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It’s Friday, the perfect day for a healthy lunch, a healthy glass of rosé and a not-so healthy dessert.

Here are a few of our favorite things this week.

Favorite Healthy Eats

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Photo: Snap Kitchen

Snap Kitchen is the latest healthy chain to set up shop in Chicago, making it easy to pick up a healthy, freshly made meal on the go. Without compromising on taste or experiencing post-meal guilt, you can grab delicious breakfast, lunches and dinners at locations in Lakeview and Lincoln Park.

The stores cater to busy professionals by serving up classic restaurant-quality dishes that are nutritious and full of flavor.  Some menu highlights are Grass-Fed Beef Sausage & Eggs, Shrimp Fra Diavolo and Grilled Kale “Hoppin John.”

Most of the time, I love to cook, but the rest of the time, I will probably be stocking up at Snap Kitchen.

Favorite Rose

Lot 33

Photo: Ninety + Cellars

I went on 90+ Cellars’ first annual sunset rosé cruise around the Chicago River and Lake Michigan a few weeks ago.  The experience finally opened my eyes to a whole new world of wine.

We sipped on some of the 2014 vintage of Lot 33 Rosé from Languedoc, France for a solid 3 hours (but who’s counting?). It definitely deserves a place in your summer wine rotation.

With sweet aromas of strawberries and notes of white pepper, herbs and cotton candy, rosé is best served with finger foods. Two of my favorite choices are Pears with Brie and Prosciutto or Prosciutto, Melon and Mozzarella Skewers.

The Lot 33 Rosé (SRP $11.99) is also best paired with a pink dress, carefree attitude and a fun party.

Favorite Party Favor

Photo: Celebrations Magazine

Photo: Celebrate Magazine

I’m not the best DIY-er, but there is one thing I do well and that is party favors.

Next time I want to leave dinner party guests with a party gift, I’m taking the road paved by Celebrate Magazine with Citrus-Herb Salt party favors.

Simply combine sea salt, citrus zest and some dried herbs in a decorative jar and tie with a ribbon. It’s the perfect complement to any meal and a perfect token to ensure that your friends or family to remember a special event.

Favorite Ice Cream Cake

Photo: Martha Stewart

Photo: Martha Stewart

On Wednesdays at my office, we treat ourselves to “#CakeDay.” On #CakeDay,  someone brings a cake to work to share with the rest of the office.

While there are only seven people in our office, #CakeDay has been a smashing success for the past few weeks.

In thinking about what kind of cake I’ll contribute when it’s my turn, I came across a tiramisu ice cream cake from Martha Stewart Living. It looks well worth all 90 billion calories.

Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts and I have no doubt that Martha would lead us wrong.

Favorite Party Crush

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Photo: Jerry Rabinowitz

The truth is, I’m really obsessed with the now-defunct T.V. show Revenge, set in the Hamptons. I watch and re-watch episodes regularly as background noise. I love the fashion on Revenge, but most of all, I love watching the party scenes.

Since I can’t do that, I have Hamptons Entertaining: Creating Occasions to Remember (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $45). The new book by philanthropist and author Annie Falk is beautiful and informative. It provides readers with a seat at some of the most glamorous dinner parties on Long Island’s East End. I feel confident that anyone could rival Victoria Grayson’s parties as a result of using the tips from Annie Falk.

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