About comethinkin

Welcome to ComeThinkIn.com, the new blog of NoMI at Park Hyatt Chicago. Our goal is to provide a closer look, for Chicagoans and visitors alike, at the personalities who are the driving forces behind the restaurant. We’ll offer restaurant news, dining updates, wine notes and share photos among a host of other topics. You will also be able to look to our blog to gather insiders’ perspectives on what makes Chicago one of the most iconic cities in the United States. Who better to kick off our blog than new Executive Chef Ryan LaRoche. When we reopen in June, Chef LaRoche will be overseeing the reinvented seventh floor. In essence he will be serving as the quintessential host welcoming guests into the heart and hearth of Park Hyatt Chicago home.

A #ManiMonday Tip for Autumn!

In celebration with the first #ManiMonday of the fall season, we’re bringing you a helpful tip from NoMI Spa supervisor and esthetician, Molly Lahood.  As the seasons change and the air gets drier, its important to think about the nourishment of your skin, including the cuticles around your nails.

An assortment of chic nail colors for the Fall season

An assortment of chic nail colors for the Fall season

 

Molly’s go-to season-changing manicure tip:

 “Keep your hands and nails looking polished this fall with the help of our favorite Deborah Lippmann miracle workers!  Cuticles are the protectors of your nails and fingers, but they also can make your nails look un-manicured if not taken care of.  We recommend indulging in the Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Oil and The Cure cuticle cream to keep your nails in tip top shape!”

Contact our wonderful NoMI Spa associates at (312) 239-4200 or visit NoMISpa.com in order to book an exquisite nourishing manicure, perfect for the fall season.IMG_0240

People of Park Hyatt Chicago: Andrea Leavitt

In a new series called, People of Park Hyatt Chicago, we will be showcasing our outstanding associates who go above and beyond for our guests each and every day. Through a brief Q&A, we’ll give you a peek into the minds of our team and help you get to know them on a more personal level. Our first installment features Andrea Leavitt, Assistant Front Office Manager. Keep reading below for some of her favorite activities and aspects of Park Hyatt Chicago!

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  •  Favorite travel destination?

Give me sunshine, a beach, and a good book and I am the happiest person alive, regardless of the destination.

  • Favorite Chicago activity?

It would have to be eating and drinking my way through the city. I still have so many places I want to go!  I love experiencing and enjoying all of the culinary talent that Chicago has to offer.

  • An interesting/unusual fact about yourself

It may sound funny, but leaving the house without earrings is probably one of the only things that gives me true anxiety. I have a pair of gold studs that are my go-to pair!

  • The most interesting aspect of the hotel in your opinion?

I would have to say the team we have. There are so many backgrounds and nationalities represented which has allowed us to create this beautifully diverse service culture. The staff in each area of the hotel are so experienced, knowledgeable, and unique, yet they fit together perfectly to provide consistent and quality service; I truly think it’s remarkable and something that sets us apart as a brand.

  • Which piece of art in the hotel speaks to you, and why?

The Rauschenberg in the main lobby. On a daily basis I have listened to guests, children and NoMI patrons give their opinions on the piece.  Some think it is the best artwork they have ever seen and others are simply confused! It has been eye-opening to discuss this piece daily and watch the reactions; it has definitely opened my mind to its value and the impact it can have on so many people.

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Get to NoMI: Savannah Pendergrass

After a beautiful weekend in Chicago, we kick off Monday by introducing you to one of NoMI Garden’s newest bartenders, Savannah Pendergrass!  Savannah recently moved to the Windy City from the sunny coast of California and brought a sunshine attitude along with her.

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Favorite Chicago Fall Activity:
I haven’t been here in the fall yet, but I’m ready to finally experience some seasons! In the summer, my favorite thing to do is ride my bike by the lake with my black lab, Charlie, so I’m eager to watch the seasons change from that view.

What’s your favorite item on the NoMI menu?
I love our Frites, they are hand cut and delicious! Also, the Tiger Roll is another favorite, it’s everything that a sushi roll should be: crunchy and fresh.

Something you might not know about her:
I am extremely passionate about the cocktail industry!  I’m attending school to learn more about cocktail consulting, training bartenders, developing spirits and glassware programs, and much more. It’s such an exciting and creative industry to be in and I can’t wait to see what it will bring.  In the meantime, I am so lucky to call NoMI Garden my “office”. It’s the idyllic urban sanctuary.

If she could bring anyone to NoMI, who would it be and why:
I would bring my parents! They haven’t visited yet since I moved from California and I’d love for them to see what I’m accomplishing here.

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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!