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Dining in Chicago

Toni Abad, founding partner of Digital Fashion Week Manila (DFWM) claims the word JETSETTER. “I just love the term,” says the former cosmetics executive who traveled to bustling cities like Paris while working in Rustan’;s and L’Oreal. “There is so much to see, so much to inspire one’s soul.” This thirst for adventure led Toni and a group of colleagues to form DFWM that features stories on fashion, art, beauty, food and travel. “There is so much going on around us. We like to share the creativity or artists and designers, as well as the wonders of our surroundings.”

Recently, Toni had a chance to visit and dine at one of the United States’ most progressive cities – Chicago. It was also an opportunity to spend more intimate time with her sister Cori Sanders who recently moved, together with husband Danny and daughter Stella, from Singapore to Naperville. The latter, a quiet suburban community, is 35 minutes from downtown Chicago. The serene and quaint neighbourhood has its own outstanding eateries including Kuma, that Toni says has “… the best Korean food I’ve tasted in my life.” For outstanding pizza, a visit to Lou Malnati’s hit the spot. For the kids at heart, treats to Oberweis Ice Cream Shop bring back memories of an indulgent childhood.

In downtown Chicago, the sisters dined at Gage restaurant that serves poutine, the famous Canadian dish made with French fries, cheese and gravy. They also feasted on the restaurant’s famous battered fried pickles. On other days, the duo enjoyed oysters and meat dishes at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, and a caramel and cheese combination at Garrett Popcorn Shop.

“It was a feast at the windy city,” Toni smiles.

Kuma (far left) of Kumas Asian Bistro with Cori Sanders (center) and Toni

KUMA (FAR LEFT) OF KUMA’S ASIAN BISTRO WITH CORI SANDERS (CENTER) AND DFWM’S TONI ABAD

One of Kumas favorite rice dishes

ONE OF KUMA’S FAVORITE RICE DISHES

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LOU MALNATI’S

Pizza at Lou Malnatis

PIZZA AT LOU MALNATI’S

Sundaes at Oberweis Ice Cream Shop

SUNDAES AT OBERWEIS ICE CREAM SHOP

Toni outside Gage

TONI OUTSIDE GAGE

House Poutine at Gage

HOUSE POUTINE AT GAGE

Toni with her sister Cori at Gibsons

TONI WITH HER SISTER CORI AT GIBSONS

Maitre d at Gibsons

MAITRE D’ AT GIBSONS

Oysters at Gibsons

OYSTERS AT GIBSONS

Popcorn selection at Garretts

POPCORN SELECTION AT GARRETT’S

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GARRETT’S POPCORN

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