| Nov 11, 2011
| 10:14 AM
The Service Club of Chicago celebrated its 121st anniversary with its biggest fundraiser of the year, An Evening of Glamour at Club El Morocco. Ball co-chairwomen Toni Canada, Laurie Davis and Dusty Stemer, brought El Morocco, the legendary Manhattan...
| Nov 29, 2011
| 12:07 PM
Former Connecticut Congressman-turned-lobbyist Toby Moffett apparently doesn't appreciate my blog posts about his representation of big-time (and recently indicted) online poker moguls and the Egyptian generals that have been the target of massive and...
| Dec 4, 2011
100 Years Ago
Rolling out the welcome mat
In the Times social column:
"Mr. Henry J. Bender has returned to his home on Rolling Road after visiting friends in New York City. Mr. and Mrs. C. N. Davis have returned to their home on Rolling Road after...
| Dec 24, 2011
| 7:05 PM
This Christmas Eve miracle was nearly a year in the making.
Erzsi Dornay fought what seemed to be an impossible battle with her ex-husband. He took their son Yussuf (he goes by Joe) to Morocco and refused to let the boy come home. Finally, after a...
| Aug 8, 2011
| 6:26 PM
The sweet aroma of rice fills the air as David Ng steps forward in a Southeast Baltimore warehouse to inspect a shipment of hundreds of sacks of imported basmati rice. He folds back the stitched seams of the 40-pound burlap sacks holding grain that have...
| Apr 28, 2009
Laila Lalami's new novel, "Secret Son," brings readers into the down-and-out sections of Casablanca, Morocco, to follow the travails of Youssef El Mekki, a young man trying to rise above the abject poverty into which he was born. Youssef knows certain...
| Jul 19, 2009
Two years ago, I was invited to give a reading from my novel at a university in Ifrane, in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. One of my cousins immediately suggested I hire a driver to get there, but I laughed off his suggestion. I can drive myself! I'm...
| Mar 29, 2009
The luxe ease of the oasis
The Etro spring collection was an eye-popping parade of hot pink, turquoise, gold and paisley prints, with the richness of the fabric and ease of loose layers and mixed patterns channeling luxurious holidays in the sun. And who...
| Jun 27, 2010
When the heat is on, less is more, and that's especially true for active women. But that doesn't mean your summer look has to be bland. With a few key products you can transform yourself from limp to sizzling hot.
Take for example, the women in "Sex...
| Jul 26, 2006
Jeffrey Chodorow, the New York restaurateur who locked horns with Rocco DiSpirito in the infamous reality series "The Restaurant," may be a hardheaded businessman, but he's also something of a romantic.
Others have gazed upon the legendary 1923 Hollywood...
| Nov 8, 2009
Seymour Fromer, who built one of the country's largest collections of Judaica with little money but enormous drive to preserve the history of Jews, especially those who helped settle the American West, has died. He was 87.
Fromer died Oct. 25 at his...