MNO. It's secret mom code for "Moms Night Out."
Most moms understand the beauty of MNOs - those kid-less nights when we seek sanity by escaping kids, husbands, work, dogs and whatever else occasionally drives us nuts.
We gather to gossip, complain, brag, catch up and just hang out.
While dishing with fellow moms over dinner and drinks always is a good time, Chicago offers countless opportunities for mom bonding. I snagged some mom friends and diligently researched some fun and different options for mom fun in the city and suburbs - plus some do-it-yourself ideas sure to bring on the giggles.
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Now I know how to properly dice a green pepper, stuff an empanada and perfectly flavor grilled shrimp. Thanks to Amazing Edibles on 14th Street in Chicago, my mom friends and I were real chefs for a night-white aprons and all.
We guzzled sangria overflowing with fruit and noshed on appetizers while preparing and cooking an elaborate meal of tapas. On the menu: paella, potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce, stuffed mushrooms, bacon-wrapped dates and my personal favorite-garlic toast topped with goat cheese and saffron marina dip. Amazing Edibles is mostly a catering business, but once a month is open for cooking classes.