The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival

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The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival has begun for the 2014 season. From today, August 22, through September 1, enjoy a myriad of events to celebrate the Magnificent Mile and its many shopping attractions during the week-long celebration. The schedule of events below, including an exclusive Leg Refresher Treatment at NoMI Spa, are sure to entice any shopping enthusiast to spend as much time as possible on the Magnificent Mile this week!

 

August 22 – September 1

Pop into NoMI Spa for a quick 15-minute Leg Refresher ($35 USD) to revitalize and pamper your tired feet during your shopping experience!  Let experts uplift your weary legs with a Revive & Citrus Aromatherapy blend treatment, followed by an application of Sole Goddess to keep your feet blister-free as you continue your day! Additionally, receive 15% off all retail purchases in the NoMI Spa Boutique anytime during the Shopping Festival.

 

August 22, 5:30pm-8:30pm at Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Avenue)

Enjoy an appearance by celebrity chef made famous by appearance on television show sensation Top Chef, Sam Talbot, as well as bites and libations by some of Chicago’s top restaurants. The event is held at scenic Pioneer Court, where you’ll be in an outdoor tent with a splendid view of Chicago’s sensational skyline.

 

August 23-24 Throughout the Festival Stretch

Delight in an array of pop-up fashion displays throughout the Magnificent Mile, and covering John Hancock Plaza, featuring brand participants such as Macy’s and the 900 North Michigan shops, as well as city institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago.

 

August 23, 1pm at the John Hancock Plaza (875 N. Michigan Avenue)

Experience a complimentary concert with artist Andy Grammer, contemporary pop and soul musician. Afterwards, a meet-and-greet with Grammer will occur!

 

August 31

Join the nearly 10,000 participants in the Magnificent Mile Women’s Half Marathon. Runners will receive special offers throughout Labor Day Weekend.

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Get To NoMI: Aaron Young

After a beautiful weekend in Chicago, we kick off Monday by introducing you to one of our gurus of beauty and wellness from NoMI Spa, Aaron Young!  Aaron has been a Spa Concierge at NoMI Spa since it opened three years ago. Read on to learn a little more about Aaron.

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1. There are so many relaxing and rejuvenating treatments available at NoMI Spa.  Which is your go-to?

Without a doubt, the Hydra Facial. For a long time, NoMI Spa was the only luxury spa to offer this treatment at varying lengths (30, 45 and 60 mins). You can feel the results immediately and it’s a unique treatment because it’s a moisturizing and also treats the skin. *Insider tip: Come in for a Hydra Facial once a month for the best results.

2. Though short-lived, summer in Chicago provides a lot of fun. What is your favorite Chicago summer activity?

I actually prefer winter!  There are less bugs than in the summer and love fall fashions.  Weather that allows me to layer items with a good fall coat is what I’d prefer. Despite the bad reputation, winter in Chicago is actually really beautiful. To avoid drying out and stay healthy, it is really important to drink lots of water.  I try to drink up to a gallon a day.

3. What is something we, and our NoMI fans, might not know about you?

I love to bake! My background is in culinary studies so its always something I enjoy doing. I can do it for myself (no deadlines and no stress) which is very relaxing. My all-time favorites are truffles and pound cake.  I’m also really into DIY-ing my own natural aromatherapy body scrubs and treatments.  They are another great way to stay hydrated all year long.

4. If you could bring anyone to NoMI Spa, who would it be and why?

Definitely, Pattie Labelle — she’s my idol.  She’s one of those celebrities that is tangible, human, approachable…while also being a star. I would love to meet her one day.

Mini-Mani & Pedi Treatment at NoMI Spa

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Back-to-school season is just around the corner and while new clothes and supplies are must-haves, a little pampering can also go a long way for little ones who are gearing up to head back into the school hallways.  Just in time, NoMI Spa is offering the perfect way to ease them back into it  — a Mini- Mani & Pedi treatment.

Moms and dads alike can indulge their children in a spa day with this special treatment.  Children can enjoy a luxurious and aromatic manicure or pedicure complete with a chocolate or vanilla MeBath scrub, soak and lather .  While our expert spa technicians give their fingers or toes the royal treatment, we’ll also satisfy their sweet-tooth with a warm, fresh-baked Chocolate Chip Cookie right out of Pastry Chef, Meg Galus’s oven.

The Mini-Mani and Pedi treatment is $25/child, and is sure to pamper little ones to the fullest before they head back into the bustling school year. Contact our NoMI Spa staff at (312) 239-4200, who will gladly assist in confirming the reservation.

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Wellness Wednesday: the Guilt-Free Beauty Benefits of Chocoalte

At NoMI we have our fair share of love for dark chocolate and all its delicious goodness. On this Wellness Wednesday, however, we though you might enjoy some of the lesser known guilt-free beauty benefits of dark chocolate as told by The Huffington Post below.

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If you believe eating dark chocolate is really bad for your skin, it’s time to change the way you think. Indulging in the sweet treat won’t make you break out. In fact, there are beauty benefits to getting “chocolate wasted.”

Dark chocolate (the good stuff that’s low in sugar and high in cocoa) is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that nourish skin. And its intoxicating aroma and conditioning properties make it the perfect ingredient for hair care. Still not convinced? Here are five reasons why you should add dark chocolate to your beauty regimen.

It repairs dry skin. Iron, calcium and vitamins A, B1, C, D and E are among the many nutrients that we can obtain from dark chocolate. Swap out that extra cup of coffee or green tea for a cocoa-rich drink that will deeply moisturize skin and leave behind a healthy glow. Or you could slough away dead skin cells with a DIY chocolate body scrub made out of olive oil, brown sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla.

It shields against harmful UV rays. Flavonols found in dark chocolate have been clinically shown to help your skin protect itself from sunburn, redness and other signs of UV damage. When applied directly to the skin, it also has the ability to repair and hydrate body parts that have been exposed to the sun. But we wouldn’t suggest slacking on sunscreen.

It erases wrinkles and fine lines. Things seem a bit calmer right after we nibble on a piece of dark chocolate, and we all know how stress impacts our skin. And as our friends over at YouBeauty explain, “Cocoa helps reduce stress hormones, which means less collagen breakdown in the skin and fewer wrinkles.” Sort of like eating your way to pretty.

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It adds shine to lackluster locks. A homemade hair mask made out of unsweetened dark chocolate? Why yes! Add honey and yogurt to the mixture before applying to your hair. Cover with plastic wrap and leave on for about one hour. Wash out with a cold water rinse and you will have super shiny strands.

It promotes hair growth. Copper, zinc and iron are minerals that promote the cell renewal growth process, and dark chocolate happens to be full of them. So eating chocolate every day will increase oxygen and blood flow to the scalp and lead to healthier and strong hair.

Have you ever used dark chocolate in your beauty regimen? Share the details with us!

Get to NoMI: Oscar Deagueros

Oscar Deagueros has been an exceptional server at NoMI for the past six years.  During Chicago’s warm months, you can find Oscar wearing his shades working outside in NoMI | Garden.

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Favorite NoMI Dish:
Tiger Roll. “It’s got a little bit of everything: crunch, color, flavor, texture, spice!”

Favorite Chicago Summer Activity:
Biking on Lakeshore

Something you might not know about him:
“I’m an avid photographer. I’m always shooting whatever and wherever when I’m travelling.” Recently, Deagueros has visited the American Southwest, Vegas, California, Oklahoma, Mexico and New York.

If he could bring anyone to NoMI, who would it be and why:
Czech author Milan Kundera, his favorite novelist. “He’s just had such a powerful artistic influence on me.”

Thank you for checking in with us on today’s edition of Get To NoMI! Until next time!

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Celebrate National Tequila Day with a Special Cocktail Guide from NoMI Kitchen!

If you “take life with a grain of salt…a slice of lime, and a shot of tequila,” then you’ve probably got a spot in your heart (and your mouth!) for this celebrated distilled beverage which is crafted from the blue agave plant of Mexico.

In honor of National Tequila Day, NoMI Lounge Manager, Sergio Campos, is offering up his expertise to bring you a few unique and exquisite ways to toast to Tequila this year.

“Tequila is a special spirit that’s festive yet has a unique versatility. It has the power to bring people together!” notes Sergio on the popular libation.

Check out two twists on the traditional margarita along with a foolproof recipe for the classic concoction. Enjoy!

The Classic One

Ingredients:
1.5 ounces Cazadores Blanco Tequila
1 Egg White
3/4 ounce Lime Juice
1/2 ounce Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
1/2 ounce Agave Nectar
1/4 ounce Orange Juice
2 drops Orange Bitters

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Preparation:
Combine Cazadores Blanco Tequila, egg white, lime juice, Pierre Ferrand dry curacao, agave nectar, orange juice and orange bitters into a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain contents into a cocktail glass.

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“NoMI’s version of the traditional margarita is dry and easy to drink. The orange juice and dash of orange bitters are a great pair with the acidity of the lime juice and balance out the flavors for a smooth sipping experience.”

The One with a Kick

Ingredients:
1/2 Roasted Jalapeno
1.5 ounces Cazadores Blanco Tequila
1 Egg White
3/4 ounce Lime Juice
3/4 ounce Grapefruit Juice
1/2 ounce Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
1/2 ounce Aperol
1/4 ounce Agave Nectar
Grapefruit peel for garnish

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Preparation:
Remove seeds from the jalapeno, and combine with Cazadores Blanco Tequila, egg white, lime juice, grapefruit juice, Pierre Ferrand dry curacao, Aperol and agave nectar into a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain contents into a cocktail glass and garnish with grapefruit peel.

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“I love this combination of bitterness from the grapefruit with the smokiness and spiciness of the roasted jalapeno. It’s an adventure for the taste buds!”

The Floral One

Ingredients:
1.5 ounces Cazadores Blanco Tequila
1 Egg White
3/4 ounce Lemon Juice
1/2 ounce Kalani Coconut Liquer
1/2 ounce Rothman & Winter Creme de Violette
1/4 ounce Lemon Syrup
2 drops Rose Water
Edible flowers for garnish

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Preparation:
Combine Cazadores Blanco Tequila, egg white, lemon juice, Kalani, Creme de Violette, lemon syrup and rose water into a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain contents into a cocktail glass and garnish with edible flowers.

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Sergio’s secret ingredient: egg whites!
“The combination of egg whites, agave nectar and lime juice to create sour mix dates back to pre-prohibition days, making it a classic component of any delicious cocktail. The egg whites give these margaritas a frothiness that is soft to the taste and create a beautiful ombre color.”

How will you be celebrating Tequila today?

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Get to NoMI – Sydney Cetera, Pastry Cook

Today we introduce NoMI’s sweet treat connoisseur. This lady can be found laminating croissants, spinning ice cream or garnishing desserts, always with a smile on her face that’s as sweet as her delicacies. Introducing Sydney Cetera, Pastry Cook

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Favorite item on the NoMI menu:
Trio of ice cream: Vanilla Bean, Pistachio and Gianduja Swirl. “It’s flavorful, simple and delicious and the perfect treat to cool down in the Summer.”

Favorite Chicago summer activity:
Going to the beach. “It’s not Summer until you get in the Lake!”, says Syd.

Something you might not now about her:
She speaks Hebrew because she went to Jewish grade school and Russian because she studied Languages and Literature in college.

If she could bring anyone to NoMI, who would it be and why:
She would bring Judy Contino, Chef and Owner of Bittersweet Bakery in Chicago, whose shop inspired Syd to pursue pastry. “She gave me my first kitchen job at 14, doing all the prep for the bakery,” Syd says. “I’d love to show her how far I’ve come in pastry.”

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