons

Some 4800 craft beer enthusiasts strolled the grounds of Naper Settlement at the second annual Naperville Ale Fest on Saturday, July 19, enjoying craft beers from 100 brewers, munching on gourmet grilled cheese, curry and pizza and burgers, discovering a variety of hard ciders and enjoying the music of Dirty Ernie. They came from all…

Nutrition Knowledge – Healthy habits from around the world

Nutrition Knowledge – Healthy habits from around the world

Good nutrition knows no boundaries. While the current trend in this country is toward healthier eating habits, other countries around the world have traditional eating habits that teach us healthy lessons. Japan has always been known for their healthy lifestyle and very low obesity rate. Japanese cuisine has a big emphasis on seafood and veggies,…

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